1. RI Awards for Rotarians

Avenues of Service Citation
Nominators: Club presidents
Deadline: Ongoing

This citation program provides a way for Rotary clubs to personally recognize one club member for his or her outstanding efforts in thefive Avenues of Service.A club member must have demonstrated support of the Object of Rotary through active participation in each of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and New Generations.Nominees must be an active Rotarian and can only receive the award once.

Club Builder Award
Nominators: District governors
Deadline: Ongoing

This award recognizes Rotarians who have made a significant impact in supporting and strengthening their Rotary clubs. District governors may grant this award to up to10 deserving Rotarians from their district each year. This awardis administered at the district level.

Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One Award
Nominations: Club presidents

This award allows Rotary club presidents to nominate and recognize individuals for sponsoring new members while focusing on retention. There are several award categories:

  • Gold pin and certificate: for Rotarians bringing 25 members into any Rotary club,
    with 20 still active after six years
  • Silver pin and certificate: for Rotarians bringing 10 members into any Rotary club,
    with 8 still active after four years
  • Bronze pin and certificate: for Rotarians bringing five members into any Rotary
    club, with four still active after two years

Certificates and pins may be purchased through Rotary International.

RI Service Above Self Award
Nominators: District governors, immediate past district governors, RI directors, past RI directors
Deadline: 1 September

As Rotary’s highest honor for individual Rotarians, this award recognizes up to 150 Rotarians annually who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. Current district governors, directors, and past directors may nominate up to three candidates by 1 September each year.

RI Vocational Service Leadership Award

Nominators: District governors
Deadline:1 November

This award recognizesRotarianswho have made a significant impact inadvancing vocational service. District governors may nominate one candidate from their district each year.

The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service
Nominators: District governors
This award recognizes Rotarians who have demonstrated active service to The Rotary Foundation for more than one year.

The Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award
Nominators: Any Rotarian
Deadline: 15 November

Four complete Rotary years after receiving the Citation for Meritorious Service, a Rotarian becomes eligible for the Distinguished Service Award. Because this is the Foundation’s highest service recognition, a recipient’s exemplary service to the Foundation must extend beyond the district level and occur over an extended period of time.

The Rotary Foundation District Service Award
Nominators: District governors
Deadline: Ongoing

Because so many Rotarians serve humanity through Foundation programs, The Rotary Foundation created the District Service Award to recognize their efforts. Each recipient is given a certificate, awarded at the district level.District governors may obtain up to 20 blank certificates at no cost to their district.

Service Award for a Polio-Free World
Nominators: Any Rotarian
Deadline: 1 November

This award was established by the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation in order to recognize outstanding contributions to the effort by Rotarians and thereby to encourage final efforts. In geographic areas coinciding with WHO regions, up to ten regional service awards per region are given annually. These awards recognize outstanding service in polio eradication. International Awards, for broad service to the cause of polio eradication, are also made annually, not to exceed ten individuals.

 2. Awards for clubs


Presidential Citation
Nominators: District governors
31 March --Clubs to submit completed forms to their district governor for certification
15 April-- District governors to report the names of qualifying clubs in Member Access Portal

The Presidential Citation will recognize Rotary clubs that achieve an array of accomplishments that help them become stronger, deliver effective service, and enhance their public image. Rotaract and Interact clubs can also qualify for a citation.


Significant Achievement Award
Nominators: District governors
Deadline: 15 March

Presidential recognition of a club activity which addresses a significant problem or need in the community. A district selects one project and submits nomination to RI. A president-appointed selection committee evaluates nominations.


Recognition of Smaller Club Membership Growth
Nominators: District governors
Deadline: 16 May - 30June

This district-level award offers an incentive to clubs that fall below the charter requirement of 20 members by recognizing the challenges and achievements of small clubs.

RI Membership Development and Extension Award -- MDEA
Nominators: District governors
Deadline: Beginning 15 May, district governors submit recognition forms to RI.

This district-level certificate program recognizes membership growth in existing clubs, retention of current club members, and the organization of new clubs. Districts that meet their membership goals are also recognized.

RI Recognition of Membership Development Initiatives -- MDI
Nominators: District governors
Deadline: District governors must receive submissions from clubs by 15 April. RI must receive submission forms from district governors by 15 May.

This district-level certificate recognizes clubs for the development and implementation of a creative plan or strategy to support one of the three primary foundations of membership growth and development: retention, recruitment of qualified new members, or the organization of new Rotary clubs.