The study, conducted by PDG Margie Kersey, shows a 26.3% percentage point increase in the retention rate of Rotarians attending any session of RLI versus the general retention rate of all Rotarians. This equates to a 56.8 percent increase in retention of those who attend RLI versus those who don't. The districts studied had a net loss of 9,636 Rotarians for a general member retention rate of 46.3%. The retention rate of Rotarians attending any session of RLI was 72.6%. View the annotated slideshow on the results here.
|Zone 33 RLI Executive |
Director Bevin Wall
"We have been challenged over the years by nay-sayers of RLI to produce proof that RLI's leadership and Rotary education series of courses make an impact on Rotary clubs", says Zone 33 RLI Executive Director PDG Bevin Wall.
"Now, we have hard data that RLI attendees become the Rotarians that stay in Rotary for the long haul. RLI-educated Rotarians get the Rotary vision, hone the leadership skills they will need to drive their clubs to greater service, and get more out of their Rotary experience. These Rotarians become the building blocks for future club success."The study was commissioned by Zone 33 RLI and RLI Sunshine Division and encompassed a majority of the districts in Zones 33 & 34 of Rotary International, covering districts on the East Coast from the Florida north to the District of Columbia, Maryland and West Virginia. Click here for the Zone Map. The study used Rotary International data. data from Rotary's DaCdb system (used by clubs throughout the district to record member gains and losses), and data from RLI attendance databases used in the two divisions. The time period of 2008 to 2015 was used due to ease of data availability. The data and statistics underlying the report are being provided to District Rotary leaders and RLI leaders across the two zones.
* Editor Note: I was corrected on my math (not my strong suit) by the Rotarian who conducted the study and PDG Bob Parkinson of Maryland. The percent increase was much more dramatic than I had first reported. The above post, is a corrected post. Bevin Wall.