Friday, December 9, 2011

Rotary's Diversity Grande Addiction

Proposition: Rotary's addiction to the elixir served up in Rotary's Diversity Grande has actually hindered diverse representation and contributed to our overall membership stabilization.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Silent Rotary Killer

This Silent Rotary Killer dictates more club and Rotarian actions than many are aware.


From Jim Henry at Retention Central

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Is Your Rotary Club Interconnected to It's Star?

A Rotary Club should be interconnected with the gravitational pull of its STAR like our Earth is interconnected with the gravitational pull of its STAR.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hope is Not a Strategy

Article by PDG Noel Trevaskis, Rotary Coordinator, Chairman Australian Rotary Health in Rotary on the Move Newsletter. 

It is always interesting when I visit clubs and ask them about their membership and club strategy along with other things. Would you be surprised that a lot of clubs tell me that they hope to increase their membership? They hope to increase their fundraising, etc. Clubs are preparing to get ready to elect their leaders of the future; they will be hoping that they elect the right people for the leadership roles in their club. 

Hope is not a strategy.

For clubs to be successful they need to have good strategies in place. Successful Clubs know what they are trying to achieve and how they are going to achieve it, they have plans. They know what the problems are and how they are going to solve them. They concentrate on solutions, they don’t focus on problems.

What does a club have to do to be successful? Value their members, fulfil their need. Put members into roles where they will be satisfied making them feel worthwhile and that they are a big part of the club. People need to know that what they are doing in a club is appreciated, they should be acknowledged for their efforts. Successful clubs always want to achieve success; in fact they expect to be successful. They always want to do more and are always improving and wanting to improve they are not satisfied with where they are now. They are focussed on the future. They talk about progress not change!

A club that is a successful club is a progressive club not a hopeful club, they develop their members. They have all their members involved in the club. They look forward to the future; they don’t hope to have a good future, they have solutions and plans they don’t just hope. Successful clubs know that hope is not a strategy.

RI President Kalyan Banerjee speaks on membership

In a video message sent to 2011-12 club presidents, RI President Kalyan Banerjee says it’s time for clubs to take an honest look at who they are and how they need to change in order to achieve a sustainable Rotary. He urges clubs to highlight Rotary’s relevance to young professionals and to take active measures to engage both new and existing members.
"...as we begin the tasks we have set for ourselves, I remind you all that part of our goal is also to leave Rotary better at the end of the year than it was at the beginning, which means bringing in new members and working to keep the ones we have. For that reason, I have asked the RI Membership Development & Retention Committee, chaired by Past RI Vice-President Monty Audenart, to develop a three-year membership plan that includes the following elements:
  • Recognition of varying regional opportunities and challenges
  • A focus on diversity to bring in more young professionals and women and expand the range of professional backgrounds in our clubs
  • Improved retention efforts in all regions
  • More appealing, inviting, and flexible clubs"
Please click here to view the personal message from RI President Kalyan Banerjee.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Questioning MD-PETS (Multi-District President Elect Training Seminars)

Have PETS slowed our North American Membership Decline?

Have PETS contributed to our North American Membership Decline?

Are PETS Focused on Presidents-Elect?

To read more, please visit Retention Central or click here to go directly to the article.

Friday, October 7, 2011

The next generation of Rotarians


Rotary’s New Generations programs are a great resource for attracting young professionals and helping them to develop personally and professionally. Clubs are encouraged to increase diversity in Rotary by recruiting young men and women. Getting them involved in a Rotaract club or Rotary Youth Exchange can be the first step to a lifelong connection to Rotary.

Learn about these and other Rotary programs for New Generations, and find out how your club can benefit from involving youth and young adults in Rotary.

Read more. From Membership Minute, Oct 2011.  

Friday, September 16, 2011

Climbing Out of the Ruts of Declining Membership

Rotarians! Stop Digging!
For eighteen years, Rotary in North America has been mired in the captivating ruts of declining membership. Other regions of the world should be wary and steer clear or they, too, could become bogged down in similar ruts.

Consider reading Jim Henry’s Rotatorial on thoughts about getting out and/or staying out of these ruts in his most recent post on Retention Central.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Who Knew How Many Rotarians were Walking out of Clubs' Doors?

Do Rotarians Know that Annually More Than 157,000 Rotarians Have Been Walking Out Clubs’ Doors Taking With Them Over US$7,500,000 Of Rotary International’s Dues Revenue.

To read Jim Henry’s Rotatorial, go to Retention Central by clicking on this link http://zone34retentioncentral.blogspot.com/

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Foundation Trustees approve Horn of Africa Fund

In response to the humanitarian crisis in parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, The Rotary Foundation has established the Rotary Horn of Africa Famine and Refugee Relief Fund, which will support recovery projects in the affected areas.

The worst drought in 60 years has gripped the Horn of Africa, leading to acute famine in parts of Somalia, where hundreds of thousands of people are now fleeing to Ethiopia and Kenya for aid. More than 10 million people are affected in the drought-stricken countries, including 3.7 million who are at risk of starvation.

Ways to Donate: Send a check payable to The Rotary Foundation, including the notation “Rotary Horn of Africa Famine and Refugee Relief Fund, #G10008” on the memo line, to:

The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60693 USA

If you or your district wishes to donate District Designated Funds (DDF) to the Rotary Horn of Africa Famine and Refugee Relief Fund, please follow the instructions on the [form attached to the Newsletter].

