Having just returned from the District Conference, I feel it’s the perfect time to share a recap on club visioning. If you attended the conference, you’re likely still on an emotional high just like me.
And that’s the feeling that vision facilitators and club participants have at the end of a visioning event. If your club has not taken the visioning plunge, I encourage you to contact District Governor Mark Pearce, your Assistant Governor, or me to explore the opportunity. I believe you will agree with the 28 of our district’s 50 clubs that have hosted a visioning event thus far and the almost 30 vision facilitators; you’ll not regret the time spent sharing ideas and dreaming big for your Rotary club’s future.
Since early 2010, our Immediate Past District Governor Rita Esterly had a dream to bring the vision facilitation program to District 6080. By the fall of 2010, training had taken place and we were well on our way to providing this resource to our clubs. During late 2010, early 2011 and into the next Rotary year, 25 clubs plus the district hosted visioning to gather consensus, build continuity and provide consistency.
Club visioning offers a management resource to clubs and defines a shared commitment, provides long-term direction, creates a framework to establish goals and objectives, and optimizes the clubs’ use of resources. Your club may already have many of these aspects addressed through strategic planning. Club visioning is the resource to use when you are ready to gather ideas and embark on creating a strategic plan or updating it. While many programs like this take more than a day to accomplish, the Rotary International Vision Facilitation Committee developed a comprehensive, succinct program that can be accomplished in one evening, usually lasting between three and four hours. During those few hours together, your club members identify several key ideas in all the areas of the Rotary strategic plan that can be accomplished by your club. Ideas are shared, and then as a group you start identifying the most important ones for your club. It’s an invigorating, enlightening and inspiring evening. And these aren’t my words, these are comments received by past participants!
So, if your club is at a crossroads, ready to set goals for the future, needs a little boost to kick-start some projects, or it’s just time to update the strategic plan, consider club visioning to help you do just that. We have facilitators ready now!
Carla McDaniel, Club Vision Chair 2012-2013