Your intrepid, Ready, Fire, Aim, reporter is here at the Omni Grove Park Inn, in beautiful Asheville, NC, to attend GETS training. GETS is another one of those strange and wonderful Rotary acronyms. It’s actually the fifth in a series of training meetings, beginning with WANTS, and then followed closely by NEEDS, ASKS, and BEGS. GETS stands for Governor Elect Training Seminar. (It will take too long for me to make up names for the other sessions, but if you are interested you can find them in the Appendix of the Rotary Manual of Procedure.)
At GETS training the DGE’s from 15 Districts in Zone 33 and 14 DGE’s in Zone 34 sit around a large “U” shaped table and play a peculiar brand of Rotary Leadership poker where all of the participants try and act confident and knowledgeable about being District Governor next year, while hiding the fact that they are actually reciting the well-known Rotary Leadership prayer, “Please Lord, Don’t let me screw this up.” Yes, dear reader, even though you may have thought (and I have continuously reminded you) that Rotary District Governors, in the year of 2015-2016, are omnipotent beings incapable of making mistakes, it turns out that it takes a lot of training to turn us into the efficient, professional, and knowledgeable leaders you know as District Governors.
Not to worry, because at GETS we get the benefit of the best training possible for Rotary DGs. The trainers are, for the most part, Past District Governors from Districts in the Zone, as well as paid staff from the Mothership in Evanston. I am in the habit of describing the Rotary One Center in Evanston as the “Mothership”, so perhaps you might want to view this quick video of what it is like to meet these people for the first time.
Actually, this is not a video of actual communications with Rotary staff in Evanston. It is, instead, an iconic clip from the movie, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, by Steven Spielberg. (Sometimes I need to clarify these things for RFA readers.)
In fact, the trainers here at GETS are as committed to the task of helping us make it through our Rotary year as you could possibly ask for. And it occurred to me to me that you might like to meet some of the RI staff since they are not allowed out much….as a matter of security. So I am proud to introduce you to some of the people we are privileged to have on our side in our quest for world peace. They are full-time “do gooders” and we are lucky to have them. As you will see, they don’t suffer from a lack of passion and enthusiasm. Not to mention the fact that they graciously put up with me badgering them for an interview. I’ll let them introduce themselves:
Thank you Liz Lazar, Marni Nixon, and Kris Tsau for all you do for us. And thank you to all of the other trainers, and all of the other volunteers, who make GETS a terrific experience for all concerned.
Time to hit the “POST” button and get to class.
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