Rotarians doing their part to flatten the curve!
Dear Rotarians,
So much is happening in the constantly evolving Covid-19 outbreak.  We are faced with many unknowns and uncertain information.  Please know that we are here to support you as we all move forward to. We have received many comments, questions and concerns that we thought you might like to hear how we believe we can be of some assistance. We will also answer some of your pressing questions. We know that it will be awhile before we can meet in person. Individual clubs should develop a plan to keep in contact with their members so we can all look out for each other.
  1. District 7505 will follow all guidelines and directives from the Federal, State and Local Governments. However matters are moving forward quicker than we can get that information out to you.  Therefore please keep yourself informed on the day to day reliable information, whether it be found online to a governmental agency, listening to radio and television, news outlets and to a lesser extent social media. Clubs can decide if they wish to suspend their meetings for a period of time. There is no correct answer here.  Many are continuing to connect in some form to help their communities and Family of Rotary.
  2. There are many ways a club or a group can connect. These include virtual meetings, telephone conference calling, emails and phone chains.  We encourage you to connect in one of these ways. That was the topic of a message sent to all presidents and club officers on Sunday.  Please discuss this with your club leader. If clubs cannot have regular in meetings in any format then suggest members look out for each other through telephone contact or email. If you feel that you have the ability to assist a club member in setting up some form of communication, please do so.
  3. We know that you are disappointed that events and activities have been cancelled.  That is why I wrote to your club’s president and officers with information to share about ways to meet virtually, and the Rotary Global Rewards Program offering a discount to purchase the expanded version of Zoom. As a District we are exploring opportunities to bring to the clubs via webinar or other electronic means some of our programs until we can again safely meet. 
  4. Although we are no longer having a conference, District 7505 is continuing with plans to honor an outstanding nominee from your club as the 2020 Vocational Service Awardee. If you did not submit a nomination, please do so.  And if you need the application again please let me know. We will continue to promote activities and monitor the safety of holding them.
  5. We know that economic stress will be present in your communities and perhaps in your clubs. However, Please consider if you can continue any fundraising activities that do not need in person participation.  Don’t assume that people won’t spend money on raffles, etc. when in fact, while many will suffer economic hardships, other will vigorously support the fundraising efforts to help them.  Continue to seek out new members to help you in these difficult times.
  6. We will still have District business to conduct, so look for emails that require a response so that all voices are heard. There are budgets to pass, representatives to elect, District Grants to apply for, and governance documents to be voted on.
  7. No decisions are being made on what happens on July 1st regarding dues, or other district support.  But be assured that we will look closely at what may be necessary for clubs on a case by case basis.  We will be sensitive to the needs of the clubs and their individual communities moving forward. It is too early to know what that support may be.
  8. Keep in mind the individual goals of your clubs.  They are still your goals and may need to temporarily be put on hold or pause. Keep in mind your core values, and our core values as Rotarians.
  9. Your Assistant Governors are a tremendous asset.  They can link you with other clubs to exchange ideas, help your communities and help each other.  Use them as a resource.  If they cannot answer a question  for you, please reach out to me personally at my cell phone number at the bottom of this message. I will either have the answer or I will find out for you.
  10. Finally I am in constant contact with the leaders of Rotary International and our Zone Directors. DGs and DGEs will be meeting virtually through Zoom bi-weekly with their directors for further support and information and peer to peer best practices. We will pass along that information and ideas to you.
I look forward to comments and questions.
Yours in Rotary,
DG Joanne
Joanne M. Ventura Esq.
Voorhees Breakfast Rotary    
Rotary District 7505
District Governor 2019-2020                                                 
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Cherry Hill, NJ 08003                                   
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