Did you know that all new members of Columbus Rotary join the New Member Committee and attend 3 meetings to ensure a smooth entry into the Club? Under the leadership of Jim Salvino, the Committee works to quietly welcome and bring our new members into successful membership. Jim is joined by Co-chair Kathy Gatterdam and Board Liaison Teddy Damron.

The New Member Committee exists to fulfill their mission, “Welcome and orient new members; provide information about the Club and the Foundation; motivate new members to participate on committees and activities; and provide new members the foundation for developing friendships.” Specifically, new members will attend required meetings on Committees and Committee Membership; Rotary Information and Traditions and the Columbus Rotary Foundation and the Foundation of Rotary International. The Committee is grateful to Rotarians who share their expertise for these meetings: Bill Mathews, Keith DeVoe, Bob Bowers, Carl Faehnle, Calloway Robertson, Dwight Hurd, P.T. Thompson and Jerry Converse.

The Committee needs your help! In addition to the above, the Committee pairs new members with a mentor. With so many new members, there is always a need for experienced Columbus Rotarians. If you can meet with a new member at several Rotary lunches, this would be a wonderful opportunity to support President Diane’s mission of Learn.Share.Inspire. Chair Jim Salvino adds, “Learn about Rotary in general and Columbus Rotary in particular. Share your time, talents and treasures for the betterment of society. Inspire others to follow Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.” Want to become a mentor? Email Chair Jim Salvino at jsalvino@columbus.rr.com. Short on time right now? Jim can also suggest new members to reach out to spend a few minutes with over coffee or lunch.