Greetings again on behalf of the District Membership Team! As the holidays approach and the end of the first half of the Rotary year approaches with them, it is appropriate that we take a look at where we are in terms of Membership growth. Through the end of October we have shown an almost 1% gain in Membership so far since July 1st. Congratulations! Membership growth is not easily accomplished. It takes dedication and commitment from every member. And, it takes courage (as Dabo says, and with apologies to you Gamecocks, Bring Your Own Guts) by the club leadership to keep this challenge in front of the club and to lead the change required to bring focus to this vital area of Rotary’s future.
As you may have heard, Membership growth is Rotary’s #1 Internal Priority. As such it deserves the very best we can do to spread the influence of Rotary. I’ve said before that if we could spread the influence of Rotary to all mankind, the world would finally know peace. The only way we can spread that influence is one new member at a time. The goal of the District 7770 Membership Event Grant is to aid your club in addressing this #1 Internal Priority. I am attaching to this email a copy of the grant application. Look it over. It’s very simple. And, if you will run, with commitment and courage, the strategies it is intended to support, you will absolutely grow your club! How much more good can you do in your community with increased membership? How many more new ideas can you get from people you may not even know yet? How much more fun can you have at your social events? What kind of leaders might you find? And, lastly, how much more good can Rotary do in the world as new members become engaged by going or giving?
Yes, we have a 1% gain right now. But, we cannot rest! We need to make a concerted effort to push through to the end of this Rotary year if we are going to see the kind of success I know you can all achieve. I can’t grow membership in your club. Your Assistant Governor can’t grow membership in your club. Your regional Membership Advocate can’t grow membership in your club. Only you and your club members, with your leadership, can expand the influence of Rotary. The rest of us will surely help where we can and if you invite us in to do so. Remember these 10 powerful words – “If it is to be, it is up to me!” If your club will be lead to membership growth this year, it is up to you. Get your grant and let’s get going!!
Yours In Rotary Service,
District Governor Nominee
District Membership Chair