President's Message JANUARY 2014
Happy New Year to Rotary eClub One members!
As I write this January newsletter, some of you are getting
ready to ring in 2014. Some of us still
have a bit of 2013 left. To all,
wherever you are in our Rotary geography, many happy wishes for a great year.
This year many of the strategic goals we had for this Rotary
year are moving along very well. As you
have heard me report, under our secretary’s/website liaison’s Emmanuel’s direction and hard work our
new website is implemented. And, along
with Emmanuel’s good outreach, Forum and participation is at an all-time high
of 78%. Our club membership continues to
grow. Thanks to Tracy, President- Elect, who has been our Membership chair, new
members are processed and on- boarded efficiently. Welcome to Megan MacLean who will be our Membership chair beginning January
1st. Finally, this club is in a very
strong financial position which allows us to fund international and community
service projects as well as respond to disasters where appropriate.
So with strategic initiatives, such as increased forum participation,
strong membership growth and solid financials, it is time (and what better time
than the start of the calendar year) to look forward. To focus on the future, we are going to ask
your strategic input in two different forums.
One forum will be the first week of January, the second, the first week
of February. Many of you, no doubt, have participated in a
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) activity. We did this
as a club activity under Past Presidents
Carol Steen and Tom Green. This task involves stakeholders (that’s you) assessing
how our eClub is doing. A SWOT analysis has four elements and is usually displayed in a 2×2 matrix.
SWOT analysis evaluate s
the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
involved in a in an organizational venture. The four components of a SWOT involve
collecting data on the:
- Strengths: characteristics of the organization
that give it an advantage over others.
- Weaknesses: characteristics that place the
team at a disadvantage relative to others
- Opportunities: elements that the our club could exploit to its advantage
- Threats: elements in the environment that
could cause trouble for our club.
Once the SWOT
data is collected the leadership team can set new or confirm existing strategic
objectives. This would allow us to
create achievable goals or objectives.
In addition to guiding the club President elect, Tracy will use this
information to create her goals for her year as our club President.
participate in the first forums in January and February from me. In January, you will give us your feedback on
the internal strengths and weakness of the club. In February, we will ask you to give us
information on the external environment or the Opportunities and Threats that
face our club. We will compile the
data and report back to you what the themes were.