CANCELLED - LA5 Homecoming featuring Andrew Russell, President & CEO, KCET and PBS SoCal

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538 S. Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

CANCELLED - LA5 Homecoming featuring Andrew Russell, President & CEO, KCET and PBS SoCal

3/12/20 5:00pm

During the last hour, I have seen tomorrow's Rotary meeting fall apart. Younger members have cancelled because they must stay home with children whose schools have been closed. Of our older members, several are cancelling under advice from a spouse or a doctor. Many former members are cancelling—the very audience we intended to welcome “home”. Most importantly, I have been advised by health officials who have urged me to not hold meetings like the ones we have planned this weekend.

Friends, I am heartbroken. I have looked forward to this for such a long time. So much work has gone into planning these special events; but my head and my heart both tell me that we really must postpone the events scheduled for this weekend, including: 1) tomorrow’s lunch meeting, 2) Saturday’s Kings game (which was cancelled by the NHL) and 3) the wine tasting event on Sunday.

I have truly resisted taking this action at every step; but I must finally conclude that it is the responsible thing to do even if it is not the popular thing to do. If you are disappointed...trust me, not half as much as I am.

I have not given up on this dream and hope to reschedule these events in the near future. Also, I intend to communicate soon about any disruption to future meetings. Please stay safe. Give each other a little space and a lot of grace.We’ll get through this.

Rick M. Gibson


President, Rotary Club of Los Angeles 2019-2020