Woven through the fabric of virtually every community on earth, service clubs of Kiwanis International, Lions Clubs International, Optimist International, and Rotary International are working safely and diligently to maintain connections with each other and our neighbors so that we can cope with and overcome the effects of COVID-19. We are leveraging the strength of our combined networks of 3.2 million members to provide comfort and hope to those feeling the effects of isolation and fear. And we are focusing our collective skills, resources and ideas to support frontline health workers and first responders as they battle this disease and save lives.

In these times of uncertainty, your local service clubs remain committed to meeting the challenge of finding innovative ways to take action together to help communities around the globe heal and thrive – and become more united than ever.

“The global effort against COVID-19 depends on actions taken in every country. As people of action, this is our time to connect with each other to offer immediate help to people in need.” – Mark Daniel Maloney, Rotary International President, 2019-2020.

"The scale and magnitude of this global pandemic requires our world's citizenry to heed the advice and cautions of the experts.  The work and plans of our collective members and volunteers must not cease!   Our immediate response after the crisis will be necessary to support local Governments respond to the many social and economic challenges that will ensue in its aftermath." – Adrian Elcock, Optimist International President, 2019-2020.

“Great challenges test us, but they also bring us together. Lions are finding new ways to safely serve. Our Lions Clubs International Foundation has granted over one million dollars to help communities facing extreme rates of COVID-19, and additional grant requests are being received daily.  Our communities depend on service clubs, and we will be there, supporting and strengthening them just as we always have together.” – Dr. Jung-Yul Choi, Lions Clubs International President, 2019-2020.

“During these difficult times, we’re seeing everyday heroism across the globe. I encourage us all to recognize the health and safety professionals who are putting their own health at risk for the greater good. To the educators, grocery workers, delivery drivers and the countless professionals who can’t stay home, the Kiwanis family thanks you. We all play an important role in keeping our friends and neighbors safe. Please follow the advice of the World Health Organization, your local health agencies and the instructions given by your Government. Please, stay safe.” – Daniel Vigneron, Kiwanis International President, 2019-2020.

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On 19 April 1868, Rotary founder Paul Harris was born in Racine, Wisconsin, USA. You can mark the occasion by reading notes to Harris from his Rotarian friends.

How else will you celebrate the 152nd anniversary of Paul Harris’ birth? Tell us by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You could be featured in the next Paul Harris Society Resource. Subscribe to this quarterly newsletter if you aren’t already receiving it, and you’ll get updates on membership, read about what motivates our contributors, and more.

Thank you for being a member of the Paul Harris Society. In these uncertain times, the world needs Rotary leaders like you more than ever. Your support allows us to fund critical projects near you and around the world.

Learning plans are groups of courses and resources that help incoming leaders prepare for their roles. They’re also timesavers: With learning plans, learners don’t have to spend time searching for the courses they need.

Explore the plans available in the Learning Center. Select FILTERS, then Learning Plan.

Featured courses
Check out the newest courses in the Learning Center:

    Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    Learn more about Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement, including what it means and how you can use it to create positive experiences.
    District Committee Basics
    Get training for your role as a district committee chair. These courses are relevant to any district committee.

Continue to promote these resources:

    Grant Management Seminar
    This learning plan includes courses that can replace in-person training. Consider requiring members to take the courses, then following up with a webinar to answer their questions and discuss any district-specific requirements.
    Mentoring Basics
    Learn about the role, responsibilities, and benefits of being a mentor to an adult professional.

Training tip

Get tips for adapting in-person training to online learning. Visit the District Trainer Best Practices learning topic and look for the Offering Training Online document. We invite you to participate in the discussion and share your resources and tips for district training events.
You can also visit the Meeting Online learning topic to find and share resources, join discussions, and ask for expert advice about creating online meeting spaces.

Even when you can’t hold training meetings in person, members can still develop new skills and knowledge by taking courses online. Rotary’s Learning Center offers courses on everything from managing training sessions and mentoring to leading change and dealing with conflict. See the course catalog on My Rotary, which includes links to each course.

Rotarians can learn basic information through the Learning Center courses, then attend more in-depth webinars or online meetings to generate ideas together, make action plans, and even organize community projects.

Courses are available in 20 languages, including Mandarin (listed under “traditional Chinese”), Swedish, Thai, and several Eastern European languages.

To gauge members’ online learning, district leaders can get Learning Center reports for their districts. They’ll first need to complete the Access to Learning Center Reports course. Rotary staff will then set up automatic weekly emails with the reports for them.

The following district leaders have been enrolled in that course and can receive reports after they complete it:

    District governors-elect
    Current and incoming district trainers
    District membership chairs
    District Rotary Foundation chairs

For district leaders that get these emailed reports, we will soon start sending two reports: one about the courses members have taken and the other about their learning plans.

Also be sure to register for the webinar Optimizing Rotary’s Learning Center, 21 April, 14:00-15:00 Chicago time (UTC-5). You’ll find out how you can use the social learning features available in Learning Topics to continue engaging members online.

You can also register for the Connect With the (Online) Rotary World webinar, 28 April, 15:00-15:45 Chicago time (UTC-5) to hear from Rotarians who are leading their clubs and districts in connecting with each other online.  

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