Our District Training Conference ended successfully on Saturday 4 November at Sarah Lawrence College.  79 Rotarians from many Clubs participated in the day-long seminar featuring focused sessions for Club Presidents, Secretaries, and Treasurers as well as special sessions on Public Image and Fundraising.  The afternoon session after a free boxed lunch, featured a session on DEI and membership.
The Club Officer breakout sessions were geared toward new as well as experienced officers providing specifics that each officer should know and take responsibility for.  For example, Presidents were provided with tips on how to run meetings and set goals, Secretaries were given tips on maintaining club records and adding/removing members.  Treasurers were given information on filing tax returns and providing quarterly financial reports to the Board and the members.  They were also briefed on the necessity of periodic audits.
The well-attended session on Public Image was presented by Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator and District Public Image Chair PDG Mahbub and featured three Clubs that have used Public Image resources for their Projects.  PE Serkan of the 100-year-old Scarsdale Club highlighted one of the projects in Africa and emphasized the need to preserve the historical archives of Club projects so that future members could know more of what their club has achieved.   Highlighting their first project, the 10-month-old Smart Rotaract Club President Rummanu Yeasin presented their CPR Training and Blood Drive recently.  She focused on what they did and the lessons learned.  Finally the Larchmont Club presented its program for underprivileged children.
In the afternoon session on DEI, Committee chairs Cynthia Paulino and Christina Wellington presented the state of DEI actions in the District.  The provided possible actions that can be taken by Clubs to improve DEI within their Clubs.
At the final session of the day on Membership, our Club President and Area Governor Bina Ahmad discussed the history of the new Clubs in our District.  She asked members of the 8 new Clubs present to stand and be recognized.  A near majority of attendees were from these 8 Clubs.  President Bina proceeded to show the structure of our Organization from the Club level to RI saying the foundation of of RI is our members and as such it is important not only to bring in new members but also to nurture and maintain the interests of existing members.  Area Governor spoke about the elevation of Rotaract into Rotary, while District Membership Chair Hugh Maynard-Reid concluded the afternoon by urging members to go out and talk to their friends, relatives, acquaintances, and neighbors to join Rotary and help grow our membership.