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
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?
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!
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!
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!
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?
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