District governors-elect ponder 2010-11 RI theme
Carol Ann Jeronimo, governor-elect of District 7640 (New Jersey, USA ) exams the 2010-11 RI theme in a discussion group 19 January. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinski-Lee
District governors-elect agree: Building Communities -- Bridging Continents epitomizes the work Rotarians do. Now it's time to get the word out.
The incoming district governors met in small groups to discuss the 2010-11 RI theme after the second plenary session of the 2010 International Assembly on 19 January.
Charlie Rand, governor-elect of District 6980 (Florida, USA), said RI President-elect Ray Klinginsmith’s presentation and explanation of the theme would make promoting it in his district easy.
“I especially liked the way he had the origins of the theme in the four Avenues of Service,” Rand said.
Governor-elect Maxine Neighbour, of District 9910 (New Caledonia; part of New Zealand; Norfolk Island; Vanuatu), suggested that youth programs such as Rotaract, Interact, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards were ideal ways to bridge continents.
Lynda Vinson, incoming governor of District 6950 (Florida, USA), pointed to Rotary’s relief efforts in Haiti as an example of building communities. She also emphasized Rotary’s other successes in rebuilding after natural disasters, such as in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami.
Participants worked together to come up with ways to promote the RI theme, including showing the presidential emphases video at district assemblies and officer inductions, asking the current district governor to advertise the new theme in the district newsletter, and discussing the theme at presidents-elect training seminars.
Encouraging clubs to qualify for a Presidential Citation was another way to get club presidents-elect on board with the theme, Vinson said.
Governor-elect Carol Ann Jeronimo, of District 7640 (New Jersey, USA), agreed: “Too often we don’t record our good deeds and keep track of them. We’re too busy doing the work!”