I highly recommend that, given the chance, you make up at the Olney Rotary Club. They meet for Thursday morning breakfast. However, be warned….don’t show up looking for a gourmet breakfast cause you won’t find one there. Instead, you have your choice of bagels and coffee (no orange juice as I ruefully found out). Or, if you are so inclined, you can order ala carte from Panera Bread right next door. And, the Olney Club meets at the Olney Community Room, a community center in Olney where the cost of the room is $20. Add up the extremely low cost for the meal AND the extremely low cost for the room and what do you get? Extremely low dues. And what does that mean for membership? You guessed it…..it is growing like crazy.
I’m not kidding either. Eighteen months ago the Olney Club was down to three members. Last week I had the privilege of inducting their 25th member, as well as doing a Foundation program for the club AND meeting with the club’s leadership team afterwards to discuss their plans for meeting the District’s $200 per member goal for Foundation giving. Here’s a twenty five member club that already has two PHS members. Yup, just another club that is making hitting their Foundation giving goals easy. The club is young, energetic, and full of ideas. Lately they’ve been adding one new member PER WEEK! At this rate they will soon be big enough to actually serve orange juice for breakfast.
I’m just kidding about the OJ. But I’m dead serious about the awesome model they are building for a low cost way to be a Rotarian. It was fun to see Area Governor Geoffrey Fenner helping to put away the tables and chairs after the meeting, along with several other club members. (While the other half of the Rotary “power couple,” Club President, Stephanie Fenner, was deep in discussions about important club business). Our meeting after the meeting took place at Safeway across the parking lot because the Community Center needed the room. Olney Club Rotarians are serious about “doing good in the world.” Apparently it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to do so.