Programme for week commencing 4th October, 2012
Healthy evaluation of how things are going can be very helpful, so this week we’ve put some ideas forward and would welcome other contributions from the membership.
On the whole our E-Rotary is developing very well, we have projects underway, people still joining us and we continue to think positively about what future things we can do. Whilst there is still a need to build our team and enable people to develop their way in which they do Rotary as they get their heads around what Rotary can offer.
When starting the eClub we based our structures on a traditional Rotary Club model, does this need re-thinking? Does it work for E-Rotary?
Should we consider ourselves more of an E-Rotary Network rather than in a Club Structure? If we do that could we organise ourselves better so that those who wanted to meet up now and again could, those who’d rather just do the ‘E’ part do and don’t feel pressurised, doing their Service in their communities as Rotarians linked to the E-Network?
Rather than having Action Groups based on the Rotary Club Structure themes e.g. Membership, PR, Administration, etc, all of which overlap in what they are doing, how about a new structure based on a network? Our Action Groups could be area based and considered as big or small HUBS linked to the E-Rotary Network e.g. Swindon Hub or Wiltshire Hub, Hereford Hub, etc. Each Hub would then do Rotary in their areas, but linked to the main E-Rotary Network for purposes of administration, membership, networking and the weekly programme. Rotary itself is already thinking of developing satellite Clubs in traditional Club areas to enable membership expansion. With the world-wide web having no real boundaries it would make more sense for us to develop Hubs within an E-Rotary Network UK.
If we move to this E-Rotary Hub model, we could have either Area Coordinators or Vice Presidents or E-Rotary Advisers, who would hold the adviser role perhaps for areas of traditional Club themes e.g. Membership or Service Projects, for the whole E-Rotary Network. However the Hubs would need to choose their own projects local to them or work in conjunction with local Rotary Clubs.
This is not going to be an overnight change, it needs more thinking, but it would give a more flexible structure to how E-Rotary might work. Your thoughts, ideas and comments welcome. This a blue sky thinking exercise to help create how we grow our network for Rotary in the 21st Century.