We periodically hear from Rotary Clubs outside of our District - around the world. We will share their invitations and ideas here. Stories without specific dates are listed at the end of the article.
Cross Egypt Challenge
Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan is promoting Tourism in Egypt.
From the website (crossegyptchallenge.com): The 2022 season of Cross Egypt Challenge will run between October 6 and 15, 2022 and will witness the return of Cross Egypt Challenge to the Sinai peninsula with a new modified route totaling 2,750 km that spans over 8 stages with one rest day planned in Egypt's famous Luxor.
Click here for more information and photos of past events.

Community-Based Early Learning Project Grants Available
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 was held on Thursday, 25 August.The webinar will be recorded and made available on the BELRAG.org website   Click here for a menu of options for early learning projects.
Carolyn Johnson
Yarmouth (Maine) Rotary, District 7780
Governor, 2013-14
Chair, Basic Education & Literacy Rotary Action Group (BELRAG)
Vice-Chair, TRF Cadre of Technical Advisors, Basic Education & Literacy (2021-2024)
207-846-6526 (home)
207-232-4667 (cell)
Reunite Cultures Fund (RCF) Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club, Ohio District 6630
Since 2002, RCF organized over 40 exchanges with dozens of countries. Upcoming events:
Oct 29 - Nov 11, 2022
We are invited by Rotarians of Georgia and Armenia
(up to 14 rotarians)
Nov 12 - Nov 22, 2022
We are invited by Rotarians of Belarus
(up to 14 rotarians)
Hospitality and the program arranged by RCF Planning committee and Rotarians of those countries. Our group will be joined by Rotarians from France, India, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
During each trip, we travel around country accompanied by host Rotarians, experience culture, history and most significant country attractions. We will meet with rotarians at varies events and socials, learn about ongoing programs and projects. And most important - We have a lot of FUN!
17th World Championships of the International Tennis Fellowship of Rotarians
May 22-26, 2023
Melbourne Park, Melbourne , AUSTRALIA
Prior to the Rotary International Convention
Benefit - promote championship among tennis aficionados and donate to End Polio Now
Click here for more information
Share Rotary Ideals With Children In Your Community
In today’s world, the tenets of The Four-Way Test and the idea of Service Above Self are more important than ever. The Rotary Ideals Literacy Project could be your club’s literacy project and help you share these ideals with the children in your community.
Andrew Shoup
Rotary Ideals Literacy Project Team
ShelterBox USA
Everyone deserves a place to call home. It is a human right and the first step towards recovery after disaster. Shelter is so much more than just a roof. It’s the foundation for life, families and communities. It is a place to feel safe after days or weeks of fear. It offers protection from harsh weather, privacy, and helps to preserve dignity. It’s a space to heal from trauma.
Current need: ShelterBox is deploying an emergency response team to Pakistan where more than 30 million people have been affected by severe floods. Pakistan has been overwhelmed by severe monsoon rains and flooding; the full scale of the devastation is still unknown.

We are calling upon our Rotary partners for financial support. The need is massive, and our response is critical. Homes have sunk in flood water or been swept away, livelihoods have been ruined, tens of millions are displaced, and more than 1,000 people have lost their lives.
Donations can be made at our website www.shelterboxusa.org or by mail to P.O. Box 5055 Santa Barbara Ca. 93150