Note to our Club Presidents:
Attached is our District 5630 Policy and Procedure on Preventing and Addressing harassment, dated November 6, 2020.
No other subject has encountered as many “eye rolls” as harassment during my business career. I have found this stems from a feeling of invincibility by staff: It can never happen to my group.
Various harassment suits occur in all organizations, and suit settlements continue to eat into Rotary’s finances. Unfortunately, it does happen here and can be internally or externally initiated.
Please review the attached Policy, dated November 6, 2020. Understand the necessity of developing a Harassment Prevention Committee for your Club or defining members from your Club board to compose it.
If harassment is new to you as a leader, please take a few minutes to sign in to MyRotary.org. Go to the tab Learning and Reference > Learning Center> and search for “harassment.” There are several resources for you to learn more and courses on the subject.
As you know, we are in a very litigious society. Perhaps you can relate this Policy to your Club regarding our 4-Way Test. If you ever encounter a claim of any harassment, put it in writing as soon as possible. Everything can be collected (including this email), so document everything if you are ever involved in a harassment event.
One note about the email that needs to be disseminated. Harassment@rotary5630.org is encrypted and is a secure transmission directly to me. However you or I receive the initial notification, time is of the essence. Act on it immediately and don’t second-guess the incident.
I hope that the Harassment Policy is very straightforward, but please don’t hesitate to write or call me if you have any questions.
Bob Taylor, District Governor – 2020-2021