Article by Rotary Coordinator PDG Adrian Roche - from Rotary on the Move Newsletter 

Sitting in my doctors waiting room the other day I was thinking of the importance of having health checks. Just as routine doctor’s visits help us identify health risks before they become serious, a club health check can diagnose problem areas and prescribe remedies. By using this health check, you’re taking a step to maintain your club’s health and preserve its value for members and the community.
 
 
 
Rotary clubs also need to perform “health checks” on themselves and Rotary International have a great tool to do this with and guess what it’s called Rotary Club Health Check. Click on this link to take you to it. 
 
Members who have a positive Rotary experience are more likely to stay. In turn, they create a positive Rotary experience for others, because their enthusiasm is contagious. If your club’s members genuinely enjoy being a part of the club, you’re on the right path. Your experience includes not just your club meetings and other activities, but also the connections you’ve made and your pride in Rotary’s work. 
While some members leave for logistical reasons, many leave because of a lack of engagement, an inflexible club culture or other unmet expectations, all of which affect a member’s experience. If members are not having a good experience, your club is at risk of losing them. 
 
Participating in service and having fun with fellow members are the primary reasons Rotarians join and stay in Rotary. The healthiest clubs vary their activities and offer multiple ways to get involved. Try a new kind of social event or a different service experience and watch the impact it has on your club. 
Clubs that have inadequate social or service opportunities are at risk of losing members who don’t feel connected or empowered. The good news is that these deficiencies can be remedied in fun and rewarding ways. 
 
A healthy club is one that is growing and changing. Having members with diverse perspectives and backgrounds will fuel innovation and give your club a broader understanding of your community’s needs. Pay attention to how your members are feeling about the club. Research shows that one of the most common reasons members leave is that club leaders are not open to new ideas. Involving members and giving them a voice in their club’s future will strengthen both the club and members’ commitment to Rotary. 
 
Using the Rotary Club Health Check is the first step in becoming a healthier, more vibrant club. Is your club due to have a check-up?