Connecting during the COVID-19 response

For more than a century, Rotary has connected the world through fellowship and service. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our daily routines and forced the cancellation of many in-person Rotary and Rotaract club meetings and events. But even when we can’t hold our usual events, members have lots of ways to stay engaged, connect with one another, and serve their communities.

Clubs can meet online using services such as ZoomSkype or GoToMeeting. All three platforms offer robust support, from their directions for setting up an account to helping with technical issues. Rotary and Rotaract members get a discount on Zoom through Rotary Global Rewards. Members can also connect with each other on social media and with services such as FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or WhatsApp groups.

Connecting during the COVID-19 response

Learn how Rotarians and Rotaractors are staying in contact and keeping members engaged during these difficult times:

  • Find ideas and resources for holding virtual meetings, engaging through social media, and serving from afar in District 6690’s guide to Maintaining Member Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Read how the Zone 34 Rotary coordinators are maintaining membership engagement (hint: ingenuity and adaptability) and download their COVID-19 response guide.
  • See how Big West Rotaract, a multidistrict information organization in the western region of North America, is connecting Rotarians and Rotaractors who are experiencing difficulties with others who can help. Look at its Rotary and Rotaract COVID-19 Mutual Aid form.
  • Read advice from Charlotte Ahlberg, past chair of the Rotary International E-Club Committee, on taking your club online.
  • Visit Rotary’s website to get more tips and guidance for holding online club meetings.

Virtual Meetings

While we Stay Home and Stay Safe & Healthy, consider the creative use of technology to host “virtual meeting” experiences for your members until you can resume in-person meetings and events. CLICK HERE for a few ideas and favorite tools for virtual meetings. Each suggestion includes links to helpful how-to guides and/or other information to assist you in navigating these tools.

Speaker Ideas

Is your club looking for interesting speakers? CLICK HERE for a terrific list of potential speakers.

 

See what Utah Rotary Clubs are doing  to ease the shortages of PPE in Utah in their communities!

Click here to learn how the District grant funds are changing to meet these needs.

Have an idea you’d like to share?  Interested in joining the Utah Rotary COVID-19 Support Committee? 

Food & Supply Donations

During “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” the Utah Rotary Clubs have reached out to food banks across the state and organized food drives to keep the shelves full.  In addition, Rotary Clubs from Bountiful, Cedar City, Moab, Park City, Provo, South Jordan, and St George have made multiple trips to the Navajo and Hopi Nations, bringing essential food and supplies to these hard-hit communities.

Face Shield Project

Utah Rotarians have now assembled  6,000 face shields which have been donated to emergency response organizations, hospitals and other healthcare providers throughout the state, easing PPE shortages for our essential workers.

Utah Department of Health

Get the latest information and case counts here. Learn how to prepare, how COVID-19 spreads, how to manage anxiety & stress, and more.
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Small Business Loan Program

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development is offering a bridge loan to Utah-based small businesses with 50 or fewer employees impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Local Health Departments

Find out more about what your county is doing in promoting and protecting the public and environmental health through prevention and education.
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