By DG Cindi O’Neil

We volunteered during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and during the continuing effort to eradicate Polio. Now Rotary steps forward again to help eradicate COVID-19.  On a Saturday morning over 20 Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Eugene volunteered to assist tired county workers with the COVID-19 vaccine clinics.  Liz Ness and Assistant Governor Pete Gribskov put out the call for volunteers after making inquiries with the Lane County Health Department.  And immediately Rotary members volunteered in a weekend effort that vaccinated just over 3700 people.

In Corvallis a there was a similar scene of Rotary volunteers working all day to help community members navigate the vaccine clinic there, among them our very own DG Elect Gerry Kosanovic and Executive Assistant Governor, Michele Kellison.

Reports from vaccine volunteer and Rotarian Linda Johnson, RC Bend Oregon, is that vaccine clinics are the new “happy place.”  These are places where there are smiles of new hope and optimism that our life will gradually return to normal.

In support of Clubs that are assisting with the COVID vaccine clinics our District is supplying Rotary branded safety vests.  Email DG Cindi O’Neil at to receive them for your club.