The Rotary Club Management System (hereinafter «Polaris» or «Platform») is an initiative of:

Media Association of Rotary Switzerland-Liechtenstein (hereinafter the «MAR»)
Seefeldstrasse 69
8008 Zürich
+41 (0)43 299 66 25

1. General dispositions and definitions

In these Terms and Conditions, the following terms mean:

«Rotary International»: Rotary's central organization that provides logistical and structural support to national divisions;

«Rotary»: Rotary organizations in the district territory using Polaris (hereinafter «Rotary» and «We»);

«User»: Any member (including, if applicable, the aspiring member or other non-Rotarien guest) of a Rotary club or district registered on Polaris platform and is therefore granted a right of use;

The use of our services is always accompanied by the rights and obligations mentioned in these Terms and Conditions (hereinafter referred to as the «Terms»). The reference to these Conditions implicitly includes a reference to the Privacy Policy. No derogation from these Conditions is allowed. These General Terms and Conditions may be waived only if mutually agreed upon and such deviations are recorded in writing. These specific provisions apply only to the part to which they derogate. The other provisions of the Conditions remain in any case applicable.

These Terms apply to both Rotary and the User. You are considered a User from the moment you use the service, whether you have registered before or not. So be sure to have read and understand all the terms.

Rotary reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time. The User will always be kept informed of any changes.


2 Objectives of Polaris

With Polaris, Rotary wants to implement a strong computerization of the management of the members of Rotary Clubs and Districts using Polaris and to intensify the information of the members. MAR is responsible for the development and operation of this platform.

Polaris primarily fulfils a vital role in the organization of clubs and districts through various functions such as an events calendar, a meeting management system, a document management system for meeting reports, etc. Polaris therefore provides a Content Management System (CMS), a kind of virtual workspace that allows Users to add content, modify it, or even delete it.

In addition, Polaris serves as a bridge between local clubs and districts on the one hand and the Rotary national organization on the other. The platform allows you to manage the members file, which is accessible to authorized members such as Rotary members. This membership file ensures effective communication between members and between members and their clubs, districts or the national central Rotary organization. You will find all the information concerning the collection of your personal data in our privacy policy.

This membership file allows Rotary to perform its tasks more efficiently. Rotary will then use the platform for the broadcast of general messages and the Directory. Rotary will not be limited to the above operations, but will only use the database for the tasks assigned to it.

Finally, Polaris serves as a bridge between local clubs and districts on the one hand and Rotary International on the other. Club affiliation to Rotary International involves data exchange with Rotary International.

The aforementioned Polaris objectives and features may at any time be adapted and / or supplemented by Rotary.


3. Access and right to use Polaris

3.1 Access and inscription

Access to Polaris platform is partly open to any user. The login for example the access to the data of the members is limited to the previously registered Users. Any member of a Rotary club in principle has the right to register on Polaris.

Registration on the platform involves the creation of a unique and personalized User Profile. Each Rotary club appoints a person responsible for access to and registration of its members on Polaris. This person is responsible for assigning the data necessary for the connection, namely the username, its e-mail address and its access code.

The right of use is granted in a non-exclusive and non-transferable way to any registered User.

As a general rule, this right of use is conferred for the duration of Rotary membership.

The right to use terminates automatically upon termination of membership in a Rotary club. In addition, the right of use may at any time, and despite the continued affiliation to Rotary, be terminated temporarily or permanently when the User acts in violation of these General Conditions, other conditions expressly provided for, of the legislation in force and / or in spite of the good faith expected from any User. This termination may take place without prior notice. Finally, Rotary may at any time unilaterally decide to temporarily disable the platform, limit it or terminate it if necessary to ensure the proper functioning and security of Polaris platform. This unilateral termination never gives rise to any form of compensation whatsoever.

Each User profile is always strictly personal and confidential. In any case, it is forbidden to log on to or share the User profile of another User. The User cannot transfer his User Profile to a third party. In addition, all Users are required to maintain the confidentiality of their User Profile, for example by choosing a password. Users are advised to exercise due care in any situation where their access data is or may be disclosed to third parties. Any User who finds a violation of the confidentiality of his profile, is obliged to inform Rotary so that the appropriate corrective measures are taken.

We attach great importance to the discerning ability of our Users, especially our Minor Users. That's why we believe you must have reached the minimum age of fifteen (15) years to be allowed to use the service.

3.2 User Profile

The main prerequisite for the right of use is the creation of a user profile. This User profile essentially includes all necessary contact information for Users, but may be supplemented by Rotary, the User itself or any third party and / or a mandated User. With regard to the processing of personal data, we hereby refer to our Privacy Policy.

Any User declares to have taken cognizance of the fact that Polaris applies a basic visibility of its User profile and additional information vis-à-vis other Users. The User himself is mainly responsible for any additions, modifications, corrections, deletions, etc. of his data. Any addition of content to the platform will be at the risk of the User. Any User is responsible for the completeness, accuracy and veracity of the information communicated on the platform. Rotary is not required to verify information in this regard.

Any user therefore has the necessary means to make changes to prevent the dissemination of inappropriate data. If this eventuality proves to be insufficient, the User can also partially limit the visibility of his data by making changes to the privacy settings once connected. Finally, Rotary has taken the necessary steps to reserve, if necessary, access to certain pages of the platform to the Mandated Users.

