District Leader Bootcamp – Helsinki – 17/18 June 2016
When I think of Boot Camp, I think of tough guys or GI Janes crawling on their bellies through mud and slime! Fortunately, this D95 Officers Boot Camp focused on education not endurance. (Exception: Division E Director, Wiktoria, who showed great endurance while traveling to the venue. Well done! Material for your next speech?)
Equipped with information, ideas and COOKIES from our home countries, we were ready for two action-packed, yummy days – expertly managed by our Program Quality Director, Andrei, and our Administration Manager, Joanna.
Here’s a short re-cap of the main points:
Day 1 featured the voice of our District Director, Michal – who was plugged in virtually. (Had to stay home to greet his new baby girl! Congratulations!) The direction for this year: “Aim for Presidents Distinguished District – nothing less”. Our Club Growth Director, Neal, who was handily assisted by his two surprise Deputies David and Ewan, is building and implementing the strategies to achieve this aim. We got a good picture of each Division thanks to creative and informative presentations from our Division Directors. (Super!)
Day 2 was a deep dive into key issues: Club and Membership Growth, Club Visits, Budgets (tips from our Immediate Past District Director, Tuire and Finance Manager, Càlin) and the upcoming Dues Increase. I presented a metaphor for the state of our District’s PR landscape (improvement is TOP priority) and we previewed a Controlling tool developed by Division F Director, Mirja. Spirits were light and energy high thanks to Lukas (Division L Director), Krzysztof (Division J Director) and Karla (Division I Director) who lined us up, stretched us out and made us laugh.
Next up: What can we expect from our new Division Leaders?
Warmest from your Public Relations Manager, Wendy