Posted by Alden Cunningham on Oct 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg will host the 46th RMB networking event of Rotary District 7390’s RMB history and the 10th event of the 2018 RMB season on Thursday, November 15 at the Capitol Blue Cross Retail Store 4500 Marketplace Way, Enola, PA.  The event is FREE thanks to major sponsor Capitol Blue Cross and tasty hors d’oeuvres and adult (wine/beer) and soft beverages will be served.  The event begins at 5:30 and ends at 7:30 pm.  Click here to 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!
Harrisburg Hosts Rotary Means Business on November 15 Alden Cunningham 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Oct 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of Hanover hosted a wonderful RMB networking event on October 11 at Elsner Engineering Works, Hanover, PA with 27 Rotarians and guests attending from seven clubs representing all areas of District 7390.  The event was FREE thanks to event sponsors Elsner Engineering Works; ASIX Quality; Ledge, Inc.; Traditions Mortgage; and York Traditions Bank.  Many young Rotarians enlivened the event which enjoyed much fun/fellowship and many great connections were made.  Thank you to the Rotary Club of Hanover for making this networking event so worthwhile for all concerned and to Elsner Engineering Works for providing such an interesting venue.  Well done all!!




Thank you to the Hanover Event Sponsors and RMB Major Sponsors Hoffman Funeral Home and Capital Blue Cross. 

Hanover Hosts Successful RMB Event! Alden Cunningham 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Stoner on Oct 18, 2018
This past spring, the Rotary Club of Shippensburg lost one of our most dedicated members, Ra Kligge, who passed away on May 11, 2018.  Ra was a passionate and devoted Rotarian and a lead volunteer and inspiration for many of our projects and programs.  He is and will continue to be greatly missed by the members of our club and other Rotarians, his family, friends and community.
To honor and remember Ra Kligge, the Rotary Club of Shippensburg Foundation has set up a separate fund dedicated to Ra’s memory.  The money raised in this fund will be used to start and continue projects that were a part of Ra’s vision while he was with us.  We would like to carry on these activities and programs that Ra was so zealous about.  To do so, we are asking that anyone who is able to, please consider making a donation towards this fund.  Your contributions will be used to carry out Ra’s ideas and to make our community a better place.
If you would like to contribute, checks can be made payable to The Rotary Club of Shippensburg Foundation.  Please include “In Memory of Ra Kligge” on the memo line so we can be sure to allocate your contribution to this fund.  All contributions can be mailed to the following address: Rotary Club of Shippensburg Foundation (PO Box 572, Shippensburg, PA 17257). 
Thank you for your consideration and help in keeping Ra’s spirits alive. 
Shippensburg Foundation Sets Up Fund in Memory of Ra Kligge John Stoner 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Addeline Alaniz-Edwards on Oct 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg is going BIG this year!  Sure, this Club continues to do big things in their community, but this year they are letting everyone in town know about it with a big billboard initiative.
President, Andy Rebuck, accepted the gavel in July promising the membership lots of complimentary billboards with three neat strategies.
First, each week a member is invited to give a 120 second update on their role in the Club. Then they receive a Service Above Self coffee mug, and as Andy would say, “their mug (photo) is proudly displayed on a People of Action billboard.”
Second, the Club hosts “Good News Reporting” with a goal of raising $5,000 total this year for the Polio Plus funds and members who report are entered into a drawing and are featured on End Polio Now billboards.
Third, everyone loves new members and wants to jump up and down to shout hooray and welcome, and this year Harrisburg is featuring new members on a billboard.
If you are reading this note and wondering how this is possible, please note that the Club President also happens to be VP/GM of a local billboard company.  His advice is if you like this idea, you might want to send a note to your local billboard company asking them to consider similar support—and of course invite them to join your Club. 
We certainly hope you are all having a big year in Rotary and if we can provide any more information or assistance with this idea, please contact our Club Administrator, Addeline Alaniz-Edwards,
Harrisburg is Going BIG this Year! Addeline Alaniz-Edwards 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John May on Oct 18, 2018
During my DG John May's visit to the Rotary Club of Paradise he met Robert (Bob) Espenshade who has achieved 62 years of perfect attendance. Visiting that day was Orville Lauver from the Rotary Club of Red Lion-Dallastown who completed his 54th year of perfect attendance in September.  Mr. Espenshade was on the Pequea Valley school board when PDG Ann Keim was hired as the school superintendent.
Perfect Attendance John May 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John May on Oct 18, 2018
This year, clubs across our district are hosting 25 Pints for Polio events to raise money for END POLIO NOW! Rotary International committed to raise $50 million a year for three years towards eradicating polio.  The money we raise will be matched 2-1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Last year we raised $9000 and our goal is to increase that by 25%.
I encourage you to attend one or more of the events and support our initiative.  If you are not able to attend one of the events, I am asking that you make a donation to The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Fund.  Donations can be made online at  Your donations can be made in honor of someone, such as your children or grandchildren or in memory of someone. 
As I have traveled around the district I've been asked questions about Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and I am sure some of you have been asked questions also.  I wanted to share with you this document that Rotary International prepared with simple answers to some common questions from Rotarians. Click here to view the article. I found it very interesting and helpful. 
On October 24, Rotary will be hosting a live stream event from the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of American Medicine.  The event starts at 6:30 p.m.  Information on how to live stream the event can be found here. This event will be recorded to be viewed later.
We all have a part to play in the eradication of polio.  This is the time for us to raise awareness of what Rotary is doing, to raise the needed funds and TO BE THE INSPIRATION TO END POLIO NOW. 
WORLD POLIO DAY - OCTOBER 24, 2018 John May 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Clem Gilpin on Oct 11, 2018
Participate in a community service project and attend a Rotary Club meeting!
  • DEPART TUESDAY, FEB 12, 2019
Accommodations at the school approx. $40.00 per night or at Moulin Sur Mer Resort approx. $100.00 per night
Contact Clem Gilpin if interested at or 717 649-2290
Mid Winter Trip to St Marc Haiti Clem Gilpin 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Betsy Buckingham on Oct 11, 2018
In early October  of 2018, the York-East Rotary Club participated in a road clean-up crew. One of the group found a $1 bill and gave it as a Happy Dollar at the next club meeting! 
Road Clean-Up Crew Betsy Buckingham 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob McClenathan on Oct 11, 2018
One small part of the recent Eye Care Vocational Training Team to Malawi was providing low vision care to people with albinism. Here are photos of a few of our patients who received photochromatic spectacles, sunglasses with a unique tint just for them, sunscreen, and a telescope to improve distance vision. Rotary Club of Lancaster, with partner clubs Elizabethtown, Mechanicsburg North, Lancaster Penn Square, and Northern Lebanon County, sponsored this Global Grant project that included training of local eyecare practitioners in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma, strabismus, albinism, diabetes, and a few other maladies. Ten Rotarians from our district, or friends of Rotary, were joined by Danish colleagues to complete this amazing project. 
Eye Care Vocational Training Team Bob McClenathan 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Paul on Oct 11, 2018
Hershey Rotary Club held its annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest on October 10. 1st place was awarded to Jose Mendez; 2nd place to Ty’Jhon Hall; 3rd Place to Desmond Primus. Jose and Ty’Jhon will be participants in the Rotary District 7390 Midlevel contest, to be held on November 10 in Harrisburg.
Pictured L to R: Elisabeth Milligan, Tori Wentland, Njambi Womak, 3rd Place Winner Desmond Primus, 2nd Place Winner Ty’Jhon Hull, and 1st Place Winner Jose Mendez.

Hershey Conducts Speech Contest Diane Paul 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Oct 11, 2018

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg participated in the United Way of Adams County Day of Caring on Saturday, Sept. 29. A team of Rotarians canvassed the community looking for homes that could use free smoke detectors. The detectors were installed Saturday, Oct. 6 and Rotarians were there to help.  The event was sponsored by the American Red Cross who will supply the detectors.  Pictured, from left, are: Peter Lagerberger, Martha Lagerberger, Scott Wehler, Bill Braun, and Bonnie Braun.

Adams County Day of Caring Alex Hayes 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Harkey on Oct 11, 2018
Carlisle Rotarians had a friendly wager on the football game between Penn State and Ohio State on September 29: The losing fans would wear the winning team's colors at the next Rotary meeting.  It was a heartbreaker, but the Buckeyes were victorious and the Nittany Lion fans good-naturedly donned the Ohio State garb for the meeting.  And the shout of "Just wait 'til next year!" echoed throughout the room!
The Bet Was ON! Bill Harkey 2018-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Sep 27, 2018

The Rotary District 7390 Office will be closed Monday, October 1st through Tuesday, October 9. The office will re-open on Wednesday, October 10.

District Office CLOSED Melissa Bruck 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Sawicki on Sep 27, 2018

Lancaster-South Rotarian Chuck Sawicki is overjoyed to announce the launch of his new book “On Mentoring: Lessons Learned During an 80-Year Journey”. In this book , Chuck shares his intuitive personal mentoring style that goes beyond the old “one size fits all” model. It demonstrates the benefits of connecting people and communities.

Most of of us want to help our community, most of us want to create meaningful change, and most of us want to teach those around us the skills we have picked up along the way. But sadly, most of us aren’t quite sure where to start. Chuck is certain this book will assist you in that effort.

Click here to purchase the book on Amazon. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Rotary Foundation. 

