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Rotary Organisations are dying- Past President Hon Moses-Scatliffe

- newly installed President of Rotary Club of Tortola, Karia J. Christopher hopes to reverse this trend
Past President of the Rotary Club of Tortola and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe noted that Rotary Clubs, regionally and internationally, are seeing a major decline in attendance and membership retention. Photo: VINO
Mrs Karia J. Christopher, newly inducted President of Rotary Club of Tortola, said 'By the end of this Rotary year, I expect to grow this outstanding club by at least 10 percent.' Photo: VINO
Mrs Karia J. Christopher, newly inducted President of Rotary Club of Tortola, said 'By the end of this Rotary year, I expect to grow this outstanding club by at least 10 percent.' Photo: VINO
Michael Brand, author and Rotarian member of Rotary Club of Oregon, USA points out that the issue for majority of the service clubs is not recruitment, its retention. Photo: National Speakers Association,Oregon
Michael Brand, author and Rotarian member of Rotary Club of Oregon, USA points out that the issue for majority of the service clubs is not recruitment, its retention. Photo: National Speakers Association,Oregon
ROAD TOWN Tortola, VI – “There were several challenges during the year, which from discussions where incidentally experienced across all three clubs, and one of the notably obvious ones is the decline in attendance and membership retention.”

This is according to Past President and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Ingrid A. Moses-Scatliffe, during the Rotary Club of Tortola installation dinner of the new board of directors, for 2017-2018. The event took place on July 2, 2017 at Maria’s by the Sea in Road Town.

Hon Moses-Scatliffe pleaded to her fellow Rotarians that it is very important to work on the challenges that the clubs are facing collectively as a Rotary family.

The past president told her Rotarian family that the issues are also occurring with their international Rotarian counterparts.

“This challenge was highlighted in an article written recently captioned, ‘Why Our Service Organisations are Dying and how to fix them’. The article was written by Michael Brand, a member of the Rotary Club of Oregon City in Oregon, USA,” said Mrs Moses-Scatliffe.

She encouraged her Rotarian family to read the article and also to work together to overcome the challenges that they are facing. 

This drew a response from Mrs Karia J. Christopher, newly inducted President, who said, “By the end of this Rotary year, I expect to grow this outstanding club by at least 10 percent, and educate and change the mindset of all Virgin Islanders by 100 percent.”

‘They cannot keep members’

According to an article written by Michael Brand, member of the Rotary Club of Oregon City, the club was founded to make “communities stronger, more interesting, and more engaging.”

He also noted that a fellow Rotarian observed that meetings held by Rotary clubs, has declined by 58 percent during the periods of 1975-2000. To date, this trend has continued to accelerate throughout the entire Rotary organisations; internationally and regionally.

Michal Brand points out that the issue for majority of the service clubs is not recruitment, its retention:

“Rotary averages 44,000 new members per year and loses an average of 51,000. They cannot keep members.”

17 Responses to “Rotary Organisations are dying- Past President Hon Moses-Scatliffe”

  • What else is new? (06/07/2017, 10:15) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everything in the our BVI is on the decline, this is expected; the money not flowing like it used to at the top.
  • look (06/07/2017, 10:22) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Can anyone point-out the natural smiles from the fake, plastic smile? .
    • Only one (06/07/2017, 19:26) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      The kind that ropes in the 2 Docs and the rest of the NDP gang every time. They fall for the pale, fake, plastic smiles on a dime.
  • i from here (06/07/2017, 11:11) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    too much NDPs and too much Want-to-Bees who will join that crowd??? Not me
  • Welsah (06/07/2017, 12:03) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    NOT me ! Why would I want to pay large sums of money to meet up with the "members " of this club , what a joke.
  • Hmmm (06/07/2017, 12:54) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
    She was one of the worse Presidents ever in the Club history.
  • consistent (06/07/2017, 12:56) Like (23) Dislike (7) Reply
    Just like how she runs the House of Assembly she ran the club--with great incompetence.
  • reality (06/07/2017, 14:24) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    Because for most people it's all about being elite, not about serving anyone or anything.
  • sad (06/07/2017, 20:01) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    We are so good at creating drama and terrible at putting our service where our mouths are...these bloggers are the worse.
    Two wonderful ladies doing great things...carry on stars, carry on and never get discouraged.
  • pat (06/07/2017, 22:28) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Anybody got time to sit with thoes lazy crooks every week?
  • Marty. (07/07/2017, 06:27) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    These organizations are made up of a bunch of people who think they are better than others.
  • Click Bate (07/07/2017, 08:46) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    No where in her speech did she say the organisation was dying, but membership participation was down last year for what ever reason, remember there are tons of high level business people who may not have had the time necessary to devote to the community.

    The office of the President of any Organisation is a challenging one, add this with the balancing of a demanding job and every other person ego, not many people can stay motivated to inspire people to serve and you sure as hell can't make them.
    I for one likes the lady I find her frank but pleasant so if she was as bad as some claim she was, it must have been because she put a few people in their place, I don't know, i was not there and I am not even part of their crowd.

    for those who are grading her year as president I hope you can do better or have done better in the past but I suspect that you are the ones sitting on the side lines doing nothing or actively trying to sabotage or handicapping the process.

  • Eagle Eye (08/07/2017, 13:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ms. Moses whole approach to leadership is so 100 percent wrong, and the detrimental effects of it especially in the House of Assembly could last for years after her exits the seat next elections.


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