Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day - Yes, Rotary Supports That!

Rotary has had "environment" as one of it's key areas of support for many years. Lots of Rotary clubs have a "green-thumb" and it especially shows up around Earth Day. 

Story courtesy of RI News. By Arnold R. Grahl, Rotary International News -- 21 April 2010  

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Newly Revised RI Membership Strategy Released

Hot off the presses from Rotary International. Click here for the newly released RI Membership Strategy.

Is Your Rotary Club Accessible?

Where is your Rotary Club the other 166.5 hours per week? Answering this key question may determine whether your club's public image needs help.

Click here for the full story that includes a reflection on the public image of the automakers, the vantage point of the viewer, the impact of one-on-one Rotary education, the social media generation, and the one (very basic) tool that Rotary clubs are overlooking in public imaging!

Another great blog post from Paul Kiser's Blog.    

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Recognition of Membership Development Initiatives

Governors can nominate up to 3 clubs for Recognition of Membership Development Initiatives. May 15 deadline.

See the links in the below email or on the RI Website at scroll down midway for MDI. 

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Innovation Made Easy?

To innovate is to introduce something new or make changes in anything established. Innovation is key to ensuring that your club remains strong for years to come. Is it time for your Rotary club to be innovative? Here are a few ideas to get started:
  • Survey all your club’s members to see what they like and don’t like about the club, and what suggestions they have for changes.
  • Ask your club board members to attend at least one other local club meeting this month as a guest and discuss what they observed.
  • Participate in LinkedIn or other social networking forums (see article above) to get ideas from Rotary club members around the world.
Thanks to Rotary Training Talk

Do Some Rotary Networking in Montreal!

Rotarians from all over the world will be attending the RI Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada, 20-23 June.

The convention is a great way to network with fellow Rotarians and find out what clubs are doing around the globe.

Register online thro
ugh Member Access, or download a registration form

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My name's Rotary, James Rotary!

Posted: 13 Apr 2010 05:56 PM PDT
Don’t Know How to Use Facebook? You’re Fired! 
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 7:49 PM
By Jessica Ramirez

"According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the British intelligence agency MI5 has rolled out plans to lay off workers (including spies) who do not know how to use social-networking tools like Facebook and Twitter." 

Okay, so admittedly this is a bit of a stretch -- but..... the real fact is, if Rotarians (that's you and me) don't embrace all resources and technologies -- if we "just keep doin' what we've always done" -- we're going to get left in the dust.

Please be assured that Rotary International is indeed using (very successfully) Social Media including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To truly reach our members and those outstanding younger professional, business and community leaders that we hope to invite to Rotary, then our clubs and districts also need to be using every available new communication tool available to us.
Just because we're 105 years old and the oldest service organization, doesn't mean we have to act like it!

To read the whole article go to:

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New RI Strategic Plan Information Available

The RI Board recently revised the Plan in November 2009 and March 2010. Available now are the Plan, Core Values, a Poster, and a Power Point show explaining the changes.

Click here for the Strategic Plan Information.

Membership Video Set Available from RI

Membership Video Set
Last revised: 2008

Set includes two DVDs: one for new members and one for prospective members. Each DVD features a compilation of Rotary videos, includingWelcome to Rotary, various Humanity in Motion public service announcements, and segments from RVM: The Rotarian Video Magazine

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Club Presidents & Curious George

Most of us remember the series of children's books highlighting the adventures and misadventures of a monkey named Curious George.
For an insightful look at how The Man in the Yellow Hat might be the ideal Rotary club president, click here.

Thanks again to Paul Kiser at Paul Kiser's Blog!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So, What Do Rotarians Want out of Rotary?

It may not be what you think it is!!

Click here for excerpts from Director Elect John Smarge's presentation to Rotary Coordinators during their March training event in Chicago. Agree or disagree?

Thanks to Zones 25-26 Membership News blog.  

Youth Football Rules Apply to Rotarians! Who Knew?

Michael Josephson, a frequent commentator on ethics through his Character Counts and The Josephson Institute website, and a past R.I. Institute Speaker, published a recent article on Five Coaching Mistakes to Avoid, taking the tips from Erik Saunders' The Youth Football Coaches Handbook. As you read this very short article, think about how these five things, that can negatively affect practices, game management, and overall success, apply to leading volunteers of all ages.

Click here for the article, scroll down and it's on the left side.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spiderman & You

What can the travails and triumphs of a webslinging superhero tell us about Rotary leadership?

Click here to view a powerpoint program with notes from a recent presentation by RRIMC Bevin Wall to Rotary President-Elects at the Chesapeake Multi-District PETS held near Washington DC.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Slogan Builds on Rotary's Strength: Its Members!

Rotary's new membership slogan "Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep Oneemphasizes the need to stress both recruitment and retention.

Also, enjoy the online Rotary Leader format (may require a free brief software download)  Click here to read more.