Practicing Flexibility And Innovation

RELEVANCE:Flexible and innovative clubs are more appealing to prospective members and help keep current members more engaged.

Learning objectives

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

  • Identify ways to make their club more flexible
  • Understand the value of accommodating members’ needs
Speaking points
  • Research shows that when clubs have more freedom on how they hold meetings, choose prospective members, and define engagement, they are more vibrant and able to grow.
  • The 2016 Council on Legislation approved changes that give clubs more flexibility in when, where, and how they meet, and what types of membership they offer. Consider changes such as:
  • Rotaractors may be members of Rotaract and a Rotary club at the same time.
  • Clubs may choose to gather in person, meet online, or alternate between the two.
  • Clubs may offer different membership types and define those as they wish
  • Clubs can relax attendance policies and meet twice a month if they choose.
  • Encourage clubs to take risks, explore ideas without restrictions, and not be afraid of failure.
  • Clubs can use the Enhancing the Club Experience: Member Satisfaction Survey to learn what their members like and dislike about their club, then implement new practices that take these into account.