I just want to share with you the new vision and development in the Rotary world . Rotary International had expanded the duty of the International director involvement in any district . Last July RI had picked 16 districts from around the world to carry on RI new vision to enhance projects and encourage collaboration among clubs and districts.
So Rotary has appointed 16 District International Service Chair (DISC) Champions,from 6 continents. to help your district develop itsDistrict Resource Network (DRN)
How that could be achieved :
We need to identify resources FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP in every club in our district ,and get them to work together and be available for others who are planning projects to help assessing ,planning ,get resources ,Implementing ,execute the projects and finally report and show case the projects.
So Rotary International would like to call that Project Enhancement Team ,who will be working to improve the quality &sustainability of all International Service (IS) Projects through the development of District Resource Networks (DRNs)
What does Project Enhancement involve?
The simple answers are by:
- Sharing experiences, expertise & contacts to help other Rotary clubs developed better projects
- Working across club, district & national boundaries to draw on ever-wider pools of experience, expertise & contacts;
- Developing a District Resource Network (DRN) so clubs planning new projects can draw on the experience of others who have managed similar types of projects &/ or worked in the same parts of the world.
In each Rotary district project enhancement will be led by the District International Service Chair (DISC). He/ she will work with key Rotarians & groups – e.g. cadre members, local experts, other district committees ,youth, VTT ,action groups,peace scholars,vocational chair, community chair,PDGs, foundation chair ,areas of focus chairs,etc. – to develop a District Resource Network (DRN) which will be able to:
- Identify resources
- Promote resources &,
- Focus resources to develop new successful & sustainable international and community service projects.
IS THAT GOING TO BE AN EASY TASK?
As one of our champions said About changing culture in a district :
‘Developing a DRN may not be easy. For some Rotarians, clubs & districts the emphases on sharing plus inter-club & inter-district working will require a major cultural shift in their thinking. For project enhancement to work reactions to project difficulties also need to change. Old habits of hiding project failings & allocating blame need to be replaced by a willingness to share the problem so future projects can avoid or resolve them.’
“Greater good may be achieved by a project that fails – it the reasons are understood & disseminated”
Ian Riseley, Rotary International President, July 2017
A critical success factor in most IS projects is the identification of project partners – host Rotary Clubs containing committed Rotarians – who will see the project through to completion.
Our District had started the process of identifying these resources by holding a seminar on January 27 -2018 where few great Rotarians attended and we were able to identify some resources but we are still in the process of identifying more so we can launch a new web page on our website in order for others to utilize the resources we have in our district .
We are looking forward to have more of our kind and dedicated Rotarians join the team to help others in the district and may share their experience by being speakers at other clubs in the district and lead the clubs for new experiences that will help get their members involved and enhance their foundation giving and Membership engagement .
Your proud PDG Shab Elawar