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February 2018

District Governor's Message

 
 
Greetings Rotarians of District 7790!
 
 
As I reflect on my club visits with you and the conversations we had, it is evident that one common concern for all clubs was membership, both retention and recruitment.  As Debbie and I traveled, we talked extensively in the car about our feelings after attending each club meeting.  We always felt welcome and were amazed at all the wonderful work each club was doing in their communities and around the world.  The enthusiasm and energy that each club has should be shared with others throughout their community.    It was evident that current Rotarians see Rotary as providing meaningful experiences and offers them opportunities to make positive differences while connecting with other.  They make valuable friendships and feel good about Rotary and the work they do to make the world a better place.
 
We can always learn from history.  As Ian Riseley reminds us Paul Harris came to Rotary looking for friendship, connections and a place to feel at home.  The top two reasons people join Rotary are to meet new people and to get involved in their communities. Many of the non-Rotarians you know are looking for the same things. Invite them to help with a service project, attend a networking night, or participate in a club gathering so they can see for themselves how Rotary connects leaders to make positive change.  Let’s remember that Rotary is about fellowship as much as it is about fundraising.  I feel we sometimes get too busy raising money that we forget about taking time for fellowship. Taking time for fellowship just may solve some of our membership challenges.
 
That said, I ask Rotarians to continue to tell their story and take time for fellowship.  Many of you offer regular opportunities for fellowship to include barbeques, progressive dinners, family potlucks, bowling, spontaneous gatherings, hockey pools, luncheons, etc.  If your club does not have a regular fellowship gathering, plan one.  Enjoy and strengthen the bonds of service and fellowship through Rotary and at the end of the day make sure you are having fun.
 
I reflect on my club visits with you and the conversations we had, it is evident that one common concern for all clubs was membership, both retention and recruitment.  As Debbie and I traveled, we talked extensively in the car about our feelings after attending each club meeting.  We always felt welcome and were amazed at all the wonderful work each club was doing in their communities and around the world.  The enthusiasm and energy that each club has should be shared with others throughout their community.    It was evident that current Rotarians see Rotary as providing meaningful experiences and offers them opportunities to make positive differences while connecting with other.  They make valuable friendships and feel good about Rotary and the work they do to make the world a better place.
 
We can always learn from history.  As Ian Riseley reminds us Paul Harris came to Rotary looking for friendship, connections and a place to feel at home.  The top two reasons people join Rotary are to meet new people and to get involved in their communities. Many of the non-Rotarians you know are looking for the same things. Invite them to help with a service project, attend a networking night, or participate in a club gathering so they can see for themselves how Rotary connects leaders to make positive change.  Let’s remember that Rotary is about fellowship as much as it is about fundraising.  I feel we sometimes get too busy raising money that we forget about taking time for fellowship. Taking time for fellowship just may solve some of our membership challenges.
 
That said, I ask Rotarians to continue to tell their story and take time for fellowship.  Many of you offer regular opportunities for fellowship to include barbeques, progressive dinners, family potlucks, bowling, spontaneous gatherings, hockey pools, luncheons, etc.  If your club does not have a regular fellowship gathering, plan one.  Enjoy and strengthen the bonds of service and fellowship through Rotary and at the end of the day make sure you are having fun.
 
Yours in Rotary, 
 
H. Lincoln Ehrlenbach
District Governor 2017-2018
District 7790 - Maine & Quebec
P. O. Box 841
Ellsworth, ME  04605
lehrlenbach@gmail.com
 
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