Rotary Alumni Reconnect Week, 7-13 October, is a time to remind Rotary members and
past and current program participants of the value of staying in touch. Alumni of Interact,
Rotaract, scholarships, Rotary Peace Fellowships, and Youth Exchange are great leaders and
innovators and possess skills that can contribute to your next service project.
A TIME TO RECONNECT
To inspire you to think of ways you can reconnect with alumni
throughout the year, here are five examples of how alumni and
members have engaged during Reconnect Week.
1. Hold a video conference — Rotary District 7020 Alumni
As district alumni chair, William Inniss, of the Rotary Club of
Central Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands, established a tradition
of holding an annual video conference with his district’s
alumni association. Because the district is made up of many
islands in several countries and territories, having everyone
attend in-person meetings is difficult. So Inniss found a better
way to keep in touch. During the meeting, members of the
alumni association discuss their experiences and decide how
best to partner with local Rotary clubs.
2. Host a networking event — Northern Illinois Alumni
Members of the Northern Illinois Alumni Association; the
Rotaract Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA; and Rotarians in the
Chicago region came together for an evening of networking
at Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston,
Illinois. This gave alumni, Rotaractors, and Rotarians the
opportunity to get to know one another, see what Rotary
and Rotaract clubs are accomplishing, and discuss how alumni
might join them.
3. Invite alumni to your district conference — District 7600
For several years, District 7600 in Virginia, USA, has included
alumni in its district conference. Not only did it have a
place for the district’s alumni association to welcome its
new members, but they also used Facebook Live to record a
breakout session that focused on the experiences of a Group
Study Exchange member.
4. Welcome past presidents — Rotaract Club of Patan, Nepal
A president of a Rotary or Rotaract club learns a lot about
leadership. The Rotaract Club of Patan recognized this and
invited 10 of its past presidents back to the club to share
what they learned in that role. This led to discussions about
the future of the Rotaract club and how it can expand its
5. Get alumni updates by video — Rotary Club of Invercargill
Sunrise, New Zealand
The Rotary Club of Invercargill Sunrise requested one- to
two-minute video updates from Youth Exchange alumni it
had sponsored. It then shared the videos with its members on
Facebook. The alumni talked about the lasting relationships
they had formed with their host families and how their
exchanges shaped them. When alumni can’t come to a club
meeting, video updates like these help members and alumni
maintain a connection despite long distances.
Celebrate Reconnect Week by reaching
out to alumni in your district. Contact
your district alumni chair, or email
firstname.lastname@example.org, to get started today.
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