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Rotary eClub of Melbourne – Charter Night

Rotary is split into various districts, with Melbourne’s eastern and southeastern suburbs included in District 9810, while the inner city and western suburbs, as well as parts of regional Victoria are in District 9800.

District 9800 has also initiated a new virtual club, following the lead of District 9810, which charted its eClub last year.  This evening I attended the Charter Night for the Rotary eClub of Melbourne, to meet Rotarians in the neighbouring district and to compare the two eClubs.

While both eClubs have similarities, District 9800 is operating a hybrid model, which will include regular physical meetings.  District 9810 operates as an eClub, with informal physical meetings to support members.

Tonight’s Charter Night officially launched the eClub of Melbourne and it is great to see Rotary exploring how it can harness the Internet to engage members.

Alex Makin

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  • Peter Simcock says:

    Hi Alex. Being a Rotarian I was really interested to read about the charter night for the new eclub. I am sure that like many other traditional organisations, Rotary will have to attack its membership problem on a number of different levels, and this is a great example. Keep up the good work. I will check with our incoming president (Traralgon Central) but I might be back in touch. Peter Simcock

    • Alex Makin says:

      Hi Peter, thanks for your comments, both District 9800 and 9810 have an eClub and they operate on slightly different models. District 9800’s eClub (https://www.rotaryeclubofmelbourne.org.au/) is designed to be a hybrid club in conjunction with other clubs in the district, District 9810 (https://rotaryeclubgreatermelbourne.org.au/) operates as an eClub and has a number of members across Australia and internationally.

      I’m not sure how many eClubs, Rotary could sustain, given that the usual geographical boundaries don’t apply, but there could be scope for traditional clubs to incorporate an eClub element. I’ve been working with a number of clubs in District 9810 to look at membership options and I’m hoping we can use the eClub to support traditional clubs in their projects and members.

      Not sure what District 9820 has planned but happy to discuss further.

      Thanks,

      Alex

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