A Message From the Governor

Out and About

I am taking a short hiatus from my reflections on the RI Vision Statement partly because, given my schedule, I have not had much time to reflect; and partly because there are some important things to share with the clubs and the membership of the District that simply cannot wait.
First let’s talk about Hawaii. As you know the next Rotary International Convention will be held in Honolulu from June 6th through June 10th. Already 38 members of the District have registered to attend and we have exceeded the goal I set for our District which is wonderful.  If you have never gone to an International Convention, it really is a remarkable experience and one that will change your whole perspective about what Rotary is and why we do what we do. So why not consider joining us there. Take some extra time, bring the family, explore the sights and join with some 30,000 Rotarians from around the world and learn more about this amazing organization called Rotary! See you in Hawaii.
Next - elsewhere in this newsletter you will find information about our local Rotary Leadership Institute program to be held at Central Penn College on October 12. This is a remarkable day of learning and sharing so that our current and future leaders can be well trained and ready to lead our clubs and committees into the future. As I have toured the clubs I have stressed the importance of succession planning and part of that means training. So check out the details; sign up or have your President sign you up. Come and join fellow Rotarians from around the District in a great day of learning and some fun mixed in.
Third, I know a number of clubs are planning something to support our push for Pints for Polio. This has been a great success for the past few years and we look forward to another year of raising funds to battle this disease throughout the world and eventually eliminate it from the face of the earth. So if your club is having an event make sure the District knows so that we can publicize it and second, where possible, have one of the District Leadership team join you for that event. Drinking beer with fellow Rotarians while fighting polio! There really is nothing better that we could do. And don’t forget that World Polio Day is Thursday 24 October. Let’s finish this fight and defeat Polio once and for all.
Fourth UN Day is coming up on 9 November. We have rented a bus to take folks to and from the site. Tickets for the UN event are SOLD OUT. However, we still have a bus chartered to take folks to the UN. Seats are still available, if you would like to spend a day in NYC on your own! Details are listed below! 
Fifth our Zone meeting will be taking place 17-21 September in Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. DGE John Anthony and DGN Greg Staub will be engaged in their training and preparation for future leadership roles and I and others will be there to participate in the program. This year the Zone is sponsoring an “Aspiring Leader Program” and each District was invited to nominate one “younger” person to attend. Patrick Barry from the Southern York Rotary club will be going as our District’s nominee and I wish him all the best in the endeavor. There will hopefully be one again next year so if anyone is interested they should contact Patrick upon his return and speak with DGE John Anthony since he will make the nomination. 
Sixth I have now completed about half my club visits and what a joy it has been. I am deeply humbled by all the amazing work that clubs are doing in their communities and around the world. The commitment and dedication of our members is remarkable and I stand in awe of the work they do to make our communities and our world just a little better. I have also been impressed by how the culture of each club is so distinct and to experience that diversity put into action as each club relates in a different way to their members and their community. Keep up the great work. I am looking forward to the second half of my visits with real excitement.
And yes I will get back to the Reflections very soon. Thanks for those who have read them and sent me notes of appreciation and encouragement.

Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner

Join us Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the West Shore Country Club (100 Brentwater Road, Camp Hill) as we celebrate our Rotary Foundation and our achievements during the Million Dollar Journey in 2018-19. Cocktail hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner and speaker from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. Registration deadline is November 1, 2019. 


The speaker this year is Rotary International Trustee Brenda Cressey. Brenda is president and CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business in Maine. She has volunteered with civic organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

A Rotarian since 1989, Cressey has served as a regional membership and Foundation coordinator and RRFC Training Institute moderator, an endowment/major gifts adviser, Council on Legislation representative, RI president’s representative, 2012 International Assembly executive committee member and partner moderator, RI training leader, and district governor.

Cressey has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award. Brenda and her husband, Dick, are Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society, the Paul Harris society, and the Arch Klumph Society.


Click here to register TODAY!!

New York City Bus Trip - November 9

Tickets for the United Nations day on November 9th are SOLD OUT! But, we still have a 55 passenger deluxe motorcoach reserved for that day.  If you are interested in spending the day in New York City on your own, there are still plenty of seats remaining on the bus! The cost is $50 per person to reserve a seat on the bus. The bus will depart at 4:30 a.m. from the Wyndham Garden Hotel (2000 Loucks Road, York, PA). We will make a fast food stop breakfast stop enroute to NYC and arrive at approximately 8:30 a.m. The bus will depart the UN building at 5:00 p.m. with arrival back to the Wyndham Hotel around 8:00 p.m. Reserve your seats on the bus today!!

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REGISTER TODAY for RLI on October 12

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.
Ready to register for an event? Go to Look at the schedule on the left-hand menu and click on "More Info".  Then click on Read More below to see the step by step instructions.
When can I attend RLI? 
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, RLI Site Chair at  or 717-608-0444.
Please register NOW for the Oct. 12, 2019 Harrisburg Site at

Carlisle Clubs Host Successful RMB

The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise supported by the Northern Tier Steering Committee held a super successful RMB networking event, the 53rd in its history in Rotary District 7390, at the Frederick House Event Center with 26-28 Rotarians and guests from the Rotary Clubs of Carlisle, Carlisle Sunrise, Colonial Park, Harrisburg Keystone, and Mechanicsburg North attending.  Many great connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed.  Special Kudos go to Chris Hoffman owner of Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory our major sponsor for this event for the past three years and his great caterer, the owner of the new restaurant in Carlisle Spoons for the great Frederick House venue (also owned by Chris Hoffman) and food and drink we enjoyed.  Well done all!

