Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner

The Annual District 7390 Rotary Foundation dinner was held Wednesday, November 6 with approximately 185 Rotarians and guests in attendance. The Rotary Foundation giving awards from 2018-19 were presented. Congratulations to the following Clubs!!

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg received a Global Grant Service Streamer for their work on Water & Sanitation in India. Pictured L-R: PDG John May, Mike Hansen, DRFC John Kramb. 
The following Clubs had the highest annual fund giving during the 2018-2019 Rotary year: York, Harrisburg, Lancaster. Pictured L-R: Joyce Libby (Harrisburg), Tom McCracken (York), PDG Knut Johnsen, Rotary Foundation Trustee Brenda Cressesy, PDG John May. 
The following Clubs had the highest total Foundation Giving during the 2018-2019 Rotary year: Mechanicsburg-North, Harrisburg, York. Pictured L-R: Joyce Libby (Harrisburg), Tom McCracken (York), Juliet Altenburg (Mechanicsburg-North), PDG Knut Johnsen, Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, PDG John May. 
The following Clubs had the highest annual fund per capita giving in the 2018-2019 Rotary year: Harrisburg-Keystone, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg. Pictured L-R: Joyce Libby (Harrisburg), Sophia Pischnak (Harrisburg-Keystone), PDG Knut Johnsen, Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, PDG John May, John Petrie (Mechanicsburg). 
The following Clubs achieved an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100% participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual fund, Polio Plus fund, approved global grants or the Endowment fund. Carlisle-Sunrise, Eastern York County, Gettysburg, Harrisburg-Keystone, Mount Joy, Northern Lebanon County, Palmyra, Southern York County, West Shore, West York, York-North. Pictured L-R: Greg Sallade (Mount Joy), PDG Knut Johnsen, Nigel Foundling (Northern Lebanon), Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, PDG John May, Ed Wagaman (York-North), Kirk Brechbiel (West Shore), Ken Farabaugh (Gettysburg), Phil Lehman (Eastern York County), Sophia Pishnak (Harrisburg-Keystone), Ben Prescott (Carlisle-Sunrise). 

The following Clubs achieved 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. Harrisburg-Keystone, Mount Joy, Northern Lebanon, Palmyra, West Shore, West York and York-North. Pictured L-R: PDG Knut Johnsen, Kirk Brechbiel (West Shore), Ed Wagaman (York-North), Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, Nigel Foundling (Northern Lebanon), PDG John May, Greg Sallade (Mount Joy), Sophia Pishnak (Harrisburg-Keystone). 
The following Clubs are received a certificate of appreciation for their financial support to the End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign during the 2018-19 Rotary year. Carlisle, Carlisle-Sunrise, Elizabethtown, Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, Lancaster-Sunrise, Lititz, Mechanicsburg-North, Red Lion-Dallastown, Southern York County, Uptown York, York.
PDG John May was presented with certificates from Zone 32 for District giving to the Rotary Foundation during the 2018-19 Rotary year. The certificates were for the 2nd Highest Contribution to End Polio Now, the 2nd Highest Per Capita Giving by District to the Annual Program Fund, and the 2nd Largest Overall Contribution to the Annual Program Fund. Pictured L-R: PDG Knut Johnsen, Rotary Trustee Brenda Cressey, PDG John May. 

Stomp Out Polio

Looking for a fun way to support the eradication of Polio? Purchase a pair of END POLIO NOW sneakers! Sneakers are a fundraiser for Rotary District 5400 in Idaho. Sneakers are $75 each and $49 of each sale goes directly to END POLIO. Click here to purchase your sneakers today! 

Trees for the Trail Dedication Ceremony - November 10

Veterans Day Breakfast

The Rotary Club of Mount Joy is sponsoring a breakfast for local veterans on Monday, November 11th at the Gathering Place, 6 Pine Street Mount Joy. Breakfast will be provided free of charge to all veterans and a guest from 7:00 to 8:30 AM.
All Mount Joy residents and local employees, who are veterans, are invited to the breakfast. Greg Sallade, Mount Joy Club Co-President announced, “We want to reach as many veterans as possible to express our appreciation on this Veterans’ Day.”
The Rotary members of the Mount Joy Club wish to honor the veterans who have served their country in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard with this free event. Mount Joy Rotarians will be serving the breakfast.
To attend, veterans should contact Greg Sallade  at 717-648-0510 or Mark Rorabaugh at  717-951-8238 by November 6, 2019. When placing your reservations, please let the Club know the branch and years of active service. If the veteran will be accompanied by a non-veteran, please include the non-veteran in the reservation count.

