Welcome to Rotary District 7430
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Thank you for a great 2024 District Conference!
Check out the amazing Conference Photos in our Photo Album
Thank you to Rotarian Chris Hornaman for capturing the fun & learning!
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District 7430 Tops ShelterBox Donations
 
Thanks to the generosity of D7430 Rotarians and Clubs, we are the leading district in the US in donations to ShelterBox for the current Rotary year. Hero clubs for the year to date are:
 
Gold (≥$5,000)
Silver (≥$3,000)
Bronze (≥$1,000)
Kutztown
Bethlehem Morning Star
Allentown
Willow Grove
Bluebell
Allentown West
 
Hatboro
Central Perkiomen
 
 
Fleetwood
 
 
Horsham
 
 
Newtown
 
 
Perkasie
 
 
Quakertown
 
 
Wyomissing-West Reading
 
Please consider adding your club to the list before the end of the year.
Many are asking about ShelterBox in Gaza. Distributing tents and boxes is not feasible as there are no camps for families to stay. Instead, ShelterBox has been distributing tarps and tools to allow families to repair damaged structures along with tarps, blankets, warm clothing, solar lights, and water purification kits. ShelterBox staff continues to monitor the situation in Gaza to determine when a full deployment might be feasible.
Contact D7430 Shelter Box Ambassador Bill Tuszynski (267-374-1631; bill.tuszynski@gmail.com) to schedule a presentation to your club or to reserve the box and tent for a club event.
 
 
Teaching Kids About Pollinators
 
The District Pilot Pollinator Garden is located at Camp Edmar near Kutztown. The facility is a Boy Scout and Girl Scout camp that was founded in the early 1950s by the Kutztown Rotary Club. The club still supports the camp seven decades later. 
 
On Saturday, June 8, there will be a gathering of Scouts at the camp to learn all about pollinators and their biological function in pollinating plants. Rotarians will be involved in the educational session. The Scouts will also be building bee boxes to create habitat for pollinator insects and planting some flowering trees adjacent to the gardens. The public is invited to the event to be held between 10:00 am and noon. You can view the three pollinator gardens that were planted last fall and funded through a Rotary District Grant. Come on out!
 
More clubs have been joining in on the soft plastics recycling initiative that can earn your club a park bench for your community. Collect 1000 pounds of plastic bags and plastic film (the soft stuff) and The Trex Company will send you a free park bench. It’s easy, you don’t have to store the plastic (your local grocer will take it), and you will help keep plastics out of our streams, highways, neighborhoods, and landfills. Call me to discuss the specifics.
 
Terry Reed
District Environmental Sustainability Chair
610-743-0818
 
 
 
IT’S A NEW ROTARY YEAR!
 
  • As we begin our new Rotary Year—let’s FOCUS: Foundation!
  • Our giving to the Foundation has such amazing impact in all of our clubs, both locally and internationally. What can YOU DO to provide donations for all of our projects? 
  • Let’s tell our stories about our projects through the Foundation using our Public image tools.
  • Let’s increase our membership by focusing on our projects and allowing members of our community to get involved to view our impact.
  • And our new “NEWS”: Our Journey to the Next Million started in the Rotary Year 2021-2022 with the goal of our District 7430 Donations to the Rotary Foundation to exceed one million dollars. Although all the numbers are not yet final, WE HAVE DONE IT! Our giving at press time exceeded $1 Million...we were at $1,303,099 and counting!
  • Our Polio donations have exceeded our goal: we are now at $36K!
  • Our Annual Fund Donations are now at $259,398 – and we have work to do for more contributions to the Annual Fund.
Thank you so much to everyone. Let’s now Make the Magic Happen! 
Rotary International Convention – Singapore
May 2024
 
I attended my very first Rotary International Convention in beautiful Singapore and it was incredible!
 
Since 1910, the Rotary convention has combined fellowship with Rotary business and inspired attendees with notable guest speakers, workshops, and messages from Rotary leaders.
 
This year, over 13,000 Rotarians from around the world attended the convention. Plenary and breakout sessions focused on global priorities such as mental health awareness and wellbeing, and peace and fostering world understanding. In addition, there were many tactical presentations on Rotary Action Plan priorities such as membership growth.
 
