Holiday Greetings!!

Holiday Greetings from the District 7390 Leadership Team. 

Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy 2022! 

Pictured from left to right PDG John Anthony, DGE Juliet Altenburg, DG Greg Staub, and DGN Fred Gellert. Missing from photo District Secretary Melissa Kopp-Smith

Tornado Disaster Relief

Five tornadoes ripped into Kentucky and multiple states overnight Saturday, December 11, 2021. The storm originated in Arkansas and touched down in Missouri and Tennessee before making its way into western and central Kentucky.
Our District, 7390, has a long history of helping communities devastated by natural disasters. We have gathered funding and volunteers to provide relief supplies, building materials and volunteers to rebuild homes, and funding to re-establish libraries. 
In Kentucky there are immediate needs: homes have been destroyed, Christmas trees and presents lost, employment ended. District 6710 in western and central Kentucky has started a Disaster Relief drive.
MONETARY DONATIONS can be made to:
Additionally, D6710 is collecting GIFT CARDS for food, gas, etc., to support displaced disaster victims. Please send only gift cards for major retailers or Visa, Master Card gift cards.
Gift Cards can be sent to: DG Gail Story, 2215 Outer Circle Drive, Crestwood, KY 40014.
We are sending you this information now since there are immediate needs and you may desire to make a donation before year end.
As D7390 has done in the past, we will continue to monitor the extent of recovery needs. We will keep you informed as specific projects may develop that require financial support or the need for volunteers to restore homes.
If you have any questions/recommendations, do not hesitate to contact: Peg Sennett, 717-630-8281,

Rotary International Convention 

Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation’s Position Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination

We see the decision to vaccinate as a civic and humanitarian imperative. Rotary is not a political or religious organization, it is a service organization and this is the lens through which we are advising you of our position.
  1. Global vaccination is the path to ending the pandemic and the emergence of new variants. Rotary endorses and strongly encourages vaccination for all individuals including our members who are currently able to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In areas where COVID-19 is surging, communities are facing extreme challenges, health systems are overwhelmed, and contentious rhetoric is dividing us. It is critical that the virus be contained so that the world may begin to heal. To that end, the purpose of this statement is to reinforce Rotary’s position.
  2. Misinformation has become an “infodemic” that hinders the fight against COVID-19. In line with our Four-Way Test, Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are committed to providing our members with science-based information.
  3. Rotary International staff at One Rotary Center were required to be vaccinated by 10 October 2021, as a criterion for employment after that date. RI’s employee vaccination rate stands at over 99 percent.
  4. Globally, Rotary is actively engaged in assuring equity in vaccine access to all people. Our efforts have included advocacy with the G-20, and a proof-of-concept program with GAVI/COVAX to leverage our frontline experience with polio eradication to facilitate vaccine delivery in several low- and middle-income countries where Rotarians are active. While we know many clubs are already deeply involved in COVID-19 prevention, we are working on additional strategies to multiply our collective efforts. GAVI/COVAX is a partnership including WHO and UNICEF focused on global access and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.
  5. Those children for whom vaccines are not currently available are at significant risk. Until vaccines are available for all children, the vaccination of adults is the best way to protect children who cannot be vaccinated. Pediatric admissions for COVID-19 are rising precipitously in areas of low vaccination.
  6. Rotary salutes health care workers everywhere as they continue to provide lifesaving services. Local recognition of these heroes by each of our clubs can help to encourage them to continue their important work. Rotary abhors any harassment and attacks on healthcare workers.
  7. Rotary and Rotaract clubs are encouraged to
    • set good examples by being exemplary role models; 
    • redouble their efforts to support COVID-19 treatment, prevention, and vaccination efforts.
  8. Vaccines have proven to be one of the greatest advances of modern medicine. The World Health Organization estimates that vaccines save between 2 to 3 million children’s lives each year, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative estimates the polio vaccine has saved more than 19 million children from paralysis. Vaccines are safe, effective and are responsible for eliminating or controlling many other vaccine-preventable diseases such as smallpox, measles, rubella, and Ebola. And now, there is the opportunity to end the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccines.
  9. The eradication of polio remains a goal of the highest order for Rotary. We can apply the lessons we have learned in fighting polio to the efforts in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shekhar Mehta                                             John Germ
President, Rotary International                    Chair, The Rotary Foundation

Join Rotary Basics on February 17, 2022

There is always something to learn about Rotary. That is the nature of a dynamic organization responding to change. And we have had our share of change!
Join us via Zoom on February 17, 2022 from 5:30 – 6:30 for an interactive overview of Rotary Basics.
We will highlight the basics of Rotary International and its philanthropic arm, The Rotary Foundation, as well as offering resources available through our District 7390 and your local Club. Initially promoted as a new member orientation, this one-hour recap is appropriate for any Rotarian or prospective Rotarian, regardless of tenure.
With 1.2 million Rotarians around the world, there are nearly that many opportunities to engage. We want to help your Rotary passion burn bright!


