Rotary Reporter

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RMB Networking Event in Hershey - November 30

The Rotary Clubs of Hershey and Hummelstown will host the 69th RMB networking event in District 7390 history and the sixth and final event in the 2023 RMB season on Thursday, November 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  The event will take place at The Englewood, 1219 W End Avenue, Hershey, PA.  The networking event will be FREE thanks to Major Sponsor the Rotary Club of Hershey and include light hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer soft drinks and water. Click here to RSVP today! 
This will be another in a longstanding series of great business networking opportunities and fun and fellowship events.  Do not miss it.  Also, please consider bringing potential Rotarian guests and Family of Rotary.
Thank you to our sponsors!

Rotary Veterans Initiative (RVI) Continues to Help Veterans and Strengthen our Central PA Communities

  1. RVI continues its commitment to help student veterans at HACC and other Central PA Colleges
    • At the Rotary Club of Carlisle weekly luncheon on November 9th, 2023:
      • RVI committed to donate up to $7,500 in calendar year 2024 to help HACC student veterans achieve their career dreams
      • Funds to be used for tuition, fees, books, and/or program expenses
    • Adam Walter, HACC’s Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, described the comprehensive ways that HACC helps about 400 currently enrolled student Veterans succeed.
    • Thursday’s gift brings the cumulative total of RVI donations to HACC student veterans to $62,500, helping student veterans launch their careers as:
      • Engineers, Nurses, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, Computer Technicians, Commercial Drivers, Pharmacy Techs, and many others
    • This brings the cumulative total of RVI donations to help student Veterans at HACC, Penn State Harrisburg, Central Penn College, and the Employment Skills Center in Carlisle to $220,000, supporting nearly 300 recipients with scholarships, internships, book and device vouchers, business startup expertise and funding, and mentorship.
  1. RVI is sponsoring a JOBS CLUB FOR VETERANS delivered by and at the Employment Skills Center in Carlisle
  • ALL US Military Veterans are welcome to participate in FREE workshops, including:
    • Resume Writing, Job Search, Interviewing, Mentorship, and more
  • Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • November 15th - December 13th
  • Employment Skills Center,  29 South Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
  • Refreshments provided
  • To register: call 717-243-6040 or visit
  • Flyer attached
  1. RVI is helping District 7390 start a ROTARACT CLUB for VETERANS in Central PA
    • Rotary, a global service organization of business, professional, and community leaders, serves others, promotes integrity, and advances world understanding, goodwill, and peace.
    • The Rotaract Club for Veterans in Central PA will offer young Veterans less than 40 years of age (who are not already Rotarians) the opportunity to:
      • Become part of the Rotary International family,
      • Engage in community service, networking with community leaders, and camaraderie with fellow veterans
      • Have fun!
    • Emerging Rotaract Club for Veterans leaders include Andrew Butch (President), Trevor Basham (Secretary/Social Media), and others.
      • Andrew Butch described multiple potential community service projects, including working directly with Veterans in need.
    • Want to join or recommend another Veteran? 
      • Please contact Rick Coplen at
Dr. Joel Hillison, President of the Rotary Club of Carlisle, said, “Rotary’s motto is Service Above Self.  That resonates with our veterans as they have served their country and put the country above themselves.  Rotary Veterans Initiative is one excellent way Rotarians can give back to our service members.”
Rick Coplen, RVI Chair, said, “Thanks to our donors and sponsors! We are putting your generosity to very good use helping central PA Veterans transform their lives and strengthen our communities. Thank You!” Donations to RVI are always welcome. To make a tax-deductible donation to RVI, please:
  • Make an online donation at   (or)
  • Write the check to the "Rotary Veterans Initiative" and mail it to RVI, 806 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle, PA 17015
  • To learn more about RVI to help our Veterans, please contact Rick Coplen at
Andrew Butch Speaks
Adam Walter Speaks
Pictured L-R: Rick Coplen, Andrew Butch, Yoli Madrill, Adam Walter, Marsha Krotseng.
Pictured L-R: Jim Nolan, Kathleen Stoup, Rick Coplen, Andrew Butch, Yoli Madrill, Adam Walter, Marsha Krotseng, Bill Blankmeyer, Rod Frazier, Alden Cunningham, Bob Gerard, Joel Hillison

