Rotary Membership-Development training: script

Back-to-back! Saturdays & / or Sundays: 9a-12p &/or 1:30p-4:30p   Training Presentation   Rotary International Zones 21b & 27

Why Rotarians should attend the 3-hr. Membership-Development training

To increase & strengthen your Rotary club’s vibrant membership … with dynamic ideas & exercises that may also inspire you to further strengthen your friendships, family interactions & business relationships    To experience the thrill & honor of sharing your personal joy, life fulfillment & multi-dimensional wealth of lifelong Rotary membership   To share & receive inspiring, irresistible Best Practices membership-related information, helpful tips & can-do ideas. D5840 deems the training so important that

Proposed to DG:  no charge to participate   D5840 will contribute 100 Foundation Recognition Points to each participant    D5840 will encourage all clubs to consider awarding 3 hours of engagement / attendance “credit” to each participant   D5840 will encourage all clubs to consider the training as fulfillment of some or all of the club’s new-member orientation process   Classes’ group photos & articles will appear in the D5840 newsletter   Special recognition will be given to all participants throughout the D5840 conference events

 

Outcomes, agenda, agreements: wherever you work, worship, volunteer, learn, play or thrive; everything today is replicable to you personally, vocationally / professionally & to your family, neighbors, colleagues & acquaintances …  Suggested Operating Agreements:  no question is silly. Respect the person speaking. Keep questions & responses on topic. No one speaks more than once until all have had a chance to speak. Engage others in conversation when possible. Socialize & include gentle humor, as appropriate. Introduce yourself to at least one new person. Turn off cell phones & beepers or put them on a vibration mode. Go outside the room to receive a call. Reserve questions to the end of the presentation, if possible. Ask the presenter after the session if you have a sensitive question. Avoid acronyms

Today’s agenda / training overview: Attracting & Engaging Lifelong Rotarians!  Why, What & How?

Prepare the training space like a Rotary meeting:  Rotary banners, bell; handouts, note pads, pens, 5 master copies, file folders = name plates; take-home items for ALL to use (or for participants to donate to her / his club as part of leadership-development Archives); Peace & Joy wreathes, other Rotary-related props (e.g., dollar-sign eye glasses: Rotary’s future is so bright we have to wear shades   Campfire Girl vest: FRPs   tiny paper umbrellas: keep it fun & festive!   Peace & Joy wreaths: my visual reminders of what Rotary means to me *Glow-in-dark balloons with smiling-face stickers: Rotary lights up the world by doing good in the world & making others smile   Kaleidoscopes: be open to others’ perspectives about Rotary & about membership   Horn blowers: to celebrate Rotary, make a joyful & grateful nose –thus attracting & retaining members for life   “Happy Birthday” candles: celebrate Rotary membership for life & donate # yr. = #$ to TRF); CD player & Roy Orbison CD with Anything You Want:  You Got It!  at desks or throughout the room:  Rotary-branded visuals regarding Rotary Membership &/or blue ribbons &/or Proud Member decals   *Rotary handouts with e-addresses & Websites for follow-up later     *presenter’s business cards at each place setting     *4 dozen manila file folders (for their name plates & for take-home items & magic markers.  Throughout the session, ask participants to Adopt-A-Panel on the 4-panel, stand-up display: to design their own Membership-Development display

Put ALL packets at each person’s place – for note-taking   Give 4 volunteers answer sheets for Rotary fill-in-the-blanks packet & to move places after each break. Make 4 copies of Your Encyclopedia of Rotary Membership-Development Habits to continuously pass-around     Occasionally stop the presentation to ask someone to read from Encyclopedia 1 or 2 Best Practices & / or share their own experiences.

 

DYNAMIC, ENGAGING TRAINING AGENDA

Sessions align with 4-Way Test:  TRUTH, FAIR, GOODWILL, BETTER FRIENDSHIPS, BENEFICIAL TO ALL

AGENDA

Hour #1   Cultivate Better Friendships!  Beneficial for All Concerned!  Welcome, agenda & over-view, Self-intros

Hour #2   Celebrate Truth & Fairness!   Encyclopedia, fill-in-the-blanks, Teamwork/Geese & Specific Best Practices

Hour #3   Give thanks for Goodwill!   Fulfillment of your Life’s Legacy!  TRF & Visioning / Strategic Planning

 

SCRIPT!  

