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Posted by Ralph Jodice on Feb 15, 2018
Bob Miller, Foundation Chair of The Rotary Club of Hanover, recently presented first time Paul Harris certificates and pins to Ruth Shaffer and Moe Noel.  Congratulations and thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Hanover recently recognized (from left to right) President Ralph Jodice, Foundation Chair Bob Miller, Doug Becker, and John Bailey with multiple Paul Harris pins. Congratulations and thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
Doug Barmoy of the Rotary Club of Hanover was recently presented with a multiple Paul Harris pin by Foundation Chair Bob Miller.  Congratulations and thank you for your continued support of the Rotary Foundation.
Hanover Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows Ralph Jodice 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Wehler on Feb 15, 2018
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Members of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg gathered at the Gettysburg School District’s Lincoln Elementary School on February 8 to assemble meals for Ruth’s Harvest. Ruth’s Harvest is a not for profit organization that prepares meals for school age children. The meals go home each weekend in backpacks. The food is designed to feed the student for the weekend. The next packing event by Rotarians will be May 4.
Gettysburg Rotary volunteers at Ruth's Harvest Scott Wehler 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Randy Sibert on Feb 15, 2018
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All Rotarians are invited to become part of a Bocce Ball League starting in Lower Paxton Township.   The Rotary Club of Colonial Park and the Lower Paxton Township Public Works department have made significant improvements to the Bocce Ball courts at Koons Park.  The courts have been upgraded to a professional playing surface and league play begins soon.  The league will be for both men and women, ages 18 and up.
 
This season, each team will consist of four (4) players and up to four (4) substitute players.  The first session will begin on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm with an orientation/practice evening.  Depending on the amount of interest, additional week nights or an earlier time slot will be added.
 
The fee to register for the Wednesday night league is $35.00 per person including substitute players.  All equipment is included, and weekly schedules and standings will be sent to each team captain.  Team registration fees can be sent to:
Rotary Club of Colonial Park
Attn:  Bocce Ball Registration
PO Box 6522
Harrisburg, PA 17112
 
Make checks payable to:  Rotary Club of Colonial Park and put “Bocce Ball Registration” in memo line.  Please include the name of the team, the team captain’s name, cell number and email address and each team member’s name and email on a separate sheet of paper.  Individuals who do not have enough members for a team can submit their individual information along with their check and they will be included on a team.
 
For additional information contact Rick Zeiders at 717 576-7673 or the township Parks and Recreation Department at 717-657-5635. The Bocce Ball courts, shuffle board court and horseshoe pits at Koons Park are open to the public any time except during league play.  The Rotary Club of Colonial Park will host a Free Community Open House at the courts on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 pm.
Colonial Park Bocce Ball League to Start Randy Sibert 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 14, 2018
SHOUT OUT to the Rotary Club of Lancaster Penn Square for their “Hearts for Lancaster” fundraiser.  Dozens of personalized messages on oversized hearts are being hung around Downtown Lancaster and drawing a good bit of attention for Rotary.  This program earned some TV coverage recently too!  That’s what I call fundraising with heart!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SHOUT OUT to the Hershey Rotary Club for their support Derry Township School District’s production of Peter Pan. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SHOUT OUT to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club for providing school supplies for children in Cambodia through the Color For Kids program (founded by a fourth grade student).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SHOUT OUT to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg for helping to raise over $500 in 20 minutes for students in the Youth Community Development Team who will continue fundraising in support of basic literacy programs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
SHOUT OUT to Rotarian Jess Socrates of the Rotary Club of Hanover and all of the constituents involved with Operation Braveheart.  On a recent trip to the Philippine General Hospital, over 30 children received life saving heart surgeries through Operation Braveheart.  Their good work continues with support of the Rotary Foundation through Global Grant initiatives.  Thank you all for your service.
Shouts Outs! Una Martone 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 14, 2018
Some of you know that Leadership Harrisburg Area teaches the concepts of Servant Leadership as part of our programming.  Aside from the authentic desire to develop other people, the most critical essential of Servant Leadership, as we teach, is Self Awareness.  Self Awareness is not just about knowing your own strengths and weaknesses.  Self Awareness is more about understanding how you impact people and situations around you.  When you walk into a room, do you bring energy and positivity?  When talking with other people, do you make eye contact and truly listen?  Do you smile at strangers, make room for a vehicle merging into traffic, hold the door open behind you when walking into a building.  As Rotarians espoused to Service Above Self, it certainly makes sense for us to reflect on our interactions and take note of how our attitude and actions are perceived by others.  By increasing our own Self Awareness, we are building our capacity to effectively lead our clubs; becoming better at attracting new members; and increasing our ability to serve the community.    
Leadership Reflection Una Martone 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 14, 2018
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
A community event hosted by Executive Women International (EWI) and supported by Leadership Harrisburg Area (LHA) is featuring Rotary International Vice President Dean Rohrs on Thursday, March 15 beginning at 5:30 PM at the Radisson.  This event is open to the public.  An opportunity like this comes once in a blue moon and I encourage everyone to try and attend.  In fact, bring your family members, friends, and associates and let them get a real sense of Rotary in action.   
 
