On the Rotary calendar, August is Membership and New Club Development month. It probably goes without saying that Rotary Clubs are the members. Without engaged People of Action, clubs are incapable of making any positive impact in our communities. Seems obvious, right? However, we continue on with our club routines and traditions year after year, and it seems like "all of sudden" membership is down, less volunteers are engaged in activities, members come to meetings less frequently and then sadly, the viability of the club is in doubt.
We were fortunate that membership grew District-wide last year. But unfortunate that two clubs made the difficult decision to surrender their charters and disband.
The continuous care and development of our clubs is not just the responsibility of the President or members of the Board of Directors. This takes all of us, to be objective, critical when necessary, and always mindful of our club's image and impact. The challenges and opportunities are different for every club and the number of factors that determine club vitality is vast.
There are many District and RI resources available to educate, inform and inspire you. Whether you're interested in ideas to energize your club or to investigate increasing your community impact by forming a new club; traditional, impact, satellite or Rotaract.
Your District Membership Team stands ready to assist. There are resources and ideas in the Rotary.org Learning Center and the current issue of Rotary Magazine is dedicated to Membership development.
Upcoming District events are a great place to exchange ideas and best practices. I hope to see many of you at the upcoming Vibrant Club Seminar in Orange Park.
John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024
Rotary District 6970