September 2011 Newsletter

Rita Esterly District Governor, District Governor Newsletters

New Generations Ken Hussey, AG for Jefferson City Generation Y.  Millennials.  Echo Boomers.  Generation Next.  New Generations.  Lots of words to describe the same group of people.  What we are really talking about is the future of Rotary.  Now, our challenge as Rotarians is to develop ways to engage new generations and recruit them to become Rotarians in the future.  This may seem like a daunting task, but we already have the resources and opportunities that are needed to be successful in our efforts. First, there are fairly simple ways to engage the youth in our communities.  Is your club sponsoring a student for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)?  If not, consider doing so this year.  It provides your club an opportunity to connect with local youth, and once they have attended, they can present to your club on their experiences.  Does your club participate in a Youth Exchange?  This is another great opportunity to provide another local youth with a life-changing experience as an exchange student.  Consider supporting a local non-profit in your community that works with youth.  But do not just write a check to the non-profit.  Find a way for your members to engage in hands-on service with these youth, to truly experience the impact you are making in their lives. Second, build a relationship with the Rotaract Club in your area.  Or consider starting one if your community does not have a club.  Rotaract is a great opportunity for new generations to begin a connection to Rotary, network with their …

The New Generations Movement

Anne Weller Youth Service

Generation Y.  Millennials.  Echo Boomers.  Generation Next.  New Generations.  Lots of words to describe the same group of people.  What we are really talking about is the future of Rotary.  Now, our challenge as Rotarians is to develop ways to engage new generations and recruit them to become Rotarians in the future.  This may seem like a daunting task, but we already have the resources and opportunities that are needed to be successful in our efforts. First, there are fairly simple ways to engage the youth in our communities.  Is your club sponsoring a student for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)?  If not, consider doing so this year.  It provides your club an opportunity to connect with local youth, and once they have attended, they can present to your club on their experiences.  Does your club participate in a Youth Exchange?  This is another great opportunity to provide another local youth with a life-changing experience as an exchange student.  Consider supporting a local non-profit in your community that works with youth.  But do not just write a check to the non-profit.  Find a way for your members to engage in hands-on service with these youth, to truly experience the impact you are making in their lives. Second, build a relationship with the Rotaract Club in your area.  Or consider starting one if your community does not have a club.  Rotaract is a great opportunity for new generations to begin a connection to Rotary, network with their peers, and engage in some wonderful service projects.  …

Choose To Mentor

Rita Esterly District Governor

As Rotarians we are in a prime spot to be mentors to the next generation of Rotarians.  The fifth Avenue of Service, New Generations, gives us the opportunity to pass on our love for our Vocation and our passion for Service.  It also allows us to express to the younger generation our belief in ethics which we know as our 4-Way Test.   I specifically want to comment on mentoring in three areas: our Millennial Generation in our own clubs, our Rotaract clubs, and our Interact clubs. First, we need to begin looking for Millennial Generation members to join our Rotary clubs.  The Millennial Generation is the cohort group born between 1980-2000.  The oldest of the Millennial Generation just turned 30 last year.  The hallmarks of this generation are service, friendship, diversity, and the desire to be mentored.  This Millennial Generation is a perfect fit to become Rotarians.  There are 75 million Millennials just waiting for us to ask them to join us.  The key, however, is to ask them in groups of two, three, or four.  They like to do things with their friends. When you get three of them to join your club, it is like throwing a pebble into the water.  The ripple effect will be far reaching, not only in membership that will grow your club exponentially, but also, in new, creative, innovative ideas about how Rotary can thrive in the coming years.  Look for them in your neighborhood, in your church, in your children’s school, in your gym or YMCA, …