The District 5370 Spring Leadership Assembly offers something for every Rotarian, whether you are in an official leadership role or not.
District Learning and Development Chair Donna Barrett (RC of Edmonton Sunrise) hopes that each club will send several delegates to the assembly, which will be held Friday evening and Saturday, March 7 and 8 at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway, in Edmonton.
“It’s called the ‘leadership’ assembly, but we believe every Rotarian is a leader,” Donna says.
As an incentive for clubs to send more people, five Rotarians can attend for the price of four. The registration fee for individuals is $215, which means that the special five-for-four price works out to about $170 per person. There is no charge for presidents-elect to attend.
Your registration fee includes a light dinner on Friday evening, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, as well as all the plenary and breakout sessions.
Donna feels that the greatest benefit of attending the Spring Leadership Assembly is that club leaders have time to plan with other Rotarians for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year.
“Many of the issues and areas we are going to focus on will be about what matters across Rotary, so understanding how the culture of your club has an impact on membership in your club is important,” Donna says.
“This is something that needs to involve those beyond the people with designated positions. Everyone contributes to creating vibrant clubs and through this session I think everyone will see how they can play a role in enhancing their club and Rotary.”
“We hope presidents-elect and other members will use this session to make plans that can be implemented in their club, and that these plans will be formed enough that they can go back and share with their club and be ready to implement them within a short time frame.”
There will be breakout sessions Saturday afternoon for presidents-elect and others who have specific leadership positions in the clubs, including secretaries, treasurers, TRF chairs, membership chairs, public image chairs, youth services chairs, and club services chairs.
There will also be a session for new Rotarians. “This year, we are doing something to engage and support new Rotarians. We’re having a session called ‘A Taste of Rotary.’ ” Donna says. “It will help new Rotarians learn about how they can become engaged at their club level and get involved in all the great things Rotary is doing in the District and around the world.”
Another session will be of particular interest to Rotarians interested in service projects within their own communities.
“We have added a new session focused on community service,” Donna says. “We will share some really strong projects and ways clubs have enhanced the impact they have on their communities.”
In addition to the role-specific sessions Saturday afternoon, there will general sessions Friday evening and Saturday morning.
“We are going to continue to build on the theme started last year, that the strength of Rotary lies in its members,” Donna says.
“Jim Adamson (PDG District 5060) will build on what we did last year about membership and the relationship between membership and strong clubs.
“On Saturday morning, we want to highlight the work Rotary does related to polio eradication. We are so close, but we’re not there yet,” Donna says. “We really need to keep this focus going, so that we do achieve this goal. It’s possible, but it still needs our continued focus.”
Assembly participants are encouraged to bring devices with which they can connect to online learning resources.
“The District and Rotary International has developed new learning resources that can be accessed online and we want to be sure that club members are familiar with these resources,” Donna says.
Participants should make sure they are registered in Clubrunner and at Rotary.org prior to attending.