Colonial Park is Hosting and Indoor Mini Golf Tournament

Colonial Park Rotary Club is hosting an INDOOR MINI GOLF OUTING on February 6 with tee times starting at 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and again at 2:00 p.m. Register your team of 4 people! The cost to register a team is $100.00. This is a fun for every age event! You will will play an 18 hole mini golf course set up in the building of Colonial Golf and Tennis Club (4901 Linglestown road Harrisburg, PA).

Sponsor this unique event:
  • Event Sponsor - $1,500.00 - Identification on all promotional materials; Signage throughout the “golf course”; Three foursomes for the tournament, any flight
  • Gold Level Sponsor - $1,000.00 - Special signage and Two foursomes any flight  
  • Silver Level Sponsor - $750.00 - Special signage and one foursome, any flight   
  • Bronze Level Sponsor - $500 - Special signage and one foursome, any flight
  • Individual Holes - $100 - Tee sign
 
 
Colonial Park is Hosting and Indoor Mini Golf Tournament 2021-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

District 7390 Launches a BLOG

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new District 7390 blog which will feature the good people and good work of Rotarians throughout District 7390!  Unlike the Rotary Reporter, the blog will be a place for Rotarians to share the stories BEHIND the news.  Examples of stories can include innovative club service projects, member spotlights, and ways your club is impacting the community.
 
Go to http://d7390rotaryblog.wordpress.com/ to read our first featured post submitted by members of the Harrisburg Keystone Club!  While you are there, subscribe to the blog by scrolling down to the bottom of the homepage and inserting your email address.  By doing so, you will automatically get happy stories delivered to your in-box once they get posted.   We hope to publish stories weekly but need authors!  Go to the “Contributor Guidelines” on the blog for submission guidance.
 
This new platform was launched as a project of the new District Communications Committee chaired by Passport Club member Patricia Green-Rodgers.  Contact her at patricia@stoneofsconefarm.com with questions, suggestions, and ways you would be willing to share your expertise in spreading the good work of Rotary in our community.
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Club Seeking International Partner for Global Grant

The Fanwood Scotch Plains Rotary Club (Fanwood, NJ) is seeking a partner club to participate in a global grant.
 
In the project, they will work with an implementing agency called FEDICAMP.  They are proposing to put modern latrines in 140 rural homes.  These farmers are in networks supported by FEDICAMP.  Their partner club is the Matagalpa Rotary Club in Nicaragua.
 
So they are looking for help with funding and also can channel some donations through your club in order to trigger matching money.  Total project cost is $74000—but have a $20000 foundation grant.   Commitments of about $10000 thru two clubs (Matagalpa and Fanwood scotch Plains Club).
 
Anyone who is interested in participating, please contact Brooks Smith at smithjbrooks25@gmail.com.
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Teacher Impact Awards

In a year like no other, every teacher deserves an award! Help us celebrate educators who made an extra-special impact. Do you know a math teacher who has a special way of making learning numbers fun for students? Or a science teacher who opened a new world for your child? Nominate an extraordinary teacher for the 2021 Teacher Impact Awards!
 
We all know teachers who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of their students. This program is designed to recognize and celebrate seven K-12 teachers in public and private schools in the Rotary District’s seven county area which include:
  • Adams
  • Cumberland
  • Dauphin
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Perry
  • York
A committee of Rotary and WITF staff will review nominations and produce a special compilation television program featuring the outstanding teachers that will air on WITF TV. The top teachers will also be honored at a special awards ceremony on May 26, 2021.
 
Celebrate an outstanding teacher by completing the nomination form online here (preferred) or download and send the completed form via email to teacherimpactawards@witf.org. You can also mail the form to: Teacher Impact Awards (4801 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111)
 
All forms must be received by February 28, 2021.
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DG VLOG with the Safety Committee 2021-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Carlisle Rotary Auction Overcomes Challenges to Reach Goal Set for CPARC


 

Carlisle Rotary Clubs present a check for $20,592.33 to CPARC. The funds were raised during Rotary’s annual holiday auction. Pictured from left to right are Mike Zick, President of the Carlisle Sunrise Rotary Club, Anne Couldridge, CPARC Executive Director, Justin Doty, President of the Carlisle Rotary Club and Bill Blankmeyer, Rotary Auction Coordinator. 
 
Each year Carlisle’s two Rotary Club Presidents identify one project or organization to be the focus of their holiday auction. Selected this year was the Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC), a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides support, training, and opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities. 
 
Rotary’s goal was to match the $20,000 that was raised last year. However, the fear was that this simply could not be done due to the ongoing pandemic. The first challenge was Rotary’s holiday dinner was cancelled due to COVID-19 public gathering restrictions. Since the auction has traditionally been conducted at the dinner an alternate solution was required. Not to be dissuaded, Rotary Club Presidents Justin Doty and Mike Zick suggested the auction be conducted online.
 
This challenge was taken up by the auction coordinator, Rotarian Bill Blankmeyer, to find an auction platform that would support Rotary’s needs. Fortunately, thanks to recommendations from previous online auctioneers in the community, the 32 auctions platform was found to be very affordable and user friendly.
 
However, a new challenge developed as to where to store and eventually distribute the 100+ auction items. The solution came from Rotarian Michelle Crowley, President of the Carlisle Chamber of Commerce who offered storage space at the Chamber building which also served as a perfect location to facilitate the distribution of the items once the auction was over.
 
The online auction bidding took place from 4 to 13 December and raised just over $7,000. In support of the auction, over $13,000 was raised in sponsorships provided by members of both Rotary Clubs, bringing the total for the auction to $20,592.33. This was only possible thanks to the generosity of Rotarians and local businesses who donated items to be auctioned and the tremendous support from community participants in bidding during the auction.  
 
The last challenge was the snow storm on 16 December that hampered the distribution of auction items at the Chamber building. As the last item was picked up on 21 December everyone was glad the auction saga was finally over and extremely thankful that Rotary’s fundraising goal for CPARC was exceeded.
 
On January 11th, Club Presidents Justin Doty and Mike Zick presented the check to CPARC’s Executive Director, Anne Couldridge at a brief ceremony outside CPARC’s building. Couldridge was extremely appreciative of Rotary’s donation stating “the funds would be applied to the ongoing financial costs associated with helping the people we support stay healthy during these unprecedented times.”
 
While Rotary’s dinner had to be cancelled this year, the tradition of recognizing each club’s annual distinguished award recipient continued by presentations at regularly scheduled club meetings currently being conducted via zoom. The Carlisle Sunrise Rotary Club selected Past District Governor Kevin Cogan to receive the “Buzz Coho Distinguished Service Citation.” The Carlisle Rotary Club selected Past President Carol Lennon to receive their “Four Way Test Award”.
Carlisle Rotary Auction Overcomes Challenges to Reach Goal Set for CPARC 2021-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

District Safety Committee Updates

Rotary International “Call to Action” encourages Rotarians to promote COVID-19 Vaccination

The Board of RI and Trustees of the Rotary Foundation met during a joint session and agreed that Rotarians have a major role to play not only in Polio eradication but COVID-19 eradication through the promotion of vaccine distribution. In their “Call to Action” published December 15, 2020, RIP Holger Knaack and Rotary Foundation Chair KR Ravindran outlined strategies including working jointly with local partners to “combat the powerful, growing force of vaccine resistance and misinformation” in our communities. It is our civic duty as Rotarians to join forces with others to eradicate disease and save lives through vaccination and risk mitigation strategies. To read the entire letter, click here to go to the district website safety page.
 
 
 
 
 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Distribution Plan highlighted at Press Briefing

On Tuesday, January 14, a press briefing was held by Governor Tom Wolf, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, and a Dr. Cynthia Chuang from Penn State Hershey Medical Center regarding the COVID-19 vaccine including its safety and plans for distribution. To view this excellent video click here. To view new information on where to obtain the vaccine in PA, please click here
 
 
 
 
 
 

You are invited to the Next Safety Committee Meeting February 3rd, at 7 PM.

The next District Safety Committee meeting will take place on February 3rd, at 7 PM via Zoom. We encourage any Rotarian to join our committee at any time or to attend as a guest. Agenda items will include District Involvement in promoting COVID-19 vaccination and developing District Wide Education on COVID-19 risk mitigation and vaccination support. Additionally, we will be reviewing a submission from a club on how to reduce risks associated with an in-person service event. We invite all clubs to reach out to us in similar ways to seek out recommendations on how to keep members and the public safe. Contact Committee Chair DGN Juliet for more information. DGJuliet2022@qrpc.com
 
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District 7390 Is As Great As We Can Imagine Together

Hello, District 7390 Rotarians! 

COVID-19 has caused us to take a pause in our normal way of operating. Yet, your District 7390 team, led by District Governor John Anthony, is hard at work on behalf of each of us. This blog is a primary source for stories and information about how local clubs, and their members, are making a difference in their communities and globally.  Duke Adams, President-elect of the Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club, is one of them.  Read his article and consider how you can help Duke to provide the children of Liberia, West Africa, a safe way to go to school.

This blog is a product of the newly formed communications committee.  We are recruiting members.  Do you enjoy spreading the good news about our District’s accomplishments?  Do you have eyes and ears on great stories that are happening at your local club level?  Are you ready to collaborate with other organizations of like thought and vision in a way that makes District 7390 stronger?

We are more than 2100 strong.  Good work and good people have gotten us where we are today.  You each bring what is valuable to the whole.  We can do this together in support of countless community services.  Let us hear from you.  Great ideas start with imagining the possibilities and the drive and determination to get to the finish line.  Ready!  Set!  Go! 

Yours in Service,

Patricia Green Rodgers

Chair, District 7390 Communications Committee

patricia@stoneofsconefarm.com

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New District Foundation Chair Begins July 1, 2021

DGE Greg Staub is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna-Mae Kobbe, Ph.D. to serve as the District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) beginning July 1.  She will follow current DRFC John Kramb who will complete his term of office June 30, 2021.
 
Although Anna-Mae is relatively new to District 7390, she has been a Rotarian since 2000 when she was inducted into the  Rotary Club of College Park, Maryland.  She held numerous positions at the club level including Club Foundation Chair and Club President 2008-09.  Also active in District 7620 (Central Maryland and Washington, DC), her involvement included District Paul Harris Society Chair, member of the District Scholarship Committee, Assistant Governor, and District Governor 2016-17.  She was the District 7620 Foundation Chair in 2018-19.  It is a requirement that DRFCs have served as District Governor.
 
Anna-Mae is retired from the Federal Government.  Her career with the Department of Agriculture’s Land Grant University System includes service with the University of Missouri and University of Tennessee Extension Services and at USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  Following retirement, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Kentucky. 
 
Dr. Kobbe and her husband, Rotarian Doug Newell, moved to Fairfield, PA in 2019 and transferred their memberships to the Gettysburg Club.  They are Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellows, Paul Harris Society members, and Level II Major Donors.  Anna-Mae is a new member of the District PolioPlus Society.  Anna-Mae serves as Club Foundation Chair for the Gettysburg Club and serves on the recently- formed District Safety and Communications Committees.
 
“District 7390 is indebted to Past District Governor John Kramb for his years of leadership as DRFC.  We are grateful to John for his efforts to grow support for The Rotary Foundation and to advocate for high quality district and global grants.  His work on the District Million Dollar Journey resulted in a total of $1,650,742 raised for The Rotary Foundation,” said Staub.
 
PDG John will continue to serve as the End Polio Now Coordinator for Rotary International Region 39.  In this role, he works with districts to focus polio eradication fundraising efforts to meet Rotary’s goal of a world free of polio.
 
If you would like to reach out to Anna-Mae, please do so at amkobbe@gmail.com.
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Rotarian Frederick Gellert Selected to be 2023-2024 District 7390 Governor

I am pleased to report your District Governor Nominating Committee has met and recommended Frederick J. Gellert, Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise, to serve as your District Governor for the 2023-2024 Rotary year. 
 
Fred Gellert was raised in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Carlisle for employment at the Army War College. Fred retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after 30 years of service. He served in infantry assignments and then became a force manager working at senior-level headquarters to implement changes in organizational structure, resourcing, and operations. Fred is currently working at the U.S. Army War College as an instructor in leadership and management, science and technology and the Asia-Pacific region. In this position, he trains senior officers in strategic leaderships and the creation and resourcing of military forces at the national level.  
            Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Wayne State University, a Master’s degree in Astrophysics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.  
            Fred joined the Rotary Cub of Carlisle-Sunrise in 2012 and served as Club President twice and as the Club membership chair for three years. At the District level Fred served as an Area Membership Coordinator and is currently serving as an Assistant Governor. He is a member of the Paul Harris Society, the Polio Plus Society, and is committed to becoming a Major Donor in 2021.
             
In accordance with the guidelines established in article 14 of Rotary International Bylaws, you are hereby advised of this recommendation. Any Club may submit a challenging candidate for consideration provided this club has previously suggested such candidate to the nominating committee. The challenging candidates must be submitted no later than January 27, 2021 in conformity with article 14.020.8 in the Rotary International ByLaws.  In the absence of such action or any other objections, Frederick J. Gellert will be designated as District Governor Nominee for 2023-24.
 
Many thanks to PDG Paddy Rooney and the members of the District Governor Nominating Committee for their diligent and timely actions.
Rotarian Frederick Gellert Selected to be 2023-2024 District 7390 Governor 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
Purchase a Heart for Lancaster Penn Square 2021-01-14 05:00:00Z 0
January District Development Session on Zoom 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

YWCA York is Holding a Courageous Conversation on Building Authentically Diverse Boards

YWCA York is holding an upcoming Courageous Conversation on Building Authentically Diverse Boards on 1/25 at 6:30PM. The goal is to engage boards of directors and their CEOs/EDs in a candid conversation on why diversity in its many forms makes for stronger, more productive organizational governance. The Courageous Conversation model includes guidelines for small group conversations following a presentation by a speaker.
The speaker for this event is outstanding! Kimberly Ellison-Taylor has a finance and tech background and is currently working at Oracle. Last month she joined the Mutual of Omaha board and is a national speaker on inclusive leadership topics.
 
Our organization is equally committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and we hope that you will be able to participant in this important community conversation. We would like everyone to come away with the commitment to achieve greater board diversity over the next year.
 
Feel free to share this invitation widely. There is no fee for this event thanks to a sponsorship by White Rose Credit Union.
 
YWCA York is Holding a Courageous Conversation on Building Authentically Diverse Boards 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Lancaster-South News

President John Bomberger and Cy Fritz presented $1120.00 in checks, that were collected from our club members, to the Loft Community Partnership in Millersville. The Loft supports the needy families in the Penn Manor School System. Every Wednesday they are serving around 200 families. John and Cy had an opportunity to observe the volunteers in preparing for the Food Pick-Up that evening and had the opportunity to ask several questions about their operation. They were extremely grateful and thankful for our support as their need continues to grow. A great big thank you to our Rotary Club members for the excellent response to our Food Bank Drive in an effort to help the food insecurity in our service area.
 
On Saturday, December 19 five Rotarians from Lancaster South Rotary Club met at a storage facility near Millersville to move office supplies and equipment for the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Rotarian Dave Cope of Classic Lancaster Cabinetry in Willow Street generously provided his large box truck to make the move. Lancaster South President John Bomberger coordinated the Service Project with Lancaster NAMI board member Donald Grabowski, who is also President of the Rotary Club of Elizabethtown. Of special note, the President of the local NAMI affiliate Vivian Spiese (back row left) shared her respect and appreciation for Rotary and mentioned that her father was a member of the Columbia and Mt. Joy Rotary Club for many years before his passing.
 
Lancaster South Rotary Club created 50 gift bags of assorted items (tissues, toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, comb, lotion, hand sanitizer, orange, apple, chocolates, whole wheat chips) for the residents at Oak Leaf Manor South Personal Care facility, and delivered them on Tuesday December 22, just in time for Christmas. A gift box of assorted candies, cookies, pretzels, etc. was given to the staff. Special thanks to PJ Roberts, club secretary and Dan Hess, club vice-president for helping to assemble the gift bags and to Oak Leaf staff for distributing the bags to the residents. Lancaster South is looking forward to the day we can return to the facility for in-person meetings. Currently the club is meeting via Zoom.
 
 
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York-East & York-North Rotarians Partner with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Project is a great collaboration between Yorkk-East & York North. The clubs volunteered on December 4th and 5th at the Habitat (701 Chestnut Street, York) project. The work day projects were dry walling, mudding & painting. Our clubs with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant contributed $10,000 to the project. York Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer driven, Christian housing ministry that builds safe, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with lower-income York County residents living in substandard housing.
 
York Habitat Photo Pictured Left to right:
Greg Kern (York East Rotary), Kasey Lofties (Habitat for Humanity), Patrice Joseph (York North Rotary), Kyle King (York East Rotary President)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rotarians working at Habitat for Humanity

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District 72+ Program Debut in 2021

If the video does not show, please click here to watch a video of DG John interviewing PDG Kevin Cogan regarding the 72+ Program. 
 
The District 7390 virtual Foundation Dinner in November announced a program called 72+ which makes suggestions to everyone about tax savings opportunities for charitable giving provided by the government’s SECURE Act and CARES Act. The 72+ program urges senior Rotarians to give strong consideration to making a contribution to The Rotary Foundation from their IRA. This especially applies when one reaches age 70.5 to make a Qualified Charitable Contribution (QCD) or when one must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) upon and after age 72 (hence the program name 72+). There are significant tax savings provided by the SECURE and CARES Acts. The 72+ program is further explained in a informative brochure produced by District 7390 by clicking here
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January Message from DG John Anthony 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of York Announces the Retirement of Long-time Executive Bert Oberdick

member photoThe Rotary Club of York sadly announces the retirement of long time Executive Coordinator, Bert Oberdick. Bert has faithfully served the Rotary Club of York for nearly 30 years, overseeing dozens of active committees, providing meeting details, working closely with the Rotary Club of York Board of Directors and the Charitable Endowment Fund Board, invoicing, tracking and reporting all financials, and so much more!  Bert has always exemplified the Rotary Four Way Test and consistently models the values of Rotary.  March 31 is scheduled to be Bert’s last day.   

Rotary Club of York Announces the Retirement of Long-time Executive Bert Oberdick 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Hanover Rotarians Pack Food Bags for Ruth's Harvest

Hanover Rotarians Dave Erlemeier, Warren Risk (and his wife Judy), and Ralph Jodice (and his wife Judy) packed food bags for Ruth’s Harvest as part of the Club’s ongoing community service project.  On Friday’s, Ruth’s Harvest gives needy children in the local area 7 meals to take home for the weekend to help to ensure they do not go hungry.  
Hanover Rotarians Pack Food Bags for Ruth's Harvest 2021-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

Psssst…District 7390 Clubs…I got $500 for ya’!

If your club would like to do a District Grant but doesn’t have a project yet, well, have I got a solution for you!
 
“Hop on the Bus” with the Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club to partner on a District Grant that will purchase a school bus for the children and greater community of Monrovia, Liberia in Africa. In addition to the safety and educational benefits this bus will provide for Liberian students, it will also assist the community with transportation, provide jobs for women, and continue the efforts of youth empowerment in Liberia. To learn more about the need and benefits of this project, you can watch our “Hop on the Bus” video.
 
To make this project a reality, our club is partnering with YesLiberia, a local non-profit that is spearheading the effort, and several Liberian non-profits, including YMCA Liberia, Educate the Future Liberia, the Rotary Club of Sinkor, and the Rotaract Club of Monrovia. And you can join our “Hop on the Bus” project too!
 
Our goal is to optimize the District Grant by partnering with as many District 7390 Clubs as possible to reach the $12,500 maximum goal. To sweeten the pot, we are offering up to $500 of matching funds for any of your clubs that are ready to Hop on the Bus!  Step right up, Ladies and Gentlemen. Everyone’s a winner on this Rotary project!
 
We are very excited about this project and would like to talk with you more about it. We would be available to answer any questions individually or to do a presentation for your club to provide more details. Please contact Meg Ramey and Duke Adams for more information.
 
Dr. Meg Ramey; meg.ramey@gmail.com, 717.571.5770
Duke Adams; randal.d.adams@gmail.com, 484.524.5561
Psssst…District 7390 Clubs…I got $500 for ya’! 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0
Join our team: Rotary Club of York Executive Director! 2020-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

2020-2021 Four Way Test Essay Contest

As the new year approaches, the Rotary District 7390 4-Way Test ESSAY Contest deadlines approach.  Hopefully you have planned or are in the process of planning your club’s contest for this year.  We have a fresh, new essay prompt that we hope will be timely and thought provoking  to the students:  Is it the Truth? – How I Define What is True in My Life
 
The contest is open to 9th grade high school students.  Submissions by your club to the 2020-21 District 7390 contest are due March 5, 2021.  Contest rules, critical dates, and information for both Rotarians and Students are available at the District 7390 Website. Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to project chair, Steven Grubb, at stevengrubb@comcast.net.     
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In Memory of PDG John Judson

Dr. John P. Judson passed away peacefully on November 29, 2020 at Harrisburg Hospital. John is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ann Marie, and their 5 children, Ruth Judson of Arlington, VA, Andrea Judson of Baltimore, MD, Sarah Salkeld (Brett) of Severna Park, MD, Therese Karl (John) of Rye, NY, and Chris Judson of Winnipeg, Canada; 6 beloved grandchildren, Chloe, John Vincent, Leah, Sophia, Owen, and Nate; his siblings Joyce Hartzell of Vancouver, WA, Mary Hutton of Kennesaw, GA, Michael Judson of Isle of Palms, SC, Margaret Easton of Sandpoint, ID, and Patricia Riehm of Athens, GA; and many extended family members. He was born July 14, 1939 in Washington DC, the son of the late John Hobart Judson and Joyce Duffield. He married Ann Marie Uhl on June 20, 1964; she has often described their long marriage as a loving partnership. John was educated at Villanova University, Georgetown University Medical School, did his surgical residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, and later a cardiothoracic surgical residency in Salt Lake City, UT. John's passion for medicine as a general and cardiothoracic surgeon included work in Blacksburg, VA; the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN; Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX; Benton Harbor, MI; and Harrisburg, PA. For over 50 years John volunteered at Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti, serving as the Medical Director from 1997-1999 along with Ann Marie. He was an avid pilot, volunteering to transport patients through Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic. His long-time involvement in Rotary included roles as President of the Harrisburg Club, District Governor, and Rotary International grant efforts. Those who knew John will remember him as a man who deeply loved his family and had a tireless commitment to medicine and his patients. As one who pursued life with integrity and passion, he was always there with a listening ear and readiness to help others. He cherished his relationships and stayed connected to friends and family near and far. A Celebration of Life for John is planned for July 14, 2021 at 7pm at Market Square Presbyterian Church, 20 S 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA. In the spirit of John's life of service, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to: Hopital Albert Schweitzer www.hashait.org; Market Square Presbyterian Church www.marketsquarechurch.org; Harrisburg Rotary Foundation www.HbgRotary.org (for Peace Garden or Haiti Projects); Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania www.psrpa.org www.pennlive.com/obits
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DG VLOG with Meg & Duke from Harrisburg-Keystone 2020-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
A Special Announcement from DG John Anthony 2020-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Council on Legislation

Rotary International must receive proposed enactments, including confirmation of the district’s endorsement from the governor, by 31 December 2020. If you would like to propose any new enactments to the COL, please send that information to the District office by December 20, 2020. To help you and your district prepare legislation, we have updated the How to Propose Enactments and Resolutions course in Rotary’s Learning Center. You can also read about submission requirements in our How to Propose Enactments guide. If you have any questions about the Councils, please email council_services@rotary.org.
 
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Four Way Test Speech Contest

Posted by Una Martone

STUDENT REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 31, 2021!

 
District 7390 will support a virtual Four Way Test Speech Contest in 2020/2021.  Students who have already competed in a club level contest are welcome to register for the Virtual Mid Levels.  Upon registration, students will be assigned to one of the four Virtual Mid Levels in an equitable process that will ensure fair numbers and diversity across the board.  The finale will be facilitated virtually in conjunction with the District Conference between April 30-May 2, 2021.  Details are still in progress with the District Conference Planning Committee.  All new materials are uploaded to the district website at this link.  https://rotary7390.org/page/four-way-test-speech-contest
 
New this year, students will be asked to deliver their speeches in the framework of “Life in the Pandemic.” This can include, but is not limited to actual experiences in their life; their observations of reactions & responses during the pandemic; school during the pandemic; physical distancing and safety measures; and expectations about the “new normal.”
 
It's hard not to wonder what PDG Ken Roberts would have done with the Four Way Test Speech Contest in this unusual year!  Hopefully, this direction would do him proud.  His legacy continues through this important program. 
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A CALL TO ACTION FOR ALL ROTARIANS

On December 10, 2020 Governor Tom Wolfe announced temporary Protective Mitigation measures in an attempt to halt increasing community spread of COVID-19 which is severely impacting the capacity of hospitals to treat patients.  Positivity rates in PA are now at 40% and 5,850 patients are currently hospitalized due to the virus alone.  This past week close to 1,100 new deaths from COVID-19 were reported across Pennsylvania which is the highest mortality rate to date from the virus. The measures outlined in his news release https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-announce-new-protective-mitigation-efforts-to-put-pennsylvania-on-pause-through-early-january/ and summarized in the graphic below, will be effective 12/12/20 through 1/4/21. As Rotarians focused on Disease Eradication it is vital that we heed the call of our local officials in supporting mitigation efforts in whatever way possible. We ask that all Rotary Clubs cease in-person meetings during this 3 week period, and if applicable, any gatherings that fall within the categories of the outlined mitigation plan.  To view a special message from District Governor John Anthony on this topic please go to: https://youtu.be/sGr9WaKJjY8.  Thank you for all of your support in serving the community in this very special way.
 
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A Message from DG John 2020-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Council on Resolutions

The Council on Resolutions of Rotary International met online from 15 October to 15 November 2020. In accordance with section 9.150.1. of the RI Bylaws, I am issuing this report on the actions taken by the Council. 30 resolutions and one enactment were transmitted to the Council. The Council adopted 11 resolutions and the enactment. Of the resolutions, nine were recommendations to the RI Board and two were recommendations to The Rotary Foundation Trustees. The Board and the Trustees will consider the resolutions at their upcoming meetings. The enactment will take effect in one month. At the end of this report is an Opposition to Legislation Report Form. In accordance with section 7.090.3.3. of the RI Bylaws, any club may use this form to record its opposition to the adopted enactment only. Oppositions may not be submitted on resolutions. Completed forms must reach Council Services by 23 December 2020. Please note that a club should complete and return the form at the end of this report only if it wishes to oppose the adoption of enactment 20E-01. If a club does not wish to oppose the action of the 2020 Council on Resolutions, no action is required. While it is rare, if the required number of votes in opposition are filed regarding the enactment, the item will be considered suspended. A ballot of all Rotary clubs will then be conducted according to the provisions of section 9.150. of the RI Bylaws. Based on the results of the ballot, the suspended item will either be nullified or reinstated. Should you have any questions about the Council on Resolutions or the adopted items, please contact Council Services at council_services@rotary.org. The deadline for submitting resolutions to the next Council on Resolutions is 30 June 2021.
 

Sincerely,
Sarah Christensen Supervisor, Council Services Rotary InternaƟonal
Hector OrƟz COL RepresentaƟve 2020-2023 (D7390)
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Rotary Means Business - December 9

On Wednesday, December 9, Rotary Means Business District 7390 will host a virtual Zoom meeting from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The event is FREE so bring your favorite drink and hors d’oeuvres and let’s get RMB going again.  

Zoom Meeting information: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84051123625?pwd=WDgxZVBQakdqdHBnRnl0T2Q3SUtKUT09

Meeting ID: 840 5112 3625 & Passcode: 901152

Once registered, you will be given a meeting ID and password and the link to join.  Also, as you may know, you can go to Zoom.com and click on the “Join the meeting” link and put in the meeting ID and password. See you there!

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Rotary Grants Training Part II - December 14 2020-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Harrisburg Turns COVID Missed Lunches Into Welcomed Donations To Regional Non-profits

For more years than most Rotary Club of Harrisburg (RCH) members can remember, the cost of a lunch at the downtown Hilton Hotel has been included in their dues.
 
As we all continue to navigate the holiday season amidst a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with great pride that the RCH members have donated more than $20,000 from the lunch budget to more than 10 local and regional non-profits.
 
The RCH Board began  donating the unused portion of weekly meal budget on behalf of Club members as a way to assist all of the important local organizations who are bravely fighting to keep Harrisburg families fed and protected during this desperate time in our nation’s history. 
 
In addition to the countless hours of typical service and support the Rotary Club of Harrisburg members provide, the lunch monies have provided much need cash donations to the following organizations since March 2020:
  • American Red Cross- Central PA Chapter
  • Bethesda Mission
  • Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
  • Downtown Daily Bread
  • HANNA's Pantry
  • Hospice of Central Pennsylvania
  • Humane Society of Harrisburg Area
  • Rotary Foundation's Polio Plus Fund
  • Salvation Army- Harrisburg Capital City Region
  • YMCA- Camp Curtin Branch
  • YWCA of Greater Harrisburg
According to President James Good, “As the 23rd Rotary Club in all the world, our members have been serving the Harrisburg community since 1911.  Continuing upon our tradition of Service Above Self, the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of the Club, typically disburses about $50,000 yearly in college scholarships, grants to the Harrisburg School District, local charitable organizations, programming for local youth, local and international service projects.
 
Rotary Club of Harrisburg Turns COVID Missed Lunches Into Welcomed Donations To Regional Non-profits 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

West Shore Flags for Heroes

 

West Shore Flags for Heroes

A tremendous success for West Shore Rotary Club’s first year of “Flags for Heroes” fundraiser. The Club displayed 160 flags along Route 15 in Camp Hill over Veterans Day. 
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Delone Catholic Interact

Living up to their school motto of being "Doers of the Word," the Interact Club at Delone Catholic High School (McSherrystown, PA)  has not allowed the pandemic to stop their good deeds! This group of young people has connected to their community in several ways that include a non-perishable food collection that was donated to Roots for Boots, a 501c3 that hosts a food bank for veterans in need; a school wide toy drive for Toys for Tots; a garden clean-up on the school grounds; 125 handwritten Thanksgiving cards for residents in local nursing homes, and they will be participating in the Boxes of Joy program through Cross Catholic Outreach. Caught doing good, these students are to be commended for all of their accomplishments that have truly made a difference to others by putting service over self! (photo is of food donation to Roots for Boots)
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November DG Message 2020-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

Your expertise as an eye professional is needed. Can you help?

The Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club is hosting a vision clinic in Harrisburg this spring. If you are an optometrist, optician, or ophthalmologist, your expertise is needed to help make the event happen. Please consider giving a day of your time to this community service event. The clinic will be run by Mission-Vision.org with help from Rotary volunteers and you.
  • Dates & Times: Friday, April 9, 2021 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Saturday, April 10, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church (2217 Derry Street, Harrisburg, PA 17104
  • Details: Please see https://mission-vision.org/the-mobile-clinic-experience/
Patients will register in advance. You will simply arrive at the clinic location early enough to become familiar with the location and equipment. 

Mission Vision treats patients of all different ages both young and old who come from low income or disadvantaged communities. We often work with the homeless, elderly,
unemployed, veterans, and school aged children who otherwise would not have access to the eye exams and treatments we provide.

Our exams are designed to both provide for an eyewear prescription, while screening for ocular eye diseases. We screen for Macular Degeneration, Color Blindness, Astigmatism,
Glaucoma, etc. Since we do not dilate their eyes, we do not give out written or oral eye prescription, only free glasses.

There are 4 separate stations of the clinic: 1) Check-in, 2) Technician’s pre-testing station, 3) Doctor’s station, and 4) Optician’s station where the frames are picked if needed and fit
appropriately for the client.

How it works: “Using our unique delivery model, we are able to cost-effectively provide and make sure that eye care and prescription eye wear go directly to the people with the most need. Collaborating closely with partner organizations, we identify those most in need and we are able to educate them on the importance in maintain good eye health. All mobile clinics are staffed by dedicated and caring medical professionals, as well as trained staff members and volunteers. Upon arrival, patients are greeted by the clinic coordinator who then checks them in and reviews their medical history. From there, an optometric technician screens them for distance and near visual acuity, eye motility, visual field, auto-refractions, pupil response, intraocular pressure, color vision and depth perception. Next, a state licensed optometrist performs a thorough eye exam to determine whether or not prescription glasses are needed. If, however, during the course of the exam, any medical condition requiring further evaluation is detected, the optometrist will explain the situation and provide a referral.
With an impressive sampling of frames (donated brand new by major eyewear manufacturers) to choose from, patients make their selections with the help of an optician who also takes the necessary measurements to ensure a perfect fit. Two to three weeks later, the prescription glasses are first inspected and labeled by Mission Vision staff and then delivered back to the partner organizations (https://mission-vision.org/the-mobile-clinicexperience/). Progressive no line glasses are not available. Clinics are restricted to age 5 and older. When we treat a patient at one of our clinics, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing the joy on their face when given the gift of clear vision for the first time.
 
 If you would like to volunteer or learn more, please contact Dawn Brotherton at dawnbrotherton@gmail.com or 717-623-1843.

Thanks for your consideration!
Harrisburg Keystone Rotary
 
Your expertise as an eye professional is needed. Can you help? 2020-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

END POLIO NOW Shirts

End Polio Now! We are this close and Rotary District 7390 is working to make a difference.  The Ride to Eradicate Polio event raised nearly $1,000 which grows to nearly $3,000 thanks to matching gifts from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  But we can do more.  We have these great long sleeved event t-shirts on hand and will gift one for each $25 donation to End Polio Now.  They are navy blue with the Ride to Eradicate Polio graphic shown.  Simply click here to make your gift and then enter your address and shirt information! The awesome event shirt will be mailed to your address.  We have another $1,000 in potential contributions with your help!  Thank you for participating.
 
UPDATE - Size Large are SOLD OUT!! 
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Carlisle Rotary Online Auction December 4 -13

The Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise are asking for your support of their annual holiday auction. The proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit the Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC), a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides support, training, and opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The goal is to match the $20,000 that was raised at last year’s auction that benefited the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties. Click here for the auction brochure
 
The auction is open to the public and provides an excellent opportunity to advertise for your organization or business by donating gift cards or certificates for services. It is also an excellent way to donate items that you might want to get out of your attic such as handcrafted Items, artwork and collectibles. To donate an item or to learn more about the auction, please contact Bill Blankmeyer at blankmeyer66@comcast.net or (717) 590-7229.

