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.


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Pints for Polio

World Polio Day is just around the corner!

District 7390 is once again supporting PINTS FOR POLIO across the District. The events should be held during the week of October 19 to 26. These events are created to raise funding to help Rotary Eradicate Polio from the face of the earth. Clubs can hold an individual event or partner with other clubs in their area. Just be creative and have fun! The goal is to not only have Rotarian's attend, but to drive community involvement in this important fundraiser. Keep an eye on the District website for a complete listing of all Pints for Polio events!  We are very excited about breaking records in money raised this year but it cannot happen without your work and passion. Let's Roll!!

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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Hurricane Dorian - Bahamas

Dorian hit Grand Bahama and Abaco Island on Sept 3rd. with devastating 180 mph winds making 70,000 people homeless and creating a death toll that continues to grow. D6990, that includes the Bahamas, established the 501C(3) Robbins Fund twenty years ago to aid in disaster recovery. This Fund will be used for Dorian recovery. Currently the Fund is supporting the delivery of food, toiletries and medical supplies. As the islands move towards recovery, the Fund will purchase fans, generators, trucks, buses, and building supplies. Donations can be made directly to the Robbins Fund Inc. by check sent to RI D6990, 2110 N. Ocean Blvd, #703, Fort Lauderdale FL 33305, or online via Pay Pal or debit/credit card. For further information search

2022-23 District Governor Nominations

The time has come to begin the nominating process for our District Governor 2022-23.  This will continue our three-year projection for District 7390’s leadership.
Every club has an outstanding leader who could be a potential District Governor. Look around and ask yourself, who is that person in our club? It is the person who is a good leader, interested, involved, gives financially to Rotary and The Rotary Foundation and is helpful to other members. Is it me? We all need to give encouragement and “plant the seed” for others to move forward. I encourage you to think about yourself or other club members that would make a great District Governor! You may suggest a Rotarian from another Club so long as you first obtain agreement from the Club where the candidate is a member.
The District Governor is the officer of RI in the District, functioning under the general control and supervision of the RI Board. The Governor has responsibility for organizing new Clubs; strengthening existing Clubs; promoting membership growth; supporting The Rotary Foundation; planning and presiding at the District Conference, PETS and District Training Assembly; issuing a monthly newsletter; focusing attention on important Rotary issues; motivating Rotarians to participate in service activities; recognizing the outstanding contributions of Rotarians in the District; and many other responsibilities. The candidate should be aware of the qualifications, duties and responsibilities of a District Governor and must demonstrate willingness, commitment and ability (physically and otherwise) to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of Governor.     
Suggestions for District Governor Nominee 2022-23 must be received in the District Office by December 13, 2019 to be considered by the Nominating Committee. Interviews for the 2022-23 District Governor will be held Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Byrnes Health Education Center in York. 
Contact the District Office or DG Paddy Rooney with questions about nominating a candidate for District Governor! 

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

Rotary Means Business - October 16

The Rotary Club of York-East in partnership with the RMB Southern Tier Steering Committee will host the 54th RMB networking event and eighth event of the 2019 RMB season on Wednesday, October 16 at Beck Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 3670 E. Market Street, York, 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 Beck Funeral Home and Cremation Service 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. 

Thanks to our Main Event Sponsor



Thanks to our RMB Season Sponsors

DG Paddy Rooney Receives RLI Faculty of the Year Award

Rotary Leadership Institute was created in 1992 by then-Director David Linett when he observed that many incoming Club Presidents and District officers lacked sufficient knowledge about leading groups, as well as basic knowledge of Rotary. As he stated, "an effective Rotary leader must also have Rotary knowledge and experience".
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is now in 410 of all the Rotary Districts worldwide and in 195 countries. Its courses have been translated into 25 languages.
The largest RLI Division in the world is ours, the Home Division, where it was started. Each year, we hold about 30 full-day RLI seminars throughout New England and the Middle Atlantic States, including ours in Harrisburg in October of each year.
Faculty members must have served in Rotary leadership positions and are trained and observed before approval as faculty. The emphasis is on discussion, not lecture or fact-reciting. Each year, our RLI names the Faculty Member of the Year, chosen by participants and area leaders from observation and participant evaluations.  This year, the RLI Faculty Member of the Year was our own DG Patrick Rooney. Paddy helps to lead some 5 or 6 RLI sessions each year, throughout PA and New England.  His skill in involving all participants, asking thoughtful questions, and enthusiasm about Rotary and RLI made him an easy first choice.  Congratulations, Paddy!

