Posted by Bill Harkey on Dec 13, 2017
Carlisle’s two Rotary Clubs conducted their annual holiday dinner and auction on December 8th at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle. Thanks to very generous donations and sponsorships, it raised $17,099.  Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Cumberland County Historical Society’s "Pocket Park" adjacent to its building located at 21 North Pitt Street.

Funds raised by the event will support Rotary's themed project called “Rest and Refresh” in the park.  The “Rest” aspect is the purchase of four hardwood benches that will offer people a place to sit and relax at the park. The “Refresh” aspect will be Rotary-labeled bottles of water providing facts about water around the world. Signage in the park will direct visitors inside the Historical Society’s building for free water, compliments of the Rotary Clubs. Signage near the refrigerator will provide facts about Rotary’s clean water efforts internationally.  

Event Chairperson Cindy Gleim-Pool noted, “The auction success was a team effort between the members of both the Rotary Clubs. Carlisle-Sunrise Rotarians Larenda Twigg and Marv Salsman took the lead in soliciting numerous local and national businesses for donations.  Along with fellow Rotarians, they generated dozens of silent and live auction items. Carlisle Rotarian Bill Blankmeyer took the lead in soliciting sponsorships, generating almost $6,000.  It was a truly awesome effort! ”
According to Blankmeyer, "The original goal was to raise $8,500.  The bottom line is that our Rotarians and guests were amazingly generous once again. After we pay for the 4 benches, the design of a new logo for our Rotary water bottles and the signage inside the Historical Society that tells our Rotary story, we will have sufficient funds to sustain our Rotary water supply for years to come – VICTORY!!"
Gleim-Pool had particular praise for Comfort Suites.  "The Comfort Suites has the perfect combination of superb customer service and a kitchen that produces first class meals!   We appreciate all the extra work the staff did to make this a successful event.  From adding a separate wine area to helping with the growing Silent Auction table needs…anything we needed was taken care of quickly and with total professionalism."   
The new "pocket park" includes benches, trees, a walking path and “landmark lines” pointing in the direction of historical attractions throughout the county. "It is designed to both enhance the historical society’s visibility and create an outdoor location for people to rest in the downtown. It also will be a setting for outdoor lectures, concerts and history programs," according to Jason Illari, Executive Director of the Historical Society.
During the event, both clubs presented awards to outstanding members for service to their individual clubs and to the community.  Carlisle-Sunrise presented its Buzz Coho Distinguished Service Citation, in honor of the late Buzz Coho who was instrumental in the formation of the club over 14 years ago, to Marv Salsman.  Carlisle Rotary presented its Rotary 4-Way Test Award to Bill Blankmeyer.

Marv Salsman, recipient of the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise's Buzz Coho Distinguished Service Citation, smiles with Club President Rena Geesaman at the joint Christmas party put on by the Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise.


Rotary Club of Carlisle's Rotary 4-Way Test Award recipient Bill Blankmeyer with wife Barbara (center) and Rotary Club of Carlisle President Kathleen Stoup at the joint Christmas party put on by the Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise.

