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December2014 | Ideas for strengthening membership
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Rotary leaders under 40 exchange ideas at Young Professionals Summit

Young Professionals Summit, held in Chicago in September, gave Rotary leaders ages 25 to 40 the chance to share their Rotary experiences, reflect on their stories, and exchange ideas.

The event, which included 32 Rotary and Rotaract members as well as Rotary program alumni, was organized and moderated by Rotary staff. During the discussions, a professional sketch artist illustrated the participants' ideas on whiteboards.

"The energy and ideas that have flowed in this room over the last two days are so refreshing," said Kathryn Fahy, governor of District 5970 and a member of the Rotary Club of Iowa Great Lakes, Iowa. "We've exchanged actual hands-on ideas that we can take back to our clubs and really change momentum in Rotary."

Read a blog post from one Rotary member who attended the summit.

Want to hear more? Watch the Young Professionals Summit video.

Membership Strategy in Action

Recognizing local leaders while increasing membership.

Every year the Rotary Club of Shallotte in North Carolina, USA, hosts the Business Leaders Luncheon, an invitation-only event to recognize local professionals for their hard work and contribution to the community.

“This is an opportunity for these busy professionals to see the club firsthand,” says Doug Terhune, membership chair. And by conducting club business during the luncheon, members remove the perceived “secrecy” that can sometimes surround club meetings.

Around 20 percent of attendees ask about membership and 10 to 15 percent express interest in joining. The event has also increased donations to the club’s annual fundraiser.

Learn more about the event.

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