7 features of a highly effective service project

By Rotary International

Rotary member in Virginia, USA, deliver mobility equipment for a local hospital.

Rotary member in Virginia, USA, deliver mobility equipment for a local hospital.

By Richard Cunningham, Rotary Club of James River, Richmond, Virginia, USA

We cannot expect to grow membership without engaging our members in service. RI President John Germ has stated this unequivocally and our club is taking that to heart.

Selecting the right project, therefore, is critical to the health of your club. Here’s a few basic principles we’ve found to be true about service projects:

Sweat equity is the single most vital aspect of our mission and one of our greatest strengths.
Club leaders are responsible for both success and failure.
Engaged Rotarians take responsibility for their own learning.
Technology is important.
Members should expect to serve.
We need to recognize the volunteer resource represented by retirees, the self-employed, and non-working parents with time to spare.
One-off walk-away projects do little to cultivate longer term engagement with Rotary.
Hands-on projects provide opportunities for members to develop their leadership skills.
Fund raisers are an important part of what we do, but there is much more to being engaged in Rotary.
Rotary is more than being a member of a single club.
Our Rotary Foundation is one of the finest vehicles for giving in the world.
Club 501(C)(3)s are important to capture …read more

Source:: Rotary International Blog

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