Did you know that the International Assembly is the one premier Rotary training event where all of the 534 District Governors-elect (those who will be District Governor on July 1st) from all over the world come together to be trained by some of the best resources that Rotary International has to offer? Did you also know that this is the event where the Rotary International President Elect (RIPE), interesting acronym, will release the new RI theme for 2014-15?
Of course you knew that, it was part of my talk during the Official Governor Visits.
The International Assembly is the last stop on the multi-year training journey that incoming District Governors (DGE’s) make. They have spent the past several years attending dozens of PETS planning meetings, countless district meetings and zone meetings all in preparation for their year as District Governor.
It’s a full out sprint to July 1st for DGE Mukund after he returns from the International Assembly as from there he is responsible for running a District Leadership meeting, conducting (2) Pre-PETS meetings, having an integral leadership role in running NE PETS, running the District Assembly and then running his Installation event in late June. Sprinkled in between all of this are about 2-3 dozen somewhat related planning meetings that Mukund needs to be part of.
Rotary also recognizes that involving Spouses and Partners is critical to the success of a District Governor and as such they are also invited to Zone and International Assembly. So Mukund and Laima Nori, one of our favorite couples from the North Branford Rotary Club, are proudly representing D7980 in grand style this week in San Diego. Laima will attend training designed specifically for the DGE spouses.
Still with all of this preparation and work the job of District Governor is personally rewarding and I encourage others to walk down this path as well. Remember we are still accepting nominations for the 2016-17 District Governor position. <click here for more info>
More to come from the International Assembly: We will put up a blog post in a few days after the RIPE releases the new 2014-15 theme.
Below is a video of what typically happens at the International Assembly: