Why Organization's Fail

Rotary didn't stop developing membership because people were not interested in joining local Rotary clubs. Recent membership metrics have proven that. It stopped growing because Rotary and its member clubs became product oriented instead of member oriented. They marketed the results of the Object of Rotary instead of its value to its member clubs and Rotarians - its customers - those who fund its operations.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Who is the You Rotary Clubs Want To Attract?

            Rotary International’s future relies in how effective its 34,000+ member clubs are in their local social environments.  Effective local clubs differentiate themselves by creating emotional connections with their target audiences.  They accomplish differentiation by -1- linking membership with their audiences’ business and personal lives and -2- engaging them in shared causes (think:  The Object of Rotary.)  To link and engage target audiences it is critical that clubs identify who their target audience is and their wants and needs!  Unfortunately, target audience concepts, therefore identities, escape many Rotary leaders.  Without knowing who the you is, linking, engaging, or attracting them is next to impossible.
            Everything any Rotary club does, EVERYTHING, should differentiate by creating and solidifying emotional connections with its target audiences – present and future members.  Should not EVERYTHING that Rotary International does be designed to help its target audiences – present and future clubs – differentiate? 
            What about the ‘YOU ARE THE MISSING PIECE’ sign?  Are all the YOUs who read it a local Rotary club’s target audience?  Does it differentiate local Rotary clubs?  Does it link or engage target audiences with local clubs?


  1. I'm not real hot on this concept of the target audience. Targeting has the connotation of being very focused, but one of the great things about Rotary is its diversity. So, remember to make sure that you need a diverse membership when targeting new members.

  2. Thanks for the thought. Please keep in mind that target audiences can be diverse. However, if any person in a community can become a member of a Rotary club, there is no compelling motivation for any person in the community to become a member.