Serving Washington, Idaho, & British Columbia  
     The Roll-a-Hippo project:
 
Back in March, we asked you to engage in a project that suddenly became possible, because other projects weren’t able to proceed. We had money in the Foundation account to the tune of $7,500 US available and asked that each club donate the equivalent of ½ the cost of a Roll-a-hippo and we would match that from the Foundation monies, until we ran out. That challenge was our way to initiate what we think is the first pan-District Grant project in our District’s history. The impetus largely came from a program that a few of our clubs were presented with – from one of the principals of the Roll-a-Hippo Foundation. Clearly, it inspired many to take up that challenge and ‘take it up in spades’, as the saying goes.
Many residents in our state do not have access to quality medical care from licensed physicians. Your help is needed to improve the availability of primary medical care in underserved communities. 

At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.

Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.

We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.

In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.

RI President Shekhar Mehta is urging members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving other is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.
District Governor Lynn O'Connor
 
Governor`s Monthly Message
 
From the Governor
August 2021
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