Rotary Satellite Clubs: 101
Rotary Satellite Clubs: 101
Rotary started a Satellite Club pilot in 2011

The Satellite Club program's purpose was to accommodate changes that have occurred in our professional environments, in family structures, and in personal commitments

Rotary states that the Satellite Club pilot is aimed at securing Rotary's future as a premier humanitarian service organization

"Feedback from numerous Rotary surveys and focus groups has repeatedly shown that prospective Rotary members and current younger Rotarians require flexibility in their Rotary club membership." RI 2011

Did you know...
2013 Rotary International's Membership report shows that:
71% of members in the USA/Canada are 50+ (which is in line with the global trend)

Since 2003 USA, Canada & Caribbean Islands has seen a 12% net decline in membership

The most recent retention study (July 1 2010 - July 1 2012) showed that the USA & Canada has a -21% retention rate

Rotaract & Satellite Clubs: The Differences
Rotaract is a program separate from a Rotary Club. They have their own charter, constitution and bylaws.

Rotaract Clubs are sponsored by a Rotary Club who then act as a liaison as they see fit. Rotaract Clubs are independent from the Rotary Club.
Noodle on this...
How many Rotaractors do you know have joined a Rotary Club? Current information states that the transition from Rotaract to Rotary Clubs is a difficult one and we lose a lot of young leaders once they leave Rotaract.

How many members of Rotary do you know who are under the age of 40? Current statistics state that only 11% of Rotarians are under 40.

New members bring in new energy and new ideas! They are also looking to be mentored and participate in fellowship with others. Our club has a great deal of members that could serve as successful mentors.

A Satellite Club is not a replacement for the Rotaract program, it's a way to build a better bridge for prospective members (like Rotaractors) to transition into the Rotary Club organization

One club, one big happy family! The purpose of a Satellite Club is not to create more complexities or just one more thing to "sponsor" - it's a way for us to grow our club in a creative way

Today's world isn't full of big companies eating small companies - it's full of fast/innovative companies eating slow companies. This is an opportunity to try something innovative and new to help us grow a great organization!

The Impacts of a Satellite Club
Decrease the average club membership age

Introduce new leaders to the organization who are eager to get involved with the club's current projects and maybe introduce some new ones

Offer the opportunity for members to have a bit more flexibility in our meeting schedule

Create a "bench" of incoming members to the core club who have a good Rotary knowledge base and are already familiar with the members/meetings

Get more people involved in an organization that has a serious growth and retention issue - without growth and retention the people who "lose" at the end of the day are all of those who benefit from Rotary projects and programs.

Satellite Clubs are an extension of a Rotary Club. They do not have their own charter, constitution or bylaws.

They can have a differing "model" to offer more flexibility and attract members that may not have ever joined the Rotary Club as-is.

They may look and feel like a separate club because they will have their own leadership and committees but these leadership roles and committees are expected to be in close partnership with the core Rotary Club.

The purpose is not to only run independent projects and fundraising - it's creating additional opportunities for all members to get involved where they are passionate. The focus should be joint involvement and joint support.