Thursday, October 29, 2009

West Virginia Membership Seminar

District 7550 will conduct a short Foundation and Membership Seminar on October 31 at Tamarack, Beckley, WV according to DG Ray Pollard. The seminar is primarily directed to Club Presidents, Membership Chairs and Foundation Chairs, but any District Rotarian interested in and wanting to learn are invited. Registration: 8:30 AM. Cost: $20.00, includes lunch. 

The Membership agenda includes: District Governor OverviewMembership: Overview and Resources Available by George Williams, District Membership Chair, Membership Chair ad Committee Responsibilities by Paula Blankenship, Past District Membership Chair & Ben Gurley, Assistant District Governor, Goal Setting, Action Plan and Recruiting by Noel Revels, Past District Treasurer, and Classification, Education and Retention by Robert Keely, District Strategic Planner. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Rotarians make good use of social networking

Rotarians are publicizing club events, reaching out to new members, and keeping in touch with program alumni through LinkedIn and Facebook.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

District 7530 Membership Seminar in Pictures

Click here for pictures from the District 7530 (Northern West Virginia) Membership & Rotary Foundation Seminar held October 3, 2009. 

Pictures provided by District 7530 Membership Chair PDG Mary Dean.  

Get all of the "Reversing the Membership Freefall" Articles Here

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!  

Remove Obstacles!

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.  

Heading for the Exits?

Some amazing statistics in the Southeast US. RRIMC Jim Henry's research into RI records indicates that Rotary clubs in Zone 34 districts over the last five years have inducted 22,467 new members, but overall are down 1,124 members.  

The inevitable conclusion- that clubs do not have a problem attracting new members – the problem is keeping them. This is just further proof that clubs and districts should undergo self-evaluation and make systemic changes. Clubs are not meeting their members’ needs, and bringing new members into ineffective clubs will only aggravate the problem.

Friday, October 23, 2009

What do Rotaractors Think About the Future of Rotary?

Let's face it: If Rotarians don't succeed in attracting younger members to their clubs, there won't be any clubs to attract members to. 

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

Club Program Pointer: Club Member Biographies

On the way from Alaska, my wife and I visited Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Some Rotary friends had assisted with lodging arrangements so we had lunch with them at the Rotary Club of Vancouver.   The, over 100 strong, has an interesting tradition – on the week of member’s birthdays, the club secretary asks each birthday person to stand, then reads a pre-approved 1 - 2 minute biography.  The bio includes the member’s business, hobby, family activities, and items that might interest other members.  The purpose of this tradition is to advance the first Object of Rotary – the Development of Acquaintance as an Opportunity for Service by introducing each club member to the others a minimum of one time a year.

Jim Henry, PDG D-6960
Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator, Zone 34, 2008-10

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

CLUB CLINIC: What should I do if a member of my club misses a meeting?

First, keep in mind that while 100 percent club meeting attendance is ideal, 50 percent attendance is what the Standard Rotary Club Constitution requires. Rotarians must attend at least 30 percent of their own club’s regular meetings in each half of the year, and they can’t miss or fail to make up four consecutive meetings.
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 or refer to the Official Directory to find club meeting times and locations.

From Rotary World, October 2009

Words to Grow By...

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

Rotary by the Numbers

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Create a Systematic Plan

In order to create a systematic strategic plan for long-term survival, any organization
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

People will join your Rotary Club for their reasons, not yours!

Finding those critical matches between what a prospective member wants in an organization like Rotary, and what your particular Rotary club offers, is key to bringing in new members. This is just one of several sales training philosophies that District Membership Chair Abby Donnelly shared during District 7690’s Membership Seminars. While the intent was not to turn club membership chairs into sales people, it’s important to recognize that bringing in new members is a type of sale!

Over 80 club membership chairs and presidents actively engaged in discussion about attracting prospective members, onboarding them effectively into the club, and retaining them for life. They discussed why they joined Rotary -- and why they stay, as they built and practiced content for their 30 second elevator speech.

Their innovative ideas ranged from things as easy as instructing the Sgt. Of Arms to get contact information from every guest at the Sergeant of Arms check in, to things as comprehensive as a new member/prospective member event to drive membership and retention. The energy in the room was high as club chairs shared triumphs and challenges, and by the end of the two hour session, all had at least 1-2 idea they were committed to implement in their club to grow and retain members.  

contributed by: Abby Donnelly, District Membership Chair, Rotary District 7690

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thoughts on Membership by Past President Cliff Dochterman

One of the Rotary's true visionary leaders and communicators is Past RI President Cliff Dochterman.

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.