District Development - January & February 2022




District Four-Way Test Speech Contest

The 2021-2022 Rotary Four Way Test Speech Contest is underway! The 2022 Mid-Level Contests will be held virtually in February and March of 2022. Students who advance from club level competitions throughout Rotary District 7390 will be assigned to one of three Mid-Level Contests. Students will be contacted with the zoom details and login. 
There is NO specific prompt for the 2021-2022 Four-Way Test Speech Contest. However, all speeches need to be based around the Rotary Four-Way Test. 
Up to two students will advance from each Mid-Level Competition to compete at the Finale during the Rotary District 7390 Conference on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Best Western Premier The Central Hotel and Conference Center (800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg).

2022-2023 Club President Training and Networking Opportunities


1.      Saturday 2/19 – PRE-PETS from 9 AM – 2 PM.  A portion of this day will be available to all Rotarians.  Stay tuned for more information and registration link by January.

2.      Friday 2/25 and Saturday 2/26 - Mid Atlantic PETS in Valley Forge PA:  Meet incoming RI President Jennifer Jones and have fun networking and learning with President Elects from four Rotary districts. Registration is now LIVE.  Register at  

3.      NEW “Rotary District 7390 Club Presidents 2022-2023” LinkedIn Group:  DGE Juliet Altenburg has formed a new LinkedIn group for 2022-2023 D7390 Club Presidents.  This group will be a way for current President Elects to connect with one another, offer support, share best practices, and stay informed from District Leadership about the latest District and RI news both during their time as President Elects and as Presidents in the 2022-2023 Rotary Year.  Look for the group on LinkedIn and submit a request to join!

2020-2023 Council Cycle

With the conclusion of the 2021 Council on Resolutions (COR), I am pleased to provide you with the Report of Action.  In this report, you will find:
•    A letter from Council Services
•    Resolutions that were adopted
•    Vote tallies for the adopted items

Voting results for all 2021 resolutions can be found on My Rotary

Please note that the deadline for submitting resolutions to the 2022 COR is 30 June 2022. A link to the submission form, plus helpful resources, can be found on the Councils page of My Rotary.

Global Grant Scholarship Committee Seeking Vice Chair

District 7390 Global Grant Scholarship Committee Seeking Vice Chair
The Vice Chair would be an understudy to the current District Chair in order to prepare for the eventual assumption of District Chair responsibilities within five years.
A sampling of the personal experiences that could make you an excellent candidate:
  • Past Rotary International Foundation Ambassadorial or Global Grant Scholar
  • Graduate‐level study abroad
  • Extended Study Abroad (one year or longer) in a country where English is not the native language
  • Advisor or mentor at an institution of higher learning to students seeking foreign graduate level scholarships or fellowships
  • Participation in the selection and awarding of graduate scholarships or fellowships at an institution of higher learning
  • Experience with the Grant process of the Rotary International Foundation
Responsibilities of All Committee Members
  • Participation in annual Interviews and recommendation of Global Grant Scholarship candidates to the Rotary International Foundation
  • Willingness to remain in contact with assigned Global Grant Scholarship awardees during their year abroad and for a number of years after their return from their Global Grant Scholar (GGS) year, thus building a cadre of Global Grant Scholar alumni.
If interested please contact:
Edward A Hauck
District 7390 Global Grants Scholarships Chair
(h) 717‐293‐8687 (c) 717‐201‐2604

Rotary Global Grant Scholarship Applications due January 21, 2022

Rotary Global Grants Scholarships fund an awardee’s first year of graduate study abroad in one of Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus (listed below). Candidates must live in or attend college in District 7390, which encompasses Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties in Pennsylvania.
Scholarship highlights…
  • Plan to pursue career in one of Rotary’s Areas of Focus (listed below).
  • Award is for first year only of graduate studies abroad
  • District 7390 will not fund any applicant’s study which is for the second or later year of a multi-year graduate study program abroad.
  • Minimum study budget of $30,000 per year. Award capped at $30,000.
  • Must be proficient in language of host country.
  • Based on…
    • Academic merit
    • Studying a Rotary Area of Focus
    • Residence in or attendance at a college in District 7390
Rotary’s Areas of Focus are…
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
  • Supporting the environment.
The deadline to apply for a Global Grant Scholarship is January 21, 2022. The interviews will be held February 12, 2022 and applicants MUST be available for the interviews on that date.
Questions? Contact Edward A Hauck, District 7390 Global Grants Scholarship Committee at or (717) 293-8687.

