Ronnie Davis, District 7620 Membership Chair
Membership is the core of Rotary International; the fabric and culture of clubs representing our communities around the world.
We vary in size from small to very large with total membership exceeding 2.3 million Rotarians in over 200 countries. We are the continuum of generations carrying the mission of humanity, generosity of time, wisdom and wealth as a gift to the world.
Membership involves connecting people together professionally regardless of industry, activity, interest, and mission or geographical location. This might simply be to encourage or facilitate interaction and collaboration, but it also often involves promoting and enhancing the purpose of Rotary itself. It is the duty to our communities and the world to pass on the legacy of Paul Harris.
This module is a culmination of research, experience and feedback of many Rotarians, new generations, and other service organizations. Ongoing suggestions and experience that render beneficial to best practices in membership are welcome.
Click on the links below to download documents for the following subjects....
- Membership Plan 2015-2016
- Membership Coordinator Roles & Responsibilities
- Membership Six-Step Coordinator Administrative Form
- Membership Best Practices
- Rule of 35
- Eight Ways to Reduce the Cost of Rotary
- District Annual Membership Recognition Award
- Engagement of Young Professionals Top 10
A new Membership Toolbox is available below for ideas on Membership and will be updated frequently....
- Club Assessment
Page 29 of the booklet (which has some great ideas!). This is a great way to see who is satisfied with your club and who is not. It gives insight into what needs to change.
- Hold a brainstorming meeting with members. Have each member list individuals they think would be a good candidate for your club on a 3x5 card. Pass the cards around and see if someone is a close friend or business acquaintance and tag team that person! Two friends/business acquaintances can be very convincing to someone to try something new, like a Rotary Club meeting!
- Holding a special meeting/happy hour/celebration? What a perfect time to invite past members to your or hold a club reunion for past and present members. Sometimes it takes just an invitation to remind those who once were Rotarians why Rotary matters.
- Educate your members. The more your members know about Rotary, the better they will be able to share what makes being a Rotarian special. Does your club hold regular education meetings? Schedule one each month. This can include a Rotary Bingo, Rotary Jeopardy, etc. Learning can be fun!
- Ask members to brainstorm a list of people they believe will make a good Rotarian. Consider former colleagues, bosses, neighbors, people they do business with including doctors, dentists, etc.
- Once the list has been completed, create a plan to invite the prospective members to a club event. Be candid about the commitment, including the financial obligation