Rotary Membership – An Interview with the Ones That Got Away

They represent many of your past, present, and potential members - members who left for "personal" reasons, or who didn't join because they were "too busy."
Chris Waugh

Chris Waugh

District 5110 Membership Director and in line for District Governor 2025-2026. Owner of Leader Support Service, providing business consulting and management training.

On December 20th, the District Membership Forum will have three mystery guests:

  1. A long-term Rotarian and District leader who quietly left Rotary in the recent past.
  2. A fairly new Rotarian who has only attended a few meetings and feels uncomfortable.
  3. A young professional who has been introduced to Rotary but didn’t feel connected to the members in the club she visited.

They’ll each answer three questions. What was your expectation for your Rotary experience? What was the reality that met you instead? What advice would you give clubs that want people like you as members?

You won’t know their names or see their faces, but they promised candid answers. They represent many of your past, present, and potential members – members who left for “personal” reasons, or who didn’t join because they were “too busy.”

So save the date, Tuesday, December 20th at 10 am. Anyone is invited. The zoom link will come to Club Presidents, President-Elects, and Membership Chairs on the 19th.

 

 

8 Responses

  1. I will second what Brian has said. It appears to me that RI is becoming increasingly more about politics than service. If Rotary continues in this direction, I’ll likely not continue.

    1. Agreed, Greg. It seems the WORLD is becoming more about politics and what sets us apart. Rotary needs to keep striving to be the rational, neutral voice to help bring us together.

  2. Chris: The “care&feeding” of good members remains an important aspect of a healthy club, yet few club leaders pay it much attention. I would be very interested in the feedback from these mystery guests. Great topic, Emily

    1. Thanks, Emily, I hope to see you there. If you can’t make it, we always post the videos on our YouTube channel.

  3. I look forward to watching the videos. Thanks, Chris, for bringing such powerful topics to the forefront so our Club leaders can take heed, if necessary.

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