Guest Speaker Ron D: Excellence in Leadership


Introduction by Laura
For RTE members, and many other Rotarians, Ron D needs very little introduction. He has a PhD in engineering, an MBA, has consulted, and worked as a professor. Ron joined Rotary in late 1954 and has served as a club president, and District Governor.
Ron spoke about the leadership structure of Rotary, his personal experiences as a District Governor, and as a trainer at the International Assembly.
Rotary is very unique. While many large and very well know corporations have failed over the past century, Rotary continues to succeed and remain strong after 113 years.
What is Rotary doing right?
Rotary can attribute its success to a clear goal of doing good and a decentralized structure, but more importantly, its people. From you, the member, to our club leaders, District Governors, Directors, RI President, Rotary’s success is built on good people with a common vision.
Rotary is a bottom up organization. Each club elects a president. The club president elects the governors. The governors elect directors and directors appoint the RI president. This leadership changes annually to allow others to quickly move up and contribute new ideas and different perspectives.
Every RI President provides a theme for their year. This theme helps guide Rotary leadership and ensures a common vision.
For 2017-18, President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley’s theme is Rotary: Making a Difference. “Whether we’re building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better.”
Rotary invests heavily in its volunteer leadership training. At the club level, leaders are mentored and provided with regional training sessions. Training for the District Governors is extremely well organized and intensive. They are provided with a large manual and are expected to read and understand it. In addition, there is a mandatory 1 week training session at the International Assembly . This includes plenary and breakout sessions on a number of topics that will prepare them for their new roles.
Ron encouraged everyone to get involved in Rotary leadership as it is rewarding, enjoyable, and important to the continued success of Rotary. As always, Ron gave an interesting an captivating talk.  RTE is privileged to have such an outstanding Rotarian as a member.