As we bridge between two Rotary years I find it very inspirational to reflect on our annual Rotary International themes.  We are in the final few months of “Rotary Connects the World” and about to embark on “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.  As our world faces COVID-19 and we are challenged to rethink the way in which we connect to our communities and the world, we are definitely seeing the doors of opportunity open up.
 
We’ve seen pandemics before, albeit not to this extent. For Rotarians, this is a time for serious leadership, the very kind of serious leadership Rotarians and their clubs display every day, in crisis or not. We are People of Action and we must remain calm, resolute with resolve. During this time of 'Staying Home' we have opportunities to CONNECT with those in our sphere of influence that we haven’t spoken with in years and OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITIES for MILLENNIALS to join our ranks. We can beat this insidious virus. Together We Are Stronger.  Let’s do this for Rotary!
 
There is no better time to be a Rotarian, to join Rotary and to help our communities.  We’ve been eradicating Polio, alleviating poverty and restoring peace since 1905 and we’ll continue doing our part to end this epidemic.  While events and activities have been postponed, our Service Above Self has not.  The Spirit of Rotary is alive and well.
 
-- Bob Artis, District Governor

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