Posted by Bob Delavan on Dec 22, 2018
  Here is a club that almost doubled in 18 months! 
  [As reported by Julie Aubrey, RI regional membership officer]  The Rotary Club of Clear Creek County 2000 in District 5450 (the Denver and surrounding area district) nearly doubled their membership in the past 18 months by making simple, but effective changes to how they engage with people in their community. Not only did their small club of 12 members grow to 23, but they grew their female membership from 0 to 7 members! Here’s how they did it:

·       Socials – They started hosting a couple mixers annually at their local breweries, and invited their members and local leaders like the mayor, county commissioners, the newly retired, and others to attend. At the mixers, they offered attendees drinks and hors d'oeuvres, but also made a point to speak briefly about their club, inviting members to chime in with their positive(personal?) club experiences.

·       Their Cause – At each mixer, they clearly emphasized the focus of their efforts, which was to support the children of Clear Creek County. They did so by sponsoring those attending RYLA, building a greenhouse for the high school, and  providing a weather station for science students.

·       Visibility – The club decided to try out new fundraisers to engage both new and existing members in a fun and unique way. They did so by hosting the “Lobster Mobster Fest” where live lobsters are flown from Maine and folks come dressed up in costume. The funds raised from the event are used to create academic and vocational scholarships for students.


·       Culture – Their meetings feel like a “giant round table” welcoming members, while encouraging new ideas, friendship and comradery


Club President and Membership Chair Robert Smith and his wife Mary were the driving force behind making this positive change happen in their club. For more information on their club initiatives, you can email Robert at


Congratulations to those clubs that have increased membership during the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  As of December 11, the clubs that have grown in order of percentage increase are Limon, Montrose, Durango, Fruita, Mt. Sopris, Durango Daybreak,  Cortez, Palisade Sunrise, Edwards, Garden of the Gods, Florence, Wet Mountain Valley, Pagosa Mountain Morning, Snowmass Village, Cedaredge, Lamar, Glenwood Springs Sunset, Salida, Crested Butte, Durango High Noon, Broadmoor, Grand Junction, North Colorado Springs, and Colorado Springs.  Overall District 5470 has grown by 11 members since July 1 with 24 clubs that have increased membership.  This is fantastic!  Please contact your membership team representative and tell him the secret to your success.  If your club has questions or is in need of assistance, please contact your membership team representative.