Is Rotary a thing of the past? Or a thing of the future?
That’s what I prepare myself to answer at a Rotary conference on 30 September in Copenhagen. What do you think?
Rotary has about 1,2 Million members in 166 countries. In Denmark just under 12.000 members in 272 clubs. The purpose is great: Service above Self, and since 1985 Rotary has worked on a spectacular project: eradicating polio to which more than 500 M USD has been raised.
However, many roatrians I speak to, call for change. They claim that Rorary has lost sight of why it exists. They are embarressed by raising pennies where dollars are needed. They point at numerous examples of rotarians who seem to be in Rotary more for “self” than for “service”. They question the wisdom of weekly meetings and they are highly divided on the question of including women in the clubs or not.
What should my advice to Rotary be? Help me by sharing your thoughts. Here is a small video for inspiration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-uPMniS8DU which was shot at the Copenhagen airport a week ago.