Membership Growth is Easy!

Really!  I believe growing Rotary membership is easier than most people think.  It requires a bit of analysis, and consistent effort, but it is not difficult.  Here are two approaches you may want to try.  One is looking for good ‘have beens’, and the other is looking for ‘newbees’ with a heart of service. FIRST,… Continue reading Membership Growth is Easy!

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!

Rotary, a Gift of Peace

In this season of festivities, mysteries, blessings and miracles, I reflect upon Rotary International and the profound impact it has had on my life.  I joined Rotary just seven years ago and since that time, I have gotten to meet, and get to know, hundreds and likely thousands of people I would otherwise not have… Continue reading Rotary, a Gift of Peace

Traditions Abound

We’ve just celebrated Thanksgiving and the holiday calendar is in full swing.  This is a time of tradition when we enjoy foods and family activities that only happen during this time of year.  For me, as a child, it was playing Scrabble with three generations of family after the Thanksgiving meal was cleaned up and… Continue reading Traditions Abound

Service Above Self

He was tall and thin, of indeterminate middle age and with a pock-marked face. He commented about the weather, almost shyly while standing a little apart from the line in the fast food restaurant. My husband, David, and I had stopped on our way home from a Rotary training seminar, to get coffee and a… Continue reading Service Above Self

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!

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!

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?