Elmbrook Rotarians recently began the "Bring a friend to Rotary" program to encourage members to introduce their friends to the Club.


With more than 34,000 clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide, Rotary is the world's largest service organization.  Members volunteer in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.

Despite the numbers, membership in many service organizations has declined over the past 10 years especially in organizations like the Lions and Kiwanis Clubs. The reasons are varied, from changes in businesses that no longer support membership dues, to families that have less flexibility in their schedules. That said, the Elmbrook Rotary Club has benefitted from steady growth in recent years due in part, to the efforts of it's Membership Committee which is led by Co-Chairs John Allen and Mark Thurner.

Membership drives have been successful in adding over 10 new members in recent years. But even with the additions, the Club has lost almost as many members for reasons including changes in job situations or moving out of the area. This attrition raises the importance of needing to maintain a new membership program throughout the year. One activity the Club has used to encourage younger people to Rotary is an after work event featuring a guest speaker. In addition, a new Rotaract Club - for young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 who are interested in service, is being started in Waukesha County. No matter what approach is used, the Elmbrook Rotary Club and Rotary International continue to look for new ways to engage diverse individuals that are looking to make a difference in their communities while embracing the Rotary ideal of, "Service Above Self."

If you're interested in learning more about membership in the Elmbrook Rotary Club or Rotary International. please contact John Allen at jallen@jallengroup.com or Mark Thurner at markthurner@trugreenmail.com.