Follow up

 

You must keep attendance. Not to keep the District happy or our beloved DG happy, but use it as a valuable tool. I want to encourage you to measure participation not just merely attendance. PRIP Jim Lacey when questioned stated he'd rather have a Rotarian who actively participates and misses a few meetings than a member with perfect attendance that does nothing.

 

There are attendance requirements. But it is all about how you handle it. Recently Council on Legislation changed the attendance requirement down to 50%.

 

Be flexible with attendance credits. Committee meeting counts as make ups, hands on projects, even visits to the internet clubs

 

Never misplace a Rotarian

 

Missed a meeting calls should not disciplinary calls but caring. We missed you is everything okay.

 

Remember those Sunday dinners with my wife's family. All the kids were there. If my sister in law missed one week, then another and then another.you would call and say hey we missed you is everything okay?

 

You would never call or worse email and say, you know Kathy if you miss one more Sunday dinner you are out of the family.

 

Try teams, pods or the buddy system

 

Assign duties to a group

 

Attendance is key

 

Monitor and report it back to all. Peer pressure can go a long way.

 

Create rewards or prizes for make ups. The most make ups in a year or the furthest make up each month/year. Announce the make ups each week. Reward perfect attendance

 

I love this idea that the Hamilton club had called the Great Makeup Challenge. They cancelled one meeting in summer and asked every member to do a make up somewhere.

 

It all comes down to fun and follow up.

 

If members' attendance is slipping, it is a good sign the member might be in trouble

 

Give them something to do. It goes back to transforming the Rotary member to a Rotarian. Monitor on a regular basis that they have something to do. They volunteered for Rotary in the first place, they had there one chance to say no when you ask them to join, now give them a task to perform.

 

Educate them on Rotary. Have them think beyond the club, go to the district conference and experience Rotary. Visit another club and get new ideas. Become a champion of something.

 

For Rotarians their club is a vehicle, a way to get somewhere. Each Rotarian has a passion, a soft spot in their heart for something. Take that passion, get in that vehicle and steer the club where you want it to go. Do not just be a passenger in the club.

 

If going to a Rotary meeting has become a chore, it is because the member is not engaged enough. Find that purpose, find that passion. It is in all of us.

 

My fellow Rotarians, these are just a few ideas that I have collected over the years. I would love to expand on many if time permitted. Rotary invented the wheel over 100 years ago, we do not need to reinvent it, but I merely ask that you sit with some Rotarians, be it at the District assembly, the district conference, another club or the ever informative district membership seminars held in October. We don't have the answers as facilitators; it is the Rotarians in the room that bring the answers. We have the knowledge and we need to share it.

 

It is very appropriate that this year's theme is Rotary Shares.

 

I thank you for your attention and hope I have made you think about membership a different way and leave you with this thought.

 

Rotary loves its acronyms. I invite you all to be part of the membership team. You need to become a pain in the REAR:

 

Recruit

 

Educate

 

And

 

Retain.

 

Thank you!