Welcome to May, the theme of Youth Service! Let’s focus on engaging our Interactors and Rotaractors. They didn’t finish the school term; the high school seniors were bereft of the rights of passage (senior day, prom, traditional graduation). Our young adults need our guidance, experience and interaction more than ever! And we need their exuberance, joie de vivre, technical skills and ideas for serving our communities–through their life lenses. Reach out to our teens and young adults to strengthen and Grow Rotary?
As Rotarians, our world is ever changing. No RI Convention? No District Conference? No face-to-face Rotary meetings? ZOOM? No Rotary Youth Exchange for 2020-2021? No RYLA? We have a “Stay in Place” order from the RI Board of Directors until December 31, 2020. That decision affects us all and all of our programs/events.
But on the brighter side, despite our natural resistance to change, we are more tech savvy, we are embracing our social interaction with club members via digital get togethers and we continue our AWESOME work feeding our communities! (PLEASE be sure to enter all food amounts and community service hours into Rotary Club Central! This adds to the enhancement of our good works in Rotaryland.)
Regarding changes to Rotary, many significant implementations and cancellations are in the wind due to the coronavirus:
- No in person meetings worldwide, including Rotary staff and executives.
- Rotary staff to not travel to various trainings, unless permitted by the RI President.
- The Rotary umbrella liability insurance coverage to not cover pandemic or communicable disease claims, effective July 1, 2020.
- PETS and GETS training may be via Zoom and/or webinar.
- International Assembly may be via the same digital platform, if less than 40% cannot attend.
- The 2020 RI Convention will be digital on June 20-26, 2020; details to follow when finalized.
- “Shelter in Place” for meetings/events until December 31, 2020; Rotary Board of Directors to address/reassess as the deadline approaches.
We are in a historical time–very much in the midst of the unknown–until an effective vaccine is produced. We must remain fluid and open to change, all the while maintaining social distancing and personal hygiene. Embrace Zoom social events, fireside chats, membership moments and terrific guest speakers from around the globe.
Stay safe. Be well. And see you soon on Zoom!
Donna Gaiser, District Governor