On the last PASS Regional Mentor call it was announced that (on a trail basis) the Regional Mentors would be allowed a fixed budget of money to recoup travel expenses for getting out and seeing chapters in their region.
This is AMAZING for regions like mine (Canada) which span thousands and thousands of kilometers (or miles for my friends in the south) to be able to go out and meet some of the Chapter leaders and members face to face. The first chapter I decided to go see and speak at was #OKPASS (Okanagan PASS). For those of you that don’t know the Okanagan is in the interior of British Columbia Canada and not where Mr. Miyagi from the Karate Kid is from (Okinawa).
Driving to OKPASS would take approx 11 hours (due to having to navigate through the Rocky Mountains)… flying there takes 50 minutes.
This was the inaugural (or Kick-Off) meeting for OKPASS so it just seemed like the logical choice so that not only can they have a warm body presenter there but also so I could help the new Chapter Leaders (Jamie @littlefuzz and Melody @KootenayDBA) with any questions/concerns they might have.
The meeting went great and I am looking forward to the next time I can get out to this beautiful region. Any speakers that are planning a trip to B.C. or have the means to find your way there I HIGHLY recommend it as Kelowna (the biggest city in the Okanagan) is probably the most beautiful city in Canada. It’s surrounded by mountains and beautiful lakes and would be a great place to spend a few days for a little RnR.
HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to PASS for putting this type of benefit in for the Regional Mentors (if only on a trail basis for now) as it helps not only me as a Regional Mentor but the chapters as well to get more “face time” and a warm body presenter in the room.
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