Hour #1  Cultivate Better Friendships!  Beneficial for All Concerned! 

 

9-9:15 [1:30-1:45]   Welcome, agenda & over-view, Self-intros       Open with “Welcome!” … in the spirit of RI Pres. Gary Huang’s Light up Rotary slogan:  Please join me in a moment of reverence, prayer, meditation, reflection or silence – whatever best suits you.  …  And if my choice of words wouldn’t be exactly your choice of words, … please take what you like & leave the rest.  …  Eternal Divine Light, we thank You, we love You & we bless You for Your grace, abundant blessings, precious gift of Life & the constant realization of Life eternal.  …  May we be eternally open to receiving Your priceless gifts of serenity, courage, wisdom & freedom.  …  For Your glory & for Your honor, we gratefully acknowledge Your omniPresence at today’s lunch & thank You for this wonderful Rotary Club, whose very essence is to humbly reflect & glorify Your magnificence & Your unconditional loving kindness.  …  Amen.     Flag salute; 4-Way Test

 

Today!  Life-long. fulfilling Rotary Membership! Today’s training is D5840’s gift to you: to thank you for being a Rotary member & for making time to help your & other Rotary clubs nurture ever-increasing numbers of lifelong Rotarians

 

Why is today’s training a gift to you?  — because all of the Rotary-focused ideas are replicable to you as an individual, family member, business or professional person & to the legacy you want your sacred Life to be.  You were specially chosen … here today to confirm your habits & share / create new habits that ensure lifelong Rotary membership for your club, our district & RI worldwide.  What-you-validate-or-learn-today & model-or-train-in-the-future … will change the course of Rotary worldwide …. In perpetuity      .  And what-you-validate-or-learn-today is transferable into your own family, circle of friends, work place & beyond.  Rotary’s 2nd Century of Service    Lifelong, active, relevant family of Rotarians:  doing even more good in the world!    New Focus:  Attraction, Engagement, Inspiration, Diversification & Service!      Youth-leadership opportunities   Better communities for all   #1 in North America:  Rotary Zones 21b / 27     #2 in The World:  Rotary Zones 21b / 27    21 of 22 districts with net membership gain of 466 new members  [Crystal ball:  AVW predicts 200 net membership increase in D5840 by June 30, 2015.  And today we’ll look backward into Rotary year 2014-2015 to see how we accomplished our goal – of 460 total members to account for our typical percentage of members who pass away, transfer to another district or resign.]  [Start the Encyclopedia in 4 places of the room & ask folks to keep it moving to others throughout the session today:  let me know if you want the Encyclopedia for your own use, for your club Assembly use, for your new-officer Archives, etc., & I’ll have it put onto our Website or I will e-share it with you.  Take a deep breath & keep enjoying the entire, abundance-nurturing adventure:  you’ll be leveraging the power of Rotary & potentially reaching vaster numbers former & new Rotarians;  this magnificent calling.  you will be The First Domino is a grand design of dominos … have you seen those domino set-ups where one or two dominos is tipped over & it causes a chain reaction that topples all the other dominos     Think of yourselves as the first, tipping-point domino:  to cause all those other dominos to fall into place…    You’ll be Rotary‘s “perpetual motion” because your motivational messages will cause others to create a beautiful new pattern – a pattern of opportunity & prosperity —  for generations to come.   You are powerful & important just as you are … YOU may be the first-point-of-contact  YOU are at the core of community life – where life decisions are made.  YOU are the trusted, friendly, persuasive connections to real people – people who may never have seen themselves or their families as leaders / Rotarians.  You’ll be the bearers of the good news.  Your role is vital.  Simply put:  Rotary will grow, thrive & exponentially do good in the world because of you.   You are the most persuasive &

powerful bearers of the good news about Rotary.     After today you are forever Rotarians   a new legacy that will foster opportunities & prosperity for generations to come Today’s outcomes – all replicable to your family, your vocation & your Life’s calling: be familiar with purpose & organization of the handouts – to benefit you & others … wherever you work, worship, volunteer, learn, play or thrive; everything today is replicable to you personally, vocationally / professionally & to your family, neighbors, colleagues & acquaintances … & systematically; Know which handouts to use for your outreach; had opportunities to meet & get contact information from Rotary experts – so that you may call upon them for assistance; realize how vitally important your Rotary Membership Development is to the prosperity of individuals, families, communities, our state, nation & planet; receive a thank-you certificate]

