President Mark opened the meeting by introducing our Guest speaker, Lorna Gunning-Fratschko.  Lorna is the current Membership Chair for District 6330 and will become District Governor for the 2026-2027 Rotary year.  It's a long road and a lot of work to get there but knowing that Lorna is a dedicated Rotarian who embodies the Rotary motto of Service above Self, she will thrive on her journey to become DG.

Lorna Gunning-Fratschko being thanked by Rotary Club of St. Thomas member Maggie Horn

Key Takeaways from Lorna's presentation:
Membership is a top Rotary International priority.
Attract members, don't recruit.
Be irresistible.
Set a membership goal each year.  3 new members a year will sustain the club.  5 new members a year will grow the club.
Load goals in Rotary Central.
Take Action - use the Vibrant Club Checklist, conduct Visioning Exercise, hold a Prospective Member Event, etc.
Get our story out there - Social Media...Website....others
Get help from the District
Onboard new members in a more official way to get them engaged from day-1.
Club Announcements
Cindy announced that she will be transferring her membership to the Rotary Club of Watford.  She will gladly assist with the transition of her roles before leaving.