Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What are young professionals looking for?

30 Rotary members under the age of 40 gathered in downtown Chicago on 26-27 September to discuss how Rotary can better attract and engage young professionals.



Chris Davidson, member of the Rotary Club of Newport News, Virginia, USA, wrote about his experience at this event recently on Rotary Voices, "Rotary offers so much to young people who have the desire to help others, make connections, and learn servant leadership in a world that desperately needs more of that."




Common themes to emerge from the event included:
- They are looking for a fun, flexible Rotary experience.

- Young professionals are not opposed to joining a club with older members

- Millennials and Gen Y want to do significant acts of service and make a difference in others’ lives.

- Young professionals are appreciative of the business and mentorship opportunities they experience through Rotary but do not feel that these benefits are being marketed effectively to their generation.