January 2022
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  • Together, we are nearly 2000 community and business leaders and many more young adults located in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Together, we are members of 46 Rotary Clubs, 3 Rotaract Clubs and 33 Interact Clubs in Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton Counties.  
  • Together, we are People of Action and part of a global network of 1.2 million like-minded individuals.  
  • Together, we unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. 
  • Together, we focus on promoting peace, supporting the environment, fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.  
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        DG Bob Hobaugh, 2021-2022

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Welcome to January, Vocational Service month for Rotary International. Vocational Service is Rotary’s second Avenue of Service. Its purpose is to promote high ethical standards in businesses and professions, recognize the worthiness of all dignified occupations, and foster the ideal of service in the pursuit of all vocations. Each Rotarian represents his or her particular business or profession in the Club and explores the ideals of Rotary in the workplace. One ideal is the Four-Way Test. Practical applications include: open and honest communication, treating people fairly and with dignity, encouraging diversity of opinion, recognizing achievements and being accountable for our own actions.

And it’s Vocational Service Month in District 7430. Let’s ask how we can serve our businesses and professions. Let’s show our communities what Rotary stands for and why. Let’s share our ethical commitment with colleagues and Rotarians. Let’s continue classification talks by new members and discuss business ethics. Consider sponsoring Career Day for young people. Let’s put our vocational skills to work for
Get ready, Rotarians! Your club is invited to join in on a special “Rotary Day of Service.” 
On April 30, Rotary Clubs, Interact Clubs and Rotaract Clubs throughout the District will be serving their communities to support Rotary’s seventh and newest Area of Focus – Protecting the Environment. Think of ways your Club can join in the fun and do an environmental project on that day. Wouldn't it be great to have all 46 Rotary Clubs join with Rotaractors and Interactors working on individual environmental projects on the same day?
You might consider partnering with environmental organizations, conservancies, watershed groups, schools, Interact and Rotaract clubs, youth groups, municipalities, or another Rotary Club. The Rotary Day of Service guidelines require us to work together.
While the service project should be focused on the environment, we also view this day as a wonderful opportunity to boost your club’s membership. Invite non-Rotarians to join in the fun. The Rotary Day of Service guidelines require us to invite 25 percent of each project team from outside Rotary.
The Environmental Sustainability Team just unveiled its own webpages on this site.  Check out these pages for ideas on how to get started and how to get your Club members excited about performing a meaningful project in your community that will have positive environmental benefits.
When passion and raw determination are added to the miracle of modern vaccines, great things happen. Over the last 30 years, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have seen the reduction of polio cases worldwide, by 99.9 percent. The entire world celebrated in 2020, when the continent of Africa was declared free of the wild poliovirus. As we begin a new year, the children of two countries where the wild poliovirus still circulates (Afghanistan and Pakistan) are still vulnerable to this terrible disease. As long as it still circulates anywhere in the world, children in the US are still vulnerable and must continue to be vaccinated.
Over the last two years, the world has seen unsurpassed death and illness from yet another virus. In reading the Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation Position Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination, I am reminded that we have even more work to do. Here we are today, with more than 800,000 American deaths as a result of COVID-19. As a Rotary member and polio survivor, I am particularly aware of the important role vaccines play in halting the spread of disease. With that in mind, we must continue to support polio immunization efforts around the world, just as we continue to support the effort to mitigate COVID-19.
We are sharing fact-based vaccination information – as Rotarians throughout our state and our Network support our PA Immunization Coalition(s). We are speaking out about the realities of life after experiencing the effects of a vaccine preventable disease, encouraging blood donations and distributing packets of vaccine information and resources to daycare centers, pediatricians and hospitals that encourage vaccine acceptance. We still have a lot to do.
Engage with your Rotary Club to learn more about how you can get involved as a partner supporting these efforts in your community. We are doing this not only for ourselves, but for future generations.
We have witnessed the truth first hand. Vaccines Work!
Carol Ferguson
Contact Info:  215-285-6538
Rotary District 7430
Member of Bucks County Immunization Coalition.

