Rotary Club of Los Angeles President's Message

COVID-19

Recently, a coworker asked me how my weekend was. I told him it was exactly  like my weekday. The days are already beginning to blend together, but we are hanging in there SAFE AT HOME. I hope you are, too. 

This new virtual reality doesn’t mean we can’t get together to accomplish some projects and have some fun along the way. The Scholarship Committee and the Children’s Court Committee are working to bring their respective programs to fruition. The Service Committee is identifying frontline service groups we can support and the Foundation Committee will continue its effort to raise dollars for future Community Grants which will undoubtedly be needed. Meanwhile, the LA5 Care Team is developing a calling tree, a club needs survey, and a job share program to assist the needs of our own members. These will all need a little time to come on board, but our club is taking action in this new reality and I am grateful for each member who is joyfully taking action. 

With regard to meetings, we will begin a regular weekly Rotary Zoom meeting this Friday, March 27, at 11:30 am. Unless there is a special program or speaker, these meetings will last 30-45 minutes. We will share in some Rotary traditions, share Rotary news, and encourage one another. Some of our speakers have agreed to join us by Zoom. We’ll let you know week to week whether the meeting is being extended to accommodate additional programming. As always, our Club newsletter, El Rodeo continues to be a great source of information and we’ll do our best to keep the calendar up to date and archive these messages on our website. 

LOOK FOR AN INVITATION TO THIS WEEK’S ZOOM MEETING IN A SUBSEQUENT EMAIL

In addition, several members are working on virtual social opportunities. Some are planning a regular virtual cocktail hour and an online poker tournament. (That last one is still just a rumor, but who knows. Stay tuned.) PLEASE NOTE: For planning purposes, these virtual meetings will take place at least through the end of April. If we have learned anything through this crisis it is to remain flexible. In other words, this schedule is subject to change; but that is the plan for now.

One thing that is not subject to change is the 2020 Rotary International Conference. Sadly it has been cancelled as has the District 5280 Conference

Remember to stay close to one another virtually and by phone. Live according to the Four Way Test, and let the “virus of kindness” spread faster and further than Covid-19. Look for an invitation to this week’s meeting in a subsequent email. Let me know how you are doing.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Rick