A Message from DG Una Martone
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
When you think about people who have a vested interest in the communities served by the Rotary Clubs in our district, does anyone or any group immediately come to mind? If you’re like me, you might think of elected officials, public school officials, even police officers. The well being of their constituents is of the utmost concern to all of these people. 
Maybe your club has invited your County Commissioner or School District Superintendent to speak to the members; maybe you’ve invited them to attend a program when scholarships were presented or a community service project was recognized. Maybe you’ve even honored an elected official with an award or Paul Harris Fellow.  But have you extended an invitation for these folks to JOIN your club? They already care about the community, maybe they would want to join forces with Rotarians to make a difference!
I have been so very pleased to encounter several elected officials and school administrators in my recent club visits and want to give them a shout out for joining Rotary! Maybe you can help us attract your fellow community leaders as members. If your local officials are NOT already Rotarians, maybe we can use the example set by their peers to encourage their consideration. It won’t hurt to ask, right?
Here’s to a great August, everyone!
Yours in Rotary,
2017/18 District Governor
Una Martone
Shout Outs!!
This list may not be comprehensive, so please notify the district office if you have any elected officials or others to add. We’ll give them a shout out next time.
Cumberland County Representative Sheryl Delozier, Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg
Lancaster County Commissioner Dennis P. Stuckey, Rotary Club of Lititz
Assistant Superintendent of Solanco School District, Robert Dangler,Rotary Club of Lancaster South
Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, Rotary Club of Northern Lebanon
Lebanon County Solicitor, David R. Warner, Jr., President, Rotary Club of Lebanon
Susquehanna School District Superintendent, Dr. Tamara Willis, Rotary Club of Susquehanna Township
York County Commissioner Susan Byrnes, Honorary Member, Rotary Club of York
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Myerstown ELCO for their work to construct this beautiful welcome sign entering the town. It virtually shouts “Rotary Lives Here” to everyone who enters. What a great way to brand Rotary and recognize their club’s unyielding presence and support of the community. A district grant helped support this effort. Maybe an idea for another club to pursue next year?!
Membership & the Objects of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; and FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
From these four essential objects of Rotary International, the focus of this article will be in the first one, “The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service”. This statement may have different meanings, but one can certainly be considered common in any interpretation, it means the development of true Rotarians, those who come to Rotary, join this organization as members and become committed Rotarians for life with one tangible purpose, to serve others.
The fact is that with the initial contact comes the acquaintance level, the opportunity to know worthy people, successful leaders and kind human beings. From acquaintance starts fellowship, the chance to know other professionals, new leaders, other individuals who share the preeminence of service above self and the benefits of serving others. From fellowship comes friendship and the development of long-term relationships, which makes the Rotary camaraderie, fellowship and friendship a global social enterprise truly committed to the ideal of service. 
Anything starts with the first contact with Rotarians; it is the first impression, the beginning of the Rotary journey. The first exposure via guest days, open houses, special networking events and many other ways to showcase Rotary. It all starts with one committed Rotarian, one champion, one person who wants to share the value proposition of Rotary and exercise the first object of rotary, “The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service”. Would you like to take this chance? Would you like to invite a colleague, friend or co-worker to experience Rotary and the privilege of service above self?  August is Rotary membership Month, ask, just ask somebody else to join you at your next meeting. If all of us ask just one person to join to our next club meeting, you will be surprised how many people could join and benefit from the opportunity to serve above self. Just ASK… Just ASK... Just ASK…
Looking for a Club Speaker? 
Did you know there are at least 20 committees in our District? Why not invite one of the committee chairs to be a speaker at your Club? This is just one example of the many educational and inspirational resources provided at the district level.  Click here to see a complete list of the District committee chairs! 
Local Rotarian Flying High Again! 
World War II Veteran Fighter Pilot and member of the Rotary Club of Meyerstown ELCO, Bob Brocklehurst took flight again at the age of 96! He was featured in a nice tribute on ABC news earlier this year. Now, at the age of 97 and proud of his 36 years of perfect Rotary attendance before he accepted the “senior active” status, Bob graciously agreed to take a selfie with me and allowed me to share his story. It was quite an honor to shake his hand and thank him for his service. How lucky are we, as Rotarians, to have opportunities to get to know people from so many generations who are connected through Service Above Self?! God Speed, Bob!