On Mentoring: Lessons Learned During an 80-Year Journey Chuck Sawicki 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Wehler on Sep 27, 2018
For over 20 years, the Rotary Club of Gettysburg has cleared trash along a two mile section of Route 30 just east of Gettysburg.  The club clears trash two times each year, spring and fall.  On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the club again cleared trash as part of its commitment to the Gettysburg community.
Gettysburg Cleans Up Route 30 Scott Wehler 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Juliet Altenberg on Sep 27, 2018
Join the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North, Mechanicsburg Rotary Club, West Shore Rotary Club, Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee and other community partners in planting trees at the Hampden Township Veterans Park in honor of veterans.  Even one hour of support will be greatly appreciated since every hour counts as a match toward the grant that purchased the trees!
Date:  Saturday, October 6th
Time:  8 AM – 1 PM
Location:  Hampden Township Veterans Park, 4345 Marketplace Way, Enola, PA
Although registration is not required it is encouraged by signing up at this link: or through the events area of Facebook at @MechNorthRotary. To prepare for your time of planting please access the “Volunteer Essentials” document on the homepage of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North website at  Email Juliet at with questions.
Plant Trees in Honor of Veterans Juliet Altenberg 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Juliet Altenberg on Sep 27, 2018
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North has created a Meetup group called Service Above Self to engage the community in supporting fundraisers and service activities with their club.  There is no fee for joining the group and membership is open to anyone.  Check out the Service Above Self Meetup by going to:
Service Above Self Meet Up Group Juliet Altenberg 2018-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Sep 20, 2018
There are lots of fun events planned for Pints for Polio! Here is a list of what is scheduled so far! If your club is planning to host a polio fundraiser in October, please contact Melissa in the District office at so it can be added! 
York-NorthOctober 36:00 - 8:00Wyndridge Farm (885 S. Pleasant Ave, Dallastown)
Uptown YorkOctober 45:30 - 8:30 Collusion Tapworks (105 S. Howard St, York)
York-EastOctober 56:00 - 8:00Mexitaly (2440 E. Market St, York)
LancasterOctober 10 Stoner Grille (605 Granite Run Dr, Lancaster)
Perry CountyOctober 115:00 - 8:00River Bend Hop Farm & Brewery (1800 Lower Bailey Rd, Newport)
Harrisburg-KeystoneOctober 16 Appalachian Brewing Company (50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg)
LebanonOctober 17 Snitz Creek Brewery (7 N. 9th Street, Lebanon)
York-EastOctober 206:00 - 8:00Mexitaly (2440 E. Market St, York)
New HollandOctober 235:00 - 9:00Brady's Pub (856 W. Main St, New Holland)
October 23
6:00 - 9:00Funk Brewing (28 S. Market St, Elizabethtown)
Northern LebanonOctober 236:00 - 7:00Eagle Hotel (101 E. Main St, Fredericksburg)
Carlisle-SunriseOctober 245:00 - 11:00Market Cross Pub (113 N. Hanover St, Carlisle)
ElizabethtownOctober 246:00 - 9:00Cox Brewing (276 Heisey Quarry Rd, Elizabethtown)
Lancaster Penn SquareOctober 246:00 - 8:00Federal TapHouse (201 N. Queen St., Lancaster)
Mech, Mech-North & West ShoreOctober 24 Appalachian Brewing Co (6462 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg)
Red Lion/DallastownOctober 246:00 - 9:00Great America Saloon (20 Dairyland Sq, Red Lion)
October 25October 256:00 - 9:00Moo Duck Brewery (79 S. Wilson Ave, Elizabethtown)
YorkOctober 27 Downtown York Brew Pub Tour
YorkOctober 28 Downtown York Brew Pub Tour
Mount JoyOctober 305:00 - 8:00Rosie's Tavola (114 E. Main St, Mount Joy)
Mount JoyNovember 111:00 - 9:00Harvey's Main Street BBQ (304 E. Main St, Mount Joy)
Mount JoyNovember 14:00 - 8:00Twisted Bine (93 E. Main St, Mount Joy)
Mount Joy November 55:00 - 8:00Bube's Brewery (102 N. Market St, Mount Joy)

Thank you to all the establishments that are participating!

Pints for Polio Melissa Bruck 2018-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Craig Aiello on Sep 20, 2018
The Rotary Club of Hanover and the District 7390 Southern Tier RMB Steering Committee will host the ninth RMB networking event of the 2018 season and the 45th in its history on Thursday, October 11 at Elsner Engineer Works, Inc, 475 Fame Ave, Hanover, PA.  The event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 with dinner and drinks included. The event is free for those who RSVP. Thank you to the following sponsors: Elsner Engineering Works, Inc., ASIX Quality, LLC, Ledge Inc, Traditions Mortgage, and York Traditions Bank!
Contact Craig Aiello of the Rotary Club of Hanover at or call him at 717-451-0568 for more information.  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests!

Thank you to our Hanover event sponsors! 


Thank you to our 2018-19 RMB Major Sponsor! 

Rotary Means Business Hosted by Hanover on October 11 Craig Aiello 2018-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Frank Arcoleo on Sep 20, 2018
As Rotarians, we are all committed to the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self.  It’s great to see that we are not alone.  To that end, I thought you might be interested in attending an upcoming breakfast event on Sept 27 featuring Lloyd Reeb, of the Halftime Institute, titled “Get Going on Your Transition from Success to Significance.”  The attached flyer provides detailed information on the event and a link to register.  The Halftime Institute was founded by Bob Buford after he authored the well-known book, Halftime.  Lloyd Reeb, an accomplished business leader himself and author of the book, From Success to Significance, took the reins at Halftime when Bob retired about 15 years ago.  Lloyd is sharp and engaging, and his work with various Lancaster groups, including LBC and LCBC, has been very well-received and impactful.  His presentation on 9/27 is geared toward people who have experienced success in business, yet also possess a dose of selflessness that drives them to make a meaningful impact for the good of others. 
The September 27 event is put on by The Business Exit Advisors of Central PA, a local group of business advisors (of which Rotarians Steve Bell and Frank Arcoleo, both past Club Presidents, are members) that was formed in 2008 for the purpose of positioning businesses and their owners for the eventual/inevitable sale, transition, or merger.  They are essentially an affiliation of professionals (attorneys, CPAs, financial planners, mergers and acquisitions advisors, management consultants, etc.) who work in concert to help business owners plan and execute the transition process in a well-considered and coordinated fashion.  The group’s web address is:   
Inviting Rotary Club members and prospective members to this event would be a great way to reinforce the kinds of values that are near and dear to all Rotarians.  Seating is limited to somewhere around 200-240 people, so if you are interested, you may want to sign up fairly soon.  They’re not at capacity yet, but often registrations flood in at the last minute. Click here for a printable flier. 
Business Expo Frank Arcoleo 2018-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
DG John May reserved a block of 15 rooms for the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany.  The date of the reservations are from May 31 to June 5, 2019 and the rate is $248 euros ($287.34 dollars current exchange rate).  The rooms are "standard" rooms.  If you are interested in one of the rooms, please contact DG John May at  Please view the rooms on the hotel website at
Reserved Block of Rooms at the International Convention 2019 John May 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians around the world are creating educational opportunities for our youth.  Many of the Rotary Clubs in District 7390 are involved in their local school districts. They support educational programs and provide scholarships for post-secondary education. Some even provide student loans to assist with college education.
We are fortunate in the United States that public education is available to all children.
I would like to share with you what one Rotarian in our District has done to provide an education and a future for children in his native country.  Dr. Rodrique Mortel is a member of the Rotary Club of Hershey.  I met Dr. Mortel when I worked at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Motel was a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served as Chairman of the Department for 13 years before becoming Associate Dean and the first director of the Penn State Cancer Center.  Dr. Motel had a very distinguished career but never forgot where he came from.
Dr. Mortel grew up in extreme poverty in Haiti.  His family was evicted from their house because they could not pay $4 a month in rent.  His mother said this would not have happened if she had been educated.  The words she spoke were etched in his heart and he was determined to get an education and someday build a house for her.  
In 1997, Dr. Mortel established the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation to educate economically, socially and intellectually deprived children in Haiti.  They select the poorest of the poor to participate in an educational system that now ranges from pre-school to adult literacy.  The pre-school opened in 2001 in Saint Marc, Haiti and had 508 students enrolled in 2017-18.  The secondary school opened in 2011 and had an enrollment of 585 students in 2017-18.  A pre-school was opened in 2015 for 3 and 4 year olds and had an enrollment of 191 students last year.
In 2016, The Mortel High Hopes for Haiti Foundation was established and the operation of the schools was transferred to this foundation.  For more information about the school, visit the website at
The Mortel Family Charitable Foundation continues to thrive. You can read about its current and future programs at
Both foundations continue to work towards the same goal of empowering Haitians through education and  forming competent and compassionate future leaders of the country. 
Rotary’s theme this year, BE THE INSPIRATION definitely describes Dr. Mortel and the work that he has done and is doing in Haiti.
September is Education and Literacy Month John May 2018-09-13 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Sep 06, 2018
At the Rotary Foundation dinner on Thursday, November 8, several Clubs were recognized for their generous giving to the Rotary Foundation during the 2017-18 Rotary year. 
Global Grant Streamers
Just like the military services launch campaigns on the battlefield, Rotary International has launched campaigns for which global grants are made available and applied in six areas of focus. The military services are awarded varying color streamers for successful campaigns. District 7390 is proud to award streamers to Rotary clubs which successfully apply their time, talent, and resources in support of the areas of focus. Each focus area has an identifiable colored streamer on which the country and year of execution is embroidered. The Rotary Clubs of Hanover (Philippines 2018), Harrisburg-Keystone (Ecuador 2018), Lancaster (Malawi 2018) and York-East (Malawi 2018) each received a Green streamer for Disease Prevention and Treatment.
Highest Annual Fund Giving
  1. York
  2. Hanover
  3. Lancaster
Highest TOTAL Foundation Giving
  1. York
  2. Lancaster
  3. Hanover
Highest Annual Fund Per Capita Giving
  1. Hanover ($378.57)
  2. Mechanicsburg-North ($342.66)
  3. Colonial Park ($319.75)
100% Foundation Giving Clubs
The Rotary Clubs of Eastern York County, Hanover, Mount Joy, Northern Lebanon County, Palmyra, Southern York County and West York all achieved an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100% participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the 2017-18 Rotary year: Annual fund, Polio Plus fund, approved global grants or the Endowment fund.
This recognition is given to clubs that achieve a minimum Annual fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, with every dues paying member contributing at least $25 to the Annual fund. Congratulations to Hanover, Mount Joy, Northern Lebanon County, Palmyra and West York!
The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle, Elizabethtown, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster, Lancaster-Sunrise, Lititz, Mechanicsburg-North, Perry County, Southern York County, Uptown York and York are received a certificate of appreciation for their financial support to the End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign during the 2017-18 Rotary year.
2017-18 Presidential Citations
2017-18 RI President Ian Riseley said that Rotary is defined not by who we are, but by what we do. He said we answer the question “What is Rotary?” with our actions, by making a difference through our service. However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whether we are building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives – in ways large and small – for the better. Whatever motivation each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction we find in Rotary that causes us to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that week by week, year by year, we are part of Rotary: Making a Difference. In 2017-18, the Rotary Clubs of Elizabethtown, Hanover, Harrisburg-Keystone, Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg-North and Shippensburg made a strong and positive difference in their communities. They achieved goals related to Rotary’s three strategic priorities: to support and strengthen clubs, focus and increase humanitarian service and enhance Rotary’s public image and awareness.
CONGRATULATIONS! Melissa Bruck 2018-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rose Walmer on Sep 06, 2018
Join the Rotary Club of Myerstown-ELCO on a trip to The Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. on Friday, November 16th. The bus will depart from Wengers (251 S. Race St, Myerstown) at 7:00 a.m. and return to the same location at approximately 9:30 p.m. The cost is $45 per person (Includes transportation and gratuity).  Your lunch in DC and a dinner stop on the way home will be at your own expense. During our journey Tom Maiello will share his expertise regarding the Holocaust and information regarding the museum and exhibits.

