D7430 Giving Day
Tuesday, November 23rd
 
More donations to our Annual Fund SHARE—means more dollars for more projects in our communities and around the world.
 
Every donation made on this day will be matched with up to 100 Foundation Recognition points plus individual recognition ponts.
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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.  
  If you would like to know more, please feel free to use the Contact Us button.  We'd love you to join us!
 

        DG Bob Hobaugh, 2021-2022

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Welcome to November! This is Foundation month for Rotary International. The Rotary Foundation funds our humanitarian projects, polio eradication and peace scholarships. Our impact is to  improve health and the environment, advance peace, provide education and alleviate poverty.
 
Giving DayAnd it’s Foundation Month in District 7430. Here are some of our Foundation events. Our Grants Committee started to receive District grant applications on November 1st. On November 6th we will hold a Foundation seminar with guest speakers from the Rotary Foundation and Rotary International. Register by November 4th at https://rotarydistrict7430.org/event/foundation-seminar-3/. Our Annual Fund Coordinators and Major Gifts speakers are visiting with Clubs to educate us about the impact of our contributions. We will celebrate an annual day of giving on November 23rd - Use the "Donate" Button on the menu line above for more details.
 
Our Project Showcase features Bill Erdman, our Paul Harris Society Coordinator, and Past District Governor Mike McCarthy, our Major Donor Chair. Maybe your Club will be inspired to use recognition points and Major Donor achievements to grow membership and service.
 
On November 9th, our Showcase Tuesday speakers will be Past District Governor Cindy Hornaman, our District Foundation Chair, Katie Farrell, our Annual Fund Coordinator, and Rotary Foundation Annual Giving Officer Rebecca Silber. Please register for Showcase Tuesday at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdeurqzkvGt2a_oQ8LFtcf3UBISsMZ3ZT. Maybe your Club will consider a service project to be funded by the Foundation.
 
Please remember the District 7430 Foundation for Rotaplast and Youth Exchange. We can give in memory of Past District Governor Linda Young to support Rotaplast. We can give in memory of Past Rotarian Sharon Rittenhouse to benefit our Youth Exchange Program.  Send contributions payable to “Rotary 7430 Foundation” in specific memory to Thomas Hartzell, Treasurer, 1341 Biafore Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18017.
 
Please remember to register for our District Conference scheduled April 22-24, 2022 at the Hershey Lodge. Register at Rotaryathershey2022.org during November for a discount. Register for the International Convention scheduled for June 4-8, 2022 at rotary.org. I look forward to seeing you at our Club, District and International events!
The Race to Zero was back as an in-person event this year! Combined with an Oktoberfest afternoon celebraton, this year's Purple Pinkie 5k Run, 1k Fun Walk or 10k Bike Race has raised over $40K and we're still counting! New location, new course and More Fun! Over 70 Rotarians and guests participated in our annual Race to Zero this year with 5k runners, walkers and even bicyclists. After their exertion, many of the athletes and their guests had a wonderful time with our first-ever Oktoberfest—filled with libations, great food and lots of dancing.
 
Thanks to Allentown West, Lehigh Valley Passport and Emmaus Rotary Clubs (and to all the volunteers who worked that day) for putting together a successful Race to Zero and Octoberfest. Special thanks to John Scott, Herb Klotz, Carol Ferguson and the Committee for all their time and efforts!
 For more information about Shelter Box use this link www.ShelterBoxUSA.org.
 
   To make a donation, send your check to:
    Shelter Box USA
    PO Box 5055 
    Santa Barbara, CA 93150
 
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
610-442-8589

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.

We celebrated the life of Past District Governor Linda R. Young on July 19th. She was a friend, a coach, a mother, grandmother and a true Rotarian. Many cherish Linda’s friendship because it came with candor and loyalty. She served as a valued trainer to three District Governors.
 
Linda loved her daughters, Ellen and Emily, and her grandchildren, Mya and Leo, all of whom were central in Linda’s world. Professionally, she served as a nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital and became Vice President of Nursing in 1990. Some of her contributions include opening the Priscilla Payne Hurd Wing and Education Center and building partnerships with Moravian College to implement the first B.S. in Nursing program associated with a hospital.
 
She volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister at Notre Dame of Bethlehem Church. Her Rotary accomplishments include serving as multi-year Club President, District Governor, RLI Chair, Welcome to Rotary Chair, and Rotaplast Committee Chair. Rotaplast helped her combine her vocation and avocation in correcting cleft palates of children, giving them a normal appearance and creating opportunities for dignity and self-respect. Linda served in three Rotaplast missions. 
 
Linda made the world better for the rest of us. If you are inclined to make a financial gift in Linda’s memory, you might give a check payable to “District 7430 Foundation” for the benefit of our District Rotaplast Program by mailing to Treasurer Tom Hartzell, HMK Insurance, 54 S. Commerce Way, Suite 150, Bethlehem, PA 18017.