Monday, February 27, 2012

What Would Jim Recommend for President Elect Reading?

I was asked by an incoming district governor which POSTS on Retention Central would I recommend to incoming club presidents. First, it is a compliment that anyone would ask such a question. Second, my ego wanted to shout, “Read them all.” However, I did cast my ego aside, which was not easy, and listed the five which, according to stats, have had the most visitors. If any of you are so inclined, consider passing this list to all incoming presidents-elect and district committee leaders:

#1. Rotary in North America, Part IV

#2. Inactive Rotarians, A Hidden Resource

#3. The Silent Rotary Killer

#4. The Only True Measure of an Effective Club is its Ability to Attract and Retain Members

#5. Why Wait to Improve Membership Retention

It’s no surprise that most involve attracting and engaging members.

Jim Henry, PDG D-6960
Rotary Club of Sarasota, President 1988-89; 2011-12
Rotarian of the Decade, D-6960 2001-2010
Recipient 2011 R.I. Service Above Self Award
Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator, Zone 34, 2008-10
Rotary Coordinator, Zone 34, 2010-11
Rotary International North American Regional Membership Development & RetentionCommittee

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Major Attendance Change is Proposed by RI Board

The Rotary International Board of Directors is proposing a revision to the attendance requirements.To read the proposed changes from the minutes of the last director’s meeting, please click here. Courtesy of Jim Henry and Retention Central. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Who are We?

From the RI Web Site, "About Us":

What would it take to change the world? Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service above Self. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
This is on the Rotary International website, so Rotary, to the non-Rotarian reader, is Rotary International. But I will bypass the fact that, in this context, Rotary does not have 1.2 million members, it has over 34,000 member clubs that have over 1.2 million members.

 While this is important, my major question is this: Wouldn’t it be more effective, to the Rotarian and non-Rotarian reader, to say that ‘you’ll find local business, professional, and community leaders volunteering at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio?’

Doesn’t this do a more credible job at differentiating and identifying Rotarians? Excerpt from Jim Henry email 2/2012.