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.

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 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 with questions, suggestions, and ways you would be willing to share your expertise in spreading the good work of Rotary in our community.

DG VLOG with the Safety Committee

DG John Anthony chats with a hiker raising funds for Polio! Click here to view the video! 

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.

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.

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

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

Purchase a Heart for Lancaster Penn Square

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     

Four Way Test Speech Contest


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.
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. 

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.
Upcoming Events
ESSEX Bi-Annual Youth Exchange Meeting
Jan 27, 2021
YE 2021-2022 Outbound Interviews
Jan 30, 2021
Student Registration - 4 Way Test Speech Contest
Jan 31, 2021
8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
International Assembly
Feb 01, 2021 – Feb 11, 2021
District Safety Committee
Feb 03, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Feb 08, 2021
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Leadership Meeting
Feb 09, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Global Grant Scholar Interviews
Feb 13, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Communications Committee Meeting
Feb 17, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
District Leadership Team Meeting & Pre-PETS
Feb 18, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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