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!
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
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
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!
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?
More than 10% of District 7710 Rotarians attended the RI Convention in Atlanta last week, and our lives were TRANSFORMED! We were INSPIRED by great speakers, moved to tears by generosity and courage, awed by the reach of Rotary around the world, encouraged to try new ideas, challenged to be better ambassadors for Rotary, and… Continue reading 10% Were TRANSFORMED!
As a Rotary Club Leader, and in Life! Anyone that knows me, knows I am a planner. I enjoy the anticipation of a trip to another locale and reading a map, even if the GPS system is guiding the way. I like to get a feel for the environs and the possibilities offered down the… Continue reading Passport to Success
When I joined Rotary in the fall of 2011, I could not have imagined that in just 5 years, I would be in the ‘DG chain’, following leaders with vastly more Rotary experience than me. I believe one of the reasons I was selected was that I have immersed myself in Rotary, striving to learn… Continue reading JUMP In, the Water’s Fine!