By Rob Wood, Rotary Club of South San Francisco

My top ten personal criteria for an effective Rotary club are:

One: The club impacts the local community in multiple, very visible and very personal ways, from the schools to the businesses, to the parks to the poor and helpless.

Two: The club membership reflects the cultural and ethnic diversity in the community, and goes out of its way to recruit women as well as men.

Three: The club meetings, whether online or in a brick and mortar venue, are lively, interesting, welcoming and inspiring.

Four: The club leadership does not shy away from self-examination, and does not rely upon tradition to meet the ever-changing challenges of leading the way in service.

Five: The club cooperates with other Rotary clubs in the district and beyond to leverage its resources, and will even work with other service clubs to make the community a better place to live and work.

Six: The club counts among its members movers and shakers in the community, whether civic or business. Fire chiefs, police chiefs, members of the city council, directors of the chamber of commerce, school administrators, bankers, prominent attorneys, business owners, CEOs, COOs, CFOs should be standard.

Seven: The club and its members give liberally to support Rotary and community projects and foundations.

Eight: The club gives away more in scholarships than any other service club, and is well-known in the community for its public service and youth programs.

Nine: All club members are active on committees, as mentors to new members, show up to work at club events, and serve on the board or as officers when called upon.

Ten: Members of the club are active in the district, serving on committees, as governors or assistant governors, webmasters, PR, foundation, and in any other capacity needed to make the district stronger.

Posted by Rob Wood at Linkedin February 14, 2012