York-North Hosts Two 101-Year Old WWII Veterans

Two 101-year old World War II veterans stood tall Thursday to receive a commendation for their military service during the Rotary Club of York-North's annual Veterans Day program at the Four Points by Sheraton in Manchester Township. For one of the veterans, it was the first time he had ever attended an event for veterans.
Sandy Harper, of West Manchester Township, was “a nose gunner in a PBY airplane, that’s an airplane that lands on the water…,”  said Dave Kopp, a Vietnam War veteran who was running the program. According to a newspaper clipping from the period about Harper, “He flew scout and dive bombers in the Polar Bear Squadron, the first Naval squadron to operate at night with P.T. boats, and is one of the four surviving members of the entire squadron. When the Unit dispersed, he flew with the New Zealand Squadron No. 5, and five months previous to his discharge was in charge of radio and radar operations in V-F 66th, First Naval Jet Propulsion squadron.”
Kemps Sterner, of West Manchester Township, served in the 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion for the U.S. Army, according to Kopp. Thursday’s event was the first “veterans event” Sterner had attended in his life, said Kopp, who is also his nephew. Kopp recently obtained Sterner’s honorable discharge papers and read them during the program, saying that his “decorations and citations (include): Silver Star medal, third-highest medal you can receive, good conduct medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, with five bronze stars and one bronze arrowhead.”  Kopp describes the bronze arrowhead as “awarded to personnel who have been part of a combat parachute drop, a combat glider attack, a helicopter assault landing.” He adds that the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal means that Kemp served in several key battles in these regions for tank battles, “and our tanks back in the day weren’t the best tanks, by the way. The casualty rate was off the charts.” Kopp said that he asked Sterner how long he served and Sterner replied, “I don’t know, we went in and we got out when the war was over.” Kopp explained that soldiers didn’t serve time-limited tours during World War II; they got out when the war ended.
After the program, two young soldiers seasoned on the battlefield 80 years ago, passed each other with a long, double-handed shake and controlled smile of two men sharing an experience unknown to most in the room.
Individually, the World War II veterans don’t have much to say about their service. “For 12 years (I served) and they were great years … very memorable,” Harper said. Sterner preferred to reflect on life in the present, “I’m satisfied with my life, the way things have been going, my friends and my relations. I’m well pleased.” “You’ll never see that again, in the same room, in York County, we made history today,” Kopp said after the program ended and the crowd had thinned.

Uptown York Hosts a Pints for Polio Event

Red Lion/Dallastown Focuses on Mental Health Awareness

The Rotary Club of Red Lion/Dallastown Area is focusing on mental health during the 2023-2024 Rotary year. Matt Dorgan, the founder of Building Bridges for Brianna, is a member of the Club, and Brianna's dad.  This organization is working to prevent suicide,  by striving to provide better access to mental health services to those who are suffering from depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. All D7390 Rotarians are invited to attend on December 4th to raise money for "Building Bridges for Brianna". 

Southern York County Participates in a Human Rights Day Panel Discussion

Seeking DG Candidates for 2026-2027

The time has come to begin the nominating process for our 2026-2027 District Governor. In this way we 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. Ask that person about his or her interest in serving as District Governor. We all need to give encouragement and “plant the seed” for others to move forward.
Each Club is encouraged to suggest a qualified candidate for nomination as the 2026-2027 District Governor.  The process is as follows:
  • Submit a letter signed by your Club Secretary including the name of the candidate stating he/she has been endorsed and nominated by the Rotary Club to Melissa Kopp-Smith at by December 15, 2023
  • A completed Governor Nominee Data Form including a resume to Melissa Kopp-Smith at by December 15, 2023
The District Governor is responsible for a variety of activities including:
  • Promoting membership growth and engagement 
  • Supporting The Rotary Foundation through fundraising and grant activities 
  • Serving as a spokesperson for the district and Rotary when appropriate 
  • Conducting district events, including the district conference
  • Supervising the district leadership team 
  • Encouraging open communication among clubs, as well as between clubs and RI 
  • Officially visiting each club to raise awareness of important Rotary issues, support struggling clubs, motivate club members to participate in service, and recognize members’ contributions.
  • Communicating frequently with each club president
  • Fostering continuity by working with past, current, and incoming district leaders 
  • Ensuring that district nominations and elections are conducted according to the RI Constitution and Bylaws
  • Inquiring regularly about the activities of Rotarian organizations operating in the district 
  • Following the District Governor Code of Ethics (Rotary Code of Policies section 19.010.1.)
The candidate should possess the following skills and qualities:
  • Be aware of the qualifications, duties, and responsibilities of a District Governor  
  • Demonstrate willingness, commitment, and ability to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the office of Governor.
  • Be familiar with District and Rotary International Bylaws, Constitution and the RI 2022 Manual of Procedure which outlines the qualifications for a District Governor:  These qualifications should be studied carefully by Club members and the prospective Rotarian candidate for District Governor, prior to a decision to suggest any member as a candidate.
Please keep in mind that it is each Club’s duty to the District and Rotary International to give serious consideration to suggesting candidates for District Governor. Your suggestion for District Governor 2026- 2027 must be received in the District Office by December 15, 2023, to be considered by the Nominating Committee.
Interviews for the 2026-2027 District Governor will be held Tuesday, January 16, 2024, in the evening at PA Trauma Systems Foundation (Slatehill Business Center, 3907 Hartzdale Drive, Suite #702, Camp Hill, PA).

