World Polio Day

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!!

Pints for Polio

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

Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner

Join us Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the West Shore Country Club (100 Brentwater Road, Camp Hill) as we celebrate our Rotary Foundation and our achievements during the Million Dollar Journey in 2018-19. Cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner and speaker from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. Registration deadline is November 1, 2019. 


The speaker this year is Rotary International Trustee Brenda Cressey. Brenda is president and CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business in Maine. She has volunteered with civic organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

A Rotarian since 1989, Cressey has served as a regional membership and Foundation coordinator and RRFC Training Institute moderator, an endowment/major gifts adviser, Council on Legislation representative, RI president’s representative, 2012 International Assembly executive committee member and partner moderator, RI training leader, and district governor.

Cressey has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. Brenda and her husband, Dick, are Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society, the Paul Harris society, and the Arch Klumph Society.


Click here to register TODAY!!

3rd Annual Turkey Bowl


Rotary Means Business - November 13

The Rotary Club of Lebanon in partnership with the Northern Tier RMB Steering Committee will host the 55th RMB event and ninth event of the 2019 RMB season on Wednesday, November 13 at the Snitz Creek Brewery, 7 N. Ninth Street, Lebanon, PA.  The event will begin at 5:00 and end at 7:00 pm and includes FREE appetizers and one drink ticket thanks to our Event Sponsor Snitz Creek Brewery.  Cash bar drinks and additional food will be available for purchase.  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 main event sponsor!
Thank you to our Major Sponsors!

York-East Hosts Successful RMB

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.

Dr. Anne Matthews Visits the York Club

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.

Trees for the Trail Dedication Ceremony - November 10

Disaster Rebuild in North Carolina in February

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,

2022-23 District Governor Nominations

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! 

Rotary Rocks Benefit Concert

Upcoming Events
Mount Joy Official DG Visit
Oct 22, 2019
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2019
YE - New York City Trip
New York City
Oct 25, 2019 – Oct 27, 2019
Hershey Official DG Visit
Oct 28, 2019
Lancaster-Sunrise Official DG Visit
Oct 31, 2019
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Nov 04, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Rotary Foundation Dinner
West Shore Country Club
Nov 06, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation Dinner
Nov 06, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
RI United Nations Day
United Nations Headquarters
Nov 09, 2019
5:30 AM – 10:00 PM
YE 2020-21 Outbound Interviews
Penn State York
Nov 09, 2019
7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
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