District Newsletter

 April/May 2020  

A Message from District Governor Ramesh Hariharan

Dear Fellow Rotarians from District 5170,


It is 10:58 PM, April 29, 2020.
Me: Tina, I need to set measurable objectives for you.
Tina: At this late stage?...I am your Chief-of-Staff. How can you measure good Chief-of-Staffing?
Me: Everything is measurable if you try hard enough.
Tina: Is that your well-reasoned opinion? …Or is it the familiar babbling of a District Governor in near total cognitive surrender?
Me: (after clearing my throat)..For example, I could measure the number of zoom meetings you attended along with me. And, I will have to subtract the number of times your cat appeared and hit the share screen button. That way, I don’t reward wrong behavior.
Tina: In my next input to your monthly newsletter, I will compare my cat with your new District programs!
Me: I have to have my last word…I love your work!
Tina: What???
On a more serious note…
We are continuing as #1 District in the USA for membership growth, and #1 District in the world for Rotary Foundation giving at $7.3 million!
Please mark your calendars and attend these upcoming events:
  • May 9 to May 21: Online District Training Assembly
  • June 20 to June 26: Virtual International Convention
I am grateful to each one of you for your service above self, to make lasting change in our communities and the world.
A few L’s to remember: Live (Stay safe!), Learn, Love, and Laugh!
Let's do it!
Cheers in Rotary service,
Ramesh Hariharan
District Governor
    Join the RI Covid-19 #RotaryResponds Telethon on May 2

    Rotary International is pleased to share with you that we are championing a COVID-19 #RotaryResponds one-hour telethon on 2 May to raise critical funds for disaster response. This telethon will be simulcast on Rotary International's Facebook page. The goal is to raise more than $1 million dollars.

    Rotary's 1.2 million members across the globe have taken swift action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than $3.4 million in Rotary Disaster Response Grants have already been put into action on the frontlines to battle COVID-19. Additionally, millions more have been raised by our People of Action - they have responded quickly and are truly saving lives. Now, we need to do more and the need for additional funding is a priority.

    When: Saturday, 2 May, 10:00 a.m. Central Standard Time (Chicago, Illinois).

    We will hear stories of hope, inspiration and gratitude from Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends of Rotary from across the globe as they share what they are doing to help their communities. The telethon will also showcase how our polio eradication infrastructure is helping to combat COVID-19.

    District Town Hall Recording Links
    If you missed any of the three (3) Coronavirus Town Halls hosted by this District, you may watch the recording by clicking below:
    Medical Related
    Click HERE to view March 30th video
    Click HERE to view April 20th video
    Economic Related
    Click HERE to view April 13th video
    Community TeleHealth Training: Learn and Serve

    In the context of healthcare in general and COVID-19 in particular, let me ask you two questions:

    1. Would you like to learn how you can help yourself personally, your family, your friends and community?
    2. Would you like to be a TeleHealth worker for extending the ability of nurses/ doctors/ social workers/ nursing home employees/ homeless shelter employees/ teachers?

    OK, let me introduce you to a free online Community TeleHealth Training via the Rotary driven Volunteer Surge program.

    Volunteer Surge was established recently, with partners including the Yale School of Public Health, ADP WorkMarket, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services,  GoFundMe®, and The Global Impact Group, to provide free, online training of volunteer community health workers to perform the most basic caretaking tasks for vulnerable people so that professionals can focus on the most acute needs. 
    Club Contributions for the Fight Against Covid-19
    Various clubs in our District step up in support against the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The IFRM Virtual Rotary World Choir
    Sure, we are now “socially distancing” by using ZOOM Meeting for meetings, but how about using ZOOM for a distributed virtual chorus performing a piece of music… together!?
    The International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM) has been meeting regularly on line to prepare and present choral performances that are both virtual and distributed. Members receive rehearsal material (musical score and recording of accompaniment and vocal parts) in advance, and then they converge from their respective homes via ZOOM meeting to listen to the accompaniment (on headphones) and sing their parts (into cell phones) while appearing on screen together. The recordings are sent to IFRM member John Ackenhusen (RC of Poulsbo, WA) who combines the individual products into a choral video performance. John is also the Virtual Choir’s Director.
    District Training Assembly on ZOOM
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