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RI President Holger Knaack’s theme for 2020-21, Rotary Opens Opportunities, asks Rotarians to create opportunities that strengthen their leadership, help put service ideas into action, and improve the lives of those in need.
The U.S. Rotary Clubs and Districts Liability Insurance Program ("Program") provides all U.S. Rotary clubs and districts and Rotaract clubs with general liability (GL) and directors' and officers'/employment practices liability (D&O/EPL) insurance. 
 
The information below was sent to club officers by RI on July 27, 2020.
 
The following e-mail was sent to key District leaders, late last week. Since our District's clubs are strong users of and contributors to Global Grants, I thought you need to see this in its entirety:
 
Dear chairs of district Rotary Foundation committees and the subcommittees for grants, scholarships, and vocational training teams:

It would be an understatement to say the world is facing a global crisis of a magnitude never seen before by this generation.

Many of our communities lack funding and are struggling to provide the very services and qualities that would otherwise have made life comfortable. Many of our own members have been seriously affected, both in terms of their health and in terms of their finances.

In these circumstances, The Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees must make decisions that enable our organization to persevere and thrive.

We cannot do that without your complete help, support, and understanding.

Thus, I have some important updates to share with you about the global grant program.

Bring your favorite Acts of Kindness stories to share. It's all about the story, right?

Bring stories of the awesome things your club or club members are doing.
While many Rotarians may find their Rotary life has slowed during the COVID isolating, Youth Exchange has not slowed.  Life has been very busy with students who are still in D5080 returning, and trying to find flights for inbounds .
 
Through service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are addressing underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, poor access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
 
February, which is Rotary’s Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month, doesn’t have to be the only time we think about building Peace in the World. You can build peace and mitigate conflict in your club and its projects by:
The Rotary Foundation Trustees and Rotary International Board of Directors have both unanimously approved adding a new area of focus: supporting the environment.
District Governor Tim Fredrickson
 
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