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Sue Ann Hong, Executive Director for the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, spoke about racism in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sue Ann first encountered racism in Hurley, Wisconsin at a very young age. She came to America to live with her aunt and realized she was different. They were constantly moving around the United States and she had to learn to maneuver quickly in new environments.
In her career with State Farm Insurance, Sue Ann realized that women do not get coached to learn about profit and loss areas of the business. Although she was a member of the leadership team, she was treated differently than her male counterparts. She had to learn to speak up for herself and establish her own voice. In one incident, she was bullied by three male co-workers and had to muster everything within her to stand up for herself.
In America today, Asians and blacks are more likely to report racist issues following COVID-19. From March 19-July 23, there were 2,499 COVID-related incidents of harassment to Asian-Americans in 45 states. California had the highest number of incidents, with 81 incidents of physical assault and 64 potential civil rights incidents.
The Longmont Rotary Charity Fund has announced the recipients of the COVID-19 Crisis Grant Program. These grants were developed to assist non-profit organizations that have programs and services that address the needs of children and youth impacted by physical distancing, lockdown, and quarantine as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The award recipients are:
  •  Able to Sail/$5,000 - the curriculum is based on sailing terms and is aimed directly at changing negative, self-defeating thought patterns
  •  The Second Wind Fund of Boulder County/$5,000 - offers free therapy to uninsured or under-insured, at-risk youth struggling from suicidal ideation
  • Longmont Baseball League/$5,000 - The premier youth baseball organization in the St. Vrain Valley
  •  Firehouse Art Center/$4,000 - Longmont's leading contemporary art center that hosts summer classes for kids and youth of all ages
  •  St. Vrain FC Soccer/$3,000 - The premier youth soccer club for the St. Vrain Valley
  •  Pearl/$3,000 - Provides single parent families the hope and skills necessary to build an economically and emotionally stable home environment.
Our Young Rotarians continue to meet every other week via a Zoom call.  The silent auction will be postponed, a fundraising event to benefit the Philippines Project, providing food and school supplies to children in that area.  
The Rotary District 5450 Annual Conference is scheduled for Saturday, August 29th and will be a Virtual on-line event.  It’s a great chance to learn from other district clubs and share ideas.    

Hello Everyone,


Two years ago, when Debbie Setlock called and asked if I would be interested in being the President-Elect Nominee (and the following four years of offices), I really didn’t think I would be the right person for the job.  I was still new to Rotary, and to Longmont.  After thinking about it, I figured that there probably wasn’t a better way to become acquainted with both.  The club was almost 100 years old at the time, so I assumed that systems and processes were in place, and I really couldn’t break anything.  While I knew that I didn’t know what I didn’t know, I would not have guessed that my term as president would begin while the world was experiencing a pandemic and our community following an evolving set of Safer at Home guidelines.  Our current situation presents significant challenges for the club. I think it also makes it simple to focus on priorities.  


A key theme for the upcoming Rotary year will be on how to we maintain and continue all that the club has built over the last 100+ years.  What do we need to do to maintain the club as a cohesive unit?  How do we continue to support our community through local grants and projects?  How do we continue to support Rotary International, the Foundation, and Polio plus?  Also, how do we prepare for the day when programs like RYLA are able to resume?  


A friend of mine is a multiple time cancer survivor.  He always says that tough times mean that better ones are in the future.  With that in mind, my focus will be on how we maintain what we have today, and how we prepare to transition to the other side of our current paradigm.  Longmont Rotary has a great tradition and a great group of people.  Like everything else these days, things will be a little more difficult than usual, but we can and will succeed.




Longmont Rotary

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Debra Fine
Aug 11, 2020
Fellowship-How We Connect with Others and Strengthen Connections during Covid-19
Caitlin Cullen
Aug 18, 2020
How Tandem is Helping Milwaukee Community during Covid-19?
Ashley Kasprzak & Cindy Noble
Aug 25, 2020
Covid Kindness, Gratitude During the Pandemic!
Consul-General Midori Takeuchi of Japan in Denver
Sep 01, 2020
Covid-19 updates in Japan
Madeline Miller
Sep 08, 2020
Hereditary Cancer and Genetic Counseling
Devin Hibbard
Sep 15, 2020
Street Business School
Lindsay N. Parsons
Sep 22, 2020
Boulder County Area Agency on Aging Service Overview
Leanna Clark
Sep 29, 2020
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Dr. Reynaldo Martinez Jr.
Oct 06, 2020
International Workforce Education and Training
Debby Paris
Oct 13, 2020
Non-Profit Day Out
Katharine Reece
Oct 20, 2020
The Opp. Gap in Boulder County: How the “I Have A Dream” Foundation Is Helping to Close This Gap
Cara Silletto
Dec 01, 2020
The Millennial Mindset: The Generational Story You’ve NEVER Heard
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Supporting the environment becomes a new area of focus

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