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John G. Anthony II Selected as District 7390 Governor 2020-2021
I am pleased to report your District Governor Nominating Committee has met and recommended John G. Anthony II, Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North, to serve as your District Governor for the 2020-2021 Rotary year. 
 
John has been a member of the Mechanicsburg-North Rotary Club since 2007. He is serving as the 2017-18 Club president, served on the fundraising committee, volunteers with Junior Achievement and is a Paul Harris Society member.
            John is the branch manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage Company in Mechanicsburg. He was honored with the Pennsylvania Mortgage Broker of the year award from the Pennsylvania Association of Mortgage Brokers (PAMB) and served as president of the organization.
            John also served as president of the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, developed and taught an educational program for the State Bank Mortgage Examiners, was president of the Main Street Mechanicsburg organization, held a Mechanicsburg school board seat from 2011-2015 and is currently serving on the Mechanicsburg Borough Council.
 
In accordance with the guidelines established in article 14 of Rotary International Bylaws, you are hereby advised of this recommendation. Any Club may submit a challenging candidate for consideration provided this club has previously suggested such candidate to the nominating committee. The challenging candidates must be submitted no later than January 26, 2018 in conformity with article 14.020.8 in the Rotary International ByLaws.  In the absence of such action or any other objections, John G. Anthony II will be designated as District Governor Nominee for 2020-21.
 
Many thanks to PDG Janice Black and the members of the District Governor Nominating Committee for their diligent and timely actions.
Shout Outs from the District Governor
Shout Out to Rotary International President Elect Barry Rassin on announcing the new theme for 2018/19… Be The Inspiration!
 
Shout Out to District Governor Elect John May who is spending this week at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego with incoming DGs representing all 534 Rotary Districts worldwide.  Hope you’re enjoying every minute and setting your plans for a GREAT year to “Be The Inspiration.”
 
Shout Out to all of the current Club Presidents… you’ve turned the corner and are now approaching the home stretch!  How can you make the most of these next few months to meet your goals and continue to make a difference?  How can District 7390 help?
Tri-Annual District Youth Exchange Program Meeting
The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people — regardless of nationality — desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for our children and ourselves. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
 
Would you like to learn more about the Rotary Youth Exchange program? Please join us Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the PA United Church Center (900 S. Arlington Ave, Harrisburg) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
 
Please click here to register by January 23! 
Mechanicsburg-North to host Rotary Means Business - February 21
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North will host the second RMB event of the 2018 season on Wednesday, February 21 at Hot Frog Print Media, 118 W Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA.  The event is free and includes wine/beer/water and soft drinks along with some very tasty hors d'oeuvres thanks to the following sponsors: Eastern PCM; Fairway Mortgage; Hot Frog Print Media LLC; McKonly and Asbury CPAs; Reilly Insurance LLC; and S&T Bank.  The event will start at 5:30 and end at 7:30.  Click here to RSVP NOW!  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB. Bring potential Rotarian guests! 
Four-Way Test Essay Contest Deadline - March 2
The Four-Way Test Essay contest in District 7390 was initiated in 2006-07 by the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North in the 9th grade at Cumberland Valley High School. The winner of their 2007-08 contest presented her essay at the District Conference and was well received. The 2008-09 District Governor challenged other Clubs to have contests in their local schools and agreed that if multiple Clubs did have contests, he would have their winners vie for District honors and prizes. The Clubs responded and three prizes were awarded in 2009 and 2010 with the first place winners presenting their essays at the District Conference.
 
Approximately 20 Clubs in the District participate in the Essay contest, but why not every Club? Then every 9th grader in our District would know something about Rotary and our 4-Way Test. Think of the positive effect this would have on their lives, Interact Clubs, the public image of Rotary, and the future of Rotary. If your Club has not already indicated interest in the Essay contest for 2017-2018 please contact District Chair, Steve Grubb at s[email protected].
 
