TACOMA SUNRISE ROTARY
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO
DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
 
TACOMA SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB is a group of compassionate, committed, visionary servant-leaders. We are stronger when we join with all people to honor and celebrate our diverse cultures and voices.  We have no tolerance for racism or any form of discrimination.
 
ROTARY’S MOTTO “Service above Self” and our “Four-Way Test” are our guiding lights.  These allow us to break through the darkness of life and work to chart new pathways toward peace, justice, fairness, education, prosperity and solidarity.
 
ROTARIANS ARE PEOPLE OF ACTION!  We are a global network of neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers who are working toward a world where people unite in actions to create sustainable changes in ourselves, our club, our community and our nation.  We confront challenges in unique ways, and seek unique solutions to difficult problems.
 
WE ARE ROTARIANS! We stand in solidarity with all organized voices and individuals of conscience who are speaking out, peacefully protesting, legislating and leading.  In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, and many others, at the hands of police officers, we recognize the violence that is directed at people of color and those who experience both overt and subtle acts of racism and discrimination. We recognize the long-standing racial divide in our nation, and the persistent inequalities in wealth, health and opportunity impacting people of color.
 
WE LEAD OUR COMMUNITY! Tacoma Sunrise Rotary members commit to working with our elected and community leaders, the justice system, the business community and anyone who is committed to working for justice, fairness and equality so that our FOUR-WAY TEST becomes the guiding principal of all that we do.
 
  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
                                                                                                                                
 
 
TACOMA SUNRISE ROTARY ACCOUNTABILITY ACTION PLAN
FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION (DEI)
 
MISSION: As Rotarians, we are committed to listen, to learn, to engage and to take action to bring about positive, sustainable change that will lead to justice, fairness and inclusion for all.
 
“We can’t go back and change the beginning, but we can start where we are and help shape the ending.”  C.S. Lewis
 
ABOUT OUR CLUB (Website Page)
 
To accomplish our Mission
  • We build partnerships
  • We help children and their families
  • We believe in diversity, equity & inclusion and are committed to support it
  • We make a difference
  • We have fun             
 
 
MEMBERSHIP EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
 
      Our Goal: To learn more about Black history, racism, social justice, how we as a nation got to where we are, and how we can do better.
 
Board of Directors: The Club will provide to each Club member a book on Black history, anti- racism, and what it means to be Black in America in the 21st Century- the struggles, triumphs and contributions.
           
Ad – Hoc Committee on DEI: The “book of the year” will be selected from the New York Times annual best seller book list.
              
Program Committee: At least quarterly, the Club’s meeting program will recognize the historic and contemporary holidays and celebrations of Americans of Black, indigenous and other racial ancestries, such as:
                        -February – Black History as American History.
                        -June 19th – Juneteenth.        
                        -July – September – Selected topic from “book of the year”.
-October 17th – Black Poet Day- celebrating the contributions made by Black
            poets.
 
The Club will make a conscious effort to infuse in our program speakers/presenters lineup the voices of the next generation of emerging community leaders from the African American community and other communities that have experienced racism and discrimination.
 
 
Provide to each Club visitor and program guest speaker a “keepsake memento” of Tacoma Sunrise’s Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
 
 
BUILDING A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE CLUB
 
      Our Goal: Establish targeted membership recruitment goals for African Americans, other people of color, and under-represented groups to better diversify the Club’s membership to reflect the community we serve.
                    - If necessary, incentive grants should be made available to help prospective
                    members meet financial responsibilities for up to two years.
                    - Provide prospective members with Sunrise Rotary’s “Statement on Diversity,
                                Equity and Inclusion”.
 
 
BENEVOLENCE AND PARTNERSHIPS
 
      Our Goal:  To reach out to the many well positioned, knowledgeable and experienced local groups and organizations who are at the forefront in the fight for equality, fairness, equity and inclusion for African Americans, other people of color and other groups who have been the subject of discrimination.  They are all worthy of our financial support and encouragement. Also, they can be a rich source of prospective Club members from their staffs and volunteers. 
 
      Tacoma Sunrise Rotary members are strongly encouraged to work with local groups and organizations that are providing goods, services and racial justice support that center on the lived experiences and aspiration of Black people and people of color in their individual giving.
 
      We also encourage Sunrise Rotary Club members to consult the “Greater Tacoma Foundation’s Non- Profit Directory” for information and profiles on non-profit organizations serving Pierce County.                     
 
 
OTHER INITIATIVES
 
      Explore ways to partner with local institutions of higher education and non- profit organizations, to advance non-partisan civic learning and engagement in the process of democracy for students and young people, e.g. voter participation, democracy and civic/social responsibility, being an informed and engaged citizen.
                   
      Rotarian of the Year ( ROTY ) criteria:  Assure that honoree has made a recognizable contribution to the achievement of the Club’s Statement and Action Plan related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 
                   
 
ASSIGNMENTS
 
Board of Directors:
      -  Lead to Accomplish our Mission
      -  Books to members
      -  Benevolence & Partnerships
 
      Program Committee:
      -  Quarterly meeting agendas         
      -  Program speakers & presenters
      -  “Keepsake Mementos”
      -  Emerging leaders voices
 
      Membership Committee:
      -  African American/minority/under-represented membership recruitment, goals and orientation
 
      Club President:
      -  Rotarian of the Year criteria
 
      Ad – Hoc Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
      -  Democracy, civic learning and engagement
      -  Book of the Year selection