Welcome to District 1190
which comprises 68 Rotary Clubs located in Cumbria &
Purple is the colour in Jubilee Park, Kirkby Lonsdale
Way back in October some members of the Rotary Club of Lunesdale planted 5,000 crocus corms in Jubilee Park. In support of the Purple for Polio Campaign. The beautiful show of colour is the result of their hard work for locals and visitors to enjoy in Kirkby Lonsdale.
How People Join Rotary
The President of Rotary
International 2016-17, John Germ used his first newsletter to recount
how he was invited to join Rotary by an executive of the company he
worked for. His message was that Rotarians must continue to invite
colleagues in order to sustain membership.
model still works well in the tiger economies of the Far East and
developing countries where Rotary is thriving, but meets a problem in
Great Britain and Ireland. The average age of Rotarians in our District
means that many of them are retired, and although '70 is the new 60'
their contacts are not with today's working population.
Eve Conway, the President of Rotary International in Great Britain
and Ireland, has a mission to increase the proportion of women in
Rotary to 25%. The organisation opened its doors to women members in
1989. Many older Rotarians however don't have links with today's
working women, and so encouraging them to invite colleagues to join the
organisation may not be as fruitful as our presidents would wish. We
need to reach out to the public and tell them that Rotary is changing.
this year the organisation rewrote its rulebook allowing clubs much
more freedom in how and when they met. New ideas such as smaller
satellite clubs and corporate membership were introduced. In the North
West, Rotary clubs are taking a long hard look at the impression they
create on visitors and becoming less formal.
changes will help to attract new members, but we also need to change
the public perception that membership of Rotary is 'by invitation'. A
successful consultant, with happy memories of a Rotary exchange program
that took him to Sweden as a young man, was recently asked why he hadn't
considered joining Rotary. He replied 'Nobody asked me'.
DON'T WAIT TO BE ASKED!
local Rotary Club would be pleased to hear from you and will encourage
you to visit and get to know it before any talk of joining. Many clubs
now have informal 'Friends of Rotary' groups for people who don't want
to join but are happy to help and support club events.
Find your local Rotary Club here.