10 August 2015 — Why Membership Development Always Matters


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SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for August! Special Guest Speaker: Not so much a guest…our speaker will be Dr. Jorge Vazquez, a Member of the Club and an oceanographer and climate scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, on the topic of the approaching El Niño.  We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Yoko; Pledge, Daniele; Four-Way Test, Reed; Rotary Minute, David.)  BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING precedes the main meeting and begins at 11:00 a.m.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 — 7:00pm to 10:00pm — SIXTH ANNUAL DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN, in support of The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund and continuing the eradication of polio, Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks, 4633 Van Nuys Boulevard, just south of the 101 in Sherman Oaks.


We have launched our Clunkers4Charity fundraiser! If you know of anyone (yourself included) who wants or needs to donate a car for tax purposes, send them to our website…and to the Clunkers4Charity “Link” you see at the right side of this page. Funds we raise will go right into the community for our projects.


On Sunday, August 9, the Club set up outside of Gelson’s Market in Sherman Oaks for our twelfth quarterly One More Item Food Drive. Generous shoppers filled the Valley Food Bank barrels again, helping us help the food-insecure around the San Fernando Valley.
















Rotary International assigns a theme to most months, and August is designated for Membership Development.  Then again, Membership Development should be a focus all the time.  If one of our Members thinks someone they know would make a good addition to our team, invite them to peruse our website and invite them to the next Fourth Sunday.

Engagement of the members we have is also vital, and we’ve been pretty good at that.  Everyone is involved, and everyone participates.  Those are good habits we need to keep.

To put some focus on Membership Development for an August Program, just because it’s there, we turn to the presentation of a successful membership development process known as “Ignite.”   For Rotary Clubs taking it seriously three or four years ago, the ideas led to growth and strength, and those two results led to more service and more fun.

Past Rotary International Director Ken Boyd, who has had a focus on membership development throughout his career as a Rotary leader, created the IGNITE Membership Program. This program is a menu of great ideas for Clubs to use in growing and sustaining a strong, energetic team of Rotarians to work together to solve problems in our local community and around the world.

The following presentation was given to the Rotary Club of Inglewood on 11 September 2012. These ideas and others can be mixed and matched–and when implemented, with the commitment of every member of our team, can help our strong team grow and become even stronger. We do apologize for foisting this particular speaker on you, but back in the day he was one of Ken Boyd’s team of presenters and, quite frankly, no one else got it on video.


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6 responses to 10 August 2015 — Why Membership Development Always Matters

  1. Hey, that program was F U N !!! And some nice reminders for all of us.

    Mel any chance you can put the resource materials and handouts on your club’s home page for the IGNITE program?

    • I have the “15 Tips” document as a PDF, which at least I can send to you. I don’t think I have the other pages scanned or already as a PDF, but I’ll check…

  2. Thank you, Mel, for the great reminders about how each and every one of us can help to build a stronger team–not just a longer list. I got hooked on the fun during our club’s meetings and projects and am excited to bring some wonderful people to share in the service…and fun!

  3. Inspiring talk. I have already shared our club with two former members of the SCSO club who left for the same reasons I did. Hope these wonderful people decide to join our club at some point.

  4. Thank you, Mel, for the insight. I especially appreciate the idea of inviting younger members and fostering them to encourage greater participation and investment on their part. I am excited to bring back these ideas to my own Rotary Club.

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