Session Descriptions for District Training Assembly
May 10, 2019

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Session #1 – 8:45 am – 10:00 am

  1. Strategies to Increase Member Participation: Learn how to make membership in Rotary more attractive with key strategies to engage and retain our members. Learn about helping members connect, network & get needed support.
  1. Running Great Rotary Meetings: If you need suggestions for how to create purposeful and appealing meetings for all Rotarians, attend this session. Rotary can be fun and educational at the same time. Make your club one whose meetings no member wants to miss!
  1. Be A Champion for The Rotary Foundation in Your Club:  As a club Rotary Foundation committee member, you will learn to inspire your club to give to The Rotary Foundation & participate in its activities. Learn how the Foundation works, set achievable goals, and monitor progress toward reaching them.  Conduct inspirational Foundation-focused club programs throughout the year. Learn the workings of Paul Harris points, Rotary Direct & club member contribution reporting.  Understand the Paul Harris Society and Bequest Society.  Exchange ideas on special fundraising ideas for the End Polio Now campaign. Share resources available to become a TRF champion. Bring your questions! This is not a grant application class.  
  1. Making an Impact with In-Meeting Service Projects: Huge time-consuming service projects may not be for every Rotary club. What if you could create multiple small projects to enhance member engagement? What if your club could make a bigger impact in your local community? What if your next project could be completed by the end of a regular club meeting?  Learn some strategies for becoming a club that’s engaged in small projects that make a big difference.
  1. Developing Club Leaders:  Would you like to be one in your club someday?  Is the Presidency of your Club on your radar? Are you currently a leader in your club who wants to pass along the gift of leadership skills to a newer member?  Come and hear from an experienced Rotarian how to make those aspirations come true.
  1. Community Project Planning for People of Action:  Developing a plan to pull off a successful community project can be a challenge, especially if your timeline is tight!  This presentation will include breaking down an actual event as an example of the speedy organizational tactics that were utilized in working with sponsors, partners and the Rotary club involved.
  1. Strengthening Youth Clubs by Connecting the Dots:  If your club would like to sponsor a youth program such as Interact, Rotaract and Early Act, you will have an opportunity to hear best practices for growing, sustaining and inspiring Youth Clubs.  Ideas will be shared on the challenges and successes of partnering with the youth in our communities.  If your club currently sponsors a youth program, come and share your great ideas on strengthening your program.
  1. What a Club Secretary Really Needs to Know:  Essential information will be shared on the things every club secretary needs to know!  Learn tips on how to master using Club Runner to manage and view club records and documents, member information, reports, committees and calendars.

Session #2 – 10:15 am – 11:30 am

  1. Creating Alternative Membership Options:  Rotary has given the clubs the flexibility to create some new membership options.  Find out some ways to help your Club address your members’ needs in this changing landscape.
  1. Get a Jump Start on Preparing for Your Year as President: Incoming Presidents-elect can use this opportunity to get acquainted with the District Governor who will lead them during their Presidential Year.  Learn what to expect from your year as Club President and how to best use your time as President Elect in order have a successful year of leading your club.
  1. Rotary 101 ~ The Basics:  Find out how Rotary got started and how the core principles of Rotary were established and how those principles are driving Rotary into the future.  Topics will include Rotary’s six areas of focus, the Avenues of Service and a simplified explanation of The Rotary Foundation and more!  This is a great course for newer Rotarians!
  1. Rotary 301 ~  Leadership Beyond the Club:  If you’re feeling ready to serve in a capacity above the  club level, come and find out about the road to leadership within District 5020 from a group of dedicated Rotarians who are on that path. Their stories will motivate you!  The opportunities are there, just waiting for you!
  1. Social Media – The Impact of Storytelling On-Line: Now that electronic communication has become so important in getting the word out about the good work of Rotary, it’s time to make your use of social media outreach is effective. You’ll learn about using Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and Club Runner strategies as well as photography tips plus emojis to tell your on-line story. Information will be shared on connecting with Rotary resources and other Rotarians through social media.
  1. Youth Protection 101:  Understand expectations for safety in all youth programs, not just Youth Exchange. This session will focus on identifying the critical points of the District 5020 Youth Protection Policy and what clubs need to do in order to be compliant with those policies.  NOTE:  This is not a Youth Protection certification class.
  1. Becoming the Peacemaker ~ Conflict Resolution:  Regardless of size or demographics, every club has controversies and personality conflicts.  Learn proven techniques to implement civil membership discussions and achieve resolution when conflict occurs from experienced presenters.

