Mark Maloney meets Rotarians and Rotaractors in one web session - Rotary
Magazine for Germany & Austria.
Brittany Arthur from RC Berlin-International and Felix
Heintz (Rotary E-Club of Bavaria International) had taken over the organization
- and more than 400 inquisitive people wanted to be there: at the e-meeting,
in which the current changes at Rotary and in the Rotarian family should
be the focus.
It started punctually at 9:00 p.m. Central European Time. First, RI
President Mark Maloney - interviewed by Jeffry Cadorette - told how
"his" convention was ultimately canceled. He gave brief insights
into the deliberations of the Executive Committee - and regretted not
being able to personally greet any of the Rotarians and Rotaractors
However, it was much more important to him that the developments should
not be seen as a low point. His recommendation: appreciate what is now
developing from the situation. "Connection is the essence of Rotary,"
he said. This can now be observed and felt more than usual. This web
session also creates an important connection between everyone and the
other members of the Rotarian family who were watching.
"Let's make lemonade out of the lemons we got", he spurred
on the participants of the e-meeting - who exchanged greetings and tips
in the background. Maloney concluded that clubs should use new techniques
more - they are an opportunity for transformation. Because that is necessary:
??In the current situation due to the Corona crisis, there would be
no other way, as the many web meetings and online channels also showed.
While Mark Maloney spoke about the growth that Rotary needed - a goal
for several years and several presidents, by the way - the online seminar
participants were given a glimpse into the home environment of the RI
president. Hardly anyone would have gotten that close to him - and certainly
not together with more than 400 others.
Looking ahead to other activities, including in Houston, where the convention
will be hosted in 2022, he also spurred on those new to online meetings.
He himself had to admit that he's only recently become a Whats Apper.
"Fun things" promised Felix Heintz, who also referred to Rotaracter's
SmileAtHomeChallenge (on Facebook) and reported on a hybrid meeting
- a visit to the church, which foreigners could also join via video
His tip also: take an action. Resolve the situation (alone in front
of the computer) through a hands-on part - such as displaying the symbolic
last piece in time with a queen rock song (which 400 participants did
great). Felix 'Club (an e-club) has been dealing with digital possibilities
within the Rotarian life for some time and therefore had already organized
online beer tastings with three friends of friends. A tip that is sure
to find imitators ...
The final question-and-answer part provided further insight into the
polio campaign, which continues to do well despite the events surrounding
the corona pandemic, as Jeffry Cadorette reported. But whether there
can be virtual sessions instead of the Hawaii Convention is still being
discussed and explored. The rules regarding global grants changed due
to current Covid 19 campaigns and an example from Great Britain, where
donations go to poor food, were also brought up. And if you still want
to browse the web a little: "World of Rotaract" has been providing
variety around the clock - with online dance parties, dance lessons
... and ... and ...