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1 PLANNING GUIDE FOR EFFECTIVE ROTARY CLUBS April 2011 The Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs is a tool to help clubs assess their current state and establish goals for the coming year. It is based on the Club Leadership Plan. The strategies listed in each section are common ways clubs might choose to pursue goals. Clubs are encouraged to develop alternative strategies to achieve their goals when appropriate. Presidents-elect should complete this form in cooperation with their club and submit a copy of it to their assistant governor by 1 July. Download a Microsoft Word version at Rotary Club of Sierra Vista West Rotary year of office: Name of president: Mailing address: Henrietta Huisking 1780 Windsor Drive Phone: Fax: MEMBERSHIP Current State Current number of members: 20 Number of members as of 30 June last year: June five years ago: 23 Number of male members: 8 Number of female members: 12 Average age of members: 54. Number of Rotary alumni members: 0 Number of Rotarians who have been members for 1-3 years: years: years: 15 Number of members who have proposed a new member in the previous two years: 5 Check the aspects of your community s diversity that your club membership reflects: Profession Age Gender Ethnicity Our classification survey was updated on 2004 and contains 18 classifications, of which 0 are unfilled. (date) Describe the club s current new member orientation program. Fireside chats, sponsor participation and Ignite goals Describe the club s continuing education programs for both new and established members. New members are assigned a mentor for Rotary information;guest speakers comprise 3 of 4 meetings covering a variety of topics to new and established members. Our club has sponsored a new club within the last 24 months. Yes No Number of Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups that club members participate in: 0 Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 1

2 What makes this club attractive to new members? The Sierra Vista West Club is known by its reputation for working with youth, and hands-on service projects. When recruiting new members we look for people who want to be engaged in the local and international community, volunteering their time and talents to make a difference. What aspects of this club could pose a barrier to attracting new members? Time of day. Not everyone can meet at lunchtime. Future State Membership goal for the upcoming Rotary year: 25 members by 30 June 2013 (year) Our club has identified the following sources of potential members within the community: civilian personnel on Fort Huachuca,legal field, finance, public safety, retail, and service How does the club plan to achieve its membership goals? (check all that apply) Develop a retention plan that focuses on maintaining high levels of enthusiasm through participation in interesting programs, projects, continuing education, and fellowship activities Ensure the membership committee is aware of effective recruitment techniques Develop a recruitment plan to have the club reflect the diversity of the community Explain the expectations of membership to potential Rotarians Implement an orientation program for new members Create a brochure that provides general information about Rotary as well as specific information about the club for prospective members Assign an experienced Rotarian mentor to every new club member Recognize those Rotarians who sponsor new members Encourage members to join a Rotary Fellowship or Rotarian Action Group Participate in the RI membership development award programs Sponsor a new club Other (please describe): At this time, eight current members have committed to participating in the Ignite program, with the goal of recruiting one member each to our club. SERVICE PROJECTS Current State Number of Rotary Youth Exchange students: Hosted Sponsored Number of sponsored Interact clubs: 0 Rotaract clubs: 0 Rotary Community Corps: 0 Number of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) events: 1 Our club sponsored 5 Rylarians in Number of Rotary Friendship Exchanges: 1 Hosted Rotarians from India Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 2

3 Number of registered Rotary Volunteers: 0 Number of World Community Service (WCS) projects: 0 Number of other current club service projects: See list below: YOUTH AND SCHOOLS; Dictionaries to 3 rd graders project Youth Exchange Student Hosting Youth Exchange and Christmas Holiday Weekend RYLA Academic Decathalon volunteers Project Graduation COMMUNITY Butterfly Club Family Resource Center at Carmichael School-Thanksgiving Food Baskets West End Neighborhood Clean-up St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank Tombstone Animal Shelter INTERNATIONAL Micro-Loan to Nogales, Mexico Medical Supplies in Mexico Pub Quiz for Polio Plus Blankets for Border communities in Mexico NID Polio Vaccine Distribution to Caborca, Mexico Clean and sort clothing for Habitat Re-Store Paint parking lot for Habitat Re-Store FUND RAISERS: West End Fun Run Pub Quiz Golf Tournament 50/50 ticket sales and Happy Bucks Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 3

