I am very excited to announce that this week’s program is going to be the first of what I really hope becomes a fun annual tradition: The 1st Annual Rotary Games!

The club is going to be split into 2 teams based upon the Membership Game Teams (i.e. The Purple Cobras and the Average Joes Gym). I will award points to the winners of each game.

The winning team gets a bunch of candy that I am going to buy at the after Valentine’s Day candy sales.

The games do not require physical ability or strength, just a competitive spirit and desire to have fun!

Here is an example of one of the games we will be playing called “Face The Cookie”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HljLGW45_-E

So everyone come to the Rotary Meeting this week ready to have some fun!

The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club recently completed a very successful Moorpark Beer Festival.  The event had a sellout crowd of 1,200 people in downtown Moorpark and raised over $20,000 for local charities — not bad for a club of only 20 members!

Here are a few tips and tricks to make your next Rotary Club Event as successful as possible.

#1 View Your Event Through The Eyes of Your Attendees

event-attendeesSometimes since we have been in Rotary for such a long time, we start to cut corners on our special events.  We rationalize it by saying, “this event is for charity, people will give us a break”.

Sure, our event guests care a little bit that the event is for charity — but not that much.  They like the warm and fuzzy feeling they get from helping their community, but they don’t like it enough to overpay for what they consider the market price of the event.  They also don’t care enough to tolerate mistakes in event production or overlook a lack of customer service when dealing with issues.

Here is a good tip:  Ask yourself, “If I was going to attend this festival/dinner/event if it was a for-profit event, rather than a Rotary event, would I be happy with how the event was executed?”  If the answer is no, you have some work to do to improve your event.

The reality is that you are completing with lots of other charities who produce many other community events.  If you don’t put in the effort to stay competitive, you will lose market share to other charities willing to work harder — and their events also give guests that warm and fuzzy feeling.

I hope you had a chance to attend our club’s Rotary Meeting this week. I am on vacation in Boston, and Rotarian Jim Raulin stepped up to run the meeting. Thanks so much for your help Jim!!

Big Changes Starting Next Week

As I said at the beginning of the year, the Board of Directors and I are exploring the idea of transitioning our club to evening meetings. As a sort of “trial run” we have scheduled the next 2 meetings to be on Tuesday Nights (August 16 & 23). Please make an effort to be at these next 2 meetings. If you all are generally in support of the new meeting date and time, we might switch over to Tuesday evening meetings on a more permanent basis.

Adam HeadshotAdam Haverstock
President 2016/2017
Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning

My Fellow Rotarians,

I am very excited about the coming year as President of our club. As your president, I will feel I have been successful if we all can accomplish 2 things: Have Fun and Love Rotary. That’s it.

I assure you that I believe in the service mission of rotary, and we will continue to serve our community — but there is no point to service if you are not having fun and loving the club.

From you all, I ask 2 things. First, Communicate honestly and often. Tell me what you think, and don’t beat around the bush. Things only get better when I know what needs work. Second, participate. Whether it be meetings, socials, service projects, or getting a beer after an event — be there!

Individually we can travel fast, but together we can travel far.

I am looking forward to an exciting year!!

Jodys Demotion Invitation