The auction runs from 4 to 13 December and is a great way to do your Christmas shopping and to support CPARC. Click here to view the auction site!
Carlisle Rotary Online Auction December 4 -13 2020-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

Global Meet Presentation

District 7390 Rotarians and RMBers I want to share with you information regarding the Rotary Network, which also contains a Rotary Network video done by RI in conjunction with District 6450 and its Chicagoland Chapter of the RMB Fellowship. It contains an overview of the Rotary Network at www.rotarynetwork.org and its mission to help Rotarians get through COVID and prosper in the future after COVID-19. Also, please post your business information in the Rotary Business Directory, which is a FREE service of the Rotary Network. This is in effect a Rotary worldwide "Yellow Pages" and it is FREE so please participate Click here to view the Rotary Business Directory.
 
Click here to view the October 22 Global Meet presentation by Professor Subramoney, a business and management consultant in India and globally, regarding the steps necessary for businesses to take in the time of Covid-19 and beyond. I hope you find it useful!
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Grant Qualification Training - November 9 2020-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Denver-Ephrata Rotary launches On-Line Raffle!!

Friends - we have launched a fun and easy way for you to support us in our efforts to help the community.  COVID-19  has affected our ability to hold fundraising events, but we all know that the needs of our community remain. To help us raise funds, we are having an online raffle! We have some GREAT items available, and it's easy and affordable to purchase tickets for your chance to win some great items.

The greatest thing is that only 50 chance for each item will be sold .. very good odds .. for this to be a success though, we need to drive traffic to our Facebook page .. https://www.facebook.com/DenverEphrataRotary/

Please follow us and share the link as much as you can ..

Blackstone 22"  Griddle                 Yeti Wine Bottle Cooler                Lego 3-in-1 Set               Power XL Air Fryer                          Roomba Vacuum

Each of these items are BRAND NEW, and chances will start as low as $5.00 for some items!

All proceeds allow the Denver-Ephrata Area Rotary Club to continue making charitable donations to important non-profit organizations like Ephrata Area Social Services. EASS needs to purchase a handicap accessible van and our club is committed to helping them with this, but we need your help!

Denver-Ephrata Rotary launches On-Line Raffle!! 2020-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Grant Qualification Training - November 9 2020-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Red Cross is Seeking Volunteers 2020-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
A Message from the Safety Committee 2020-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
York-North "GiftItForward" Fundraiser 2020-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Global Grants Scholarship for 2020-2021

Rotary Global Grants Scholarships fund an awardee’s first year of graduate study abroad in one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus (listed below). Candidates must live in or attend college in District 7390, which encompasses Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties in Pennsylvania.
 
Scholarship highlights…
  • Plan to pursue career in one of Rotary’s Areas of Focus (listed below).
  • Award is for first year only of graduate studies abroad
  • District 7390 will not fund any applicant’s study which is for the second or later year of a multi-year graduate study program abroad.
  • Minimum study budget of $30,000 per year. Award capped at $30,000.
  • Must be proficient in language of host country.
  • Based on…
    • Academic merit
    • Studying a Rotary Area of Focus
    • Residence in or attendance at a college in District 7390
Rotary’s Areas of Focus are…
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies.
The deadline to apply for a Global Grant Scholarship is January 10, 2021. The interviews will be held February 13, 2021 and applicants MUST be available for the interviews on that date. For more information, click here!

Rotary contact: Edward A Hauck, District 7390 Global Grants Scholarship Committee at hauckedward@gmail.com or (717) 293-8687.
 
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York-East Holds Road Clean-Up

York-East Rotary members volunteer to pick up trash and litter along Edgewood Road between prospect Street and Kingston road.  The effects generally coincide with PennDOT’s Road Cleanup Days. Participants in the recent effort included (from left) Greg Kern, Kyle King, Ben Marchant, Todd Kuri and (not pictured) Tim Koller.
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District Governor 2023-2024 Nominations Due December 15

The time has come to begin the nominating process for our District Governor 2023-2024.  You are encouraged to suggest a qualified candidate for the District Governor Nominee 2023-2024. 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 our 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.
 
The District Governor is the officer of RI in the District, functioning under the general control and supervision of the RI Board. The Governor has responsibility for organizing new Clubs; strengthening existing Clubs; promoting membership growth; supporting The Rotary Foundation; planning and presiding at the District Conference, PETS and District Training Assembly; issuing a monthly newsletter; reporting promptly to RI; focusing attention on important Rotary issues; motivating Rotarians to participate in service activities; recognizing the outstanding contributions of Rotarians in the District; and many other related activities. The candidate should be aware of the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of a District Governor and must demonstrate willingness, commitment and ability (physically and otherwise) to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of Governor.    
     
Please keep in mind that it is each Club’s duty to the District and Rotary International to give serious consideration to suggesting candidates for District Governor. Your suggestion for District Governor Nominee 2023-2024 must be received in the District Office by December 11, 2020 to be considered by the Nominating Committee. Interviews for the 2023-2024 District Governor will be held Monday, January 11, 2021. A location is yet to be determined.
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DG VLOG on Rotary Means Business 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of York Awards $ 2,000 Scholarship to a York College Nursing Student  

The Rotary Club of York Student Education Committee has selected its first recipient of the Carol Wagman Nursing Scholarship, Jenna Hufnagle.  Jenna was awarded a $ 2,000 scholarship towards her York College of Pennsylvania education.  A 2017 graduate of York Suburban High School, she is currently a junior Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) major.  Jenna is employed by WellSpan as a Nursing Assistant for the Nursing Resource Team at York Hospital.  

A Rotary Club of York member for over 5 years, Carol Wagman established the Carol Wagman scholarship in 2018.  This scholarship is set up to help York County High School graduates fulfill their educational goal pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from York College of Pennsylvania.  For more information about the student scholarship program, please contact Rotary Club of York Student Education Administrator Renea Oberdick at officeassist@yorkrotary.org.   

The Rotary Club of York Awards $ 2,000 Scholarship to a York College Nursing Student 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

District 7390 Passport Club Charter Night Celebration

It is with great pride that we announce the chartering of The Rotary Club of District 7390 Passport.  This newest addition to our District has submitted all the necessary paperwork and is awaiting the official charter.  We will be holding a virtual Charter Night celebration on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:30 p.m.

If you cannot join us for the Charter Night celebration, please remember that you are always welcome to make up at any District 7390 Passport Club meeting!  

Click here to REGISTER TODAY for the Charter Night Event!

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Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG)

Many ESRAG members have been hard at work on the Feral Freon™ collection project. Rotarians are needed NOW for last 17 U.S. cities in pilot project. Do you live in or near these locations?Or do you have friends, relatives, or Rotary contacts near these cities? Are you available to volunteer to contact Rotary clubs to help find contacts?
 
Contact Ariel Miller with questions or to sign up.
 
17 Cities in 12 States needing Rotary champions NOW in ESRAG’s Feral Freon Pilot:
  • Alabama: Huntsville – 200 pounds , Birmingham – 100 pounds ,
  • Montgomery – 150 pounds
  • Florida: Chipley – 100 pounds
  • Georgia: Marietta – 50 pounds, Macon – 50 pounds
  • Indiana: Evansville – 50 pounds
  • Kentucky: Louisville – 50 pounds
  • Louisiana: Baton Rouge – 100 pounds
  • Mississippi: Biloxi – 100 pound
  • Missouri: Springfield – 100 pounds, Jefferson City – 100 pounds
  • New Jersey:   Atlantic City – 100 pound
  • Pennsylvania: Harrisburg – 200  pounds
  • Tennessee: Chattanooga – 150 pounds, Knoxville – 100 pounds
  • Virginia: Norfolk – 200 pounds
If you live in one of these American cities and volunteer a four hours on two different days before the end of October, you can help ESRAG permanently prevent the escape of 50,000 tonnes of Freon™, an incredibly potent greenhouse gas. The impact will be equivalent to taking 9,463 gas-powered cars off the road for an entire year.
 
Most cities in the pilot have only 100 pounds of Freon – just a few cylinders – to collect this fall. Freon is non-flammable, non-explosive, and non-corrosive.
 
Only 17 of the cities in the pilot project are left to cover do not yet have Rotary champions: help us cover them!
 
For the pilot project to succeed, we need 2-4 volunteers from a Rotary Club within 50 miles of each city. This link explains the minimal time and storage space required, and the tasks that the Rotarians will carry out to document and prepare the cylinders for collection and destruction.
 
If this pilot project succeeds, and we can move into the next phase - ESRAG will have the chance to earn as much as $1 million by the end of 2021 to fund projects that slow global warming, such as wind and solar projects, reforestation, reducing food waste, and educating girls.
 
Thank you for your support of this project!
 
Jennie Lewis
Eastern North America Regional Chapter Chair, Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG)
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District 7390 Passport Club Hosts Pints for Polio Event 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Become a Youth Exchange Host Family! 2020-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

York-East Holds Golf Tournament

The weather was sunny with a slight breeze and laughs were being shared on the green by approximately 70 golfers on Tuesday September 22nd. The Rotary Club of York East’s annual Golf Tournament was off and running with golfers taking the course at Briarwood Golf Club for a good cause.
 
“We are very happy to have it and I think our strong response this year is a result of a lot of other things not taking place, so people were happy to come to our event,” Rotary Club member said.
 
Now in its 17th year, the golf tournament has always supported local groups. And as it has the last couple of years, the tournament has benefited local charities Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, New Life for Girls, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Susquehanna Heritage, Salvation Army, Veterans Gold Star Garden, York County Veterans Court and York Rescue Mission.
 
Rotary members believe they have a shared responsibility to take action on both local and our world’s most persistent issues.
 
Pictured left to right: Becky Disney, Committee Chair, Major Thomas Babbitt, Salvation Army, and Kyle King, Club President.
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Southern York County Fundraiser

Help us construct a 40' Flagpole with a 8' x 12' American Flag and a "Welcome to Southern York County" Sign.
 

Sponsor a Star on the American Flag with a $200 donation.  The first 50 Star Sponsors will be recognized on a beautiful plaque to be posted around the community. Please provide your name, contact information, and/or the name of the person you'd like to honor in the comments or send an email to “sycrotary@gmail.com” Thank You! 

With the recent construction at the Shrewsbury 83 Interchange, your local civic organizations are looking to install a 40' flagpole to fly the American Flag and a "Welcome to Southern York County" sign at the interchange.  We need your help in raising funds so we can make this dream a reality.  

The New Freedom Lions Club, New Freedom VFW Post 7012,  Shrewsbury Area Centennial Lions Club and Southern York County Rotary Club are working together to sponsor the new Shrewsbury Exit 4 Ramp on Interstate 83. We could use your support!

Current Project Needs:
1.  Welcome sign welcoming travelers to Southern York County (estimate $6k-$8k) 
2. 40’ flagpole with pole mounted lighting fixture (estimate $2.5k) 
3. American made USA and PA flags ($400)

Once construction on the interchange is complete, our organizations will work together to install the above items as well as provide perpetual upkeep of the interchange through basic maintenance and litter cleanup.

How You Can Help:
1. Donate to help us purchase the above mentioned project needs. Any amount helps. 
2. Sponsor a star on the American flag with a $200 donation. After the interchange is completed and all project items are installed we will host a ceremony honoring all Star Sponsors. 
3. Share our fundraiser! The more you share the more community members are able to help contribute to this project.

Show your civic pride and love for Southern York County! Make a donation in any amount to help us create a beautiful and welcoming entrance to Pennsylvania!

Thank you for your donation and your assistance!  If you are interested in learning more about our respective volunteer organizations, please visit our websites:
SYC Rotary: https://www.sycrotary.org/
New Freedom Lions: http://www.newfreedomlionsclub.org/lc_home.html
Shrewsbury Lions: https://bit.ly/ShrewsburyPALions
New Freedom VFW Post 7012: https://www.vfwpost7012.org/
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WASH Rotary Action Group 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day - October 24 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Network

Fellow District 7390 Rotarians and RMBers, Rotary International has developed what it calls the Rotary Network to help Rotarians in the time of COVID-19 and beyond. It consists of six key areas: Career Services, Business Networking (the RMB Fellowship and its 104 Chapters worldwide), the Rotary Business Directory (a sort of worldwide Rotary Yellow Pages), Vocational Mentoring, Financial Information, and Sharing Ideas (a Rotary BLOG). Please go to www.rotarynetwork.org and check the site out. After that please open the Rotary Business Directory and enter your business contact information along with a brief phrase on what your business is about. 
 
Right now there is one entry from our district from a Rotarian business in Lebanon. I think what happens is when you go to the Business Directory you should see all the nearby area Rotarian businesses. I am hoping to confirm this by having District 7390 Rotarians post on the Business Directory, and then we can see whether this will serve as a Yellow Pages function for us - a sort of "first stop" when we are looking for services Second, I want to get your feedback on the Rotary Network itself. Does this have value for you? Will you use it? Thank you for your support.
 
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RMB Fellowship Global Meeting

RMBers, here is an opportunity to be part of a virtual international RMB Fellowship event hosted by two Indian Chapters in Bangalore and Pune India but also including Chapters from Brazil, Mexico, the USA and more. The RMB Fellowship Event ( a chance to see how the RMB Fellowship of which we are Chapter # 4 operates internationally) will take place on Thursday, October 22 and will begin at 9:30 AM Eastern time on that date.  This is an opportunity to hear interesting speakers and  make international connections in the wider world of the RMB Fellowship.  Even if you regard your business as essentially local, you may learn something valuable and make unexpected connections that will help your business.
 
If you decide to join the meeting, please send the following information to Sachin Gururaj at sachingururaj@gmail.com: your name, club name,phone number with country code [US country code is +1 (001)], email address, Rotary classification (vocation/business), do you wish to be contacted by phone or email for any business opportunities and if you do what is your preferred local time to receive a call.  Please send your RSVP with this info directly to Sachin Gururaj by email and copy Alden Cunningham amccjc2@gmail.com.  
RMB Fellowship Global Meeting 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Message from the DG 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
District Development Session - Fundraising Ideas, Best Practices & Tips - October 12 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Ride to Eradicate POLIO 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Night at the Drive-In 2020-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Nominates First Female President

Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.

Jones will officially became president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenged her.

Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

“As we reflect upon our new strategic priorities, we could have never envisioned that our ability to adapt would become our North Star during what is inarguably the most profound time in recent history,” Jones said in her vision statement. “Silver linings rise out of the most challenging circumstances. Using metric-driven goals, I will harness this historic landscape to innovate, educate, and communicate opportunities that reflect today’s reality.”

As the first woman to be nominated to be president, Jones understands how important it is to follow through on Rotary’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement. “I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion … begins at the top and for us to realize growth in female membership and members under the age of forty — these demographics need to see their own reflection in leadership,” Jones said. “I will champion double-digit growth in both categories while never losing sight of our entire family.”

Jones is founder and president of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning media company in Windsor. She was chair of the board of governors of the University of Windsor and chair of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for her service with the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Wayne State University’s Peacemaker of the Year Award, a first for a Canadian. Jones holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.).

A current Rotary Foundation trustee, Jones has been a Rotary member since 1997 and has served Rotary as RI vice president, director, training leader, committee chair, moderator, and district governor. She played a lead role in Rotary’s rebranding effort by serving as chair of the Strengthening Rotary’s Advisory Group. She is the co-chair of the End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign Committee, which aims to raise $150 million for polio eradication efforts.

Jones recently led the successful #RotaryResponds telethon, which raised critical funds for COVID-19 relief and was viewed by more than 65,000. Jones has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She and her husband, Nick Krayacich, are members of The Rotary Foundation’s Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and the Bequest Society.

The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2022-23 President of Rotary International are: Robert L. Hall, Dunwoody, Metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Bradford R. Howard Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Per Høyen, Aarup, Gelsted, Denmark; Peter Iblher, Nürnberg-Reichswald, Zirndorf, Germany; Ashok Mahajan, Mulund, Mah., India; Sam Okudzeto, Accra, Accra, Ghana; Eduardo San Martín Carreño, Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain; Takeshi Matsumiya, Chigasaki-Shonan, Chigasaki Kanagawa, Japan; Michael K. McGovern (secretary), Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; José Alfredo Pretoni, São Paulo-Sul, São Paulo, Brazil; Saowalak Rattanavich, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand; Hendreen Dean Rohrs, Langley Central, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Kenneth M. Schuppert, Jr (chair)., Decatur, Alabama, USA; Ravindra P. Sehgal, Belur, West Bengal, India; Noel Trevaskis, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Australia; Giuseppe Viale, Genova, Genova, Italy; and Chang-Gon Yim, Daegu-West, Daegu, Korea.

To learn more about Jones, read her interview and vision statement outlining her goals for Rotary.

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Rotary Leadership Institute

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Rotary Leadership Institute Hosted by D-7390
Registration for the Harrisburg, Oct. 24, 2020, Virtual RLI is now open!

Please plan to attend the next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) hosted by D7390, which will be held virtually on Oct. 24, 2020. Please save the date and register at your earliest convenience. As you know, RLI is a leadership and development program to strengthen Rotary Clubs through education, collaboration and the exchange of ideas among its future leaders. A three-part curriculum facilitated by experienced, trained faculty members engaging participants through open discussion, problem-solving and creative role-play. The Rotary Leadership Institute is an opportunity to meet with other Rotarians, share experiences, and learn new skills to take back to your club. You don't have to be in the leadership chain to benefit from this institute. If you want to learn more about this wonderful organization that we call Rotary and find out what you can actually do to start changing the world, PLEASE place this event on your schedule.
 
When can I attend RLI? Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. via zoom.
 
Ready to register? Go to www.rlinea.org. Look at the schedule on the left-hand menu and click on "More Info". Then click on Read More below to see the step by step instructions. 

Registration closes October 20, 2020! The cost is $25.00.

Course Levels: Parts I, II, III, and Graduate (The graduate-level will focus on Fundraising)

Questions? Contact PDG Hector Ortiz, RLI Site Chair at richie1166@msn.com or 717-608-0444.Please register NOW for the Oct. 24, 2020 virtual RLI at www.rlinea.org
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Youth Exchange Workshop - October 24 - It's Time to Apply 2020-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Red Lion Dallastown Holds Chicken BBQ

The Rotary Club of Red Lion-Dallastown Annual Student Scholarship Chicken BBQ
When: Sept 26th, 2020
Minimal Contact pick up from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Living Word Community Church (2530 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, PA 17356)
$8.50 per dinner: includes 1/2 chicken, baked potato and butter, applesauce, and roll

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York-East Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

On September 22, 2020 the Rotary Club of York East announced their 2020 Grant recipients. Each year the club raises funds from its annual golf outing and other charitable events. The grant committee accepts applications and awards those grants that benefit humanitarian projects in the local community.
  • $1,000 to York Literacy Council for their health literacy program
  • $2,000 to York County United Way for their ready Freddie program
  • $2,500 to Golden Connections for their dementia family support program
  • $3,000 to YMCA for the East York Branch for teaching children to swim for free
  • $5,000 to York Habitat for Humanity including a matching grant from District Rotary 7390
Congratulations to these great organizations!
Pictured left to right – Kyle King, President Rotary York East, Joe Kirkenir YMCA, Stephanie Bennett York Literacy Council, Natalie Williams United Way, Dan Callaway Golden Connections and Chris Izzo Committee Chair person. (Not pictured is Tammy Morris York Habitat for Humanity)
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25 Years of Service at the Byrnes Health Education Center - Help Us Tell Our Story!

Since 1995, teams at the Byrnes Health Education Center have been dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages to make healthy choices. Over these 25 years, our team has delivered over 7.5 million health education lessons to children, young adults, and their parents. The Center reaches communities stretching throughout South Central Pennsylvania and to participants thousands of miles away who reach us via internet. In the midst of a global public health pandemic overlaid with existing, long-term health needs and challenges, our mission is as relevant and vital today as it was decades ago.
 
While we are unable to host our 25th Birthday celebrations now, we look forward to the moment when conditions will allow us to physically gather and commemorate the Center’s first quarter century of delivering preventive health curriculum.
 
In the meantime, we invite you to help tell our story.  Your memories can help us tell the impact the many dedicated BHEC team members have had on our communities. We want to hear from students, teachers, parents, community members, board members, volunteers – anyone who experienced the Center or shares our passion for health education. If we shared a connection, please tell us:
  • If you attended any education program, who was your memorable health educator? How did they impact you?
  • How did something you learned make a difference to your health or the health of someone you love?
  • If you attended childbirth classes at the Center, how did that impact your childbirth experience?
  • Did you pursue a career in the field of health care because of what you experienced at the BHEC?  Why?
  • If you served on a board or working committee, what was your experience? How did you see the impact of health education on the community?
  • If you were you the recipient of a recognition such as the Founder’s Celebration of Life Award, how did the recognition amplify your work?
  • As a teacher who accompanied your students to the Center, what impact of the visit did you see on your students?
  • As a parent whose child has come to the Center, what did your child learn? Did you ever visit the center as a child yourself?
Please email your story to birthday@byrneshec.org or drop it via USPS/mail to 515 S. George Street, York, PA  17401 - Attention: Birthday
 
We would love to hear from you and, with your permission, to share some of your stories. As we look forward to future, in-person celebrations, we hope to collect a treasure of memories that only you hold.
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Lancaster-Sunrise Hosts a Preakness Party 2020-09-24 04:00:00Z 0

Lancaster-South Awards Scholarships

Rotary Club of Lancaster South provided a total of $3,000 in college scholarships this year - $1,000 to three high school seniors who graduated in the Spring and are attending college this Fall - a Lampeter-Strasburg graduate attending the University of Pittsburgh, a Penn Manor graduate attending the University of Alabama and a Solanco graduate attending Hood College. The $1,000 was sent directly to each respective college/university in the student's name. 
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Uptown York Awards Grants

Uptown York Rotary Club awarded a total of $3,500 in grants to four nonprofit organizations to help support the York community. This is the second time in the club’s nine-year history that grant applications were solicited from the public, and the Community Giving Committee is excited to announce the results.

Bell Socialization Services was the recipient of a $1,000 grant to stock over-the-counter medications and diabetes monitoring kits to help alleviate general physical ailments for adults, children and infants in residence at Bell Family Shelter. Having cough or cold medicine available for an adult going to a job or housing interview can make a huge difference for these families.

A $1,000 grant was awarded to the Byrnes Health Education Center for Clearing the Air: Vaping Education & Prevention for York City 8th Grade Students. The program will teach about the dangers of vaping.

The Rotary Club of York will receive $1,000 towards its Kiwanis Lake Clean Water Project.  Kiwanis Lake is one of the most noteworthy and beautiful water features within York City. The Rotary Club of York will help to repair and restore Kiwanis Lake back to its glory.  The York City Parks team and Rotary's Preserve Planet Earth Committee have looked extensively at the issues affecting Kiwanis Lake.  There are five critical pieces that must and will be addressed:  humane wildlife management, aeration system installation, flood gate repair, smart lake technology utilization and bringing back floating fountains with lights.

Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD) was awarded $500 towards the education of trainers and handlers in York County. SSD provides service dogs for mobility, autism, post-traumatic stress, seizure response, hearing impairment, facilities, in-home service and companionship.

All grants approved by the Uptown York Rotary Club support programs that service York and the York County community. Many of the funded initiatives support Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus: Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation.
Uptown York Rotary Club attracts a diverse group of professionals who share a passion for giving back to our community and making a difference in the world. Our service focus areas are downtown revitalization, environmental sustainability, and community and youth development.
 
Although we are serious about our service, we are a fun-loving and welcoming group!  As a happy hour club, we gather weekly to celebrate our service, share professional and personal successes, and learn about businesses, organizations and programs that impact the quality of life in York City, York County and the global community. Uptown York Rotary Club usually meets at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays on the second floor of Rockfish Public House, 110 N. George Street, York, Pennsylvania 17401. During this time however, the club is meeting virtually. Visit www.uptownyorkrotary.org to learn more.
 
Bell Socialization Services
From L to R: Joyce Santiago, Uptown York Rotary Club President,  Rebecca Young of Bell Socialization Services and Judy Chambers, Co-Chair of Uptown York Rotary Club Community Grants Committee
 
Byrnes Health Education Center
From L to R: Joyce Santiago, Uptown York Rotary Club President, Anne Bahn, Executive Director; Lyndsey Macklemore, Director of Development and Judy Chambers, Co-Chair of Uptown York Rotary Club Community Grants Committee
 
Rotary Club of York
From L to R: Aaron Jacobs,  PPE Committee Chair of Rotary Club of York and Judy Chambers, Co-Chair of Uptown York Rotary Club Community Grants Committee
 
Susquehanna Service Dogs
From L to R: Judy Chambers, Co-Chair of Uptown York Rotary Club Community Grants Committee, Sarah Mewhirter, SSD Director of Donor Relations; Holly Wise and SSD Buster.
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Legacy and the Rotary Foundation

My name is Marilyn Bedell.  I am a member of the Rotary Club of Lebanon, NH, USA.  I am passionate about Rotary and the Rotary Foundation.  This is why I was happy to accept Past Rotary President Ravi Ravindran’s invitation to be the Endowment/Major Gift Adviser for Rotary Zone 32. In this role, I cover all the clubs and Rotary districts in New England, parts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania…and Bermuda.
 
Your District Governor and District Rotary Foundation Chair have asked me to periodically share information with you about opportunities to make major gifts and endowments to the Rotary Foundation.
 
It is my hope that you already know about opportunities to give to our #1 priority PolioPlus and to our Annual Programs Fund/Share (the money that help fund global and district grants).  I have found that not as many Rotarian know about opportunities to make outright larger gifts and endowments to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Maybe it is because of Covid-19, or maybe it is because of my background as an oncology nurse, I continue to think about what I want my legacy to be.  How do I want to be remembered?  By giving funds to the Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund, there is a chance that long after I leave this earth, others will remember me as they do the good work of Rotary around the world.
 
Through major gifts, and the endowment we have planned, my husband and I hope others will understand how much we have learned through Rotary; how Rotary has transformed our lives; and how being part of Rotary has been a blessing beyond compare. 
 
We have designated some funds to go to Annual Programs Fund/Share. It is my hope that the interest from our endowed funds will continue to help Rotarians in my district do global and district grants that will make a difference in lives of people in my district and around the world.  In addition, we are giving some funds to support our Rotary Peace Fellows.  We are committed to prepare individuals to do the work of peace building rather than war.  Giving to any charity will happen only if the gift has meaning to you.  
 
As you may already know, Rotary has seven areas of focus:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting basic education and literacy
  • Growing local economies
  • Supporting the environment.
Consider the area of focus that brings you the most joy, and then consider supporting it via donations to the Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund. Can’t make up your mind which area of focus is your priority as you think they are all important, you can always make a gift to the World Fund which will be used to support all areas of focus.  Please remember, gifts of any size are welcomed. 
 
For information about becoming a Major Donor or a Bequest Society member, click here
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Keeping Club Members and the Public Safe: Rotary District 7390 COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidance

The new District 7390 Safety Committee is proud to announce publication of its first resource for Rotary Clubs titled “Keeping Club Members and the Public Safe: Rotary District 7390 COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidance.”  The Publication will be a “living” document with frequent updates as new guidance emerges on COVID-19 transmission and prevention based on national and state recognized sources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health.  The document can be found on the district website by clicking here
 
Next steps for the Safety Committee include creating a repository of signage for use by clubs in addition to ongoing webinars on COVID-19 from healthcare experts.  Please direct all questions, comments, suggestions for improvement, and presentation requests to:
Juliet Altenburg RN, MSN
Past President, Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North
2022-2023 District Governor
Rotary International District 7390
Chair, D7390 Safety Committee
DGJuliet2022@qrpc.com
Cell:  717-574-9499
 
Sincere appreciation is extended to the members of the D7390 Safety Committee and District Leadership for all their support in the creation of this guidance.  We also wish to thank all the clubs throughout the District in being role models of safety as you serve the public and be of support to one another during this challenging time!   
 
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District 7390 Launches Polio Plus Society

Posted by John May on Aug 28, 2020
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CONGRATULATIONS ROTARIANS - This week Rotary International President Holger and Rotary Foundation Chair K. R. Ravindran announced that the African region has been certified free of the wild poliovirus.  This has been a decades long effort across 47 countries of the African region and would not have been possible without the efforts of Rotarians around the world and our partners to create a polio free world.
 
Rotarians in District 7390 have been committed over the past 30 years to raising funds to immunize children worldwide and our efforts are paying off.  You should be proud of the difference that Rotary have made in the lives of millions of children by eliminating this dreadful disease.
 
I want to thank you for your past efforts and ask that you recommit to helping us raise funds to finish Rotary’s number one initiative of eradicating polio.  Rotary is still committed to raising $50 million a year for this effort.
 
As such, we are launching the District 7390 Polio Plus Society and are inviting you to join our efforts to continue to raise funds to eradicate polio.  To become a member of the District 7390 Polio Plus Society you are asked to commit to making an annual donation of $100 or more to The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus Fund until the last two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, are certified free of the wild polio virus. 
 
We hope that with your commitment in joining the District 7390 Polio Plus Society, we will make a significant increase in our contributions to the eradication of polio.
 
Click here to print a copy of the PolioPlus Society membership form.  You can also complete your membership form online by clicking here.  Please complete the membership form and send it to District Office.  Donations may be made online at www.rotary.org/donate and select the Polio Plus Fund or through your Rotary Club.  If you make it online, you can set it up as a recurring donation.
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Interact Zoom Summit

Posted by Sal Franqui on Aug 28, 2020
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A Zoom Summit will be held on September 3rd beginning at 7:30 p.m. for any Rotarian who is in charge of the Interact Club in their club and for those interested in forming an Interact Club for their club.  This Summit will be one hour and the discussion will be on how clubs are dealing with COVID as it relates to their Interact Club and how we can learn from each other in helping the Interact Clubs. Contact office@rotary7390.org for information on logging into the call. 
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59th RMB Event Held August 20

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Aug 28, 2020
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The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise hosted a very successful and well run 59th RMB event overall and second Zoom networking meeting on Thursday, August 20 with 19 Rotarians and guests attending from six District 7390 clubs (Carlisle, Carlisle, Sunrise, Hanover, Harrisburg, Harrisburg Keystone, and Mechanicsburg North).  Michelle Crowley Hornick from the Greater Carlisle Chamber of Commerce and a representative of the Small Business Development Center gave an update on the business situation in our area and the impact Covid-19 continues to have on it as well as the resources available to help businesses deal with it.  Scott Stevens, the master of the Circle and RMB District 7390 Chair, ran the event a little like "Hollywood Squares" and everyone had a chance to talk about their business or project.  Stay tuned for our next RMB event.

 
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Hanover hosted 6th Annual Tastfest Event

On March 6, 2020, the Rotary Club of Hanover hosted their 6th annual Tastefest event – the Club’s largest fundraiser – about two weeks before COVID19 closures in PA.  The evening was designed to celebrate the area’s independently owned restaurants, bakeries, and specialty beverage businesses while raising funds for local non-profits. Always a sold-out event at a total of 400 tickets but the majority of the money is raised through sponsorships, including major contributor, Hanover-area State Farm agents (Sue Beckner, Ryan California, and Devon Ellis).  This year, funds were distributed to primarily benefit Hanover Area Council of Churches -Ruth's Harvest, Hanover YWCA Safe Home, Olivia’s House, Roots for Boots, Jessica & Friends, and the Family Readiness Group of the Hanover Armory. Over the past six years, the Rotary Club of Hanover has raised an average of over $33,000 at each Tastefest event.
 
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Rotary Club of York Awards a $3,000 Scholarship

The Rotary Club of York Student Education Committee has selected its first recipient of the Donna E. Hayes Equine Scholarship, Margaret Brice.  Margaret was awarded a $ 3,000 scholarship for her senior year this fall at Penn State University as an Animal Science major and Equine Science minor.  She will resume her position as a live-in working student at the Penn State Quarter Horse Barn.  Margaret was home-schooled in Duncannon and spent her summer working on a ranch in Montana.      

A Rotary Club of York member for over 24 years, Alvin Hayes established the Donna E. Hayes scholarship in 2017 in honor of his late wife, who was very active in the equestrian circle in York County.  This scholarship is set up to help students attain their educational goals in the equine field of study and further the local equine community.  For more information about the student scholarship program, please contact Rotary Club of York Student Education Administrator Renea Oberdick at officeassist@yorkrotary.org.

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Fundraiser for the Rotary Foundation

Posted by John Kramb on Aug 18, 2020
I am going on my annual cross-country motorcycle ride, and would like to raise money for Polio Plus. The ride will be anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 miles long, depending on how sore my hindquarters get.

As a polio survivor, its an important project for me. I have been blessed to visit India four times to participate in National Immunization Days.

Please support this cause for me!
 
Click here to donate to the Rotary Foundation!!
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West Shore Rotary Flags for Heroes Fundraiser

Our Hero
We all have someone we look up to. Perhaps it's a family member or friend who inspires us to be a better person, or someone who lives "Service Above Self" in their daily life. Our HERO. 
 
The Rotary Club of the West Shore invites you to honor that person through our premier fundraising event, Flags for Heroes. By sponsoring a flag in your hero's name, you will join with hundreds of others in making a bold statement that says:
 
We Honor you, Hero.
We Encourage you, Hero.
We Recognize you, Hero.
We Offer thanks to you, Hero.
 
Don't miss your chance to be part of this inaugural event! The powerful and emotional display of sponsored flags will take place the week of November 8-15, 2020, along the Taylor Bridge Bypass (1250 Camp Hill Bypass).
 
Click here for more information! 
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York-East has Presentation Regarding Kiwanis Lake

Posted by Tim Koller on Aug 14, 2020
On August 3, 2020 Aaron Jacobs, Rotary Club of York, detailed their Kiwanis Lake project. York City’s Kiwanis Lake is one of the most prominent water features in our community and the Rotary Club of York has identified this landmark community legacy to be its focus project by repairing and restoring the lake as well as adding new ‘Smart Lake Technology’.  Aaron outlined plan to have Kiwanis Lake functioning better than it ever has by 2021 and showing our community the tremendous impact that York Rotary has.

