October 10, 2019. Our program featured District 7430 Governor Herb Klotz who made his official visit to Easton Rotary. Herb is well-known at our Club having shared some of his volunteer exploits regarding his Engineers Without Borders work in Sierra Leone as far back as 2010. Herb stars in a new District 7430 video each month. The three-minute videos are available through Facebook, the District website, and the District newsletter. Each video highlights a different aspect of Rotary such as membership, service to youth, and the polio campaign.
The new Rotary International vision statement is "Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves." Herb likes the new statement because it accurately reflects what Rotarians are. Current Rotary International President Mark Maloney likes to challenge us to "grow Rotary". Mark means to grow Rotary in the areas of membership, service, giving, and youth programs. District 7430 is doing well in all of these categories.
Our District ranked first in membership growth throughout the northeast United States. Part of this success has been our ability to embrace change. Clubs are getting creative with their meeting times and service projects. The District is encouraging multi-Club mixers and regional gatherings for new members. There is a movement to start a Passport Club in the Valley. A Passport Club meets less frequently than a traditional Club and their members are encouraged to get involved with service projects of the Clubs in their surrounding area. These Clubs are perfect for people who want to serve but have schedules that preclude attending a lot of meetings.
The District will host an educational event at Ursinus College on November 16 to help people learn how to use Facebook to enhance a Club's public image.
District 7430 funded 34 grants in which 37 Clubs participated. This is an unheard of level of success. This is a direct result of the increase in support of the Rotary International Foundation. Rotarians can easily donate by using the Rotary Direct program which allows continuous support through systematic credit card charges. Saturday, October 12 will feature the annual Purple Pinkie Race to benefit the polio eradication effort. This year's event will raise nearly $50,000 which will triple in value thanks to the matching money from the Gates Foundation.
April 24-26 will be the District Conference held at the Valley Forge Casino. The event will include the annual Foundation Gala as well as District Training. The highlight of the Conference will be the "Summit" where all District Clubs will be able to showcase their unique projects. Discount pricing is available through the end of the year with cafeteria-style plans announced in January.