Rotary District 7450 is 50 local Clubs that believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you’ll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.

7450 Rotarians Donate $100,000 to Help Ukrainians

Saturday, November 19, 2022 By: Joan Batory

Poland has taken in approximately three million refugees from Ukraine. Almost all of them are women and children, as men are required to stay and fight. 
Rotarians in Poland and Ukraine responded to the crisis after Russia invaded Ukraine last spring. They practiced Service above  Self by opening their wallets, their homes, their cars and their networks to help Ukrainian refugees and people in Ukraine.

The District’s Ukrainian Relief Committee, led by the Philadelphia Rotary, spoke virtually with D2331 District Governor-elect Piotr Jankowski of Poland and D2332 District Governor Volodymyr Boranenko of Ukraine. Both said that what they needed most was money, which provides flexibility to respond to rapidly evolving needs on the ground. Our district Rotarians and others donated $100,000 to our district Gundaker Foundation to support the cause. You can donate to our District Gundaker Foundation here. https://www.gundaker.org/ukraine

District 2331 distributed the funds to Rotary clubs in Poland and Ukraine to fund the following projects:
  • $25,000 for Project Sunrise, Rotary Club of Krakow to employ Ukrainian refugee teachers resettled in the Krakow area to teach art, culture, and language to Ukrainian and Polish children, restoring normalcy for children traumatized by war and helping them assimilate into Polish society.
  • $10,000 for surgical equipment and medical kits, Rotary Club of Wolsztyn, for hospitals in Ukraine.
  • $15,000, Rotary Club of Wroclaw, to provide medical care for Ukrainian children in Poland.
  • $23,000 to purchase generators (one large and ten smaller) for Ukraine.
  • $25,000 for the Moschun Project in Ukraine. Our district and several other Rotary clubs are building temporary modular homes and infrastructure in a town that was mostly destroyed by Russian bombs so that residents can return home for the winter. These homes will be replaced by permanent homes built in the most sustainable manner.
  • $4,000, Rotary Club Zamosc Ordynacki, to buy food for residents in eastern Ukraine. 
Rotarians around the world have risen to the challenge of helping Ukrainians in Poland and in Ukraine cope with the ongoing stress of being displaced from their homes. Please consider supporting this long-term project.
 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Back for 2023!

After a pandemic-related break, District 7450 will be back to hosting the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Conference in 2023!  The event for high schoolers will take place February 3-5, 2023, at the Freedoms Foundation in historic Valley Forge, PA. Chantal Eadeh of the Upper Main Line Rotary will be chairing the event with Stacey Ballard from Upper Main Line and Brian Casey from Swarthmore.  The team is excited to announce leadership-focused programming including a powerhouse of speakers and program topics.  

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It's Nominations Time

This year the District Nominating Committee, chaired by PDG Bonnie Korengel, will be selecting Rotarians for service positions at the District and International level.

An e-mail went out on November 14th calling for candidates for Governor of District 7450 for 2025-2026. The call for candidates will be open until January 13, 2023 and interviews will likely be scheduled for the end of January. This is an extremely important position. If you want to help influence the future of our District, please consider volunteering.

Emails will go out in January calling for candidates for the District 7450 Corporate Board and for Council of Legislation Representative. The district has three Members-At-Large that serve for three-year terms. This year's selection will be for the Member-At-Large for Super Area 3 that covers Areas 7, 8, and 9. The Council of Legislation Representative also has a three-year term.  That position is generally filled by someone who has already served a full term as a District Governor.

For more information, contact PDG Bonnie Korengel. 
 

In Memoriam: PDG Roger Taylor

The memorial service for PDG Roger on Saturday, September 24 at the Downingtown United Methodist Church was quite remarkable. The church was full of PDG Roger's family and friends. Approximately 10 Past District Governors and other Rotary members that I recognized attended as well. I am sure that several of his fellow Rotary club members were there too.

Reverend Thomas Brooks conducted the celebration of life. His homily addressed Roger’s devotion to Rotary and especially to the tenets expressed in the Four-Way Test. District 7430 PDG Robert Hobaugh delivered a beautiful tribute to PDG Roger focusing on their time working together to plan the multi-district conference in Hershey. Hobaugh also referenced Roger's adherence to, and respect for, the Four-Way Test as did many of the individuals who spoke at the podium. The entire service was infused with a spirit of Roger Taylor’s dedication to service, expressed both through his Rotary membership as well as his church and community activities. 

It was fitting that the motto on the flag at the front of the Presbyterian church read: “LOVE GOD - GROW FAITH - SERVE OTHERS.”  PDG Roger most certainly personified these ideals.

 

PDG Joan Batory


Statement from Rotary International

Sunday, June 21, 2020At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work.

We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people.

We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice. 

Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.


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