Dean’s story starts in Zambia where she enjoyed a world shielded from apartheid until she was 14 years old. That’s when the revolution made its way to the Congo. Her mother was head of the Red Cross and led the evacuation of many refugees. Dean was called to stand up against the prosecutors and was imprisoned at the age of 16. It was soon after that moment when Dean Rohrs set forth to create a more peaceful world. She harnessed the strength of her fear and scars to foster education, fight disease, and promote peace in some of the most abominable circumstances in some of the most remote areas of the world.
 
Dean leveraged the power of Rotary International to gain support for her efforts and has broken the cycles of poverty in numerous South African Villages literally saving thousands of young lives. Her story of bringing peace and human understanding to all landed Dean in Canada where she encourages international audiences to become messengers of change.
 
You don’t want to miss out on this presentation which is sure to be inspirational! 
 
For full detail and to register online, please click on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lead-by-example-tickets-42500261426
 
I hope to see you there! 
 
Yours truly,
 
Una Martone
District Governor
Rotary District 7390
 
PS ~ In case anyone is wondering, my organization, Leadership Harrisburg Area, gains no returns from the event, we are simply a logistics partner and honored to have convened such wonderful organizations as EWI, LHA and Rotary!
A Message from the District Governor Una Martone 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debi Beshore on Feb 08, 2018
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The Byrnes Health Education Center's Puberty Program for Special Learners is a finalist for the 2018 Central Penn Business Journal's Innovation Award.
 
This program is designed for students living with Autism, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities and developmental delays.
  • Are you a parent of a child with a developmental delay?
  • Does the word "Puberty" strike fear in your heart?
  • Not sure how to explain physical changes, hormones, why your son or daughter needs to take a bath?
  • Do you have a daughter and you need to explain the monthly cycle soon?
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
 
Please join us for the next presentation on February 27 for boys and on February 28 for girls.
 
Byrnes HEC Finalist for Award Debi Beshore 2018-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debi Beshore on Feb 08, 2018
Picture yourself on a sunny afternoon in June, golfing with friends and raising funds for a premier organization. Join the Byrnes Health Education Center for the 12th Annual Drive “Fore” Health Golf Outing  on June 25 at the Bent Creek Country Club. Located in Lancaster, PA.
 
Bent Creek boasts " our signature Jay Morrish Championship designed golf course was cited by the USGA as a 'benchmark for golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic region'." Treat yourself and become the support for preventive health.
 
For additional information or to make your reservations, please contact Debi Beshore at 717.848.3064 ext/ 225 or by email [email protected].
 
The Center is a District 7390 Project, their mission:  to education and inspire people of all ages to make healthy choices.  Come out and support this great organization.
Byrnes HEC 12th Annual Drive "Fore" Health Golf Outing Debi Beshore 2018-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 01, 2018
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Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
A community event hosted by Executive Women International (EWI) and supported by Leadership Harrisburg Area (LHA) is featuring Rotary International Vice President Dean Rohrs on Thursday, March 15 beginning at 5:30 PM at the Radisson.  This event is open to the public.  An opportunity like this comes once in a blue moon and I encourage everyone to try and attend.  In fact, bring your family members, friends, and associates and let them get a real sense of Rotary in action.   
 
Dean’s story starts in Zambia where she enjoyed a world shielded from apartheid until she was 14 years old. That’s when the revolution made its way to the Congo. Her mother was head of the Red Cross and led the evacuation of many refugees. Dean was called to stand up against the prosecutors and was imprisoned at the age of 16. It was soon after that moment when Dean Rohrs set forth to create a more peaceful world. She harnessed the strength of her fear and scars to foster education, fight disease, and promote peace in some of the most abominable circumstances in some of the most remote areas of the world.
 
