District 5370 Learning and Development chair Donna Barrett (RC of Edmonton Sunrise) promises that when you leave the Fall Leadership Assembly you will have tools you can begin to use immediately, both in your club leadership role and professionally.
The assembly will be held at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway, in Edmonton, beginning Friday evening, Nov. 3, and continuing Saturday, Nov. 4.
“Leadership is important in Rotary, but what participants will learn will also be beneficial beyond Rotary,” Donna says. “What they learn can be applied anywhere—in their club and in their professions.”
The target audience for the assembly is current club leaders and those aspiring to leadership roles in the future. There will be sessions specifically geared to presidents and presidents-elect, secretaries, treasurers, Foundation, youth and membership chairs, but most of these sessions are open to all Rotarians.
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Donna says that both current club leaders and future leaders should attend. “Presidents will learn skills to help them in their current roles,” she said.
Donna emphasizes that presidents-elect are expected to attend as part of their preparation for the 2018-19 Rotary year. “It’s critical for presidents-elect to begin the process of getting ready for their important role. This weekend’s program will provide detailed guidance, so they will ready to start in their new role on July 1.
“President and presidents-elect can work as a team to plan for 2018-19 so that they can build on what the club is already doing.”
Presidents-elect and other club leaders will be invited to another learning event in the spring, on April 6 and 7, when the emphasis will be on preparing for the next Rotary year.
“The fall session will focus generally on leadership and the timelines that presidents-elect need to know for their planning,” Donna says. “In the spring, we will go more in-depth, so planning can be complete by the beginning of July. There will be an opportunity to learn from people who have done the role and to network with other presidents-elect.”
A highlight of the fall assembly will be Saturday morning’s Priority #1 Plus workshop. “This informative workshop is focused on strengthening your club’s culture in a systematic way,” Donna says.
She knows of what she speaks. Donna and District Governor-Elect Ingrid Neitsch (RC of Edmonton West) both travelled to Winnipeg to experience this program first-hand before bringing it to District 5370.
“We wanted to experience it before bringing it here,” Donna says. “I thought it was outstanding. So practical.”
Steve Linkenbrink and Wendi Fischer will lead the workshop. Both are members of the Bellevue (WA) Breakfast Rotary Club. Steve is a Past District Governor for District 5030 (Seattle area) and currently serves as the Zone 25/26 membership chair. Wendi is membership chair for District 5030.
Donna says they will lead participants “through a dynamic process to assess club culture and learn practical ways to strengthen and enhance the club experience for all members.”
Rotary International is supporting their attendance at the assembly, reflecting the organization’s commitment to strengthen membership by strengthening the club experience. The Priority #1 Plus program is based on research by RI to discover why people join Rotary and why they continue to be Rotarians.
Donna says, “There is so much information that you could spend a year implementing these strategies. These are not ideas that will disappear as soon as you leave the workshop.”
During Priority #1 Plus, participants will be introduced to simple tools they can adopt to immediately improve the Rotary brand experience to attract and retain members. Much of this information will be included in the workbook participants will receive. Afterwards, it will become a reference they can consult when they use these techniques with members of their club.
The weekend will begin Friday evening with a mix-and-mingle networking reception, which replaces the dinner held in previous years.
“We felt that this format would provide better opportunities to network before the speaker takes the stage. There can be more free flow of conversation than over dinner,” Donna says, but she adds that there will be “sufficient food, so it will be like a dinner.”
Friday evening’s speaker is PDG Mark Starratt (District 5360), who will share his insights into the important role Rotarians play as community and global leaders.
Saturday afternoon will be dedicated to role-specific sessions for presidents and presidents-elect, The Rotary Foundation (open to all), secretaries, treasurers, Youth Services (open to all), membership (open to all) and technology (open to all).
During the closing plenary session, Lisa Grotkowski and PDG Chris Offer will share inspirational stories on Leadership for Peace.
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