A Message from the District Governor
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
I am happy to report that all of the official visits to 43 clubs in Rotary District 7390 have been completed.  To boot, some members of alternative meetings invited me to make presentations too.  All told, I have travelled over 2700 miles and distributed over 300 candy bars as part of my 45-presentation tour.   My sincere appreciation for all of the hospitality extended to me over the past 6 months.  Thank you for the warm meals; for the creative Rotary bling; and for the kindness and fellowship. 
 
I have absorbed and learned so much from my fellow Rotarians.  Some things have really stuck out in my mind…maybe these observations will be of interest to you too.
  1. We live in a beautiful region.  From the mountains of Perry County to the rich farmlands across EVERY county; from the quaint downtowns like Lebanon and Lititz to the bustling urban centers of Harrisburg, Lancaster and York; from the energetic college towns like Carlisle, Elizabethtown and Shippensburg to the historic landmarks of Gettysburg and Harrisburg; from the sweetest place on earth to the snack food capital of the country ~  I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring south central Pennsylvania.  If you haven’t taken advantage of the beautiful sights and scenes outside of your own town, perhaps Rotary can be your reason to do so!  Consider visiting a club or several clubs in the district and see what I’m talking about!  Some regional scenes and landscapes are below. 
  2. One size does not fit all.  There is no “correct” size for a Rotary Club.  I have learned that being a bigger club does NOT eliminate challenges and obstacles.  I’ve learned that being a smaller club doesn’t equate to being a “struggling” club.  In fact, I’ve been so impressed with clubs of 14-15 people who conduct service projects each and every month.  I’ve met with members of what might be considered smaller clubs at 25 or 30 people who raise more money than some clubs twice and three times their size.   When it comes to club size, it's having ENGAGED members that matters much more than a number.   I hope you’ll join me in looking past the size of the roster to really see a club’s value in terms of the quality of their members and the outcomes & impact of their service.
  3. Student success is our strongest common bond.  I’ve asked every club board to talk about what is most unique about their club and of what service projects & activities are they most proud.  Most board members, in all reaches of the district, responded in the same way: supporting local schools.  Our clubs are decidedly dedicated to working with the local school district through things like scholarships; Student, Teacher and Employee of the month; dictionary & book distribution; early reading programs, mentoring and more.  Many clubs actively participate in district & international initiatives such at Youth Exchange, the 4-Way Test Essay and Speech Contests; RYLA, Interact, Rotaract and even Early Act.  The Rotary Club of Hanover organizes a college fair for high school students every year.  The Rotary Club of Lancaster hosts a basketball extravaganza.  The Rotary Club of Harrisburg facilitates the Youth Community Development Team with three different high schools.  The Rotary Club of Palmyra supports swim programs in their local schools.  The list goes on and on.  The one thing that I can say, for certain, is that Rotarians in District 7390 are dedicated to student success in a myriad of ways and that our impact on the lives of those students might just be our greatest contribution to the world.  We should all be proud of our relationships with schools and students in our communities. 
  4. On Fundraising.  Clubs on every side of the district have similar fundraising efforts like wreath and Christmas tree sales; pancake breakfasts, golf events, chicken dinners and more.  Some of  the more unique fundraisers I learned about included community-wide events.  These have produced the greatest success.  If you’re looking for a fundraiser, do something that engages the community.  A few prime examples include the Craft Festival hosted by the Rotary Club of Lititz; A Taste of Western Lancaster County hosted by the Elizabethtown Rotary Club; ROTARY ROCKS community benefit concert hosted by the Rotary Club of New Holland; Dueling Pianos hosted by the Rotary Club of Uptown York; the Harrisburg Baking Championship hosted by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg; the Annual Beer & Wine Festival hosted by the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North.  There are many more great examples to help demonstrate the point ~ if you want to increase the success of your fundraiser, get the community involved.  Food, fun and drinks will help too!
 
Through all of the conversations and meetings and receiving input from club members and board members, I’ve been able to identify the one ingredient that is consistently at the center of success.  The success of membership drives; the success of service projects; and the success of fundraisers depends upon LEADERSHIP.  The LEADERSHIP might come from the Club President or it might come from a veteran member or even a brand new member, but when it’s present, it’s unmistakable.  LEADERSHIP is what inspires people to want to participate and to want to succeed.  LEADERSHIP is palpable.   It is magnetic. LEADERSHIP breeds leadership because the most effective leaders are empowering and developing leaders as they work.  If LEADERSHIP isn’t blossoming within your club, start looking in unexpected places.  ASK for volunteers and allow them the freedom to explore the expanse of their talents.  LEADERSHIP of tasks and assignments can lead to LEADERSHIP of initiatives which can result in LEADERSHIP of committees which can result in board LEADERSHIP and, ultimately, LEADERSHIP at club and district levels.  If you are interested in district level leadership, please let me know!  We have many roles and responsibilities available.
 
District 7390 is blessed with an abundance of leaders from one end of our footprint to the other and I have been deeply enriched to witness many of them in action.  While the first half of the Rotary year comes to an end and my tour of official visits has concluded, I hope you’ll invite me back for special occasions and celebrations!  It has truly been a pleasure to visit all of the clubs in the district.  My presentation slides are available by clicking here.  A photo album of each and every club visit is available by clicking here
 
Next on the DG agenda will be updating the district’s Strategic Plan; working on a club-crossing membership safety net; establishing a grant information exchange forum; preparing for the District Training Assembly, district wide Day of Service, and District Conference.  There is no shortage of work to be done, only shortage of time in the day!
 
Thank you all for your continued support.  Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all of you!
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Una Martone
2017/18 District Governor
 
 

The Rotary Four-Way Test

The Four-Way Test (of the things we think, say or do):
  1. Is it TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 

The Object of Rotary

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and , in particular, to encourage and foster: 
  • First - the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • Second - High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society; 
  • Third - The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business, and community life;
  • Fourth - The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. 
 
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