Written by Stuart Sinclair Friday, 14 August 2009 00:00
Rotary President, John Cuccia introduced Vice President Kathy Firetog who introduced the Aug. 5 meeting’s speakers, Rotary District 7250 membership chairman Rony Kessler. He is also president of the West Hempstead Rotary Club.
The speaker explained that the District was in danger of being merged with another if it didn’t get more members. He also explained that local Rotary Clubs under 20 members might be disbanded. Rather than have each Rotary member bring in one member, Mr. Kessler advocates having those club members who are good salesmen bring in many members. The non-salesman Rotarians can help provide leads to the salesmen Rotarians. Mr. Kessler gave the Farmingdale Rotarians many ideas for getting new members. For example, there are sections in the newspaper that show publicity aware business people. These people can be asked to join Rotary. Another idea is to have a business card exchange at a restaurant sponsored by Rotary. His Rotary Club adds any guests names to its mailing list. He has posters about joining Rotary at key spots in his town. He also publicly publicizes Rotary programs for the next six months to attract businessmen to the meetings. Len Constantinopoli responded for the Rotary. He thanked the speaker for his many fine ideas for increasing Rotary membership.