2017 Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner - November 15

Who would benefit by attending the district's Foundation Dinner on November 15th?

  • Club Presidents
  • Club Foundation-Chairs
  • Club Presidents Elect
  • new Rotarians
  • Paul Harris Fellows
  • Paul Harris Society members
  • Major Donors
  • People who have personal knowledge about the scourge of Polio.
  • People who have no personal knowledge about the scourge of Polio.
  • People who like people. They are the luckiest people in the world.
  • Rotarians who want to meet up with friends.
  • Members of the Grants Committee.
  • People who have never heard of the Grants Committee.
  • People who want to celebrate the birthday of William Pitt the Elder.
  • People who want to commemorate the death of Justinian I.
  • People who believe in Rotary.
The 2017 Annual Rotary Foundation dinner will be held Wednesday, November 15 at the Hershey Lodge (325 University Drive, Hershey) in the Aztec Room. 

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Dinner with speaker - Rotarian John Nanni, Polio Survivor (Click here to view John's complete bio)

​$65 per person

Dinner Menu: Roasted beet & arugula salad, Wild mushroom stuffed chicken and Pumpkin white chocolate trifle. 

Registration Deadline: November 10, 2017

Click here for more information and to register! 

Nominations for District Governor 2020-21
The time has come to begin the nominating process for our District Governor 2020-21.  In this way we will continue our three-year projection for District 7390’s leadership.
      I encourage all D7390 Clubs to survey your membership and suggest a qualified candidate for the District Governor Nominee 2020-21. 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 my 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.
      When submitting a candidate for 2020-21 Governor, the following must be submitted: the Club resolution and the Governor Nominee Data Form (DG App 2020-21).    
RMB Event Scheduled for November 14 in Harrisburg!
Mark your calendars!  The Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone will host a RMB networking event on Tuesday, 14 November at the Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron Street in Harrisburg, starting with registration at 6:15 pm and ending at 8:00 pm.  Attending the event will cost nothing, and you buy your own drinks.  Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  Attend and make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of Rotary.  Bring potential Rotarian guests and don't forget family of Rotary. Click here to register! 
Lancaster's Basketball Extravaganza - November 17 to 19
In partnership with Franklin & Marshall College, Rotary Club of Lancaster is excited to hold the 2017 Charitable Basketball Extravaganza for the 37th consecutive year. The men’s William Marshall Tip Off Tournament, features F&M, Lancaster Bible College, Alvernia University and Bethany College. The women’s Terry Greene Classic features F&M, Elizabethtown College, Stevens Institute of Technology and Immaculata University.
The event primarily benefits the Rotary Club of Lancaster/United Way Summer Youth Experience Program which keeps city youth engaged and productive during the summer thereby reducing school dropouts and improving children’s lives.
William Marshall Men's Tip Off Tournament 
Friday, November 17th
5:30 p.m. Lancaster Bible vs. Alvernia
7:30 p.m. F&M vs. Bethany
Saturday, November 18th
5:30 p.m. Third place game
7:30 p.m. Championship game
Terry Greene Women's Memorial Tournament 
Saturday, November 18th
1 p.m. Elizabethtown vs. Stevens
3 p.m. F&M vs. Immaculata
Sunday, November 19th
1 p.m. Third place game
3 p.m. Championship game
You can help our club greatly by liking us on Facebook at
Lebanon County Rotary Christmas Party
Hosted by the Myerstown – ELCO Rotary Club
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Gather 6:00 PM ~ Dinner 6:30 PM  
Creekside @ The Wenger Family Homestead
251 S. Race St., Myerstown, PA
$40 per person ~ Cash Bar
Music by Bryan Stevenson
Reservations MUST be made by Friday, December 1.
Please call Rose Walmer to RSVP (717) 866-8403
Perry County Pints for Polio

The Rotary Club of Perry County Raised $1,586.25 to Support the Eradication of Polio With the First Annual ”Pints for Polio” Fund Raiser

