7 Steps Rotary Can Take to Increase Diversity in its Leadership

Editor’s Note: The following is a fifth excerpt (with a slight reformatting) from the 2013 paper “Women Still a Challenge for Rotary” by 14 Rotarians, representing 12 zones, 14 Districts and 12 countries.

To this end, we request Rotary International take the following actions.

  1. Make a public statement to both internal and external communities to the effect that Rotary is committed to creating greater diversity and an increase in leadership opportunities for women.
  1. Establish as quickly as possible a Presidential Committee with exemplary diverse membership to bring forth a report on how Rotary can

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Three Legislative Actions to Enhance the Likelihood of a Woman as President

Editor’s Note: The following is a fourth excerpt from the 2013 paper “Women Still a Challenge for Rotary” by 14 Rotarians, representing 11 zones, 14 Districts and 13 countries.

Our desire is to enhance the opportunities for women to experience leadership within Rotary beyond the level of club president in order to increase the number of candidates  from which a future woman as president may be drawn as quickly as possible.

To achieve this end requires modification of Rotary legislation. In particular there must be a shortening of the numbers of years leading to advanced leadership possibility in Rotary.

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The Issue of Stagnation and What were male Rotarians doing in 1995?

Editor’s Note: The following is a third excerpt from the 2013 paper “Women Still a Challenge for Rotary” by 14 Rotarians, representing 12 zones, 14 Districts and 12 countries.

As observed, the issue of gender equity is complicated by the question of longevity in Rotary as it pertains to the selection of a President.

On average Rotarian women are younger than their male counterparts. Even the first woman Rotarian, would today, only be in her 25th year of service. When you consider for the past two decades the average tenure of a Rotarian who ascends to the presidency is thirty-five years of service, it is little wonder that there has been no woman as president. Continue reading

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Implementation of Gender Equity in Rotary since 1987: A story of mixed messages

Editor’s Note: The following is a second excerpt from the 2013 paper “Women Still a Challenge for Rotary” by 14 Rotarians, representing 11 zones, 14 Districts and 13 countries.

The implementation of gender equity in clubs and across districts and zones has been uneven at best and outright resisted at its worst. This is evidenced by the following data: Continue reading

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The Jam on Instagram: Why your club should use it

Here is one more way to share the story of Rotary.

Rotary Voices

160513_burrell_instagramBy Evan Burrell

The most engaging posts on social media are the ones that include images. That isn’t a statement, it’s a fact!

Out of all of the social media networks, I have to say Instagram is my favorite. Why? Because photos equal fun!

Although Facebook is currently the most popular social network, other platforms have

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Why a woman will not be Rotary President anytime soon

Or Barriers that make the glass ceiling so thick!

By John Borst with the assistance of 14 other Rotarians*

Barriers exist to a woman becoming RI President in both the bylaws and particularly the undefined practices of Rotary. They make it nearly impossible for a woman to become president before 2025.  These same barriers also apply to men who joined Rotary late in life. Briefly they are: Continue reading

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What might a Rotary club look like in 2026?

JborstBy John Borst and Richard Bosworth

With the new flexible membership and club meeting rules, approved at the 2016 Council on Legislation session, one has to wonder what a Rotary Club might look like 10 years from now.

Already under the current rules there are many clubs trying innovative strategies to build their club membership.

One such club is the Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes in the UK. The home page of their website has this intriguing sentence. “Welcome to the Rotary Club of Harrogate Brigantes an active, friendly and growing multi-lifestyle Club…”

Multi-lifestyle club, now what does that mean? Fortunately, I was able to contact Richard Bosworth, the “What if Forum” specialist at that club. This is what Richard shared: Continue reading

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