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!

iKnow Concert Series Presented by Mount Joy

Auction to Support Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties

The Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise will host their annual holiday dinner and auction event on Friday, December 6th at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle. Proceeds from previous auctions have benefitted poor communities in Kenya and more recently projects in the local community. Rotary’s goal this year is to raise $15,000 to support much needed facility repairs and upgrades at the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties (DVSCP) emergency shelter.
Incorporated in 1990, DVSCP is a private, non-profit organization that has been designated by the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence (PCADV) as the sole provider of services to adult victims of domestic violence, their dependent children, and significant others in Cumberland and Perry Counties. All services are provided confidentially and free of charge.
Last year, DVSCP provided services to 1,112 victims. This included providing shelter for 136 adults and children, totaling 4,299 shelter days and filing 323 Protection from Abuse orders in Cumberland County and 79 in Perry County. It also received 1,467 hotline calls, provided 3,071 counseling hours and presented 104 educational/awareness activities to 1,741 people. To prevent future domestic violence incidences, DVSCP also provided services to 104 batterers.
Originally built in the 1930’s, DVSCP’s 30-day Emergency Shelter requires vital structural repairs to remain operable and safe. The project includes updating or replacing all 45 windows in the shelter, as well as replacing all exterior wood to include trim, fascia, eaves, and dormers. The estimated cost for this project is $100,000.
DVSCP has been working very hard to raise funds for this project and Rotarians from District 7390 can now help by supporting this Holiday Auction. Support can be made in one of two ways, either by donating an item to the auction or by being a financial sponsor of the auction. One can be a Gold Level Sponsor by donating $500, a Silver Sponsor by donating $250 and a Bronze Sponsor by donating $100. To date, Carlisle Rotarians have already donated $7,500 in sponsorships alone.
Bill Blankmeyer, the Fundraising Chair for the auction notes that tax-deductible donations can be made to “Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation,” a 501© (3) charitable organization.  Checks to support this project should be mailed to Carlisle Rotary Club, PO Box 301, Carlisle, PA 17013. Anyone with an item to donate to the auction or has questions regarding the auction should contact Blankmeyer at (717) 590-7229.

Rotary Club of Harrisburg's Youth Community Development Team and Bridge of Hope Provide Art Therapy Program for Children

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International in 2005, the Youth Community Development Team (YCDT) was created by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg (RCH) in partnership with Leadership Harrisburg Area, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, The Patriot News, United Way of the Capital Region and many dedicated volunteers in 2004.  The initial goals established by the RCH founders were to provide area youth guidance in entrepreneurship, leadership and philanthropy.
The objectives of the YCDT program, to be achieved through a real experience, encourages students:
  • to identify and focus on an area of community need.
  • to raise money toward providing a solution for that area of focus.
  • to select and provide grants to a community organization addressing those needs through community service hours. 
The RCH YCDT program is provided for students in the Harrisburg School District and Bishop McDevitt High School.  Each year, 30 students are selected for this intensive 9-month leadership and community development program.  It is a highly competitive selection process. 
RCH’s Youth Community Development Team Continues to Evolve
This year, under the guidance of RCH members Brad Gebhart and Andy Phillips YCDT Co-chairs, the youth combined their love of the arts and the need to address issues of mental health such as anxiety and depression affecting all high school students.  The YCDT participants designed a blend of these issues as a solution to allocating their monies. 
After interviewing three nonprofits that dealt with art therapy, the YCDT team members determined that a regionally based Bridge of Hope program was the most concise, effective and best return on their investment dollars.  Bridge of Hope was awarded the students’ grant of $5,000 to initiate an arts program for children called Art Feeds.  The curriculum, training package and art supplies were funded by the students’ grant.
The YCDT Teams’ initiative then came full circle.  Once the implementation of the Bridges of Hope’s art therapy program began, the YCDT youth took their financial commitment one step further and gleefully volunteered to participate with the children. 
While there are many real outcomes of the YCDT program that increase confidence in the students who participate; transform attitudes, broaden perspectives and plant the seeds of friendship and understanding across cultural and socioeconomic boundaries, measurable outcomes are to:
  • Increase student exposure to the greater Harrisburg community and their awareness of local resources.
  • Develop and improve students’ oral communication & presentation skills.
  • Increase student application of collaboration, negotiation, compromise, and persuasive skills.
  • Provide students with a forum to serve the community and demonstrate an impact.
On average, YCDT students raise and donate $5,000 per year to a community group.  Previous community organizations and recipients of YCDT funding have included: Beautify the Burg, The Silence of Mary, Drug Free PA, The Joshua Group, Channels Food Rescue and Bridge of Hope. 
YCDT students are left to right, Hannasy Rodgers, Dean Robbins, Anthony Larry, Mary Parker.
In the front row Sophie Alaniz and J.D. Edwards.

