Will I Outlive My Savings?

That is a question that most people planning for retirement will consider.  In other words, “is my nest egg going to be big enough to support me into a ripe old age, especially if I suffer from a chronic medical condition?”  I cannot answer that question for you, but I encourage you to consider that question both for your personal finances and for your Rotary club!

This weekend, in Rotary training conducted by Zone 33 leaders, I learned the following:

  1. On average, Rotary clubs lose about 15% of their members every year, for a variety of reasons.
  2. At a minimum, we need a ‘nest egg’ of 20-25 members to be a healthy Rotary club.
  3. Most Rotary clubs only replace 12% of members each year. That means we are ‘withdrawing’ 3% more of our nest egg every year than we are ‘earning’!

At that rate, how long will it take your club to dip below the healthy level of 20-25 members?  These statistics were sobering for me.  As a result, I’m working on a comprehensive membership initiative for my club.  I’ll share the components in upcoming posts.

What are the most effective membership practices you have employed to increase your club membership?

3 thoughts on “Will I Outlive My Savings?

  1. I couldn’t agree more. Many club presidents don’t recognize the slow drip, drip of attrition. The Rotary Club of Oxford lost 13% of our members this year. That’s right on par with the district- and zone-wide average of 14%. Luckily (not really; it was planned), our attraction rate for new members was 23% giving a net plus of 10% for the year.


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