24 October is World Polio Day

As World Polio Day approaches, the Rotary community is getting ready to amplify our message about eradicating polio to protect the world’s children from this devastating disease.

Together, we’ve made tremendous progress. Now it’s time to intensify our fight to make polio the second human disease ever to be eradicated. Last year, the World Health Organization’s African region was certified free of wild poliovirus, showing that eradication is possible even in very difficult circumstances. The wild poliovirus remains endemic in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. We can use World Polio Day to advocate for the support we need to end polio in countries where it still paralyzes children.

Inspire action
Take action for World Polio Day by promoting the importance of polio eradication, raising funds, and planning events. Let’s engage our communities in the fight against polio — because as long as polio exists anywhere, it remains a threat everywhere.

Use the World Polio Day Toolkit to find resources and tips for planning activities and promoting a polio-free world. Inspire others to join us by hosting virtual and community events, creating fundraisers, and sharing posts on social media. Click here!
Register your club’s participation in World Polio Day to show how Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs around the world are taking action to eradicate polio. If you register your events, fundraisers, and promotions by 14 October, you’ll get early access to a download of Rotary’s World Polio Day Global Update one week before the program will be shown on 24 October on Rotary’s Facebook page and
Use Raise for Rotary to start an online fundraiser to benefit The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund for World Polio Day. Then, share it with your network! The top Raise for Rotary World Polio Day 2021 fundraisers will be featured on My Rotary.

COVID-19 UPDATE from the Safety Committee

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates that all counties in our district during the seven-day period ending 9/16 have a “High” rate of COVID-19 transmission (>10% positivity rate. Source: )  Four-week trends are noted below with the column on the far right being the most recent rate.
  • Adams             6% -   8% -   9% -11%
  • Cumberland    8% -   9% - 11% -10%
  • Dauphin          11% - 11% -11% -14%
  • Lancaster         8% -   9% - 10% -11%
  • Lebanon          8% -   9% - 10% -14%
  • Perry               12% -11% - 15% -14%
  • York                 7% - 10% - 10% -12%
The CDC recommends mask wearing indoors for everyone regardless of vaccination status in areas with substantial or high transmission rates of COVID-19. Why? Even vaccinated individuals can acquire and transmit the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant although in vaccinated people rates of hospitalization and death are low.   If you are a Rotarian that has tested positive for COVID-19 within 2 weeks of being in-person with club members, please remember to notify your club leadership so all members who were in your presence can be notified and take the necessary precautions to mitigate virus spread and illness.  It is important that clubs also convey this information to speakers and guests at their events including students. Read more on what to do for a community-related exposure at:  Did you know the FDA approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?  If you aren’t vaccinated, do it now not just for yourself, but for our children and neighbors around the world.

APPLICATIONS OPEN! 2021 Community Change Grants

Apply Now for a $1500 Grant

It's that time of year! Our annual Community Change Grants are now open for applications. This beloved program aims to provide support to our growing network of advocates, grassroots organizers, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create tangible change at the community level.
We are looking to fund projects that:
  • Increase physical activity and active transportation in a specific community
  • Work to cross engage people and organizations newer to the efforts of walking and moving and walkability
  • Demonstrate a culture of antiracism and inclusive health and design
  • Support and cultivate connected, active and deeply engaged communities


Thanks to our Active People, Healthy Nation Partners for funding these catalytic projects.


And this year, General Motors is funding ten additional $1,500 Community Change Grant projects in designated towns and cities with GM facilities!


RI Membership Webinars

Rotary’s members are our greatest strength. When our membership is strong, our clubs are more vibrant, Rotary and Rotaract is more visible, and our clubs have more resources to help communities flourish. Let’s examine the state of Rotary’s membership: who is joining, who is leaving, and the opportunities we all have to help Rotary grow.
Join us for the first webinar in our Engaging Members + Delivering Value series, The State of Membership. There will be two sessions offered: 
During this webinar we will:
  • Examine the state of Rotary’s membership: who is joining, the reasons people are leaving, and the opportunities we all have to help Rotary grow. 
  • Discuss ways to elevate Rotaract as an equal partner in service. 
  • Highlight the importance of inclusion as we work to involve more people in the work we do. 
Register now for one of the sessions and submit your questions to our experts. A recording will be available to everyone who registers.  

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)


Cost: $25 per Rotarian. $10 for Rotaractors.

Click here to register!!

Uptown York Bus Trip to Fight 93 Memorial

In honor of the Uptown York Rotary Club’s 10th anniversary,  the UYRC is hosting a bus trip fundraiser benefitting its community grants program to the Flight 93 National Memorial on Saturday, October 16. We will be traveling is style via Bailey’s Rotary-branded motor coach!  
If you’ve never been please consider joining us - it’s a very moving experience. See flyer attached. Click here to purchase tickets.  Tickets include transportation, lunch, and snacks. We are following the CDC and PA Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines that are in place on the day of the event. Note: the event is rain or shine - tickets are not refundable but are transferable.

Lancaster-Sunrise Fall Fest

Colonial Park Family Fun Day

Hershey Fundraising Reception & Silent Auction

Hershey Gardens

Sunday, September 26, 2021

3:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon at the beautiful Hershey Gardens for a garden reception and silent auction to benefit Hershey Rotary’s community support programs. The reception will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and live musical entertainment. The silent auction will include one of a kind items and other unique opportunities for your bidding!

100% of the net proceeds from the auction & reception are used for charitable purposes. Organizations supported in recent years include Hershey Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, The Mohler Center, Hershey Volunteer Fire Company, Love INC, Hershey Area Playhouse, Hershey Community Chorus, Hershey Historical Society, Hershey Public Library, Hershey Symphony, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and many more. Hershey Rotary Club is also very active in supporting youth through our Student of the Month program, Service Above Self Scholarships, and the International Youth Exchange program.

Ticket Price: $100/person

Visa and Master Card will be accepted for auction items and registration.

To donate an auction item, to advertise in the auction program, to be a sponsor, and to register, contact Tracy Creer at 717-220-1558 or by September 20, 2021.

Registration is also available online at

Lancaster South Motorcycle Ride/Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

Rotary Club of Lancaster South is holding a motorcycle ride/pancake breakfast fundraiser on September 25, 2021. This event will benefit the affordable housing programs at Tenfold, which was created by the merger of Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership and Tabor, as well as funding our philanthropic work in our community. The event will be held at the Willow Street Fire Company in Willow Street PA with breakfast starting at 9 a.m. until noon, and will feature three great rides in Lancaster and York Counties. These are self guided tours with maps and .gpx files provided by the organizers. To register or for more information, click this link or paste this URL into your browser,

Youth Exchange - How Can My Club Participate?

Upcoming Events
Youth Exchange Student Info Session
Sep 25, 2021
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Youth Exchange Club Commitments to Host Due
District Office
Sep 25, 2021
12:00 PM – 12:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Oct 04, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Safety Committee Meeting
Oct 06, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
New Member Chat
Oct 13, 2021
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
District Governor Line Meeting
Oct 14, 2021
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
Virtual Event
Oct 23, 2021
DYE Workshop
Oct 23, 2021
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
World Polio Day
Oct 24, 2021
YE 2022-2023 OB Apps Due to Clubs
Oct 30, 2021
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