Hanover Rotarian John Bailey Lends Hand to Hurricane Victims

John Bailey has always put service above self. That’s one of the mottos of the Rotary Club and one he follows closely because he’s been a Rotarian for 40 years. When he heard through his club that a mission trip was in the works to help victims of hurricane flooding in New Bern, North Carolina, he raised his hand to volunteer. That trip took place during the week of July 14 this year.
When Hurricane Florence and its gale force winds of 90 mph hit New Bern on September 14, 2018, it did $100 million in damages. The storm surge afterward left more than 1,700 homes and 235 businesses with extensive flood damage. The need to rebuild homes of flood victims without insurance, with lower incomes and who needed Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible homes was urgent.
First for Bailey, who is president of Bailey Coach in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, was supplying a ride to transport some of the volunteers to New Bern. Not only did he donate his Rotary-themed coach to get the group to the disaster site, but he also drove it. Shipley Energy in York, Pennsylvania, donated the fuel the coach needed.
Once in New Bern, Bailey and his crew worked on two homes. “Both of these houses had three feet of water on the first floor,” Bailey said. “The family I did most of the work for had to move out from September to January and lost most everything they had. The husband and wife both used wheelchairs to get around.” Bailey admits to being handy around the house after building additions to his home and maintaining his residence. His part of the mission had him rebuilding the couple’s wheelchair ramps, installing all new drywall, laying new flooring, doing some minor electrical work and adding new switches and outlets throughout the home. But the work didn’t stop there. His group installed handrails in the bathroom and fixed the sink so it was ADA accessible. Bailey tiled the backsplash in the kitchen and behind the stove. They placed new crown molding in all the rooms along with new baseboards and painted every room. And that’s just what he remembers.
A second crew replaced bad joists in the attic of the other home. The temperature remained at 130 degrees while they worked in the attic. They also insulated it and started to hang drywall in the living portion of the house. This rebuilding for flood victims is not Bailey’s first contribution to community service, and it won’t be his last. In 2016 he challenged his staff to 100-percent participation in Bailey Coach’s United Way campaign. If his crew met that goal, Bailey promised to dye his hair blue. They met the challenge and he honored his promise with neon turquoise hair that he kept for a week. He even attended his Rotary Club meeting with blue hair.
In 2017, when Hurricane Harvey was about to hit Texas, Bailey sent three of his buses to get evacuees to safety. After the storm hit, he gathered and sent almost 60,000 pounds of non-perishable food and clothing to help the victims. When asked why giving back is so essential to him, Bailey said, “I feel lucky to wake up each day in a nice home. Since God has given me the tools through my business and my family to be able to, I’ve always tried to help nonprofits.” There are still hundreds of rebuilds to be done in New Bern, so Bailey says he’ll be onboard for the next mission trip in March. But this time one of his employees will drive the bus.

District Disaster Relief Committee Vacancy

With Rotarian William Harkey moving to Florida, there is a vacancy on the District Disaster Relief Committee. Do you have an interest in serving with Peg Sennett (Hanover) and Randy Sibert (Colonial Park) on this Committee? Contact Peg Sennett, or 717-630-8281.

Inspiring Hope Rotary Club of Mount Joy

The Rotary Club of Mount Joy, Milanof-Schock Library and MHA of Lancaster County created three educational events to inspire hope in the fight against the national suicide epidemic. Michael Stevens, from Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital spoke at the regular Tuesday, September 10th luncheon meeting of the Club. Stevens discussed their new, local services for Lancaster County residents with mental health issues.
A suicide awareness and prevention panel discussion and candlelight vigil was held at Milanof-Schock Library, Mount Joy on Wednesday, September 11. On Saturday, September 14 the Club sponsored the Walk to Inspire Hope. Participants strolled through Mount Joy with other concerned community members to learn more about suicide and the warning signs.
The entire community was invited to the Wednesday and Saturday events and encouraged to find information and inspiration to help those struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, and abuse.
Staff and volunteers from Mental Health America of Lancaster, Hospice’s Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, NAMI, the Lancaster Behavioral Health Hospital, and Lancaster Compeer participated at both events bringing personal experiences, important information, and realistic suggestions on how to help those in need. The task of those present was to become more aware of the warning signs and resources to help combat this epidemic.
The Walk to Inspire Hope on September 14 began at 9 AM. At Rotary Park, participants bore witness to 67 pairs of empty shoes. The shoes represented the lives lost to completed suicides in Lancaster County in 2018. The Suicide Prevention Empowerment Tree was also present for the community to make personal commitments to reach out to people in need of support and hope.
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 inspired to help those who are struggling.

Correction - Harrisburg Article

In the September 13th mailing of the newsletter, we ran an article “Harrisburg Rotary Club Aims for Higher Public Profile” that appeared in the Central Penn Business Journal on August 1, 2019 by their contributing writer Stephanie Kalina-Metzger.  We want to make sure they received the full credit for writing and printing a great article about Rotary.  Please feel free to contact Bob Saline ( for a copy of that article.

Potential Speaker on Climate Change

Rotary Rocks Benefit Concert

Beer & Wine Festival - September 21



18th Annual Neffsville Car Show

Compete or Just Eat to Help Raise Money for Local Community

The Rotary Club of Colonial Park and the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey are holding a Chili Cook off to raise money for community giving.  The event will be held on September 29th, 2019 from 12-3pm at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey.  Advanced tickets can be purchased online at or for $20.  Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event for $25.
Tickets include chili sampling, chili contest voting and 4 beer OR wine samples from the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey.  Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase.  All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club of Colonial Park Community Giving Fund.
Do you have a tasty chili recipe?  Enter to win up to $1000 in cash prizes.  All rules and applications to enter are available at
Want to sponsor this great event?  Four levels of sponsorship opportunities are available.  Please check out for more information.
Bring the family on September 29, 2019 at the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey from 12-3pm for a fun filled day complete with craft vendors, music and more, while helping to raise money for your community.

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.
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
YE Gender/Country/Specs Due
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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