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Short-Term Youth Exchange Applications Due January 10, 2020

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 (tbarton@trolaindustries.com or 717-771-4240) if you have any questions.  Now let’s get out there and “Score” !

Rotary Means Business - January 16

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg and the RMB District 7390 Southern Tier Steering Committee will host the 56th RMB networking event and first event of the RMB 2020 season on Thursday, January 16 at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, 731 Old Harrisburg Road (Room 109), Gettysburg, PA.  The event will begin at 5:30 and end at 7:30 pm.  Wonderful appetizers and wine and beer will be provided by our Major Sponsor Jeff Shaffer Real Estate, Inc. and our Venue Sponsor HACC Gettysburg Campus will provide the venue.  As a result, the event will be FREE of cost for Rotarians and potential Rotarian guests.  Registration will be open shortly! Click here to register today!  
 
Jeff Shafer and HACC’s President Dr. John “Ski” Sygielski will provide presentations as part of the Circle Exercise during the event.  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 RMB Major Sponsors!

Thank you to our event sponsors! 

Rotary Listens Leadership Summit - February 15, 2020

Join us on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Messiah College (One College Avenue, Mechanicsburg) for the Rotary Listens Leadership Summit (AKA District Training Assembly). The summit will inspire Rotarians to achieve more by listening better! The cost is $30 per person and includes a hot buffet breakfast and luncheon. The day will be begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m. Find more information and register here! 

FUNDS COLLECTED FOR PUERTO RICO DISASTER RELIEF HAVE BEEN

DISBURSED TO THE JANE STERN COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Following the September 2017 hurricane in Puerto Rico, D7390 Rotarians donated $30,386 specifically for Puerto Rico. Over these many months we have searched for a project that met our requirements for documentation and credibility. We have located such a project and are excited that your donations will benefit many.

Begun as a lending library by community activist Jane Stern in 1974, the Jane Stern Dorado Community Library in Puerto Rico quickly became a bilingual learning center for language, literacy and after-school programs as a 501C (3) non-profit corporation. The Library system emphasizes learning programs for adults, teens and children; early education play areas with books and toys; computers and reliable internet access for digital resources. They serve as school libraries during the day, and are open to the surrounding communities from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

The D7390 donation will support operating expenses for two of the Program’s satellite libraries in Toa Baja and in Mameyal that were forced to move to new facilities following the hurricane. Our contribution will provide operating funds for the 2019-2020 school year and the first semester of 2020-2021.
The Jane Stern Library was awarded The U.S. Library of Congress Literacy Award in 2019 for implementation of best practices in literacy promotion. The Library was also a finalist for the U.S. National Medal for Museum and Library Service; IMLS awards high honors to institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

The Library will keep us posted on their activities and will give us Major Sponsor recognition at the Library’s main entrance and at every event. We will also be recognized through their website, social media, and print material. WE ARE INVITED TO THEIR GALA EVENT TO BE HELD ON MARCH 21, 2020 AT THE RITZ CARLTON RESERVE IN DORADO BEACH P.R. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, CONTACT PEG SENNETT (pegsennett@hotmail.com) FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Mount Joy Club Alternative Meeting Location

Rotary Club of Mount Joy invites you to make a difference. Mount Joy is a great place to call home and a great place to do business. As a member of the Rotary Club of Mount Joy you can help make it even better. 
 
Civic Organizations are one of the driving forces behind community events and improvement projects. They also have broader missions to assist national and global initiatives. Do you want to be part of the solution?
 
The Rotary Club of Mount Joy invites you to learn more. Regular club meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 12:15PM. Find us at The Gathering Place in Mount Joy. An alternative meeting is held weekly on Thursday evenings at Twisted Bine on Main Street in Mount Joy. Visit us from 5:30PM to 6:30PM.
For more information about the Club, or any of its projects, review the Mount Joy Rotary Club’s Facebook page or contact Greg Sallade at 717-648-0510.

Greetings from Peru

AJ Wildey was a Global Grant Scholar to Peru in 2014-15. Below is a letter we received from her! 
 
I met a fellow Rotarian down here in Lima, Peru the other day and got to talking about my participation in the scholarship program. It was such a great experience, and it has shaped so much of what I’m doing these days. After finishing my degree in Anthropology with a certificate in Biocommerce and Sustainable Development, I started a business specialized in Peruvian cacao and chocolate. My Master’s investigation was focused on the value chain articulation of cocoa farmers in the rural jungle of Peru and I saw that, while there were many government programs incentivizing farmers to sow cocoa, these programs weren’t solidifying commercial connections for the farmers. So I decided to fill that gap! And so El Cacaotal was born. It’s essentially an edible library of Peruvian chocolate (and most recently, coffee, too!). I work directly with around 40 different cacao and chocolate producers and have about 200 chocolates in the collection so far. We highlight the origins of every chocolate bar and have pictures of the farmers and chocolate makers posted all around the shop, this way our visitors can put a face to a (chocolate bar) name. 
 
