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Welcome to the Membership Committee page for District 9790

To advance Rotary and the District by encouraging a "can do" culture and strong focus on a healthy membership growth that will ensure retention and growth in all Clubs in District 9790. 
Your Membership Team will work closely with the Assistant Governors in each cluster group to assist Clubs increase and maintain their membership.
Cheryl Gill
Rotary Club of Greenvale
Phone:  (M) 0409 003 621 



Membership Committee

Matthew Irving
Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell
April Halliday
Rotary Club of Shepparton
Soo Chan  
Rotary Club of Greensborough Central
Michael McCabe
Rotary Club of Sunbury

Membership Growth and Retention

The three circles interlaced - showing that for Rotary to continue we need to work on all three areas these circles represent.
Rotary -
Work on telling the business leaders within our Community of what we stand for and what we do. Ensure our meetings are interesting , informative and fun.

Circle 1: Retention

Each Club must work at keeping our Members interested and excited about our programs, and ensure they participate in them. They gain ownership if they participate.

Circle 2: New Members 

This is our life blood. Nothing rates ahead of this programme, as without it, we die. Work on it; speak about it; have a visible target displayed.
How do we get new Members?
. Choose a qualified target Member.
. Sit down with them and just invite them to come along and have a look.
. Be proud of what we achieve - we should be.

Circle 3: Organising New Clubs

Think outside the square. Where can we create a new Club - a Breakfast Club, a Cocktail Club - creating the opportunity for others to share our Rotary world.
The centre of these circles represents membership growth and development, and new clubs coming together to keep the Rotary wheel turning.

Consider these new initiatives for your club membership plan. There are no Rotary police. 

Consider your Club being involved in offering:
• Associate Membership.
• forming Satellite Clubs.
• Innovation and Flexibility initiatives.

Associate Member

Associate Membership allows a person to become involved with the Rotary Club for an initial period without having the same obligations and opportunities as a full member of the Club.
Associate Membership is a journey of discovery during which a person can learn more about the Club, its activities, and the wider opportunities that are opened up through full membership.
There is a clear expectation that an Associate Member will, after a period of time in which to assess the values and opportunities that membership of a Rotary Club brings, choose to join the Club as a full member.

What is expected of an Associate Member?

Associate Membership of the Rotary Club allows a person to:

• Attend any meeting of the Club.
• Participate in any social or community service activity of the Club.
• Be recognised at Club meetings/functions by wearing a similar name badge as other members.
• Be recognised in the community as a Rotarian by wearing the Rotary International lapel pin.
• Attend meetings of other Rotary Clubs as a visiting Rotarian and participate in District activities.
• Introduce potential new members to the Club.
• Demonstrate their engagement with the Rotary Club by participating in each six month period, in eight (8) regular meetings of the Club and one (1) community service activity. 

(source of this information is the Rotary Club of Cleveland in District 9630).

Satellite Clubs

To enable flexibility and adjustment to circumstances, clubs can form satellites to better meet the needs of the Rotarians. Examples of satellite clubs may be e-clubs or clubs with younger members meeting alternately to older members. The concept allows clubs to conduct multiple meetings during a week, each taking place at a different location, day, or time. This concept gives clubs the opportunity to start up a small group with the ultimate intention of forming a new club in due course. There are no rotary police and it is up to the club to meet the needs of members. 

Innovative and flexible Rotary clubs

The Innovative and Flexible Rotary Club Pilot Program focused on letting clubs self-determine their operations to fit better with the needs of their members and community. It also encourages clubs to conduct numerous tests to:

• Try out different meeting logistics (time, date, location, online, use of social media, club event or social activity, reducing costs and so on).
• Improve club leadership and oversight.
• Create relevant and creative membership qualifications and requirements.
• Update Rotary terminology to current language.
• Shift the focus from meeting attendance to member engagement.

Clubs would be authorized to make changes to the Standard Rotary Club Constitution and to their Rotary Club Bylaws in any area other than RI membership dues requirements.

The most effective membership initiative is the personal "ASK".

• Target the "ASK" when inviting someone in your area to join you in Rotary. We need a plumber/electrician/accountant or finance guru/horse trainer/food expert/plastic surgeon/tourism knowledge in our club. Would you care to share your skills in your Rotary club?
• We are building a school/hospital/water purification system overseas. You have great skills and you would be most welcome. Come join us in Rotary.
Some of our members are female and they are fantastic Rotarians. Our plan is to increase their input and influence. Your skills would certainly add value. Would you care to come along and see what we do?

A club membership plan developed in consultation with all members. 
You must know where you are going and bring others with you. You need to have a membership/retention plan containing goals, strategies, and targets. All members need to have a sense of belonging in developing the plan and have buy in with the strategies. 

Something simple:
Goal Strategy Target Who/When
Retention of members. Review and change By-Laws to reflect the needs of a variety of members. Flexibility is important. 98% retention in Rotary.
Proactive Rotary Family committee.
Membership director leads but responsibility rests with all members. 
Half yearly review of progress.
New members. Implement RI pilot initiatives. >10% increase based on changeover census including new categories of Rotarians. Board approves policies in August in consultation with members.

Another Initiative

Corporate membership is another possible option, but is taking longer to implement, so most clubs in the pilot project are reporting that it is still too early to tell. Clubs can use the learnings, of the pilot program, to implement changes within the existing guidelines of Rotary. 
For example, clubs may benefit by giving prospective members a longer period in which to become acquainted with the club, or by introducing prospective members to the club through service projects (associate membership). Clubs can increase awareness and understanding of Rotary by partnering with local companies on a particular service project (corporate membership) and recent changes from the Council on Legislation make satellite clubs/meetings a real option for clubs wishing to target a new demographic, or location (satellite clubs). 
Arguably the most interesting learning from the pilot initiatives is that clubs can be energised and revitalised simply by focusing on something new and different. Anytime is the right time to try something new in your club.

Corporate Member

The Corporate Member Program allows a corporation or company in a club's area to become a member of the Rotary club and appoint up to four people to serve as club members. These corporate members attend club meetings, participate in projects, and vote on club matters, and are eligible to serve as club officers and committee members. One of the designees must be a member of the corporation's senior executive group, but the others could hold any full-time managerial role.

Only one of the designees would need to attend club meetings at a time, yet each would be considered an official member of the club and would be required to pay RI and annual club dues, as determined by the club.

The key words to me are those in bold. The company is the member of the Rotary club and the partnership between company and Club decides how many members represent the company - hence the payment of RI dues.