‘Every Rotary Club needs new qualified members. They bring fresh ideas, new interests, increased energy and provide for future leadership. Each qualified new member increases Rotary’s capacity for service and ensures the future of our organisation.’
- Rotary Club of Gros Islet, St Lucia
How do we, as a club, find new members? To be honest, I just don’t know! This is a question that I will be posing at next week’s club assembly and I am hoping that members will have some new bright ideas that we can tap into.
When you google a topic like ‘finding new Rotary members’ a plethora of ideas come up, but I am unsure just how effective they will be.
‘Ask your friends and colleagues to join Rotary,’ seems to be a standard response. However given that most of our members have been around the club for a long time, I suspect that most members have already asked all of their friends. I have been through my list of contacts to no avail. My contacts have a long list of reasons why they can’t join Rotary – they don’t live in the area, they don’t like driving at night, they don’t want the commitment, or they are just not interested.
There is a document called ‘101 Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Members’. Please have a look at it before next week’s club assembly and see if you find any ideas in it to be ones that we can use.
There are only three months left of this Rotary year, it would be fantastic if we could recruit at least three new members in that time.
So that is why I am handing this question over to you, our members. Please have a good think about this. The quotation is simple. It sums up why we need new members. But how do we find them? Over to you.