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:
- Increase net membership by five percent by April 2009. As of July 1, district membership unofficially was just over 3,000 members.
- 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.
- Increase membership diversity.
- Increase collaboration among district clubs.
- 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.