How will YOU Make an Impact as a Rotary Leader?

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?

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!

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!

What Is So Magical About 25?

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?

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!

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