As I visit clubs virtually throughout the district I’m finding that many have been tackling the issue of DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) head-on, while others have adopted a wait and see attitude.  Three clubs, Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor North and Gig Harbor Midday have been holding weekly joint meetings outside their regular meeting times, every other Monday at 1:00 p.m. (April 12, April 26, May 10, etc.) to explore this issue.  Attendance of club members is completely optional.  For a Zoom link to these meetings please contact Dan Wilson:

Other clubs have been addressing DEI directly during club meetings or at specific times outside their regular club meetings.  Olympia Rotary is doing a wonderful job focusing on Anti-racism.
One very innovative example I’d like to point out is an upcoming six-week series that will be hosted by the Poulsbo Rotary club.  It will begin Tuesday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m. and continue May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1 and conclude June 8.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a huge topic and involves many layers.  In order to really learn and grow, the development should be thoughtful and with clear metrics.  The Poulsbo Rotary DEI Series will be unique in that they, as Rotarians, will be hosting six conversations that include actionable steps for you to take as individuals and as clubs.
The one-hour conversations will be titled:
  • Setting the Stage
  • Microaggressions
  • Recruiting
  • LGBTQ+ Community
  • Dismantling Racism and Conclusions
DEI is a very broad topic subject to many interpretations.  What I like about this series is that it is specific to Rotarians and Rotary clubs.

I hope everyone in our district will try to attend and learn for themselves with an open mind and the four-way test in your heart.  Please go to to register and sign up for updates.  The recorded conversations will be posted on the website for later viewing.

DACdb update:  Mary Horn will be hosting Tuesday Training sessions covering the basics and more.  Put it on your calendar, 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday until further notice.

Please mask up, avoid even small gatherings, and be safe every way you know how.  We will get through this.

Thanks, and I hope to see you at one of your weekly Zoom or V/IP club meetings soon.