PDG Kevin ("Fuzzy") Cogan and Rotary Exchange Student Gustavo Benedetti (Brazil) share a moment at the recent joint Christmas party put on by the Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise.
Both Carlisle Rotary Clubs want to thank the many local, regional and national businesses, merchants and individuals who donated to make this effort such a success, and invite community members to join one of the two Rotary clubs. The Carlisle-Sunrise Rotary Club meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 am in the Market Cross Pub. The Carlisle Rotary Club conducts a lunch meeting at noon on Thursdays at the Comfort Suites. Additional information about the two clubs can be found at and
Rotary Holiday Auction Raises Over $17,000 for Pocket Park Bill Harkey 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Smith on Dec 13, 2017
The Zones’ 24 – 32 Foundation Teams are pleased to offer the 2018 webinars listed below. These webinars are aimed at educating Club and District Leaders and Rotarians to enable them to use the Rotary Foundation to improve club experiences and grow their engagement with the Rotary Foundation in order to enable them to “Do Good in the World”. 
Note: Only the January Webinar for Club Foundation Chairs has a set date, stay tuned for dates for the other webinars. 
Save the Date
January 25     7:00 PM EST              
 Rotary Foundation for Club Foundation Chairs and Club Officers
 Moderator:  Eva Vida, RRFC Zone 24W           
To Be Scheduled... Stay Tuned for Date Announcements
March   2018               
Rotary Foundation Grants – District Stewardship – Passing Audit
 (For Grant Chairs/DRFCs/District Leadership)
Moderator: Ron Smith, RRFC Zone 32
April 2018                   
District Grant Policies and Procedures – Sharing Practices 
(for DRFC's/Grant Chairs/District Leadership)
 Moderators:  Eva Vida RRFC Zone 24W & Russ deFuria RRFC Zone 32
May 2018                    
Developing & Managing Rotary Foundation Global Grants 
(for Club Foundation Chairs/ GG's/District Grant Chairs/ Rotarians)
 Moderator:  Ron Smith RRFC Zone 32
 June   2018
Strategic Planning and Managing District Designated Funds 
(for DGE/DGN/DRFC/Grants Chairs)
Moderators: Karen Oakes RRFC Z-24E & Ron Smith RRFC Z-32 
Rotary Foundation Coordinator Teams Announce 2018 Webinars Ron Smith 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Pints for Polio Results Una Martone 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Dec 07, 2017
Mike Hanson was recognized for his Paul Harris Fellowship Plus 3 and David Laughman was recognized for his Paul Harris Fellowship Plus 6 on Monday, Nov. 27. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. For each additional contribution of $1,000, a Plus 1 is added to the recognition. Hanson and Laughman are pictured with Club President Deb Geesey and Area Foundation Chair Scott Wehler.
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg volunteered at the United Way of Adams County Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2. Rotarians served food and bussed tables for more than 900 guests. Pictured with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer are, from left: Bill Braun, Diane Hiller, Bob Gough, Alex Hayes, and Scott Wehler. Missing from photo are: PDG Al Crosby, PDG John Kramb and Andrew Berdahl.
Gettysburg Presents PHF Awards & Volunteers with United Way Alex Hayes 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Carlisle-Sunrise Celebrates 14th Birthday Chuck Allen 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2017
The Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise will host their annual holiday dinner and fundraising event Dec. 8 at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Cumberland County Historical Society’s pocket park adjacent to its building at 21 N. Pitt St. The new park includes benches, trees, a walking path and “landmark lines” pointing in the direction of historical attractions throughout the county.
“It is designed to both enhance the Historical Society’s visibility and create an outdoor location for people to rest in the downtown. It also will be a setting for outdoor lectures, concerts and history programs,” said Jason Illari, executive director of the Cumberland County Historical Society.
Funds raised at the Rotary auction will support their themed project called “Rest and Refresh.” The “rest” aspect of the project is the purchase of four hardwood benches that will provide a place to sit and relax. The “refresh” aspect will be Rotary labeled bottles of water providing facts about water around the world.
Signs in the park will direct visitors inside the Historical Society’s building for free water compliments of the Rotary Clubs. Signs near the refrigerator will provide facts about Rotary’s clean water focus internationally.
“Carlisle’s two Rotary clubs have each been engaged in separate international projects for years, bringing clean water to those in need,” said Rena Geesaman, president of the Carlisle Sunrise Club. “Amazingly, over the past 15 years the clubs have raised over $270,000 to support international water projects in both Africa and Central America. Now we are teaming up to provide a local solution right here at home, to encourage proper hydration and create a restful atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink of pure water.”
“The ‘Rest and Refresh’ project allows us to share our story regarding one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, which is providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene,” said Kathleen Stoup, president of the Carlisle Rotary Club. “Rotary International has set a goal to provide everyone with safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030. Much work still needs to be done and the ‘Rest and Refresh’ brochures provided through this project will inform the community of the ongoing efforts of Carlisle Rotarians to achieve this goal.”
“Rotarians Larenda Twigg and Marv Salsman have taken the lead in soliciting support from the community,” said Bill Blankmeyer, the fundraising chair for the auction. Tax-deductible donations can be made to Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation.
Checks to support the project should be made out to Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation and mailed to Carlisle Rotary Club, P.O. Box 301, Carlisle, Pa. 17013. Questions regarding the auction should be directed to Bill Blankmeyer at (717) 590-7229.
Carlisle Clubs Hosting Christmas Party Fundraiser 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2017
In March 1968, a handful of students met at a small university in Charlotte, North Carolina, to charter the first Rotaract club in the world. Today there are 10,563 clubs with 242,949 members in 177 nations. This simple idea has impacted our world and is truly a Rotary success.
RI President Ian Riseley is making the celebration of Rotaract’s 50th Anniversary a significant focus, and we are helping him by building a monument to celebrate, at the birthplace of Rotaract. UNC Charlotte has now grown into a Doctoral/Research Intensive Institution, with a diverse student population from around the world totaling over 29,000. The 35-foot diameter, three-dimensional Rotary Wheel monument will be the focal point of a central plaza…impacting students and faculty daily. Informational signage tells the worldwide Rotaract story. Click here to see depictions of the completed monument. 
As a significant Rotary Club who has impacted your local and world community, we want you to be a part of this permanent celebration, by helping fund as follows:
  • Hub Center/Fountain (1) - $15,000
  • Spokes (6) - $5,000
  • Garden areas between the spokes (6) - $5,000
  • Cogs (24) - $2,500
  • Contributions of any amounts are greatly appreciated.
Incoming RI President Barry Rassin and other Rotary dignitaries will help celebrate the Dedication Ceremony, along with Rotaractors from around the world, who will be attending the Rotaract Turns 50 Conference June 1-3, 2018. In fact, we expect The Rotarian magazine will cover the Dedication Ceremony, and RI President Ian Riseley may be highlighting The Rotaract Monument at the International Convention in Toronto a few weeks later.
Send contributions to: Rotary District 7680, ATTN: The Rotaract Monument, P.O. Box 79132, Charlotte, NC 28271
We appreciate your support,
Bill Whittaker, Attorney at Law
The Rotaract Monument Fundraising Chair
(704) 844-1400
Rotaract 50th Anniversary 2017-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hector Ortiz on Nov 22, 2017

