June, 2020

A Note from Your District Governor

Greetings, District 5970!

The world is beginning to open again, and we are taking our time to determine what is appropriate for ourselves and for our clubs. 

Many clubs are continuing to meet virtually. However, some are venturing out to meet face to face. If you choose to convene in person, please be mindful of the CDC’s recommendations regarding safe meeting practices. 

You can read the CDC's mass gatherings guidelines on their website. We’ve listed the highlights here:

  • Keep groups to 10 people or less.
  • Wear face masks.
  • Sit at least 6 feet apart.
  • Wash your hands when you enter the building and frequently during the meeting. 
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands when you leave.
  • Avoid touching your face.

The June the Rotary Zones 25B-29 Resource Guide suggests surveying your members about potentially incorporating virtual meetings into your plans going forward. Think about which club business requires in-person gatherings vs. virtual, and how to continue serving your community in person and behind the scenes.

Then, as a Rotary leader, help formulate a plan that incorporates the most recent safety protocols as well as your members’ group and personal preferences. Don’t feel like you have to rush to resume in-person meetings. Coming together in 3D is a tradition, but you can be flexible and still remain cohesive as a club. Get more guidance from Rotary Zones 25B-29 Resource Guide.

No matter how your club chooses to meet, please continue to take care of yourselves. Your community depends on your club’s service projects – and your club thrives when you are feeling your best.


Meet Lowell Stoolman, Your New District Governor

This month, Lowell Stoolman will become the new District Governor for District 5970. I will be transitioning to my new role with the Rotary Foundation. As of July 1, I will be the Assistant Rotary Foundation Director for Districts 5650, 5970, and 6000.

Lowell is the former police chief of Rockwell City and a former member of the city’s maintenance department. He served more than 30 years on the city’s fire department and is an active member of the Rockwell City Rotary Club. 

Lowell's installation celebration is scheduled for June 28, 2020, at the Twin Lakes Golf Club in Rockwell City.  Register to attend.

While I will miss serving you as your District Governor, Lowell will do a wonderful job guiding you through 2021. Thank you for your hard work and generosity during my time as District Governor. I look forward to seeing all you accomplish under Lowell’s leadership.

Michelle Bell
District Governor 2019-2020