RSVP to Rose Walmer - 717-866-8403 or
Checks may be made payable to Myerstown-ELCO Rotary and mailed to: Rose Walmer – 310 W Park Ave., Myerstown, PA 17067
Proceeds benefit the Myerstown-ELCO Rotary Club.
Holocaust Museum Bus Trip Rose Walmer 2018-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2018

Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested. Gupta wants to increase Rotary’s humanitarian impact as well as the diversity of its membership. “As individuals, we can only do so much,” Gupta said in a statement. “But when 1.2 million Rotarians work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and in the process, we can truly change the world.” Gupta has been a Rotarian since 1977 and has served Rotary as district governor, training leader, and resource group adviser, and as a member, vice chair, or chair of several committees.


Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the IIS University, Jaipur, in recognition of his contributions to water conservation. He has also received the coveted Padma Shri Award, the fourth-highest civilian award in India, conferred by the president of India for distinguished service to tourism and social work. Gupta has also received the Distinguished Service Award from The Rotary Foundation for his support of its humanitarian and educational programs.


He and his wife, Vinita, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Arch Klumph Society. Gupta is chair and managing director of Asian Hotels (West) Ltd., and owner of Hyatt Regency Mumbai and JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. He has served as president of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India and on the board of directors of Tourism Finance Corporation of India Ltd. He is the president of Experience India Society, a public-private partnership between the tourism industry and the government of India that promotes India as a tourist destination. He is also vice chair of the Himalayan Environment Trust and serves on the board of Operation Eyesight Universal in India.


To learn more about Sushil Gupta, read this interview and vision statement outlining his goals for Rotary.

Sushil Kumar Gupta selected to be 2020-21 Rotary president 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2018

Rotary Day at the United Nations celebrates two organizations’ shared vision for peace and highlights the critical humanitarian activities that Rotary and the UN lead around the world.

The event also honors people who make a positive difference in their community, their country, or around the world. Each year, about 1,000 guests attend.

Who attends?

Rotary Day at the United Nations is open to the public. The audience includes: 

  • Rotary International president and Board of Directors, Rotary Foundation Trustees, other Rotary leaders, and Rotary club members
  • Leaders from the United Nations 
  • Experts from other nongovernmental agencies
  • Renowned humanitarians 
  • Young leaders who attend to exchange ideas, learn about the UN, and meet international leaders

Rotary Day at the UN 2018

Under this year’s theme of “Youth Innovation: Crafting Solutions to Emerging Challenges,” Rotary will honor six innovators who are under age 35. More than 750 participants will attend the event on Saturday, 10 November, at the United Nations Information Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Rotary leaders, UN officials, and humanitarian experts will educate and inspire participants to find innovative strategies for addressing humanitarian challenges at local, regional, and global levels. 


General and breakout sessions will address the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how to harness the technological revolution for good, as well as young people’s role in creating change. A special session on the environment will highlight the importance of environmentally sustainable development and offer concrete actions that everyone can take to ensure a clean and healthy world.


The event will feature an Innovation Fair where Rotary clubs, businesses, and other organizations will exhibit humanitarian projects and cutting-edge technology that can help address the challenges we face.


The event is open to Rotary members and guests. REGISTER HERE!!

2018 RI United Nations Day 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Aug 30, 2018
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg will host A Rotary Oktoberfest on Oct. 13 at Battlefield Brew Works, 248 Hunterstown Road, Gettysburg.
Music will be provided by the nine-piece German band Egerlander from 2 to 6 p.m. Ticket includes meal of a German Beer Brat or hamburger, kraut, potato salad and more served by Rotarians. All food sales will benefit The Rotary Club of Gettysburg. Beer, wine and liquor will be available for purchase separately at the event.
All proceeds benefit the Rotary Benevolent Fund at the Adams County Community Foundation in memory of John W. "Jack" Phillips, a 46-year Rotarian and Community Foundation founder who died Aug. 18, 2018. Advanced tickets will be available at the Gettysburg Times, Battlefield Brew Works or by clicking here. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Strap on your lederhosen and get ready to dance the afternoon away! Alex Hayes 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Basile on Aug 30, 2018
The Boy Scouts from BSA Troop 39 introduced the Rotary Club of Mount Joy to Peach Dump Cake during the regular Rotary meeting on Tuesday, August 21. Troop 39 Scouts also conducted a knot training demonstration for the members.  President Mark Rorabaugh opened the program with a quote from Boy Scout founder Robert Baden-Powel, “The spirit is there in every boy; it just has to be discovered and brought to light.”
The delicious peach dump cakes were made in traditional Dutch Ovens on the Gathering Place grounds. Assisting in the preparation and serving the cakes were Ross Cray, Kyle Klink, Jordan Echterling, Nick Golden, Dillon Greenig and Liam Laffey. The  Scouts were under the direction of Scoutmaster Clay Golden.
For more details and pictures, review the Mount Joy Rotary Club’s Facebook page. If you are interested in being a guest at a Rotary Club meeting call Mark Rorabaugh at 717-653-4717.
Boy Scouts Introduce Peach Dump Cake Barbara Basile 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gephart on Aug 30, 2018
The Colonial Park Rotary Club awarded its annual Colonial Award to Rex Rothrock.  The Colonial Award is given each year to a member of the community that has done an outstanding  job of volunteerism and has made a major commitment to the betterment of our community. (Pictured L-R) Colonial Park Rotary Club Immediate Past President Melanie Walderon, Rex Rothrock, Deanna Rothrock and Colonial Park Rotary Club Foundation President Randy Sibert
Colonial Award Presented John Gephart 2018-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nigel Foundling on Aug 16, 2018

Arch Klumpf, considered to be the father of The Rotary Foundation, said in 1930: "Money alone does little good; Individual service is helpless without money; The two together can be a godsend to civilization." Service to our local and global communities is our mission as Rotarians. Financial support for service projects is available to Rotary clubs through grants directly from the District (District Club Grants) and from The Rotary Foundation (Global Grants). Generally speaking District Club Grant projects are for smaller, usually local, projects whereas Global Grants are for larger international projects. All clubs are encouraged to make use of these grants and the Foundation Coordinators as well as members of the Grant Committee stand ready to answer questions and assist as needed.

Clubs requesting grants must meet two basic requirements. First, the club must have a current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the club president and president elect. Secondly, at least one, and preferably two or three, club members must complete the on-line grant training within the current or past Rotary year and must appear as one or more of the contact persons for the grant.


District Club Grants

District Club Grant projects support short-term, humanitarian projects that benefit local or foreign communities. Once a year, a club may request grant funds for a project or may collaborate with another club's project. There is a maximum of five clubs per project.
You are encouraged to be creative and select projects that meet special needs in your local or global community. Some projects done in the past include: refurbishing playgrounds and parks,  books for literacy projects, supporting youth development projects, assisting with a family health festival, collecting and purchasing food for a food bank, providing dental care in Honduras, and providing clean water to foreign villages.
The District Grants Committee reviews each grant application for the appropriateness of the project based on Rotary International's humanitarian guidelines. Upon approval, clubs will be matched on a dollar for dollar basis up to $2,500, based on the amount of funds available and the number of grant requests. Clubs must submit a grant intention form by March 15, 2019 for a grant in the 2019-20 Rotary year. The full application will be due April 30, 2019. 

Global Grants

International projects with budgets exceeding $35,000 are best served with a Global Grant (GG). Due to District and Rotary International matching, properly qualified clubs may have the money raised for a project multiplied by 3.5 - i.e. A club raises $10,000 and can then do a project with budget of $35,000. This requires a strong relationship with a Rotary club (known as the host club) in the country where the project is to be done, a needs assessment, and documentation that the project is sustainable. The project must fit into one of Rotary International's six areas of focus.
Our goal is for all Clubs to participate in Rotary Grant projects for international or local community service. Grant seminars are provided by the District throughout the year to help Rotarians better understand the grant process.
For additional information contact:
Nigel Foundling, Chair                                                                  
D-7390 District Club Grant Committee                                                 
860 Lovers Lane                                         
Lebanon, Pa 17046                                                                          
Kathleen Stoup, Chair
D-7390 Global Grant Committee
12 Blue Mountain Vista
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
2019-20 Rotary Grant Deadlines Nigel Foundling 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Aug 16, 2018
The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise hosted a tremendously successful RMB networking event on Tuesday, August 14 at the Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory in Carlisle with 49 Rotarians and guests attending from nine district clubs (Carlisle, Carlisle Sunrise, Colonial Park, Hanover, Harrisburg, Harrisburg Keystone, Mechanicsburg North, Uptown York, and York).  Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory became a major sponsor by providing not only a great venue but also handling all the catering and beverage needs.  Chris Hoffman and his able staff did a great job for RMB for the second consecutive year.  Thank you Chris.  Thanks also to the Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise for being great hosts for the event.  Clearly, many excellent connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed by everyone.




