It takes more than once!

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!

Dangers of Doing Rotary While Distracted!

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!

Celebrating Diversity!

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!

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!

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!

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!