Travel the world, experience the local culture, even save money! Rotary Friendship Exchange

RFE-4c_ENHave you ever wondered  “how the locals live” when you travel?   Do you enjoy meeting people,  sharing Rotary?   Rotary Friendship Exchange is a terrific program that allows all that and more.  Heck you even save money!   I took on Chair of the RFE program for District 5370.   I registered with RI.  Now I am putting together RFE’s with India,  Taiwan and Australia.   Is your District involved in RFE?  Want to swap ideas?

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South Africa’s warm welcome at the airport

In November, 2013 we did an unforgettable RFE with South Africa.  See my personal post HERE.  I also created a web site for District 5370 to describe the program and provide a few tips.  Click HERE.

Rotary Friendship Exchange means you can travel the world and experience the destination country through the eyes of the locals.  It means new friendships and experiences not open to traditional travels.   It means fun and fellowship.  It means sharing our one true common interest – Rotary.

If there is a RFE committee and chair in your district ask about it!   If not –  get one started by seeing the links above and the RFE info links on the R.I. web site as well (Found from the second link above.

Traveling to South Africa peaked my passion for Rotary.   It opened our eyes to another land, another culture.  It created new friendships.  I think it’s a gift.  Let’s share it.

If you wish to swap notes please let me know.

Kevin D. Hilgers
Governor 2012-2013
Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair
Rotary International District 5370 (In Western Canada)
1100 participants: District Facebook   Kev’s Facebook
Home Club:   Rotary Club of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
Blog  www.kevinhilgers.com

How do we handle snowbirds in our club? Gone for 6 months!

In District 5370 Assistant Governor Theresa Wilson emailed me about members who are snow birds and leave their home club for the winter. We know 30% of attendance has to be at your home club. What if you are gone for 6 months? RI Coordinator (A position ABOVE the DG if you can believe) gave me these notes – the bottom line is – change your club rules to accommodate. Again referring to the Manual of Procedure, Gayle Knepper included these notes:

Hi Kevin,

This is a good discussion!  I’ll  tell you the official information (from the MOP) and examples of what other clubs do in this situation.

– a club can give the member a leave of absence from their own club (many do under these circumstances)

– someone has up to 12 months to attend clubs in another region if they are moving (in this case, they are not moving permanently — some clubs do apply that leeway however.)

– they can be an honorary at one club and a full member at another

– see below *

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100 Ways to Recruit New Members

Clubs are always looking for ways to grow and recruit new members, There are many things club members can do in order to attract new members. Here, you’ll find a hundred viable approaches that one could use in order to recruit more members.

  1. Ask someone
  2. Bring a guest to meetings
  3. Advertise in newspapers & cable TV
  4. Have a clear club goal & a strategic plan
  5. Letters or personal contact with local businesses
  6. Contact with Chamber of Commerce
  7. Place customized bookmarks in library books
  8. Have public meetings at malls, outdoors, etc
  9. Have a booth at malls, fairs, festivals etc. Read more