Imagine if we could take a snapshot capturing
all of the work Rotary does on a given day. In that
snapshot you would see dedicated volunteers
working to eradicate polio, setting up microloans,
providing clean water, mentoring youth, and
countless other actions.
We can do all this thanks both to our geographic
reach and to the fact that our clubs are made up
of people who are engaged in their communities.
As a part of the community that you serve, you
know the needs, you have the connections, and
you’re able to take immediate action. That’s why
every Rotary club’s membership should reflect the
diversity of its community.
We’ve made great strides in this. In Egypt, Indonesia,
and Kenya, Rotary is approaching 50 percent
female membership. We’re also expanding the age
diversity of our clubs. In each of our communities,
young professionals are eager to contribute
their talents, give back, and learn from mentors.
Let’s share with them what Rotary is all about.
The Engaging Younger Professionals toolkit at
Rotary.org has an action plan to help you reach
young leaders and Rotary alumni in your area.
Another resource that can help us better reflect
our communities — one that is global like us, is a
quarter-million members strong, and already shares
our values of service and leadership — is Rotaract.
Rotaractors are our partners: team up with them
on projects, ask them to speak at your events, and
invite them to join your club. Dedicated Rotaractors
worldwide are becoming members of Rotary and
even starting new Rotary clubs while still serving as
members of Rotaract.
The world needs Rotary, and Rotary needs strong
clubs and engaged members in order to do more
good. It is our responsibility — yours and mine —
to make sure everyone who shows an interest in
joining Rotary gets an invitation. Make use of
the Membership Leads tool on My Rotary, which
helps people who are interested in joining Rotary
connect with a club that’s right for them. And let’s
ensure that every member has a reason to stay.
By building strong clubs that engage in meaningful
projects and have fun along the way, we provide
value to our club members that they can‘t find
Let’s not keep Rotary’s story to ourselves. I challenge
you to invite leaders of all ages, men and women
who are looking for a way to give back. By doing
so, you will Be the Inspiration in your community
and help Rotary continue to do good in the world.