Corporate member pilot program considered

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Brundidge Rotary Club held its annual assembly meeting Wednesday to take care of any loose ends that might exist and offer volunteer opportunities for its members.

Michael Lawler, Club immediate past president, provided copies of the Club’s Corporate Member Pilot Program to the members to take home and read for consideration at a later meeting.

Lawler said feedback from numerous Rotary surveys and focus groups has repeatedly shown that prospective members and current younger Rotarians require flexibility in their Rotary Club membership.

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“This pilot is structured to research alternatives and options for Rotary membership and the resulting impact on membership trends and the club’s overall effectiveness,” he said.

The Corporate Membership Pilot Program would allow a corporation or organization in the club’s area to become a member of the Rotary Club through an established membership approval process.

The premise of the corporate membership is that it will increase the club’s ability to attract and retain a qualified and diverse professional base within the community. It also allows for flexibility and recognizes the tremendous mobility that is the norm within the current corporate environment

The Rotarians set the date for their annual Christmas silent auction and supper fundraiser on Tuesday, Dec. 11 with the place to be decided.

Dixie Shehane asked for volunteers to assist with the annual Thanksgiving dinner for homebound residents that Cornelius Griffin, Brundidge native and NFL veteran, began about 10 years ago. Griffin, his family, church members and friends have continued to work together to make the dinner a Thanksgiving tradition in Brundidge.

“The Thanksgiving dinner is on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and about 500 meals are either delivered or served on-site at Brundidge Station,” Shehane said. “We need volunteers who will help fix the take-out plates or deliver them to the shut-ins.”

Shehane said those who receive the Thanksgiving meals are grateful to be remembered.

“It’s a very rewarding to be a part of this annual event,” she said.

Lawler said the Rotarians assist with the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle fundraising campaign each year and volunteers are needed as bell ringers.

The Rotarians man the Red Kettles from noon until 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Brundidge Piggly Wiggly beginning Thanksgiving weekend and ending on Christmas Eve.