Sunday, January 16, 2011

Membership Workshop a Success

On Saturday January 15, 2011 Rotarians from 16 clubs in Metro Vancouver attend the first of two District membership workshops under the leadership of district membership chair, Linda Coyle.

I welcomed everyone to the seminar and stressed the importance of membership retention and growth to every Rotary clubs. Many clubs in the district have had sustained growth over a number of years, unfortunately some club's membership has declined. The district has new clubs starting in Powell River and Bowen Island.

Rotary Coordinator Dean Rohrs led the group through a discussion on what makes a vibrant Rotary club. The list of ideas included fellowship, fun, service projects, spirit, and diversity of membership including classifications, gender, age and ethnicity.

PDG Del Paterson the district club extension chair discussed the current demographics of the districts membership and the challenges faced by some clubs.

Karen Harrison led a discussion on how we can retain members. Ideas included keeping members active and engaged fellowship activities, regular education, good leadership and communications.

The next membership workshop will be held in Quesnel on January 30, 2011. For more information click HERE

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