Posted by Una Martone
Fellow Rotarians ~
 
Imagine being face to face with Rotary International President Ian Riseley and members of the RI Board of Directors and Trustees of The Rotary Foundation and being able to ask them anything, literally ANYTHING.  Imagine being able to meet the first female Rotarian in the history of this organization, Sylvia Whitlock from Duarte California.  Imagine reliving the experience with her as she accounted several years of history.   Imagine hearing from a Rotary Peace Scholar who now works in the nation’s largest think tank and is tasked with helping the global north find peace in the midst of the nuclear arms race.  Imagine hearing the heartfelt story of a German-born descendent of a Nazi soldier who converted to Judaism and became a doctor to try and make up for the horrendous acts of his father.  You could have heard a pin drop in the room during his presentation.  Imagine a supercharged District Conference with over 600 Rotarians gathered to learn, share best practices, and celebrate service.  These are snapshots from the 2017 Zone Institute for Rotary Zones 24 & 32. 
 
Rotary International Zones 24 & 32 are represented by a community of Rotarians spanning two languages and four countries: Bermuda, Canada, France and the United States.  A Zone Institute is scheduled each year as a way for districts to “check in” with Rotary International and fellow district leaders.  Rotary International shares information and mid-year results and charges district leaders and upcoming district leaders to stay focused, motivated, and inspired during their intense service. 
 
Rotary District 7390 was recognized for our contributions to Polio Plus during the 2016/17 year under PDG Kevin Cogan’s leadership.  Thank you to everyone who contributed!  District Governor Elect, John May, completed the Governor Elect Training during the Zone Institute.  Big congratulations to him!  And many thanks to Past District Governors Tom Davis, Ann Keim, John Kramb, Hector Ortiz, Allen Smith, and Connie Spark for participating and representing the interests of District 7390.    
 
If YOU are interested in experiencing this high level, high quality, life changing event ~ maybe you want to get on the track to becoming a District Governor in the future!  There are so many opportunities to connect with the world of Rotary through district leadership and many different paths to take.  Nominations for District Governor are due by December 15.  Interviews will be held Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Harrisburg. Applying is simple! Just complete the application, have your Club approve it and submit it to the District office. Questions about becoming Governor? Contact myself or the District office at 717-854-7842 or o[email protected]
 
Una Martone
District Governor
Rotary District 7390