Our hearts are heavy because of the recent events in Minneapolis – the tragic death of George Floyd, the damage to many local businesses and neighborhoods, and the pain and suffering seen on the faces of people speaking out against racism and inequity. 
At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work. After the events of the past several weeks, it is clear that we have work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.
We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and a lot of hard work lie before all of us.  Rotary's strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together.  We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice.
We are people of action. We will do our part to listen, learn and act to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change in our communities and throughout the world.