Members of the NoBorders Rotaract Club meet.
By Patricia Mackenzie, 2017-18 president of the Rotaract Club of NoBorders
As a young professional, I found myself being short on time. I was starting my career, making new friends, and I really didn’t have time to meet in-person multiple times a week. I tried a traditional Rotaract club for just over three years, but always felt guilty when I missed a meeting because I was traveling or working late. I really wanted to be in the Rotary family, but I needed flexibility.
Members of the new club.
By Yoshisaku Shimamura, past governor of District 2830 and a member of the Rotary Club of Goshogawara Evening, Aomori, Japan
It is always the young people who build our future. At the same time, we now live in an age where life expectancy can reach 100 years. Some say 80 can be the prime of one’s life. I envision a future where younger and older generations work together to promote the ideal of compassion and cooperation that we firmly believe in Rotary. Satellite clubs may be the best way to achieve that approach. This is our story. Continue reading
Edina’s junior police officer, a member of the Rotary club, shares safety information with students.
By Tom Gump, president of the Rotary Club of Edina Morningside, Minnesota, USA, and a District 5950 trainer
Since 1 July, 2016, my Rotary club has recruited and brought in 31 new members. Eleven of these new members are women and eight of them are under 40 years of age. The club has gone from being classified as a “medium” sized club in our district to being classified as a “large” club in just over nine months. How did this happen? Here’s our tips: Continue reading
Petar Pešić addresses a recent meeting.
By Petar Pešić, a member of the Rotary Club of Nis, Serbia
Driven by a desire to help my local community, I discovered Rotaract when I was attending the Faculty of Law at the University of Niš, Serbia. In the Rotaract Club of Nis, I met a number of young people who, like me, shared an interest in improving our community. It made our actions easier that we all shared the same goal, and we took part in many projects that made us visible in the community. Continue reading
Stacey Vanden Heuvel and Jeanine Gangeness, 2017-18 International Service Director, offer their reflections of the club’s values during a recent meeting.
By Stacey Vanden Heuvel, The Rotary Club of Rochester, Minnesota, USA
As one of the largest clubs in our district, we knew we had to do something to address our declining attendance and meet the needs of our diverse membership. Beginning in 2015 with a club visioning exercise, we began looking for ways we could be flexible and innovative. Here’s what’s worked for us. Continue reading
Past President Chris Brand works the webcast computer during a recent meeting.
By Margie Kersey, Rotary Club of Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA
I love my club, but I was concerned. When I joined in 2006, there were over 60 members. By July 2016, there were only 43. We were adding new members every year, but we were losing more. Looking at the average age of my club, I was more worried – over 30 percent of the club was over the age of 70. The future didn’t look bright. Continue reading
The club held a medical camp 16 July, conducting a variety of tests.
By Suman Satish Sharma, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Mumbai Dahisar, India
Since our club decided to pursue changes in our meeting frequency and format, we have had many good results. Previously, we had taken a very conservative approach to the number of meetings, and our presidents found it difficult to find good speakers, leaving them little time to pursue meaningful projects.
Following the 2016 Council on Legislation’s actions allowing greater flexibility, we decided to begin holding Continue reading
The Rotary Club of Lake Norman Huntersville initiative has given young professionals a club they can call their own.
By Elizabeth Davis, a member of the Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville, North Carolina, USA
What would happen if we gave the younger crowd a space to call their own?
This was the question that our club president, Kamlesh-Chandan (Kam for short) posed to us recently as we discussed how to recruit young professionals. Continue reading
One of Nashville’s newly chartered evening clubs.
By Chuck Barnett, governor of District 6760 (Tennessee, USA)
When I started my journey to be district governor in January of 2014, I knew that during my year I wanted to start several new clubs. Being a younger Rotarian, I am fully aware of the time commitments that careers and family put on each of us. If I was not self-employed, I probably could have never been governor.
Realizing this, when I would ask people to come to Rotary I would get the general answer of “I don’t have time for that.” But how could we change this? Continue reading
Members of the Seoul Young Leaders Satellite Club in Seoul, Korea.
S. David Chang
By S. David Chang, Rotary Club of Seoul, Korea
Our club, The Rotary Club of Seoul, was established in 1927 as the first club in Korea. We are unique in that our members are multinational and our official language is English. Like most other clubs, our challenges were: diminishing membership; inability to attract younger people; lack of community service; and uninteresting meetings sinking motivation and enthusiasm. Continue reading