District training must trickle down to the club-level for the effective functioning of Rotary and DTs (district trainers) are chosen by their DGs so that “they can be their friends, philosophers and guides during their tenure,” said PRID Bharat Pandya.
Addressing the inaugural session of the DT seminar at the Mahabs 21 institute, he said, “Rotarians share the same values but unfortunately there is often a fall-out between the DTs and their governors on the issue of hogging the limelight.” A DT will be remembered long in the district for “his good job if the DG has done his job well.” “If your district is doing great projects, programmes, then kudos to you. Bring your expertise and experience to your governor and his team.”
Every district must have district training committees for chalking out and conducting year-long training sessions for clubs. “We need more break-out sessions at PETS and other training programmes at the district-level. There is a need for passing uniform information and training process across the zones.”
RID A S Venkatesh said the DTs “must come up with the training models. We have master trainers here, so make the best use of them.” Though Rotary believes in continuity, “Rotarians in our zones believe in different forms of continuity. Be empathetic to the needs and suggestions of incoming governors. Think of the larger organisation, instead of short-term goals or personal agenda. And let Rotary be the winner in all the decisions you take in consultation with the governor.” Around 30 DTs (out of 41 in zones 4, 5, 6 and 7) were present at the day-long institute seminar chaired by PDG R Reghunath.