Rotary International Director Valarie Wafer visited District 7430 on December 8 and 9 during her first in-person meetings with Districts in our region. On December 7 and 8, she attended meetings with District 7505 hosted by DG Chuck Watson, including a luncheon with the Haddonfield Rotary Club. On Wednesday, RID Valarie and Zone Chair Herb Klotz joined Area 3 Rotarians for a holiday dinner. Thursday morning, she met with the District 7430 Executive Committee, Council of Governors and Assistant Governors at the Brookside Country Club in Pottstown.  

There, she shared trending issues being addressed by the Rotary International Board of Directors. First, she mentioned the reorganization plans to deal with regional resolution of issues, membership and the goal to have District Governors still in career mode. Second, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts articulated in Rotary year 2020-2021 are designed to reflect community demographics in Rotary, provide equitable opportunities in leadership and increase membership. Third, Rotary International authorized flexible Club formats and organization (online and theme) allowing Clubs to “pivot” during COVID-19. Finally, RID Valarie described our alliance with Toastmasters to enable better public speaking by Rotarians.

On December ninth, she journeyed to District 7450, one of the Districts joining us in our District Conference scheduled for April 22-24, 2022 at the Hershey Lodge. In District 7450, she met with the Philadelphia Rotary Club in a discussion hosted by PRID Jeffry Cadorette and celebrated the 100th anniversary of the West Chester Rotary Club. PRID Jeffry facilitated these visits and we thank him for bringing Rotary International leadership to our region.


Hello !  
While we all Chart Our Course for an exciting Rotary year, I’d like to draw your attention to the “sail” of our ship.  The sail uses wind power to propel a ship.  Membership is the sail that propels Rotary.  We need a strong sail made of existing and new members and the wind of exciting service projects, meaningful friendships and foundation funding to propel Rotary forward.  District 7430 is a leader among districts throughout our zone because of the commitment and positive energy created by YOU, the members in our clubs.  
Being able to zoom in to club meetings across our district during the last year , I’ve been amazed by the quality of speakers, the genuine fun and caring members demonstrate for one another and the touching stories of the impactful projects being conducted throughout our district.   
The District Membership Committee acts as a consulting company made up of Rotarians from throughout our district who have experience in growing Rotary.  We also have goals that we will work on together as a committee:
  1. Be a resource for clubs to meet the membership goal they have set for the year
  2. Add 2 new clubs and 2 satellite clubs to our District
  3. Help clubs asses their membership challenges and create opportunities for growth through intentional efforts to be welcoming
  4. Deliver Diversity,Equity & Inclusion training in 13 clubs
  5. Build an understanding of “Alternative Club Models” so clubs can grow through new and creative ways.
Whether your sail is strong or it has a few holes or you are losing wind in your sail and membership is dropping, contact me and let’s talk about how the District Membership Committee can help your club enjoy the open waters and grow! I look forward to hearing from you!  
Diane Donaher, Membership Chair

Growing Membership in your club is a key initiative throughout Rotary this year and every year.  More members mean more ideas, more fellowship and of course, more service.  Growing membership involves both attracting new members and engaging our existing members so that they stay in Rotary.  Each club has its own culture and its primary focus for membership growth may be different.  Where should we start?

Over the next month, we will provide each club data on its 3-year historical attraction and attrition rates.  This will provide an unbiased indicator of what has been happening in your club over the last several years.  A recent comprehensive analysis of about 850 clubs in eastern United States has shown that clubs that are growing tend to continue to grow, and clubs that are declining tend to continue to decline in membership, unless the club members and its leadership change the club experience.

Now to the question “Where to focus our efforts?”  Let’s break it down into four areas:

  • Low Attrition Rate, High Attraction Rate – Your club has a growth culture.  Keep doing what you are doing and keep experimenting with new ways to grow your membership.

  • Low Attrition, Low Attraction – Your club is stable, but needs to focus on attraction activities because your club is likely getting older every year.

  • High Attrition, High Attraction – Your club has a revolving door and needs to focus on engaging your club members.  Keep up your attraction activities.

  • High Attrition, Low Attraction – Your club is in the Danger Zone.  The initial focus should be on engagement, and then focus on attraction.  

If you are interested in learning more, please contact District Membership Chair, Diane Donaher (donaher2@ptd.net) for a club presentation which will be customized for your club’s needs.