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Dear Fellow Rotarians
 
Today we find ourselves in very unprecedented times, times that no one could have ever imagined. 
 
Now is the time to communicate, stay in touch with one another and be the good in the world. We are people of action serving our communities, our world and today we will continue to do just that in very different ways.
 
There have been many cancellations over the past few days from the unfortunate and abrupt ending to PETS last Friday after lunch, to your District Conference Committee cancelling our upcoming annual District Conference scheduled for May 8-9 2020. This was followed by the disappointing and sad news from Rotary International President Mark Maloney late last evening that our International Convention in Hawaii is also cancelled.
 
Please join the District 6380 Facebook Group if you are not already a member. 
 
Tonight at 5:30 PM ET,  I will host a Facebook Live event,  to bring you up to date on where our District is now and share some thoughts of what we can do to serve  in the coming days and months.
 
Rotary will continue to Connect the World !
 
This horrible pandemic will not deter us, we are people of action and when called upon we will deliver, it may slow us down momentarily but it will not win.
 
Prayers and deep concern to you and your loved ones for good health, stay safe and please remember to stay in, lets flatten the curve. 
 
Remember  always wash your hands 🧼!

"Sparky"
Don Leonard
Rotary Club of Chatham
Past President 2014-2015
District Governor 2019-2020

 
Comments:
From Sujit Pandit
One excellent way to greet each other is to use the Indian form of greeting Namaste, with both hand together in front of you . Another good way is the Japanese bowing gently. 
 

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.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.

We know that clubs and districts are seizing the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and are making better use of technology in this time of need. For example, a Rotary e-club in Italy held a live online session about COVID-19 awareness, a Taiwan club worked with companies and a pharmacy association to donate 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the city of Ji-Long, and Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka helped upgrade software and hardware for the health promotion bureau to assist its social messaging.

We cannot know quite yet what path this virus will take. We know we can play a role to help “flatten the curve,” reducing the number of cases in the short term to allow our health systems to address this issue. If the collective global effort helps bring the situation under control, then we hope to re-embrace our core values at the 2020 Rotary Convention in Honolulu. Our time together will have greater meaning and purpose than ever.

Please know that we are taking a close, continuing look at our plans for the convention in June to make sure all attendees’ safety will be protected. We are following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for their guidance. We want you to be able to make decisions about what is best for you and your families in terms of attending this year’s event.

In the meantime, this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the Worldin innovative ways. We should be closely following the advice of the WHO and local health authorities. Again, this includes canceling Rotary club events and meetings in the short term to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections. We can put a greater emphasis on the work we do in our communities by helping our less fortunate neighbors cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.

We are dealing with this situation in real time. Please visit the rotary.org COVID-19 response page for ongoing updates.

This is an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotarians to find new, meaningful ways to lead individuals and communities to connect and do good in the world.

We have never been prouder to be part of an organization that does so much to protect and strengthen our communities, at home and across the globe.

Kindest regards,

Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020, President, Rotary International
Holger Knaack
2020-21, President, Rotary International 
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EVANSTON, ILLINOIS 60201-3698 USA
ROTARY.ORG

 

District Celebration, originally scheduled for May 8-9 2020 has been cancelled!
 
 
 
 
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Mount Clemens Rotary Club 100-year Gala Celebration
Rescheduled for August 14. More information to follow.
 
Rachel - Year 2
CK clubs supported the distribution of laptops and RACHEL systems to Guatemalan schools.
 
click on photo for story and photos.
 
January 10, 2020 was the start of Eyecare Kenya’s 3rd annual eye care mission.
 
click on photo for details including photos from the mission providing eyecare for those in need in the Bahati constituency located in Nakuru Kenya
 
Birmingham-Bloomfield Eagle highlights Bloomfield Rotary Club
 
click on photo for full story.
 
Re-UNION Celebration Dinner with John Hewko - available on YouTube.
 
Click on photo to watch on YouTube.
 
 
Rotary Club of Howell donates $42,000 to the Livingston County United Way
and celebrates the 2019 Tour de Livingston.
 
And the Howell Interact Club raises money to support families affected by cancer
 
 
Welding Training in Mexico - Jim Lawrence, Livingston Sunrise
 
 
Dexter's Interact Club is partnering with the Dexter Rotary Club to raise money for Shelter Box.
 
 
 
Chelsea Rotarians
cooked dinner for 40 people at the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor which houses 31 families who have children receiving medical care at Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor. 
 

On January 29, Saline Rotarians

joined forces with employees of EWIE to pack boxes of “home essentials” to send to the families that participated in the Mullick Challenge event in December.

 

Warren Rotary packed almost 1,900 lbs of peaches

at Gleaners on January 28

Rochester Rotary Awards Grant to Rochester Area Youth Assistance

click on image for story
 
Rotary Help Veterans during Holidays
The Ann Arbor club partnered up with Thomson Reuters to deliver personal hygiene kits to veterans in Ann Arbor right in time for the holidays!
 
 
Ann Arbor West Rotarians Julie & Bruce Dunbar delivery gifts like Santa!
 
 
 Bala Murthy selected as  District Governor Nominee Designate
 
 
Exchange Student raises $4800 for Eye Clinic in Kenya.
 
 
Click to see the sale of Rochester's our Poinsettia sale! All sold to help support the local community!
 
 
 
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