Thursday, March 19, 2020
VOL. NINETY SIX,  Issue 38
While our weekly meetings at the Yacht Club are suspended due to the COVID 19 outbreak the board is still exploring ways for us to stay connected. We are researching online or virtual meetings, giving you the chance still hear interesting and educational speakers.  We will publish resources for you to stay connected with the great works of Rotary, and here is your first opportunity!  Our District 5020 has a goal to have all Rotarians take an online training course on Youth Protection. It is a simple training tool and a good refresher for all of us.  Please use this link to start your training. As an incentive Past President Becky Fontaine will donate $2 per person for everyone who takes the training!  The money will be donated to our auction.   
Letter from Rotary International President Mark Maloney
The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for people who, like us, are at our best when we are learning, growing, and serving—together.

We are also leaders in our communities, and these times call for leadership. In many ways, this also is our time. We have proven abilities to reach out and collaborate to offer immediate help to people in need at a rapid pace. These are precisely the skills needed all over the world today. The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. Rotary has the unique ability to help improve those efforts in every community and every country.

Using all the technology we have at our disposal, we as Rotarians can continue to reach out and collaborate on big projects with Rotary clubs, Rotaractors, and Interactors. There are a number of examples where Rotary clubs are helping health authorities communicate best practices or provide needed equipment or support that have been shared with our leaders around the world.

As Rotary’s president and president-elect, we have been thinking of these issues very seriously in regard to upcoming Rotary events. As you may be aware, we have made the difficult decision to cancel two Rotary Presidential Conferences honoring our relationship with the United Nations- one in Paris, another in Rome. In the near term, we recommend that Rotary districts and clubs cancel or postpone meetings or events following the advice of national and local health officials.

We know that clubs and districts are seizing the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and are making better use of technology in this time of need. For example, a Rotary e-club in Italy held a live online session about COVID-19 awareness, a Taiwan club worked with companies and a pharmacy association to donate 1,600 bottles of hand sanitizer to the city of Ji-Long, and Rotary clubs in Sri Lanka helped upgrade software and hardware for the health promotion bureau to assist its social messaging.

We cannot know quite yet what path this virus will take. We know we can play a role to help “flatten the curve,” reducing the number of cases in the short term to allow our health systems to address this issue. If the collective global effort helps bring the situation under control, then we hope to re-embrace our core values at the 2020 Rotary Convention in Honolulu. Our time together will have greater meaning and purpose than ever.

Please know that we are taking a close, continuing look at our plans for the convention in June to make sure all attendees’ safety will be protected. We are following the lead of the world’s most trusted sources, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for their guidance. We want you to be able to make decisions about what is best for you and your families in terms of attending this year’s event.

In the meantime, this is an opportunity for us to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the World in innovative ways. We should be closely following the advice of the WHO and local health authorities. Again, this includes canceling Rotary club events and meetings in the short term to reduce unnecessary interactions that could cause infections. We can put a greater emphasis on the work we do in our communities by helping our less fortunate neighbors cope with the effects of isolation and fear, or by supporting our health authorities to address this situation.

We are dealing with this situation in real time. Please visit the COVID-19 response page for ongoing updates.

This is an unprecedented challenge for nearly all of us. But it is also an opportunity for Rotarians to find new, meaningful ways to lead individuals and communities to connect and do good in the world.

We have never been prouder to be part of an organization that does so much to protect and strengthen our communities, at home and across the globe.

Kindest regards,
Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-20, President Rotary International
Farewell to Nico
Given the serious health issues going on around the world, Nico's parents have asked that he return home right away.  Our amazing Youth Exchange Officer, Carol Webster and Nico's counselor, Bill Duppenthaler have worked closely with Nico and his parents and he will be leaving later today.  Thanks to all of the members of the RYE Committee, who are working hand in hand to bid Nico adieu. Special thanks to Ann Voves who hosted a wonderful St. Patrick's Day themed meal for Nico.  We were so fortunate to have him for almost 7 months and we will miss having the chance to say farewell in person.  
During this time when we can't see each other at meetings every week let's use our private Facebook page to share with one another what each of us are doing to fill our days. If you haven't signed up please use this link to join! 
After Meeting Project Success!
We must have had at least 40 members and guests remain after the meeting on Thursday, March 5 to help us with our 3rd after meeting project this year! What an amazing group of People of Action helped lend a hand! The Red Cross was packed up and out the door just a little after 2. Special thanks to the Projects Committee and their Co-Chairs Diane Kelleher and Gil Quante and the project lead Becky Fontaine, assisted by her staff and Military Affairs Co-Chairs Julie Foley and John Murray. Your support of the auction gives us the funds we need to do these projects where we bring the work to you. Your dedication to our community and the service members who will receive these comfort kits is truly appreciated!
Based on the latest communication from the Governor we are looking at optional dates that might be available for our auction.  Our amazing Procurement Committee, with direction from Cindy Grady, are pushing forward and you will probably be hearing from them about how you can help the auction be successful once again this year. 
As you know, the auction provides the funds we need to support the work of our committees including Grants, Scholarships, World Services, Projects, Literacy, Rotary Youth Exchange and Interact. Last year the Raise the Paddle Funds provided additional resources for our largest committee's and we saw the effect recently when the Grants Committee presented a $25,000 check to the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound to support their LIFT Program, consisting of components intended to support the whole family; reduce institutional barriers that exist for low-income families, deepen the understanding of the trauma faced by Club members and their families, and enhance our social/emotional learning practice in the work at the Schatz (South Tacoma) and Milgard Family Eastside branches (East Tacoma). The program provides services in the areas of character and leadership, academic success and healthy life styles including healthy food. Your generosity last year continues to change and impact lives!
Enjoy a wonderful wellness basket and gift certificate for one initial acupuncture visit and five follow up visit from the staff at the Health Connection at 601 Pine Street, Suite 201. 
E-Clubs - An option for you!
Have you ever tried to join a meeting through one of the e-clubs around the world?  Below are some links.  The first option is for the recently formed e-club in our district.  
District 5020
Fun in the Snow
We had a small but fun group who joined for some sking, tubing and snowshoeing at The Summit at Snoqualmie on March 14.   Special thanks to Elaine Chan for coordinating the fun with members Diane Kelleher, Harrison Laird, Ann Voves, Jennifer Weddermann and their families. Sounds like the discussion has started about a possible hiking adventure in the sumes.  As Elaine shared the mountains are calling!
Our EFN repack scheduled for  March 21 has been cancelled.  The EFN is working on plans to assure that students will still have access to food during these unsettling times. 
Please contact Kathi to volunteer 
--Leading the National Anthem & Four Way Test
--Giving the Moment of Reflection
--Assisting with Audio/Visual
--Greeter and Roving Mic
--Sponsoring a meeting
--Check in Assistant
Birthdays This Week
John West
Bill Duppenthaler
Greer Todhunter
Kirsten Willis
Missy Zenczak-Candler
Anniversaries to Celebrate
Jeff Mead - 4 years  
Nick Frank - 4 years  
Kelly Lane - 5 years 
Marsha Burns - 8 years  
Gordon Neu - 9 years  
Laurie Jinkins - 11 years  
Bob Fredrickson - 14 years  
Andrea Keikkala – 14 years cumulative  
Jerry McLaughlin - 23 years 
Carolyn Else - 31 years  
Fred Matthaei - 39 years  
Fred Moisio - Sun City Del Sol, AZ

A thought for the week


Club Links
Finding a Club (In District 5020)
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Rotary International - YouTube Video Clips
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