Carlisle Rotary Auction Exceeds Goal, Raises Over $26,500 For Safe Harbour

Carlisle Rotary Clubs present a check for over $26,500 to Safe Harbour. The funds were raised during Rotary’s annual holiday auction. Pictured from left to right are David Kammerer, President of the Carlisle Sunrise Rotary Club, Geoff Mangelsdorf, President of the Carlisle Rotary Club, Scott Shewell, Safe Harbour President and CEO and Paul Edger, Chairman of Safe Harbour’s Board of Directors.
Each year Carlisle’s two Rotary Club Presidents identify one project or organization to be the focus of their holiday auction. Selected this year was Safe Harbour, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides a continuum of housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families in our communities. 
Given the amount that Rotary has raised during previous auctions, a goal of $20,000 was set to be applied toward Safe Harbour’s $30,000 planned renovation of their emergency shelter bathrooms that are essential to keep their residents safe and healthy. To reach this goal, Rotary’s auction had two components this year. First, an online auction to allow community participation, and second, a silent and live auction conducted during Rotary’s annual dinner at the Comfort Suites on 10 December. 
The online auction bidding took place from 3 to 10 December and raised just over $2,000. The dinner auctions raised over $5,800. Additionally, over $17,300 was raised in sponsorships by members and friends of both Rotary Clubs bringing the total for the auction to over $26,500. Achieving this goal was only possible thanks to the generosity of Rotarians and local businesses who donated items to be auctioned.  
While Rotary’s dinner was cancelled last year due to COVID, club members were extremely happy to be back in person for their annual gala. As has become a tradition, each club recognized the recipient of their annual distinguished Rotarian award. The Carlisle Sunrise Rotary Club recognized Past President Dodie Wise as the “Buzz Coho Distinguished Service Citation” recipient The Carlisle Rotary Club recognized Past President Dan Monken as their “Four-Way Test Award” recipient. Also recognized with the Paul Harris Fellow Award was John W. Gleim, Jr. for his outstanding support of the Sunrise Club’s tree planting project along the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail.

West Shore Makes Donation to Camp Hill Fire Department

The Rotary Club of the West Shore recently made a generous donation to the Camp Hill Fire Department for a new projector screen in their training room. We are happy to support our first responders who do so much to keep us and our communities safe!
Pictured left to right: Bim Arthun, President-Elect of The Rotary Club of the West Shore, Mark Simpson, Chief of Camp Hill Fire Co., Jack Sellers, President of Camp Hill Fire Co., H. Rod Hite, President of The Rotary Club of the West Shore

York Awards Proceeds from Fundraiser

Little League:  President Jackie Summers presents a check to Al Sykes of the York City Little League for $2,500 from proceeds from the Rotary Club of York’s 2021 Love Fore Community Fundraiser.
YWCA:  President Jackie Summers presents a check for $10,000 to Jean Treuthart, CEO of the York YWCA.  This donation was from proceeds from the Rotary Club of York’s 2021 Love Fore Community Fundraiser and will be used to support the YWCA’s Racial Justice programs.

York-East Awards Grants

The York-East Rotary has awarded $10,000 in grants to 4 local nonprofits in the York community. Each year the York-East Rotary grants to deserving projects and programs in the region.  These worthy local organizations received grants for various needs and projects this year. Representatives from each organization attended our weekly meeting and received their grant awards. 
Our club looks forward to this day each year because it is such a great feeling to give and learn how the money is being used within our community.
Thank you to everyone that donates to our organization through the various fundraisers that we hold each year. Without you we would not be able to provide these organizations with the funding that they need to make York a better place to live.
Pictured for left to right:
Randy Byrnes – Cornerstone Youth Home
Laura O’Grady – York Day Nursery
Chris Izzo - York East Rotary Grant Committee Chairman
Mary Esther Andersen – First Church of the Brethren
Norman Humber – Lifepath Ministries

York-East Volunteers at Food Pantry

On December 11, 2021 York East Rotary helped to expand and organize the food pantry at the First Church of The Brethren on Kingston Road in York, Pa.  In addition to awarding a $5,000 grant to the project for shelving, refrigerator and supplies, club members joined church members to move the pantry into the new space. This ongoing generosity has enabled us to address the needs in our community, including food insecurity, which has unfortunately increased due to the effects of the pandemic.
Upcoming Events
District Governor 2024-2025 Interviews
Buhrig's Gathering Place
Jan 05, 2022
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
2022-2023 District Budget Committee Meeting
Jan 06, 2022
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
District Governor Line Meeting
Jan 06, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
District Grant Training
Jan 10, 2022
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Assistant Governor Meeting
Virtual Event
Jan 11, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Presidents Leadership Meeting
Virtual Event
Jan 11, 2022
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Deadline to Register for 4WTSC
District Office
Jan 15, 2022
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
International Assemby
Jan 16, 2022 – Jan 20, 2022
District Advisory Council Meeting
Virtual Event
Jan 26, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
YE 2022 Short-Term Apps Due to Clubs
Jan 29, 2022
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