Rotary needs to adapt
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.