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District 5890 Members,
 
Since 2004 to the present, membership across District 5890 has been on the decline with a few exceptions. Membership growth and retention sustains a Vibrant Club, i.e. a club which is successful engages its members, conducts meaningful projects, is flexible, and reflects diversity.  Membership recruitment is important, but just as important, is member retention. It takes effort to recruit new members, but are we putting forth the required effort and concern to keep our existing members? Remember PDG Bob Ellis said, “Without members, nothing else matters”.   
 
As most of you are aware, Rotary International’s Membership Manuals are good about instructing; but Club Presidents and Membership Chairs say, “I agree about the priorities, but how do I accomplish them, and where do I start?”
 
This information has been gathered and advice sought from many different corners, including Past District Governors, Past and Present Membership Chairs, and Rotarians across the district. We must “think outside the box”.
 
A power point entitled Membership Recruitment and Retention, and the Cookbook Approach have been prepared for your use. As handed down from the 2016 Rotary International Council on Legislation, Slide 19, Club Flexibility, of the aforementioned power point, describes important changes to assist your club to become a more Vibrant ClubIf adopted, the information contained in the Cookbook Approach will assist your club in Membership Development and Retention. 
      
Yours in Rotary service,
Derrill Painter
District 5890 Membership Committee Chair
 
Ann Wright
District 5890 Membership Committer Vice-Chair