2021 District Conference

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District Development Session on Community Partnerships



2021-2022 RI President Announces Presidential Theme

Incoming Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta urged members to become more involved in service projects, saying that caring for and serving others is the best way to live because it changes not only other people’s lives, but also our own.

Mehta, a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, revealed the 2021-22 presidential theme, Serve to Change Lives, to incoming district governors on 1 February during the Rotary International Assembly. The assembly, a yearly training event for district governors-elect, was originally set to take place in Orlando, Florida, USA, but was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mehta spoke about how participating in service projects through Rotary changed him as a person and made him empathize more with the needs of others. Soon after joining his club, he helped carry out projects that benefited rural communities in India.

Some of the poor conditions he saw in those communities strengthened his commitment to service. “I truly understood the plight of my brethren,” he said.

Mehta participated in initiatives that brought artificial limbs to children, clean water and sanitation to homes, and better health care facilities to communities.

“Rotary kindled the spark within me to look beyond myself and embrace humanity,” he said. “Service became a way of life for me and I, like many others, adopted the guiding philosophy that ‘Service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth, and I want to be a good tenant of this earth.’”

Mehta encouraged district governors-elect to lead by example during their term and inspire Rotary and Rotaract members to participate in projects that have measurable and sustainable impacts. He’s asking each club to conduct a Rotary Day of Service.

“At the end of your term as district governor, you should feel that because of your leadership, because of your inspiration to Rotarians and Rotaractors, the world has changed for the better because of the service done by them during the year,” he said.

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Regional Leader Receives Prestigious


Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s 

43rd Community Service Award
An international commitment theme of Rotarians around the world is Service Above Self.  These three simple words guide Rotary International members everywhere to serving others.  Since 1911 members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg (RCH) have taken the service commitment to heart.  Starting in 1977 particularly active members have been recognized by their fellow club members with the Community Service Award.
While there is no financial award for these community spirited individuals, the recognition from fellow members is a, “celebration of Rotary service and its transformative impact on my life,” says the 2020 and 43 recipient Susan L. Anthony.  Nominations are made from the potential recipient’s service and performance with organizations not related to the person’s work within the Rotary Club of Harrisburg.
Nominated from the vast majority of her approximately 200 RCH colleagues, Anthony was recognized for her years of working with numerous boards of non-profits and human service organizations in the region.  Among those most recent board positions are the HANNA Foundation (HANNA’s Pantry), the Susquehanna Art Museum and the Dauphin County Library System.  Her contributions to such organizations often include leadership direction, project development and coordination and have been known to last years and often decades.
According to Anthony, “While I may have helped organizations I believe in by providing food for hungry bodies through the HANNA’s Pantry or food for the soul and spirit through the Susquehanna Art Museum; I’m the one receiving the blessings of personal enrichment and a sense of satisfaction.”  A select list of other organizations Anthony has counseled include the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy, president of the Council for Public Education, president of the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society and the Pennsylvania News Media Association.
Even her work world was centered in community enhancement.  For 30 years, Anthony worked for the Patriot-News organization in the community service department then serving as the director for 20 of those years.  The organization’s premier community-focused events were the internationally recognized Newspaper in Education (NIE) program saluting student achievements including the Central PA Spelling Bee, Central PA Scholastic Art and Writing and the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair. 
“I am particularly proud that one of our NIE Projects in collaboration with the Harrisburg School District raised the reading comprehension of elementary aged children by 30 percent and was awarded the acclaimed Young Reader Prize by the World Association of Newspapers,” adds Anthony.
Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s 43rd Community Service Award winner Susan L. Anthony outside of HANNA’s Pantry.
Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s 43rd Community Service Award winner Susan L. Anthony (person waving) helps pack literature bags for Dauphin County Libraries To distribute to young readers.

Teacher Impact Awards

In a year like no other, every teacher deserves an award! Help us celebrate educators who made an extra-special impact. 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 2021 Teacher Impact Awards!
We all know teachers who have gone the extra mile to make a difference in the lives of their students. This program is designed to recognize and celebrate seven K-12 teachers in public and private schools in the Rotary District’s seven county area which include:
  • Adams
  • Cumberland
  • Dauphin
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Perry
  • York
A committee of Rotary and WITF staff will review nominations and produce a special compilation television program featuring the outstanding teachers that will air on WITF TV. The top teachers will also be honored at a special awards ceremony on May 26, 2021.
Celebrate an outstanding teacher by completing the nomination form online here (preferred) or download and send the completed form via email to You can also mail the form to: Teacher Impact Awards (4801 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111)
All forms must be received by February 28, 2021.

District 7390 Launches a BLOG

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new District 7390 blog which will feature the good people and good work of Rotarians throughout District 7390!  Unlike the Rotary Reporter, the blog will be a place for Rotarians to share the stories BEHIND the news.  Examples of stories can include innovative club service projects, member spotlights, and ways your club is impacting the community.
Go to to read our first featured post submitted by members of the Harrisburg Keystone Club!  While you are there, subscribe to the blog by scrolling down to the bottom of the homepage and inserting your email address.  By doing so, you will automatically get happy stories delivered to your in-box once they get posted.   We hope to publish stories weekly but need authors!  Go to the “Contributor Guidelines” on the blog for submission guidance.
This new platform was launched as a project of the new District Communications Committee chaired by Passport Club member Patricia Green-Rodgers.  Contact her at with questions, suggestions, and ways you would be willing to share your expertise in spreading the good work of Rotary in our community.

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Upcoming Events
International Assembly
Feb 01, 2021 – Feb 11, 2021
District Development - Community Partnerships
Virtual Event
Feb 08, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Leadership Meeting
Feb 09, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Global Grant Scholar Interviews
Feb 13, 2021
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Communications Committee Meeting
Feb 17, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
District Leadership Team Meeting & Pre-PETS
Feb 18, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Mid-Atlantic Rotary PETS
Feb 25, 2021 – Feb 27, 2021
Youth Exchange OB Applications due to ESSEX
Mar 01, 2021
Grant Committee Meeting
Mar 01, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Leadership Meeting
Mar 09, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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