Taking on the Membership Challenge

The challenge of attracting and engaging new members affects every Rotary club, but Rotary International has identified a few simple strategies that will help you with that challenge:

Find new members

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.

Consider these potential candidates for membership:

  • Friends and family members
  • Business and professional acquaintances
  • Younger community leaders who are already connected to Rotary through Rotaract, RYLA, peace fellowships, Youth Exchange, and other programs

Don’t forget to regularly check your online membership leads for prospective members. Creating a Positive Experience for Prospective Members offers tips and advice to help turn your leads into members.

With all of the flexibility now offered to clubs, in terms of meeting requirements and attendance, it’s time to start asking people to get involved. Membership doesn’t have to involve a huge time commitment for meetings anymore, if new members are more interested in spending their time on service projects. You can rethink Rotary to grow your club.

Use social media to attract members

Is your club on Facebook? Is your website up-to- date? Are you sharing information about your club’s activities and projects with your community? An active social media presence can attract new members and inspire current ones. See how one club used social media to grow its membership.

If you’re not on social media, identify a club member who is interested in taking on that project, or find a high school or college student who would take on the project for community service credits. It would be a great way to introduce a student to the values and service that are Rotary!

Get Yourself to Glade Springs May 19-21!

This year’s District All-Clubs Conference promises to be a fun and informative one! With the focus on “A Little Bit of Rotary and a Whole Lot of Fun,” we’ll have you out of your seats and celebrating Rotary all weekend!

We start with the golf outing Friday afternoon; have a picnic followed by the Club Challenge games, and close out the evening in the Hospitality suite.

Saturday starts with a salute to the Rotarians who have passed away in the last year – celebrating our history and their legacy, a great breakfast in the Rotunda, and then we sit down to learn from some great speakers. Saturday afternoon brings another opportunity to earn Club Challenge points, then an optional wine tasting, cocktail hour, and the banquet with Governor Jim Justice. We’ll celebrate individual and club accomplishments with some awards after dinner, then adjourn to the Hospitality suite for a night cap.

Sunday dawns with the Paul Harris breakfast, then a learn a little more from our excellent speakers, and call it a day.

You can register for the conference on DaCdb – log in, click on the Calendar tab and scroll down to the conference; or use the paper form that you find here:


Please join us for a fun weekend!

Come to Atlanta!

Join RI President John Germ in Atlanta June 10-14, 2017, for the Rotary International Convention!

The Rotary Foundation is turning 100! Let’s celebrate together in the city where it all began in 1917. The Rotary Convention travels to Atlanta, Georgia, USA 10 -14 June 2017. We’ll look back proudly over a century of “doing good in the world” — and look ahead to the challenges Rotary will tackle in the century to come. It promises to be the best and biggest party in a hundred years!

  • The Rotary Convention is for all Rotarians, providing ideas and inspiration for members whether it’s their first time or 15 th time attending
  • Experience the warm hospitality and charm of the American South –an area with so much to offer from historic museums and sites to world-class restaurants, sports and shopping
  • The convention is fun and provides an exciting opportunity to network, meet new people, and make lasting friendships
  • The event offers engaging speakers, including Jack Nicklaus and Bill Gates, and breakout sessions, spectacular entertainment, and memorable host city tours
  • District 7550 is making it easy for you! We still have some spaces available on our Motor Coach Adventure! The bus will depart on June 9, making stops in Charleston, Beckley, Princeton, and Wytheville before heading south to Atlanta. We’ll arrive in time to be ready to take in all the fun at the Convention starting June 10. The bus trip is $100 round-trip. You can’t park a car in Atlanta for that! Get on the bus! Go to DaCdb, log in, click on the Calendar tab and scroll down to the bus trip for details and to register!

May is Youth Service Month!

Rotary International’s Structured Programs for Youth Service are: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Youth Exchange. The month of May is designated as “Youth Service Month” to focus on all Rotary activities that support the development of young people up to the age of 30.

Youth Service is important to us as Rotarians, not only for the immediate impact your club can have on teens and young adults, but also for the long-term possibility of growing the next generation of Rotarians.

What is your club doing in the area of Youth Service? Have you sponsored an Interact or Rotaract club? Have you reached out to a local high school or college looking for ways to serve? Have you offered Rotary Youth Leadership Awards or taken part in Youth Exchange? Maybe it’s time to take on something new!

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