Next year’s Rotary International Convention will be held in Calgary, Canada, on June 21-25. Calgary is home to people of more than 240 ethnicities who speak 165 languages. It will also provide the opportunity to attend the world-famous Calgary Stampede https://venues.calgarystampede.com, which will begin several days after the 2025 convention ends.
After attending a Rotary International convention, you will be forever changed by the sense of purpose and belonging in the world’s largest service organization dedicated to world peace and prosperity.  
I am so grateful to be part of this organization, and specifically, our amazing District.
 
Katie Farrell
District Governor District 7430
 
Photo: “The Gem” waterfall inside the Singapore Airport
 
 

Membership in Focus

As we enter our new Rotary year, we are always refocusing, reimagining and reinventing. Most clubs have a new president at the helm and with that come some fresh ideas and initiatives. As our District Membership Team grows, we are focused on you and your clubs and we want to help you grow. Our new RI president, Stephanie Urchick, has challenged us to grow our district by 100 net new members. That may seem like a lofty goal, but it is possible. Let’s set our sights high and surpass our expectations. Let the Rotary Magic begin!

 

Our Rotary District 7430 Changeover Celebration

 On June 20, 2024 we celebrated our Annual Rotary District 7430 Officer Changeover Celebration. With over 100 Rotarians at the William Penn Inn- it was truly a celebration. Rotarians from all around our district enjoying the fellowship of one another.
 

DG Diane presented a review of the activities of the 2023-24 Rotary Year along with several recognitions of service and accomplishments.
Our Past District Governors held the annual Council of Governors meeting where DG Diane reviewed the 2023 -2024 Rotary Year and DG for 2024-2025 Katie shared visions and plans for the next Rotary Year.
 
 
Each year we hold a “pass the gavel” ceremony going from the most senior governor and ending with our new DG and future District Governors.
The pinning of Katie Farrell as our new DG and official banner exchange from the Bethlehem Club to the Warminster Club ended the evening with DG Katie presenting the district’s new vision and goals for our new Rotary Year starting today, July 1, 2024.
 
 
 

 

 

Rotaplast Update from Medellin

 

I’ve recently completed my first Rotaplast mission. We traveled to Medellin, Colombia and our team of volunteer Rotarians and medical specialists provided cleft lip and/or palate surgeries for over 80 children. Some children walked for over three days with their parents to come out of the remote areas for this life-changing procedure. Our humanitarian medical team even trained local interns and medical students on how to care for and support these children. Education and sustainability are a big part of Rotaplast. Working ourselves out of a job in Colombia is part of the mission.  

The main thing I came home with from this mission was a reinforcement of not how different life was there, or the people were in Colombia – it was how similar we were. Parents with tears of joy seeing their children now with a better chance to be free, strong, and supported in their communities.There were non-profit organizations offering new shoes to each child, some wearing them, I’m sure, for the first time in their lives. There was a government doing the best they could to support this effort by providing transportation, housing, and support. Local Rotarians worked with us every day to help in any way they could. They provided lunches, transportation, and translators for us, and educated us on their efforts to serve their community with love. Mucho Gusto, by the way, means “it’s nice to meet you.” I feel like I heard that phrase a thousand times during our mission. And you know what? It really was. 

Embark on an Unforgettable Journey to Ancient Cambodia with Fellow Rotarians
Join Rotarians on an Extraordinary Adventure with Sustainable Cambodia
Announcing an incredible opportunity for Rotarians to explore the rich history and vibrant culture of Cambodia while making a significant impact on local communities. Rotarians from around the world are invited to join a 10-day excursion organized in partnership with Sustainable Cambodia. This journey promises to be more than just a tourist trip—it is a chance to witness firsthand the transformative power of Rotary projects in remote areas of Cambodia.
Trip Highlights
During this unique trip, participants will explore some of Cambodia's most iconic and historic locations. Highlights include:
  • Phnom Penh: Discover the heart of Cambodia's capital city, rich with historical significance and cultural landmarks.
  • Siem Reap:
  • Pursat Province: Venture far off the typical tourist routes to visit village families and see the direct impact of Rotary projects in these remote communities.
 
