Kick-Start Your New Member Orientation

RELEVANCE:Research shows that clubs with a new member orientation have higher member retention rates.

Learning objectives

At the end of this session, participants should be able to help clubs:

  • Identify aspects of new member orientations to add to their program
  • Develop an effective orientation for new members
Speaking points
  • A successful Rotary orientation begins before the prospect joins and continues through the various stages of membership.
  • Give prospective members an idea of what to expect from your club, such as the culture, history, projects and activities, and what your club is known best for.
  • Finding ways to involve members at all stages of their membership helps them maximize their Rotary experience and continue to find value in it.
  • Assigning a mentor to new members can help newcomers become part of the club more easily; it also can benefit experienced members by keeping them active and involved.
  • Evaluate your program regularly by asking members for opinions.
Discussion questions
  • What information should be covered with prospective members, compared with new members?
  • How are your clubs’ new member orientation programs designed to engage their new members?
  • How should a mentoring relationship work with new members?
  • In what ways do clubs in your district involve new members in your club?
  • How does your club make Rotary fun for new members?
  • What new member orientation success stories have you heard that you can suggest to clubs in your district?