Rotary Presentation “The Pandemic Effect”

Rotary Presentation “The Pandemic Effect”

Tue, Apr 28, 9:30am

Online using Zoom


The Pandemic Effect

By Skip Essick

Mexico is now in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government and health experts say Phase 3 is the most serious. As both expats and Mexicans adjust to stringent efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, concerns increase on the health and welfare of the residents of San Miguel de Allende and especially to our municipality’s most needy.

The pandemic’s effect on our community is devastating and this will be our central topic at Tuesday’s online Rotary Meeting.

Our guest speaker is Francisco Garay Russo, Director of the Office of Economic Development and International Affairs for the City of San Miguel. His department’s main goal is to work as a team with NGOs to maximize resources and get NGOs into places where help has been limited. Garay Russo will join our meeting via Zoom to comment specifically on how the community is being impacted. Everyone’s thoughts are now with the small businesses that depend of tourism dollars for survival and the community’s most needy who have to worry about how to get their next meal. Garay Russo will discuss the city’s response to these needs and what all of us can do to help.

Francisco Garay Russo is a native of San Miguel with an impressive resume that includes public policy and international affairs at Princeton University and Kaiser Associates in Washington, DC. He has a master’s degree in corporate law from Stanford University and worked for a law firm in New York before returning San Miguel. He also worked on Luis Alberto Villarreal’s mayoral campaign.

Will the city recover? And if so, what are the official timeline projections? This could be the most important meeting the Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende has ever hosted, so mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, at 9:30am, when we welcome Francisco Garay Russo.

With mandatory shelter in place orders, the Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende is now videoconferencing all meetings via Zoom. Using this technology will enable the club to meet on a weekly basis and still reach out to the community.

While residents continue to self-isolate within the safety and comfort of their homes, members of the public are welcome to attend our meetings by sending an email to (not Gmail). You’ll receive an email with instructions on how to be a part of this week’s meeting. Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Gary Peterson at