3 lessons I learned as a Rotary club president

By Rotary International

By Quentin Wodon, past president of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., USA

Every year, 35,000 new presidents pick up the reins to guide their Rotary clubs. Having recently completed a year as president myself, I thought it would be beneficial to share three lessons I learned from the experience.

1. Prioritize

Unless you are a member of a large club, it is probably best to focus your club’s energy on only one main goal each year, as opposed to pursuing many different goals. A year goes by quickly. Trying to achieve too many goals may mean not achieving any of them very well.

Our top priority was to rebuild our membership. After many years of decline, we started the year officially with 18 members. Practically, we had at best 15, because two told us they were relocating over the summer and another had to be terminated. Of those 15, only about half were fully engaged. Thanks to a few initiatives I’ve spelled out in a free e-book, and a bit of luck, we ended up with 40 members. In some areas, we did well with our objective. In others, we still have a long way to go. …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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