Evan Burrell served almost every role imaginable in his 12 years in Rotaract in Australia, before he decided it was time to find a Rotary club. He was invited to join a club whose members were mostly over the age of 50 with the thought that he could inject some youthful experience into it.
 
"But it didn't go according to plan," he says.  "Maybe I was
 
a bit too rambunctious or overly enthusiastic. Or maybe they weren't willing to change, even subtly." I almost left Rotary altogether because I stopped enjoying it.
 
Burrell eventually ended up in another club in Turramurra, New South Wales, where his wife is a member. He's been able to play a larger role in creating an environment that is engaging members of all ages. Recently, he shared some of his insights.
 
WHY RECRUIT THEM?
 
For starters, he says, Rotaractors make great members because they already know so much about Rotary. "They've been educated  in how Rotary works, what the structure is, what the main causes are," Burrell says. "and they are trained in leadership [skills] that they can translate straight into Rotary.
 
Equally important, they bring new ideas that can invigorate your club.
 
HOW TO RECRUIT THEM
 
Burrell says the most important thing is investing time in their lives by:
 
Giving them a role to play beyond simply attending club meetings - Ask them to serve on your board or on a committee. Partner with them on some of their Rotaract club's events. Sponsor them to attend a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend or to attend the Rotary International Convention. "Over the course of a year or so, you are going to know who they are, what their experience is, what they are good at, and what they are willing to give," Burrell says. "and these are the kind of people who will definitely join your club when they hit 30."
 
Involving them in a project - Offer a variety of projects so they can choose one they are passionate about. And be willing tot entertain ideas they bring to the table. "It's important to really listen to them. Rotaractors want to feel like they are respected and that their ideas count," Burrell says. For example, draw on their skills with social media, fundraising or international development.
 
Mentoring them - Most young adults are actually attracted to the idea of mixed-age clubs because they are able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of older members,