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Minutarian Week 31: January 30, 2023

What a great Membership Summit on Saturday. Hopefully, all 80 attendees walked away with actionable ideas for attracting and retaining members in their clubs. Past Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette gave an inspiring kickoff presentation focused on the importance of member engagement and making sure that Rotary is Fun!

District Governor Nominee Mickey Ulmer put together an outstanding panel of Membership Chair-Elect Christina Calderon from the Rotary Club of Palatka, Jim Agee, President of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville and Steve Holmes, Past President of the Rotary Club of Edgewater. Each club is quite different, as are their membership strategies, but the consistent theme was a plan of deliberate action.

Past District Governor and Aide to President-Nominee Stephanie Urchick, Tom Gump brought great ideas for new membership initiatives that could be used to start satellites, new clubs or help to re-examine current membership strategies.

Innovative Club Advocate Mary Stutts (omitted due to a poor photo from the DG) put together a great panel featuring Assistant Governor Kelly Altosino-Sastre from the Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra, Past President Art Shuster of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise, and District Governor Nominee Designate Dale Moe from the Rotary Club of Northwest Jacksonville. Each presenter gave concrete examples of starting satellites and new clubs that expanded the reach of Rotary in their respective areas. A critical takeaway is that most clubs will be reluctant to try this, so success comes from deliberate strategies and carefully presented ideas to the board prior to making this an action item. In each case, the sponsoring club did not lose members, and in fact, each sponsoring club has gone on to grow with a significant growth in Rotarians in the respective communities.

We ended the day with Regional Membership Officer Audley Knight demonstrating how a new Rotary Tool can be used to recruit new members by merging census data with Rotary data.

The topic most consistently requested for a webinar has been to cover the Facebook Business Manager. The Zone 34 Public Image Team heard you loud and clear and we have lined up an expert to cover what you need to know about how to use this tool for your Rotary club. The webinar will feature our own Carolyn Mudgette from The Rotary Club of St. Augustine Sunrise. Carolyn currently serves as the District Grants Chair-elect for District 6970. You can sign up at the Public Image Website.

On Saturday March 25 at Beachside High School in St. Augustine, we will be doing District Grant Training for those clubs planning to apply for grants during the 2023/34 Rotary year. More details will be forthcoming. Two club members who will be involved in your grant submission should plan to attend.

Bags, Brews, and Big Fun! Get your teammate and sign up to compete in the Rotary Club of Jacksonville-Oceanside’s 3rd Annual Cornhole for a Cause tournament presented by Firehouse Subs. Registration for the baggin’ and braggin’ kicks off at 9:00 am at ABBQ Meet & Drink on Saturday, February 11th. The entry fee is $150 and comes with food, drinks, and raffle tix. First, second, and third-place prizes will be awarded! Along with the competition, there will be raffles, food, beverages, and a Kids Zone! Please click the link to sign up to compete or come as a spectator. You don’t want to miss it!  Sign me up!