This Saturday’s presentation should be a very enlightening one as we continue to enjoy the month hosted by Rtn. Keturah. A special guest speaker joins us as we discuss a very important topic on Diabetes as part of Basic Education and Literacy month. The focus will be on the importance of reading and understanding the labels. As consumers, we need to make wise choices about what we eat and drink as this will help us make informed decisions about choosing good nutrition and health. Further reading labels will assist us in getting more value for our money.
The question is asked, how can we as an E-club help spread health awareness about the chronic disease that affects so many persons close to us. Join us as we explore the many ways our club can be of assistance.
Remember the dates:
September 23 – Club Training
September 26 – Rtn Keturah completes her program for the month of September
DG Felix’s visit – October 17, 2015 at 9:00am EDT/8:00am EST. We are looking forward to seeing you all there.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.” – Erma Bombeck.
Rotarian Keturah graciously hosted the Happy Hour Hangout Wednesday evening for the first time. Following some fellowship she presented a video on diabetes.
Currently 100 million Americans are pre-diabetic or diabetic, and one in three kids born after the year 2000 will develop diabetes. Neal Barnard, clinical researcher and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), identifies the causes of this serious issue and advises us how we can fight these statistics.
A lively and informative discussion followed with the group shown below:
As promised, here are 12 more membership questions for the E-Club --
1. Major factors in achieving positive membership growth include:
a. Strong and sustained presidential encouragement and support
b. A well-designed program for new members that includes Rotary education, induction, and assimilation and involvement into club activities
c. Suitable recognition for sponsors of new members
d. Reasonable costs of membership
e. Public Relations
f. "b" and "c"
g. All of the above
2. To attract additional qualified persons to accept membership in Rotary clubs and to improve retention, clubs should keep services to their communities irrelevant not publicize community projects and services.
3. In Order for a club to be fully relevant and responsive to its community, a club should establish an arbitrary limit on the number of members
4. Inherent in the purpose of Rotary is the acceptance of the personal application of the ideal of service. Individual Rotarians should recognize that this responsibility includes a personal obligation to share Rotary with others and to help extend Rotary through proposing qualified individuals for Rotary club membership.
5. The pamphlet used for proposing a new member is called
a. New member proposal form
b. Propose a new member
c. How to propose a new member
d. Introduction to Rotary
6. When should a prospective member fill out and sign the member proposal form
a. When the proposer first approaches a prospective member
b. After board approval
c. After being given a prospective member orientation
d. It is not necessary for a prospective member to fill out a form
7. The District Membership Committee has gathered several resources to assist the club membership committees achieve their membership growth initiatives. Which of the following are the four sections of the membership growth initiatives:
a. Membership, Recruitment, Retention, Education.
b. Introduction to membership, Recruitment, Retention, Why leave Rotary
c. Types of membership, the Membership Committee, Membership Plan, Membership Tips
d. The Plan, Membership Committee, Recruitment, Retention
8. When a member leaves Rotary it is necessary to do an exit survey with the member that is leaving. Why is this good idea?
a. To find out what would have kept the Rotarian from leaving.
b. As a matter of courtesy to the person that has left.
c. It is a waste of time and should not be done.
9. In a 2004-2005 Rotary International survey, members who left Rotary named several reasons for leaving. What is the number one reason given for leaving Rotary?
a. Inconvenient meeting time.
b. Economic situation.
c. Weak programs.
d. Weak club leadership.
e. Weak club projects.
10. As well as measuring the reasons members left the survey concentrated on the areas where clubs are being the most successful. What was the number one reason for clubs being successful:
a. Developing unique club programs.
b. Recruiting a variety of diverse people.
c. Identifying and inviting prospective members.
d. Publicizing events in the media.
e. Involving new members in committees.
11. Fill in the blanks:
Retaining good members is as critical to Rotary’s long-term success and health as the ________ of new members. Retaining current members while building your membership through __________ is more productive and cost effective than continually replacing members lost to attrition. Additionally, your recruitment efforts will be more effective if your club has a large number of experienced and informed Rotarians in its ranks.
Hint: You will find the above paragraph in one of Rotary International’s publication on membership.
12. Proper member education should begin well before the induction ceremony. Educating potential members about the basics of Rotary club membership provides them with realistic expectations about the benefits and obligations of membership.
