2019 MEMBERSHIP TRAINING SEMINAR A SUCCESS
January 5, 2019 – Over 60 Rotarians, representing 28 clubs from two West Virginia districts gathered at the Fairmont State University Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, WV on January 5, 2019 to discuss options for district membership growth.
District Membership Chair and organizer, Rebecca Hunn, noted that the seminar was the first event to bring together leadership and Rotarians from two West Virginia Rotary districts that will consolidate into one district on July 1, 2019.
“We are stepping into the future with this seminar,” she said. “District 7530 and 7550 will merge into one statewide district, D7545. We are preparing to move ahead, to work as one District to bring awareness to the good Rotary does in the world and in our communities.”
Presentations included innovations in recruitment, alternative membership plans, alternative meeting schedules, public image, and ramping up the fun and excitement in Rotary club meetings.
Jordan Feathers, president of the Rotary Club of Cheat Lake, and Lindsay Williams, current Membership Chair and incoming 2019-20 president, spoke to the group explaining how clubs can become a ‘vibrant club’ and offered ways to entice younger members.
Sharon Welsch of the Rotary Club of Moundsville offered suggestions on how to increase corporate members. Corporate members make up over 25% of the Moundsville club.
The afternoon session concluded with panel discussions and a Q&A audience participation session.
A workbook is available for download offering ideas, plans, details, reference materials and links to important Rotary resources. Club alternative membership plans can be found in Club Share – Membership.