Successful Rotary Means Business Held in Carlisle Alden Cunningham 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Grubb on Aug 16, 2018
The  4-Way Essay Contest, open to 9th Grade Students in District 7390, has undergone some major modifications for 2018-19. First, the topic of the essay has changed.  The Four-Way Test originated when Herbert J. Taylor wrote the four familiar questions in the course of transforming a failing aluminum company to a thriving, profitable one.  Seizing upon this history, this year we will ask 9th Graders to write an essay on How Rotary’s Four Way Test helps me confront or deal with the issue of failure?  We felt this topic was particularly appropriate as recent studies are showing that the younger generation is experiencing spikes in anxiety and depression stemming from difficulty in handling adverse situations.  We are hoping the Four-Way Test can be a resource for students as they confront these issues in the coming years.  We are also planning to change the essay prompt on a yearly or bi-yearly basis to keep the contest fresh and relevant to students.
Second, over the past several years, clubs were asked to coordinate with 9th Grade English teachers who would do an initial screen of the essays prior to submitting the best ones to the sponsoring club for evaluation.  If this works for you – great!  No need to change.  Some clubs, however, expressed that teachers were losing interest in the contest and burning out after several years of participation.  No knock against these hard-working teachers, but giving them, essentially, another set of papers to “grade” is a lot to ask.  We are now encouraging clubs to think of creative ways to receive entries to the contest.  For example, you may choose to coordinate with a teacher to offer the contest at schools in your service area, but instead of having the students submit their entries through the teacher, have the students mail or e-mail the essays directly to your club for review. How you receive the entries is now up to your Club.  We are hoping that flexibility in this area will make the contest more attractive to local Rotary clubs, and will generate many more entries.
Finally, we are stressing that you make the contest available to ALL ninth-grade students in your service area.  This includes public and private schools, as well as home schooled students.  Many home-schoolers have parent groups that may allow you to reach out to a number of home school students through one communication.  Also, don’t forget about cyber schools.  If you have a contact with a cyber school, see if they might consider offering the contest to their students.  Please be cognizant, however, that the contest is limited to cyber school students who physically reside in our district. 
The new, revamped Essay Contest rules and critical dates are available here! It is time to start organizing!  We hope that you will consider getting involved in this exciting new chapter for the essay contest.        
Re-Vamped Four-Way Test ESSAY Contest Steve Grubb 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Trevor Reed on Aug 16, 2018
The Rotary Club of New Holland will hold its 3rd annual Rotary Rocks community benefit concert on September 14, 7-10 PM, at Funck's Restaurant in Leola (365 W Main St, Leola). Join us for an evening of live music and fun to benefit those in need in New Holland and surrounding communities. Proceeds from the event will be used to help support the expansion of the CrossNet Food Pantry. Entertainment will be provided by the classic rock and alternative rock sounds of the Slack Adjusters and the rock/funk/blues mix of The Reed Brothers Band. Both bands feature Rotarians from the New Holland club.
Admission is by donation at the door, or donations can be made anytime online at
Rotary Rocks 2018 Trevor Reed 2018-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John May on Aug 10, 2018
I want to thank all of you who organized and participated in our Pints for Polio events.  There were 27 events held throughout the District and many clubs partnered together.  This provided an opportunity to socialize with other Rotarians, introduce community members to Rotary and to raise money for polio eradication.
I had the pleasure to attend several of the events and enjoyed the fellowship and fun!  I wish I could have attended all of them.  When the results are in, I will let you know how much we raised for polio eradication.  The funds will go towards Rotary’s commitment to raise $50 million annually.
November is Rotary Foundation month.  The Rotary Foundation is OUR Foundation. It is supported by the Rotary family and supports the work that we do.  The Foundation continues to be the engine that drives Rotary, allowing clubs and districts to aspire to do larger, more ambitious projects with transformative and sustainable impact. 
YOU are making a difference in your community and around the world.  I am pleased to say that we approved 27 District Club Grants this year.  This was an increase of 4 from last year.  In some of the District Grants, multiple clubs came together to fund a community-based project.  Examples of the grants are: 
  • Repairing equipment at a scout camp.
  • Providing new and used farm equipment at the Wittel Farm.  Which is dedicated to growing fresh vegetables to help feed the hungry.
  • Medical supplies.
  • Equipment for schools and parks.
  • And many more.
Recently we had two vocational training teams that went to Malawai to provide treatment and train health care workers.  Dr. Bob McClenathan led the Eye Care Team and PDG Connie Spark led the Medical Team.  Several Rotarians from our District joined Rotarians from other countries on these trips.  Currently we are supporting a global grant in the Philippines which provides cardiac surgery for children born with congenital heart defects. And, another grant in Ecuador to provide detection of hearing loss in children from newborn to 5 years of age. This grant also provides training to their families and health professionals.
As I've made my visits to clubs in the District, I have been pleased to hear that several clubs are in the process of developing global grant proposals for the first time. 
Have you made your donation to the Rotary Foundation yet?  If not, I am asking you to consider making a donation during Rotary Foundation Month.  Rotary makes it easy for you to make your donation in a way that fits your financial needs.  You can make a one-time donation or a recurring donation on your credit card.  To do this, go to
Posted by Hector Ortiz on Aug 10, 2018

The Rotary Leadership Institute is an opportunity to meet with other Rotarians, share experiences, and learn new skills to take back to your club. It's amazing what informed and enthusiastic Rotarians can do to improve their clubs, their communities, and the world.

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, put attendance on your schedule. Join us Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania College (600 Valley Road, Summerdale). Register HERE!!

What is RLI? 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.


When can I attend RLI? Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Central Pennsylvania College (600 Valley Road, Summerdale, PA 17093).


How do I register?  Click here!


What will I learn at RLI? More about Rotary, The Rotary Foundation, Membership, Ethics, Service Projects, Communications, Strategic Planning and Analysis. You’ll also make new friends, and enjoy fellowship and networking opportunities.


Course Levels: Parts I, II, III and Graduate


Where can I find more information about RLI?


Want to download a flier?   Click here!


Questions? Contact PDG Hector Ortiz, or 717-608-0444.

Rotary Leadership Institute to be held October 13, 2018 Hector Ortiz 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by District Governor John May on Aug 10, 2018
As a membership driven organization, members are the lifeblood of Rotary and our clubs.  As of July 1, 2018 our District membership was 2313. We ended last year with only one less member than when we started July 1, 2017.  Kudos to all of you for your hard work this past year.  However, I believe we can reverse the trend that our district and many others have experienced with either declining membership or no growth.  I believe that if we work together and think creatively, we can accomplish this.
There is an article in the August issue of The Rotarian magazine, “Step Right Up!” - by Geoffrey Johnson. The article shares 10 tips that one Rotary Club in Edina, MN did to increase their membership.  In addition, the article highlights five suggestions for increasing membership that I feel are worthy of considering. They are:
  1. Look to young Rotarians for fresh perspectives
  2. Appeal to local volunteers 
  3. Emphasize service
  4. Embrace diversity
  5. Get them in the door
I recently spoke with a young professional in their mid 20’s who had been a Rotarian but left because his job was relocated to another community.  I asked him if he had joined another Rotary Club and he said no.  When I asked why, he told me many of the same things mentioned in the above article – the cost, doesn’t want to commit to a weekly meeting, etc.  However, he is interested in the networking and service aspects of Rotary without the structure that seems to come along with most clubs.
I think this information presents us with the opportunity to develop new clubs that address the needs of this segment of our community.
I found the section, Appeal to Local Volunteers, interesting.  The Roc City Rotary Club in Rochester, New York developed a creative way to showcase Rotary to non-profit organizations in their community.  They describe this as a “service oriented dating game”.  This reminded me of the networking that is developed through Rotary Means Business.
For the past several years we have talked about making our clubs more diverse – increasing membership of people of color/ethnicities and women.  RI President Barry Rassin said that for Rotary to serve our communities well, we need to represent our community in terms of age, gender, ethnicity and background.  Recently District 5150 reached out to their LGBTQ community since they were under-represented and created a new club.  The Rotary Board also approved an LGBTQ Fellowship Group at their June Board meeting.
We need to start reaching out to people who might not know about Rotary or who feel they wouldn’t fit in.  We need to become a more inclusive organization.
Membership recruitment is two pronged:
  1. To continue recruiting new members to keep our clubs vibrant and relevant.
  2. Establish new clubs utilizing new models that attract individuals who don’t fit into our legacy clubs. 
Expanding locations of Rotary clubs is how our district grew in the past and how Rotary International grew and reached into all the corners of the world.
Resources are available to you from the District Membership Committee.
August is Rotary Membership and New Club Development month District Governor John May 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Aug 10, 2018
The purpose of the Rotary District 7390 awards committee is to ensure all deserving Rotarians and clubs in D7390 receive the awards/recognition they merit each Rotary year.  The committee will make district and club leaders aware of available awards; as a rule, district and club leaders must be the ones to ensure the purpose of the committee is fulfilled each Rotary year. Leaders lead!!!
There are many awards available from either Rotary International or the District. Click here to view the complete list and nominate a deserving Rotarian! 
Rotary Awards Alden Cunningham 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peg Sennett on Aug 10, 2018
We are coming up on the first anniversary of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. Texas has made strides in restoring homes and communities impacted by a Category 4 hurricane on August 25th 2017. As previously reported, D7390 sent $10,000 to Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders to assist with the set-up of the volunteer camp. Later, $6,500.00 was sent to round-off the $36,000 needed to purchase materials for a home adopted by the Rotary Club of Space Center in Houston. The family story is typical of those served with disaster relief. Cody and Maxine married in 1948; Cody served in WWII. They bought a home on Neil Street in 1963 and adopted two infants, a boy and a girl. The daughter is now the live-in caretaker for her parents.  Disaster rebuilds are often directed to the elderly. With homes destroyed and limited resources, all too often the elderly are in poor health and, consequently, do not have the resources to rebuild or to move to a safe, accommodating environment. Your donation dollars were well spent in completing a rebuild that was both safe and secure for this husband and wife.   
The $27,016.00 collected for Puerto Rico remains in the Rotary Club of Carlisle Foundation account. Hurricane Maria was so totally and invasively destructive that the island is struggling to recover. We have not been successful in finding a project, but will keep our avenues of contact open and will report back to our district Rotarians when a decision is made.
D7390 Disaster Relief Committee:
Hurricane Relief Update Peg Sennett 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jairee Countermann on Aug 10, 2018
The Rotary Club of Perry County sponsored Annaka (Annie) Wolfe to spend the 2017-18 Rotary year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student ambassador in Peru. Annie recently made a presentation to the Club about her experience. Annie is pictured with Exchange Program Liaison, Patti McLaughlin, and one of this year's co-Presidents, Tom O'Connell.
Exchange Student Makes Presentation Jairee Countermann 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Harkey on Aug 10, 2018
 The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle and Carlisle Sunrise recently celebrated Christmas in July with the residents of One and Two West Penn.  With help from members of Carlisle Victory Circle and the Carlisle High School Cheer Leaders, the residents enjoyed snacks, singing, door prizes and a visit from Santa (aka Dan Monken) himself.  Each resident was then given a gift bag of goodies provided the Rotary Clubs.  Here, Santa participates in a cheer with the Carlisle High School Cheer Leaders during the party at One West Penn.
During the Christmas in July celebration at Two West Penn, a fire alarm sounded, so the party was moved outside while members of Carlisle Fire and Rescue secured the building. Here Santa kicks up his heels with the Carlisle High School Cheer Leaders. 
Christmas in July Bill Harkey 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob McClenathan on Aug 10, 2018
Bob and Kay McClenathan, from the Rotary Clubs of Lancaster and Lancaster Penn Square, hosted an African themed dinner event in July to raise money for the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Campaign. They invited 27 Rotarians from around District 7390, and friends of Rotary, to enjoy an event with an array of decorative items recalling the Dark Continent, from wooden carvings, fabrics with African themes or the patterns of indigenous critters, to artistic representations of tribal masks and shields. The dinner meal was copied from a White House dinner reminiscent of the high quality food served in 4 and 5 Star lodges of the best Game Parks of East Africa, and included ostrich donated by a generous Rotarian in Illinois and seafood donated by a Rotarian here! The guests were entertained with a storyline right out of history books, with a few games, puzzles and twists. It was a memorable evening that raised over $6200 for our fight against the crippling disease.
African Themed Dinner Raised Funds for Polio Plus Bob McClenathan 2018-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Aug 03, 2018
The Rotary Club of York, Southern Tier Steering Committee, and hosting venue the York Revolution Stadium along with sponsors such as Bailey Coach, Exit Strategy Solutions, the York County Economic Alliance, Kelley Payroll, Etzweiler Family Funeral Services, and Bartlett Tree Experts held a dynamic and very fruitful RMB networking event on July 26 at the York Revolution Stadium.  An estimated 40 Rotarians and guests (potential Rotarians and family of Rotary) from at least nine Rotary clubs (Carlisle, Gettysburg, Hanover, Harrisburg, Harrisburg Keystone, Uptown York, York-East, York, and West Shore) attended the event.  Many great connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed enhanced even more by the baseball game being played and the great food.  The event organizers, Rebecca Hanlon and John Bailey, really hit a walk-off home run with this great event.  Well done all!!
Successful Rotary Means Business Hosted by York Alden Cunningham 2018-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Aug 03, 2018
Active shooter incidents can happen anywhere at any time. First responders must prepare. Proper response requires equipment to ensure responder safety.
Brian Wasylyk, deputy chief of Gettysburg Fire Department, discussed this recently at a Rotary Club of Gettysburg meeting. The all-volunteer, donor-funded department already finds budgeting a challenge. New needs add to the burden.
Two Rotarians, Jody Dickey, owner of Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital, and Jane Hyde, president of Gettysburg Hospital, listened carefully to Wasylyk and stepped up to help. Confederate Woods and Wellspan donated funds so the department could purchase six sets of ballistic vests and helmets and first aid equipment such a tourniquets.
Pictured with some of the equipment are, from left: Rotarian Jane Hyde, Gettysburg Hospital president; Russell McCutcheon, Gettysburg Fire Department public information officer; Rotarian Jody Dickey, owner of Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital; Brian Wasylyk, Gettysburg Fire Department deputy chief.
Rotary Talk Leads to Fire Department Donation Alex Hayes 2018-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 03, 2018
The Rotary Club of York was pleased to honor Rotarian Marsha Bornt at the club meeting on July 18, with a 3-diamond pin and crystal piece for her support of The Rotary Foundation annual fund.  Marsha has been a member of the club for 10 years, and has served as chair of the Global Grants Committee and President for the 2016-17 Rotary year.  She has secured funding for grants for toilets in India and Ghana, a Fish Freezer and sanitation systems in Ghana, and needed items for orphanages and schools in these areas.  Marsha has also shared her gifts as a medical doctor by providing gynecological surgical services while on medical missions to these and other parts of the world, to improve maternal health care in those countries.  Congratulations, Rotarian Marsha Bornt, who is living this year’s motto “Be the Inspiration”. 
York Club Honors Major Donor 2018-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
The Colonial Park Rotary Club awarded its annual Colonial Award to Rick Zeiders.  The Colonial Award is given each year to a member of the community that has done an outstanding  job of volunteerism and has made a major commitment to the betterment of our community.
Colonial Park Rotary Club Presents the Annual Colonial Award 2018-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gephart on Jul 26, 2018
(front row/ far left/ seated) Colonial Park Rotary Club Immediate Past President Melanie Waldron  joined by volunteers from community organizations
The Colonial Park Rotary Club recently celebrated its annual Community Giving Day by presenting donation checks totaling $13,060 to the following community organizations: Shalom House, Dauphin County East Shore Library, Boys & Girls Club, Panther Ram Nutrition Program, Someone To Tell It To,  St. Pauls- St. Barnabus Program, Underground Skate Park Ministry, CONTACT Helpline, Linglestown Fire Department, Owen’s Foundation, Colonial Park Rotary Foundation, Lower Paxton District Grant Petanque Courts Project,  Dauphin County Technical School’s Building Construction Cares Program, Paxtonia Fire Department, Girls on the Run Program, Colonial Park Fire Department, Friendship Community Center,  Natalie Cribari Drug Awareness Program, Cupboard of Calvary Food Pantry, Pan Ram Field Day, Team Scott Inspire Foundation, Junior Achievement Program, Lawton Elementary Playground Reconstruction Project, and the YMCA of Greater Harrisburg.
Colonial Park Community Giving Day John Gephart 2018-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jeffry Cadorette on Jul 26, 2018
Hello Everyone,

