News and Events
 
This past April, the Rotary Council on Legislation recently concluded their 2019 meeting with some essential changes that clubs and districts will see with the start of the new Rotary year.  A few things to note are:
 
1. Even though there were many more items that passed, a lot of them had to do with the overall organization.  The attached document highlights what's happening at the club and district levels.  For a full overview of the COL, Rotarians can visit My Rotary.
 
2.  You'll see that page one of the document discusses that the language in the Standard Rotary Club Constitution (SRCC) will be modernized to make it more accessible.  It also asks that the reader head to My Rotary to download a copy.  Rotary is still in the process of streamlining the SRC and expects that it will be posted soon.
 
3.  In line with number 2 above, the 2019 Manual of  Procedure (MOP) is also being drafted and is expected to be released in October.
 
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact your Area Governor or Ken Fleeson at kfleeson@lectromat.com
 
Over the weekend of District 7280 Conference our members and their guest donated 511 lbs of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern PA. Additionally Rotarians and guests packed 1400 backpacks Saturday afternoon. More details can be found here on the backpack program:
Each backpack contains 6 meals and is distributed to students within 11 counties in Northwestern PA.  
 
Also over the weekend $623 was raised for the End Polio Now Campaign and is on its way to Rotary International to be match $2 for every one by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Our efforts will provide $1,869 to help vaccinate children and ultimately eliminate the wild Polio virus in the world.  District 7280 would like to thank Aaron Bloome for his efforts.  If you would like to know more about Aaron's music or future plans you can provide your contact information to District Governor Scott Bayline.
 
Rotarians and guest also raised $589 for the Ehlers Danlos Society over the weekend as well as created awareness to the connective tissue disorder, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.  A thank you to Shani Weber for sharing her time and information with us.
 
More information about the Ehlers Danlos Society and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome can be found here:

This Safe Water Project is to support Water & Sanitation Improvements for the community of Santa Eulalia Huehuetenango, Guatemala, Rotary District 4250.  This Global Grant, GG 1759627, in the amount of $110,838.00 is for phase 2 of this multi-year project. It is co-sponsored by the club of Estero, Florida, District 6960.

 

This phase of the project will build out pipelines connecting more communities to pumping stations and construct two more holding tanks. With this additional infrastructure in place, clean safe water will be able to be distributed to other communities that were not connected to the Phase 1 portion of this project  This phase will impact  an additional 2500 residents.       

 

Rotary International Zones 33 & 34 are partnering with Feeding America Food Banks in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and western/central Pennsylvania in the 10 Million Meal Challenge.  The State Associations will support, encourage and facilitate enhanced partnerships between food banks and Rotary Clubs in the pursuit of a goal of raising the equivalent of 10 million meals for the region.  Clubs will "sign up" to join the challenge at www.rizones33-34.org/hunger.  Their Feeding America Food Bank will contact them to start planning together.  
  
Rotary Leadership Institute is designed to provide quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills to Rotarians interested in developing their Rotary participation and to those identified by Rotary Clubs as having potential in club leadership.  The Institute is a three part program, Part I, Part II and Part III.  Each part is a full day and you can take each part as your schedule allows.  These educational opportunities will teach you skills that will benefit the members in their lives and in volunteer service.
 
The course dates and locations for 2019 are as follows:
Saturday, September 28, 2019  -  Clarion, PA
Saturday, October 5, 2019 -     Greensburg, PA
Saturday, November 2, 2019 - Hagerstown, MD
 
For more information, please go to www.RLIMainLine.org