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Rotary Member of the Week
Jerry Nelson
Jerry was born and raised in Superior and lived there for 42 years. He started out in the railroad business before beginning a 32 year career in the Postal Service in 1956. Jerry worked in Appleton, Richland Center, & Monroe before coming to Marshfield as our Postmaster. While in Richland Center, he became a charter member of that city’s Rotary Club in 1980. The District Governor at that time was John Cross of Marshfield. Jerry says he was one of the original Marshfield Rotary drivers for Home Delivered Meals. He has been secretary of Marshfield Rotary Club since 1988 or ‘89. He has also served on the Marshfield City Council for 18 years and on the Wood County board for 18 years. He and Mary have been married for over 50 years, have 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
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Rotary Membership Growth Strategies
Kaylynn Stahlbusch is a member of the Chippewa Valley After Hours Rotary Club and is District 6250 Membership Co-Chair. Kaylynn broke her presentation about membership into six parts represented by the letters of Rotary. R: Retain Rotarians. O: Options. T: Training. A: Avenues of Service. R: Recruitment. Y: Young Professionals, Rotaractors. Regarding RETENTION, Kaylynn asked, Do members have a role? Do they know how to be involved in Rotary leadership? Do our members get the opportunity to voice their opinions? Look for Social/Networking/and Partnering opportunities. Do we have relationships with other clubs near us? Are our members engaged with committees, not just assigned to them?

OPTIONS include considering different membership types. Some options include Associate (reduced cost, likely no meal), Corporate (alternate attendance permitted), Family (discounted), and Rotaractors (dual membership). We might have to make some Bylaw changes in order to introduce these member types. Full dues paying members are the only ones recorded to the District and Rotary International. Other options include not meeting every week and not during the day. Kaylynn’s club meets twice a month and in the evening, focusing on a service project and a social each month. The meeting format might vary and attendance requirements might be relaxed.

TRAINING first requires training ourselves in membership growth techniques. Kaylynn recommends using “My Rotary” as a tool for recruiting members. It has downloadable posters, social media tips, and a wealth of other resources. Training also may involve an orientation process for new members. Perhaps one person could be a mentor to a new member, or maybe we could have a group to provide the orientation service. Regarding AVENUES OF SERVICE, we shouldn’t feel the necessity to be active in all areas. We might choose two or three to focus on and really concentrate our efforts there. RECRUITMENT includes communicating our club’s mission, making sure it is clear, defined, and everyone knows it.

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