We all get many, many, emails from Rotary and on Rotary related topics. I’m respectfully requesting you give your attention to this one. Our topic is the upcoming event planned from September 20-22 in Montreal.
Formerly known as the Zone Institute, we have renamed it the Zone Conference. So, what’s the same, and what’s different. The Institute was originally designed to motivate, inspire, and educate past, current and incoming district governors. That has not changed. We want and need as many past governors in attendance because we know there is a critical mass of that talent and leadership that can make an event magical. The pledge of the entire planning team is that the event will be worthy of your time and resources.
What has changed. Historically attendance at a Zone Institute was restricted to those in the Governor line. If that wasn’t you, you weren’t allowed to register for the entire event. What we know though, and there are examples repeated over and over again, is that club and district Rotarians who have been able to interact with District Governors (past, present, and future) they get inspired by them and become more engaged in our organization. They get more involved. They aspire to higher levels of leadership, some of them even getting on the Governor track. (Our organization and our Zones need more of that engagement NOW)
We decided to facilitate that process and open up Montreal to ALL Rotarians. We want to facilitate and be a catalyst for that engagement between our Governors (and their knowledge, leadership skills, and commitment) and club and district Rotarians. The goal is that it will be meaningful for all. The goal is that the event will speak to all who attend.
Click here for the program and registration information. 

Take a look at the program.

Share the link with Rotarians in your club and in your area. (please)

Register! (please)

Come and enjoy the wonderful city of Montreal.

Come and renew old friendships, and create new ones.

Mingle with RI President Barry Rassin and his wife Esther and other Rotary leaders from around North America.

Participate in the facilitated discussion group breakouts. Share your knowledge. Glean new morsels to take back home with you.

Be inspired by world class speakers.
On behalf of the entire Montreal planning team, we look forward to being with you in September. We appreciate you. Thanks for your consideration. Reach out to me personally with any questions.
RI Director, 2018-20 
Zone 24/32 Conference Jeffry Cadorette 2018-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Joe Rebman on Jul 26, 2018
The Family of Rotary Committee of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club has scheduled a bus trip to Washington DC on Thursday August 23rd to see the Phillies vs. Nationals baseball game.  Utilizing the National's "Strike Out Polio" program, $5 of every ticket will be donated to Rotary's PolioPlus .  We will be traveling in style using the themed "End Polio Now:" motorcoach from Bailey Coach.   The bus will leave Elizabethtown at 8:45 am for the 1 pm game.  Tickets are $75 each.
Ticket sales are now open online at for the August 23rd bus trip to Nationals Park.  
Elizabethtown Rotary Club - Phillies vs. Nationals Bus Trip Joe Rebman 2018-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Dietz on Jul 19, 2018
Join Millersburg Rotary Club for the 2018 Tasting Tour of Millersburg presented by Mid Penn Bank on Saturday August 11 from Noon until 4pm. Participants will stroll through downtown Millersburg savoring local food and drink. Enjoy the historic ambiance of our business district and relax along the scenic vistas of River Front Park.

Your ticket will unlock multiple venues within one square mile where various locally produced food and drink flavors await. In addition to the samples, food and beverage products will be available for purchase from most vendors.

Your support for this event will raise funds to help Millersburg Rotary Club install a Fossil & Prints Dig Pit in the Ned Smith Center's Nature's Discovery Play Area and to support Millersburg Rotary Club's youth programs including: Rotary Youth Leadership Training, Drug Prevention Education Field Trip to the Byrnes Health Education Center, Earth Day Seedling Distribution, Rotary Student of the Month, Millersburg Boy Scout Troop #151.
Rotary International supports the eradication of Polio, promotes peace, and strives to make a difference in our local communities and around the world.

Tickets are $25 in advance and if there are any tickets left (only 200 tickets will be sold), they will be available for $30, cash only, on the day of the event at Mid Penn Bank's Union St Millersburg Branch.

Sponsors include:
Mid Penn Bank
MI Metals, Inc
Thermo Fisher Scientific
American Legion Post 326
Millersburg Moose Lodge 59
Ketner Law Office
Virginia Lee Embroidery
Polly Rubendall
JCT Realty
Boligs Propane
Coleman’s Military Surplus
Chris Dietz
Scott Meckley
Deibler, Straub, and Troutman Insurance

