It was a Saturday morning, kind of dreary out. I pulled into the office parking lot, dressed in my suit and a tad nervous, as I had no idea what to expect. This was the day I was interviewed by the nominating committee for District Governor.
I walked into the office, greeted by the current District Governor and sat in a waiting room for a some time, while the committee got together to discuss what questions I’d be asked. I presume the chair gave the committee members some direction on how the whole process would work, no one gave me any information at all…. so I sat.
After a while I was called into the room. I recognized many of the faces seated at the conference table – most of which were friendly.
The interview progressed without much fan fare. I was asked questions about where I saw the district going, what I believed our priorities were and how I was going to manage my time and my finances should I become DG. Some members had their “pet programs”, whether it was youth, international, foundation related, etc. I kept my responses somewhat short but very sincere, and my responses to the personal questions rather curt. I am a volunteer, how I manage my time and my money is my business.
It’s easy to understand some of the committees concerns, I do not fit the “typical DG profile”. Being in my mid 40’s, I work full time, I own my own business and I am a divorced, a single mother of two fabulous teenage girls. Time is somewhat a luxury, but I always seem to manage. Regardless, when I was nominated by my club, I felt I could meet the commitment – but we’d have to play by some different rules.
When the committee reached its decision, my sitting DG called to congratulate me. I was a little surprised, but honored none the less. As I hung up with him, I called the District Trainer, and told him “We start planning now, it’s the only way we’ll survive”.
And so began the journey on the road to District Governor….