Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Who is your Tommy?

Do you remember who invited you to a Rotary meeting? Have you asked someone to join Rotary?

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Engage & Involve: The Keys to Keeping Members

Rotarians, like most people, need to feel like they belong. That is the No. 1 tip from Mike McGovern, 2009-10 chair of the RI Membership Development and Retention Committee and past RI vice president, on how to expand membership. McGovern says many members leave their Rotary clubs because they don't see how they are contributing, or they feel disconnected from other members.

"We need to connect with members of our club within our meetings and at our projects, but also outside of Rotary," he says. "This involves having other members and their families over for dinner or going together to be a spectator at an event."

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Friday, August 14, 2009

New approach vital to membership growth!

Potential club members are everywhere. But to get them to join Rotary, clubs must use creativity and imagination, says Past RI President Cliff Dochterman.

"Rotary International leaders keep emphasizing membership growth and extension because Rotary's very survival depends on it," says Dochterman, a member of the Rotary Club of Moraga, California, USA, and author of The ABCs of Rotary, a resource for new members. "If Rotary is to grow, we all must take action."

Dochterman believes clubs can thrive by seeking new members, retaining current ones, and sponsoring new clubs in the community. He offers the following tips:

What is Rotary? The Answer is "in your hands"!

Paul P. Harris, writing in the July 1912 issue of the National Rotarian explains “What is Rotarianism?
"There are already more than Six Thousand answers to that question and there are many, many more to follow. How do I make that out? There are more than Six Thousand Rotarians in the world and many more to come. Each has his own individual conception of Rotarianism and he will continue to have it even if a brief concise definition of the word be generally accepted. You can't hold Rotarianism in words any longer than you can hold the spirit of brotherly love in a bushel basket.”
Courtesy of The Rotary Global History Fellowship

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

New Membership Slogan Emphasizes Recruitment & Retention

The RI Board of Directors adopted a new membership slogan, "Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One," at its June meeting. The slogan emphasizes the need to focus on both recruitment and retention in membership efforts.

The newest edition of The Membership Minute highlights the latest membership resource from Rotary International: Club Assessment Tools. Consider using the activities in this publication to guide your club's recruitment and retention efforts in 2009-10.

From The Membership Minute 2009, Edition 1. Subscribe to Membership Minute or view back issues

Shifting Membership Development into Drive!

How to overcome a lack of leadership, loss of desire and initiative, lost sight of the objective and failure to educate and communicate?

In seven steps?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The numbers are in... 2008-09 Membership Results

OK, there's good news and there's bad news.

Last Year's numbers are in (through June 30, 2009)...

The good news: Rotary membership is UP worldwide by over 28,000 Rotarians or 2.35 percent. This translates to meeting roughly 27 percent of the worldwide goal for last year. Total Rotary membership is at 1,234,481. Total clubs increased from 33,116 to 33,789 (+673).

The bad news: Our goal in 2008-09 was to reverse a declining trend across our two zones then stretching from WV to the southern part of South America. We did not do so.

Zone 33 had a decline of members of 145 last year or -0.43 percent, although there was a gain of 9 clubs net. High performers include: District 7730, DG Lee Dixon (+2.89%, net 58), District 7710, DG Don Buckner (+2.38%, net 44), and District 7600, DG Bill Pollard (+1.51%, net 46).

Zone 34 had a decline of members of 325 last year or -0.89 percent, although there was a gain of 11 clubs net. High performers include: District 7020, DG Rupert Ross (+7.02%, net 167), District 6930, DG Frances Owen (+1.57%, net 28), and District 6940, DG Ron Richards (+0.71%, net 19).

We have slowed the rate of descent, but we are still in a negative total membership posture. The importance of membership development must continue to be emphasized at all levels to reverse this trend. More analysis to follow.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

RI President's Message: Rotarians Must Have Integrity

In his August Message, RI President John Kenny talks about the importance of bringing in new members who share core values with other Rotarians in the club and who can make the club stronger.

Share the message in your club or district's newsletter and Web site.

Membership Seminar Help Available

There is help available for your upcoming District Membership Seminar. It is not too late to call RRIMC Bevin Wall in Zone 33 or RRIMC Jim Henry in Zone 34 to have some help in planning or presenting at your seminar.

Email us today by clicking on the email links above.

Walking the Membership Tightrope?

Why is Rotary Membership like walking a circus tightrope? Do we provide a safety net or is a free-fall inevitable?

Friday, August 7, 2009

Download or Visit Rotary Basics!

Download the PDF version of Rotary Basics, just like the one in your August Rotarian.

And, a great New Member Resource- Visit the Rotary Basics Interactive Site.