Paul Nicholson of Ashland Rotary is at it again! The district’s training coordinator, who led the virtual Club Training Assembly, has been tasked with launching a brand new program titled Rotary Now!/Leading Change. The program is an outgrowth of the Rotary Leadership Institute, which has been paused this year because of COVID-19. Past DG Bill Grile, who spearheaded the Institute, is helping Nicholson and District 5110 with program ideas.
“Rotary Now is not a training,” said Nicholson. “It’s a conversation — a conversation that will happen virtually since face-to-face opportunities will likely not happen in the near future.” And Nicholson assured that the conversation will include provocative topics, ones that Rotary members will enjoy engaging with. The first conversation session — titled Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion — is Thursday, Aug. 20, with DG Nominee Aimee Walsh, at 7 p.m on Zoom. Registration is requested on DACdb in order to get the Zoom link. The event is also located on the website calendar.
Explained Nicholson: “Apart from COVID, the single most crucial issue facing our society is racial injustice. We are impressed with Aimee’s knowledge and passion on this issue. So DG Cindi, PDG Bill and I invited her to lead this conversation.”
Grile explained that there will be some short readings and a video for registrants to review prior to the August. 20 event. Walsh will start the discussion and lead the attendees in breakout rooms and conversations.
Nicholson added that the Rotary Now program is not just about information. “Leading Change implies a call to action and we want Rotarians to join the conversation with this in mind.” Future topics include a Sept. 17 conversation with Paul K. Chappell about peace literacy and a date-to-be determined topic on environmental sustainability.