DG Welcome Aboard Message - March 2022

March is Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Month for Rotary International.  Rotary supports training, education, and infrastructure projects related to this Area of Focus. Through these initiatives, waterborne diseases decrease, people stay healthier, children attend school more regularly, and women are freed from carrying water so they live more engaged lives.  
And it’s WASH Month in District 7430. Let’s ask how we can help eliminate preventable diseases through hygiene and sanitary facilities. How can we create healthier communities to promote children’s education? How can we undertake WASH projects to promote healthy economies around the world?
Our Project Showcase features President Al Ottinger of the Fleetwood Rotary Club and Liz Herman of the Quakertown Rotary Club. Al describes a multi-club project to provide potable water in the Dominican Republic. Liz tells us about her Club’s powder room project at Hope House.
Our Showcase Tuesday features two directors of the WASH Rotary Action Group. Neil Van Dine inspires us with his life’s work on the Haitian National Water and Sanitation Initiative. Mary Beth Growney Selene tells us about Menstrual Health Management and its impact on Girl Empowerment, President Shekhar Mehta’s call to action.
District Rotarians are planning projects, and service and fellowship activities. Our Presidents-Elect enjoyed training and fellowship at MAPETS. We raised money for the Foundation and had a great time at the Foundation Gala. Many of us will help Ukrainian citizens by contributing to the Foundation Disaster Fund before April 30, 2022, and filing grant applications by June 30, 2022.
Come to our District Training Assembly on April 9, 2022. Join in our Public Image Challenge. Make sure your Club submits a District grant application before April 1. Register now for the District Conference where world-class speakers will inspire you to be your best self through Rotary. Join us for the STEM YEA fundraiser on April 30, 2022. Consider how your Club will grow membership and serve the environment in our Rotary Day of Service on April 30, 2022.
Our Clubs are growing membership, service and giving.  Keep up the good work!

Rotary International Statement on Ukraine

It is a tragic and sad time for the people of Ukraine and the world.

At Rotary, we are deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the escalating loss of life and humanitarian hardship there. Continued military action against Ukraine will not only devastate the region, but also risk spreading tragic consequences across Europe and the world.

As one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. We join the international community in calling for an immediate cease fire, withdrawal of Russian forces, and a restoration of diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.

In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace-building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. Today, our thoughts are with our fellow Rotary members and others in Ukraine coping with these tragic events. Rotary International will do everything in its power to bring aid, support and peace to the region.

Rotary International,   25-Feb-2022

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Showcase Tuesday March 2022

Our March SHowcase Tuesday featured Two Directors of the WASH Rotary Action Group, Neil Van Dine and Mary Beth Growney Selene. Neil lives in Haiti (went to college in District 7430) and shared some of his life’s work in that devastated country. Mary Beth presented data on Menstrual Health Management, a perfect topic considering our “Girl Empowerment” directive. 

March Showcase

Welcome to March!💧 This is Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Month in Rotary. This month's Project Showcase features President Al Ottinger, Rotary Club of Fleetwood, as well as Liz Herman, Quakertown Rotary. Be inspired by the WASH service projects described in this video.
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Connect to the April Theme: Maternal and Child Health

This month’s theme gives us ample opportunity to focus on the news of the moment: the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Mothers and children in the country are under attack, and risking their lives as they attempt to escape to neighboring countries. Those neighbors are working hard to absorb the refugees into their populations, offering food, shelter, and sanctuary. Our Rotarian brothers and sisters in those districts are working hard to help where possible. And so, our list of projects for this month starts there:
  1. The Rotary Foundation has created a funding channel for relief efforts in Ukraine. Organize fundraisers to donate directly to the fund:
  2. Connect with, and contribute to, Rotary members in Romania and Moldova who have created a central fund for contributions and set up WhatsApp groups that organize food donations and coordinate shelter for refugees.
  3. Shelter Box is at work providing shelter for families displaced due to the conflict in Ukraine. Create a Shelter Box event, introducing your newer members and the community to Shelter Box and explaining how the organization works to provide shelter for families who have lost their homes as a result of disasters.
  4. Is there a Foster Child Closet in your area? (For example, The Kindness Project in Upper Milford Twp.) Bring in the director to explain how it helps foster parents and children, and perhaps ask people to donate boxes of diapers or formula if it’s an in-person meeting.
  5. If there isn’t a Foster Child Closet in your area, consider starting one, with a Diaper Closet or Formula-and-Diaper Closet for low-income families. Partner with a social services agency.
As always, these are just a few ideas, and perhaps they will be a jumping-off place for you to come up with other ideas for your own club. Some of these ideas will require grants, others can be accomplished just with your own club membership. Create a great project, find creative ways to help mothers and children and to promote peace and sharing!

