Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Study Links RLI to 56.8% Increase Rotary Member Retention

A new study  of Rotary member retention rates shows a correlation between RLI attendance (any Part) and a significant increase in Rotary membership retention among those attendees. The results were unveiled at the First Annual RLI Breakfast held at the Rotary Zone Institute for past and current Rotary Officers in Sandestin, Florida on October 24, 2015.

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. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

RLI Breakfast at Sandestin FL Zone Institute

Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
For Rotary leaders attending the Sandestin Florida Zones 33-34 Institute October 20-25, 2015, there is a RLI Breakfast set for Saturday morning, October 24, 7am-9am, jointly hosted by Zone 33 RLI (our division) and RLI- Sunshine Division (GA, FL, Caribbean).

A great friendship and networking opportunity, there will also be a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT made at the event from our mystery presenter! You will not want to miss it! 

Click here to register. The food will be epic, with the legendary, all-you-can-eat Sandestin Breakfast Buffet, and the fellowship will be outstanding. The cost is $40 per person flat, with no add on for taxes or gratuity. This event is not included in your Institute registration.

The Sandestin Breakfast Buffet: includes: Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee, and Assorted Gourmet and Herbal Hot Tea, Assorted Fruit Juices Sliced Seasonal Fruits and Berries Display of Individual Flavored Yogurts Oatmeal with Brown Sugar, Golden Raisins and Pecans Assorted Croissants, Muffins and Danish White and Wheat Toast Fruit Preserves and Butter Scrambled Eggs with Sautéed Mushrooms and Herbs Buttermilk Pancakes with Warm Maple Syrup Hickory-smoked Bacon and Sausage Links Buttered Grits Home Fries with Sautéed Peppers and Onions Whole and Skim Milk.