Programme for week commencing 11th April, 2013
Currently there is a great discussion taking place on Linked In about how we can attract new members to Rotary@1100 and during recent weeks it has been good to see more interaction between E-Rotarians on our Facebook Support Page, especially as new people have joined us.
I was really pleased to read about when Sinead recently presented about Rotary@1100 at the District Council, people sat up, were amazed, E-Rotary doing so much in serving our communities. Yes, we need to tell people about what E-Rotary is enabling us to achieve within the restraints of our busy lives and how better to do this is than by posting on your Social Networks or if you are not on these, following the CLICK FOR ACTION News Update and forwarding it onto friends or colleagues.
One of our goals this year was for us all to develop our use of Social Media to help people learn more about Rotary and its activities, whilst using this free medium to build relationships, chat to people and be given the opportunity to join E-Rotary. Yes I do agree we need to ensure people get excited by our activities, so make sure you are telling them, share what other Clubs put about Rotary, it all helps to show the spectrum of choice our world-wide organisation offers. Build up your friendships on these mediums, have fun, share and like posts, encourage and support where needed. When you see the opening perhaps ask if they’d be interested in giving E-Rotary a go.
I always remember when Debbie was at a Zone meeting, the Rotarians on her table asked her ‘why did she join the eClub’ her response was ‘they asked me’ a great opening for her to tell them about the eClub and what we are doing. So its important we take every opportunity to go and meet other Rotarians when we can, as the majority are not on Social Networks and we can help spread the word verbally about our Rotary@1100. It has been put forward that a diary of events in other Rotary Clubs should be put on Facebook so our E-members are aware of these opportunities, let us do it, if it helps to get others understanding more about E-Rotary that will be fantastic, but it must not put pressure on those who joined E-Rotary because they can’t get to traditional meetings and for those who can it would give further chances to widen our personal Rotary experience; we look forward to this being taken forward.
We can do more, to help promote Rotary International and what others are doing with our membership of 1.2 million Rotarians – all we need to do is share and post on our timelines or tweets what is happening and its all free.
During this year Kevin’s introduction of the Facespace Meetings have I believe really helped our E-members to get to know each other and the technology we are using. It would be good if in the coming months we had more of these spread out in others areas, based on the Kevin Model, so again maybe this is an opportunity to invite prospective members. We hope Kevin has another one as well, as I love his little competitions. Rachel Davis has offered on many occasions to help members with social networking, please ask for that help she is really good at it.
To me we have a real opportunity not only to promote our Rotary activities, but to give real Service to our Communities, by helping with E-wareness campaigns, the Autism Awareness Campaign this month has shown that Social Media can help raise awareness. These campaigns can give some real hope that people are seeing and listening, it has been a real encouragement to hear from mothers who have been struggling with Autism and feeling no one understands or cares, but now people are becoming more aware. We want to do this next year with continuing Autism Awareness, bringing Mental Health out into the open and perhaps other such campaigns.
Please see previous post about Michael’s Motorbike Ride across America for Roll Out the Barrel, as this will need lots of us to be posting, retweeting and spreading the word.
Your re-tweets, shares or likes will help get our messages out to even more people, let’s all of us take real action and maximise the use of our social networks.