Abington Rotary Club in cooperation with the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters, welcomed a delegation from the Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the US Congress.

The Abington Rotary Club welcomed a delegation from the Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the US Congress, at its regular March 10 meeting at D’Ann’s Restaurant.  The delegation included five women from Russia and a bicultural facilitator and interpreter who were here to collaborate on best practices for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM), especially for women and girls.  

Club members were joined by Dr. Shari Fedorowicz, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Abington School District.  Ms. Fedorowicz spoke to the delegates about Abington’s implementation of the STEAM curriculum, incorporating Language Arts and Social Studies in the STEM structure, as well as the purposeful integration of the Arts, Music, CTE and Physical Education divisions of public education.  Abington initiated this program two years ago at the Abington Middle School for grades 5-8 and plans to expand the program to grades K-4.  

Founded by Congress in 1999, the Open World Leadership Center supports legislative diplomacy efforts for members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish communication and enduring relations that are maintained by a network of more than 29,000 Program alumni from post-Soviet era countries. 

Rotary clubs in the United States welcome these delegations of current and future leaders into their homes and have hosted more than 3,270 participants since the program’s inception.  This delegation was hosted by members of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters and their families, who brought the visitors to Bridgewater State University’s Center for the Advancement of Science and Education, in addition to various historical and cultural sites in the area.  

The Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters is celebrating its 50th anniversary of service to the communities of Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, as well as involvement in several Rotary International projects.  

The Abington Rotary Club was chartered in 1943 and has served the community  since that time through its various philanthropic and community service endeavors.

Local Rotary Clubs, like Abington and Bridgewater, often work together to support the service projects and charitable initiatives of one another.   

To learn more about the Open World program, please visit www.openworld.gov. To learn more about Rotary International or the Abington Rotary Club, visit www.rotary.org and www.abingtonrotaryclub.org, respectively.