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

Why Membership?—Part 1

This is the first post of a multi-post series outlining a straight-forward membership development plan.  The next installments will be posted every day or so.  Stay tuned! Membership growth should be the top priority of the Board of Directors of nearly every Rotary Club.  Why?  More club members means: More friends! More opportunities for networking… Continue reading Why Membership?—Part 1

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!