I wanted a club to fit my lifestyle
A few years ago, Carol Anderson almost stopped being a Rotarian. Along with her husband, Tom, she was spending more than half her time on the road, enjoying her retirement by traveling across the United States and spending her remaining time split between New Mexico and California. She wasn’t able to make regular meetings and missed out on community service with her own club. She decided to leave Rotary.
Then she found the e-club.
The e-club is similar to any location-based Rotary club, with a greeting, president’s message, inspirational message and a program for members to learn about world and community issues, but everything takes place online – through written words, pictures and videos. Members can log in at anytime from anywhere in the world, and members are dedicated to Rotary values of service, volunteering in their own communities around the world.
“We can be involved with Rotary, do our volunteer work, attend meetings and still be part of this great organization,” says Carol. “We have done two projects in Northern New Mexico providing coats for kids”
The e-club boasts members from six continents and 12 countries and Carol says that the club has helped her feel more connected to the rest of the world, having hosted visitors from around the world and regularly connecting with other members via Skype.
“Even though we aren’t sitting at the same table, we are watching each other and talking to each other,” continues Carol. “I think e-clubs are a big part of the future of Rotary and I think if we can make international e-clubs, we can bridge some of the biggest problems in the world by talking and understanding where people are and what they need.”