Today we had the pleasure to welcome Diane Hagemann. Diane serves as a member of the Rotary District 7600 Membership Development Team.
Here are some of the important developments Diane talked about:
Why Join Rotary?
- Friendship… In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: The need for friendship and fellowship. It is one (1) of two (2) reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
- Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
- Personal Growth and Development…Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
- Leadership Development… Rotary is an organization of leaders and successful people. Serving in Rotary positions is like college education. Leadership: Learning how to motivate, influence, and lead leaders.
- Citizenship in the Community…Membership in a Rotary Club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary Club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
- Continuing Education… Each week at Rotary there is a program designed to keep one informed about what is going on in the community, nation, and world. Each meeting provides an opportunity to listen to different speakers and a variety of timely topics.
- Fun… Rotary is fun, a lot of fun. Each meeting is fun. The Club projects are fun. Social activities are fun. The service is fun. Public Speaking Skills… Many individuals who joined Rotary were afraid to speak in public. Rotary develops confidence and skill in public communication and the opportunity to practice and perfect these skills.
- Citizenship in the World… Every Rotarian wears a pin that says “Rotary International.” There are few places on the globe that do not have a Rotary Club. Every Rotarian is welcome – even encouraged – to attend any of the 29,000 Clubs in 194 nations and geographical regions. This means instant friends in both one’s own community and in the world community.
- Assistance when Traveling… Because there are Rotary Clubs everywhere, many a Rotarian in need of a doctor, lawyer, hotel, dentist, advice, etc., while traveling has found assistance through Rotary.
- Entertainment… Every Rotary Club and District has parties and activities that provide diversion in one’s business life. Rotary holds Conferences, Conventions, Assemblies, and Institutes that provide entertainment in addition to Rotary Information, Education, and Service.
- The Development of Social Skills… Every week and at various events and functions, Rotary develops one’s personality, social skills, and people skills. Rotary is for people who like people.
- Family Programs… Rotary provides one of the world’s largest youth exchange programs; high school and college clubs for future Rotarians; opportunities for spouse involvement; and a host of activities designed to help family members in growth and the development of family values.
- Vocational Skills… Every Rotarian is expected to take part in the growth and development of his or her own profession or vocation; to serve on Committees and to teach youth about one’s job or vocation. Rotary helps to make one a better doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc.
- The Development of Ethics… Rotarians practice a 4-Way Test that governs one’s ethical standards. Rotarians are expected to be ethical in business and personal relationships.
- Cultural Awareness…Around the world, practically every religion, country, culture, race, creed, political persuasion, language, color, and ethnic identity is found in Rotary. It is a cross section of the world’s most prominent citizens from every background. Rotarians become aware of their cultures and learn to love and work with people everywhere. They become better citizens of their countries in the process.
- Prestige… Rotary members are prominent people: Leaders of business, the professions, art, government sports, military, religion, and all disciplines. Rotary is the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Its ranks include executives, managers, and professionals – people who make decisions and influence policy.
- Nice People… Rotarians above all are nice people – the nicest people on the face of the earth. They are important people who follow the policy of it is nice to be important but it is important to be nice.
- The Absence of an “Official Creed”… Rotary has no secret handshake, no secret policy, no official creed, no secret meeting or rituals. It is an open society of men and women who simply believe in helping others.
- The Opportunity to Serve… Rotary is a Service Club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: The chance to do something for somebody else and to sense the serf-fulfillment that comes in the process and return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding.
15+ Tips for Successful Clubs
It is suggested that the Club Membership Chairman and Committee choose four (4) of the following tips, then organize the Club to complete one each quarter.
- Proposal Card… At a Club meeting have every Member fill out a Proposal Card. Follow-up by assigning individuals to invite the proposed individual to a Club meeting or service project.
- Friends of the Club President… The Club President asks three (3) members as a personal favor to propose a new member within a month. When the first one does so, approach another the same way so as to always have three (3) members working on a personal pledge to the President.
- Simultaneous Inductees… Induct several new members into the Club simultaneously. This is especially good when they are the same age.
- Former Members… Encourage the Membership Committee to develop a list of former Club members. Ask a current member to invite the former members to rejoin your Club or encourage them to join another Club.
- Community Projects… A successful project attracts new members. Encourage Club members to invite their friends to participate in a worthwhile community project.
- Six-Month Plan… Encourage every new member to bring in another new member within six months. A district in Arkansas, USA, experienced 17 percent growth using this plan.
- Five For One Team… Divide the Club into groups of five (5). Assign each group to bring in at least one (1) new member within three (3) months. Make this a contest with proper recognition for the winning group.
- Rotary Guest Day… Develop a list of potential members and distribute invitations to those on the list. Host a meal and information evening for those who accept the invitation.
- Survey…Conduct a survey to help members consider contacts they know who might be potential members.
- Classifications…The Rotary Club of Trenton, Ontario, Canada, reads a list of unfilled classifications at each meeting. This regular reminder helps Club members consider potential members during their daily interaction with a wide variety of people. The Rotary Club of Trenton gained 20 new members through this strategy.
- Club Forum… Hold a Club forum on membership development to discuss ways to seek out potential members. Follow those ideas through.
- Increase Efforts…Study the results of Zone 25/26 Focus Group Report on increasing generational diversity. Change the Club practices to be more attractive to the new generation. (See following page)
- Diary… Encourage Club members to keep a 24 hour diary of everyone with whom they interact Select potential members from that list.
- Contest… Have a Club contest to see who can bring in the most members. Reward the top three (3) with special awards that will instill a desire to compete.
- Bring A Friend Day… Encourage all members to bring guests to Club functions. Designate one (1) meeting a month as “Bring a Guest” meeting.
+ Your Own Ideas…We recognize that there are many great ideas throughout the world. If you have one that could generate new members, we welcome you to formulate your own strategy for your Club.