Rotary needs to adapt

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Rotary needs to change and build on its core strengths to be­come a more rel­e­vant or­gan­i­sa­tion, says the ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion’s dis­trict gover­nor for the lower North Is­land.

Graeme Blick was ap­pointed to the po­si­tion in July. He over­sees 59 clubs and 2000 mem­bers be­tween Welling­ton and Taranaki.

The Whitby man, who has been a mem­ber of Plim­mer­ton Rotary Club since 1994, says Rotary is about ‘‘ good peo­ple do­ing good things and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the world’’.

While there is no short­age of good peo­ple, he says en­cour­ag­ing them to join a ser­vice club has be­come in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing, par­tic­u­larly younger peo­ple who have in­creas­ingly busy lives.

All ser­vice clubs now ex­pe­ri­ence this prob­lem. While there is no quick fix, Mr Blick says a change in fo­cus by Rotary could help. He says there needs to be a greater de­gree of diver­sity (age, gen­der and eth­nic­ity) among mem­bers, new ways of meet­ing and undertaking community projects, a re­duc­tion in club bu­reau­cracy and mak­ing meet­ings more in­ter­est­ing, in­for­ma­tive and fun.

He in­tends to move ev­ery­one out of their com­fort zones and make Rotary a more rel­e­vant and ef­fec­tive or­gan­i­sa­tion while pre­serv­ing its core val­ues.

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