 
The Magic of STEM YEA
(STEM YOUTH EXPLORER ACADEMY)
 
Join us as a volunteer for STEM YEA July 11-14 at Kutztown University. Volunteers walk the students from the dorms to the South Dining Hall and the labs and classrooms on the north side of the campus. We have certified teachers and college interns to manage the STEM and project-building sessions. Volunteers assist underserved seventh graders in planning a trip to Mars. You will learn much more about Astrobiology than when you attended school!
Experience the magic of community and shared purpose at STEM YEA. Witness 60 students from 20+ clubs in our district come together and blossom into scientists over a four-day period. The best part? There are no charges for you to attend, have breakfast or lunch with us, or join us for an evening show in the Kutztown Planetarium. We're all in this together, and we can't wait to have you join us! 
Come to Kutztown University for a few hours to “do good in the world.”
 
(Photo shows last year's STEM YEA graduates wearing their official lab coats)
 
To volunteer, click the link below.
 
 
Would your club like to participate in an international hosting opportunity?
Here's your chance! We are looking for a club to host  2-3 nights, 10 Australians coming to our district from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2024. They are a lot of fun and speak English. (Australian English, anyway!)
 
The hosts provide a place to sleep, and breakfast, and as a group, take them to see things of interest in your immediate area. Any activity with a fee they pay for themselves.
 
If you'd like to meet new people and make lifetime friends, please email deeleng@gmail.com or call her: 610 428 3355 to discuss this opportunity.
Meet your District Governor-Elect
 
Hi! My name is Mary Cook and I have been a Collegeville Rotarian since 2007. I am interested in connecting with all current President-Elects. Please connect with me at marycook7430@gmail.com or our 25-26 district facilitor, Herb Klotz, at herbk.rotary@gmail.com
 
My husband, Doug, and I started our Rotary journey in the early 90s when we hosted our first exchange student from France. We were living in Maine at the time. Doug was the charter president of the KennebunkPortside Rotary. We only hosted Gael for two weeks in the summer and on vacations, but it was enough for me to know this was a very impressive program. 
 
From 1991 – 2012, we hosted nineteen YEP students and befriended many more. In 2006, our oldest daughter went to Recife, Brasil for her exchange. 
 
Another favorite program that I was part of in Maine was a Rotary youth program called Friends Forever, which is a peace-building program that involves students in 8th and 9thgrades. Friends Forever is now its own 501c3. 
 
Youth and peace are important areas of focus for me as well as the environment. Collegeville Rotary started a soft plastics recycling program last year. By working with local citizens and coordinating with a church group, we have taken close to 1,000 pounds of soft plastics out of our waste stream. 
 
I wish DG Katie all the magic that Rotary has to offer! 
 
 
Mary L. Cook
 
Collegeville Rotary
In the wake of a devastating crisis in Ukraine, a beacon of hope emerged from an unexpected collaboration between Rotary districts. It all began nearly two years ago, during the Zone 28/32 Conference in Toronto, where four past governor classmates initiated a dialogue that would set the stage for a remarkable journey of impact!

Aware of the opportunity provided through The Rotary Foundation Disaster Grants program, the idea of pooling resources to maximize aid took shape. With the enthusiastic support of then DG Len and Foundation Chair Cindy, the ambitious goal of securing a grant of $100,000, was set in motion. Pooling efforts with other districts, the collective strength amplified their impact. District 7430, though its contribution seemed modest, played a crucial role in making the full impact possible.

As the grant unfolded, tangible results began to surface. A mobile water filtration system, AQUASET-RO 1000, was acquired directly from the supplier. Medical and dental supplies, along with essential winter clothing, were procured and transported to Ukraine, reaching thousands in need.

The thermal clothing, in particular, proved invaluable in the harsh winter, providing comfort and protection to those enduring the bitter cold. Meanwhile, the water purification unit brought safe drinking water to villages between Mykolaiv and Kherson, benefiting thousands of residents.

Borys Bodnar, a Ukrainian Rotary member, attested to the significance of these efforts, emphasizing how the thermal clothing and water purification system were instrumental in sustaining communities through ongoing hardships.