Although this is a man-made body of water, it has become a haven for aquatic life and park visitors year-round. Unfortunately, the lake has suffered in recent decades due to changes in the upstream environment, failing mechanical and maintenance features as well as an imbalance of wildlife, lake nutrients and water quality. 
York-East has Presentation Regarding Kiwanis Lake Tim Koller 2020-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of York Awards $7,200 in Scholarships

The Student Education Committee of the Rotary Club of York held virtual interviews June 16 for “Non-Traditional Student” Scholarships.  A “Non-Traditional” Student is one who does not attend post-secondary education directly following graduation from high school.  Instead, they select to enter the workforce, start a family, or enter the military. At a later date, they decide to pursue a degree and usually work and attend school simultaneously for a few years.  
  • La’Tarsha Livingston and Melissa Rosario have been awarded a “Non-Traditional Student” scholarship with a value of $ 3,600. La’Tarsha is a part-time employee of WellSpan Health and a student at HACC – York campus where she is studying to be a nurse.   
  • Melissa works full-time at Voith US and will complete her education from York College of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2021.   
The Rotary Club of York has been proudly awarding these “Non-Traditional Student” scholarships since 2012 and have financially assisted 19 students with $ 25,200 to achieve their education goal!  For more information about the student scholarship program, contact Rotary Club of York Student Education Administrator Renea Oberdick at officeassist@yorkrotary.org.    
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Four Way Test ESSAY Contest

Posted by Steve Grubb on Aug 14, 2020
Time to start planning your club’s 4-Way Test ESSAY Contest.  Unlike just about everything else in our lives, a written essay is one thing that COVID-19 cannot reach.  Sitting down at a home computer and writing an essay is safe and can be done in a socially distant manner (maybe even without a mask!).  So if any of your club’s projects are delayed or cancelled this year, this is a great time to consider starting an Essay Contest.
 
We have a fresh, new essay prompt this year:  Is it the Truth? – How I Define What is True in My Life.  We are looking forward to receiving essays from 9 th grade high school students which address questions like:  What is true?  Where is truth found?  Is truth important?  Is truth relative? Submissions for the 2020-21 District 7390 contest are due March 5, 2021.  Contest rules, critical dates, and information for both Rotarians and Students are available at the District 7390 Website:  https://www.rotary7390.org/page/four-way-test-essay-contest.  Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to project chair, Steven Grubb, at stevengrubb@comcast.net.
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District Development - August 10

Posted by Una Martone on Aug 07, 2020
The next District Development session features Kevin Engle, Membership Chair Extraordinaire and credited for launching the "alternate meeting time" craze that has swept throughout the district. The focus is on MEMBERSHIP! Kevin will address “10 Tips to Growing Your Club” and Creativity & Flexibility in membership. 
 
Join us on Monday, August 10 from 6-7 PM. Pre-registration is required! 
 
 
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Rotary Club of Lancaster-South Supports Food Bank

Posted by John Bomberger on Aug 07, 2020
The Rotary Club of Lancaster South recently held their summer Food Bank Drive to support the Solanco Neighborhood Ministries Food Bank. Since the Rotary Club has been meeting by Zoom, the Club’s Board of Directors suggested that the money normally spent for meals would be contributed to our Food Bank Drive. One thousand eight hundred forty dollars ($1,840.00) was collected by the club and was delivered to the Food Bank. Thanks to our Rotarians for stepping up to the challenge to alleviate food insecurity in our area. 
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Rotary Club of Harrisburg Commits to Reducing Hunger by Aiding the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank During the Pandemic and Economic Crisis 


 

Posted by Bob Saline on Jul 30, 2020
On Monday, July 20, 2020 seven members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg packed boxes for Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
 
Since meeting virtually, Rotary Club of Harrisburg has donated $2,400.00 from the Club’s unused Monday meeting lunch budget to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.
 
The Food Bank implemented extra safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Operations have been moved to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex to allow space for social distancing.
 
Pictured are club members Harry Derrick, Matt Staub, James Good (Club President 2020/21), Kris Pedaprolu, Karen Good, Addeline Alaniz Edwards and Una Martone (PDG)
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Harrisburg Rotary Members Making a Dental

 Difference in the Dominican Republic

Posted by Bob Saline on Jul 30, 2020
 
Before the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic took over our day-to-day lives, our own, Charlie Santiago and a group of caring professionals became real-life miracle workers for over 400 children in the Dominican Republic. 
 
In situations, life on the island for many of the countries youngest (and poorest) citizens can be very rough.  When you need immediate dental care and do not have access to it, life can become outright unbearable. 
 
Charlie Santiago and a team of medical professionals worked tirelessly to bring much needed relief to local communities in dire need of all the help they can get. 
 
During a 5-day period, the team treated over 400 children.  Some of the more heartbreaking cases involved multiple extractions, and children in unbearable pain.  With outdated equipment, a faulty generator that needed fixing every day, and a lack of air-conditioning, the team persevered through it all. 
 
Making it all worthwhile were the children.  Some in excruciating pain when they arrived, left with wide smiles and eyes full of gratitude.  Amidst these multiple successes, Charlie commented there were still many more children that were turned away as capacity, and the overall conditions of the facility, made it impossible to safely treat everyone. 
 
Molly Grady, daughter of long-time Dominican project supporter and participant Dr. Grady says, "The Dominican Project through Rotary has become an essential part of my life because of my Dad who was an active member. Since his passing two years ago, I vowed to carry out his legacy and to honor him by joining the mission in his place. The Rotarians from all the participating clubs (i.e. Baltimore, Harrisburg, Wellsboro, West Shore, and Dominican) have become a second family to me.  
 
“Each year in the Dominican, I see my Dad’s legacy in the Rotarians, the community, and the traditions. I have the privilege to live through what he helped establish and that is the absolute greatest blessing. This mission holds a special place in my heart because of how much it meant to him."  Founding outreach strategist Robert Hall, HRC member and District 7390 Past District Governor, worked tirelessly with Dr. Grady and others for decades to help make the mission a continuing success.  Co-planner gain this year was Jack Haskins previously a member of the HRC and now a member in the Baltimore Club.
 
When the pandemic subsides, making it safe to return, Charlie is working with the local Dominican Rotary club to ensure that they find a local clinic that can support a higher capacity, and provide better equipment for future trips to the region.  As of now, his planning is targeting November for their next visit as soon as they receive clearance locally.
 
If you feel you would like to help in advance planning or on the next trip, please contact Charlie at 717 230-0610 or csantiago@nyl.com. Please help this critical outreach continue the decades of service the Rotary Club of Harrisburg has been a major pillar of this program.
 
Great Job Charlie and the Entire Team!  GO ROTARY!!!!
 
Harrisburg Rotary Members Making a Dental Difference in the Dominican Republic Bob Saline 2020-07-30 04:00:00Z 0
A Message from the Governor John Anthony 2020-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Golf Tournament 2020-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

Is there anything better than the smiling face of a child?   

 

Posted by Bob Saline on Jul 16, 2020
 
Well, maybe the smiling faces of dozens and dozens and dozens of 3rd grade students in the Harrisburg School District receiving the gift of a dictionary. 
 
Rotary Club of Harrisburg members were absolutely thrilled to present more than 600 students with this wonderful gift.   
 
The RCH team had the opportunity to visit every classroom and outline the many features of these books.  Members talked about the word "polio”, found the definition in the directories and noted that Rotary Clubs all around the world are engaged in eradicating this disease.   
 
Just one of the many extraordinary community outreaches conducted by RCH members either around the world or in the community; especially if you love to see little folks smiling.
Is there anything better than the smiling face of a child? Bob Saline 2020-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

An Update from the Rotary Foundation

Posted by John Kramb on Jul 16, 2020

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION PROVIDES FUNDING FOR THE WONDERFUL HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS THAT ROTARIANS DO IN THE WORLD!

 
Click here to view a Power Point presentation regarding updates to The Rotary Foundation. 
An Update from the Rotary Foundation John Kramb 2020-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

District Development

Posted by Una Martone on Jul 16, 2020
Did you miss the District Development Training Session on July 13? Click here to watch a video of the session!
 
District Development Una Martone 2020-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

District 7390 Safety Committee

Posted by Juliet Altenburg on Jul 16, 2020
It is with great excitement that I share the news that a new committee is being formed in our District aimed at keeping our members and the public safe during our global pandemic and beyond.  Details of the new District 7390 Safety Committee are attached including an invitation to submit your interest in supporting the effort.  Even if you can’t volunteer for the committee please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to express the different kinds of resources and guidance your club would find useful.
 
Now is a time for all of us to support one another in keeping ourselves, our families and the public safe during this uncertain time.  The District is here to support you and I look forward to sharing my expertise as a nurse in helping the effort.
District 7390 Safety Committee Juliet Altenburg 2020-07-16 04:00:00Z 0

Southern York County Golf Tournament

The 2020 Southern York County Rotary Golf Tournament will take place on July 17th at 1:00pm at Bon Air Country Club.  And yes, the traditional crab feast will still follow at 6:00pm!  Click here for all the details! You can also register online!
 
The course is in incredible condition this year! Social distancing measures will be in place for your safety and the golf course is the perfect place to spread out and get some fresh air.  Proceeds benefit Southern York County Libraries and other Rotary projects, we thank you for your support! 
 
Deadline to register is July 10th, hurry up and claim your spot before registration fills up.  Any questions please contact Eric Anderson at 410-365-7086.
Southern York County Golf Tournament 2020-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Southern York County Golf Tournament

The 2020 Southern York County Rotary Golf Tournament will take place on July 17th at 1:00pm at Bon Air Country Club.  And yes, the traditional crab feast will still follow at 6:00pm!  Click here for all the details! You can also register online!
 
The course is in incredible condition this year! Social distancing measures will be in place for your safety and the golf course is the perfect place to spread out and get some fresh air.  Proceeds benefit Southern York County Libraries and other Rotary projects, we thank you for your support! 
 
Deadline to register is July 10th, hurry up and claim your spot before registration fills up.  Any questions please contact Eric Anderson at 410-365-7086.
Southern York County Golf Tournament 2020-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

17th Annual Golf Tournament

The York-East Rotary Club is hosting their 17th annual golf tournament on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at noon.  The event will be held at Briarwood Golf Club - East course.  Golfer registration cost $90 per person and sponsorships are available.  We'd love for you to join our club and help us raise money for local charities and our Students of the Month program.  Please contact Becky Disney at bdisney@greaterpawv.wish.org for more info or click here to download a flier.  Thank you! 
17th Annual Golf Tournament 2020-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

Nurses in Rotary

Posted by Juliet Altenburg
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Invitation to Join Nurses in Rotary Fellowship by Juliet Altenburg, President Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North, District 7390 DGND
 
The Rotary International Theme for June is Rotary Fellowships.  When I explored the fellowship page of the RI website, I was amazed at all the different groups there are and ways to form friendships with other Rotarians. 
 
There was one group I saw that was missing that I had an interest in - Nurses in Rotary.   So, sparked by my desire to meet other nurse Rotarians, I formed a new Rotary International fellowship group called "Nurses in Rotary".
 
I am inviting you all to reach out to nurses you know in your clubs to invite them into my group.  Or if you give me their name there is a way for me to personally invite them through my fellowship page.  My group is located at this link:  https://my.rotary.org/en/exchange-ideas/groups/nurses-rotary-0
 
Looking forward to meeting my fellow nurses in District 7390 and from around the world.  (A nurse from Nigeria just joined!)
 
Here is an overview:

Nurses in Rotary Fellowship

Created: 6-Jun-2020
 
Nurses more than ever play a significant role in responding to the health needs of our communities in a variety of settings. As Rotarians we can leverage our expertise and influence to do more good together than alone in our professions. The purpose of this group will be to share ideas on how to use our Rotary platform to meet the medical needs of our communities while also nurturing friendships among each other to support each other during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Nurses in Rotary Juliet Altenburg 2020-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Shelter Box Disaster Relief Live Briefings 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Gettysburg donates $30,000 to SCCAP

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg recently donated $30,000 to South Central Community Action Programs to help the organization assist families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and the temporary closing of local businesses has significantly impacted Adams County residents, according to SCCAP Chief Executive Officer Megan Shreve. Many essential workers were laid off, lost work, or had increased costs due to the pandemic. The Rotary Club of Gettysburg and its membership are committed to making sure this crisis does not become a life altering event for Adams County families, Rotary President Brad Hoch said.

“We are so appreciative of this grant from the Rotary Club of Gettysburg,” Shreve said. “Powered by Rotary, we will be able to provide coordinated assistance designed for long-term stability. No one should lose housing or have difficulty getting back to work because of a pandemic that was out of their control. These funds, aimed at helping individuals impacted by COVID-19, will be used to prevent eviction, get people quickly housed, assist with legally operating childcare for workers, or assist with items needed for work or transportation to work. These flexible funds allow us to do what a family needs to get them back on their feet, and we are so grateful for the help.”

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg Board of Directors felt “now is not the time to sit it out on the sidelines,” Hoch said. “When the national moratorium on home and rental evictions lapses, the hardship will worsen,” Hoch said. “Now is the time to do what we can. We cannot sit with cash in our pockets.” The $30,000 donation, presented Tuesday, is in addition to a $15,000 donation the Rotary Club of Gettysburg award to SCCAP last month. If a $5,000 grant the club applied for through its district is approved, the Rotary Club of Gettysburg’s total assistance to Adams County residents through SCCAP will be $50,000, Hoch said. “Many of us know director Megan Shreve. Many of us have seen the valuable work that SCCAP has done in our community for decades,” Hoch said. “However, board members were justifiably concerned about making a $30,000 donation without adequate oversight and financial accountability. We appreciate Megan and SCCAP understanding our concerns and commitment to timely and accurate reporting of results.”

The funds Rotary donated to SCCAP were made possible through a reserve account created seven years ago by its board under the leadership of then-president Mike Hanson. “At least seven Rotary presidents and dozens of board members and general members have expended hours in the search for a ‘Wow’ project. They have worked to accumulate, to grow and to steward club resources waiting for a moment in time when our help could make a decisive difference in the lives of our friends, our neighbors,” Hoch said. 
 
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg is currently meeting the second and fourth Mondays of each month at noon via the Zoom video conferencing app. Anyone who wishes to learn more about the club and its commitment to assisting people in Adams County and throughout the entire world should email rotaryclubofgettysburg@gmail.com. “Our club only becomes stronger if our membership is strong. We invite those who have a commitment to service to consider membership,” Hoch said.
Rotary Club of Gettysburg donates $30,000 to SCCAP 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

RMB Returns to Action

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On Monday, June 29 Rotary Means Business District 7390 will host a virtual Zoom meeting from 5:30 to 7:00 pm featuring Gordon Denlinger, Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses and former state representative, who will be speaking about the business situation in Southcentral PA and prospects for the future in the time of COVID-19.  This will be followed by a virtual Circle wherein participants will have a chance to talk about their businesses and how they have been affected by COVID-19 and what they have done to survive.  Obviously, the event is FREE so bring your favorite drink and hors d’oeuvres and let’s get RMB going again.  Please RSVP quickly to be on the spreadsheet and only the first 50 RSVPs will be able to join the meeting.  RSVP NOW at https://bit.ly/2020RMBvirtual
 
Once registered, you will be given a meeting ID and password and the link to join.  Also, as you may know, you can go to Zoom.com and click on the “Join the meeting” link and put in the meeting ID and password.  Here is the chance to get the big picture on business in PA and share best practices to survive and thrive going forward.  See you there!
RMB Returns to Action Alden Cunningham 2020-06-11 04:00:00Z 0

Central Penn Business Journal Circle of Excellence Nominees Include Two Rotarians

Congratulations to PDG Una Martone (Harrisburg) and Victoria Connor (Uptown York). Una and Victoria are nominees for the Central Penn Business Journal's Circle of Excellence recognition. To be considered for the recognition, women honorees have sustained leadership roles in their choice of profession, through mentorship and in their community. They are at the pinnacle of their careers and true icons of their industry. Below is the complete list of nominees: 
 
Victoria Connor York County Bar Association/York County Bar Foundation
Susan Graham Susan Graham Consulting
Una Martone Leadership Harrisburg Area
Lisa Myers Boyer & Ritter
Tina L. Nixon UPMC Pinnacle
 
For more information, or to join the event, please visit: https://www.cpbj.com/event/women-of-influence/
Central Penn Business Journal Circle of Excellence Nominees Include Two Rotarians 2020-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

District Governor Installation June 30, 2020

All are welcome to join us for the installation of DG John Anthony and the 2020-2021 District Leadership Team, the 2020-2021 Club Presidents & Assistant Governors. RIDE (Rotary International Director Elect) Valarie Wafer will be joining the call to make a special presentation!

Please contact the District Office (office@rotary7390.org) for information on joining the zoom call for this kick-off of the 2020-2021 Rotary year! 

District Governor Installation June 30, 2020 2020-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

Mount Joy Rotary Celebrates Community

Posted by Barbara Basile
The Mount Joy Rotarians gave the community a reason to celebrate on Saturday, May 30.  Their famous Rotary French Fries and hot dogs were free for the asking. Freshly made in the Rotary Fry wagon, the free lunch was carried to waiting cars by Rotarians looking for ways to give back to the local community.
 
The community responded by enjoying nearly 800 hotdogs and 400 pounds of French Fries.  Though freely given, the Rotary Club held out a donation bucket to support the Mount Joy Food Bank.  Rotary Co-President, Greg Sallade reported, “The donations from the community were $795.41. That will all go to the Food Bank … we will also make a donation to the Fire Dept. for their help.  So, it was a pretty successful event.” 
 
Discover how you can make a meaningful contribution in your community and beyond through Rotary. Weekly club meetings are held at The Gathering Place in Mount Joy on Tuesdays at noon. Alternately, visit us from 5:30PM to 6:30PM at Twisted Bine on Main Street in Mount Joy.
 
For more information about the Club, or any of its projects, review the Mount Joy Rotary Club’s Facebook page or contact Greg Sallade at 717-648-0510.
Mount Joy Rotary Celebrates Community Barbara Basile 2020-06-04 04:00:00Z 0

With Thanks & Gratitude

Posted by Paddy Rooney
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This will be my last note as District Governor in our weekly newsletter. On Tuesday we will have the opportunity to join with DGE John Anthony as he assumes his new office of District Governor and to celebrate DGN Greg Staub and DGND Juliet Altenburg as they move into their new roles as DGE and DGN respectively. I want to begin by thanking them for being a great leadership team, for being so dedicated and committed and for all the support they have offered to me over the past year. I am confident that with these fine leaders in place our District will be well served into the future. Thank you John and Greg and Juliet for all that you have done and I know will do in the years ahead and please know that you have my promise of support as you assume your new roles and responsibilities.
 
And since the transition takes place on June 30, this is an opportunity for me to step back and reflect upon the year which is now rapidly drawing to a close and to offer a word of thanks and deep gratitude for all that this year has meant to me.
 
I hope it does not sound trite on my part to say that these last 12 months have been a unique experience and one which I will treasure for the rest of my life. It has been a pleasure and joy to serve District 7390 as Governor – a pleasure because I really did have a lot of fun and a joy because I got to see and experience firsthand the amazing and wonderful work that is being done by so many of our clubs and their members to make our communities and our world a better place to be. I enjoyed so very much the opportunity to visit clubs, meet their boards, work with their Presidents and share in their enthusiasm for this family we call Rotary. So my thanks do indeed go to all those who welcomed me to their clubs, listened to me, laughed at my bad jokes and shared their vision of how their communities can be a better place in the future. I have learned from all of you to value the depth and breadth of Rotary and to see it, even more clearly than when I started, for the amazing organization it is. And a particular word of thanks to the Presidents of those clubs who have carried the vision of Rotary to their members, leading them through the difficult days of this pandemic, nudging them when they needed it and generally  being a cadre of leaders of whom we can all be very proud.
 
And it is with gratitude that I offer a word of thanks to all the Past District Governors who over the past three years have offered me their words of support and encouragement, wisdom and advice. We always build on those who have gone before us and it is with deep gratitude and respect that I recognize all the PDGs of District 7390 for their work on behalf of Rotary.
 
And I would be remiss if I did not offer a word of deepest thanks to Melissa our District Executive, without whom I could not have made it through the year. As the fount of all knowledge about our District and Rotary in general, Melissa helped me navigate the pitfalls and get the work done. Having a new Governor each year cannot be easy but Melissa’s sense of humor and gracious patience was greatly valued by me and I suspect all the DGs who have gone before me for the past 14 years. Thank you Melissa so very much.
 
The last few months have been difficult for many of us on a personal and perhaps a professional level as well. We have all had to learn how to adapt in the face of this novel coronavirus as our world seemed to shift on its axis. I am grateful for all those clubs and their leadership who stepped up to the plate, figured out how to run Zoom and Go to Meeting, restructured their fundraising events and continued to award their scholarships. Yes it was and is disappointing that we are not yet meeting face to face. It was particularly disappointing for me to have had to cancel our District Conference and not be able to schedule it in other ways. It has been hard not to recognize in person those who have earned recognition for their contribution to Rotary over the past year or indeed our clubs for their fine work. But in the midst of those regrets I remain deeply grateful for those who have led, cheered and encouraged us to keep being the best that Rotary can be.
 
So looking back on the year, I will be the first to admit that I did not achieve all that I set out to do. I did not fulfill all my goals and aspirations. And sometimes I just failed to get it done. But I hope that, if nothing else, I have shared with you during this year my passion and love of Rotary and what I believe is our common goal, to leave this world a better place than when we came into it. You have all heard me say that Rotary makes a difference in somebody’s life each and every minute of each and every day. As that great philosopher Mr. Rogers was so fond of saying, “Life is for service” and I hope that my life this past year has been a model of such service and indeed that the service we have shown together in District 7390 will last far beyond this year and into the lives of those who will come after us.
 
In thankfulness and with the deepest gratitude,
 
DG Paddy
With Thanks & Gratitude Paddy Rooney 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Take Out POLIO

While our efforts have been concentrated over the past few weeks and months on the novel coronavirus and the problems it has wrought within our communities, the issue of polio and its ongoing fight by Rotary to help eliminate this disease has continued. Our vaccination programs have in many areas been brought to a standstill since larger gatherings or house to house visitation to vaccinate children has had to be suspended. The fear is that, once we have dealt with the coronavirus, we may well see a resurgence of polio cases throughout the world, which would be a setback to our efforts over these past few years.
 
To help ensure that this does not happen, we in Rotary need to be ready and that means we have to support our commitment to this fight with some much needed resources. Indeed we now know that giving to Polio Plus over these last few months has decreased as resources have been channeled more into the fight against COVID and the personal ability of some Rotarians to give generously has been impacted by the economic situation.
 
To help fight this situation Rotary is asking that we use the week of June 10 to make a concerted effort to bring the issue of Polio back to the forefront of our thinking and make a commitment to join in the effort described below.
 
In this brief presentation we will hear from both Mike McGovern, who is our Rotary International Polio chair and Trustee Julia Phelps from the Rotary Foundation. And the aim, as you can see is to get at least 50% of Rotarians to give the amount that they would have paid for lunch that day, to the Polio Plus fund. We believe that this can be done in District 7390 which would mean some 1,100 members giving to this important work.
 
So I would ask you to publicize this effort. Encourage your members to participate. Stress the importance of our work in this area and show how, through this effort, Rotary will also continue to Connect the World.
 
 
Take Out POLIO 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

POLIO ERADICATION IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on daily life, including access to and demand for essential health services. On March 24, the Polio Oversight Board (POB) of GPEI made recommendations related to polio eradication efforts for countries and regions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Since the recommendations were issued, thousands of polio workers have assisted in the COVID-19 response, and polio as well as other vaccine-preventable disease campaigns have been halted. COVID-19 related disruptions to polio programs have resulted in expanding transmission of poliovirus, further compounded by disruption to essential immunization and other essential health services. This is particularly of concern in polio-endemic countries affected by outbreaks of both wild and vaccine-derived polioviruses, where the circulation of polioviruses is expected to increase exponentially during the upcoming high transmission season. Other countries affected by outbreaks of vaccine-derived polioviruses are also expected to see increase in transmission. GPEI  recommended that surveillance for polioviruses should continue, however, maintaining quality surveillance has proven difficult, leading to possible knowledge gaps on the extent of polio virus transmission.
 
GPEI reaffirmed unwavering commitment to polio eradication, and a regular review of the situation. Looking forward, the pandemic will evolve and affect regions, countries and subnational areas in different ways and in different stages. Similarly, countries and subnational regions will be in different stages of restriction on movement and population contact rates. In the context of the ongoing pandemic and the resumption of vaccination campaigns, GPEI will support countries to make decisions on when and where to implement polio vaccination campaigns, based on national risk assessments in close collaboration with national immunization and other health programmes. This will require innovative and adaptive strategies to engage communities.
 
POLIO ERADICATION IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC 2020-05-29 04:00:00Z 0

Council on Resolutions & Council on Legislation

Hello District 7390 Rotarians!

I am honored to serve for one more term as the District 7390 Council on Legislation Representative. The COL term goes from July 1st, 2020 to June 30, 2023. Thank you very much to all of you for your trust and confidence for me to serve in this important position as Council on Resolutions and Council on Legislation Representative on behalf of D7390. I am humbled for this nomination and I will work with the best of my
abilities to fulfill these responsibilities. As you may know, there are now two ways to actively participate in the Rotary International decision making process: Council on Resolutions (COR) and the Council on Legislation (COL).

Council on Resolutions (COR)
The Council on Resolutions meets online every year to vote on proposed resolutions. Resolutions are requests to the Board or the Trustees to take any action that is outside the purview of the constitutional documents. Ideally, a resolution should affect the Rotary world, rather than address local or administrative issues. Council on Resolutions (COR) are held annually, voted by the COR and implemented by the RI Board of Directors.  Remember that Districts can submit resolutions for the 2020 COR by June 30, 2020. Details on drafting and submitting resolutions can be found here. 
 
Council on Legislation (COL)
Every three years, Rotarians meet at the Council on Legislation to review and vote on proposed changes to the legislation that governs Rotary. They consider enactments, which change Rotary’s governing documents, and position statements by the RI Board. Our District can also propose enactments to the 2022 Council on Legislation. Details on drafting and submitting enactments can be found here. It means legislation change to three fundamental documents: The Standard Constitution of a Rotary Club, RI Constitution, and RI Bylaws. Enactments for the 2022 Council on Legislation must be submitted through the COL RI online form by 31 December 2020.

Thanks in advance for your consideration of this matter. As District 7390 COR and COL representative, I will keep you informed of the COR and COL advancement. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at Richie1166@msn.com. 

Sincerely,
Hector R. Ortiz
PDG 2013-2014
COR and COL Representative 2020-2023
Council on Resolutions & Council on Legislation 2020-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Peace Fellowships

We have two months left to recruit qualified candidates for the 2021-22 Rotary Peace Fellowship and need your help! As a Rotarian, you play a critical role in communicating information about Rotary Peace Centers programs to potential candidates in your network. Clubs also play an important role in coaching candidates and helping them connect to districts for endorsement. We encourage you to use and share these resources: Send personalized emails with the fellowship announcement to contacts within your network. Do you know someone who could benefit from our program? Submit their name and email in our referral form and we'll follow up with them. Candidates have until May 31 to submit applications to their District. Districts must submit endorsed applications to The Rotary Foundation by July 1. General inquiries regarding the fellowship program may be sent to rotarypeacecenters@rotary.org. We thank you for your dedication to the Rotary Peace Centers and your continuous support in educating the Rotary network about the fellowships! Find more information here!!
 
Sincerely,
Rotary Peace Centers - your investment in action
Rotary Peace Fellowships 2020-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Trees Planted in York

On Saturday, May 2, 2020, fifteen trees were planted at the York City Welcome Triangle across from the WellSpan York Hospital by the Preserve Planet Earth Committee, members of the Rotary Club of York, PA, family and friends.  The trees included a variety of species ranging from October Glory, White Oak, Service Berry, Red Maple, and Black Gum Trees.  The planting teams dug the holes, removed rocks, bricks and concrete, and then mulched the individual tree planting locations and the welcome center stone area and water feature. Special thinks to Rotarian Brian Mummert of W S  Landscape Services who procured the trees and provided the mulch.  A special thank you to the Garden Club of York for their shared financial support of this project.
Trees Planted in York 2020-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

York Rotary Awards $19,000 in Scholarships

The Student Education Committee of the Rotary Club of York held virtual interviews for their Merit Scholarships. Having received a total of 54 applications, we are pleased to announce that the scholarship recipients are as follows: 
 
  • Anne Lawrence from Spring Grove Area High School will receive $ 1,000 x 4 years from the Edwin P. Mangold Rotary Scholarship. She will begin her studies at Columbia University in August studying to be a Psychiatrist.
  • Daniella Feistritzer of Central York High School will receive $ 1,000 x 4 years from the James C. and Carrie B. Bush Scholarship. She is headed to Columbia University to major in Biochemistry.
  • Emily Vergara-Pimentel from William Penn Senior High School will receive $ 1,000 x 4 years from the Charles and Alma Diehl Scholarship to major in Biochemistry at Temple University. 
  • William Molina of William Penn Senior High School will be awarded a $ 1,000 Charles and Alma Diehl Scholarship to study Computer Science at Widener University.
  • Megan Dubien of Dallastown Area High School will receive $ 1,000 x 2 years from the Sanford M. Kranich Scholarship and will major in Business at Penn State University.
  • Bevan Fogdall from York Suburban High School was awarded a $ 1,000 Arlington Kahley "Rising Musician" Rotary Scholarship and will major in Music at Colby College.
  • Taylor Cromer from South Western High School was awarded a $ 3,000 John T. and Paige S. Smith Scholarship for Agricultural Studies to study Environmental Science at Saint Joseph's University.
The Merit Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievements as well as community service and school participation. These outstanding students exemplify Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self". Congratulations students!

All Merit scholarship recipients are also approved for a student loan from the Whiteley Educational Loan fund for $ 2,000 per academic year for their undergraduate degree. For more information about the loan program, contact Rotary Club of York Student Education Administrator Renea Oberdick at officeassist@yorkrotary.org. The application deadline is May 31.
York Rotary Awards $19,000 in Scholarships 2020-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Gettysburg Donates $15,000 to SCCAP

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg donated $15,000 to South Central Community Action Program Monday to help stock its food pantries in Gettysburg, York Springs, New Oxford, East Berlin, and Fairfield. Last year, SCCAP helped 6,121 individuals. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, SCCAP has been serving 1,152 people each week, including families that have never sought services before. Pictured, from left, are Rotary Club of Gettysburg President Dr. Bradley Hoch, Rotary Club International Services Chair Chris Kimple, SCCAP Executive Director Megan Shreve, and Rotary Club of Gettysburg Secretary Alex J. Hayes.
Gettysburg Donates $15,000 to SCCAP 2020-05-21 04:00:00Z 0

Seminary Ridge provides virtual lessons

 

Located just north of the Mason-Dixon line, Adams County has a rich history of stories of escaped slaves, Civil War heroics and the United States during a period of great change. Its location is also impossibly far for many of the country’s citizens to travel. Now, with the click of a button, students, teachers and history buffs across the globe can access interactive tales of self-preservation and heroism. Over the last month, Seminary Ridge Museum, 111 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, crafted seven detailed lessons allowing learners of all ages to immerse themselves in the centuries-old culture of a maturing country.
 
“Many of the groups we see come from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York,” said Peter Miele, the museum’s chief operating officer and director of education. “This gives us a much wider reach, literally all over the world. Anyone with an internet connection can learn these lessons.” The Rotary Club of Gettysburg sponsored the creation of the new digital lessons by awarding $5,000 to the museum. The grant was originally intended to underwrite visits to the museum for Adams County schools. Following the statewide shutdown of all schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Miele and the club decided to redirect their educational goals. The museum was prepared to do so, thanks to another donor, who provided support to build an educational center a little more than a year ago. That endowment included money for iPads and the development of interactive programs within the museum. When the virus wiped out any hope of a strong spring season, Miele and two staff members went to work putting their vision together in a digital platform. “This is usually the busiest time of year.  We’re outside working almost every day with school groups,” Miele said. “We’d been thinking about it for a while now, but we’ve really worked to get it out there this past month.” The website, www.seminaryridgemuseum.org/education, features five lessons for middle school students: James Pennington’s Quest for Freedom; Making Sense of the Gettysburg Address; Reasons for Southern Secession; Follow a Wounded Soldier; and Slavery and Freedom on the Border. There are also two geared toward high school students: States’ Rights and the Legal Battles over Slavery; and Civil War Emergency Care. Each section features a series of slides, quizzes, polls, photos, videos and open-ended questions constructed to mimic stories Miele and his staff would tell during in-person visits. “Thinking of this area eight miles from here as a fault line between slavery and freedom, it tells a story that we think of as a national story at a local level,” said Miele.
 
A series on battlefield medicine asks students to imagine themselves as 29-year-old George McFarland, a school principal from McAlisterville, Pa., and father of two who commanded the 151st Pennsylvania regiment. Photos taken inside the museum show a cramped hospital room with bloody and injured soldiers scattered on chairs, beds and worse. McFarland recalled spending three days on the floor before being treated. McFarland eventually had his leg amputated. Even after being transported home in September, two months after the battle, it’s another 42 weeks until he can leave his bed with the assistance of crutches. “It’s really inspiring what we can learn about American medical history as a whole,” Miele said. “We can draw larger conclusions that can be applied to the Civil War and present day.” Each web series has taken staffers between 10 and 20 hours to convert to an online format, Miele said. More time-intensive ones have required new video content and research, he said. Teachers have visited the site independently, but Miele was uncertain if they’d been used in a
classroom setting since the start of the pandemic. He was excited to provide free, accessible content in a time when teachers are most in need. “It’s a challenge to translate some of our stories using videos, but it’s also fun to think of engaging activities to challenge students,” he said. “We ask them to take something they’re seeing and use it to create something new, like writing their own law to restrict slavery, how they’d incorporate it and
why. Instead of being spoken to or spoken at, we try to create opportunities to show us they’re learning.” Dr. Bradley Hoch, Rotary Club of Gettysburg president, spearheaded the move to find funding for the project, Miele said. Though it’s changed its look from the start, both men were proud of the way it’s come together. “With the development of this digital learning platform, the internationally acclaimed Seminary Ridge Museum and its staff now have the ability to expand their educational reach throughout our entire nation and the world,” said Hoch in a press release. “I applaud their foresight, their creativity and professionalism. Miele has plans to continue growing the online database. Eventually, he hopes to provide digital tours with real-time question and answering sessions. Photo scavenger hunts and classroom sessions are also on the horizon, he said. Though developing the digital platform has been engaging, Miele looks forward to the time when the museum on the hill is bustling with inquisitive students once again. “At the beginning of March, I’d have given anything to have a month to work at home,” he said. “Now we’re hoping we’ll be back in business soon.”
 
Seminary Ridge provides virtual lessons  2020-05-15 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of York Annual Report

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The first annual report for the Rotary Club of York is available for download. If you would like to see what the 25th largest club in the world is doing, please follow this link: https://www.yorkrotary.org/downloads. Click on the “2018-19 Annual Report – Rotary Club of York” and you will get a PDF with 14 pages.
 
