Rotary District 7330
Southwest Pennsylvania, USA
June 30, 2019    
Dear Rotarians of District 7330
(a.k.a. The Dream Team):
 
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as your district governor.  
 
Throughout the past year, you truly have epitomized our theme of Be the Inspiration!  
 
Your accomplishments in the name of Rotary have truly moved the needle in our communities and in the world. 

Foundation Giving

Recently, I had the pleasure of joining some clubs at year-end celebrations that included honoring Paul Harris Fellows.  Many clubs took advantage of the offer to use district points to honor a new Paul Harris Fellow.  The individuals chosen by the clubs truly embody Service Above Self and serve as an inspiration to others.
As many of you know, Rotary also encourages each of us to give $100 a year to The Rotary Foundation (Every Rotarian Every Year orEREY).  My friends, our per capita giving currently stands at $122.80.  While many Rotarians are not in a position to donate right now, those of you who can obviously do.  Thank you for supporting our foundation and enabling Rotarians to do good in the world.  

Solar Suitcases...

Together, we have accomplished some pretty amazing things.
This week, I learned that the international Solar Suitcase Project has raised nearly $60,000 and will fund 21 suitcases.  PDGs Colleen and George Wood have spearheaded this effort and our clubs have provided the support.  Please accept my humble and sincere thanks for your efforts.  
 
Most of our clubs spend most of their energy and resources in their local communities and I commend you for the good work you accomplish.  Throughout the past year, your projects have inspired me and helped me to be proud to be a Rotarian in District 7330.  Thank you for the positive impact you are making.

ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS  

(RYLA) OUTDOOR ODYSSEY 2019

You also provided over 30 high school students an opportunity to learn more about themselves and leadership through the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program held this past week at Outdoor Odyssey. Meeting with these young people, who don’t quite know what to expect, but are ready to get out of their comfort zones, is an experience that Mike and I have really enjoyed.  
These young people learn early not to let fear of the unknown hold them back.  As Mike likes to say, “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.”  Through your generosity, these young people will move forward better prepared to face the challenges with which they will be presented.

7300 + 7330 = 7305

District 7330 Rotarians, our time together is quickly coming to a close.  On July 1, we will become part of the new District 7305 and Jim Hahn will serve as your district governor.  
As we move forward together, we will continue to be part of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. 
 
Thank you for the honor and pleasure of serving as your district governor.
With sincere gratitude,
Cherie Sears
District 7330 Governor 2018-19
 

Some late-breaking news briefs—

William Gullborgof the McMurray Rotary Club was the lucky winner of Two Nights Lodging including Breakfast Buffets at Seven Springs!
2019

COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION

ESSENTIAL CHANGES FOR CLUBS AND DISTRICTS  
  1. Club dues increased.  In 2019-20, member dues are 34.00 per half year. To improve service to clubs, RI semiannual dues were increased by $.50 for each of the next three years — to US$34.50 per half year in 2020-2021, US$35.00 per half year in 2021-2022 and US$35.50 per half year in 2022-2023. 
  2. District Finances Deadline extension.  Within one year of serving as governor, an independently reviewed annual statement and report of district finances is provided to clubs in the district for their approval. 
  3. Membership Rotaract clubs.  Just like Rotary clubs, Rotaract clubs are now members of Rotary International. While there are no operational changes for Rotaract clubs or the Rotary clubs that sponsor them, this provision elevates the status of Rotaract clubs and allows RI to increase support and resources to help them grow. 
  4. Classification.  The classification limitation has been removed, so clubs may now determine for themselves the appropriate number of members in a particular classification. In addition, elected or appointed public officials are no longer prohibited from joining a club using the classification associated with their office. 

One last item

AG Owen P. Standley is getting into the limelight in “It Runs in the Family,” with the Stone Bridge Players at the Johnstown Flood Museum.  Show dates include July 5, 12, and 13.  Tickets may be purchased in advance through the JAHA website https://www.jaha.org/events/it-runs-in-the-family-4/
 

Cherie' Sears

District Governor

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