Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Polio Eradication Movie on HBO April 1

The Final Inch , a 38-minute film that chronicles the challenges health organizations and government face during the final stages of polio eradication , will air on HBO on 1 April at 8:00 p.m EST. Commissioned by the philanthropic division of Google, the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the documentary short subject category

Monday, March 30, 2009

New PR Grant Structure

The RI Board of Directors has approved  the continuation of Public Relations (PR) Grants in 2009-10. 
PR Grants enable districts to place television and radio public service announcements (PSAs), billboards, banners, ads and newspaper supplements in their communities.  read the rest here 

Effective Networking: Rotary's Heartbeat!

Effective Networking is the heartbeat of a successful Rotary club and of Rotary International itself. Local and worldwide networking of business, professional, and community leaders who have discretionary use of their time has made Rotary the most successful alliance of its type in the world today.  Why?  The answer is simple...  

Article by RRIMC Jim Henry, Zone 34 

Link to Presidential Membership Conference Materials

As materials become available from the Presidential Membership Conference in Greenbelt Maryland, March 27-28, 2009, they will be posted to the PMC Resources page. Links are on the left side of the page.  Click Here to access.  

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Zone 33-34 Rotarians Active at Maryland Presidential Membership Seminar

Numerous Zone 33-34 Rotarians were involved in the Presidential Membership Seminar held March 27-28, 2009 in Greenbelt Maryland. 

RRIMC Bevin Wall conducted a plenary session on Regional Membership Trends and Solutions, Past Director Ken Morgan presented a plenary session on Demographics. Director Eric Adamson abd RRIMC Bevin Wall helped present Regional Membership Awards. 

Panelists included RMAs Keith Blankenship, Tim Mannix, Bob Stallworth, Bob Newton and Sue Poss, as well as Zone 33 RLI Trainer Pam Wall, DGE Horace McCormack and DG Bill Pollard.  

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Zone 33 Membership Seminar a Success in Baltimore

Eighteen District Membership Chairs, Governor-Elects, Trainers and Regional Membership Assistants and Coordinators gathered prior to the Presidential Membership Conference in Greenbelt, Maryland for the Zone 33 Membership Seminar. 

Many of the participants attended or presented in the Conference that followed. 

The goal of the seminar was to work through some common club membership issues, and develop a tool for narrowing suggested remedies and resources. RRIMC Bevin Wall convened the Seminar which was led by Zone 33 RLI Trainer Pam Wall and RMAs, Tim Mannix, Keith Blankenship, Bob Newton, Sue Poss and Bob Stallworth.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Zone 33 Membership Seminar- Presidential Membership Conference Website Available

Three exciting Rotary Membership events are occurring in the Baltimore/ DC area March 26-28, 2009. A special web site has been set up to provide you with information about the events. Click here or visit http://www.rli33.org/rrimc/pmc.htm for more information. In summary: 

The Zone 33 Membership Seminar is an event specifically for District Governor Elects (2009-10) and District Membership Chairs in Zone 33 who will be responsible for conducting District Membership Seminars during the 2009-10 Rotary Year. Topic: Best Practices for District Membership Seminars. Event Begins: 3:00pm, Thursday, March 26, 2009 and ends at 11:30am, Friday, March 27.     

Private Luncheon with RI President D.K. Lee is an invitation-only event for the 2008-09 Membership Team, including District Governors, Membership Chairs, and the Regional Level Membership Team. Event Begins: 12:00 Noon, Friday, March 27, 2009 and ends at 1:30pm.         

The Presidential Membership Conference is an event for all Rotarians interested in membership issues. Topic: club-level membership issues in Rotary, and how we can impact membership in Rotary. Event Begins: 6:00pm, Friday, March 27, 2009 and ends at 4:00pm, Saturday, March 28. 

Please note: All Events are at the same venue, the Marriott Greenbelt Hotel

Contact RRIMC Bevin Wall at Bevin@rli33.org for more information. 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Zone Membership Numbers Present a Challenge

The official RI Membership Numbers are out for the period July 1 2008- February 28 2009, and the news presents a challenge for all districts across the two Zones. 

Districts in Zone 33 posted a -0.55% loss in membership, while Zone 34 posted a -0.82% loss. District 7020 in the Northern Caribbean boasted the largest gain in membership with a +4.29% increase. However, 21 of the 27 Districts in the Zones show losses so far this Rotary year, with a net loss of 484 Rotarians. 

Worldwide, the statistics show a +1.08% membership increase so far this Rotary year.

This presents a clear challenge to all Rotarians for the balance of this year. We have an opportunity to break a downward trend line going back several years, or to extend it with further losses. 

The first half of this Rotary year shows us that our efforts do effect these numbers and concentration and promotion of membership issues does have a positive impact on the numbers. We must redouble our efforts now, and do what we can to support Rotary clubs in membership development! 

