In a previous post, I mentioned that it is widely believed that a Rotary Club needs to have at least 20-25 members to be healthy and effective. What is so magical about 20-25 members? First, recall the 80/20 rule (Pareto Principle); 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. If a club has only 12 members, that means that most of the work is being done by only 2-3 people, which rings true in my experience. If the membership doubles to 24, the workload is likely to be divided among 4-5 people. Additionally, with few club members, it is harder to attract speakers, select club leaders and raise funds for projects.
What was your club’s membership high? Assuming your club is like most, and has lost members over the last several years, what was your club able to accomplish then, that is difficult to do with your current number of members? Rather than simply reminiscing about the ‘good ole days’, let’s recreate that energy, develop a plan to rebuild the club, and create a bright future!