Reasons to attend a District Assembly and the District Conference – It’s About Change!

April 2, 2011

by DGE Steve Youtz, District 6380


Editor’s Note: The following commentary is edited to reflect a general perspective.

As humans, we get comfortable in the knowledge and expectation of tradition and status quo. Making a change of any kind is scary and forces us outside our comfort zone; and for what? The philosophy of “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” hangs heavy in our minds, so thinking about making a change, to what seems to be a “not broken” idea, clouds our minds and causes us to ask that ever‐common question, WHY?

I believe the answer to the “WHY” question should be based upon the simple fact that life, including everything around us, continually changes and it is this change, as it is said, that makes the world go around. If our response to these changes is to stay the course of status quo, would the solutions to daily challenges be the same? I suppose the answer could be YES, however I would challenge you that, over time, the solution would become obsolete and possibly detrimental. Therefore, the concept of change is considered healthy!

The minds of Rotary leaders constantly address the “WHY” questions through new ideas, then test these ideas through pilot programs. Sometimes the result is not what is expected and ideas are cancelled, but because many of the results are positive, you and I remain a part of an international organization that is running on the forefront of world problem‐solving.

My hope is that Rotarians will embrace change, whatever it is, for even a short time just to see what potential opportunities could develop.

Reasons to Attend District Assemblies and the District Conference


1. It is a requirement to be a club president

2. There are several hours of Rotary information presented in breakout sessions both for all leadership and future personnel that will provide the education needed to better lead the club.

3. You will meet more Rotarians from other clubs and district staff who can be great resources for ideas, answers, and support.

4. The energy that is created when many Rotarians gather together helps to stimulate and nurture your Rotarian spirit.

5. You will rub elbows with our youth who are involved in Youth Exchange, Interact, and Rotaract.

6. Hear dynamic speakers represented by Rotary International and individuals within the professional speaking and motivating arena

7. The opportunity to identify Rotary partners for your clubs projects so they can be Bigger, Better, Bolder projects.


What’s in it for YOU?

1. The opportunity to grow as a Rotarian through knowledge and interaction with senior Rotarians;

2. Hear the latest and greatest Rotary International news and information;

3. Make more new friends;

4. Potential solutions to a club problem;

5. Contacts for club and professional work;

6. A perspective of Rotary beyond the club level;

7. Time to think and plan while traveling to and from the assembly/conference;

8. Fellowship and FUN, FUN, FUN.

Consider the concept that “if you continue doing things the same way, you will get the same results.”Give change a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised at the results.

About John Borst

John Borst’s career in education spans the years 1960 to 1996. During those 36 years, he spent an equal amount of time working int he English language, Public and Catholic school boards. Borst taught in both elementary and high school environments. Positions of responsibilities held included department head in Geography, curriculum coordinator of Social and Environmental Studies, Principal, Education Officer with the Ministry of Education, Superintendent of Schools, and Superintendent of Student Services. Borst retired in 1996 as Director of Education for the legacy Dryden Board of Education. During this time, Borst has lived in the Ontario communities of Brampton, Toronto, Newmarket, Thunder Bay, Aurora and Dryden. Currently, Borst splits his time between Dryden and Toronto. Since retirement, Borst has served as a Supervisory Officer with a remote School Authority; been a freelance writer of articles on education in particular for Education Today, the magazine of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA); founded and edited from 2006 - 2010 the Education blog Tomorrow’s Trust: A Review of Catholic Education; and from 2003-2010 was a trustee of the Northwest Catholic District School Board.
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3 Responses to Reasons to attend a District Assembly and the District Conference – It’s About Change!

  1. Ed Thompson says:

    I attended a banquet in which the guest speaker was the vice-president of the University of Athabasca – Web based education degrees in arts & science recognized by many Canadian Universities.
    His closing remarks were: “If you don’t like change, you will like irrelevance even less!”


  2. Michael Yirenkyi says:

    am from Ghana and how do I attend this conference

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