President’s Letter – November 19, 2019

President’s Letter – November 19, 2019

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I came home today to find the latest issue of The Rotarian waiting for me. And there on the cover were the words that every good project manager or leadership team gets excited to ask: What worked, what didn’t, and why?

At our annual meeting on December 6, after electing some new officers to fill a few upcoming vacancies, we will have our second club town hall discussion. We will get an update on the club’s finances, discuss the implications of the results of the club survey, and look forward to the second half of the year. 

Most of us have participated in these kinds of meetings before. Some great ideas come up, and inevitably some ideas that were tried before rise to the surface. When that happens, it is time to ask those magic questions: What worked, what didn’t, and why? Answering the questions is harder than asking them. It can take some additional thinking to figure out whether something that worked in the past will work again when the circumstances are different. Things that did not work in the past might produce a great result with a new approach or in a new context. It is important to keep an open mind.

It is that kind of thinking that got Santa Barbara its operational water desalination plant. I’m looking forward to earning a few vocational service points for attending the off site meeting this week at the plant, where we will enjoy a delicious catered lunch (I hope you have submitted your RSVP registration by now–if you can’t get the technology to work, send me an email!) and learn about the alchemy of creating all that delicious water.I look forward to seeing all of you on Friday.

Please register for Friday’s offisite meeting HERE.https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2852/Event/off-site-tour-of-santa-barbara-desalination-plant

Sincerely,
Dean

 

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