Three South Hills Rotary clubs welcomed Vince Costa, Rotary International District 7305 governor for 2021-22, to a special December meeting at the Crowne Plaza Suites Pittsburgh South in Bethel Park.
The Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair hosted the meeting, with members of the Upper St. Clair-Bethel Park (Breakfast) and Bethel Park clubs also in attendance. Dick Beck, a past district governor, introduced Costa, who belongs to the Rotary Club of Oakland.
Costa said Rotary International now has 35,000 clubs and 1.4 million members. District 7305, which stretches from the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania to Cambria County, has 81 Clubs and has increased its membership during the current year to 1,942 members, up from 1,905.
To support the increase in membership, Costa recommended clubs consider establishing satellite groups to attract more members, especially younger professionals, who are looking for more flexible schedules and venues.
Costa emphasized Rotary’s six areas of focus: peace and conflict prevention and resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.
District 7305 is supporting Basic Health International to help reduce the incidence of cervical cancer, with a fundraising goal of $30,000. So far, the district has committed $10,000, Costa said if every Rotarian in the district contributes $10, the goal will be met.
He emphasized the Rotary International theme for 2021-22, “Serve to Change Lives,” and presented theme pins to the presidents of the local clubs.
A 1975 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Costa started his career working for Dravo. In 1980, he returned to Pitt, earning his master’s in education and later a doctorate in instructional design and technology
Costa worked overseas in the field of educational development and met his wife, Sandra, while working on an educational project in Indonesia. He continued to work on educational development projects in Indonesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia until 2016.
He has served as president of the Rotary Club of Oakland and also of a club in Indonesia.