OKC Sunrise Rotary

OKC Sunrise

Service Above Self

1st & 3rd Thursday @ 7am
Hampton Inn
920 SW 77th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73139
United States
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Dear OKC Sunrise Rotarians,
 
The safety of our Rotarians and the public is a top priority to the OKC Sunrise Rotary Club.   As concerns develop and evolve with COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), we are closely monitoring the situation and its potential impact on our communities.  Therefore, in the best interest of our fellow Rotarians and the public, we have suspended all OKC Sunrise Rotary Meetings March 19 & March 26. 
 
OKC Sunrise is holding the club meeting via Zoom; and you can join from your computer or cell phone. If by cell, please download the app. Should your device not have a camera, you can still be part of the meeting with audio (just like a conference call. In preparation, go to www.zoom.us (you do not have to join to access the meeting, simply click on the link in this email.) See (or hear) you Thursday morning.
 
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Good evening fellow Rotarians,
 
This evening Oklahoma City Mayor, David Holt declared a state of emergency for the city of Oklahoma City. The full story can be read here.
 
The focus of Mayor Holt’s message is to exercise social distance; and let’s stay ahead of the Coronavirus. All social gatherings with 50 or more people are halted at specific venues. “Limiting close personal contact is our only real tool of mitigation, and on the advice of public health officials, and with the confirmation of local spread, we feel it is now time to do more,” said Mayor Holt. “I do not proclaim this state of emergency casually, and I am fully aware of the gravity of the moment. But this is a time to protect the people of Oklahoma City.”
 
Local public health officials underscored the necessity of the proclamation.
 
“This will be an important step to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the impact of this pandemic on our community,” said Dr. Gary Raskob, chairman of the OCCHD Board of Health. Please heed the advice of our health officials; and be prudent in conducting club functions for the next few weeks. (Forward any and all you deem appropriate.)
 
Together, we save lives. Thriving communities start with healthy people. That’s why Rotary clubs organize health screenings, host blood drives, and connect neighbor to medical resources. Working together to save lives - that’s what people of action do.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Lance Singleton
District Governor 2019-2020
405-401-5953   lance@lancesingleton.com
 
“Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.”
Rotary is closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safest and most appropriate actions are taken for our members. Read the latest on how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting Rotary operations, events, and members.

March is the month we celebrate Rotaract — and this has been quite a year for our young partners in service.

Last spring, the Council on Legislation elevated Rotaract in our constitution: Rotary International is now the association of both Rotary clubs and Rotaract clubs. Then in October, the Rotary Board of Directors eliminated the artificial Rotaract age limit and took other steps to break down barriers that were preventing Rotaract from growing in some parts of the world.

These steps were long overdue, because Rotaract is a vision of what Rotary must become. Not only do we need to open our doors to our young colleagues, but we also have to open our ears and minds to the Rotary experience they find most engaging. That is one of the best ways we will meaningfully grow Rotary.

When I say grow Rotary, I mean it in many ways. We need to grow our service and to grow the impact of our projects. Most importantly, however, we need to grow our membership, so that we can achieve more. Rotaractors provide this opportunity, not only because they can transition to Rotary at the time that is right for them, but also because they understand what it will take to attract others like them.

Business as usual will not work for us anymore. Bringing in more members to replace the ones we lose is not the answer. It is like pouring more water into a bucket full of holes. We need to address the root causes of member loss in many parts of the world: member engagement that is not what it should be, and our member demographic that skews steadily older.

It is time to make some fundamental changes. We already know what the barriers are to an engaged and diverse membership. It is time to act on what we know: creating new membership models, opening new paths to Rotary membership, and building new Rotary and Rotaract clubs where the existing clubs do not meet a current need.

New club models represent an opportunity to connect with a more diverse group of individuals — particularly those who are unable or unwilling to join our traditional clubs. While new club models have been emerging for some time, it is up to district governors to make them a reality. In January at the International Assembly, our incoming district governors took part in an exercise called Build Your Own Club Model. It was a wonderful experience that put them in the right frame of mind for the work ahead.

Ultimately, however, it will be up to Rotaractors and young Rotarians to create new club models that are most meaningful to the next generation. We may think we know what young people want from Rotary clubs in the future, but I am confident that what young people say will surprise us. It will be our job to support their innovation, for it will help us grow Rotary as Rotary Connects the World.

 

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