District Governor Message – June 2022

Welcome to June, Fellowship Month for Rotary International. Rotary recognizes the importance of international fellowship and goodwill among Rotarians with similar job or hobby interests. Through these fellowships, Rotarians find friendships, advance world understanding and promote membership development. We have over 100 Rotary Fellowships and you can find them online and in the House of Friendship at the Rotary International Conventions.
It’s Fellowship Month in District 7430. Many of us belong to International Fellowships. For example, Alicia Ruiz-Orbin is a member of many fellowships and is willing to speak to your Club about fellowships. But we also look at fellowship as a bond that grows from how we treat each other in Clubs. Our welcoming and caring attitudes, often accompanied by a great sense of humor, contribute to the value of Rotary membership.
Our Project Showcase features John Kramb of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Bill Gormant of Greece, New York. John tells us how the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians helps him make friends around the world. Bill is a member of the Fellowship of Rotarian Magicians. He shows us how his magic skills help him talk about fellowship, service and leadership.
Our Showcase Tuesday on June 21st features PRID Stephanie Urchick from Pennsylvania and new Club Advocate Tom Gump from Wisconsin. We are honored to host their nationally recognized program, “Transforming Your Club’s Culture.” This goes to the heart of fellowship and the value of membership in Rotary.
June concludes our Rotary year. Many of us have attended the International Convention in Houston. Thank you to members who supported The Taste of Kutztown and the Fleetwood Show of Wheels on June 11. Register for the Camp Neidig show and dinner on June 20. Join us for the District changeover in Pottstown on June 28. Remember to grow membership through fellowship.
Our Club and District Committees have nearly all succeeded in reaching their goals. Here are some District examples as of May 2022:
District Goal                                                      Goal Level                                               Achievement
Membership                                                            1,757                                                         1,753
Media Coverage of Non-Grant Projects                      15                                                              40
Goal Review by District                                                 4                                                                5
New Satellite Clubs                                                       2                                                                1
DEI Training in Clubs                                                  13                                                               11
Training in Leadership Succession                               1                                                                 1
Develop STEM YEA for 2022-2023                             33                                                              45
International Service Training                                        2                                                                2
Camp Neidig                                                              100                                                            on track
Training in virtual & hybrid Club meetings                     1                                                                1
Thank you to our Clubs and District Committees for this great service! I look forward to seeing you soon
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June Project Showcase

Here's link to this month's video
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The STEM YEA program needs some additional adult volunteers to help supervise, monitor, guide, and assist STEM YEA students during their time at the Academy. The program will need volunteers for shifts throughout the 80‐hour time frame of the Academy (Friday, July 8, 2022 12:00 Noon through Monday, July 11, 2022, 7:00/8:00PM), including daytime, evening, and overnight hours.
Please contact Mike Orbin with questions. You can register to be a volunteer on the STEM YEA website:


STEM-based education delivers more than science and mathematics concepts. The focus of STEM curriculum is hands-on learning with real-world applications. This helps develop a variety of skill sets that our modern world depends upon. 21st-century skills include media and technology literacy, productivity, social skills, communication, flexibility, and initiative. Other skills attained through STEM education include problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, acceptance of failure, and more.

Regardless of the future career path these children consider, these skill sets go a long way in preparing them to be innovative and positive contributing members of society. We seek to deliver an immersive STEM curriculum that sparks intellectual curiosity and a love of lifelong learning. STEM is critical to building a more secure future based on science, humanity, and understanding commensurate with Rotary International principles.

Immunization Coalitions

This three-District call to action is the only joint District effort in Rotary following the Rotary Foundation Call to Action. We are a model for the international organization. Click here for the Rotary Foundation Positional Statement on Vaccination.
NOTE: Click on story headline to enlarge your view of images below.
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Innovative Clubs

Across North America, there are many new innovative Rotary Clubs forming. These clubs can be satellites of existing clubs or completely new clubs. In our district, we have several “Next-Gen” satellite clubs where members are typically 35 years old or younger. Also, the Hamburg, PA, club recently started the “Helping Hands” satellite to support people with disabilities.
Across the Northeast United States, new cause-based clubs have started with club names such as: E-club of International Innovators, District 7150 Environment satellite, Community Peace and Environment Passport, World Disability Advocacy, E-club of Global Diversity and Environment, Southeastern PA Eco satellite, and G.O.A.L.S. (Global Outreach and Local Service). There are many other Innovative Clubs in the pipeline being formed. Rotary International is encouraging us to start Innovative Clubs to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt.
By Herb Klotz
Zone 28/32 Innovative Club Advocate 2020-22
At the Rotary International Convention in Houston earlier this month, Terry Weaver and Herb led a breakout presentation on building your club-specific membership growth plan to about 350 Rotarians!

See Your Club in the Vibrant Clubs News!

The next quarterly edition of the Vibrant Clubs News is in progress, but we need your help!  Send us highlights of your Club's activities during the past three months or promote an upcoming event. We can't share your stories until you share them with us!
We encourage every District 7430 Club to submit a story or photo for the July 2022 edition.  The deadline for submissions is June 30th. We ask the Assistant Governors to help stimulate and coordinate the submissions to insure that every Area is well represented. 
Send your photos, articles, calendar updates or info about fund-raising efforts to the D7430 Public Image Team email account.  You can use the same email to ask questions or get help with your submission. 
Upcoming Events
Webinar: The Trajectory of American-Mongolian Rela
Jun 16, 2022
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Jun 17, 2022 – Jun 20, 2022
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Jun 21, 2022 7:00 PM
Jun 28, 2022
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Jul 14, 2022
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DEC Meeting
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Jul 18, 2022
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Jul 25, 2022
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Jul 26, 2022
5:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Jul 27, 2022
7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
Jul 28, 2022
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