1. RVI continues its commitment to help student veterans at HACC and other Central PA Colleges
    • At the Rotary Club of Carlisle weekly luncheon on November 9th, 2023:
      • RVI committed to donate up to $7,500 in calendar year 2024 to help HACC student veterans achieve their career dreams
      • Funds to be used for tuition, fees, books, and/or program expenses
    • Adam Walter, HACC’s Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, described the comprehensive ways that HACC helps about 400 currently enrolled student Veterans succeed.
    • Thursday’s gift brings the cumulative total of RVI donations to HACC student veterans to $62,500, helping student veterans launch their careers as:
      • Engineers, Nurses, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, Computer Technicians, Commercial Drivers, Pharmacy Techs, and many others
    • This brings the cumulative total of RVI donations to help student Veterans at HACC, Penn State Harrisburg, Central Penn College, and the Employment Skills Center in Carlisle to $220,000, supporting nearly 300 recipients with scholarships, internships, book and device vouchers, business startup expertise and funding, and mentorship.
  1. RVI is sponsoring a JOBS CLUB FOR VETERANS delivered by and at the Employment Skills Center in Carlisle
  • ALL US Military Veterans are welcome to participate in FREE workshops, including:
    • Resume Writing, Job Search, Interviewing, Mentorship, and more
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • November 15th - December 13th
  • Employment Skills Center,  29 South Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
  • Refreshments provided
  • To register: call 717-243-6040 or visit www.employmentskillscenter.org
  • Flyer attached
  1. RVI is helping District 7390 start a ROTARACT CLUB for VETERANS in Central PA
    • Rotary, a global service organization of business, professional, and community leaders, serves others, promotes integrity, and advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace.
    • The Rotaract Club for Veterans in Central PA will offer young Veterans less than 40 years of age (who are not already Rotarians) the opportunity to:
      • Become part of the Rotary International family,
      • Engage in community service, networking with community leaders, and camaraderie with fellow veterans
      • Have fun!
    • Emerging Rotaract Club for Veterans leaders include Andrew Butch (President), Trevor Basham (Secretary/Social Media), and others.
      • Andrew Butch described multiple potential community service projects, including working directly with Veterans in need.
    • Want to join or recommend another Veteran? 
      • Please contact Rick Coplen at rickcoplen@gmail.com
Dr. Joel Hillison, President of the Rotary Club of Carlisle, said, “Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self.  That resonates with our veterans as they have served their country and put the country above themselves.  Rotary Veterans Initiative is one excellent way Rotarians can give back to our service members.”
Rick Coplen, RVI Chair, said, “Thanks to our donors and sponsors! We are putting your generosity to very good use helping central PA Veterans transform their lives and strengthen our communities. Thank You!” Donations to RVI are always welcome. To make a tax-deductible donation to RVI, please:
  • Make an online donation at https://www.tfec.org/funds/rotary-veterans-initiative/   (or)
  • Write the check to the "Rotary Veterans Initiative" and mail it to RVI, 806 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle, PA 17015
  • To learn more about RVI to help our Veterans, please contact Rick Coplen at rickcoplen@gmail.com
Andrew Butch Speaks
Adam Walter Speaks
Pictured L-R: Rick Coplen, Andrew Butch, Yoli Madrill, Adam Walter, Marsha Krotseng.
Pictured L-R: Jim Nolan, Kathleen Stoup, Rick Coplen, Andrew Butch, Yoli Madrill, Adam Walter, Marsha Krotseng, Bill Blankmeyer, Rod Frazier, Alden Cunningham, Bob Gerard, Joel Hillison