By Kenny Harris, District Governor

Outstanding......Just Outstanding......

This is how I would describe the first-ever Mega Training event, which was held in Chillicothe, MO on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Yes, we had outstanding presenters sharing information in their areas of expertise in a relaxing, give and take fashion. Yes, the meal that the Rotary Club of Chillicothe prepared for us was tasty. Yes, the venue at the First Baptist Church of Chillicothe was perfect for what and how we wanted to share the information. 

What was truly outstanding however, was the over 115 Rotarians who attended the Mega Training who wanted to improve their knowledge of this wonderful organization of Rotary. They wanted to ensure that their clubs have every opportunity to succeed and improve. And in doing this, they were ensuring that they were going to be successful also.

This is how we make Rotary better. Every person who attended Mega Training has made their
club better.  These clubs are now more prepared to excite and engage the existing membership and to also bring in new members.  These clubs have first crack at our District Grants.  These clubs have a better understanding of The Rotary Foundation programs and are better prepared to take advantage of what the Foundation offers.  These clubs now understand how important ShelterBox is and how we can support this Rotary program.

Every person who attended learned something new. Life doesn't get any better than this..... 

I must give a heartfelt thank you to Jeff and Marilyn Romine.  They worked long and hard on this event.  Many thanks to Gary Miller, Barbara Lame and Julie McCoy of the Chillicothe Rotary Club for their legwork and securing the venue.  Many thanks to the Rotary Club of Chillicothe for preparing our lunch, to all the presenters for sharing their passion of Rotary for all the attendees, to the Assistant Governors for directing traffic and answering questions, to Gerry McReynolds for organizing the registrations, to Keith Stidham for the Website registration development. 

And to all of those whom I have forgotten, thank you for your part in making Rotary better.