On Friday morning, at our “meeting after the meeting,” which is a somewhat sacred time after our Rotary meeting where guys (yes….almost always guys. It’s not that the ladies aren’t invited, its just that once they find out that the conversation isn’t productive or interesting, they seem to move on) get together to chat about everything and nothing. Doug Dribben, an attorney and well-known pain in the butt for details (yes but what the heck…he IS an attorney) asked me, “Ken, what is the number of our Rotary District?” After being told our District number is 7620, he mentioned to me that the shirt I’ve been proudly wearing for about two months proclaimed that I will be District Governor in 2015-2016 of District 6720. Knowing Doug, I stated that he was full of ….of…..hooey. (As an aside….who really thinks about the fact that when spelling “pain in the butt, “butt” is spelled with a double “t”? It just doesn’t seem right to me, although butt in this case is short for buttocks. But as usual, I digress.)
But (one “t”) when others said that the shirt had the wrong number, I realized that for the past two months I’ve been proudly wearing a shirt for District 6720, which according to my research, does not even exist in Rotary. AUTHORS NOTE: If there really IS a District 6720 I hereby offer my profound apologies. Please remember that this is just show-biz.
Thank you Doug for catching this error as I would have probably worn this shirt for two more years totally oblivious that it had the wrong District number. And thank you, Cyndi Doragh, who is in my DGN class, for so graciously offering to fix this problem. It’s going to cost me $35 because given this opportunity I want to not only replace my blue shirt but also order another shirt in the color of Garnet. And yes, colors are not a “guy thing” and if it was up to me I would say it was “red”, but I’m a guy and what do I know?
Before I send my shirt back to Cyndi, I thought I would take this opportunity to imagine what it would be like in this new and imaginary Rotary District. (Special shout out here to Rotarian, Roy Felipe, who says that as an awesomely powerful District governor I should use my incredible DG powers to keep the shirt and declare our District to be District 6720 for my year.) And…if you, dear Ready, Fire, Aim, reader, are wondering why your indefatigable RFA host is fantasizing about a Rotary District instead of more pleasant topics, please know that I’m wondering the same thing. When did my life go so terribly wrong that I’m fantasizing about Rotary? I dunno. But I can tell you one thing. District 6720 is a HAPPENING PLACE. Here’s a few highlights:
District 6720 just established a “venue committee” to help clubs find new and larger places to meet. This is needed because every club in District 6720 has a 6-month or longer waiting list for new members and they need additional space for club meetings.
District 6720 has four corporate sponsors paying $50,000 each per year for the privilege of co-branding with the District. They really don’t care where their money goes as long as they get to say they partner with Rotary. I’m not sure how this money is spent in District 6720 because even in my fantasy I can’t imagine such an amazing group of sponsors.
District 6720’s District Conference is sold out for the next three years. Rotarians stampede for tickets and the stub hub cost for two tickets to the 2016-2017 conference is 200% of face value. Oh…Garth Brooks is booked to play the Conference next year.
District 6720 Rotarians are so generous that they invest money for three years and then send the money back to the Rotary Foundation in what they call the District 6720 SHARE program.
District 6720 has 23 highly qualified candidates for District Governor. Each one is supported by PAC money and District 6720 Rotarians are tired of watching their ads on TV.
HBO, Showtime, and CNN are all covering District 6720 as either a reality TV show, a made for cable movie, or straight news. Ratings are through the roof.
Alright….enough is enough. But there is a method to this madness. We always say that the amount of good you can do in Rotary is only limited by the imagination, or lack of imagination, of the members of your Rotary club. Try this exercise and have some fun thinking about your Rotary club. What is your club doing differently in your fun and imaginary world? You may find that a few ideas that start out as a joke become the basis for a strategic vision for your club. Why not?
As always….too much fun.
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