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Upcoming Events

10/5/2015 12:00 PM
YMCA Update
Our speaker will be Rochelle Hill.

10/12/2015 12:00 PM
Emergency Preparedness
Our speaker will be Deputy Fire Chief Craig DeGrand.

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Rotary Member of the Week
Dale Leffel
Dale and wife Pat have been married since 1976. Dale comes from a tradition of restaurateurs. At one time his extended family ran 22 independent restaurants. In 1977, Bob Heck brought Dale and Pat to Marshfield to open West View Country Club (now Riveredge). In 1984 they built the Belvedere and later Leffel’s Heritage Ridge apartments next door. Dale sold the Belvedere just this year and is now enjoying retirement. Dale is a 7-time Paul Harris Fellow and the current President of our club. Dale’s passion for Rotary continues to grow, as evidenced by his record of enlisting many new members to Rotary and his commitment to its mission. In 2012, Dale was honored with the Service Above Self Award. 
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The Business of Rotary Membership
Bill Pritchard is from the Downtown Club of LaCrosse which has 186 members, 17 more than last year. He brought us good news: For the first time in 27 years (the length of time attendance records have been kept), District 6250 had more members at the end of the year than at the beginning. A general decline in membership is a problem shared by all service organizations. Bill repeated a question asked by President-Elect Gary Huang at the International Conference three years ago: “What is the #1 goal of Rotary International?” It’s not service or the eradication of polio. It is viability. It is making sure that Rotary clubs are around in the future so future generations have the same ability to serve as we have. Building and maintaining strong clubs is Rotary International’s #1 goal so we can continue to do the good work we have done and will continue to do. However, many clubs continue to lose members. Marshfield Rotary Club had 76 members on July 1 of 2012. During those three years we lost 33 members while welcoming 15 new members. The average Rotarian stays in Rotary for less than three years. There are many reasons people leave Rotary, some we can’t control such as death or transfer. But we can control most of the other reasons.

The number 1 reason most members leave Rotary is because they don’t believe Rotary is relevant. It’s our own fault. We don’t explain why Rotary is important. We need to increase our members’ Rotary IQ. “Why do we do what we do?” A good orientation is not enough. Bill says that what Rotary is and what Rotary is doing is something we need to focus on at most of our meetings. In Bill’s club, only one program a month can be about a non-Rotarian issue. Three out of four meetings must be Rotary driven. We also have to be willing to try new things, to shake things up. For example, in LaCrosse, which has nine Rotary clubs, every new Rotarian from every club meets together for breakfast every other month for one year. At the end of that year, each new member is asked to go back to their club and become a viable member of at least two committees. Rotarians need to find a cause within Rotary that excites them, that gets them up in the morning. For Bill Pritchard, it is the Youth Exchange program. Also, we can change our meeting schedule. Although the cost of Rotary is not a factor for most Rotarians who leave, the cost of the meal can be. Pay at the door meals, rather than pay in advance. Meet in the evening. Meet twice a month. Shake up the song book. Most important, have fun. A Rotary club that laughs a lot is a successful club. Whatever we do, make sure our club does what is necessary to be relevant to new members in the future.

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