My Rotary: Club service keeps our club humming

The ABC of Rotary (originally written by Past International President Cliff Dochterman) defines club services as “all of the activities necessary for Rotarians to perform to make their club function successfully.” As you can imagine, in a club our size, we need a lot of Rotarians to keep our club humming. Club service is the base upon which all of our community, international and youth service activities rests.

Club service takes many different forms. Perhaps the most visible is the work that goes into putting on a weekly meeting. Someone has to make sure that we have greeters, attendance takers, audio/visual people, song leaders, and accompanists.

Of course, someone has to make sure that we have a speaker or program each week. That’s where the Program Committee fits in. The Social Committee plans activities outside of our weekly meetings. They help make our Rotary Club more fun.

Perhaps not as visible, but equally important are our finance people. Someone has to pay the monthly bills and manage the finances of our Ann Arbor Rotary Foundation. It is because of their hard work that we are able to pay for our local and international projects.

Communications is also key. That falls to the Harpoon, Website, and Public Image Committees. They are responsible for getting the word out, both internally and externally, about the good that we do. The Survey Committee is also involved in communications, but in this case the communications is from the members, not to the members.

And speaking about members, we also have the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee is not only responsible for recruiting new members, but also engaging members once they have joined the club. They do this by educating new members about the club and its activities and encouraging new members to actively participate in club activities.

I am unabashedly a club service guy. Through my participation in different club service committees, I feel as though I’m part of the other committees as well. I may never travel to India or Guatemala to help out with an international project, but through my club service work, I have helped make that happen.

Whether you’re a new member, or have been a Rotarian for many years, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about any of our club service activities. I would be happy to help you find the right opportunity for you.