Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Fun-Way Test!

We all know the four-way test. But, maybe the test should be five-way. The fifth test could be: “Is it fun for all?”

Every Rotary can benefit from some element of fun. But what is fun? Certainly, fun means different things to different Rotaries. To some, it means a good joke, but to others it is out right silliness. It all comes down to the makeup of the club and to the tolerance of its members. But in either case, it is still fun.

At the Merrimack Valley Rotary Club we have fun…and at 7:15 AM! That is why our motto is: “Have breakfast with us and you will enjoy it all day.” Not only is fun a part of every meeting, we also have special meetings just devoted to fun.

We have had meetings featuring clowns, pirates, and then, of course, there was, Halloween and more! Is it un-Rotarian like? For some clubs it might be; and that is fine. But for the members of MVR, it is encouraged, expected and desired.

What does fun do for a Rotary Club?:

Increases productivity. Members who enjoy the meetings are more likely to volunteer for projects and then be more productive on those projects. And what Club can’t use more productivity out of its members.

Increased attendance: When people know that meetings will be fun and do not know what to expect each week, they will go to the meetings because they want to rather than because they have to.

Increased innovation: An atmosphere that fosters fun increases innovative thinking. And more innovative thinking encourages growth and new ways of accomplishing goals.

Greater motivation: Fun, motivates because you want to support a group that makes each individual feel good.

Increased retention: Members will want to stay with the club because, they enjoy it. When you enjoy something, you will find ways to continue that enjoyment even when getting there becomes more challenging.

So, if you like fun, you will like the Merrimack Valley Rotary. Join us for breakfast…and you might just enjoy it for the rest of the day….or longer!

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