Growing Rotary Membership is Like Losing Weight!

I’ve got a master’s degree in clinical nutrition, have owned a nutrition consulting business, and have had a life-long problem with weight.  I know a thing or two about dieting! I am a graduate and facilitator of Rotary Leadership Institute, have started a new stand-alone Rotary club (and failed), started a Satellite Rotary Club (so… Continue reading Growing Rotary Membership is Like Losing Weight!

Traditions Abound

We’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving and the holiday calendar is in full swing.  This is a time of tradition when we enjoy foods and family activities that only happen during this time of year.  For me, as a child, it was playing Scrabble with three generations of family after the Thanksgiving meal was cleaned up and… Continue reading Traditions Abound

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