A Message from DG Una Martone
Dear Rotarians,
It’s September and you know what that means don’t you?  BACK TO SCHOOL!!!  Students are heading into classrooms and some are heading off to college.  As Rotarians, we can head into our own learning environments too.  The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is coming to District 7390 on Saturday, October 14.  This is a great opportunity for any and every Rotarian to increase awareness and perspectives.  It’s especially great for those who are currently serving or are poised to serve in leadership positions.  RLI has different level courses for everyone and even graduate level courses for some specialized training.  Please check out the details and registration information by clicking here
Also, District 7390 is hosting our own training session on Saturday, November 4.  In one combined half-day session, District 7390 is offering a Membership Seminar, PR Seminar, Grants Training and an overview of The Rotary Foundation.   Want to attract more members to your club?  Want to maximize your social media efforts?  Come learn how!  This is a great opportunity to certify your club members on District Grant and Global Grant guidelines.  The more people in the know, the better your club can be!  For more details and to register click here
Don’t forget to bring an apple for the teacher!
Thank you and take care.
District Governor Una Martone
Group Study Exchange Program has come to an End
This is the most difficult Rotary message I have had to deliver in my 23 years as a Rotarian. Group Study Exchange, (known in our district at Group Vocational Service Exchange) has come to an end; there will be no exchange with Germany in 2018 and no exchanges in the future. An explanation follows:
In 2013 RI stopped their support of the GSE program, which started in 1965. In spite of RI's change in policy, over the past five years we have organized exchanges with districts who desired to continue with traditional GSE. We were successful in this endeavor, having exchanged with Scotland, Argentina, Czech and Slovak Republics, Australia and Taiwan. However, without RI administrative and financial support, districts keep dropping out of the program. And now D1890, Germany, cancelled our exchange with them for 2018. After discussion with our district leadership team, it has been decided to terminate our GSE (Group Vocational Service Exchange) program.
I know that many of you are disappointed. Your experience as a team member, team leader, committee member, host family, etc. has left you richer as a Rotarian and as an individual. And I have been blessed to have worked with the best group of Rotarians ever. 
Peg Sennett, GVSE Chair
Update on Hurricane Relief
As I write, residents of Texas are just beginning to return to their homes to assess the damage.  They continue to need flood remediation (cleanup, debris removal, ripping out of water soaked wallboard/flooring/possessions), emotional and spiritual care, basic personal items and food, along with temporary relocation (45,000 sought refuge in shelters). They have begun the FEMA process, 440,000 applications to date.  State wide damage surveys reveal the staggering extent of Harvey’s destruction; 37,000 homes were heavily damaged and nearly 7,000 were destroyed.
Experienced disaster response organizations, including United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), Mennonite Disaster Service, Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) and Fuller Center for Disaster Relief are on site to provide immediate assistance and to assess which communities need the most help with recovery. Early indicators show that south-east Texas was the hardest hit and may be the area most in need of financial assistance. We will continue to monitor where our Rotary funds can best be utilized.
While on the east coast, a second category 4 hurricane, Irma, struck Florida. More than two-thirds of the state’s 21 million residents are without power. Many continue to be restricted from returning to their homes to assess damage. The most powerful storm to hit Florida in the last decade left a 500-mile trail of destruction and also brought havoc to Georgia and South Carolina.
Recovery and restoration from both hurricanes will take years. As Rotarians, how can we help? We should continue with our individual and club support for immediate disaster response operations. But keep in mind that the slow process of recovery will be an expensive and long process. Individual Rotarians and Clubs have the option to support any number of worthy projects throughout Texas and Florida. The D7390 Disaster Committee is gathering information to identify an area of extensive need. A community hard hit that does not have the resources to recover on their own. A location where dollars are directly spent on materials and rebuilding. And where families that have no other source of financial support are identified. This will take time. We will keep you posted on the progress.
Peg Sennett, D7390 Disaster Response Chair
Hurricane Relief Supplies Headed to Florida & Texas
Bailey Coach had an incredible response from the community when asking for supplies to send to Texas and Florida. They collected a total of 256 skids of donations (10 Tractor Trailer loads) will be heading to Texas and Florida. We had over 450 individuals and businesses donate items and over 200 people donate their time to sort, box and stack pallets over an 8 day period, but our job is not finished!!!! With the immediate need to get the much needed supplies to the affected areas, they are hiring trucking companies to transport the supplies there as soon as possible. Bailey Coach and the York County Community Foundation have partnered together to raise approximately $36,000 to pay for the trucking costs. Anybody can make a tax deductible donation to the foundation to help cover the costs!  Click here to make a donation!
