Suppose you could get a lead on a new prospective member for your club and you learn that she or he has the following attributes:
- A strong desire to make the community and the world a better place to live;
- A stable lifestyle free of worry about getting transferred or, worse, fired;
- The education and experience to execute successful humanitarian projects;
- Both time and money to devote to making the world a better place.
Any Rotary membership chair would jump at an opportunity to recruit such a candidate. In many cases there are prospective new Rotarians with such traits within your own community – they are retirees. This growing segment of our population finds itself free from the duties of tending to business and raising children and now can devote time to giving back to the community and to the world.
While Rotary’s long term growth certainly depends on bringing in younger members, we must not overlook older potential candidates who have so much to contribute. The point is that good Rotarians can come from any age group and a wise club looks toward older generations as well as to youth.