The Civitan Year 2020 - 2021 for Canadian District West has certainly got off to a slower start this year. Who would have predicted a year ago that we would be in the second wave of a worldwide pandemic? COVID-19 has brought many changes in how Canadian District West operates. There are hotspots in the province and we must abide by Provincial and local health advisories in the way we can meet and hold meetings. In many places, recreational meeting rooms have been closed and restaurants are either closed for dine-in or have limited seating with social distancing. Most of the clubs I have talked to are having their meetings virtually on ZOOM. We held the September Board Meeting and the Convention on Zoom with good results. In addition access to Long Term Care facilities has been closed or severely restricted impacting some of the club's projects.
We have been attempting to get all of our clubs certified In online Training. If you were repeating as President or President-Elect and were trained last year you do not need to be retrained. Treasurers and Secretaries can be trained online. All training dates are listed on the Civitan International Website. Clubs need to be certified by December 16th, 2020.
The next District Board Meeting will be held on November 21st, 2020 virtually on ZOOM. If anyone has anything they addressed this meeting, please contact me.
Over the last year, I have been attending the Governor-Elect Training sessions each month with International President Frank Kelley. Frank and I were Governors together in 2009 - 2010. The theme for this year was LEADERSHIP. We must bring more people into Leadership roles. The last two years no one was stepping forward for the Governor-Elect position. I stepped forward as a Past Governor to take this role on for a second time and Civitan Darrell Blackwell has stepped for as a Past Governor to take on the role of Governor-Elect for this year. Immediate Past Governor Sue Gibson will be looking for someone to step forward for Governor-Elect next year.
Each new year Civitan International is looking for how many new clubs and members we are going to recruit. My emphasis is mainly on Club Retention and club membership recruitment. Membership is one of the main issues in both our District and Civitan as a whole with membership severely down. I know this will be very difficult to recruit new members. If anyone has any contacts for a new club we will look at it but Retention is what we are striving for. Unfortunately in the last year, we have lost two clubs in this District.
If any clubs need any assistance from District please contact me or your Area Director.
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Please read the thank-you letter from WATER FIRST in respect to our recent donation of $6,500.00.Wednesday September 02, 2020
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