Teacher Impact Awards

You never forget the teacher who makes a difference…

Do you know a math teacher who has a special way of making learning numbers fun for students?  Or a science teacher who opened new world for your child? Nominate an extraordinary teacher for the 2020 Teacher Impact Awards!
WITF is proud to partner with Rotary District 7390 to present the Teacher Impact Awards supported by Franklin & Marshall College.
We all know teachers who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of their students. This program is designed to recognize and celebrate seven K-12 teachers in public and private schools in the Rotary District’s seven county area which include:
  • Adams
  • Cumberland
  • Dauphin
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Perry
  • York
A committee of Rotary and WITF staff will review nominations and produce a special compilation television program featuring the outstanding teachers that will air on WITF TV.  The top teachers will also be honored at a banquet in May 2020.
Celebrate an outstanding teacher by completing the nomination form online or download and print the form to email to teacherimpactawards@witf.orgAll forms must be received by February 28, 2020.
Forms can also be mailed to:
Debra Riek
Education Director, WITF
4801 Lindle Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111

2019 Council on Resolutions Report

2019 Council on Resolutions Report
Hello District leaders, Club Presidents, and fellow Rotarians. As your representative for the Council on Legislation and the Council on Resolutions (2017-2020), it is a pleasure to inform you that 33 Resolutions were considered in 2019 and from them, 26 were not approved. Therefore 7 Resolutions will pass to the RI Board or TRF Trustees for their consideration. RI Board and THF Trustees have the discretion to accept and implement these approved resolutions. The Council on Resolutions (COR) meets online each year.
If any Rotary Club would like to participate in the Council on Resolutions in 2020, please read the information below:
Council on Resolutions
Rotary International’s Council on Resolutions meets online each year to vote on proposed resolutions submitted by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI and any urgent enactments proposed by the RI Board. Adopted resolutions are then considered by the RI Board or the TRF Trustees. Every district designates a representative to the Council on Resolutions and every club and district may propose resolutions. If your club or district is considering proposing a resolution for the Council on Resolutions, please follow the guidelines below.
Deadline to Submit Resolutions
Proposed resolutions from clubs and districts for the Council on Resolutions must be received by Rotary International on or before 30 June prior to the Council on Resolutions, including the governor’s confirmation of endorsement. There are no exceptions to the deadline.
Proposing Resolutions
Resolutions are expressions of opinion of the Council. They can be submitted to the Council on Resolutions by clubs, districts, the RI Board, and the general council or conference of RIBI. However, a resolution proposed by a club must also be voted on, or endorsed, by the clubs in its district at its district conference, a district legislation meeting, or through a ballot-by-mail, before it can be submitted to Rotary. Resolutions must be submitted by 30 June through the online form found on the Councils page of My Rotary.

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! 

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! 


Four Way Test Essay Contest

Greetings and Happy New Year!  As the New Year starts, preparations for the District 7390 Rotary Four-Way Test ESSAY Contest shift into high gear.  Hopefully, you are in touch with the schools in your service area and the ninth-grade students are familiar with the contest and deadlines.  All of the details for this year's contest can be found here, but keep reading for a few reminders:
  1. Make sure you have collected essays from the participating schools so that your club can evaluate each essay and pick a winner.  Evaluation and judging is recommended to occur in mid to late February so you can announce your club winner by the deadline set for your club's entry in the district contest.
  2. Make sure you have submitted your club's winning essay to the district office no later than MARCH 9, 2020.
We had such a great group of essays last year and cannot wait to see what the students have in store for us this year!  As always, please feel free to contact Steve Grubb ( with any questions about the contest.

2020 Rotary 5K Run for Education

Presented by the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North
All proceeds to be used for scholarships at Cumberland Valley, Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech and East Pennsboro High Schools
Where:    Cumberland Valley High School Cross County Course
When:     Sunday April 19, 2020
Time:      Registration 11:00 a.m.
   5K Run at 1:00 p.m.
   1 Mile Fun Run at 1:15 p.m.
Cost:     $25 until April 5 and then $35 after including day of registration. No cost for the 1 Mile Fun Run
Awards:  Award winners for overall male/female and age winners

Click here to register!! 

