DISTRICT Governor-elect (DGE) of Rotary International, District 9142, Rotarian Grace Okaro has convened a President Elect Training Seminar (PETS), tagged “ADO2022” at Dolly Hills Hotel, 3-3 Onitsha, Anambra State.
The training was organised for both president elect and assistant governor elect of various clubs and zones who will serve, with the convener being their team leader in 2022-2023 Rotary Year.
It was also a statutory training of the club officers to prepare them for their year of service which provides them the opportunity to be trained on Rotary knowledge and leadership, without which they cannot preside over their clubs. It was a new experience among the participants. In her keynote speech tagged ‘The District Is Not Mine’, DGE Grace Okaro narrated the RI 2022-2023 Goals, District Goals, Emphasis and Strategies.
She called for a peaceful coexistence and unity of purpose among members, clubs and districts. She highlighted the district goals and emphasis for 2022-23 Rotary Year.
Present at the training were the past Rotary International Vice President, Yinka Babalola, District Governor, Okey Okonkwo, the District Governor- Elect, Grace Okaro, District Governor Nominee, Akan Emah, Immediate Past District Governors, Ndukwe Chukwu, Past District Governor, Dan Ajawara, Emman Ude Akpeh, among many top Rotatrians and district officers. Rotarian Yinka Babalola, who spoke on ‘Leading The Leaders’ said that it is necessary to attend PETS both to acquire knowledge and plan on how to move the clubs forward.
Also speaking, the immediate past District Governor, Ndukwe Chukwu, in a little exercise with the participants, educated them on Strategic Planning Guide through which they can be able to put heads together discuss and understand their club strategy. At this point, participants were able to bring up different ideas that can help to strengthen their clubs.
Chukwu also said that outside Rotary’s Vision Statement and District Priority, the strategic plan at the club level helps them to grow.”Make a plan now, not tomorrow. Track progress. Tracking progress tells more about your strength. Why you need to choose a strategic plan is that your strength changes over the years. Your strength and experience two years ago may not be the same now….
“Rotarian Dan Ajawara, who was also the District Trainer, 2022-2023 said that through the training, the newly elected officers will lead their clubs, engage and inspire members, and also promote Rotary in their communities.
Highlights of the seminar include training of spouses of the participants on ‘Understanding Rotary and Its Vision and Your Role and Responsibilities as a Spouse’ by Mrs Addy Chukwu and Mrs Ijeoma Ajawara respectively, cutting of cake by the DGE Grace Okaro alongside the participants.