Wednesday 13 July 2011
THIS WEEK’S MEETING
Duty Officer Tony L Debra L Ric T
ADO & Scribe Tony H Malcolm B John McL
Fellowship Bernice McL Rick V Geoff C
SAUSAGE SIZZLE ROSTER
Bernice McLennan Lynda Radcliffe Chris Brooker John McLennan
Lionel Tilley Angela Griffin Lynda Radcliffe Ric Townsend
The Club's involvement in the Vision Project provided us with a vision “to be a vibrant Rotary Club with a diverse membership, serving our community and making a positive difference in the world”.
To achieve that vision the following four critical success factors (CSFs) were identified:-
1. Growing our membership.
2. Conducting effective service projects.
3. Supporting The Rotary Foundation.
4. Developing future leaders at and above the Club level.
The most important issue is the retention and recruitment of our membership, without that the remaining issues become irrelevant. At the meeting I explained the means of achieving the CSFs and this will be the focal point on the new Board's agenda. Change may engender a degree of discomfort among some members and that is understandable, however, as President I cannot ignore the fact that we have a declining membership and it is imperative that we address the issue. RI have also recognised that membership worldwide is decreasing, and that how we meet as a Club needs to be more flexible. I ask you as members to consider factors that would contribute to making our Club more attractive to potential members.
LAST WEEK’S MEETING
23 places were set, 17 were occupied.
President Mike Keane opened the meeting, under the shadow of the third and deciding game of “ State of Origin “ Football for 2011.
Directors Reports received from :
• Chris Booker acknowledged for delivering DIK to Brisbane.
• Trevor Taylor preparing DIK shipment.
• “Splendour in the Grass” sold 30,000 tickets, with “Coldplay” booked for week-end.
• Ebenezer Bush Dance, this week end needs additional support other than Bob and Sue Hall.
• “Tiber Toga” books of accounts in the process of finalisation.
• Confirmed financial books and records in order.
• Personal details sheet being circulated at this meeting for all details to be confirmed.
Acting Sergeant Bill as usual did a sterling job,raising both mirth and funds with his perfected system of questionable fines. Keith Rogers managed to have his hands in all the right places to score an untested (but winless) scratchy.
President Mike, then took the opportunity of expanding on his ideas, previously expressed at the Change Over Dinner of the direction and priorities for the club in the coming year. The considerable work on vision and structure undertaken by Past President Rick and Tony Holmes was generously acknowledged. The question of poor membership retention and the challenges to be addressed have and are being researched, including interviews with past members, some of whom indicate possible renewal in changed circumstances.
Specifics raised included
• Vision of our Club is to be known for its vibrance/diversity/making a positive contribution in the community.
• Growing membership.
• Effective Service activity in the community.
• Support for RF.
• Mutually supporting our Club Membership at a personal level.
• Membership of 65 as a 3 year target.
• Acceptance that personal time is a major challenge for membership, current & potential.
• Money is a secondary to time as a membership constraint
• Children are probably creating a bigger time demand on this generation than in the past.
• Focus on on female recruitment to be supported by Bernice, Angela and Charlotte.
• Focus on Maple St business, currently under represented, in our membership.
• Review and discuss our meeting frequency,location and format.
• Consideration of more vertical integration and mentoring, i.e. Rotary/Interact.
• Review of our Club ByLaws/Constitution under District guidance
• Seek to replicate the effective activities displayed in Tiber Toga, Splendour in the Grass and Maleny Show.
• Support and assist Rick’s Board membership at Mary Cairncross.
• Enhance club linkage with other Service local clubs and across our Rotary District.
• Seek additional PNG/New Hebrides DIK opportunities
• Enhance support for RF,RI,Shelter Box,with evaluation of Centurion Club monthly fee.
• Support development of future leaders.
• Build Rotary knowledge, possibly through 5 minute presentations by our Directors and Past Presidents as part of our meeting agenda.
• Appreciation that all involvement by membership is voluntary, that Board decisions as a general principle follow resolution of issues after discussion with club membership.
• Clarity, structure and visibility are taken as key guiding principles.
The meeting closed following questions and discussion on :
1. What review of the constitution/bylaws is possible.
2. What future form of opening toast the membership would prefer.
3. Discussion of relative merits of the historic bulletin or the new blog format.
FUTURE MEETINGS & EVENTS
20th July Meeting at the Maleny Hotel. Details to be announced.
6th August A Club Progressive Dinner will be held commencing at 6.30 pm.
The volunteer hosts are Jim and Elaine Atkinson, Mike and Judy
Keane, and Roly and Kerry Nieper.
Please confirm your attendance with Brian Doyle.
CALL FOR HELP
Can any one copy a VCR tape on to a DVD? We need to upgrade our Bike
Ed material for schools.
If you can help, please contact Brian Doyle.
MARY CAIRNCROSS PARK
Brian Alllen's sausage sizzle team on Saturday were delighted when they were approached by the winner of this year's Calendar Photographic competition. He donated his prize of $250 to the Club and asked that it be put towards our ShelterBox fund.
STOP PRESS - MYSTERY CAR TOUR OF 10 JULY