In spite of the challenges we have all faced this past year, there are still so many things for each of us to be thankful for. As the nights grow cooler and we move into Fall, the foliage is becoming absolutely radiant.
That is a boon to my spirit and I hope to yours as well.
Another boon to my spirit is being able to meet with fellow Rotarian, either in person or virtually, to find ways we can still make a difference and offer service to our community. In some strange ways, this pandemic has actually opened doors of communication with people we would not have been in touch with before. We can have speakers from around the world because of Zoom and we can have local leaders and speakers in person. We have been able to donate to more regional causes such as the dairy program that Kristin Reed brought to our attention as well as the grant for the masks for SVMC and the monetary donation to the GBIC food pantry. We have purchased cows for an orphanage in Kenya and have still had our suitcase project help the local community.
At times like these, it can be so easy to focus only on the difficulties and challenges we face, but as Rotarians, I believe that we are called to focus on the solutions and places where we can be of most help. I know that meeting virtually can be a challenge not only in terms of technology, but for myself anyway, I find it difficult to participate as spontaneously as in person, but on the plus side, it can make attendance possible from anywhere, like Spain! I loved that Kristin Reed was able to attend meetings this year that normally she would have missed; a silver lining to a potentially challenging situation! I believe that the creation and work of the Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce is also a silver lining to a very difficult situation; one of the goals of the taskforce, as I understand it, will be to spark and encourage meaningful discussions about how we experience both diversity and inclusion or exclusion.
None of us knows what the future holds but I am confident that we Rotarians will be there, offering service above self and ready to lend a hand… and that is a hopeful thing!
Yours in Rotary Service,