APRIL 24, 2007 - Rotary e-clubs got a vote of confidence when a proposed resolution to request that the RI Board consider discontinuing e-clubs (07-36) failed. Numerous Rotarians argued that e-clubs continue to offer a way to attract younger members and flexibility for current members who have time constraints or live in remote rural areas. Enactments 07-22, 23 and 24 were all either soundly defeated or withdrawn. Here are the vote totals - 07-22: 371 No, 122 Yes, Enactment Failed; 07-23: 315 No, 168 Yes, Enactment Failed; 07-24 Withdrawn; 07-36: 341 No, 148 Yes, Resolution Failed.
There are so many reasons why Rotary needs eClubs and should even install more:
1st: eClubs are one tool to find new
2nd: eClubs help keeping Rotarians.
3rd: eClubs are international.
4nd: eClubs are modern.
eClubs and their members give their part to fulfil the Rotarian dreams and goals! Don't throw back Rotary by stopping eClubs! - Axel Brodehl, member of Rotary eClub NY1 of District 7150
From my point of view I’m pleased to have joined a Rotary eClub, because my current circumstances of being a PhD student don’t allow me to meet the attendance requirements of a traditional Rotary club. I see this as a great possibility to despite of this being able to contribute to the society and help others all over the world.
As young people, like
me, tend to study longer and therefore also not settles down until
being a bit older I think that Rotary eClubs could help them being
engaged in something good. Probably the current form of eClubs is
just the beginning and the aids of worldwide communication, such as
in this forum, will evolve. I think that the eClubs are important
to be able to successfully attract younger members, which will be
the future of Rotary. - Marcus Andersson, member of Rotary eClub
NY1 of District 7150
PROPOSED RESOLUTION 07-187
To request the RI Board to consider prominently linking eClubs to front page of Rotary International web page.
Proposed by District 7150, April 15, 2006
WHEREAS, the utilization of Rotary eClubs provide a unique and educational forum for makeup purposes.
IT IS RESOLVED that Rotary International provide a prominently displayed link, off the front page, of the Rotary International website to the Rotary eClubs
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Proposed by the Rotary E-Club of Verkkorotary.fi, Finland
WHEREAS, the communication between people through various types of electronic meeting facilities on the web are offering new avenues also for Rotary, and WHEREAS, Rotary, to secure its future growth and membership, has to be able to offer interesting opportunities to the younger generation of already existing Rotarians, as well as potential new Rotarians who are used to and well-versed in the use of modern electronic communication methods and systems, and WHEREAS, the pilot Rotary clubs already working on the world wide web have proven that good and efficient Rotary work and creation of friendship is possible and that new modes of operation for Rotary clubs can be created in the spirit of Rotary by employing various types of electronic meeting techniques, and WHEREAS, in the various pilot projects, it has become obvious that, to acquire separate Internet meeting platforms is prohibitively expensive for single clubs, and WHEREAS, a single club needs such a meeting facility in general only for two hours a week and the same electronic facility can be shared, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, by a number of clubs having different meeting times in the same or different district or in the same or different time zone, and WHEREAS, the cost of meetings as well as the cost of travel to Rotary meetings, not only on the club level but also on a broader scope, such as districts, zones, and even RI, can be reduced and thereby also conserve the funds of Rotary International IT IS RESOLVED by Rotary International that the Board of Directors of Rotary International consider acquiring and opening an Internet-based meeting software and platform for use by clubs and Rotary as a whole.
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January 23, 2002 The World's first cyber Rotary club is chartered. Almost a century after Paul Harris founded the first Rotary club, a group of Rotarians from Colorado, USA, made history by forming a club that RI's founder could never have imagined. On 4 January, RI officially chartered its first-ever Internet-based Rotary club in the world, Rotary e-Club One of District 5450.
In June 2002, the 2001-02 RI Board of Directors, authorized by the 2001 Council on Legislation, agreed to implement a cyber Rotary clubs pilot project whereby up to 75 new clubs worldwide may operate online for a four-year trial. The clubs may either have membership residing or working within a Rotary zone or be open to any qualified members, regardless of geography.
In November 2002, the Board selected clubs for the pilot. District 7150's submission for a Rotary e-Club was 1 of 18 worldwide to be accepted. An RI director appointed by the president will liaise with and provide orientation for the cyber clubs. Rotary leaders hope the program will create different types of Rotary clubs to better meet the needs of Rotary in the 21st century, attract more young professionals, and increase membership. Marlene B. Brown, Past President of the Rotary Club of New Hartford, NY, appointed by the District Governor as the District 7150 Cyber Club Committee Chairperson, is heading up the new Club.
June 2003: Rotary cyber clubs are just like traditional Rotary clubs in many respects. However, rather than having a set meeting time and place, the club meets once a month at The Children's Museum in Utica, NY, and on the Internet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Members log on to the Web site and review topics under discussion, and are expected to join a forum. The club's members will be expected to participate in at least 20 online meetings, asking questions, and sharing views and suggestions with other members. Attendance will be measured by a minimum average of 10 hours of hands-on community service per quarter in place of 'seat time' in a club, meaning the member determine the activity, time and place,
The original idea,a bold high-tech step
for Rotary International,
came out of the desire to reach out to those who, for a variety of
legitimate reasons, cannot regularly attend meetings of a Rotary club
that meets weekly at a physical location. Membership is open to individuals
who cannot meet traditional attendance requirements due to travel
or business restrictions or reside farther then 25 miles away from
a traditional Rotary club, or whose personal mobility is limited.