Come get out and run at a great venue and support a great cause!

2020 District Conference

Join us for the 2020 District Conference

"Rotary: A Legacy that Connects the Future"

Let’s gather together in the Home of the Articles of Confederation of the United States to celebrate, learn, and explore the value of being a Rotarian.

The day and a half conference will open on Friday evening with a private reception for all registered members and guests at the York History Center. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and 2 drink tickets are included. 

The conference continues Saturday with outstanding programs that will INSPIRE you, inform you, motivate and entertain you throughout the day and into the evening. Check out the abbreviated Conference Schedule below.


As an incentive to INSPIRE younger Rotarians to experience the long-term value of a District Conference, we are offering a 40% discount off the registration fee for Rotarians under the age of 40. Please use promo code U40D when registering on the web. 


The early registration fee for the full conference is $140. The regular registration fee after February 15, 2020 will be $155. There are also options to attend portions of the Conference on the registration page. 


If you would like to reserve a room at Heritage Hills, please call 1-877-782-9752. Tell them you are with the Rotary District 7390 Conference. Rooms are $119 per night. 

Check out the abbreviated Conference Schedule below. Check back often as more information will be added! 

Conference Schedule

Friday, May 1, 2020

  • 3:00 p.m. - Past District Governors' (PDG) Meeting - By invitation only. 
  • 5:45 p.m. - Registration opens at The York History Center (250 East Market Street, York) for all attendees.
  • 6:00 p.m. - Opening Reception featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres and 2 drink tickets. 
  • 8:30 p.m. - Adjourn - Enjoy first Friday in the City of York.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

  • 7:45 a.m. - Registration opens at Heritage Hills
  • 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast Buffet with entertainment by the Central York Middle School Fife & Drum Group
  • 8:45 a.m. - Session #1 - TBA -  
  • 9:45 a.m. - Break
  • 10:00 a.m. - Session #2 - TBA - 
  • 11:00 a.m. - Break
  • 11:15 a.m. - Session #3 - Alternative Meetings Panel Milton - Lead by AG Kevin Engle
  • 12:15 p.m. - Lunch Buffet - TBA
  • 1:45 p.m. - 4-Way Test Essay Winner Presentation & 4-Way Test Speech Contest
  • 3:15 p.m. - Break
  • 3:30 p.m. - Session #4 - TBA - 
  • 5:00 p.m. - Break
  • 5:00 p.m. - Major Donor Reception - By Invitation Only
  • 5:30 p.m. - Cocktail Hour & Social with Cash Bar
  • 6:30 p.m. - Governors Dinner
  • 9:00 p.m. - Adjourn

RMB in Mechanicsburg on February 13

The Rotary Clubs of Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg North, and West Shore along with the Northern Tier Steering Committee have partnered to host the 57th RMB networking event in District 7390 since the program’s start in 2014 on Thursday, February 13 at Buhrig’s Gathering Place, 25 E. Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA.  The event will begin at 5:30 and end at 7:30. The cost will be FREE thanks to our venue sponsor Buhrig’s Gathering Place and event sponsors AMIRACLE4SURE and Ella Home Care and will provide bountiful hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft beverages. Click here to 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 sponsors!

