Letter from the Governor
Fellow Rotarians ~
World Polio Day is almost here!  It’s Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  This will truly be a day to celebrate how far we’ve come, as an organization, to eradicating the 2nd disease in human history.  Smallpox was the first to be eradicated.  Rotary began the fight to end polio in 1979 when over 350,000 cases were known in 125 countries worldwide.  Thirty eight years later, there were only 11 new cases tracked globally in 2017 down from 25 the previous year: 6 in Afghanistan; 5 in Pakistan; and 0 reported cases in Nigeria.   Some of us have never known or fully understood the crippling effects of polio in our lifetimes, but the truth of the matter is that if polio exists anywhere, it is a threat everywhere.  We must educate ourselves, share what we know, and fund the efforts of thousands of volunteers who literally stand in harm’s way to administer the polio vaccine through Rotary International.  Let’s #ENDpolioNOW 
I am so happy to tell you that Pints for Polio is really taking hold throughout the district!  Imagine if we raise $5000 in proceeds from all of our eating and drinking on October 24 and throughout the week, we could be making a $15,000 impact to end polio now!  Every dollar raised will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
Please share the flier with all of your friends and family and plan to have a night out to support polio eradication.  Click here to print the flyer and take it along to any of the destinations listed.  Other district-wide events include:
The Rotary Club of York is hosting pub crawl on Saturday, October 21.
Do you want to help Rotary end Polio? Do you enjoy a good beer or glass of wine? If so, purchase tickets to join us as we do a Downtown York Pub Crawl. We will meet at Central York Market and start the crawl to Mudhook Brewing Co, Holy Hound Taproom, The Handsome Cab, & Liquid Hero Brewery where we will have beer, wine, & appetizers to enjoy.  A growler of the “crowd winning beer” will be auctioned off to help support this great cause! Tickets for “Pints for Polio” are $49.50 and portions of the proceeds go towards Rotary’s Polio Plus Campaign.  For more information and to register, please visit this link:
The Elizabethtown Rotary Club is hosting a special 3-day event! 
October 24th - Funk Brewing Company - Music by DJ Dennis Mitchell from Fun 101.3
October 25th - Cox Brewing Company
October 26th - Moo-Duck Brewery - Music by Justin Angelo
Single Ticket: Select the night you want to attend and receive a commemorative pint glass and one drink ticket to be used at that venue. Approximately $10 of ticket purchase price is automatically be donated to our fundraiser.
Triple Play Ticket: Attend all three nights and receive a commemorative pint glass and three drink tickets (one for each venue). Approximately $30 of ticket purchase price is automatically be donated to our fundraiser.
I applaud the creativity of all of these events and truly can’t wait to see how this first time fundraiser turns out!
Thank you all for your support and please be safe as you’re out eating, drinking, and eradicating polio 
My best,
Una Martone
District Governor
Rotary District 7390
Shout Outs from DG Una!

Shouts Outs!

