Dear fellow Rotarians and Rotaracters from Lisbon and Dublin to Berlin, from Scotland to Malta, and from all countries in between: Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the Low Countries, from all these 90 districts in Europe, and from wherever you come.
We invite you with your partners in service to
DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC WE SWITCHED TO AN ONLINE EVENT
We are pretty sure that the COVID-19 virus will still be in our European population this autumn and the herd immunity is will still be too low to prevent outbreaks of the disease and that large-scale vaccination will not yet be available. We also assume that authorities will consider traveling and gathering at larger Rotary meetings of non-vital importance for the economy and will ban this type of meetings. Even more the economic impact of this pandemic will prevent Rotarians to do business as usual in the next few months and we should realize the vulnerability of our attendees.
Facing all these extraordinary circumstances we have taken the decision to change the in-person GETS/GNTS and Institute Amsterdam 2020 event into on-line meetings.
Although we all will miss the person to person encounter and human interaction with the opportunity to propagate Rotary and exchange ideas, the online form of our GETS/GNTS and Institute will create new innovative ways to communicate in future. We will develop effective on-line GETS/GNTS programs for the different language groups and an interesting and entertaining digital way to present over 50 projects during the online event Rotary without Borders on October 10th, 2020. In well guided breakout room session we will show exemplary good projects from various zones and regions with possibilities to discuss all specific Rotary aspects.
The strategic priorities of enhancing impact, reaching out, empowering engagement and being flexible and adaptive will be emphasized.
With our decision to change to an innovative form for our GETS/GNTS and Institute we show our ability to adapt, we are not just cancelling, instead we are starting something new.