Venues & Food Producers:
Mid Penn Bank (Swing @ Lykens Valley & Rachel’s Soft Pretzels)
Millersburg Hardware Company (River Bend Hop Farm and Brewery)
Burrell’s Florist (Lykens Valley Creamery)
Gallery on the Square (Broad Mountain Vineyard)
The Furniture Center (The Winery at Hunters Valley)
Special Moments Bridal (Wanda’s Heavenly Cupcakes)
Everyday Blessings Gift Shoppe (TBD)
Millersburg Historical Society (Jacob Light’s National Clock)
Millersburg Passenger Train Station (Shaffer Venison Farms & Indian Trail Country Market)
Manor House Gifts (Riverview Candies)
TVP Colonnade Theater (Movie Popcorn)
Schiano’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
Max’s Grille & Sports Bar
717 Pizzeria
Wooden Nickel
China Star
2018 Tasting Tour of Millersburg Chris Dietz 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
The 38th Annual Carlisle Rotary Golf will be held Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Carlisle Country Club.  The event’s registration is 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM with a Shotgun start at 12:30 PM. Complimentary range balls are provided to our players. Soft spikes & proper golf attire required.
A fun filled four person scramble will be played to allow players of all skill levels a chance to join in the event. Team awards will be presented. Players may assemble their own foursome or request individual placement. Also awarding prices for longest drive and closest to the pin. Mulligans will also be sold at registration and there will be additional CASH games on the course. 
At approximately 5:00 pm there will be a cash bar, awards ceremony and dinner along with a sports memorabilia silent auction.
Carlisle Hosts 38th Annual Golf Tournament 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Jul 19, 2018
The Rotary Clubs of Carlisle, Carlisle Sunrise and the Northern Tier Steering Committee will host the eighth RMB networking event of the 2018 season and 44th in its history on Tuesday, August 14 at the Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 2020 W. Trindle Road, Carlisle, PA.  The event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 with heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, and soft beverages.  The networking event will be FREE thanks to the event sponsor Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory. RSVP Now!! Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests and invite family of Rotary!
Northern Tier RMB to be held August 14 Alden Cunningham 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melanie Schaeffer on Jul 12, 2018
Northern Lebanon Rotary Club President Melanie Ann Schaeffer M.F.A. handed over the gavel to incoming president Nigel Foundling.  As Melanie began her year as President, she announced that she would dedicate the 2017-18 Rotary year and our service to Charter member Ruth Deitz who served as an inspiration and role model to all.  Ruth exemplified “Service Above Self”.  We must ask ourselves if we took up the mantel.  As Melanie reviewed her year, she saw much the Northern Lebanon Rotary Club did to serve the Community and the world at large.
Northern Lebanon has Successful 2017-18 Melanie Schaeffer 2018-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Southern York County 25th Annual Golf Outing Patrick Barry 2018-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John May on Jul 12, 2018
I am honored to serve as your District Governor for the 2018/19 Rotary year. I look forward to working with you and being an inspiration through Rotary. 
Let's thank Immediate Past District Governor Una Martone for her leadership during the 2017-18 Rotary year. What an outstanding year it was!
Many of us recently returned from the International Convention in Toronto where we heard many inspirational speakers and met Rotarian friends from all over the globe.  A number of the keynote speakers’ presentations were recorded and are available by clicking here.  I encourage you to take time to watch the videos.  They are informative and inspirational.  One, which I found very interesting, was a presentation by Marie-Paule Attema, a Rotary Peace Scholar who was a young girl in Rwanda during the time of the genocide.  This is an example of Rotary Foundation dollars at work.
There was also an update on the eradication of polio from Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General World Health Organization.  He reported that last year there were 22 cases of polio in 2 countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  This year the work will continue in Nigeria and hopefully it will be the next country declared polio free.
In the closing session, Barry Raskin, 2018/19 RI President, said the beginning of everything in Rotary is INSPIRATION.  INSPIRATION to make the world a better place, to make the future better for our children and to give hope to those we will never meet. 
Each of us needs to be INSPIRED by what we can accomplish together and be the agent for change in our clubs, our communities and around the world.
Message from DG John May John May 2018-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alaine Keisling on Jul 12, 2018
The Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club largely focuses on service projects in the Allison Hill, Steelton and Highspire areas, and we appreciate Marci’s history of leadership on our service committee in these efforts. During the 2017-2018 Rotary Year, Marci also was instrumental in organizing and carrying out a successful fundraiser to contribute to disaster relief in Puerto Rico. Our club is proud of our contributions to our local and global communities, which cannot be accomplished without the efforts of Rotarians like Marci who emulate Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” On behalf of the board, I am honored to name Marci Mowery Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club’s Rotarian of the Year. ~Addeline Alaniz Edwards, outgoing president
Pictured L-R: Addeline Alaniz Edwards, outgoing president (left), and Marci Mongeau Mowery, Keystone's Rotarian of the Year
Harrisburg Keystone Rotarian of the Year Alaine Keisling 2018-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Basile on Jul 12, 2018
Mount Joy’s Rotary Clock has been removed from its downtown location. Where did it go? Off to Lititz where watch and clockmaker Bob Desrochers is currently refurbishing it. The timepiece will be returned in good working order by the end of summer. Look for a special ceremony bringing this landmark back to the hub of Mount Joy.
Taking advantage of the clock’s temporary vacancy, the corner of Marietta Avenue and Main Street has been re-landscaped by the Rotarians who regularly meet at Bube’s Brewery on Thursday evening, the Club’s new alternate meeting site. Pictured above are Rotarians: Greg Sallade, Jack Garner, Dave Christian, Gary Ebersole (special guest), Cris Rhyner and Tim Melhorn.
While most of the funds for cleaning, repairing, and repainting the clock were raised this spring under the direction of Randy Wolgemuth, the Club needs an additional $2,500 to meet the refurbishment costs. 
To address the shortfall, the Rotary Club of Mount Joy will be offering hot, delicious fries, hot dogs and cold beverages at Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce’s Music in the Park events on July 29 and August 5.  Find the Fry Wagon at the corner of Delta and Marietta Avenue and help bring back the clock!
For more details and additional pictures, check out the Rotary’s Facebook page.  Interested in being a guest at either our Tuesday afternoon or Thursday meetings? Call Joanne Pinkerton at 717-653-5911
Where has Time Gone? Barbara Basile 2018-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Jul 12, 2018
The Rotary Club of Mount Joy ably led by President Joanne Pinkerton hosted a wonderful RMB networking event on Thursday, June 28 at the Gathering Place, Caterers, Mount Joy, PA with 24 Rotarians and guests attending from the following 10 clubs: Carlisle, Colonial Park, Elizabethtown, Hanover, Harrisburg, Harrisburg Keystone, Hershey, Lancaster, Lancaster Penn Square, Mount Joy.  Event sponsors included District 7390 RMB (provided a dollar grant), Randy Wolgemuth of Koser Jewelers (provided the adult and soft beverages), and Joanne Pinkerton of The Gathering Place Caterers (provided the best spread of delicious foods ever).  All of these sponsors made possible a free event.  Thank you sponsors!  Another noteworthy aspect of the event was the number of young Rotarians or young about-to-be Rotarians that attended and made the event even more friendly and full of fun and fellowship.  Additionally, many great connections were made. 

Mount Joy RMB

Mount Joy hosts Successful RMB on June 28 Alden Cunningham 2018-07-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on May 30, 2018
The Rotary Club of Lancaster will host the sixth RMB networking event of the 2018 season and the 42nd in its history on Wednesday, June 27 at the Stoner Grille, 605 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA.  The event is free with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres/snacks will be available and Rotarians and guests might consider dining at the Stoner Grille after the event.  The event will begin at 5:00 and end at 7:00 pm. RSVP Now!!  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests and invite family of Rotary!
RMB Event in Lancaster on June 27 Alden Cunningham 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Robinson on May 30, 2018
The Rotary Club of Red Lion - Dallastown is proud to recognize long-time Club member Vernon Tyson for achieving the Paul Harris +3 award.  Pictured is Vernon Tyson on the left and District 7390 Group Area Foundation Coordinator, Lew Elicker.  
Rotarian Receives PHF+3 Designation Terry Robinson 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Randy Sibert on May 30, 2018
Randy Sibert, President of the Rotary Club of Colonial Park Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Rotary Foundation Scholarships at a recent luncheon of the Rotary Club of Colonial Park.  The winners are:  Cecilia Acri, Central Dauphin High School, Nursing Scholarship for $21,000; Peace Okiye, Central Dauphin East Hight School, Engineering Scholarship for $10,000; Jocelyn Fleisher, Central Dauphin High School; Chanel Dingle, Dauphin County Technical School and Agatha Chmielewski, Bishop McDevitt High School were the winners of the Norman P. Hetrick Scholarship at $5,000 each; Sydney Breen, Central Dauphin High School, Act of Kindness Scholarship for $1,000 and Tyler Villegas and Ally Yoder, Central Dauphin High School were winners of the Gary C. Clemens Scholarship at $1,000 each for a total of $49,000.
The Rotary Club of Colonial Park awarded the following students $1,000 each; Peace Okiye, Central Dauphin East; Alassandra Avril Valdez, Central Dauphin; Arrietta Janai Putnam, DCTS; Alexandria Cristian Baez Ferrers, Harrisburg Christian and Daley Ryan, Bishop McDevitt.
Since 2002, the Rotary Club of Colonial Park has awarded $372,708 to students for scholarships and adding the amount of money the club has donated to local organizations in the community the total reaches $571,658.
Applications for the 2018/19 school year scholarships will be available at the guidance office of each of the above listed schools at the beginning of the school year in September.
Colonial Park Awards $54,000 in Scholarships Randy Sibert 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on May 30, 2018
Hanover Rotary Club President Ralph Jodice was recently the speaker at a Memorial Day service in East Berlin, PA. Ralph is a retired US Air Force Lieutenant General. He spoke about the importance of Memorial day and how special hometown remembrance services are. Pictured with Ralph is Rotary Executive Secretary Melissa Bruck. Melissa also served as emcee for the East Berlin service. 
Hanover President Ralph Jodice Speaker at Memorial Day Service Melissa Bruck 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on May 30, 2018
It’s certainly not a headline that Paul Harris and his contemporaries would have ever imagined. But it’s true. The Business Woman of the Year award was presented to District Governor Una Martone during the 24th Annual Business Women’s Forum on May 23 at Messiah College’s new state-of-the-art High Center.

The award was presented by the Carlisle Area Chamber, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, and West Shore Chamber to honor one inspirational woman from our region based on the criteria of professional leadership, community leadership, and personal leadership.

In her acceptance remarks, Una acknowledged fellow Rotarian, Karen Snider, who passed away last year. Karen challenged Una to extend her leadership capacity within Rotary and is the person who nominated her for the role of District Governor. Una then encouraged other women, in the over 200-person audience, to accept leadership roles when they are presented. She went on to say: “If my experience can set an example for any other woman to believe in herself and LEAD, then I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome! My purpose has always been to support those around me in being the best they can possibly be. It applies to my work at Leadership Harrisburg Area; my service in Rotary District 7390; and in every aspect of my personal life.”

