Rotary Reporter

Happy Veterans Day

A Message from the Governor

To all those who attended the District’s Rotary Foundation dinner this past Saturday, thank you for making it a special evening. We had a wonderful night of fellowship, recognitions, entertainment, and support to our Rotary Foundation. Thank you to DGE Paul Thompson and the team of Rotarians who made the dinner a success. We are grateful for your skill and dedication to leading us in honoring the past year’s accomplishments in giving and serving. Bravo to the team! We also announced several new initiatives we are beginning as a district, including a veterans-based Rotaract club and a Rotaract club for our past global scholars and Youth Exchange students. More information is on the district website and we are seeking Rotarians to help us make these clubs successful.
As also announced at the foundation dinner, we have started a District 7390 Peacebuilding Campaign to support the Rotary Foundation’s Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention area of focus. The events of the past month have brought into sharp focus the need for this area of focus. From now until February 23, 2024, the 119th anniversary of the founding of Rotary, please donate to the Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention fund under The Rotary Foundation. Donations can be made to the Peace Centers fund or the Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention area of focus. When the district reaches $25,000 in giving, we will be designated a Global Peacebuilding District. I am pleased to also announce that a very generous Rotarian has offered to match our giving for this campaign up to the $25,000 level. Your contribution will immediately have twice the effect in building global peace.
You can make your donation online at Once your donation is submitted, please send an email to Melissa at the district office letting her know of your donation so we may track our total giving. You may also send a check to the district office made out to either The Rotary Foundation or to District 7390 and we’ll submit to the Rotary Foundation on your behalf. Please annotate on the check whether this is for the Peace Centers or the Peacebuilding area of focus.  For those who donate $250 or more, we will recognize you as Global Peacebuilders at the district conference in April. Thank you for your support of this important area of need for our world. Note that donations to the peace-related funds do not count for Paul Harris points and do not add to the future District Designated Funds (DDF). 
Speaking of the district conference, please save the dates of April 19th and 20th to attend our 2024 District Conference. On Friday April 19th we will gather at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle for dinner and several activities including the 4 Way Speech and Essay contests. Then on Saturday April 20th we will do some service projects in the district in the morning and then gather in the afternoon at the Heritage Hills Resort in York for some learning sessions followed by dinner and our evening program. I look forward to seeing you as we come together as a district in fellowship and service.
Thank you for all you are doing as Rotarians and as Rotary clubs. Our communities are better from your service.
See you around the district,
DG Fred

Seeking DG Candidates for 2026-2027

The time has come to begin the nominating process for our 2026-2027 District Governor. In this way we 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. 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.
Each Club is encouraged to suggest a qualified candidate for nomination as the 2026-2027 District Governor.  The process is as follows:
  • Submit a letter signed by your Club Secretary including the name of the candidate stating he/she has been endorsed and nominated by the Rotary Club to Melissa Kopp-Smith at by December 15, 2023
  • A completed Governor Nominee Data Form including a resume to Melissa Kopp-Smith at by December 15, 2023
The District Governor is responsible for a variety of activities including:
  • Promoting membership growth and engagement 
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation through fundraising and grant activities 
  • Serving as a spokesperson for the district and Rotary when appropriate 
  • Conducting district events, including the district conference
  • Supervising the district leadership team 
  • Encouraging open communication among clubs, as well as between clubs and RI 
  • Officially visiting each club to raise awareness of important Rotary issues, support struggling clubs, motivate club members to participate in service, and recognize members’ contributions.
  • Communicating frequently with each club president
  • Fostering continuity by working with past, current, and incoming district leaders 
  • Ensuring that district nominations and elections are conducted according to the RI Constitution and Bylaws
  • Inquiring regularly about the activities of Rotarian organizations operating in the district 
  • Following the District Governor Code of Ethics (Rotary Code of Policies section 19.010.1.)
The candidate should possess the following skills and qualities:
  • Be aware of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of a District Governor  
  • Demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of Governor.
  • Be familiar with District and Rotary International Bylaws, Constitution and the RI 2022 Manual of Procedure which outlines the qualifications for a District Governor:  These qualifications should be studied carefully by Club members and the prospective Rotarian candidate for District Governor, prior to a decision to suggest any member as a candidate.
Please keep in mind that it is each Club’s duty to the District and Rotary International to give serious consideration to suggesting candidates for District Governor. Your suggestion for District Governor 2026- 2027 must be received in the District Office by December 15, 2023, to be considered by the Nominating Committee.
Interviews for the 2026-2027 District Governor will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2024, in the evening at PA Trauma Systems Foundation (Slatehill Business Center, 3907 Hartzdale Drive, Suite #702, Camp Hill, PA).

