Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

 
 
Rotary District 5750 supports the great work of 36 active community-based clubs with nearly 2,000 Rotarians.  In addition to our clubs’ amazing and impactful work, our District also promotes incredible programs that enrich lives near and far. To find out more, check out www.rotary.org to find a club near you or peruse our club directory in the menu above to visit your nearest club this week!
 
DISTRICT 5750 NEWS
 
Together, we FIGHT CORONAVIRUS! Club President's please check your email. All clubs encouraged to join in the fight.

Rotary District 5750 is offering a SPECIAL 1-for-1 Grant to fight COVID-19. We have purchased HAND SANITIZER from Prairie Wolf Spirits to distribute to first responders: Fire, Police, Sheriff, Hospital and Nursing Homes.
 
 Guidelines:
  • Complete and email the commitment form to lance@lancesingleton.com.
  • District will match dollar for dollar.
  • Hand sanitizer to be a donation to first responders and those in need. (No fundraising, please.)
  • Deadline: April 6, 2020
  • Product available in ½ gal. units. LIMITED QUANTITIES!
  • CLUB cost:  $12 – ½ gal.
  • Pick up starts April 6, 9 am – 3 pm, Sunbelt Industries, 8017 N Walker Ave, OKC, OK
  • Email Maggie.Clark@trilogy-alliance.com to confirm pick up date.
  • Call 405-843-1275 upon arrival. Club order will be brought to your vehicle (safe distancing).
  • Bring your own boxes or storage bins for travel.
  • Clubs may want to purchase small (2 to 8 oz) spray bottles for distribution.
  • Label template available at rotary5750.org. (Files section -right here on the home page.)
  • Details and commitment form just to the right of this story - Files section.
 

How suddenly our lives have changed…in almost every way possible. The “new normal” is anything but normal! While we are faced with anxieties during the Coronavirus pandemic, we will persevere. We will be stronger. Together, we…Connect.
 
We’ve all created alternative ways to stay in touch with your family and your Rotary family. Now is the time to keep engaged. Take a few minutes and visit Rotary5750.org and review some ideas to maintain engagement with your club. Social distancing and “Shelter in Place” (stay at home, except for necessary trips) should not stand in the way. Be creative and share your ideas on the district Facebook page.
 
In this time of need, think of ways your club can help your community. Providing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), food and toiletries to those in need., shopping for those who cannot or should not be out, mentoring and reading to students via online, and the list goes on. Again, share what your club is doing.
 
Floyd Lancia, our Rotary International Director recently stated “From the strength of our economy, to the reliability of our political leadership, and to our individual resilience, we are now in a critical situation that will have profound consequences for how we work and act as citizens, neighbors and Rotarians.”
 
He continued, “Rotary will be measured by its ability to have handled this adversity and uncertainty, and Rotary’s ability to put interests of the organization ahead of individuals – just as it has in our efforts to eradicate Polio. It sounds easy, but it won’t be. Many of us have made sacrifices before, but this time is going to be different. I believe as you do: If Rotary does not get involved, we will have failed in the most fundamental tenet of Rotary and this is, undoubtedly, the time to react.”
 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, stricken with polio at the age of 39 served our great nation during some of the most trying times, the Great Depression and World War II. He brought hope as he promised prompt and vigorous action. President Roosevelt helped Americans to regain faith by his words of encouragement. One of his quotes is so applicable today. He said, “The great fact to remember is that the trend of civilization itself is forever upward; that a line drawn through the middle of the peaks and the valleys of the centuries always has an upward trend.”
 
Rest assured, together we’ve endured storms in the past; and we came out better because of them. What we learn from this adversity will grow our character and help us to rediscover what matters most. The future may be different than we planned, but it will be brighter than we’d imagined possible.
 
So, keep doing all you can. Be proactive in helping your family, fellow neighbor and Rotarian. We are Rotary; and in times like these, I am so grateful for my Rotary family. Be safe.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Lance Singleton
District Governor 2019-2020

 

FULL NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE HERE

Rotary International leaders recommend following local, national, and WHO health advisories and cancelling or postponing in-person district and club meetings and events in the near term to reduce risk of transmission of the coronavirus:

Dear Fellow Rotarian,

The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to support the Rotary Clubs of District 5750 in their efforts to maintain engagement during times when many clubs have reduced in-person meetings, projects or social events. We have developed this guide with ideas and strategies for Club Leaders to consider. The following is an offering of support, not a requirement. Club Leaders are encouraged to consult with their boards to assess and determine which strategies will be useful on the local level.

None of these strategies is a replacement for timely, transparent and regular communication with your members about your plans to continue modified operations throughout this time. Be sure that all committee and office leaders in your club are equipped with consistent messaging to minimize confusion to your members and to streamline communications about changes as they arise. Consider sending brief weekly updates to your members or provide a timeline for when decisions will be reviewed and modified if necessary.

Have a great strategy that’s working for you? Send details to District Secretary Megan Law so it may be added to this guide and shared with others. 

View the complete guide Here: https://rotary5750.org/sitepage/maintaining-engagement

 
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