Session #3:  1:15 pm  –  2:30 pm

  1. Membership & Public Image - Making Clubs Attractive to Non-Members:  Making Rotary more visible in our communities to educate non-members about the good work we do is not only a priority ~ it’s a great opportunity to recruit new members at the same time!
  1. Club Committees ~ Form Them, Feed Them, Sustain Them:  If you’ve been selected as a Club Committee Chair, you’ll be able to explore ideas to develop your committees, keep them energized and viable without causing member fatigue.
  1. Fostering High Ethical Standards:  Using the “magic” of the  2nd Object of Rotary, “…to encourage and foster . . High ethical standards in business and professions…” can teach us to use business and employer ethics as a tool to help inspire others to work with integrity to improve the needs of society.
  1. Organizing “Friends of Rotary” Social Events:  Many clubs are inviting guests to social events to introduce them to the joys of Rotary involvement.  Find out ways to bring non-members into the family of Rotary and have fun doing it!
  1. Rotary 201 ~ Rotary Really Does Connect the World:  There are a multitude of opportunities for Rotarians to become involved in throughout the world!  When you attend this session, you will become familiar with amazing experiences you can take part in through your Rotary connections.  Hear from the experts how to make this happen!
  1. Fundamental Rotary Design:  A fellow Rotarian skilled on design techniques will give you an introduction to the elements of design, spatial relationships, typography and imagery to develop practical visual solutions for club promotions, newsletters and website design. Don’t be afraid to learn more about enhancing your club’s presentations!
  1. Youth Protection Awareness – Train the Trainer:  Volunteer Area Trainers, Club Youth Protection Officers, Club Youth Services Committee Members and any club members interested in learning the best methods for presenting our District’s Youth Protection Awareness training to our Clubs are invited to attend this session.  You’ll learn to teach your fellow Rotarians how to protect our most vulnerable population.
  1. Useful Advice for Club Treasurers:  Learn useful information and best practices for completing all of the vital tasks as the Treasurer for your Rotary club.

Session #4: 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

  1. Concepts That Really Work for Developing New Clubs:  A new club might be the answer for connecting your community with Rotary.  Facilitators will share ideas for attracting new members, ways to make Rotary known as a leadership and professional development organization, as well as a group of like-minded, service oriented and inspiring people, and the steps to take to put those ideas to work.
  1. Navigating Rotary Club Central:  A wealth of helpful information is available to you on Rotary Club Central!  This course will be particularly enlightening for club leaders in managing your club’s goals as well as using technology to illuminate the path to the myriad of valuable resources available.
  1. The Rotary Foundation’s Grant Application Process:  This session will be crucial to understanding the intricacies of the Rotary International Foundation grant application process.  Upon completion of this session, you will meet certification qualifications as a grant writer.
  1. FUNdraising – What Worked/What Didn’t:  Bring your fundraising questions to this panel discussion by experienced members of clubs with techniques for successful (or maybe not so successful) fundraisers to learn from their experience what to do (or not do) make your event prosperous and FUN!
  1. Connecting the Mechanics & Heart of Public Speaking:  Reduce the fear of public speaking by ramping up skills with helpful hints on meeting the mindset of your audience, organizing your talking points and developing a good conversational style of delivery to engage your listeners.
  1. Youth Exchange Program Connections Worldwide:  The Rotary Youth Exchange program has continued to be the premier exchange program because of the dedication of Rotarians throughout the world.  Come and learn how your club can get involved to help promote peace and understanding with the help of our world’s youth. 
  1. Rotary and Literacy Connect the World:  What has been done, and what can be done, in the community and beyond with literacy.  Learn how you can promote literacy through your Rotary connections.