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June-July 2020 | Regulars

Tony Black – Rotary International Director’s Column

Tony Black – Rotary International Director’s Column

Tony Black, Rotary International Director, shares his thought on how the Rotary community has supported one another during COVID-19 pandemic.

How are you all coping with the COVID-19 restrictions?

Many of you are in the front lines of our communities’ fight against coronavirus.

The work being done by Rotarians is truly impressive.

Others, like me, are in lockdown or restricted movement.

I have been lucky that I have my Rotary work, albeit by email or social media, and my garden to keep me busy.

Whatever position we are in is difficult and we need to be ever mindful of our own health and well-being as well as of those around us.

Staying in contact with your club members is particularly important whether this is by social media or by a simple phone call.

We need to be ever mindful of our own health and well-being as well as of those around us.”

We are now living in a completely different world and there are going to be many changes over the next few years – many for the better.

Such as volunteering, looking at what we are doing to our environment. We need to be the leaders and enhance what we have gained over the last few months.

Our use and understanding of modern technology has been quite spectacular and may well be part of our future. Do we need face to face meetings every week? Do we really need to have a meal?

Maybe virtual meetings and conferences will be the norm for many. Some may attend face to face meetings virtually, a club meeting face to face but bring in a speaker virtually from anywhere in the world.

It is amazing how groups/clubs have got together for virtual coffee mornings, virtual tea parties even virtual wine tasting.

The potential is endless, we just need to open our minds.

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