ASK THE EXPERT DEADLINES & NOTICES
For district governors, immediate
past governors, RI directors,
and past directors to nominate
Rotarians for the RI Service Above
For 2015-16 district governors
to submit governor allocation
To apply for a booth in the House
of Friendship at the 2017 Rotary
Convention in Atlanta, 10-14 June
To register for the Atlanta
convention at the lowest rate
Lead by example and make
your annual gift to The Rotary
Foundation. Consider joining
Rotary Direct to make automatic
Enter your club goals for 2016-17
Foundation giving in Rotary Club
Report your 2016-17 club and
district officers and committee
appointments through My Rotary
to ensure that your club will receive
Mark your calendar for Rotary’s
World Polio Day live-streamed
event on 24 October.
Dorit Weikert, a former
Rotary Scholar and
member of the Rotary
Club of Köln-Ambassador,
Germany, serves as District
1810’s alumni committee
chair. Added to the list of
recommended committees in
2015, the alumni committee works with clubs to
keep alumni involved in Rotary activities.
Many alumni may not be ready to join a
Rotary club when they finish their programs,
for different reasons. They could be pursuing
another degree, building a career, raising a
family, or traveling the world.
With so many other service offers out there, we
need to remind alumni regularly that they have
become a part of this great global family called
Rotary, that we are very proud to have them as
family members, and that we’re happy to invite
them to be members when they are ready.
Alumni committees play an important role
in reminding Rotary clubs of this huge pool
of promising and committed individuals who
know Rotary well. Alumni share our values and
our vision of furthering world understanding
and peace. We have a vested interest in alumni
and we simply cannot let them go.
PRACTICAL STEPS FOR CLUBS
Clubs should have an open mind and
heart toward alumni. Having one
member in charge of alumni activity
is a good start. If possible, he or she should be a
former program participant.
Tell the chair about any alumni your club has
sponsored and discuss how you might deepen
their bond with Rotary. Offer ideas on staying
in touch if the alumni move, and let the chair
know of any speaking engagements or club
activities you have available to alumni.
ADVICE FOR ALUMNI CHAIRS
During the past two years, I have
found that it’s the small things that
are quite appreciated by alumni and
that further their relationship with Rotary.
It does not have to be one big event specially
organized for alumni. You can take them to
a club meeting, connect them with a Rotary
member to discuss career steps, or propose
them for club membership.
Learn more in the district alumni chair
Join the Facebook group of District Alumni
Chairs, and subscribe to Reconnect,
Rotary’s alumni newsletter.
Start a regular informal event, such as a
Stammtisch (regular get-together) over a
couple of drinks, for alumni and Rotarians.
Talk to your district governor and request
that alumni be invited and welcomed to the
Exchange ideas with your district’s alumni
association or start one.
Consult with RI alumni relations staff in
Listen to the former program participant’s
specific needs and act.
Don’t circulate alumni contact information
to clubs as a list of potential members.
This is not about business and recruiting,
it is about family members. Establish a
THE ROLE OF A
DISTRICT ALUMNI CHAIR