Now about what is Rotary exactly? What happens at a Rotary meeting? How do I become a member? These questions and more will be answered at our guest night! Come find out about Harrisburg’s vibrant and youthful Rotary Club in a fun, professional mixer-type event. Free appetizers and entertainment will be provided. Please share in your network!

January 30, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian Brewing Company

50 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA (2nd floor)

RSVP s [email protected]

You're Invited - Harrisburg-Keystone 11th Annual Guest Night Hector Ortiz 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Nov 22, 2017

YE Students Visit DC

The 2017-18 Inbound Youth Exchange students from D7390 and D7620 spent the weekend touring Washington DC on November 18 & 19. The students visited the Capitol, American Indian museum, National Gallery of Art, Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian, Natural History Museum, American History Museum, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial. It was a very busy weekend, but the students all had a wonderful and memorable trip. Thank you to the all the volunteers that helped make it a successful weekend. 
Youth Exchange Students Visit DC Melissa Bruck 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Paul on Nov 22, 2017
On Saturday,November 18, Hershey Rotary Club members and volunteers joined with other community members to remove the Americans flags and poles from the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery for the winter.
Hershey Donates time to Indiantown Gap Diane Paul 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alaine Kiesling on Nov 22, 2017
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September, and residents are still reeling from its severity. The damage to Puerto Rico’s infrastructure and private property is being estimated at close to $90 billion. Weeks later, more than half the island still has no electricity. In response to this catastrophe, Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club is holding a pancake breakfast to raise money for hurricane relief, and 100 percent of the profits will go to Puerto Rico.
Join us on Saturday, 2 Dec, between 8:30 and 11, at the Grace and Mercy Church in Middletown for pancakes, sausage, baked apples, orange juice, coffee and more, plus the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of auction items. None of us can solve the entire problem, but we can help a little, one ticket or donation at a time. Adults. $10; under 12, $5. You can buy tickets from any member of Keystone or mail your check made out to Harrisburg Keystone Rotary to Alaine Keisling, 301 N. Progress Ave., Apt B-7, Harrisburg, PA 17109, and pick your tickets up at the door. Are you interested in helping us flip pancakes? Email Marci Mowery at [email protected].
Pancakes for Puerto Rico Alaine Kiesling 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Saline on Nov 22, 2017
On Saturday, October 21, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg hosted its annual Pancake Breakfast and Apple Harvest Festival.  This is the club’s largest fundraiser.  The event is typically coordinated with the Harrisburg School District’s Homecoming. 

