From the Desk of the International President…

June 26, 2020

I sincerely hope all of you and your families are taking all recommended precautions to lower the risk of the COVID virus.  Last month I sent an email about the new Executive and this month I wanted to report on budget items endorsed by the Board of Governors on June 17.  The Budget has a substantial surplus because there is no Travel for International or District Conventions this year.  As a result, the Board is anticipating that there will be a noticeable reduction in the Dues for the next budget year when invoices go out in March.

1) Virtual Meeting Fund

One of the best ways to stay in contact with your Gyro friends now is the use of web-based software platform like Zoom, WebEx, Google Hangout, or ezTalks. Some of these have a free program but these can have limitations. As a result the Board of Governors identified funds, under the committees line item, for reimbursing Clubs if they wish to purchase a program for 5 months to host meetings.  All we ask is that you commit to hosting meetings and that a receipt is submitted for no more than $75 US or $100 CAD. to the International Office Manager, Sheila Kucera at  Peter Carter, 2nd Vice President would be pleased to assist you in obtaining a program and learning to host – email

2) Website Updates

The Budget also included funds to bring all Club websites to a state where they are either maintained by Clubs; are provided assistance to post information or are provided with a generic website that directs inquiries to the International website.  This initiative will commence in the Fall.  The benefit will be prospective members and current members will have easy access to information that is current or is able to contact the Headquarters to get information on Club contacts or Gyro resources.  Each Club will be contacted to determine its needs prior to any changes being made.

I, also, plan to pass information on to you in the near future about happenings in Gyro including the 2019-20 Award winners, By-Law changes and the Betterment Fund for recruiting new members.

Stay Safe and Keep the Fun in Gyro!

Alan Pentney

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