Upcoming Youth Exchange Deadlines & Outbound Recruitment! 
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. The deadline to commit to hosting an inbound student for 2018-19 is Friday, October 13, 2017. Please click here to complete the form for hosting! 
The deadline for Clubs to submit 2018-19 Outbound applications is Friday, October 13, 2017. Students are required to attend the interviews on Saturday, November 11 & 12, 2017 at Penn State York. 
PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR APPLICATION (All forms can be found by clicking here!)
  • Two Completed applications with original signatures in blue ink and color photos.
  • A color photocopy of your passport. (Applications must include a copy of a valid passport. To be valid, a passport must not expire before February, 2020. Students cannot be placed until the student has a valid passport. Students without passports should apply for them immediately. Students who have passports that expire before February, 2020 should renew passports immediately. Please do not wait!)
  • Signed ESSEX Youth Exchange Guidelines, Conditions & Rules
  • Signed ESSEX Independent Travel Rules
  • Signed Outbound Student Code of Conduct
  • Country Selection List (Top 5)
  • District 7390 Application Fee of $100 - check made payable to Rotary District 7390 YEP. 
STEP Short term applications
Summer 2018 STEP applications are due to the District office by October 13, 2017. Interviews for STEP students will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017 in the afternoon at Penn State York.
  • STEP Application - One copy with original signatures in blue ink, letters with signatures and all photos in color. 
  • A color photocopy of your passport
  • Country Selection List (Top 3)
  • Insurance Application and $76 check made payable to CISI-BOLDUC Insurance
  • $75 Application Fee - Check made payable to Rotary District 7390 YEP
  • $125 ESSEX Application Fee - Check made payable to ESSEX
  • Signed STEP Rules
  • Signed STEP Code of Conduct
Rotary Leadership Institute - October 14
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), better understood as the University of Rotary, is coming again to our district  on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14. This seminar will be held at Central Pennsylvania College from 8:00 a.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. A  wonderful breakfast and lunch will be provided. Levels I, II, and III as well as the graduate course are planned. These courses are especially important for newer members to get them jump started into the wider world of Rotary and for those who are assuming increasing responsibility in their clubs. Information and registration is available here! Questions? Please contact PDG John Judson (  or 717-877-0871).
District Training Day - November 4
District training day will offer a Public Image Seminar, Membership Seminar, Grant Training Seminar and an overview of the Rotary Foundation. The day will begin with registration and hot breakfast buffet from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. There will be 3 one hour break-out sessions that everyone will attend in rotating groups. At the conclusion of the break-out sessions a luncheon will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. with an overview of the Rotary Foundation. The day will conclude at 1:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $50 per person and will include a booklet with handouts specific to Membership, Public Image, Grants and the Rotary Foundation. 
Four Way Test ESSAY Contest
For those who may not be familiar with the Four Way Test ESSAY contest, this is an essay contest open to ninth graders which asks the students to write an essay limited to 1500 words on the topic:  “The Four Way Test” and What it Means to the Conduct of My Daily Life.
Last year, we had twelve clubs submit essays.  We are looking to add a few more this year. Here are some tips to get your club going.
  1.  Appoint a committee or chairperson within your club to run the contest. 
  2. Get in touch with a high school or high schools in your service area and see if they are willing to offer the contest.  Preliminary points of contact might be a principal, vice-principal, guidance department, or chair of the English department at the school.  The contest is open to both public and private schools.
  3. If a school is interested, consider going to the school and speaking to the students.  Tell them about Rotary and what Rotary is doing in their community.  Tell them about the Four Way Test.  This is a great way to get the students enthused about the contest and a great way to spread the word about Rotary.
Four Way Test SPEECH Contest - The Contest Starts NOW!
One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of ethics is The 4 Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4 Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks four questions of the things we think, say and do. High school students (Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors) can compete in the Four-Way Test Speech Contest. 
During the months of September and October, a local contest will be held by a school/Rotary Club or both, to determine who advances to the next level. Three students can move up to the mid-level from any Club or school Contest. The fee to continue to the Mid-level contest is $75.00 per contestant. The fee is traditionally paid by a Rotary Club. The Mid-level Contest is assigned to the participant. Students can register for the mid-levels by clicking here! 

During the months of November & December mid-level contests will be held in each of five mid-level areas. The winner of each of the five mid-levels will compete in the finals at the Rotary District Conference. In order to receive a prize, the contestant must speak at the finals. The finals will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Nominations for District Governor 2020-21
The time has come to begin the nominating process for our District Governor 2020-21.  In this way we will continue our three-year projection for District 7390’s leadership.
