HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE
William Inniss, alumni chair for District 7020 (Caribbean), knew he’d have a
challenge to contend with if he wanted to create an alumni association in his
district, which spans 15 islands in 10 countries and territories.
“You can’t invite people to get in
their cars and drive somewhere and
have an event,” Inniss says.
Instead, he planned an online
meeting for past Rotary program
participants. Inniss invited the alumni
to talk about their experiences, which
would help him gauge their interest
in forming an association. To market
the event, he emailed alumni, using
the contact information available
in the Program Participants and
Alumni report on My Rotary, and
set up a Facebook page.
The first online social, held on Zoom
during Rotary Alumni Reconnect
Week last year, attracted 24
participants. Its success inspired the
district to form an alumni association,
One former Rotary Youth Leadership
Awards (RYLA) participant and
Rotaractor decided to become a
Rotarian after getting involved with
the association. Alumni “have such
respect for Rotary,” Inniss says. “They
have been touched by Rotary at some
point in their lives, and they want
to talk about their experiences with
During this year’s Reconnect Week,
1-7 October, Rotary clubs are
encouraged to invite former Rotary
Peace Fellows, Rotary Scholars,
program participants, and other
alumni to renew their connection
to Rotary. Welcoming them to club
meetings and including them in
projects can strengthen their ties and
remind them how Rotary reshapes
lives locally and globally.
Reconnect Week also benefits clubs
by helping them reach potential
members and connect with proven
leaders. By staying in touch
with alumni, you build upon the
investment you have already made in
them, further expand their network
and worldview, and secure more
support for our work to create lasting
change in communities around
CONSIDER THESE IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING
RECONNECT WEEK, 1-7 OCTOBER:
Organize a project that involves local alumni.
Coordinate a joint service project with an
Plan a Rotary Foundation fundraiser and invite
alumni to contribute.
Host a dinner or social gathering that encourages
alumni and Rotarians to interact.
Invite a past program participant out for coffee
Ask alumni to speak at your next club meeting or
Organize an informational session about your club
to help alumni learn more about Rotary.
Host a party with alumni using a video
conferencing tool like Skype or Zoom.
Recognize the achievements of alumni from your
club or district and share their stories online.
Invite alumni to create a 30-second video on the
topic “How Rotary has influenced me” and post it
on social media.
Use #RotaryReconnect on social media to tag all
your posts about Rotary alumni and to discover
how others are celebrating around the world.