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Health facts

It seemed he had to be pushed really hard, too hard because he finally resigned in the middle of the year (*) •           2007 national convention was cancelled ; records says the organizing club has been chosen only 12 month before the date, which is way too short compared to previous editions (it is usually planned 2 years ahead) •           at national coordination, there is a list of closing clubs that is incremented almost every 2 month (*) Disclaimer : only my humble interpretation, as i’ve been involved in that story Recuring impressions gathered from interviews with “the patient” (= the rotaractors) : •           “each project is hardly completed. … When asked if these are traditions, or if it has a real meaning, “We always did that way” seems a recurring answer • (interpretation : I think it is a collective behaviour that organisations tend to adopt when they don’t feel safe about their integrity ; it is a collective response to a feeling of weakness, you prefer to not risk to loose something when you think you won’t gain anything) Some non factual comments of your “assistants” after observing “the patient” : •           clubs do less common projects than they used to ; nation-wide processes gets erratic (see previous articles) => it seems that information do not flow very well along the “patient’s body” •           clubs rarely call others for help now, which means to me they do not think about the other rotaractors as a source of help => it seems their overall unity gets weaker •           because of the turn-over, patient barely knows how it was “before”, and the past is told more like urban legend than like facts => it seems patient has little memory Now, Doctor, considering the symptoms, what would you say about the state of your patient ?

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Dead lines = dead numbers

Presidents hardly send a good, updated list of their members before we count them. Are they lame or what ? I don’t think so ; let’s dig into the problem.

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A geophysist’s joke

If, like me, you don’t give a clue what it’s about, let’s say they send signals to the earth underground, monitor the seismic waves produced, and a geophysicist interpret them to produces a model of how the underground is made. … So, to emphasize how the geophysicist does the interpretation, we got a joke: “If you ask different workers how much is Pi, mathematician says : “the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter” a physician says : “3,14159 plus or minus 10e5” an engineer says : “almost 3” [I’m engineer, we liked this one] a geophysicist asks : “how much you want it to be ?”

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Ghost Members & Ghost Busters

Sometime, a member leaves Rotaract. That’s life. But the way it happens varies, and the way we record it is not absolutely fluent. That, also, has an impact on the national member count accuracy.

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On numbers

This summer, we had a national coordination week-end, a good time for updating our national member count. We discovered we are not 350 anymore (last

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When I woke up

After four years without proper answers, i realized i will probably leave Rotaract without ever knowing why we were declining.

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