After fifteen minutes of visiting and socializing, President Veronica called the meeting to order.      Leon’s choice of music for O Canada was impressive, so much so that many members simply listened to the music and watched the accompanying video without singing.  However, those few who did sing sang magnificently.  
     When she asked for our Rotary theme, a familiar “Rotary Connects the World” rang out.  Old habits die hard.  Veronica calmly reminded that this year’s theme is “Rotary Opens Opportunities” and she encouraged us to do just that.  She encouraged us to check out online learning opportunities provided at rotary.org, including the learning centre and breakout sessions from the recent virtual convention.
      Veronica emphasized the RI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement which led to further discussion.

     "As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
     Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders."
 
      Our guest speaker was Jonah Johnson, our club member who also just served a year as president of the Rotaract Club of Langley.  Jonah informed us about his other club and its activities.  He will continue on in that club as well as ours, and will serve as Rotaract’s treasurer this year.  The club now has six members and is interested in service opportunities in the community. For more photos please visit July 16, 2020.