KCCI (a CBS Affiliate in Des Moines) reported yesterday about a woman whose application was rejected by Rotary.  They report:

A Des Moines woman rejected for membership by the local chapter of the Rotary Club said Friday that she believes it’s because she works at Planned Parenthood.

Susy Robinette said she has spent a lot of time looking for answers in the prospective member packet that she received from the Rotary Club of Des Moines this fall.

The Des Moines Rotary Club is one of the 50 largest in the world with 334 members. It recently rejected Robinette’s application to become a member.

"I kept reading through here. Is there something here I’m missing, but no," said Robinette.

Robinette is a former television news director and anchor who now is Chief Development Officer for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.

Apparently just 11 members need to object to an application for membership in order to turn them down.

What do you think is this fair?  There is a right to association that is present and a person’s occupation/position on abortion is not a protected class so she certainly doesn’t have legal recourse.  She also may be making an assumption it is due to her employment with Planned Parenthood.  She also says she’s disappointed and embarrassed… so she runs to KCCI?  What does that say about her?

I’d love to read your thoughts.

12 comments
  1. I don’t know Rotary’s laws, so I’m sort of working on impressions, here.

    But if they’re allowed to vote to accept or reject members, then it’s that simple — she applied and was turned down. Just like the library didn’t hire me when I applied for that job. They chose the other guy (not that I’m obsessed or bitter or anything …). End of story.

    Whether Planned Parenthood factored into whether someone objected, we’ll likely never know. Nor does it matter.

    On the other hand … I could see me voting against someone for exactly that reason.

    I agree with you, by the way … when I’m embarrassed, I don’t run to the nearest major news outlet to make sure even more people hear about it.
    .-= Wickle´s last blog ..The game I want for Christmas =-.

    1. @Wickle, They say they are looking at their bylaws since it was 11 objections out of over 300. All they needed was 11. I suspect that if more were needed they probably would have had more.

      Her sponsor said, “the club is made up of leaders who want to help the community.”

      Well I’m not sure I would consider this lady a “leader who wants to help the community.”

      I’d object as well, and I don’t believe based on her profession that she measures up to Rotary’s guiding principles – http://www.rotary.org/en/aboutus/rotaryinternational/guidingprinciples/Pages/ridefault.aspx

  2. She did this with greater meanings! She knows the rules but will make this a nation media issue. They want the laws to be change. You will see the OB Layers come up to the rescued for her. This strategy from these liberals will be to legal demands. There will be legal issue for the conservative groups, pastors, churches, school, etc. We have send the children to great and #1 university to learn to be liberals and now it will come back and hits us badly.
    .-= jackytc´s last blog .."El Mesías" de G. F. Händel =-.

      1. @Shane Vander Hart, I hate to say it, but I agree that, at some point, if something doesn’t change quickly, we’re going to see what little protection there still is for freedom of association whittled down to nothing by the courts and all in the name of “diversity”, the unofficial religion of the secular state.

  3. Certainly it sounds like she is much more than just someone who works for Planned Parenthood but very likely applied with the purpose of using the organization to advance support for abortion. If that was their reason, I applaud the Rotary for their action. We need to hold back the tide any legitimate way we can. But there may have been other reasons that are not evident in this story.

  4. The top story in today’s Register asks the question “Did murder of doctor save lives of unborn.” Right below it is a big feature on an Iowa project that’s helping out post-genocide Rwanda. #irony

    P.S. I don’t think any Bible-believing Christian could ever honestly justify Roeder’s crime or the atrocity of abortion.

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