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York-East Selects Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Tim Koller
 
The Rotary Club of York-East is happy to announce that the following students were selected as the 2019/2020 Annual Senior Scholarship Award Winners. From York Suburban our Senior selection is Liam Waterbury son of Matthew and Melinda Waterbury and we have selected from York School of Technology Senior Jamie Hudler daughter of James and Susan Hudler.  Liam will be attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Jamie will be attending Salisbury University’s Nursing Program.
 
As part of the selection process each student speaks before our club detailing their accomplishments and aspirations.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of good citizenship, academic performance and community service. Congratulations to the winners from both schools and thank you to all the candidates, you are all outstanding students.
York-East Selects Scholarship Recipients Tim Koller 2020-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Red Lion Dallastown Donates Shows Appreciation to First Responders & Nursing Home Employees

Posted by Ashleigh Fishel
The Rotary Club of Red Lion/Dallastown Area wanted to let the First Responders and Nursing Home Employees know how much they appreciate them during these difficult times. Since the club has not been meeting in person, they decided to use the funds they normally spent on lunch to provide lunch and treats to others!
 
On May 6th the club delivered 193 packs of sugar cookies to two nursing homes: Dallastown Nursing Center and Manor Care Home.

On May 7th the club delivered 83 Subway lunches to: York Regional Police Department, York Regional EMS, and the Red Lion Ambulance Association.

Red Lion/Dallastown Shows Appreciation to First Responders & Nursing Home Employees

 
 
Red Lion Dallastown Donates Shows Appreciation to First Responders & Nursing Home Employees Ashleigh Fishel 2020-05-07 04:00:00Z 0

Thinking About the Future

Posted by Paddy Rooney on May 07, 2020
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By now the superlatives have become almost trite – unprecedented, worse than…, nothing like this in our life time. But it is clear that we are all experiencing something that most of us never envisioned happening in our lifetimes – a shutdown to be sure but a form of social distancing that goes beyond anything most of us could have imagined. And this has impacted both our personal lives and our forms of social living as well.
 
And without a doubt, one of the things that has been impacted is the way we live our lives as Rotarians. Apart from the e-clubs and Passport clubs, most of us know and experience Rotary through our weekly club meetings which are often accompanied by a meal – breakfast, lunch or dinner. And there are often “rituals” attached to those meetings – a song, a prayer, the Pledge and the Four Way Test. Each club is different, each has its own ethos, but they bear a remarkable connectedness through those meetings regardless of where you are in the country or the world. Combine that with the organization of fundraising events, non-profit support work and participation in the life of so many communities and we have a picture of Rotary as it has run pretty successfully for almost 115 years with a format which is comfortably familiar.
 
All that has changed with this pandemic and the worry is what will Rotary look like, be like or act like as we move toward a “new normal.” Jeffry Cadorette, who serves as our Zone representative on the International Board of Directors, has challenged us time and again with a phrase I used in my club presentations earlier in this Rotary year when I asked, “If we sat down today and devised this thing called Rotary, would it look like it does at present?” And the answer is probably no! With technology, with busier schedules, with changes in our culture which says that joining any organization is something of a waste, then Rotary, if devised today, would look a lot different, perhaps even radically different.
 
Well some of that difference has been forced upon us by this pandemic. Many clubs have changed by going on line for their meetings; others have adapted to do fundraisers in the same manner. Training for future District and club leadership is now going on line. And having started this I suspect that much of this form of meeting and training is going to continue and we may not go back to the way we have done things for many years.
But what specific things do we need to be thinking about for our clubs in the District as we move toward re-opening? Here are some of my own thoughts which hopefully will prove helpful as we all learn to live in this new normal…particularly over the next few months while we are still living with the novel coronavirus without proper forms of treatment or vaccination.
  1. Club meetings. Our meeting format may never be quite the same again. I would urge club leadership to consider how they can continue practicing social distancing; how many folks should be sitting at one table; how food is to be served if you use a buffet style for the meal; whether they should have a greeter but not one who shakes hands; how many people come to the podium; whether there is still a recommendation for the use of masks; whether there should be a song sung since singing has been shown to spread more droplets than just speaking; whether would should discourage people from shaking hands at all? There are so many issues like this to consider. Some of it may depend upon club size – the smaller clubs will have a little more ability to social distance than the larger or mid-sized clubs. The District and its Leadership Team, stand ready to assist you in whatever way possible to both prepare for such start up and how we will operate from that point on. Above all, however, we should follow whatever guidelines are offered to us from the CDC or our State Department of Health. Those guidelines are for our protection and for the good of those around us. We Rotarians understand our responsibility to the wider community and we show by caring for the wider community before ourselves.
  2. Fund Raisers. We need to look at both our ability to organize fund-raisers and the community’s ability to want to come out and support them. We all recognize that our fundraisers are critical to carrying out the work in our communities but we also have to take into account the economic difficulties that have been caused by this disruption and the willingness of the community to be able to support it.
  3. Future Training for Leadership. While we are far from making decisions about ALL training programs, it is clear that some programs will go on line and may stay that way. Can we do District training in a new way with short half day programs, learning modules on line, a new format for Presidents elect training, District Governor training and so on? District conference was cancelled this year because of the virus which was sad; but then we have to acknowledge that attendance at District Conference has been declining a great deal over the past few years and so what might happen if we never have another in person conference but rather pull together some great speakers, hold on line workshops and even announce awards on line. We had planned, for example, to have a panel discussion at District Conference on issues confronting our communities and therefore our clubs, issues such as Diversity and Equity, Teen suicide, opioid addiction and gender fluidity. These are important matters so we are planning on a virtual gathering at some point over the next few months to address these issues.
  4. International Convention. The highlight of any Rotary year is the International Convention when Rotarians from all  over the world gather in one city for some of the very best workshops, speakers and experiences you could ever have. This year we were supposed to have been in Hawaii but of course that was cancelled. Now Rotary International is going to take some of those important learning experiences and share them through a virtual Rotary Convention which will be held June 20-26. More details will be available soon. 
So we will, at some point, get back to “normal.” We cannot say what that will look or feel like but we do know that Rotarians are amazing in their resilience, adaptability and willingness to embrace the issues which confront us. I am confident that we continue to have a bright future in Rotary and that together we will continue to fashion and support a future which will serve all. And if this virus has taught us nothing else, it has shown our interconnectedness in the world. But then we Rotarians always knew that because Rotary Connects the World.
 
DG Paddy  
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Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation Awards Scholarship for 2020

 

Posted by Randy Sibert
The Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation recently announced the winners of their 2020 scholarship program.  The Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors in five schools:  Central Dauphin, Central Dauphin East, Dauphin County Technical School, Bishop McDevitt and Harrisburg Christian School.  One hundred and twenty students applied for 18 different scholarships that ranged from $21,000 to $1,000 for a total of $63,000.
 
Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation also announced they will be funding three (3) additional initiatives with Harrisburg Area Community College this year:
  1. Rotary Club of Colonial Park Norman P. Hetrick Paramedic Tuition Giveaway:  Students who enroll in the HACC Paramedic Program will be eligible to receive one of seven $1,000 tuition giveaways made possible by the Rotary Club and HACC Foundation.
  • High school seniors or graduate of one of the above schools
  • Current HACC students enrolled in HACC’s noncredit Paramedic Program who are from one of the above schools can also apply
  1. Rotary Club of Colonial Park Norman P. Hetrick Scholarship Award:  This fund will award scholarships for HACC students to use towards their tuition, fees, books and/or program expenses
  • Students must be enrolled at HACC when applying for the scholarship and have graduated from one of the above schools
  • Preference will be given to HACC students who receive an award during the Rotary Club’s scholarship luncheon and are working a full or part-time job
  1. Rotary Club of Colonial Park Fire Training Live Burn Fund:  This fund will provide financial assistance to eligible fire companies to complete live-burn training sessions at HACC. The following fire companies will have the opportunity to participate in a least one eight-hour live-burn training:  Colonial Park Fire Company, Linglestown Fire Company, Paxtonia Fire Company and West Hanover Fire Company
These three initiatives with HACC total $26,200 for 2020 and with the $63,000 in scholarships it brings this year’s total scholarships to $89,200 awarded by the Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation.
Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation Awards Scholarship for 2020 Randy Sibert 2020-04-30 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Program 2020-2021

Posted by Paddy Rooney
In this week’s Newsletter you will see a letter from Linda Spotts who is our District Chair for Rotary Youth Exchange. The letter is to inform all clubs that there will be no Youth Exchange for 2020-21. This decision was made by our multi-District Youth Exchange coordinating group called ESSEX and was made in light of the difficulties we are all facing in regard to COVID-19.
 
This was not an easy decision to make and last week those who had been selected to be our Outbound students were given the news. The District Youth Exchange team led by Linda have done a great job in working with the students currently here and while this news for next year is disappointing to all of them, it is our hope that this program will come back even stronger in 2021-22 and return to being that force in the world for good which it has been since its inception.
 
Knowing the value of this program, I ask clubs to take this “off year” and use that time to strengthen their club YE committees, to line up more host families and seek out those Rotarians who are interesting in being mentors and counselors to Inbound students. Together we can continue to make this one of our premier programs throughout Rotary and together we can continue to “Connect the World.”
 
DG Paddy 
Rotary Youth Exchange Program 2020-2021 Paddy Rooney 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Harrisburg Feeds and Cares for Their Community with Rotary’s Missed Weekly Lunches

 

Posted by Bob Saline
Since its founding in 1911, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg has been a luncheon club in center city Harrisburg.  Once the Hilton Harrisburg facility was finished, RCH started meeting in their ballrooms. 
The Club’s Board of Directors recently made the decision to contribute a portion of the meal budget to help feed people in our community impacted by COVID-19.
 
Each week that an in-person meeting is canceled, the Club makes a contribution to a nonprofit organization selected by the Board members.
 
For some, the cost of member lunches is part of the dues structure. Those club members who are invoiced per meal, are encouraged to make a contribution on their own to that week’s organization.
 
For the weeks of March 16 and March 24, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg made a donation to the Central PA Food Bank and The American Red Cross of Central PA Chapter.  The April lunch budgets are being donated to our local branch of The Salvation Army, Downtown Daily Bread, and The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus Fund.
 
To date, more than $4,000.00 has been contributed to local charities serving others during the pandemic.
 
To keep members informed and engaged, weekly meetings are conducted via Zoom.  While a group sing is not practical via Zoom, the bell is rung and a song is played.  Even speakers have joined in on the April 20th meeting.
Rotary Club of Harrisburg Feeds and Cares for Their Community with Rotary’s Missed Weekly Lunches Bob Saline 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
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The Volunteer Surge

Posted by John Anthony

THE PLAN

The Volunteer Surge is a program designed to allow those who wish to be of service to the community in the COVID 19 crisis, to be able to do so with purpose and direction.  Rotary International Director Jeffry Cadorette was approached by the Global Impact Group since Jeffry serves in the region of Rotary which included New York, one of the most heavily impacted areas. Jeffry then took the information to the RI Board and the DG’s of the region for consensus and support… which he found to be unanimous.

The program is simple: we need more volunteers to help  in this fight against COVID-19 and you can consider being a part of that effort and who better to support their communities through such a volunteer effort than Rotarians.

 

The TRAINING 

First go to https://theglobalimpactgroup.org/. Sign up and be trained, online.. For free.

There are two options.
10 hours of training - which will allow you to help from your home under the guidance of local healthcare providers.

30 hours of training - which will glean a Certified Nursing Assistant certification.  With this certification, you can serve at hospitals and other onsite locations under the direction of medical professionals.

Did we mention that the training is online and FREE!  

 

OUR HOPE - to create 1 million volunteers through this program.

If you are interested, visit the website to learn more. Join your fellow Rotarians who have already volunteered and together let’s make our communities stronger and better. Thank you.

The Volunteer Surge John Anthony 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

ESSEX Suspension of Long-Term Exchanges for the Rotary Year 2020-2021

Posted by Linda Spotts
On behalf of our District Rotary Youth Exchange Committee, it is with deep regret to share with you that the Eastern States Student Exchange (ESSEX) Executive Board has suspended the long-term exchanges for Rotary Year 2020-2021.    
 
Long Term Outbounds 2020-2021:  The Outbound students for the 2020-2021 year, their parents and club YEOs/Counselors who attended the zoom meeting on 4/18/20 held by District YE Outbound Chair Amber Seidel were given the sad news. Both Amber and incoming District YE Chair Jill Tenny had complete sympathy with the other students/parents that morning as they too were an exchange student, and both have a daughter in this group of outbounds who were planning to go out 2020-2021.
 
During the meeting Amber provided the students their options for going on exchange for the year 2021-2022 and answered questions from students and parents. Those students who will still be eligible and want to continue will retain priority placement by ESSEX for 2021-2022. Additional zoom meetings will be held by Amber throughout the year with the students and their parents. Their CISI insurance and Tzell itinerary if paid will be fully refunded and partial refunds of our district fee will be made according to the status of each outbound. FAQs link per Amber:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vLRw34Hwuhf_Eo9TzIFGKWAkchwt1u6HoFnkYrpANgI/edit
 
Note:  ESSEX stated that NO Rotary District can do a private Rotary Youth Exchange for 2020-2021.
 
Long Term Inbounds 2020-2021: On 4/18/20 our Inbound Chair Walt Tilley notified all the Inbounds who were assigned to our district for the 2020-2021 year of the suspension of the Inbound program.
Several youth exchange events due to the coronavirus were canceled for 2020 including the March overnight hosted by the Harrisburg club, the April Annapolis day trip hosted by 7620, the end of May Farewell Picnic, the Dickinson College August Re-entry, and the 31 day Discover America trip for Inbounds hosted by 7170 (Inbound students will receive full refund). 
 
Short Term Inbounds/Outbounds 2020-2021:  The students/families and club YEOs were notified of suspension several weeks ago. ESSEX/Insurance fees were waived and 50% of district fee refunded. The students are eligible for 2021-2022 if they meet the age requirements.
 
The status of the 2019-2020 students:  All but 1 of our Outbounds will have returned to our district by the end of April. Amber Seidel, Outbound Chair is planning on two zoom meetings – one for those who have returned and one when all have returned, dates to be determined.
 
4 of our Inbounds have returned to their native country. 4 of our Inbounds are currently being hosted by our district as it is felt by their natural parents that they are safer here than going home right now during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Their host families are gladly hosting them and are supported by their club counselor/YEO until it is a bit safer for them to go home in the next few months.
 
ESSEX will be busy developing recruiting tools for the 2021-2022 exchange year for all district members. In addition, our incoming District Youth Exchange Chair, Jill Tenny, along with her District Youth Exchange Committee, will be busy in engaging with clubs to promote the long term and short-term programs for the 2021-2022 year and beyond.
 
Thank you for all your contributions to the youth exchange program.
 
Yours in Rotary Service Above Self,
Linda Spotts, DYE Chair (2006-2020)
ESSEX Suspension of Long-Term Exchanges for the Rotary Year 2020-2021 Linda Spotts 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Harrisburg Dictionary Project Continues

Just prior to the Governor’s executive order to close schools throughout the Commonwealth, members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg provided eager students with dictionaries.
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg Dictionary Project is an ongoing initiative that provides third graders in the Harrisburg School District reference books and teaches them how they can be used to enhance their education.
Even in this technological age, the students and teachers alike are thrilled to have their own book to use in the classroom and at home.  For some students, this is the first real book they can call their own.
Thank you to Andy Rebuck, Gail Rebuck, Frank Frailey, Sara Frailey Garry Brinton, Mike Eby, Lee Tyre, Wendell Hoover, Steve Feinour and Chris Baldrige for presenting dictionaries to each third-grade student.
Students often write thank you letters to express their appreciation.  To hear Addeline Alaniz Edwards, the RCH Executive Administrator read some of the thank you notes, simply click on this link.
Rotary Club of Harrisburg Dictionary Project Continues 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation Disaster Response Fund

You may have heard that there is a pandemic going on. World-wide.  And Rotary is responding.
 
Last year, in response to requests from Rotarians, the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation, established the Disaster Response Fund.  This Fund is designed to fund districts’ need as they respond to local disasters.  Districts may apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to use in response to a disaster.  No district match is required; it is a straight out grant.  Currently, the fund is practically depleted because districts around the world have been applying for grant money and TRF has been responding primarily to respond to COVID-19 needs like PPE, masks, test kits and the like, all around the world.
 
Right now there are over 100 district requests for grants in the queue awaiting funding.  District 7390 (that’s us) is one of them.  Grants will be funded as money becomes available.  If $25,000 comes in, it gets applied immediately to a grant request.  Grant requests are handled in the order in which they were submitted.
 
But, as noted above, the fund is out of money. 
 
So now there is a plan.
 
Coming up soon, Rotary International will conduct a telethon in order to raise money for the fund.  It will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, starting at 11:00 a.m.  Details will be published closer to the date.
The Disaster response fund meets a critical need in this time of pandemic. 
 
I encourage you to participate and to make a donation.  If you don’t want to wait until May you can go to https://my.rotary.org/en/donate and make a donation to any of the funds.
 
Speaking of which:
 
The Polio Plus fund is still important.  Polio vaccinations and monitoring have been suspended for now. However, the resources are being redirected to combating COVID-19.  Monitoring, testing, and teaching are going on by the Polio teams, especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.  Once we are though this dark tunnel of COVID-19, Polio vaccinations and monitoring will start up again. Funding of Polio Plus is still important.
The Annual Fund still matters.  It is how we in the district get money back for club projects and global grants. Currently, global grants that are designed specifically for responding to COVID-19 response are on the fast track for approval, usually within three days of receipt at TRF.
 
Things are tough right now.  But we are Rotarians, and we put Service Above Self. And right now we need for you to help support all of our Foundation Funds.
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Billboards to Thank Essential Workers

 
District Rotary Leadership fully appreciates that we are in a momentous time---one in which it is imperative to give thanks to so many people for all they are doing to provide service and assistance across our great Rotary District.  
 
Perhaps it was just that thought that triggered asking Harrisburg Rotarian Andy Rebuck to assist with a big thank you to essential workers on ten area billboards.   The locations were selected to greet and thank workers approaching seven hospitals located throughout Harrisburg, York and Lancaster.
 
If you get a chance to drive by one of these billboards we hope it will remind you to also say thanks to those that you know providing service above self.
Billboards to Thank Essential Workers 2020-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

Denver-Ephrata Hosts Breakfast for Truckers

Posted by David Endy
Truckers have been working round the clock to keep our local businesses supplied and keep America moving. We wanted to thank them for this service by providing a hot breakfast on Good Friday. 
 
This was a total community effort.  We had 12 Rotarians participate and 10 non Rotarians who came out to volunteer.  We also had 14 businesses and organizations donate or support the project in some way.  All of the unused drinks and food were donated to the Ephrata Area Social Services food bank.  
 
The drivers we met were from Quebec, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Indiana.  Most of them had completed their deliveries and were heading off to Montreal, Virginia, Delaware, Florida and points unknown.  A couple from Georgia had left home the week before and had planned on being on the road for weeks.  By feeding these truckers in just 3-4 hours in Denver, PA, we definitely  did our part to keep America running. 
 
This project was the perfect representation of Rotary and living our motto of  "Service Above Self".  Rotary in known for bringing people together.  Through the unlikely collaboration of organizations and companies, this became a total community effort.  The Rotary Club used these new connections to seek donations.  By wearing our masks during this time of the virus, we basically served anonymously.  A true testimony to  "Service Above Self".
 
The following is a Facebook post we received:
I just wanted to drop you a note to say that your rotary is a real class act.  I am a truck driver from the Marietta area.  I wasn't there for your free breakfast but it really brought a tear to my eyes to know that you cared so much. Thank you from truck drivers everywhere.  This pandemic is horrible for everyone but maybe we needed this to allow us to reset and learn that taking care of one another is what really matters.  
Denver-Ephrata Hosts Breakfast for Truckers David Endy 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

District 7390 Recognition and Awards for 2019-20

Posted by DG Paddy Rooney
One of the things that we regularly do at our annual is recognize and give awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the work of District 7390 over the years. Since our District Conference is cancelled I wanted to announce the recipients of the awards for this year and publicly thank them for their service to make our District and Rotary as a whole a stronger and better force for good in the world.
 
Our most distinguished award is the Service Above Self award which is given by the Board of Directors of Rotary International. There are only a few given out each year and I am pleased to tell you our recipient this year is Dr. Jess Socrates from the Rotary Club of Hanover. Jess has done amazing work for the past few years in providing funds to support efforts in the Philippines through a project called Operation Braveheart which has worked to provide heart operations for more than 140 children. For this work and for his numerous other contributions to his club, the District and RI, are pleased to give this award to Jess.
 
Our Life Time Achievement award recognizes someone who, over at least 25 years of service to Rotary, has contributed significantly to work of Rotary while at the same time modeling what it truly means to give Service Above Self. Our recipient for this year is a person who has shown both commitment and dedication to Rotary for almost 50 years at the Rotary Club of York and whose service has been exemplary. But the one of the most important characteristics of PDG Dr. Ben Hoover is his modesty in all that he has done and continues to do. He has served not only Rotary but his community over the years first and foremost as a well-respected physician and but also as Board member and chair of a number of community organizations including York College. For all of this work, commitment and dedication, we are pleased to offer Dr. Hoover this recognition and award.
 
Our Outstanding Service Award is given to someone who has made an important but often little recognized contribution to the work of our District and Ed Hauck from the Rotary Club of Lancaster is just such a person. Ed is currently the chair of our Global Scholar and Peace Scholar awards committee. Each year Ed and his committee meet to select a person who will take graduate work at a University somewhere in the world in one of the Rotary six areas of service. In addition they would interview any candidates for our Rotary Peace Scholar award. The work of this committee is important since Rotary and our District combined provide a stipend of $30,000 for each Global Scholar. Ed has been more than diligent in following through with our recipients, seeing that the reports are due and caring for innumerable details. For all of this work and his support of our District we are pleased to recognize Ed with this award.
 
The Dogged Pursuit Award is given every year to a person who has, literally as well as figuratively pursued some goal on behalf of our District and has been persistent about achieving that goal. Steve Grubb, from the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North has shown such doggedness and persistence. Steve is the chair of our 4 Way Essay Contest which is held for Junior High School students each year. The students write an essay which reflects the theme of our 4 Way Test and what it means to them. Like the students of our 4 Way Speech Contest, these students learn about Rotary and can use this forum as a way to express their Service Above Self. Steve has, over the years, worked hard with these students and helped sustain this program on behalf of our District. For all that doggedness we are pleased to offer Steve this award.
 
Given that are not having a District Conference at which these awards would generally be presented, we will now give them out at their club meetings when we get back to normal. The dates for each of these awards will be announced in our District Newsletter.
 
In our common service
DG Paddy Rooney 
District 7390 Recognition and Awards for 2019-20 DG Paddy Rooney 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

RI Disaster Response Fund

Posted by John Kramb
Rotary International's Disaster Response Fund is providing up to $25,000 to Rotary districts throughout the world in response to local vital needs as a result of COVID-19.  These needs include buying food for people who were laid off, buying PPE for first responders and medical providers, and whatever else is needed now.
 
The fund needs replenishing so we can continue to do good in the world.
 
My friend, Julia Phelps, is asking people to donate at least $25.00 to the disaster relief fund. I ask you to do so at this link:  https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund   Just follow the easy instructions.  You will need your credit card.
 
Please give in honor of Julia Phelps, since it was her idea.
 
I gave.  Please join me!  
 
PDG John Kramb
RI Disaster Response Fund John Kramb 2020-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Monitors the Coronavirus Impact

Rotary is closely monitoring the pandemic of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and continuously assessing the potential impact on Rotary operations, events, and members.

Your health and safety are always our top priorities. Look below for information on Rotary activities that may be affected. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

In the near term, Rotary International recommends that districts and Rotary and Rotaract clubs meet virtually, cancel, or postpone meetings and events following the advice of national and local health officials. 

Rotary encourages members and their families to take precautions to protect themselves from contracting the virus by: washing your hands often and thoroughly, putting distance between yourself and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community, and staying home if you are sick.

Read how members are using ingenuity and flexibility to help people affected by coronavirus and to stay connected.

Click here to read more! 

Rotary Monitors the Coronavirus Impact 2020-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

On-line Meetings

Posted by Melissa Kopp on Mar 28, 2020
If your Club is holding on-line meetings, please send the meeting information to the District office at office@rotary7390.org. A list of the meetings is published on the District website.  Click here! Enjoy!
On-line Meetings Melissa Kopp 2020-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

A Message from Governor Paddy

Posted by Paddy Rooney on Mar 28, 2020
By now the superlatives are wearing thin – unprecedented, unique, never seen anything like this and so on. Yet it is clear that we are living in a time which is clearly going to mark all of us for the rest of our lives – whether pre-COVID or post-COVID. And with normal life shut down, we are all struggling to adapt as best with can – for work, for family and for our communities.
 
In the midst of all this turmoil the work of Rotary continues. Indeed, we play an integral role in our communities and throughout the world and that work must continue. And from the top leadership of Rotary International down to the smallest clubs we are seeking ways to ensure that our work does intend go on. District Leadership has been invited to Zone meetings via Zoom. And in our own District, the District Governor line has been meeting regularly in order to address any number of issues. And it is the results of those meetings that I want to share with you now. So here goes:
 
  1. As many of you know the RI Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the Rotary International Convention in Hawaii scheduled for June. This is disappointing but understandable given that some 25,000 Rotarians from all over the world were scheduled to attend. Those who registered will get refunds through Rotary including the 38 who registered from our District.
  2. As noted before our District Conference which would have been held May 1-2 is also canceled.
  3. Because the District Conference is cancelled, the 4 Way Test Speech Contest and the 4 Way Test Essay contest will be conducted in a different manner which ensures recognition of the students involved and the work they did. More details on that will be forthcoming.
  4. We have a number of students from various countries residing here in the US under our Youth Exchange Program. We also have a number of our US students living in other countries around the world. At this point in time, unless either the home District or the parents of the students in the US demand that they return home, our decision is to have them stay here. We currently have four students living abroad and we will also leave them there until the end of the school year unless their parents ask for them to come home.
  5. Rotary International has offered Districts the ability to be more flexible with grant money which can be allocated for fighting COVID-19 or use the funds to support the Foundations Disaster Response Fund. Our Grant Committee will be looking at that issue when it meets on April 6th.
  6. Part of our work at the District Conference was to have been the election of District Representatives to the RI Council on Legislation and the Zone 32 Nominating Committee. Those votes will now be done through the clubs. In the next couple of weeks Club Presidents will receive a notice and instructions on selecting a person in their club to vote and information on what they are voting for.
  7. The Teacher Impact Awards Dinner, which we co-sponsor with WITF is also being postponed. Selection of teachers will take place and winners notified. Brief videos will be done by WITF for showing in the Fall. While there will be no dinner this year, all winners from 2020 will be recognized at the 2021 dinner.
  8. There are a number of other awards that traditionally are given out at the District Conference. These include the Service Above Self Award, the Dogged Pursuit Award, the District Outstanding Service Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Individuals have been chosen for each of these awards and we will present them in their clubs when we are able to meet again in person.
  9. Our wonderful Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, due to be held at Messiah College under the incomparable leadership of Gary Crissman for these many years, is also canceled. This was not an easy decision for the RYLA Board of Directors to make but there are just too many unknowns and uncertainties and I support their decision.
  10. Staying in Touch. This is a critically important component in the weeks and perhaps months ahead. As I said, RI is keeping in touch with Districts. District 7390 Leadership is trying to keep in touch with each other. We now will plan some Zoom meetings in the next few weeks with Assistant Governors, District Advisory Council and Presidents and Presidents-elect. Notice for all those will be going out shortly. Information will also be sent out about how to conduct Zoom meetings for your clubs. Keep communication going in so many different ways…emails, Zoom or GoToMeeting, notes and so on…not forgetting the really old-fashioned method of actually calling some of your members on the phone to check in with each other! Do not let our clubs go dark or our work will come to a grinding halt and for the sake of the world, we cannot let that happen.
I will be in touch again soon.
 
District Governor Paddy
A Message from Governor Paddy Paddy Rooney 2020-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA CANCELLED

Posted by Melissa Kopp on Mar 27, 2020

The 2020 RYLA Conference has been CANCELLED!

RYLA CANCELLED Melissa Kopp 2020-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

SUCCESSFUL DISASTER REBUILD IN NEW BERN N.C.

Posted by Peg Sennett
In February, 14 individuals, including four D7390 Rotarians, traveled to New Bern, N.C. for our second trip to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Florence. Again this year, Rotarian John Bailey provided his Rotary themed coach and Shipley Energy in York donated fuel for the trip. We worked on three homes and got deserving families closer to returning home. You can find more information and pictures from February on the Disaster Relief page of the District website. And mark your calendars for a third New Bern trip scheduled for February 2021. Pictured Rotarians Phil Lehman, Bill Dress, Peg Sennett and Robert Ihlen.
SUCCESSFUL DISASTER REBUILD IN NEW BERN N.C. Peg Sennett 2020-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North opens On-line meetings to all clubs and the Public

Posted by Juliet Altenburg
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North (RCMN) welcomes anyone interested in connecting to its 30 minutes on-line meetings to join them every Thursday from 8 AM – 8:30 AM.  Speaker and connection information as well as recorded meetings can be found on the homepage of the RCMN website at  https://www.mechanicsburgnorthrotary.org/   The meetings will also be advertised on the District Service Above Self Meetup group which allows any club in the District to post service activities, club meetings and fundraisers.  Join at https://www.meetup.com/Service-Above-Self/.  Contact club president Juliet Altenburg at DGJuliet2022@qrpc.com for more information or to recommend speakers!
Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North opens On-line meetings to all clubs and the Public Juliet Altenburg 2020-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Means Business Events Cancelled Until Further Notice

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Mar 12, 2020
Rotary Means Business Events will be postponed until further notice given National Guidance regarding COVID -19 and the risks associated with large gatherings.  Once the situation returns to normal, we will continue RMB and notices will be given regarding future events once again.  Everyone stay safe and stay well.  
Rotary Means Business Events Cancelled Until Further Notice Alden Cunningham 2020-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

27th Annual Elizabethtown Rotary Golf Major

Posted by Don Grabowski on Mar 12, 2020
The 27th Annual Elizabethtown Rotary Golf Major will be held Thursday June 4, 2020 at Conestoga Country Club. Proceeds will again benefit countywide drug abuse prevention strategies plus many other regional needs the Elizabethtown Rotary Club supports. Click here for registration information! 
 
The ROTARY CUP CLUB TOURNAMENT, in its 3rd year is being defended by the Mt. Joy Rotary Club. On one of the holes all men who contribute a small donation will be allowed to move to the forward tees (some call ladies’ tee) and put on a dress for a photo op for great fun! Women who donate will be allowed the same distance advantage.
 
Last year we raised $15,000….
 
• $7500 went to Lancaster County Joining Forces - find them by clicking   https://www.lancasterjoiningforces.org/
27th Annual Elizabethtown Rotary Golf Major Don Grabowski 2020-03-12 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Colonial Park Increases Scholarships for 2020

Posted by Randy Sibert on Mar 12, 2020
The Rotary Club of Colonial Park and the Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation announces additional scholarships for 2020.  In cooperation with the Harrisburg Area Community College three new scholarships have been established:
  • Fire Training Live Burn – Funding for each of the four fire companies in Lower Paxton and West Hanover Townships to conduct a full day of live-fire training.  Crews practice different scenarios such as basement fires and attic fires.  Teams rotate assignments from one scenario to the next so that all members have the opportunity to practice multiple roles.
  • Paramedic Tuition Giveaway – Six one thousand ($1,000) tuition giveaways for the noncredit Paramedic training program has been established for students attending HACC in the Paramedic program.
  • Scholarship College Credit Courses – Funds have been set aside to provide at least fifteen (15) scholarships for high school seniors from five school who have been accepted at HACC.
These are in addition to the sixteen (16) scholarships that will be awarded in May this year by the club totaling $68,000.  Since the scholarship program started, the Rotary club has awarded $441,708 to high school seniors. With this year’s awards it brings the total scholarships awarded by the Rotary Club of Colonial Park to $509,708 since inception.
Rotary Club of Colonial Park Increases Scholarships for 2020 Randy Sibert 2020-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Elizabethtown Hosts Trivia Night Dennis Zubler 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Hanover Volunteers with Junior Achievement

Posted by Ralph Jodice on Mar 05, 2020
Both of Sherry Chroniger’s 6th grade social studies classes at St. Teresa of Calcutta in McSherrystown completed the Junior Achievement program, Our Nation, taught by Hanover Rotarian, Ralph Jodice.  This 5 lesson program taught the 52 students about the free market economy, entrepreneurship and innovation, career clusters, getting and keeping the job, and global economic connections. 
 
Hanover Volunteers with Junior Achievement Ralph Jodice 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Uptown York Rotary Club Partners with Collusion Tap Works to Raise Money to End Polio

Posted by Sarah Thomas on Mar 05, 2020
Uptown York Rotary Club thanks Collusion Tap Works for their generous donation of $250 to help end polio across the world! In December, Collusion brewed a special honey lemon pilsner, named "No Mo Polio" by Uptown York Rotary Club, with a portion of all sales benefiting End Polio Now.
 
Uptown York Rotary Club and Collusion Tap Works will be partnering on a larger scale in 2020 with a goal of raising even more money and awareness for the fight to end polio.
 
L to R: David Corman, Uptown York Rotary Club; Jared Barnes, Collusion Tap Works; Correll French and Zach Zimmerman, Uptown York Rotary Club.
Uptown York Rotary Club Partners with Collusion Tap Works to Raise Money to End Polio Sarah Thomas 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Uptown York Rotary Club is Now Accepting Grant Applications

Posted by Sarah Thomas on Mar 05, 2020
Uptown York Rotary Club (UYRC) attracts a diverse group of professionals who share a passion for giving back to our community and making a difference in the world. Our service focus areas are downtown revitalization, environmental sustainability, and community and youth development.

One way we serve our focus areas is to provide funding for initiatives that make a difference in our community.  UYRC is accepting grant applications for its Community Giving grant program to support needs in our service area.

Grant applications will be accepted through March 31, 2020. Grantees can apply for two levels – up to $500 for programs that serve the UYRC service area and up to $1,000 for the programs that serve the UYRC service area and impact one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

Grants approved by the Rotary Club of Uptown York are to support programs that service York and the York County community. We are particularly interested in supporting organizations whose best practices and initiatives support Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus. The most successful and sustainable Rotary service tends to fall within one of these areas of focus: Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development, Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation.

