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!

Will I Outlive My Savings?

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?

Be Engaging!

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!

What is Rotary? – Part 1

There are as many ways to answer this question as there are Rotarians.  The approaches I believe work best are when you speak ‘heart to heart’. ME:  I would like to share with you, one of the VERY best decisions in my life.  To become a Rotarian! Friend:  What’s Rotary? ME:  Rotary is a group… Continue reading What is Rotary? – Part 1

Well, That Didn’t Work, Now What? The Joys and Challenges of Starting (or Reviving) a Rotary Club

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

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!

Why? Why Should I Give to The Rotary Foundation?

I remember the moment clearly.  A President-Elect attending my first President-Elect Training Seminar (PETS) said in a provocative manner “Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation, rather than my club’s foundation?  I want to make a difference in my community, and use 100% of the contributions, not just a portion of the donations that… Continue reading Why? Why Should I Give to The Rotary Foundation?