Posted by Mark WILLIAMS
On the weekend of 24-25 March at the Surfair conference centre in Marcoola, Rotary District 9600 held its annual training seminar for Presidents Elect. Because our President Elect could not be at the training, I, as secretary elect was drafted to attend for the Rotary Club of Brisbane.
The program over one and a half days was packed, with topics covered including club development, district organisation structure, the district strategic plan and briefings on many of Rotary's programmes including Polio Plus, Australian Rotary Health, youth programmes such as youth exchange, RYLA, RYDA, NYSF etc. and RAA (Rotarians Against Acronyms.) This year, a particular focus was made on the "Business of Rotary" which included detailed study of the district budget and strategic plan and how Rotary captures and delivers value for the good of the world. As a result, I have a lot to share with PE Chris when he gets back from chasing Barramundi.
PETS was also a great networking opportunity to meet committed Rotarians from all over the district. In particular, it was a pleasure to share a table with Kym McCluskey, Denise Buckby and David Slater who will be presidents in our Brisbane Central cluster and Lisa Bateson our Assistant Governor.