The classification principle is a necessary concept in assuring that each Rotary club represents a cross section of the business and professional service of the community.  The strength of a Rotary Club depends on a diversity of experiences, skill sets, and viewpoints, so we institute guidelines to ensure our club's membership is not predominated by people of any particular vocation.
Virtually all membership in Rotary is based upon a "classification". Basically, a classification describes the distinct and recognized business or professional service that the Rotarian renders to society.

The principle of Rotary classification is somewhat more specific and precise. In determining the classification of a Rotarian, it is necessary to look at the "principal or recognized business or professional activity of the firm, company, or institution" with which an active member is connected or "that which covers the active member's principal and recognized business or professional activity."

It should be clearly understood that classifications are determined by activities or services to society rather than by the position held by a particular individual. In other words, if a person is the president of a bank, he or she is not classified as "bank president" but under the classification "banking."

The classification principle also permits businesses and industries to be separated into distinct functions such as manufacturing, distributing, retailing, and servicing. Classifications may also be specified as distinct and independent divisions of a large corporation or university within the club's territory, such as a school of business or a school of engineering.

A member is free to choose his or her own classification and change it as his or her career changes.  Revolutions in the twenty-first century world of work made publishing a standard classification list for Rotarians too onerous and restrictive.  (Just think... who, twenty years ago, identified themselves as a Social Media Influencer, a Search Engine Optimization Specialist, or a Carbon Footprint Reduction Consultant?)  Recently, Rotary International made changes to the Standard Rotary Club Constitution that permits members to join without a classification.  The Rotary Club of Spruce Grove still places significance on classification, but any individual of high character with a heart for service may be considered for membership in our club.