The Rotary Foundation Dinner and its Many Courses

November is Foundation Month and on Saturday, November 4, the District held its annual Rotary Foundation Dinner, resulting in a festive celebration and recognition of our many Clubs and Members who made the past year such a great success, together with a realistic depiction of the present need for more peacebuilding and how we can each participate, followed by positive declarations about promising future initiatives for our District, all that interspersed with a compelling District achievement video and live music from students in the Spartan Modern Band of the Milton Hershey School, a local life-changing educational institution that participates in a joint Interact Club with Derry Township High School. That was a long paragraph, but so was the Dinner.
The celebration hailed super accomplishments by Clubs and individuals on both sides of the Foundation process: those who contributed funds to PolioPlus, specific areas of global focus and assistance, and to general funding that enables those fellow District Rotarians on the District, Global, and Scholarship grant side of the process to then use those funds to ‘do good’ in the community and the world.  
What a great story! And, how fortunate we all are to tell it over and over again. The takeaway, apart from the great food and chocolate, and the selfie photos with the dropdead likeness of Paul Harris, and the Heads and Tales after dinner stretch is the touching backstory to everything that is Rotary: it is the contributions of dedicated Rotarians to fuel the projects; and then it is the people who execute that intent through service. So, the real Foundation is the People.
Paul Harris knew it in 1905. Arch Klumpf devised the structure to enable it in 1917. And now, not only the 183 who signed up for the Dinner, along with the hundreds of other donors who were not there (including our newest Arch Klumpf Society Member) but everyone else in our District can participate in that formula. Give a dollar to the Foundation for whatever compels you, from Polio eradication to areas of global focus, and include the designation of some funds to the Annual Fund, and $47.5 cents of that latter investment will come back to our District to spend on District, Global, and Scholarship Grants! The rate of return on that dollar thus becomes exponential!
Our thanks to the hundreds of Rotarians in our District who played a key part in supporting the Foundation Dinner. The Foundation Dinner Committee consisted of Pam Whitenack, Tom Davis, Jim Gainer, Mike Kinney, Anna-Mae Kobbe, Kathleen Stoup, Maria Thompson, Doug Nicotera, and, of course, Melissa Kopp, each contributing highly valuable advice and time to meet the demands of hosting that discerning group of attendees. From providing essential counsel and insights, to delivering and wrapping giant chocolate bars, to procuring Paul Harris, our sincerest thanks to each of them.
You had to be there to take it all in, but briefly here are some highlights:
Our Inbound Exchange Students, dressed to beat the Spartan band, which was extremely well dressed that evening, marched in with their respective country flags, as only exemplary diplomats could do, as we welcomed young ambassadors from Belgium, Brazil, Indonesia, Sweden, and Thailand.
Our indomitable Immediate Past District Governor, Juliet Altenburg, set the standard by providing a first-rate video summarizing the many inspirational activities of our Clubs, followed by presentations to best in show categories.
If the video does not display, click here to view it. 
Our indispensable Foundation Committee Chair, Anna-Mae, then announced top individual donors in select categories of giving, and leading Club contributions for Every Rotarian Every Year, Total Annual  and Total Foundation Giving, End Polio Now, and Global Grant Service Streamers.  As the Chair, Past District Governor Anna-Mae coordinates Foundation activities from initial District 7390 Contributions to final grant disposition, ensuring Rotary International goals and guidance are met.
Ed Hauck followed this by providing inspirational updates on three of the remarkable students who have recently received Global Grant Scholarships from his Committee, and the good things they are accomplishing in their areas of study.
DG Fred Gellert then announced a campaign to enable our District to become designated a Global Peacebuilding District, which would illustrate tremendous support to the Rotary Focus Area of Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention.  This goal will reflect our mutual intent to enhance the study and spread of peace to reduce conflict around the world. If you wish to join that campaign, you can do so directly online at Rotary Direct or by sending a designated check to Melissa.
Looking to the future, Kathleen Stoup explained the tremendous success of Operation Braveheart operating on kids with heart issues in the Philippines, and the plan to apply for a Program of Scale which would expand that project to the entire country.  Only one District a year is selected for this program, but our District should be very competitive due to the great success of Braveheart and the urgency of the cause.
Rick Coplen described Rotary Veterans Initiative activities, and announced plans to found a District Rotaract Club for veterans, aged 18 to 40, who wish to hone their leadership skills, network about academic pursuits and jobs, and engage in service projects as well as social events.  This Club would meet in person and online, as many of the prospective members are spread out while attending local colleges Two young vets from Penn State Harrisburg were introduced as the first officers of the Club.  .
Becky Morgenthal described a similar plan to create a District Global Issues Rotaract Club for young global grant scholarship recipients and youth exchange students who wish to likewise exercise leadership opportunities, while networking about academic pursuits and jobs, and undertaking service projects, and social events.  While the Club would be an online, passport Club, that would be compatible with the location of its members spread around the globe.
The final act consisted of Past District Governor John Anthony purporting to be an auctioneer, as only he can, and deftly raising over $1300 for the Global Peacebuilding Campaign. 
At the end of the evening, it was all over but the shouting of satisfaction and determination, which never ends. That was the whole point. The Foundation Dinner provides a lot to digest, but that is what Rotary is all about, a gourmet banquet of choices where each Rotarian can find unique fulfilment and then share that sustenance far and wide, wherever there is need.
Click here to view photos from the dinner! 
See you next year, or tomorrow.
DGE Paul

