COVID-19 Update from District 5110

Happy St Patty’s Day to all … May the luck of the Irish fall upon us. Your D5110 leadership team is constantly reviewing the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak and considering how we as Rotary can help in the process of “Flattening the Curve.” We are working with the club presidents to help shutter our club gatherings, cancelling district events and monitoring our Youth Exchange participants to provide the best and safest environment for our communities.

Here is one of the best links I have seen on the impact that helping create the social distancing can do.

As Rotarians and clubs there are activities or projects, we can help do to keep our communities and friends supported and connected. Our acts of kindness will not go unnoticed. We are Rotary!

  • Have a few members reach out to those in need, especially your older members offering to pick up essentials from the grocery store and deliver to them as well as prescriptions if needed etc.
  • Take a look at your social networks to see where people are seeking help. Just today a close friend of ours who manages a senior living center posted a simple plea for help with Toilet Paper. I texted him back and 10 minutes later I left a case at his entrance and asked what other shopping I might provide. These are the acts of kindness Rotary should be doing.
  • Start a dialog between members of things needed. i.e. I have plenty of T.P., bleach, Advil etc. encouraging them to ASK if they are in need of something by simply hitting reply all on the email, to encourage people to stay home as much as possible.
  • Students are home, younger parents have to work, if they are not telecommuting. Consider a helping hand or just a simple voice of support. Healthy older youth might be available for sitting or taking children outside to provide breaks while still practicing safe distancing. Young parents are stressed with work and family obligations confronting them. We can help reduce that stress through our acts of kindness. They are not alone in this journey.
  • As a District we are setting up a “Blog” area on our website where we can all share stories, opportunities to help and the creative ways we can still stay engaged. We will be setting up a Zoom account for our clubs to use to hold virtual meetings if they need and hold trainings or gatherings to stay engaged and connected.
  • We are meeting weekly as leadership and with the Assistant Governors to help develop the latest information on Rotary to pass along to your club presidents for where to help, different options to meet virtually, projects to consider.
  • Knut Torvik and his Youth Exchange Committee are working directly with the families of our exchange students as the parents involved make decisions on how to proceed. Each case is unique and has tough decisions for them to make about how and what to do. We can all consider sending an email, making a call or writing a card to these young students that are far from home in an uncertain world.

I loved this post and it reminded me of what Rotary stands for. It’s our neighborhood and Mr. Rogers captured the moment.

Let’s all be safe and help flatten the curve by doing our part, but let’s all make a difference by offering an act of kindness along the way.

DG Rick Olson