Not for profit or 501(c)3 organizations may apply for a grant. Selection criteria includes, but is not limited to:
•How well the project demonstrates the use Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus
•The level of impact on the community
•The level of documented need for the program/project and/or the grant funding
•The level of collaboration with other organizations or community initiatives
•Clearly defined measures of success
•Rotarian involvement (individual/group)

Applicants are asked to describe the sustainability of the project after the grant funds have been disbursed. Funding is not considered for ongoing operating costs of an organization, capital campaigns, scholarships or stipends for individuals.
 
For more information, visit www.uptownyorkrotary.org.
Uptown York Rotary Club is Now Accepting Grant Applications Sarah Thomas 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

West Shore Hosts Trivia Night for Literacy

Posted by Kirk Brechbiel on Mar 05, 2020
Join the Rotary Club of West Shore as we host Trivia Night for Literacy. Teams will compete to be crowned Trivia Master!
 
Winning teams will receive a grand prize including a refund of their entry fee!
 
Raffles and other fun contests will occur throughout the evening. Enjoy the great food and beverage from Arena Grill as well!
 
Create a team of 6 or 4. No worries if you don't have a full team. Purchase individual ticket and you will be placed on a team.
 
All proceeds from this fun night will go directly to our club's youth and literacy initiatives. Current and past projects include The Dictionary Project which provides dictionaries to local 3rd grade students and West Shore School District's Kindergarten program where every incoming kindergarten student in the District received their own copy of David Shannon’s book Duck on a Bike.
 
West Shore Hosts Trivia Night for Literacy Kirk Brechbiel 2020-03-05 05:00:00Z 0

Successful RMB held in Mechanicsburg on February 13

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Feb 20, 2020
The Rotary Clubs of Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg North, and West Shore in partnership with the RMB Northern Tier Steering Committee hosted a superbly run and super successful 57th networking event at Buhrig’s Gathering Place on February 13 with roughly 60 Rotarians and guests attending from 12 clubs (Carlisle, Carlisle Sunrise, Hanover, Harrisburg, Harrisburg Keystone, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg North, Palmyra, Perry County, West Shore and York) representing all parts of District 7390. 
 
One attendee indicated that “he thought the event was surprising and wonderful and he wants to talk about joining Rotary”.  Another guest indicated he wanted to attend the Mechanicsburg North evening meeting as a result of his opportunity to attend a RMB networking event.  Venue and event sponsors Buhrig’s Gathering Place, Ella Home Care, AMIRACLE4SURE, Front Street Financial, DenMark Business Solutions, Merlin Communications, Mother Hubbard’s Kitchen, and Capstone Land Transfer contributed greatly to the success of this no-cost event.  Thank you to all hosting club presidents and Scott Stevens the event “Circle” master who along with RSVP master Alaine Keisling made this event the success it was. 
 
Clearly, this event demonstrated the value of RMB in terms of membership development and retention and the fun and fellowship opportunities it provides.  Well done all!    
 
 

Thank You to our Sponsors!

  
 

Thank You to our Major RMB Sponsors

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Successful RMB held in Mechanicsburg on February 13 Alden Cunningham 2020-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

A Message from the Governor

Posted by Paddy Rooney
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 With Thanks & Gratitude

This will be my last note as District Governor in our weekly newsletter. On Tuesday we will have the opportunity to join with DGE John Anthony as he assumes his new office of District Governor and to celebrate DGN Greg Staub and DGND Juliet Altenburg as they move into their new roles as DGE and DGN respectively. I want to begin by thanking them for being a great leadership team, for being so dedicated and committed and for all the support they have offered to me over the past year. I am confident that with these fine leaders in place our District will be well served into the future. Thank you John and Greg and Juliet for all that you have done and I know will do in the years ahead and please know that you have my promise of support as you assume your new roles and responsibilities.
 
And since the transition takes place on June 30, this is an opportunity for me to step back and reflect upon the year which is now rapidly drawing to a close and to offer a word of thanks and deep gratitude for all that this year has meant to me.
 
I hope it does not sound trite on my part to say that these last 12 months have been a unique experience and one which I will treasure for the rest of my life. It has been a pleasure and joy to serve District 7390 as Governor – a pleasure because I really did have a lot of fun and a joy because I got to see and experience firsthand the amazing and wonderful work that is being done by so many of our clubs and their members to make our communities and our world a better place to be. I enjoyed so very much the opportunity to visit clubs, meet their boards, work with their Presidents and share in their enthusiasm for this family we call Rotary. So my thanks do indeed go to all those who welcomed me to their clubs, listened to me, laughed at my bad jokes and shared their vision of how their communities can be a better place in the future. I have learned from all of you to value the depth and breadth of Rotary and to see it, even more clearly than when I started, for the amazing organization it is. And a particular word of thanks to the Presidents of those clubs who have carried the vision of Rotary to their members, leading them through the difficult days of this pandemic, nudging them when they needed it and generally  being a cadre of leaders of whom we can all be very proud.
 
And it is with gratitude that I offer a word of thanks to all the Past District Governors who over the past three years have offered me their words of support and encouragement, wisdom and advice. We always build on those who have gone before us and it is with deep gratitude and respect that I recognize all the PDGs of District 7390 for their work on behalf of Rotary.
 
And I would be remiss if I did not offer a word of deepest thanks to Melissa our District Executive, without whom I could not have made it through the year. As the fount of all knowledge about our District and Rotary in general, Melissa helped me navigate the pitfalls and get the work done. Having a new Governor each year cannot be easy but Melissa’s sense of humor and gracious patience was greatly valued by me and I suspect all the DGs who have gone before me for the past 14 years. Thank you Melissa so very much.
 
The last few months have been difficult for many of us on a personal and perhaps a professional level as well. We have all had to learn how to adapt in the face of this novel coronavirus as our world seemed to shift on its axis. I am grateful for all those clubs and their leadership who stepped up to the plate, figured out how to run Zoom and Go to Meeting, restructured their fundraising events and continued to award their scholarships. Yes it was and is disappointing that we are not yet meeting face to face. It was particularly disappointing for me to have had to cancel our District Conference and not be able to schedule it in other ways. It has been hard not to recognize in person those who have earned recognition for their contribution to Rotary over the past year or indeed our clubs for their fine work. But in the midst of those regrets I remain deeply grateful for those who have led, cheered and encouraged us to keep being the best that Rotary can be.
 
So looking back on the year, I will be the first to admit that I did not achieve all that I set out to do. I did not fulfill all my goals and aspirations. And sometimes I just failed to get it done. But I hope that, if nothing else, I have shared with you during this year my passion and love of Rotary and what I believe is our common goal, to leave this world a better place than when we came into it. You have all heard me say that Rotary makes a difference in somebody’s life each and every minute of each and every day. As that great philosopher Mr. Rogers was so fond of saying, “Life is for service” and I hope that my life this past year has been a model of such service and indeed that the service we have shown together in District 7390 will last far beyond this year and into the lives of those who will come after us.
 
In thankfulness and with the deepest gratitude,
DG Paddy Rooney  
A Message from the Governor Paddy Rooney 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Capital City Cornhole Classic

Posted by Addeline Edwards on Feb 13, 2020
 
On Saturday March 28, 2020, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone will hold its 3rd Annual Capital City Cornhole Classic at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg.  This indoor tournament will be a fun way to break cabin fever, compete with and against friends, and raise money to support our local community.   Join us from 11:00 to 4:00!

Cash prizes will be awarded for:
1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
The prizes will start at the following levels and increase with more teams!
1st Place: $250
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $50

Team (2 players) registration is $50.00 includes an ABC craft beverage for each player as well as the buffet.

Spectator Tickets are $10.00 and include an ABC craft beverage as well as the buffet.

For more information and registration by clicking here! 
 
Capital City Cornhole Classic Addeline Edwards 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

A Message from the Governor

Posted by Paddy Rooney on Feb 13, 2020
The District Conference for 2020
Each year every District in Rotary throughout the world holds a District Conference as required by Rotary International. But that sounds terribly cut and dried and honestly, not very exciting. So, following a trend over the past few years, District 7390 is trying to shake things up a little and present a program that is fun and exciting, educational and inspirational and, above all, both celebrates what we have done over the past Rotary year while at the same time looking forward to the challenges that still face us.
 
To that end the District Conference Committee, under its chair Rebecca Hanlon, has sought to put together a conference that should prove to meet our goal of engaging members further into the life of Rotary.
 
Our Theme With “A Legacy that Connects to the Future.” Taking some of the amazing history that is in York and connect it to the future of our Rotary efforts.
           
When and Where? We will meet on Friday evening at the York County History Center for a “Governor’s Reception.” The History Center is filled with a host of artifacts and displays that tell the story of York and its county. There will be heavy hours d‘oeuvres and refreshments with the ability to wander around the galleries and exhibits in the Center. But we will also have a special guest - General George Washington - who will tell us about his visit to York when the Continental Congress was there and that famous toast given by Lafayette.
  • After the Reception some may wish to go downtown (literally about 5 blocks) to join in the festivities for First Friday and Give Local York both of which celebrate the renewal and revitalization of York over the past few years.
  • Main Conference May 2 at Heritage Hills just off the Mt. Rose exit of Rt. 83.
  • Begin with Breakfast and the Fife and Drum Corp from Central York Middle School. Hear our dynamic speakers including Valarie Wafer, our incoming Zone representative on the International Board of Directors.
  • Join the panel discussion on the Alternative Meeting times concept for clubs and hear how they are growing.
  • After lunch, our amazing 4 Way Speech and Essay contests which always leave us inspired by the vision the students share with us.
  • Join us again for a second panel on issues facing our communities and therefore our clubs including Teen Suicide, Opioid Addiction, Gender Fluidity and Diversity and Inclusion.
  • The evening will feature a social time and a reception for Major Donors, followed by dinner with award presentations and club recognitions including our  Rotary Youth Exchange students presenting a cultural evening with foods and goodies from their native lands - which will help support their end of year activities.
  • And to top the evening off you will not want to miss the performance from the Temple Guard, mostly Grade School kids under the auspices of the YWCA. They are phenomenal!
So come and join us for this exciting District Conference. May 1 and 2 in York Pa. Information about tickets, including early bird discounts and reduced fees for Rotarians under 40 can all be found here.
 
Look forward to seeing you there.
Paddy Rooney - District Governor.
A Message from the Governor Paddy Rooney 2020-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Hanover Club Grant benefits New Hope Ministries

Posted by Peg Sennett on Feb 04, 2020
Through a Club Grant, the Rotary Club of Hanover provided New Hope Ministries of Hanover with a floor scale and two folding wire containers. The staff and volunteers have high praise for this new in-the-floor scale. Previously, volunteers had to physically push pallets onto an upgrade. With the new scale, pallets are moved onto the scale with a lift truck or hand jack, making the job less physical, more time efficient and much safer. In an average month, over 150,000 pounds of food are weighed and handled multiple times, serving between 800-900 households per month. That was a lot of pushing, pulling and heaving to get pallets of food onto the old scale. The durable, folding containers also improve the efficiency of  operations, eliminating the need to store food in cardboard boxes that warp and become insecure. Pictured are Hanover Rotarians volunteering to prepare items for New Hope clients. Children of Rotarians also helped with the project.
 
Hanover Club Grant benefits New Hope Ministries Peg Sennett 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

Junior Achievement Needs YOUR Help!

Posted by John Anthony on Feb 04, 2020
Four more months of the 19-20 school year!  This year has flown by. We still have many opportunities for you and your team.
 
Below are the upcoming volunteer opportunities in our one-day financial literacy, career readiness and STEM programs. The highlighted programs are those in which our need is the highest.
 
BizTown days for a few schools are included. All BizTown days are held at our York Office, 610 S. George St.  Clearances are required to volunteer for the BizTown program.  We will help each volunteer to apply for needed clearances.
 
In addition to the one-day programs listed below, we offer classroom programs at the elementary level that are five sessions and each session is 30-55 minutes.  More information on classroom programs can be found below or by contacting Mary Reinhard MReinhard@jascpa.org       
 
 
YORK AREA
Programs
Date
School
Volunteers Needed
STEM
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Hanover High School
2
STEM
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
South Western High School
2
BizTown
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Steelton-Highspire Elementary- held at York BizTown
2
STEM
Friday, March 06, 2020
West York Area Senior High School
9
STEM
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Spring Grove Area  High School
2
REAL Life
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
New Oxford High School
8
BizTown
Thursday, March 12, 2020
Halifax Elementary - held at York BizTown
8
REAL Life
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Kennard Dale High School
12
BizTown
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Columbia Middle School-Taylor Campus
7
STEM
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Northeastern Senior High School
6
STEM
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Northeastern Senior High School
7
STEM
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Eastern York High School
9
REAL Life
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Red Lion Area High School
2
REAL Life
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Red Lion Area High School
6
REAL Life
Friday, April 17, 2020
York Suburban High School
14
 
 
 
 
HARRISBURG AREA Programs
Date
School
Volunteers Needed
YES
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Eagle View Middle School
2
REAL Life
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Carlisle High School
2
REAL Life
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Carlisle High School
2
STEM
Friday, February 28, 2020
Northern High School
3
REAL Life
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Camp Hill High School
2
STEM
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Biglerville High School
14
YES
Friday, March 06, 2020
Susquenita Middle School
6
STEM
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Trinity High School
3
STEM
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Boiling Springs High School
8
REAL Life
Friday, March 20, 2020
Palmyra Area High School
14
YES
Friday, March 20, 2020
Central Dauphin Middle School
11
REAL Life
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Middletown Area High School
11
STEM
Friday, March 27, 2020
Cedar Cliff High School
8
REAL Life
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Cumberland Valley High School
7
REAL Life
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Cumberland Valley High School
2
REAL Life
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Cumberland Valley High School
13
STEM
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Central Dauphin High School
21
STEM
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Central Dauphin High School
22
 
 
 
 
LANCASTER AREA Programs
Date
School
Volunteers Needed
REAL Life
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Penn Manor High School
19
REAL Life
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Penn Manor High School
10
STEM
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Manheim Central High School
13
YES
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Gerald G. Huesken Middle School
23
STEM
Friday, April 17, 2020
Donegal High School
14
Junior Achievement Needs YOUR Help! John Anthony 2020-02-04 05:00:00Z 0

2020-21 Presidential Theme - Rotary Opens Opportunities

RI President-Elect Holger Knaack unveiled the 2020-21 Presidential Theme at the Club's Annual International Assembly held in San Diego, California on January 20, 2020. The theme ‘Rotary Opens Opportunities’, is encouraging Rotarians around the world to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities in which they serve.
 
Knaack noted Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” He emphasized that Rotary creates pathways for members to improve their lives and the lives of those they help through service projects.
 
Knaack encouraged members to embrace change in order for Rotary to expand and thrive and suggested that Clubs should focus on keeping current members engaged and adding new members who are the right fit for their club. He remarked “we will capture this moment to grow Rotary, making it stronger, more adaptable, and even more aligned with our core values.”
 
RI PE Holger continued “we need to stop thinking of new members as people we can mark down as statistics and then forget about,” …“every new member changes us a little bit. That person brings a new perspective, new experiences. We need to embrace this constant renewal. We will grow stronger as we learn from new members.”
 
Knaack also wants to see more women in leadership roles and see Rotaractors play an integral role in how new clubs are formed and run. He said “we have to be open to new approaches, and creating unique clubs for younger people is just part of the solution,” ..“Let Rotaractors decide what kind of Rotary experience works best for them. These young people are bright, energetic, and they get things done.”
 
PE Holger also stated that “We will not let rapid change defeat us. We will capture this moment to grow Rotary, making it stronger, more adaptable, and even more aligned with our core values.”
 
2020-21 Presidential Theme - Rotary Opens Opportunities 2020-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Who stole the beans!?!?!  Rotary Club of Harrisburg Provides Service on a Monday at the Central PA Food Bank!

Posted by Bob Saline on Jan 30, 2020
 

Serving your community and having a great time never looked so good!

 
On a Monday when the Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s typical room was not available at the Hilton Hotel, an eager group of Rotarians invaded the Central PA Food Bank. Approximately 40 members were treated to a fine pizza and salad lunch then got directions on their two projects. 
 
Two groups worked on stuffing boxes with bagged and canned goods while others stuffed envelopes for Food Bank mailings.
 
Multiple boxes were stuffed for ultimate distribution to seniors in the Central Pennsylvania region.  From box prep all the way to box and envelope sealing, RCH members once again made a difference in the community.
 
Who stole the beans!?!?! Rotary Club of Harrisburg Provides Service on a Monday at the Central PA Food Bank! Bob Saline 2020-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Harrisburg Rotarian Grossman Joins 2020 Higher Ground Challenge

Posted by Bob Saline on Jan 30, 2020
Bruce Grossman, a member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, along with other members of the International Sking Fellowship of Rotarians, will be snow skiing or snowboarding at the Sun Valley Ski Resort, in the 2020 Higher Ground Challenge.
 
Grossman’s personal goal is to ski at least 30,000 vertical feet, starting at 9 a.m. that Wednesday January 29, 2020.  He has successfully participated in previous such fundraisers.
 
He is asking for a financial pledge to the Davis Boyd Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible and will directly benefit physically challenged Wounded Warrior Veterans through Higher Ground, an adaptive ski program in association with Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, along with support for similar programs around the world.
 
Please make checks out to the DAVIS BOYD MEMORIAL FOUNDATIONc/o Jeffrey Penza, 401 Woodbourne Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21212.
 
All contributors will receive an acknowledgment from the Davis Boyd Memorial Foundation for tax purposes.
Harrisburg Rotarian Grossman Joins 2020 Higher Ground Challenge Bob Saline 2020-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

York Habitat for Humanity presents at York-East

Posted by Tim Koller on Jan 30, 2020
Tammi Morris of York Habitat for Humanity described the organization as a volunteer driven, Christian-based housing ministry that builds safe, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with lower-income York County residents living in substandard housing. Funded mainly by private donations.  With the completion of York Habitat’s 136th home in 2019, over 600 men, women, and children live in Habitat Homes in York County! Since 1985, York Habitat has created over $7.8 million worth of new or rehabilitated affordable housing, which generates more than $383,000 in tax revenue. Over 8,950 volunteers work with York Habitat annually.
 
In spring of 2020, York Habitat for Humanity will be opening our ReStore at the Queensgate Town Center! You will soon be able to shop for and donate gently used or new home furnishings, appliances, and home improvement materials at a fraction of the cost.
 
Photo L-R:  Hunter Mink, President Rotary York East and Tammi Morris, Director of York Habitat for Humanity
 
York Habitat for Humanity presents at York-East Tim Koller 2020-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

$100 Happy Dollars for 100 Blood Donations

Posted by Elizabeth Wolf on Jan 30, 2020

Your I started the New Year with my 100th blood donation!!

 
I started my blood donations around 1985 because a coworker asked me if I would be interested. Funny, isn't it, that his ask turned into such a long-term commitment? (Isn't that the best way to get new Rotary members, too, by asking?)
 
My father had a history of donating blood on a regular basis, but was permanently deferred with his diabetes diagnosis around the same time that I started donating. I felt like I stepped into his shoes in that role. Subsequent hospitalizations of loved ones and their need for blood products cemented my resolve.
 
There were periods of time when I had temporary deferrals, even for as long as a year or two, but I was always looking forward to the time when I could go back to donating. I count myself as being very fortunate to have a health status that allows me to donate. While my donations have always been whole blood, I do see platelet donors when I'm at the Wellspan donation center. Platelet donation is a more time-consuming process that I hope to try after my retirement.
 
I have always donated through Wellspan at its donor center at Apple Hill. They have a wonderful staff who appreciate every donor, and the facility is very comfortable for the donors. There are snacks at the end, including freshly popped corn, even for us 8 AM donors. From time to time we see some of the staff out and about and stop and chat. Several of the retiring phlebotomists have become my clients.
 
When coworker blood donors were discontinuing the practice, my husband stepped up to the plate and started to donate with me. In Rotary year 2012-13, York-East club president Joe Hackett wanted to start making blood donations in the name of the club. Since that time all of mine and my husband's donations have been for the Rotary Club of York-East.
My husband was making fun of me for taking all these pictures. It’s not like you cured cancer, he said. No, I didn’t cure cancer, but I’m pretty sure I helped some people suffering from cancer. Besides, he’s just trying to catch up to me. He only has 56 donations! 44 more and he can get his name on the board!
 
$100 Happy Dollars for 100 Blood Donations Elizabeth Wolf 2020-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

37th Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Announces 2020 Grand Marshal

Posted by Melissa Kopp on Jan 30, 2020
The 37th Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from Market and Penn Streets. Live streaming of the parade will be on WRCTV sponsored by the Penn Mar Irish Festival. Media Sponsor CBS 21 and Master of Ceremonies Mike Gorsegner will be announcing parade entries at the Kinsley Grandstand on Continental Square.

Leading the festive 2020 Celtic celebration will be Grand Marshal Patrick J. “Paddy” Rooney.

Paddy Rooney is a native of England, born and raised in London, but he cannot deny his Irish heritage. Indeed, with a name like Patrick Joseph John Rooney that would be hard to do! His paternal grandparents moved from Dublin to England between the wars to help build the city and his mother, while raised in an English institution still had something of the brogue. While working with youth programs in England in the early 70’s, Paddy visited Northern Ireland at the height of “the Troubles” to help develop similar youth programs there. Over the past few years he has hiked much of Western Ireland, climbed Croagh Patrick and visited Skellig Michael and other sacred places there. Paddy completed his undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s College, London; studied philosophy at Catholic University of America; has a master’s degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University and completed his Lutheran studies at Gettysburg Seminary. He has been married to Sally for 40 years and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.

The Reverend Patrick J. Rooney STS retired in February of 2012 having served as the Senior Pastor of historic Christ Lutheran Church (1733) in York. Prior to going to York, he had served in Dillsburg for 11 years and before becoming a Lutheran he was a member of a Roman Catholic Religious Order for 10 years. He has worked extensively in the human services field including serving as Special Assistant in the Department of Welfare and as President and CEO of a large non-profit entity serving the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. For almost five years, he also served as the interim Executive Director for two local ecumenical agencies.

He has served as a member and chair of the City of York General Authority. He is currently Chair of the York County History Center and on the Board of the Farm and Natural Lands Trust. He has previously served on the board of the York County Literacy Council and as President of the York County Council of Churches. He has also served on the Candidacy Committee for the Lower Susquehanna Synod as well as the Ecumenical Affairs committee and the Worship Committee. He is the author of several published sermons for three different groups including 10 published by CSS under the title “The Perfect Sacrifice.”

Pastor Rooney is a founding member of the Society of the Holy Trinity (STS), a Lutheran Order and Ministerium, which now numbers almost 300 pastors in the United States and Canada. He served as Dean of the local chapter for 12 years, as General Secretary for 3 and in September of 2015 was elected Senior (General Superior) of the Society. He has taught widely across the US and Canada at all 23 of the Society chapters. Pastor Rooney has also taught in the OLLI program at Penn State York and at several retreats throughout the United States and Canada.

In his “retirement,” Pastor Rooney is an active member of the Rotary Club of York - the 22nd largest club in the world. He served as President of the club in 2016-17. In Rotary District 7390 he served as Team Leader for the Group Vocational Study Exchange team to Argentina in 2013. He has served on various District committees. He completed all three levels of Rotary Leadership Institute and now serves as RLI faculty and as faculty at Mid-Atlantic President elects training. He was awarded the RLI Faculty of the year award in 2019. Paddy is a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation and a member of the Paul Harris Society. He has received the York Club’s President’s Certificate of Appreciation for Service Above Self and the Avenues of Service Citation. He serves as District Governor for District 7390 in 2019-20 and recently returned from a two-week trip to India where he attended and spoke in Delhi at a Rotary District Conference as well as in Kolkata for the Rotary club’s 100 anniversary celebration. Prior to his departure, he humorously noted, “So an Englishman, with an Irish name who is serving an American Rotary District as Governor is heading to India for what promise to be a trip of real experience. Rotary truly connects the world!”
37th Annual York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Announces 2020 Grand Marshal Melissa Kopp 2020-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Hanover Packs Food for Ruth's Harvest

Posted by Ralph Jodice on Jan 15, 2020
Hanover Rotarians recently packed food bags for Ruth’s Harvest.  Ruth’s Harvest ensures grammar school students in need of food go home on Fridays with enough meals to make it through the weekend.  Ruth’s Harvest is one of the primary recipients for funds from The Rotary Club of Hanover’s largest fund raiser called Tastefest.  Over the last 5 years, Tastefest has netted over $30,000 per year which the club pushes back out to the local community.  Pictured here from left to right are Ralph Jodice, Rick McKee (holding the Rotary Coin). Judy Jodice and Tammy Miller.
Hanover Packs Food for Ruth's Harvest Ralph Jodice 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Bell Socialization Presents at York-East

Posted by Tim Koller on Jan 15, 2020
Bell Socialization services has evolved and expanded to toady where 2,500 people are served each year through dozens of programs offering an array of housing and basic living supports. Many Bell programs are licensed and/or accredited to meet strict standards of quality care. With more than 50 properties throughout York and Adams counties, people using Bell services are an integral part of the greater community.
 
Bell Socialization Services is staffed by more than 250 employees and hosts hundreds of volunteers every year, including our Board of Directors. Bell offers programs and resources to help if you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They not only help you secure a safe, affordable place to live, they provide the tools needed to live as independently as possible in the community. Pictured L-R: Hunter Mink, Rotary York East President and Averie Clark with Bell Socialization
Bell Socialization Presents at York-East Tim Koller 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

2019 Council on Resolutions Report

Posted by Hector Ortiz on Jan 15, 2020
2019 Council on Resolutions Report
Hello District leaders, Club Presidents, and fellow Rotarians. As your representative for the Council on Legislation and the Council on Resolutions (2017-2020), it is a pleasure to inform you that 33 Resolutions were considered in 2019 and from them, 26 were not approved. Therefore 7 Resolutions will pass to the RI Board or TRF Trustees for their consideration. RI Board and THF Trustees have the discretion to accept and implement these approved resolutions. The Council on Resolutions (COR) meets online each year.
If any Rotary Club would like to participate in the Council on Resolutions in 2020, please read the information below:
 
Council on Resolutions
Rotary International’s Council on Resolutions meets online each year to vote on proposed resolutions submitted by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI and any urgent enactments proposed by the RI Board. Adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or the TRF Trustees. Every district designates a representative to the Council on Resolutions and every club and district may propose resolutions. If your club or district is considering proposing a resolution for the Council on Resolutions, please follow the guidelines below.
 
Deadline to Submit Resolutions
Proposed resolutions from clubs and districts for the Council on Resolutions must be received by Rotary International on or before 30 June prior to the Council on Resolutions, including the governor’s confirmation of endorsement. There are no exceptions to the deadline.
 
Proposing Resolutions
Resolutions are expressions of opinion of the Council. They can be submitted to the Council on Resolutions by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI. However, a resolution proposed by a club must also be voted on, or endorsed, by the clubs in its district at its district conference, a district legislation meeting, or through a ballot-by-mail, before it can be submitted to Rotary. Resolutions must be submitted by 30 June through the online form found on the Councils page of My Rotary.
2019 Council on Resolutions Report Hector Ortiz 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Teacher Impact Awards

Posted by Melissa Kopp on Jan 15, 2020

You never forget the teacher who makes a difference…

Do you know a math teacher who has a special way of making learning numbers fun for students?  Or a science teacher who opened new world for your child? Nominate an extraordinary teacher for the 2020 Teacher Impact Awards!
 
WITF is proud to partner with Rotary District 7390 to present the Teacher Impact Awards supported by Franklin & Marshall College.
 
We all know teachers who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of their students. This program is designed to recognize and celebrate seven K-12 teachers in public and private schools in the Rotary District’s seven county area which include:
  • Adams
  • Cumberland
  • Dauphin
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Perry
  • York
A committee of Rotary and WITF staff will review nominations and produce a special compilation television program featuring the outstanding teachers that will air on WITF TV.  The top teachers will also be honored at a banquet in May 2020.
 
Celebrate an outstanding teacher by completing the nomination form online or download and print the form to email to teacherimpactawards@witf.orgAll forms must be received by February 28, 2020.
 
Forms can also be mailed to:
Debra Riek
Education Director, WITF
4801 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111
Teacher Impact Awards Melissa Kopp 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

2020 District Conference

Posted by Paddy Rooney on Jan 10, 2020

Join us for the 2020 District Conference

"Rotary: A Legacy that Connects the Future"

Let’s gather together in the Home of the Articles of Confederation of the United States to celebrate, learn, and explore the value of being a Rotarian.

The day and a half conference will open on Friday evening with a private reception for all registered members and guests at the York History Center. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and 2 drink tickets are included. 

The conference continues Saturday with outstanding programs that will INSPIRE you, inform you, motivate and entertain you throughout the day and into the evening. Check out the abbreviated Conference Schedule below.

ARE YOU UNDER 40?  WE HAVE A SPECIAL OFFER FOR YOU!

As an incentive to INSPIRE younger Rotarians to experience the long-term value of a District Conference, we are offering a 40% discount off the registration fee for Rotarians under the age of 40. Please use promo code U40D when registering on the web. 

REMEMBER...REGISTER EARLY FOR EXTRA VALUE AND SAVINGS

The early registration fee for the full conference is $140. The regular registration fee after February 15, 2020 will be $155. There are also options to attend portions of the Conference on the registration page. 

SPECIAL ROOM RATES ARE AVAILABLE!

If you would like to reserve a room at Heritage Hills, please call 1-877-782-9752. Tell them you are with the Rotary District 7390 Conference. Rooms are $119 per night. 

Check out the abbreviated Conference Schedule below. Check back often as more information will be added! 

Conference Schedule

Friday, May 1, 2020

  • 3:00 p.m. - Past District Governors' (PDG) Meeting - By invitation only. 
  • 5:45 p.m. - Registration opens at The York History Center (250 East Market Street, York) for all attendees.
  • 6:00 p.m. - Opening Reception featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres and 2 drink tickets. 
  • 8:30 p.m. - Adjourn - Enjoy first Friday in the City of York.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

  • 7:45 a.m. - Registration opens at Heritage Hills
  • 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast Buffet with entertainment by the Central York Middle School Fife & Drum Group
  • 8:45 a.m. - Session #1 - Mike Barba, Director of Programs at SCPa Works (South Central Workforce Development Board) speaking on leadership
  • 9:45 a.m. - Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - Session #2 - Rotary International Director-Elect Valarie Wafer 
  • 11:00 a.m. - Break
  • 11:15 a.m. - Session #3 - Alternative Meetings Panel Milton - Lead by AG Kevin Engle
  • 12:15 p.m. - Lunch Buffet - Presentation by Red Lion/Dallastown Interact
  • 1:45 p.m. - 4-Way Test Essay Winner Presentation & 4-Way Test Speech Contest
  • 3:15 p.m. - Break
  • 3:30 p.m. - Session #4 -  Preparing for the Future – Panel discussion on how clubs can address topics surrounding diversity and inclusion, the opioid epidemic, and gender fluidity.
  • 5:00 p.m. - Break
  • 5:00 p.m. - Major Donor Reception - By Invitation Only
  • 5:30 p.m. - Cocktail Hour & Social with Cash Bar
  • 6:30 p.m. - Governors Dinner
  • 9:00 p.m. - Adjourn
2020 District Conference Paddy Rooney 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Rotary 5K Run for Education

 
Presented by the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North
 
All proceeds to be used for scholarships at Cumberland Valley, Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech and East Pennsboro High Schools
 
Where:    Cumberland Valley High School Cross County Course
When:     Sunday April 19, 2020
Time:      Registration 11:00 a.m.
   5K Run at 1:00 p.m.
   1 Mile Fun Run at 1:15 p.m.
 
Cost:     $25 until April 5 and then $35 after including day of registration. No cost for the 1 Mile Fun Run
Awards:  Award winners for overall male/female and age winners

Click here to register!! 

Come get out and run at a great venue and support a great cause!
2020 Rotary 5K Run for Education Ken Hugendubler 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary International Assembly 

This year we have not one, but two representatives of Rotary District 7390 heading to the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego.  Past District Governor Una Martone will join DGE John Anthony and hundreds of incoming District Governors from around the world for a one week immersion training event and celebration. 
 
Una will be in the role of Training Leader.  In fact, she is one of 40 Training Leaders selected from around the world to participate; she is one of only 26 NEW training leaders; and one of a dozen who only speak English.  Una is the first and only female ever invited to serve in this role from District 7390.  There is no application process to become a Training Leader, it is by invitation only and being invited is a coveted honor. 
 
As a Training Leader, Una has been studying and preparing for several months.  She will participate in a one week practice camp before the District Governors arrive and then she’ll start facilitating their sessions and participating in ceremonies and celebrations.   Una and John will share details and news from San Diego on social media while they’re away.  Stay tuned to the district Facebook page for posts and pictures. 
Rotary International Assembly Melissa Kopp 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

York-East serves lunch to those who would otherwise do without

Our Daily Bread, located in York, Pa. is a soup kitchen next to St. Mary’s Church that provides breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday for anyone who comes in.  Members of the Rotary Club of York-East has volunteered at Our Daily Bread for over 20 years.
 
Pictured Left to Right: John Schmidt, Jim Walters, Tim Koller, Morrie Hooper, Jamie Binko and Matt Binko (not pictured)
 
York-East serves lunch to those who would otherwise do without Tim Koller 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

Grants Available to York County Organizations

The Rotary Club of York has announced the availability of approximately $20,000 in grants for York County 501(c)3 organizations which directly impact underprivileged, abused, neglected or handicapped children and youth.  The area of focus for this year’s grants is ABUSE OR EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN.  The club is looking for creative and innovative applications in this area. 
 
The Rotary Club gives for a specific program or project.  It does not offset general overhead expenses, salaries, or capital fund drives. Program grants will be awarded in the $2,000 - $10,000 range with special consideration for larger grants up to $15,000.   
 
NEW for this year, an INFORMATION SESSION will be offered for organizations to attend prior to completing the application to better prepare the application, select appropriate project, and provide opportunities for possible collaboration between organizations.  This will be held on Wed. Jan 15, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Cultural Alliance office (14 W. Market St. York).  Rotarians Glenn Smith and Kelley Gibson will provide the information. Pre-registration will be requested to the Rotary office by January 10, 2020 at bert@yorkrotary.org or 717-848-1370.
 
The application form is available from the club website at https://yorkrotary.org/downloads.  Interested organizations may also contact the Rotary Club’s executive coordinator, Bert Oberdick, at 848-1370 or email bert@yorkrotary.org for more information. 
 
The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020. 
Grants Available to York County Organizations Bert Oberdick 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0

SIGN-UP DEADLINE FOR DISASTER BUILD IN NEW BERN N.C.

