May 1 – the count begins
Well, here we go! The last 2 months of the fastest moving year I have ever experienced. Seems like only yesterday I was planning my club visits and getting ready to set sail on this journey as your District Governor. In the first week alone I was completely eliminated from all of Rotary International followed shortly thereafter with “poop” scooping in Springerville – that was great fun.
Now after 10 months some of the same opportunities still abound
– Fellowship, Membership and Foundation.
As all District Governors will tell you, visiting with and getting to know more members in all the clubs is far and above the best part of this job – and make no mistake; it is a job. And as with any job, upon some reflection I can honestly say it has been a blast. Okay, I have said a few other things not printable here. Yes, we have accomplished much. Yet, I can now see there is so much more we could and should do. I hope I have been able to clear the trail ahead for DGE Sherry as she has already begun setting the wheels in motion for a most successful 2015 – 2016 Rotary Year. You are very lucky to have her.
So what about this Fellowship thing? I have been fortunate to see it grow; especially when I make a return visit to a club. Folks have been engaged in projects and new members have joined the club. We all need to have more FUN in everything we do in Rotary.
Pardon me, but I think it important to copy a piece from last month’s newsletter:
During March 8 new Rotarians were inducted bringing our total of new members to 146. Unfortunately, this only gave us a net increase of 2 for a total membership in the district of 1128. It is easily conceivable that we could reach a total of 1150 members by the end of June. To do that we must all do our best to continue to Recruit new members, but more importantly, we must strive to Retain all the members that we can.
The key points I want you to see are that in April YOU have now recruited 14 new members raising the total to 160. Given that we started on July 1 with 1080 members, one could surmise that we should now have 1240 members in our district. The sad truth is we are at 1130 – only a net increase of 2 members.
Now is the time to start examining your club rolls and ensuring all current members are secure for the future. We can get to 1150 total members, but only if every one of us works diligently to RETAIN, RETAIN, RETAIN all that we have. This cannot be overemphasized.
Now here is some really good news. We are on track to eclipse the Annual Fund contributions recorded for the past 5 years. We are ahead of pace to pass our goal maybe even by the end of May. I will provide an update to this once the April totals are posted. The sad part is we still have 6 clubs with little or no contributions recorded. Please do not wait till the end of June – get those dollars to work now. Remember, it is contributions to the Annual Fund that provide the funding for your District Grants. The only way we can increase the number and amount of these grants is with increased donations to the Annual Fund.
At the District Leadership Seminars, this subject has been addressed. Emphasis has been given to the proper use of Foundation Recognition Points to incentivize members to increase their giving to The Rotary International Foundation Annual Fund. Many clubs have internal foundations and sometimes members give to it, which is a good thing. But do not forget to fund YOUR Rotary International Foundation Annual Fund.
We have a terrific Foundation committee in our district that will gladly share with you and your members all the information you request and would like to have about the Rotary Foundation.
I know most this sounds like a broken record, but the lifeblood of your District and of your Rotary International is Membership and Foundation.