      I encourage all D7390 Clubs to survey your membership and suggest a qualified candidate for the District Governor Nominee 2020-21. Suggestions must be made in the form of a resolution adopted at a regular Club meeting and certified by the Club Secretary. You may suggest a Rotarian from another Club so long as you first obtain the concurrence of the Club where the proposed candidate is a member.
      Every club has an outstanding leader who could be a potential District Governor. Look around and ask yourself, who is that person in my club? It is the person who is a good leader, interested, involved, gives financially to Rotary and The Rotary Foundation and is helpful to other members. Ask that person about his or her interest in serving as District Governor. We all need to give encouragement and “plant the seed” for others to move forward.
      When submitting a candidate for 2020-21 Governor, the following must be submitted: the Club resolution and the Governor Nominee Data Form (DG App 2020-21).    
Gettysburg Sponsoring Capitol Steps Comedy Show - September 23
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg is again sponsoring the Capitol Steps comedy show in Gettysburg at the Majestic Theater.  This show will be the best show to hit Gettysburg this year.  Come and join the fun and support the Rotary Club as it raises funds for its Community Fund.  All proceeds will benefit the local charities supported by the Rotary Club.  There are two shows on September 23, one at 2 PM and one at 8 PM.  Good seats are still available.  Go to to reserve your seats today.
37th Annual Carlisle Golf Tournament
The Carlisle Rotary Annual Golf Tournament will be held Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Carlisle Country Club with a 12:30 p.m. shot gun start. The tournament is open to Men’s/Women’s/Mixed foursomes. Participants may assemble their own foursome or request to be placed on a team. Four person teams will play a scramble format. Please list your players on the entry form. Places will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Click here for a registration form! 
Mechanicsburg-North Beer & Wine Festival
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North is hosting its annual Beer and Wine Festival from 3 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, September 23, 2016.  The festival will be held rain or shine at Central Penn College, located at 600 Valley Rd, Summerdale. The event will celebrate local and regional craft breweries and wineries. Beer and wine vendors will be on-site for ticket holders' tasting pleasure.
The following breweries will be participating in the Beer & Wine Festival: The Millworks Brewery; Market Cross Pub & Brewery Carlisle; Tröegs Independent Brewing; Ever Grain Brewing Co.; Molly Pitcher Brewing Company; Rhone Brew Company; Harty Brewing Company; Touchstone Brewery; Lydian Stone Brewing Company; Boneshire Brew Works; Zeroday Brewing Co.; Rubber Soul Brewing; South County Brewing Co.; Appalachian Brewing Company; Desperate Times Brewery; and Big Hill Ciderworks.
Larsen Meadworks, Jan Zell Wines & Ciders, and The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey will be sampling wines.  Additionally, representatives from the Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits stores will be providing samples of wines from the Chairman’s Selection.
Festival goers can purchase food from a local food truck. The local band Second Time Thru will provide musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. 
Tickets are available online at Advance Tickets are $35.00.  Tickets for Designated Driver are $5.00.  Event Day Tickets are $50.00.  Those under 21 will be admitted free.
New Holland Presents Rotary Rocks Community Benefit Concert
The Rotary Club of New Holland will be hosting its 2nd Annual Rotary Rocks benefit concert on Oct 14, 7-10PM at Funck's Restaurant in Leola. Join us for an evening of live music and fun to benefit those in need in the New Holland area. Donations will benefit a great local non-profit organization, CrossNet Ministries, and their Food Pantry and Power Packs programs, as well as help the club send students to RYLA. Entertainment will be provided by The Reed Brothers Band (featuring Rotary Club of New Holland President, Trevor Reed) and the Slack Adjusters (featuring Rotary Club of New Holland Treasurer, Erin Varley).

Admission is by donation, but please consider making a donation today, at, then come out on October 14 for some great music, a silent auction, and more! Click here for a printable flier! 
Upcoming Events
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Sep 11, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Rotary Means Business - Northern Tier
Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory
Sep 12, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Disrict Per Capital Assessments Due
Sep 15, 2017
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Oct 02, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Past District Governor Dinner
Lancaster Country Club
Oct 05, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
YE - 2018 STEP Applications Due
Oct 13, 2017
YE - 2018-19 Committments to Host an Inbound Due
Oct 13, 2017
YE - 2018-19 Outbound Applications Due
Oct 13, 2017
Rotary Leadership Institute
Central Penn College
Oct 14, 2017
YE - Inbound Overnight Social - Hershey
Oct 14, 2017 – Oct 15, 2017
Russell Hampton
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