The Regional Assemblies – March 2015
Bristol 8th, London 14th, Manchester 21st, Birmingham 22nd, Edinburgh 28th.
Each Regional Assembly will provide a one-day event. Time away from families is a deterrent for Rotarians getting involved beyond their own club. Attendance at a more local event may encourage greater involvement.
All District Committee Chairs (see July 2014 LDTC Newsletter), Secretaries and Treasurers are expected to attend (with expenses paid) to the Regional Assemblies. This will also include those groups not previously expected to attend – District Extension (New Club Formation) Officers, District Rotaract Chairs and District Youth Exchange Chairs.
New club formation is an essential part of our membership development strategy. Extension (New Club Formation) Officers too, will benefit from the opportunity to share ideas etc.
Youth Exchange Chairs and Rotaract Chairs are to be included as it is vital that we all understand the opportunities to work with, and the benefits of engaging with, our young people. Who better than these chairs.
A central object of the change is to widen participation by opening the Regional Assemblies to other interested Rotarians, at a modest daily delegate rate of £30 where space is available. Many Rotarians who, for one reason or another, do not hold district office are passionate about a particular service project or have valuable experience in one personally. By participating they will get a better understanding of district committee support and be able to share their passion and successes.
District officers and club Rotarians should choose the closest venue to their home. There is no necessity for members of one district to attend the same Regional Assembly, as the same facilitated discussions will take place at each event.
Each Regional Assembly will utilise the supported messages of the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) Service Committees. In order to do this the appointment of the RIBI Service Chairs has been brought forward to establish the committees for 2015/16. These new committee chairs and members will liaise with current chairs and committee. The brief being, to create through a PowerPoint presentation and webinar delivery their relevant information to district officers and club Rotarians before the Regional Assembly dates. This creates a modern, convenient, efficient use of time – again reducing the barriers to participation. The service chairs and their committee members have an essential part to play and their messages will be available to a greater interactive audience than ever before.
It is intended that the facilitated discussions and the intergroup working at each event will be made available along with the webinar materials through E-Learning – a valuable resource available to all who are interested in learning more at their own convenience.
The facilitated group working at the Regional Assemblies is a real opportunity to hear what others are doing in their own areas of service and how others may benefit or be able to help from their different perspective. They are also ideal opportunities for participants to share their experiences and knowledge for the benefit of all delegates.
For details of the Leadership Assembly click here.