Club Visioning Program

Forms and Quicklinks:

Club Vision Facilitator Request Form

Club Vision Committee Roster and Contact Information


About the Program:

Club Visioning is now available to Rotary Clubs throughout District 6250. Twenty-Nine Rotarians from across our District successfully completed a full day of facilitator training on October 24, 2009 at the Wintergreen Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Facilitation teams comprised of four Rotarians are ready to facilitate a club visioning event if requested by any club in our District.

Julie Keitel (center), Rotary Club of La Crosse Valley View plays the role of an "Extractor" during Club Vision Facilitation training on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Wintergreen Resort, Wisconsin Dells.  Bill Hoel (left at easel), Rotary Club of La Crosse, and Judy Hawley (right at easel), Rotary Club of Black River Falls, play the role of "Scribes" while John Schoenherr (center), Rotary Club of Wisconsin Dells, plays the role of "Runner" during vision training.

The visioning process is designed to help a Rotary club create its own vision and to discover for itself the steps necessary to achieve that vision. The result is unique to each club because this is not a vision decided by the Rotary District or by Rotary International. The result is a vision designed and endorsed by the club’s own members.

A club visioning event brings together a good cross-section of its membership from the newest to the most experienced Rotarian. The process uses the talents and life experience within the club to develop a vision and goals reflecting that club’s membership. A club visioning event provides renewed focus on objectives and is completed in a dedicated, fun-filled four hour session. The challenge during this process is to gather as many ideas and opportunities for the future from a group of 15 to 30 Rotarians and then condense it down to the most important goals as determined by that club. To make sure that all of this can be accomplished within a limited time frame, the club visioning event is run by an outside neutral team of Rotary facilitators. The team has been well-trained in a specific process to help the club bring out its best thinking. The facilitation team does not suggest or promote projects.

This is not a strategic planning process. However, it does provide wonderful material that can be used to either help review an existing club’s strategic plan or help in the development of such a plan at a later time. By the end of this four-hour process, each club will have a clear vision of the following:

  • What the club stands for in the community;
  • The club’s target membership size in five years;
  • Identification of the club’s attributes;
  • Top three objectives for each avenue of service; and
  • Ways to improve the club’s leadership development.

Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going, chances are you will end up someplace else.” If a club starts with an effective visioning event, it leads to a long range plan that can effectively result in programs locally and internationally. A club vision is a living management tool that begins this process by defining a shared commitment, providing long term direction, creating a framework to establish goals and objectives, and helping the club to optimize the use of its resources.

The key thing to remember is that this visioning process is designed to make sure that it is the club members who are providing the input and deciding the goals, objectives, and action steps that they want to take in order to realize the vision that they have created for themselves as a Rotary Club in their community.

If you would like more information on the Club Visioning process, feel free to contact Committee Chair and District Governor Nominee Chuck Hanson or any member of District 6250's Club Visioning Committee. You can find all the names and e-mail addresses on the District website. If you would like to request a club visioning event for your club, you can download the request form and fax it to Morgan Data using this link: Club Vision Facilitator Request Form . The District 6250 Club Visioning Committee looks forward to hearing from you.

Dean Ryerson
District Governor Nominee
District 6250 Club Visioning Chair


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