Tony Preston, the project coordinator echoed this sentiment, acknowledging the undeniable success of the project, evidenced by the overwhelming demand for aid. While the exact number of lives touched may never be fully quantified, the impact undoubtedly spans tens of thousands, with countless individuals receiving crucial medical care and comfort during their time of need.

Through collaboration and unwavering dedication, Rotary districts came together to make a tangible difference in the lives of those affected by the crisis in Ukraine. This story stands as a testament to the power of connection in Rotary and taking collective action in the spirit of humanitarianism.
 
Protecting Our Waterways
 
There is a new collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme and Rotary. Through this partnership, Rotarians are encouraged to clean up, protect, and monitor their local waterways. The strategic partnership aligns with both the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Rotary’s environment area of focus.
 
The partnership “brings together Rotary’s community-based solutions and UNEP’s technical expertise,” RI President-elect Stephanie Urchick said when announcing the partnership in January. 
 
At the center of the partnership is a program enabling Rotary and Rotaract clubs to make commitments to the health of their own nearby waterways. Called “Community Action for Fresh Water,” the program encourages clubs to organize river cleanup days, raise awareness in their communities about the importance of healthy waterways, conduct basic water quality tests, and report their findings.
 
These locally based activities are crucial to protecting the environment on a global scale, says Rafael Peralta, regional director and representative for the UNEP’s office for North America.
 
To participate, Rotary and Rotaract clubs can identify a local body of water (river, lake, wetland, or natural reservoir) and commit to protecting and restoring it. They can then engage with the local community and other relevant groups to identify any major threats to the body of water and ultimately develop a plan of action in coordination with nongovernmental organizations, private enterprises, or government agencies.
 
If your club is interested in learning more, and perhaps adopting a waterway in your area, you can reach out to the District Environmental Sustainability Team for some guidance.
 
 
The District Pilot Pollinator Garden at Camp Edmar in the Kutztown area is thriving. The Kutztown Rotary Club led an effort on the Rotary Day of Service to remove leaves and weeds from the garden beds. It appears that all 130 plants survived the winter with no frost, deer, or rabbit damage. Our fingers are crossed that the bees and other pollinator insects will show up soon.
 
 
A big thank you to all the Rotarians around our District who participated in an environmental project this spring. Your work to clean up our communities, plant trees, and create pollinator gardens grows every year.  The District Environmental Sustainability Team appreciates all the work you do. We’re looking for more Rotarians to join our team. Please consider it.
 
Terry Reed
District Environmental Sustainability Chair
 
 
 
YEA! YEA! It’s time to Register for STEM YEA 2024!
 
Registration for STEM YEA 2024, our District-wide STEM event for rising seventh graders, has begun. The deadline for registration is May 1, 2024. Tuition for your sponsored student is $375. 
The event is being held from July 11-14 at Kutztown University. The theme is “Astrobiology: The Search for Life on Mars.”
Students are nominated by their schools and sponsored by their local Rotary Clubs. The nominated students should be: 
  • Motivated to learn in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
  • Likely to enjoy and succeed in an overnight academy 
  • Unable to access STEM enrichment activities.
Please check our website for more information STEM Youth Explorer Academy | Home (stemyea.com) or contact Rolf Schlake (rolf.schlake@gmail.com) or Gwenn Carr (gwenn.carr@verizon.net.
 

It’s contribution time! Have you made your contribution to the Rotary Foundation? Your contribution enables us to implement projects locally and around the world. Please consider giving before June 30.
 
IT IS PEACE SCHOLAR APPLICATION TIME
 The Rotary Peace Fellowship application for fully funded 2025 fellowships is now available for both our master’s degree programs and our professional development certificate programs. The application deadline is May 15. Candidates can learn more and start an application:https://my.rotary.org/en/peace-fellowship-application .
Let us have our District sponsor an applicant. You can contact Bill Hunter at wdh3@lehigh.edu
 
Our Rotary Foundation Dollars at work – International Projects:
Did you ever hear of the country Burkina Faso? Burkina Faso is in the Sahel region of West Africa. The Sahel region ranks among the lowest on the United Nations Development Program Human Development Index (HDI). For the first time, our District is supporting a global grant in this country under the leadership of Kate Hoath from the Souderton-Telford Club. The grant is helping over 200 (and more in the future) students in a middle school by providing: equipment/materials and installation of water for toilet blocks, including hand-washing stations with sinks, equipment/materials and installation of solar panels/batteries for the middle school, and books/desks for basic education. The project had been delayed for quite a while due to country conflict. We are now very excited that the work has begun. Way to go Souderton-Telford!
 
