Meeting: Institute Equips Regional Leaders to Advance Rotary's Story (March 30th to April 5th, 2016)
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - Laine Kohama, President 2015-2016
Aloha Rotary E-Club members and fellow Rotarians!
Hope everyone had a great Easter Sunday! Earlier this month we had a chocolate factory tour with three Rotary clubs. It was a blast and it’s always so fun to spend time with our other Rotarian Ohana from other clubs.
In February, I contacted the Honolulu Sunrise, Honolulu Sunset, and East Honolulu Club to go and do the Menehune Mac Chocolate factory tour. After the event a whole bunch of us went to Nico’s to have lunch.
If you’re club hasn’t gone to the Menehune Mac tour it is a bunch of fun, where you get to go into the only hand dipped chocolate factory in Hawaii. They produce about 2 million hand dipped chocolates a year. Beside getting a tour of the factory, you get to make your own hand dipped chocolate to take home. Fellow club member Glenn and myself enjoyed running our fingers in the bowl of chocolate after we were done.
After the tour we get to learn more about different types of chocolate, where chocolate comes from, and how chocolate comes from the magical cacao beans. Lastly after the tour there are samples for all their products and you get to try them off. After we were done we all had fun at Nico’s eating lunch, getting some beer, and trying some dessert. Their chocolate Reese’s cookie was so ono.
Last week there was a district conference meeting and our board meeting. I’ve also put a new page on our website that showcases our members here (http://www.rotaryeclubhawaii.org/our-members.html). Please check it out and see some pictures of our members. We would love to meet you. Lastly I went down to RYLA at Camp Erdman this week and I’ll report back to you later. I’ll leave you with a quote, "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them” - Dalai Lama
Speaker: Institute Equips Regional Leaders to Advance Rotary's Story
Arnold Grahl; Rotary News; Rotary.Org
Regional leaders from around the globe gathered at Rotary World Headquarters in Evanston in early March for training they will use to inspire members in their respective areas.
Several participants - most of whom will begin their term on 1 July - noted that the true measure of the institute's success will be how well the information they learned is transmitted to Rotary members.
"We have to realize that training doesn't stop at the district level," said Michael Boyer, a Rotary public image coordinator from Pismo Beach, California, USA. "We train people really well to be governors and club presidents but we have to realize that we also have to train our members in how to talk about Rotary."
Boyer said his goal is to ensure that members can discuss Rotary's brand in a clear and compelling way. "We have to make our club presidents understand they can't just stand in front of their club and say, 'Go invite members.' They actually have to train members in how to ask and what to say," he said.
A major goal of the four-day regional leaders training institute was to equip these leaders -- regional Rotary Foundation coordinators, Rotary coordinators, Rotary public image coordinators, and endowment/major gifts advisers -- to help club and district leaders strengthen club membership, focus and foster Rotary's humanitarian service, and enhance the organization's public image.
Many participants were impressed to learn about new tools available on Rotary.org, which they practiced using during multiple workshops.
"I have used Rotary.org for years but I have realized these past couple of days how much more advanced it has become," said Alasdair Seale, an endowment/major gifts adviser from Edinburgh, Scotland. "I didn't realize, for example, that there are alumni reports that include Group Student Exchange students, vocational training teams, Ambassadorial Scholars, and Rotaractors. They are all clearly a target for membership."
Patrick Coleman, a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator from Luanshya, Zambia, said members need to be encouraged to use Rotary.org.
"(What we are learning) is very exciting because we are bringing Rotary into the 21st century," Coleman said. "We have members who brag about being born before the age of computers. But that's a bit like saying, 'I was born before cellphones so I am not going to use one.' We're here, we need to use these tools."
Sherri Muniz, a Rotary coordinator from San Antonio, Texas, said the value of the institute for her was being able to share ideas.
"The program itself is designed to teach us teamwork," Muniz said. "But we are building connections with people who have success stories, with people who have similar challenges, and those connections will last us far beyond the end of the institute."
By: Ray Paler
Check out these referenced links for more information on Rotary and various services.
The Rotary Foundation
Increasing Sustainable Service
TRF Funding Model
Areas of Focus
Basic Education & Literacy
Disease Prevention & Treatment
Economic & Community Development
Maternal & Child Health
Water & Sanitation
Women in Rotary
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