After nearly a full year of planning, enlisting sponsors and donors, more than 50 HRC Rotarians and some family members served more than 800 hungry guests.  Funds come from sponsor advertising, member ticket purchases and an auction of member donated items conducted around this event.
Yearly $15,000 of the proceeds go to a Homeless Backpack program at the District and $8,000 goes to student scholarships.  Other portions of the proceeds goes to the Harrisburg Rotary Club Foundation for other community projects.
Harrisburg Pancake Breakfast a HUGE Success Bob Saline 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alaine Kiesling on Nov 22, 2017
Greater Harrisburg Rotaract, a service club for young professionals 18-30, will be playing trivia at Appalachian Brewing Co., 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg on alternate Tuesdays. Rotarians and other Rotaractors are welcome to participate. It's a fun, low-key way for young professionals to learn about Rotaract and Rotary. Upcoming dates: Nov. 28, Dec. 12 and Dec. 26 at 7 pm. GHR is a joint project of Harrisburg Keystone and Mechanicsburg Rotary clubs. Duke Adams, a member of Keystone and one of District 7390's representatives to Taiwan last spring is the group's adviser.
Join the Greater Harrisburg Rotaract for Trivia Night Alaine Kiesling 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Nov 22, 2017
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone hosted on 14 November at the Appalachian Brewing Company Harrisburg location perhaps the most successful RMB event of 2017 with 66 Rotarians and guests from 15 district clubs registering and at least 50 of them attending the event.  This result stems in large part to the promotional and organizational Leadership in Service of Addeline Alaniz Edwards (club president) and  Joe McNally, Scott Stevens, and Alaine Keisling (Director/Assistant Directors of the RMB Governing Board for the Northern Tier).
Alaine Kiesling took the lead selling hosting to her club and providing great promotion through the Central Penn Business Journal as well as setting up an innovative and free registration process through Google.  Special Kudos go to event sponsors Appalachian Brewing Company and the Central Penn Business Journal who made possible a free networking event with a cash bar.  Rotarians made great connections at the networking event and enjoyed the fun and fellowship of Rotary Means Business District 7390.  
RMB thanks the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone and all attendees for making this such a wonderful networking event.  Event photos are posted to the "Rotary Means Business District 7390" Facebook Page.  LIKE us on Facebook if you have not already done so.  
Rotary Means Business Alden Cunningham 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Burson on Nov 16, 2017

Supporting Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels

The Mechanicsburg Rotary Club as part of its ongoing support, presented a new Hobart Automatic Meat Slicer to the Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels (MAMOW) at its kitchen on November 8th. Funding for the $5,400 slicer was provided by the club's project fund plus a $2,500 grant it had applied for from the Rotary Foundation via its local Rotary District 7390. 
The old meat slicer was about 17 years old and was in need of major maintenance or replacement. Replacement was preferable due to design changes which improve operational efficiency (automation) and provide for easier cleaning. MOW prepares and delivers over 36,000 meals annually to the home bound who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. MAMOW's meals are home-cooked, 1 hot meal and 1 cold. They have 1 paid executive director who oversees the meal preparation with over 200 volunteers, cooking, packing, and delivering. The service area includes 2 Boroughs and 6 Townships. There are over 120 clients currently and there is a need to serve more as the populations in the service areas continue to grow. MAMOW does not accept any state or federal funds.
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg has supported MAMOW for many years through funds contribution and purchase of items/equipment. Members have also served a food deliverers. The Rotary Club also presented a $400 check to MAMOW on Nov. 8th. The funds were raised during the recent completed Rotary Ox Roast where meal tickets could be designated to benefit MAMOW.

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(L to R): Amy Bockis, President of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg; and Karen Stine, Executive Director of Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels.

(L to R): Ed Thorn, kitchen worker; Amy Bockis, President of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg; and Karen Stine, Executive Director of Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels.

