Programme for week commencing 13th September, 2012
Normally this week is our open meeting where we ask members to update everyone about the projects the eClub is undertaking and what community service you may be doing as a Rotarian, but not necessarily as an eClub activity. Please do continue to post these updates this week. President Tim would like to also have a few words about the eClub’s progress.
Dear eClub Members,
The eClub has made a lot of progress over the past months since our Charter in February 2012, it is quite surprising what is happening and I thank everyone for their efforts. However I’m aware that in July 2013, we need to be in a position where we can continue to grow, Rachel will become our new President and I want to ensure systems and groups are working to ensure Rachel can take over without too much worry, only that of leading the eClub.
We also must remember that we are one of the first eClubs in the UK that has gone for the hybrid model (e.g. no international membership and an ability to have physical meetings) and we are still learning how this works. Some members will never meet in a physical situation and we therefore must work harder at building relationships and doing activities that don’t need us to get together. However this must not prevent us from trying out different things, if it works great, if it flops we know that wasn’t the right direction.
To this end it is really important we endeavour to get the Action Groups working, plus consider if we’ve got them organised correctly to meet the functional working needs of the eClub. So perhaps you could consider this week:-
- Which Action Group are you in?
- Who is your coordinator?
- Who are the other members?
- How well do you know the coordinator and other members?
Using whatever means you choose could you perhaps start getting to know just the members of your Action Group, emails, the website, Facebook, telephone . Perhaps you could discuss the best way for the Action Group to meet, perhaps a page on the website where a discussion takes place, or how about using Skype, or there are even free webinar facilities if looked into, whichever way you choose it needs to provide access for all, so for example a physical meeting needs to include those who can’t do physical meetings.
If you have other ideas about how the Action Groups could be formed to allow more participation by all members please comment here, some out-of-the-box thinking might create another solution.
If up to Christmas as well as continuing our activities we could concentrate on getting the Action Groups functioning, building our relationships with each other, our progress would be really enhanced in preparation for July 2013.
The other thing I want all our members to be aware of is that we as an eClub are going to help other Districts in RIBI get eClubs off the ground. I don’t think we appreciate how successful we’ve been in such a short period of time. Instead of other Districts having to invent the wheel several different ways, it makes sense that we help in their learning and getting them started. When Rotary first launched some 100 years ago, it was Clubs spreading out from the USA that initiated and helped new Clubs to develop in other countries. While we were in Canada we heard how the Halifax Rotary Club had assisted the starting of new Clubs in Australia and New Zealand over 90 years ago. I will keep you up-to-date as to how this is progressing and how online we might help.
I look forward to reading your posts and comments on this week’s programme.