Congratulations to the Clubs that earned Recognitions for Giving during the 2022-2023 Rotary year!

A green Global Grant streamer was presented to the Rotary Club of Carlisle for Disease Prevention. They completed a global grant in Kenya for vision and eye healthcare for vulnerable populations.
The following Clubs had the highest annual fund giving during the 2022-2023 Rotary year:
  1. York
  2. Mechanicsburg-North
  3. Harrisburg
The following Clubs had the highest total Rotary Foundation Giving during the 2022-2023 Rotary year:
  1. York
  2. Gettysburg
  3. York-East
The following Clubs had the highest annual fund per capita giving in the 2022-2023 Rotary year:
  1. York-East
  2. Mechanicsburg-North
  3. Harrisburg-Keystone
This recognition is given to clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100% participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any gift designation during the Rotary year. Only 4,500 Clubs worldwide have become a 100% Foundation Giving Club. Carlisle-Sunrise, Eastern York County, Hanover, Harrisburg-Keystone, Lancaster-Hempfield, Northern Lebanon County, Southern York County, and West Shore.
This recognition is given to clubs that achieve a minimum Annual fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, with every dues paying member contributing at least $25 to the Annual fund. The following Clubs were awarded banners: Harrisburg-Keystone, Lancaster-Hempfield, Northern Lebanon County, Southern York County and West Shore.
The following Clubs received a certificate of appreciation for their financial support to the End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign during the 2022-2023 Rotary year. Each club contributed at least $1500 to Rotary’s Polio Eradication effort: Carlisle, Carlisle-Sunrise, Colonial Park, Eastern York County, Elizabethtown, Gettysburg, Hershey, Mechanicsburg-North, Mount Joy, Palmyra, Uptown York, York, York-East, and York-North. 
2022-2023 Best Club Awards
  • Extra Small - West Shore
  • Small - Southern York County
  • Large - Carlisle-Sunrise
  • Extra Large - Mechanicsburg-North
  • Extraordinary - Elizabethtown