1. g All of the above
5. c - How to Propose a New Member
6. b – After Board Approval
10. e – involving new members in committees
11. induction - recruiting
The Rollin' with Rotary team, clockwise from top left, Adam Barth, Kathy Fahy, Jason Browne, RI Director Jennifer Jones, and Marie Fallon, stop off at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, on 6 August.
Photo Credit: Rotary International/Alyce Henson
Members of the news media had gathered, along with the mayor of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and a group of Rotary members, on the bank of the murky Detroit River. It was early August and the members were about to amaze the reporters on hand.
Jason Browne and Adam Barth, members of Rollin’ With Rotary, a four-person team of Rotary members who visited a dozen cities this summer, dipped a bucket into the polluted water. The reporters watched as they poured the brownish water into a filter, part of a $1,000 survival kit that Rotary and its project partner ShelterBox distribute to disaster victims worldwide. The water came out clear. Browne, Barth, and their teammates drank glassfuls and grinned broadly.
Then they invited Mayor Drew Dilkens to take a drink. “He survived,” says Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, laughing. “And the media went nuts!” Jones, who is from Windsor, traveled with the team.
That day, Rotary was front-page news locally and featured on radio and TV. It was the kind of coverage that would be repeated almost every day of the nine-day Rollin’ With Rotary tour, 1-9 August. Says Jones: “Our aim was to make Rotary look cool, hip, and relevant. And I think we did it.”
The trip was a direct outgrowth of Rotary’s Young Professionals Summit, held last September in Chicago, at which Jones had encouraged the young Rotary participants to dream big. Barth, 31, of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA, took that exhortation to heart and came up with the idea for the tour.
His plan was immediately endorsed by Kathy Fahy, 41, of the Rotary Club of Iowa Great Lakes (Spirit Lake), Iowa; Marie Fallon, 40, of the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh East, Pennsylvania; and Browne, 32, of the Rotary Club of State College-Downtown, Pennsylvania. “We were discussing what people don’t understand about Rotary and we said, ‘What would people think if we stopped in their town and did something crazy? That would show them how fun Rotary can be,’ ” recalls Browne.
Some of the fun was on display at Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio, where the team gave away discount coupons. “It gave us a chance to explain Rotary,” says Browne, “and we also went on rides and got people to yell, ‘Let’s Go Rotary!’ ”
At other stops, the team delivered explicitly educational messages about the good that Rotary does. In Perrysburg, Ohio, the team participated in a six-block “water walk,” toting heavy containers of water to demonstrate how women and children in the developing world struggle daily to provide water for their families.
During the drive between Taylor and Ann Arbor, Michigan, the team’s RV – festooned with the Rotary logo -- had a motorcycle escort of more than 80 members of the Wounded Warrior Project. Other drivers pulled off the road to watch, took photos, and were among the people who donated $11,000 that day to help disabled veterans.
While in Ann Arbor, team members participated in an End Polio Now walk that concluded on the University of Michigan campus, in the building where, 60 years ago, the public announcement of the polio vaccine’s effectiveness was made.
And the team even meditated in front of Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, near hand-lettered signs bearing messages like “Pause, Breathe, and Relax With Rotary.” The team members were joined by several local people, including Sensei Mui, a Buddhist priest and the husband of a Rotary member, who was marking the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the team, along with local Rotary members, engaged in three hours of random acts of kindness. Team members gave out cards bearing the Rotary logo that encouraged recipients of the kind acts to pass along the kindness -- and the cards -- to others.
“It helped that nobody (on the team) was afraid to do goofy things,” says Fahy. “We couldn’t have afforded this kind of media coverage.” By the end of the trip, 1,500 people had liked the Rollin’ With Rotary Facebook page
The entire trip was pulled together in just six weeks. Each of the team members contacted Rotary members along the planned route and solicited ideas for attention-getting activities in their area. “We looked for movers and shakers who wouldn’t just ask us to attend club meetings,” says Fallon, who organized the water walk in Perrysburg.
“We’re showing that there are fun, inexpensive things you can do to bring attention to Rotary,” says Fahy. “Don’t wait for permission -- you can just take it and run with it.”
A Rotary grant covered a budget of $12,000, and generous Rotary members all along the route opened their homes for meals and overnight stays. The four never slept in a hotel.
Near the end of the tour, already thinking how much he would miss it, Jason Browne offered a piece of advice to fellow Rotary members: “We would have loved to come to every city in the country. We couldn’t do that, so do something on your own -- anything you can think of to promote Rotary!”
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