It is generally acknowledged that Rotary needs to attract new younger members if the organisation is to thrive into the 21st century. With this objective in mind, Grant Godino from the Rotary Club of Strath-more described a proposal for a new on-line club, to ber sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pascoe Vale.
Grant has been connected to Rotary for most of his life. The father of his best mate in prep was a Rotarian, Grant, a RYLArian, has observed that Rotary struggles in particular to cater for young professionals who are time poor and often have overwhelming family and work responsibilities. He envisages a new type of club that is a mix of traditional, Passport and E-club. Grant explained how Passport clubs encourage people to visit other Rotary clubs and do service hours, while E-clubs operate exclusively through on-line platforms, thereby lacking a community connection.
Grant sees the new club’s impact on the community as an indicator of success, measured by the Club’s reach on social media. It would be family-friendly and located in a northern corridor. The new club’s values would include promoting diversity – age, ethnicity, race, colour, abilities, culture, religion, socio-economic, gender identity. At present Grant has about 14 interested people.
In response to discussion and questions, Grant explained the new club would work with other clubs to pick up projects and would work within Rotary International guidelines and objectives. He doesn’t see it as a fund-raising club. On the question of finances, the club dues would be similar to any other club (not like Rotaract clubs that are not charged anything).
Grant assured us that the new club would not have any political agenda, would not have any advocacy role and would work strictly within Rotary rules.
A pdf copy of the bulletin is here. RC of Ivanhoe 9 Sep 2020