Youth is the future of Rotary! In May we celebrate Youth Services, Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service. Youth and young adults prove their strengths in leadership training, service projects, and exchange activities. These programs enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. District 7430 is committed to growing Interact and Rotaract Clubs, international youth exchange, the Four-Way Test Speech Contest, our Camp Neidig youth leadership program, and the STEM Youth Explorer Academy. We will also implement Launch Lehigh Valley for young entrepreneurs.
Our Project Showcase features students in the Northwestern Lehigh High School Interact Club and past exchange student Franka Hicksch. Interactors from Northwestern Lehigh tell us about their organic farming in New Tripoli. Franka shares that her year in District 7430 resulted in friends forever.
Our Showcase Tuesday features Sarah Stackhouse and Carolyne Jordan. Sarah is an author and Rotarian from Wisconsin. She tells us about how her journey through Rotary youth programs has opened her eyes to the world. Carolyne is the secretary of the District Youth Exchange Committee. She tells us about how our exchange program is going in-person after a year off and a year of virtual exchange.
Let’s reach our goals for this Rotary year! Here is a quarterly update:
ACTION PLAN PRIORITY                                                 GOAL SET IN 2021         MAY 2022 ACHIEVEMENT
PolioPlus                                                                                 $50,000                               $67,661
Annual Fund                                                                          $200,000                             $249,580
New Major Donors Acknowledged                                               3                                           6
Community Assessment Training                                                 1                                           1
Welcome to Rotary                                                                       4                                           4
Membership                                                                           1,757                                     1,737
Rotary Day of Service                                                                15                                           40
Thanks for making our District Conference a success! Congratulations on your Rotary Days of Service to support the environment! Let’s celebrate the 75th anniversary of the West Reading Wyomissing Rotary Club and the 100th anniversary of the Norristown Rotary Club. Please sponsor students for Camp Neidig to be held June 17-20. This is the season for Club fundraisers following a year of COVID. Let’s support them and have some fun now. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Bob Hobaugh, District Governor