Dean leveraged the power of Rotary International to gain support for her efforts and has broken the cycles of poverty in numerous South African Villages literally saving thousands of young lives. Her story of bringing peace and human understanding to all landed Dean in Canada where she encourages international audiences to become messengers of change.
 
You don’t want to miss out on this presentation which is sure to be inspirational! 
 
For full detail and to register online, please click on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lead-by-example-tickets-42500261426
 
I hope to see you there! 
 
Yours truly,
 
Una Martone
District Governor
Rotary District 7390
 
PS ~ In case anyone is wondering, my organization, Leadership Harrisburg Area, gains no returns from the event, we are simply a logistics partner and honored to have convened such wonderful organizations as EWI, LHA and Rotary!
A Message from the District Governor Una Martone 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Feb 01, 2018
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Extensive planning is underway for the annual Rotary Youth Leaders Conference (RYLA). It is the responsibility of the Club President or designated RYLA Conference Chair to submit completed registration forms and fees for your Club’s candidates no later than May 5, 2018 to Melissa Bruck at the Rotary District Office, 515 South George Street, York, PA 17401-2723.
      Again, the goal of the District RYLA Conference Committee is to have each Rotary Club in the District be represented by at least one young man and one young woman at the Conference. If the Rotary Club serves an area that has more than one high school, the Club should select at least one male and one female student from each high school. Last year more than 135 students attended! We hope to better that total in 2018. Please attempt to have an equal balance of young men and women.
 
 
 
RYLA will be held Sunday, June 10 to Thursday, June 14, 2018.
 
REMIND YOUR STUDENTS - THEY MUST ATTEND THE ENTIRE CONFERENCE FROM REGISTRATION THROUGH THE CLOSE OF THE FAMILY NIGHT BANQUET!
  
VITAL INFORMATION
  • Students can download the application in PDF format and complete it on-line. PLEASE HAVE YOUR STUDENTS TYPE THE APPLICATION, THEN PRINT, ADD PHOTO AND SIGNATURES AND SUBMIT TO YOUR CLUB FOR APPROVAL.
  • Students MUST attach a color, head shot, photograph that will be scanned and used in the Conference program. They can also email the photo to [email protected]
  • ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MESSIAH COLLEGE CHALLENGE COURSE RELEASE FORM. Please return this form with the students application and fee. If a student does not complete a release form, they WILL NOT be able to participate in the team building activities.
  • Fee: $500 per attendee
  • The Family Night Celebration Event will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018. Cost for Rotarians, parents and guests will be $15 per person for heavy hors d'ouevres. Money will be collected at registration on Sunday. There is no cost for Conferees to attend the banquet.
  • If your student DOES NOT Attend RYLA, your Club WILL NOT receive a credit or refund!
  • There are several RYLA scholarships available that a Club demonstrating economic need can apply for. If your Club would like to apply for a scholarship, please send a letter/e-mail to Melissa Bruck, 515 South George Street, York, PA 17401 or [email protected]. All requests will be evaluated by the RYLA committee. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2018. Clubs that are selected to receive a scholarship will be notified by March 8, 2018.  If you have questions on scholarships, please contact District RYLA chair Gary Crissman at [email protected] or 717-545-6553.
RYLA Application Deadline - May 5 Melissa Bruck 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Feb 01, 2018
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Our District Training Assembly is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill). Registration and a hot breakfast buffet will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. The training sessions will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. after the luncheon. The cost is $45 per person. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend. It will be helpful in building “esprit de corps” in your Club. The break-out sessions during the morning will be fast-paced and interactive. They are designed to educate us on Rotary topics. At the beginning of the District Training Assembly we will approve the 2018-2019 District budget. Click here to register!  Registration deadline is March 9, 2018. Join us at District Training Assembly to learn more about how to “Be The Inspiration”!  

