The Mentor Committee is composed of active members who will be matched to new members who share the same interests, vocations, hobbies or service goals. There are no scheduled meetings for the committee unless requested by its members. The role may be seen by some as the same as a sponsor. It is not. While some sponsors choose to take on some of the tasks of a mentor, many prefer not to, in which case the mentor committee will make the assignment.
Once a member becomes a mentor, s/he assists the new member to familiarize him/herself to the functions of the various committees, service projects and other club activities that would provide an opportunity to serve in a way most meaningful to the new member. The mentor picks up where most sponsors stop. The mentors will need to check in every week – perhaps at a club meeting, over coffee or brew or just a phone call. Attending a make-up at another club or attending a vocational visitation together are other suggestions made in January by several new members. It would be helpful to know the basics of Rotary’s structure (i.e. Club/District/International/Rotary Foundation).The mentor should follow the progress on the blue badge list so that the Membership Committee can notify our Club President that the new member is ready for his/her blue badge.
Under the most efficient circumstances, the mentor will remain engaged for 4 – 6 weeks. Someone from the membership committee will probably call the mentor about every two weeks to see how everything is going.