 

Today’s to-do list:    * Select 1 idea to implement in your club * Identify & recruit 1 club Champion to follow-through with new approach for membership   * Keep in e-touch with your successes & learning lessons

 

Review outcomes, agenda, working agreements [ground rules] Housekeeping: agenda, breaks, restrooms; recruit 4 volunteers: after each break, take all of your belongings & more to a different side of the room or a different table or a different group (Why? Be friendly to all: habitually break up cliques: welcome new people, new perspectives)

 

Why you? Your club? Our District here today? Why more members, clubs? Why diversity? More women?! More of the younger members?! More new retirees?!

 

Our district & our zone have net membership increases! We have reversed our membership trend & are already on a positive, upward direction: thank you! Today we’ll talk about your club’s vision, strategies, goals & activities that you & others have been doing right … in order to attract, engage & diversify membership … so that you & those who follow you will continue your powerful, positive, legacy of our upward, membership trajectory!

 

Why should a positive, upward trajectory of membership be a priority[AVW read] Excerpts IT’S ABOUT TIME by John Denver    There’s a full moon over India and Gandhi lives again   Who’s to say you have to lose for someone else to win   In the eyes of all the people the look is much the same   For the first is just the last one when you play a deadly game      It’s about time we realize it we’re all in this together   It’s about time we find out it’s all of us or none   It’s about time we start to face it we can’t make it here all alone   There’s a man who is my brother, I just don’t know his name   But I know his home and family because I know we feel the same   And it hurts me when he’s hungry and when his children cry   I too am a father and that little one is mine     It’s about time we begin to turn the world around   It’s about time we start to make it the dream we’ve always known   It’s about time, it’s about changes and it’s about time   It’s about peace and it’s about plenty and it’s about time   It’s about you and me together and it’s about time

 

Doing good in the world with people I like opportunity, inspiration, family-of-choice, fellowship-service-fun

 

Think of the good these new or returning Rotarians could do in the world.  Think of all the resources that RI could share with them.  I invite you to continue as an enthusiastic, confident member-proposer, mentor, lifelong Rotarian!  More & more of us to do better & better in the world.  Help not-yet-Rotarians discover & fulfill their life’s calling … by connecting them with others who can help them personally or vocationally   uplift their families & youth in their lives & do good in the world

 

9:15-9:45 [1:45-2:15]               Greetings / self-Introductions (what we are experts at … with artistic symbol with engagement- & fun-related relevance to topic. Why spend time getting acquainted today? [Rotary = friendship, ways to actively model “making friends” & to challenge us to habitually get more deeply acquainted with Rotarians, our own family, our colleagues … To invite new & veteran Rotarians to take club-committee roles that resonate with their true calling / passion.]

 

Let’s model your successful habits – such as friendship & goodwill by getting acquainted with each other right now … with the idea that we’ll stay in touch, help each other with Rotary membership-related & other projects.

 

Self-intros via what you’re an expert at [design & explain file-folder name plate:  Use file folders & magic markers to draw a picture of what you’re an expert at: 3 min. & then go around the room to introduce yourself & share with each other:  10 min.]   Ask for 4 volunteers [to spontaneously announce answers during next section] & take a 2-min. stretch break [while I cue 4 volunteers how to spontaneously answer upcoming questions]

9:45-9:55 [2:15-2:25]     Ask for 3 flexible-minded volunteers to use NEW FOCUS member induction [to give an ideal induction ceremony for someone in the room, based on what they’re an expert at & asking them questions to the side about whom they want at the ceremony, etc.!   in a corner of the room while other share their membership-development Success Stories  When ready for induction ceremony, come to front of room.]  Notice how the focus stays on the new member & family.

