District Training Assembly

Welcome to District Training Assembly! Click on the sessions below and join us via ZOOM for 3 days of training, collaboration and FUN!

If you’ve never attended a District Training Assembly, now is your chance! This year’s District Training Assembly will be 100% virtual, and FREE for all!

  • 15 Classes to choose from, you pick your 3 favorites!
  • Join fun networking events, including cooking, wine tasting, and trivia.
  • Hear guest speakers incoming Rotary International President Holger Knaack, PRI Director Brad Howard, and PRI Vice President Jennifer Jones
  • …and more!

View the schedule below, customize your agenda, and register for your sessions.

Customize your DTA experience and engagement and choose the sessions based on your role or club goals. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

June 11th – 6:00 pm

PLENARY 1-Opening of the District 6990 Training Assembly
Join DGE Peter and the Leadership team as he opens our District Training Assembly with a powerful message of hope, opportunity and the POWER of Rotary.

June 11th – 6:15 pm

PETS III: Club Presidents for 2020-2021
Attention all Presidents for 2020-2021!
DG Peter Verbeeck is excited to meet with you and your classmates in a final preparation before you start your life-changing year.

June 11th – 6:15 pm

Club Secretaries for 2020-2021
Attention Secretaries for 2020-2021! Join District Secretary Maria Kesti for a thorough discussion on everything you need to have the best year as Secretary for your club!

June 11th – 6:15 pm

Club Treasurers for 2020-2021
Attention all Incoming Club Treasurers for 2020-2021! Join former District Treasurer Fred Sadoff and incoming District Treasurer Charles Gomes as they give you a thorough look at everything you need to have a successful year as Treasurer!

June 11th – 6:15 pm

Assistant Governors for 2020-2021
Attention all Incoming AGs!! Join PDG Joe Roth as he walks you through the new AG system, expectations, and opportunities.

June 11th – 7:30 pm

Million-Dollar Dinner Discussion

Friday, June 12, 2020

June 12th – 6:00 pm

PLENARY 2: District Social Kickoff
Attention all Rotarians and guests of District 6990!
Join us for a fun-filled virtual Social led by our DGE Peter Verbeeck. DGE Peter welcomes our special guest Past Rotary International Vice President, Jennifer Jones!

June 12th – 7:00 pm

District Social: Wine Not!
Join Patrick Alexander for a brief exploration of the joys and pleasures of drinking wine. Patrick raised his family in the Bordeaux wine country of SW France, the Piedmont wine country of NW Italy and the wine country of northern California before moving to Florida. While working with Marcy Ullom at the University of Miami, he developed a popular wine appreciation program which was offered exclusively in the faculty lounge. For the past 10 years, he has been offering a 3-week wine appreciation program at Books & Books and the Coral Gables Museum. Patrick’s many published works include “The Booklover’s Guide to Wine” which was featured at the 2017 Miami Book Fair.

June 12th – 7:00 pm

District Social: Cooking with Cristiano
Join Cristiano Nicolucci (RC Weston) as he demonstrates the fine art of cooking Saltimbocca alla Romana. Cook along with Chef Cristiano (ingredients below) or just enjoy the ambiance with Rotary friends.

CALL IN:  646-558-8656 OR 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 865 3134 1961 OR Click HERE to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86531341961

June 12th – 7:00 pm

District Social: Do You Believe in Magic??

Join PDG Jonathon Usher who is a comedy magician and performs in more than 180 shows per year at parties, functions, conferences and events all over New Zealand and Australia. Jonathon has been in Rotary since 1997 and has served as Past President, District Governor, District GSE Chair, and director of ShelterBox New Zealand.



June 12th – 7:00 pm

District Social: Stress-less with Yoga
Finish your week with a relaxing, gentle yoga class that will leave you calm and relaxed.  No special training is necessary.



June 12th – 7:00 pm

District Social: Calling all D6990 musicians!!

