Rotary International District 7870 Information Center
District Governor David Hoopes encourages Rotarians to “share the gift of Rotary though the simple act of membership.” Sharing Rotary by welcoming new members is an important primary goal and as a membership chair, I recognize that it is only the first step in building a steadily growing club of active and engaged Rotarians. It is imperative that new Rotarians remain Rotarians.
We are all Rotarians because someone, a Rotarian, thought highly enough of our character to sponsor us for membership. Finding prospects that are likely to share our passion for Rotary is a predictor for retention success, but we want to increase our 95% retention rate, so we have implemented the following initiative.
More than 110,000 people call themselves Rotary Foundation alumni. They include former participants of the following programs:
- Ambassadorial Scholarships (Rotary Fellows)
- Carl P. Miller Discovery Grants
- Group Study Exchange
- Rotary Grants for University Teachers
- Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program
- Rotary World Peace Fellowships (Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution)
- Volunteer Service Grants
Foundation programs enrich the lives of participants and spread Rotary’s vision of peace through person-to-person contact, friendship, study, service, and cross-cultural exchange.
Program participants serve as goodwill ambassadors not only when they’re abroad but also when they return to their home countries. The experience of living, learning, and serving in a land other than their own encourages Foundation alumni to advocate for Rotary’s ideals.