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Hybrid meeting technology enables Rotary clubs to increase productivity in community service post-COVID

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:52 PDT, Thu September 28, 2023

Local community service and global humanitarian relief which the Rotary clubs of Richmond and South Delta have been providing for decades is now enhanced with new “hybrid” meeting technology thanks to $33,500 in funding from the Government of Canada. The funding will help the six clubs purchase OWL 3 hybrid meeting units to enable members to meet in person and involve speakers or other members online with a projector and screen at a meeting venue.

The funding comes from the Government of Canada’s one-time $400 million post-COVID Community Services Recovery Fund, partly administered through Community Foundations of Canada and, in turn, the Richmond Community Foundation as announced recently. The project is one of nearly 5,500 across Canada which the Community Services Recovery Fund has supported.

The fund has enabled the purchase of OWL 3 systems for Rotary clubs, applying technology and new ways of doing things to enable members, who might be away or unable to meet when other club members do, to connect with fellow members more quickly and easily as they work together on community service projects. The new systems can also bring to their members—partly in person and, using the OWLs, partly virtual—leaders from Rotary and from business, government and associations across Canada and around the world for learning and productivity in serving our community.

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