A Message From the Governor

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.

A series of brief reflections on the Rotary International Mission Statement



The word which defines much of our world today is division. We are divided in so many ways by race or creed, ethnicity or belief, by gender or age or sexuality. But the divisions have gone beyond mere realities and instead have become a source of dissention among us with the result that we have sliced and diced ourselves into smaller and smaller groups or tribes which only further exacerbate our  sense of alienation one from the other.
So what does it mean when our Rotary International Mission Statement begins with the word “Together.” Does together mean that we ignore the differences between us, pretend that they don’t exist, make believe that there never was any division among us? I don’t think so.
Rather what together says is that when we become part of this undertaking called Rotary, we intentionally set aside the differences we know exist and figure out ways to work together. We recognize and accept the differences, perhaps indeed celebrate those differences, for there is something beautiful in the wondrous variations among us. And together doesn’t mean that we pretend to agree with each other, for again there is something healthy in having different views and perspectives brought to bear on an issue.
But the intentionality of togetherness says that we are willing to put aside our differences and those markers which divide us. It says that is does not matter where we came from or what education we have or what experience we bring. When we are come together in Rotary it is not just service above self but Rotary first and the individual second.
Because unless we are willing to embrace and embody this understanding of “together” we will never be able to achieve our goals, serve our communities or change the world. On the card I had printed for my year as Governor in Rotary I put the phrase “Doing together that which we cannot do alone.” For it is only together that our work can be accomplished and only together that we will Connect the World.

Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute $1,000 or more each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.

Congratulations to our newest Paul Harris Society Member! Welcome Scott Hawk from the Rotary Club of Littlestown! 

By giving from your heart each and every year, you’ll support families and change lives. Paul Harris Society gifts have helped provide:

  • Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa
  • Water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India
  • A scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies
  • Peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda
  • Treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali
Click here to Join the Paul Harris Society Today!!

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

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!

Colonial Park Rotary Club Community Giving Day


The Colonial Park Rotary Club recently celebrated its annual Community Giving Day by presenting donation checks totaling $11,150 to the following community organizations:
Shalom House, Dauphin County East Shore Library  L.P. Twp. Police Dept. K-9 program, CONTACT Helpline, Linglestown Fire Department,  Colonial Park Rotary Foundation,  Dauphin County Technical School’s Building Construction Cares Program, Paxtonia Fire Department, Wolverine Pass Fitness Trail, Colonial Park Fire Department, Friendship Community Center,  YMCA – More than Just A Game,   CD Math Department,  Someone To Tell It To, Skills USA- Dauphin County Technical School and the YMCA of Greater Harrisburg.

18th Annual Neffsville Car Show

Hanover Participates in Mission Trip

The Rotary Club of Hanover PA along with Rotary District 7390 sponsored a mission trip to New Bern NC July 14-20, 2019.  The group assisted with the rebuilding of 2 homes in the New Bern Area. Over 5,000 homes were flooded after Hurricane Florence hit the area last September. Bailey Coach donated its Rotary themed coach to transport the group and Shipley Energy in York donated the fuel for the trip. Another trip is planned for March 2020.

Pig Iron Fest & Car Show

Potential Speaker on Climate Change

 “Rotarians understand that the whole world is their backyard. They can see the effects of climate change in communities they care about, and they haven’t waited to take action.” That’s the message in this month’s issue of The Rotarian, a magazine published by Rotary International for its members in Rotary Clubs in the United States. The April 2019 issue, called “Climate Solutions Within Our Reach,” features six articles addressing the issue of climate change.
One of the stories profiles Citizens’ Climate Lobby and our founder, Marshall Saunders, a longtime Rotarian. Here’s an excerpt: Marshall Saunders’ life would make a thrilling movie. A Texas native, he enjoyed a successful career as a real estate broker. But prior to that, he worked as a smokejumper in the Pacific Northwest and did a stint in the U.S. Navy. That was when, on a mission to Haiti, he saw extreme poverty for the first time.
In 2006, Marshall Saunders went to see Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Truth, which documented the threat of climate change. “I thought, ‘Holy socks!’” Saunders recalls. “A week later I went back to see it a second time, and it was ‘holy socks!’ all over again. I saw it a third time with friends — which made three times in 10 days.” Saunders — who had devoted so much of his energy and wealth to humanitarian work — was shocked into action.

Read the full piece here!

Are you looking for fellow Rotarians, or members of the Rotary family who also actively engage with these issues? It’s a great time to connect, given this invitation to a deeper conversation about the issue of climate change.
For non-Rotarians who need some tips on how to engage with Rotary and other service organizations, you can watch this presentation from Karen Kendrick-Hands, who shares valuable insights.  
Karen leads the CCL Rotary/Service Club Action Team along with Merrill Glustrom and Peter Garrett. If you are a member of a Rotary Club or another service organization, be sure to join that team for ongoing outreach ideas and support.
Are you looking for a speaker on Climate Change? Contact Alan Peterson. He is a family medicine doctor having seen patients and taught resident physicians over 40 years at Lancaster General Hospital. I am now Emeritus Director of Environmental and Community Health at LGH. He has been giving free talks for several years at service groups, church groups, medical groups, etc., on Climate and Health, including to other Rotary groups. Please contact Alan at or 717-413-0486.

Successful Rotary Means Business Held on July 22

The RMB Southern Tier Steering Committee held a very lively and valuable event last night at Peoples Bank Park in York despite the severe thunderstorm warning and baseball game cancellation both of which hurt actual attendance.  Some 16 Rotarians and guests from the Rotary Clubs of Carlisle, Hanover, Harrisburg, and York attended the networking event of the 36 originally registered.  The baseball park was beautiful and the Solomon Room perfect for the occasion.  Thank you to the York Revolution and thank you to our event sponsors Wealth Development Council, Etzweiler Funeral Home, and Encompass Health and major sponsor Bailey Coach.  Many great connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed.  Thank you to the Southern Tier Steering Committee led by John Bailey and Courtney Bailey.  Well done all!

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Thank you to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors!

Thank you to our Event Sponsors!


Beer & Wine Fest! 

Plan now to attend the RCMN Beer and Wine Fest on September 21, 2019. 

Click here to purchase tickets today!! 


Chili Cook-Off 

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Aug 05, 2019
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