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YEARS OF SERVICE
ROTARY CLUB OFThursdays, 12:15 pm
|President-Elect||Mary Beth Donalson|
|Public Image||Adrian Burns|
What is a Rotary Satellite Club?
The concept of a “Satellite Club” was developed to provide an alternative approach to establish Rotary Clubs. The concept gives Clubs the opportunity to start up a small group to help increase membership. It is also a means of involving prospective members in Rotary activities.
The Satellite Club will conduct its meetings on a weekly basis in a format of its own choosing and choose projects suitable for its members interests but in line with those of Rotary. Meetings can take place in a room in a local pub or in a coffee shop and are anticipated to last around 1 hour. Unlike existing Rotary Clubs a meal is not necessarily required, unless members so agree. The Satellite Club program's purpose is to accommodate changes that have occurred in our professional environments, in family structures, and impersonal commitments
Rotary states that the Satellite Club pilot is aimed at securing Rotary's future as a premier humanitarian service organization.
"Feedback from numerous Rotary surveys and focus groups has repeatedly shown that prospective Rotary members and current younger Rotarians require flexibility in their Rotary club membership."
The purpose of a Satellite Club is not to create more complexities or just one more thing to "sponsor" – it is a way for clubs to grow in a creative way.
The Impacts of a Satellite Club are intended to be:
1. Decrease the average club membership age 2. Introduce new leaders to the organization who are eager to get involved with the club's current projects and maybe introduce some new ones 3. Offer the opportunity for members to have a bit more flexibility in their meeting schedule 4. Get more people involved in an organization that has a serious growth and retention issue
Satellite Clubs are an extension of the Host Rotary Club. They do not have their own charter.
They offer more flexibility to attract members that may not, and would not, ever join a traditional Rotary Club.
They may look and feel like a separate club because they will have their own leadership and committees but these leadership roles and committees are expected to be in close partnership with the parent club.