Most of you following me, know that I am a Pathways Ambassador. Have been REP Ambassador from the day it was officially created, more then 2 years ago.
Month after month, waited to know more about it, more then just the Education and Leadership Track, will be merging - again. That for itself for me was a major selling point. And also that we will be access it through Web. I tried to tell about it, a little and most I ended up telling about Smedley and the recent program's first six projects.
Finally, 10 month ago, joining a club in Virginia, I begun my Pathways journey!
From then on, I never looked back or really asked myself "what it is in it for me?" And never stopped asking, till now, "what I get from it"? "If I take this role, if I pay that price, if I spend so much time" as I hear for my taste too much on some discussion forums.
What do I get from it? I found the answer just before the 1st February club presentation. Pathways, called before revitalized education program, revitalized me. Changed my life.
Here it is that the Ambassador role asks from us, "In order to get it recognized as a district role". We have to do all this, in plus what we already did:
Communicate with a minimum of eight clubs - I do have ten - at least once each month, for at least three month after the rollout. At least once a month with 10 clubs, how?
In December and January, I emailed them, and called some on phone. At the time, trying not to replace the Pathways Guide role. He was to negotiate in fact the date of our visit to explain Pathways launch details. This month, I will visit them, so far three done, seven to come in the next two weeks.
In March, they will need a visit or a communication around 20 when it is supposed to launch here. As I heard from those already launched, "after" they will need even more information. The Pathways Guide gives them by a total of 15 Virtual Support Sessions, gathering all from different clubs together. But it seems, we have to do it club by club?
Verification? A copy of my presentation in each club? I could record it, as I never give what I write down, and when I write it whole, then write again part and outline only. Will our Chief Ambassador read 25 ambassadors, each 40-50 presentation? or 60 for me? So much more then 15 which already seems a lot for the Guides.
How many clubs can I visit? How many times, after February, after the launch? In fact, I should also keep in contact through Virtual Support, through Zoom. It is not enough on one hand, and it is taking out something from the Guides roles. A bit confusing.
A copy of emails, I save. Send it one by one or have it available all together? Perhaps, the date is enough, as some wrote on the Pathways Presentation Forum.
A screenshot in social media? Like this one? "Keep them aware of the news and what is happening in Pathways."
Here comes for me the great question. What is considered "Social Media post"?
For me, a blog post is already Social Media, as much as Linkedin or Facebook or youTube. That would make it only "at least once a month" not 10 times! Would it? Of course, I do write 30 times a month and could publish every day, even if it gets boring pushing it on my page instead of waiting for all of you to come to me.
But how do I keep contact specially with "my clubs" and not "all the world" through Social media? Should I be specific to each club, or "just" invite all of them to come and read?
Going to them is so different from letting them come!
Personally, my Ambassador role is not so much to get a "district role recognition" even if it is also important this time for me, as I do want to get a Pathways DTM, but more. A lot more. The clubs, the District, the online clubs, and all their members, will need help, as I did need and a few I helped at their beginning. They will also need a strategy to really begin. Once inside, usually you get going, pleasure arrives. Realization, of all that is there for you. All is how to get them to that point.
One of my three guides told me "you just have to make them enthusiast and I as Guide explain the rest". That "just" hurt, even if the role as described is not so easy as it sounds. I looked, and the REP Ambassador role, as it is still in TMI, is not at all till June 2018 or three month after launch, depending when it arrives in each region, but till 2100!
What it is for me? It can be also for me to oblige me to get out of the house more often. The pleasure to meet more people, speak with toastmasters, help more. I can and will organize Pathways Workshops in my Area, inviting others to come, or offer a Workshop Online and invite participation. Active participation. Feeling and getting even more "revitalized" then before.
Each time, in my life, I found - at long last some times - something to be passionate about. Learning, love, children, and so on. Last years, discovery of Personal Computers, of Hypercard and Applescript, of Postscript and HTML, then the joy of writing and learning about writing. Blogging and photographing. Rediscovering Toastmasters, Telling stories in Public settings, Standup Comedy, making laugh and creating Workshops, creating online club specialized in Storytelling. Lately, Pathways, and all I read for and around it.
At Zaldy Emperor Online meeting yesterday, she talked about finding her passions. A husband, a work she loves and getting addicted to stage. The feedback was "speak about one of your passions" Why not about all three? Some try to put us in a box. We can have more then a passion, and present ourselves as having... at three. More in 5 minutes is too much indeed, but three ! do remember well and what she told us remains with me.
Perhaps, I am also addicted to stage like her? Even if I also love to speak nowadays through Zoom that lets me meet people like her or others from all over the world! I have new ideas and that makes me feel so alive! I indeed fell "revitalized" by my paths.