After an enjoyable weekend in Windermere when I took on the reins of District 1190 the initial thoughts that come to mind are just how much I am going to have to write and comment about.
Reports for Executive and Council, monthly newsletters, welcome letters, thank you messages, Charter dinner speeches, district events, off the cuff, presentations and press items.
All of this will quickly help hone my thoughts on the task we have in front of us. I will be using these random thoughts to help with this process and hope that those that read them enjoy the journey with me.
Engage Rotary Change Lives and all the various permutations of these words are a good starting point, but by Christmas we need to have engaged and moved on to taking action.
What then are the steps to be taken to move from engagement to action?
How about encourage, inspire, inform, motivate - the roles that I, our district team and club leaders have in the process of gearing up for action.
My first week has been used to work on encouragement and inspiration. My own club were the guinea pigs followed closely by Carlisle Castle, Wendy's club, and if their reaction was anything to go by then I have an exciting few months ahead as we develop a dialogue for change within the District.
There won't be many more stunning drives than that we had when travelling to the first of my many Charter dinners. The northern Lake District mountains in all their glory contrasted with the Irish Sea when we arrived at St Bees. The 90th Charter anniversary of Whitehaven Rotary Club had to be hurriedly rearranged but was a great night of fellowship.
As for the speech critical feedback was good, but as ever I know I could have done better. Every one if these speeches needs to be personalised to the club and that is a challenge to be met.