The Global Polio Eradication Effort is 31 Years Old

The world is tantalizingly close to being free of polio. From 350,000 wild poliovirus cases every year in 1988, in 2018 the world reported just 29 cases of this devastating disabling disease because of extraordinary global efforts. Wild poliovirus transmission is endemic in only a handful of districts worldwide. The aim of the 2013-2018 Endgame Plan had been to be finished with this job by end 2018. This is not the case, and the Plan has to now be revised and extended through 2023. 

This is an effort that cannot be sustained indefinitely: 31 years is long enough. It is resource intensive. It is intensive on the countries affected. It is intensive on donors. It is intensive on health services. It is intensive on communities. Most of all, it is intensive on those children and their families who bear the burden of this terrible disease, needlessly. 

There is no reason why polio should persist anywhere in the world. To succeed by 2023, all involved in this effort must find ways to excel in their roles. If this happens, success will follow. 

This means stepping up the level of performance even further. It means using the proven tools of eradication and building blocks that have been established in parts of the world that have been free of polio for years. The vaccines, the cold chains, the networks of vaccinators, the surveillance capacity, the governance, policy, financing and oversight structures must be at peak levels of performance. There must be an unrelenting focus to tighten the management of the effort at all levels.  

It also means looking for opportunities to innovate, using local knowledge and insights to overcome obstacles that in the past have seemed insurmountable. It means looking at new and different ways to reach children. It means really understanding the views of parents, and communities, who are unwilling to accept the vaccine and finding ways to address their concerns and come together with them. It means more effectively engaging with communities and better serving their needs than we have been doing thus far. Each person must dedicate themselves to one clear objective - to reach that very last child with polio vaccine. 

Please commit to finding that very last child first, before the poliovirus does. Give the poliovirus nowhere to hide.  Whatever barrier to reaching that very last child, the programme has the expertise and experience to overcome it. Let everyone perfect what we know works. Let everyone free their mind to come up with new ideas and transformative solutions. We must all treat this as the public health emergency that it is. 

As a global community, we have stood before where we stand today, with smallpox. The scourge of smallpox is gone, for which the world is a much better place. Let us make history again. It is time to finish the job of polio eradication now. The philosopher, poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – this is to have succeeded.”  

Eradicate polio, and make the world a better place for future generations. 

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 a new world for your child? Nominate an extraordinary teacher for the 2019 Teacher Impact Awards!
WITF is proud to partner with Rotary District 7390 to present the Teacher Impact Awards supported by Franklin & Marshall College.
Deadline for Nominations - February 28, 2019

12th Annual Harrisburg-Keystone Guest Night! 

Dueling Pianos

Uptown York Rotary Club Presents Dueling Pianos!
Saturday, January 26, 2019
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Elks Lodge #213
223 N George Street, York, PA 17401
Join Uptown York Rotary and dance the night away with 80's-themed music from the Piano Dudes!

Your ticket includes: Great live entertainment and Heavy hors d'oeuvres
There will also be a cash bar and silent auction.
Tickets are $45 each, and proceeds will benefit UYRC's Community Giving Grants.
Purchase your tickets here.

RYLA 2019

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. RYLA Emphasizes Leadership, Citizenship and Personal Growth.

Do you know an outstanding Junior that has what it takes to become a dynamic leader and change not only themself but the world?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary District 7390 (South Central PA) where students develop their skills as leaders while having fun and making connections. The 2019 RYLA Conference will be held June 9-13, 2019. This will be the 59th Consecutive RYLA in Rotary District 7390.

Students must be between their Junior and Senior year in high school to attend. Approximately 140 High School youth attend annually.

The schedule includes various speakers, career seminars, a challenge course, team building activities, a conference band and chorus and much, much more.

What are the benefits?

Students will connect with leaders in their communities and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in their school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock their potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

ENERGY - A D7390 Leadership Summit


  • Gain tools to be a more productive leader.
  • Learn the skills to more effectively lead people through tensions and conflicts.
  • Become inspired.

Event Details

When: February 9, 2019
Where: Penn State York (1031 Edgecomb Ave, York, PA 17403)
Cost: $30 per person (President Elects are FREE)
Registration Deadline: February 1, 2019

York-East Holds Successful Rotary Means Business

The Rotary Club of York East hosted an absolutely great RMB networking event - the 47 in Rotary District 7390 RMB history - on January 15 at the Springettsbury Township's police department with over 30 Rotarians and guests attending from over 10 district clubs from every part of the district.  Kudos and thanks go to President Ben Marchant of the Rotary Club of York East for hosting the event so effectively and to the event sponsors Dan Stump, police Chief of the Springettsbury Police Department, and to Dan Calloway of Edward Jones.  Kudos also to the Southern Tier Steering Committee for making this event happen.  Well done all!
Photos show Rotarians making connections, the fun & fellowship of RMB and Heather Steavens-Jones explaining during the Circle Exercise what makes her all-ininsulation business unique selling proposition.

FREE Books for Children

The Rotary Club of Motorcycling Rotarians has access to, by actual count, a gazillion or so used books.  These books are available free of charge, and are written for grade school and middle school children.  If your club is interested in obtaining any of them, please contact PDG John Kramb at  Your club will likely have to pay for the shipping from Chicago.  Books are free, shipping ain't.

Rotary Peace Fellow Visits Mount Joy

At the January 15th meeting of the Rotary Club of Mount Joy held at the Gathering Place, an International array of guests held the group in thrall. Guest Speaker: Bianca Neff, discussed the Rotary Peace Fellowship. Neff is a 2010-11 Peace Fellowship recipient attending University of Bradford in Bradford U.K. to earn her Rotary sponsored master’s degree in Conflict Resolution.

