Rotary District 6290
Monthly e-Bulletin

Volume 1 | Issue 1

Rotary International District Governor, Dave Thomas
  1. not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment.
    UNDAUNTED – What does a librarian in Shelby have in common with an investment banker in Rockford? They’re both young / younger. They both love their Rotary club and enjoy being a part of the family it creates in their community. What really sets them apart is recognizing their club’s value to their community. Like a virtuoso seeing a Stradivarius or an automobile enthusiast seeing a Pace Arrow. They love what they see and see so much more in what it can become with just a little loving attention. They are Undaunted in their willingness to restore something they value. They’re already recruiting new leaders to take on new tasks. Searching through their archives to find their constitution and bylaws. They want to use the new latitude afforded by the RI Council on Legislation (COL) to update their membership and attendance requirements. They are using the club data sheet to foster a conversation about leadership identification and training. This Strategic Planning process will be the basis of building a consensus of support among the members on their future direction and priorities. They have shared their Presidential goals with their clubs and received support not only from the leaders but from the club. One has a member taking over the membership chair and the other found a member whose love of Rotary is networking and friendships.  He has asked her to consider taking on this crucial position. I’m energized by undaunted leaders determined to see their local clubs make a difference for their members, their communities and yes ultimately the world.
Our mission is for every Rotarian to enhance their knowledge, to enable growth in your communities, in the world, and within yourself.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2019
OCTOBER 19, 2019
We will be sending a survey via email next week so that we can meet the educational needs of ALL of our Rotarians.  More information will be available on the district website as information becomes available.
The cost will be $25 per person which includes lunch and training materials.
Are your club executives up to date?  Currently we have over 30 clubs that have not updated their executives for the 2019 2020 Rotary year.  If you have any questions or just need a refresher on how to complete this task, please call Kathy  616-935-9559
New Rotary club models enhance connections
Munkhtuul Nyamdorf, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, checks out the four priorities of Rotary’s new strategic plan in the Future of Rotary Booth during the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Photo by Monika Lozinska/Rotary International

By Jessie Harman, chair of the Rotary International Membership Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Wendouree Breakfast, Victoria, Australia

Rotary’s new strategic plan is underpinned by four key priorities – to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The emergence of new club models is evidence that Rotary clubs and districts are working actively to advance these priorities.

These new club models represent an opportunity to connect with a more diverse group of individuals – particularly those who are unable or unwilling to join our traditional clubs. While new club models have been emerging for some time, the 2016 Council on Legislation decision to promote flexibility and innovation has arguably accelerated their development.

At the present time, it’s possible to recognize at least seven different types of clubs:

  • Traditional clubs – at the heart of Rotary: a group of professionals and aspiring leaders who meet regularly for service, connections and personal growth
  • Satellite clubs – sponsored by a traditional club, but with their own meetings, projects, bylaws and board
  • E-Clubs – that meet exclusively online
  • Passport clubs – that allow members to attend other Rotary club meetings and service projects, so long as they attend a specified number of meetings in their own club
  • Corporate clubs – whose members are employed by the same employer, but who have different roles in their workplace
  • Cause-based clubs – whose members share a passion for a particular cause and whose service projects and activities center around that cause, and
  • Rotaract clubs – sponsored by Rotary clubs, whose members are aged between 18 and 30 and who meet together for service, friendship, and connections

Amid this landscape there are also hybrids of these types – adding further to the diversity of Rotary, and there can be little doubt that new club models will continue to emerge – including the possibility of a model of participation which is not club-based.

Development of new club models and new ways to engage with Rotary is a healthy sign – indeed some would say a critical ingredient – of our ongoing sustainability and success. Our challenge is to continue to evolve – to meet the needs of our members and our communities and to ensure Rotary stays relevant, innovative,and engaging long into the future.

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