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March District Development - March 8




Join the District 7390 Service Above Self Meetup Group

The District has a Meetup Group which is open to all Rotarians to join free of charge. It’s a place to see service opportunities, fundraisers, and education AND post your own club’s activities.  Go to  and click “Join”.  DGN Juliet Altenburg will then approve you and make you an “event planner” so you can post all your club’s activities.  This site is open to the public so it is a great way to advertise all your events and reach out to the community and other clubs.

Elizabethtown Rotarian Joe Rebman Featured in the Rotarian Magazine

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 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.

Empowering Special Olympics Athletes!

For the third year in a row, members of the Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club were #FreezinforaReason as part of the Capital Area Polar Plunge!
This Special Olympics fundraiser is normally held at the lake of Gifford Pinchot State Park. To limit social contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's event was held virtually, similar to the "Ice Bucket Challenge."  Over $650,000.00 has been raised by Virtual Polar Plunge Participants across the state to empower Pennsylvania's Special Olympics athletes.
This year's Rotary team, Addeline Alaniz Edwards, Robert Ihlein, Becky Boone, and John Abel have raised nearly $700.00 so far! Help the team meet its goal of $1,000.00. Visit to donate.

Harrisburg Rotarians Make a Difference

Believe in Second Chances?
Rotary Club of Harrisburg Members Make a Difference in Someone’s Troubled Life!
Maybe you believe in giving people a second chance, maybe a third; maybe beyond.  That seems to be the common denominator of those Rotary Club of Harrisburg members serving on the Care Court outreach. 
Started in 2009 by two exceptional Rotarians The Honorable Yvette Kane United States District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and then Rotary Club of Harrisburg president and known people activist Karen Snyder.  The dynamic duo brought a concept of caring and compassion in the court to life.
Care Court is designed to give those who were incarcerated a hand up. It gives them someone outside the federal court system to help face the challenges of everyday life when they may have had no role model or languished too many years in “the system.”  Since its founding, the Care Court concept has been a role model for other similar programs around the nation.  In-person meetings are currently on hold due to the pandemic restrictions.
In a unique approach, Care Court is a completely voluntary commitment at all levels.  Those adults leaving incarceration who are seeking that second chance, members of the regional federal judicial system and, of course, our Club’s members/volunteers make the Care Court a reality today.
RCH Care Court Chair Richard Utley notes, “one of our most unique gifts to the mentee is a fresh perspective on what they can accomplish with the right attitude and direction.”  Participants, volunteers from the judicial system and Rotary volunteers typically meet monthly to provide a support group and get updates.  Utley noted that during the pandemic, meetings are on hold, but he hopes they resume soon.
Prior to the pandemic, RCH Care Court committee members met directly with their assigned participants on an as needed and mutually agreed basis.  Often these meetings allowed RCH mentors to just listen or help navigate the unfamiliar and challenging life outside imprisonment.  It is hoped in-person meetings can resume.
A long-time committee Karen Paris adds, “We often help participants with practical stuff like budgeting, developing a resume for a job, listening to family challenges or just talking over a cup of coffee.  The mentors often find that their personal life experiences are just what the mentee needs to start making the right decisions in life.”
A Care Court volunteer working in the federal judicial system, Daniel Karhnak, Senior US Probation Officer, first volunteered in 2013.  Having started as a probation officer he knew he wanted to work in the judicial system as he likes, “helping people learn how to make better decisions.  Helping them think more clearly and weigh the consequences of their actions.”  While this sounds so simple to many of us, He sees many of those “in the system” come from broken homes and have had little positive parental support in life.
Karhnak also complimented the Rotarian volunteers’ engagement.  “Rotary mentors are a key component and are absolutely essential to the success of this program.” 

Rotary Veterans Initiative Seeking Mentors

The Rotary Veterans Initiative is looking for mentors in the following fields:  Business Administration and its Supply Chain Management component and the Franchise Business, and a Physician.
Mentors can be from our network of district Rotarians or from their friends and acquaintances that may be experts in these areas.  Please contact PDG Alden Cunningham at if you can mentor or have anyone that has agreed to be a mentor for a student veteran from Harrisburg Community College.  Thank you.

Mentoring/Retention Committee

Bringing a new member into your club is exciting – you’ve met the challenge of recruitment and want to share all of Rotary with your new member!
Losing a member of your club is disheartening – how could that person possibly not have caught the Rotary passion that we all share?!?!
District leadership would like to help you with the challenge of mentoring, engaging and keeping your members – hence, the formation of a Committee!
DG John Anthony has entrusted Elizabeth Wolf (York-East) with getting this committee up and running. He has spoken about it with every club during the course of his official visits. Do you have an interest in helping with this effort? As always, with a district activity, those who participate expand their network, their understanding of the incredible scope of Rotary and their commitment to Rotary.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Elizabeth Wolf at
Upcoming Events
Mid-Atlantic Rotary PETS
Feb 25, 2021 – Feb 27, 2021
Youth Exchange OB Applications due to ESSEX
Mar 01, 2021
Grant Committee Meeting
Mar 01, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
District Development Session
Mar 08, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Leadership Meeting
Mar 09, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
World Water Day
Mar 22, 2021
Rotary Means Business
Mar 24, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Apr 05, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Leadership Meeting
Apr 13, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Earth Day
Apr 22, 2021
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