What does one do to accommodate the needs of potential Rotarians who were unable to commit to attending a regular weekly meeting?
The result is a Satellite Club.
The creation of one was the principal objective of President John Bowskill, in the 2015-16 Rotary Year. John, a retired Hospital General Manager, contacted former colleagues whom he thought might be interested in joining Rotary and received a positive response. In order to broaden the membership he also approached guest speakers to speak at Club meetings.
By the end of the Rotary Year, the Satellite Club was established, with 9 founder members being inducted by District Governor Terry Long.
As a result of further personal approaches and recruitment strategies, the Satellite Club now enjoys a membership tally of 20 members, from a wide range of businesses and professions, who fully integrate with Parent Club members to enjoy fellowship and provide a range of community, vocational and fund raising services to support local and international causes.
The Rotary Sunderland Satellite Club has an informal meeting structure. Meetings are once a month, sometimes at the residences of members, and at restaurants and pubs in the City. By rotating the meetings at various establishments in the City, this contributes towards local businesses getting increased footfall and adding to the bottomline.