RECSDG, Andres Restaurant June 4, 2018 ~ 6:05 pm
Present: Janet Mikelson, Alan Rezner, Susan Rezner, Carmen Diaz, Claudia Torres, Kevin Parekh, Maxie Gluckman, and Amy Schrift online
Meeting opened by our President-Elect Maxie Gluckman with the introduction of her friend and prospective member Kevin Parekh. Kevin met Maxie as a result of their common interest in Salsa Dancing. He is a dentist trying to build his own practice. His Grandfather was a district Governor in India and his mother was involved with Rotary in Florida. Introduction of the other members present followed. Carmen has been in Rotary for 20 Years and is our President-Elect, Claudia has held membership in clubs on both sides of the border ~ she will be our Projects Chair next year, Amy – our member in Costa Rica – will be Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, Janet is our incoming Treasurer and Peace Chair, Alan and Susan are honorary members of the club and Maxie is the Incoming Club President.
Maxie shared this year’s theme – Be the Inspiration. As the only District EClub, we should be proud of our Global Leadership initiatives including two Global grants and member projects in Mexico and Costa Rica. Although our club has not organized any local projects, members have participated in the District’s Feeding America activity, served as Greeters for the International Assembly and in one case as a member of Rotery International’s Cadre of grant reviewers. Amy Schrift gave an update on the Seeding Change Initiative in Costa Rica and thanked the Mission Bay Rotary Club Community Foundation for a grant recommended by Alan Rezner. She will be presenting a $1,000 check to Vida Autentica, the local group organizing the effort to limit use of harmful pesticides.
WHO DO WE WANT TO BE / HOW DO WE BECOME THAT
We talked about the fact that we have been participating in other club’s service projects. They have the manpower to organize and we are willing participants as with the tree planting project with Coronado Rotary Club. Projects like the Airport Greeters at the International Assembly are a good fit for our club as they match our International focus and provide an opportunity for us to serve District Governors from around the world. The project is supported by the District and Rotary International and is a one day activity.
Carmen suggested that we consider developing a signature event like a dinner or series of dinners in Mexico featuring local chefs. It would be a challenge for us to sell tickets unless we get some District support. She will consider writing up a proposal with costs for this idea. When asked how much we could raise and what we would do with the funds, we talked about setting $1,000 aside some of the undesignated funds granted by the Community Foundation to fund small projects locally or in member countries. Janet will check to see the status of available funds.
MEMBERSHIP ~ Amy led us through a series of concerns and opportunities
What do we offer to members that differentiates us?
We are attractive to folks who can’t make traditional club meetings due to their work or travel schedules. However, potential members can’t figure out when and where our meetings are held. We need to direct folks to our website and post meetings at least three months in advance or by a specific date of each month. We may also want to consider when we meet as it is a different time zone for International folks.
Why did folks join and why did they leave?
Barriers to overcome ~ Amy had some good perspective about the challenges of feeling connected as an international member. We may need to invest in equipment to improve our audio and investigate the best way to invite folks to our meetings. Carmen suggested using a Facebook’s Face Meet for online meetings. She stays in touch with her family that way.
Meeting format ~ Meeting locations might become an issue as there will now be a charge at Saigon. Should we try an online meeting for everyone? We also need to arrange agendas to separate local announcements from items of interest to International folks.
Maxie’s hopes to have at least one big question for us to tackle each meeting. This time we tried a
Sticky Note exercise ~ complete this thought “Be The Inspiration by…”
Getting personally involved and sharing your passion
Backing your creative ideas with a plan
Helping new Rotarians learn the ropes
Showing consideration for the viewpoint of those we want to attract – time of meetings
Building a family sense of community
Ensuring projects support sustainable change
Being open to learning and growing
Motivating others by your example and involvement in projects to be in Rotary
Primero es acabar con la paz, te inspira hacer bien para otros personas, y sentirte bien en hacer algo por este
planeta First it is to end with peace, it inspires you to do good for other people, and to feel good about doing something for this planet
Leading by example in doing good deeds
Reflecting goodwill through service – example: post local events on facebook
Emphasizing club growth ~ more members will help us pursue projects we are passionate about.
Maxie closed the meeting on time to let members get to other activities. She indicated that Marian would be running the first meeting in her year as she will be traveling. She will be sending out some suggested dates for a meeting that will recognize the work of the board and transition the leadership. She asked Janet to tell her who is the first person to pay their dues.
Respectfully Submitted by
Alan Rezner, Secretary