New Member Application

The Indy Progressive Rotary creates opportunities for leaders in the arts, social services, business, philanthropy, and community engagement to improve connections, communication, and cooperation to improve our city and world. We welcome new Rotary members at any time who want to join us in our service. You are always welcome to join a meeting to learn more.

Our Club meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 6pm at the Rathskeller in the lower level of the Indy’s downtown Athenaeum. 

Please complete this application that will be reviewed by membership.  Email Tim Nation at when completed and for questions or more information.

Join Indy Progressive Rotary today by filling out this simple application:

Rotary Service

Indy Progressive Rotary works to help our nonprofit community. With many members in the nonprofit world and others who serve on boards, we are committed to share our experiences and our expertise to help others.

Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

The Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Avenues of Service

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.

Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.

Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. Learn more in An Introduction to Vocational Service and the Code of Conduct.

Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projects.

International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.

Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as Interact, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.

Meet Ms. Soraya Aziz Souleymane


Meet Ms. Soraya, our Speaker (August 22, 2016, at 6:00PM)

Please bring a friend to hear a special guest from the D R Congo.

Ms. Soraya Aziz Souleymane hails from the Eastern and Central areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ms. Soraya has master’s degrees in Development Studies from Sussex, UK and in International Relations from CAM in Kenya.

She works on the enforcement of values such as social justice and democracy in the use of natural resources on the D R Congo. She promotes participation and citizen engagement in natural resources governance. Her special focus is on women and children. She is also an active member of the Lions Club in Kinshasa.

Ms. Soraya is the founder Nyota, a nonprofit organization that is working in natural resources governance. Since March 2016, she is its Executive Director. She was the Deputy Director of the Carter Center. Ms. Soraya was also a fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

She is a great speaker and motivator.

Ms. Soraya is currently attending a workshop in the USA, on transparency and accountability in government.

We have Service Opportunities

Thanks to our newest member Darren Slack allowing us to join his group’s activities we can be of service at least 4 times a month.  If you are not familiar with Pro(ACT) Community Partnerships you should go check it out. Here is a link to the calendar we will try to let you know about these as they come up, but please try to make as many as you can.

This is a great chance for us to make a difference here in Indy.


May’s Service project Anna’s House

We joined Proact’s flagship program, project (greater than) at Anna’s house to help assist it in passing out groceries to their constituents. If you look carefully you can see some Rotarians in this video.

  We are committed to volunteering at Second Helpings at 1121 Southeastern Avenue on Saturday June 22nd from 9AM until Noon.  We will help with meal preparation and a van washing.  We will be working alongside members of Pro(Act) Community Partnerships, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching youth about the value and benefits of service and altruism.
  I am hoping the lead time will allow for maximum participation.  We don’t need to provide numbers to Second Helpings until the middle of June, but if you are able to pledge your time now, please let Dawn know at
  For those who are not familiar with Second Helpings:

Our Mission:
Transforming Lives
through the Power of Food

Second Helpings, Inc. accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry.

We’re more than a soup kitchen or a food pantry – we’re a community kitchen. We’re not just  teaching people to cook – we’re providing an avenue for people to transform their own lives. We don’t just collect food – we rescue food because we can’t stand to see it go to waste when others have none. Today, the need is so much greater than we ever imagined when we began – so we’ll go on undeterred. Would you join us?


Volunteer at Anna’s House

Anna’s House at 303 North Elder Avenue, Indianapolis 46222 on Saturday May 11th from 9:00 to 12:00. 

May’s Service Opportunity is scheduled for Saturday May 11th at Anna’s House 9AM – Noon.  We will unload, sort and prepare food for community members who shop there on Saturdays.  We may also prepare a meal.

Dawn Grimes has taken over as the service chair for the Club.  She will be scheduling a service opportunity once every month, usually on a Saturday morning.

If you have questions please contact Dawn Grimes at