On this Thanksgiving Day, I am grateful for the many friends I have met through Rotary. You have inspired me to think bigger and be bolder. You have opened your hearts and shared your talents and wisdom to support me personally, and our clubs and communities collectively. Thank you for your generosity of spirit. May… Continue reading Grateful
As I’ve discussed in previous posts, Membership Matters (M & Ms, get it!) to the health of your club. Ideally, attracting new members to your Rotary club is an intentional and fully integrated club activity. But if your club is like many, members rarely ask friends or colleagues to attend a meeting, and membership initiatives… Continue reading M & Ms
Rotary International, in the booklet Rotary Basics, illustrates how clubs are the hub, the central focus of Rotary International. On page 3 it states: “The club is the most important component of Rotary’s organizational structure. … Rotary clubs are autonomous…” (emphasis mine). However, as a club leader, sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. Rather, it… Continue reading How will YOU Make an Impact as a Rotary Leader?
Anything worth doing takes time and effort. It isn’t learned on the first try, whether it is a new language, playing the piano, or learning to skateboard! So, why is it that Rotarians think that if they ask their friends to join them at a Rotary meeting, that they’ll get a ‘yes’, the first or… Continue reading It takes more than once!
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!
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… Continue reading What Is So Magical About 25?
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!
That is a question that most people planning for retirement will consider. In other words, “is my nest egg going to be big enough to support me into a ripe old age, especially if I suffer from a chronic medical condition?” I cannot answer that question for you, but I encourage you to consider that… Continue reading Will I Outlive My Savings?