By:  Brenda Pollack, President, RC of Biddeford-Saco 
The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Open World Program to host a delegation from Ukraine arriving in April 2023.  The delegation will be looking at how American communities deal with Renewable Energy/Energy Independence issues.
The Open World Program provides an opportunity to build fellowship and friendship to strengthen international understanding by hosting emerging Eurasian leaders from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine in your community.
Organizations from around the United States were 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 US. Biddeford-Saco answered that call and was selected to host the delegation from Ukraine.
The program focuses primarily on developing a network of leaders who have an understanding of how American communities deal with contemporary issues and who 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.
Our Club was selected to participate in this program. This is an incredible honor, especially with the issues facing Ukraine at this moment.  If you or your club is interested in hosting or otherwise participating in this opportunity, please reach out to Brenda Pollack.  The delegation plans to visit during the April 21-29, 2023 hosting week.