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Off Topic: What has been the effect of COVID - 19 in your district?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by John Borst on Mar 5, 2021.

  1. John Borst

    By:John BorstMar 5, 2021
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    For each of the past 10 years, I have researched, using my ClubRunner's District website, the membership trend over the past 12 months.

    Change in membership from Feb. 2020 to Feb 2021 - a decrease of 97 members or 7.25% decline.

    Since I have not created spreadsheets in the past, I am having to rely on my memory. Normally about one-third of the clubs have an increase with the result there has been a slow but steady decrease of members over the past decade.

    This year, I have purposely chosen a period that is congruent with the COVID-19 pandemic and found that only three clubs showed an increase and then of only 1 member.

    A loss of ninety-seven (97) is a significant decrease. The question one has to ask is how much of this is a result of the pandemic in two ways. What fraction of the 97 is a result of the death of a member due to COVID-19? And what fraction is indirectly related to the pandemic as a result of resignations because no meetings either in person or using Zoom is occurring? I would speculate that the number is significant in the latter case.

    There are a number of district web managers in this group. If you could do a quick check and report it here even for just a few districts, we could see if this is a wider phenomenon.

    Is Rotary International about to discover this June, that they have lost a record number of members in the 20-21 Rotary year?