Mechanicsburg Club Supports Meals on Wheels Tom Burson 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

Club Places Flags in Honor of Veteran's Day

Carlisle Sunrise Rotarian took advantage of the end of Daylight Saving Time for the early Saturday morning emplacement of  American Flags along the roads to the Carlisle town square for Veterans Day.  Our club partners with the  Carlisle Exchange Club to ensure Old Glory is proudly displayed for U.S. federal holidays.
Carlisle-Sunrise Places Flags Chuck Allen 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Nov 16, 2017
The final Shout Out is for all of the Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in District 7390 who have made this November, Foundation Month, so fantastic by participating in the Foundation/Grants Training on November 4 and The Foundation Dinner on November 15.  Thank you for your participation and CONGRATULATIONS to all of the award recipients, some of whom are pictured below.
At the 2015 Rotary Foundation Dinner, PDG Kevin Cogan instituted a new award called Global Grant Service Streamers. Just like the military services launch campaigns on the battlefield, so too Rotary International has launched campaigns for which global grants are made available and applied in six areas of focus. The military services are awarded varying color streamers for successful campaigns. District 7390 is proud to award streamers to Rotary clubs which successfully apply their time, talent, and resources in support of the areas of focus. The following Clubs received streamers for participation in Grants in 2016-17:  York (India) Water & Sanitation, Lancaster (Uganda) Medical, Hanover (Philippines) Medical, York-East (Uganda) Medical.  
Top 3 Clubs for the Highest annual fund giving during the 2016-17 Rotary year:
  1. York
  2. Lancaster
  3. Hanover
Top 3 Clubs for the highest total Foundation Giving during the 2016-17 Rotary year:
  1. York
  2. Harrisburg
  3. Lancaster
Clubs with the highest annual fund per capita giving in the 2016-17 Rotary year:
  1. Red Lion/Dallastown Area
  2. Mechanicsburg-North
  3. Hanover
Only 4,136 Clubs worldwide became 100% Foundation Giving Clubs in 2016-17. To qualify every dues-paying member of the Club must contribute at least $25 to The Rotary Foundation. The club must also achieve an average giving of $100 to any Rotary Foundation gift designation. Awardees are: Carlisle-Sunrise, Eastern York County, Harrisburg-Keystone, Mechanicsburg, Northern Lebanon County, Palmyra, Southern York County, West Shore, West York, York-North
Only 5,034 Clubs worldwide attained status as an Every Rotarian Every Year Club during the 2016-17 Rotary year. 100 percent of all active members must personally contribute $100 or more to the Annual Fund, during the year. We are proud in District 7390 to award 8 Clubs receive this honor! Awardees are: Carlisle-Sunrise, Eastern York County, Harrisburg-Keystone, Northern Lebanon County, Palmyra, West Shore, West York and York-North
The following Clubs are receiving a certificate of appreciation for their financial support to the End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign during the 2016-17 Rotary year: Carlisle, Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster-Sunrise, Lititz, Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg-North, Shippensburg, Southern York County, York
Shout Out for 2016-2017 Rotary Foundation Giving Awards Una Martone 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Nov 16, 2017
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Shippensburg on receiving the Rotary International Presidential Citation for attaining goals in specific activities such as entering goals in Rotary Club Central, showing a gain in membership, inducting new members under the age of 40, achieving certain levels of giving to The Rotary Foundation and MORE during the 2016/17 year.  The Rotary Club of Shippensburg was the ONE and ONLY club in District 7390 to earn this distinction and was presented with an award during the November 15 Foundation Dinner.  I know you all worked hard for this recognition and it is very well deserved.  Congratulations.
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg for their unique fundraising effort ~ auctioning off Past Club President Betty Hungerford’s famous lemon cake.  These two cakes raised a quick $600.  Coupled with auctioning a house party, an art class from the Art Association of Harrisburg, tickets to Elegant Progressions dinner from the Historic Harrisburg Association, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg raised a couple thousand dollars to supplement their scholarship awards.
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg for their support of the Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels.  Pictured here is President Amy Bockis with Karen Stine, Executive Director Meals on Wheels.  The Rotary Club provided a brand new meat slicer (with help from a District Grant)  valued at $5,400.  In addition the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg provided a $400 check to help support the work of the non profit organization.  Not bad for a 28 member club!
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone for hosting a dynamic Rotary Means Business event which garnered the participation of nearly 50 attendees, many of whom are NOT current Rotarians and are NOW interested in joining.  The Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone was able to secure a sponsor for the event, Appalachian Brewing Company, as well as a media sponsor, the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal.  Well done and for any of you Facebookers and LinkedIn users out there, don’t forget to give the Rotary Means Business 7390 pages a like!
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Colonial Park… they welcomed me with the Jazz Ensemble from Central Dauphin East High School.  That was a first!  Sorry the picture is fuzzy, but what an uplifting afternoon!  Thank you.
Shout Out to Rotarian Bob McClenathan of the Rotary Club of Lancaster for receiving the Citation for Meritorious Service from The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation in honor of Bob’s unyielding efforts in participating in over 20 grant missions; supporting others in writing grants; facilitating foundation training, and much more. 
Shout Outs from the DG Una Martone 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheldon Munn on Nov 16, 2017
Dictionary presentations filled the week of November. 6-9 for the Rotary Club of the West Shore.  At Hillside Elementary School, New Cumberland, on November 9, Rotarians Sheldon Munn, Dave Witmer, Graeme Goodsir, and David Hiebert were joined by the Munn and Witmer spouses. Many combinations of supporters appear like magic at the various schools. But a last minute change in schedule reduced the crowd of witnesses to one--Bernie Dugan and George Connolly at the first presentation of the week--9 AM Monday morning at Newberry Elementary.  1,200 third grade students in the West Shore District got their own dictionaries through this literacy program. Photo courtesy of Rotarian David Hiebert (right).
West Shore Presents Dictionaries Sheldon Munn 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Hauck on Nov 16, 2017

