Rotary Club of Onitsha: Our Membership Growth Story
The Rotary Club of Onitsha was chartered in February 1973; as at then, there were only 33 Rotary Clubs in West Africa. Presently, Rotary Club of Onitsha is the third oldest Rotary Club in District 9142.
The club started the 2021/22 Rotary Year with 22 members and within three months gained an impressive leap, recording an addition of 20 members with four more intending Rotarians about to be added to the club membership list. Remarkably, the club has lived up to its financial obligations both to the District and Rotary International.
Our Growth Strategy:
Continuously, we engage our old members, recognizing that retention is a basic precept for progress. We succeeded in regaining members who had dropped on the way.
Another angle to our growth strategy is the employ of personal goodwill. We made use of personal relationships to invite guests to our club programmes; ensuring that when such persons honour our invitation they are induced to make a return visit and possibly initiate plans to change their status from guests to members. We achieve this through an understanding that first impression matters significantly, so we ensure our meetings deliver on both information and entertainment value.
Adopting the fun and fuel system, we do not play down on the importance of varied approaches. We introduce fun and unique activities to create warm atmosphere that encourages the flow of participation and creativity. In addition we ensure our activities fuel members’ motivation towards delivery on Rotary goals. Quite outstanding, we initiated a social activity tagged ‘Meeting after Meeting’; within this space, guests are welcomed in a special way and all hierarchies dropped while we connect and network as a family. The activity is usually hosted by the club ndi nze (Red Cap Chiefs) and supported by the President. The entertainment are usually robust and often leave our guests looking forwards to participate in different club activities.
Our energies were further boosted by the Rotary International President, Shekhar Mehta’s description of our District Governor. Shekhar described District Governor Okey Okonkwo as “the first District Governor he has come across who is actually going to lead the ‘Each One Bring One’ initiative”. Hearing this from the one number Rotarian himself, we became even more determined to contribute generously to this very outstanding goal our Visionary-in-Chief District Governor has set.
Our growth story is a continuous one. We are on an interesting journey of endless growth record.
Watch out for our next record!
Emenike Jonathan Nwaogwugwu