District 7780 Coronavirus Update as of March 12, 2020
Key points:
  • Top priority: health and safety of all Rotarians and community
  • New Generations (Interact) Conference POSTPONED until fall (was to be March 21st)
  • District Training Assembly POSTPONED until fall (was to be April 4)
  • District committee meetings shifting to Zoom-based video conferences
  • Clubs: please consider local plans to minimize large-group gatherings
Hello fellow Rotarians,
Our nation’s coronavirus situation is changing daily.  It is impossible at this point to determine if the risks from this virus will dissipate or expand, as the days go by and as additional test data becomes available.
Your District 7780 leadership team has given this issue much thought and discussion. We have decided to err on the side of conservatism.
To that end, we are rescheduling our April 4th District Training Assembly and our New Generations (Interact) Conference to dates to be determined this fall.
Additionally, here are our current Rotary-related recommendations.
  1. As many District meetings as possible will be conducted online.
  2. We ask our Clubs to give serious thought to their local upcoming planned public events.
  3. We ask our Clubs, on an individual basis, to consider optional models for maintaining their Club’s mission, member-to-member bonds, and esprit de corps. It is possible that in-person meetings may become unsustainable, perhaps sooner than we realize today.
  4. All our Rotarians should put the highest priority on their own health and well-being, and on the health and well-being of their families and friends, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
This is an outstanding opportunity for us as Rotarians to reach out and be supportive of our neighbors and of our communities. Many of our extended community family, particularly those who are elderly and those with immunity issues or otherwise vulnerable, may find themselves isolated, alone, and perhaps frightened. Please do your best to assist as many others in need as you can.
Thank you very much, for your concern, and for all you do!
Below, I have included a March 5th email to us from our Rotary International President Mark Maloney.

Dear fellow Rotarians,  

The health and safety of our members are our top priorities. We are closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and continuously assessing its potential impact on our operations, meetings, trainings, and other events. 

Due to the rapidly changing nature of this situation, I encourage you to use your discretion when it comes to club and district meetings and events, and Rotary programs and activities. Canceling or postponing meetings or Rotary-related travel might be appropriate. Even if events are held as scheduled, some people may choose not to take part. And, of course, if the World Health Organization and your national, regional, or local health authorities discourage or prohibit gathering or traveling because of the risk of spreading COVID-19, follow their recommendations.

Check My Rotary for our latest information on COVID-19 and any updates to our travel guidance.

I encourage you, as leaders in your community, to provide whatever assistance your community needs at this time. Contact your local health authorities to learn what your Rotary club can do to help prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please accept my best wishes for the health and safety of your family and of all the members of the Rotary family in your area.  

Kindest regards, 

Mark Daniel Maloney
2019-2020 President, Rotary International