Rotary International Open World Program

Rotary International is pleased to announce new hosting opportunities under the Open World Program during the 2023 calendar year. Next year will mark twenty fourth-year anniversary of Rotary’s participation in the program.
The Open World Program is available only to Rotary clubs in the United States and provides an opportunity to build fellowship and friendship to strengthen international understanding by hosting emerging Eurasian leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan in your community. Rotary clubs are needed to host six-participant delegations for eight days and nights and prepare a professional program related to business, community, and civic life in the United States. Please see the 2023 hosting themes document attached.
The program focuses primarily on developing a network of leaders who have an understanding of how American communities deal with contemporary issues and who want to maintain contact with their new American contacts and other counterparts. Often, these collaborations lead to service projects between Rotary clubs in the two countries.
Is your Rotary Club is interested in working on an international project, hosting six Open World participants (emerging and/or current Eurasian leaders) for eight days, and willing to develop an intensive week of programs based on a selected Open World theme? If yes, then the Open World Program would be perfect for your club. Review the attached Host Registration Form and email the completed form to by Monday, 3 October 2022.
Find out more about the Open World program on or email us at Please feel free to share this announcement with other clubs.
Direct any question to the Program Officer Natalia Kunzer at or by phone by calling (847) 946-5664. For any additional questions please contact PDG Hector Ortiz as well as to do presentations about this program which is typically a 10 days program for young professionals from specific countries, ages 25 to 35, with some similarities to the GSE program.
Warm Rotary Regards,
Hector Ortiz
Natalia Kunzer
Open World Program Officer
Rotary Service and Engagement | Programs and Grants
Ph.:1 (847) 946-5664

Let's Grow and Engage Members! 

In September our District was fortunate to have PDG Herb Klotz speak with Club Presidents and interested members on how to grow and engage club membership.  Each club was sent a club specific report highlighting attraction and attrition rates and best practices. This popular session is available for on-demand viewing at  /  Passcode: K6uo1bL.
PDG Herb is hosting a SECOND session open to ANY Rotary Club on the topic of Impact Clubs. Impact clubs are companion clubs to existing host clubs focused on community service.  Impact clubs are growing in popularity in other Zones and guest speaker Patrick Eakes will talk about their growth in his own Zone – Zone 33.   Mark your calendars for October 11th at 7 PM.  A Zoom link will be shared in several weeks in a future Rotary Reporter!    


As World Polio Day (October 24th) approaches, our clubs and the district are considering how we can best raise funds and awareness in our community. Following are a few thoughts.
Support the District RIDE TO ERADICATE POLIO
This event held October 1st is a continuation of an event created during Covid in an attempt to create a new way to raise awareness. Details can be found by clicking here!
Clubs and regions are encouraged to hold events at the local level. The purpose of these events are three-fold. Here are a few thoughts: 
  1. Raise Money - In past years, these events have raised thousands of dollars for Polio Plus
  2. Raise Awareness - In advance of and during these events, conversations happen surrounding the Polio issue. Members and nonmembers are educated on what polio is, why and how is Rotary involved in the global effort to eradicate polio and why we should care about this at all. Given the recent outbreak in NY, that third point is even more relevant in our lives.
  3. Drive Membership - Each Rotarian should not only consider coming to the event but should also bring a friend. That friend then engages in the fellowship of Rotary while learning more about who we are and what we do. "Each One Bring One" could not be more relevant than with these events.
  4. SHARE YOUR EVENT - Share with the District - Each club or region that is holding an event should share their event details with the district. The district will in turn help to market the event and, maybe, you will see a district leader pop into your event.
  5. Create an Event Post on Meet Up App - Sharing your event on the Districts "Service Above Self" group on the MeetUp App will expand your reach and expand awareness of your event in your area. If you need help with this, reach out to Melissa at the district office.
  6. Create an event on Facebook and share it with the district. Share it on all social media platforms to drive all demographics to your event. Need help, reach out to the district to learn how.
  7. Get a Billboard. This event is a perfect way to utilize the district billboard program. Share with your community what you are doing in their community.
  8. Ask someone to come and support your event. We all know someone we can ask. If beer is not your thing, consider Ice Cream Pints for Polio. Be creative and then share with us what you are doing. This is how we all achieve new levels and grow.
Finally, if your club is not going to hold an event, attend another club's event near you, bring a friend and be part of the solution. Now is the time to take action. Ask your club leadership what your club is doing to help eradicate polio and drive membership during World Polio month. If you or they need help, reach out. The district is excited to help our clubs create events that make sense for them. Let's make this year, the greatest year yet for raising money and awareness in District 7390.

