國際扶輪社長梅隆尼宣布因冠狀病毒疫情取消舉行2020年檀香山國際年會

(RIDE Surgeon提供)

親愛的扶輪社友、扶青社社員、朋友們: 

 

請讓我直截了當的告訴您一件不幸的消息:RI理事會決定了要取消在美國夏威夷州檀香山舉行的2020年國際年會。我們都屬於扶輪家庭,必然的,您的安全是我們最重要的優先事項。正如期待著參加今年年會的超過20,000名的註冊者,我所感到的失望自不在話下。但是,為了保護出席者以及把檀香山視為家園的人們的健康和安全,理事會的這個決定是必要且正確的判斷 。 

 
從現況來看,我們無法確保扶輪能夠保護出席年會者在路途中,年會期間以及其後不至於受到新型冠狀病毒的威脅。我們無法判斷入境美國的限制是否會在6月以前被取消。許多的註冊者也對在今年召開年會感到憂慮。但是,也有許多人抱著希望能按照計畫進行年會活動。理事會在經過慎重地考慮了各種可能性之後,做出這個決定。 

 
我們瞭解大家必定迫切的希望知道如何取消註冊、入場券及住宿,但是我們請求您暫時不要採取任何行動。我們正在努力為所有的註冊者提供付還墊付款的程序。在下面我們謹提供概要: 

 

年會 

凡是註冊了年會的人士將領取全額退款。包括:購買扶青團年會前會議,青少年交換年會前會議以及相關的購劵餐會。我們會儘快提供您有關退款的方法。目前請不要採取任何行動。如果您已經自行在今天之前取消出席年會,您會得到50美元手續費的退款。 

為了快速進行取消手續,請用您的My Rotary在線上進行取消。 

 

扶輪基金會與聯合國的活動  

如果您報名註冊了扶輪基金會的活動,或者「扶輪與聯合國:慶祝75年人道合作的遺澤」慶祝活動,您會得到全額退款。有關詳情將會提供給您。 

 

地主籌備委員會舉辦的活動註冊費 
 

如果您報名註冊地主籌辦活動,地主籌辦委員會將在不久與您連絡有關您購買的入場券。相信您可想像,檀香山當地的扶輪社友以及扶青社社員面臨的困難和不斷變化現況。正如我們許多人,他們也身處必須遠距執行業務工作的情況。因此,請耐心等待。 

 

飯店住宿 
 

如果您自行預定扶輪的主要飯店,您會接到有關的通知,而您的住宿費不會自信用卡扣除。如果您以團體註冊扶輪的主要飯店,且已經付清全額或部分款額,您會收到後續通知以及如何領取退款的說明。 

 

機票 
 

許多航空公司繼續更新他們取消和更換機票的政策,以應對各國對旅遊的限制。請與您的航空公司或旅行代理店合作進行手續。 

 

籌劃檀香山年會絕非易事,我藉此機會由衷感謝2020年檀香山年會委員會、地主籌備委員會、2020年檀香山年會推廣委員會,以及扶輪的雇員為應該會是最棒的年會盡心盡力的籌辦。 

 
年會是我們相聚一堂,一起學習、接受激勵、一起慶祝、重振精神來促使扶輪更加成長的機會。現在正是我們展現「扶輪連結世界」的時候。讓我們再次為我們的社區致力。我們深知藏在看似簡單的「連結」裡的巨大力量。特別是當我們為抱著恐懼的心情忍受孤寂的人士,伸出援手,提供希望的時候,我們更能感覺到連結的力量。我們也能利用我們擁有的科技,為大規模的專案繼續合作。 

 
我們正在探討如何透過虛擬活動與大家分享類似年會的體驗。這個新嘗試會是實現「扶輪的行動計畫」中增強我們的適應能力的好榜樣。有關這一點,我們會在不久的將來做進一步提供詳情。 

 

我深信我們會以堅強的毅力度過這個困境。當我們再次親身相聚一堂的時候,我們會更感激我們的活動、經驗,以及我們透過扶輪得到的連結機會。 
 
後會有期。在那一天到來之前,希望您能諒解我們所做的決定。我們會盡全力儘快做下一步的決定。請諒解扶輪社友和雇員雙方正在同心協力,在這個充滿挑戰的環境之下盡最大的努力。希望您在繼續採取行動,行善天下之際,多自重,保持平安。 