2024-2025 Global Grant Ambassadorial Scholarships

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 26, 2024. The interviews will be held February 17, 2024 and applicants MUST be available for the interviews on that date. For more information or to apply, please click here
Click here to watch a video from our 2023-2024 Global Grant Scholar!
Questions? Contact Edward Hauck, District 7390 Global Grants Scholarship Committee at or (717) 201-2604.

District Bus Trip to RI Headquarters - March 2024!

Click here for more information!

Job Club for Veterans

Please recommend this FREE program to any Veterans you know who can benefit.  To anyone, especially Veterans, who wants to help mentor some of these great Veterans, please call 717-243-6040. 

District Membership Committee Launches First Monthly Webinar

The District Membership Committee launched its first monthly webinar in October on the topic of the Rotary Public Image Center which can be viewed on the District 7390 You Tube Channel
If the video does not show, please click here to view it! 
The Presenter is District Membership Chair PDG Juliet who gives tips on how to use the Center to create promotional materials. The next webinar will occur on Tuesday, November 28 as part of the next District Membership Committee which meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM on Zoom.  New members or “drop ins”  are welcome any time and should email PDG Juliet at to receive materials. Click here to receive the Zoom link to register at. 
Zone 32 Membership Education Opportunities
Tuesday, November 21 at 7 PM.  Zone Membership Webinar on “Nurturing and Sustaining New Clubs”.  This 3rd session will focus on sustaining the new club once it is chartered.  It's important to start new clubs, but of course, we want them to thrive and grow!  We will talk about new clubs that are thriving and provide lessons learned from new clubs that have failed. Click here to join the zoom call
  • Zone 32 Membership Recordings to access On Demand
    • Part 1 "How to Build a Successful New Club from the Ground Up"  
If the video does not show, please click here to view it. 
Four experienced Rotarians give advice on how they started multiple new clubs in their districts including traditional, satellite, Rotaract, cause-based and non-traditional clubs.  Topics include how to get started attracting new members and useful tools.  
  • Part 2  "How to Build a Successful New Club from the Ground Up" 
If the video does now show, please click here to view it. 
This 2nd session focused on building momentum with your core group of future members and getting your new club chartered.  The session will include topics such as: Defining club leadership, new club and satellite club bylaws, accessibility, membership dues styles, creating a club name, and getting the new club involved in their community.

Carlisle Rotary Auction to Support a Global Grant Project in Togo, West Africa

The Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise will host their annual holiday dinner and auction on Thursday, November 30th at the Carlisle Country Club. The proceeds from this event as explained in the auction brochure Holiday Auction Brochure | Rotary Club of Carlisle ( will provide access to safe water, improved sanitation, and hygiene for three very poor villages in Togo. The dinner also will be a celebration of the Rotary Club of Carlisle Sunrise’s 20 years of service to the community.
Rotarians can support this auction in one of two ways. First, by donating an item by contacting the Auction Chairs, Bill Blankmeyer at or (717) 590-7229 and Marv Salsman at (717) 448-5374 or Secondly, tax-deductible sponsorships can be made to support the global grant project. Checks should be made out to “Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation” and mailed to Carlisle Rotary Club, PO Box 301, Carlisle, PA 17013. 

Volunteer Opportunities with Junior Achievement

Below is a snapshot of JA’s November and December volunteer opportunities. Programs highlighted in yellow have the highest needs at this time.
You may sign up on the link below OR contact me directly at The link has the full list of openings through the end of the school year. 
To learn more about a specific program, please click HERE  - I am also happy to answer any questions.

Veterans Rotaract Club

Seeking Talented Rotarians to Support District and Club Public Image Efforts

Do you have expertise in social media, Canva, photography, videography, communications, writing and/or education?  If your answer is YES to any skills in the areas of communications and Public Image we need YOU.   District Public Image Chair Juliet is gathering interested Rotarians to support Public Image efforts at both the District and Club level.   The gift of your time and expertise will be greatly appreciated no matter how small.  Contact Juliet to learn how you can get involved at! Meanwhile click here to check out the NEW public image area of My Rotary!
Upcoming Events
YE - 2024-2025 OB Interviews
Tenny Group Properties
Nov 18, 2023 9:00 AM –
Nov 19, 2023 12:00 PM
Four Way Test Speech Contest Committee Meeting
Nov 20, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
District Finance Committee Meeting
Nov 20, 2023
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM
District Executive Board Meeting
Nov 23, 2023
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Northern Lebanon County Official Visit
Heisey's Diner
Nov 28, 2023
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Lebanon Official Visit
Lebanon Country Club - Sunroom
Nov 28, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
District Membership Committee Meeting
Nov 28, 2023
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Rotary Means Business - Hershey/Hummelstown
The Englewood
Nov 30, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Youth Exchange Short-term Applications Due to Club
Sponsoring Rotary Club
Dec 01, 2023
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Dec 04, 2023
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
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