Rotary District 7390 Instagram Account

Rotary District 7390 now has an instagram account! Check it out at rotarydistrict7390!  We are looking for pictures to post w/captions - action shots are the best, as well as followers to help push the info out.  Please send all pictures to Mary Brunski (Carlisle Rotary Club) at 

Inspiring Hope Rotary Club of Mount Joy

September 8-14 is National Suicide Prevention Week. The Rotary Club of Mount Joy seeks to educate and empower the community regarding the national suicide epidemic. Join us for two events designed to inspire hope for ending this important community concern.
A panel discussion and candlelight vigil will be held at Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy On Wednesday, September 11. The discussion begins at 6:30. Find information and inspiration at this moderated forum. Mental Health America of Lancaster, Center for Grief and Loss, and Compeer will discuss the impact of suicide and how to help. Become more aware of the signs and resources to combat this epidemic. Q&A will follow. A candlelight vigil at the Library’s Flagpole, will begin at approximately 7:30. Register at or by calling 717-653-1510.
Saturday, September 14 join the Rotary Club for a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk. The Walk will begin at Mount Joy’s Rotary Park Fairview Street entrance. Stroll through Mount Joy with other concerned community members to learn more about suicide and the warning signs.
Stations on the walk route will inspire hope that, through awareness, suicide is preventable. The walk will educate participants about suicide, give us a chance to remember those we have lost, and those they have left behind. Our community will come together to find ways to remove the stigma of asking for help. Walk will be held rain or shine. The route is just under two miles looping back to Rotary Park.
Walk registration begins Saturday, September 14 at 8:30 AM in the Park. The walk starts at 9 AM. Also at the park that day, you will bear witness to 61 pairs of empty shoes. The shoes represent the lives lost to completed suicides in Lancaster County in 2018. The Suicide Prevention Empowerment Tree will also be present for the community to make personal commitments to reach out to people in need of mental health support. Informative booths from Compeer and MHA of Lancaster County will be distributing educational materials.
A suicide awareness and prevention display, and the Empowerment Tree will be at Milanof-Schock Library for the month of September. Find suicide prevention resource materials and be motivated to help those who are struggling with depression or anxiety.
For more information about these events, visit the Rotary Facebook page or the Library’s website at For more information about the Rotary Club or its projects contact Greg Sallade at #717-648-0510.      

Perry County Promotes America's Promise

On Friday, August 16, the Rotary Club of Perry County staffed a booth at the Perry County Fair, distributing 150 books, 12 Rotary Baby "Read to Me" T-shirts, 5 America's Promise hats, 1 America's Promise mug, and two membership applications. Thank you to Joe Bedard and Capital Region Literacy Council and Steve Messner and America's Promise for donating books, to the Perry County Chamber of Commerce and UPMC-Pinnacle for donating the booth, and to Frank Campbell, Jairee Counterman, Patti McLaughlin, and Tom O'Connell for volunteering. 

Tasting Tour of Millersburg

Join Millersburg Rotary Club for a Tasting Tour of Millersburg presented by Mid Penn Bank on Saturday, September 28 from Noon until 4pm!
Participants will stroll through downtown Millersburg experiencing local foods and drinks.  Enjoy the historic ambiance of our business district and relax along the scenic river vistas. Your ticket will open up multiple venues within less than one square mile where various local flavors await.  Food and drink samples include cheese, meats, chocolates, bakery items, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, PA Dutch, wine, and beer. In addition to the samples, food and beverage products will be available for purchase from most vendors. Your support for this event will raise funds to help Millersburg Rotary Club contribute to Millersburg Borough's MYO Park Centennial Renovation Project. Rotary International supports the eradication of Polio, promotes peace, and strives to make a difference in our local communities and around the world.

US Army War College International Fellows attend Hershey Club Meeting

Members of The Hershey Rotary Club are thankful for the service and friendship of 79 U.S. Army War College International Fellows who visited their club recently. Members of this class represent 75 different countries but all stand for promoting peace - not war. Like Rotarians, these military leaders model the Rotary theme of "Service Above Self." The fellows who visited the Hershey Rotary Club are part of a nearly year-long program at the Army War College in Carlisle with about 300 military leaders from the United States.  Hershey Rotarian Jeff Davis brought the International Fellows program to the club 40 years ago.  

Photo by: Doug Nicotera

18th Annual Neffsville Car Show

Upcoming Events
Zones 24 & 32 Conference
Sep 19, 2019 – Sep 21, 2019
Pig Iron Fest & Car Show
Chickies Rock County Park
Sep 29, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Carlisle-Sunrise Official DG Visit
Oct 01, 2019
Perry County Official DG Visit
Oct 01, 2019
Lancaster Penn Square Official DG Visit
Oct 02, 2019
Susquehanna Township Official DG Visit
Oct 03, 2019
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Rotary District 7390 Office
Oct 04, 2019
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
YE Outbound 2020-21 Applictions Due
Rotary District 7390 Office
Oct 04, 2019
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Harrisburg Official DG Visit
Oct 07, 2019
Palmyra Official DG Visit
Oct 07, 2019
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