Mark Roberts

District Governor

2020-2021

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District 5160 Spring 2021 Virtual Conference

 

Friday April 30th to Sunday May 2nd 2021

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Growing and Diversifying our Membership One significant responsibility of the District Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is to help deliver the message of the Rotary International President. That is a task we’re happy to undertake. As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.As many of you know, Rotary International President Holger Knaack primary goal is to both develop a diverse membership and new clubs.I would like to focus on the idea of developing membership in existing clubs. Even this process has at least two parts: attracting new members and retaining existing members. Let us further divide the topic and look at attracting new members this month.A key point to attracting new members is to recognize that, in many respects, this is a club-specific task. It is incumbent upon all members of every club and the club membership chair and committee in particular to carefully consider this topic.In that process it is important the club build a consensus on its approach to new membership. It is also important that the club focus its effort so as not to dissipate the limited resources available.One question that each club can ask is do we have a cohesive and active structure in place to grow the club? Is there a membership chair and/or a committee working on this? Is there adequate communication about what is to be done and how it is to be done?Rotary International and the District can and do provide significant support. To borrow the words of Rotary International Past President Mark Maloney: “While the club remains the core of the Rotary experience, we are now far more creative and flexible in deciding what a club can be, how it can meet, and even what can be considered a Rotary meeting. We need to be organized, strategic, and innovative in how we approach membership, forging wider and deeper connections to our communities and forming new club models to attack and engage more—and more diverse—members.”I challenge each and every member together with each and every club to look at the question of how to grow your club and thereby increase its reach, impact, and vibrancy. ... See MoreSee Less
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