There was a very special lunch today at a pub near Wellington, to celebrate and welcome our District’s newest club. The Rotary e-Club of District 1200 is a first for our district and one of only a handful of e-clubs in Rotary GBI.
Invited guests to this event included Peter Davey, President of Rotary GBI, who presented the club with a “Virtual Charter”! So what is an e-Club? This was the question asked several times today. Clearly they are not a virtual club as there were 17 very real Rotarians who were inducted into the club by DG Bob Acland.
President John Hardy gave those present a brief introduction to the purpose and goals of an e-club.
What is the purpose of a Rotary e-club?
The purpose of a Rotary e-club is to extend Rotary to business, professional and community leaders in any Rotary District who are unable to meet traditional attendance requirements. Inability to attend a traditional Rotary club could be the result of demanding business or professional commitments, extensive travel, confinement due to ill health or disability, or residence beyond reasonable distance from an existing Rotary club.
What are the 5 key goals of every Rotary e-club?
1. Use the Internet to retain Rotarians who would otherwise be lost to Rotary.
2. Use the Internet to attract new Rotarians.
3. Use the Internet to facilitate meetings.
4. Use the Internet to manage service projects.
5. Use the Internet for fellowship by creating a friendly community of like-minded Rotarians.