4 Future State Our club has established the following service goals for the upcoming Rotary year: For our community: Choose effective service projects to best impact our community. For communities in other countries: Geographic proximity to Mexico; opportunities to partner with other clubs via Foundation grants to provide focus for one of the six areas of Rotary service in other countries as well. How does the club plan to achieve its service goals? (check all that apply) Ensure the service projects committee is aware of how to plan and conduct a service project Conduct a needs assessment of the community to identify possible projects Review current service projects to confirm that they meet a need and are of interest to members Identify the social issues in the community that the club wants to address through its service goals Assess the club s fundraising activities to determine if they meet project funding needs Involve all members in the club s service projects Recognize club members who participate and provide leadership in the club s service projects Identify a partner club with which to carry out an international service project Participate in: Interact Rotary Friendship Exchange World Community Service Rotaract Rotary Volunteers Rotary Youth Exchange Rotary Community Corps Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Use a grant from The Rotary Foundation to support a club project Register a project in need of funding, goods, or volunteers on the ProjectLINK database Other (please describe): Review all service projects to find those best suited to our club capabilities and impact on the local and international community; recognize members monthly for service leadership initative. THE ROTARY FOUNDATION Current State Number of grants awarded: District Simplified Grants: 1 Matching Grants: 0 Number of Ambassadorial Scholars: Nominated 0 Selected 0 Hosted 0 Number of Group Study Exchange (GSE) team members: Nominated 1 Selected 0 Hosted 4 Number of Rotary World Peace Fellows: Nominated 0 Selected 0 Hosted 0 Current year s contributions to PolioPlus activities: 0 Current year s contributions to Annual Programs Fund: $2100 Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 4

5 Current year s contributions to Permanent Fund: 0 Number of club members who are Paul Harris Fellows: 14 Benefactors: 0 Major Donors: 0 Rotary Foundation Sustaining Members: 18 Bequest Society members: 1 Number of Foundation alumni tracked by your club: 0 Future State Our club has established the following Rotary Foundation goals (as reported on the Fund Development Club Goal Report Form) for the upcoming Rotary year: Polio fundraising:? Annual Programs Fund contributions: $2100 Major gifts: 0 Benefactors: 0 Bequest Society members: 1 Our club will participate in the following Rotary Foundation programs: EREY, Polio Plus, GSE, Grants How does the club plan to achieve its Rotary Foundation goals? (check all that apply) Ensure the club s Rotary Foundation committee understands the programs of The Rotary Foundation and is committed to promoting financial support of the Foundation Help club members understand the relationship between Foundation giving and Foundation programs Plan a club program about The Rotary Foundation every quarter, especially in November, Rotary Foundation Month Include a brief story about The Rotary Foundation in every club program Schedule presentations that inform club members about The Rotary Foundation Ensure the club s Rotary Foundation committee chair attends the district Rotary Foundation seminar Use Rotary Foundation grants to support the club s international projects Recognize club members financial contributions to The Rotary Foundation and their participation in Foundation programs Encourage each club member to contribute to the Foundation every year Participate in: Group Study Exchange Matching Grants District Simplified Grants PolioPlus Ambassadorial Scholarships Rotary World Peace Fellowships Invite Foundation program participants and alumni to be part of club programs and activities Other (please describe): Member participation in international NID as opportunities become available. All of our club members are committed to EREY. Our Foundation Chair is particularly qualified and will ensure the Club stays on track to accomplish our goals. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 5

6 Current State Number of club leaders who attended District assembly: 5 District Rotary Foundation seminar: 1 District membership seminar: 4 District leadership seminar: 3 District conference: 6 Number of club members involved at the district level: 2 Number of visits from the assistant governor this Rotary year: 2 Future State Our club has established the following goals for developing Rotary leaders for the upcoming Rotary year: Leader recognition via Rotarian of the Month Program;RLI; Visioning Training Follow-up; Ignite and District Assembly; Mentor program. How does the club plan to develop Rotary leaders? (check all that apply) Have the president-elect attend the presidents-elect training seminar (PETS) and the district assembly Have all committee chairs attend the district assembly Encourage interested past presidents to attend the district leadership seminar Appoint a club trainer to develop club members knowledge and skills Conduct a leadership development program Use the expertise of the club s assistant governor Encourage new members to assume leadership positions through participation in club committees Ask members to visit other clubs to exchange ideas, and then share what they have learned with the club Other (please describe): Sierra Vista West Rotary generously pays for PETS and RLI training and encourages all members to stay actively involved to facilitate personal growth in Rotary. The club sponsors our local Interact Club students at RYLA. Three of our members attended the Rotary International Conference in Bangkok, Thailand and one member participated in a Rotary Friendship Exchange. PUBLIC RELATIONS Current State List club activities covered by the media and the type of media (television, radio, print, Internet, etc.) involved. Ads for our Sierra Vista West Golf Tournament benefitting youth appeared in the local Sierra Vista Herald. Club activities reported in the District 5500 newsletter. Future State Our club has established the following public relations goals for the upcoming Rotary year: Continur to work with the media to promote our club activities. Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 6

