The New Training Committee Hits a “Home Run”

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L-R: DG Bill Fine, Ronnie Davis, Jeff Neufeld, Pam Kreis, Chair Mary Nagle, PDG Bob Parkinson, and David Kelly. Have you noticed that DG Bill makes it into all of these posts? He’s the hardest working DG in Rotary!

Mary Nagle and Sean McAlister are the new Training Chairs for District 7620.  They are trained educators whose “real life” career involves  actually training people.  What a concept!  I’m afraid that, once again, massive, startling, earth shattering, and yes, disruptive,  positive change is on its way to District 7620.  What fun!

For those who don’t know, the Training Chairs are responsible for PETS training, the beloved acronym for President-Elect Training Seminars.  President-Elect training comes in three doses, the first two being called “Pre-PETS 1” and “Pre-PETS 2.”  Or, for those of us who have  had the privilege over the years of actually planning Pre-PETS 1 and Pre-PETS 2, we have often called them Thing One and Thing Two.  Here’s a video clip that offers a better introduction.

FULL DISCLOSURE:  I hated the very thought of this movie and went out of my way not to see it.  This clip confirms that I made the right decision.

The third installment of President-Elect training is called Chesapeake PETS which is planned in conjunction with three other Rotary Districts and is held in Reston, Va.

In addition, the Training Chairs plan the District Leadership Assembly, which was known to us dinosaurs for years as the District Assembly.  This is a half-day meeting where club officers and Committee Chairs get trained so that, presumably, Club Presidents don’t have to do all of the club’s work during a Rotary year.  Nowadays club secretaries, treasurers, Sergeant at Arms, Membership Chairs, Foundation Chairs, PR Chairs, and New Generations Chairs, have much to learn.  The training team is in charge of putting together the curriculum to make that happen.

I’m told that the strategic plan for our training in District 7620 includes incorporating large amounts of technology and (I think they said) “experiential learning.”  I have no idea what any of that means but I’ve been assured that we will be highly equipped to deal with the complexity of Rotary in the future.

Luckily, our Training Chairs, Sean and Mary, won’t have to do all of this planning and training themselves.  They are busy recruiting and, er….planning, with an all-new training committee.  Guess what?  The Committee members all have backgrounds in training, coaching, and presenting.  As I said….what a concept!  They met just a few weeks ago to brainstorm about how to get us all a lot smarter, and I can faithfully report that we will all be a lot more knowledgable about Rotary as they “do their thing.”

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L-R: DG Bill Fine, Maria Nelly Pavisich, Pam Kreis, David Kelly, Ronnie Davis, Jeff Neufeld, Mary Nagle, and PDG Bob Parkinson. These folks are the brains of the operation!

So, in conclusion,  I am forced to break out the oldest of sports metaphors and proclaim that this year’s training, AND future year’s training, is going to be a home run.  (I’m going to see the Orioles -Tampa Bay game tonight with high hopes we (The Orioles) will get more than the two hits we got last night.  Hence, the absolute necessity of a baseball metaphor.)   Which is, as you can readily see,  a horrifyingly clumsy segue for me to share the most iconic home run scene in movie history, Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs, taking out the stadium lights  in the movie, “The Natural.”

Can’t let you go without a few more pix of your Training Committee hard at work.

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Mary and Maria discussing our strategic vision statement. You can’t get a bunch of educators together without them wanting to do a vision statement. The best ideas are hanging on the wall behind Maria. I hope someone took that paper home with them. (Somehow I don’t think this group approves of the “Ready, Fire, Aim” philosophy!)
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Ronnie, Jeff, and Pam actually paying attention. I, on the other hand, had my ADD kick in so I got to take the pictures.

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