On Tuesday, December 6, our Member Development Committee hosted a New Member Event where over 30 Rotarians met in the morning for coffee at Blackhawk Country Club to enjoy fellowship, the beautiful view, and to help new members learn more about Rotary.
Patty Franson gave a presentation on our club’s proud heritage of philanthropy, Rotary International’s Foundation, our Madison Rotary Foundation, and our Annual Fund Drive. She highlighted the Philanthropy Committee’s focus on stewardship, acknowledgment, celebrating, and promoting how our collective gifts make a difference both locally and internationally. Obviously, since a picture is said to be worth a thousand words, Patty utilized Roth Judd’s famous diagram to help illustrate the link between the Annual Fund Drive and the community grants we provide.
The Annual Fund Drive Committee is encouraging new members to participate, even with a small gift, so that over time they will be able to experience the value of their gift at work locally and internationally.
Rob Stroud, Terry Anderson, and Roth Judd helped Jason Beren with a “Ways To Participate In Rotary” presentation. The discussion emphasized the many opportunities available to participate in Rotary, which also count as make-ups. A number of Rotarians shared personal stories about participating in our own club’s activities and attending meetings at other Rotary Clubs at home and abroad. Hopefully, our new members will be inspired to visit other clubs all over the world, explore and experience the benefits of committee and club service, and participate in the ever-popular fellowship groups.The Rotary Club of Madison has 500 members from business, academia, healthcare and public and community service. It is one of the ten largest Rotary International clubs in the world and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013. Rotary International is a service club with local and global reach. It’s 34,000 clubs in over 200 countries have 1.2 million members who meet weekly to develop friendships, learn, and work together to address important humanitarian needs.