In the process of trying to avoid COVID-19, I have instead developed a serious case of Zoom fatigue.  Don’t get me wrong – I am grateful to Zoom for providing us a means in which we can keep up our weekly meetings going.  But a Zoom meeting is just not the same as meetings in person.  It’s harder to establish camaraderie and much harder to attract new members (though we did manage to add a new member who is joining the club this week – welcome Michael Young!).
I am pleased to announce that starting April 8th, we will be going to back to the hybrid meeting format at Cherry Valley Country Club.  This is the same format we used in the Fall – sitting outside on the covered patio with heat lamps and a limited menu.
 
Although we are starting to lift out of the fog of pandemic restrictions, it’s not over yet.  While COVID-19 cases are down, hospitalizations are down and the rate of vaccinations are up, we can’t let down our guard.  At meetings, we kindly ask everyone to always mask up except when eating or drinking.  And, when eating or drinking, please make sure you are 6 feet from the nearest person.  If you are not feeling well that day, we ask that you stay home and connect via Zoom.  And get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible.
 
For those who are not yet comfortable returning to in-person meetings, we will continue to patch people in via Zoom.  In fact, some of our speakers will be coming to us remotely for the next few months.
 
Although the sentiment is that weekly meetings are better in-person than via Zoom, the Board has found that conducting board meetings via Zoom is actually more efficient and, thus, we will be continuing that through the end of the Rotary year and, quite possibly, into the new year as well according to President-Elect Andy.
 
The light at the end of the tunnel draws closer.
 
Rotarically Yours,
Zoltan Nagy
President
Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill (NJ)
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