Our Rotary Foundation Dollars at work – Local Projects
Mental Health issues are being addressed by our Easton Club with “Mindfulness Matters.”
This is a project being implemented in conjunction with the Local YMCA to address mental health needs for children as well as seniors.

ACTION PLAN: EXPAND OUR REACH

 
Inbox Zero?
 
When you send an email through ClubRunner, do you check your stats, to see how many of your club members are receiving and opening your emails? This is an important, even crucial, part of your public image work. What’s the point of taking hours putting together a bulletin or organizing an email campaign to your members if fewer than 2/3 of your email list will be reading your emails? (See image below for a stats report)
 
Within the last few months, ClubRunner has begun putting a warning on the home page of your website when you are logged in, after you click “Member Area,” letting you know that there are unresolved mailing errors. It looks like this:
 
Attention Needed: There are blocked emails that require your attention. As a result, some recipients may not be receiving emails. Review the Blocked Email list here.
 
It also appears on the District’s home page, so that I can see there are 42 pages of members in our district whose email addresses are blocked from receiving mail through ClubRunner. Some of those addresses have been blocked since 2016.
 
Some of the reasons for emails being blocked include names not being recognized by a business, probably because the member has changed jobs but did not update the email address. Many have marked Rotary email as spam. Several have spelling errors somewhere in the address. 
 
It would be a huge help to your club and your district if you cleaned up your club’s email list. During a meeting, ask your members to look at their profiles on CR and check their emails. If they have downloaded the CR mobile app, it shouldn’t take more than four minutes to complete. If they have listed Rotary email as spam, you may want to have another kind of discussion with the member; do they know they did that? Did they feel they get too many emails from your club? 
 
At the district level, we do try to keep the emails you receive to a minimum. If you are reading this, thank you. Your email is clear!
 
 
Marlene Heller
Editor
The Beacon
If you were at MAPETS in February, you were fortunate enough to witness Jason Browne’s “Uncheck the Box” presentation. It was a fun and engaging presentation that helped all of us see what practices we do in our meetings that may or may not make people feel welcome in our circles without making people feel bad. 
 
On Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. – Noon, our two zones (28 and 32) will host a Train the Trainer for anyone interested in welcoming outsiders and helping us to grow our membership. We hope you can join us.
 
Click below for the free registration. 
 
Countdown to Columbia! 34 Days Away!
The Rotaplast team is busy getting ready for its next mission, which starts on May 5th!
Please meet our team:
Mission Commander: Randy Floyd – Fleetwood RC
Quartermaster: Steven Kendra – Souderton-Telford RC
Ward Coordinator: Judy Bucko – Doylestown RC
Trip Historian: Darlene Scott- Souderton – Telford RD
PACU Assistant: Mike Scott - Souderton – Telford RD
Children’s Activity Director: Andy Johanson: Blue Bell RC
Patient Transport: Leonard Walter – Fleetwood RC
Ever wonder what happens on a Rotaplast Mission? You can follow the mission on the Rotaplast website. Here is the LINK to the most recent mission in Cebu City, Philippines.
Don’t forget to come visit us at the District Conference in the House of Inspiration! 
Want to help? We will be collecting teenie Beanies at the HOI to take on the mission to hand out to the kids
 
Camp Neidig Update March 2024
 
The 2024 Camp Neidig registration is officially underway. We currently have 29 clubs registered with 94 camper spots reserved. The Camp Neidig program needs 113 students to break even at our current $325 camper fee. The Camp Neidig Committee is requesting help with two things.  
 
Clubs that have not registered should register by clicking this link Club Registration 2024. There is no finanacial obligation until you register students. The second thing is to get campers registered by May 15. The packets with all the information is posted on our website: http://www.campneidig.com/forms--registration.html. If you missed the Camp Neidig training, please contact Wendy Body wgbody@yahoo.com and she can set up an individual training session.
 