The Rotary Club of Perry County is pleased to announce that its first Annual “Pints for Polio” fund raiser raised $1,586.25 for Rotary International’s Polio Plus fund.  The October 24 event was held at River Bend Hop Farm and Brewery, Newport, and was also supported by Artisan Pizza (River Bend and Artisan each donated a percentage of the evening’s sales) as well as the 65 adult attendees who also paid a $5 cover and other supporters who made donations.
“Pints for Polio” was a regional event, with the following Rotary Clubs participating: Carlisle, Carlisle Sunrise, Elizabethtown, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg North, Millersburg, Northern Lebanon, Perry County, York
Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed in 1988, a public-private partnership with Rotary, the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world.  Today, there are only three countries in the world where polio still exists: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.  In 2016, there were only 37 cases of polio confirmed worldwide, which is a reduction of 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when there were about 1,000 cases each day.
Polio is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis within hours.  It can strike at any age but mostly affects children age 5 and younger.  It is incurable, but it is 100-percent preventable by vaccine.
The Rotary Club of Perry County, a social service organization whose motto is “Service Above Self,” meets each Tuesday at 11:45 at the Newport American Legion Post #177.  In addition to eradicating polio, the Rotary Club of Perry County works to improve literacy, provide clean water, and develop character and leadership in young people.  The Rotary Club of Perry County’s next fund raiser – “Beat the Rush” – will take place on Friday, December 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Landis House, 67 North 4th Street, Newport.  Modeled on the Perry County Fair’s Annual Chili Cookoff, “Beat the Rush” features Rotarians presenting their best holiday appetizers, desserts, and cocktails, which can be sampled and voted on for a quarter per taste or vote.  The $20 ticket also includes: beer, wine, soft drinks, door prizes, silent auction items, a 50-50 raffle, and a live auction.  Attendance is limited to 70 guests, age 21 and above, and tickets must be secured in advance.
For more information about “Pints for Polio,” Beat the Rush, or the Rotary Club of Perry County, PA, please call club president Jairee Counterman at 717.839.1434, email her at, or contact any club member. 
Gettysburg teams up with Gettysburg College Rotaract
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg and Rotaract Club of Gettysburg College teamed up on Nov. 8 to pack meals for Ruth’s Harvest, which provides food to students from low-income homes so they do not go hungry on the weekend. The club has donated thousands of dollars to the organization in the past two years, including $259 in October.
Why Rotary Membership Matters
The ability to serve more, reach farther and complete projects quicker happens when we increase Rotary membership. Who is responsible for growing membership? The RI President? Rotary Directors? District Governors? Membership Chairs? Club Presidents? Or, EVERY Rotarian? Opinions may vary, but one thing is true; membership is a responsibility of ALL of us. Whether you agree or disagree, the truth remains that membership growth cannot happen by simply attracting new members. We know that all Rotary Clubs are different. Therefore, each Club must implement a strategy specific to them. More importantly, as vital as it is to attract new members, we must also keep current members engaged and involved to retain their membership.
At the Zones 24 and 32 Rotary Institute, General Secretary John Hewko shared that Rotary attracted and inducted 150,000 new members in 2016. Unfortunately, we lost almost the same number of members the same year. In some countries, membership is declining while in others it is increasing.  Therefore, Rotary has had the same membership for the last 15 to 20 years. The majority of declining membership has happened in the US. Due to this trend, the Rotary Board of Directors made a tough decision to redistribute the Zones and increase the Zones to areas where Rotary is growing (particularly in the Asian continent).  There are 34 zones in Rotary International and 17 Directors that serve on the RI Board. The US will lose two zones and the ability to nominate one director to the Board of Rotary International. The issue is not the number of directors or the need of balancing a budget. The issue at hand is why is the US consistently decreasing membership, while other areas like India or Japan are consistently growing?
Common sense says we need to do three basics things to change the membership trend in the US:
  1. Attract more Rotarians and have less attrition. Charter new clubs that meet the needs of our customers (Rotary club members), while still keeping our mission, values and principles.
  2. Engage, involve and welcome new Rotarians to avoid them leaving. Many new members leave Rotary during the first two years of their membership. Each Club needs to assess if they are really welcoming. Does the culture of the club allow creativity and innovation? Is our club attractive and relevant? Does the culture of our club welcome all persons of good character?  
  3. Utilize, as needed, the opportunities for meeting flexibility that the Council on Legislation adopted in 2016. Planning is fundamental and the adaptability to change is essential. Clubs need to begin in an honest discussion related to membership. Keep in mind who the final beneficiaries of your Rotary membership are. It is not just the Club, District, Zone or Rotary International, but the people we serve, the friends that we make and the communities that we support.
We are all equally responsible for growing Rotary membership. Take the lead and create a membership strategic plan for your Club. Think about “Service above Self”, both locally and globally. If not today, when? If not here, where? If not you, who?
The decision is yours! Looking forward to working with you until the end of this Rotary year and remember that your leadership responsibilities as Club President or District officer goes until June 30th. We can be the change in the current momentum! Let’s grow our membership in our clubs, in District 7390 and in the US. Check out the Rotary Membership Resource Guide! (click here)
Paradise Club Fundraiser
You're Invited!!
Rotarian Community Connections!
Please join us for an afternoon of entertainment and an opportunity to dine together while connecting with other local Rotarians. Share the joy and laughter of the popular holiday musical Our Christmas Dinner A heaping scoop of humor, a slice of family memories and some unexpected surprises serve up the most wonderful meal of the year. After the show, you’ll get a chance to meet fellow Rotarians before sitting down together for a taste of fresh, delicious dishes from our Dinner Smorgasbord. 
When: Tuesday, November 28 (Doors open at 3:30 p.m., State show at 4:00 p.m., Networking at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
When: Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & State (2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA)
Cost: $50 per person. A portion of the proceeds benefits Paradise Rotary
Experience Rotarian fellowship and Smucker family hospitality! Please RSVP NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21. To make reservations, please call group sales at 717-768-1110 and mention code RCC. 
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RI United Nations Day
Nov 11, 2017
YE - Compatibility Weekend
Red Lion Hotel
Nov 11, 2017 – Nov 12, 2017
YE - 2018-19 Outbound Interviews
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Nov 11, 2017
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
YE - 2018 STEP Interviews
Red Lion Hotel
Nov 11, 2017
12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Rotary Means Business - Northern Tier
Appalachian Brewing Company
Nov 14, 2017
6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
Rotary Foundation Dinner
Hershey Lodge
Nov 15, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
YE Inbound Overnight Social - Maryland
Nov 18, 2017 – Nov 19, 2017
AG/AMC/AFC Meeting
Perkins Restaurant
Nov 29, 2017
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Dec 04, 2017
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Club Suggestions for DGN 2020-21 Due
Rotary District 7390 Office
Dec 15, 2017
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Russell Hampton