Disaster Relief Update
Your District Disaster Relief Committee met this week to establish goals for funds raised.
A goal has been set to raise $50,000.00.
To date the following has been raised:
  • Rotary Club of York has raised $18,000.00
  • Rotary Club of Carlisle has raised $15,000.00 
  • Rotary Club of Hanover has raised $2,600.00
  • Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise has raised $  1,800.00         
How to make a donation to D7390 Disaster Relief
Club and Individual Donations can be sent to the Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation, PO Box 301, Carlisle PA 17013. They are the central collection point for our district donations. Donors will receive a tax deductible letter of acknowledgement.
How will funds be distributed? Funds collected by our District will be sent to areas in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico that can be identified as low income with limited financial resources. Our goal is to be a good shepherd of donor funds, supporting specific identified needs/projects and not simply sending monies for unspecified use.
All three hurricane areas are still in the disaster response stage with a need for basic items and cleanup. In the months ahead, long-term restoration will take place. Your district committee will vigilantly research progress, select projects that meet our goals, and keep our Rotarians informed on how monies are distributed.
Greetings from Katie Kim - RI Global Grant Scholar
Katie Kim is a Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship recipient from South Korea. She is attending Penn State Hershey Medical Center and being hosted by the Rotary Club of Hershey.
She is in her 7th week of class already and realizing that times flies by quickly. So far, she's met good professors, mentors, and cohorts, and she is really enjoying studying here. Katie is taking a Public Health Ethics class, Leadership class, and learning a lot about Global health. She is enjoying Penn State Hershey and greatly appreciates the Rotary Club of Hershey, D7390 and Rotary in general for the opportunity to study here! 
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. Cities to be visited include New Delhi, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Agra (think "Taj Mahal". The building, not the singer). 
  • When: January 18-31, 2018
  • Cities:  Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur
  • 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.
Community Roots program offers free trees
Through its COMMUNITY ROOTS program, PPL Electric will give free trees to community based organizations that are interested in beautifying the world and reducing greenhouse gases.  Orders are filled on a first come, first served basis and orders must be placed by OCTOBER 25 for spring delivery.  A variety of trees in a variety of forms (bare root seedlings, container seedlings, gallon potted seedlings @ 25 seedlings per order) are available.  This might be a perfect solution for clubs that want to participate in President Ian Riseley’s challenge for each Rotarian to plant a tree during the 2017/18 Rotary Year.  For full detail and to place your order before October 25, please visit  Many thanks to Jairee Counterman, President of the Rotary Club of Perry County, for bringing this program to our attention. 
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. 
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).
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
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. This session provides the required GRANT CERTIFICATION for clubs to apply for district and global grants in the 2018-19 Rotary year.  IN ADDITION, attendees will gain the added benefits of a membership seminar, public relations seminar, and overview of The Rotary Foundation. 
Training day 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. 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. 
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.
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! 

Rotary Club of York Fights to END POLIO with Downtown Party "Pints for Polio"
The Rotary Club of York is fighting to end Polio.  The Club is sponsoring “Pints for Polio”, a pub crawl in Downtown York Saturday, October 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Portions of the proceeds will go toward Rotary’s Polio Plus Campaign to fund the fight to end Polio.  Rotary is near the finish line for  eradicating Polio off the face of the earth.
The pub crawl starting point is Mezzogiorno in the Central Market.  Other stops include Mud Hook, Holy Hound, Handsome Cab and Liquid Hero.  Each location will have featured beers or wine to enjoy.
Please support the Rotary Club of York and join us for a fun afternoon to support this great cause.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  For more information and tickets go to
For further information contact: Kacey French, Rotary Club of York Member, at OR Sue Ann Kline, Rotary Club of York Member, 717-845-8738,
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.
Hanover Participates in "Coats of Friendship"

Coats of Friendship

On October 3, the Hanover Club participated in Coats of Friendship. Coats of Friendship is a Non-Profit aiming to make the world a warmer place through doing things for people in need. Organized and operated by Elementary kids, this group is collecting warm clothing for people in need. In 2015- 85 coats distributed; in 2016- 705 coats were distributed; 2017- aiming to distribute 1000 coats.
Three of the leaders presented to the club about their organization and how they are determined to distribute 1000 coats. The club had a mini-coat drive to help them meet their goal!
More about COATS OF FRIENDSHIP. It all started when a boy named Tristan saw a YouTube video about a homeless little boy without a jacket, in 5-degree weather. He stood on the streets for 2 hours and no one helped him. Finally, another homeless person gave him his jacket and some of his money to buy food or other needs. That made Tristan so sad that he started the coat drive so everyone could have a jacket. 

So we got our first donation of coats in 2015 and hung them throughout two parks in York, PA, so people who live on the streets, with no jackets, could just walk up and grab a jacket. While we were hanging the jackets, we saw a teenage girl and her mom, who were cold. She said they just moved from Florida and they didn’t need jackets in Florida, but they moved to PA and didn’t have enough money for jackets. So we got her, her family, and her neighbor's jackets. That made us (Lizzie, Troy, Tristan, Emerson, and Joey) so touched, that we are doing it again every year. 

So we hope you donate your old unfitting jackets, coats, scarves, mittens, gloves, and hats, and help make a wonderful difference. THANK YOU!
Gettysburg Helps with Road Clean-Up
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg and Rotaract Club of Gettysburg College continued its longstanding tradition of cleaning up trash on York Road (Route 30) in Gettysburg on Sept. 30. The clubs have been cleaning the highway biannually for about 20 years.
Carlisle Sunrise "Sunbeams"
Five Carlisle Sunrise Rotarians volunteered and partnered with the Orrstown Bank on September 29 to raise funds and other donations for victims of the recent hurricanes. Past District Governor Kevin Cogan joined the Chefs of the Day for this impromptu service opportunity.
Colonial Park Hosts 2017 RYLA Students

RYLA Students Honored

The Colonial Park Rotary Club recently honored the eight students from Central Dauphin High School, Central Dauphin East High School, Bishop McDevitt High School and the Dauphin County Technical School that attended the 57th annual “Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference” known as RYLA  that was held June 11th – 15th at Messiah College in Grantham, PA.  Representing Central Dauphin High School were Sameer Khan and Taye Dairo.  Representing Central Dauphin East High School were: Jahnea Pressley and Aunbrielle (Auni) Green. Representing the Dauphin County Technical School were: Arrietta (Etta) Putman and Abraham (Abe) Sandoval. Representing Bishop McDevitt were:  Michael Hair and Daley Ryan. The five day RYLA Conference provides an intense leadership training program for outstanding young men and women from public and non-public secondary schools in Rotary District 7390 from the counties of Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York, Pennsylvania.  The program focus was on the development of moral courage, the disposal and concentration of effort,  a sense of priority, humor, good judgement and The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.
Pictured: Front Row (L-R)   Jahnea Pressley, Colonial Park Rotary Club President Melanie Walderon, Arrietta  (Etta) Putman and Abraham (Abe) Sandoval. Back row (L-R)   Sameer Khan, Aunbrielle (Auni) Green, Taye Dairo and RYLA Conference Chair Gary Crissman. Not pictured:  Daley Ryan and Michael Hair
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. 
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
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.
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
Past District Governor Dinner
Lancaster Country Club
Oct 05, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.