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Governor Robert Spellen - "Building Leaders to Lead"

Governor Robert Spellen


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“BUILDING LEADERS TO LEAD” - Governor Oct 1 2019 to Sept 31

Dear Fellow Kiwanian’s

A new administrative year 2019 – 2020 is about to start, and I can guarantee you that this year will be promising, successful and building many new leaders to make this world a better place for our children.

Yes…this is what we are going to concentrate on this year:

” Building Leaders to Lead”

We all have joined this wonderful organization Kiwanis for a reason. A reason to make and improve the lives of the so many children out there that are suffering for one reason or the other we have promised and pledged that we will look after them and the only way we can do this is by having and building leaders to take that lead.

Leadership is a complex topic. What does it mean to be a good leader, how do good leaders know when to lead and when to step back, and how is it to be an effective leader.

Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex and moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good for the future of all.

Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure the impact lasts in your absence.

Leaders need to provide a strategy and direction and give members the tools that enable them to gather information and insight from around the world. Leaders shouldn’t try to make every decision. They should delegate. As a leader, you can be tough on yourself and you raise the standard for everybody; however you should be very caring because you want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be you or a leader in the future.

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, not rude; be kind, not weak; be bold, not a bully; be thoughtful, not lazy; be humble, not timid; be proud, not arrogant; and have humor without folly.

  • Leadership is about impact, influence, and inspiration.

  • Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others.

  • Leadership is the ability to communicate something people want

  • Leadership is someone who holds her or himself accountable for finding the potential in people and processes.

Ultimately, leadership is not a glorious crowning act. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.”

  • Never dream about success you have to work for it and

  • Success is the difference you make in people’s lives.

So I encourage you to go out there and show that we are the leaders building the future for our loved ones, “The Kids”. I ask that each one of you be that individual and let us build on the future, let us grow new clubs, new SLP programs, and grow membership. More clubs, more members we can better and improve the future of our Kids.

Dream of success, work for Success and you will see the difference you make in the lives of the Children of the world.

“Kids need Kiwanis and Kiwanis needs Kids”

Governor Robert (Bob) Spellen

2019 – 2020

Building Leaders to Lead.

Governors Message Re: Covid-19 - March 23 2020

To my EC&C Lieutenant Governor and fellow Kiwanians,

In light of the developments around the world regarding the Coronavirus, we are currently in a situation that none of us

could ever have imagined, but now have to face.

It is not a pleasant experience, but we need to accept the responsibility and take care of ourselves, our loved ones, our partners, our children, the rest of our family and all those we care about. Above all, we all want to look after the future of the children whose lives we touch, with encouragement, reassurance and well thought out words of caution. This pandemic “Covid-19” is not something to take lightly.

I urge you all to follow the instructions given by the WHO and your local medical organizations. Remain isolated in either your home, or at work. Practice safe distancing. Knowing the difficulties we now have to face, we can all help prevent this situation from spreading and becoming even more disastrous.

Let us use these days to reflect and strengthen our ability improve our own lives, and those of others, in this difficult time. Perhaps the great almighty has created this opportunity for a reason, causing us to slowdown, communicate more with each other, to show more appreciation and love towards one another and to help us to understand the value of humility. Let us use this moment to better recognize how we can help our communities where the outbreak is hurting all.

To my fellow Kiwanians, it’s upon us, we must show our love and appreciation towards the world and one another. Our year has been touched for a reason. Let us make that reason truly resound by making this Kiwanis year one of our most rewarding yet.

I wish you all the strength to stay positive. Let us hope this pandemic ends soon and I look forward talking to each one of you in due course.

Yours in service.

Governor Bob.

GE. Robert (Bob) Spellen

L.G. Smith Boulevard # 9

Oranjestad, Aruba

Tel: (297)583-0658 Cel: (297) 593-4006