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PDG Peter Garnett, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator —

IMAGINE the impact if every club in our region actively set goals for membership, public image and support for our charity of choice, The Rotary Foundation, for 2022-23.

Article by PDG Peter Garnett, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator

Greeting everyone, at the beginning of this historic Rotary Year, as we Imagine Rotary with our RI President Jennifer Jones.

IMAGINE the impact if every club in our region actively set goals for membership, public image, support for our charity of choice, The Rotary Foundation, and for having fun in 2022-23.

Research shows that you achieve more if you set goals and even more if you write your goals down. Let’s set club goals and document them in Rotary Club Central.


Imagine the impact if every club committed to a goal of a minimum of a NET increase of one member for each of the next 5 years. Is this “a big hairy goal”? Well yes, based on the past 10 years results. However, I suggest is it achievable with good action plans for both identifying new members and for retention of existing members.

Image the result of every club achieving this goal – a net increase of 1,262 members per year, 6,310 in 5 years for our region. A 20% increase in members in 5 years, instead of the 10% decrease over the past 10 years!

Public Image

The NZ District Governors have committed to a “Day of Action” on 24 September. All Rotary and Rotaract clubs throughout NZ and the Pacific are asked to get out in their community to undertake a community project. Imagine the impact of the sight of Rotary banners and Rotarians at Work polos or Hi-Viz vests as Rotarians undertake projects in their communities throughout NZ and the Pacific.

Imagine the public image impact if all Australian districts and clubs joined in too?

The Rotary Foundation

Imagine the impact we would have on future Rotary District and Global Grant projects if all Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and each of us as Rotarians/Rotaractors were to set goals for annual fund and polio plus giving for 2022-23?

If all clubs committed goals:

  • to contributing to the annual fund, to being 100% Centurion clubs and to gaining one new member of the Paul Harris Society
  • to contributing to the PolioPlus fund and to being The Clem Renouf (Australia) and Bill Boyd (NZ) Polio Now Clubs

If all Districts aimed to have two new Major Donors and to giving DDF to PolioPlus

Then we could see a 40% increase in contributions to the annual fund and more than 50% increase in giving to PolioPlus, over the contributions made in 2021-22.


Experience shows active clubs having fun are our most vibrant clubs. Ensure the year includes plans for fun social activities. Suggest planning in time for social networking at the completion of a project activity. Invite all participants, club and community, for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, a beer or wine, with perhaps some home baking.

Imagine the impact of talking about your Rotary experience as one of having fun!


We challenge District Governors, District Membership/Public Image/Foundation Chairs to proactively work with their Club Presidents to get them to set goals and to enter these goals into Rotary Club Central.