District Training Assembly - March 17 Melissa Bruck 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 01, 2018
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As you know by now, the theme for the 2018 Rotary District 7390 Conference is “Celebrating Rotary Super Heroes of our Past, Present, and Future!”  Attendees will be invited to dress in super hero attire for Saturday evening festivities.  There will be prizes and recognition for the best costumes.  I, myself, am looking for my super hero persona and I need your help.  If you have creative talents or literary skills, please suggest a super hero name for ME ~ your District Governor, Una Martone!  Email your suggestions to me at [email protected] with Super Hero Name in the subject line.  I will select one of the names and PAY FULL REGISTRATION for the winner to attend the District Conference on April 27-28 (not including hotel stay).  Your suggestions must be received by February 28th in order to be considered.  It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s ???????
Name that Super Hero!!! Una Martone 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 01, 2018
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Hello Fellow Rotarians!
 
At just over the half way point of the 2017/18 Rotary year of making a difference, I’d like to provide you with a “State of the District” report.  I gave this report live at a leadership dinner on Tuesday, January 30.  Maybe it was coincidence that my report was scheduled on the same night that President Trump gave the State of the Union.  There was good news and less than good news in both reports ~ and that ends the comparison!
 
I wish I could report on all of the great and positive impacts that Rotarians are making through vibrant and engaged Rotary Clubs throughout the district.  But to truly measure that impact is impossible.  I wish I could measure the distribution of hope and happiness that comes along with the service projects and donations being made throughout the district, but the ripple effect of our actions goes on well past our reach.  So, there are a few things that we CAN measure and share so that everyone is up to date.
  1. District membership is down overall by 13 members since July 1.  The number is a moving target, but membership is currently at 2301. 
    • Of the 43 clubs in the district, only 22 clubs managed to maintain or increase membership since July 1.  Yes, that means that 21 clubs lost members in the past 6 months.
    • Of the clubs that increased membership, Mechanicsburg North leads the pack with a 25% membership increase or 16 new members.  Lancaster Penn  Square increased membership by 21% equivalent to 2 new members; and Red Lion/Dallastown had a 19% membership increase with 4 new members.  Congratulations!
    • Please remember my request to each club to increase membership by one new female member and one new member under the age of 40.  Invite someone to your weekly meeting and let your club speak for itself.  The surest way to gain new members it to ask people to join.  Its’ up to you!
  2. As a district, our members have contributed a total of $185,365 to The Rotary Foundation (annual fund).  If we can replicate this same number in the 2nd half of the year, we’ll be in great shape!  Our district would be in great shape in three years when half of our contributions come back to us to be put to work in District Club Grants and Global Grants.  I am looking for 43 NEW donors to The Rotary Foundation this year…  the equivalent of one new donor from every club.  The standard donation is $100, but the range of donations is much broader than that.  Most importantly, please give something.  Gifts can be made through  your club or directly through The Rotary Foundation at this link:  https://www.rotary.org/en/donate
  3. As a district, our contributions to Polio Plus through The Rotary Foundation are at $60,629.  WOW!  Given that one new case of the wild polio virus has been reported in Afghanistan last month, our battle continues and must be ramped up.  Thank you to everyone who has made this such a rich and robust number!  The Rotary Club of Harrisburg is currently leading the district in donations to Polio Plus.  Kudos.
  4. Our District 7390 Facebook page has gained 142 new likes since July 1.  We have 805 people engaged with us through Facebook.  The goal is 1000.  If you haven’t yet liked the District 7390 page, please click on this link to do so!  https://www.facebook.com/Rotary.District.7390/  It’s a great way to stay abreast of district news and gain some great content to share on your own social media and the social media channels of your Rotary club too.  In addition, Rotary District 7390 has pages on Facebook for Rotary Means Business and Youth Exchange, take a look for them.  We are also on LinkedIn as a district. 
  5. We have 49 people already registered to attend the Rotary International Convention from June 23-27 in Toronto, Canada.  THIS JUST IN, Rotary District 7390 will be providing bus transportation in a Rotary-themed bus courtesy of Bailey Transportation.  Stay tuned for details on how to reserve your seat!  For more information or to register for the convention, click here: http://www.riconvention.org/en
In the coming months, the leadership team will be working on updating the district’s strategic plan; we are looking forward to a great District Wide Day of Service on April 21 and an awesome District Conference at the Harrisburg Hilton on April 27 – 28.  We are working on the creation of a membership “safety net” and look forward to sharing more details as the plans take shape.  If you would like to be a part of district-level planning and leadership, please let me know!  We have plenty of room for more great ideas, input, and efforts.
 
