Reporting from the International Assembly in San Diego

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Rotary International President-Elect KR Ravi Ravindran addressing the International Assembly in San Diego.

In last week’s post I updated you on my upcoming trip to San Diego to attend the Rotary International Assembly for 2015-2016 District Governors.  My transformation into the super-leader called DG-Man is almost complete, with only tonight’s banquet standing between me and my escape back to Maryland.  The editorial calendar of upcoming posts is full of important, relevant, fact-filled, and Rotary life-changing information that will make for interesting reading.  Unfortunately, this isn’t one of those posts.

Instead, I want to update you on a scoop of cosmic importance to all Rotarians.  Last week, I wondered who “they” were, as in “They know where you are at all times and will track you down and do terrible things to you if you miss a session.”  Well…I’m pleased to report that I tracked down the head “They” here in San Diego.  His name is Mike McCullough and he is the Chief Sergeant at Arms here at the Assembly.  He leads an army of yellow-vested men and women who keep track of All Concerned and was kind enough to give me this interview.  All I can say is, “I told you so!”

(I’m sorry Mike, but I expect this post will go viral now that you’ve spilled the beans.  I said I would keep this confidential but the public has a right to know.)  Seriously, thank you to all of the SAA’s here this week that made our lives so much easier.

On another, but equally earth shattering subject, last night was Festival Night here at the Assembly, which ends with a somewhat infamous talent show put on by Rotary Zones from all around the world.  Our Zone 33-34 skit was objectively the best of the evening (I’m a trained journalist…of course I’m objective) and it featured Rotary Director, Robert Hall, as Don Quixote tilting windmills that represented various areas of focus for the Rotary Foundation.  If you thought that Rotary Leaders can’t have a good time, or that they take themselves too seriously, then check out this video.  I gotta tell you, Robert is one of the really good guys and is an amazingly good sport.  Thanks for this spellbinding interview Robert.  (NOTE:  Our theme for next year is, “Be A Gift to the World.”  Cut Robert a little slack.  You would have trouble remembering the theme too if you had just run around the stage killing a bunch of windmills, and then had to stand in the hallway sweating in your Don Quixote costume while being asked idiotic questions for a Rotary blog.)

There are more than 500 District Governor Elects here in San Diego from more than 200 countries and right about now, every one of them is trying to figure out how to be the most effective leader they can be on behalf of the Rotarians in their District.  It’s a privilege to be one of them. We’ll start discussing some serious Rotary issues in RFA over the next few weeks.

As always, Too Much Fun.

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