For many Rotary members, new and old alike, we join service groups on a one-time or regular basis to feel connected to our local community and other local Rotary members. On Monday, we learned about the benefits of a different type of group, Rotary Fellowships — these groups are international in scope (a minimum of three countries must be represented) and they consist of 12 or more participants. Each group is organized around a theme, often a hobby or occasion or activity. A couple of examples include Rotary Global History Fellowship or the Fellowship of Canoeing Rotarians.
There are several reasons to get involved in fellowships; it’s a way to connect with Rotarians outside of the local network; it’s a recruiting tool to draw new Rotarians to service; and, Rotarians can learn valuable vocational skills through fellowship. Additionally, if a local chapter is organizing a fundraiser around a particular theme, there might be a fellowship group that specializes in that theme and can help with organization.
The fellowship groups often plan and meet via email or video chat, and they typically organize an annual in-person meeting around their shared activity. The ski group plans a two week trip each year where they ski, fundraise, and plan future activities and fundraisers, for instance. Groups also meet at the international convention each year.
To get involved in a fellowship group or to learn more, check out rotary7710.org/fellowships.
Our Next 100 Days
We have 100 days until the end of the Rotary year, and there are several projects that need our utmost attention.
The Education Committee presented on several volunteer opportunities, and they have three more meetings where members can get involved. Please check the calendar for dates and locations: http://durhamrotaryclub.org/calendar/
Topics to be covered in future Education Committee meetings include:
- the RYLA retreat which will be the weekend of April 21st
- finding more volunteers for Reading Rangers to help students with end of year test preparation
- identifying host families for Youth Exchange
- working with Book Harvest on a partnership project
- growing the scholarship fund
New membership chair, Marge Nordstrom, presented on their plans for the next 100 days.
They are tackling the membership directory and making sure each member has a photo in it – if anyone needs a photo to be taken for the directory, Jay Zenner will take photos on 3/6 and 3/13.
Rotary Club of Durham has added 18 new members since July 1, 2016. There will be another orientation for new members on March 13th, and the New Membership Committee will use a new team member approach. New members are placed on six to eight person teams and each team will have two guides, one veteran member and one newer member. With a more hands on approach to club membership, the committee hopes to further their central tenets of retention, engagement, recruitment and technology.
Other important topics of note include our district fundraising goal for Alzheimer’s research. We have two weeks to meet our $4,000 goal and so far we have raised just shy of $2,000. Plan to bring large bills to drop into the CART buckets next week.
On March 13th we vote for our new board – be there or be square!
Community Service Recognition
Last but not least, five Rotarians were recognized for their community service achievements:
Peter Jacobi – Salvation Army Bell Ringers
Carver Weaver – MLK Meal Packing
Nancy Gordon – Alzheimers Caregivers Luncheon
Nancy Marks – Alzheimers Caregivers Luncheon
Meg Solera – Alzheimers Caregivers Luncheon