District Governor September Message
Rotary: Making a Difference is truly a message of our times. The months of August and September have been exciting times in my Rotary story. I have visited, at this point, forty three clubs.
We met Membership challenges by hosting a Membership Summit with the Assistant Governors and newly appointed Membership Advocates in Summerville to focus on developing intentional strategies to grow membership throughout the District. Our monthly membership report showed progress with clubs growing membership by about one percentage over the start of the year. The recruitment process was to focus on attracting new prospective members that were already commitment to service above self. This approach should be a “win / win” in retaining members throughout the entire membership process. In September’s Fall Membership Training Seminar, Johnny Moore, Membership Chair, presented additional intentional strategy tools to the Club Membership Chairs. Membership Event Grants are being offered on a “first come /first serve” basis to clubs to host Discover Rotary or Membership Social Hours to attract new members during the year.
Since September is Basic Education and Literacy Month, each year we encourage clubs to get involved in this important area of focus. Clubs should start by identifying community needs and then working to provide solutions and support for those items. During my visits, I saw planning for their dictionary projects for children returning for a new school year. Several successful school supply and book drives were executed providing needed items and supplies to those who could not purchase them for themselves. Clubs were gearing up with reading programs and brainstorming with school officials on activities that could be accomplished during the month. Wendy Broderick, the District’s Literacy Chair, is sharing many more ideas for Clubs to consider not only during the Literacy month, but also, through the year. She is also providing the requirements to earn the Education and Literacy Award at this year’s conference.
By sharing our member’s stories, project involvement, and fun through fellowship, clubs will increase public and community awareness. Awareness provides the mechanism to attract diverse professionals of all ages, and service-above-self minded people. At the Club Leadership Fall Training Seminar, Mary Gasque, Public Image Chair, provided avenues to enhance Public Image Programs.
I am confident that District 7770 will make a difference in 2017-18. Gear Up and Get Excited About Rotary!
Gary C. Bradham
District Governor, 2017-18