NJ tries innovative ‘Rotary Group’ idea

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Founding members of innovative new Rotary Club in New Jersey.

Many Rotary Clubs around the country are experimenting with new approaches to attracting and holding members.

One example is the creation of our monthly breakfast meetings initiated under President Terry Brewer that has attracted many people who went on to become members of our club.

Some clubs have switched from breakfast to dinner meetings, and vice versa. Two years ago, District 7190 sanctioned the founding of a new style of club, the Capital Region Rotary Club, that meets in person monthly, but caucuses via social media as well.

Meanwhile, in the Vineland, NJ, area, yet another innovative action has been taken — the creation of a “Rotary Group” that serves three counties.

Here’s the story from the Vineland Daily Journal covering the new effort.

From The Daily Journal

EAST VINELAND, NJ – The Tri-County Community Rotary Group, the first of its kind in District 7640, was formed to enable more business professionals to provide service to people in need. On April 19, the new Rotary Group became official as District Governor David Zelley, assisted by other District leadership, inducted its first 23 members, and welcomed three transferring Rotarians, and six new members of the South Jersey Rotary E-Club.

The Tri-County Community Rotary Group is an extension of the South Jersey Rotary E-Club and meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month … .

“This club represents a more flexible approach to the traditional Rotary Club meeting,” said Zelley. “While it meets fewer times each month, there is also an online meeting opportunity. At the end of the day, it shares the same desire of Rotarians everywhere, which is to engage more people in service. I applaud this group for its forward thinking and dedication to doing whatever is needed to help others.”

The new group serves Atlantic, Cumberland and Gloucester counties and has already joined forces with a number of local organizations to provide support. As part of the South Jersey Rotary E-Club, it also co-sponsors the Buena Regional High School Interact Club, and the Tri-County Community Interact Club at the YMCA.

“We work very hard to provide our members with the flexibility they need to become and stay active in Rotary,” said Mary Crawford, president of the South Jersey Rotary E-Club. “The Tri-County Community Rotary Group is a blend of the traditional and virtual club models. It is a more natural extension of our efforts and we could not be more pleased with our successful launch. Our club members have already begun participating in service project to support our communities.”


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