 

It’s become your habit to make friends wherever you are:  here, with your Rotary clubs & throughout  D5840 & The World.  We’ve taken 1/3 of today’s time to make friends:  the basis for a strong, vibrant club & lifelong Rotarians!

 

Throughout:  adopt-a-panel on the 4-panel, stand-up display:  to design your own Membership-Development display

 

9:55-10 [2:25-2:30]  Stretch Break! [4 designated volunteers move to different areas of the room]

 

Hour #2   Celebrate Truth & Fairness!  Realize, Nurture & Share the Power of a Win-Win, Collaborative Team  Encyclopedia, fill-in-the-blanks, Teamwork/Geese & Specific Best Practices

 

10–10:30 [2:30-3]    Now let’s model how we share Rotary with new members the What of Rotary!  fill-in-blanks  single best adult education in the world Catch the positive virus of Rotary  

 

Who has already completed this exercise?  You’ll become my assistants – by spontaneously, taking turns to provide the answers from the 4 sets of Encyclopedias

 

[15 min.:  fill-in-the-blanks about Rotary … with 4 “ringers” unannounced to take turns answering questions] …. let’s find out what Rotarians worldwide share in common.  Rotary is a place where barriers disappear because of our own friend-making, goodwill habits & because of RI’s structure that encourages mobility & friendships   [RI basics packet with Rotary orientation:  fill-in-the-blanks hand-out  BECAUSE in own handwriting 5x > likely to remember]

 

Review fill-in-the-blanks packet [have pre-arranged answers Why? That’s Life! Sometimes someone really does have the answers if we’ll be inclusive enough in our conversations to ask them … to include them … to befriend them] Now that you have basic understanding about Rotary, you can feel more confident about sharing the good news about Rotary with others!

 

Best Practices: Recruit 3 people to come forward to read &/or share from the Encyclopedia or their own Best Practices] Let’s hear some success stories about how clubs have shared their Rotary Story! Club pres. & membership chair  started working on a plan to increase    membership in May before their Rotary year.  We recruited a membership committee & met  before our meeting for an hour.  District Membership Chair recommended to write down 5 business that you would like to see in Rotary.”  We got 60 names that day.  We got all the names, & we developed a spreadsheet with all the names & addresses.  I created a business invitation letter to send & invite them to be our guestThe first one we invited joined.

JOIN THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO HELP YOU GROW YOUR MEMBERSHIP.  PARTNER WITH THEM TO DO  EVENTS.  THEY ALSO  ADVERTISE ALL Rotary  EVENTS ON THEIR WEBSITE TO ALL THEIR MEMBERS.  Participate in their NETWORKING BREAKFAST ONCE A MONTH:  SET UP A TABLE TO GIVE OUT INFORMATION ABOUT ROTARY, INVITE Chamber members TO BE OUR GUEST FOR LUNCH with BUSINESS CARDS THAT SAY “BE OUR GUEST FOR LUNCH.”  THE CLUB PAYS FOR THEIR  LUNCH.  WE GIVE a TRI-FOLD BROCHURE  with INFORMATION ABOUT OUR CLUB.  WHEN  GUESTS WOULD SHOW UP, OUR MEMBERSHIP CHAIR SITS WITH THEM & TALKS TO THEM ABOUT  ROTARY & GIVES THEM  A MEMBERSHIP PACKAGE.   WE CONTINUE INVITING THEM TO COME TO OUR MEETING TO MAKE SURE THEY WANT TO JOIN.    ATTEND THEIR CHANMBER’s GRAND OPENING EVENTS & invite new businesses to be our guest for a Rotary meal; WHEN      GOING  INTO THE COMMUNITY for any reason,  I WEAR MY NAME TAG & TALK  TO PEOPLE ABOUT ROTARY & GIVE THEM A CARD &  INVITE THEM TO BE MY GUEST FOR  LUNCH.  SET UP A TABLE AT DIFFERENT EVENTS LIKE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT.  WE ALSO HAVE  AN INCENTIVE FOR $50 GIFT CARD FOR THE ROTARIAN THAT BRINGS  THE MOST MEMBERS.  OUR NEW MEMBERS ARE STARTING TO BRING MEMBERS TO JOIN.  WHEN I SEND MY EMAIL FOR THE MEETING  I MENTION TO BRING A FRIEND TO GROW THE CLUB.

