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

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

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?