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. 
Disaster Relief Update
Providing financial support to communities in need following a hurricane is a daunting responsibility. The initial call for help, disaster response, is easy to identify; everyone needs water, shelter, clothing, food, debris removal and roof tarps; D7390 clubs and members have responded significantly to that call.
But what happens now after the flood waters recede? Homes are destroyed; families are displaced; valued possessions are lost. The victims want an immediate resolution. For those homeowners with insurance and financial resources, rebuilding will come fast. But for those not so blessed, to whom do they turn?  Churches, non-profits and Rotary clubs will answer that call. But how do we determine where funding will go? How do we know who is in financial need? How do we go about distributing dollars to purchase building materials? This is a long process, normally taking a year to identify homeowners who have no other financial sources to rebuild and who have clear title to their homes.  Plus there are the steps needed to set up volunteer housing and bring in construction leadership to oversee the work.
D7390 has begun the process. We are looking to individual Rotarians and Clubs to make donations now so that funding is available once all the steps are in place. We are researching the areas hardest hit so our funding will have a true impact. We are vetting organizations that will be on the ground with caseworkers to qualify homeowners, volunteer housing to provide room/board for volunteers who do the work, and staff to oversee the work.
Stay tuned for more information as we identify answers to the questions above. Let’s make this a combined District project.
Is your Club collecting money for disaster relief? Please let us know your plans. Where will your money be sent? What is your goal? Will you send your donations to the District project? The more we know about our Rotarian’s goals, the better we can determine a designation for the donations.
D7390 Disaster Relief Committee: Bill Harkey, Carlisle Rotary; Peg Sennett, Hanover Rotary, and Randy Sibert, Colonial Park Rotary,
You're invited to the Rotary Club of York on October 4th!
The Rotary Foundation Committee of the Rotary Club of York would like to invite you to attend our meeting on October 4th at noon at the Country Club of York. Dr Stephanie Urchick is a Past Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, Past Chair of the TRF Centennial Celebration Committee, and currently chairs Rotary’s Strategic Planning Committee. Her presentation is titled “What Really Matters to The Rotary Foundation?” A presentation about the power of Rotarians to engage in doing good in the world.  Buffet luncheon opens at 11:45am and meeting adjourns by 1:15pm.  To make a reservation, please contact Bert Oberdick at or 717-848-1370.  Guest fee is $18.00, payable by check or cash only.
District Membership & Foundation Giving
District membership for August 31, 2017 is 2,315. Click here to view the full membership report! 
District giving to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation to date is: $44,960. The District Annual Fund giving goal for 2017-18 is $68,740. Club Presidents - If you have not entered your Foundation goal in Rotary Club Central, please do so! 
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. 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! 

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
Welcome to our Youngest Rotarian! 
Congratulations to Southern York County President Patrick Barry and his wife Ashton! They welcomed a little baby boy into the world on Sunday, September 17th @ 5:46 p.m.  Wesley James Barry was born 7lbs 13oz, 19 1/2 inches.  We look forward to seeing Wesley at Rotary events in the near future and are excited to welcome him to the family of Rotary! 
Carlisle Clubs trying to recruit more Women! 

The Women of the Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle-Sunrise gathered at the Carlisle Country Club to network, socialize and bring potential other women to join their clubs. A great time was had by all. More events are planned to recruit more women.
Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise "Sunbeams"
Carlisle's Sunrise Rotary gathered for the annual "Rallye in the Alley" for fellowship with spouses and friends at the Market Cross Pub. Club President Rena Geesaman donned the Grand Poohbah Hat as the leader of our merry band.
Our club continues engagement in community programs such as Chamber Women for Women speaking on "Conquering Your Career Path" featuring Sunrise Rotarians Kate Millikan and Tara Fischer.
Hanover Club Hosts College Night!
The Hanover Rotary Club held its annual College Night at Delone Catholic High School on September 25th.  The Hanover Rotary Club has hosted College Night for our community for over 30 years. Over 50 colleges took part in the event and over 80 families attended to start the arduous process of deciding where to go to school. We had six school districts represented from the Hanover Area.  President-Elect Torren Ecker has run this event for the last four years and has received great support from the Hanover Club at the event each year. College Night gives the Hanover Club great community exposure and builds great camaraderie with fellow Rotarians.
Susquehanna Township High School Interact Club

STHS Interact Club Harvest the Hanna Hope Garden

The Interact Club, in conjunction with our local chapter of The Susquehanna Township Rotary started a garden project.
Two years ago Diane Lehrman of Our Savior Church on Progress Avenue contacted Mrs. Tracy (Faculty Advisor to Interact Club) to discuss an idea for a community project. Ms. Lehrman knew that The Interact Club volunteered at the local Manna Food Pantry. Ms. Lehrman’s community project was based on the assumption that if every church, synagogue or mosque gave up a small piece of their property for a vegetable garden, world hunger would greatly be reduced. The need for fresh and nutritious produce at Manna Food Pantry is paramount.  The Interact Club thought about the project and saw an opportunity.
This is the origin of “The Hanna Hope Garden”. The first year the Interact Club planted and harvested only Red Norland Potatoes. The yield was very good; so it was decided to add butternut squash, onions, and kale. Students researched and typed recipes for kale so that people could incorporate the vegetable into their diet.
The garden was harvested on September 11th 2017 to include 70 freezer bags of fresh kale, 95 pounds of squash, 60 pounds of potatoes and 25 pounds of onions. It should be noted that members of the Susquehanna Township Rotary assisted with preparing the plot, fence and weeding. The students worked well together and learned how to wisely use natural resources.
Mount Joy Hosts donor recognition ceremony

Rotary Club of Mount Joy hosts donor recognition ceremony on Sunday, September 24.

Joanne Pinkerton leads local Girl Scouts in “We’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”

Boy Scouts from Rotary Support Troop 69 present the colors.

Plaque recognizing the major donors was unveiled by Kids Joy Land team leaders Dr. Ed Bartakovitz, Joanne Pinkerton, Rotary Club President, and Borough Council Member Joshua Deering.

Kids Joy land

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
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
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
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.