Kissing frogs at Rotary meetings

kissing-frogsNetworking at Rotary meetings has received an undeserved bad rap.  I have even been told it violates Rotary policy.  It does not.  Some clubs fine members for doing business or exchanging business cards at meetings.  This is unfortunate. Networking at Rotary predates the concept of Service as part of Rotary. Paul Harris and the founders of Rotary established Rotary as a fellowship and networking opportunity for members.

In Past RI President Richard King’s “to the Question Why Join Rotary” he states, “The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary consists of a cross section of every business community. Its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.”

Networking is a valid reason to join Rotary. However, anyone who joins only for networking opportunities will be disappointed, the expected sales will not materialize. As source of contacts and as a valuable place to develop networking and leadership skills Rotary is second to none. Read more

NEW Million Dollar Dinner Manual now online

A new Million Dollar Dinner manual written by Zone 24 – E/MGA Chris Offer and Zone 24 – MGO Carolyn Ferguson is now available.

A Rotary Million Dollar Dinner (MDD) is the celebration of a nine to twelve month fundraising campaign for The Rotary Foundation. The evening brings together donors who have made or pledged new contributions or bequests of US$10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation during the campaign period.

Million Dollar Dinner ManualThe Million Dollar Dinner is a district or multi district sponsored event. It is not sponsored by RI or The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation does encourage MDDs and recommends the districts utilize the support of the Endowment/Major Gift Advisor (E/MGA) and Major Gift Officer (MGO) assigned to each zone. Districts determine campaign strategies that are appropriate for their region.

A senior Rotary leader is the keynote speaker at the dinner. The highlight of the event is the announcement with fanfare of the total amount raised for The Rotary Foundation. Read more