North Bethesda Launches Virtual Membership
North Bethesda Rotary has inducted its first Virtual Member, part of a new campaign to increase membership in the club our and expand our activities.
Christine Syversen of Oslo, Norway, formally joined the club in late April as a virtual member, allowing her to participate in club activities via our weekly Zoom calls.
Christine is familiar face to North Bethesda Rotarians. For the past several years, she has managed the club’s website. She also was an active participant in developing our “Covid Challenge” fundraiser in the summer of 2019. As one of the early challengers, she and her boyfriend climbed the Stoltzekleiven Trail, a 10-mile mountain hike in Bergen, Norway.
Christine was sponsored by her father, Lasse Syversen, past club president. She is currently the Vice President of Flagship Trade Net by Bloksberg, Inc., a leading global service provider to the international shipping industry.
Virtual Membership is one of several new categories of membership approved earlier this year in changes to the club’s bylaws. Other new categories include Family Membership and Corporate Membership. Current membership types are listed below:
Regular: These members enjoy all the benefits, opportunities, and responsibilities of Rotary. Requirements include payment of NBRC, District 7620 and Rotary International (RI) dues, cost of meeting meals and in person attendance at weekly meetings.
Virtual: These members enjoy all the benefits, opportunities, and responsibilities of Rotary. Requirements include payment of NBRC, District 7620 and RI dues and virtual attendance at weekly meetings. A virtual member may attend in person the weekly meeting and will be required to cover the cost of their meals.
Family: These members enjoy all the benefits, opportunities, and responsibilities of Rotary A family member is defined as any adult person who is related (e.g., husband/wife/partner, daughter/son) to the current NBRC Member. The family member may automatically qualify but needs to meet the same criteria as a regular or virtual member and would have same rights and responsibilities.
Corporate: Recognizing the growing importance that businesses place on corporate social responsibility, the club has created a corporate membership option. Corporations can take part in projects that give back to the community through Rotary’s well-organized structure. The Rotary Club of North Bethesda (NBRC) offers a corporate membership program for businesses, professional practices, government entities, educational institutions, and non-profits.
For more information on North Bethesda Rotary Membership, contact Bob Sonawane, Membership Committee Chairman, email@example.com