Over the past few months, members of our Rotary Club have worked very hard to find a new location and arrange logistics to be able to return to in-person meetings. We did so this week in the lobby of Memorial Hall, with 15 of us in person and about ten joining on Zoom. Although it was great to see everyone, we are once again facing the decision about the format for our meetings as a result of the COVID pandemic.
During yesterday’s board meeting, we discussed concerns about in-person meetings at this time due to the high transmissibility of the COVID-19 Delta variant, rising positivity rates (average hovering around 30% in WYCO), and the low completed vaccination rates for Wyandotte County (35%).
Based on the data above and guidance from the UG Health Department, the board voted unanimously to return to virtual Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future.
Your board doesn’t take these matters lightly, and our goal was to make our decision based on the Four Way Test by discerning the truth as we know it at this time and making a decision that is fair and beneficial to all concerned. We hope our decision, rooted in concern for the health and safety of each member, will build goodwill and better friendships.
Many of us are frustrated and disappointed that we are in this unfortunate situation.  However, we believe our decision to return to virtual meetings at this time is the best way forward for our club.