Membership will be a major focus for RI President Ron Burton. Each year Rotary gains about 120,000 new members. Unfortunately, we lose about the same number. That is why our membership has remained static at 1.2 million members since 1985. Burton believes that the key to holding our members is in providing important and valuable opportunities for each member to fulfill their service and fellowship needs. Just as important to recruitment is retention of current members.
These are the priorities for the club’s and district in the coming year based on our district’s experiences and the message from President Ron Burton. Through informal discussions with club members, DG Juanita was able to visit a majority of the clubs to gain input regarding their interests as well.
The first step in strategic planning is strategic thinking. In other words, being proactive, not reactive. Looking at problems as opportunities. For example, (problem), you have used the same fundraiser for the past 10 years. It doesn’t make as much money as it once did and your club members dread when it comes around each year. The opportunity is to form a committee to brainstorm new ideas and resources and develop a new and innovative way to put the fun in fundraising. The Planning Guide has already been completed for this year. Ask your club president to share it with you if she or he has not done so already. The next step in strategic thinking is in using the Club Leadership Plan a collection of best practices intended to strengthen clubs — the first priority of the RI Strategic Plan. Rotarians can make their club more vibrant and engaging by developing a club leadership plan that includes the best practices of effective Rotary clubs. The key to the CLP is in developing long-range goals (as opposed to the short-ranged goals in the Planning Guide) involving all club members, and making sure you have a multiple year leadership plan (i.e. a president, president-elect, and a president-nominee). Again, your club president has a copy of Be A Vibrant Club and would be glad to share it with you. (Note: show your copy of Be A Vibrant Club to the club). Reference District website as source of more complete information.
This is a key Ron Burton quote that explains the theme “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Ask club members what they think Burton means by the quote. Burton goes on to say “the life most changed may be your own.” What does he mean by that?
The new member total is based on the projections from club presidents-elect Membership Goal form submitted at PETS, 2013. FYI: As of 6/11/2013 we had 2276 members which is +47. During 2013-2014, we added the King George club and lost the Fair Lakes club for a total of 54 clubs. The extension committee is pursuing potential new clubs. This should result in a net of +100 district members. FYI; of the 29 districts in Zone 33-34 (our Rotary area), 7610 is the only one that had a positive membership gain in 2011-2012, not sure if we were the only one last year, but we did have positive growth.
Probably the biggest change this year is the full implementation of the new Foundation grants model. No more Future Vision, this is the new way for everyone. There are some new terms and names to remember, but all-in-all, the new model makes good business sense. Log on to the District website at http://www.rotary7610.org and click on the Foundation tab for complete details about the new Foundation grants structure, new on-line forms, and helpful hints and tips.
Please explain what each bullet means. For example, a PHS members promises to donate at least $1,000 annually to TRF “as long as he/she is able.” \FYI,If anyone wants to know how we did in 2012-2013: This information is correct as of June 1, 2013. No Zero-Giving Clubs for 2012-2013$250.00 per capita Annual Programs Fund [we are at $225.59 per capita YTD; would be 5th straight year exceeding $200.00 per capita]$550,000 total Annual Programs Fund [we are at $502,166.17total YTD; total of all 2013-14 club goals $450,000+]250 Paul Harris Society members total [this would be 50+ new PHS; we are at 182 now, reaching for 200]85 Major Donors total [this would be 10 new MDs]52 Bequest Society members total [this would be 3 new BS members]All of this goals are realistic and attainable. Your Foundation Advisor from the AGT will be glad to help.
The graphic at the bottom right shows how far we have come since Rotary’s involvement in polio eradication. The PolioPlus goal is $100,000 total [we are at $65,000+ YTD, plus we gave $25,000 DDF; total of all 2013-14 club goals $64,100]. Again, this goal is realistic and attainable. We are asking each club to hold an independent fundraiser to contribute $2000 each toward the goal.
Each year the Center selects and trains Rotary Peace Fellows based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace and conflict resolution during their future careers. Explore this website to learn more about how to apply, what the current and past fellows are doing, or how you can become involved in their events and activities. Of the six Peace Centers world-wide, the Duke-UNC center is closest to our district—only 3-4 hours away. Next year’s Peace Seminar will be held on April 12, 2014. Plan to attend in 2014. It will be the most awe-inspiring day you may ever spend. These young people are extraordinary! Think of the smartest person you ever met. Then think of the most out-going, dynamic and energetic person you ever met. Next, think of the most articulate and well-mannered person you ever met. Finally, think of the most compassionate and giving person you ever met. Now, put all of those attributes together and you have the typical Rotary Peace Scholar.
Many clubs do not participate in the district’s awards recognition each year. There are many reasons including; we didn’t know about it, we forgot the date, the criteria was too confusing, and (the big one) we are an altruistic organization, we don’t do our work for rewards or the awards demean the wonderful projects we do. Therefore, emphasize the three bullets points at the top and go over the six at the bottom. The goal this year is a well organized, well structured, and open awards program with set criteria and deadlines. The criteria and deadlines will not change.
The District 7610 annual conference promises to be an educational and fun-filled event just north of the state capital in Glen Allen, VA, April 25-27, 2014. Please put the date on your calendar now and make plans to join fellow Rotarians in this end-of-the-Rotary-year celebration. The theme is “The Roaring Twenties.” There will be bath-tub gin, flappers, and more than a few “shady” characters in attendance. Jay Gatsby invites you to be his personal guest at the Martini bar. Are there any questions?
Rotary International -- Assistant Governor's presentation to the Rotary Club of Alexandria
Area Rotary Foundation Advisor
Area Membership Coordinator
RI President Ron Burton
“The Rotarians who
have remained in
their clubs for a
number of years
have done so
because they have
membership to be
District Priorities for 2013-2014
End polio now
Engage in Strategic Thinking
Annual/Short Term Goals Long Term Goals
Tool: The Planning Guide for
Effective Clubs/Rotary Club
To assess the current state of the club
To establish goals to be accomplished in
1. Club Administration
5. Leadership Development
Tool: The Club Leadership
Plan/Be a Vibrant Club:
To develop long term (3-5 years) goals
To involve all club members
To ensure continuity in leadership
Rotary 2013-2014 Theme
“The job doesn’t end
when a new member
joins. It’s not done until
that new member is
Rotary, inspired by
Rotary, and uses the
power of Rotary
service to change lives.”
RI President Ron Burton
Membership Goals for 2013-2014
Recruitment: 150 new members
Extension: 2 new clubs
Net: + 100
The New Grant Model of TRF
“It takes everything
that is wonderful
about Rotary and
raises it to a new level
— by encouraging
flexibility for local
projects, both of
which address the
needs of the
served,” http://www.rotary7610.org and click “Rotary Foundation”
Foundation Goals for 2013-2014
No Zero-Giving Clubs
$250.00 per capita Annual Programs Fund
$550,000 total Annual Programs Fund
250 Paul Harris Society members total
52 Bequest Society members total
85 Major Donors total
Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies
in peace and conflict resolution
or Google: Rotary peace is possible
D7610 Peace Fellow Sana Saeed
Google Rotary peace is possible
Three reasons why your club should participate in the
2013-2014 awards program: