And all I have to show for it is the inside of a hotel conference room.
Also I missed a bit - well a whole day ...quite a lot really
Ummm .....anyway .... let's get started!
After a hairy scary drive down off the plataeu in the dark and the rain, Wollongong Club hosted us at the Novotel Hotel on beautiful North Beach at Wollongong and this is what I found in the morning!
|It's still there! From Canberra, it's easy to forget that the Pacific Ocean exists|
- District Governor Carolyn gave us an update on the new info flyers for clubs
- Tina Lecke suggested different ways to use social media including Facebook and Twitter (I didn't tell her about this blog!)
- Susan Riding gave us some of the history of Amelia Earhart
- Kerry Brown spoke on Z Clubs, and included a speech from the immediate past Wollongong Z Club President Grace Freckleton
- Bronlyn Shoer very energetically sold YWPA
- Susan Bambrick reminded us on donating to the ZI Foundation
|All good stuff|
yes - this is my main desire for any Zonta get together and those people: make it participatory and interactive.
|This guy is gonna get a workout on this blog|
This is my mantra - if you want to be a Zontian, to get involved and stay involved in Zonta, it is highly likely you are an articulate, educated, successful, hard working, experienced "professional or executive in business". You are a senior manager or perhaps the owner of a successful business - with a wide variety of skills, networks, resources and ideas.
Then we call all these clever women together to the one place for Area Meetings and Conferences and this is where we have the opportunity to tap into their imagination, their ideas, their skills and anything else they would be willing to offer.
However too frequently these events are just so passive. And frankly, to deny my intellect by not allowing me to exercise it is just a tad insulting.
That's why I was so proud of my club this weekend - yes we pushed for the opportunity - and my Zonta buddies took up the challenge - design and deliver a piece that allowed the attendees to be participants and share their knowledge with each other. We were given a tough topic: "Great ideas for attracting great new members." From our interactive designand all the talk in the room, there was probably more ideas and insight generated than I could ever dream up.
If you're someone who wants academic proof, there is more of it you can poke a stick at. Lewin wrote about this stuff in 1944, Kolb understood the importance of having a tangible experience back in the seventies. Today we have action learning, servant leadership, appreciative enquiry and the list goes on.
|Oh - this litte guy is gonna get a work out too|
My favourite comment was from District Governor Carolyn who told the group she had been "re-recruited into Zonta" as a result of our exercise.
That's why I deeply appreciated Lorna Parker's fun approach to Nominating Committee. Literally a song and dance act. A bit of prep work and she had the whole room engaged and wanting to sign up.
|Build your own District Board|
|Yellow hats and feather boas have been involved in some of history's most important events|
In closing, I would like to thank all the women who organised the Area Meeting, made presentations and didn't baulk when I was taking their photo. Everyone looked like they were having fun. Have a look at my mad fotoflexer skills