My Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and the family of Rotary:
It’s been a month since the new Rotary Year. By now most of the club leaders have settled into their new role and plans have started being executed.
I’m looking forward to seeing how these plans take shape and to see the fruit of all this labour.
Since the new Rotary Year I’ve have a chance to visit a few clubs and I can tell you that Rotary is indeed alive and well. And the clubs are doing some incredible work in their communities.
August is Membership and New Club Development Month. This month the focus is on strengthening and growing Rotary – by engagement & attraction.
What a great time to encourage Rotarians to bring a friend or a guest to a meeting. Go out there and tell everyone what Rotary is all about; why Rotary membership is the most meaningful way to help their communuty & the world globally. Turn to social media and share worthy content. Do a quick video about why you love your club. Ensure that you’re providing value to your Rotarians and your club. Craft a better rotary experience. Do a fireside chat for new or potential members.
Membership is Rotary’s # 1 internal priority - we need more willing hands, more caring hearts, and more bright minds to move our work forward. We have clubs that are becoming more flexible, so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people.
So go out there are share Rotary – People are starved for connection. For that feeling of doing something good for others. Rotary is the perhaps the best way to make a meaningful difference.
Finally my friends, membership is a job of all of us, not just the membership chair or committee. We must be the change in how we share rotary with others – and let them know that indeed we Serve Humanity.
Haresh L. Ramchandani
District Governor, 2016 - 2017