A Blast from the Past
Among the several Past District Governors that I’ve encountered during my first month of club visits, I recently met PDG Albert Alley from the Rotary Club of Lebanon.  During his term in 1993-94, under RI President Robert Barth (RIP), Al recalled the theme was “Believe in what you do.  Do what you believe in.”  Now, almost 25 years later, Al is as active in Lebanon as ever and offered his full support of our current theme of Rotary: Making a Difference.  Thanks, Al!
Rotary remembers Sam Owori for his "quiet confidence," integrity, and friendship
The Rotary flags in front of Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and Rotary offices around the world fly at half-staff this week as friends and colleagues mourn President-elect Sam F. Owori, who died on 13 July from complications after surgery. 
With an engaging smile and a calming voice, Sam put everyone he talked to at ease, says Hilda Tadria , a member of the Rotary Club of Gaba, Uganda, and a close friend of Sam and his wife, Norah. 
Sam F. Owori, Rotary's president-elect, was always optimistic and brought an unyielding sense of right and wrong to his work. Owori died 13 July.  “I call it the ‘Sam Smile,’” says Tadria. “It made him very approachable and easy to talk to. I think his smile is one of the things Rotary and his friends will miss most.” Sam, who had been elected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2018-19, would have been the second African Rotary member, and the first Ugandan, to hold that office. He joined Rotary in 1978 and was a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda. “No matter the situation, Sam was always upbeat, always joking around and putting everyone else in a good mood,” says Tadria. 
One of the admirable things about Sam, Tadria says, was his love and devotion to his wife. They met in primary school in Tororo, Uganda. Sam described Norah Owori as beautiful, well-educated, and full of character.  “He adored Norah and always put her first.” Tadria says. “They were best friends and partners for life. It was very sweet to see them together. They never left each other’s side.” Sam was highly respected in Uganda, Tadria says, for his high integrity and consistent ethical standards. Those qualities, she says, are important in a Rotary president. “He was a man everyone could trust.”  She adds, “He preferred listening to speaking. It’s one reason he was so well-liked.” 
Tasting of Millersburg Event
Join Millersburg Rotary Club for a Tasting Tour of Millersburg presented by Mid Penn Bank on Saturday August 26 from Noon until 4pm. Participants will stroll through downtown Millersburg experiencing local foods and drinks.  Enjoy the historic ambiance of our business district and relax along the scenic vistas of our river parks.
Your ticket is your passport to approximately twenty venues within one square mile where various local flavors await.  Food and drink samples include cheese, honey, sauces, bakery items, hors d'oeuvres, wine, and liquor. In addition to the samples, products will be available for purchase from most vendors.
This event will raise funds to help Millersburg Rotary Club plant trees in conjunction with Millersburg Borough's 2018 MYO Park Centennial Improvement Project and to support Millersburg Rotary Club's youth programs.
Tickets are available now at for $25 in advance, and if there are any tickets left (only 200 tickets will be sold), they will be available for $30, cash only, on the day of the event at Mid Penn Bank's Union Street Millersburg Branch.
Participating vendors include: Mid Penn Bank, Every Day Blessings Gift Shoppe w/ Chef Tim's Vinagrette, TVP Colonnade Theater w/ Rachel's Pretzels & the Ned Smith Center, Historical Society featuring Jacob Light's National Clock,  Gallery on the Square w/ Armstrong Valley Winery, William's FF, Wooden Nickel, China Star, Millersburg Hardware Store w/ Mid State Distillery, Burrell's Florist w: Carns Bee Farm, Johnson's Jewelry w/ Winery at Hunter's Valley, Pisano's, The Furniture Center w/ Lykens Valley Creamery, Max's Grille & Sport's Bar, Daniel's Cafe, Manor House Gifts w/ Riverview Candies, Special Moments Bridal Boutique w/ Wanda's Heavenly Cupcakes, Daniel's RiverFront Cafe, Olivero's Winery and Loose Ties Model Railroad Club at the Millersburg Train Station
Sponsors include: Mid Penn Bank, Lisi Oil Co, American Legion Post 326, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Bolig's Propane Inc, Chris Dietz, Blaine G. Walter, JR VFW Post 5507, Boyer Swimming Pools, Scott Meckley, CPRS, Coleman's Military Surplus.
Love Fore Community!
