As I make my official visits to clubs I try to relate what I have to say back to the District Strategic plan, which in turn is consistent with the Rotary International Strategic plan.
There are 3 key elements to the Strategic plan:
• Support and Strengthen clubs
• Focus and increase humanitarian service
• Enhance public image and awareness
In coming months I’ll have a lot more to say about all of the elements of the strategic plan, but during membership month I’d like to build on what I have been writing about over the past few weeks and concentrate on how clubs can be supported and strengthened to put them into great shape for the future.
India's population jumped to 1.21 billion in 2011 from 1.02 billion in 2001, according to provisional census figures released last month. Only China - with 1.34 billion - has more people, but India is set to surpass its Asian rival and neighbour by 2030.
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.
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If your current work arrangements just aren’t working for you, then be bold and think outside the square. Don’t get stuck in the old, outdated rut of thinking ‘this is just the way things are — there’s nothing I can do’.
Australian Rotary Health, Australia’s largest non-government funding body for mental illness research, has recently launched a new workplace giving program.
Workplace giving allows employees and employers to connect more easily with charities that have deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. Simple, cost effective and tax efficient, workplace giving runs through the payroll system and allows an employee to nominate the amount they would like to donate each pay. This amount is then deducted from the employee’s wage and sent straight to the nominated charity.
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In 2012‐13 our District enters into the last year of the changes to the way the Foundation operates which has been called the pilot program of Future Vision. Over the last 2 years, 100 Rotary Districts around the world have been fine tuning the proposed changes before they become the new terms and conditions of the Rotary Foundation from 1st July 2013 for all the 530 Rotary Districts in the world.
Past District Governor Ann White was recently intereviewed on the Rotary and Community Services Show on 3WBC 94.1FM on 10th August, 2012 about the newly launched e-club website. District 9800 is chartering an e-club in 2012 to provide an opportunity for people to participate in Rotary who may not be able to make weekly face to face meetings.
For more information and to listen to the podcast of the program
The new Rotary e-Club of Melbourne is now online at www.rotaryeclubofmelbourne.org.au – why don’t you take a look now and see what an e-club looks like.
This e-club is just like a traditional Rotary club except that the members don’t meet face to face each week – instead they visit the website every week at a time that suits them. While they are there, they read up on the topic of the week and respond with their comments, they check the projects they are working on and contribute their updates or volunteer to work on a new project, and they can log into the clubhouse and correspond with other members in the chat room.
Learn how the Rotary Club of Laverton Point Cook incereased membership with 19 new members in one year without losing one member in the process.
Yet another great day for District 9800, with 100 Rotarians coming together to hear about and share ideas on increasing Membership, and further promoting Rotary through various marketing strategies.
Are younger members joining your association and then leaving after a year or two? Or not joining at all? Are you struggling to get people to your events? Are you battling to recruit quality volunteers? Is your board full of men aged over 50? Are competitive organisations forming around you?
As I make my official visits to clubs the one key objective that I see listed for all clubs is membership. This is not just lip service because on Saturday 11 August more than 100 Rotarians representing the majority of clubs attended the excellent Membership and Marketing Seminar, which was held in the splendid facilities of Trinity Grammar School in Kew. The strong attendance we saw from our regional clubs confirmed to me that clubs were proactively searching for answers.