Love to listen to music?  Play music?  Sing-a-long?  Our own RC Miami President, Norby Rudel, musician extraordinaire, will be hosting a music jam for all you talented folks.  Don’t think you can sing?  Don’t worry about it!  This is all about chilling with your friends and listening to good entertainment.  Get your guitar tuned, sing some scales – but get ready for a great musical evening.  We have a surprise guest from out of town as well!



Saturday, June 13, 2020

June 13th – 8:00 am

PLENARY 3: Rotary International President Elect Holger Knaack

Session 1: 10:00am to 10:50am (Choose one)

June 13th – 10:00 am

ENGAGEMENT: Let’s Set Your Rotary Club on Fire! – Bob Arnold

Join Rotarian Bob Arnold as he talks about how to excite, motivate, cajole, interest and satisfy your members and put more ROTARY in your Rotary Club. If you’ve never heard Bob present, you’ll walk away energized and jazzed for making your Rotary Club the best Rotary Club in the district!!


June 13th – 10:00 am

REACH: Public Image Chair Boot Camp-Marshall Butler
In this presentation, you will learn that with a little planning and prep work, plus with the support of your Zone 34 Public Image Coordinator Team, it is very easy to tell your Rotary Club’s story. We’ll provide an easy to follow map to success, plus you can unlock achievement badges. Don’t miss the Public Image Boot Camp.

CALL IN:  646-558-8656 OR 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 840 3279 3138 OR CLICK HERE TO JOIN https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84032793138

June 13th – 10:00 am

IMPACT: Engagement:  It’s Greek to Me! – Cyndi Doragh

Cyndi will lead a discussion focusing on the engagement of our current members who are the key to the foundation and growth of our clubs.  And yet, often we end up ‘taking them for granted’.  This will be a session on how to make sure that each and every one of your club members feels a part of your club.


June 13th – 10:00 am

ADAPTABILITY: Creative Ways to Engage your club during pandemic-LaShonda Delivuk

While we have been distanced physically, we don’t have to be distanced socially. Rotary is a membership organization with a passion for service. Let’s engage our existing members, ignite our passion, and get creative with how we serve our local community and the world.


June 13th – 10:00 am

ROI: Polio-Update and help with pandemic-Nancy Barbee/John Nanni

Ever wondered about participating in a National Immunization Day?  This session will give you an inside look at the similarities between Polio and COVID-19, as well as the current status of Polio in the world.  John, a polio survivor, will give you his 3 P’s of polio and why we MUST eradicate this terrible disease.



Session 2: 11:00am to 11:50am (Choose one)

June 13th – 11:00 am

ENGAGEMENT: Creating a culture of giving-Bryan Hulscher and Joe Altschul

The Rotary Foundation has earned the highest rating of Charity Navigator. However, it is the generosity of Rotarians that have built the Foundation. How do we continue to demonstrate to Rotarians that their giving is important and is making a difference – both locally and globally – regardless of how big or small their giving is? Join us for this thoughtful discussion with Bryan Hulscher, Annual Giving Officer at The Rotary Foundation, and Joe Altschul, Annual Giving Chair D6990.


June 13th – 11:00 am

REACH: Working with Club Membership Chairs – Robert Slatoff

Geared to Club Membership Chairs – but open to everyone who has an interest in membership – this will be a practical discussion of what it takes to be an effective Chair with critical insight on how to perform the job (both pre and post-pandemic).

CALL IN:  646-558-8656 OR 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 825 9590 2965 OR CLICK HERE TO JOIN: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82595902965



June 13th – 11:00 am

IMPACT: CAUTION:  Future World Leaders at work and Play – Drew Monaghan/Sparkie Folkers/Rolo Cuandrado

The youth are our future and Rotary has all the right programs to help develop, teach, and motivate young folks to become leaders and continue our legacy of making the world a better place.  Hear from students as they share inspirational stories about the impact of RYLA.

Learn how your club can be involved in taking youth leadership training to the next level.  And learn more about other youth programs you can get involved in!



