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With the recent escalation in cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) both globally and within Australia, a District Crisis Management Committee has been established to provide ongoing support to members and Clubs to manage Rotary activities.
 
On 6 March Rotary International President, Mark Daniel Maloney advised that “The health and safety of our members are our top priorities” and I wish to reiterate this by saying all of us have an obligation to provide a safe environment while conducting Rotary activities and events.
 
To this end we are closely monitoring the pandemic and continuously assessing its potential impact on our operations, meetings and events in conjunction with our insurers AON.
 
As you know news alerts and media releases are happening daily and information is changing rapidly so as your District Governor, I can but offer advice, encouragement and support.  In short whether to cancel or postpone meetings or Rotary-related events is a Club decision and it needs to take into account the following:
  • Our duty of care to members and families (many of whom are in the higher risk category)
  • Our duty of care to the public (we need to be seen as a responsible organisation and meeting public expectations)
  • Our obligations under State and Federal law
  • The advice of our insurers.
By Suzanne Gibson, governor of District 6440 (northern Illinois, USA)
For many of us, our Rotary family is an important part of our lives. These friendships connect us to our communities and the world and provide avenues of soul-enriching service.
 
These uncertain times caused by the coronavirus pandemic challenge us to be innovative and adaptable. In District 6440 (Illinois), all our clubs have canceled in-person meetings, following the advice of the U.S.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and the need for social distancing. But that does not mean we have to give up on regular fellowship opportunities. Several of our clubs have already met this week virtually using Zoom.
Dear fellow Rotarian,
 
It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that I inform you that the 2020 District Conference in Whyalla will not be held as originally planned.
 
This has been an extremely difficult decision and was only taken after much discussion by the conference committee.

The spread of Covid 19 is a serious event outside of our control.  Although cases in SA are low at present it is important that we take containment of the virus in our community seriously.  The decision was reached after careful consideration of advice from government and Rotary risk and insurance.  The following statement is part of a longer statement from Peter Kaye, Chair of the Zone Insurance & Protection Committee:
 
The Rotary District Disaster Recovery Fund –
Your First Choice Fund to Aid Recovery in Communities.
 
When disaster strikes, our natural Rotarian instinct is to Help! Now!
This is an admirable quality of Rotarians across the globe. However, it is often the case that the wider community have the same quality and as can be seen with the current bushfire emergency, millions of dollars is being raised to “help”.
 
However, it is in the days, months and indeed years after an event, that communities still suffer.
 
What happened to our community playground, BBQ, Hall and critically mental health?

Sadly, these vital aspects of the glue that keeps communities together, are often overlooked.
The E-Club and OPAL (SA Health) have launched our major project, Food For Health providing Healthy alternatives for a Healthier Lifestyle. The key focus of this project is to promote better food choices for a healthier lifestyle. Community Organisations and Service Clubs have an important role to play in encouraging these healthier lifestyles. This can be achieved by adopting guidelines and recipes from our website which will help our commitment to serve humanity by keeping you and your family healthy.

 A special report prepared for Rotary International by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies estimated the value of Rotary member volunteer hours at $850 million a year.

That Rotary members log a lot of volunteer hours should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the organization. But a new report just released by Johns Hopkins University provides a powerful look at the impact of all those volunteer hours.

 
District Contact Details
Email District Governor
Jane Owens
 
Email District Secretary
Lynne Layng
Secretary19-20@rotary9500.org

Post to:  Rotary D9500
Adelaide Halifax St. Post Office
PO Box 6669
Halifax Street SA 5000
 
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