Wednesday, December 30, 2009
A survey has been composed and is being electronically distributed in each district. Over 1,000 results have already been posted, and the results will be made available after the survey closes on January 31, 2010.
It will only take a few minutes of your time, so please help us get YOUR feedback!
Click here to take the survey!
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
The new Rotary Coordinator Program was approved by the Rotary International Board of Directors during their November 2009 Meeting in Evanston, Illinois. It will replace the current Membership Development program.
The Rotary Coordinator’s purpose is to provide enhanced information and assistance from Rotary International to the Rotary clubs and districts. They are to serve as trainers, motivators, coaches, counselors and resource persons for the club and district leaders in their assigned regions. They are also to be available for assistance at Rotary Institutes, Governor-Elect Training Seminars, and other zone level meetings.
It is envisioned that the Rotary Coordinator will have a broad role in efforts to increase club membership. They will be trained in all aspects of Rotary International Programs and will promote best practices for the strengthening of clubs and districts. The new RCs will attend a Rotary Coordinator Institute in Chicago, Illinois during March 2009 to complete the training for this position.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
You may find all these resources on the Zone 33-34 Membership Resource Index, by clicking the link on the right under Resources or directly at http://www.rli33.org/RRIMC/index.htm.
The Powerpoint programs will work best in Powerpoint 2007 or greater.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Click this link to see what your fellow Rotarians say.
From Rotary International News -- 2 December 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I share with you the following letter from RI President John Kenny. Rest assured that RRIMC Jim Henry and I will continue to work with your districts through June, 2010.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
- Select a District Membership Development Chairperson for 3 years
- Appoint an Extension Chair, identify several special representatives and target and prioritize a “hit list” of potential new clubs in the district
- Specify target areas for extension
- Set a District goal, then communicate it
- Hold District wide Membership Seminar (s) January - May 2010
- Sponsor a new member – set the example
- Consider President-elect Ray’s new ideas for clubs and districts.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Why are we here? Why do we say we are here? Why should other people be motivated to join us? Why should they care?
Click here for the exercise.
Thanks for the idea by RRIMC Alana Bergh, and revision by RRIMC Judi Beard-Strubing, the Zone 25-26 Membership Blog & RRIMC Jim Henry
Monday, November 9, 2009
An enterprising Rotary Club in the Seattle WA area has hired a Nanny for their Rotary Meeting.
Click here for the entire press release. Or, see the article on the Zones 25-26 Membership Blog.
Thanks to RRIMC Judi Beard-Strubing for this best practice idea!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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GoToWebinar, designed for larger groups, provides a simple way to create, present, and record meetings of up to 1000 people. Both products allow for unlimited usage for a monthly flat fee.
Districts, Clubs, and Rotarians are all eligible for a 15% discount and 60-day free trials of bothGoToMeeting and GoToWebinar.
Though not a perfect replacement for every meeting, the benefits of online meetings are convenience, cost-savings, and the ability to reach people who might not be able to travel to your other meetings.
Click on the GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar links to read more about their special offers for Rotarians, and be sure to report back to us!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Click here for this insightful group of 8 Articles by RRIMC Jim Henry analyzing Rotary's membership challenge. Also available under "Downloads" link on the right of this blog!
“Cause change and lead, accept change and survive, resist change and die.”
Ray Noorda - 1924-2006, technology pioneer, Novell Corporation CEO.
North America’s membership freefall suggests that changes in most Rotary clubs is not an option, it's a necessity. To read why, click here.
7th of 8 Article in the Reversing a Membership Freefall Series by RRIMC Jim Henry.
Friday, October 23, 2009
To see what Rotaractors say about the future of Rotary, click here.
Story compliments of Rotary Interactive, September 2009, written by Arnold R. Grahl.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
If a club member misses a meeting, encourage that member to make it up using any of these options:
- Attend at least 60 percent of another club’s regular meeting.
