On going District Events and Calendar
Jul 01, 2014 – Jul 01, 2015
Rio Grande Academy, Las Cruces, September 27, 2014
Sep 27, 2014
7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rio Grande Academy, Albuquerque, October 4, 2014
Oct 04, 2014
7:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Rio Grande Academy, Santa Fe, October 11, 2014
Oct 11, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Rio Grande Academy, Roswell, October 18, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
September is New Generations Month
What is a New Generation Rotary Club? Why do we need them?
September is New Generations Month. We all know that the New Generations programs of Rotary include those for youth and young adults, such as Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Interact, Rotaract and Student Rotarians of the Month among other programs.
But what is a New Generations Rotary Club (NGRC)? First, they aren't defined by Rotary, so, in some respects, the NGRC is what the Rotarians in that club want it to be. Second, unless it is included in a pilot program of Rotary International, any NGRC must comply with all the requirements of a "regular" Rotary Club.
So far, what's the difference? Well, nothing and everything. The main differences are (1) an orientation toward younger Rotarians and (2) a willingness to try non-traditional methods to attract and keep those younger Rotarians.
A NGRC's focus on younger Rotarians seeks those not just younger in age, but those who are "younger" in their career, in their financial development, in their activity level, or perhaps in their attitude.
Non-traditional aspects of a NGRC can include meeting times (generally late afternoon or early evening "Cocktail clubs", Fridays or weekends), meeting credits for service and fellowship opportunities, meeting locations (low cost, limited meal or cocktail options), low cost of membership, and stressing smaller hands-on service projects instead of check-writing.
Surprisingly, Club Boards have the power to do all this without any exemption from the R.I. Constitution & Standard Club Bylaws. These are simply new Rotary clubs, appealing to an under-served group, with members finding a way to serve their communities and world.
Existing Rotary clubs (and District Extension Committees) should survey their community and see if a NGRC would be feasible. It is a great way to provide more service opportunities in your town, while aiding the overall Rotary membership effort.
You can contact the District 5520 New Generations Chair PDG Bobby Wallace for more information.