Rotary International District 9101 in partnership with the Rotary Clubs of Liberia over the weekend completed a one-day seminar for its members in Monrovia.
The seminar is expected to encourage more members to understand the importance of club governance, innovative ways to strengthen clubs’ public image and membership retention as well as promote the humanitarian services of Rotary. It also underscored the growing importance and use of social media by Rotarians.
A. Nadu Cooper, Past Assistant Governor of Rotary 9101, expressed gratitude to fellow Rotarians who turned out for the seminar, including the Rotary Clubs of Monrovia, Sinkor, Gbarnga, Bong County, and Harper, in Maryland County.
“I am happy to see a huge representation of participants from the various clubs, to discuss issues relevant to the growth of the Sinkor club,” said Mrs. Cooper.
Mrs. Cooper, who also spoke on the District 9101 goals, admonished Rotarians to increase the organization’s membership of the district into the Paul Harris Society by ten; one per the number of countries in the district.
She also called on Rotarians to conduct one seminar on the foundation in all countries of the district as well as donate US$70,000 to the annual fund [US$1,000 per club].
“We need a donation of US$25,000 to Rotary Foundation, with US$275 per club in the district. We also need to organize a polio event in each country of the district during World Polio Day,” Mrs. Cooper encouraged Rotarians.
She reminded Rotarians that membership of the club is the single most important element of Rotary’s existence.
“We need to increase district clubs by two new clubs, increase Rotary clubs by two new clubs, and all clubs should input their goals [Club Planning Guides] on my rotary website, in order to monitor and achieve the goals outlined,” Mrs. Cooper said.
She also called on all members to implement a global grant project on Solar Lightening and Water Supply in all 10 countries of the district; “but for now, the project will be implemented in four countries during the 2018-2019 Rotary Year.”
The president of Rotary Club of Sinkor, Nancy Deline Freeman, and Wilson Idahor, spoke on the topic: “Public Image and Membership Retention.”
According to the two Rotarians, “the public perception is that Rotary is an elitist club, and the mode of entry is restricted to the affluent and rich. We need to do a lot of image making; work on the mode of entry. This is where Public Relation becomes handy. For Rotary International to attract more members across the globe, it must deliberately work on its public image through strategic and innovative Public Relation policies.”