March 27, 2020

NEXT MEETING: March 27, 2020

How is COVID19 Affecting "Business As Usual"?

During our online meeting on Friday, we will focus on businesses that are now designated as “essential” or “non-essential.” Some of our own business members will tell us how they are adjusting to these unprecedented times. Are new avenues opening? Are they facing or contemplating lay-offs?

We’ll have a conversation about ways Rotarians can help. We’ll also encourage everyone on the video call to tell us about other kinds of challenges they are facing.

Friday, March 27 meeting
Begins promptly at 12:30 PM
To join meeting, go to
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Haven’t used Zoom before?
You can download the Zoom app in advance. Here’s help on getting started that includes links to short videos on getting connected and using features like Chat, microphone muting, and more.

Finally, remember that you can always find our online meeting URL, ID and call-in numbers on our calendar page.


  • Richmond Rotary Cares 2020 – During this health pandemic, Richmond Rotary is reaching out to our membership by phone and email to respond to needs and opportunities. Pam Jones and Alan Baer and his family are organizing care packages.
  • We’ve also set up an easy way to let us know if you, a family member, neighbor or acquaintance needs help coping with some of the more common challenges presented by the pandemic; for example, a grocery pick-up or delivery, tech assistance, or simply a phone conversation. We will match requests for help with people in our club who have offered to help. Links to pages where you can Request Help or Offer Help can be found the top of the right column for the duration of this public health emergency.
  • Speaking of adapting to the new conditions, we’ve come up with a cool way to monetize our desire to share (a cynical way to describe what we’ve been doing all along): We’ll continue Happy and Sad Dollars online, as we did at last week’s online meeting. But instead of dropping dollars into a wooden box, you’ll click them into our PayPal account. What’s more, when you do that, you can also leave us a note giving the reason you’re happy or sad. We’ll post your notes in the following week’s Flywheel. Sound familiar?
  • Stacey assembled a new Communications Committee. It includes one of our newest members, Iris AlRoy, as well as President Jan, Nick Despota, Nakele Rechenauer and Pierre Thompson. The tech-savvy group will discuss options for meetings and ongoing communication moving during this “new normal” of physical distancing. Our goal is to build greater participation among our members.
  • The challenges and corresponding opportunities we face connect to some of the ideas Stacey shared from the PETS (President Elects Training Seminars).



Richmond Rotary held its first-ever virtual Rotary Meeting last week with 25 participants, many video conferencing for the first time. We used desktop computers, laptops, tablets, voice-only phone lines, and even a smart phone attached to David Brown’s bike as he cycled his way to lunch.

We all agreed to keep meeting virtually as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep through our communities. President-elect Stacy led the meeting and gave a report on PETS (President Elect Training) held earlier this March. A central (and timely) theme of the training focused on building flexibility into programs and membership opportunities. The 2020-2021 year will be a year of positive change for all Rotarians.