Membership Digest - January

Region 36 (Zones 25B & 29)

The Membership Digest

January 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, Director, Region 36
It’s been an interesting and challenging Rotary year so far and the remainder of the year may be the same. Rotary’s membership is our greatest asset: when we grow Rotary, we grow our service, the impact of our projects, and, most importantly, our membership so that we can achieve more. Let’s make sure we are creating a fun place for members to interact, accomplish goals, find new goals, enjoy fellowship and focus on what Rotary means to their local communities and to the world.
Club Program Ideas
Looking for club programming ideas? Check out this Club Programming Channel from RI for some of their favorite speeches and speakers from recent Rotary events:
Check out this video produced by The Global Impact Group and the Rotary Club of Lamarinda Sunrise, USA. The video features global health care and Rotary leaders offering perspectives on Rotary’s contributions to polio eradication and also illustrates how any Rotary club can conduct an effective virtual/in-person (hybrid) meeting. See it here:
Virtual Club Engagement
In lieu of in-person international service projects, the Rotary Club of San Antonio (Texas, District 5840) has started hosting international online socials. Their international service committee surveyed members to see who has international connections, language abilities, etc. Using that information, the club set up a number of online social gatherings to give members opportunities to connect with Rotarians in other countries, learn more about different cultures, and educate members on Rotary’s international impact.
Emily's Update
Success Stories
Update from Emily Tucker,
RI Regional Membership Officer
Meet Rotary’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce
As a global organization, Rotary is committed to creating an environment that sets the standard for valuing and living the principals of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). After adopting the DEI statement in January 2019, the Board has taken active steps to create a concrete plan to ensure DEI is ingrained into our actions as an organization.
As part of this commitment, we have tapped into the expertise of Rotary participants from around the world to create a DEI Taskforce. They are charged with shaping a comprehensive action plan with achievable, measurable, and meaningful outcomes for Rotary. Meet the members of the DEI task force and share this information with clubs as we work to make Rotary a more inclusive experience for all.

New Cause-based club charters in District 5950

District 5950 recently welcomed 46 new members to the Rotary family. Rotary Club of Network for Empowering Women is the first Rotary club in the world to focus on this specific cause. The members of this e-club come from Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia. In addition to being diverse in geographical area, the members are also diverse in gender, race, age, profession and religious belief.


RYLA fuels creation of new clubs

Check out a recent blog in Rotary Voices about how E-Club of Leaders in Service (Distirct 5830), Texas USA 22 created an E-Club with Rotary program alumni, all former participants and staff from RYLA 5830.
Club in Formation Highlight
International Rotaract E-Club for the Environment, District 5950 (Central and Southwestern Minnesota)
Club Type: Cause-based International Rotaract E-Club focusing on the environment
Members: Their nine members to date are from Bogata, Colombia;  Bolivia, South America; Berlin, Germany; and Minnesota; USA.  They hope to have 15 to 20 members by March, when they plan to charter.  They can start the club with the recommended 12 (or less), but want to ensure the club has a really strong start.
Partners - 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)
General Information - They will keep the annual dues for club members very low to help facilitate membership growth.  We will also have a great base of prospects to recruit through ESRAG connections.
Screenshot from Recent Club Meeting
Tools & Resources
From the Project
Phoenix 223 Team
Thank you to our district leaders and new club champions who are working so diligently to start new Rotary Clubs, Rotaract Clubs, and form Satellites in our paired Zones 25B & 29. Click link for  more information.
As of January 15, 2021 – 7 New Clubs Chartered/Satellites have formed, and 21 New Clubs are under formation.
Phoenix 223 Virtual Workshops
Workshops provide a chance to learn more about new club development options such as Satellites Clubs, Passport Clubs, Cause-Based Clubs, and Rotaract Clubs. Teams from across our Zone are assembled to address specific questions as well as provide step by step guidance for success.  There is no cost to attend workshops. Check out the past recordings from these workshops as well as additional resources on the Phoenix 223 page here:
District Membership Chairs (DMC) now have access in My Rotary to the Club Membership Profile Report
This is formatted similarly to the District Membership Profile, but it includes profiles for each club in your district! Below are instructions to access it:
  • Log in to My Rotary
  • Hover your mouse over Manage
  • Hover your mouse over Club & District Administration
  • Click on Rotary Club Central
  • Once in RCC, click on Reports on the left
  • Scroll down to District Reports, and click on Club Membership Profile
  • When prompted, select the month, click the >, and select OK to run
  • To export to Excel or PDF, click the icon at the top and select file type