16 ideas for breathing life into your club

Participants in the summit draw their ideas on paper.

Participants in the summit draw their ideas on paper.

By Anabella Q. Bonfa, District 5320 membership chair

How do you breathe new life into your Rotary club? We held a young professional summit recently in southern California, USA, attended by 52 members of Rotary and Rotaract — some new and some with many years of experience — who came together for half a day to share their thoughts. Everyone had fun, and many creative ideas surfaced. Here are just a few:

Plan events that are family-friendly to engage members with young children.

  • Plan your events in locations where kids are welcome. A few examples would be a cleanup day at the beach or park. Or hold a picnic followed by dessert at a nearby restaurant
  • Give children of members duties to do at club events like collecting money or arranging cans at a food drive
  • Reward children for taking part in your community service work. A little recognition now may plant the seed for a life-long love of service

Share the value of Rotary. “What’s in it for me?”

  • Explain how Rotary offers a chance to make new friends
  • Prompt club meetings as an opportunity to spend time with nice people who share a similar mindset and a desire to serve
  • Show how your members can make a difference and have a direct impact on your community
  • Explain how members build business connections that grow their careers.
  • Advertise the opportunities to develop leadership skills

Come up with ways to decrease the cost for emerging young leaders

  • Offer sliding scale meals.
  • Consider options of meetings without food, coffee, or dessert
  • Offer corporate memberships
  • Subsidize young leaders by pairing them with more established members who can pay part of their costs for a period of time

Allow, don’t discourage, members to promote their professional life

  • Schedule minute-long vocational talks for members to share about their business during a meeting
  • Invite speakers to talk about innovations in business and technology
  • Hold club networking events
  • Encourage newer members to share trends in their line of work

All these came out of one half-day seminar. Hold your own young professionals workshop, and see what great ideas you come up with!

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