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7 reasons young people should join Rotary and how we can help them
This article was posted on April 21, 2020 and is from on - which we recommend you checking out on a regular basis. It’s important because we talk about building membership especially with younger people. Our corporate memberships can help in this area. But take a read to see the things important from Ryan Bell’s point of view. He is a business owner and Rotarian. As we look to build on Gen Z, Gen X, and Millennial members it is positive to note the one thing ALL have in common is love of service, and experiences to better the world locally and globally:

7 reasons young people should join Rotary

By Ryan Bell, Iowa City District 6000 Public Image Co-Chair
I have a message for all you young people out there who may never have heard about Rotary. Or if you have, it was from a parent or grandparent who spent more time talking about the lunch menu or how great the salad bar is. If that’s all you’ve heard about Rotary, then you’re missing a lot. And let me tell you why, in the middle of this pandemic, Rotary is more relevant than ever. It’s definitely something you want to know about.
Rotary is kind of a big deal. With over 1.2 million members worldwide, it’s the biggest service organization on the planet. If you’re a fan of the planet, that’s just what Rotary wants to preserve. Our members are working on helping save mothers and children, supporting basic education for children, and fighting diseases. Many of those members are now using their connections and resources to help combat COVID-19.
Rotary has no religious or national affiliation. We don’t care what you believe or who you voted for. The way Rotary sees it, the most important thing is that we come together to accomplish some much-needed tasks for a group we like to call humanity.
Rotary efforts have already helped eradicate 99.9 percent of global cases of polio. If you’ve never heard of polio, you can thank a Rotarian for that. Armed with a massive investment and partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary has taken on the incredible task of ridding the world of this crippling disease so no child need get it ever again.
In addition to these large-scale, international projects, Rotary clubs are always working to improve their own communities. Just check out the list of activities Rotarians are involved in to help their communities get through this pandemic.
I would never pressure you to do something that will improve your life in every conceivable way. But let me tell you the benefits I’ve personally seen from being involved in Rotary for seven years.
  1. You’ll make local connections. During the pandemic, Rotary clubs have been staying connected through virtual meetings, which you can join conveniently from the safety of your home. Even in these unusual times, Rotary is keeping people connected. We all need that sense of connection. You will meet wonderfully diverse people from many walks of life. For many of us, this is the main appeal: local friends, local colleagues, clients and contacts. It’s actually why a group of young professionals in Chicago started Rotary back in 1905. When it comes to networking and advancing your business, Rotary membership isn’t like the fickle, transactional networking and “referral” groups you’ve likely been encouraged to join. It’s authentic and real.
  1. You’ll make a global impact. Bill and Melinda Gates saw the efficiency and effectiveness of Rotary, and have partnered with us to commit $450 million to eradicate polio. Once we crush polio, we’ll move on to other important challenges facing our world.
  2. You’ll see your work pay off locally. Sure, the whole “saving the world” thing is cool, but if you’re wanting to make a difference a little closer to home, don’t worry, Rotary does that. We are leaders in our communities. We are a funding source (through a grant program), a volunteer source (because we’re awesome like that) and we even come up with our own initiatives, like in 2018 when we planted over 1.2 million trees.
  3. You can inspire the next generation. We have amazing youth programs that involve students in service and leadership. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards weekends fuel and shape the potential for greatness that’s already inside these students. They get fired up about making the world a more peaceful, loving place — and have the contacts, plans, and direction to make it happen.
  1. You can spend time with the Greatest Generation. Rotary includes members of all ages. Sure, Rotary has a reputation for having a lot of members over the age of 50. But there is also a ton you can learn from the Greatest and Baby Boomer generations. If you’re looking for mentoring, or just great stories, look no further.
  2. You’ll get inspired. No matter what your motive is in considering Rotary, you will be inspired by guest speakers or performances, online or otherwise. I’ve seen amazing singers, legitimately awesome circus clowns, environmentalists, coaches — you name it. And virtual meetings make it easier for clubs to line up dynamic speakers from even further away.
  1. You’ll put your energy where it’s really needed. Here’s (perhaps) the best part of getting involved in Rotary: These clubs need you like crazy! We need leaders from every community in the world to join Rotary and amplify our impact. Feel helpless during the coronavirus outbreak? Consider the impact you could have joining a family of volunteers committed to doing whatever is needed to help the community.
About the author: Ryan Bell has been a Rotary member for seven years. He is the owner of Locals Love Us Iowa City. His great passions include community-building, Pearl Jam and Iowa whiskey.
Branding Rotary at a Golf Outing!

How can we succeed in branding the club with our Golf Hole Sponsorship in June?

We decided to sponsor a hole at the golf event, as we have in the past. This opportunity will allow us to promote membership in Rotary, along with creating awareness of all our initiatives. Plus it is a great way to share our Rotary mission.
This chamber fundraiser gives our Rotary Club an opportunity to build awareness and promote membership! The golfers attending will be businesspeople, executives and owners who may be interested in corporate memberships. This gives our club facetime with decision makers!
Here are some ideas, all in the planning stage (not approved yet) and please share your own ideas with the Public Image Committee!
Our hole will feature our Rotary branded tent, a table with a few “branded” Rotarian volunteers to help answer questions.  We are going to raffle off a 1-year Rotary membership. Since most golfers do NOT carry business cards at this event we will be prepared to sign them up for the raffle. We might give away our 4-way test cards printed with our club contact info, etc.
Since it is not a budgeted item – we are asking our club members to make a special contribution to help us cover the sponsorship fee of $295. Simply log on to this link and use the “other” and add the word golf to donate any amount.
The Annual Chamber Golf Outing is on Friday, June 11th at the Glenview Park Golf Club. We will need a few volunteers to be scheduled for the day of (Mitch…!) and will provide a more comprehensive plan soon for our goals.


Global Outlook - Rotary Resource

Global Outlook Resource Reminder

Global Outlook offers relevant information, practical advice, and expert opinions on topics of interest to Rotary members worldwide. Learn how to advocate for polio eradication, find the next peace fellow, or apply for a global grant in this series of guidebooks, published three times a year.
Download here and select the topics below for your personal use, or order copies for distributing to club members and the community on (available only in English).
  • Guide to The Rotary Foundation Funding Model
  • Guide to Getting and Keeping Members
  • Guide to the Race to End Polio
  • Guide to Vocational Service
  • Guide to Peace Through Service
  • Guide to Advocacy for Polio Eradication
  • Guide to Water and Sanitation
  • Guide to Sustainability
  • The "Plus" in PolioPlus
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