Shout Out to Trevor Reed, President of the Rotary Club of New Holland!  Trevor is the creative genius behind all of the Pints for Polio materials.  Trevor made the flyer that was used to recruit and secure our partner establishments for the October 24 event AND the promotional flyer with all of the establishments listed.  Let’s all thank Trevor for sharing his talents with us!!  PS ~ you can see Trevor at Rotary Rocks, a benefit concert for the Rotary Club of New Holland at Funck’s Restaurant in Leola on October 14.
(DG Una Martone, Club President, Trevor Reed and Assistant Governor Group F, Bill Cluley)
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Lancaster Penn Square for achieving a 96% attendance rate at weekly meetings AND committing to 1-2 community service projects each quarter.  This vibrant club has one of the most unique fundraisers I’ve come across in my travels… they bake fresh doggie biscuits and sell them at “First Friday” in downtown Lancaster each month.  The treats are branded with the Rotary logo and meeting information for a WIN WIN WIN.  The first win is for the doggies of course!  The second win is for membership attraction; and the third win is for fundraising.  Not bad for a club of 14 members (and growing). 
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Shippensburg!  This club leveraged a local municipal grant from Shippensburg Township to fund their work to construct a comfort station at the Trailhead of the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail.  A ribbon cutting is planned for Sunday, November 5 and the comfort station will be used by thousands of people in the years to come.  Well done!
Shout Out to PDG Steve Messner and the Rotary Club of Perry County.  Through a partnership with America’s Promise, over 700,000 books have been distributed to families throughout Central PA.  Each family is provided with a backpack that includes a series of books at advancing levels that grow with the family from the child’s infancy into the beginning stages of reading.  America’s Promise was founded in April 1997 when Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton came together to declare that ALL children should have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.  General Colin Powell became the founding chairman of the initiative and Dr. Messner brought America’s Promise to Rotary District 7390 during his tenure as District Governor in 2004/05.
Pints for Polio - October 24
The District 7390 Pints for Polio fundraiser on World Polio Day, October 24, is coming together nicely!  THANK YOU to all the Rotarians who worked to contact and secure establishments that are willing to donate a portion of their proceeds to Polio Plus.  EVERYONE is invited to participate in this effort.  I hope everyone will plan to go out on 10/24 and bring your family, friends and, perhaps, a designated driver!  I encourage clubs to plan group outings to the establishments in your area. Remember, all proceeds from the evening will be matched 2:1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 
Please see the attached flyer for all of the participating locations and details.  Print the flyer and bring along to the establishments on World Polio Day to ensure that your expenditures are included in the donations!  It’s not too late to add other establishments to the list.  If you know of another establishment that might consider participating, please ask them and connect interested parties with me at
Pints for Polio to the Next Level!
Here is a GREAT example of how one club has taken Pints for Polio to the next level.  Thank you President Tim Haak and the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown!!! Follow this link to view their video: 
Rotary NID (National Immunization Day) Trip to India - January 2018
Are you interested in participating in a National Immunization Day in India? The next one is scheduled for late January 2018.  Not only will you be participating in an important Rotary service project, but you will be seeing some of the world's best attractions. We will visit several cities in India. If you are interested in participating in this trip, please plan ahead as it takes at least one month to receive a VISA for India. For more information on obtaining a VISA, visit
  • When: January 18-31, 2018
  • Cities:  Several different cities
  • Cost:​ $2575 plus flight to India and back, assuming some home stays in India. I find that Indian hosts are delightful people.
  • Fun:  Most assuredly
If you are interested in participating, please contact PDG John Kramb by email at  He will take your name and keep you posted as information comes forth.
District Office Closed October 16-20
The Rotary District Office will be closed October 16-20. The office will re-open on Tuesday, October 24. If you need assistance while the office is closed, please contact your Club President or Assistant Governor. 
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! 
Harrisburg Club Pancake Breakfast - October 21
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg's largest fundraiser is on Saturday, October 21st  from 8:00 AM to Noon. The Apple Harvest Pancake Breakfast is held at John Harris High School (2451 Market Street, Harrisburg) of the Harrisburg School District. Proceeds go to the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation for the Harrisburg School District homeless backpack program, scholarships and community giving.  We really need your support to make this a successful day! Hope to see our fellow Rotarians there.
Grant Training Seminar - November 4
District training day has been changed to a Grant Training Seminar. This session provides the required GRANT CERTIFICATION for clubs to apply for district and global grants in the 2018-19 Rotary year.  
The Grant Training Seminar will be held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill). The day will begin with registration and hot breakfast buffet from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. The day will conclude at 11:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $25 per person and will include a booklet with handouts on Grants. The seminar will be held in the Convention center at the Radisson in Room Keystone E. 
RMB Event Scheduled for November 14 in Harrisburg!
Mark your calendars!  The Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone will host a RMB networking event on Tuesday, 14 November at the Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron Street in Harrisburg, starting with registration at 6:15 pm and ending at 8:00 pm.  Attending the event will cost nothing, and you buy your own drinks.  Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  Attend and make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of Rotary.  Bring potential Rotarian guests and don't forget family of Rotary. Click here to register! 
2017 Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner - November 15

The 2017 Annual Rotary Foundation dinner will be held Wednesday, November 15 at the Hershey Lodge (325 University Drive, Hershey) in the Aztec Room. 

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner with speaker - Rotarian John Nanni, Polio Survivor

​$65 per person

Dinner Menu: Roasted beet & arugula salad, Wild mushroom stuffed chicken and Pumpkin white chocolate trifle. 

Registration Deadline: November 10, 2017

Click here for more information and to register! 