The deadline to submit your club's winning essay to the District is March 2, 2018. You can find more information about the essay contest by clicking here
District 7390 Day of Service
A DAY OF SERVICE is an opportunity for clubs all over District 7390 to come together and engage in that practice which is at the core of our common identity – that of service. We have set Saturday April 21 as our date for this year and we are proposing that each club identify a service project that they would like to undertake that day and then to carry out that project either within their own club or in cooperation with other clubs around them. Click here for more information. 
2018 District Conference
If you were a super hero, what would your super powers be?  As Rotarians, we have MANY super powers!  We are The Eradicators, eradicating polio from the face of the planet.  We are the Fearless Super Readers, bringing literacy to youth everywhere.  We are H20 Masters, bringing water to the farthest reaches of the world.  We are Professor Peace, advocating for local, national, and global solutions.  The Rotary District 7390 Conference will celebrate many super heroes of our past, present, and future. 
 
Meet Super Rotarian, Evan Burrell, who is making a difference by leaps and bounds!  Meet local Rotarians whose efforts seem to go beyond the boundaries of mere mortal accomplishments. 
 
It's a jet.  It's a plane.  No, it's ROTARY!  Super powers will activate on Friday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m.!
 
Council on Resolutions Update
I am pleased to provide you with the Report of Action related to the 2017 Council on Resolutions (COR). Click here to view the Resolutions that were adopted by the Council on Resolutions. 38 resolutions were transmitted to the Council. The Council adopted 17 (15 recommendations will go to the RI Board and 2 to The Rotary Foundation (TRF for their consideration).
 
Please note that the deadline for submitting resolutions to the 2018 COR is 30 June 2018. A link to the submission form, plus helpful resources, can be found on the Councils page of My Rotary.

For any District 7390 resolutions for 2018, I encourage you to submit any proposed resolution at least 30 days before the District Conference so it can be considered and endorsed accordingly by the District. Click here for directions on how to submit resolutions.
Gettysburg hosted a successful RMB Event
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg hosted a super successful RMB networking event on January 16 at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel with 30 RSVPs from seven district clubs (Carlisle, Colonial Park, Gettysburg, Hanover, Red Lion/Dallastown Area, York, and West Shore).  Despite the bad weather some 24 Rotarians and guests attended the event.  A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Gettysburg and the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel for setting up such a wonderful event where many great business and project connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed.  Well done all! 
How the Lititz Rotary Craft show saved a life
During the holidays, Rich and Wendy Motz were raising money for the Lititz Fire Company through their spectacular Laurel Avenue Christmas lights display. They never imagined that the same volunteer fire company was about to save their daughter-in-laws life. "It just goes to show that you don't know when you'll need the fire company. We are sure grateful they were there for us," says Rich Motz.
 
On Nov, 13 Rich received a call that his daughter-in-law Misty had been in a car accident that morning. He rushed to the scene and met up with his son as the Lititz Fire company was in the process of extricating Misty from her crumpled car. It only too a few minutes to get her out of the mangled car. 
 
The Motzes are grateful for something called an AMKUS rescue system battery-operated cutter tool. That's what the fire company used to cut through the framework of the car to save Misty. The cutter is like a huge pair of clippers that rips right through metal. In the past, it might have been called the Jaws of Life, but that term is outdated, and the steel used in cars has changed. 
 
Fortunately, the Lititz Fire Company had just received an $11,000 gift from the Lititz Rotary Club as part of the funds raised for community service through the annual Lititz Craft show and the Travelogue film series. 
 
Barry Miller of the Lititz Rotary Club is also impressed by the larger cutter that the Rotary Club funded for the fire company. "That's what the Lititz Rotary Club is all about. We raise money for community services in the Warwick area and throughout Lancaster County that affect local people." he explained, noting that proceeds from the craft show and travelogue are approximately $75,000.  
 