If you are interested in participating Sunday February 23 – Saturday February 29 in a mission trip to New Bern – deadline for registering is January 20th. Free transportation provided by Bailey Coach. Volunteer housing cost is $125/person. We will work with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders; they provide volunteer housing/meals, skilled construction leadership, tools and qualified projects.  Contact Peg Sennett, 717-630-8281, pegsennett@hotmail.com  
SIGN-UP DEADLINE FOR DISASTER BUILD IN NEW BERN N.C. Peg Sennett 2020-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
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Junior Achievement Needs Volunteers

Posted by John Anthony
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JA is in the RED Zone! 
 
The dates below represent the events that are in need of more volunteers than we would like to see at this point in the glide path.  With over 125 one day events this school year we know we are going to end up with some events that, even after all of our recruiting efforts, are posing a challenge.  The following one day events in the Red Zone are in need of many more volunteers! 

If you are already signed up for some of these events, thank you!  If not, I hope you will consider joining us and as always, please share these opportunities with your colleagues, friends and neighbors.  You are the BEST ADVOCATES we have and we cannot do this without you!
Event
Date
School
Volunteers Needed
YES
Friday, January 24, 2020
Landisville Middle School (Lancaster)
17
STEM
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
William Penn Senior High School (York)
11
YES
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Lincoln Middle School (Lancaster)
19
* this is not a complete listing of all events in the next 30 days
STEM = Science Technology Engineering and Math focused Summit for 9th and/or 10th graders
REAL Life= Financial Literacy focused Forum for 11th and/or 12th graders
YES = Career Readiness, Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship for 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Junior Achievement Needs Volunteers John Anthony 2020-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

York Club Presents Scholarships

Posted by Courtney Bailey
The Rotary Club of York’s Student Education Committee recently awarded numerous scholarships totaling $ 18,000. 

Pictured L-R: 2018-19 RCY President Bryan Tate, Dejuan Gibbs ($ 2,000  Charles & Alma Diehl Scholarship, William Penn High School graduate studying Engineering at Temple University), Hudson Smith ($ 1,000 Arlington Kahley Rising Musician Scholarship, York Suburban High School graduate studying Music Education at Millersville University), Jacob Landis ($ 8,000 Mangold Scholarship, West York High School graduate studying Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech), Jordan Futrell ($ 4,000 James C. and Carrie B. Bush Scholarship, Susquehannock High School graduate studying Pre-Med at Penn State), Brooke Breon ($ 3,000 John T. and Paige S. Smith Scholarship, Northern York High School graduate studying Agriculture Business at Lancaster Bible College) and RCY Student Education Committee Chair Diane Merino. 
$1,800 awarded to “Non-Traditional Student” Scholarship recipient Brandi Janicki. 
 
Pictured L-R: 2019-20 District Governor Paddy Rooney, Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Recipient Brandi Janicki (HACC – York student studying Business/Applied Science), HACC York Campus Vice-President and RCY member Darryl Jones, and 2018-19 RCY President Bryan Tate.   
$ 2,200 awarded to “Non-Traditional Student” Scholarship recipient Juanita Baxter. 
 
Pictured L-R: 2019-20 RCY President Josh George, RCY Student Education Chair Diane Merino, Non-Traditional Student Scholarship Recipient Juanita Baxter (Penn State York student working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies), and Penn State York Chancellor and RCY member David Christiansen. 
York Club Presents Scholarships Courtney Bailey 2020-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Four Way Test Essay Contest

Posted by Steve Grubb
Greetings and Happy New Year!  As the New Year starts, preparations for the District 7390 Rotary Four-Way Test ESSAY Contest shift into high gear.  Hopefully, you are in touch with the schools in your service area and the ninth-grade students are familiar with the contest and deadlines.  All of the details for this year's contest can be found here, but keep reading for a few reminders:
  1. Make sure you have collected essays from the participating schools so that your club can evaluate each essay and pick a winner.  Evaluation and judging is recommended to occur in mid to late February so you can announce your club winner by the deadline set for your club's entry in the district contest.
  2. Make sure you have submitted your club's winning essay to the district office no later than MARCH 9, 2020.
We had such a great group of essays last year and cannot wait to see what the students have in store for us this year!  As always, please feel free to contact Steve Grubb (stevengrubb@comcast.net) with any questions about the contest.
Four Way Test Essay Contest Steve Grubb 2020-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Hanover Presents Multiple Paul Harris Pin

Posted by Ralph Jodice
Hanover’s club President, Craig Aiello, and Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, Bob Miller, present Hanover Rotarian and District Governor Nominee, Greg Staub, with a multiple Paul Harris Fellowship pin.
 
 
Hanover Presents Multiple Paul Harris Pin Ralph Jodice 2020-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Message from the District Governor

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Vision Statement Reflection 7
 
Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
 
The seventh, and final, in a series of brief reflections on the Rotary International Vision Statement
 
across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
 
Having grappled with the issue of “lasting change” we turn to find that this change cannot be isolated let alone ignored for it touches us in every corner of lives first as human beings and secondly as Rotarians. In this final reflection on our Vision Statement we see how that “lasting change” of which we spoke before is clearly all encompassing. Change is all around us but at the same time we are a part of the change. Everything about our lives is subject to change beginning with our physical nature as we grow and age but also moving to the world around us as we see in our rapidly changing cultures, the transformation of roles in society, the upheavals in our political and social landscapes and so much more. Very little is stable and much is in flux. But then we Rotarians come along and add to the change. We have already said that we are not content to simply live in a world where things are wrong but that we roll up our sleeves to change it, fix it and make it better. We have already said that we are not content to live in isolation, separated one from the other but rather that we unite together to take action and change many situations so that it makes a better life for many. And we are not constrained by the distance of space for we see the whole world as that which offers us the opportunity to serve.
 
That is why this change we seek is first of all across the globe. Whether in the more remote parts of this world or in areas teeming with life, we Rotarians have sought out projects, programs and missions that will enable us to make a positive change in the lives of so many. There are no boundaries that can hold us back, although political strife and conflict makes it difficult at times to finish projects such as our fight against polio. But where there is a need, where there are people who cannot live full lives because of disease or bad water or the lack of economic development anywhere in the world, we Rotarians are willing to step in and bring about lasting change.
 
But we are also firm in our commitment to our local communities. One of the things I like about Rotary is that we do not say, for example, that I am from the York Rotary but rather that I am part of the Rotary club of York which means I am part of the community. We live in communities; many of us love the communities in which we live. So we also want to make our communities better, bring about lasting change in them as well so that the lives of those who live in that community are improved in so many different ways.
 
And finally there is change in us. We Rotarians cannot do what we do without it having an impact on our very being. Many an author has pointed out that volunteering, giving of ourselves, or helping others is a powerful, life-changing experience. When we understand the power of such service to others above ourselves we provide an opportunity for that lasting change to take place in us. Having been touched by the work we do in schools, community programs to serve those in need, or clean water projects in a land we may never see, we are changed and we can never ever go back to being complacent. We are changed forever.
In has been said by the prophets of old that “where there is no vision, the people perish” and that is most certainly true for us. Rotary has given us a vision of what we can do, what we are called to do, what is indeed at the heart of our very identity. I am proud to be a Rotarian with a vision for the future found in this statement. May it guide us all in our Rotary journey and in our Rotary lives.
Message from the District Governor Paddy Rooney 2019-12-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Listens Leadership Summit - February 15, 2020

Posted by John Anthony on Dec 13, 2019
Join us on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Messiah College (One College Avenue, Mechanicsburg) for the Rotary Listens Leadership Summit (AKA District Training Assembly). The summit will inspire Rotarians to achieve more by listening better! The cost is $30 per person and includes a hot buffet breakfast and luncheon. The day will be begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m. Find more information and register here! 
Rotary Listens Leadership Summit - February 15, 2020 John Anthony 2019-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

FUNDS COLLECTED FOR PUERTO RICO DISASTER RELIEF HAVE BEEN

DISBURSED TO THE JANE STERN COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Posted by Peg Sennett on Dec 13, 2019
Following the September 2017 hurricane in Puerto Rico, D7390 Rotarians donated $30,386 specifically for Puerto Rico. Over these many months we have searched for a project that met our requirements for documentation and credibility. We have located such a project and are excited that your donations will benefit many.

Begun as a lending library by community activist Jane Stern in 1974, the Jane Stern Dorado Community Library in Puerto Rico quickly became a bilingual learning center for language, literacy and after-school programs as a 501C (3) non-profit corporation. The Library system emphasizes learning programs for adults, teens and children; early education play areas with books and toys; computers and reliable internet access for digital resources. They serve as school libraries during the day, and are open to the surrounding communities from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

The D7390 donation will support operating expenses for two of the Program’s satellite libraries in Toa Baja and in Mameyal that were forced to move to new facilities following the hurricane. Our contribution will provide operating funds for the 2019-2020 school year and the first semester of 2020-2021.
The Jane Stern Library was awarded The U.S. Library of Congress Literacy Award in 2019 for implementation of best practices in literacy promotion. The Library was also a finalist for the U.S. National Medal for Museum and Library Service; IMLS awards high honors to institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

The Library will keep us posted on their activities and will give us Major Sponsor recognition at the Library’s main entrance and at every event. We will also be recognized through their website, social media, and print material. WE ARE INVITED TO THEIR GALA EVENT TO BE HELD ON MARCH 21, 2020 AT THE RITZ CARLTON RESERVE IN DORADO BEACH P.R. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, CONTACT PEG SENNETT (pegsennett@hotmail.com) FOR MORE INFORMATION.
FUNDS COLLECTED FOR PUERTO RICO DISASTER RELIEF HAVE BEENDISBURSED TO THE JANE STERN COMMUNITY LIBRARY Peg Sennett 2019-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

Mount Joy Club Alternative Meeting Location

Posted by Barbara Basile on Dec 13, 2019
Rotary Club of Mount Joy invites you to make a difference. Mount Joy is a great place to call home and a great place to do business. As a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Joy you can help make it even better. 
 
Civic Organizations are one of the driving forces behind community events and improvement projects. They also have broader missions to assist national and global initiatives. Do you want to be part of the solution?
 
The Rotary Club of Mount Joy invites you to learn more. Regular club meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 12:15PM. Find us at The Gathering Place in Mount Joy. An alternative meeting is held weekly on Thursday evenings at Twisted Bine on Main Street in Mount Joy. Visit us from 5:30PM to 6:30PM.
For more information about the Club, or any of its projects, review the Mount Joy Rotary Club’s Facebook page or contact Greg Sallade at 717-648-0510.
Mount Joy Club Alternative Meeting Location Barbara Basile 2019-12-13 05:00:00Z 0

Greetings from Peru

Posted by AJ Wildey on Dec 11, 2019
AJ Wildey was a Global Grant Scholar to Peru in 2014-15. Below is a letter we received from her! 
 
I met a fellow Rotarian down here in Lima, Peru the other day and got to talking about my participation in the scholarship program. It was such a great experience, and it has shaped so much of what I’m doing these days. After finishing my degree in Anthropology with a certificate in Biocommerce and Sustainable Development, I started a business specialized in Peruvian cacao and chocolate. My Master’s investigation was focused on the value chain articulation of cocoa farmers in the rural jungle of Peru and I saw that, while there were many government programs incentivizing farmers to sow cocoa, these programs weren’t solidifying commercial connections for the farmers. So I decided to fill that gap! And so El Cacaotal was born. It’s essentially an edible library of Peruvian chocolate (and most recently, coffee, too!). I work directly with around 40 different cacao and chocolate producers and have about 200 chocolates in the collection so far. We highlight the origins of every chocolate bar and have pictures of the farmers and chocolate makers posted all around the shop, this way our visitors can put a face to a (chocolate bar) name. 
 
The shop has been a huge success; Peruvian chocolate has been booming since winning an international chocolate competition in 2015, but there was no one talking about the farmers and origins behind the chocolate. Now people from around the world (and around Peru!) visit us for a sweet chocolate education.
 
El Cacaotal even made a popular travel guide’s list of Top 10 things to do in Lima. (See us at #7 and click to see their brief write-up!) https://www.lonelyplanet.com/peru/lima/top-things-to-do/a/poi/363412
 
In October, I took Peruvian chocolate international. My coffee partner and I did a chocolate and coffee pairing tour in 3 cities in Chile, and it was a resounding success! So successful that we will be repeating it on the East Coast this January! For now, we have venues in Boston, NYC and NJ set. But it dawned on me that perhaps the 7390 District might be interested in having us by? I would love to share how far the Global Grant has taken me!
 
I will always be grateful for the opportunity that Rotary International offered me, and will never forget your unwavering support of me—it was fundamental.
 
Take care!
AJ Wildey
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Carlisle Auction Exceeds Goal for Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties

Posted by Bill Blankmeyer on Dec 11, 2019
The goal was $15,000.  The final tally was $20,000 – simply amazing thanks to the support of local businesses and generous sponsorships of Rotarians!!
 
The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise hold an annual holiday dinner and fundraising event every December at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle. Each year the two Club Presidents identify one project or organization to be the focus of the auction. Selected this year was the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties (DVSCP), an organization attempting to raise $100,000 to upgrade their 30-day emergency shelter that was built in the 1930’s. Having set a goal of $15,000, this year’s auction raised $20,000, exceeding the goal by 33%. 
 
Rotarians were pleased to welcome District Governor Paddy Rooney to the event. He began by challenging everyone in attendance to support this very worthy organization, recognizing the important services it provides to our community.  Also in attendance were several representatives of the DVSCP staff including the Executive Director, Barbara Kohutiak, and Board President Jodi Bezanilla. Both expressed deep gratitude to the Rotary Clubs for their generous support. 
 
Prior to the auction, $9,000 had been raised in sponsorships by Rotarians. The actual auction raised $11,000 thanks to having over 100 donated items to support both a silent and live auction during the dinner. Keys to success were the live auctioneers Ben Prescott, President of the Carlisle Sunrise Club and Dan Monken, Past President of the Carlisle Rotary Club. Their efforts in auctioning just 13 items raised over half of the funds. Additionally, over $400 was raised through brags thanks to the efforts of our two brag masters Jim Nolan and Brad Griffie.
 
A traditional highlight of the dinner is recognition of this year’s Rotary award recipients. The Carlisle Sunrise Club selected Bill Solomon to receive the “Buzz Coho Distinguished Service Citation.” The Carlisle Rotary Club selected Cindy Gleim-Pool to receive their “Four Way Test Award”.
 
Pictured From right to left: Rotary Club Presidents Becky Morgenthal and Ben Prescott present DVSCP Executive Director Barbara Kohutiak and Board President Jodi Bezanilla with a check for $20,000 to upgrade their 30-day emergency shelter.
Carlisle Auction Exceeds Goal for Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties Bill Blankmeyer 2019-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Red Lion/Dallastown Selling Discount Dining Books

Posted by Ashleigh Fishel on Dec 05, 2019
We are very excited about our restaurant book for 2020!  Our books are beautifully designed.  We have a total of 20 restaurants that are participating. 
A lot more than last year, but they are the same price as the books we sold for 2019.  

The restaurants featured in our book for 2020 are the following: The First Post, Left Bank, Wyndridge Farm, Crostwater Distillery, Seven Sports Bar & Grill, The Great American Saloon, Moonlight Cafe, Roosevelt Tavern, The Staub’s Landing, John Wright Restaurant, Moon Dance Winery Cider House & Taproom, Tutoni’s Restaurant, Hamir’s Indian Fusion, The Cantina York, Viet Thai Cafe, The Eagle’s Nest Restaurant, Avenue Ale House & Pizza Loft, Aviano’s Corner Trattoria, Southside Cafe, Rocoto- Peruvian & Mexican Grill

The books are only $40!!! The savings are incredible! They will make great holiday gifts for family, friends, or coworkers. We are currently taking orders for the books. We are only printing and selling 400. We are not able to print more if we run out. 
 
If you are interested a book, please contact, Ashleigh Fishel at lauraashleigh67@gmail.com
Red Lion/Dallastown Selling Discount Dining Books Ashleigh Fishel 2019-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Totes of Hope Program

Posted by Ashlee Etzweiler on Dec 05, 2019
The Rotary Club of York sponsored the summer Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program at York High. The students in the program did weekly community service projects for various non-profit organizations.  One of the projects was to make blankets and assemble care bags for the American Red Cross “Totes of Hope” Program.  The “Totes of Hope” are given to homeless veterans and veterans in VA hospitals.  The students made 23 blankets that were placed in “Totes of Hope” bags along with toiletries, socks, and a puzzle book. 
 
On November 21, 2019, the students were awarded the Youth Impact Red Cross Hero Award by the South Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross for their work with the “Totes of Hope” Program.  The Rotary Club of York donated the funds to purchase the blankets and Rotarians helped and interacted with the students at every blanket making session.
 
Some of the students in the program have recently been relocated to the mainland of the United States from Puerto Rico after losing their homes to Hurricane Maria.  Providing the blankets to homeless veterans is a project that is very close to their hearts.
Totes of Hope Program Ashlee Etzweiler 2019-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Major Donors Recognized

Posted by Tom Burson on Dec 05, 2019
John Kramb, presented Major Donor Awards to John and Carol Petrie and Tom and Kathy Burson at a presentation during the club meeting of November 20th. The Major Donor Award recognized those who have made significant cash donations cumulatively to The Rotary Foundation typically over a period of time through multiple Paul Harris Fellow donations. John and Tom have been member of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg for 20 and 34 years respectively and have passionately supported The Rotary Foundation from the beginning. 
 
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study which later became the Ambassadorial Scholarship and is currently the Global Grant Scholarship Program. The Flondation has expanded to support many activities including Polio Plus, Global and District Grants and more.
 
District 7390 Foundation Chair, John Kramb, presented Major Donor Awards to John and Carol Petrie and Tom and Kathy Burson at a presentation during the club meeting of November 20th.
Carol and John Petrie (left), District 7390 Foundation Chair, John Kramb (center), Tom and Kathy Burson (right)
Major Donors Recognized Tom Burson 2019-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Martin Library Presents at York-East

Posted by Tim Koller on Dec 05, 2019
Mina Edmondson, Director of Martin Library, told us how rewarding it was for the library to receive the 2019 Library of the Year in Pennsylvania. Located at the corner of Market and Queen Streets since 1935, this city landmark has three levels of collection, program and gathering spaces. Here you can find the largest collection of books in York County, research expertise, over 70 computers, and learning experiences for all ages. Programs in the Children’s Library meet state standards for early childhood education and support students' individual growth. The Teen Forum provides a space for teens to have fun, explore opportunities, discuss issues and construct their futures. Pictured Left to Right: Mina Edmondson, Director and Hunter  Mink, President Rotary York East
 
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Hanover Presents Multiple Paul Harris Pin

Posted by Ralph Jodice on Dec 05, 2019
Hanover President, Craig Aiello, and Hanover Foundation Chair, Bob Miller, present Ellie Rebert with a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin at a recent meeting. 
 
Hanover Presents Multiple Paul Harris Pin Ralph Jodice 2019-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

A New Rotary Club of Harrisburg Member’s Engagement with Four Way Speech Contest Becomes a Winner for Many

Posted by Bob Saline on Dec 05, 2019
“The Four Way Speech Contest held by the Harrisburg Rotary Club was the best yet! Thanks to new leadership in the Rotary Four Way Committee, we saw record involvement and more powerful speeches than in previous years,” says Club President Joyce Libby.
 
This year, new Rotarian Toni Lynn Mark took over the Four Way Speech Contest committee. Toni said, “I genuinely find great joy in collaborating with others to build something powerful. I try to say “yes” whenever I can because I have seen what magic can happen when you bring together great people. So, when past president Andy Rebuck asked me to join Rotary in April 2019, I said yes. Then, when current President Joyce Libby asked me to run the Rotary Four Way speech contest only a few months later, I said yes again.”
 
Although Toni played a lead role in the speech contest, she notes that she couldn’t have done it without help. Toni said, “Although she’ll never take credit for it, President Joyce Libby and I took this on together. As professional career-driven mothers, she and I hit it off immediately, and we would often call each other after a school visit just to chat about the courage of the students. We rooted for them like they were our own. She made it easy to pull this together, even if I had only been a Rotarian for just a few short months. It reminded me that good leadership is something that should never be taken for granted.”
 
By visiting three local schools, almost 20 students expressed interest in and started to prepare speeches for the Four Way Speech Contest.  Toni and Joyce worked extensively with the students and visited weekly to further refine and polish the speeches. When it came down to deciding, Toni and Joyce had 12 thoughtful and well-developed speeches to choose from. Choosing the final six was difficult. Toni described, “The students were so brave to share their personal struggles, and I felt honored to be the recipient of their message. I wanted to give the students and fellow Rotarians the same moving experience I had when I heard them stumble through their speeches for the very first time.”
 
The speech contest was held in the presentation auditorium at Toni’s institution, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. This room allowed students to speak in a professional environment in front of friends, classmates, family and Rotarians. Additionally, it was livestreamed to any of those that could not make it, including the families of the speech contestants.
 
Harrisburg Rotarians were impressed with the high caliber of the student speeches. Toni notes “After the speech contest, I was incredibly proud of the students. To share such personal journeys to so many strangers was a brave act. As they beamed with pride as countless Rotarians congratulated them, I knew I was able to help facilitate something special. That was the power of saying “Yes”.”
 
We look forward to seeing how our Club’s three contestants fair in the mid-levels and, hopefully, the finals!
 
BREAKING NEWS:  Tsahai took first place and will advance to the finals.  Gabrielle took 3rd. Congratulations to our winners and all who participated.
 
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s speech contest was conducted in a lecture hall of Harrisburg University.
Folks in the image, from left to right: Judge Dr. John “Ski” Sygielski, President, Harrisburg Area Community College – Rotarian; Student Junior Rodriguez – Harrisburg High; Judge Douglas “Doug” Fisher, Business Coach, Author and Instructor at Central Penn College & Past Toast Master Extraordinaire; Student Tsahai Johnson (winner) – Sci Tech; Student Gabrielle Mendoza (2nd place) – Harrisburg High; Judge Virginia “Ginny” Roth, President, PPO&S – Rotarian; Student Amina Hall (3rd place)  - Cougar Academy; Student Alice Fuentes – Cougar Academy; Student Johnise Barber – Cougar Academy
Toni L. Mark Four Way Speech contest chair, Harrisburg University – Rotarian.
 
A New Rotary Club of Harrisburg Member’s Engagement with Four Way Speech Contest Becomes a Winner for Many Bob Saline 2019-12-05 05:00:00Z 0

Travis Wetzel and Friends Bluegrass Experience

Posted on Nov 20, 2019
The Rotary Club of Paradise invites music lovers of all ages to enjoy an evening of bluegrass and storytelling from critically acclaimed Travis Wetzel. Travis can be seen and heard almost every week on the Grand Ole Opry stage, but he’ll be in Lancaster, PA on December 8. Travis will be performing traditional and original music along with a few surprises including audience requests during the second half of the show. It’s a show you won’t want to miss!
 
Sunday, December 8, 2019
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Conestoga Valley’s Gerald Huesken Middle School
500 Mount Sidney Road, Lancaster, PA  17601
Tickets: $15 in advance/ $20 at the door
Tickets and additional information can be found at https://www.paradiserotarypa.org/upcoming-events.html
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SIGN UP FOR RETURN DISASTER BUILD IN NEW BERN N.C.

Posted by Peg Sennett on Nov 20, 2019
FEBRUARY 23 - 29, 2020
 
With a successful disaster rebuild trip to N. Carolina this past July, we will return to New Bern N.C. Sunday February 23 - Saturday February 29, 2020. This past July seven D7390 Rotarians, along with eleven other folks, travelled free of cost on a Bailey Coach bus for a week of restoring homes severely damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018. No previous skills required, home repair experience helpful. Open to Rotarians and non-Rotarians. Minimum age 16. Volunteer housing cost is $125/person. We will again work with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders; they provide volunteer housing/meals, skilled construction leadership, tools and qualified projects.
 
This trip we will also need a 'scribe', a person to take pictures, talk with home owners, write a story. Interested?
 
Do you have a passion for serving families in need? Got additional questions? Ready to sign up? Contact Peg Sennett, 717-630-8281, pegsennett@hotmail.com. Registration required no later than January 20th. Space may be limited, indicate your interest promptly.    
SIGN UP FOR RETURN DISASTER BUILD IN NEW BERN N.C. Peg Sennett 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

Million Dollar Journey a HUGE Success!

Posted by Kevin Cogan on Nov 15, 2019
PDG John Kramb (L) and PDG Kevin Cogan (R) flank PDG and Zone 32 Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor Knut Johnsen (D-7210) to announce  the results of the Million Dollar Journey at the Annual Foundation Dinner on Nov 6. The one year campaign to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International resulted in $906,742 in cash and $744,000 in Bequests for a total of $1,650,742 for the campaign from District 7390 Rotarians. The District leadership wishes to thank all who gave to the Foundation this year to make the Million Dollar Journey a huge success.
 
Million Dollar Journey a HUGE Success! Kevin Cogan 2019-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner

Posted by John Anthony on Nov 07, 2019

The Annual District 7390 Rotary Foundation dinner was held Wednesday, November 6 with approximately 185 Rotarians and guests in attendance. The Rotary Foundation giving awards from 2018-19 were presented. Congratulations to the following Clubs!!

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg received a Global Grant Service Streamer for their work on Water & Sanitation in India. Pictured L-R: PDG John May, Mike Hansen, DRFC John Kramb. 
The following Clubs had the highest annual fund giving during the 2018-2019 Rotary year: York, Harrisburg, Lancaster. Pictured L-R: Joyce Libby (Harrisburg), Tom McCracken (York), PDG Knut Johnsen, Rotary Foundation Trustee Brenda Cressesy, PDG John May. 
The following Clubs had the highest total Foundation Giving during the 2018-2019 Rotary year: Mechanicsburg-North, Harrisburg, York. Pictured L-R: Joyce Libby (Harrisburg), Tom McCracken (York), Juliet Altenburg (Mechanicsburg-North), PDG Knut Johnsen, Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, PDG John May. 
The following Clubs had the highest annual fund per capita giving in the 2018-2019 Rotary year: Harrisburg-Keystone, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg. Pictured L-R: Joyce Libby (Harrisburg), Sophia Pischnak (Harrisburg-Keystone), PDG Knut Johnsen, Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, PDG John May, John Petrie (Mechanicsburg). 
The following Clubs achieved an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100% participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual fund, Polio Plus fund, approved global grants or the Endowment fund. Carlisle-Sunrise, Eastern York County, Gettysburg, Harrisburg-Keystone, Mount Joy, Northern Lebanon County, Palmyra, Southern York County, West Shore, West York, York-North. Pictured L-R: Greg Sallade (Mount Joy), PDG Knut Johnsen, Nigel Foundling (Northern Lebanon), Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, PDG John May, Ed Wagaman (York-North), Kirk Brechbiel (West Shore), Ken Farabaugh (Gettysburg), Phil Lehman (Eastern York County), Sophia Pishnak (Harrisburg-Keystone), Ben Prescott (Carlisle-Sunrise). 


 
The following Clubs achieved a minimum Annual fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, with every dues paying member contributing at least $25 to the Annual fund. Harrisburg-Keystone, Mount Joy, Northern Lebanon, Palmyra, West Shore, West York and York-North. Pictured L-R: PDG Knut Johnsen, Kirk Brechbiel (West Shore), Ed Wagaman (York-North), Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, Nigel Foundling (Northern Lebanon), PDG John May, Greg Sallade (Mount Joy), Sophia Pishnak (Harrisburg-Keystone). 
The following Clubs are received a certificate of appreciation for their financial support to the End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign during the 2018-19 Rotary year. Carlisle, Carlisle-Sunrise, Elizabethtown, Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, Lancaster-Sunrise, Lititz, Mechanicsburg-North, Red Lion-Dallastown, Southern York County, Uptown York, York.
PDG John May was presented with certificates from Zone 32 for District giving to the Rotary Foundation during the 2018-19 Rotary year. The certificates were for the 2nd Highest Contribution to End Polio Now, the 2nd Highest Per Capita Giving by District to the Annual Program Fund, and the 2nd Largest Overall Contribution to the Annual Program Fund. Pictured L-R: PDG Knut Johnsen, Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, PDG John May. 
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Auction to Support Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties

Posted by Bill Blankmeyer on Nov 07, 2019
The Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise will host their annual holiday dinner and auction event on Friday, December 6th at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle. Proceeds from previous auctions have benefitted poor communities in Kenya and more recently projects in the local community. Rotary’s goal this year is to raise $15,000 to support much needed facility repairs and upgrades at the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties (DVSCP) emergency shelter.
 
Incorporated in 1990, DVSCP is a private, non-profit organization that has been designated by the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence (PCADV) as the sole provider of services to adult victims of domestic violence, their dependent children, and significant others in Cumberland and Perry Counties. All services are provided confidentially and free of charge.
 
Last year, DVSCP provided services to 1,112 victims. This included providing shelter for 136 adults and children, totaling 4,299 shelter days and filing 323 Protection from Abuse orders in Cumberland County and 79 in Perry County. It also received 1,467 hotline calls, provided 3,071 counseling hours and presented 104 educational/awareness activities to 1,741 people. To prevent future domestic violence incidences, DVSCP also provided services to 104 batterers.
 
Originally built in the 1930’s, DVSCP’s 30-day Emergency Shelter requires vital structural repairs to remain operable and safe. The project includes updating or replacing all 45 windows in the shelter, as well as replacing all exterior wood to include trim, fascia, eaves, and dormers. The estimated cost for this project is $100,000.
 
DVSCP has been working very hard to raise funds for this project and Rotarians from District 7390 can now help by supporting this Holiday Auction. Support can be made in one of two ways, either by donating an item to the auction or by being a financial sponsor of the auction. One can be a Gold Level Sponsor by donating $500, a Silver Sponsor by donating $250 and a Bronze Sponsor by donating $100. To date, Carlisle Rotarians have already donated $7,500 in sponsorships alone.
 
Bill Blankmeyer, the Fundraising Chair for the auction notes that tax-deductible donations can be made to “Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation,” a 501© (3) charitable organization.  Checks to support this project should be mailed to Carlisle Rotary Club, PO Box 301, Carlisle, PA 17013. Anyone with an item to donate to the auction or has questions regarding the auction should contact Blankmeyer at (717) 590-7229.
Auction to Support Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties Bill Blankmeyer 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Harrisburg's Youth Community Development Team and Bridge of Hope Provide Art Therapy Program for Children

Posted by Bob Saline on Nov 07, 2019
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International in 2005, the Youth Community Development Team (YCDT) was created by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg (RCH) in partnership with Leadership Harrisburg Area, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, The Patriot News, United Way of the Capital Region and many dedicated volunteers in 2004.  The initial goals established by the RCH founders were to provide area youth guidance in entrepreneurship, leadership and philanthropy.
 
The objectives of the YCDT program, to be achieved through a real experience, encourages students:
  • to identify and focus on an area of community need.
  • to raise money toward providing a solution for that area of focus.
  • to select and provide grants to a community organization addressing those needs through community service hours. 
 
The RCH YCDT program is provided for students in the Harrisburg School District and Bishop McDevitt High School.  Each year, 30 students are selected for this intensive 9-month leadership and community development program.  It is a highly competitive selection process. 
 
RCH’s Youth Community Development Team Continues to Evolve
 
This year, under the guidance of RCH members Brad Gebhart and Andy Phillips YCDT Co-chairs, the youth combined their love of the arts and the need to address issues of mental health such as anxiety and depression affecting all high school students.  The YCDT participants designed a blend of these issues as a solution to allocating their monies. 
 
After interviewing three nonprofits that dealt with art therapy, the YCDT team members determined that a regionally based Bridge of Hope program was the most concise, effective and best return on their investment dollars.  Bridge of Hope was awarded the students’ grant of $5,000 to initiate an arts program for children called Art Feeds.  The curriculum, training package and art supplies were funded by the students’ grant.
The YCDT Teams’ initiative then came full circle.  Once the implementation of the Bridges of Hope’s art therapy program began, the YCDT youth took their financial commitment one step further and gleefully volunteered to participate with the children. 
While there are many real outcomes of the YCDT program that increase confidence in the students who participate; transform attitudes, broaden perspectives and plant the seeds of friendship and understanding across cultural and socioeconomic boundaries, measurable outcomes are to:
 
  • Increase student exposure to the greater Harrisburg community and their awareness of local resources.
  • Develop and improve students’ oral communication & presentation skills.
  • Increase student application of collaboration, negotiation, compromise, and persuasive skills.
  • Provide students with a forum to serve the community and demonstrate an impact.
 
On average, YCDT students raise and donate $5,000 per year to a community group.  Previous community organizations and recipients of YCDT funding have included: Beautify the Burg, The Silence of Mary, Drug Free PA, The Joshua Group, Channels Food Rescue and Bridge of Hope. 
 
YCDT students are left to right, Hannasy Rodgers, Dean Robbins, Anthony Larry, Mary Parker.
In the front row Sophie Alaniz and J.D. Edwards.
Rotary Club of Harrisburg's Youth Community Development Team and Bridge of Hope Provide Art Therapy Program for Children Bob Saline 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

York-East Rotary Keeps Mt. Zion Hill Litter Free

Posted by Tim Koller on Nov 07, 2019
York-East members volunteer to pick up trash and litter along Edgewood Road between Prospect Street and Kingston Road twice a year: once in the Spring and once in the Fall, generally to coincide with PennDOT's Road Cleanup Day.  (pictured left to right) Todd Kuri, Charles Wurster, Greg Kern, Betsy Buckingham, Sheri Stamm, Tim Koller and Todd Stamm (taking photo).
York-East Rotary Keeps Mt. Zion Hill Litter Free Tim Koller 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Stomp Out Polio

Posted by John Kramb on Nov 07, 2019
Looking for a fun way to support the eradication of Polio? Purchase a pair of END POLIO NOW sneakers! Sneakers are a fundraiser for Rotary District 5400 in Idaho. Sneakers are $75 each and $49 of each sale goes directly to END POLIO. Click here to purchase your sneakers today! 
Stomp Out Polio John Kramb 2019-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Short-Term Youth Exchange Applications Due January 10, 2020

Posted by Tom Barton on Oct 31, 2019
The Short Term Exchange Program year is in Kick-Off season.  Last year was a very "low scoring year" for participants with only 5 completing an exchange. I am hoping that together we can "tackle" this problem and really put some points on the scoreboard. It was only 5 or 6 years ago we typically had 15 or so participating.
 
For new clubs who have not participated in the Short Term Exchange Program before, this is the least expensive way to really " score a touchdown " for Youth Exchange. All information is available on the District website.
 