7 How does the club plan to achieve its public relations goals? (check all that apply) Ensure the public relations committee is trained in conducting a multimedia campaign Plan public relations efforts around all service projects Conduct a public awareness program targeted at the business and professional community that explains what Rotary is and what Rotary does Arrange for a public service announcement to be broadcast on a local television channel, aired on a local radio station, or placed in a local newspaper or magazine Other (please describe): Solicit advice from experienced Public Relations members in our club. Follow up to make sure our activities, events and the goals of Rotary are well known in the community. CLUB ADMINISTRATION Current State Is your club operating under the Club Leadership Plan? Yes No How often and when does the club board meet? monthly When are club assemblies held? Quarterly How is the club budget prepared? By the President and the Treasurer, approved by the Board of Directors and then approved by a majority of club members. Is the budget independently reviewed by a qualified accountant? Yes No Does the club have a strategic plan in place? Yes No Has the club developed a system for ensuring continuity of leadership on its board, committees, etc.? Yes No Has the club developed a system for keeping all members involved? Yes No Does the club use Member Access at to update its membership list? Yes No How often is the club s bulletin published? Weekly Describe how weekly club programs are organized. Administration Chair works closely with the Club President and the board to include a balance of Rotary themes and Community programs. Does the club have its own Web site? Yes No If yes, how often is the site updated? Facebook is more effective for our club activity updates. Does the club observe the special months of the Rotary calendar, such as Rotary Foundation Month and Magazine Month? Yes No How often does your club conduct fellowship activities? Weekly to include a special social activity with spouses or families every 5 th meeting of a particular month How does the club involve the families of Rotarians? Holiday meetings, Pub Quizes, Youth Exchange activities and various service projects. Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 7

8 Future State How does the club carry out the administrative tasks of the club? (check all that apply) Regular board meetings have been scheduled. The club will review the Club Leadership Plan on the following dates: Club goals and activities are reviewed and updated quarterly The club s strategic and communication plans will be updated on the following dates: As Needed 4 club assemblies have been scheduled on the following dates: Not yet scheduled The club has either adopted the latest version of the Recommended Rotary Club Bylaws or revised its own bylaws (recommended after each Council on Legislation). Club elections will be held on December (date) At least 5 delegates will be sent to the district conference. A club bulletin will be produced to provide information to club members. The club s Web site will be updated (May Discontinue web site in favor of Facebook times per year. A plan has been developed to ensure interesting and relevant weekly club programs. Monthly attendance figures will be reported to the district leadership by the 5th day of the following month. Member Access will be used to maintain club records by 1 June and 1 December to ensure accurate semiannual reports. Membership changes will be reported to RI within 3 days. Reports to RI, including the semiannual report, will be completed on a timely basis. The following fellowship activities for all club members are planned for the year: Weely club meetings, Fireside Chats, Service Projects, 5 th week Socials, District Assembly Other (please describe): Business cards for club members would help members introduce others to Rotary; Inviting prospective members to lunch or club activities. Club bylaws were revised February 2011 to more closely follow structure and organizationof the Club.The club treasurer uses Quickbooks to track finances; we use Club Runner and Member Access and follow month Rotary themes for our guest speaker programs. Our club would like assistance from the governor or assistant governor with the following: We feel fortunate to have our AG, Amanda Baillie in our club to consult with as needed. Our club would like to discuss the following issues with the governor or assistant governor during a visit to our club: Development of a Peace Symposium with other clubs in Distrct 5500? District guidance or Future Vistion Clinic with regard to specific projects our club might participate in with other clubs for upcoming grant opportunities. Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 8

9 Club President s Signature Rotary Year Assistant Governor s Signature Date Date Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 9

10 Club Service Vocational Service Community Service International Service New Generations Service SUMMARY OF GOALS FOR ROTARY CLUB OF Sierra Vista West ROTARY YEAR For each goal your club has identified for the upcoming Rotary year, indicate which Avenue of Service it addresses. To ensure a balanced service effort, you should have at least one goal that addresses each Avenue of Service. Most goals will address more than one avenue. Membership goal 25 members by 30 June 30,2013 (year) Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 10

11 Service goals For our community: Assess and meet the needs of our community, focusing on the West End. For communities in other countries: Pursue and carry out international projects in accordance with RI president's goals. Rotary Foundation goals Our club s PolioPlus contribution goal is Undetermined Our club s Annual Programs Fund contribution goal is $2100. Our club s Permanent Fund contribution goal is Undetermined. Our club will participate in the following Rotary Foundation programs: GSE, Micro-Loans; Polio Plus; Simplified Grants; Leadership development goals Encourage participation and personal growth of all members; facilitate leadership opportunities at the local and district levels through Rotary seminars and the Rotary Leadership Institute. Public relations goals Raise public awareness of our club and Rotary through local media and events. Club administration goals Ensure club is run smoothly and efficiently. Plan effective weekly programs that are educational and engaging and coincide with Rotary themes. Other goal: Other goal: Planning Guide for Effective Rotary Clubs 11

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