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

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!

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!

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?