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The S.T.A.R. Program: How to Retain Members in Rotary

Mill Point Rotary Membership Director Kerry Green

Mill Point Rotary Membership Director Kerry Green

Membership Director Kerry Green of the Rotary Club of Mill Point had one of her Rotary moments when she transferred to the Port Macquarie Sunrise Rotary Club in 2005.  Although Kerry was by then an experienced Rotarian, her new club invited her to take part in the Special Training for Action in Rotary (S.T.A.R)  program.

By the time Kerry returned to Mill Point Rotary some years later, she was a devotee of the innovative member induction and development program.  Her enthusiasm and passion for the program persuaded the Mill Point Board to give S.T.A.R a try. They haven’t looked back and the program is now at the core of Mill Point’s member retention and development processes.

What’s so good about the S.T.A.R program?   Listen as Kerry tells you the story of S.T.A.R and the Mill Point starlet who speaks so highly of this innovative program.

If you’d like to find out more about the S.T.A.R program, you can download copies of the Mill Point Rotary presentation and training guides here .


Margaret Mendelawitz receives her Family and Community Service Award from DG Erwin Biemel

Family & Community Service Award to Margaret Mendelawitz.


The District 9465 recipients of this prestigious award for 2013-14 are:

This award recognizes individuals or organizations for outstanding
service to families and communities, as well as Rotarian family
members who make positive contributions to a Rotary club.

Awardee: Betty White – Kwinana Rotary Club

Mrs Betty White has provided extensive support to Rotary since
her husband, Matthew White, joined the Rotary Club of Kwinana in December 1992.

Outstanding areas of service given by Betty throughout the years include the following:

  • For over eight years (2005-2013) Betty was involved almost every week in working within a team at Rotary fundraising barbeques on Saturdays.
  • When the Club Barbeque Project Manager was away for approximately two months during 2010,  Betty performed the role of Acting Barbeque Manager.
  • For over 10 years Betty has been a member of the Christmas Day Lolly Run team which has driven aroundthe streets of Kwinana on Christmas morning distributing bags of lollies to children living in the community.
  • Betty also assists each year with preparations for the Anzac Day and Australia Day Breakfasts serving food during the event, and cleaning up after the event.

Over the years Betty has also frequently made her home available for club social functions.  On occasion Betty has also looked after the young children of a female club member so that the latter could attend various Rotary functions.

Awardee: Margaret Mansfield – Mill Point Rotary Club

Since moving to the South Perth Community in 2010 Margaret has volunteered at the South Perth Senior Citizen’s Centre, sitting on it’s social committee and is active in seeking donations for the Annual Gopher Muster, the Christmas Concert and the regular tea dances. The South Perth Senior Citizens Centre Manager describes Margaret as someone who is “always willing” and can be relied upon when asked at the last minute to help out.

As a Rotarian Partner Margaret is involved in everything that happens, and is never shy to help out and volunteer extra time. This year in particular Margaret has gone above and beyond, supporting husband John with the volunteer training prior to Ramble, and ensuring bellies were never hungry. She followed this up with a full day of volunteering on the day of the Ramble, roping in friends to help too.

Margaret was also the BBQ queen feeding the hungry hoards of tree planting volunteers as part of the Men of the Trees Tree planting project in Beverley.

Margaret and John also attended the Perenjori wildflower weekend 360 km North of Perth assisting to ensure catering was well provided.

Margaret embraced the theme of changeover dinner, actively
participated in the Club Visioning day, and volunteered her time
as a car park attendant with the Waterford Weekend.

Margaret participates in the Mill Point ladies dinners, has attended
our Hotham Valley train trip, and the annual ‘Guess who is coming
to Dinner’.

With a warm smile and sparkling eyes, Margaret Mansfield is an
asset to the Mill Point Rotary club.

Awardee:  Margaret Mendelawitz –  Applecross Rotary Club

Margaret was brought up in South Perth and attended Applecross Senior High school beginning in their inaugural year. She trained to become a Nurse at Fremantle Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital where she met her future husband Barry.

She established the  “Meet a Mum” Association in Perth which was created to try and help thousands of mothers who feel out of their depth, depressed or a little isolated when their babies are born. With a neighbour she produced a directory of parent support services for 10 years.

Margaret is also Involved in parent education classes and is Involved with P&C Applecross Primary school while all sons attended.

Margaret Mendelawitz is a graduate in history and anthropology from the University of Western Australia.   She has had a lifelong interest in Australian social history stimulated largely through her being a descendant of pioneering families who settled in Western Australia in 1829-30, and Victoria in the 1850s.

Margaret is the editor of a five book series Charles Dickens’ Australia. Selected Essays from Household Words 1850-1859 comprising volumes titled:

  • Convict Stories;
  • Immigration;
  • Frontier Stories;
  • Mining and Gold; and
  • Maritime Conditions.

Margaret has been a volunteer mediator for the Citizens Advice Bureau Perth and Gosnells Legal Service since 2003. She is a Accredited Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.

