Posted by Marta Knight
Staying Connected is More Important Than Ever!
These past few weeks have been "unbelievable" for all of us.  Our top priority has been your health and safety.  District Conference, District Training Assembly, RYLA, Model UN, Camp Enterprise and 4-Way Speech Contest have all been canceled or postponed for a later date that will be determined as we move forward.  As of today, the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu is still on.  But, as our Zone Director Johrita Solari shared, this is a very fluid situation that can change at anytime.
Many clubs are staying dark and not meeting at this time.  Many of your fundraisers and events have also been canceled or postponed including San Diego Downtown Evening Charter Dinner.  I have been sharing all of this information as it comes in to me on our Rotary Member Facebook page and with our District Leadership and Assistant Governors.
This morning, I spoke to our neighbor D-4100 Governor Fernando Otañez.  We shared what our Districts are doing and we are both ready to support our members as needed.  
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During this time of anxiety and uncertainty, I want to reach out to say we are thinking of you.  As we navigate the current health crisis together, be flexible, stay informed, stay calm and see the opportunities this time has for all of us as a family and Rotarians.
Being connected with each other is more important than ever.  While we may be practicing social distancing, staying healthy means not falling into an unhealthy pattern of social isolation.  Taking care of our emotional well-being, prioritizing self-care and staying engaged with the important people in you life are among the most critical things we can do right now.  
Be present and available to each other.  If you need anything, please ask for help.  Contact your club leaders and, of course, you can contact me and I will find someone to help you.
Whether you are telecommuting, taking care of children home from school, enduring quarantine or simply being cautious, here are just a few ways you might consider connecting with Rotarians, friends, family, co-workers and others in the days and weeks ahead:
  • Video chat versus texting - seeing your face will bring a big smile.
  • Send a complimentary e-card - Just saying "hi".
  • Make a list of 10 people you have been meaning to call and do it!
  • Call a neighbor or distant relative, just to see how they are doing.
  • Write a hand-written letter to an old friend.
Now is a time to think of each other, to connect with each other and to care for each other.  Think about Mr. Rodgers' closing song for his show.
"We'll be back.  When the day is new.
I'll have more ideas for you.
You'll have things you want to talk about.
I will too....
Make it a snappy new day!"