For the first time, we hosted an incredibly successful Cadre Membership Training in District 5930 on Saturday October 15, 2016 in Harlingen Texas.  District Governor Debbie High and I did not know what to expect and we were very excited to find out about the much talked about Cadre Training.  Cadre Trainer Lisa Faith Massey delivered, as I’m sure all Cadre trainers do, an incredibly passionate and powerful presentation. 
It was interactive and by the time we finished we had most of the answers on what we each wanted to take back to our clubs to implement immediately.  In addition to being informative and enlightening, it gave us a boost and the motivation needed to keep us working at growing, engaging, and retaining our membership through our recommended best practices “tool-kit,” Ignite.
We were able to attract to the event a mixed group of Rotarians.  Represented were all age groups, genders, club and district leadership, and a variety of clubs.  We succeeded in doing this the old fashioned way.  We promoted, promoted and promoted some more.  Our AG’s and area Membership Coordinators were selling the event to their respective clubs. We posted the event on social media, our district website and newsletter.  Our District IT guru, Nancy Paulson sent out multiple and strategically staggered emails to our district leadership, Presidents, and membership chairs.  The registration process was designed for me to receive emails as Rotarians were registering to the event giving me an idea if we were succeeding in promoting.  We offered the seminar free of charge, with breakfast included, from 8:30am to 1:00pm.
We had very positive feedback from our first seminar and I quote “that’s the best membership training we’ve had.”  It was really helpful to have a “new face” (someone outside of our District) to deliver a very similar message to what we have been providing.  
We are in the process of planning another Cadre event in the Laredo, Texas area in January or February and the next in the Corpus Christi area.  Our district covers a large land area and we want to give all Rotarians in our district the opportunity to experience the Cadre training.  Our district is committed to the Foundation, Public Image and Membership trilogy squad concept.  I am confident this training will prove to be very beneficial in our Membership Development strategic plan. 
Luis Cavazos
District 5930 Lt. Governor of Membership