Pints for Polio

Upcoming Pints for Polio Events:
When: October 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Snappers Bar and Grill (120 East Allen St Mechanicsburg, PA 17055)
Hosted by: West Shore, D7390 Passport, Yellow Breeches & Mechanicsburg North
When: October 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: 50 West Caracas Ave Hershey (Beer, other beverages and snacks from 6 to 7 p.m. Hershey Community Parade at 7 p.m., Party resumes until 8 pm. Costumes optional!) Plenty of parking across the street. All Rotarians are welcome!
Hosted by: Hershey
When: October 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
Where: Victory Athletic Association (471 S. Ogontz Street, York, PA) - For a nominal fee of $10 per ticket, you get a fun filled evening of appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, door prizes, music, entertainment, and auction items!
Hosted by: York-East
When: October 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Market Cross Pub (113 North Hanover St Carlisle, PA 17013)
Hosted by: Carlisle-Sunrise

Ride to Eradicate Polio - October 1


Join us Saturday, October 1, 2022 and Ride To Eradicate Polio on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail.  We’ll start from the Shippensburg Trail Head (51 East Fort Street, Shippensburg, PA) and you can ride for as long or as little as you like! You can run, walk or bike the trail. We are asking for a minimum donation of $50 per person. Feel free to donate more if you’d like. (Donate $100 and you get to ride alongside District Governor Juliet Altenburg for a mile!)

All proceeds will be donated to Polio Plus on behalf of Rotary District 7390. It’s a “show and go” start and you can start your ride anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Water, coffee and a bagel brunch will be provided until 11:00 a.m. at mile 0 in Shippensburg. This is a family friendly ride, not a race! Bring your favorite Rotarians, friendly not-yet Rotarians and Ride to Eradicate Polio. The first 100 to register get a purple Ride to Eradicate Polio short-sleeve t-shirt. Riders who make it to Newville and back (22 miles) get a special Ride to Eradicate Polio sticker and bragging rights!

Click here to register TODAY!! 

Women in Rotary Summit - October 13


As we consider ways we should Grow Rotary… we must consider groups that are underrepresented within our clubs. Women represent just 28% of our District’s membership.  How can we grow these numbers and attract more members including women into the service we provide to our community AND to our members.
On October 13 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., we are gathering for our second in a series of Summits to discuss...Women in Rotary
Three Questions will be discussed in this 1 hour Zoom Summit.
  1. How can we encourage more women to join Rotary across our District?
  2. How can we support female Rotarians in growing in leadership and service within Rotary and our communities?  
  3. What should our next action steps be?
Our first Summit, Educators in Rotary, was a great success. Attendees met new friends from across the district, learned new ideas and discussed strategies to effect change and growth. They agreed to help each other and to re-assemble at a future date to further discuss ideas and review what they have achieved with their new knowledge and contacts.
We believe that Septembers’ Women in Rotary Summit can be a similarly tremendous opportunity for fellowship, growth, and new ideas.

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) - October 22

The Rotary Leadership Institute is an opportunity to meet with other Rotarians, share experiences, and learn new skills to take back to your club. You don't have to be in the leadership chain to benefit from this institute. If you want to learn more about this wonderful organization that we call Rotary, and find out what you can actually do to start changing the world, put attendance on your schedule. Click here to register! (Please note: you MUST register using the GUEST tab)
  • When can I attend RLI? - Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Central Penn College (600 Valley Road, Summerdale, PA 17093).
  • What is the Cost to attend RLI? - Rotary Clubs should pay for their members to attend RLI. The cost is $110 per Rotarian to attend.
  • What is RLI? - A leadership and development program to strengthen Rotary Clubs through education, collaboration and the exchange of ideas among its future leaders. A three-part curriculum facilitated by experienced, trained faculty members engaging participants through open discussion, problem solving and creative role-play.
  • What will I learn at RLI? - More about Rotary, The Rotary Foundation, Membership, Ethics, Service Projects, Communications, Strategic Planning and Analysis. You’ll also make new friends, and enjoy fellowship and networking opportunities.
  • Course Levels: Parts I, II, III and Graduate (The Graduate level will focus on The Rotary Foundation Seven Areas of Focus)
  • Where can I find more information about RLI?
  • Questions? Contact PDG Greg Staub, or 717-578-0691.

