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
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
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!
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!
Membership Toolkit–Step 2 In Step 2 of the Membership Toolkit, we examine the benefits of being a member of the Kerr Tar Rotary Club. If you haven’t already done so, please complete Step 1—Contact List and develop a list of potential Rotarians. People buy things and join organizations, not because it is logical, but rather… Continue reading I Feel Good!
As an AG, I frequently uncovered problems that could be traced back to poor member orientation. As most club leaders appreciate, an effective orientation plan helps member engagement, retention and club effectiveness. However, what is not as easy is to create and implement a truly effective program. What works in one club, might not ‘fly’… Continue reading Be Engaging!
In January of 2016, I asked, and was granted, permission from our District Governor to start a new Rotary Club. As an Assistant Governor covering five clubs in four rural counties, I had three clubs with membership in the low 30s and two clubs with a membership around 12. All clubs were getting older and… Continue reading Well, That Didn’t Work, Now What? The Joys and Challenges of Starting (or Reviving) a Rotary Club