Past Business Woman of the Year honorees are:
2017 Dr. Karen Scolforo, Castleton University
2016 Patricia Husic, Centric Bank
2015 Lisa Stokes, BRP Entertainment
2014 Sr. Romaine Niemeyer, Holy Spirit Hospital
2013 Donna Schankweiler, Journal Multimedia
2012 Debra Pierson, Pierson Computing Connection
Rotary District Governor Una Martone Named Business Woman of the Year Melissa Bruck 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on May 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of Hershey hosted a super successful RMB networking event at Troegs Independent Brewing’s Barrell Room the night of May 16 with easily over 40 attendees perhaps as many as over 50 attendees from eight Rotary District 7390 clubs: the Rotary Clubs of Carlisle, Hanover, Harrisburg, Harrisburg Keystone, Hershey, Mechanicsburg North, Palmyra, and York.  Thanks to the strong leadership of Group C Assistant Governor Ray Delo, Rotary Club of Hershey Club President Mike Kinney, and the efforts of the hosting club committee the event, which marked the 41st RMB networking event of Rotary District 7390 RMB District-Centered Model’s history, was an unqualified success providing the basis for many great connections being made and much excellent fun and fellowship enjoyed.  Kudos too go to Troegs Independent Brewing for providing such a perfect venue and such great beer ably dispensed by Charley who gave a very fine review of the history and vision of Troegs Independent Brewing.  Special mention to the Rotary Club of Palmyra who attended the event with an especially large group of their Rotarians and made an award presentation to a local businessman.  Well done all.
Hershey Hosts Magnificently Successful RMB Networking Event May 2018 Alden Cunningham 2018-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Ilhein on May 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone successfully “branched out” on Saturday, April 21, to plant a tree for each of its 30 members as part of this year’s Rotary Day of Service. Planning for the project started earlier in the year when we partnered with the Paxton Creek Watershed Education Association. One of their goals is to improve water quality by stabilizing stream banks, and to that end, the association happily offered to donate trees from its nursery for our project.
To identify a good location for planting, Keystone reached out to the Capital Area Greenbelt Association to see if there was a need for trees along its 20-mile trail encircling the City of Harrisburg. CAGA members knew of an area along Spring Creek that needed help with more trees for the riparian buffer along the trail. The spot was accessible by vehicle and close to Keystone’s focus service area, Harrisburg’s Alison Hill neighborhood. A CAGA volunteer who also is an environmental biologist marked the locations along the trail for the donated oak, hawthorn and crabapple trees.
On the morning of the event, two Keystone members went to the nursery and packed 30 small trees and their gallon containers into the back of a pickup truck and drove to the greenbelt site, where they were joined by eight additional volunteers. Everyone got busy digging holes, and planting and watering trees. All of the trees were secured in their new homes within an hour.
Keystone is proud to have taken part in the district’s day of service and contribute to Rotary International’s global goal of planting 1.2 million trees this year. We are also proud to have partnered with area individuals and organizations to enhance and protect our vital natural resources. We thank our new partners for their assistance, and hope we can go on to bigger and better projects together.
Harrisburg Keystone Club "branches out" to plant trees Robert Ilhein 2018-05-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on May 11, 2018
The 2018 District Conference was a huge success! Watch the video to see the fun everyone had. 
Congratulations to the following Rotarians and Clubs that received awards!
  • District Governor's Citation -  Carlisle, Carlisle-Sunrise, Elizabethtown, Hanover, Harrisburg, Harrisburg-Keystone, New Holland, York
  • District Outstanding Service Award - Linda Spotts (Susquehanna Township)
  • The Rotary Foundation District Service Award - Trevor Reed (New Holland), Cher Kondor (York-East)
  • Dogged Pursuit Award - Kathleen Stoup (Carlisle)
  • Best Club Awards - Extra Small: New Holland, Small: Mechanicsburg, Medium: Harrisburg-Keystone, Large: Carlisle-Sunrise, Extra Large: Mechanicsburg-North, Extraordinary: York
  • District Lifetime Achievement Award - PDG Albert Alley (Lebanon)
  • RI Service Above Self Award - Joe Rebman (Elizabethtown)
2018 District Conference Melissa Bruck 2018-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on May 10, 2018
Hello everyone!  I’d like to take this moment to extend a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who are Rotarians in District 7390.  New moms, seasoned moms, grand moms, and all the people who have taken on the role of MOM in any capacity, deserve to be celebrated.
As moms, we are often the first teachers and role models for our children.  We have such an enormous responsibility to nurture our children and  shape them to somehow contribute to this world and make a difference.   As Rotarian Moms, we have an added responsibility to demonstrate SERVICE ABOVE SELF and the 4-WAY TEST to our children.   As Rotarian Moms, we also have the added challenge of balancing motherhood with our commitment to Rotary and the service projects & activities associated with membership.  As Rotarian Moms, we have the benefit of community networks, friendships, and international fellowship that we can pass on to our children ~ no matter what age they are.  
When I joined the Rotary Club of Harrisburg in 2006, my son Michael was 10 and my daughter McCaffrey was 7 years old.  For the past 12 years, they have experienced Rotary through me and alongside me every step of the way.  Rotary has enriched all of our lives.  With much attention toward engaging women in Rotary, it is so important for us to communicate this message outward ~ MOTHERHOOD AND ROTARY CAN PEACEFULLY CO-EXIST!  I’ve seen it at all levels throughout District 7390 and I’ve experienced it myself.  So, congratulations to all the women who have successfully woven Rotary into their families.  Shout out to the women who manage professional careers, happy families, and lives of service. You are all rock stars.  Happy Mother’s Day!
Happy Mother's Day! Una Martone 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 10, 2018
A record eight Valparaiso University graduating seniors and recent alumnae have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for English Teaching Assistantships for the 2018–2019 academic year from the United States Department of State and the William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
“These young women are a credit to Valpo and to our faculty, and our success this year with the Fulbright program is simply outstanding,” said Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “This achievement is a confirmation of the exceptional education students receive at Valparaiso University, and I am confident that these bright young women will continue to represent us well in their future endeavors.”
In all, Valpo had 11 applicants, nine semi-finalists and eight finalists for Fulbright grants this year. In the past 15 years, 43 Valpo students and alumni have been named Fulbright finalists.
“Having this many Fulbright finalists makes this a record-breaking year on our campus, but more than that, these remarkable women’s accomplishments epitomize values at the heart of our University’s mission: global engagement, meaningful service and academic excellence,” said Jon T. Kilpinen ’88, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The 2018 Valparaiso University Fulbright finalists are:
  • Kathryn Fogleman ’17, finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in Timor L’Este. Kathryn received her degree in international relations and humanities. In 2016, she received a CAPS (Calling And Purpose in Society) Fellowship to serve at Venn Strategies in Washington, D.C. This is the inaugural year for Fulbright grants in Timor L’Este, and Kathryn is one of two finalists being placed there.
The eight Valpo finalists are among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research and teach abroad for the 2018–2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and leadership in their respective fields.
“I am delighted so many Fulbright committees across the United States and around the world this year recognized what we know to be true about our students,” said Anna R. Stewart, Ph.D., assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences and Fulbright program advisor at Valpo. “These remarkable women are setting off to do good and important work in the world. Indeed, they already have.”
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Former Youth Exchange Scholar Kathryn Fogleman Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
SAVE THE DATE - October 13 - Rotary Leadership Institute Hector Ortiz 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Wehler on May 10, 2018

The May Community Service event for the Rotary Club of Gettysburg was held on May 3 at the Lincoln Elementary School in Gettysburg.  Members of the club prepared over 100 sets of meals for hungry children in the Gettysburg and other area schools.  The Gettysburg Club has teamed up with Ruth's Harvest to provide those meals and performs this meal assembly several times each year.

Gettysburg Prepares Meals for Hungry Children Scott Wehler 2018-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Cup Club Golf Tournament 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
For the April 21, 2018 Rotary Day of Service and Arbor Day, the Millersburg Rotary Club partnered with Millersburg Borough, Millersburg Boy Scout Troop 151, and the Millersburg Lions Club to plant 15 trees in the first phase of the MYO Park Centennial Renovation Project. We planted rosebud, pink dogwood, swamp white oak, and scarlet red oak trees. After lunch, we helped paint the Millersburg Ferry Boats in preparation for their preseason Coast Guard inspection. 
Millersburg Participates in Day of Service Scott Meckley 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on May 03, 2018
The Rotary Club of Hanover, family members, the Borough of Hanover Shade Tree Commission and the local Forest Service gathered at Longarm Reservoir on Saturday to plant 60 trees for our Day of Service.  Another 20 tress, which the club purchased, are already planted at various locations around Hanover.  The weather was perfect, everyone had fun and as one member said; “it was nice to have fellowship outside of our normal meeting time and location.”  The Mayor of Hanover will honor the Rotary Club of Hanover for their service to the community with a Mayor’s Proclamation.  
Hanover Rotary Plants Trees Ralph Jodice 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rick Blair on May 03, 2018
The Hummelstown Rotary Club is proud to announce that the 26th Annual Golf Tournament, which supports the Herbert A. Schaffner Scholarship Fund benefitting seniors at Lower Dauphin High School, will be held this year on Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Sunset Golf Club, Middletown, PA. There will be a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.

The cost per golfer is $80 which includes green fees, cart, and dinner. Hole sponsorships are $100. Again, this year we are offering a discount for any combination of a hole sponsorship and a foursome of golfers. Hole sponsor signs will be posted on the golf course and recognized at dinner.

In the past twenty-five years,contributions have raised more than $230,000 toward the scholarship fund. As a result of contributions from last year’s tournament, the Hummelstown Rotary Club will be able to award scholarships totaling up to $10,000 this year to seniors graduating from Lower Dauphin High School. 

The Hummelstown Rotary Club and our scholarship recipients invite you to participate in this worthy cause by sponsoring a hole, playing in the tournament or taking advantage of our new combination package. Forms are included for registering golfers and hole sponsors.

On behalf of Hummelstown Rotary Club and the past and future recipients of the Herbert A. Schaffner Memorial Scholarships, we appreciate your consideration and hope that we can count on your support this year.
Hummelstown 26th Annual Golf Tournament Rick Blair 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bert Oberdick on May 03, 2018
For 24 hours, “SHARE” your support for Rotary by going online to donate during the “GIVE LOCAL YORK” event. The Rotary Clubs of York County will be raising funds to purchase and train a drug detection dog for the York County District Attorney’s office, The Drug Task Force and the Sheriff’s Department to combat the opioid and heroin abuse and overdose crisis in York County.
Your donation will help to rid our communities of drugs and save the lives of our children, grandchildren, and first responders.
Questions?  Contact the Rotary Club of York at 717-848-1370 or
Give Local York - Friday, May 4, 2018 Bert Oberdick 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2018
The Rotary Club of Carlisle Sunrise planted 20 Japanese Zelkova trees along the Big Spring High School cross country course Saturday April 21st as part of the Club’s Day of Service.

The tree planting was in support of Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s global project to plant a tree for every one of the 1.2 Million members of Rotary International during his Presidential year.

The Sunrise Rotary Club performed this project using Rotary District matching grant funds and as part of their commitment to perform Community Service.

The Club worked with Rick Gillam, the Big Spring School Districts manager of Buildings and Grounds and Sam Sheeler, the Districts’ maintenance manager on the planning for this project.  The School District used their tractor and auger to drill the holes for the trees.

Eighteen Sunrise Rotarians, assisted by the sons of two members along with two members of the Big Spring High School’s National Honor Society worked a total of over 125 volunteer hours to plant, fertilize, water, stake and mulch the 20 six to ten foot tall trees in less than three hours.

As six members of the Rotary Club of Carlisle Sunrise are graduates of the Big Spring School District, the school is an integral part of the Club’s community.

Someday soon, families, spectators and athletes will enjoy the shade and clean air that these trees will provide as they cheer on their favorite cross country runners.

