President Roger's Digital Meeting Notes-June 1, 2020
This coming Tuesday, our first program for June will be something special and with a little twist. Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle; Former secretary to both the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales; and Keeper of the  Royal will be our presenter “live” from England via Zoom! Clear your schedule and plan to join us!! Please invite a guest if they are fans of the English Royals and email me so I know they are signing in! To maximize the time available for the presentation, we will forgo announcements and move to the program as quickly as possible. If you have announcements, also send them to me, and I will get them out to our membership via email!
In looking back, we had another timely program for members last Tuesday, when Darla Scott from Coleman spoke of the impact COVID-19 has had on children the past 3 months. Her insightful comments and suggestions for parents were well received. Justin Gates, Director of Student Services for Kent City Schools provided the response, reinforcing the thoroughness of her presentation and the support she and Coleman can provide families. Read all about it in the Rotareminder!
Roberta O’Keefe has asked for volunteers for the prayer/invocation at our meetings. If you are willing to help, please contact her directly to schedule a date.
Ways & Means Committee
On September 3, 2019 we proposed, and subsequently passed, some revisions to our Kent Rotary By-Laws. If you recall, we also formed an ad-hoc committee to study creating a sub-committee for club fundraising and the possibility of an additional board director position. The goal was to review how we do fund raising in our club and consider some organization to our fundraising process. David Sommers graciously volunteered to chair the committee and what follows is the committee’s report. I want to thank Dave and the committee members Chas Madonio, Roger Kramer, and Randy Smith for their commitment to the process. Click here to review the Ways & Means Structure and Responsibilities.
Letter from John Reyes, District Governor
While I intend to speak to the question of holding in-person meetings and projects in the upcoming newsletter, I believe it important to touch on the subject separately. As most of you know by now, the Board of Rotary International has extended guidance to all districts. The guidance strongly recommends that no in-person meetings or events occur through December 31, 2020. The 2020-2021 District governors are specifically advised to conduct their club visits in a virtual format and no Rotarian is required to attend any meeting or event. At the R.I. level, all Board and Committee meetings will be virtual. While the orders issued by Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton are evolutionary in nature, they still would prohibit or likely prohibit regular club meetings, Board meeting, etc. Part of the R.I. guidance is an instruction that all federal, state, and local health related orders be followed.
It has more recently come to my attention that there is another risk inherent in holding a meeting or event at this time, particularly one that might violate state and/or local health department orders and instructions. COVID related litigation is possible against a Rotary club or District that holds a meeting, particularly if that meeting violates an order. The existing Rotary International insurance package may not provide coverage for such a suit, and if it does not, it may also not provide for a defense. And while no one can be certain at this point, it is likely that the liability insurance package from R.I. for the 2020-2021 Rotary year will likely not provide coverage or a defense.
Thus, at least through December 31, 2020, no in-person Rotary meetings should take place absent extraordinary circumstances and those circumstances should include legal, medical, and insurance advice as to why such a meeting is truly necessary and will be in compliance with relevant orders and regulations. The District is following both Rotary International guidelines and instructions and thus will be meeting virtually through December 31, 2020, absent further instructions. Your concern for your fellow Rotarians, family and friends is appreciated.
Yours in Rotary Service - 

John Reyes

2019-2020 Rotary International District 6630 Governor
Tel: 330.258.6469
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eMeeting on May 26, 2020
Rotary Club of Kent meeting minutes
ROTAREMINDER for May 26, 2020
Meeting Opening: David Dix played America the Beautiful; Pledge of Allegiance was led by President Roger Sidoti, and Rachel Kerns provided the Invocation.
Moment of silence: In honor of Memorial Day, President Roger asked for a moment of silence for those who sacrificed all for our democracy.
Roger Kramer read Sherry Joy's announcement that the renovation of the gazebo downtown, Kent Rotary's Adopt The Spot, has been completed. She thanked all those who helped with the project.
President Elect Randy Smith said about half the active members (48) have responded to the strategic planning survey. There is still time to participate. If you need him to resend the survey, just contact him.
President Roger asked people to read the Board meeting notes in this week's bulletin. Rotary International has sent a letter saying there should not be in person meetings through the end of the year. The Kent Rotary Board is concerned about our members health and will keep the Zoom meetings for at least another month. He also announced that his daughter Liz gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday.
Next week's program is coming to us from England with Oliver Everett, Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, arranged by David Myers. President Roger asked people to be on time and limit the number of announcements for the program.
Program: Kathy Myers introduced the speaker Darla Scott. She has been with Coleman Services for almost 14 years working in Trumbull and now Portage counties. She supervises the child therapists and case managers as well as being a profesional clinical therapist.
Mrs. Scott talked about the impact the covid-19 pandemic is having on children and their families, both the good and bad she and her staff are seeing. The good news is that families are practicing safe measures and explaining things well to their children about the fear and anxiety that is related. She said the children are growing closer to extended family through Zoom and other technology and are spending more quality time with their family. Being able to slow down has given them an appreciation for being in the moment and focusing on what is important.
The bad news was that after the first couple weeks of being at home in the "honeymoon phase," children are bored, lonely, missing friends, and missing the support and encouragement they receive at school. Families are now seeing a lack of routine and challenge as a problem. School work has become problematic as parents don't feel adequate teaching their children and some children are struggling with technology issues and the lack of engagement. Parents are struggling with their loss of jobs and income, and are feeling the loss of special events their children are missing like prom, graduation and awards ceremonies. Some are also struggling with food poverty and connection issues. Coleman is seeing an increase in anxiety, depression and family conflict.
Some signs that a child needs help are for younger children crying jags, temper tantrums and regressing behavior (such as bed wetting), and for teenagers sneaking out and rebelling against the quarantine.
Coleman Services has seen an increase in the number of chldren served and an increase in engagement and regularity of appointments through Telehealth. Parents like taking advantage of the time together instead of spending it driving to appointments. Chhildren have used the video option to give therapists tours of their homes and to show their pets and other members of the family making a stronger bond between child and counselor. If a client forgets an appointment, the Coleman staff member can make a call and get them connected. She said there has been a significant decrease in bullying and fear of safety from mass shootings.
Coleman has also increased the use of commuity resources connecting families to Portage County Job & Family Services for medical and food assistance, the Social Security Administration, PMHA for housing, HESS for utility support, and food services from food pantries, Kent Social Services and Center of Hope.
She said her biggest fear is her staff not seeing everything they need to see. They aren't seeing things in environments that children and parents aren't talking about, and they don't have school and community members telling them what they see.
Response was by Justin Gates who said Darla has brought great stability to our children in Kent City Schools and their families.
Respectfully submitted by Anita Herington
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Rotary member survey via Survey Monkey
You previously received a Rotary member survey via Survey Monkey. With the help of member Shawn Gordon, UH’s Ashley Hendrix has put together the survey based on a Rotary International template. This will be the first step in developing a strategic plan to launch the club into its next millennium. Needless to say, every members’ input is vitally important. Please complete at your earliest convenience. Click here to access it. Thank you!
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