It was bitterly cold outside (possible even snowing!)but the company and welcome was very warm at the combined Probus Club in Evandale, just a short drive from Launceston.
I had a great time, recounting the history of the Paralympic Games, and some of my experiences from the Atlanta and Sydney Paralympic Games. We also covered the upcoming Commonwealth Games and what to expect from the para athletes competing in the Australian team.
I was thrilled to be asked to present at the 2012 PES (President Elect Seminar) for the 9830 Rotary District (Tasmania). I have been involved with Rotary for a number of years now, starting with a GSE scholarship to Texas in 2006. However, my experience with Rotary extends back to 2000 where clubs around Tasmania and Australia assisted in the fundraising effort for Australia's Paralympic team. It was a great pleasure to present on the topic of goal setting with the next crop of Rotary Presidents.
Well done to the Rotary Club of Longford who organised the weekend in conjuction with the 2012 / 2013
If you'd like to find out more about the session check out the PES 2012 site under workshops
Since 2006 I have had the opportunity to be a guest presenter at Rotary's annual RYPEN seminar. This year the seminar was held on Tasmania's East Coast and co-ordinated for the first time by the Rotary Club of Spring Bay.
The theme this year was "Your Future Your Choice" and included guest speakers Stuart Clues and Chris Edwards as well as mentors such as Julie Kent.
Over the course ofthe weekend RYPEN aimed to deliver the following outcomes for the participants:
- Increase motivation and improve life skills
- Improve self esteem and self confidence
- Provide an understanding and awareness ofthe importance of setting goals
- Improve confidence in overcoming fear of failure and take control of their future
My presentation focused on the importance of goal setting and how "stretch' goal setting helped me to stay focused, committed and motivated - especially when things weren't going to plan! During the presentation I asked participants to identify their own goal statement for this year and to choose how they were going to celebrate their milestones once achieved. To help create a committment to their goal, the participants were asked to write down their goal statement and hand them to the Rotary Club to look after until the end of the year. At the end of the school year, the Rotary Club will send the statements to the participants to check how they went.
This year the Rotary Club will be conducting follow ups and provide support and mentoring for the participants with the aim of helping the students put into practice what they have learn over the weekend.
Well done to Spring Bay Rotary for another successful RYPEN seminar!
Melissa Carlton OAM
I'm privileged to be invited to participate and support a range of community groups, clubs and events. These are just some of the stories from these occasions!