The shop has been a huge success; Peruvian chocolate has been booming since winning an international chocolate competition in 2015, but there was no one talking about the farmers and origins behind the chocolate. Now people from around the world (and around Peru!) visit us for a sweet chocolate education.
 
El Cacaotal even made a popular travel guide’s list of Top 10 things to do in Lima. (See us at #7 and click to see their brief write-up!) https://www.lonelyplanet.com/peru/lima/top-things-to-do/a/poi/363412
 
In October, I took Peruvian chocolate international. My coffee partner and I did a chocolate and coffee pairing tour in 3 cities in Chile, and it was a resounding success! So successful that we will be repeating it on the East Coast this January! For now, we have venues in Boston, NYC and NJ set. But it dawned on me that perhaps the 7390 District might be interested in having us by? I would love to share how far the Global Grant has taken me!
 
I will always be grateful for the opportunity that Rotary International offered me, and will never forget your unwavering support of me—it was fundamental.
 
Take care!
AJ Wildey

Carlisle Auction Exceeds Goal for Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties

The goal was $15,000.  The final tally was $20,000 – simply amazing thanks to the support of local businesses and generous sponsorships of Rotarians!!
 
The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise hold an annual holiday dinner and fundraising event every December at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle. Each year the two Club Presidents identify one project or organization to be the focus of the auction. Selected this year was the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties (DVSCP), an organization attempting to raise $100,000 to upgrade their 30-day emergency shelter that was built in the 1930’s. Having set a goal of $15,000, this year’s auction raised $20,000, exceeding the goal by 33%. 
 
Rotarians were pleased to welcome District Governor Paddy Rooney to the event. He began by challenging everyone in attendance to support this very worthy organization, recognizing the important services it provides to our community.  Also in attendance were several representatives of the DVSCP staff including the Executive Director, Barbara Kohutiak, and Board President Jodi Bezanilla. Both expressed deep gratitude to the Rotary Clubs for their generous support. 
 
Prior to the auction, $9,000 had been raised in sponsorships by Rotarians. The actual auction raised $11,000 thanks to having over 100 donated items to support both a silent and live auction during the dinner. Keys to success were the live auctioneers Ben Prescott, President of the Carlisle Sunrise Club and Dan Monken, Past President of the Carlisle Rotary Club. Their efforts in auctioning just 13 items raised over half of the funds. Additionally, over $400 was raised through brags thanks to the efforts of our two brag masters Jim Nolan and Brad Griffie.
 
A traditional highlight of the dinner is recognition of this year’s Rotary award recipients. The Carlisle Sunrise Club selected Bill Solomon to receive the “Buzz Coho Distinguished Service Citation.” The Carlisle Rotary Club selected Cindy Gleim-Pool to receive their “Four Way Test Award”.
 
Pictured From right to left: Rotary Club Presidents Becky Morgenthal and Ben Prescott present DVSCP Executive Director Barbara Kohutiak and Board President Jodi Bezanilla with a check for $20,000 to upgrade their 30-day emergency shelter.

SIGN UP FOR RETURN DISASTER BUILD IN NEW BERN N.C.

FEBRUARY 23 - 29, 2020
 
With a successful disaster rebuild trip to N. Carolina this past July, we will return to New Bern N.C. Sunday February 23 - Saturday February 29, 2020. This past July seven D7390 Rotarians, along with eleven other folks, travelled free of cost on a Bailey Coach bus for a week of restoring homes severely damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018. No previous skills required, home repair experience helpful. Open to Rotarians and non-Rotarians. Minimum age 16. Volunteer housing cost is $125/person. We will again work with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders; they provide volunteer housing/meals, skilled construction leadership, tools and qualified projects.
 
This trip we will also need a 'scribe', a person to take pictures, talk with home owners, write a story. Interested?
 
Do you have a passion for serving families in need? Got additional questions? Ready to sign up? Contact Peg Sennett, 717-630-8281, pegsennett@hotmail.com. Registration required no later than January 20th. Space may be limited, indicate your interest promptly.    
Upcoming Events
Club Suggestions for DGN 2022-23 Due
Rotary District 7390 Office
Dec 13, 2019
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
 
YE Tri-Annual Meeting
Byrnes Health Education Center
Jan 05, 2020
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
YE Holiday Gathering
Byrnes Health Education Center
Jan 05, 2020
4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
 
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Jan 06, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
 
DGN 2022-23 Interviews
Byrnes Health Education Center
Jan 09, 2020
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 
YE Short-Term Exchange Applications Due
Rotary District 7390 Office
Jan 10, 2020
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
 
2020-21 Global Grant Scholar Applications Due
Rotary District 7390 Office
Jan 11, 2020
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
 
2020-21 District Budget Meeting
Stambaugh Ness
Jan 15, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
 
Rotary Means Business - Southern Tier
Hacc's Gettysburg Campus
Jan 16, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
 
International Assembly
Jan 19, 2020 – Jan 25, 2020
 
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