Margaret was actively involved in establishing the Bakhita Community Centre in Eraulo East Timor.  She is a founding Mother of the City of Melville Friends of Hatolia and has been a management committee member since inception in 2005.

Melville Friends have been involved in helping build a Senior Secondary high school with dormitory in Hatolia and paying teachers’ salaries as well as providing resources and school furniture and in providing funding and building toilets in primary schools.

The logo of the E-WA Organising Group


Each year, Rotary International recognizes up to three clubs from
each district for implementing proactive and creative initiatives in
three areas:

• Attracting new members
• Retaining existing members
• Sponsoring a new Rotary club or clubs

DG 2013-14  Erwin Biemel congratulates the following clubs who have received these awards for their membership successes during 2013-14:


Awardee:  Rotary Club of Esperance

The Rotary Club of Esperance targeted prospective Rotarians from the business community within Esperance and the local district.
The Club sent invitations to prospective members inviting them to come to a Rotary information night, followed up by personal
approach from a nominated member.

All positive responses were allocated a member to pick up the possible new member and host them for that meeting and other following meetings.

These efforts resulted in an increase of 5 younger members in a 9 month period that joined the Club.


Awardee: Rotary Club of Mill Point

The Membership Committee of the Mill Point Rotary Club have instituted a Special Training for Action in Rotary (STAR) Program.

New members and their ‘mentors meet on a bi monthly basis. Each meeting focuses on a Avenue of Service and allows participants to learn Rotary detail and how it relates at club level. The Membership Committee develop series of questions and these are distributed before the meeting. Committee take turns to host the evening and invite guests, as well as the current Director of the nominated Avenue of Service.

The President has also invited ‘observers’ from other clubs to encourage them to also adopt the STAR program.

Whilst the questions focus on the Avenue of Service, they include the activities that Club facilitates and coordinates.

Participants learn about the history of Rotary, of their Club and are able to question in an informal way. This encourages Mentors to take responsibility of the newest nominee, and gives the Committee the opportunity to gauge them.

Engaging new members from the start and ‘checking in’ on how connected they are to the club is vital. It spread a wider understanding of Rotary and the club, enables members to be aware of club activities and how and where they can contribute and take ownership.


Awardee:  Rotary Club of Southern Districts

The Rotary Club of Southern Districts accepted the invitation from
DG Erwin Biemel to sponsor the new E-WA Rotary eClub.

In supporting the formation of a new satellite eClub, the Rotary
Club of Southern Districts has supported the formation of the first
satellite club in D9465.

The E-WA, Rotary Club of Southern Districts is helping to open a
whole new frontier of Rotary experiences in WA.

Once numbers increase it is anticipated that the E-WA will become
a provisional Rotary Club, the final step to chartering as a new club.

Past President Scott Dwyer receives the Club Builder Award from DG Erwin Biemel

DG Erwin presents Club Builder Award to Scott Dwyer at D9465 Changeover on 5 July 2014


DG Erwin Biemel presented the prestigious Club Builder Award to PP Scott Dwyer of Mill Point Rotary at district changeover on 5 July 2014.

The Club Builder Award recognizes Rotarians who have made a
significant impact in supporting and strengthening their Rotary

The nominee must be an active Rotarian in good standing, with at
least five years of membership.

Candidates must have done the following:
• Recruited at least five members who are active Rotarians at
the time of nomination
• Participated in Rotary training in their club
• Participated in at least one meaningful club-level vocational
service project
• Attended at least two district meetings in the three years
immediately preceding nomination.

Eligible candidates must be recommended by three past presidents of their own club.

Awardee: Scott Dwyer Mill Point Rotary Club

Scott Dwyer joined the Rotary club of Mill Point in November 1991.
His nomination for this award is supported by
• Past President Jon Lawrence
• Past President David Rowell
• Past President Wayne Muller
• Past President Jim Walker

He served as President in 2011/12 and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Scott has roles on all of the clubs committees, including Director of the Rotary Ramble and is currently assistant Treasurer.

Scott has nominated 11 new members in total. Scott continues to work with members on leave of absence to encourage them to attend social events and hopefully encourage him back into the club.

Scott attended the Club Visioning Workshop held by our club 1 December 2013. As a past president of Mill Point, he attended the necessary training to ensure he was prepared for his year of presidency.

Vocational Service Project – In Scott’s Presidential year a new award was introduced to the club. This is the ‘Unsung Hero’ Award. All service clubs, and not for profit groups in the City of South Perth are contacted and asked to nominate a volunteer who goes above and beyond. Every year the successful recipient receives a plaque to honour their volunteering commitments, and is given $500 towards a charity of their choice.  In 2013 Scott and his wife Robynne attended a half day visit to a working farm in Perenjori to learn about biodiversity and the challenges of farming practices in extreme environments.

District meetings – Scott has attended the last three conferences
in Mandurah, Busselton and also Kalgoorlie, and was influential
in encouraging a strong contingent to represent the club at these
events. Scott has also attended the last three District Changeovers.