Top 3 Legal Issues Every Rotarian Should Know
Posted on: November 24, 2014 by Care Providers Insurance
Rotary clubs are defined in many different ways. Features of rotary services include fellowship, development of goodwill and world understanding, the emphasis of high ethical standards, concern for other people, and many more descriptive qualities. Rotary clubs and Rotarians are typically held to a high regard, respected and revered in the communities they serve. However, just like any other non-profit organization, they are not immune to legal claims. So what are some legal issues your Rotarian clients should know about?
Rotary Objectives: Called the Object of Rotary, the objective of these social clubs is “to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” The ideal that this represents is an attitude of being a thoughtful and helpful person in all of one’s endeavors. Although this is a guideline and not a law, veering from the objectives of a rotary club could certainly put your clients at risk of a legal claim.
Women in Rotary: Up until 1989, the Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International stated that Rotary club membership was for males only. At this time, the RI constitutional change was made with a vote to eliminate the “male only” provision for all of Rotary. Since then, women have regularly become members and even leaders of clubs and districts throughout the world. Even if your client’s Rotary club is primarily male, they should not exclude females from attaining membership or even leadership positions.
Grants: In 1978, Rotary launched its most comprehensive humanitarian service activity with the Health, Hunger and Humanity Program. This program is designed to undertake large-scale service projects beyond the capacity of individual Rotary clubs or group of clubs. With large undertaking such as this, it’s important for Rotarians to have a good organizational structure and to inform volunteers of the inherent risks of participating in any type of service events. Doing so may help your Rotary clients avoid legal issues such as workers compensation or employment liability claims.
These are just a few of the legal issues your Rotarian clients should know about. At Care Providers, we offer Fraternal and Social Club Insurance in order to financially protect this significant segment of the Non-Profit Community. To learn more about our coverages and the eligible classes we insure, please contact us today at (855) 790-7379.