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    DISTRICT GOVERNOR Lance Singleton OKC Sunrise Rotary [email protected] DISTRICT GOVERNOR ELECT Angela Rickman Ponca City Rotary [email protected] DISTRICT GOVERNOR NOMINEE Matt Tipton OKC Midtown Rotary [email protected] DISTRICT TREASURER Alex Lancaster Midwest City Rotary [email protected] DISTRICT SECRETARY & WEBSITE PDG Megan Law Rotary Club of Oklahoma City [email protected]

    Dear Rotarians, It has been a time of seclusion and concern yet hope; and now the world be- gins the process of getting back to a sense of normalcy. Some may find it easy to return to normal and others will take it slow and cautiously. During this life changing event, we all must adapt. What seems like the distant past, I recall visiting all but 1 club in our district; and it was one of the best experiences. As I visited with each of you, my theme was to be “change agents”, like Mission Impossible… your mission should you choose to accept it. Well, we’ve sure had to adapt over the last two months; and we’ll continue to change how we do things as Rotarians. But the key to everything is HOW we change. We have to take all that is good about Rotary, the SPIRIT of Rotary - the willingness to serve, the integ- rity, the diversity, the fellowship, the leadership – our very DNA – this is the platform we must use moving forward. So, how can you use the spirit of Rotary in pursuit of your successful chang- es as a club and Rotarian. I love what Napoleon said, "What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve." If you believe in yourself and believe in your club, then you can achieve absolutely everything you set out to accomplish. Just think, two months ago you were... (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE)

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    DISTRICT GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE — CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE ...meeting weekly in-person and now, you’re meeting virtually! Talk about adapting! If you’ve not taken on the opportunity to meet virtually, touch base with our district team and we’ll be glad to help. Remember, we have a dedicated page on to give you ideas on how to keep members engaged. We have all endured difficult times. We always get through them. We have no choice. The question is how quickly and how successfully. Personally, I committed to restrict myself from checking stock market fluctua- tions and new Coronavirus cases. These metrics are beyond my control so it’s a waste of my time. I intend to focus my energies on helping my family, friends and Rotarians. I will connect as we’ve done all year. I will be encouraging and urge them to be a change agent…strive to become the solution for those in need right now. As a District Governor and business professional I have experienced so many wonderful highs and a good number of challenging lows. I have never been more determined to be a problem solver than I am at this mo- ment. I wish you good health and a sense of optimism. We can and will overcome this… and be better because of it. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. Yours in Rotary, Lance Singleton District Governor 2019-2020

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    May 15, 2020 District Grant Applications due for 2021-22 year May 15, 2020 *DATE EXTENDED* District Governor Citation Due June 6-10, 2020 *CANCELLED* Rotary International Convention Honolulu, Hawaii June 30, 2020 Presidential Citation Information due July 1, 2020 Start of new Rotary year!

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    THE ROAD TO ROTARY NORMAL Recently, the Rotary International Board of Directors conducted a virtual meeting; and the following guidance is provided to encourage all Rotarians to take the safe route with in-person meetings. As you read through the items, keep in mind the health and safety of Rotarians is of paramount importance. Creativity and flexibil- ity are terms that come to mind when we think about how we need to address this crisis. I have enjoyed spending time with several clubs virtually over the last few days and hope that each of you and your families continue practicing good health habits. We hope to announce very soon an upcoming district-wide event you won’t want to miss! I encourage you to meet with your board and club and determine the best course for you. As a district we will be following similar guidelines.  Approved holding a virtual Rotary International convention on 20–26 June 2020;  Agreed to the following general principles:

     The health and safety of all participants in Rotary programs, meetings, and events is of paramount importance.

     No in-person meeting or event shall be mandatory for any Rotary participant who may feel uncom- fortable attending because of the pandemic.

     All conveners and organizers of Rotary meetings are strongly encouraged to consider all health concerns in deciding whether to hold in-person meetings.

     All conveners and organizers of Rotary meetings shall fully comply with all health and safety rules in effect in that location.

     With the principles above in mind, adopted the following rules and guidance for specific activities:

     All RI Board meetings shall be conducted virtually (and not in-person) for the remainder of calen- dar year 2020.

     All RI committee meetings shall be conducted virtually for the remainder of 2020.  2020 Rotary Institute conveners are strongly encouraged to conduct their institutes virtually.  Governors are strongly encouraged to use virtual meetings for club visits that occur during calen-

    dar year 2020. (at least the first half of the next Rotary year)  Regional leaders are strongly encouraged to use virtual meetings for training seminars and other

    events during calendar year 2020. (at least the first half of the next Rotary year)  The general secretary shall prepare a risk assessment of conducting the Rotary Youth Exchange

    Program during the 2020–21 Rotary year.

    Just remember, the safety of our fellow Rotarian is the upmost priority. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Yours in Rotary, Lance Singleton District Governor, 2019-2020

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    DISTRICT GOVERNOR CITATION DEADLINE EXTENDED With our current COVID-19 battle, the Governor’s Citation has been extended to May 15. Since club meetings are not taking place in-person, gaining new members is most likely a challenge. Therefore, points in this area will be based on results through March; however please count points within the “Unite People” section based on your results through the extended deadline. I am very proud of all clubs for your energy and commitment to Rotary; and hanks to the clubs that have already submitted.

    RYLA 2020 The district is working very hard to ensure a very rewarding RYLA event this July. As you can imagine planning a youth camp during this recovering pandemic has become quite the challenge; and yet, our brilliant RYLA team is preparing a camp every student will always remember. So, clubs keep those applications com- ing; and more importantly, continue your financial support for the future of Rotary. Here is what’s in the works… eRYLA! The world’s most powerful virtual leadership retreat! Trailblazer Retreat July 8-10 (Wed-Fri), Camper Retreat 13-17 (Mon-Fri). We will be engaging students in a variety of activities throughout the week, using a single platform as a “base camp” for ease of navigation, from which we will be using several different apps, videos, chats, and other platforms. We’re working to make sure: (a.) all our outcomes are met, (b.) it is fun, and (c.) there is a mixture of screen time games, rich debriefings, as well as movement/non-sitting/screen- light engagement. We are planning sessions too that will help with the students’ mental well-being. BONUS! In addition to making our RYLA happen for our campers, we have around 80-90 returning students (in some leadership capacity). eRYLA is also for their growth and development. They are learning to navigate and lead in this digital environment, learning also how to keep the human side present, even in a virtual world. The focus of eRYLA will be the same as the regular camp, focusing on power skills like self-awareness, respect for differences, critical thinking, motivation, leadership, creativity and innovation to name a few. So, keep the momentum of RYLA strong. We’ll have a very successful camp this year. To the future of Rotary, Jeff Gabelsberg Lance Singleton RYLA Chair, 2018-2021 District Governor, 2019-2020

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    District 5750 has pledged $25,000 to the Rotary Disaster Response Fund’s COVIC-19 grant program. Last week, we donated $12,500 in District Designated Funds. We’ll do the next $12,500 early in the 20-21 Rotary year. These funds were raised by our district Rotarians through their donations to the Annual Fund. We greatly appreciate everyone’s donations to the foundation and their willingness to put these funds to work during these trying times.


    ENID - $10,000 DONATION & FESTIVAL OF FLAVOR The Rotary Club of Enid donated $10,000 to Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma, the

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