Friday letters: Rotary took no position on mayor

November 29, 2013 




— I am writing on behalf of the Columbia Rotary Club’s board to clarify that we do not endorse candidates or take positions on political issues, contrary to the impression that might have been given by the headline in Tuesday’s paper, “‘Strong mayor’ loses in Rotary vote.”

The Columbia Rotary Club does not traditionally meet the week of Thanksgiving. As the body of the article makes clear, the straw poll came during an informal, informational presentation for some of our members and their guests, conducted by the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council. The council conducted a straw poll of those in attendance, which is its common practice. The results were only a reflection of the opinions of those in attendance, not any sort of endorsement by the club or our membership as a whole.

As an institution in Columbia for almost 100 years, we promote honest, civil and constructive interactions between business, political and non-profit leaders with the goal of inspiring an attitude of service above self. Our actions are guided by our four-way test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The meeting was conducted in this spirit, and we want to encourage all Columbians to be informed and exercise their right to vote.

Elliott Powell

Board of Directors

Columbia Rotary Club


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