Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Welcome to the second month of the Rotary Year where we celebrate Membership & New Club Development. Being a Rotarian is the best choice you will ever make – Rotary is not only a Service Club, it is also a network of business professionals with high ethical standards. Being in Rotary you learn about cultural awareness, people skills, leadership skills and public speaking. Rotarians are the movers and shakers of our communities, we are the problem solvers who share ideas, and take action to create lasting change.
At this moment there are over 1.2 million Rotarians in over 35,000 countries Worldwide. For almost 116 years, Rotarians have bridged cultures, and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy, and poverty, promote clean water & sanitation and fight diseases.
Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta’s call for action is “Each One Bring One”, his goal for this Rotary Year is to increase the membership to 1.3 million by June 2022 – all it takes is for one person in each Club to bring in a new member! We can do more service when new members join our Clubs by assisting financially, and bringing new ideas for projects and fundraisers.
On the other hand, we also need to retain the existing members which is very important. The Members are the backbone of the Clubs and each Rotarian has something valuable to contribute. There are a few ways to retain existing members such as making Club Meetings fun, and humorous without losing sight of Rotary’s mission, ask members for their feedback, provide leadership opportunities and put the member’s skills to use and recognize them for their efforts.
I encourage you all to also tell your Rotary Story, of why you joined Rotary, your most memorable moment of being a Rotarian and what makes your Club special. In doing so, let’s inspire others around us to join and commit to “Serve to Change Lives”.
Yours In Rotary Service,
Louis Wever
District Governor
District 7020