Thank you and take good care.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
District Governor Una Martone
A Message from the Governor Una Martone 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2018
This is a critical year for the polio eradication program. Coming off the lowest case count in history in 2017, we begin the new year with the momentum to make polio eradication a reality. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, where a period of typically lower polio transmission is starting, the program is seizing a prime opportunity for progress by strengthening efforts to reach vulnerable children and track polio in the environment. On the global stage this month, polio transition was a key agenda item under discussion at the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva. Click here to read the entire newsletter.
 
 
January 2018 Polio Update 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Wehler on Feb 01, 2018
Members of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg met Jan. 24 to place Rotary wheel logo stickers on the new computers at the Family First Health Dental Center in Gettysburg. The Rotary Club acquired the computers through a Rotary District 7390 Grant which matched funds from the Gettysburg club.
Gettysburg Rotary Funds Computers for Dental Center Scott Wehler 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2018
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The homeless clients of Downtown Daily Bread have a long list of things they need to survive the winter, and at the top of every list is warm, dry socks.  With the wealth of socks received from the Hershey Rotary Clubs challenge with Hershey High School, Daily Bread has been able to hand out a pair to each person that takes a weekly shower, to hand them out to those who shelter with them in their new emergency, overnight men’s shelter (they sleep 38 people each night in addition to the 100 who visit each day), and to anyone who asks or whose feet make a noise as they walk through because they almost all wear holes in their boots or tennis shoes. The homeless are very grateful for the socks! 
 
Downtown Daily Bread has also been sharing the socks.  Community nurses from Hershey Medical Center have been given a large number of the socks, especially the women’s and children’s sock that were in the mix.  They go to so many low-income and homeless shelters for women providing flu shots and health information, and hand them out to families in great need there.  This accomplishes health awareness along with the comfort of socks and pushes the socks out to many groups of needy families.
 
Also, Lebanon Valley College works with a family shelter and with refugees from the hurricane in Puerto Rico, people who have nothing.  The socks are being shared with them and other organizations as well. 
 
The example set by High School and younger students is inspiring many other groups.  Susquehanna Township heard about the efforts and decided to “top off” the Hershey sock drive with a hat and glove drive. Harrisburg U and Lebanon Valley College have also been inspired to fund raise for Downtown Daily Bread. Daily Bread is now developing an entire student program around the success of Hershey Rotary Club and Hershey High School.
 
Downtown Daily Bread just hopes the men’s socks last until the next fundraiser, but they say it is a relief not to have to hoard them.  For once, there are enough, and no one has lost their toes this winter. 
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Posted by Chuck Allen on Feb 01, 2018
Carlisle-Sunrise Rotary opened the New Year 2018 with donations totaling $7000 to community support organizations in Carlisle Borough and Cumberland County.  The three major recipients are the local United Way ($1000), Hope Station ($830), and Project Share Food Pantry ($730). Leaders of these organizations received symbolic checks illustrating that Sunrise Rotary is "Making a Difference" in our community and in the year to come.
Carlisle-Sunrise makes Donations Chuck Allen 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on Jan 25, 2018
The Rotary Club of Hanover’s Foundation Chair, Bob Miller at the far right, presented multi-Paul Harris pins to 4 members.  Pictured from left to right receiving the pins are Warren Miller, Greg Staub (AG), Cork Troxell, and John Bailey.  Congratulations on your continued strong support for the Rotary Foundation.
 
Hanover Presents PHF Pins Ralph Jodice 2018-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Jan 18, 2018
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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, 114 York 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; First National Bank 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! 
Mechanicsburg-North to host Rotary Means Business - February 21 Alden Cunningham 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Jan 18, 2018
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! 
Gettysburg hosted a successful RMB Event Alden Cunningham 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Jan 18, 2018
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?
Shout Outs from the District Governor Una Martone 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hector Ortiz on Jan 18, 2018
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.
Council on Resolutions Update Hector Ortiz 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Grubb on Jan 18, 2018
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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
Four-Way Test Essay Contest Deadline - March 2 Steve Grubb 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Knowles on Jan 18, 2018
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. 
How the Lititz Rotary Craft show saved a life Laura Knowles 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Basile on Jan 18, 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.
Mount Joy Presents Dottie Metzler Humanitarian Award for 2018 Barbara Basile 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roberta Oberdick on Jan 18, 2018
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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
The Rotary Club of York’s Charles S. Wolf “Service Above Self” Award presentation Roberta Oberdick 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Jan 18, 2018
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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.
John G. Anthony II Selected as District 7390 Governor 2020-2021 Una Martone 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paddy Rooney on Jan 11, 2018
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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. 
District 7390 Day of Service Paddy Rooney 2018-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Spotts on Jan 11, 2018
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! 
Tri-Annual District Youth Exchange Program Meeting Linda Spotts 2018-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 04, 2018
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.!
 
