A Message From the Governor

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
The sixth in a series of brief reflections on the Rotary International Vision Statement
To create lasting change
In the last reflection we spoke of taking action because we Rotarians are people of action. But this next phrase is a little more difficult because it contains that O so difficult word “change.” Now I live in South Central Pennsylvania in the USA and around here the word “change” is not one that is easily accepted. I have a neighbor who still refers to the road at the end of the one on which I live as the “new road”… and it has been there now for almost 50 years! Moreover, as a pastor, I live my life in the church and I learned long ago that the word “change” in our congregations is often to be avoided unless you want a mini battle on your hands.
Yet we Rotarians are not called to take action if we are not willing to do it for the sake of making a change…and a change hopefully for the better. When we install a well in some far distant land, we are making a change in the lives of the people who use it and improving their lot. When we sit with children and help them learn to read we are changing their lives for the better. When we undertake a community project, we change that community for the better.
Yes change can be difficult to accept at times in our lives; none of really likes things to change. But, even in this 8th decade of my life, I have come to believe that death and taxes are not the only two confirmable truths in our lives because the reality of change is also true. Change is all around us and it cannot be ignored. We live in a world today which is subject to change not by the decade or the year or the month or even the day but by the minute. To refuse to accept change, deal with change, even embrace change, is to condemn ourselves to living in the shadow of the past which has no meaning or bearing for us. Yes we can hold to our traditions and sometimes to our structures for the mooring they give us in a time of change. But as Rotarians we can both value those traditions and still embrace the change around us.
So let us not be afraid of change. Let us use the change to create something new, something better, something wonderful so that our world, our communities and we ourselves are better for it.    

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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REGISTER TODAY for RLI on October 12

Please plan to attend the next Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) to be held on Oct. 12, 2019, in the Greater Harrisburg Area.
As you know, RLI is 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.
How to Register for RLI! (Register at
Ready to register for an event?  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. Dear Presidents, PLEASE bring Rotarians for your club, to learn more about Rotary, engage with other clubs and more importantly help to develop the cadre of leaders that we need to grow Rotary.
Register at
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).
PLEASE register ASAP RSVPs ends 10-4-19. Please encourage other leaders and bring at least one Rotarian(s) from your club(s), committee(s) and register them ASAP
Course Levels: Parts I, II, III, and Graduate (The graduate-level will focus on Fundraising)
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

Pints for Polio

World Polio Day is just around the corner!

Visit one of these local establishments to support the 2019-20 Pints for Polio!!
October 17 - 5 to 8 p.m.Pints for PolioRiver Bend Hop Farm & BreweryPerry County
October 22 - 5 to 8 p.m.Ice Cream Pints for PolioUdder BlissElizabethtown
October 23 - 6 to 9 p.m.Pints for PolioCox Brewing CompanyElizabethtown
October 23Pints for PolioStoner GrillLancaster
October 24 - 6 to 9 p.m.Pints for PolioFunk BrewingElizabethtown
October 24 - 5 to 11 p.m.Pints for PolioMarket Cross PubCarlisle
October 24 Pints for PolioMick's All American PubLancaster-South
October 25 - 6 to 9 p.m.Pints for PolioMoo-Duck BreweryElizabethtown

Eisenhower Humanitarian Award Presented to PDG John Kramb

Having demonstrated the fundamental tenant of Rotary International of service above self, John Kramb was named recipient of the 2019 Dwight D. Eisenhower Humanitarian Award.

Presented by the Rotary Club of Gettysburg, this award is given to residents of Adams County who demonstrate a lifelong commitment to the local community and to the world community.

After retiring from the United States Army in the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1995, he and his wife, Katherine, purchased the Adams County Winery in 1998. Together they built the winery into a thriving tourist attraction and venue for weddings, family gatherings and other events. Kramb’s trusty four-legged friend, Rusty, hosted an open invitation to his birthday party each year benefitting the Adams County SPCA. The winery is currently the fifth oldest winery in Pennsylvania and is home to the award winning wine, Tears of Gettysburg.

John has been a member of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg since 2005 and served as club president during 2009-2010. He also served in a number of district offices, including membership coordinator, assistant governor for Group I, the district budget committee, two district conference planning committees, Rotary UN Day coordinator and chair of the District Grants Committee. He was elected District Governor for 2015-2016. Kramb is a member of Rotary Leadership Institute and has traveled throughout the zone training Rotary leaders. He has attended eight International Conventions, during which he learned of an opportunity to participate in National Immunization Day in Dhanbad, India. He traveled to India in 2012, 2017 and 2018 to participate in the immunization distribution for polio. It is Rotary’s goal to eradicate the world of polio. Having had polio as a child, John knows first-hand the effects of this terrible disease. John has made it his mission to assist in all ways possible in reaching this goal. Also close to John is his desire to see that schoolchildren Vijiyawada, India have sanitary facilities at school. John has participated with Rotary’s partner in Vijiyawada with installing toilets and handwashing facilities in schools. As Americans take this for granted, the young girls see this as a gift as they are now able to continue their education much the same as young boys.

When John is not traveling, he can be found at the Historic Fairfield Inn. In 2013, John became the 27th innkeeper since the Inn’s founding in 1757.
First presented to Dwight D. Eisenhower by the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, the award was transferred in 2003 to the Rotary Club of Gettysburg because of the club’s links to Eisenhower.

Kramb will be honored at the Rotary’s Luncheon meeting on Oct. 21 at the Gettysburg Hotel, on Lincoln Square, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Reservations for the luncheon and award presentation are $14 and can be made by emailing Chris Kimple at by Oct. 16. Please include Eisenhower Humanitarian Award in the subject line.

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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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! 

Trees for the Trail Dedication Ceremony - November 10

Rotary Rocks Benefit Concert

Upcoming Events
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
Grant Committee Meeting
Johns Diner
Oct 07, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Lebanon Official DG Visit
Oct 08, 2019
Northern Lebanon County Official DG Visit
Oct 08, 2019
Carlisle Official DG Visit
Oct 10, 2019
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