|Rotary Club of Calcutta|
|The Weekly Newsletter||
A compendium of Rotary news
No. 914 Sun 30-Aug-2009
RI PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
SEPTEMBER IS NEW GENERATIONS MONTH
My fellow Rotarians:
Lord Byron wrote, “The days of our youth are the days of our glory.”
For me, that is the line that springs to mind whenever Rotary’s youth
programs are mentioned. In Rotary, September is New Generations
Month – a time to focus our attention on our programs for youth and
the role they play in shaping the Rotarians of tomorrow.
Our youth programs – Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership
Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange – are some of the most
important programs of Rotary. I say this because of the unparalleled
potential they have to influence young minds and souls toward peace,
goodwill, and harmony. That potential is the greatest in youth
because the experiences of our early years never leave us; they
shape who we later become. In the words often attributed to
St. Francis Xavier, “Give me a boy until he is seven, and I will give
you the man.”
For myself, I would give it a bit longer than that – but there is no
doubt that the experiences of our youth have a greater formative
power, and a greater ability to shape character, than any we may
have in our adulthood.
When a teenager from the United States has the chance to travel
to India to participate in a National Immunization Day, or when a
student from Brazil spends a year studying in Japan, that person
will be forever changed. These young people will have formed
connections and affections that will endure. They will never think
about their own country, or the world, in the same way again.
Their perspective, their priorities, and their values will have been
permanently shaped by that experience in a way that no later
experiences will have the power to do.
Your hard work ensures that these experiences continue to be
possible – that these programs continue to be available, to be
well run, and to earn the trust of the participants and
The impressions of youth are strong, and they are lasting.
There is never a second chance at them. We may grow and
change as we get older, and we are surely changed by all of our
experiences. But there is never another chance to build who we
are. That happens only once: in our youth.
The days of our youth truly are the days of our glory – but through
Rotary’s youth programs, those days become the glory of
all of Rotary.
President, Rotary International
2009-10 RI PRESIDENTIAL CITATION
USING CLUB ASSESSMENT TOOLS
To meet the membership goal of the 2009-10 Presidential Citation,
a club must achieve a net increase of at least one member by
Clubs may also choose to complete another membership challenge
designed to support the RI Strategic Plan 2007-10. Possibilities
include having at least 20 percent of club members bring a
prospective Rotarian to a club meeting, recruiting at least one
Rotary International or Rotary Foundation program alumnus/alumna
age 35 or younger, increasing club diversity by recruiting at least
two new members who belong to a demographic group that's
underrepresented in the club, or recruiting at least two new
members with community, vocational, or international service
Three assessments included in Club Assessment Tools --
the 25-Minute Membership Survey, the Classification Survey, and
the Membership Diversity Assessment--can help your club meet
these challenges. Here's how:
The 25-Minute Membership Survey can help generate a list of recent
RI or Foundation program alumni, community leaders with volunteer
experience, and younger professionals in new or emerging
classifications. If club members invite at least 20 percent of
suggested prospective Rotarians to a meeting, the club not only
will complete one of the challenges but also will be closer to
achieving a net increase of one new member.
The Classification Survey reminds clubs to actively recruit alumni
and community leaders. It also serves as a reminder that updating
the club's classification roster is important to ensuring its diversity,
especially when it comes to seeking out representatives from new
and emerging occupations. For example, if your club does not have
any Internet technology professionals on its roster, proposing
someone for membership in this category would count toward
diversifying across professions.
The Membership Diversity Assessment encourages awareness
of the goal for every Rotary club to reflect its community's
professional makeup in terms of age, gender, religion, and
ethnicity. Clubs that complete this activity will be on their way
to recruiting two new members who belong to an
- RI's The Membership Minute, Aug 2009
THE INSTANT MEMBER
BY PDG SIDDHARTHA S BOSE
Rotary Club of Calcutta South West
In their eagerness to increase the number of members in their
clubs, many Rotary Clubs have done away with proper induction
procedures and encouraged a new category of Rotary
Members – the INSTANT MEMBER.
This dangerous practice is usually followed by many
Club Presidents over the years who have either been eager to
prove their capabilities as “effective” Presidents or with an eye
on the District Awards.
One must appreciate that Rotary does have its specific rules and
procedures. If an individual is not made aware of these before
induction, it is very possible for the individual to suffer a
CULTURE SHOCK when he / she becomes aware of these.
In most cases the individual concerned has taken the easy way
out – non attendance, non involvement and ultimately
resignation / termination.
There is a laid down procedure for induction of a new member.
Many old [traditional clubs] follow an unwritten procedure.
I will try and place both the unwritten and the written
procedures for the sake of guidance.
The UNWRITTEN PROCEDURE:
Invite the “prospective” member as a guest to at least 3 [or 4]
regular weekly meetings of your club.
One such meeting should be a FELLOWSHIP program where the
spouses are also present.
The proposer should make it a point to introduce the candidate
[and spouse] to the other members [and their spouses].
