Should you be interested in the Rotary International position in respect of the Ukraine Conflict, please read it at the 'Read more ...'.
If you are interested in the Rotary District 7090 position concerning the Ukraine Conflict, as well as to find out how to offer your personal support, please go to the 'Read more ...' tab.
For our part, and as members of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise; 
in general, we offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the people of the Ukraine for the struggle they have been forced to bear; and
on a more personal note, we reflect on our Rotary friend Yuliia Postil and her family as they live through this monstrous invasion of the country they so-cherish. May God be with you.
For a very interesting reflection on Yuliia's current situation, please click on this link.


Rotary International Statement on Ukraine Conflict      (Posted on Feb 25, 2022)

It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world. At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there.
Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world. As one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the comerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue. In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace in the region.

Actions You Can Take as a Rotarian in Response to Horrific Situation in Ukraine - from Governor Anne Bermingham

In times of crisis and conflict, such as the horrible situation that is going on in Ukraine, the world can feel overwhelming.  During a crisis, everyone will process things in their own unique way.  There is not ONE right response to this dark situation.  However, I take pride and hope in knowing the many ways that Rotary is helping to support all those in need.  People have been asking me - "What can I do as a Rotarian?".  Here are four suggested actions - you pick which one works for you and/or your Rotary club. 

1.  Give to The Rotary Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.  Those monies are going directly into Ukraine.  To quote John Germ, Chair of The Rotary Foundation - "this is the priority" - to direct all funds knowing that disaster response grants to supply water, food, medicine, shelter and clothing will be put to use quickly and effectively in the regions most in need. Our relief fund works with our partner Shelter Boxes, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees as well as The Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Migration is also mobilizing its resources to assist in this crisis.  You can do it online of course donate online  

2.  Read and share Rotary's official position on the war. You will find the statement in our March 7090 District Newsletter that was published this weekend.

Rotary is a peace promoting organization. This is a powerful message and I am sure there will be more such statements coming in the near future.  In fact, the Rotary Action Group Chairs Council is meeting with General Secretary of Rotary International - John Hewko on March 16.  Our CEO John Hewko is a chartered member of the Rotary Club of Kviv so he is directly involved and focused on finding the best ways for Rotary to respond.  

3.  Reach out and offer some words of support directly to the various Rotary clubs in the war-torn region.  There are 50+ clubs in Ukraine; over 125 in Russia.  This message would be way too long if I listed all the ways to connect with our fellow Rotarians.  In the spirit of Rotary, each of these Rotary clubs is working to transcend national differences and find peace building and aid activities to help all victims.  If you are a hashtag user, #StandWithRotary is one of many you might want to use when on Twitter or FaceBook or other social media.  

4.  Find another way of response that appeals to your club - using the amazing networks of Rotary.  I have been contacted to tell me about clubs shipping Medical Supplies by container; another sending basic food and clothing to Rotary partners in Poland and Germany.  I attach a document that has a list of all the projects currently being driven by Rotary.  Of course, more are being planned each day. 

 As Governor, it is not fair of me to advocate one response over another - there are so many ways Rotarians are helping.  There is no wrong response.  I am going to stay true to the message from Rotary International to direct my energy and monies to the Rotary Disaster Fund focused on this crisis.  You do what you think is best.  Whatever you choose, it will be right for you and that is what matters most.  Stay safe and take good care of yourselves and others.