In conclusion, the User is solely responsible for all content provided on the platform, including the accuracy, completeness, appropriation and maintenance of the data. However, Rotary reserves the right to remove any form of inappropriate content from the platform, and from this point of view applies a wide discretionary power in light of the objectives of Polaris. If the User explicitly grants permission to other Users to view the entire content of his profile, Rotary shall not be liable for the actions of such Users.


4. Responsibility of the user

Any User undertakes to make use of Polaris only within the framework of the objectives of this platform, as defined in these General Conditions. The User agrees to use only in good faith the right conferred on him. As a result, he will not be able to use his user profile for unlawful acts, including the commission of offenses.

Users must refrain from any act likely to impede general access to the platform and compromise the reliability and security of the platform. The User agrees not to perform any manipulation that could impose a disproportionate burden on the infrastructure of Polaris platform.

The User is solely responsible for any virus or harmful file that he adds to Polaris platform. Any breach of this provision shall be reported to Rotary.

Any User is personally responsible for any content that he adds to Polaris. Therefore, the User must ensure that this content is not contrary to public order or morality, the legislation in force, the rights of third parties and other Users, the "rules of normal conduct" and does not constitute a violation of the intellectual property rights of third parties. Normal rules of conduct include abstention from deceptive, malicious or discriminatory behavior. Similarly, Rotary is not required to verify the information in this regard a priori.

Users are also required to respect the rights of other Users. It is forbidden for any User to collect the content or information of other Users systematically or extensively. Any User must also refrain from unauthorized advertising and any form of illegal or unauthorized marketing on Polaris.

The User must abstain from any act contrary to these Terms and Conditions or from the good faith use of Polaris platform. Rotary will in no way be held responsible for any such actions and any damages they may cause to third parties or other Users.

Any form of unlawful behavior gives rise to sanctions against the User. Rotary reserves a wide discretion to take reasonable measures, including the ability to terminate the right of use granted to the User immediately and without further form requirements. In addition, Rotary may take the (extra) judicial steps necessary to obtain compensation for the harm suffered.


5. Responsibility of Rotary

Rotary is committed to taking all necessary technical and legal steps to ensure the proper functioning and security of the platform. Rotary demonstrates a realistic attitude to its platform, and hereby expressly states that its responsibility cannot be questioned in the following cases. Polaris is made available "as is". All Users are aware that they use the platform at their own risk.

Therefore, Rotary cannot guarantee that its platform will be accessible at any time, nor that any interruption or disruption of the service will occur. If necessary, Rotary will resolve the problem as soon as possible. Rotary cannot therefore be held responsible for any type of direct or indirect damage resulting from such interruptions or disturbances.

Rotary cannot be held responsible for the actions of Users and third parties, whether or not the use of the platform is illegal and / or abusive. Notwithstanding all reasonable precautionary measures, it is not inconceivable that Users' data may be subject to loss, theft, unauthorized access, unauthorized alteration or any other harmful act. Rotary cannot be held responsible.

The platform may contain links to other websites operated by third parties. These websites are completely independent of Polaris and the fact that these sites are mentioned does not imply that Rotary approves or recommends them. Because Rotary does not control any content or technology on these websites, Rotary cannot be held responsible for any direct or indirect damages resulting from the use of these external websites.

Rotary cannot be held responsible for contents loaded and/or published by a user on Polaris.


6. Price

The use of the platform is billed by the MAR from Switzerland to the different districts according to the number of clubs they group and at the rate of one package per club per year.

The way districts bill clubs or members varies and is the responsibility of the districts.

Payment is currently made by bank transfer but may eventually be made on Polaris website.


7. Intellectual property rights

Polaris contains data and files from Rotary, Users, and third parties that are protected by applicable intellectual property rights legislation. Intellectual property rights include copyright, trademark law, design rights, data bank law and any other (intellectual property) right in force.

The use of Polaris does not imply an assignment of said intellectual property rights to the User. The use of protected data and files is limited to the general purpose of Polaris as described in these Terms and Conditions.

The User who adds content to Polaris expressly declares that he has the necessary intellectual property rights or authorization. For any content subject to intellectual property rights, the User grants a non-exclusive, transferable, royalty-free and worldwide license to Rotary for the use of this content under Polaris.

This license does not automatically terminate upon expiration of the individual right of use, which implies that the content remains in principle visible by Rotary and Users. Rotary commits to terminate this license at the written and personal request of any former Polaris User. This commitment implies the removal of content that will no longer be visible by other Users.

Any User shall refrain from any infringement of these intellectual property rights, except in cases where an authorization has been granted. In any case, the User must leave intact the mentions and / or notifications relating to the intellectual property rights.


8. Force majeure

In case of force majeure, Rotary is not obliged to respect its commitments to other parties, including Users. Force Majeure means any situation beyond Rotary's control that prevents the performance of all or any of its commitments in the future. This derogation from the performance of Rotary's commitments is only valid during the period of force majeure.


9. Applicable law and competent jurisdiction

These General Conditions are governed exclusively by European law, with Austria being the reference. Any dispute resulting from the contractual or non-contractual obligations of these General Terms and Conditions will be submitted to the courts of the Canton of Zurich (Switzerland).


Polaris TC-AUT-EN-1.0 - Jan 2024