Membership Minute

Posted on Jan 15, 2018




How to describe your Rotary Club in three or four sentences.

So often Rotarians are asked “What is Rotary and what does your Rotary Club do?” It is essential that we teach our members how to answer that question in an interesting and concise manner. I’ve heard some of the dullest and uninteresting responses to these questions you could ever imagine. The answer must convey an excitement of a fun and informative meeting, the warmth of a group of friends, the prestige of a hundred year old worldwide fellowship,  the rewards of building a better community and the pride in working for peace and world understanding. Most of our members must be taught how to describe the rewards of belonging to one of the world’s most influential and  prestigious organizations. When someone asks, “What is Rotary? Or tell me about your Rotary Club.” All of our members should have a quick response:
“Our Rotary Club belongs to Rotary International, which was the world’s first service Club, organized over 100 years ago. We are one of the 32,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 countries and territories in the world. We meet every week where we combine a lot of fun with interesting programs, and then we take on a whole variety of service activities for our community and reach out to people in need around the world. We represent a cross section of our community because we promote high ethical standards and good business practices. A lot of our activities involve young people in our area, as well as the poor and aged, and our number one world wide activity is the eradication of polio in the world….  And we always have lots of fun. There are so many more things I could tell you if you are really interested and have a moment.”
When asked “What is Rotary?” each of us should have a prepared response on the tip of our tongue. Almost all of us have ready answers when asked about our business, profession, hobby, church, college, family or grandchildren. It is essential that every one of our members learn how to talk about our Rotary Club in an exciting and convincing manner. And we may have to actually teach the Rotarians in our Club how to do it.
Past RI President Cliff Dochterman