Most Rotarians are successful professional and business executives because they hear opportunities knock and take advantage of them. Once a week the opportunity for Rotary fellowship occurs at each club meeting, but not all members hear it knocking. The weekly club meeting is a special privilege of Rotary membership. It provides the occasion to visit with fellow members, to meet visitors you have not known before, and to share your personal friendship with other members. Rotary clubs that have a reputation for being “friendly clubs” usually follow a few simple steps:
- First, members are encouraged to sit in a different seat or at a different table each week.
- Second, Rotarians are urged to sit with a member they may not know as well as their long-time personal friends.
- Third, members invite new members or visitors to join their table just by saying: “Come join us, we have an empty chair at this table.”
- Fourth, members share the conversation around the table rather than merely eating in silence or talking privately to the person next to them.
- Fifth, Rotarians make a special point of trying to get acquainted with all members of the club by seeking out those they may not know.
When Rotarians follow these five easy steps, an entirely new opportunity for fellowship knocks each week. Soon Rotarians realize that warm and personal friendship is the cornerstone of every great Rotary club.