A Message From the Governor

August is National Immunization Awareness Month a particularly relevant one for all Rotarians. There is in our world today a great deal of controversy over vaccinations and even all Rotarians throughout the world may not be of one mind about the subject. But we cannot doubt that it is through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative which was devised in 1988 in conjunction with our partners from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and UNICEF, that the immunization programs we have helped put in place have brought us to the brink of almost eliminating the dreaded scourge of Polio from the face of the earth. Since we began our immunizations, over 2.5 billion children have been vaccinated against this dreaded disease.
But our PolioPlus means that while Polio is our main target for elimination our PLUS means that while we are engaged in fighting this battle, we are also helping to vaccinate against others diseases as well…measles, rubella and maternal and neonatal tetanus. But the fight is not over. We know that there are currently some 2 to 3 million deaths a year worldwide from vaccine preventable diseases and that some 20 million children throughout the world are unvaccinated or under vaccinated and therefore subject to a whole array of diseases.  
Why does immunization matter? Very simply because expanding access to immunization is vital for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of developing nations, reducing poverty and ensuring 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.
Recently I was invited to take part in a news conference with the PA Secretary of Health regarding immunizations to kick off this National Immunization Month. There were a variety of doctors and disease prevention specialist who spoke alongside the Secretary and all of that was important information. But the most powerful voice came from a fellow Rotarian (not from this District) who is part of the PA Polio Survivors Network. Carol spoke forcefully about the disease, the effect it has had on her life and the importance of vaccines which could have prevented it.
For over 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 through our vaccination programs. This is something of which all Rotarians can be proud. But the fight is not over. There is more to be done and our pledge is to continue working with all our partners until we accomplish our goals and one way we can do that is to support the National Immunization Awareness Month during August. 

Carlisle Clubs Sponsor RMB on August 15

The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise in partnership with the RMB Northern Tier Steering Committee will host the 53rd RMB networking event and seventh event of the 2019 RMB season on Thursday, August 15 at The Frederick House, 219 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA.  The event will begin at 5:30 and end at 7:30 and includes tasty hors d’oeuvres and wine, beer, soft drinks and water.  Thanks to our major sponsor Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory the event will be FREE.  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 season sponsors!

YOU can Make an Impact on a Child’s Future

Part of our mission as members of Rotary is to provide service to others and to promote community leadership.  What better way to further those goals than to help the children of the York community learn?  We are asking you to do your part towards the Rotary mission by becoming a sponsor of this year's Rotary Fundraising event, the proceeds of which go towards providing equipment for the Chem & Bio labs for the York Academy Regional Charter School, which serves a diverse student body including inner-city children.   This is a worthy cause that will enrich the students for years to come.
Please join us on September 16th at the York Country Club for our annual “Love FORE Community” day of golf, tennis, croquette, corn hole, dinner, and fun.  If you can't make it that day, we would be grateful if you would become a sponsor of the event.  Every amount helps us towards our goal of helping the students.
Please click here for a brochure with details, and contact Darren Smith at 717-881-1756 or for questions and donations.  Thank you for all you do for the York community. 

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Rotary Leadership Institute in Harrisburg on Oct. 12, 2019

What is RLI?

A leadership and development program to strengthen Rotary Clubs through education, collaboration and the exchange of ideas among its future leaders. A three-part curriculum facilitated by experienced, trained faculty members engaging participants through open discussion, problem-solving and creative role-play.
The Rotary Leadership Institute is an opportunity to meet with other Rotarians, share experiences, and learn new skills to take back to your club. You don't have to be in the leadership chain to benefit from this institute. If you want to learn more about this wonderful organization that we call Rotary and find out what you can actually do to start changing the world, PLEASE place this event on your schedule. Register at
When can I attend RLI? PLEASE save the date! Registration will start soon.
Saturday, October 12, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania
College (600 Valley Road, Summerdale, PA 17093).
What will I learn at RLI?
More about Rotary, The Rotary Foundation, Membership, Ethics, Service Projects, Communications, Strategic Planning, and Analysis. You’ll also make new friends, and enjoy fellowship and networking opportunities.
Course Levels: Parts I, II, III, and Graduate
Where can I find more information about RLI?
Questions? Contact PDG Hector Ortiz, or 717-608-0444.
Please register promptly at the beginning of August at

18th Annual Neffsville Car Show

Pig Iron Fest & Car Show

Potential Speaker on Climate Change

Upcoming Events
District Advisory Council of PDGs
Byrnes Health Education Center
Aug 03, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Gettysburg Official DG Visit
Aug 05, 2019
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Aug 05, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Shippensburg Official DG Visit
Aug 06, 2019
Assistant Governor Meeting
Appalachian Brewing Company
Aug 06, 2019
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Youth Exchange 2018-19 Outbound Debriefing
Dickinson College
Aug 10, 2019
Lititz Official DG Visit
Aug 13, 2019
York-East Official DG Visit
Aug 13, 2019
Colonial Park Official DG Visit
Aug 14, 2019
Mechanicsburg Official DG Visit
Aug 14, 2019
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