 

Let’s review the relevance of why Rotary might be important to current & future Rotarians [John Denver song] & what Rotary has to offer [via previous fill-in-blanks]:

 

I think that Rotary ideals & resources may have some answers for me … & maybe for you, too … about   What did you come here on Earth to do with your Life?   that Rotary friends, contacts & resources might help you & me leverage your goals & dreams!    If we’re tired of the focus on strife & win-lose, contentious, bad news, then we can remind ourselves about the hopeful, can-do spirit of Rotary & join with Rotarians for a better world!  If we are saddened by the loss of friends & family – due to moves, death, misunderstandings or estrangement?  We can meet our new friends within the family of Rotary!  Whether we like or dislike The Electronic Age, Rotary International is one of the oldest social-networking organizations in the world.  My experience is that Rotary membership helps me grow spiritually, mentally, emotionally, socially & financially; provides me with the company of enlightened leaders of my community, opportunities to serve, develop & polish my leadership abilities, prosper over next century.  The crystal ball indicated that we have realized that Rotary is more than a once-a-week meeting:  it’s a life style!  … Rotary:  crown jewel of service clubs with prestige, business connections.  Rotary is fun, invigorating, energizing, diverse, in-place systems to help leverage my sweat equity & financial investments.  If we are all on the journey of life & share a common desire to serve humankind so others less fortunate can also enjoy that journey, then why not use & share our worldwide Rotary bond to other Rotarians, our Rotary friendships, resources & success-building systems to nurture peace on earth?

 

Ask for a volunteer to read aloud the NEW FOCUS answer to “What’s Rotary?”  It’s a leadership organization…We’re made up of local business, professional & civic leaders.  We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships & through that, we’re able to get things done in this community.  KISS formula:  Keep it straight forward & simple.  We are leaders who act responsibility, take action to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.  Let others share their heart-felt definitions of “What’s Rotary?”

 

Now that we’ve reviewed the structure of Rotary & know more about its ever-increasing, bountiful resources, doesn’t it almost feel like a Life’s calling to help create peace on earth? … , by ASKING / inviting others to join us?!  — by being part of the life-changing, world-changing organization?  Others who have said “Yes!” when asked to become a Rotarian have said:    Rotary has made me a better person   more self-esteem   I can do something for others, but I receive far more back in return.  … what a legacy their Rotary sponsors have given to those new, lifelong Rotarians!  And here is what two wise leaders have said about the ideals of friendship & service (Rotary’s ideals!):Ralph Waldo Emerson:  “He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare.”  Former UN Sec.-Gen. Kofi Annan explicitly lauds Rotary by saying:  “the UN … recognizes Rotary – not only for what you’ve done for the worldwide eradication of polio, but for how you’ve helped 30,000 communities around the world.”

 

What a loss to our community & world if we keep Rotary to ourselves.  And what a gift to others & to additional communities … whenever we invite others to join the worldwide family of Rotary!

 

Next your Best Practices!  How do we keep & leverage the momentum of Rotary membership-development:  our Rotary generation of cathedral-builders, make my life count, share my time-treasure-talent?  How exactly may we pick up the torch & pass it for all & to all.  How do we make Rotary a habit?  By our own: contagious enthusiasm, falling in love with people & projects, habits of engagement: contagious playfulness:  involvement & commitment!

 

Membership successes via Rotary on Tap! Beer & discussion about the prestige & honor of chartering a Rotary club & charter members can sign up tonight! Attend our next social event to find out whether you qualify.  Throughout: adopt-a-panel on the 4-panel, stand-up display: to design your own Membership-Development display

 

10:30–10:55 [3-3:25]  Use 4 pass-around District calendar for someone at each table / area to choose in any order – to voluntarily read aloud   [Find 4 Master sets of Your Encyclopedia of Rotary Membership-Development Habits & offer to e-share “everything” with whoever wants it.  Look through ALL handouts & ask for questions, comments.]  Within the Encyclopedia & your take-home handouts, you’ll see a theme of inviting others to help with membership development … in other words working as team to keep up the ever-increasing number of lifelong Rotarians in your club.

