Governor Andrew Cuomo’s edict banning group meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic remains in effect through next Friday, May 15. Until then, we’re playing it safe but still getting together.
Thursday evening we met for a well-attended virtual cocktail hour via Zoom teleconference hosted by Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane, sharing talk of spring gardening, grocery shopping, family hikes, summer camp cleanups, pets, and, of course, the pandemic.
Next up, a 6 p.m. business meeting via Zoom next Thursday, May 14. One of the items on the agenda will be voting for a slate of candidates for the SRC Board for the 2020-21 Rotary Year. Please mark your calendars and plan to join your fellow Rotarians then.
Our Club bylaws require us to approve a slate of officers (collectively referred to as the Board) “at a regular meeting held at least one month prior to the end of the Rotary Year.”
Because of the ongoing restrictions on group gatherings, our next formal meeting will be via Zoom video conference at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 14. At that time, a vote on the Board will be on the agenda. (Should we not have the 12 participants needed to achieve a quorum, a vote by email will be requested the next day with a 48-hour limit on responses.)
The slate of candidates for the 2020-21 Rotary Year, which begins on July 1:
PRESIDENT: Dick Drumm PRESIDENT ELECT: Debbie Rodriguez VICE PRESIDENT: Terry Brewer TREASURER: Murray Forth SECRETARY: Pat Bailey AT-LARGE: Bill Dowd, Jim Leyhane, Roberto Martinez, Dean Calamaras, Kevin Leyhane
(Note: The Immediate Past Present automatically becomes a Board member each year.)
Tuesday is Cinco de Mayo, but it also is “Giving Tuesday” for many charity and public service groups around the world.
One of the participating organizations is ShelterBox, which will match 100% of dollars donated by individuals and groups. up to $20,000. So, any donations you make will have a double impact on that day only. And, 100% of what you donate is tax deductible.
As the Rotary-affiliated organization says in a news release: “ShelterBox is a charity that delivers practical emergency aid to families who have lost everything because of natural disaster or conflict. We aim to provide safe shelter as quickly as possible, and the tools that will help communities to rebuild.
“Our global network of supporters, staff and volunteers make it possible to deliver aid to some of the most remote communities in the world. Most recently, we’ve been delivering tents, mosquito nets and water filters to Indonesia, in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami at the beginning of October.
” ‘Giving Tuesday’ is a moment of conscience and celebration that brings fundraisers together. ShelterBox is a very family-focused organization, so we love the idea of becoming part of a global tribe of charities, all visibly working together on the same day.”
SRC traditionally is a strong financial supporter of ShelterBox. So, if you would like to help maintain that practice at any level of donation, just do it on Tuesday by going to the ShelterBox website and clicking on “DONATE” in the upper right corner.
ShelterBox’s rating by Charity Navigator, an organization that analyzes the trustworthiness of charitable organizations:
Travel obviously has been severely curtailed during the covid-19 pandemic, and international travel is nearly non-existent.
However, you can be a globetrotter once again by using the Internet to connect to more than 200 online Rotary meetings around the world.
There’s a staggeringly-detailed spreadsheet available to you that lists all the regularly-scheduled online meetings and activities of clubs throughout the world, live links to visit them, plus password information where needed.
Even if you don’t join in, simply looking at the amount of activity Rotarians offer in the virtual world will be worth a minute or two of your time.
Our first clubwide videoconference meeting went very well last Thursday, so this week we’re going to try a virtual cocktail (or coffee, tea, etc.) hour.
Roberto Martinez and Jim Leyhane are serving as our online hosts for the social event, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7. We can catch up some more, share our stay-at-home anecdotes, and generally get reconnected with each other. (We’ll have another formal virtual business meeting the following week.)
The Zoom meeting ID number and password are being sent out to all club members for access to the social hour. If you don’t receive an email containing them, please contact Roberto.