Member Engagement—Part 4

This is the fourth and final post describing the Membership Jumpstart template.  Today, we’ll review new member induction and orientation.  New member orientation is conducted inconsistently or is even nonexistent in many clubs.  I think the easiest way to handle orientation is to simply extend the regular meeting time for a few minutes once a… Continue reading Member Engagement—Part 4

Membership—Part 3

This is the third blog post in a membership development series, providing a foolproof template to membership growth.  Links to the first two parts of the series Part 1—Why Membership? and Part 2—Lead Generation and Publicity. A truly successful membership plan involves every club member in the process.  Ideally each current member sponsors a new… Continue reading Membership—Part 3

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!

Will I Outlive My Savings?

That is a question that most people planning for retirement will consider.  In other words, “is my nest egg going to be big enough to support me into a ripe old age, especially if I suffer from a chronic medical condition?”  I cannot answer that question for you, but I encourage you to consider that… Continue reading Will I Outlive My Savings?

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!

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

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!