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Last summer, I tried to review some facts that could be more meaningful than pure “numbers” about french Rotaract health. It leads me to the conclusion that… well, wait, I let you do the process by yourself.

Imagine you are Dr House, looking at the patient called “French Rotaract”. Here’s the data that you have :

Some facts from patient’s file :

  • No volunteer for national coordination presidency in 2007-2008
  • Year 2008-2009, a candidate did show up only at the last minute. 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. Every year it seems some easy things are no more easy »
    (national convention, national social projects, newsletter, collecting fees, etc.)
  • “we hardly find people to serve on Rotaract management. Apart from leading, things like making a regular newsletter became hard. We hardly find one guy, bearing everything on his shoulder, or working hard to have some other rotaractors committing”
    (to compare, in some countries, for writing one article you get three volunteers in a snap)
  • “we have no clear statement wether we are ok or not… how can we know it ?”
    (interpretation by contraposition : if we were ok… we would know it, wouldn’t we ?)
  • “most of the time we do things because “we used to do that way”. 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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