 

Best Practices: Debrief: thinking about pass-around calendar, is there anyone who could offer anything to accomplish any portion of one of the to-do items on the calendar? What would easy-as-pie for you to offer? – to adopt or adapt for one or more of the Membership-Calendar activities? You don’t have to do it “all.” You don’t have to do it alone. [Let’s have a moment of silence before our break to reflect upon how we might become more open & flexible to invite others to help us accomplish our personal, professional, family & Rotary goals]

 

10:55-11 [3:25-3:30]                   Break! [4 designated volunteers move to different areas of the room]

 

Today I have the honor & privilege of validating & brainstorming with you about how you can irresistibly share the inspiration, opportunities, benefits & resources of Rotary International & how you can inspirationally engage lifelong members into & within the family of Rotary.  Growing our international family by purposefully sponsoring younger members, women, retirees & inducting Rotarians that reflect the diversity of our community’s ethnic heritages; inviting back former Rotarians & including Rotary alumni (from  EarlyAct, Interact, RYLA, Rotaract, Youth Exchange, Peace scholars, group exchange fellows, etc.  Or maybe you will help them charter their own club or a satellite club or an eClub.

 

[Ask for 5 volunteers to read a paragraph about teamwork & A Spirit of Teamwork and the Flight of the Great Northern Geese]

 

Best Practices:  We’ve got a good [Rotary] story to tell & are proud to share it.  Lots of people would make wonderful Rotarians if they only knew   Rotary would change their lives for the better   Rotary is the biggest networking club on earth … Relationships with integrity, high ethics & trustworthiness are everything in business … Join Rotary to serve the world.  Our world.  A human world can also be a humane world.  … good fellowship, friendship, fun, camaraderie, make things happen in our communities & globally

 

Follow up with e-messages from  www.Rotary.org/MembershipReferral  to recommend a friend, family member, business associate or other qualified individual to potential membership in a club other than your own.  The Web site inquiries will help initial screening for prospective members & then clubs may follow up with in-person, get-acquainted conversations to determine the person’s alignment with The Four-Way Test, service & friendship.

 

Diversity:  younger members, women, retirees, ethnic diversity in club mirrors ethnic diversity of town or cityBest Practices: D5890 / Houston [John McKinney]  153 days & 183 new members 1+ / day [lost 96:  cleaning up previous-yr. rosters]:  DG membership priority + 18 Area Membership Chairs [= Jr. AGs proving ground] matched with AGs; each work with Club Membership Chair & Club Pres.; visit 1x per quarter (some visit monthly) to speak about Membership (canned PowerPt presentation); Monthly Membership Meetings: now standing-room only, all in D5890 invited, live streamed & recorded for Web site on-demand reviewing:  individual clubs speak about successes to District Membership Committee; D5840.                

 

Other ideas:  all new members onto Membership Committee; past club presidents mentor current board members; clubs 15+% more effective with Visioning & Strategic Planning [part IV, below:  where have we been, where do we want to go?  Let club modify survey or e-post it for on-line responses.  Use a Membership Pledge card & award Rotary-branded mementos &/or FRPs for completion of membership-development activities        

 

Fun, props, stories, laughter at my expense, door prizes, celebrations = memory anchor; schmaltzy ice breakers to get you to tell me something no one knows about you; form an Under 40 kazoo band for <1 yr. in Rotary   Number off each duo or triad [1 to 12: for months of the year; share Membership Calendar print-out with each small group]  Come up with 3 Membership-Development activities for each month & then share with group].  Relevance to Rotary:  cultivate a can-do spirit of trying new activities within my club; noticing which activities work

 