- Attend a regular meeting of a Rotaract or Interact club, Rotary Community Corps, or Rotary Fellowship.
- Attend certain Rotary International or district meetings, such as an RI Convention.
- Participate in a club service project or club-sponsored community event.
- Attend a club board meeting or, if authorized by the board, a service committee meeting.
- Participate in an e-club meeting for at least 30 minutes.
To receive attendance credit, the member must complete the make-up within 14 days of the missed meeting and obtain written proof of attendance from the make-up club’s secretary. Use the Club Locator tool at www.rotary.org or refer to the Official Directory to find club meeting times and locations.
From Rotary World, October 2009
“I will simply rely on you, as responsible people, to see to it that we have more qualified members, true Rotarians, at the end of the year than we had at the beginning. And I will rely on you to do your best to see to the mentoring of our newest members,
for retention is no less important than recruitment.”
— 2009-10 RI President John Kenny
at the RI Convention in Birmingham, England
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
must center the plan on satisfying its customers by establishing a distinctive position (core
strength) that gratifies the customers’ needs! Then the organization must adhere to this
position so diligently that other organizations will find it too difficult or too costly to duplicate.
Click here for the complete article.
The fifth installment in a series of eight from RRIMC Jim Henry on Reversing a Membership Freefall.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
In the first article of a series exploring current membership ideas and innovations, Pres. Cliff shares some of his insights on seeking qualified new members. Enjoy!
Click here for the entire Article.
Our thanks to RRIMC Noel Trevaskis of Australia for making this article available in the MEMBERSHIP ON THE MOVE Newsletter for Zone 8.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
DGE Diana White from District 7020 (Northern Caribbean Islands), a district that had 10% membership growth last year, is planning to institute a "Networking Chair" for next year.
She shares with us comments from Jamaica AG Haresh L. Ramchandani about events occurring at the semi-annual Interclub assembly of the Rotary Clubs in
During the weekend I started introducing Rotarians I knew with other Rotarians and sharing what they each did for a living with the other. In effect, I was conducting a mini-networking session within the seminar. This was favourably received by all those that got exposed to it. I even got calls the day after saying what a pleasant and refreshing experience it was.
... I believe, if there ever was a time to fulfil Rotary's First object, it is now. When individuals are in such a state of bare survival, if we can't come together to help each other, how will we be able to help the wider community.
I'd also love to see perhaps when we hold joint socials or seminars that we Rotarians when introducing ourselves that we also state our vocation and even place of business (if applicable), otherwise how will we know who we are and what we all do.Getting back to Rotary basics sounds like a good formula for success!
Of Membership note, is an article relating to Bill Pollard's "Who's Your Tommy" article in The Rotarian.
- New Clubs will meet every week but there is no pressure on its members on how often they attend – ‘Give what time you can afford to Rotary’- Club programmes are so good that they will want to attend each week!
- Build relationships within ethnic groups and ensure these potential members are enthused about Rotary aims and ideals.
- Emphasise the personal development potential of becoming a Rotarian
- Consider the needs and lifestyles of potential new members:
- Do they wish to consume a meal at every weekly meeting?
- Ensure ongoing financial commitment is kept within the means of each member.
- What dress-code/regalia do they wish to adopt?
- Do they need a closed room or would they prefer to meet in a quiet corner – open to all who might show an interest?
- Why not bring family members and friends along to enjoy the fellowship?
- Let the new club members decide how they wish to serve.
- Make sure there are plenty of fun activities being planned for the whole family to get involved with
- Introduce "Rotary Programs" very slowly so as not to overwhelm the new members.
- Make membership recruitment & retention a priority from the start.
- Make all members feel valued and "part of the Team"
- Ensure there is continuity for future club leaders
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Find out how two Rotary Clubs, in England and Sweden, have discovered how social networking to transform their Rotary experience.