York-East Rotary Keeps Mt. Zion Hill Litter Free

York-East members volunteer to pick up trash and litter along Edgewood Road between Prospect Street and Kingston Road twice a year: once in the Spring and once in the Fall, generally to coincide with PennDOT's Road Cleanup Day.  (pictured left to right) Todd Kuri, Charles Wurster, Greg Kern, Betsy Buckingham, Sheri Stamm, Tim Koller and Todd Stamm (taking photo).

Polio National Immunization Day

The India Polio National Immunization Day team will be arriving in Delhi, India on January 15, 2020 and will depart on January 27, 2020. 
Here are a few highlights of Nancy’s NID Team Trip. Our trip includes visits to the World Health Organization, St. Stephens Hospital, and South Asia Office, among others. We will visit Agra to see the Taj Mahal and Calcutta to see Mother Teresa’s Mission of Charity. Then on to Dhanbad for home stays with Rotarians.
The cost of the trip, in country, is $2795 for double occupancy. If you prefer a single room in the hotels there will be an extra cost of $1195. If you aren’t traveling with a friend or spouse, we will do our best to match you with a roommate if so wanted. You are responsible for your flight to and from Delhi.
The deadline for application with the organizer is November 15th, and must include a $500 deposit.  
Anyone interested in participating, contact PDG John Kramb by email at

Short-Term Youth Exchange

The Short Term Exchange Program year is in Kick-Off season.  Last year was a very "low scoring year" for participants with only 5 completing an exchange. I am hoping that together we can "tackle" this problem and really put some points on the scoreboard. It was only 5 or 6 years ago we typically had 15 or so participating.
For new clubs who have not participated in the Short Term Exchange Program before, this is the least expensive way to really " score a touchdown " for Youth Exchange. All information is available on the District website.
Let me give you a few (game) highlights and explanation about the program:
  • Students have a very high probability of being assigned to the country of choice on the master country list.
  • Students normally exchange for 3 weeks in each other’s country (total of 6 weeks) If agreed the exchange could be 4 weeks + 4 weeks.
  • The cost to the club is minimal. 3 or so banners and a few membership meeting meals for the student and then visiting student.
  • Clubs need to have an assigned counselor.
  • This program is promoted as a family to family cultural exchange. We encourage parents to communicate with each other, also.
  • The student has a $125 application fee plus the cost of airfare and travel insurance.
  • Students can arrange return plane trip so as to travel together.
  • District interviews & family training take place on January 25, 2020 for exchanges in the summer of 2020.
  • Language proficiency is not necessary. This is not an academic exchange, it is a cultural exchange.
  • Please promote your candidates as “student ambassadors for Rotary International”.
  • It has been proven that STEP is a feeder program to our Long Term Academic Youth Exchange program.
  • Send all completed applications to the attention of Melissa Kopp at our District 7390 office. Deadline is January 10, 2020.   
Please feel free to contact Tom Barton ( or 717-771-4240) if you have any questions.  Now let’s get out there and “Score” !

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! 
Upcoming Events
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
YE 2020-21 Outbound Compatibility Weekend
Penn State York
Nov 09, 2019 4:00 PM –
Nov 10, 2019 3:00 PM
Rotary Means Business - Eastern Tier
Snitz Creek Brewery
Nov 13, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
YE Inbound Overnight Social - Maryland
Nov 16, 2019 – Nov 17, 2019
Assistant Governor Meeting
Appalachian Brewing Company
Nov 19, 2019
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Dec 02, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
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