2024-2025 Global Grant Ambassadorial Scholarships

Rotary Global Grants Scholarships fund an awardee’s first year of graduate study abroad in one of Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus (listed below). Candidates must live in or attend college in District 7390, which encompasses Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties in Pennsylvania.
Scholarship highlights…
  • Plan to pursue career in one of Rotary’s Areas of Focus (listed below).
  • Award is for first year only of graduate studies abroad
  • District 7390 will not fund any applicant’s study which is for the second or later year of a multi-year graduate study program abroad.
  • Minimum study budget of $30,000 per year. Award capped at $30,000.
  • Must be proficient in language of host country.
  • Based on…
    • Academic merit
    • Studying a Rotary Area of Focus
    • Residence in or attendance at a college in District 7390
Rotary’s Areas of Focus are…
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
  • Supporting the environment.
The deadline to apply for a Global Grant Scholarship is January 26, 2024. The interviews will be held February 17, 2024 and applicants MUST be available for the interviews on that date. For more information or to apply, please click here
Click here to watch a video from our 2023-2024 Global Grant Scholar!
Questions? Contact Edward Hauck, District 7390 Global Grants Scholarship Committee at or (717) 201-2604.

District Bus Trip to RI Headquarters - March 2024!

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Job Club for Veterans

Please recommend this FREE program to any Veterans you know who can benefit.  To anyone, especially Veterans, who wants to help mentor some of these great Veterans, please call 717-243-6040. 

District Membership Committee Launches First Monthly Webinar

The District Membership Committee launched its first monthly webinar in October on the topic of the Rotary Public Image Center which can be viewed on the District 7390 You Tube Channel
If the video does not show, please click here to view it! 
The Presenter is District Membership Chair PDG Juliet who gives tips on how to use the Center to create promotional materials. The next webinar will occur on Tuesday, November 28 as part of the next District Membership Committee which meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM on Zoom.  New members or “drop ins”  are welcome any time and should email PDG Juliet at to receive materials. Click here to receive the Zoom link to register at. 
Zone 32 Membership Education Opportunities
Tuesday, November 21 at 7 PM.  Zone Membership Webinar on “Nurturing and Sustaining New Clubs”.  This 3rd session will focus on sustaining the new club once it is chartered.  It's important to start new clubs, but of course, we want them to thrive and grow!  We will talk about new clubs that are thriving and provide lessons learned from new clubs that have failed. Click here to join the zoom call
  • Zone 32 Membership Recordings to access On Demand
    • Part 1 "How to Build a Successful New Club from the Ground Up"  
If the video does not show, please click here to view it. 
Four experienced Rotarians give advice on how they started multiple new clubs in their districts including traditional, satellite, Rotaract, cause-based and non-traditional clubs.  Topics include how to get started attracting new members and useful tools.  
  • Part 2  "How to Build a Successful New Club from the Ground Up" 
If the video does now show, please click here to view it. 
This 2nd session focused on building momentum with your core group of future members and getting your new club chartered.  The session will include topics such as: Defining club leadership, new club and satellite club bylaws, accessibility, membership dues styles, creating a club name, and getting the new club involved in their community.

Carlisle Rotary Auction to Support a Global Grant Project in Togo, West Africa

The Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise will host their annual holiday dinner and auction on Thursday, November 30th at the Carlisle Country Club. The proceeds from this event as explained in the auction brochure Holiday Auction Brochure | Rotary Club of Carlisle ( will provide access to safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene for three very poor villages in Togo. The dinner also will be a celebration of the Rotary Club of Carlisle Sunrise’s 20 years of service to the community.
Rotarians can support this auction in one of two ways. First, by donating an item by contacting the Auction Chairs, Bill Blankmeyer at or (717) 590-7229 and Marv Salsman at (717) 448-5374 or Secondly, tax-deductible sponsorships can be made to support the global grant project. Checks should be made out to “Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation” and mailed to Carlisle Rotary Club, PO Box 301, Carlisle, PA 17013. 

