Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Latest Membership Minute is a Great Guide to New Rotary Resources

The August edition of Membership Minute is out and is a great resource for the new publications of Rotary and other "cutting edge" information relating to Membership Development, including new member materials and materials for your club membership committee.

It is saved on this Blog on the Zone 33-34 Membership Resource Page or you can click here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Chambers of Commerce as Rotary Membership Development Resource

Below is an interesting series of emails regarding associating with your local Chamber of Commerce for Membership Development purposes.

Rtn. Bob,

Short of club membership in the Chamber (which runs afoul of the Code of Policies), I think hosting or sponsoring a Chamber event is a GREAT way to promote the vocational aspect of Rotary AND to keep an eye out for community leaders who want an avenue to serve. We have to maintain a balanced approach. We want community leaders who are not so busy with other civic obligations that they can't spend adequate time serving through Rotary, conversely it seems as if the busy people are the ones who get things done! Good luck on this new connection. Please keep me informed on how it goes.


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


----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Stinson
To: Bevin Wall
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 6:44 PM
Subject: Fw: Rotary: Chamber of commerce

One of the potential sources of new members mention during our session in Evanston was joining the Chamber of Commerce and having a Rotary sponsored event. The South Brunswick Island Club is considering joining the Chamber and will be debating the subject at our Board Meeting on Monday. We are aware that there are several Clubs in the Myrtle Beach Area who have joined their Chamber.

What is you advise?

Bob Stinson
----- Original Message -----
From: Denny Jordan
To: Bob Stinson
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 4:12 PM
Subject: FW: Rotary: Chamber of commerce

From: Krista Batey [mailto:Krista.Batey@rotary.org] Sent: Friday, August 01, 2008 12:37 PMTo: djcoastal@atmc.netSubject: Rotary: Chamber of commerceImportance: High

Dear Denny,
In regard to your question about Rotary clubs joining a chamber of commerce, the Rotary Code of Policies states the following:
11.040.1. Clubs Not to Assume Membership in Other Organizations
A club should not become a member of or assume obligations of membership in any other organization. (November 2004 Mtg., Bd. Dec. 59)
This board decision was made in an effort to ensure that each Rotarian's and the club's relationship with or link to with Rotary International remains as direct and "pure" as possible, and so that Rotarians are not faced with the potential problem of being obligated to adhere to the rules or policies or two different organizations. Please note that individual Rotarians are not prohibited from joining the chamber of commerce should they wish to do so, and that every member of your club has the ability to join should he or she wish to become a member. However, as you can see from the Rotary Code of Policies above, clubs are asked to refrain from joining other organizations as a corporate entity.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Krista Batey, CoordinatorClub and District SupportSouthern Pan AmericaTel.: 1-847-866-3188Fax: 1-847-556-2136krista.batey@rotary.org
From: EBHALLE [mailto:ebhalle@aol.com]Sent: Thursday, 17 April, 2008 6:23 PMTo: Council ServicesSubject: Chamber of commerce
May a club be a member of commerce.??/

Earl Halle
Oldsmar/Eastlake D-6950

Saturday, August 16, 2008

District 7680 Membership Seminar

About 100 Rotarians from D7680 spent Saturday morning, Aug. 16, talking first about The Rotary Foundation and then membership. Led by Debby Corbett, a member of the Union West Rotary Club, just outside Charlotte, the membership seminar focused on the goals of the district for the year, and gave participants time to brainstorm recruitment and retention ideas.

District goals are:

  1. Increase net membership by five percent by April 2009. As of July 1, district membership unofficially was just over 3,000 members.
  2. Charter 2 or 3 new clubs. Two locations have been identified and the district also hopes to start an “after hours” club in downtown Charlotte to attract young professionals. The district currently has 52 clubs.
  3. Increase membership diversity.
  4. Increase collaboration among district clubs.
  5. Strengthen small clubs to a minimum of 20 members.

Debby had printed 2,000 hard wallet-size cards from the Humanity in Motion DVD that say: Start with Rotary and good things happen. On the back of these cards, a club can put a label with its meeting time and place or other relevant information to hand out to prospective members. There are four other versions of this size card. Click here to go to the RI website to view and download these card options.

Photo: Debby Corbett, a counselor in private practice in Ballantyne, NC, is the membership chair for D7680. She led a membership seminar Aug. 16 in Gastonia.

Some recruitment and retention ideas from 7680

Poker Run: Five former club members are recruited to be among the stops on the Poker Run. As Rotarians stop by to get their cards, they have a chance to reconnect. At the end of the day, the former Rotarians are invited to a cookout—and to consider rejoining the club.

Rotary Olympics: The club is divided into teams for a fun game night. Each team brings a prospect. Playing games together helps members get to know one another better and helps prospects get to know the club. Families participate too.

Draw names for retention: Twice each year, members draw a name of another member. They have two weeks to make contact with the person whose name they drew, for coffee, cocktails, a meal, whatever.

Fifth Wednesday Socials: A Wednesday noon club takes advantage of every fifth Wednesday to move its meeting time to the evening for a social, at someone’s house, a cookout, something special.

Youth Exchange: Look for parents of outbound students and host parents of inbound students as prospects for Rotary membership.