Best practices  Major successes:  retention, recruit … fellowship, integrity, diversity, world service, leadership, engaged early & often around members’ skill sets & needs; stay relevant      Throughout: adopt-a-panel on the 4-panel, stand-up display: to design your own Membership-Development display

 

Break ! [4 volunteers move to different areas of room]

 

Hour #3   Give thanks for Goodwill! Fulfill your Life’s Calling!  Leave a Legacy!  TRF & Visioning / Strategic Planning

11-11:15 [3:30-3:45]                Summarize AVW’s TRF presentation on neon paper: use props with what $100, $500, etc. will specifically do … Your gratitude-focused habits – including inviting others to Rotary, into Rotary’s family & life-long membership  Good will within your family, work place, Rotary club, community  [TRF:  how giving to & getting from TRF nurtures life-long membership,  the fun of sharing & receiving FRPs; summary of AVW TRF presentation]      clubs 15+% more effective with Visioning & Strategic Planning [part IV, below:  where have we been, where do we want to go?  let club modify survey or e-post it for on-line responses]     Planning questions:  who is our club?  Where are we?  Where do we want to be?  How do we get there?  How do we know if we’ve arrived?  e.g., We start on time & end on time & have a good time.  Celebrate uniqueness of each club   “We Care” visioning & strategic planning  [Resources for Visioning & Strategic Plan:  dyads or triads to discuss       how to introduce & encourage their club to go through this process annually]     Refresh every 3 yr.:  get board buy-in for 3-4 hr. for Vision / Strategic Plan, Work on Top 1, 2 or 3 goals:  determined by consensus.:  multi-year cycles, long-range plan, representing my club’s culture; coordinated plan:  continuity, consistency, consensus; pulling in the same direction via stair-step activities; shared commitment, long-term direction, framework for goals & objectives; optimizes use of resources; strong, effective club; may lose some members; harmony, continuity, involving, unified plan 16%+ membership satisfaction; sustained increased membership; successful service projects; grow leadership beyond the club level:  to district, zone & RI.

 

Best Practices hand-written thank-you or welcome notes from & to all board members ; photo of speakers & send to speaker with invitation to return; 30 min. after meeting every-other-week for orientation;  Perfect Engagement;  use Rotary videos of satellite meetings; use 3×5 cards for members to provide names of prospects (vendors, family, golf buddies,:  phone or e-mail them)  come to see whether you’ll qualify; live-stream meeting; cookbook of member attraction & engagement; After-Hours socials:  Cigar Caucus, Winers, Clay Shooters, Rotary on Top:  bring friends; Rotary event similar to a rush part; invite Young Professionals organizations; create a district position on board “Young Professionals of Rotary”  Get it going & pass it on!  more members, more services to more communities     [Resources for Visioning & Strategic Plan:  dyads or triads to discuss how to introduce & encourage their club to go through this process annually]

 

11:55 –12  [4:25-4:30]  Conclusion:  Participants voluntarily share their favorite membership to-do:  “Yes, I want to help by …” Allow plenty of time for Rotarians’ one take-away for their Life, their family & their Rotary club]  Conclusion, Evaluation, & Presentation of Donation to TRF In Honor of….  Let me now applaud each of you & say “Three cheers for you!” our unstoppable, irresistible, motivational Rotarians.       Finalizeadopt-a-panel on the 4-panel, stand-up display:  to design your own Membership-Development display

[11:15 – 11:30]        4:15-4:30   Bless you, your staff, your volunteer board & outreach folks … for constantly sharing the message with the lives you touch …Each of you is like that pebble into a pond … creating ever-rippling opportunities, possibilities, & prosperity for the youth, parents, & families your messages touch. As John Denver’s song says: “It’s about time we begin to turn the world around; It’s about time we start to make it the dream we’ve always known; It’s about time we start to live it the family of man; It’s about time, it’s about changes & it’s about time; It’s about peace & it’s about plenty & it’s about time; it’s about you & me together … & it’s about time.   Congratulations, you are now qualified Rotary Membership-Development sales force for LIFE! Remember, Rotarian, it’s about you & me & Rotarians together … & it’s about time.   [Play the “Everything you Want, You Got It!” song as folks depart.]

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