Volunteer Opportunities with Junior Achievement

Below is a snapshot of JA’s November and December volunteer opportunities. Programs highlighted in yellow have the highest needs at this time.
You may sign up on the link below OR contact me directly at The link has the full list of openings through the end of the school year. 
To learn more about a specific program, please click HERE  - I am also happy to answer any questions.

Veterans Rotaract Club

RMB Networking Event in Hershey - November 30

The Rotary Clubs of Hershey and Hummelstown will host the 69th RMB networking event in District 7390 history and the sixth and final event in the 2023 RMB season on Thursday, November 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The event will take place at The Englewood, 1219 W End Avenue, Hershey, PA.  The networking event will be FREE thanks to Major Sponsor the Rotary Club of Hershey and include light hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer soft drinks and water. Click here to RSVP today! 
This will be another in a longstanding series of great business networking opportunities and fun and fellowship events.  Do not miss it.  Also, please consider bringing potential Rotarian guests and Family of Rotary.
Thank you to our sponsors!

D7390 Global Grant to be Featured at Zone Foundation Webinar

Come celebrate Foundation month with the Zone 28 & 32 Foundation teams as we showcase Global Grant projects from our two Zones. Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Eileen Rau has announced a Foundation Month opportunity that will showcase Global Grants. District 7390 Global Grant Operation Braveheart is one of four projects being featured as part of an International Cafe of Global Grants from Zones 28 and 32.  District 7390 is proud of Operation Braveheart and Dr. Jess Socrates for his leadership on this Global Grant in the Philippines.  Jess is a member of The D7390 Passport Club.
Mark your calendars and register now for the Thursday, November 16th program.  This program will begin at 7:00 pm Eastern Time.  Pre-registration is required. Click here to register! Encourage club members and leaders and anyone who wants to learn more about how the Rotary Foundation can change lives - and how they can get involved or spearhead a Global Grant project.
Learn more about:
  • How the Rotary Club of Rhinebeck  (District 7210) was able to bring a Global Grant into its own backyard in the U.S. – the Environmental Justice Program
  • How one project generated multiple Global Grants in the Philippines as part of Operation Braveheart
  • How the Yale University Rotaract Club spearheaded a Global Grant in Turkey and is now working on one in Sri Lanka
  • How districts are working together on a Global Grant project in Ethiopia to improve the nutritional status, health and early childhood development of children under five

Seeking Talented Rotarians to Support District and Club Public Image Efforts

Do you have expertise in social media, Canva, photography, videography, communications, writing and/or education?  If your answer is YES to any skills in the areas of communications and Public Image we need YOU.   District Public Image Chair Juliet is gathering interested Rotarians to support Public Image efforts at both the District and Club level.   The gift of your time and expertise will be greatly appreciated no matter how small.  Contact Juliet to learn how you can get involved at! Meanwhile click here to check out the NEW public image area of My Rotary!
Upcoming Events
Four Way Test Speech Contest Committee Meeting
Nov 15, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
West Shore Official Visit
Perkins Restaurant
Nov 16, 2023
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Zone Foundation Webinar
Nov 16, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
YE - 2024-2025 OB Interviews
Tenny Group Properties
Nov 18, 2023 9:00 AM –
Nov 19, 2023 12:00 PM
District Finance Committee Meeting
Nov 20, 2023
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
District Executive Board Meeting
Nov 23, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Northern Lebanon County Official Visit
Heisey's Diner
Nov 28, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Lebanon Official Visit
Lebanon Country Club - Sunroom
Nov 28, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
District Membership Committee Meeting
Nov 28, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Means Business - Hershey/Hummelstown
The Englewood
Nov 30, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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