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….
One Reply to “On the Road to District Governor pt 1”
I like it, and look forward to the next installment. It reminds me of when I was president of RC of St. Petersburg West. I had a list of things I want to do and the only way I could survive 52 weeks and make progress was with lots of planning. We held a mine seminar for tomorrows leaders Saturday event for high school students and started an annual golf turnament during my year. I;m confident you will have a great year and look forward to hearing about the challenges and successes.
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