Attention Club Presidents and Membership Chairs.
 
 
 
 
As I write this on a lovely August afternoon, I am realizing we are well into the month of August and in Rotary, August is designated as Membership and New Club Development month. As Membership Director for District 7010, I want to let you know that the District Membership Committee and I are here to help you grow your club membership. Periodically throughout this year, we will be sending out helpful hints to provide you with the tools that you can use to attract potential members and, very importantly, retain them once they have joined. Membership is the most important aspect of Rotary because, if we don’t have members, there IS no Rotary.
 
So: Membership
  • What is your club doing to attract members to your club?
  • What is your club doing specifically to make your club interesting enough to make these potential members want to join and stay?
  • What do you think is special about your club – networking, community and International service, fundraising, projects, fun, and fellowship? Something else? This should be an on-going discussion in your club.
  • Are your club meetings interesting, meetings where members say; “I never miss my club meetings!”
  • How do you get new members engaged?
  • What does your club do to retain members? Do you keep them engaged? Many leave because they are bored. What do you do to prevent them from leaving due to boredom?
  • Are you the kind of President who is the role model of you club in your actions, thoughts and manner, one who inspires your members? Are you a President with whom your members find easy to communicate?
And: New Club Development
 
August is also New Club Development month. Are you award of any area where a potential club could be started? Maybe the next town could support a new club. Maybe your club is getting too big and is ready to be divided in two for more manageable numbers. If you know of any interest in starting a new club, please contact me and together we can start the process. There is more than one way to grow membership in the District.
 
If you would like to share ideas you or your club has of growing membership, please email me and I would be only too please to share them with District clubs. 
 
Summer can be a difficult time to host membership events as many are away on vacations, but you can spend this time developing strategies to attract members this Rotary year. 
 
Good luck with growing and retaining your members! Remember, by doing this and doing what you do for Rotary, you are truly a Gift to the World!
 
Lynne Chant,
District Membership Director
District 7010
Be a Gift to the World
705.292.4279