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Open World

About the Open World Program

The open world program was established in 1999 to expose emerging Russian political and civic leaders to American civil society through study visits to communities across the United States. Open world is the only program in the legislative branch and in December 2000 congress authorized the new and permanent Open World leadership center at the library of congress.  The program was expanded as of 2003 to the following countries: Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, and as of 2007 to Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyz Stan, Moldova, and Tajikistan. The participants will observe the American political system and learn about the responsibilities of and interrelationship between the three branches and different levels of the U.S. government and see how the U.S. private and nonprofit sectors help meet social and civic needs. Five delegates during eight days home hosting which include professional meetings, round tables, tours, training seminars and cultural activities.

Rotary began hosting civic delegations from Russian Federation in 1999 and Rotary clubs hosted in 43 states and hosted more than 2000 delegates from Russian federation. Benefits of Rotary participation: demonstrate volunteerism, great international service opportunities to the clubs and possibilities for long term relationships between Russia and U.S.A. Rotary clubs who are interested to host delegate should know that Rotary International will reimburse the cost and funds available for hiring a local interpreter.

District 5300

Civic Themes
  • –Economic Development
  • –Environment
  • –Local Governance
  • –Health & Social Development
  • —Includes Youth Issues & Education sub-themes
  • –Women as Leaders
Rule of Law
  • –Judicial delegations
CLUB RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Home-stay for 8 days & 9 nights –Hotels in Las Vegas
  • Vocational program for selected theme
  • Daily meals
  • Transportation
  • Cultural and social events
  • Hiring a professional interpreter
PROGRAM SCHEDULE –8 DAY PROGRAM
  • 32 hours of formal theme-related activities
  • Social and cultural events
  • Local Rotary clubs meetings and fellowship

Getting Started

  • If your club is interested in organizing and hosting an Open World Delegation, contact Karen Whisenhunt, District Chair at kwhis@cox.net.
  • Once you have decided what theme you are interested in doing, you must first qualify for the grant with The Rotary Foundation.
  • Email The Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Natalia Kunzer at: Natalia.Kunzer@rotary.org …with your interest in the program. She will send you countries pre-approved by the Open World Leadership Center and the forms you need to complete in order to qualify for the grant.

2015

The Clubs in Southern Nevada and host Judge, Senior United States District Judge Lloyd D. George hosted the Open World, Rule of Law program with a delegation from Mongolia on July 25 to August 1, 2015.

Agenda
Speaker Bios
Photos of Mongolian Delegation

 


2014

The Clubs in Southern Nevada and host Judge, Senior United States District Judge Lloyd D. George hosted the Open World, Rule of Law program with a delegation from Kazakhstan on September 28 to October 5, 2013 and a Turkish Delegation April 26 to May 3, 2014.

Open World, Rule of Law Program 2014 – Turkish Delegation
Open World, Rule of Law Program 2014 – Speakers for Turkish Delegation

Itinerary for Open World, Rule of Law Exchange with the Kazakhstan Delegation
Photos from the Exchange Visit


2013

Itinerary for Open World, Rule of Law Exchange with the Estonian Delegation
Photos from the Exchange Visit
April 20-27, 2013

District Events

2017 - 2018 Dan Stover Music Contest
Jun 30th - Nov 30th 2017
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2017 -18 4 Way Test Speech Contest Entry Form
Jul 1st - Nov 30th 2017
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Club Intent to Participate RYLA
Nov 17th - Jan 19th 2018
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Club Assembly DG Visit - San Gabriel
November 29th 2017
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Club Assembly DG Visit - Covina Sunrise
December 5th 2017
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Club Assembly DG Visit - Pomona
December 5th 2017
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Group 8 Governors Visit
December 6th 2017
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Santa Clothes
December 7th 2017
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Club Assembly DG Visit - Lancaster West
December 11th 2017
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