Scholarships For International Study from Area Rotary Clubs

Applications for the 2018-19 Rotary Foundation Global Scholarships are now available from Rotary Clubs in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York Counties and from the Rotary District 7390 District office headquartered in York.
Rotary Global Scholars must study abroad in one of the six Areas of Focus of The Rotary Foundation:
              1. Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
              2. Disease Prevention and Treatment
              3. Water and Sanitation
              4. Maternal and Child Health
              5. Basic Education and Literacy
              6. Economic and Community Development
The scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad in more than 200 countries and geographic areas where Rotary Clubs are located.   The Rotary District 7390  Scholarship Committee will award one scholarships for 2018-19. 
Rotary Global Scholarships are generally for one academic year abroad and provide funding for round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board, some educational supplies, and language training (if necessary), up to a maximum award of $30,000 or its equivalent. Click here for more information
The Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship program is the world’s largest privately sponsored international scholarship program.  Focused on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy, and academic excellence, the program has sponsored more than 40,000 Rotary Scholars abroad since it began in 1947.
For more information contact the Rotary District 7390 Office:  E-mail: [email protected]telephone: (717) 854-7842, Fax: (717) 854-6938 or mail: 515 South George Street, York, PA 17401-2723.    Interested individuals may also consult the Rotary web site at,
Applications must be submitted through a local Rotary club in the area of the applicant’s legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment.  Rotary clubs must then submit the endorsed application to the District Chair by January 13, 2018.  Interviews will be held on February 17, 2018 in York, PA. 
Global Grant Ambassadorial Scholarships Available! Ed Hauck 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rose Walmer on Nov 09, 2017
Hosted by the Myerstown – ELCO Rotary Club
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Gather 6:00 PM ~ Dinner 6:30 PM  
Creekside @ The Wenger Family Homestead
251 S. Race St., Myerstown, PA
$40 per person ~ Cash Bar
Music by Bryan Stevenson
Reservations MUST be made by Friday, December 1.
Please call Rose Walmer to RSVP (717) 866-8403
Lebanon County Rotary Christmas Party Rose Walmer 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Elliot on Nov 09, 2017
In partnership with Franklin & Marshall College, Rotary Club of Lancaster is excited to hold the 2017 Charitable Basketball Extravaganza for the 37th consecutive year. The men’s William Marshall Tip Off Tournament, features F&M, Lancaster Bible College, Alvernia University and Bethany College. The women’s Terry Greene Classic features F&M, Elizabethtown College, Stevens Institute of Technology and Immaculata University.
The event primarily benefits the Rotary Club of Lancaster/United Way Summer Youth Experience Program which keeps city youth engaged and productive during the summer thereby reducing school dropouts and improving children’s lives.
William Marshall Men's Tip Off Tournament 
Friday, November 17th
5:30 p.m. Lancaster Bible vs. Alvernia
7:30 p.m. F&M vs. Bethany
Saturday, November 18th
5:30 p.m. Third place game
7:30 p.m. Championship game
Terry Greene Women's Memorial Tournament 
Saturday, November 18th
1 p.m. Elizabethtown vs. Stevens
3 p.m. F&M vs. Immaculata
Sunday, November 19th
1 p.m. Third place game
3 p.m. Championship game
You can help our club greatly by liking us on Facebook at
Lancaster's Basketball Extravaganza - November 17 to 19 Eric Elliot 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jairee Counterman on Nov 09, 2017

