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Vol 21 Number 04

Membership Growth and Retention Support for Clubs

28 July 2012

Rotary Information
What are some of the ways we can begin to embrace a growth mindset in our club?

Acknowledge our past success. Our club formed and thrived at some point because someone made the effort to do something special. Tie our future success to its past. Create a vision. Decide what our club is going to be about in the future. What is our purpose in our community? Use a consensusbuilding process to create our clubs inspiring and challenging future vision. Communicate the change. People need to know what the change means and does not mean. What efforts will need to take place and how will it affect them? What will we stop doing in the future, even if it was encouraged in the past? Reshape our stories. Rather than only celebrate only your accomplishments, celebrate the efforts to make our club better and stronger, even if they were not successful. For example, if you held a fundraiser, talk about some of the challenges and how we overcame them. Recognise members who got through challenges, who learned from mistakes and created a platform for further success and growth in the future.

One of the three strategic priorities of Rotary Internationals Strategic Plan seeks to support and strengthen clubs, which includes the goal of improving recruitment and retention of qualified, enthusiastic members. Our club and our district are partners in membership development, and RI supports our membership growth and retention efforts through its online membership programme. Introduced in 2001, the programme helps clubs and districts identify prospective members, connect returning members with former or new clubs, and connect relocating Rotarians with clubs in their new area. Programme Success This online programme has proven a successful method for introducing prospective members and former Rotarians to Rotary clubs. Since 2002, use of the online programme and interest from prospective and relocating members has increased 270 percent. A study of the conversion rate from inquiry to membership shows that at least 60 percent of prospective and former Rotarians who completed forms online joined a club between 2004 and 2008. Club and district leaders who have followed up on inquiries report successful results in recruiting qualified new members. They refer to this membership growth in quantity as well as quality. We have converted over 80 percent of these leads into active Rotarians or soon-to-be Rotarians! Recruitment with Prospective Member Form Prospective members, who are qualified non-Rotarians or alumni of Rotary Foundation or RI programmes, can contact clubs directly or fill out the Prospective Member Form on the RI website. This online form provides guidance on the membership process, explains membership criteria, and asks for contact and professional information. Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One.

Dr Kong: Aim for 35 members this year

Membeship Development and Retention Chair, Dr Kong, said last week that he and his committee comprising Aravind and James had set themselves the target of raising the membership to 35 this Rotary year! He urged members to get involved in the effort. In particular he challenged members to bring guests to our meetings regularly. "It can be achieved!" he enthused.

Take action. As you recite the Four Way Test each week, remember it is a test of the things you think, say and DO. Experiment. Test. Play. Inspire.

Guests: Ann Gerrie guest of Steve Krishnan guest of Cecelia Anthony guest of Yoke Leong Attendance: 71% Fines:

RCBKS Tree Planting Project 25 August 2012
Programme 7.45 am Depart from Bukit Kiarra Club 9.00 am Arrive at Parit 6 - Raja Musa Forest Reserve 9.30 am Briefing on Raja Musa Forest Reserve by GEC representative 10.00 am Tree planting program commences 12 noon Program end and freshen up 2.00pm Depart for Bukit Kiara Club 1. About Global Environment Centre - our project coordinator GEC is a non-profit NGO, established in 1998 to address key environmental issues. GEC is based in Malaysia and supports activities worldwide. GEC focused on bringing together all partiesindividuals, communities, corporations and other like-minded organizationsto help foster lasting change for environmental benefits. GEC has been a strong voice for the environment through a series of core programs: a) Forest and Biodiversity Programme, b) Peatland Programme c) River Care Programme d) Outreach and Partnership Programme 2. About Raja Musa Forest Reserve It is located near Batang Berjuntai/Berjuntai Bestari in the northern region of the Selangor State. Together with Sungai Karang Forest Reserve, it makes up the largest peat swamp forest complex in Selangor. It is approximately 23, 000 ha. in area cover and of this 1000 ha were degraded due to illegal encroachment. These areas are in dire need of rehabilitation effort. Unfortunately, over the past ten years more than 500 ha of the reserve has been illegally cleared and burnt for farming activities and has caused major environmental hazards such as haze. Clearing and fires have also released thousands of tones of greenhouses gases, which contribute to climate change. Even though the degraded areas are situated within the forest reserve and falls within the jurisdiction of Forestry Department, it is an enormous task to undertake even for a government agency to rehabilitate 1000 ha of the degraded areas. Hence, collaboration between Forestry Department with NGOs and local community in this matter was deemed crucial. This happens to provide the local community with a platform to work hand in hand with the government agency and at the same time, spend more time to understand about the functions and values of peat swamp forest while planting the trees.

- REF Mentors Support Group REF Chair Graham reported that the MSG meeting on 18 July was fruitful. Ian Homer was guest speaker. - Appointment of Mentors He also presented Appointment Letters to mentors Krishnan, an exPresident of a Kiwanis Club. Steve and Cecelia received theirs for mentoring Tanisha. - Members are encouraged to bring their family to the Tree Planting Project at Raja Muda Forest Reserve on Saturday 25 August'12. REF awardees and Interactors are welcome to join. A bus will be chartered for the project. All to assemble ar Bukit Kiara Club's guardhouse by 7. 45am. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. - President Ghaurry reported on the Interact IU Day held last Sunday at KDU. The Interact club raised RM17,000 for the HIV orphanage. - There will be a Board meeting on 8 August at PP Aravind's residence at 7.30pm.

