Membership Digest - April

Region 36 (Zones 25B & 29)

The Membership Digest

April 2021

The Membership Digest is your one stop read for the latest Membership news in Region 36 brought to you by Assistant Rotary Coordinators from Zones 29B and 29. We highlight Rotary Membership success stories and provide helpful tools and resources to assist District Membership Chairs and anyone else who wants to Grow Rotary!
Monique Hodges, ARC and Jeff Reed, ARC, Region 36
Suzi's Corner
Innovation & Flexibility
Update from Suzi Howe, RI Director, Region 36
It’s been a very long and unusual year for every one of us. I take this opportunity to thank every one of you for your willingness to use creative approaches to keep our clubs and districts active during the challenges of the past year. You stayed engaged and encouraged others to do the same. Some of you have told me your club attendance is higher with online or hybrid meetings. I am proud that our Rotarians continued the work of Rotary for our clubs and our communities. As our clubs begin to meet in person, I know you will continue that high level of engagement. We all know that engagement is what keeps our members active. We all want to be engaged in the business of Rotary and know that new members will want to as well.
Thank you again for your efforts so far this year, and I know you’ll continue with the same level of energy and engagement through the rest of this Rotary year!
Our partnership with Toastmasters is starting to show effects. Has your club reached out to a Toastmasters club in your area? We’ve heard of a Toastmasters-based Rotary club.
Enhance Your Professional Skills! The Toastmasters-Rotary Alliance enables Rotarians to develop and improve communication and leadership skills. Self-paced professional development modules on the Rotary International Learning Center include developing and delivering speeches, collaboration, leading a team, and building consensus. To learn more, log into and search “toastmasters”.
What you can do to make your club more LGBTQ+ inclusive
Grant Godino.
As I have started to share my ideas, opinions, and stories about LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, queer, and questioning) inclusion in Rotary, I have heard so many of our leaders say to me: “We’re a really decent club/district. We don’t have any bad people. So, we don’t have a problem. Right?” I’ve also heard things like “Why is Rotary doing something so political” and “There are no gay people in my community.” Read more at:
Emily's Space
Success Stories
Update from Emily Tucker,
RI Regional Membership Officer
Engaging online meetings
For continued updates, stories, and strategies for holding engaging virtual meetings, check out Rotary’s Engaging Online Meetings webpage on My Rotary.
District membership subcommittee appointments
Districts can appoint 2021-22 Membership Committee subcommittee chairs in My Rotary to support three key areas: attracting new members, engaging existing members, and starting new clubs. While these subcommittee chairs are not required, they reflect the need for a qualified team of membership experts at the district level and are the pillars of a comprehensive and sustainable membership growth strategy. If your district chooses to appoint one or more of these positions in My Rotary, they will be granted the same level of reporting access as your district membership committee chair.
Emily Tucker, RI Regional Membership Officer
From the Project
Phoenix 223 Team
The districts in our paired Zones 25B and 29 (Region 36) are making great progress toward our collective goal to start 30 new clubs (Rotary, Rotaract, Satellite) this Rotary year.
Rotary Clubs
6 Chartered; 2 Charters Renamed; 10 in Development
Rotaract Clubs
5 Chartered; 3 in Development
3 Formed; 8 in Development
Club in Formation: Global Horizons Rotary E-Club (Proposed Name)
Global Horizons focuses on global issues with a team that shares a passion for international service through travel and friendships.  Global Horizons is a Rotary E-Club within District 5950 (Minnesota/Wisconsin) with members all over the United States and around the world. The club's members strive to improve our world with others who share a passion for international travel and friendship focusing on global issues and service. The club is scheduling virtual exchanges with Rotarians from other countries.
The club has 14 members to date, mostly from Florida and Minnesota, USA.; The club hopes to charter by May. The club typically has close to 30 attendees at weekly meetings.
The club focuses on relationships formed during:(i) Group Study Exchange trips, (ii) former Peace Corps service, (iii) service as Youth Exchange Host Parents, and (iv) service as a current Peace Fellow.
Rotary Club of Community Action Against Human Trafficking (CAAHT)
This cause-based E-club was chartered in Kansas in January 2021 to focus on eradicating human trafficking. It began in the summer of 2019 when Patti Mellard called a meeting of Rotarians from several clubs to meet in Topeka, Kansas. Usha Reddi tells the story in the April 13, 2021, issue of Rotary Voices.
A Cause-based club: Twin Cities Rotary EcoClub
A non-traditional Rotary club with a focus on environmental sustainability, this club was chartered by RI on February 19, 2019. The club provides an opportunity to build new relationships, develop leadership skills and be part of the larger Rotary world. The club meets two weekday evenings each month. They follow in the footsteps of the Duluth Superior Eco Rotary Club started almost 12 years ago in District 5580 by the mother of one of the Twin Cities members.
Learn more about the club at:
Do you know of a club that has a model that would work for you or in your area? Contact the Phoenix 223 team to help you start a similar club in your area.
More Success Stories
UPDATE: International Rotaract E-Club for the Environment
We featured this club in the last digest as a club in formation. They officially chartered in 2021! This is a caused-based International Rotaract E-Club focusing on the environment. It was established in 2021 to collaborate with the Rotary family everywhere in the World. Annual dues for club members are kept very low to help facilitate membership growth. The club also has a great base of prospects to recruit through ESRAG connections.
As of March 4, the club had 18 members. Members are from Colombia, Bolivia, Germany, and Minnesota (USA).
Partners Include -The Rotary Club of Edina / Morningside; District 5950 (donating $1,000 and one year Zoom Pro account); District 5950 Twin Cities Eco Club; and Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group ESRAG) (donating dollars and a database of young people).
Tools & Resources
Phoenix 223 Alumni & Interest-Based Club Workshop
The Phoenix 223 Team has held four general topic workshops regarding New Club Development. Perhaps you attended one of them. As part of our mission to cover all of the club types recognized by Rotary International, we have scheduled a specialty workshop on the Development of Alumni and Interest-Based Clubs on May 6.
Creating a positive experience for Prospective Members
Working with prospective members is a delicate task. Find tips and ideas to determine whether membership would match their needs as well as your club's. Learn what you can do to ensure that prospects have a positive experience, regardless of whether they join. Read more at:
Rotary Citation
The Rotary Citation Webpage has been updated. Your Rotary, Rotaract, or Interact club can earn a Rotary Citation for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and your club. Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.
Do you recognize members for their dedication and service to the club, the community and to our organization? Does your District recognize clubs? Recognition can be given for sponsoring new members, sponsoring a new club, starting a project, creating a video, promoting Rotary’s public image, and much more.
Hybrid Meeting Guide
Mitty Chang
As clubs are starting to plan for the next year and how to start meeting back in-person, many have asked about ideas to run a hybrid meeting. Mitty wrote a guide for conducting hybrid meetings based on research and brainstorming from fellow Rotarians. It can provide you some ideas! There are so many great ideas floating out there.
Here's a link to the 3 part hybrid meeting guide, along with some other relevant Rotary guides he has written:
Mitty is a Past President of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley, current Club Membership Chair, the Founder and Trustee Chair of Big West Rotaract MDIO and serves as a member of the Rotary International Rotaract and Interact Committee.
8 tips for getting young people interested in your club.
Maureen Vaught
#2. Look at your traditions. “Some tradition is important, but too much time spent on those rituals may prevent younger members from feeling at home in your club.”