Fernando Pinto Nercelles
By Fernando Pinto Nercelles
When I learned about the changes approved by the 2016 Council on Legislation that allowed Rotaractors to join a Rotary club while maintaining their Rotaract membership, I immediately saw an opportunity and knew that I had to take it. Why?
It’s quite simple, I feel dual membership is one of the most effective ways devised to achieve the best of both worlds. Continue reading
The Rotary Club of Alanya International, Turkey, celebrates with confetti and cake.
By Rotary Voices staff
As the year draws to a close, we recap our top five stories of the year (based on number of views): Continue reading
Corporate membership has helped the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, attract senior business leaders.
By Robert Fisher, Rotary Club of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
As the first club chartered in Australia, we have a membership of around 250 people. We had two ‘champions’ who were keen to introduce corporate membership. Over several years, they sought acceptance of this category in the upper layers of Rotary, and eventually were given the go-ahead to try it as part of a pilot project in 2011. Continue reading
One public event the club organized included a booth at a neighborhood festival.
By Quentin Wodon, a member of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., USA
Let’s admit it: achieving a high growth rate (negative or positive) is easier with a small club. Still, after more than five years of almost continuous decline in membership, my club was excited to report a 60 percent growth in membership from July to October. We had 18 members on 1 July. Now we have 29, with 11 new members inducted in the first trimester of the new Rotary year.
How did we do it? Let me share our recipe: Continue reading
By John Hewko, Rotary International General Secretary
What Rotary has achieved over the past century is remarkable. We were one of the world’s first membership service organizations. Rotary members have made a decisive positive impact in our communities and around the world, from helping to draft the UN Charter in San Francisco in 1945, to spearheading the most successful global health partnership in history with the launch of our PolioPlus program in 1985, bringing one of the world’s most feared diseases to the brink of eradication. Continue reading
Photos by Monika Lozinska/Rotary International
Representatives from Rotary clubs worldwide met in Chicago last week for the 2016 Council on Legislation to discuss changes to the policies that guide Rotary and its clubs. The meeting takes place every three years and serves as an opportunity for members to share their voice. This year’s council proved to be one of the most progressive ever, granting clubs greater flexibility over their meetings and membership. Read about the council and download vote totals.
Recently, Rotarians from all corners of the world gathered in Chicago to represent their districts and consider changes to the policies that govern Rotary International and its member clubs. The Council on Legislation also has a social dimension ─ connecting Rotarians and giving them opportunities to make friends, share ideas, and gain a better understanding of different perspectives.
Among other things, the Council showcases the passion many Rotarians have for their clubs and for Rotary. We took the opportunity to ask a few of the representatives why they joined Rotary, and what excites them about being a Rotarian. The video above is a sampling of their responses.
Tell us what excites you about Rotary in the comments section below.
Council delegates William Pollard (left), past governor of District 7600 (Virginia, USA), and William Nyirenda, past governor of District 9210 (Zambia)
By William Pollard, past governor of District 7600 (Virginia, USA) and a member of the Rotary Club of Churchland, Virginia
I had the honor to represent District 7600 at the 2013 Council on Legislation in Chicago from April 21-26. It was an incredible experience to be with more than 500 fellow Rotarians serving as delegates for their districts.
The Council on Legislation meets every three years. It is the legislative body of RI, which has the authority to amend the RI constitutional documents. The delegates take this responsibility very seriously. Continue reading