It's September, and so far, 2020 has been one challenge after another. I'm a glass-half-full kind of guy, though. So, while there is no shortage of negative aspects to the coronavirus, I'd like to share a positive - something we can take advantage of right now.

September is Rotary's Basic Education and Literacy Month - a time to reflect on what we're doing to help reach this key Rotary focus area in our communities and/or internationally. Learn more about this important focus area on the Rotary International website.

But, in addition to that, because we're all meeting virtually, we can really use this opportunity to beef up our own basic literacy and understanding of what it means to be a Rotarian, by hearing from those at the top. 

Rotary International has many people available to speak to your clubs. You could hear from those who know it best about things like membership, foundation, grants, club and district support, Polio Plus, and more. Plugging into the opportunity to have guest speakers from all around the world right now could really help build our understanding of Rotary and solidify the passion you have for this organization that I can honestly say has changed my life - and the lives of my family members. 

If you'd like to have someone speak to your club, you can reach out to Nick Taylor.

Also, you may not be aware, but there's a Speaker's Bureau page on our website. Just go to the homepage, under "For Rotarians" and you'll see it in the drop down. There's a list of vetted speakers, many of them make great virtual speakers.

Stay cool out there, and stay safe. 

-DG Brent