Deadline for STEM YEA Registrations

Hello from the STEM YEA team,
TWENTY-THREE District 7430 Rotary Clubs have stepped up to sponsor SIXTY-TWO underserved students in schools throughout our District. Those 62 students will be part of a four-day, three-night residential Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Academy at Albright College July 8-11, 2022. 
The theme “Astrobiology: The Search for Life on Mars” does not tell the entire story. The Delaware Valley Astronomy Association is providing “Moon Watch” activities in the evening.
Interactors and Rotarians will be working with STEM YEA student participants to tell the story of Rotary. They will also provide ways to become involved with Interact Clubs, Rotary Scholarships, the 4-Way Test Contest, and Rotary-sponsored service activities.
The Registration deadline is APRIL 1, 2022. Registration packets and more information are available at or by contacting Mike Orbin ( or Gwenn Carr (
Don’t miss this opportunity for your Rotary Club to provide a life-changing experience for a young person.

District Training Assembly and 4 Way Speech Contest

District Training Assembly and 4-Way Speech Contest
 Saturday Morning, April 9
7:30 am-1:00 pm
DeSales University
This half-day session will be filled with valuable information, whether you are a seasoned Rotarian or someone new to Rotary. Special topics include: membership, public image, club secretary/treasurer, fund raising, strategic planning and the latest news with Rotary Happenings.
There is something for everyone: Club committee chairs, Club Secretary and Treasurers, and all Rotarians eager to learn more about the district and share ideas with Rotarians from other clubs.  
President Elects and AG's will also be gathering to conduct district business and continue with their final training session before they become club Presidents. They will find the learning, fellowship and information critical for the 2022-2023 Rotary Year.
Past RI Director Jeffrey Cadorette will be our key note speaker.
The day will culminate with the finals of the Four-Way Speech Contest. The winner for District 7430 will present his or her speech at the district conference.   
Please register today using the following link: DISTRICT TRAINING ASSEMBLY REGISTER HERE

Chart Your Course, District Conference, Hershey 

Chart Your Course and Set Your Sails for the District Conference scheduled April 22-24, 2022 at the Hershey Lodge.
You can register on the website at There are fewer than 80 rooms left so reserve your accommodations as soon as possible.
Join the crew for a weekend to reinvigorate our post-COVID clubs, see old friends, and make new ones over chocolate and more chocolate... Bon voyage for a great Rotary trip! This will be a Rotary fellowship with friends from Districts 7450 and 7475.
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Foundation Gala Celebrates Success

On March 5, 82 Rotarians from District 7430 Clubs attended the first in-person Foundation Celebration in over two years.
The enthusiasm and excitement were high as members enjoyed fellowship while supporting the Rotary Foundation. Keynote speaker PDG Connie Spark from neighboring District 7390 inspired guests with her stories of many medical missions around the world.
The Silent Auction and booze toss added to the fun, along with dancing to music by the David Kline Band.
And the good news: nearly $7,000 was raised to support the Foundation, as the committee announced the new “Journey to the Next Million.”
Thanks to everyone who participated. Supporting the Foundation means more money available for club projects.  Here are some photos from the event.


President Elect Training

Did you know that there is an extensive amount of on-line and in-person training that a Rotary Club President-Elect must go through? This training helps to inform, involve, influence and inspire each Rotary Club President-Elect to better serve locally and internationally while growing personally and professionally. "PETS" is a very different training experience that provides important information needed to lead each club in the coming Rotary Year.
  • Attendees learn about leadership strategies that will empower them to manage the club,The Rotary Foundation, and Rotary International’s Public Image and Branding campaign.
  • Interactive sessions allow them to share ideas with fellow Presidents-elect.
  • They can network to form Rotary and professional partnerships with their “classmates.” 
Optional sessions took place on the evening of Thursday, February 24th, and the RI required sessions began on Friday, February 25th at 7:30 AM and concluded on Saturday at 3:00 PM.  Here are some photos from the training weekend.
Upcoming Events
Rotary Leadership Institute - District 7430
Mar 19, 2022
DLT Meeting
Spinnerstown Hotel
Mar 21, 2022 7:00 PM
Montgo-New Britain Mini Golf Fundraiser
Mar 27, 2022
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Springfield Township "Dine and Donate"
Mar 28, 2022
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District Training Assembly and 4 Way Speech Conte
DeSales University.
Apr 09, 2022
7:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Showcase Tuesday - Maternal & Child Health
Zoom Web Meeting
Apr 12, 2022 7:00 PM
Assistant Governor Meeting - Zoom
Apr 18, 2022 7:00 PM
District Conference 2022
Hershey Lodge
Apr 22, 2022 – Apr 24, 2022
DEC Meeting
Apr 25, 2022 7:00 PM
Apr 30, 2022
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