Our BEST IDEAS for Club Service During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Updated April, 2020
This is our time!  Rotarians rise to challenges.  Consider what we have done in polio eradication!  No one — not even the World Health Organization — thought back in 1985 that we could accomplish what we have.  Now we are faced with a new challenge — helping beat back a novel coronavirus that is keeping us from working like we are used to, shoulder to shoulder in fellowship, friendship and with Rotary’s trademark determination.   
We have been on the phone and videoconferences with Rotarians from in and out of our District, learning about service opportunities from Districts across the country.  Enclosed you will find a list of THE BEST IDEAS that we have encountered for how we can serve others in these difficult times.  
June 2020 News
Dear Rotarians…..
During my year as District Governor I have referenced in many of my in-person, written and video communications the 24 most important words in Rotary.  For my final monthly video I couldn’t think of anything more important than sending you a message about the words that bind Rotarians around the world together in a common purpose to create opportunity and remove obstacles so that people can reach their full potential.  
Thank you for joining me on this journey and for allowing me to serve and celebrate with you during this Rotary year and in the years to come.
Please watch my June message here: 
With deep respect and appreciation,
DG David
We know that some of the 2019-20 Rotary Citation goals may be difficult for clubs to achieve during this pandemic, so we’ve revised the requirements. Instead of achieving five of the nine goals in the Unite People and Take Action categories, clubs now need to achieve at least three goals in each of these categories. The Presidential Distinction requirements remain the same, and clubs still need to be in good standing to be eligible. 

We appreciate the work you continue to do during this time and are looking forward to seeing the creative ways in which clubs achieve their goals. Clubs can still report their achievements as described in the Achievement Guide and use the Rotary Citation Recipients report on My Rotary to check their progress. Contact us at riawards@rotary.org if you have any questions. 
                  Hello again! I do have some sad news; this is my last article as District Governor for the monthly Rotary Newsletter! But of course, with sad news, there is always a positive aspect of it! Ashton Bialek-Kling is taking over, as he is the new Interact District Governor for 2020-2021! I am very thankful for having the opportunity to be included in the Newsletter, as I hoped that in my year as DG, I could help build a better connection between Rotary and Interact! I would like to give a special shout-out to David Simmer, for being an amazing Rotary District Governor, PDG Jim Erickson, for letting me be included in the newsletter; and I am especially grateful for you, the readers, for being such a great audience to write to.
                  Though I am sad that this is my last couple weeks of being District Governor, I know Ashton and his Executive Team will make this next year of Interact great! They are all full of passion and interest for Interact and Rotary. 
The District Evening of Entertainment originally scheduled for March 21, 2020 has been rescheduled for Saturday November 7, 2020.  If you had seats for the March 21st date, you will have the same seats for the November 7th date.  If you did not purchase seats for March 21st, now would be a good time to get this on your calendar and join with many of your fellow District Rotarians for an evening of food, fun and entertainment.
If necessary due to public health requirements, Barleens is prepared to perform two (2) shows for us.  With this in mind, now is the time to purchase tickets to this event if you have not yet done so. To purchase tickets for the event, contact Harvey Clark.