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

Working Together for the Good of Rotary: A Membership Initiative

The Vancouver Metropolitan-Area Membership Strategy

By Gayle Knepper, Rotary Coordinator, Z24W

Proud Rotarian decal/”cling” displayed by Vancouver members in their workplaces and on vehicles.

When District 5040 (BC) leaders held the annual strategic planning meeting for the 2014-15 year, a topic discussed in depth was the health of clubs and the membership decline which had occurred over time.

In fact, when completing the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis at the session, two of the top-ranking threats were identified as:

  1. Not dealing with aging membership
  2. Not turning around the declining membership

It was critical to the future of the clubs, they determined, to focus action on these issues now, looking at new methods to turn around this troubling trend.

“Grow membership 15% over 5 years,” was the goal, to be reached through a combination of retention and new member/club development.  While they had already identified the WHAT — the issue, determined the HOW MUCH – the goal, and the WHEN to do it (now), the real job was just beginning. Leaders now faced the bigger task — HOW. Read more

Rotary Days on Ice

 RI President Gary Huang urged all Rotarians to Light up Rotary this year by participating in a Rotary Day- a fun informal event in the community to introduce the non-Rotary public to Rotary. On January 24th 2015 the Rotary Club of Burnaby Metrotown and the Burnaby Rotaract Club in District 5040 partnered with Canlan Burnaby 8 Rinks to offer a Rotary Free Public Skate.

Metrotown IMG_20150124_114941_837Club President Gloria Staudt stated “It was a big success…everything came together beautifully….Our partners in Canlan Burnaby 8 Rinks were happy to see so many people there, the best ever for them.”

The club involved Rotaractors on the planning committee and had display boards for Rotary and Rotaract.  Canlan 8 Rinks hung skate, polio and peace fellowship banners on the lobby railings the day before the event so their customers could see them.

Metrotown Club-display-board-whole---DSC_0030The Club promoted the event widely in their community:

  • a large banner hung on two local overpasses
  • ads in the local Burnaby Now newspaper
  • an editorial mention in both community papers
  • included on Burnaby 8 Rinks Public Skate schedule
  • flyer on the club website and Burnaby 8 rinks website
  • on vancity buzz
  • a flyer was sent to 72 local schools, circulated by members and posted on various community bulletin boards
  • submitted to local papers calendar of events listings

Metrotown IMG_5072They filled to capacity the maximum number of skaters (175) for each of the 2 skate times.  This event involved 350 skaters plus those who were walking around watching or talking with Rotarians about Rotary and Rotaract.

They had15 Rotarians show up to help along with 10 Rotaractors plus 3 friend helpers.  One Rotarian and one Rotaract did face painting and the Rotaractors made cotton candy. They gave out bottles of water with the new Rotary logo and hot chocolate to parents and kids. Kids got goodie bags to take home.  They gave out What is Rotary cards, Start with Rotary post cards, 2014 Rotary Facts brochure and past issues of the Rotarian

Gloria went on to say this was “Truly a great community event and team work including Rotaractors, business partner and partial sponsorship by Burnaby Now newspaper.  Everyone won and had a great time!”

Metrotown Near-theme-banner-and-polio-sign---DSC_0005Holding a Rotary Day can help your club increase membership, strengthen relationships between the club and local organizations and community members, and improve Rotary’s image in your community. Is your club planning a community event to Light up Rotary? Check out Rotary Days on the RI website at https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-days and learn more about hosting and celebrating a Rotary Day for your club.

Imagine the collective impact if all the clubs in your District and around the world made a concerted effort to introduce the public to the fun and rewarding experiences we all enjoy as Rotarians.