September is New Generations Month. We all know that the New Generations programs of Rotary include those for youth and young adults, such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Interact, Rotaract, Ambassadorial Scholarships, and Group Study Exchange (GSE), among other programs.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
On the outskirts of Amsterdam, 21 people gather at De Houten Vier restaurant each week. The group includes members of Dutch, Moroccan, Surinamese, and Turkish descent. The 14 men and seven women range in age from 28 to 69. They come from various professional backgrounds; there are designers, hotel managers, and academics as well as lawyers and accountants. Despite their differences, everyone has at least one thing in common: Rotary.
The newly chartered Rotary Club of Amsterdam-Arena exemplifies the diverse membership that Rotary International leadership has stated is necessary to keep the organization strong. In November, the Board updated the RI statement on diversity. The Amsterdam-Arena club is based in the borough of Amsterdam Zuidoost, a community of about 80,000 situated in the city’s southeast corner. Andro Bottse, the club’s president, says the area is “multicultural and multiethnic by definition.”
A group of past district governors in Amsterdam determined that few residents of the borough had joined a Rotary club. With support from Jan Koster, past governor of District 1580 and a member of the Rotary Club of Amsterdam West, the new club was chartered in November. Bottse, of Surinamese descent, says the club’s diversity helps it reach out to the community.
“It helps that our networks extend to all levels of the community we serve, including grassroots organizations, businesses, and municipalities,” he explains.
The club has focused on helping children, especially those with mental and physical disabilities. “We want to serve our community by making dreams real for the children of Amsterdam Zuidoost,” says Bottse.
Except for Koster, who is an honorary member of the new club, the Amsterdam-Arena Rotarians are all new to Rotary. “We have an open mind to new developments [such as] the way we raise funds and the way we serve,” Bottse says. “To me, it’s all about enriching your life by meeting people from different backgrounds.” He adds that his club would like to help other clubs increase their membership. “I learned that many clubs in the area of Amsterdam have difficulties attracting new members even though they try very hard,” he says. “Perhaps we can support them in their efforts.”
Adapted from De Rotarian, the Rotary regional magazine serving the Netherlands.
At its January meeting, the RI Board adopted a New Member Sponsor and Retention Recognition program, which became effective 1 July. The program, also part of the long-term membership strategy, allows Rotary club presidents to nominate and recognize individuals for sponsoring new members while focusing on retention. There are several award categories:
- Gold pin and certificate: For Rotarians bringing 25 members into any Rotary club, with 20 still active after six years
- Silver pin and certificate: For Rotarians bringing 10 members into any Rotary club, with eight still active after four years
- Bronze pin and certificate: For Rotarians bringing five members into any Rotary club, with four still active after two years
Learn more about membership resources available to Rotary clubs and districts.
Rotary International News -- 28 August 2009
The new membership slogan emphasizes the need for Rotarians to focus on both recruitment and retention in their membership growth efforts. Rotary Images
Rotarians are responding enthusiastically to the new membership slogan, "Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One."
"The slogan is a gentle reminder to do it!" notes John T. Capps III, a member of the Rotary Club of Morehead City-Noon, North Carolina, USA. "Keep a 3 x 5 card handy at all times to record that moment in time when the name of a potential member flashes in your thoughts."
"Each one of us became a Rotarian because someone invited us to attend a Rotary meeting," agrees William Pollard, past governor of District 7600 (Virginia, USA). "We all have a responsibility to grow our Rotary family so that we can continue to provide service to our local and international communities."
The RI Board of Directors adopted the new membership slogan at its June meeting. The slogan emphasizes the need for Rotarians to focus on both recruitment and retention in their membership growth efforts. "Membership development is each Rotarian's responsibility," said Paul Netzel, a member of RI's Membership Development and Retention Committee and a past RI director.
"'Reach One' reminds us that because Rotary membership is by invitation, it's essential that each Rotarian reaches out and invites someone to join," added Netzel, a member of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles. "'Keep One' reminds us that it's not sufficient to simply sponsor someone into Rotary; we must also see that new members become active and involved Rotarians. We know this is an essential element in membership retention."
