I'm back again, but this time I'm fortunate enough to have the very capable Dana Rozycki as my co-President! As the saying goes, many hands make light work and I have already been very grateful that Dana has been able to take the helm at our Zoom meetings when I haven't been available. Not only that, he has successfully shepherded our application for the PPE grant through the right channels!
Dana and I both recently attended a Zoom meeting with the new District Governor, Steve Puderbaugh, and other club presidents within our district. We were able to listen in on how other clubs are handling their meetings and fundraising activities. Most, like our club, seem to be attempting a mix of Zoom meetings with a few in-person gatherings when there is an open space available. One club hosts its social meeting on Zoom and instead of contributing money for Happy Dollars, everyone takes a drink... Reminds me of my college days, only with a more positive twist!
Like many of you, I long for the time when we can once again meet in person on a regular basis without having to social distance or wear face masks. I don't know when that will be, but in the meantime it is important that we stay safe and work within the COVID regulations to the best of our ability. Some chafe under the restrictions and regulations and others take comfort from them, depending on individual experience. We can all extend grace to those who see things differently from us and that is an embodiment of the 4-Way test. Our Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce is another way that I hope we as Rotarians can learn how to offer grace to those in our community. Seeing things from someone else's perspective is one of the best ways I know of to build bridges and create community. I'm looking forward to what the Taskforce has to recommend in the weeks ahead!
Yours in Rotary Service,