 

Aloha,敬祝安好。 

 

馬克・梅隆尼Mark Daniel Maloney 

2019-20年度國際扶輪社長 

 

President Mark D. Maloney’s Letter:

2020 Rotary International Convention canceled because of growing coronavirus concerns

Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,  

 

Let me get right to the unfortunate news — the RI Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. We are all part of the Rotary family, and your safety remains our highest priority. Like the more than 20,000 registrants who planned to attend this year’s convention, I am very disappointed. However, this is the right and necessary decision to protect the health and safety of convention attendees, as well as those who call Honolulu home. 

 

At this point, we are unsure that Rotary could adequately protect convention-goers from the risk of COVID-19 infection en route to, during, and after the convention. We are also unsure if restrictions on travel to the United States will be lifted by June. We have heard from a number of you who voiced concerns about gathering at the convention this year. I also heard from many who were hopeful that we could continue with the convention as planned. The Board was very diligent and considered all the facts before taking this decision.  

 

At this time, we kindly ask that you do not contact RI Registration to inquire about your registration, ticket or housing cancellations as we work diligently to inform all attendees. Here is an overview of our plans for handling refunds and travel logistics. 

 

Convention refunds  

Anyone who registered for the convention will receive a full refund. This includes purchases made for the Rotaract and Youth Exchange preconvention events and ticketed meal events. We will send instructions on how to receive your refund soon. For those who had already canceled prior to today, you will also receive a refund of the $50 processing fee. 

 

You can help expedite the process by canceling your registrations online using your My Rotary account.  

 

Rotary Foundation and United Nations events 

If you registered for any Rotary Foundation events or Rotary and the United Nations: Celebrating a 75-year Legacy of Humanitarian Cooperation, you will receive a full refund. We will provide details soon.   

 

Host Organization Committee ticketed event registrations 

If you are registered for a host-ticketed event, the Host Organization Committee will contact you soon. As you can imagine, our Rotarian and Rotaractor friends in Hawaii are dealing with a difficult and evolving situation, and in most cases, are working remotely as so many of us are right now. So please be patient.  

 

Hotel Rooms 

If you booked an individual room within Rotary’s official housing block, you will receive a follow-up communication and your credit card will not be charged. If you booked as a group within Rotary’s official housing block and made a full or partial payment, you will receive a follow-up communication and instructions on receiving a refund. 

 

Your ticketed travel  

Many airlines are updating their cancellation and change policies to accommodate travel restrictions put in place by countries. Please work with your airline or travel agency. 

 

Planning the Honolulu convention was hard work, and I want to thank the 2020 Honolulu Convention Committee, the Host Organization Committee, the 2020 Honolulu Convention Promotion Committee, and Rotary staff for planning what would have been one of the best Rotary conventions yet.   

 

The convention has always been an opportunity for us to generate new energy for Rotary and to draw inspiration as we come together to celebrate, learn, and grow. Now is our moment to demonstrate that Rotary Connects the World in innovative ways. Let’s redouble our focus and energy on the work we do in our communities. We know the power and potential that lie within our simple acts of connecting. This is particularly true when we lend helping, hopeful hands to others, especially those dealing with the effects of isolation and fear. As we do this, so too can we continue to collaborate on big projects using all of the technology and expertise at our disposal.  

 

We are exploring how we can share a convention-like experience with you through a virtual event, which could be a great example of us following the Rotary Action Plan goal of increasing our ability to adapt.  We will have more to say on this in the near future. 

 

I have no doubt that we will come through this and gather in the future to celebrate with an even deeper appreciation for our work, our experiences, and the many connections we have made through Rotary.  

 

Until then, thank you for your understanding of this difficult decision. Please know that we will make decisions as quickly as we can. As I am sure you can imagine, both Rotary members and staff are operating in a challenging situation. Please be safe as you continue to take action and do good throughout the world.  

 

Aloha and kindest regards, 

 

Mark Daniel Maloney 

President, Rotary International, 2019-2020