Posted on Aug 23, 2017

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While many people have heard of Rotary, few people actually understand what Rotary clubs do. In fact, 35 percent of the public is unfamiliar with any Rotary program, including their local club. That’s why Rotary has created a new global ad campaign called “People of Action.” The ads are available for download at Rotary.org / brandcenter, where you’ll also find guidelines on how to use and localize each element, making it easier for clubs in any part of the world to tell their story in a consistent, compelling way.

Here’s what you need to know.....

Who are we trying to reach?

This campaign is for people who do not know about Rotary or why it’s relevant to them. We hope the campaign will appeal to potential members who want to make a difference in their communities, those interested in Rotary’s causes, and people looking to establish relationships with others in their communities.

Why is the campaign’s theme “People of Action”?

Rotarians share a unique passion for taking action to improve their communities and the world. Where others see problems, we see solutions. This is our chance to show others how Rotarians see what’s possible in their communities and to highlight what we can achieve when more community leaders join Rotary.

What materials are available?

At Rotary.org/brandcenter, you’ll find videos, social media graphics, and advertisements for print and digital. Campaign guidelines are also provided to help districts and clubs localize the assets.

Who are the people/projects featured in the campaign?

The first ads in the campaign feature real Rotarians in Colorado and Brazil, and the stories shown were inspired by actual projects. More stories from Rotarians will be featured in upcoming ads.

Can clubs or districts modify campaign materials with pictures of their own projects?

Yes. Guidelines are provided at Rotary.org/brandcenter to help districts and clubs localize the campaign with photos of their own communities.

Is there guidance for taking photos for the ads?

Yes. Rotary.org/brandcenter has a checklist and information on how to capture photos that focus on connections and community.

What are some ways we can place the campaign locally?

Campaign placement tips are on Rotary.org/brandcenter. There are also other ways to use the materials – consider adding campaign graphics to club and district websites, posting them on social media, and displaying the ads at events. 

What kind of support will be provided to members who don’t know how to buy ads or secure donated space?

RI provides guidelines on how to develop media plans, buy ads, and secure donated ad space at Rotary.org/brandcenter. In addition, the RI marketing communications team will host a series of webinars to help club and district leaders with media planning. 

How does the campaign work with the existing Rotary brand positioning of “Join Leaders,” “Share Ideas,” and “Take Action”?

The People of Action campaign brings the Rotary brand to life by highlighting what happens when community leaders within Rotary join together, share their vision, exchange ideas about solutions, and then take action to make it a reality. 

Who do I contact with questions about this campaign?

Please send all questions regarding the People of Action campaign to pr@rotary.org.

Here's how you can help:

  1. Go to Rotary.org/brandcenter
    Download the People of Action campaign assets
  2. Share materials with club members
    Particularly advertising professionals who can help place ads locally
  3. Collaborate with your district leaders
    Work with your district public image coordinator for additional guidance
  4. Use social media 
    Share campaign videos and graphics on your Facebook and Twitter accounts
  5. Tell us your success stories
    Email Rotary's marketing team with success stories and questions.