Past District Governor's Annual Dinner

Past District Governor's Annual Dinner

These wonderful people keep me humble. Some of the Past District Governors of Rotary District 7390 all gathered for a meal and fellowship on October 5, 2017. If I had to guess, I'd say members of this distinguished group have made about 200 mission trips around the world collectively and generously donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to The Rotary Foundation in support of peace, clean water, eradicating polio and much more. What an honor to stand among them and learn the many ways to make a difference through Rotary. 
Reach Out & Read Guest Storytellers Course
In this training, participants will meet for two 2-hour sessions with the York County Literacy Council’s Family Literacy Coordinator. Participants will be instructed in the different  storytelling techniques that inspire the love of reading in children.
The course is free to all District 7390 Rotary Members.  The course, instructor’s time, copies, and refreshments will be provided free of charge by the York County Literacy Council. Every participant is asked to pay for their “kit”, $25, which is yours to keep.  Your kit contains books and materials to get you started as a Guest Storyteller. The Rotary Club of York and the York County Literacy Council consider your participation as a Guest Storyteller in the Reach Out & Read program a great benefit in our efforts to break the cycle of illiteracy.
Upon completion, participants will be asked to be Guest Storytellers, reading to children at participating medical practices including Family First Health locations. When opportunity permits, we encourage volunteers to teach parents and caregivers these interactive techniques that inspire the love of learning and make reading fun.
Each participant will receive a Guest Storyteller’s “Kit” containing:
  • Set of children’s books
  • Craft materials
  • Helpful hints to share with parents and caregivers
When:    October 16 and 18, 2017  from 9:00 a.m. -  11: 00 a.m.
Where:  York County Literacy Council (800 E. King St, United Way Community Room, York, PA)               
Register today by calling (717) 845-8719 or emailing us at Be sure to state your club name when signing up. 
Lancaster-Sunrise Makes Donation
The Rotary Club of Lancaster-Sunrise made a donation of $2400 in cash to the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon. The funds were raised through Lancaster Sunrise Rotary's annual Ride for Literacy bike ride. Cheryl Heister, Executive Director, expressed heartfelt thanks for the many years of support to the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon. 
The mission of the Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon is to promote lifelong learning and provide personalized adult education services. "Our vision is that adults have the skills they need to transform their lives, sustain their families and strengthen their communities."
The Rotary Club of Lancaster Sunrise motto is “Service Beyond Self.”  We play a leadership role in supporting many local organizations – with gifts of time, talent, and financial resources. Causes supported by the Rotary Club of Lancaster Sunrise include polio plus, literacy projects including supporting of the Lancaster-Lebanon Literacy Council and Lancaster Campaign Book Challenge, Ethiopian Eye Mission, etc.  Rotary bridges boundaries and barriers to forge humanitarian bonds of friendship and service beyond self.
Carlisle-Sunrise Sunbeams Up Early
The Carlisle-Sunrise Rotarians were up-and-at-'em early for the United Way Day of Caring on 6 October 2017.  Our Rotary volunteers were matched with the Cumberland Valley Rails to Trails Council. With great vigor and perseverance, they cleared brush from the half-mile section of the Rails to Trails path at the entrance to the Oakville Road Trailhead. Several bicyclists, runners and walkers traversing the trail that morning thanked the Sunrisers for their work.
Harrisburg Club Executive Secretary Retiring
After 20+ years of service to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, Linda Freedenberg will be retiring as of December 31st, 2017. We will be sad to see Linda leave us, but we wish her and her husband many safe journeys as they take time to enjoy their family and smell the roses!
The Harrisburg Club Board of Directors has approved the hire of a Club Administrator to fill this position. This position is designated as a part time position with a 30 hour work week. As a part time position, there are no Rotary paid benefits, other than working with great people to accomplish great things.
Click here to view the job description. If you know someone who may be a great fit to fill this role, please have them contact Rotarian Debby Abel, at Abel Personnel. Debby’s email address is, and her contact phone number is 717-561-2222.
Upcoming Events
YE - 2018-19 Outbound Applications Due
Oct 13, 2017
YE - 2018 STEP Applications Due
Oct 13, 2017
YE - 2018-19 Committments to Host an Inbound Due
Oct 13, 2017
Rotary Leadership Institute
Central Penn College
Oct 14, 2017
YE - Inbound Overnight Social - Hershey
Oct 14, 2017 – Oct 15, 2017
Zones 24 & 32 Institute
Oct 16, 2017 – Oct 22, 2017
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2017
Pints for Polio!
Oct 24, 2017
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
District Advisory Council of PDGs
Byrnes Health Education Center
Oct 28, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grant Training Seminar
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
Nov 04, 2017
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.