Let me give you a few (game) highlights and explanation about the program:
  • Students have a very high probability of being assigned to the country of choice on the master country list.
  • Students normally exchange for 3 weeks in each other’s country (total of 6 weeks) If agreed the exchange could be 4 weeks + 4 weeks.
  • The cost to the club is minimal. 3 or so banners and a few membership meeting meals for the student and then visiting student.
  • Clubs need to have an assigned counselor.
  • This program is promoted as a family to family cultural exchange. We encourage parents to communicate with each other, also.
  • The student has a $125 application fee plus the cost of airfare and travel insurance.
  • Students can arrange return plane trip so as to travel together.
  • District interviews & family training take place on January 25, 2020 for exchanges in the summer of 2020.
  • Language proficiency is not necessary. This is not an academic exchange, it is a cultural exchange.
  • Please promote your candidates as “student ambassadors for Rotary International”.
  • It has been proven that STEP is a feeder program to our Long Term Academic Youth Exchange program.
  • Send all completed applications to the attention of Melissa Kopp at our District 7390 office. Deadline is January 10, 2020.   
Please feel free to contact Tom Barton (tbarton@trolaindustries.com or 717-771-4240) if you have any questions.  Now let’s get out there and “Score” !
Short-Term Youth Exchange Applications Due January 10, 2020 Tom Barton 2019-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Veterans Day Breakfast

Posted by Barbara Basile on Oct 31, 2019
The Rotary Club of Mount Joy is sponsoring a breakfast for local veterans on Monday, November 11th at the Gathering Place, 6 Pine Street Mount Joy. Breakfast will be provided free of charge to all veterans and a guest from 7:00 to 8:30 AM.
 
All Mount Joy residents and local employees, who are veterans, are invited to the breakfast. Greg Sallade, Mount Joy Club Co-President announced, “We want to reach as many veterans as possible to express our appreciation on this Veterans’ Day.”
 
The Rotary members of the Mount Joy Club wish to honor the veterans who have served their country in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard with this free event. Mount Joy Rotarians will be serving the breakfast.
 
To attend, veterans should contact Greg Sallade  at 717-648-0510 or Mark Rorabaugh at  717-951-8238 by November 6, 2019. When placing your reservations, please let the Club know the branch and years of active service. If the veteran will be accompanied by a non-veteran, please include the non-veteran in the reservation count.
Veterans Day Breakfast Barbara Basile 2019-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Polio National Immunization Day

Posted by John Kramb on Oct 31, 2019
The India Polio National Immunization Day team will be arriving in Delhi, India on January 15, 2020 and will depart on January 27, 2020. 
 
Here are a few highlights of Nancy’s NID Team Trip. Our trip includes visits to the World Health Organization, St. Stephens Hospital, and South Asia Office, among others. We will visit Agra to see the Taj Mahal and Calcutta to see Mother Teresa’s Mission of Charity. Then on to Dhanbad for home stays with Rotarians.
 
The cost of the trip, in country, is $2795 for double occupancy. If you prefer a single room in the hotels there will be an extra cost of $1195. If you aren’t traveling with a friend or spouse, we will do our best to match you with a roommate if so wanted. You are responsible for your flight to and from Delhi.
 
The deadline for application with the organizer is November 15th, and must include a $500 deposit.  
 
Anyone interested in participating, contact PDG John Kramb by email at pdgjohn2015@gmail.com.
Polio National Immunization Day John Kramb 2019-10-31 04:00:00Z 0

Successful RMB Hosted by Lebanon

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Oct 24, 2019
The Rotary Club of Lebanon and the Northern Tier Steering Committee held a successful RMB networking event on November 13 at the Snitz Brewery in Lebanon with 16 Rotarians and guests attending from the Rotary Clubs of Colonial Park, Hanover, Harrisburg, Hershey, Lebanon, Myerstown-East Lebanon County, Palmyra, Uptown York, and York.  Special thanks to our major sponsor Snitz Brewery for providing the excellent venue and appetizers to the Rotary Club of Lebanon for their hard work in organizing the event.  Well done all!  Clearly many great connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed by all.
 
 
Thank you to our main event sponsor!
 
Thank you to our Major Sponsors!
Successful RMB Hosted by Lebanon Alden Cunningham 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
3rd Annual Turkey Bowl John Anthony 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. Anne Matthews Visits the York Club

Posted by Bert Oberdick on Oct 24, 2019
Each October Rotary International kicks off its Foundation Quarter in which we hold up and show our support for the important work that our Foundation does in our communities and around the world. And to help with that effort, our speaker this week will be Dr. Anne Mathews from South Carolina. Anne is an educator by profession, a published author, an education commissioner and a public speaker. If you attended the District Foundation Dinner last November, you might remember her engaging presentation.  Anne is a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East and has served as District Governor, as Rotary International Vice President as a Trustee of the Foundation and as an International Trainer. She has also held numerous other positions in both District and Rotary International. She is the recipient of a number of awards from Rotary and other educational groups. Anne will speak to us of the importance of the Foundation and the work we do together.
Dr. Anne Matthews Visits the York Club Bert Oberdick 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

York-East Hosts Successful RMB

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Oct 24, 2019
The Rotary Club of York East and the Southern Tier Steering Committee hosted a very successful networking event on October 16 at Beck Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. with 17 Rotarians and guests attending from six District 7390 clubs (Eastern York County, Hanover, Harrisburg, Uptown York, York East, and York).  Many great connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed.  Thank you Rotary Club of York East and Southern Tier Steering Committee and a special thanks to our Major Sponsor Beck Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.  Photos show Rotarians making connections, discussing business, and the Beck Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. sign.
 
 
York-East Hosts Successful RMB Alden Cunningham 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

Posted by Paddy Rooney on Oct 24, 2019
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It was in 1988 that Rotary International, an organization comprised of some 1.2 million members throughout the world, turned its attention to the fight against Polio. The plan was to begin by immunizing 6 million children in the Philippines and, after that initial success, to move across the globe in what came to be the largest internationally coordinated private sector support of a public health initiative. Today, working with our partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation more than 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio reducing the cases by 99.9% world-wide. What that means is that, through our vaccination program, a disease which at one time paralyzed more than 1,000 people, most of them young children, worldwide every day has now been reduced to less than 100 cases year to date in just two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, which are not yet Polio free. We are, as we say in Rotary, this close to ending this disease, only the second disease to be eliminated completely in the history of humankind. The battle is not yet completely won, indeed the rates have risen slightly this year due to misinformation being spread about the vaccination program but we in Rotary are committed to seeing it through to the end and so are currently raising some $150 million dollars a year in order to wipe this disease from the face of the earth.
 
But this work is only the beginning. When we started this effort we worked together with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to help found the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and together we put together the world-wide system that has enabled us to tackle this issue of Polio. The battle has almost been won because that system is made up of millions of volunteers and health workers who immunize children in hard-to-reach communities and establish real-time global monitoring and response capacity. The massive infrastructure that's been created, which now encompasses millions of trained health workers as well as best practices and knowledge, is now being used to combat other infectious diseases and to undertake other critical health interventions.
 
Why tackle other diseases when we have not yet finished the fight against Polio? Because we know that, apart from Polio, there are an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths worldwide from vaccine-preventable diseases that also need to be addressed by closing immunization gaps and that there are some 20 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in our world today.
 
 The extensive polio-eradication infrastructure created by Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative provides a model for this effort. If we did it for Polio we can use that same system to address these other vaccine preventable diseases going forward. Rotary and its partners are looking to carry out a legacy health plan which will ensure that the knowledge generated and the lessons learned from years of polio eradication activities are shared with other health initiatives.
 
In its efforts to deliver the polio vaccine to the hardest-to-reach and most vulnerable populations in the world, Rotary and its partners have learned valuable lessons about overcoming barriers. As a result, polio workers have been able to deliver additional health services, including deworming medication, vitamin A supplements, measles mortality-reduction activities, bednets to prevent malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases and routine immunizations. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s innovative methods include detailed micro-planning and mapping, the tracking of migrant groups, social mobilization programs, and systematic training and deployment of vaccination teams. All of these tactics can be applied to other health initiatives.
Indeed, supporting other health initiatives has been a key component of Rotary's strategy since it launched its PolioPlus program in 1985. Rotary has consistently delivered the "plus" along with polio vaccine, supporting efforts to protect children from other diseases, malnutrition, and other afflictions. In 2017, the number of children immunized was 116.2 million – the highest ever reported. Since 2010, 113 countries have introduced new vaccines and more than 20 million additional children have been vaccinated. But despite gains, all of the targets for disease elimination—including measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus—are behind schedule, and over the last two years the world has seen multiple outbreaks of measles, diphtheria and various other vaccine-preventable diseases. Most of the children missing out are those living in the poorest, marginalized and conflict-affected communities.
 
GPEI receives regular polio reports from its vast surveillance network of laboratories, which identify and investigate reported polio cases anywhere in the world. That network and response system has been tapped to handle outbreaks of other diseases, including measles, tetanus, meningitis, and yellow fever. It also assisted in the global response to the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS; to floods in Pakistan in 2010-11; and to the tsuami in Southeast Asia in 2004. More recently, Nigeria used the infrastructure and surveillance system to end the deadly Ebola outbreak there.
Why does immunization matter? Very simply because expanding access to immunization is vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, poverty reduction and universal health coverage throughout the world. Routine immunization provides a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life and offers every child the chance at a healthy life from the earliest beginnings and into old age. Immunization is also a fundamental strategy in achieving other health priorities, from controlling viral hepatitis, to curbing antimicrobial resistance, and providing a platform for adolescent health and improving antenatal and newborn care.
 
For 30 years, Rotarians have worked tirelessly to eradicate polio from 99 percent of the world. Our efforts have not only ended polio in 122 countries but they've also created a roadmap for the world to tackle a myriad of other health priorities throughout the world. This is something of which all Rotarians can be proud. But the fight is not over. There is more to be done and we pledge to continue working with all our partners until we accomplish our goals.
 
Thank you!!
World Polio Day Paddy Rooney 2019-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

Pints for Polio

Posted by John Anthony on Oct 18, 2019
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World Polio Day is just around the corner!

Visit one of these local establishments to support the 2019-20 Pints for Polio!!
 
October 17 - 5 to 8 p.m.Pints for PolioRiver Bend Hop Farm & BreweryPerry County
October 22 - 5 to 8 p.m.Ice Cream Pints for PolioUdder BlissElizabethtown
October 22 - 4 to 9 p.m.Pints for PolioRosie's TavolaMount Joy
October 23 - 6 to 9 p.m.Pints for PolioCox Brewing CompanyElizabethtown
October 23Pints for PolioStoner GrillLancaster
October 23 - 6 to 8 p.m.Pints for PolioFederal Tap HouseLancaster Penn Square
October 23 - 5 to 9 p.m.Pints for PolioABC MechanicsburgMech, Mech-North & West Shore
October 24 - 6 to 9 p.m.Pints for PolioFunk BrewingElizabethtown
October 24 - 5 to 11 p.m.Pints for PolioMarket Cross PubCarlisle/Carlisle-Sunrise
October 24 Pints for PolioMick's All American PubLancaster-South
October 24 - 4 to 10 p.m.Pints for PolioTwisted Bine Beer CoMount Joy
October 24, 25, 26, 27Ice Cream Pints for PolioIce Cream Ally's Coffee CafeLittlestown
October 25 - 4 to 8 p.m.Pints for PolioMosby's PubMount Joy
October 25 - 6 to 9 p.m.Pints for PolioMoo-Duck BreweryElizabethtown
October 28 - 4 to ??Pints for PolioSeven Sports Bar & GrillSouthern York County
October 29 - 4 to ??Pints for PolioZeroday Brewing CompanyHarrisburg
Pints for Polio John Anthony 2019-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Disaster Rebuild in North Carolina in February

Posted by Peg Sennett on Oct 18, 2019
Eighteen volunteers travelled to New Bern N.C. in August to restore homes damaged by the 2018 Hurricane Florence. We will return to New Bern Feb. 23-29, 2020 to continue the recovery work.
 
Transportation will again be provided free-of-charge by Rotarian John Bailey through Bailey Coach. We will continue volunteering with Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders and will again stay at the Cornerstone Church offering great accommodations and food at a cost of $125.00pp.
 
Interested? Contact Peg Sennett, 717-630-8281, pegsennett@hotmail.com
Disaster Rebuild in North Carolina in February Peg Sennett 2019-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to our Newest Paul Harris Society Member

Posted by Renea Oberdick on Oct 18, 2019
DG Paddy Rooney recently recognized Rotary Club of York member William Hartman as a member of the Paul Harris Society.   Bill was presented his Chevron at the October 9, 2019 club meeting.  The Paul Harris Society is a formal recognition program to honor generous Rotarians who contribute $1,000 or more annually to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Congratulations to our Newest Paul Harris Society Member Renea Oberdick 2019-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Trees Planted in the City of York

Posted on Oct 18, 2019
On Saturday, April 13, 2019, sixteen trees were planted in York City by the Preserve Planet Earth Committee, members of the Rotary Club of York, PA, family, friends, and cadets from the William Penn JROTC unit.  The trees included a variety of species ranging from Sunset Maple, Linden, Black Gum, Lilac, and Hornbeam Trees.  The planting teams removed stumps, rocks, bricks and concrete in existing tree wells to plant these trees in the areas of George Street, West Market Street, West Princess Street, East Prospect Street, and Williams Park. Special thinks to Rotarian Brian Mummert of W S  Landscape Services who procured the trees, provided the mulch and put in a full day delivering, planting and cleaning up.  Also, thanks to J T Hand and the York Water Company for the delivery of water for all the trees. 
 
Trees Planted in the City of York 2019-10-18 04:00:00Z 0

Volunteers Needed for Junior Achievement

Posted by John Anthony on Oct 10, 2019
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Junior Achievement is looked for volunteers to help with one day events this fall! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Allison Kierce (717-843-8028 or akierce@jascpa.org). Click here to learn more about getting involved with JA! 
 
Program
Date
School
Volunteers Needed
YES
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Allen Middle School
1
STEM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Central Dauphin East High School
4
STEM
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Central Dauphin East High School
10
YES
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Mechanicsburg Middle School
1
YES
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Milton Hershey School (Memorial Hall)
18
REAL Life
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Central Dauphin High School
9
REAL Life
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Central Dauphin High School
8
REAL Life
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Lower Dauphin High School
1
YES
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Northern Middle School
8
YES
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Lamberton Middle School
13
STEM
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Middletown Area High School
1
YES
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Mountain View Middle School
52
STEM
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
East Pennsboro High School
22
Volunteers Needed for Junior Achievement John Anthony 2019-10-10 04:00:00Z 0

Eisenhower Humanitarian Award Presented to PDG John Kramb

Posted by Melissa Kopp on Oct 03, 2019
Having demonstrated the fundamental tenant of Rotary International of service above self, John Kramb was named recipient of the 2019 Dwight D. Eisenhower Humanitarian Award.

Presented by the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, this award is given to residents of Adams County who demonstrate a lifelong commitment to the local community and to the world community.

After retiring from the United States Army in the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1995, he and his wife, Katherine, purchased the Adams County Winery in 1998. Together they built the winery into a thriving tourist attraction and venue for weddings, family gatherings and other events. Kramb’s trusty four-legged friend, Rusty, hosted an open invitation to his birthday party each year benefitting the Adams County SPCA. The winery is currently the fifth oldest winery in Pennsylvania and is home to the award winning wine, Tears of Gettysburg.

John has been a member of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg since 2005 and served as club president during 2009-2010. He also served in a number of district offices, including membership coordinator, assistant governor for Group I, the district budget committee, two district conference planning committees, Rotary UN Day coordinator and chair of the District Grants Committee. He was elected District Governor for 2015-2016. Kramb is a member of Rotary Leadership Institute and has traveled throughout the zone training Rotary leaders. He has attended eight International Conventions, during which he learned of an opportunity to participate in National Immunization Day in Dhanbad, India. He traveled to India in 2012, 2017 and 2018 to participate in the immunization distribution for polio. It is Rotary’s goal to eradicate the world of polio. Having had polio as a child, John knows first-hand the effects of this terrible disease. John has made it his mission to assist in all ways possible in reaching this goal. Also close to John is his desire to see that schoolchildren Vijiyawada, India have sanitary facilities at school. John has participated with Rotary’s partner in Vijiyawada with installing toilets and handwashing facilities in schools. As Americans take this for granted, the young girls see this as a gift as they are now able to continue their education much the same as young boys.

When John is not traveling, he can be found at the Historic Fairfield Inn. In 2013, John became the 27th innkeeper since the Inn’s founding in 1757.
First presented to Dwight D. Eisenhower by the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, the award was transferred in 2003 to the Rotary Club of Gettysburg because of the club’s links to Eisenhower.

Kramb will be honored at the Rotary’s Luncheon meeting on Oct. 21 at the Gettysburg Hotel, on Lincoln Square, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Reservations for the luncheon and award presentation are $14 and can be made by emailing Chris Kimple at cjaj1984@hotmail.com by Oct. 16. Please include Eisenhower Humanitarian Award in the subject line.
Eisenhower Humanitarian Award Presented to PDG John Kramb Melissa Kopp 2019-10-03 04:00:00Z 0

A Message From the Governor

Posted by Paddy Rooney on Oct 03, 2019
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Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
 
The sixth in a series of brief reflections on the Rotary International Vision Statement
 
To create lasting change
In the last reflection we spoke of taking action because we Rotarians are people of action. But this next phrase is a little more difficult because it contains that O so difficult word “change.” Now I live in South Central Pennsylvania in the USA and around here the word “change” is not one that is easily accepted. I have a neighbor who still refers to the road at the end of the one on which I live as the “new road”… and it has been there now for almost 50 years! Moreover, as a pastor, I live my life in the church and I learned long ago that the word “change” in our congregations is often to be avoided unless you want a mini battle on your hands.
 
Yet we Rotarians are not called to take action if we are not willing to do it for the sake of making a change…and a change hopefully for the better. When we install a well in some far distant land, we are making a change in the lives of the people who use it and improving their lot. When we sit with children and help them learn to read we are changing their lives for the better. When we undertake a community project, we change that community for the better.
 
Yes change can be difficult to accept at times in our lives; none of really likes things to change. But, even in this 8th decade of my life, I have come to believe that death and taxes are not the only two confirmable truths in our lives because the reality of change is also true. Change is all around us and it cannot be ignored. We live in a world today which is subject to change not by the decade or the year or the month or even the day but by the minute. To refuse to accept change, deal with change, even embrace change, is to condemn ourselves to living in the shadow of the past which has no meaning or bearing for us. Yes we can hold to our traditions and sometimes to our structures for the mooring they give us in a time of change. But as Rotarians we can both value those traditions and still embrace the change around us.
 
So let us not be afraid of change. Let us use the change to create something new, something better, something wonderful so that our world, our communities and we ourselves are better for it.    
A Message From the Governor Paddy Rooney 2019-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Trees for the Trail Dedication Ceremony - November 10 Ashleigh Fishel 2019-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

Littlestown Rotary School Supplies Drive Successfull

Posted by Steve Snyder on Sep 27, 2019
The recent Littlestown Rotary Back to School Supplies Drive benefits Littlestown students, elementary through high school, and is critical to student success during the school year. Rotary member Wendy Quinley, center, chaired the drive, now in its fifth year. Littlestown School District staff shown with Quinley are Steve McMaster, left, elementary guidance counselor, and Deb Allison, right, middle school guidance. “Each year the outpouring of community donations exceed the prior year,” Quinley said. Supplies collected enable schools to provide students with items that motivate learning. Donations range from pencils, pens, erasers, and book bags, to snacks for the younger students and supplies for the nursing staff. The Littlestown Rotary appreciated the people and businesses who support children and families through the school supplies drive. Learn how you can become a part of the Rotary, a local service organization with a global reach. Meetings are Tuesdays 7-8 a.m. at the Littlestown YMCA, 95 Keystone St. For more information, contact Patricia Green, vice president, at 301-526-1089.
Littlestown Rotary School Supplies Drive Successfull Steve Snyder 2019-09-27 04:00:00Z 0

Inspiring Hope Rotary Club of Mount Joy

Posted by Barbara Basile on Sep 19, 2019
The Rotary Club of Mount Joy, Milanof-Schock Library and MHA of Lancaster County created three educational events to inspire hope in the fight against the national suicide epidemic. Michael Stevens, from Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital spoke at the regular Tuesday, September 10th luncheon meeting of the Club. Stevens discussed their new, local services for Lancaster County residents with mental health issues.
 
A suicide awareness and prevention panel discussion and candlelight vigil was held at Milanof-Schock Library, Mount Joy on Wednesday, September 11. On Saturday, September 14 the Club sponsored the Walk to Inspire Hope. Participants strolled through Mount Joy with other concerned community members to learn more about suicide and the warning signs.
 
The entire community was invited to the Wednesday and Saturday events and encouraged to find information and inspiration to help those struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, and abuse.
 
Staff and volunteers from Mental Health America of Lancaster, Hospice’s Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, NAMI, the Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Lancaster Compeer participated at both events bringing personal experiences, important information, and realistic suggestions on how to help those in need. The task of those present was to become more aware of the warning signs and resources to help combat this epidemic.
 
The Walk to Inspire Hope on September 14 began at 9 AM. At Rotary Park, participants bore witness to 67 pairs of empty shoes. The shoes represented the lives lost to completed suicides in Lancaster County in 2018. The Suicide Prevention Empowerment Tree was also present for the community to make personal commitments to reach out to people in need of support and hope.
 
A suicide awareness and prevention display, and the Empowerment Tree will be at Milanof-Schock Library for the month of September. Find suicide prevention resource materials and be inspired to help those who are struggling.
 
Inspiring Hope Rotary Club of Mount Joy Barbara Basile 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Rocks Benefit Concert Trevor Reed 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

District Disaster Relief Committee Vacancy

Posted by Peg Sennett on Sep 19, 2019
With Rotarian William Harkey moving to Florida, there is a vacancy on the District Disaster Relief Committee. Do you have an interest in serving with Peg Sennett (Hanover) and Randy Sibert (Colonial Park) on this Committee? Contact Peg Sennett, pegsennett@hotmail.com or 717-630-8281.
District Disaster Relief Committee Vacancy Peg Sennett 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Hurricane Dorian - Bahamas

Posted by Peg Sennett on Sep 19, 2019
Dorian hit Grand Bahama and Abaco Island on Sept 3rd. with devastating 180 mph winds making 70,000 people homeless and creating a death toll that continues to grow. D6990, that includes the Bahamas, established the 501C(3) Robbins Fund twenty years ago to aid in disaster recovery. This Fund will be used for Dorian recovery. Currently the Fund is supporting the delivery of food, toiletries and medical supplies. As the islands move towards recovery, the Fund will purchase fans, generators, trucks, buses, and building supplies. Donations can be made directly to the Robbins Fund Inc. by check sent to RI D6990, 2110 N. Ocean Blvd, #703, Fort Lauderdale FL 33305, or online via Pay Pal or debit/credit card. For further information search rotary6990.org/Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian - Bahamas Peg Sennett 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Correction - Harrisburg Article

Posted by Bob Saline on Sep 19, 2019
In the September 13th mailing of the newsletter, we ran an article “Harrisburg Rotary Club Aims for Higher Public Profile” that appeared in the Central Penn Business Journal on August 1, 2019 by their contributing writer Stephanie Kalina-Metzger.  We want to make sure they received the full credit for writing and printing a great article about Rotary.  Please feel free to contact Bob Saline (bsaline@prworksinc.com) for a copy of that article.
Correction - Harrisburg Article Bob Saline 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

DG Paddy Rooney Receives RLI Faculty of the Year Award

Posted by Ann Keim on Sep 19, 2019
Rotary Leadership Institute was created in 1992 by then-Director David Linett when he observed that many incoming Club Presidents and District officers lacked sufficient knowledge about leading groups, as well as basic knowledge of Rotary. As he stated, "an effective Rotary leader must also have Rotary knowledge and experience".
 
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is now in 410 of all the Rotary Districts worldwide and in 195 countries. Its courses have been translated into 25 languages.
 
The largest RLI Division in the world is ours, the Home Division, where it was started. Each year, we hold about 30 full-day RLI seminars throughout New England and the Middle Atlantic States, including ours in Harrisburg in October of each year.
 
Faculty members must have served in Rotary leadership positions and are trained and observed before approval as faculty. The emphasis is on discussion, not lecture or fact-reciting. Each year, our RLI names the Faculty Member of the Year, chosen by participants and area leaders from observation and participant evaluations.  This year, the RLI Faculty Member of the Year was our own DG Patrick Rooney. Paddy helps to lead some 5 or 6 RLI sessions each year, throughout PA and New England.  His skill in involving all participants, asking thoughtful questions, and enthusiasm about Rotary and RLI made him an easy first choice.  Congratulations, Paddy!
DG Paddy Rooney Receives RLI Faculty of the Year Award Ann Keim 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Compete or Just Eat to Help Raise Money for Local Community

Posted on Sep 13, 2019
The Rotary Club of Colonial Park and the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey are holding a Chili Cook off to raise money for community giving.  The event will be held on September 29th, 2019 from 12-3pm at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey.  Advanced tickets can be purchased online at https://www.colonialparkrotary.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chili-cookoff-with-the-colonial-park-rotary-tickets-62409550646 for $20.  Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event for $25.
 
Tickets include chili sampling, chili contest voting and 4 beer OR wine samples from the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey.  Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase.  All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Colonial Park Community Giving Fund.
 
Do you have a tasty chili recipe?  Enter to win up to $1000 in cash prizes.  All rules and applications to enter are available at https://www.colonialparkrotary.org.
 
Want to sponsor this great event?  Four levels of sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please check out https://www.colonialparkrotary.org for more information.
 
Bring the family on September 29, 2019 at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey from 12-3pm for a fun filled day complete with craft vendors, music and more, while helping to raise money for your community.
Compete or Just Eat to Help Raise Money for Local Community 2019-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Means Business - October 16

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Sep 13, 2019
The Rotary Club of York-East in partnership with the RMB Southern Tier Steering Committee will host the 54th RMB networking event and eighth event of the 2019 RMB season on Wednesday, October 16 at Beck Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3670 E. Market Street, York, PA.  The event will begin at 5:30 and end at 7:30 and includes tasty hors d’oeuvres and wine, beer, soft drinks and water.  Thanks to our major sponsor Beck Funeral Home and Cremation Service the event will be FREE.  RSVP NOW!!  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests and family of Rotary. 

Thanks to our Main Event Sponsor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Thanks to our RMB Season Sponsors

Rotary Means Business - October 16 Alden Cunningham 2019-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

2022-23 District Governor Nominations

Posted by Paddy Rooney on Sep 13, 2019
The time has come to begin the nominating process for our District Governor 2022-23.  This will continue our three-year projection for District 7390’s leadership.
 
Every club has an outstanding leader who could be a potential District Governor. Look around and ask yourself, who is that person in our 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. Is it me? We all need to give encouragement and “plant the seed” for others to move forward. I encourage you to think about yourself or other club members that would make a great District Governor! You may suggest a Rotarian from another Club so long as you first obtain agreement from the Club where the candidate is a member.
 
The District Governor is the officer of RI in the District, functioning under the general control and supervision of the RI Board. The Governor has responsibility for organizing new Clubs; strengthening existing Clubs; promoting membership growth; supporting The Rotary Foundation; planning and presiding at the District Conference, PETS and District Training Assembly; issuing a monthly newsletter; focusing attention on important Rotary issues; motivating Rotarians to participate in service activities; recognizing the outstanding contributions of Rotarians in the District; and many other responsibilities. The candidate should be aware of the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of a District Governor and must demonstrate willingness, commitment and ability (physically and otherwise) to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of Governor.     
 
Suggestions for District Governor Nominee 2022-23 must be received in the District Office by December 13, 2019 to be considered by the Nominating Committee. Interviews for the 2022-23 District Governor will be held Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Byrnes Health Education Center in York. 
 
Contact the District Office or DG Paddy Rooney with questions about nominating a candidate for District Governor! 
2022-23 District Governor Nominations Paddy Rooney 2019-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

RMB Governing Board Key Decisions for the 2020 Season

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Sep 13, 2019
The Rotary Means Business Governing Board recently met and adopted the following changes: 
 
Succession Planning - The Board unanimously elected Scott Stevens of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and the RMB Northern Tier Director to be the overall District 7390 Chair/Champion and Champion of the Northern Tier effective January 1, 2021
 
Hosting Club Commitments and Key Hosting Club Information Deadlines - Hosting Clubs in each Tier should commit to hosting by October 15 of the preceding year and provide the date, time and venue location by December 15 of the preceding year so RMB can publish a complete list of RMB networking meeting dates  early in the 2020 season so interested Rotarians can put the event on their schedules.
 
Sponsor Classes - Instead of the existing two classes of sponsors, there will be four classes of sponsors: major, event, special event, and venue.  Details regarding each class of sponsors will be provided in a separate fact sheet by the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Tier Steering Committees.  The fact sheet will be developed by the current overall RMB Chair/Champion.
 
Summit topics for the 2020 and 2021 RMB seasons shall be a Leadership-in-Times-of-Crisis Summit at a monthly meeting in 2020 and a Millennial Summit at the April 2021 District Conference at a Waterpark in the Poconos.
 
Socail Media Expansion - RMB will add in the near future Instagram and Snap Chat to join the existing RMB Facebook and LinkedIn social media platforms.
 
RMB Governing Board Key Decisions for the 2020 Season Alden Cunningham 2019-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

Harrisburg Rotary Club Aims for Higher Public Profile

Posted by Bob Saline on Sep 13, 2019
When your motto is “service above self,” you may not always be comfortable touting your accomplishments. But a low profile isn’t necessarily a good thing, according to Andrew Rebuck, who just finished a year as president of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. “Sometimes you just need to stick your chest out and say, ‘We are rockin’, join our club,’” he said.
 
According to Rebuck, Rotary International touts 1.2 million members, with approximately 32,000 clubs throughout the world. “It was created in Chicago by networkers who wanted to do good,” said Rebuck, adding that one of their first projects was to build public restrooms. The organization’s motto is “service above self.”
 
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg has roughly 165 members who meet at the Harrisburg Hilton at noon every Monday for one hour to network, plan philanthropic projects and enjoy lunch while learning about what’s transpiring in the community via various guest speakers.
 
Raising awareness
Rebuck assumed the Harrisburg chapter’s presidency in July of last year.
Over the last 12 months, he used his position as vice president and general manager of Lemoyne-based Lamar Advertising to raise the profile of Rotary and celebrate new members by posting their photos on billboards around the Harrisburg area.
“One of my favorites was the group photo at a meeting that was featured on 31 billboards on the first day of spring with the message ‘Spring into Rotary,’” said Rebuck, who also used billboards to share various volunteer initiatives, like pictures of Rotarians performing tasks such as separating jewelry at Goodwill and sorting produce at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The billboard initiative didn’t stop there. Rebuck also posted messages that raised awareness about the good that Rotary does on an international level, as well.
 
Expanding the demographics
Andrew Rebuck, center, is the outgoing president of Rotary Club of Harrisburg. He is being followed by Joyce Libby, right, the incoming president. Addeline Alaniz Edwards, left, is the chapter’s executive administrator. –
 
In an era when service-club memberships are waning, there is an ongoing effort not only to raise the profile of Rotary, but to also attract new members. According to the Harrisburg chapter’s incoming president Joyce Libby, Rotary is attempting to grow the organization by relaxing some of the rules. “We used to have an attendance policy that required members to show up 80 percent of the time. We no longer require that,” said Libby. Membership dues can also be a deterrent. The Harrisburg Rotary charges $1,000 per year and although that includes what Libby describes as “a very nice lunch” at the Hilton each week, she also wants the public to be aware of a “passport club” option where attendance and dues are minimal and members have the option to attend meetings in areas that are convenient to them.
 
Still serving
One of the chapter’s more popular annual events, according to Rebuck, is the Pancake Breakfast at Harrisburg High School.
 
“About 100 Rotarians volunteer to help and the proceeds go right back to the school in support of the student homeless initiatives and needs-based scholarships,” he said. Other local youth programs supported by Rotary are leadership initiatives.
“We invite 30 kids from Harrisburg High, Sci-Tech and Bishop McDevitt and we help them learn how to be philanthropic leaders, to raise money, write a grant and interview nonprofits to decide who will receive their support and cash donation. They raise $2,500 and our Club matches that,” said Libby.
 
In keeping with the leadership theme, the Harrisburg Rotary Club pays for two students to attend a one-week leadership conference at Messiah each year, where they join in with 60 students from around the Rotary district.
Another local initiative is the youth exchange program. “Every year we sponsor students who travel abroad. They leave not speaking a word of their non-native language and come back fluent due to their immersion into the culture,” said Libby. This year Rotary is sponsoring two incoming students, as well. “The students’ families pay for the tickets and we arrange for housing give them $110 a month to offset expenses,” she said.
 
A new project that will connect a number of community leaders is the refurbishment of a greenhouse in Reservoir Park. “The aim is to help Harrisburg students learn how to grow healthy food, to provide a resource for neighborhood gardeners and to help the city grow plantings for city parks. The project will partner with the city and the food bank and Rotary will provide the money for raised planters for people with disabilities so they can still participate,” said Libby.
 
What’s next
As outgoing president, Rebuck intends to continue putting up the occasional billboard message celebrating Rotarians and their accomplishments.
As for Libby, her plans are to build on raising awareness and educating the community and the club. The international theme for her year is ‘Rotary connects the world.’
 
Rotary International’s initiative is to eradicate polio.
“Today polio is endemic in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are committed to eradicating the disease everywhere and by partnering with the Gates Foundation, each dollar we raise is matched by two additional dollars by the foundation,” said Libby.
 
During Rebuck’s tenure as president, members raised $5,000 towards the same initiative, so a total of $15,000 went towards the cause. Starting in 2018, the goal is to raise $50 million a year over a three-year period.
“If we don’t eradicate polio in the next 10 years, we could see 200,000 new cases each year, all over the world, including the U.S. Polio is only a plane ride away” said Libby.
 
Another health crisis that is particularly prevalent in Pennsylvania is Lyme disease. Libby said she would like to explore ways that Rotary can help raise awareness and combat the disease that affects more people in Pennsylvania than residents of any other state.
 
Rebuck, who joined rotary in 1992, described the year in which he served as president as “the most fun he ever had” and he hopes that by raising awareness, more people will join the club.
 
Libby, who joined in 2008, said she is looking forward to the year ahead and connecting people and service projects that keep Rotary exciting and the community engaged.
 
