Bob Lankin, Past District Governor who is currently serving on the District Membership Committee for Membership Extension, discussed Rotary's focus on more flexibility and outreach to non-represented groups in the organization. Satellite clubs are a way to engage individuals who are interested in service but who are unable or not interested in the weekly Rotary meeting format. The Satellite clubs meet a couple of times a month, do their own service, and are designed to appeal to those under 45 years old (but are open to anyone). We were happy to have last week's speaker, Marissa Cecere, as our guest again this week. Glenside Rotary is actively seeing individuals who would be interested in pursuing this new option. Members usually meet at a bar, or someone's office, after work. There are lower costs (they buy their own food/drinks but do not have set fees per meeting) and do their own service, as well as participating in the sponsoring club service projects. It is really just an alternative meeting option of the main Rotary Club, not a separate club. If you would be interested in this, please contact us, or fill out a membership application (on the Members webpage). We'd love to discuss this with you.
President Norma outline her 10 goals for the upcoming year. Increasing membership and service projects are the key goals. Following her comments, Marissa Cecere who works at Arcadia University described the transformative experience of being a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Milan, Italy and how she then started an Interact club at her high school and was involved in the Arcadia Rotaract Club. Marissa is interested in joining our club, and we look forward to getting to know her better.