From the International Service Lane

Kenyan Officer attends Rotary Meeting
The Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise recently hosted Carlisle’s noon club for a presentation about that club’s water project in Kenya.  In attendance was Meshack Kishoyian Sinkira (known as Kish) the International Officer from Kenya at the US Army War College, Carlisle.  Rotarians from Carlisle first became acquainted with Kish at a meeting of RC of Hershey.
The global grant project, total cost $130,000, provides water for agricultural development by pumping water to surface, building green house for vegetable production and housing structures for chicken and pig production while teaching the science and economics of agriculture.  Following the presentation, Kish confirmed the critical need for such projects in Kenya.
Submitted by
Kathleen Stoup
International Service Lane Chair
Pictured here with Rotarians from both clubs, Kish is wearing a modernized Masai shirt.  (L to R) Larenda Twigg, Bill Blankmeyer, Kish, Kathleen Stoup, Charles Stoup, Mike Zick

Youth Exchange Students on the Move!


Welcome to Martin Metelka from Czechia!! Martin arrived at Newark Airport (which meant we HAD to do a quickphoto stop at Liberty State Park before heading home!) We hope you have a great year Martin!

Rotary Branded Bottled Water

If your Club is holding an event or fundraiser and would like to increase awareness of Rotary or increase profits, think about purchasing some Rotary branded water bottles! You can purchase the water for $7 per case (minimum of 30 cases per order). The water will need to be picked up at Filson Water (11 Roadway Drive, Carlisle). You can design a custom label for your Club or the event. Please contact Jeff Kintz at Brand your Own Bottle at 717-979-0841 or for more information. You can also check out their website by clicking here
Here are some examples of Clubs that have created a custom water bottle label: 

A Cold War Warrior's Report by PDG Alden Cunningham

PDG Alden Cunningham (Carlisle) has a book available for purchase through Amazon! Click here to purchase the book! This autobiography captures all phases of his life of Leadership in Service including his formative years in Mexico as a child, the military academy years of character and leadership development, his regular Army service in field artillery, his years as a senior Foreign Area officer defending our nation and his years as an Army Contractor at the U.S. Army War College. There, he supported the Department of Distance Education as a faculty instructor teaching Strategic Leadership, International Relations and the Use of Power, National Security Strategy, National Military Strategy, and Regional Studies. Additionally, he supported the Strategic Crisis Exercise in various roles and developed two key, long term military scenarios on Cuba and Panama. His brief Mexico Advisory Service years helping small companies in Pennsylvania find Mexican strategic partners and his retirement years are also part of this book. Covered as well are his years as a former officer of Rotary International (District Governor of District 7390 in South Central Pennsylvania) doing good in the world. This is exemplified by his humanitarian mission in Mexico where his district partnering with District 4170 in the Mexico City area provided hundreds of wheelchairs to disabled Mexican citizens, clean water to hundreds if not thousands of Mexican school children, computers for a school for the deaf in Mexico City, and dozens of cleft palate surgeries and cataract procedures. He also increased Rotary Foundation giving in his district thus providing more funds over time for Rotary's seven focus areas (fighting disease, think Polio; promoting peace; providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; saving mothers and children; supporting education; growing local economies; and protecting the environment).

Interact Convention 2022

The exciting Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention (ZIC) is taking place October 20th-23rd, 2022 and we want to see students from your district there!
This is an opportunity for Rotarians to show their support for our young leaders who have been working very hard organizing this first-ever Zone event that includes Interact delegates from Canada, USA, Bermuda and St. Pierre et Miquelon!
Here's where your help is needed:
  1. We are seeking Delegates - If your club currently sponsors an Interact club please connect with them and consider sponsoring one or more delegates. Clubs & Districts in Zones 28 and 32 are able to reserve spots for Interact students and chaperones at the Zone 28 & 32 Interact Convention ahead of time. Each spot is $991 Canadian dollars ($850 registration fee plus a $141 refundable deposit).
  2. We are seeking Donors/Sponsors - If your club does not currently sponsor an Interact Club, kindly consider becoming a Donor/Sponsor of the event in support of youth leadership!
Thank you for your kind consideration. We also encourage you to take a look at our website ( to learn more.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, the event in general, or would like to invite our team to speak to your club/district leadership about the event please feel free to contact

Apply for a Grant to Support Education and Literacy!

