What Does Rotary Mean to You?

For many of us, the answer is both simple and complex.  Fundamentally, it involves connections.  Rotary is where I connect with my friends.  Rotary is where I’ve made connections to grow my consulting business.  Rotary allows me to do more, through the power of Rotarians locally and around the world, in partnership with The Rotary… Continue reading What Does Rotary Mean to You?

Growing Rotary Membership is Like Losing Weight!

I’ve got a master’s degree in clinical nutrition, have owned a nutrition consulting business, and have had a life-long problem with weight.  I know a thing or two about dieting! I am a graduate and facilitator of Rotary Leadership Institute, have started a new stand-alone Rotary club (and failed), started a Satellite Rotary Club (so… Continue reading Growing Rotary Membership is Like Losing Weight!

It’s PETS Time Again!

I LOVE PETS! Pets, have been an important part of my life since I was a child and have included reptiles, fish, cats, dogs, chickens and guinea fowl!  This time last year, we picked up our new American Hairless Terrier puppy from the breeder.  I love Gracie, but she’s not the sort of pet I’m… Continue reading It’s PETS Time Again!

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!

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!