The Role of the Membership Committee

Chair Hazel Yates

John Powell, Bill Vine, Bill Shaw


The Membership Committee contributes to the life of the Club in three main areas: membership recruitment, membership retention, and raising the Club profile.  Progress has been made in recent years in each of these:

1.  Membership Recruitment

Club membership has been increasing steadily.  Thanks to the recent arrival of new members, our current membership up to 40.  Our aim is to continue building up our membership, with the active participation of all existing Club members.

2.  Membership Retention

Members are likely to stay in a club if it helps them to contribute effectively and if they enjoy club activities.  The Membership Committee has made a point of encouraging newer members to put forward ideas for developing club life.  Arrangements we are currently developing include visits to other clubs and hosting a social evening with neighbouring clubs in Shropshire.

3.  Raising the Club Profile

Last year, the Membership Committee, in conjunction with our daughter club Oswestry Borderland, held two new members receptions locally.  This made the public more aware of what Rotary does and the help it can provide, and provided many people with an opportunity to talk about Rotary life in an enjoyable setting.

We are now planning to build up contact with "Friends of Rotary" - those not currently in a position to become Rotarians, but interested in helping our fundraising.  We want to strengthen our links with several groups of people, including:

  • younger people who don't at present have enough time or money to commit themselves to Rotary membership, but who could be keen to support the Club;
  • business people, again unable at present to commit to Rotary membership, but who can help us in raising money and in other ways.

Membership sub-pages:

Jill Moss - Secretary Milton Keynes Rotary Club

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker Jill Moss - Secretary RC Milton Keynes - Zoom

more Stu's speaker today is Jill Moss Secretary of Milton Keynes Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Oswestry welcomes new members Mrs Sue Leonard and Prof Wagih El Masri.

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Business Meeting

more The Club's regular Business Meeting is followed by the induction of two new members.

Ruth Thomas

Ruth Thomas Joins Oswestry Rotary Club

more Chief Executive of the Derwen College joins Oswestry Rotary Club

Campbell Keay introduces himself to the Club

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Business Meeting + Campbell Keay Newbie Talk

more New member Campbell Keay will introduce himself to the Club today. Lunch : Cold meats carved buffet served with new potatoes and a selection of salads

Cambell Keay is greeted by Oswestry Rotary Club President Ian Glenister

New Member Campbell Keay is Inducted

more Campbell Keay is inducted into Oswestry Rotary Club

President Stuart with new member Howard Ellett

Club Welcomes New Member Howard Ellett

more Howard Ellett is inducted to the Rotary Club of Oswestry

Bill Vine presents his new member's talk

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker New Member Bill Vine

more Bill Vine presents his new member's talk

Meet David Griggs New Member of Oswestry Rotary Club

more David Griggs, retired Headmaster and son-in-law of member Cadfan Parry, was inducted today

New Rotarian Phil Bowd

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Speaker from SADs

more Ray Lewis' speaker will be Anne Wilson of cardiac charity SADS UK. The Club also welcomed Phil Bowd its newest member.

L-R President John with new member Mark Liquorish and sponsoring member David Griffiths

Lunchtime Meeting - 12.45pm - Business Meeting

more A business meeting was enhanced by the induction of new member Mark Liquorish

Barley Mow

ROTAVENTURE! Offa’s Dyke Project 4th Phase - Saturday 9th June 2012

more 4th Phase of the Club's walk of Offa's Dyke

Membership Video Downloads from District 1180 Assembly 2012

more View and download RIBI videos from District 1180 Assembly 2012 Membership Working Group

Rotarian Scales Mount Kilimanjaro and Develops Rotaventure!

more Can I introduce ROTAVENTURE to you? This is a convenient "handle" for us to become involved with activities that are a little different and sometimes more adventurous than we have been involved with in the past . . . .

Shropshire Night Hosted by The Rotary Club of Oswestry @ The Walls

more Enjoy the company of fellow Shropshire-based Rotarians and hear Sally Kettle talk about her exploits at sea and her Shelterbox connection. Ticket price £25.

Christmas Lunchtime Meeting - 12.15pm for 12.30pm - Speaker - Graham Moss - Next Meeting 4/1/10

more Club members, partners and guests joined us for a Christmas lunch . . .

RIBI Conference, Bournemouth, 16th - 18th April 2010

more The 2010 RIBI Conference will be held at Bournemouth IC from the 16th to 18th April.

Message from President Viv re Attendance

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ROTAVENTURE REDNAL GO KARTING. Thurday 23rd September 2010. 6pm


Introduction to Rotary Lunch, Smithfield Hotel, Oswestry, 12.30pm, Thursday 4th November 2010

more In partnership with Borderland Club we have arranged a joint lunchtime finger buffet for those who are interested in Rotary from 12.30pm - 2.00pm, Thursday 4th November 2010. Please let Stuart Phillips know if you intend to attend and bring a guest.

Carol Service, Holy Trinity Church, Oswestry, 6.30pm


ROTAVENTURE CHILL FACTOR, MANCHESTER. Tuesday 7th December 2010, 6.00pm


ROTAVENTURE! - Airkix Manchester Indoor Skydiving - Date to be Rearranged


ROTAVENTURE! Offa’s Dyke Project 2nd Phase - Saturday 6th August

more As 7th May with early start but this time starting off from Ruthin, our finishing point last time.

ROTAVENTURE! Snowdon Walk - Saturday 21st May

more Leave Os 8am (either coach or under our own steam depending on numbers) to walk the “Pig Track” up to the new café on the top, which those of you who have been recently, will know has magnificent views.

ROTAVENTURE! Go Karting at Rednal - Thursday 9th June

more A chance for outgoing President David to attempt to go one better this time, having come 2nd last year. Recouperate with meal and theme afterwards at Queens Head.

ROTAVENTURE! Offa’s Dyke Project 1st Phase, Prestatyn - Saturday 7th May

more Leave Oswestry 8am by car to Prestatyn, where after a visit to the Information Centre we set off at a gentle pace to walk approx 10 miles or so down the Dyke.

Introduction to Rotary Meal, Smithfield Hotel, Oswestry, Thursday 23rd June, 6.00pm - 7.15pm

more In partnership with Borderland Club we have arranged a joint early evening buffet for those who are interested in Rotary from 6.00pm - 7.15pm, Thursday 23rd June 2011. Please let Stuart Phillips know if you intend to attend and bring a guest.

ROTAVENTURE! - Airkix Manchester Indoor Skydiving - Wednesday 9th November

more Indoor sky Diving at Airkix, Manchester. Good fun for complete novices followed by a meal and the inevitable few drinks. Good luck to our plucky lads and lasses!

ROTAVENTURE! Offa’s Dyke Project 3rd Phase - Saturday 14th April

more The 3rd phase of the Offa's Dyke project.

The walking party!

ROTAVENTURE! Offas Dyke Walk Parts 5, 6 and 7

more The 5th, 6th and 7th Phases of the Club's Offa's Dyke walk during which they reach the half-way point!