Members of the Paris Rotary Club voted on Thursday to suspend meetings temporarily as the nation battles COVID-19, the coronavirus.
President Glenda Miller said that Rotary Club members decided to follow the request of President Donald Trump and the Centers for Disease Control to limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people.
Miller said that the club considered finding an alternative location for meetings following a decision by the Paris Senior Citizens Community Center to halt in-house meals.
"As our members looked for an alternative, everyone realizes that as leaders in the community, we need to set an example," Miller said. "The Monroe County Courthouse is closed to the public for now and Paris RII School District has suspended classes for now. This is the correct decision."
Miller said that club members also voted to continue paying the Paris Senior Center for weekly meals for the duration of the center's temporary halt to congregant, in-house meals.
Rotary Club members will still pay monthly dues during suspension of meetings, which primarily cover the cost of lunch.
"The Paris Senior Citizens Community Center is a vital part of our community. This has been a tough winter as weather has caused a drop in attendance," Miller said. "Our members decided that paying for weekly meals helped fulfill the Rotary mission of service above self."
She said there is no timetable to resume weekly meetings.
"We will follow the advice of public health officials," she said.