Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Q & A on New Generations Rotary Clubs

Q: What is a New Generations Rotary Club?

A: New Generations Clubs are just Rotary Clubs that are non-traditional in time, place, dues, and are formatted to appeal to young people.

The following brief article by RI PP Luis Giay is informative:

Rotary’s growth, especially the recruiting of young persons, has been an ongoing goal of Rotarians since our organization was founded 102 years ago. Personally, I think an important and positive step was taken during my presidency in 1996-1997 when, as part of the “Rotary Programs for the New Generations”, we included a proposal for “Rotary Clubs for the New Generations”. This idea filled a significant void in
terms of Rotary’s global growth, and it is a trailblazing attempt to make Rotary clubs more attractive to young people. RI’s President for 2001-02, and others also supports the chartering of these clubs as an integral part of his efforts to expand Rotary. Also RI Committees for New Generations has been appointed recently for more than three years.

Structurally, these clubs do not differ from other Rotary clubs, except that their membership is geared toward young persons of both sexes between 25 and 40 years of age, a wide, non-restrictive range. Joining Rotary is difficult for them because they have little free time, limited financial resources, or because our Rotarian leaders are inflexible when it comes to admitting young people. Most founding members of these clubs are past Rotaractors, Rotary Foundation alumni, former participants in Rotary programs, or the children or relatives of Rotarians, etc. In other words, they are persons who know about Rotary and our work, who in this way are afforded the chance to remain in contact with us and to be a part of our organization through Rotary Clubs for the New Generations. These clubs’ meetings are usually shorter. They could be clubs that meet for breakfast or in the afternoon or in the evening after work. The business portion of the meeting usually lasts about one hour, which is spent making plans for service activities. These features hold down the cost of membership and better accommodate the hectic schedules of young persons.

The requirements for organizing these clubs are no different from the formal organization of any other club. They are no special rules, and they can be organized through Rotary International or a RI Service Center. They require the approval of the district governor, who names, together with the sponsor club, a Rotarian to be in charge of the extension activity. The main characteristic of these clubs is that they bring together young leaders who are capable of engaging in a more fluid intergenerational dialogue and who direct their most important service activities toward the new generations especially children and youths.

Some other articles:



As to who you contact for more information, see your Membership Chair, or your RRIMC!


PDG Bevin Wall
Zone 33 Regional RI Membership Coordinator 2008-09


1 comment:

Bob James said...

As we have started a New Generations Club here in La Jolla, CA we would love to hear of other New Generations format clubs you have. Please find us at www.ljnewgenrotary.org

Bob James
Charter President 2007-08