September is Education and Literacy Month, an opportunity for Rotarians to focus our awareness of literacy and education needs in our own communities and internationally. BELRAG (Basic Education and Literacy Rotary Action Group) and Save the Children are pleased to announce a funding opportunity to support clubs' innovative approaches to early childhood education in rural America. Projects may support Kindergarten Readiness, 3rd Grade Reading proficiency, and/or 5th grade math proficiency. 
These grants offer Rotary Clubs an opportunity to apply to for funding of $5,000-$15,000 for community based initiatives that support early literacy and numeracy. Up to ten projects will be funded. Proposal applications are available 1 September are due 15 October, 2022.  
A webinar to review grant criteria and application process will be held on Thursday, 25 August at 4:00 PM (Eastern)   
Meeting ID: 964 7365 4758  
Passcode: 886014
The webinar will be recorded and made available on the website.  Click here to view a menu of options for early learning projects.
This is an excellent opportunity for Rotarians to receive support for their involvement in early education and literacy projects in their own communities.  BELRAG is pleased to partner with Save the Children on this initiative and appreciates their generosity in funding these grants for US based literacy projects.
I look forward to learning of how clubs in your district are engaged in Basic Education and Literacy and would welcome Rotarians from your district to become involved with BELRAG. Together, we will ensure that every child and adult has opportunity to lead productive, fulfilling lives as literate individuals. If you would like more information about BELRAG, our outreach and support for clubs and districts, please visit our website  or feel welcome to contact Carolyn Johnson, Yarmouth (Maine) Rotary, District 7780, Governor, 2013-14, 207-232-4667 (cell).

Expand the Reach of Rotary Through the District Billboard Campaign

Lamar Advertising is again offering all clubs in the District the opportunity to expand the reach of Rotary during the 2022-2023 Rotary Year through a club hosted DIGITAL Billboard for just $100!  To take advantage of this generous offer click here!  Special thanks is extended to Harrisburg Rotarian Andy Rebuck from Lamar Advertising, for leading this wonderful effort for our District!

Rotary Veterans Initiative BBQ Fundraiser

Please join us to support VETERANS at our Rotary Veterans Initiative (RVI) BBQ fundraiser at Rendezvous Run Farm (806 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle, 17015) on Saturday, Sept 10th, from 4 to 10 p.m. 
Please see the flyer below for more event details. You can also register for tickets and/or sponsor this event at:
Your potential sponsorship (at any $$ level you decide) enables:
·         Catering by Redd’s Smokehouse BBQ
·         Live Music!
·         Videotaping of veterans and their loved ones sharing their stories of service and dreams for the future by TeamBrandt
·         Continued funding to help veterans succeed by supporting their education, training, and job search.
o   To date, RVI has helped 240 Central PA VETERANS with a total of $177,500
To discuss customization of your sponsorship, please call me at your convenience:  
o   Cell: 703-786-7181
o   Home office: 717-254-6448

Palmyra Pet Vaccination Clinic

Myerstown-ELCO Auction

Carlisle Golf Tournament

PolioPlus - The Last Mile

The Rotary Club of Hanover is inviting all Rotarians in District 7390 to a presentation by Michael McGovern, Chair of the International Polio Plus Committee at Rotary International and John Nanni, 2022 recipient of Rotary International Service Award for a Polio Free World. Together they will present “Polio Plus-The Last Mile’’. Join us Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 12:00 Noon (Markets of Hanover Ballroom, 1649 Broadway, Hanover). Please click here to register in advance! 

Rotary Club of West Shore Flags for Heroes - ONLY 11 FLAGS REMAIN!


Click here to watch a video about Flags for Heroes!

If you've been contemplating honoring a hero, time is running out! There are only 11 flags remaining that don't have a sponsor attached to them. For our fellow Rotarians, the club will accept sponsorships through Sunday, September 4, and payment may be made via PayPal.

Please help us make this Flags for Heroes a sell-out event!

All are welcome to attend the dedication ceremony which will be held on Monday, September 12 from 11:00 am - Noon at the Penn Harris Hotel in Camp Hill.

Your sponsorship and/or attendance goes a long way in helping us make a difference in the community, encouraging our small club and its members, and spreading the Rotary message!

York-East Golf Outing

Mechanicsburg-North Beer & Wine Fest

Join us for a great in-person event! Beer. Wine. Music. Food for purchase. Fundraising for local community needs. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Registration Information coming Soon! 

Lancaster-Sunrise Fall Fest

Upcoming Events
Rotary Veterans Initiative BBQ
Rendezvous Run Farm
Sep 10, 2022
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
District Grant Committee Meeting
Sep 12, 2022
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Assistant Governor Meeting
Sep 13, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
President's Meeting
Sep 13, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Learning to Lead - District Leadership Training
Sep 22, 2022 – Sep 24, 2022
YE - Day Trip to Philadelphia
Sep 24, 2022
District Advisory Council Meeting
Sep 28, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2022 Ride to Eradicate Polio
Oct 01, 2022
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ride to Eradicate Polio
Cumberland Valley Rail Trail - Shippensburg Trail Head
Oct 01, 2022
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
YE - 2023-24 OB Apps Due to Clubs
Sponsoring Rotary Club
Oct 01, 2022
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
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