Contact: Ray Freaney
09
Nov
2019
United Nations
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY  10017
United States of America

Save the Date

Dear District Governor,

On behalf of Rotary’s Representatives to the United Nations/ New York, I am pleased to share  that our New York team has begun planning for Rotary Day at the United Nations - scheduled for 9 November at the United Nations Secretariat. As you may be familiar with past UN Days, I want to alert you to some changes and ask your assistance in sharing information with Rotary  members who may express concerns.

First, due to increasingly tight security measures, the UN has limited the number of rooms  it permits for civil society/ general public events  – particularly during the period of the UN General Assembly which runs from September through December.  Regrettably, there  is no longer sufficient “UN-authorized” space for two programs.  We will instead include Rotaractors and other  young professionals in our one UN Day program.

Second,  in keeping  with the above decision, we are limiting event participation to age 18 and over.  While this was not an easy decision, we want to emphasize, that  supporting our youth is a high priority. Should groups be interested in the United Nations, we encourage Interactors or others to explore  attending or creating their  own Model United Nations program. More information is available at: https://unausa.org/model-un/ . Another option is UNICEF’s Voices of Youth at https://www.voicesofyouth.org .

Finally, while space is limited, with President Mark’s emphasis on membership growth,  we want to share the good that Rotary  does with those who do not yet know Rotary.   As such, we are seeking 30 percent non- Rotary affiliated participants to join us for the day.  Rotary  Day at the United Nations can be an opportunity to introduce prospective members and we will encourage the general public to attend. Indeed, every Rotarian should plan to bring a prospective member with them.

While I recognize  the above changes differ from what was traditionally considered the “format”  for UN Day, I want to thank you in advance for recognizing and communicating to others that  Rotary can no longer  keep our good works – or our key events  – to ourselves. Kindly work with your clubs or concerned members, as needed, regarding the above points. I and all the members of the New York Planning Team thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

Additional information regarding Rotary Day at the United Nations will be available  at  www.rotary.org/un- day in late August.  We look forward to a revitalized Rotary  Day at the United Nations/ New York and, together, celebrating how the United Nations and Rotary Connects the World.

Sincerely,
Peter  R. Kyle
Dean, Rotary  Representative Network
Rotary International Director, 2020-2022
Past District Governor, District 7620