The Camp Neidig Program is an incredible opportunity for students who have completed their junior year and will be starting their senior year in the autumn. Your club can help to alter the course of a young person’s life by sponsoring them. We appreciate your support of our camp.
April is Environment Month
 
Protecting the Environment – it’s one of Rotary’s areas of focus. Rotarians are committed to supporting activities that conserve and protect natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment.
 
This is Environment Month in Rotary. In District 7430, we’re celebrating our focus on the environment by once again holding the Rotary Day of Service on April 20. On that day and throughout the month Rotarians across our 5-county District will be cleaning up their neighborhoods (streets, streams, parks, and trails), planting trees for the next generation, starting pollinator gardens to help increase our pollinating insect populations, and recycling single use plastics so they don’t end up in landfills.
 
At the District Assembly, the Environmental Sustainability Team will be presenting a breakout session on successful projects carried out by our District Clubs. Come to learn about projects that make a difference. We’ll talk about how to get started with your own pollinator and community gardens, tree plantings, stream restoration, and plastics recycling. And, you’ll hear how Rotarians are helping kids recycle food in schools so it stays out of landfills.
 
If you can’t make it to the conference, feel free to give me a call to discuss how you can get started with your club’s next environmental project. (Terry Reed 610-743-0818)
 
Do you garden with wildlife in mind? Here are some tips from Kay Greenawalt of the Hamburg Rotary Club:
 
By providing the basic elements of habitat – food, water, and cover, you can easily attract birds, butterflies, and bees to your garden. One way to reduce reliance on chemical fertilizers is to plant native plants. Native plants thrive with little water. Using native plants helps to support 90 percent of butterflies and moths and up to 60 percent of native bees in a specific ecoregion. Bees are currently declining due to habitat loss and pesticide poisoning and are in need our help.
 
To learn more about supporting wildlife, you are invited to join the Hamburg National Wildlife Habitat Committee’s ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR, Saturday, June 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 on the day of the tour and $5 presale. Self-guided tour guide and tickets can be picked up at Our Town Foundation, 320 State Street, Hamburg, PA. Any questions, please call Kay 610-562-4329 or 610-562-3106. Rain or shine. Light refreshments and door prizes will be available.
 
What’s Your Story?

 
Or should I say, what is your ROTARY story? And who are you telling it to? We all have a reason why we chose to join Rotary and it must be compelling because you are here. If you missed the email from RI regarding this very topic, please dig through your email or follow the link below to register for a great Storytelling Webinar and take your story from interesting to IRRESISTABLE! 
 
If we want to grow Rotary, we need to share our stories and share this link. Let’s all improve our storytelling and make the TRUTH about Rotary shine a bright beacon of light in the direction of our future Rotarians.
 
“Connect and Inspire Through Storytelling”:
https://rotary-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LQCMSZ1QQbCcg7Fgj9i-bQ#/registration
 
District 7430 Learning Plan for 2023-2024
Event
Date
Time
Audience
Contact
Notes
DTA
4/27/24
 
District 7430 Rotarians
Creating Hope in the world by Making the MAGIC happen
Membership Monday
“Membership Retention and Engagement”
5/6/24
6:00 PM
All are welcome; especially suited to Membership Chairs and Club Presidents
Gail Micca
Check the District website for registration information
ZOOM; registration required
 
 
Look for the exchange students to bring some youthfulness to the District Conference on April 27. If your club hasn’t hosted a student in the past or sent a student abroad for a year, please take some time during the conference to ask these youth how it has impacted their life so far. You will be amazed by their answers. The new experiences have included everything from a new after school sport, trying new foods (someone ate chicken feet during our trip to NYC!), meeting new people (at school and through Rotary) and even going axe throwing! Do you remember the first time you experienced snow? We have two students who can tell you their stories from a few weeks back when the snow descended upon us.
 
How can you help shape the lives of our future leaders?
 