One putt, one serve, and one wicket at a time……the Rotary Club of York is making a difference one pitch, one book, and with one veteran at a time with our annual “LOVE FORE COMMUNITY” fundraising event, which will be held at the Country Club of York on Monday, September 11, 2017.  Golf, tennis and croquet is offered for the sporting folks, with a buffet dinner and a silent auction full of terrific items for everyone to participate.   This year’s recipients of the proceeds will be York City Little League, “Reach out and Read” project to put books into the hands of children ages 0-5, and to pay tribute to 9/11, we have chosen York County’s Veteran’s Court.  The Club has raised more than $300,000 over the years from the annual event, helping many organizations provide services to the community.  We want to invite all D7390 Rotarians and their guests to partner with us to through sponsorships and participants. Please join us for a fun-filled day for great causes.  The registration form is online at or you may contact the club office at 717-848-1370. 
New Year, New Board, New Initiatives
At a Thursday meeting earlier this month, the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North welcomed its newly installed board for the 2017/2018 year.  Led by President John Anthony of Mechanicsburg, the board and club have created several new initiatives in an effort to expand the Club’s impact locally and around the world. 
Having won “Extra Large Club of the Year for Rotary District 7390” last year under the leadership of Chuck Hiller, this already active club is looking to grow.  “This year, we will be starting an afternoon meeting to complement our long standing Thursday morning meeting,” Anthony said. “Our goal is offer the opportunity to serve, through Rotary, to those who cannot make a morning meeting on a regular basis.” he said.
In addition, the club is initiating a new service called “Service at Your Seat”.  The club has been serving across the region through giving time at Bethesda Mission and New Hope Ministries among many other local worthy organizations.  “With “Service at Your Seat”, members will be packing bags of hygiene products for local elementary school children during a meeting.  This gives us another outlet for service without increasing our time commitments”, said President Elect Rick St. Peter of Mechanicsburg. 
“This year, our international president, Ian Riseley, has requested that we plant a tree for every Rotarian world-wide.  That’s an estimated 1.2 million trees worldwide!  We are very excited to be participating in this initiative locally”, Anthony added.
“Our club has always been a club of ‘doers’, from local projects to helping people around the world”, said Juliet Altenburg of New Cumberland, the club’s new Vice President.  “It is going to be a year of building new and exciting initiatives on the foundation of those good works our club has been performing for over 25 years”, she added. 
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North meets on Thursday mornings at the Park Inn in Mechanicsburg at 7:15 am.  The Club welcomes anyone interested in being of service to their community, the region, and the world.  For more information about the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North, visit or
Paul Harris Fellowships Awarded
The Rotary Club of Hanover awarded Paul Harris Fellowships to Ellie Rebert and Warren Risk.  Both Ellie and Warren were recognized for multiple Paul Harris Fellowship donations.  In the picture from left to right is John Kramb (PDG, DRFC & visiting Rotarian for the day), Ralph Jodice (Hanover’s President), Ellie Rebert (multiple Paul Harris Fellow), Warren Risk (multiple Paul Harris Fellow), and Bob Miller (Hanover’s Foundation Chairperson). 
Byrnes HEC Rotary Appreciation Night - August 24
The staff of the Byrnes Health Education Center extend a cordial invitation to all Rotary members and guests of Rotary District 7390 to attend 
An Evening of Appreciation on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Please join us at our facility to experience your investment at work and to receive an update on new programming. Our teaching theaters will be open and our educators will be available to acquaint you with our health education mission!
Dinner will be provided. All Rotarians are welcome! 
Kindly RSVP to Ann Bahn, 717-848-3064 ext. 221 or
Rotary Means Business - August 24
5:30 – 7:30, at the York County Economic Alliance, 144 Roosevelt Avenue, York, PA
Bring a lot of business cards!  The cost of admission is $10.  Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and drinks (wine and/or beer) are provided.  Click here to RSVP NOW! 
Great Networking Opportunity
  • Meet Greater Southern Tier Rotarians
  • Promote Your Business & Have Fun
  • Bring Guests & Expand Your Membership
  • Your Club Could Host One at No Cost!
Rotary Means Business - September 12
RSVP Now!!  The Rotary Club of Carlisle will host the next Northern Tier (greater Harrisburg area) RMB networking event on Tuesday, 12 September at the Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory (2020 West Trindle Road, Carlisle) with the event starting at 5:30 and ending at 7:30 pm. Click here to Register NOW! The cost is a non-refundable $25 for great heavy hors d'oeuvres, soft beverages, water, wine and beer.  Make great business connections, enjoy wonderful fun and fellowship, and bring potential Rotarian guests.  Do not miss this networking opportunity.
What is Rotary Video
This cute video spoof “What is Rotary” overviews some of the misconceptions about Rotary AND it has a tie back to District 7390!  It was produced by Heather Ranck whose father, Don Ranck, is a member of our very own Paradise Rotary Club!  Well done Heather!
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.