Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's time for Membership Awards!

Just a reminder about year-end awards for your clubs and district. In addition to the Presidential Citation, there are some other Membership Awards for which many of your clubs will qualify. The dates for submission are just a few weeks off -- if you haven't done so already, it’s time to gather data and submit them.
RI Membership Development and Extension Award -- MDEA 
Nominators: District governors. Deadline: Beginning 15 May, district governors submit recognition forms to RI.
This district-level certificate program recognizes membership growth in existing clubs, retention of current club members, and the organization of new clubs. Districts that meet their membership goals are also recognized.
RI Recognition of Membership Development Initiatives -- MDI 
Nominators: District governors. Deadline: District governors must receive submissions from clubs by 15 April. RI must receive submission forms from district governors by 15 May. This district-level certificate recognizes clubs for the development and implementation of a creative plan or strategy to support one of the three primary foundations of membership growth and development: retention, recruitment of qualified new members, or the organization of new Rotary clubs.

Though “similar” to the Presidential Citation – the accomplishment of
RI President Kenny’s 2009-10 membership goals will result in a special recognition – perhaps even on the stage at the Montreal convention! Here are the club recognition requirements: 
- A minimum of one net member increase
A minimum of 80% retention rate (80% of the same members who were on the roles July 1)AND certification by the district governor of two of the following achievements:
- Increased percentage of qualified women
- Increased percentage of qualified younger professionals (under age 50)
- Induction of at least one alumna or alumnus of RI or the Rotary Foundation
- Increased diversity of membership (e.g., classification, gender, age, ethnicity)
Deadlines: Clubs should submit their goal results to their district governor by 15 May 2010. Districts should
certify the results and submit them to RI, along with their district results, by 22 May,2010. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

All Rotary PR is Local!

Rotary PR efforts are in their infancy. Find out why we need to develop our PR strategy at the club level, and how... 

To find out more, click here.

Chile Disaster Relief

The Rotary Foundation has established the Rotary Chile Recovery Fund to help aid the tens of thousands of people affected by February's massive earthquake.

Click here for more information on how to contribute.

Rotarians Pack Over 100,000 Meals in Sarasota FL

The Rotary Club of Sarasota and other community sponsors held a community Food Packing Day at the local Boys and Girls club gym.  Over 200 people showed up, paid $20, and came in to assist with packing over 100,000 meals.  The local Food Bank will warehouse the food and deliver it to local families in need.  Many local companies helped sponsor the event, including the local Whole Foods Market.

In the background you will see someone in shorts, a blue shirt and white hat. RRIMC Jim Henry in action! 

Click here for video of Food Packing Day

Also see the event website

Why Did Hiram Drop Out?

Why did one of the esteemed "first four" of Rotary drop out of his Rotary club?

Click here to see the rest of the story. Story on Paul Kiser's Blog.

West Virginia President-Elects Get Charged Up for Membership Challenge

Over 60 President-Elects from 2 West Virgina Districts met over the weekend to train for their upcoming club leadership role in Flatwoods, West Virgina. They were treated to a weekend of excellent presentations and discussion, many echoing the importance of membership development to their club.

Regional RI Membership Coordinator Bevin Wall led a "Perfect Rotary Club Meeting" during the Saturday luncheon, followed by a discussion of meeting "best practices". Wall continued the membership theme through the afternoon session with Developing Your Membership Plan (photo above), and a session on The Rotary Leadership Institute conducted by PDG Dave Cavender.

Click here for the
Developing Your Membership Plan slideshow and notes.

Click here for the
pictures from the event.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rotary Public Relations & Membership

Thanks to our friends at Zones 25-26 Membership News (blog), we have discovered Paul Kiser's Blog. He is Rotary District 5190's PR Chair, and has some fantastic insights on Rotary's distinctive position, branding and public relations efforts.

In this article he outlines 8 steps for a "team win" for Rotary!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bigger, Better & Bolder!

‘Bigger, better, and bolder’ was a recurring phrase at last week’s institute for Rotary Coordinators (RCs).

To see more comments about the new direction inspired by the revised RI Strategic Plan, click here.
By Jennifer Lee Atkin 
Rotary International News -- 9 March 2010  

New Generations Clubs: They're Doing it in Hong Kong!

In this article from Rotary’s bi-monthly Reconnections newsletter, learn how members of a recently chartered Rotary club in Hong Kong, many of whom are alumni of Rotary Foundation-sponsored programs, are investing in the future of youth in their community through their club:

Go to this article on the zones25-26membership.blog

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By Maureen Vaught
Rotary International News — 9 March 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Rotary Coordinators View Membership Blog

41 Rotary Coordinators from around the world viewed the Zone 33-34 Membership Blog as an example of communication strategies during their training in Chicago, IL USA on March 4, 2010.

Blog Editor and Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator Bevin Wall conducted a 10 minutes session that highlighted the nature, uses, and features of blogs. He shared with the group that blogs are easy to use, free or low cost, and allow easy collaboration by Rotarians from distant locations.

Rotary Coordinators are a new position this year in Rotary with a mission to (1) inform and motivate Rotarians about RI programs, (2) improve both clubs and districts by the sharing of best practices and other practical information and motivation for club and district leadership, and (3) produce membership growth through stronger and more effective clubs.