A Word of Welcome and a Word of Thanks

Each year the world of Rotary goes through its annual change of leadership all across the globe. From the International President, through the International Board of Directors, to the District Governors and on to Club Presidents, individuals who have been trained and prepared take up their new duties and responsibilities on 1 July. For the next 365 days it is these leaders, along with their own teams of assistants and helpers, who will help move our organization forward and make our motto of service above self an even stronger reality in the lives of many across the street and around the world.

So I want to begin my year as District Governor for District 7390 with both a word of welcome and a word of thanks. First the welcome.

  • Welcome to all the new Club Presidents. Without you and the work you do none of this vision we share would become a reality in the lives of so many.
  • Welcome to the new and returning Assistant Governors who work so diligently with the clubs in their areas, helping them to become better and stronger and vital resources to serve as people of action.
  • Welcome to District Governor Elect John Anthony and District Governor Nominee Greg Staub who take up their new duties this year and who will help mold and shape our vision for the future as we move ahead.
  • Welcome to the new members who have recently joined Rotary or who will join at some point in this new Rotary year. Each of you will bring a gift to Rotary in terms of the skills, ideas, commitment and passion you have for making our communities and our world better than before we joined.
  • And a special word of welcome to all those who share our passion for service in Interact and Rotaract. You are vital parts of our identity as Rotarians and the service you offer to your communities is highly valued by all.

And my word of thanks then goes to all those who are noted above and to all the members of our clubs whose excitement, enthusiasm and yes passion for Rotary has helped lead us to become THE preeminent service organization in the world. Thank you for stepping up and for your willingness to be counted as People of Action. Thank you for the difference you make in our world each and every day. Thank you for being passionate about Rotary.

And a very special word of thanks go to Past District Governor John May who served us so well last year as our Governor. I was proud to serve as part of his team and grateful for all I learned from him about this role. Thank you John!

I will share more thoughts on a regular basis through this Newsletter and I very much look forward to visiting each of our clubs, meeting our members and sharing with you my passion for Rotary. Don’t hesitate to be in contact if you need anything or want me to make a special visit for awards, presentations or activities. If I can, I will be there.

In our common life of service

Paddy Rooney

District Installation Dinner

The 2019-20 District Installation dinner was held, Thursday, June 27 at Wyndridge Farm in Dallastown. DG Paddy Rooney, DGE John Anthony and DGN Greg Staub were all installed as our District leadership team. Assistant Governors and Club Presidents were also installed. A great time was had by all! 

2019-20 District Installation Dinner


PDG Ben Hoover pinning the District Governor pin on DG Paddy Rooney after administering the oath of office. 


PDG Kevin Cogan installing DGE John Anthony and DGN Greg Staub. 


2019-20 Club Presidents


2019-20 Assistant Governors

Lancaster-Sunrise Meeting Location Change

The Rotary Club of Lancaster-Sunrise is changing their meeting location to Bent Creek Country Club (620 Bent Creek Road, Lititz, PA 17543) effective July 25, 2019. 


Youth Exchange Students Embark on Bus Trip Across the USA

From July 1 to July 31, 2019, five of our district’s Inbound Exchange students will be with students from 19 different countries from around the world enjoying the most beautiful natural and man-made points of interest from the East Coast to the West Coast (Pacific Ocean in Southern California). 

Our Inbounds with close to 35 other exchange students will be visiting places such as Washington DC, Dollywood Park, Graceland, New Orleans, San Antonio, Houston Space Center, The Grand Canyon, The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Disneyland, LA, Hollywood, , Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore, Chicago (tour of Rotary International Headquarters), and Niagara Falls plus a Rotary picnic along the way hosted by other Rotary club(s). 

This is the 43rd Discover America USA trip that Mike Wilcox, D7170 has coordinated and our district’s Inbounds have been participating in the trip since 2000.  It is the least expensive trip of its kind for 31 days for our exchange students and the cost is less than some of the 14 day trips offered by for-profit organizations.     

We are very fortunate that 2 of the chaperones on this bus trip include former Rotary Youth Exchange student (Rotex) Jill Tenny who went to France in the 80’s and also serves as our Rotex Chair for our District’s Youth Exchange Program,  and her husband Matt, who are both newly minted  Rotarians. 

Thank you Jill and Matt.  Check out the pictures that Jill will be regularly posting when she has free time on our districts YE facebook that was created and is being managed by Jill -


Rotary Means Business - July 22

The Southern Tier Steering Committee will host the 52nd RMB event and sixth RMB event of the 2019 season on Monday, July 22 at the Peoples Bank Park, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York, PA.  The event will begin at 5:30 at end at 9:00 pm and includes networking and the Circle exercise from 5:30 to 6:30 and then dinner, more networking and the baseball game until roughly 9:00 pm.  The event costs $20 for adults and $15 for children under age 14.  The cost will be $25 at the door if you do not RSVP.  Register here!  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of Rotary.  Bring potential Rotarian Guests and family of Rotary.

Thank you to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors!


Mount Joy Announces Co-Presidents for 2019-20

At a lunch meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 the Rotary Club of Mount Joy announced the Co-Presidents for the upcoming Club year. President Mark Rorabaugh and President Greg Sallade will chair the Tuesday lunch meetings at the Gathering Place in Mount Joy. Dave Christian and Gary Ebersole will lead Thursday’s meeting at Bube’s Brewery. Decisions which affect the entire Club will be shared.
Also announced were the future club leaders: President-Elect Randy Wolgemuth, First Vice President Leonard Nolt and Christopher Silvestri, Second-Vice President. Special recognition was also given to new Paul Harris Fellow Joel Hughes and to Lowell Fry who received his fourth Paul Harris pin.
The theme for the upcoming year is Rotary Connects the World. The Club’s many activities and charitable donations will reflect that motto. Activities include several fundraisers at which the Rotary Fry wagon will be present, the Whittel Farm harvest project, the REYS Backpack project, and the second annual Pints for Polio week.
The week of September 10-15 the Club will focus on Suicide prevention. The Tuesday and Thursday will have awareness programs and will be open to the public, (normal meal and beverage charges will apply). Other activities will include a panel forum and vigil at the Milanof-Schock Library on Wednesday evening, September 11 and an awareness walk of just under two miles on Saturday, September 15, beginning at Rotary Park in Mount Joy.
The picture shows: Co-Presidents, Mark Rorabaugh and Greg Sallade with President-Elect Randy Wolgemuth, First VP Leonard Nolt and Second VP Christopher Silvestri.

Beer & Wine Fest! 

Plan now to attend the RCMN Beer and Wine Fest on September 21, 2019. 

Click here to purchase tickets today!! 


Chili Cook-Off 

Upcoming Events
District Governors Installation
Wyndridge Farm
Jun 27, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Jul 08, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Rotary Means Business - Southern Tier
Peoples Bank Park
Jul 22, 2019
5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
District Advisory Council of PDGs
Byrnes Health Education Center
Aug 03, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Aug 05, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
AG/AMC/AFC Meeting
Perkins Restaurant
Aug 06, 2019
5:45 PM – 8:00 PM
Youth Exchange 2018-19 Outbound Debriefing
Dickinson College
Aug 10, 2019
YE Inbound Overnight Social - York
Aug 24, 2019 – Aug 25, 2019
YE Inbound Orientation & Tri-Annual Meeting
Christ Lutheran Church
Aug 24, 2019
8:15 AM – 12:00 PM
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