Throughout the world, there are six Rotary Peace Centers which have had 1200 graduates since its inception in 2002. Graduates are in strategic positions of leadership around the globe providing peacebuilding services. Neff founded an organization dedicated to providing mental health services to NGO workers who have experienced job related trauma and stress. Additional professional and personal interests include: Central Asia; Islam & the West; Ethnic Conflict Intervention; Justice and Reconciliation; Poverty & Radical Islam.

Ms. Neff, the daughter of a Basque mother (Spain) and an American father, now lives in Spain. Her Basque heritage gives her the unique perspective of what it means to be a minority struggling through issues of ethnic conflict. Having been active in global humanitarian work for over 15 years. She has lived in Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Spain, and Kenya. 

The Club also received an up-date from Freddy Tuyizere. Mr. Tuyizere, from Burundi, Africa, spoke about a water distribution project the boys at his school for street children have developed. The Bururndi project has been one of special interest for the Rotary Club during the past two years. With him was Ms. Keren Korineza. She is a graduate of his school in Burundi and is currently attending college in the United States. 

Junior Achievement Volunteers Needed

Thank you for your support of our programs!  Listed below are the Red Zone events for February, 2019.  This school year we will reach over 100,000 students and will need to fill 8,000 volunteer opportunities!
When we are looking at the one day events scheduled within the next 30 days, we consider those events in the “Red Zone”.  At this point we are looking for the “Volunteers Needed” number to be on a solid descending glide path.   With 127 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 25, 2019
Landisville Middle School (Lancaster-Hempfield)
Friday, January 25, 2019
Susquehannock High School (York)
Friday, February 8, 2019
At BizTown York for McKinley & Devers Elementary Schools (York)
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Pequea Valley High School (Lancaster)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
McCaskey High School (Lancaster)
Friday, February 22, 2019
McCaskey High School (Lancaster)
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
South Western High School (York)
 * this is not a complete listing of all events in the next 30 days…only the schools where we need the extra recruiting efforts
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
BizTown = Career Readiness, Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, STEM for 5th and 6th graders

York Area Keyway to Dining Guide

The Rotary Club of Red Lion-Dallastown presents "The York Area Keyway to Dining Guide", our new club fundraiser! Our club has partnered with local restaurants to provide a dining guide to some of the best culinary treasures in our area. This York Area Keyway to Dining Guide offers a tour of 9 fantastic participating restaurants:
Bring your York Area Keyway to Dining Guide with you when eating at a restaurant for validation. Each restaurant has specific guidelines based on their unique menu offerings. Each offer is valid in each restaurant only once and may not be duplicated. Enjoy using your York Area Keyway to Dining Guide knowing you are helping provide funds for local high school scholarships.

Please secure your own York Area Keyway to Dining Guide for just $40 and support these local businesses who support our Rotary Vision! Contact Ashleigh Fishel at to purchase yours today! 

48th RMB Event Scheduled for February 20

The Rotary clubs of Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg North, and West Shore along with the Northern Tier Steering Committee will host the 48th RMB networking event in its history in Rotary District 7390 on Wednesday, February 20 at the Classic Rock Fabrication, 135 W Allen Street, Mechanicsburg, PA.  The event will begin at 5:30 and end at 7:30 pm.  The cost of this event will be FREE thanks to generous sponsors who remain to be determined.  Click here to RSVP! 

District Club Grants

District Club Grant projects support short-term, humanitarian projects that benefit local or foreign communities. Once a year, a club may request grant funds for a project or may collaborate with another club's project. There is a maximum of five clubs per project.
You are encouraged to be creative and select projects that meet special needs in your local or global community. Some projects done in the past include: refurbishing playgrounds and parks,  books for literacy projects, supporting youth development projects, assisting with a family health festival, collecting and purchasing food for a food bank, providing dental care in Honduras, and providing clean water to foreign villages.
The District Grants Committee reviews each grant application for the appropriateness of the project based on Rotary International's humanitarian guidelines. Upon approval, clubs will be matched on a dollar for dollar basis up to $2,500, based on the amount of funds available and the number of grant requests. 
Please adhere to the following deadlines when applying for a District Club Grant:
  • March 15, 2019 - Grant Intention Forms Due (Must be signed by 2019-20 Club President)
  • April 30, 2019 - Full DCG Application Due
Your Club MUST also be qualified to request a grant. Please follow these steps for qualification:
  • Complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This form MUST be signed by the 2019-20 and 2020-21 Club Presidents. 
  • Complete the On-line Grant Training found here. You must watch all 5 videos and complete the assessment tests. 
  • Once the grant training is completed by at least one member of the Club and the MOU has been submitted to the District office, the Club will be qualified to participate in a grant until June 30, 2020. 
All Grant Forms and more information regarding Grants can be found here
Upcoming Events
Youth Exchange Summer Exchange Interviews
PA United Church Center
Jan 26, 2019
9:30 AM – 2:45 PM
District Leadership Team Dinner
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
Jan 31, 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Feb 04, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Energy Leadership Summit
Penn State York
Feb 09, 2019
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Youth Exchange Mount Asbury Weekend
Mount Asbury Lodge
Feb 15, 2019 – Feb 17, 2019
Global Grant Scholar Interviews
York College of Pennsylvania
Feb 16, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Rotary Means Business - Northern Tier
Classic Rock Fabrication
Feb 20, 2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Mid-Atlantic Rotary PETS
Radisson Hotel Valley Forge
Feb 22, 2019 7:45 AM –
Feb 23, 2019 3:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Mar 04, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Youth Exchange Harrisburg Overnight
Mar 16, 2019 – Mar 17, 2019
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.