DM Rotary’s Nov 19th ZOOM meeting was an Official Club Visit by our D5500 DG Diane Ventura- Goodyear and our Assistant DG Marc Snow.
   Diane learned more about the Club Directors and their current roles & responsibilities, met the club’s newest members, and was updated on the club’s goals, activities, and collaborations.
     She spoke about the current pandemic, that no Rotarian should feel compelled to attend in-person during the pandemic, and highlighted some opportunities for guest speakers, attending other club meetings, and other opportunities.
    Our DG spoke about many new things put into place by the District to help us navigate, including significant leadership & Toastmaster training on, 10 Zoom licenses, Quick Books Live, the region 26/27 virtual fundraising platforms available, and now having both a district treasurer & bookkeeper.
     Diane emphasized how Rotary is changing, how Rotarians must have unity, work with each other, think outside the box, and should “go for it” with any new and creative ideas.
     A few planned events were discussed, including a virtual Four-Way Test Contest in April, and the District Conference in Tubac being a hybrid event.
    Diane shared several messages from the RI President, including:
  • Don’t focus on headcount, but select members carefully and then communicate & engage them.
  • Embrace new club types (satellite, eClubs, fellowship clubs, other).
  • Club member’s ages not so important, as long as clubs can think outside the box.
  • Continue to support polio eradication.
  • Interacts & Rotaracts are strongly supported.
  • Hold a strategic meeting every year, a district vision team “Re-imaging Rotary after Covid” can help.
     Other suggestions included: wearing your Rotary garb daily to create opportunities to introduce Rotary to others, donating to the Rotary Foundation with Rotary Direct, and using the Brand Center for brochures / business cards / logo updates.
     In appreciation of the DG and Assistant DGs visit, our club donated $100 to Polio Plus.