Bell Socialization Presents at York-East

Bell Socialization services has evolved and expanded to toady where 2,500 people are served each year through dozens of programs offering an array of housing and basic living supports. Many Bell programs are licensed and/or accredited to meet strict standards of quality care. With more than 50 properties throughout York and Adams counties, people using Bell services are an integral part of the greater community.
Bell Socialization Services is staffed by more than 250 employees and hosts hundreds of volunteers every year, including our Board of Directors. Bell offers programs and resources to help if you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They not only help you secure a safe, affordable place to live, they provide the tools needed to live as independently as possible in the community. Pictured L-R: Hunter Mink, Rotary York East President and Averie Clark with Bell Socialization

Hanover Packs Food for Ruth's Harvest

Hanover Rotarians recently packed food bags for Ruth’s Harvest.  Ruth’s Harvest ensures grammar school students in need of food go home on Fridays with enough meals to make it through the weekend.  Ruth’s Harvest is one of the primary recipients for funds from The Rotary Club of Hanover’s largest fund raiser called Tastefest.  Over the last 5 years, Tastefest has netted over $30,000 per year which the club pushes back out to the local community.  Pictured here from left to right are Ralph Jodice, Rick McKee (holding the Rotary Coin). Judy Jodice and Tammy Miller.

Grants Available to York County Organizations

The Rotary Club of York has announced the availability of approximately $20,000 in grants for York County 501(c)3 organizations which directly impact underprivileged, abused, neglected or handicapped children and youth.  The area of focus for this year’s grants is ABUSE OR EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN.  The club is looking for creative and innovative applications in this area. 
The Rotary Club gives for a specific program or project.  It does not offset general overhead expenses, salaries, or capital fund drives. Program grants will be awarded in the $2,000 - $10,000 range with special consideration for larger grants up to $15,000.   
NEW for this year, an INFORMATION SESSION will be offered for organizations to attend prior to completing the application to better prepare the application, select appropriate project, and provide opportunities for possible collaboration between organizations.  This will be held on Wed. Jan 15, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Cultural Alliance office (14 W. Market St. York).  Rotarians Glenn Smith and Kelley Gibson will provide the information. Pre-registration will be requested to the Rotary office by January 10, 2020 at or 717-848-1370.
The application form is available from the club website at  Interested organizations may also contact the Rotary Club’s executive coordinator, Bert Oberdick, at 848-1370 or email for more information. 
The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020. 


If you are interested in participating Sunday February 23 – Saturday February 29 in a mission trip to New Bern – deadline for registering is January 20th. Free transportation provided by Bailey Coach. Volunteer housing cost is $125/person. We will work with Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders; they provide volunteer housing/meals, skilled construction leadership, tools and qualified projects.  Contact Peg Sennett, 717-630-8281,  

Junior Achievement Needs Volunteers

JA is in the RED Zone! 
The dates below represent the events that are in need of more volunteers than we would like to see at this point in the glide path.  With over 125 one day events this school year we know we are going to end up with some events that, even after all of our recruiting efforts, are posing a challenge.  The following one day events in the Red Zone are in need of many more volunteers! 

If you are already signed up for some of these events, thank you!  If not, I hope you will consider joining us and as always, please share these opportunities with your colleagues, friends and neighbors.  You are the BEST ADVOCATES we have and we cannot do this without you!
Volunteers Needed
Friday, January 24, 2020
Landisville Middle School (Lancaster)
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
William Penn Senior High School (York)
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Lincoln Middle School (Lancaster)
* this is not a complete listing of all events in the next 30 days
STEM = Science Technology Engineering and Math focused Summit for 9th and/or 10th graders
REAL Life= Financial Literacy focused Forum for 11th and/or 12th graders
YES = Career Readiness, Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship for 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Upcoming Events
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
International Assembly
Jan 19, 2020 – Jan 25, 2020
YE Short-Term Exchange Interviews & Orientation
Trola Industries
Jan 25, 2020
Grant Committee Meeting
Feb 03, 2020
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
District Leadership Team Dinner
Buhrig's Gathering Place
Feb 06, 2020
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2020-21 Global Grant Scholar Interviews
York College of Pennsylvania
Feb 08, 2020
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Means Business
Buhrigs Gathering Place
Feb 13, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
YE - 2021-22 Intent to Host Form Due
Byrnes Health Education Center
Feb 14, 2020
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
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