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March 23, 2021
This past week, we were reminded that our friends and fellow Rotarians of Asian descent found themselves in precarious positions. While the exact motives of the assailant in Atlanta are not currently known, the reality is that for the past twelve months, Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities have lived in fear and been the target of racial bigotry and violence. The scapegoating of persons of Asian descent, concerning the origins of COVID-19, has led to increased violence and intolerance throughout our nation. We, the leadership of your District, are appalled by this behavior.
District 7610 wants to assure all members of the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities that we stand in solidarity with you in condemning these acts of violence and bigotry, we value our Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander community in our clubs, and we stand beside you to condemn the acts of aggression we have seen over the last year or more.
From the California gold rush where Chinese laborers faced harsh treatment and violence, to the “Yellow Pearl” days in the late 1800s and early 1900s where Asian immigrant resentment paved the way for the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Asiatic Barred Zone Act, to the Japanese internment camps during WWII, there has been a long history of racist bigotry and exclusionary practices toward the Asian community. Even with the recent acts of racism, we can play a critical role in bringing communities together, creating equity for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, or self-identification, and we promote inclusive environments for all our members to contribute to the common good.
This year we have moved forward on the important work to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion within our clubs and district. The includes our partnership with Challenging Racism and the development of a strategic plan to increase both awareness of and outreach to underrepresented communities across the cities and towns in D7610’s geography.
We will continue to live up to Rotary’s Four-Way Test and the ideals of access, equality, and opportunity that has made Rotary so successful and our country truly united.
Thank you for everything you do.
Yours in Rotary,
“The Committee of Nine” on Diversity, Equity, and InclusionDG Harry Henderson
District Events & Registration
|What is Raise for Rotary?|
|D7610 recognizes newest Major Donors from the RC of Fairfax|
|Rotary ramps up COVID-19 vaccination efforts|
|World Immunization Week April 24-30, 2021 Sample Social Media Posts|
|Peter’s Page “May you live as long as you want, but never want as long as you live.”|
|Build Your Rotary Legacy|
|Part IV: The road from negative to positive peace is long and rocky—case study Columbia.2|
|Paul Harris Society Update|
|PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT|
|Rotary District 7610 Four-Way Test Essay Contest|
|Rotary District 7610 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)|
|Rotary District 7610 Youth Speech Contest Overview||Rotary District 7610 Youth Music Contest Overview|
|Rotary District 7610 Youth Exchange|
|Rotary District 7610 Youth Programs Key Dates 2019-2020|
|Youth Program Consent Forms & Volunteer Driver Information|
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|District 7610 Rotary Peace Initiative (being updated)
How to Endorse a Rotary Peace Fellow
Peace Fellowship Application
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|Promoting Rotary to the General Public|
|District Public Image Seminar Guide||Five steps to telling your People of Action story|
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|Awards & Recognition|
|Club Leadership Plan|
|District Leadership Plan and Procedures Manual
District 7610 Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Policy
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|District 7610 Strategic Plan|
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