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Posted by Una Martone on Jan 04, 2018
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Fellow Rotarians,
 
Happy New Year!   New Year’s Resolutions, goals, and aspirations are as important at the beginning of a new year as they are any time of year!  As friends and family members make promises to do better in the year ahead, the words of a favorite author, Kent Keith, came to my mind.  I recently shared this summary at work and I’d like to pass it along to the Rotary community as well. 
 
The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent Keith in 1968, when he was 19, a sophomore at Harvard College. They were part of The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council, his first booklet for high school student leaders. "I laid down the Paradoxical Commandments as a challenge," Keith said. "The challenge is to always do what is right and good and true, even if others don't appreciate it. You have to keep striving, no matter what, because if you don't, many of the things that need to be done in our world will never get done."  This is a wonderful piece of writing by anyone at any age.  But the fact that it was written by a 19 year old and his words are as relevant today as they were back in 1968 is simply amazing. 
 
So amazing, in fact, that Mother Teresa took note too.  It was reported in a 1995 essay that she had The Paradoxical Commandments pinned to the wall of her children's home in Calcutta and loved it so much that she adapted her own version "Do It Anyways."  Now that's high praise for any author!
 
Here is Dr. Keith's original text.  With these words in mind, let's continue to strive to do what is right and good and true so that we can make our communities and our world better places.  When we find challenges in our Rotary clubs, committees, and service work, let these words provide some perspective and support for doing what is right! 
 
The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
 
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
 
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
 
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
 
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
 
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
 
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
 
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
 
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
 
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
 
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
 
Message from the Governor Una Martone 2018-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 28, 2017
Lancaster South Rotary presented Brighter Day Foundation a check for $685 during their December 13, 2017 meeting.  Brighter Day Foundation provides life enhancing services for low-income adults in Lancaster, PA.   They help bridge the gap in care for individuals in our community that may not have family or the resources to help them with day to day tasks.  A few of the services provided by Brighter Day include transportation and help with grocery shopping.  Their caring volunteers build relationships with the people they serve and are dedicated to treating people with dignity, respect and compassion.
 
For more information on Brighter Day Foundation visit http://www.brighterdayfndn.org.
 
Image:  From left is Charlotte Anderson from Brighter Day, Ray D’Agostino from Rotary, Bev Korman from Brighter Day and President Dale Hamby.
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Posted by Ralph Jodice on Dec 21, 2017
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Earlier this week, the Rotary Club of Hanover, and Rotary worldwide, lost one of its long time and faithful members, Art Stabler.  Art was 92 years old.  Art passed away this past weekend and will be sorely missed.  Art was a true Rotarian in every sense of the word.  He joined Rotary on 12 November 1964.  He was Hanover’s President in 1973-1974.  He was very active with the Youth Exchange Program and was District’s 7390 Youth Exchange Chairperson for several years.  Art was a World War II veteran.  However, here is what was most impressive about Art…he had 53 years of PERFECT Rotary attendance!  As our District Governor, Una Martone, said; “What a loss for Rotary, but an attendance legacy to which we can all aspire.”  During the last couple of years, Art continually made the dedicated effort to come to Rotary.  Assisted mostly by his daughter, Becky, and at times by his son, Don, Art kept that Rotary sparkle in his eyes.  Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the entire Stabler family.  We will keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.
 
Visitation will be held at the Feiser Funeral Home in New Oxford, Tuesday, Dec 26, 6-8pm.  The funeral will be Wednesday, Dec 27, 11am at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, 208 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA 17325.  Lunch and meet the family will be held afterwards.  The address for the family is:  
The Stabler Family
726 Pine Run Rd.
Abbottstown PA 17301
Passing of Long-Time Hanover Rotarian Art Stabler Ralph Jodice 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Dec 21, 2017

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg helped out with bell ringing again this year at the local Walmart to benefit the Salvation Army.  December 6 was Rotary's Day to ring the bell.  Club members covered that entire day and a number of other times during the holidays.  Shown in the photo are father and daughter Gettysburg Rotarian's Dale Dickey and Jody Dickey.

