No. This is NOT a rerun of a “Hollywood Movie”. This is what your District Governor has been screaming as I have visited several of the clubs throughout the district.
Last month I said, “Let’s Celebrate” as 23 new members had been inducted into Rotary Clubs in your district. Well, keep celebrating, as our membership will have grown by 44 since July 1st by the time you read this. Yes, we should celebrate our successes, but please know that only 19 clubs have reported these new members in their clubs.
Why is membership so important and why do I keep talking about this? Well, it is quite simple. Without members we cannot do the great things that Rotarians do. So I urge you to get friends, colleagues, family and business contacts ENGAGED in your club projects. Invite them to help you paint a fence, plant a tree, become a mentor at a school, become a host family or help with Rotary Youth Exchange, and any number of other club projects. Get them so involved with your projects that they ask how to join your club. Don’t just ask them to join your club, get them involved and then ask them to join. There is a Rotary Club for everyone – they are just waiting to be asked.
While we are on the subject, please read RI President Gary Huang’s message in the September edition of The Rotarian magazine. In it he calls your attention to the innovative and creative things our younger generations are doing. These young people are the future leaders in Rotary. Get involved with them and support them with Interact, RYLA, Rotoract and Youth Exchange. There is something there for all of us – so get going and do it now. You will not regret helping these young people and most likely, they will help you, too.
After you review RIP Gary’s message, please go to pages 29 – 30 and read about the New Invoicing Process. You have been hearing about it since PETS in March 2014 and it will be in your email in January 2015. Club Presidents, Secretaries, and Treasurers need to pay particular attention to it.
The whole focus of this new invoicing is current and accurate membership reporting. We have a great system in DaCdb for adding new members to our clubs. Please try to update your club membership roster as soon as you induct a new member. And don’t forget to make the induction special for each member. Invite their families to join in the process, include their sponsor and make the new member feel special and welcomed by all in the club. Your clubs are terrific – now make them growing and more vibrant then they already are.
Along with that it is equally important to enter your club goals in Rotary Club Central. However, it seems only 19 clubs have found the time to do this. If you do not know how or think it is too confusing – help is just a phone call away. Call your AG, call me, call DGE Sherry, or call DGN Tonya. Believe it or not, but we can actually help you. We all recognize it may not be as intuitive as we might like, but please persevere as this system is designed to help you and ease the administrative burden of caring for your members.
Club Membership goals and club Foundation Giving goals are the 2 key goals which enable us to properly plan events and help with Grants, Training and Projects in the district. Again, help in completing these elements is only a phone call away.
Assistant Governors, I am challenging you especially to help your clubs accomplish these goal entries. I fully believe that once these goals are set, clubs will strive to achieve and possibly exceed them. And when they do succeed, who wins? We all do.