This gives both parties – the candidate and the existing
members – to evaluate each other. The candidate can decide
if he / she wants to be a part of this group. Similarly, the existing
members can decide if they want the candidate as a part
of their group.
The WRITTEN PROCEDURE:
1. Proposer proposes the candidate IN WRITING [many clubs have
a standard PROPOSAL FORM], giving name, vocation, contact
details, name of spouse etc. etc and submits the proposal to the
2. Club Secretary places the proposal at the next [immediately
after receipt of proposal] meeting of the Board of Directors.
3. If the Board approves the candidate the proposal should be
handed over to the Membership Committee, whose job is to vet
4. After the Membership Committee has vetted the proposal, the
Classification Committee takes over. This committee “PROPOSES”
the Classification to be LOANED to the candidate. If such
Classification is included in the CLASSIFICATION LIST of the club,
the job becomes easier. If not, then the Classification Committee
recommends to the Board what Classification should be lent to
5. The proposal form, with the endorsement of these two
committees is sent back to the Board for a FINAL APPROVAL
[and “OPENING” of a new classification if required.
6. If approved, the Club Secretary circulates a
NOTICE OF ADMISSION OF NEW MEMBER to all club members,
inviting OBJECTIONS IF ANY within 7 days of the date of the
7. If no objections are received, the Club Secretary informs the
proposer and requests him / her to have the candidate submit a
FORMAL APPLICATION for membership [here again a standard form
should be used.]
8. On receipt of the formal application, a bill for statutory dues,
magazine dues, club dues etc. etc. is given to the candidate.
Submission of such bill and its payment entitles the candidate to
membership of the Rotary Club.
Please note, steps 2 to 5 should be completed within a month or
the time gap between two consecutive meetings of the
Board of Directors [who are, as it is, supposed to meet at a FIXED
day every month.]
It is strongly recommended that the candidate be given a
PRE-INDUCTION talk by a knowledgeable senior member of
the club to be made aware of Rotary rules and procedures.
The INDUCTION CEREMONY is a mere FORMALITY. It is,
however, recommended that a MEMORABLE INDUCTION
CEREMONY be held so that the candidate appreciates the value
of a Rotary membership.
Let us try and put ROTARY back on the rails. A proper induction
process does, in most cases, ensure a GOOD ROTARIAN who
joins the organization with eyes and ears open and also fully aware
that Rotary Membership is not as simple as buying a bus ticket!!
ROTARY IS "GOODWILL"
BY FRANK DEAVER
Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa, Alabama USA
That word "goodwill" shows up repeatedly in Rotary. It's in our
Four-Way Test, and we speak often of "world understanding and
goodwill." With the word frequently in our conversation, we accept
its implicit meaning with perhaps only a generalized impression
that it's a good thing. But let's examine its full meaning.
Goodwill is most often defined as an intangible asset in business,
an accounting term representing the value of a business over and
above its net asset value. It's what provides a business with a
strong competitive advantage, such as a recognized brand name
or a positive reputation.
Rotary, by its very structure, encourages and facilitates international
goodwill. We send and receive international scholars and
Group Study Exchange teams. We read The Rotarian magazine,
loaded with information from around the world. Our District Governor
pays at least an annual visit to each club, interpreting RI programs
and goals. And many of our members travel abroad.
Rotarian goodwill starts with an open mind, a genuine interest in
knowing about other people and their ways. While it is tempting
to think of "our way" as the "right way," we may come to recognize
that "their way" is no less right, and for their environment may
As we travel abroad or otherwise interact with people from another
society, we may be tempted to make prejudiced comparisons. (By
the way, the word "prejudice" means "to pre-judge," or to make
up our minds based on incomplete information or understanding.)
Rotarian goodwill conditions us to look beyond our prejudices.
As Rotarians interact with other societies, other cultures, we
can extend goodwill by considering the "Ten Commandments"
1.Cultivate a genuine desire to learn more about the people of
2.Try listening, not just hearing; observing, not just seeing.
3.Develop the habit of asking more than telling.
4.Recognize that different societies have different values,
mannerisms, customs, and time concepts.
5.Avoid being critical of those who don't speak your language.
6.Instead of concentrating on that vacation paradise, discover
the enrichment of understanding the everyday life of another
7.Use your camera, but not to invade the privacy of others.
8.Remember that the "bargain" you purchase may be the result
of poverty-level wages.
9.Do not make promises to people you meet unless you can carry
10.Spend some time each day reflecting on that day's experiences,
in an attempt to extend understanding and goodwill.
Goodwill for Rotarians, is not an accomplishment but a process;
not a destination but an ongoing journey; not an end but a means
to mutually beneficial ends. Rotarians use the word repeatedly,
but it is up to each of us to exercise and cultivate goodwill in
all that we do.
Dr Dipak R Sarbadhikari
In-charge The Rotary Archives
Rotary Club of Calcutta, RID 3291
Rotary Club of Calcutta, D-3291
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Updated: 30 Aug 2009