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!