June 13th – 11:00 am

ADAPTABILITY: Rotary Now-Pivot Point or End Point – Brad Howard

Rotary was built on face to face interactions that created friendships that effected lasting change in our communities.  With the challenges of today, fellowship looks very different.  Does this mean that Rotary has lost one of its vital, core values, or will Rotary be able to adapt to a new way of connecting with each other and our community?  Brad will explore the essential qualities of Rotary and why we should all be optimistic of Rotary’s future.

Brad served as RI Director (2015-17) representing Zones 25-26 on the west coast of the US.  He has been on the front lines of the membership issue, researching, talking to folks, analyzing, and creating responses to the challenge we have with membership in North America.  Join Brad for a thoughtful discussion about how we adapt to our ‘new normal’.



June 13th – 11:00 am

REACH: Rotaract:  The Present & Future of Rotary – Ignacio Gonzalez

Join the conversation about the fantastic new Rotaract status and how Rotaractors can do greater things in Rotary as a new membership type.

Ignacio is the right person to be facilitating this discussion. A law graduate, and a Rotaractor since 2013 in Chile, he is a current member of the RI Committee “Elevate Rotaract Task Force”. He has held multiple positions at the district, multi-district, and international levels and has spoken at the Rotaract Pre-Convention, Rotary Convention, and Rotary Institutes. In addition, he has a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

CALL IN:  646-558-8656 OR 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 893 3144 7322 OR CLICK HERE TO JOIN:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89331447322


Session 3: 12:00pm to 12:50pm (Choose one)

June 13th – 12:00 pm

ENGAGEMENT: Staying ‘Social’ During Social Distancing- Barbara Gobbi/Michael Kesti
With everyone staying safe at home and social distancing, there have never been more people on the internet. It’s the perfect opportunity for your club to use social media to engage your members and tell the world about the good work Rotary does.

CALL IN:  646-558-8656 OR 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 846 2977 2305 OR CLICK HERE TO JOIN: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84629772305

June 13th – 12:00 pm

ROI: Rotary’s Endowment: The Secret to Your Success – Josh Olewiler

Just as annual gifts to your favorite Rotary programs help people live better lives today, planned gifts to Rotary’s Endowment support these same life-changing programs forever. Please join us as Rotary Foundation Planned Giving Officer Josh Olewiler reveals these little-known alternative giving methods to help you maximize your long-term impact. Discover how you can personalize your Rotary legacy with gifts that have no effect on your wallet or could potentially transform your low-yielding assets into a regular income stream for yourself or a loved one.

CALL IN:  646-558-8656 OR 301-715-8592 Meeting ID: 898 243 2149 OR CLICK HERE TO JOIN: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89824392149


June 13th – 12:00 pm

IMPACT: Transforming Lives through Global Grants – Walter Hughes

Join this session to discuss the basics of building partnerships and to dream of how YOU can change lives using the Rotary Foundation’s global grant process. You will learn about empowering communities and assessing the strengths to develop a picture. You can make dreams real!!

Walter Hughes is one of the most active global grant Rotarians in the country. He has been very active in Africa improving the lives of children through education and sanitation.


June 13th – 12:00 pm

ADAPTABILITY: Let’s Create a New Rotary Club Experience – Patrick Eakes

Creating new pathways into Rotary is essential to ensure our long term viability and success. Join this session to discuss an exciting new initiative that will create new and innovative clubs that allow us to attract members who we are currently not reaching.

CALL IN:  646-558-8656 OR 301-715-8592 Meeting ID:   892 0666 7014 OR CLICK HERE TO JOIN:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89206667014

June 13th – 12:00 pm

ROI: DaCdb: Top 5 Tips to Save You Time – Michael Soden

More than just a database Membership software, DaCdb is an ideal solution that offers flexibility and function in streamlining so many of your club tasks. Club Officers can especially leverage DaCdb to ‘get things done’, but it also provides great information for every member of the club. Join Mike, one of the developers and owners of DaCdb to learn more.


Plenary Final

June 13th – 1:00 pm