For more information, contact Jennifer Kordell at +1-847-866-3104 at The Rotary Foundation.

From the ZONE 33 THE FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2011- DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD- RRFC Joe Mulkerrin

Generational Attributes Article Relevant for Rotary Clubs?


"Generational clashes didn’t begin yesterday, but there was always a way out. You don’t like smart-mouthed kids or grouchy old fogies? Go where they’re not. In the second decade of the 21st century, though, there’s a new wrinkle. Some might call it a fault line. The workforce in developed countries is composed of multiple generations.
For the first time in history, four very different generations are working side-by-side,”...
Read more... click here for the online article by Keith Davis from IC View, the Ithaca College Magazine.

Click here for the magazine article with color illustrations.

Thanks to PDG Paul Frey, 7630, for pointing this out, although I currently pay tuition dollars to Ithaca College semiannually, saw the article a while back and thought "Rotary!"    

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Online Training Tool for New Members

Looking for ways to orient new members?

Rotary Basics Online offers videos, audio presentations, and other materials to help new members understand what it means to be a Rotarian.

From Rotary Training Talk. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Three steps to help you grow your club

Don't forget the water!
All Rotarians are ambassadors of Rotary and their clubs. This is especially relevant during Membership and Extension Month in August, when the focus is on building strong, vibrant clubs by inviting prospective members to join Rotary. Interested in growing your club but not sure how to get started? Here’s an easy three-step plan to bring to your next club meeting.

Click here for the details on the three step plan from Rotary.org News.

Monday, August 8, 2011

“Every Rotary club in the world, no matter how big or small, has one thing in common: friendship. And it’s from this base of friendship that we serve our community.”
—KEMAL ATTILĂ‚, Rotary Club of Ankara-Tandogan, Turkey.

Women Power in Rotary Clubs!

Enjoy this post by RID Betsy Demarest to the Rotary Zones 24 & 32 Rotary Coordinator's Website.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Rotary – Born by Commerce, 1905.

Is Rotary in North America
capable and willing to avoid being
Buried by Commonplace 
this century?  

Thanks to Zone 34 Retention Central

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Club Branding: Four Steps...

Read the last Jim Henry article during his tenure as Rotary Coordinator.

The subject is "Branding", and Jim leaves us with 4 Steps for Clubs to take to engage in a valuable, no, essential ... look into who it is and who it wants to be...

Read at Retention Central.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

RIBI's Branding Statement

Zones 33 and 34 have emphasized branding significantly during the past year.

Click here to see how the Rotarians "across the pond" have considered branding and what their conclusions are...   in their RIBI Branding Guidelines.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Rotary Retention Fix

Listed on a one page reference chart, a one paragraph synopsis of the membership retention crisis in Rotary, and then 10 easy-to-do ideas for your club targeted to address those retention issues and to meet the expectations of Newer Members.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Why Wait to Improve Membership Retention?

Click here for the latest in Jim Henry's Series which include a link to the tool for calculating your club's RGR Index!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Does Your Club Know It's a Rotary Club?

Can your club's board of directors affirm that your club is really a Rotary club and have confidence that their affirmation adheres to the Four-Way Test? 

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Reversing Our Membership Freefall Series

Last year RC Jim Henry published a series of eight articles on Reversing our Membership Freefall. After this year's Zone 34 regional and local seminars, we believe that the thoughts and concepts discussed can shed light on steps clubs and districts could take to improve Membership Retention. The easy-to-read articles could be most useful to all levels of 2011-12 Rotary leaders. Please consider forwarding this message to all of your district’s assistant governors and club leaders.

Click here to view and/or download the Reversing a Membership Freefall series and other related articles.

More on the series is available at Retention Central. 

Thanks to RC 34 Jim Henry.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Re-Districting Explained

Click here for an explanation of the why and hows of Re-districting in this month's Rotary Leader.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Happy Birthday- Rotary!

Today marks the 106th birthday of the founding of Rotary in Chicago, IL USA, February 23, 1905.

Email your proudest Rotary accomplishment or moment in a celebratory email to your club's Rotarians!

Mine: Establishing over 37,000 friends during my past 22 years in Rotary, including all the Rotarians in Zone 33, Maryland to SC! I know I can pick up the phone and get advice, assistance, and action from any one of these VIPs in their community! What a great thing! And what a powerful tool for doing good in the world!    

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Recruitment Death Dance

"Dance of Life and Death"
Vijay Kochar
For as long as I have been participating beyond the club, RI Presidents and District Governors, with good intentions, have been recognizing clubs for gains in membership.

Excellent motives, but if one critically analyzes the custom, it becomes obvious that the practice is organization-centered, not member-centered. It comes from an inward point of view and may be a Recruitment Death Dance...

Click here for the latest Jim Henry installment.

Leadership in Rotary is not for the Timid

Leadership in any organization is a challenge. But in most organizations the customers, suppliers, and in non-profits, beneficiaries, are relatively clear. How do we gain a better understanding of these concepts for our Rotary organizations? And, why is leadership in Rotary such a challenge?

Read more... Click here for the whole article.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Can Rotary Perfect its Brand?

View the latest from the mind of RC Jim Henry. What's in a name? How does Rotary's credibility affect its membership and mission? Why should we look at "who we are" instead of "what we do"?

Click here for the article.