She is also pretty sure motorists will see lots of billboards this year and most likely a “Fall into Rotary” message on the first day of autumn inviting folks to join Rotary.
Harrisburg Rotary Club Aims for Higher Public Profile Bob Saline 2019-09-13 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange

Posted by Linda Spotts on Sep 05, 2019
Rotary District 7390 is hosting 8 inbound youth exchange students during the 2019-20 Rotary year. The students are from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru and are hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Carlisle, Harrisburg, Hershey, Lititz, York and York-North. Welcome our students if you see them! 
 
Would your Club like to be part of Youth Exchange in the 2020-21 Rotary year? You can either sponsor an outbound student to spend a year in a foreign country or you can host an inbound student from another country in your club for a year! 
 
Sponsoring an Outbound Student
Applications for the 2020-21 Outbound Youth Exchange Program are due to the Rotary District Office by October 4, 2019. You can find all forms on the District website by clicking here
 
Students and at least one parent will be required to attend the District Interviews on Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, 2019 at Penn State York (1031 Edgecomb Road, York). If the student passes the initial interview on Saturday morning, they will be invited to stay for the rest of the weekend. The interview weekend will come to an end on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
 
Hosting an Inbound Student
You'll need to complete a 2020-2021 Commitment to Host an Inbound form. The form is due to the District office on October 4, 2019. Click here for the commitment to host form. Remember - we can only send out as many outbound students as we host inbounds! 

We look forward to your participation in the 2020-21 Youth Exchange program! 
Rotary Youth Exchange Linda Spotts 2019-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

News from Our Rotary Zone

Posted by Paddy Rooney on Sep 05, 2019
New! Preventing Harassment Course
Rotary strives to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture. Preventing and addressing harassment is everyone's responsibility. Rotary’s new online course, Preventing Harassment, will explain how Rotary defines harassment, how we handle reports of harassment when it occurs, and what you can do to prevent it. Share this new course with club leaders and members so they feel better equipped at preventing and addressing harassment.
 
New! Corporate Membership Guide
Curious about corporate membership, but not sure if it would be a good membership strategy for your club? Rotary’s new Guide to Corporate Membership includes information about how corporate membership works, the benefits it offers, and how clubs can get started. This guide also includes different models structures, a template that can be used when connecting with local businesses and organizations about this opportunity, and sample bylaws. Be sure to share it with club leaders as they explore ways to engage with new members of their community.
 
Check out Rotary’s club flexibility webpage for more flexibility options that can help enhance the club experience.
 
Niagara Falls 2019 Zone Conference
Are you ready for this year’s Zone Conference 2019? Director Jeffry Cadorette has continued the theme, “People Coming Together”, where all Rotarians and our newly expanded former zone 29 family will come together on September 19-21st 2019 at The Sheraton & Crowne Plaza, Niagara Falls. There will be dynamic speakers, empowering facilitators, and energizing sessions - addressing the pressing and pivotal issues that are important to the future of Rotary. This Zone Conference will enlighten, educate, and inform. Here are a few awesome membership sessions each of you should sign up to attend: Membership Matters, Is Your Club Ready for Prime Time , and Membership? Why It's so Critical , along with other great sessions on The Rotary Foundation and Public Image. I’m excited about this year’s conference, where we get the opportunity to see new and familiar faces, share stories, and build relationships. See you all soon!
News from Our Rotary Zone Paddy Rooney 2019-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Love Fore Community

Posted by Bert Oberdick on Sep 05, 2019
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The Rotary Club of York invites you to participate in our “Love Fore Community” fundraising event on Monday, September 16 at the Country Club of York.  It is so much more than a golf outing.   Not only does the tennis portion of the event put the ‘serve’ in Service Above Self but the golf portion of the event puts the ‘tee’ in Community.  The event also celebrates the stateliness of croquet and the fellowship of our Rotary Club.  Where else can you do so many fun things in one day while supporting our Club’s work within the City and County of York?

The Rotary International theme for the 2019-2020 year is Rotary Connects the World.  This year, our Club’s two signature fundraising events – Love Fore Community and Give Local York – have been connected to support the efforts of the York Academy Regional Charter School’s new Upper School and to complete our three year commitment to the Reach Out and Read program.  Specifically, the biology and chemistry labs at the York Academy Upper School need to be fully fit-out with the supplies that will allow students to perform different experiments. 

Recently, while visiting the Long Beach, CA Rotary club, York President Josh George learned that they include a 5th facet to Rotary’s famous 4 Way Test: Have fun while doing it.  The Love Fore Community event is a great way to live this so-called 5 Way Test. Please consider supporting our club’s fundraising efforts by having fun golfing, playing croquet or tennis…. or provide support by making a donation.   Thank you.
 
 
Click here to download a flier and register!
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DG Paddy Rooney Visits Colonial Park Club

Posted by John Gephart on Sep 05, 2019

Patrick “ Paddy “ Rooney, the District Governor for Rotary International District 7390, recently made an official visitation and spoke to the membership of the Colonial Park Rotary Club.  District Governor Rooney spoke about the many goals and  accomplishments of the Rotary International in helping those less fortunate at both the local and international level and Rotary efforts to bring hope for a better world. Rotary International is working on a global effort to completely eradicate polio.  On a worldwide basis there were only seventeen reported new cases of polio this past year.    There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.

 

Rotary’s Vision Statement:  Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.  Governor Rooney also spoke about Rotary Mission Trips, about how we must grow rotary membership, how Rotarians make lasting changes in the world, about global and local district club grants, about how Rotary connects the world, the Rotary Youth Exchange, the Rotary Shelter Box Project used during crisis situations and the work of the Rotary Foundation.

 

(Pictured L – R)   Colonial Park Rotary Club President Aaron Hoke,  Rotary District 7390 Governor Patrick “ Paddy” Rooney and Asst. Governor Dan Fuller

DG Paddy Rooney Visits Colonial Park Club John Gephart 2019-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Four Way Test Speech & Essay Contests

Posted by Una Martone & Steve Grubb on Sep 05, 2019
 
The Four Way Test Essay Contest Chair, Steve Grubb, and Four Way Test Speech Contest Chair, PDG Una Martone, invite you to help students adopt a set a values to live by!  The Four Way Test helps young people understand the importance of truth, fairness, building goodwill, and creating benefit.  The world needs this level of understanding in our rising leaders.   
 
Please consider adopting the Four Way Test Essay Contest for 9th graders and/or Four Way Test Speech Contest for 10-12 graders this year.  It’s absolutely FREE to the student, to the school, and to your club.  It’s easy.  Here are the details.
 
The winning essay and the speech contest finalists will make presentations during the District Conference on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Heritage Hills Resort in York.  Wouldn’t you like to see a student from YOUR partner school on the stage?  Better yet, wouldn’t you like to see more and more students learn about the Rotary Four Way Test just by participating?  One student said: “Rotary’s test showed me that the pressure I put on myself was for no reason.  I do not need to be perfect all the time because no one is, and no one expects that of me.”
 
 
Four Way Test ESSAY Contest Chair
Steve Grubb, Cell: 717-576-8145, Email: stevengrubb@comcast.net
 
PRIZE INFO
Monetary awards provided by the District—First Place - $500, Second Place - $300, Third Place - $100
 
CONTEST INFO
All student essays should be written about this topic: How Rotary’s Four Way Test helps me confront or deal with the issue of failure. Students should write an essay about their personal experiences and attitudes toward failure – whether it be an actual failure or perhaps a fear of failure that stops them from pursuing a goal or dream, how might Rotary’s Four Way Test help you confront or deal with the issue of failure? The club should judge all submitted essays and submit the winning essay to the District Office by March 9, 2020. Find more information at this link: https://rotary7390.org/page/four-way-test-essay-contest
 
 
Four Way Test SPEECH Contest Chair
Una Martone, Cell: 717-599-1783, Email: umartone@leadershipharrisburg.org
 
PRIZE INFO
Monetary awards provided by the District
First Place - $1500, Second Place - $1000, Third Place - $500, Fourth Place—$250,
Fifth Place—$250
 
CONTEST INFO
Contestants must be 10th, 11th or 12th grade high school students in a public, private or credited home school. Clubs should hold a contest in September or October and advance the top 3 students to the mid-level contests. Mid-levels will be held in November and early December. The winning student from the 5 mid-level contests will compete in the finals at the District Conference. Find more information at this link: https://rotary7390.org/page/four-way-test-speech-contest.
 
Four Way Test Speech & Essay Contests Una Martone & Steve Grubb 2019-09-05 04:00:00Z 0

Mechanicsburg & West Shore Donate Range to Meals on Wheels

Posted by Tom Burson on Sep 04, 2019
The Mechanicsburg Rotary Club as part of its ongoing support and the Rotary Club of West Shore, presented a new Southbend Heavy Duty Range to the Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels (MAMOW) at its kitchen on August 27th. Funding for the $10,165.00 range was provided by $2,500 from each club plus a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation via the local Rotary District 7390. 
 
(Pictured L to R): Kirk Brechbiel, President Rotary Club of West Shore (RCWS); Tom Burson, Treasurer, Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg (RCM); Esme Goodsir, spouse RCWS; John Mengel, Vice President, MAMOW and member RCM; Graeme Goodsir, member RCWS; Darrell Westby, member RCM; and Rod Hite, President Elect RCWS.
 
The old range which was replaced was over 20 years old and had operational problems. MAMOW is serving about 160 clients two meals, three days per week. The new range will double their cooking capacity allowing for time savings and serving more clients. The range was purchased from and installed by K&D Factory Services, Inc., Harrisburg, PA.

MAMOW prepares and delivers over 49,000 meals annually to the homebound who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. MAMOW's meals are home-cooked. Each client receives, one hot and one cold meal three times a week. MAMOW has one paid executive director who oversees the meal preparation with over 230 volunteers, cooking, packing, and delivering. The service area includes two Boroughs and six Townships. There are over 160 clients currently, but there is a need to serve more as the populations in the service areas continue to grow. MAMOW does not accept any state or federal funds.
Mechanicsburg & West Shore Donate Range to Meals on Wheels Tom Burson 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Beer & Wine Festival - September 21 Steph Acri 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

A Dr. Seuss Style Community Tribute to Joe Bedard 

Of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg

Posted by Bob Saline on Sep 04, 2019
Since 1977, Rotary Club of Harrisburg (RCH) members have been acknowledged for their community service work not directly connected with Rotary.  This year Joe Bedard, a RCH member for six years, was presented the Community Service Award for his work with the Capitol Region Literacy Council.
 
Since 2004 with his leadership more than 500,000 books have been delivered to more than 125 schools and organizations serving children in low-income areas of South-central PA. The announcement of his award was sent to Club members by a Dr. Seuss-style invitation that follows.
 
Community Service gives Rotarians purpose. Congratulations to Joe Bedard, I hope he's not nervous!
 
At our next meeting, we will present Joe with an honor, and it is our intent
 
To celebrate vigorously Joe's success with children's literacy.
 
Harrisburg's kids do love to read; however, some are in need. Joe gets them their books. He does this, indeed.
 
By hook or by crook, Joe told me "Look! There's no expiration on a Dr. Seuss book."
A Dr. Seuss Style Community Tribute to Joe Bedard Of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Bob Saline 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Tasting Tour of Millersburg

Posted by Scott Meckley on Aug 22, 2019
Join Millersburg Rotary Club for a Tasting Tour of Millersburg presented by Mid Penn Bank on Saturday, September 28 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 river vistas. Your ticket will open up multiple venues within less than one square mile where various local flavors await.  Food and drink samples include cheese, meats, chocolates, bakery items, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, PA Dutch, wine, and beer. In addition to the samples, food and beverage products will be available for purchase from most vendors. Your support for this event will raise funds to help Millersburg Rotary Club contribute to Millersburg Borough's MYO Park Centennial Renovation Project. Rotary International supports the eradication of Polio, promotes peace, and strives to make a difference in our local communities and around the world.
 
 
Tasting Tour of Millersburg Scott Meckley 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

New York City Bus Trip - November 9

Posted by Greg Staub on Aug 22, 2019
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Tickets for the United Nations day on November 9th are SOLD OUT! But, we still have a 55 passenger deluxe motorcoach reserved for that day.  If you are interested in spending the day in New York City on your own, there are still plenty of seats remaining on the bus! The cost is $50 per person to reserve a seat on the bus. The bus will depart at 4:30 a.m. from the Wyndham Garden Hotel (2000 Loucks Road, York, PA). We will make a fast food stop breakfast stop enroute to NYC and arrive at approximately 8:30 a.m. The bus will depart the UN building at 5:00 p.m. with arrival back to the Wyndham Hotel around 8:00 p.m. Reserve your seats on the bus today!!

Click here to reserve your seats on the bus! 

New York City Bus Trip - November 9 Greg Staub 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Inspiring Hope Rotary Club of Mount Joy

Posted by Barbara Basile on Aug 22, 2019
September 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The Rotary Club of Mount Joy seeks to educate and empower the community regarding the national suicide epidemic. Join us for two events designed to inspire hope for ending this important community concern.
 
A panel discussion and candlelight vigil will be held at Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy On Wednesday, September 11. The discussion begins at 6:30. Find information and inspiration at this moderated forum. Mental Health America of Lancaster, Center for Grief and Loss, and Compeer will discuss the impact of suicide and how to help. Become more aware of the signs and resources to combat this epidemic. Q&A will follow. A candlelight vigil at the Library’s Flagpole, will begin at approximately 7:30. Register at mslibrary.org or by calling 717-653-1510.
 
Saturday, September 14 join the Rotary Club for a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk. The Walk will begin at Mount Joy’s Rotary Park Fairview Street entrance. Stroll through Mount Joy with other concerned community members to learn more about suicide and the warning signs.
 
Stations on the walk route will inspire hope that, through awareness, suicide is preventable. The walk will educate participants about suicide, give us a chance to remember those we have lost, and those they have left behind. Our community will come together to find ways to remove the stigma of asking for help. Walk will be held rain or shine. The route is just under two miles looping back to Rotary Park.
 
Walk registration begins Saturday, September 14 at 8:30 AM in the Park. The walk starts at 9 AM. Also at the park that day, you will bear witness to 61 pairs of empty shoes. The shoes represent the lives lost to completed suicides in Lancaster County in 2018. The Suicide Prevention Empowerment Tree will also be present for the community to make personal commitments to reach out to people in need of mental health support. Informative booths from Compeer and MHA of Lancaster County will be distributing educational materials.
 
A suicide awareness and prevention display, and the Empowerment Tree will be at Milanof-Schock Library for the month of September. Find suicide prevention resource materials and be motivated to help those who are struggling with depression or anxiety.
 
For more information about these events, visit the Rotary Facebook page or the Library’s website at mslibrary.org. For more information about the Rotary Club or its projects contact Greg Sallade at #717-648-0510.      
 
Inspiring Hope Rotary Club of Mount Joy Barbara Basile 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Perry County Promotes America's Promise

Posted by Jairee Counterman on Aug 22, 2019
On Friday, August 16, the Rotary Club of Perry County staffed a booth at the Perry County Fair, distributing 150 books, 12 Rotary Baby "Read to Me" T-shirts, 5 America's Promise hats, 1 America's Promise mug, and two membership applications. Thank you to Joe Bedard and Capital Region Literacy Council and Steve Messner and America's Promise for donating books, to the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and UPMC-Pinnacle for donating the booth, and to Frank Campbell, Jairee Counterman, Patti McLaughlin, and Tom O'Connell for volunteering. 
Perry County Promotes America's Promise Jairee Counterman 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

US Army War College International Fellows attend Hershey Club Meeting

Posted by Susan Cort on Aug 22, 2019
Members of The Hershey Rotary Club are thankful for the service and friendship of 79 U.S. Army War College International Fellows who visited their club recently. Members of this class represent 75 different countries but all stand for promoting peace - not war. Like Rotarians, these military leaders model the Rotary theme of "Service Above Self." The fellows who visited the Hershey Rotary Club are part of a nearly year-long program at the Army War College in Carlisle with about 300 military leaders from the United States.  Hershey Rotarian Jeff Davis brought the International Fellows program to the club 40 years ago.  

Photo by: Doug Nicotera
US Army War College International Fellows attend Hershey Club Meeting Susan Cort 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

Carlisle Clubs Host Successful RMB

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Aug 22, 2019
The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise supported by the Northern Tier Steering Committee held a super successful RMB networking event, the 53rd in its history in Rotary District 7390, at the Frederick House Event Center with 26-28 Rotarians and guests from the Rotary Clubs of Carlisle, Carlisle Sunrise, Colonial Park, Harrisburg Keystone, and Mechanicsburg North attending.  Many great connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed.  Special Kudos go to Chris Hoffman owner of Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory our major sponsor for this event for the past three years and his great caterer, the owner of the new restaurant in Carlisle Spoons for the great Frederick House venue (also owned by Chris Hoffman) and food and drink we enjoyed.  Well done all!
Carlisle Clubs Host Successful RMB Alden Cunningham 2019-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

RYLA Students attend Club meeting

Posted by Linda Spotts on Aug 16, 2019
Two RYLA students, Bobby Chan and Sophia Shienvold, members of the Susquehanna Township club’s Interact program, and selected by the Rotary Club of Susquehanna Township to attend the June 2019 event at Messiah College, gave a great powerpoint presentation showcasing selected highlights of the event to the Rotary club members on August 8th.  Gary Crissman, RYLA District Chair, shared additional information about RYLA and he commended the two students, as to his knowledge, they were the very first RYLA participants to create a powerpoint presentation for their sponsoring club.  Also in the picture with the banner is club member and assistant governor Dan Fuller. 
RYLA Students attend Club meeting Linda Spotts 2019-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 7390 Instagram Account

Posted by Mary Brunski on Aug 16, 2019
Rotary District 7390 now has an instagram account! Check it out at rotarydistrict7390!  We are looking for pictures to post w/captions - action shots are the best, as well as followers to help push the info out.  Please send all pictures to Mary Brunski (Carlisle Rotary Club) at mbtexaspa@gmail.com. 
Rotary District 7390 Instagram Account Mary Brunski 2019-08-16 04:00:00Z 0

Meet Me in the Middle of the River

Posted by Jairee Counterman on Aug 16, 2019
The "Meet Me in the Middle of the River" meeting was held on the Millersburg Ferryboat on the Susquehanna River. There were 25 people all together, from Perry County, Millersburg, and Susquehanna Township. 
Meet Me in the Middle of the River Jairee Counterman 2019-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Fight the Suicide Epidemic With Us Barbara Basile 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Disaster Relief Rebuild in New Bern, NC Peg Sennett 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Mount Joy Announces 1st Car Show Trophy Winner

 

Posted by Barbara Basile on Aug 02, 2019
At the annual Mount Joy Cruisin’ and Cuisine Car Show, held August 27 in Mount Joy, a new trophy was presented. The Rotary Club of Mount Joy sponsored the trophy at the Main Street Mount Joy program to promote the Rotary value of community service.
 
The 2019 Rotary trophy winner is Jim Henry’s 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS. Rotarian Brian Ebersole and Rotary Andy John Paulus inspected the car and pronounced it a winner! The Rotary Blue color, it’s many original parts, and the back story that Jim Henry was the original owner impressed them. Jim and his wife were married from the car when it was still Jim’s daily ride more than 40 years ago.
Rotary Club of Mount Joy Announces 1st Car Show Trophy Winner Barbara Basile 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

YOU can Make an Impact on a Child’s Future

Posted by Darren Smith on Aug 02, 2019
Part of our mission as members of Rotary is to provide service to others and to promote community leadership.  What better way to further those goals than to help the children of the York community learn?  We are asking you to do your part towards the Rotary mission by becoming a sponsor of this year's Rotary Fundraising event, the proceeds of which go towards providing equipment for the Chem & Bio labs for the York Academy Regional Charter School, which serves a diverse student body including inner-city children.   This is a worthy cause that will enrich the students for years to come.
 
Please join us on September 16th at the York Country Club for our annual “Love FORE Community” day of golf, tennis, croquette, corn hole, dinner, and fun.  If you can't make it that day, we would be grateful if you would become a sponsor of the event.  Every amount helps us towards our goal of helping the students.
 
Please click here for a brochure with details, and contact Darren Smith at 717-881-1756 or darren@solidgrowthproperties.com for questions and donations.  Thank you for all you do for the York community. 
YOU can Make an Impact on a Child’s Future Darren Smith 2019-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

Colonial Park Rotary Club Community Giving Day

 

Posted by John Gephart on Jul 26, 2019
The Colonial Park Rotary Club recently celebrated its annual Community Giving Day by presenting donation checks totaling $11,150 to the following community organizations:
 
Shalom House, Dauphin County East Shore Library  L.P. Twp. Police Dept. K-9 program, CONTACT Helpline, Linglestown Fire Department,  Colonial Park Rotary Foundation,  Dauphin County Technical School’s Building Construction Cares Program, Paxtonia Fire Department, Wolverine Pass Fitness Trail, Colonial Park Fire Department, Friendship Community Center,  YMCA – More than Just A Game,   CD Math Department,  Someone To Tell It To, Skills USA- Dauphin County Technical School and the YMCA of Greater Harrisburg.
Colonial Park Rotary Club Community Giving Day John Gephart 2019-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Society

Posted by Melissa Kopp on Jul 26, 2019

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.

Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Society Member! Welcome Scott Hawk from the Rotary Club of Littlestown! 

By giving from your heart each and every year, you’ll support families and change lives. Paul Harris Society gifts have helped provide:

  • Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa
  • Water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India
  • A scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies
  • Peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda
  • Treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali
Click here to Join the Paul Harris Society Today!!
Paul Harris Society Melissa Kopp 2019-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Pig Iron Fest & Car Show Marcus Snow 2019-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
18th Annual Neffsville Car Show Jeni Roberts 2019-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

Hanover Participates in Mission Trip

Posted by John Bailey on Jul 26, 2019
The Rotary Club of Hanover PA along with Rotary District 7390 sponsored a mission trip to New Bern NC July 14-20, 2019.  The group assisted with the rebuilding of 2 homes in the New Bern Area. Over 5,000 homes were flooded after Hurricane Florence hit the area last September. Bailey Coach donated its Rotary themed coach to transport the group and Shipley Energy in York donated the fuel for the trip. Another trip is planned for March 2020.
 
Hanover Participates in Mission Trip John Bailey 2019-07-26 04:00:00Z 0

REGISTER TODAY for RLI on October 12

Posted by Hector Ortiz on Jul 25, 2019

Please plan to attend the next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) to be held on Oct. 12, 2019, in the Greater Harrisburg Area.
 
As you know, RLI is a leadership and development program to strengthen Rotary Clubs through education, collaboration and the exchange of ideas among its future leaders. A three-part curriculum facilitated by experienced, trained faculty members engaging participants through open discussion, problem-solving and creative role-play.
 
The Rotary Leadership Institute is an opportunity to meet with other Rotarians, share experiences, and learn new skills to take back to your club. You don't have to be in the leadership chain to benefit from this institute. If you want to learn more about this wonderful organization that we call Rotary and find out what you can actually do to start changing the world, PLEASE place this event on your schedule.
 
How to Register for RLI! (Register at www.rlinea.org)
 
Ready to register for an event?  Look at the schedule on the left-hand menu and click on "More Info".  Then click on Read More below to see the step by step instructions. Dear Presidents, PLEASE bring Rotarians for your club, to learn more about Rotary, engage with other clubs and more importantly help to develop the cadre of leaders that we need to grow Rotary.
 
Register at www.rlinea.org
 
When can I attend RLI? Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania College (600 Valley Road, Summerdale, PA 17093).
 
PLEASE register ASAP RSVPs ends 10-4-19. Please encourage other leaders and bring at least one Rotarian(s) from your club(s), committee(s) and register them ASAP
 
Course Levels: Parts I, II, III, and Graduate (The graduate-level will focus on Fundraising)
 
Where can I find more information about RLI? www.rlinea.org
 
Questions? Contact PDG Hector Ortiz, RLI Site Chair at richie1166@msn.com  or 717-608-0444.
 
Please register NOW for the Oct. 12, 2019 Harrisburg Site at www.rlinea.org
REGISTER TODAY for RLI on October 12 Hector Ortiz 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Potential Speaker on Climate Change John Judson 2019-07-25 04:00:00Z 0

Carlisle Clubs Sponsor RMB on August 15

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Jul 18, 2019
The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise in partnership with the RMB Northern Tier Steering Committee will host the 53rd RMB networking event and seventh event of the 2019 RMB season on Thursday, August 15 at The Frederick House, 219 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA.  The event will begin at 5:30 and end at 7:30 and includes tasty hors d’oeuvres and wine, beer, soft drinks and water.  Thanks to our major sponsor Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory the event will be FREE.  RSVP NOW!!  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests and family of Rotary!
 

Thank you to our season sponsors!

Carlisle Clubs Sponsor RMB on August 15 Alden Cunningham 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Harrisburg Presents $10,000.00 in Scholarships

 

Posted by Bob Saline on Jul 18, 2019
At the June 17, 2019,  Rotary Club of Harrisburg member meeting, Scholarship Committee Chair Curt Stutzman introduced Scholarship winners Bianca Bynoe and Misha Jones, from Harrisburg School District, SciTech Campus; Maria Gontis from Bishop McDevitt High School, and Najmo Mohamad from Steelton Highspire.
 
Each student took the mic for a minute or two to thank the RCH, introduce their guests and talk about their plans for the future. Stutzman also acknowledged scholarship winner Cierra Richardson from John Harris High School, who was not in attendance.  
Special thanks to all Rotary Club of Harrisburg members for their generous support of the pancake breakfast whereby the proceeds provide these scholarships.
Rotary Club of Harrisburg Presents $10,000.00 in Scholarships Bob Saline 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

West York Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Fellowships

Posted by Paul Duryea on Jul 18, 2019

At the July 16 meeting of the West York Rotary Club DG Paddy Rooney presented Paul Harris Fellowship awards to Errick Milindi, Olivia Lutambwe and Paul Duryea. Congratulations!!

 
West York Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Fellowships Paul Duryea 2019-07-18 04:00:00Z 0

District Installation Dinner

Posted by Melissa Kopp on Jul 07, 2019
The 2019-20 District Installation dinner was held, Thursday, June 27 at Wyndridge Farm in Dallastown. DG Paddy Rooney, DGE John Anthony and DGN Greg Staub were all installed as our District leadership team. Assistant Governors and Club Presidents were also installed. A great time was had by all! 
 

2019-20 District Installation Dinner

 

PDG Ben Hoover pinning the District Governor pin on DG Paddy Rooney after administering the oath of office. 

 

PDG Kevin Cogan installing DGE John Anthony and DGN Greg Staub. 

 

2019-20 Club Presidents

 

2019-20 Assistant Governors

District Installation Dinner Melissa Kopp 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Lancaster-Sunrise Meeting Location Change

Posted by Bill Ross on Jul 07, 2019
The Rotary Club of Lancaster-Sunrise is changing their meeting location to Bent Creek Country Club (620 Bent Creek Road, Lititz, PA 17543) effective July 25, 2019. 

 

Lancaster-Sunrise Meeting Location Change Bill Ross 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Mount Joy Announces Co-Presidents for 2019-20

Posted by Barbara Basile on Jul 07, 2019
At a lunch meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 the Rotary Club of Mount Joy announced the Co-Presidents for the upcoming Club year. President Mark Rorabaugh and President Greg Sallade will chair the Tuesday lunch meetings at the Gathering Place in Mount Joy. Dave Christian and Gary Ebersole will lead Thursday’s meeting at Bube’s Brewery. Decisions which affect the entire Club will be shared.
 
Also announced were the future club leaders: President-Elect Randy Wolgemuth, First Vice President Leonard Nolt and Christopher Silvestri, Second-Vice President. Special recognition was also given to new Paul Harris Fellow Joel Hughes and to Lowell Fry who received his fourth Paul Harris pin.
 
The theme for the upcoming year is Rotary Connects the World. The Club’s many activities and charitable donations will reflect that motto. Activities include several fundraisers at which the Rotary Fry wagon will be present, the Whittel Farm harvest project, the REYS Backpack project, and the second annual Pints for Polio week.
 
The week of September 10-15 the Club will focus on Suicide prevention. The Tuesday and Thursday will have awareness programs and will be open to the public, (normal meal and beverage charges will apply). Other activities will include a panel forum and vigil at the Milanof-Schock Library on Wednesday evening, September 11 and an awareness walk of just under two miles on Saturday, September 15, beginning at Rotary Park in Mount Joy.
 
The picture shows: Co-Presidents, Mark Rorabaugh and Greg Sallade with President-Elect Randy Wolgemuth, First VP Leonard Nolt and Second VP Christopher Silvestri.
 
Mount Joy Announces Co-Presidents for 2019-20 Barbara Basile 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Students Embark on Bus Trip Across the USA

Posted by Linda Spotts on Jul 07, 2019

From July 1 to July 31, 2019, five of our district’s Inbound Exchange students will be with students from 19 different countries from around the world enjoying the most beautiful natural and man-made points of interest from the East Coast to the West Coast (Pacific Ocean in Southern California). 

Our Inbounds with close to 35 other exchange students will be visiting places such as Washington DC, Dollywood Park, Graceland, New Orleans, San Antonio, Houston Space Center, The Grand Canyon, The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Disneyland, LA, Hollywood, , Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore, Chicago (tour of Rotary International Headquarters), and Niagara Falls plus a Rotary picnic along the way hosted by other Rotary club(s). 

This is the 43rd Discover America USA trip that Mike Wilcox, D7170 has coordinated and our district’s Inbounds have been participating in the trip since 2000.  It is the least expensive trip of its kind for 31 days for our exchange students and the cost is less than some of the 14 day trips offered by for-profit organizations.     

We are very fortunate that 2 of the chaperones on this bus trip include former Rotary Youth Exchange student (Rotex) Jill Tenny who went to France in the 80’s and also serves as our Rotex Chair for our District’s Youth Exchange Program,  and her husband Matt, who are both newly minted  Rotarians. 

Thank you Jill and Matt.  Check out the pictures that Jill will be regularly posting when she has free time on our districts YE facebook that was created and is being managed by Jill -  https://www.facebook.com/D7390YEP/

 

Youth Exchange Students Embark on Bus Trip Across the USA Linda Spotts 2019-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

A Word of Welcome and a Word of Thanks

Posted by Paddy Rooney on Jul 03, 2019
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Each year the world of Rotary goes through its annual change of leadership all across the globe. From the International President, through the International Board of Directors, to the District Governors and on to Club Presidents, individuals who have been trained and prepared take up their new duties and responsibilities on 1 July. For the next 365 days it is these leaders, along with their own teams of assistants and helpers, who will help move our organization forward and make our motto of service above self an even stronger reality in the lives of many across the street and around the world.

So I want to begin my year as District Governor for District 7390 with both a word of welcome and a word of thanks. First the welcome.

  • Welcome to all the new Club Presidents. Without you and the work you do none of this vision we share would become a reality in the lives of so many.
  • Welcome to the new and returning Assistant Governors who work so diligently with the clubs in their areas, helping them to become better and stronger and vital resources to serve as people of action.
  • Welcome to District Governor Elect John Anthony and District Governor Nominee Greg Staub who take up their new duties this year and who will help mold and shape our vision for the future as we move ahead.
  • Welcome to the new members who have recently joined Rotary or who will join at some point in this new Rotary year. Each of you will bring a gift to Rotary in terms of the skills, ideas, commitment and passion you have for making our communities and our world better than before we joined.
  • And a special word of welcome to all those who share our passion for service in Interact and Rotaract. You are vital parts of our identity as Rotarians and the service you offer to your communities is highly valued by all.

And my word of thanks then goes to all those who are noted above and to all the members of our clubs whose excitement, enthusiasm and yes passion for Rotary has helped lead us to become THE preeminent service organization in the world. Thank you for stepping up and for your willingness to be counted as People of Action. Thank you for the difference you make in our world each and every day. Thank you for being passionate about Rotary.

And a very special word of thanks go to Past District Governor John May who served us so well last year as our Governor. I was proud to serve as part of his team and grateful for all I learned from him about this role. Thank you John!

I will share more thoughts on a regular basis through this Newsletter and I very much look forward to visiting each of our clubs, meeting our members and sharing with you my passion for Rotary. Don’t hesitate to be in contact if you need anything or want me to make a special visit for awards, presentations or activities. If I can, I will be there.

In our common life of service

Paddy Rooney

A Word of Welcome and a Word of Thanks Paddy Rooney 2019-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
Chili Cook-Off Crystal Hartzfeld 2019-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Successful Rotary Means Business Held on July 22

Posted by Alden Cunningham on Jun 28, 2019
The RMB Southern Tier Steering Committee held a very lively and valuable event last night at Peoples Bank Park in York despite the severe thunderstorm warning and baseball game cancellation both of which hurt actual attendance.  Some 16 Rotarians and guests from the Rotary Clubs of Carlisle, Hanover, Harrisburg, and York attended the networking event of the 36 originally registered.  The baseball park was beautiful and the Solomon Room perfect for the occasion.  Thank you to the York Revolution and thank you to our event sponsors Wealth Development Council, Etzweiler Funeral Home, and Encompass Health and major sponsor Bailey Coach.  Many great connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed.  Thank you to the Southern Tier Steering Committee led by John Bailey and Courtney Bailey.  Well done all!
 

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Thank you to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors!

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!

 
Successful Rotary Means Business Held on July 22 Alden Cunningham 2019-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Beer & Wine Fest! Steph Acri 2019-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange Inbound Raises Money for Trip

Posted by Sharon Swanger on Jun 28, 2019
Youth Exchange Inbound Bruno Scheavolin (hosted by the Lebanon Rotary Club), made a Rotary table during a shop class at school. Bruno wanted to raffle off the table to pay for the Discover America Bus trip. Charles Hildebrand of the Lebanon Rotary Club won the table. Bruno is pictured presenting his famous table to Charles. Charles (as you can see) is delighted with his prize!  Bruno estimates he earned around $500 in ticket sales which will go towards the 30 day bus trip!  SO A BIG THANK YOU AND "SHOUT OUT" TO THE ROTARIANS WHO SUPPORTED HIM!  Bruno is so excited and really looking forward to the trip which leaves on July 1st!
Youth Exchange Inbound Raises Money for Trip Sharon Swanger 2019-06-28 04:00:00Z 0

Mechanicsburg Awards Scholarships

Posted by Tom Burson on Jun 20, 2019
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg invites students from six schools to attend club meetings for a month during the school year. Each month a new group of students is  invited. At the end of the school year, the club awards $2,000 scholarships to a student from each school based on an application which they submit and the interactions that occur at the meetings. Students who continue their education in Pennsylvania also have an opportunity to receive a $2,000 matching grant from