D5950 is ready to charter its first Passport Club. What are its pros and cons?
A Passport Club appeals to Rotarians who can’t conveniently gather at a meeting location. Weekly meetings are online or available to access and watch later.
Service hours are done on your own and submitted for credit. Involvement with a nonprofit, church committee, scout leader, youth coach, etc., all count.
With no meeting room rental or meal cost, the fee is $15/month — just enough to cover RI and 5950 dues.
Passport members are full Rotarians. They’re encouraged to use their passportto visit other clubs and even participate in those clubs’ projects.
There are no fundraisers. If a group of Passport members want to do a project together, the cost is self-pay shares.
The downsides are that:
– The focus is on service. Fellowship happens quarterly for this group.
– No fundraisers means no money to give away or use for reimbursement.
– Without a local identity, Passport members’ individual work is rather invisible.
However, a local group can work together and generate PR.