Talking Rotary Podcast: Being Recognized with Beverly James

Our then District Governor Nominee, Beverly R James, was featured on the latest episode of the "Talking Rotary" Podcast!

Listen in as Peter Tonge explores Beverly's insights on her diverse Rotary Club initiatives, breaking down barriers, and addressing biases. The conversation dives into the crucial topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within Rotary and society. Beverly shares her experiences on a DEI panel, and the episode wraps up with reflections on the value of Rotary and the importance of open-mindedness in promoting DEI.

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In this episode of "Talking Rotary," Peter Tonge interviews Beverly James, an incoming district governor for the Rotary Club. Beverly shares insights about her Rotary Club, located in district 7255 in New York, specifically on Long Island. The district comprises diverse areas, including Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, making it culturally, socioeconomically, and racially diverse.

Beverly discusses her Rotary Club's initiatives, such as the dictionary project, scholarships, and support for Operation Get Ahead, which focuses on young people and seniors. She emphasizes the importance of breaking down barriers, addressing biases, and fostering diversity within Rotary.

The conversation delves into diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within Rotary. Beverly recounts her experiences during a DEI panel where she felt unheard and unseen. The discussion expands to broader societal issues, including biases, labels, and the need for open-mindedness. Both Peter and Beverly reflect on the challenges and opportunities in promoting DEI within Rotary and beyond.

The episode concludes with a reflection on why Beverly chooses Rotary, highlighting the organization's ability to do meaningful work without the trappings of traditional institutions. The conversation aims to inspire awareness, open dialogue, and a commitment to fostering a more inclusive Rotary community.

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