OPEN WORLD PROGRAM 2024 – CALL FOR HOSTS
To: Current and Elect Rotary Club Presidents
Dear current and elect U.S. Rotary Club Presidents:
Greetings from Evanston!
We are pleased to announce new hosting opportunities under the Open World Program during the 2024 calendar/hosting year, which will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of Rotary’s participation in the program.
The Open World Program is available 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, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Solomon Islands, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, and Vietnam 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.
The program focuses on developing a network of leaders who have an understanding of how American communities deal with contemporary issues and 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.
The Open World program, operated by the Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL) an independent U.S. federal agency, is a special program available to Rotary clubs in the United States through a grant secured by Rotary International. Please review the Rotary Open World brochure for more information.
Rotary International (RI) serves as a national host organization, with Rotary clubs serving as local hosts for Open World delegations. Rotary clubs in 290 cities and 48 states have hosted over 4,000 of all 30,400 Open World participants throughout these years. RI can reimburse participating clubs for many of their hosting expenses through Open World grants.
Is your Rotary Club interested in working on an international project, hosting six Open World participants for eight days/nights, and willing to develop an intensive week of events based on a selected Open World theme? If yes, then the Open World Program would be perfect for your club. Please complete the Host Registration Form and email the completed form to OpenWorld@rotary.org.
Find out more about the Open World Program at www.rotary.org/rotary-clubs.
Warm Rotary Regards,
Open World Program Officer
ONE ROTARY CENTER
1560 SHERMAN AVENUE
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS 60201-3698 USA