Dunedin Central Rotarian Andrew Hamilton will be our District Governor in 2018/2019.
With the beginning of the new Rotary year, also begins the start of my journey towards District Governor, for 2018/2019. This seems a long way off, but no doubt the time will go quickly.
Being District Governor Nominee, (DGN), at this early stage of the journey, involves observing and learning as much as possible about the running of our Rotary District and meeting as many people as I can and to learn about their roles within the District. It is just amazing the huge amount of voluntary time and effort so many people put into running our Rotary District. We are very blessed and this contribution is something none of us should ever take for granted.
My current involvement with Dunedin Central Rotary Club continues with my role as Director of Membership and involvement with our other normal club activities. Dunedin Central Rotary Club has shown fantastic support, enthusiasm and willingness to be involved in all the activities which align themselves with the role of District Governor. I am very lucky to belong to such a supportive Club. We meet on Tuesday evenings, so I am always away from the office on time that day!
On Sunday 28th August 2016, Barbara and I head off for the start of the more formal training towards the role of District Governor, at Governors Elect Training Seminar, (GETS). (More correctly for me it is Governor Nominee Training Seminar!!) This year GETS is being held in Penrith, NSW, Australia. It will be a great chance for Barbara and me to get to know other District Governors Nominees from Australia, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand, and to learn new and interesting aspects about Rotary, both from the Rotary training team and our other colleagues attending. Also it is an important time for us to reflect on our role and objectives for the 2018/19 year.
Included in my District involvement this year is membership of the District Foundation Committee. Many of you will be aware, 2017, is the centennial year of the Rotary Foundation. Every Club is being encouraged to consider ways in which they can give an extra USD $ 26.50 per member to the Rotary Foundation. This will of course be easier for some clubs than others, so we will be making contact with all Club Foundation Chairs to help and encourage plans to be put in place to achieve this goal!
This is a brief summary of what is happening at the start of my role as District Governor Nominee. The most important aspect of Rotary is people, and I love to meet people and hear about their ideas, on any topic – even non Rotary topics! So if anyone is in Dunedin and you would like to catch up for a coffee, I am always keen!!
Keep warm.
Kind Regards
Andrew Hamilton