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

 

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