"Vision Facilitation A Strategic Planning Approach for Club Renewal"
Vision Facilitation A Strategic Planning Approach for Club Renewal By: PDG Don Moss “Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” (Seneca) Rotary International is always searching for strategies to renew and energize our Rotary Clubs. The best way to attract and retain members is to have a strong and vigorous Rotary Club, whose members are knee deep in exciting service in the community and beyond. But how can we bring new life and direction to our Clubs? Rotary International recently introduced the new Club Leadership Plan, based on the best practices of successful clubs. The plan calls for a simplified board and administrative structure. The plan also encourages clubs to develop longrange goals and annual objectives to support them. The leadership in District 5960 in Minnesota has developed an effective format for guiding a Rotary Club through strategic planning and renewal. Their model is called Vision Facilitation. The model involves: 1) developing a core District training team, 2) holding individual “Vision Facilitation” sessions with individual Rotary Clubs, one at a time, and 3) assuring regular follow up after the initial Vision session. Too often Clubs operate in a reactive fashion, without clear long terms goals, and this Vision Facilitation process is designed to help Clubs more clearly identify long term priorities. Rotary Clubs that have participated in this strategic planning and re-visioning process typically show a clearer Club vision -- a sense of mission and purpose as a Club – and a revitalization of members’ involvement in the Club. A team of District 6290 leaders underwent training on the “Vision Facilitation Process“ in November 2006, at the Hampton Inn on 28th Street near the Grand Rapids Airport. Our District also hosted leaders from four other Great Lakes Districts, so that most of the Districts in our area will implement this new strategic planning process together. The District 6290 Vision team now invites you to schedule an evening for strategic planning for your Club. Clubs wishing to participate will need to select 25 club members, including a mixture of current leaders, experienced Rotarians, and newer members. We will identify a date, and schedule an evening to be led by three of our District facilitators. The evening begins with a meal together for all participants, followed by 3 hours of discussion and planning exercises. Interested Clubs may contact AG Tim Knaggs, Visition Facilitation Coordinator, email@example.com.