Sunday, November 14, 2010

Zone Institute London Ontario

From November 8 to 13, I was at the Zone 24-32 Institute in London, Ontario. This is a combination of a series of training seminars and a  national conference for DGNs, DGEs, DGs and PDGs.

Seminars are held to train new Governors, district Foundation chairs and for district trainers. Zone 24 includes most of Canada, parts of the northern USA, Alaska and eastern Russia. Zone 32 is the north east USA including New York, Maine, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont and Pennsylvania. This is the first time the two zones have been combined into one institute. It was a great opportunity to meet new Rotary leaders. 
DGE Hans & Carol-Ann Doge

Chris was involved in training the Governor Elects and District Foundation chairs. He was also a keynote speaker during the institute.
I had the opportunity to be on a panel on strategic planning for clubs and districts and be a discussion leader during the Rotary Leadership Forum.
We heard a very positive report on polio from PRIVP Bob Scott the chair of Rotary’s polio committee. We really are very close to total eradication. A report on the work that Rotary is doing to rebuild Haiti from Past RI Director Barry Rassin who is from the district that includes Haiti was very sobering. The devastation in Haiti cannot be exaggerated. The work that Rotarians are doing is making a difference but there is a lot more to do. Take a look at Barry’s blog:

New DGEs from Zones 24-32

RI President Ray Klinginsmith was a keynote speaker. He talked about recent changes the RI board is making in the organization of Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs). The RAGs will take on a greater role in being the resource groups for Rotary clubs in the six areas of focus of the new Rotary Foundation future vision plan.
Our own DGE Hans Doge and DGN Rebecca MacPherson participated in training seminars with their governor classes. They are well on the way to getting prepared to lead District 5040. Rotary does organize continuity and transition well. The new DGEs were presented at the Gala dinner to RI President Ray Klinginsmith.

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