Programs Committee Policies and Procedures

The objectives of the Programs Committee are to provide programs that are informative, stimulating, and entertaining. Such programs should reflect the present times and concerns, reach into artistic and cultural activities, and provide education about Rotary.

Rotary International designates different themes to the months of the year. This Committee will also designate themes to each of the twelve months of the Rotary year. These themes should overlap and add to Rotary International’s themes. Within those themes there should be freedom and flexibility to bring speakers that, in our opinion have something valuable and entertaining to contribute. Following are listings of Dos and Don’ts.

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of Dos: Bring speakers that have authoritative knowledge in their field. Bring speakers that would give (as much as possible) unbiased, matter-of-fact presentations. Organize balanced presentations. For example, we may want to listen to a pro-green speaker and also to a pro-oil speaker. Bring speakers that would attract guests and potential new members.

of Don’ts: Don’t invite salespeople. Don’t invite people whose only objective is to ask for our money. Don’t invite people whose objective is to promote their business. Don’t invite people that we don’t know. It is important to pre-qualify potential speakers.

The Programs Committee should consist of club members who will provide contacts, guidance and ideas. The Programs Committee Chair will provide a list of themes and speakers for the year. The Programs Committee Chair’s primary goal is to meld committee ideas into a comprehensive plan that would result in stimulating and entertaining programs. The Programs Committee should meet bimonthly. Meeting dates should be scheduled at the first committee meeting of the Rotary year. Below is the list of RI and NIRC’s monthly program themes.


RI Designation

Program Theme





State, County and Local Business leaders and Business professors from local universities.




Representatives of the two major parties and Political Science professors of local universities.


New Generations

Y outh

C.A.S.A. representative, Leaders of local schools, YMCA representative, Boys Scout representative, and other youth leaders.


V ocational Service

Local Industries

Business and technical leaders of local industries including biotech, optics, real estate, etc.


Rotary Foundation

International Services

Leaders of the Foundation from other clubs in the district, representatives of International outreach organizations (e.g., de-mining, curing polio, blindness and other diseases, international adoption agencies, etc.)2


Rotary International Family

Life Planning

Family counselor, financial advisor, estate tax and trust attorneys, Social Administration representatives and others.


Rotary International Awareness

The Environment

Professors of ecology, science and engineering, environmental lobbyists, member of Greenpeace or equivalent organizations.


World Understanding


Leaders of different ethnic and religious groups. Leaders of women organizations, professors of diversity and minority education, etc.



Public Relations

Leaders from Newspaper and Magazine organizations, Communications professors, and Internet Social Networking experts.


Rotary Magazine

Local Issues

Judges, law enforcement leaders, city planners, university professors, and transportation, energy and water experts.



Art and Culture

Art and culture professors from local universities, Director of Performing Arts Center, Director or curator of Bowers Museum or other local museum, and entertainers.


Rotary International Fellowship

Health and Wellness

Professors from local universities, doctors, fitness and nutrition experts, and Elder Care Advocates.