Programme for week commencing 15th March 2012
Thank you for everyone who commented on last week’s programme eClub Open Meeting, this week we want members to continue responding to the points made in the open meeting, especially in regard to the Group/Forum you belong to. We have made tremendous progress over the past 6 weeks since our Inaugural Meeting, but we mustn’t loose sight that we are still a very young Rotary Club in it’s FORMING STAGE, to this end we need to get things working well before rushing on.
If you all revisit the post on this blog called the Inaugural Meeting, President Tim in his address to the eClub talks about the word CARE – Contact, Activities to build Relationships, which will lead to Engagement. This is an important method we need to use if we are to build a strong Rotary Club, it also gives us a focus on our need to care for each other while building our relationships and the eClub Team. The eClub was set up to enable busy people to be part of Rotary, there is no need to apologise for being busy that’s why you are here, however some simple things will help to build these relationships e.g. keeping your personal posts on the website updated and having conversation with others about the posts, see the programme for week 23rd February – Growing Together lots of suggestions about the website helping to build the important relationships.
So please use this week to REVIEW what has been said in the programmes since the Inaugural Meeting, especially the things highlighted above, if we focus on the relationship building this will help so much as the eClub moves forward.
If we REFRESH our posts every time we visit the website with either comments on the programmes or something about how your week or day has been, we will start having a conversation, which will again help in building those important relationships. Or if we post questions, that others can answer, this will help all of us learn.
Finally, we will all try to RESPOND to the comments and ideas that people put on the programmes, for instance some people have asked for leaflets and electronic promotion material for giving to their colleagues or friends, this is in hand. Can we particularly revisit last weeks programme and think of how your Group/Forum can get plans in place to help focus the eClub on what we need to do to move forward.
Getting started in RESPONSE – an example from Janice
Hello, Janice here. I have been creatively thinking about how to form the eClub Admin Forum/Group and how to set our wheels in motion. Reviewing last week’s programme and the items mentioned concerning the eClub administration started me jotting down key elements and mind mapping out what our objectives are and the possible avenues we can take. As a visual thinker I find mind mapping a useful planning tool as it makes you focus on key elements and demonstrates flows of thought, and I believe it also helps communicate information in an easy to follow manner, leaving room for other people involved to add their thinking and views. I have drafted out the mind map below for the eClub Admin Forum and I am going to use it to work with other members of the Forum to look at what skills, interests and capacity we have in the group, how we want to balance responsibilities and, as the CARE analogy above shows, how we build relationships by working together. If anyone is interested in the mind mapping software I have used to create this, you can download a basic version for free from www.ThinkBuzan.com or if anyone wants to discuss its use please leave a comment below.
Even though eClub Administration sounds dry, this plan now looks really exciting and I can’t wait to get my fellow Rotarians involved in helping to make this a reality and moving the eClub forward.