Rotary Club of Kitchener


January 28, 2019

President's Remarks

President Richard informed members of the passing of Paul Rostrup's mother-in-law - Alice Sears, and passed on the condolences of the members of the club.  Alice passed away peacefully on January 25 at the age of 95.  Cremation has taken place and family and friends will be invited to a memorial gathering in the summer at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. 

Happy Jar

Wayne Boehler was most pleased to report that after his recent trip to the Cancer Centre in London he is now two years cancer free.
Louise Gardiner was also very pleased to report that Graham had his one year check up after his double lung transplant and was told everything is looking great!  Louise was also please to have little of the usually traffic issue into and back from Toronto and made the trip home in one hour and 5 minutes!

President's Wine Quiz

Question:  Which remaining countries are still Polio endemic?
Answer:  Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan

50/50 Draw

Our pot is growing - now at $587.  Those unable to turn over Jack to day were - Adrian DeCoo, Russ St. Louis and Richard Bruckeder.

Program Highlights

Members of the Club's Strategic Planning Steering Committee presented a report today outlining several of the concerns that have come to light as a result of the work being done on the strategic plan.
Adrian DeCoo spoke about the progress that has been made with the strategic planning work.  We do have new, tentative Vision and Mission statements and have identified 6 key priorities.  However, it has become challenging to develop 
 specific plans to address these priorities as several concerns have come to light.
Adrian presented information about the "typical" life cycle of a Rotary Club or similar organization and four key elements - Vision, Projects, Relationships and Management.  When all four of these elements are present and active the organization is vibrant - capable of achieving their goals, fun to be a part of and attractive to new members.  However, over time one of more of these elements can become stagnant or disappear completely resulting in a lack of vibrancy and inability to function at a high level.  In particular, if the organization losses its Vision, and perhaps becomes complacent and happy to stay with the status quo, it can enter a death spiral.  The sooner an organization recognizes this situation the better it has of overcoming the issues and rejuvenating itself.
For our club the following concerns have come to light:
  • Membership
  • Projects and Fundraising
  • Commitment / Participation
  • The Future of Our Club
In many ways these are collectively summarized in the concern for the Capacity of the club.
Bill Proctor then provide some data to illustrate some of the concerns.  The first chart show the membership of the club over the past 12 or so years.
As can be seen, our membership has dropped 50% over this time and we have to wonder where it will be in 5 to 10 years.  
We next looked at the number of years our members have been in Rotary:
61% have been in Rotary for 15 or more years
55% have been in for 20 or more years
40% have been in for 25 or more years
We are an aging club and we are not inducting a significant number of new members.
Although our numbers are decreasing we are still a hard working club with our fundraising activities have moderate to excellent results.   Car Draw revenues have been decreasing somewhat over the past few years but In Vino is maintaining a healthy result and our Online Auction results continues to grow well.  However, the question that needs to be asked is for much longer can we sustain these activities?  How our members becoming burnt out?
Martin Jones then spoke about some of the Symptoms with which, we as a club, are dealing:
  • We are struggling to find Chairs for various Committees
  • Our members are all involved in multiple Committees and Events – members are feeling ‘maxed out’
  • Some of our events may not happen this year – not enough capacity to pull them off! (e.g., Youth Exchnage)
  • Fundraising is becoming harder – member fatigue?
  • Leadership Succession – Club & Committees
Martin then posed two different scenarios for our 100th Anniversary in 2022.  One in which we do recognize the past 100 years but also acknowledge the demise of the club due to declining membership; and another where, in addiction to celebrating our past history and successes we also rejoice in the rejuvenation of the club and look forward to the next 100 years.  Martin asked members which scenario would each or us prefer?
Paul Rostrup concluded the session by presenting a Rejuvenation Plan through which we will examine and deal with these concerns in greater detail.  There will be four special Club Assemblies:
Club Structure / Accessibility / Attractiveness
- Meeting Frequency / Format / Venue / Timing
- Membership Types / Cost / Flexibility
Club Membership Growth
- An Active Process / Focused Groups
- Greater Diversification
Club Projects
- Capacity / Number / Type
- Short vs Long Term
- Capacity / Number / Type
- Old vs New
These will be evening meetings the last Tuesday of each month for the next four months. They will be at the Edelweiss Tavern beginning at 6:30 with light refreshments provided.
*Scheduled monthly programs:
26 Feb.  – Club Structure / Accessibility / Attractiveness
26 Mar.  – Club Membership Growth
30 April  – Club Projects
28 May   – Club Fundraising
The meetings will be listed in Club Runner and members are asked to register in advance for each one.

Closing Remarks & Reminders

President Richard reminded members that our speaker next week will be Dorian Werda, VP of the Travel Industry Council of Ontario - if you do any travelling at all, you need to hear what Dorian has to say.
Richard also reiterated the importance of members attending the upcoming Club Assemblies and taking an active part in planning for the future of our club.
Feb 04, 2019
Travel Industry Council of Ontario
Feb 11, 2019
Online Auction 2018 Final Report
Feb 18, 2019
Family Day
Feb 25, 2019
Club Strategic Planning
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Birthdays & Membership Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Robert Bullas
January 2
Karen Redman
January 8
Paul Rostrup
January 8
Bill Proctor
January 9
John English
January 26
Join Date
Al Way
January 1, 1991
28 years
Bill Proctor
January 1, 2000
19 years
Cameron Yule
January 1, 1992
27 years
Carl Zehr
January 1, 1975
44 years
Carol Wiebe
January 1, 1995
24 years
Cheryl Ewing
January 1, 2002
17 years
Dave Martindale
January 1, 1995
24 years
Dave Smith
January 1, 1977
42 years
Ed Fowler
January 1, 1996
23 years
Gary Parker
January 1, 1994
25 years
Jack Ball
January 1, 1962
57 years
JB Moore
January 1, 1993
26 years
John O'Brien
January 1, 1971
48 years
Karen Redman
January 1, 1999
20 years
Ken Seiling
January 1, 1997
22 years
Lew Ford
January 1, 1991
28 years
Mike Pollard
January 1, 1993
26 years
Peter Gray
January 1, 1997
22 years
Robert Bullas
January 1, 1984
35 years
Ross Newkirk
January 1, 1990
29 years
Shawky Fahel
January 1, 1987
32 years
Steve Lubczuk
January 1, 1989
30 years
Wayne Boehler
January 1, 1993
26 years
John English
January 31, 2002
17 years
Russell Hampton
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