Support Members, First

The 2018-2019 Rotary International President Barry Rassin is calling on Rotarians “…to do more, to be more, to create something that will live beyond each of us.”  He highlighted Rotary’s new vision statement, “Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities,… Continue reading Support Members, First

Member Engagement—Part 4

This is the fourth and final post describing the Membership Jumpstart template.  Today, we’ll review new member induction and orientation.  New member orientation is conducted inconsistently or is even nonexistent in many clubs.  I think the easiest way to handle orientation is to simply extend the regular meeting time for a few minutes once a… Continue reading Member Engagement—Part 4

Membership—Part 2

This is the second installment in a multi-part series devoted to an easily implemented membership development plan.  The first post is here.  Following this step-wise process virtually assures successful club growth. Step 3 Generate leads. Hold a club assembly.  Ask each member to bring their smart phone and stack of business cards they have collected… Continue reading Membership—Part 2

Why Membership?—Part 1

This is the first post of a multi-post series outlining a straight-forward membership development plan.  The next installments will be posted every day or so.  Stay tuned! Membership growth should be the top priority of the Board of Directors of nearly every Rotary Club.  Why?  More club members means: More friends! More opportunities for networking… Continue reading Why Membership?—Part 1

Sometimes, the best decision is to move back home

The Kerr Tar Rotary Club made that decision and asked their ‘parent’ club to figuratively move back home.  The Kerr Tar Club, was chartered just over a year ago and is struggling with declining membership and leadership succession.  Therefore, they asked to merge with their sponsoring club, the Rotary Club of Oxford.  The merged club… Continue reading Sometimes, the best decision is to move back home

Dangers of Doing Rotary While Distracted!

We have all heard of the dangers of distracted driving, and even of being a distracted pedestrian.  But what about the dangers of being a Distracted Rotarian?  As we discussed here most clubs have a lower ‘attraction rate’ than ‘attrition rate’.  That means that over time, the membership trend is downward.  If a club contains… Continue reading Dangers of Doing Rotary While Distracted!

Celebrating Diversity!

When most of us think about diversity, in a Rotary context, we usually think of having a wide array of club members of differing ages, genders, ethnic backgrounds and professional credentials (dare I say ‘classifications’?).  Having a diverse club membership is important; the varied talents and perspectives will add strength to the club and ideally… Continue reading Celebrating Diversity!