Mentoring/Retention Committee

Bringing a new member into your club is exciting – you’ve met the challenge of recruitment and want to share all of Rotary with your new member!
Losing a member of your club is disheartening – how could that person possibly not have caught the Rotary passion that we all share?!?!
District leadership would like to help you with the challenge of mentoring, engaging and keeping your members – hence, the formation of a Committee!
DG John Anthony has entrusted Elizabeth Wolf (York-East) with getting this committee up and running. He has spoken about it with every club during the course of his official visits. Do you have an interest in helping with this effort? As always, with a district activity, those who participate expand their network, their understanding of the incredible scope of Rotary and their commitment to Rotary.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Elizabeth Wolf at

Rotary Veterans Initiative Seeking Mentors

The Rotary Veterans Initiative is looking for mentors in the following fields:  Business Administration and its Supply Chain Management component and the Franchise Business.
Mentors can be from our network of district Rotarians or from their friends and acquaintances that may be experts in these areas.  Please contact PDG Alden Cunningham at if you can mentor or have anyone that has agreed to be a mentor for a student veteran from Harrisburg Community College.  Thank you.

District Safety Committee News

  1. The COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidance document is now updated on the District 7390 webpage by clicking here.  Additions include:
    • New Rotary International Position Statements outlining the importance of Rotary Clubs advocating for COVID-19 vaccines, risk mitigation practices, and service activities aimed at supporting public health efforts during the pandemic.
    • New CDC guidance on best practices for mask wearing including covering the face/nose and “double masking” to optimize protection.
    • An emphasis on avoiding food consumption during club meetings to minimize virus transmission based on the lack of mask wearing.
    • A new Appendix F titled “Club Safety Liaison Position Description”.  
  2. The District Safety Committee is encouraging clubs to appoint a “Club Safety Liaison” who would serve as the recipient and distributor of safety guidance to their club from the District Safety Committee.  Ideally this person would also assure safe practices are considered during any in-person activities of their club.  Club Presidents should submit the name and contact information for their Safety Liaison to DGN Juliet Altenburg at
  3. Interested in participating in vaccine distribution?  There are several ways to help within our district!  Just go to the links below to learn more!
  4. Advertise your club’s support for mask wearing on a Digital Billboard!
  1. Experts Needed in develop and implement District Crisis Management Plan
    • Rotary International now requires that every District develop a Crisis Management Plan.  We are looking for a team of experts to help us create this plan and also serve as a member of the Crisis Management Team (CMT).  This team would function as a subcommittee within the District Safety Committee.  Please contact DGN Juliet at  if you or someone you know, is willing to help.  Membership in Rotary is not a requirement to lend your expertise.  To read more about this project go to:

Youth Exchange VLOG with the Kurtz Family

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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.

Rotary Park in Mount Joy

The Rotary Club of Mount Joy invites our friends and neighbors to volunteer a little time at Rotary Park in Mount Joy. If you enjoy playing in the dirt, the Spring Workday and Community Celebration is for you! Join in on Saturday, April 10 AM – drizzle or shine –  from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM (Rain date is April 24).
More than ever, your help is needed! The annual workday helps us prepare the park for the season and is being planned as a 2021 community celebration. Rotary Park is home to Hotchkiss, Merchandiser, and Don Pop Staley Fields. The park is a great place to play ball, take a brisk walk, or lounge at the picnic tables while the little ones play at the tot-lot. If you want to help polish this lovely community gem, consider joining the Rotary team for a few hours.
Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 10. Help us plan by registering before April 7th. To register or ask a question, send an email to Dave Christian at or call him at 717-492-4295 (daytime)/717-653-2622 (evenings). Join the Rotary team that Saturday at the Fairview Park entrance, across the street from the former Lions’ Club Pool entrance. Additional parking may be found off the Market Street entrance.
Please bring your tools and dig in! Individual and group opportunities exist for all ages and at all skill levels. Your email address will also help us keep you informed of workday details as they develop. (Softball anyone?) A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided to our volunteers. Please provide an estimate of the number of people you are planning to bring to the event when you register.
If the April 10th date does not work for you, there are other opportunities to get involved. Contact Dave at the numbers above to volunteer to keep the park beautiful throughout the growing season. Help with weeding, mulching, or other hands-on projects this summer. Give your family, team, church, workplace, or club a chance to develop their community spirit this year.
Visit the Rotary Club of Mount Joy’s Facebook page to learn more about Rotary and the Mount Joy Club’s activities.  If you are interested in being a guest at either the Tuesday noon or Thursday evening meetings, call Randy Wolgemuth at 717-468-6128 or send an email to
Pictured left to right Mindy Merkey and Sandy Christian. 
The tree picture: yellow shirt Dave Christian, with back to the photographer is Brian Ebersole, and the other adult is Scott Everhart. The children are helpers who just stopped by that day we do not have their names.
If anyone has questions the PR says to contact Dave Christian. That is the best info. I will be out of the area in April.

Gettysburg Distributes Dictionaries

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg has been distributing dictionaries to third grade students for many years. The club usually meets in a bar for happy hour to put Rotary labels on the dictionaries. That wasn’t possible this year but the Rotarians were determined to get the dictionaries to the students. President-elect Larry Redding and Foundation Chair Anna-Mae Kobbe chaired this year’s effort. Masked Rotarians met in the Gettysburg Times distribution depot with the garage door open to prepare the dictionaries. About 800 dictionaries will be distributed to students in Bermudian Springs, Upper Adams, Conewago Valley, Gettysburg, and Fairfield school districts as well as Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School, Saint Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School, Vida Charter School and Gettysburg Montesorri School.
Upcoming Events
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
World Water Day
Mar 22, 2021
Rotary Means Business
Mar 24, 2021
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Grant Committee Meeting
Apr 05, 2021
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Leadership Meeting
Apr 13, 2021
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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