Monday, September 27, 2010

Australians Recruit Women

In the face of declining Rotary Membership numbers in Australia, their solution is... to recruit more women! The myth to be dispelled is that Rotary still doesn't accept women. A national movement to reverse this myth and trend is in the works.

Read more about Australia's novel plan. Article supplied by PDG Rick Garner, the RI Zone 8 Public Image Resource Group Coordinator, to Rotary on the Move.  

Rotary's Challenge: Draw a Younger Crowd

A great article in the mainstream media highlighting Rotary's membership challenges.

David Hanson, a fourth-generation Rotarian, is president of the Rotary Club in Chesapeake. The key to Rotary’s future, Hanson said, “is to bring in high-quality young members.”
See this article in the Virginian Pilot's Online resource:

Thanks to 
Bill Pollard for this submission.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Club in a Pub?

How important is location and fun? The Rotarians of the Bricktown Rotary club would like you to know.

Read the Rotary News article here. 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Zone 33 & 34 make Membership Advances

The 2009-2010 Rotary Membership numbers are in. For the first time since 2001-02, Zone 33 Rotary clubs (States of DE,MD,NC,SC,TN,VA,WV) showed a positive membership growth of net +47, a growth rate of one tenth of one percent. Zone 34 saw an improvement, but still lost a net 85 Rotarians, despite having District 7020 post a record 120 Rotarian gain.

In Zone 33, this breaks a significant downward trend line over the past 5 years that reflected an average loss of 436 Rotarians per year, or about 1.2% per year. Zone 34 has sustained similar losses over the same time period.

Zone 33 Rotary Coordinator Bevin Wall attributes the gain to hard work by District Governors and Club Presidents, who are emphasizing the importance of strengthening clubs at the local level. Weak economic trends have been cited as a factor in Rotarian losses, but are being largely offset by new club development. Of continuing concern is the average club size, which continues to fall, while the number of clubs steadily increase. Retaining existing members, recognizing the importance of keeping those members, and instituting programs to strengthen the overall club program and activities are all keys to turning the numbers around.

Click here for the Final Comparison to Start Figures Membership Report for 2009-10.