I have asked several Rotary clubs to start a satellite club, and invariably one of the first questions is “why would we want to do that?” So, I’ll start by answering WHY? I am going to answer the question from the perspective of a cause-based virtual club, rather than a geographic, in-person club, but many of the answers will apply to both scenarios.
TOP TEN REASONS your Rotary club benefits from starting a cause-based satellite e-club…
10. You will LEAVE A LEGACY AND STRENGTHEN ROTARY by sharing the gift of Rotary to a demographic that may not find our current clubs’ style, meeting time, or culture appealing.
9. When compared with Rotary Action Groups and Rotary Fellowships, CAUSE–BASED ROTARY CLUBS OFFER ADVANTAGES of regular meetings, opportunities for grants from The Rotary Foundation, and protections of the Rotary Clubs’ insurance policy.
8. Cause-based e-clubs are an inexpensive and relatively EASY WAY TO START A NEW ROTARY CLUB. Affiliate members (Rotarians from other clubs) provide expertise for the new club and reduce the need for mentors from the parent club.
7. One of the benefits of being a Rotarian is the development of leadership skills. A satellite club will offer more opportunities to DEVELOP LEADERS, probably in a less formal and more comfortable environment than in a traditional Rotary club.
6. An e-club can invite members from around the world, reinforcing the INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR of Rotary and providing new opportunities for service around the globe.
5. YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE by attracting new people to Rotary and expanding the number of Rotarians ‘doing good in the world’.
4. Current Rotarians may be honorary or affiliate* members and participate in both their home club, and the cause-based club, CEMENTING MEMBERS’ COMMITMENT TO ROTARY.
3. Members of the satellite club are also members of the parent club and can participate in projects of the parent club. This multiplies your CLUB’S OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
2. People who follow their passions in Rotary are Rotarians for
life. This makes cause-based clubs a MEMBER RETENTION
1. YOUR CLUB WILL BE ENERGIZED by an influx of new people
and fresh ideas.
A cause-based club can be built around almost anything. Ideas
include entrepreneurship, environmental issues, food insecurity,
health and wellness, international service, literacy, social justice,
peace building, veteran’s issues, maternal and child health, water and
This short Anytown video does a great job of explaining WHY we
should all start new clubs in our towns. Figure out WHERE to start a
club by exploring Grow Rotary. Interested in learning more? Contact
_______________ District Innovative Club Advocate.
*In District 7710, we encourage existing Rotarians to join cause-based clubs
as affiliate members. They are considered full members of the satellite club
but pay only nominal club dues. Affiliate members pay their Rotary
International and District dues through their home club. PDG, Marie Howard, District 7710, NC 2019dg@Rotary7710.org