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District Chair:   Alma Reynolds  (Doncaster)

The Membership Team
New Members Recruitment
How to Propose a New Member
New Member Orientation
Organisational (Corporate) Membership
Satellite Clubs
Alternative Club Models
Membership Resources
1.THE MEMBERSHIP TEAM
Membership Chair & Committee
The Membership Committee aims to assist clubs looking to expand, diversify and maintain their membership.  Members of the committee are able to work through with clubs the “Membership 5-Point Plan”, the aim of which is to guide clubs in aligning their activities with the expectations of members both new and existing.  To discuss the ways in which the committee can work with your club, please contact Alma Reynolds.
Committee members are:
·       Alma Reynolds (Chair)
·       Ian Ash (RC Emerald)
·       Trish Smyth (RC Beaumaris)
·       Brian Negus (RC Templestowe)
·       Greg Mossop (RC Boronia)
·       Barrie Vickers (RC Bayswater)
·       Bronwen Lamond (RC Oakleigh Clayton Huntingdale)
 

2.New Member Recruitment

Any club is welcome to invite the District Membership team to work with it on the implementation of the “5-Point Membership Plan”.  The plan has been sent to all Membership Chairs in the District and, for clubs wishing to implement it, the District Membership Team is available to provide inputs and supports to the extent requested by the club. 
 
 

3.How to Propose a New Member

Rotary International has developed a brochure incorporating details of the process for proposing a new member to the club board and an application form.  You can download this brochure by clicking on the following link:   
RI Membership Form 254en.
The District Marketing and Membership committee has developed an alternative membership proposal form that can be downloaded from the following link.  District 9810 generic membership application.
Either of these forms can be used to nominate a prospective member.
 

4. New Member Orientation

The District Membership Committee will be developing a four-session program for new members.  The sessions will run online about every six weeks and will cover four topics:
  • Club structure and operation
  • The Rotary Foundation
  • The Rotary District
  • The wide world of Rotary
All new members should be encouraged to attend these sessions.
For more information contact Alma Reynolds
 

5. Organisational (Corporate) Membership

Guidelines have been developed to assist clubs in approaching businesses or other organisations to consider membership of their Rotary Club.   The Package is in word format to enable personalisation to your club. 
The two files are:
 

6.Satellite Clubs

Satellite clubs provide existing Rotary clubs with the ability to increase their numbers with a new group of members who may not be the right “fit” for the existing club.  Consider those who are not available at the club’s traditional meeting time, those who are well outside the club’s existing age profile, those who wish to develop projects in a particular Area of Focus and so on.
Guidelines for the establishment of a Satellite club are provided to assist you in its set up and planning.   The three files are:
 
For further information, clarification or assistance  please contact:
Alma Reynolds
 

7. Alternative Club Models

Does your club face challenges such as
  • My club does not reflect our community when it comes to gender, profession, ethnicity and age.
  • People have trouble making it to our meeting because of its time or location.
  • We have trouble attracting members because people are too busy or the cost is too expensive.
  • We are losing members because they have different interests and experience levels.
  • We have trouble finding new members because we do the same service project every year.
  • We lose potential members because family members aren’t welcome at our meetings and events.
  • It is challenging to find new people to lead our club.
For assistance with these maters see https://my.rotary.org/en/club-flexibility  or contact Alma Reynolds.
 

8.Membership Resources

To access a range of membership materials go the RI website.  Resources include Learning Centre Course, booklets, questionnaires, brochures, guides, and reports can all be found here;
 
Further resources can be found by;
  • Asking the Membership Chair for resources and information related to a particular area of interest
  • Subscribing to the “Zone 8 Rotary on the Move” newsletter by emailing the editor. Issa Shalhoub, at drissa@bigpond.com
  • Searching online for articles and videos of interest
  • Reading the monthly D9810 Membership newsletter: “More Rotarians”
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