by Jim Friar
YR-9 - CLUB PRESIDENT
YR-8 - CLUB PRESIDENT ELECT
YR-7 - CLUB VICE PRESIDENT
YR-6 - CLUB OFFICER
YR-5 - BOARD OF DIRECTORS II
YR-4 - BOARD OF DIRECTORS I
YR-3 - MAJOR COMMITTEE MEMBER
YR-2 - MINOR COMMITTEE CHAIR
YR-1 - NEW ROTARIAN COMMITTEE MEMBER
QUESTION: What is the first step to leadership after a new member joins one of our clubs?
ANSWER: He or she is placed on a committee in order to provide service & leadership.
QUESTION: Rotary is well known for leadership development. How does it work?
ANSWER: A great deal of leadership development takes place at the committee level.
QUESTION: Aren't Rotarians already leaders in their community? Why do they need more?
ANSWER: Right! Most are leaders in their businesses and professions. However, a major part of Rotary's goal is to train them in the organization, management, and procedures of a Rotary Club as a major community service organization.
QUESTION: Is it realistic that a new member could be a Club President in 9 years?
ANSWER: Very much so! In some smaller Clubs less than 9 years. However, since Rotary is a volunteer organization and the time available for Rotary is limited it does take a number of years to learn the "Rotary Way". There's no better shared training ground than being a leader in a Rotary Club. The timetable can be less than 9 years depending upon the club & the member.
TAKE AWAY: Every Rotarian joins a Club for fulfillment of a personal goal friendship, community leadership, and service. However, each member needs to be involved in sharing Rotary Leadership. This is best accomplished using Rotary's committee, board, and officer system as a format for actual leadership experiences. Start your new members off right on a committee.
This is the first step in the Rotary Stairway to Leadership.