The Classification Principle
Adherence to the classification principle is essential. Each active member of a Rotary Club is classified in accordance with the member’s business or profession.
A “classification describes the principal and recognised activity of the firm, company or
institution with which a Rotarian is connected, or which describes the members principal and recognised business or professional activity.
Within this definition, a club should establish appropriate classifications describing the business and professional activities in its locality.
A club should have in its membership a representative of every recognised business or professional activity in the community in so far as it is possible to obtain such representation in conformity with the principles laid down in the R.I. constitution, article V and the standard Rotary club constitution, article V, the relevant part of which states,
(1) engaged as a proprietor, partner, corporate officer, or manager of any worthy and
recognised business or profession.
(2) holding an important position in any worthy and recognised business or profession or
any branch or agency thereof and having executive capacity with discretionary
having their places of business or residence located within the territorial limits of the
A systematically prepared list of classifications is the logical basis for club growth. Such a list can be established only by making a thorough classification survey of the community. Classifications are determined by activities or services to society rather than by positions held by a particular individual.
Each club, through its classifications committee, should make a classification survey of its community as early as possible, but no later than 31st August each year. Such survey should compile a roster of filled and unfilled classifications using the classified telephone directories. The roster should also include classifications loaned to members residing within the territorial limits of the club even though the activity which the classification describes is not carried on in the club’s territory.
It is recommended that each club adopt a rule that, to be eligible for membership in the club under a given classification, atleast sixty percent of a person’s commercial, industrial,
professional, or institutional life must be devoted to that activity which such person’s classification describes, and such person must be generally recognised within the locality as being primarily engaged in that business or professional activity.
Air condition repairing
Banking foreign exchange
Carbonated Beverage Bottling
Cigar & Tobacco Retailing
Civil Law Practice
Clearing and Forwarding
Cotton Goods Manufacturing
Criminal Law (Culture Preservation)