Words to Grow By
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams NOTE : We are chartering a 40-seater bus for the project. Participants are asked to assemble at 7.45am in front of the guardhouse of Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club. A light breakfast will be served onboard. After the planting the party would proceed to lunch before returning. Mentors are asked to confirm their mentees participation. For more details, pls contact Dr Sanjay.

Today's Programme
Business Meeting

4 August(Sat) 7.30am Speaker: Rtn Cecelia Matuya Topic: Trip to the Holy Land 11 August(Sat) 7.30am Speaker: Mr Edmund Bon Topic: Citizen's Rights vis a vis The Constitution 18 August(Sat) 7,30am Speaker: Dr Yap Tuan Ngan Topic: Nutrition - Myths & Beliefs

Last Week's Speaker

PP Robin Tay on 'Why do people take better care of their cars than their bodies?'
Robin is extremely fit. His Walk to End Polia from Alor Star to Singapore proved it. His climb up Mount Kinabalu on top of that. There is no doubt that he has a lifestyle regimen that works for him. It includes hours of skin cleaning each day, a demanding exercise regime, a diet of wholesome food with a host of supplements washed down with alkaline water, a non-mainstream concept that is gathering support. He incorporates various other ideas into his system including conventional pathology as well as detoxification and the yin-yang elements. Certainly the mainstay of emotional wellbeing, a happy life, a positive attitude and the right lifestyle would find favour with all those who take full responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Thank you PP Robin.

Tree Planting @ Raja Muda Forest Reserve Date: 25 August 2012 Picnic & Trekking @ Broga Hills Date: 16 September 2012 2012 Selangor Rotary Institute Date: 16 -18 November 2012 Venue: Sunway Resort Hotel 78th District Conference Date: 7 - 9 December 2012 Venue: Sunway Resort Hotel

President Ghaurry presenting PP Robin his memento. The backdrop reminds us of his unorthodox approach. [Photo by PP Fang Keong]

Useful Tip
In praise of the humble cucumber
You may already know that cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. That makes it a unique healthy cocktail. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours. But did you know it has other useful qualifities? Try this:to prevent your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower, rub a cucumber slice along the mirror. Tada! It will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance at the same time. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? A few slices in a small pie tin in your garden will free it of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area. Is cellulite a probelm? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes. The phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!

Duty Roster
28 July (International Service) Sargeant-at-arms Desk Duty Introducer Thank Speaker Fines Alvin Karen Angie

4 August (New Generation) Sargeant-at-arms Desk Duty Introducer Thank Speaker Fines Graham Junie Susan Jeremy Yoke Leong

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Board of Directors 2011/12

President Ghaurry 017-3854905 President Elect James Cheong 012-2214543 Immediate Past President Steve Robinson Vice President Cecelia Matuya Honorary Secretary Michael Carr 012-2822999 Honorary Treasurer Angie Ng Club Administration Steven Lim Service Projects PP Karen Chong The Rotary Foundation PP Frances Po Publis Relations Tan Siew Hwa Membership Development PP Aravind Viswanathan REF Chairman PP Graham Bennett Sargeant-at-arms PP Tan Poay Lim Vocational Service Chair - Poay Lim Community Service Chair -Dr Sanjay International Service Chair - Alvin New Generation Chair - Susan

The World Around Us

Volunteers at London Olympics
By Christopher Middleton 21 Jul 2012 On a football pitch in north-east This campsite at Eton Manor has a London, at the spot where the view of Tower Bridge over the corner flag would normally stand, Thames. Campers are making hay the Olympic spirit has arrived and while the sun shines. taken root. Yes, contrary to what you have been reading in the headlines, the Faster-Higher-Stronger message of Baron de Coubertin, founder of the Modern Olympics, is alive and well and inhabiting a small cluster of tents at the Wadham Lodge Sports Ground in Walthamstow. Sitting just outside those tents with cups of tea are the first members of the Olympic volunteer team to have arrived in the capital. These good-hearted, waterproofed folk have made the pilgrimage from all four corners of the land. Some are students on their university holidays, some are 60-somethings in their retirement years and some are men and women of working age, using up their holiday entitlement to help at the Olympics and Paralympics. And all for no financial reward; in fact, theyre paying 10 a night to camp here. Free showers and loos are provided, but these are a good 100 yards away (and seem even further at 3am). Also, although the ground isnt quite as quagmire-like as Hyde Park, the grass is long, damp and surprisingly hard. Not that the volunteers, or Games Makers (as they are officially styled), are complaining. Im pretty well set up here, and reckon I can cope with anything the weather can throw at me, says 34-year-old Angela Bell, from Hemel Hempstead, as she shows us around her handsome two-compartment tent, complete with camping stove, mini-generator and 10in-thick airbed. Back home, Angela works as a prison officer and, as it happens, shell be doing plenty of escorting and supervising at the Olympics, too. Im working as a volunteer chaperone with the dope-testing team at the Aquatics Centre, she says. When a swimmer gets selected for random drug-testing, itll be my job to accompany them from that moment onwards, up to the point where they produce a urine sample. Its hardly the most glamorous aspect of the Games, but Angela is happily giving up three weeks of annual leave in order to do it.

Bulletrin Committee
Sunny(Editor) Poay Lim/Mike(Prod) Siew Hwa (Speakers Programme)