In the past two weeks, we have seen the horrible impact of bigotry and racism in our country. The violent death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers has opened wounds that have been unhealed for centuries. We extend our condolences to the family of George Floyd and we pledge our commitment to fairness and justice.
As the Rotary Club of the Plainfields, we value our diverse communities. We pledge to continue our mission to serve others and to make our communities better through that service. The Four-way Test that Rotarians live by — Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? — leaves no room for racism or discrimination of any kind. We pledge to continue our mission to serve others and to make our communities better through that service.
We echo the words of Rotary International, who issued this statement:
“At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.
“We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.
“We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice.”
Rotarians all over the world support and participate in programs to develop future leaders and to promote peace and understanding. Our club supports these efforts and will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change in the communities we represent.
The Rotary Club of the Plainfields normally meets weekly for lunch to share in friendship and to plan projects and activities to support the people in the Plainfields. Meetings are suspended during the pandemic; visit www.rotarypnp.org to find out when and where the meetings will resume. Contact Michael Townley, club secretary, for more information - firstname.lastname@example.org.