The Rotary Club of Perry County Raised $1,586.25 to Support the Eradication of Polio With the First Annual ”Pints for Polio” Fund Raiser

The Rotary Club of Perry County is pleased to announce that its first Annual “Pints for Polio” fund raiser raised $1,586.25 for Rotary International’s Polio Plus fund.  The October 24 event was held at River Bend Hop Farm and Brewery, Newport, and was also supported by Artisan Pizza (River Bend and Artisan each donated a percentage of the evening’s sales) as well as the 65 adult attendees who also paid a $5 cover and other supporters who made donations.
“Pints for Polio” was a regional event, with the following Rotary Clubs participating: Carlisle, Carlisle Sunrise, Elizabethtown, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg North, Millersburg, Northern Lebanon, Perry County, York
Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed in 1988, a public-private partnership with Rotary, the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world.  Today, there are only three countries in the world where polio still exists: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.  In 2016, there were only 37 cases of polio confirmed worldwide, which is a reduction of 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when there were about 1,000 cases each day.
Polio is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis within hours.  It can strike at any age but mostly affects children age 5 and younger.  It is incurable, but it is 100-percent preventable by vaccine.
The Rotary Club of Perry County, a social service organization whose motto is “Service Above Self,” meets each Tuesday at 11:45 at the Newport American Legion Post #177.  In addition to eradicating polio, the Rotary Club of Perry County works to improve literacy, provide clean water, and develop character and leadership in young people.  The Rotary Club of Perry County’s next fund raiser – “Beat the Rush” – will take place on Friday, December 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Landis House, 67 North 4th Street, Newport.  Modeled on the Perry County Fair’s Annual Chili Cookoff, “Beat the Rush” features Rotarians presenting their best holiday appetizers, desserts, and cocktails, which can be sampled and voted on for a quarter per taste or vote.  The $20 ticket also includes: beer, wine, soft drinks, door prizes, silent auction items, a 50-50 raffle, and a live auction.  Attendance is limited to 70 guests, age 21 and above, and tickets must be secured in advance.
For more information about “Pints for Polio,” Beat the Rush, or the Rotary Club of Perry County, PA, please call club president Jairee Counterman at 717.839.1434, email her at [email protected], or contact any club member. 
Perry County Pints for Polio Jairee Counterman 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Nov 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg and Rotaract Club of Gettysburg College teamed up on Nov. 8 to pack meals for Ruth’s Harvest, which provides food to students from low-income homes so they do not go hungry on the weekend. The club has donated thousands of dollars to the organization in the past two years, including $259 in October.
Gettysburg teams up with Gettysburg College Rotaract Alex Hayes 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tonya Martin on Nov 02, 2017
You're Invited!!
Rotarian Community Connections!
Please join us for an afternoon of entertainment and an opportunity to dine together while connecting with other local Rotarians. Share the joy and laughter of the popular holiday musical Our Christmas Dinner A heaping scoop of humor, a slice of family memories and some unexpected surprises serve up the most wonderful meal of the year. After the show, you’ll get a chance to meet fellow Rotarians before sitting down together for a taste of fresh, delicious dishes from our Dinner Smorgasbord. 
When: Tuesday, November 28 (Doors open at 3:30 p.m., State show at 4:00 p.m., Networking at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
When: Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & State (2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA)
Cost: $50 per person. A portion of the proceeds benefits Paradise Rotary
Experience Rotarian fellowship and Smucker family hospitality! Please RSVP NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21. To make reservations, please call group sales at 717-768-1110 and mention code RCC. 
Paradise Club Fundraiser Tonya Martin 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2017
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg honored their Student and Teacher of the Quarter. Each student and teacher receives  a certificate and $25 gift card.  
We honor students and teachers from Harrisburg High, SciTech and Steelton-Highspire High Schools.
Harrisburg Student and Teacher of the Quarter 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on Nov 02, 2017
