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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change. 

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs. 

Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive. 

We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong. 

In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Passed by the Rotary International Board of Directors, January 2019 and revised by RI DEI Task Force 2021


 The mandate of the District 7070 DEI Committee is to:

• contribute to the implementation of the RI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement in District 7070 and to the relevant goals of the Rotary District 7070 Strategic Plan;

• enable District 7070 and clubs to grow and better reflect the communities we serve and to be inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities;

• develop policies and best practices to make our district and clubs more welcoming, inclusive, and appreciative of each other;

• provide opportunities to foster greater understanding and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion matters, including DEI training; and,

• initiate activities to publicly celebrate our district’s wide range of diverse members with an understanding that we are open to all.


WHO WE ARE (click on name to send an email):

District 7070 DEI Committee:    

Chair - Heather Drakes (Area 13, 14, 15)

            John Cairns (Area 1, 2, 3)

            Emily Steele (Area 4, 5, 6)

            Nikita Williams (Area 7, 8, DRR)

            Dani McClymonth (Area 9, 10)

            Courtney Doldron (Area 11, 12, 16)


Each committee member will be available to work with the area assistant governors to help support their clubs develop, implement and maintain the DEI mandates of District 7070.

Club members and presidents are welcome to reach out to the committee member (or the chair) assigned to their area. Simply click on a name above to send an email.

“There is hope to make a stronger, better and bigger Rotary.” (“Bowtie” Todd Jenkins)