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The District 7630 Membership Seminar was held September 15, 2009 at the Maple Dale Country Club in Dover, Delaware. District 7630 is one of two districts recently added to Zone 33 by rezoning, and it is comprised of Rotary clubs in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
According to Don Hackett, District 7630 Membership Chair and District Governor Elect, the seminar was well attended with over 50 Rotarians in district and club leadership in attendance. The theme for the half-day seminar was “Membership Matters”, and was reinforced during the sessions with “M&Ms” being handed out to participants. Governor Susan Giove welcomed Rotarians and guests and opened the seminar. DGN Roger Harrell also addressed the group.
RRIMC Bevin Wall was the featured presenter, encouraging participants through videos and interactive activities to use the RI Theme “The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands” to inspire and motivate Rotarians and prospective members. A brief slideshow highlighted the world, regional and district membership status and issues.
During the panel segment, Assistant Governors in the District used their expertise to lead discussions on such far ranging issues as building membership in dire financial times, non-traditional Rotary clubs, the formation of new clubs, membership resources, and a district-developed template for club membership development.
Toward the end of the session, planning was discussed by DGE Don Hackett, and break-out groups were formed by club size to discuss their Membership Strategic Plans.
According to the latest survey 20 % of districts worldwide do not have a membership committee. Ensuring that a district has an active membership committee is crucial to successful membership development efforts.
According to the survey made in zone 15 (Europe) this autumn 93% of the districts have a membership committee.
- Encourage clubs to set membership goals and make a membership development plan.
- Visit clubs and speak about effective membership activities
- Ensure that each club has a membership chair.
- Arrange membership seminars
- Cooperate with PR committee and AGs
Friday, September 18, 2009
Rotary International News -- 17 September 2009
RI President John Kenny (middle) has established his membership goals. Districts that achieve these goals can earn a certificate signed by Kenny. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson
Clubs can earn a certificate signed by RI President John Kenny by meeting his membership goals for 2009-10. The top 10 clubs and top 10 districts, as determined by RI, will also be acknowledged onstage at the 2010 convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
To meet Kenny's membership goals, clubs need to achieve the following:
- A minimum net increase of one member
- A minimum retention rate of 80 percent and two of the items below:
- Increased percentage of qualified women
- Increased percentage of qualified younger professionals (under age 50)
- Induction of at least one RI or Rotary Foundation program alumna/alumnus
- Increased diversity of membership (e.g., classification, gender, age, ethnicity)
Achievement of club goals will be certified by the district governor.
Kenny's goals for districts are:
- A minimum net increase of one member in each existing club
- A minimum retention rate of 80 percent in each existing club
- A minimum of one or two new clubs organized
Clubs should submit their results to their district governor by 15 May. Districts should certify the results and submit them to RI, along with their district results, by 22 May. Certification forms will be available onwww.rotary.org at a later date.
All clubs and districts that reach these membership goals will receive a certificate signed by Kenny. From this pool, RI will determine the top 10 clubs and top 10 districts (not more than one club or one district per zone) showing the highest percentage net increase in membership, to be acknowledged onstage at the Montréal convention.
Membership "Must" Links
- Zone 33-34 Membership Resources Index
- Rotary.org Membership Resources Page
- RRIMC Blog
- Club Assessment Tools
- Zone 33-34 Website Membership Page
- Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
- Sunshine Division Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
- Rotary's You Tube Video Site
- Link to All Zone Membership Newsletters
- Sign Up for Membership Minute
- Sign Up for RI's Public Relations Tips
- Every Rotarian Every Year
- RI's Training Talk
- 2009 MD Presidential Membership Conference Resource Page
- Zone 25-26 Membership Blog (West Coast US)
- Zone 21 Membership Blog (Latin & S America)
- Zone 31-32 Membership Blog (Northeast US)
- Zone 15 Membership Blog (Scandanavia-Russia)
- Zones 10B-18 Membership Blog (Europe & Africa)