This weeks program will be with one of the candidates in the upcoming election for the 4th congressional district and feature Congressman Peter DeFazio. His challenger Alex Skarlatos will speak to us in 2 weeks. I want both programs to meet the 4-way test and most of all be “fair to all concerned.” Although we cannot control what the candidates say, we can be sure that our questions to the candidates are “fair to all concerned.” Our questions should be about issues and not be partisan in nature. More importantly, they should focus on the solutions the candidates think they can bring to the table on a given issue. As a wise man once told me “a problem without a solution, will always be a problem.” To that end, we will be taking questions from the floor only through the chat function, so if you have a question, please put it in chat and be sure it meets the 4-way test. Last week I asked you for some question topics. Some of you gave me some good ones and they will be included as generic questions to both candidates. I have put together a panel to come up with some canned questions around the issues, that will ask for the candidates solutions. I thank Jerry Harris , Liz Ness and Jennifer Geller in advance for helping me with this endeavor. I hope you will see that our questions stick to the issues and are “fair” to both candidates. We all have our political views, but fairness to others (regardless of their views) should be paramount for Rotarians.

We have been fortunate enough to Induct new members in the last two meetings and I am trying to make it 3 in a row, but we will see our candidate is available for the zoom meeting! It is going to be warm the next few days, so be careful out there and stay safe.

Best Regards,

Tom Gilmour