Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New Program Available on Declining Club Membership

A new customizable Powerpoint program is available that can help illustrate your club's issues declining membership and possible issues contributing to that decline. The powerpoint is meant to be the basis for a 20 minute Rotary Club program or similar event. 

It can be downloaded here, or under the Recent Membership Downloads box on the right side of this Blog.   

Linked In Discussion groups are becoming a great place to exchange ideas about Rotary & Membership. The highlighted Rotary group- Official Rotary International Group.

From this group I share this recent post on successful membership drive ideas shared by 7730 DG Lee Dixon. If you want to join the action, click here for information on a linked in account (free) or click here if you already have an account and want to join this discussion.  

Recently our club did a program on membership awareness,,we had our membership committee divide up the program to talk about the benefits of new members coming into the club,,,how to propose members and lined out an action plan where we asked our members to committ to inviting either 10, 5, 3, 2, or 1 guest to Rotary during the month of May,,which we declared as Membership Awareness Month. The Club will pick up the meal costs and allow any new member to be Dues free for the remainder of the year,,,we also went back and looked at our program speakers for the year and invited them to be our guest in May. I personally went thru my contact list and invited several and have 12 so far committed to visit our club. We think this Action plan will generate new members and we are excited to see the results. 

Friday, April 24, 2009

Membership On Trial Skit Available

A club & district friendly version of the "Membership on Trial" Skit originally performed at the Zone 33-34 Rotary Institute in Nassau Bahamas in 2008 is now available for download on this site.

Loosely based on the popular TV show "The People's Court", RRIMC Bevin Wall & RRIMC Jim Henry developed a skit that delves into the societal and organization trends, and the club and individual failings that have negatively affected Rotary membership worldwide, and in North America particularly. 

The skit is in four segments, and can be modified to fit club or district needs. It includes an optional Powerpoint presentation (with notes) and optional theme music. See the "Downloads" section on this Blog for the downloadable material.  

Thursday, April 23, 2009

R.I. Pres. D.K. Lee on Membership Development

Dear Governors, Regional RI Membership Coordinators, Directors, and members of the Membership Development and Retention Committee:

Thank you again for taking the time from your busy schedule to join me on yesterday’s membership teleconference.  I very much enjoyed speaking with you and hearing about the strategies being implemented in your district / region aimed at recruiting new members, retaining members struggling during these tough economic times, chartering new clubs, and increasing public awareness of Rotary’s good work.

I firmly believe that Rotary will be stronger on 30 June as a result of your commitment this year to membership development.  With a little more than 2 months left in the year, let’s all continue to dedicate ourselves to making membership growth and retention a primary priority. 

Thank you for helping to Make Dreams Real through membership.

Best regards,

D.K. Lee. President
Rotary International

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

R.I. President D.K. Lee Leads Membership Discussion with Governors

Our R.I. President, D.K. Lee, led discussions with Eastern Seaboard U.S. Governors during a series of conference calls on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Pres. D.K. wanted to stress the continued importance of membership development through the end of the Rotary year on June 30. 

During the call, Pres. D.K. received reports from each Governor. Concerns noted included clubs' measures to deal with the worsening economic climate, new club formation, and efforts to retain existing members. In general, Governors were optimistic that a net increase in membership could occur for the year. 

The President was joined on the calls by his aide, Past R.I. Director Mike Pinson, R.I. Vice-President Mike McGovern (who will be R.I. Membership Chair in 2009-10), and RRIMCs Bevin Wall and Mark Kriebel (Zone 32)

Rotary Threat Level Red? Not in Effective Clubs!

Why do effective Rotary clubs have few membership problems?  

Why could membership in a Rotary club threaten some business, professional, and community leaders? 

What motivates Rotarians?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A Rotarian "Double" for Newport News VA Rotary Club

Just thought I would brag a little bit about the Rotary Club of Newport News in District 7600 being mentioned in the May issue of The Rotarian magazine, I received the magazine today.  Page 28 includes an article on a five week motorcycle trip to Central and South America taken by Ken Hodge of the Newport News club along with his son, daughter, family friend, and freelance writer for The Rotarian. The trip was to raise funds and promote awareness for the $360,000 Rotary 3H grant that the Newport News club has applied for to build bridges in Zambia.

This is the second time this year the Newport News club has been featured in The Rotarian magazine. In the August 2008 issue the cover story featured Ken Frantz of the Newport News club and the project he started several years ago building bridges in countries to provide better access to schools, clinics, jobs, and markets.

DG Bill Pollard, District 7600

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Zone 33 & 34 Membership- Where Do We Stand?

Get the up to-the-minute membership statistics and analysis from your humble servants, Zone 33 RRIMC Bevin Wall & Zone 34 RRIMC Jim Henry here! 

Click the appropriate link for the Zone 33 Membership Update Slideshow and the Zone 34 Membership Update Slideshow. All figures are good through R.I's March Membership Numbers. 

With a strong finish, both Zones can be in the black for the year!    

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Rotanomics- Why the Decline of Rotary in North America

Unless I mistake its seriousness, the membership decline in North American Rotary clubs needs – no – demands bold persistent experimentation in order to reverse course.  
To pursue new and retain existing members by doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is lunacy.  Common sense says to try different approaches.  If the different approach doesn’t work, admit it and try something else.  But above all, try something! Click here to read more

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Assistant Governor: The Ideal Position?

Assistant Governor is the ideal position in which to expand one’s circle of quality contacts, and to Effectively Network.  To find out why, click here

Thursday, April 2, 2009

RI President D.K. Lee Recognizes Local Clubs

The following local Rotary Clubs were recognized and awarded special Membership Development plaques by Rotary International President D.K. Lee, R.I. Director Eric Adamson and Regional RI Membership Coordinator Bevin Wall at the Presidential Membership Conference in Greenbelt, MD on March 28, 2009.  

For New Club Extension: 
  1. Rotary Club of New Tampa- Evening, FL USA
  2. Rotary Club of Rappahannock-Fredericksburg, VA USA
  3. Rotary District 7730, Southeast NC USA 
For Recruitment:
  1. Rotary Club of Richmond, VA USA
  2. Rotary Club of Crystal City- Pentagon VA USA
  3. Rotary District 7020, Northern Caribbean Islands  
For Retention:
  1. Rotary Club of Caroline County, VA USA
  2. Rotary Club of Fairfax, VA
  3. Rotary Club of South Brunswick Islands, NC USA
Congratulations to these excellent clubs & districts and their efforts SO FAR, this Rotary year!