The RYE committee is looking for a few volunteers to help with the 2024-25 program. You must be able to pass the PA State background checks and have a willingness to support high-school-aged students as they embark on a year of new experiences.  It could be anything from being a chaperone at an event, providing rides to group outings or being a shoulder to cry on when they feel homesick or to celebrate with them when they get their report card with good grades. Maybe you'll teach them how to make your favorite meal, or open your vacation home to the group for the weekend, or share your season passes to a museum, a sporting event or the theatre. There’s so much to share and allow these students to enjoy during their time in the United States and, particularly, in PA. Our volunteers give the time they are able with the skills and passions they are willing to share with these students. Reach out to one of our committee members to learn more. https://www.rotary7430yep.org/page/committee-members 
 
We can do more when we have more. We’d also like to give a shout out to all the current committee members who have dedicated their time this year to support these outstanding students. We look forward to more good times in the future.
 
The Big-Ticket Reverse Raffle is on April 13, 2024, at the Indian Valley Country Club. All net proceeds go to the Rotary District 7430 STEM Youth Explorer Academy.
 
Join us for a night that includes dinner, dancing, a photo booth, prizes, gorgeous baskets and a caricaturist.
 
Dr. Laura McBride is the keynote speaker. She will share highlights of her STEM journey from Methacton High School to being an internationally recognized specialist in climate science.
 
For tickets contact Al Engel (alengel007@aol.com) or Darlene Scott (dscott8956@gmail.com).
 
Catch up with other STEM YEA enthusiasts at this event!
 
 
D7430 Rotaplast Welcomes Two New Members!
The D7430 Rotaplast would like to welcomes our two new members, Steve Kendra and Len Walter. Steve and Len will be embarking on our next Rotaplast Mission to Medellin, Columbia in May. Steve will be the Quartermaster and Len will be handling patient transport. We hope that this will be the first of many missions for them. 
 
Don’t forget to stop by the House of Inspiration at the District Conference in April to learn more about Rotaplast and the upcoming mission!
 
Steve Kendra has been a Rotarian since 2012. He chairs the Project Selection Committee and the Jim Church Classic Basketball Tournament for the Souderton Telford Club. He co-owned a family industrial weighing business in Quakertown for twenty-five years, then worked as the director of the NF Endurance Team for The Children’s Tumor Foundation for eight years in New York City.  More recently he has been tour-bus operator and a school bus driver for a local school district.  Steve has worked and served as president of several nonprofit organizations including Angel Flight East, The International Society of Weighing and Measurement, and The Hilltown Civic Association.
 
Leonard Walter is a retired Realtor and auctioneer.
He and his wife, Ruth, have five children, eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Len has a couple of part-time jobs and enjoys hunting, bowling and watching sports. Leonard is a member of the Harleysville Rotary club, and a charter member since 1994.
 
Time, is on our side, yes, it is!
It can be if we plan…I remember this song from the Rolling Stones (more than a few years ago). The Rolling Stones say we can be free if we plan. As painful as planning can be, the results of not planning are much worse. 
In our crazy, busy lives we have little time to dawdle. We have tasks to be completed (family, work, and volunteer) and often feel overwhelmed. Try looking ahead to determine what’s due and when. Perhaps the items closest to being due are the most unappetizing and are the ones we push out. Those are the ones we need to complete first to help us move on to the ones we certainly enjoy as dessert! 
In the March 4th Public Image Forum learn more about planning using a simple calendar and a more sophisticated workflow. Hopefully, these tools will provide you with more time for what you want to do in your downtime! 

District 7430 Learning Plan for 2023-2024
Event 
Date
Time
Audience
Contact
Notes
Public Image Forum
“Social Media Secrets”
3/4/24
6:00 PM
Public Image chairs and those interested in Public Image
Amy Sheller
(amyshellerrotary@gmail.com)
ZOOM; registration required
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
3/23/24
7:30 AM
All District Rotarians
Mary Cook
Check District website for registration information
DeSales University; registration is required
 
DTA
4/27/24
 
District 7430 Rotarians 
Creating Hope in the world by Making the MAGIC happen
Membership Monday
“Membership Retention – Surveys and Feedback”
5/6/24
6:00 PM
All are welcome; especially suited to Membership Chairs and Club Presidents
Gail Micca
Check District website for registration information
ZOOM; registration required
 
 
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