It's gratifying to realize the impact of this tool. Any of us could be in the same situation and it means a lot to know the fire company has the dedicated people and equipment they need," Miller said. 
The Rotary Club of York’s Charles S. Wolf “Service Above Self” Award presentation
The Rotary Club of York was pleased to honor Missy Starner with their “Service Above Self” award at the club meeting on September 6, 2017 at the Country Club of York.  Missy was recognized for her work to provide oncology patients in our local community with handmade fleece tie blankets to help them through their treatment.  The $125 honorarium which is awarded with the engraved clock she received, will be used to purchase additional materials to make more blankets.  For more information about the Rotary Club of York and it’s projects and programs, contact the office at 717-848-1370 or [email protected] or go to www.yorkrotary.org
Mount Joy Presents Dottie Metzler Humanitarian Award for 2018
Visit the Mount Joy Community Food Bank on any Wednesday or Friday morning and you will discover a bustling hive of activity led by Elaine Kuhn.  Mrs. Kuhn has been actively involved in Mount Joy Helping Services for 40 years. No one seems to know the exact date, but late in the 1970’s people were receiving food bags out of the St. Mark’s’ parsonage, and Elaine was there to help. 
 
In honor of a life of service, the Rotary Club of Mount Joy presented Elaine Kuhn with the first Dottie Metzler Humanitarian Award. The award was given before an enthusiastic Rotary Club assembly and the Mount Joy Community Food Bank Board of Directors on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. A donation to the Food Bank for the continuation of the important work Kuhn and her volunteers are doing was also presented at the event as well as an engraved vase. Mount Joy Mayor Tim Bradley presented a proclamation in recognition of Mrs. Kuhn’s dedication to the community. Elaine was also presented with a citation from Pennsylvania Representative, David Hickernell.
          
“Rotary’s humanitarian award recognizes the thousands of volunteer hours given by Elaine to administer our local food bank,” said Rotary President Joanne Pinkerton. “Distributing the food to the neediest is just the final step in a long process. We can never know all the time it takes to ensure the Food Bank will be open and available to our community.” As the Food Bank’s Executive Director, Kuhn coordinates food drives and solicits donations to maintain and operate the food bank; she recruits, trains and schedules her staff of volunteers; and she makes presentations to churches and clubs to keep the community informed of the Food Bank’s accomplishments and needs. As the Treasurer of Mount Joy helping services, she ensures the bills are paid; compiles reports; and ensures the building is maintained.
 
As a volunteer, the coordination of all this for 40 years has been Elaine Kuhn’s life work. “The great things that come in just when they are needed most” often inspire her. Her husband Russ Kuhn volunteers at the Food Bank, and son Terry Kuhn has contributed in ways only family members of other very active community volunteers can truly understand.
           
The Food Bank history includes many moves and an increase in the number of people served. The volunteer team moved into their current location in November of 2011. On the corner of Concord and Mount Joy Street, the Mount Joy Food Bank serves approximately 350 different families each year. Monthly, families are able to receive gifts of food, and other essential supplies, as they are available. In a nearby office, the Mount Joy Helping Service office assists by providing transportation and housing vouchers, rental assistance, clothing, furniture, and prescription aid.
           
The Rotary Club of Mount Joy is proud to recognize this important work by presenting the first Dottie Metzler Humanitarian Award to Elaine Kuhn, Executive Director of the Mount Joy Community Food Bank. For additional information about the award or the Mount Joy Rotary please visit our Facebook page.
             
PHOTOGRAPH:  Rotary Club of Mount Joy Board of Directors honor Dottie Metzler Humanitarian Award winner Elaine Kuhn with a donation to the Mount Joy Community Food Bank. Present: Denny Brandt, Linda Gonya-Hartman, Ron Carper, Elaine Kuhn, Joanne Pinkerton, President, Mark Rorabaugh, Greg Sallade and Chris Rhyner.
Upcoming Events
International Assembly
Jan 14, 2018 – Jan 20, 2018
 
YE Tri-Annual Meeting
PA United Church Center
Jan 27, 2018
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
 
District Leadership Team Dinner
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
Jan 30, 2018
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Pre-PETS
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
Feb 03, 2018
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Feb 05, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
District Advisory Council of PDGs
Byrnes Health Education Center
Feb 10, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
YE - Mount Asbury Weekend
Asbury Lodge
Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 18, 2018
 
Global Grant Scholar Interviews
York College of Pennsylvania
Feb 17, 2018
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Rotary Means Business - Northern Tier
Hot Frog Print Media
Feb 21, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Mid-Atlantic Rotary PETS
Radisson Hotel Valley Forge
Feb 23, 2018 7:45 AM –
Feb 24, 2018 3:00 PM
 
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