The Development of Acquaintance as an Opportunity for Service

Membership: It’s Okay to Join Rotary for Business Reasons


Jim Henry, RRIMC Zone 34 

When Paul Harris began meeting with other professionals, he probably had business in mind.  After all, the very phrase ‘Development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service’ is an action that many businesses take.  Except these days it is often referred to as “sales calls.”  So Paul Harris most likely thought he could expand his circle of friends and create a potential client base.  So why do many Rotarians today think this is wrong? Click Here for the full article

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

RRIMC Blog: “Young Rotarians” Video

RRIMC Blog: “Young Rotarians” Video

Georgia USA Districts Team with Dolly Parton on Literacy

On 6 March, country music legend Dolly Parton and Rotary International announced a collaborative relationship to begin a new chapter in promoting early childhood reading. The 3 District Governors in Georgia representing all 203 Rotary Clubs in that state were involved, DGs Ted Propes, Kenan Kern and Gary Moore.  

Under the agreement, Rotary clubs in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States are encouraged to support the Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library, which provides a book each month to children from birth until age five. Click here for the full story from RI News

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ask the RRIMC: Is there an "Inactive" Membership?

Q: Have you heard anything new about "inactive" membership status in Rotary and how that might work? One of my AGs asked me about "something someone heard" about "inactive" status (not Honorary, or Rule of 85) - perhaps from the recent International Assembly. Any news on this?

A: No, there are only two types of membership in a Rotary club: Active & Honorary. The confusion here may be based on the power that each club Board of Directors has to allow "excused absences" in their discretion under the Standard Rotary Club Constitution. That's where you look for guidance here. 
There are debates on various points of this issue at every COL.

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Development of Acquaintance as an Opportunity for Service

  Membership: An Eight Member Florida Club grows to Seventeen


Jim Henry, RRIMC Zone 34

The Triple Analogy

            Several members of a struggling eight-member Rotary club in a growing Florida community were also members of a networking group.  In 2008 the two groups merged to become one seventeen-member Rotary club that maintains virtually 100% attendance.  Networking is a vital part of the club’s meetings; the meetings are more fun, their businesses more successful, and the members are more involved in community activities. 

Rotary Now! DVD Available

This is simply the hottest new prospective member video out there for attracting young people. It really gets across the benefits of Rotary membership to the young, busy professional. 

Hands Video is Available

Recently unveiled at WV President-Elects Training (PETS), the "Hands" Video is a compelling black & white video compilation of hands in a variety of poses and situations. It can be downloaded by clicking here. This may also be downloadedfrom the Recent Downloads Section on the right side of the Blog. 
Legal Disclaimer: The contents of the video are used under the "Fair Use" exception of The US Copyright Act and subsequent rebroadcast or use of the same must be limited to educational, non-commerical use by Rotary clubs or districts. No legal or other opinion is offered concerning any particular use or rebroadcast of the video by the owner of this site.  

Sunday, March 8, 2009

RRIMC's Jim Henry & Bevin Wall Discuss Pressing Membership Issues at Chicago Event

Regional Rotary Membership Coordinator (RRIMC) for Zone 34 Jim Henry, and Zone 33 RRIMC Bevin Wall recently returned from 4 days of Membership Coordinator Training. Every Zone in the Rotary world is represented by an RRIMC, and all were present at the Chicago, IL USA event. 

In addition to promotion of the 2009-10 Rotary Theme, RRIMCs discussed membership problems, effective strategies, and innovative techniques to help club and district leaders meet their membership challenges. 

March Membership Madness hits WV PETS!

Rotary District 7530 and 7550 of West Virginia USA held their PETS (President Elect ) Training at The Days Inn Flatwoods WV on March 6-7, 2009. Over 100 attendees with 50 President-Elects in attendance, met to prepare for the next Rotary year with Scot, Pres. John Kenny's theme of "The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands" everpresent. 

Membership was a major focus of the event, with each district being treated to a 90 minute Breakout Session with RRIMC Bevin Wall. The session included a rousing "March Madness" start, a compelling "Hands" Video, Introduction of the Membership Elements of this year's Presidential Citation, including the "Plus One" required goal, an interactive round of Membership Jeopardy with faux Alex Trebek, a "Young Rotarians" video, "Hand Signals" ideas for the Annual Theme, and an introductory video on The Rotary Leadership Institute. 

During the Leadership Luncheon Speech, RRIMC Wall, also Chair of the Zone 33 Rotary Leadership Institute, offered President-Elects 5 time-honored Ways or "Tao" for success taken from The ancient Chinese military treatise The Art of War by Sun-Tzu, summarized as (1) pick your battles, (2) deploy resources appropriate to the task, (3) create and nurture your vision, (4) be prepared, and (5) delegate and get out of the way (but follow-up).  

DGEs Jody Light and Ray Pollard were the Convenors of the event and were very active in all sessions. Trainers John Beckett and Keith Blankenship organized the event. 

Click here for a slideshow from the event.