There is more to running an effective Rotary club than meets the eye. When a club is functioning effectively, members rarely notice the work being done behind the scenes by the Club Service Avenue of Service team.
Rotary is a grassroots organization, and its service efforts are carried out at the club level. Effective club operations include both administrative and service responsibilities. An effective Rotary club is able to:
- Sustain or increase its membership base.
- Implement successful projects that address the needs of their community and communities in other countries.
- Support The Rotary Foundation through both program participation and financial contributions.
- Develop leaders capable of serving in Rotary beyond the club level.
Effective Rotary club administration involves organizing people and resources to achieve common goals. Clubs must operate efficiently to provide service to the community, attract and retain members, and develop leaders for the club, district, and Rotary International.
In most Rotary clubs, administrative responsibilities are handled by the Club Service Committee, the Secretary, Treasurer, the Sgt-At-Arms and include:
- Planning and organizing weekly meetings and programs.
- Promoting fellowship among club members. Keeping members informed through a club newsletter or Web site, Collecting dues.
- Maintaining club membership lists and reporting to Rotary International.
- Tracking club attendance.
Club Service, the first Avenue of Service, involves action a member should take within this club to help it function successfully.