Gettysburg Rings Salvation Army Bell Alex Hayes 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Dec 21, 2017
Rotary Club of Gettysburg members read “Biscuit’s Day at the Farm” to first grade students in area after school programs the week of Dec. 18. After the reading, all students received a copy of the book. Rotarians Alex Hayes and Ashley Andyshak Hayes read to Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School students on Dec. 21. Ashley is pictured with some of the young readers.
 
Gettysburg Reads to Students Alex Hayes 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Dec 21, 2017
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The Rotary Club of Gettysburg will kick off the 2018 RMB season on Tuesday, January 16 at the Wyndham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA.  The business networking event will cost $15 per attendee (no refunds), and this includes an amazing array of hors d'oeuvres along with a cash bar.  The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.  Click here to RSVP NOW! Make  great business connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests!
Rotary Means Business - Gettysburg Hosts the 2018 Season's New Year Networking Event Alden Cunningham 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Roscher on Dec 21, 2017
The Rotary Club of Colonial Park rang the kettle bell for the Salvation Army on Tuesday, December 5. Their shift brought in $292.28 while ringing the bell at Boscov's. That money will be used to provide new school clothing to 14 kids in need, or to feed 117 hot breakfast meals to hungry people through the Salvation Army breakfast program. 

 
Colonial Park Rings Salvation Army Bell Bruce Roscher 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Dec 21, 2017
Dear Friends,
 
A very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Joyous New Year from the Martone Family to you!  All the best from Una, Mike, Michael and McCaffrey.  We are full of HOPE for all good things in 2018 and looking forward to sharing many Rotary moments with the fine folks in District 7390.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Una Martone
2017/18 District Governor
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Posted by Una Martone on Dec 21, 2017
Shout Out to everyone in District 7390 who has already registered for the 2018 International Convention in Toronto.  At 47 already registered, and still counting, we will far exceed my goal!  Stay tuned for details on group transportation in some pretty fancy wheels! 
 
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North for leading the district in membership gains at PLUS 15 year to date!  Club President John Anthony (far left) pictured here with some of the club’s newest members.  A second meeting day and time is largely responsible for attracting new members who can’t make the club’s traditional Thursday morning meeting.  
 
 
Shout Out to all of the families hosting Youth Exchange students and for welcoming these young people into your family holiday traditions.  Imagine the life-changing impact you are making and the life-long bonds you are creating by sharing our customs.  From what I’ve heard, there are some exciting holiday plans in the works.  Have fun!
 
 
Shout Out to all of the clubs working in conjunction with The Salvation Army this holiday season!  Until now, I never realized just how many clubs across the district do bell ringing!  Kudos to all the bell ringers and “ding dong” sign holders working to raise critical funds for the good works of The Salvation Army.  Pictured here are Dr. Ski, Ashley Tedor and Karen Paris of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg “ringing” at Strawberry Square.  Don’t forget to include these bell ringing hours in your club’s total number of volunteer hours at the end of the year. 
 
Shout Outs! Una Martone 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Sights of Rotary D7390 2017-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Dec 14, 2017
District membership for November 30, 2017 is 2,323. 
 
 
District giving to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation as of November 30 is $87,225. The District Annual Fund giving goal for 2017-18 is $107,740. Club Presidents - If you have not entered your Foundation goal in Rotary Club Central, please do so! 
District Membership & Foundation Giving Melissa Bruck 2017-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
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 http://www.carlislesunrotary.com/ and http://www.carlislerotary.org/
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
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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. 
 
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.
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Posted on Nov 30, 2017
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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
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Posted by Hector Ortiz on Nov 22, 2017
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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
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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.
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Posted by Alaine Kiesling on Nov 22, 2017
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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
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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
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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
100% FOUNDATION GIVING CLUBS
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
 
 
 
 
100% ROTARY FOUNDATION SUSTAINING MEMBER CLUBS (EREY)
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
 
 
 
 
POLIO CERTIFICATES
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 www.rotary.org,
             
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
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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
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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 https://www.facebook.com/lancasterrotary/
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
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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