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August-September 2020 | Regulars

Tony Black – Rotary International Director’s Column

Tony Black – Rotary International Director’s Column

Rotary International Director, Tony Black, reflects on lockdown as restrictions are being released, and what the future could hold.

As we are all slowly coming out of lockdown and everything seems to be coming back to normal, we should always be aware that at some stage we might have to go backwards before moving forward again.

Just like in Rotary, it is not always plain sailing. We will make mistakes in some of the things that we do, but learn from these mistakes, so that everything will hopefully work better the next time.

Many of our fellow Rotarians are doing fantastic work in our communities, whether working in the NHS or care homes, pulling together, collecting or delivering food parcels, producing PPE and much much more – remember some of our members are doing their bit by still staying in lockdown for whatever reason.

Just like in Rotary, it is not always plain sailing. We will make mistakes in some of the things that we do, but learn from these mistakes, so that everything will hopefully work better the next time.”

Many of us have been on Zoom meetings (other options are available) and many have had visitors from all over the world. Whether Past Rotary International President Mark Maloney meant his theme to be something else, we have proved that Rotary really does Connect the World.

As we come more and more out of lockdown, we Rotarians will find more and more that Rotary Opens Opportunities to help our communities, and hopefully find new members who found that volunteering is really fantastic and want to do more.

We may have to change how we do things but that is no bad thing.

Whether Past Rotary International President Mark Maloney meant his theme to be something else, we have proved that Rotary really does Connect the World.”

We have found new ways to have meetings and communicate with our members.

Whatever suits you and your club may well- well not suit another.

Find out how you and your club want to do it and do not be hidebound by what we used to do.

All of us are doing our bit for the good of our communities, and hopefully in the not too distant future we will be able to speak to each other face to face, whether at our club meetings, coffee mornings, or whatever, and never forgetting those meeting on line.

Until then keep up the good work and stay safe.

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