Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rotary Fast Fact - The UN

Many Rotary projects parallel the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. Rotary service projects worldwide help reduce child mortality (Goal 4) and improve maternal health (Goal 5) by addressing preventable childhood diseases, including polio; providing nutritional supplements and potable water; offering reproductive health education; and donating medical services and equipment. In 2008 and 2009, more than 10,000 Rotary club members worldwide attended child survival conferences, which generated US$500,000 toward related projects. In addition, Rotary supports the United Nations' new child nutrition initiative, Renewed Efforts Against Child Hunger (REACH).

From Rotary: Navigating the Global Network E-Newsletter. To join this email letter, click here.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Regional Membership Assistants Assigned

R.I. Vice President Eric Adamson, on recommendation from Regional RI Membership Coordinator Bevin Wall, has assigned the following Rotarians to assist with Membership Development in Zone 33 during the 2009-10 Rotary year:

Pictured from left top, clockwise: PDG Sue Poss (RC Greenville East SC), PDG Tim Mannix (RC Cary NC), PDG Keith Blankenship (RC Matewan WV), PDG Bob Stallworth (RC Midlothian VA), PDG Bob Newton (RC Greensboro NC), PDG Abe Clymer (RC Harrisonburg VA).

"This is a terrific team of experienced, motivated and creative Rotary leaders. We are excited to have them continuing to work on Membership Development in Zone 33."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Zones 33 & 34 Results... It's Down to the Wire!

With continued effort through the year-end deadline of June 30, 2009, we are poised to finish in positive membership territory in Zones 33 & 34 for the first time in many years. As of May 31, 2009 Zone 33 is EIGHT members to the positive. Zone 34 is EIGHTEEN members to the positive.

We need to continue to bring in new members and add those new Rotary Clubs through the end of this month!

Q & A: Five Keys for Club Membership Success

Q. I am the new Membership Chair for this upcoming year for our club. I want to make this the best membership recruiting effort possible. Appreciate any ideas!

A. Congratulations on your assignment! Five Keys to keep in mind for success:
  1. Creativity & Group-based Solutions. Over and over again I see clubs with membership leaders (you!) that are creative and put together group solutions to their membership issues that are successful in the long-run.
  2. Create "buy-in" for the health of your club and the ability to be diverse, representative and to do more in your community.
  3. Planning to meet or exceed the Presidential Citation goals is a must, and any club membership plan should be based on it.
  4. Use Training Opportunities. Last, stay abreast of district training opportunities, club leadership opportunities (like RLI- Rotary Leadership Institute), and membership information. See our blog at and subscribe to and look at past Membership Minutes on the RI Webpage at for ideas.
  5. Assess Your Club Environment. Creating fellowship, networking opportunities and value in your club is key. Once you have a plan to invite prospects, you must have an environment that respects their time and contributions.
Have a great membership year and let me know how I can help!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Rotary's Financials Improve with Market

R.I. General Secretary Ed Futa issued a report on June 3, 2009 on the improving state of Rotary's investments and finances. 

Monday, June 1, 2009

My Rotary Testimonial

I hope that as the Rotary year comes to an end, that you take 5 minutes to think about what your Rotary membership means to you. I think it's a valuable exercise. Feel free to add your own under comments! Here's mine:
During the past two years I have been given he unparalleled opportunity to work with Rotary Clubs across the Mid-Atlantic States to strengthen their membership efforts. It never ceases to amaze me how unselfish Rotarians are, how much they want their communities to shine, and how hard they work to give the less fortunate better opportunities in life. While Rotarians seem to join their club for networking opportunities and a perceived individual advantage, Rotarians stay in Rotary because of fellowship and service. These "Rotarians that stay" see Rotary as a pivotal force for peace in the World... a place where one person can, and often does, make a difference. It is a blessing to my life every day to be a Rotarian.
Bevin Wall, Regional RI Membership Coordinator, Zone 33.