The Annual Rotary Foundation Dinner

The Annual District 7390 Foundation dinner was held Thursday, November 18, 2021 at The Lodge at Liberty Forge in Mechanicsburg. There were approximately 110 Rotarians and guests in attendance. It was a wonderful evening that showcased the good works of the Clubs and Foundation related programs in our District. 
The event started with a reception that honored the Major Donors, Paul Harris Society Members, Benefactors and Bequest Society Members in the District. DGN Fred Gellert gave remarks on the generosity of our District and commented briefly on how the funds donated are used. A spirited reception for all attendees immediately followed. At 6:00 p.m. DGE Juliet Altenburg invited everyone to take their seats and she welcomed the crowd. 
The program following dinner celebrated our clubs, our partnerships, and the community we serve. Click here to view a video of the presentations listed below. Passcode: FsyO5.Jc
Sharon Bailey Soullier (Southern York County) reported on a Global Grant Water Project the club is working on in the Dominican Republic in the Southwest portion near the Haiti border. They are applying for a global grant to provide funding to maintain a current well that will provide clean drinking water and also to drill a second well. The grant will include piping throughout the village and solar electricity. 
DGE Juliet Altenburg presented on a District grant project the Mechanicsburg-North Rotary Club facilitated. They purchased tourniquets for the East Pennsboro Police Department. This was part of the Stop The Bleed program that also provided training to the Police Officers and other first responders on how to effectively apply the tourniquets. DGE Juliet told a story about a 10-year old boy whose life was saved by an East Pennsboro Police Officer who applied one of the tourniquets. 
Rotary Global Grant scholarship chair Ed Hauck talked about the program and what some of our previous scholars are doing. These are impressive young people who are building careers in one of Rotary's seven areas of focus. We currently have two scholars that are both studying in Great Britain. 
PDG John Kramb and IPDG John Anthony presented Foundation giving awards from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 Rotary years. 

Congratulations to the Clubs that received Awards!

2019-2020 100% Foundation Giving Clubs - This recognition is given to clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100% participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual fund, Polio Plus fund, approved global grants or the Endowment fund. Carlisle-Sunrise, Eastern York County, Hanover, Lancaster-Hempfield, Northern Lebanon County, Palmyra, West Shore, York-North
Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) banners were presented to Clubs that achieved a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, with every dues paying member contributing at least $100 to the Annual Fund during the 2020-2021 Rotary year.

Lancaster-Hempfield, Northern Lebanon County, York-North
These Clubs had the highest annual fund per capita giving in the 2019-2020 Rotary year:
1. Mechanicsburg
2. Hanover
3. Mechanicsburg-North
The EREY(Every Rotarian Every Year) recognition is given to clubs that achieve a minimum Annual fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, with every dues paying member contributing at least $100 to the Annual fund. The recipients are Carlisle-Sunrise, Northern Lebanon, Palmyra, and York-North!
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg received a Global Grant streamer for a water project in El Salvador.
The following Clubs are receiving a certificate of appreciation for their financial support to the End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign during the 2019-2020 Rotary year.

Carlisle, Elizabethtown, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster Penn Square, Lancaster-Sunrise, Lititz, Mechanicsburg-North, Mount Joy, Uptown York, York, York-East, York-North
The following Clubs had the highest annual fund per capita giving in the 2020-21 Rotary year:
1. West York
2. Lititz
3. Harrisburg
The following Clubs had the highest annual fund giving during the 2020-2021 Rotary year:
1. Harrisburg
2. York
3. Lancaster
The following Clubs had the highest total Foundation Giving during the 2020-2021 Rotary year:
1. York
2. Harrisburg
3. Gettysburg

Rotary Moment



The Rotary Foundation spends charitable contributions on multiple programs - from the eradication of polio, to scholarships, vocational training teams, Rotary Peace Centers, and humanitarian projects. The funds are used for programs and projects Rotarians feel passionate about. With a four-star rating by Charity Navigator for thirteen years in a row and 1.2 million Rotarians over-seeing the funds at a grassroots level, I have all the confidence in the world that our funds through Rotary are in amazing hands doing amazing work here and abroad.
You can read stories and see the details of our Foundation’s financials in our most recent Annual Report.

District Development - December 13 - District Committees Part I


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.

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

Seeking Nominations for District 7390 Governor 2024-2025

The time has come to begin the nominating process for our District Governor 2024-2025.  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? Is it me? 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. 
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; reporting promptly to RI; 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 related activities. 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.    
Candidates must be well versed with the District 7390 Bylaws, revised May 2018, and its intent. Candidates must also be familiar with the Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International as published in the 2016 Manual of Procedure.
Please contact the District office ( or 717-854-7842) if would like more information about applying to be District Governor 2024-2025. 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 2024-2025 must be received in the District Office by December 10, 2021, to be considered by the Nominating Committee. Interviews for the 2024-2025 District Governor will be held Monday, January 10, 2022 at a location to be determined.

York-East Program on ALICE

Shawn Smith and Daysha Illarza from the United Way reviewed the ALICE program with the York-East club.  ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget. For far too many families, the cost of living outpaces what they earn. These households struggle to manage even their most basic needs - housing, food, transportation, child care, health care, and necessary technology.  When funds run short, cash-strapped households are forced to make impossible choices, such as deciding between quality childcare or paying the rent, filling a prescription or fixing the car. These short-term decisions have long-term consequences not only for ALICE families, but for all of us. ALICE is your child care worker, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge. In York County, 32% of households live below the ALICE thresholdWith no savings and already unable to afford basic necessities, already fragile ALICE households are now facing the unprecedented economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lost wages or tips, disruptions to child care and school-based support, and increased medical bills can all impact ALICE’s survival budget. United Way of York County helps bridge the gap for financially struggling families with short-term support and also helps build a path to self-sufficiency for the future. Impactful long-term solutions through the United Way of York County Impact Fund has improved the quality of life for many York County Families

Carlisle Rotary Online Auction to Support Safe Harbour

Passes for cooking classes, antique child’s desk, golf packages, sports memorabilia, gift cards galore, memberships, and so much more await you! These unique items are up for bid December 3-10 at This online charity auction is hosted by The Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise as explained in the auction brochure.
Proceeds from this year’s auction benefit Safe Harbour, a non-profit organization that provides a continuum of housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families in our communities. “We are very thankful that the Rotary Clubs chose Safe Harbour this year,” says Scott Shewell, Safe Harbour’s President and CEO. “Our historic building requires a comprehensive renovation of our emergency shelter bathrooms to keep our residents safe and healthy. The projected cost of the renovations is $30,000.”
Rotary's goal for the auction is to surpass $20,000. And, things are off to a great start. More than $14,000 has already been raised through very generous sponsorships by Carlisle Rotarians. “Reaching our $20,000 goal through the online auction itself will depend on the community’s help and generosity,” says Carlisle Rotary Club President Geoff Mangelsdorf. “Local businesses have been very generous with their donations. We are hoping for maximum participation at our auction site or for people to simply send donations to provide support to Safe Harbour.”
David Kammerer, President of the Carlisle Sunrise Club, explains that over the past 20 years, Carlisle's two Rotary clubs have raised over $300,000 to support international water projects in Africa and Central America. He adds, “More recently, auctions have supported projects in the Carlisle community. In 2019, $20,000 was raised to support Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties (DVSCP). Last year our first online auction raised $20,000 to support The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC)”
Bill Blankmeyer, the Fundraising Chair for the auction notes the Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization, EIN: 16-1634172. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please contact Blankmeyer at or (717) 590-7229.
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