If you could only grow tomatoes, but not peppers or cucumbers or flowers or shrubs, would we call you a ‘Master Gardener’? Certainly not. If your friend could prepare only one dish well, would we call her a ‘chef’? Not likely. If your music-loving colleague could play only one song, would we call him a… Continue reading How to Be An Inspiration – 4 Easy Steps!
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!
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
How will you be changed?
I am deep into planning for Rotary year 2019-2020 when I will be serving as District Governor for District 7710, in central North Carolina. There is much to do, from light-hearted party planning, to identifying people to serve in numerous volunteer roles, to developing the critically important vision and focus for the year. While the… Continue reading How will you be changed?
This is the third blog post in a membership development series, providing a foolproof template to membership growth. Links to the first two parts of the series Part 1—Why Membership? and Part 2—Lead Generation and Publicity. A truly successful membership plan involves every club member in the process. Ideally each current member sponsors a new… Continue reading Membership—Part 3
It’s PETS Time Again!
I LOVE PETS! Pets, have been an important part of my life since I was a child and have included reptiles, fish, cats, dogs, chickens and guinea fowl! This time last year, we picked up our new American Hairless Terrier puppy from the breeder. I love Gracie, but she’s not the sort of pet I’m… Continue reading It’s PETS Time Again!
I Feel Good!
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!
Houston, We Have a Problem!
Membership Toolkit–Step 1 During Rotary training this weekend, we learned that the typical Rotary club member attrition rate is about 15% and new member acquisition averages 12%. This means that most Rotary clubs are losing members. It was also mentioned that most members leave during the first 3 years of joining a club. As discussed… Continue reading Houston, We Have a Problem!
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!
It Made ALL the Difference!
I became Rotary club President by accident. The President-Elect stepped down just weeks before taking office, leaving me to assume the role a year before I expected. I was frankly overwhelmed. I’d been a Rotarian for just a year and a half and didn’t feel like I knew enough about Rotary to lead the club. … Continue reading It Made ALL the Difference!