With Veterans Day approaching, the Rotary Club of Hanover presented Armed Forces Rotary pins to their military veterans on Tuesday.  Hanover’s Veterans served in all branches of the service to include the Coast Guard.  Art Stabler (pictured at far right) is the oldest veteran and served in WWII.  Hanover’s veterans served their nation with honor and now serve Rotary with that same honor.
Hanover Club Recognizes Veterans Ralph Jodice 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2017
In September 2017, the District 7390 Rotary Grants committee approved funding for the Rotary Club of Hershey’s application to feed more students at our schools in Haiti! As the number of children at our schools continues to grow, we aim to be able to feed each student daily since these meals may be their only substantive nutrition each day. This grant will provide for the preparation of 10,000 meals to 60 students for the current school year. We are so grateful to the District 7390 Rotary and the Rotary Club of Hershey for their support and look forward to working with them to help empower more Haitians to excel in education!
Rotary Club Feeds Children in Haiti 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Hector Ortiz on Nov 02, 2017
The ability to serve more, reach farther and complete projects quicker happens when we increase Rotary membership. Who is responsible for growing membership? The RI President? Rotary Directors? District Governors? Membership Chairs? Club Presidents? Or, EVERY Rotarian? Opinions may vary, but one thing is true; membership is a responsibility of ALL of us. Whether you agree or disagree, the truth remains that membership growth cannot happen by simply attracting new members. We know that all Rotary Clubs are different. Therefore, each Club must implement a strategy specific to them. More importantly, as vital as it is to attract new members, we must also keep current members engaged and involved to retain their membership.
At the Zones 24 and 32 Rotary Institute, General Secretary John Hewko shared that Rotary attracted and inducted 150,000 new members in 2016. Unfortunately, we lost almost the same number of members the same year. In some countries, membership is declining while in others it is increasing.  Therefore, Rotary has had the same membership for the last 15 to 20 years. The majority of declining membership has happened in the US. Due to this trend, the Rotary Board of Directors made a tough decision to redistribute the Zones and increase the Zones to areas where Rotary is growing (particularly in the Asian continent).  There are 34 zones in Rotary International and 17 Directors that serve on the RI Board. The US will lose two zones and the ability to nominate one director to the Board of Rotary International. The issue is not the number of directors or the need of balancing a budget. The issue at hand is why is the US consistently decreasing membership, while other areas like India or Japan are consistently growing?
Common sense says we need to do three basics things to change the membership trend in the US:
  1. Attract more Rotarians and have less attrition. Charter new clubs that meet the needs of our customers (Rotary club members), while still keeping our mission, values and principles.
  2. Engage, involve and welcome new Rotarians to avoid them leaving. Many new members leave Rotary during the first two years of their membership. Each Club needs to assess if they are really welcoming. Does the culture of the club allow creativity and innovation? Is our club attractive and relevant? Does the culture of our club welcome all persons of good character?  
  3. Utilize, as needed, the opportunities for meeting flexibility that the Council on Legislation adopted in 2016. Planning is fundamental and the adaptability to change is essential. Clubs need to begin in an honest discussion related to membership. Keep in mind who the final beneficiaries of your Rotary membership are. It is not just the Club, District, Zone or Rotary International, but the people we serve, the friends that we make and the communities that we support.
We are all equally responsible for growing Rotary membership. Take the lead and create a membership strategic plan for your Club. Think about “Service above Self”, both locally and globally. If not today, when? If not here, where? If not you, who?
The decision is yours! Looking forward to working with you until the end of this Rotary year and remember that your leadership responsibilities as Club President or District officer goes until June 30th. We can be the change in the current momentum! Let’s grow our membership in our clubs, in District 7390 and in the US. Check out the Rotary Membership Resource Guide! (click here)
Why Rotary Membership Matters PDG Hector Ortiz 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0