Drone picture courtesy of Ace Drone Services, Carlisle, PA.
Carlisle-Sunrise Plants Trees 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ashlee Etzweiler on May 03, 2018
We had approximately 20 volunteers who completed 16 blankets that are made of fleece with fun themes for children.   The blankets are being donated to the YWCA York’s ACCESS York program.  This program is a domestic abuse shelter in York that has intake safe houses for women and their children who are displaced due to violence.  The children will be given  a reusable bag that will contain a blanket, and age appropriate book, and a stuffed animal.  There are different bags for boys and girls and different age groups.  The bags with the blankets will be presented to Jean Treauthart, a Downtown York Rotarian and the execuative director of YWCA York’s Access York program, on May 9, 2018 at our weekly meeting.
York Club Makes Blankets for Children Ashlee Etzweiler 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 03, 2018
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, a team of Rotarians from the Downtown York Rotary Club’s Preserve Planet Earth Committee, friends, and family members helped to plant 20 trees throughout the city of York. Some of the species of tree that were planted were Locust, Hawthorn, Ginkgo, Lilac, Hornbeam, and Black Gum. The 20 trees were planted on East Market, East Cottage, South George, Duke, Beaver, College, West Princess, and East Philadelphia Streets. During this service time the volunteers enjoyed a time of fellowship, hard work, and the reward of helping to enhance the tree canopy of the City of York.
York Rotarians Plant Trees 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Fran Harris on May 03, 2018
15 Rotarians from the Harrisburg Rotary Club spent several hours  cleaning up Riverfront Park and the Verbeke Street Island which leads to the Broad Street Market from Front Street. A tiring, but very successful day. 
Harrisburg Cleans up Park Fran Harris 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0

As part of its Earth Day celebration, members of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg and Gettysburg College Rotaract Club worked on April 21 cleaning up a two mile section of Route 30 just east of Gettysburg.  The clubs remove trash from this section of Route 30 two times each year as part of their environmental commitment to the community.

Gettysburg Rotary Cleans Up Scott Wehler 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Thomas on May 03, 2018
The New Oxford Interact Club along with Rotary Members cleaned the Bonneauville Park as a way to give back on the day of service on April 21. Pictured (L-R): Briana Garcia, Ivan Garcia, Mrs. Stein, Alex Garcia, Colin Rockey, Donaji Lozada and Angeles Lozada
New Oxford Interact & Rotarians Clean up Park Kevin Thomas 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on May 03, 2018
The Southern Tier of District 7390 hosted a very successful first RMB Opportunity Summit at the District 7390 Conference in Harrisburg, PA, USA on Friday, April 27 with 27 Rotarians and guests (future Rotarians) attending from the Rotary Clubs of Carlisle, Colonial Park, Hanover, Harrisburg, Harrisburg Keystone, Hershey, Lancaster South, Mechanicsburg, Paradise, and York.  All enjoyed a very informative talk by Mr. Kevin Shivers, the Executive State Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.  His talk focused on how to make our communities in PA stronger through the strengthening of local small businesses by less regulation and emphasizing what he called “gardening” (cultivating small businesses) and not “hunting” that is looking for the big company to come into PA such as Amazon. 
After the talk everyone shifted to the Circle exercise and had a very dynamic and fast-moving networking exercise followed by the social or cocktail hour where many great connections were made.  Kudos to DG Una Martone for integrating RMB into the Conference, to John Bailey for securing our speaker, to Alaine Keisling for setting up our event spreadsheet and survey, and to Scott Stevens for being the Circle Master.  Finally, thank you to all who participated and made the event worthwhile for everyone attending.  Photos show cocktail connections and the fun and fellowship of RMB helped greatly by the “No Last Call” band.
Successful RMB Opportunity Summit Alden Cunningham 2018-05-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dave Getz on Apr 19, 2018
Ian H.S. Riseley of New Zealand, the current President of Rotary International, challenged the 35,000 Rotary clubs around the world to plant one tree for each member as part of Rotary’s efforts to enhance environmental sustainability.  The Rotary Clubs of Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg-North, and West Shore accepted that challenge and undertook a project to plant 100 trees.  The trees will be planted at the Hampden Township Veterans Park, located at 4345 Marketplace Way, Enola.  The clubs are working in concert with Hampden Township and the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee. 
The first 35 trees will be planted on Saturday, May 5, 2018, between 8 am and 1 pm.  The public is invited to participate in this activity by signing up at this link:
Funds for the project are made possible in part by a $14,425 matching grant from the TreeVitalize Grants Program which is managed by TreePennsylvania.  PennFuture applied for the grant which is being managed by the clubs.  The AMES Companies, Inc. in Hampden Township is a partner in the project, donating wheelbarrows, shovels, and other hand tools.  Good's Tree and Lawn Care of Harrisburg is offering technical assistance.
Local Rotary Clubs Accept the Challenge Dave Getz 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on Apr 19, 2018

The Rotary Club of Hanover made donations to three local charities and nonprofits from the proceeds from their largest annual fundraiser, Tastefest.  Donations were made to Ruth’s Harvest, Roots For Boots and The Family Readiness Group.  Ruth’s Harvest places over 260 meals weekly into the hands of needy children in the Hanover area.  Roots For Boots assists veterans in need in the Hanover area.  The Family Readiness Groups assists families of soldiers assigned to the Hanover National Guard Amory.

The Rotary Club of Hanover made a donation from their Community Gifts Committee Fund to Sweet Charities for their annual Band and Brew fundraiser. Sweet Charities assists cancer patients in the local Hanover area.

The Rotary Club of Hanover made a donation from their Community Gifts Committee Fund to the Hanover Hospital Auxiliary and to Disabled By Love.

Members of the Rotary Club of Hanover, spouses and children assisted in packing food bags at Ruth’s Harvest.  Ruth’s Harvest delivers over 260 bags of food on Fridays to local area grammar schools so needy children in the Hanover area do not go hungry on weekends.
Hanover Rotary News Ralph Jodice 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Terry Robinson on Apr 19, 2018
On Saturday, April 14 Club members and their families met to package approximately 350 Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings to prepare for Club members to read to the Kindergarten classes in the Red Lion Area School District. Members read the book, "The Legend of The Birthing Day Tree"  written by Robert A. Gingerich.  Club members also presented seedlings to each of the students to take home and plant with their parents.  In the attached photo are the Club and family members who assisted with the packaging.
The Red Lion - Dallastown Club conducted a Chicken Barb-b-que on Saturday April 7 during which they sold 369 Chicken dinners along with various baked goods.  Funds from the sale will be used to fund the Club's students initiatives in the Dallastown Area and Red Lion Area school districts.  The initiatives include Student of the Month recognition, RYLA scholarships for two students from each school district, and college scholarships.  The day became a family event when several of the Club member's family assisted with the sale.
Red Lion Dallastown News Terry Robinson 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Meckley on Apr 19, 2018
Millersburg Rotary Club, in conjunction with Millersburg Borough and the Millersburg Lions Club, will be planting trees in MYO Park on April 21 at 9am in observance of Arbor Day and the Rotary Day of Service. Immediately following the tree planting, the party will move across the swinging bridge to spend the afternoon scarping and painting the Millersburg Ferry Boats in preparation for their 2018 operating season. Community minded volunteers are invited to lend a hand, shovel, and/or paint brush.
Mark your calendar for these 2018 Millersburg Rotary Club events:
  • May 5 – Cherry Blossom Festival Food Stand and Raffle Ticket Sale
  • June 23 – Rotary Golf Tournament at Lykens Valley Golf Resort (8am Tee Time w/ lunch included)
  • August 11 – Tasting Tour of Millersburg (Tours begin at Mid Penn Bank at 12:30pm)
  • November 10 – Cruisin’ the Cosmos: Post Cards from the Universe (featuring NASA’s Jerry Bonnell, 7pm at the Ned Smith Center)
  • The Millersburg Rotary Club meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of every month at the Wooden Nickel at 6:15pm. Feel free to visit with us.
Millersburg Rotary Club supports the following local initiatives: Millersburg Boy Scout Troop 151, Millersburg Area School District’s 5th grade field trip to the Susan P. Burns Center for Drug & Alcohol awareness, sends one student each from Millersburg & Halifax ASDs to the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Camp at Messiah College, Millersburg Area Middle & High School Students of the Month, Millersburg Music and Athletic Awards Night, and other local projects.
Millersburg Rotary Announces Upcoming Service Project & 2018 Event Dates: Scott Meckley 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Apr 19, 2018
DG Una was nominated for the Business Woman of the Year Award by the Business Women's Forum and the Luminary Award by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce! 
If you would like to attend the Business Women's Forum luncheon on May 23 at Messiah College, please click here. Let's have a great showing from Rotary D7390 to support our Governor! 
The Luminary Award will be presented on August 25th at the Radisson in Camp Hill. You can find more information about that award by clicking here
CONGRATULATIONS DG UNA! Melissa Bruck 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Apr 19, 2018

SHOUT OUT to the Rotary Club of Carlisle for their support of the Carlisle YMCA’s Summer Sizzle Youth Camp.


SHOUT OUT to the Rotary Club of Uptown York whose members dedicated their time and efforts to clean Liberty Park and the Gear Garden in York.  In doing so, they tried to bring on Spring!

SHOUT OUT to the Rotary Club of Hanover for their continued support of the Roots for Boots program.  Sgt Mike Geib and his service dog, Cookie Dough, are pictured here with Hanover Rotarian Christy Lucas.

SHOUT OUT to the Denver-Ephrata Area Rotary Club for their support of Ephrata Rehab Services for the good works they do in the community.

SHOUT OUT to Past District Governor John and Anne Marie Judson on receiving the Exemplar of International Peace and Peaceful Coexistence Award by the Harrisburg Peace Promenade.  In his brief remarks, PDG Judson said “Peace keeping is as easy as looking at a problem and solution from the lens of the Four Way Test.”  PDG John and Anne Marie Judson of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, are pictured with fellow Harrisburg Rotarian, Peggy Grove.

SHOUT OUT to Past District Governor, Tom Davis (2003), on receiving the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.  In a long overdue presentation, Tom received his award this past Saturday during the District Advisory Council Meeting.  Congratulations and thank you for a lifetime of service.  PDG Tom Davis of the Rotary Club of Hershey, is pictured here with PDG Chuck Cenkner of the West Shore Rotary Club.

SHOUT OUT to members of the Rotary Club of Perry County and Rotary Club of Millersburg for their combined efforts to scrape and paint the Millersburg Ferryboats and Barges.  Looks like they had the one sunny day for their service project!



SHOUT OUTS from DG Una! Una Martone 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Apr 19, 2018
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Spring is in the air… well, somewhat.  Nonetheless, Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, and Rotary District 7390 are springing into action.  Our energy can overcome the cold, wet, even snowy weather!
In an all new approach to grant training, District 7390 unveiled an ONLINE GRANT TRAINING module today.   All Rotary Clubs in the district are invited to become QUALIFIED to apply for a grant during the upcoming Rotary year.  Through the ONLINE GRANT TRAINING, at least one member of that club must watch all three grant training videos and then complete a quiz related to The Rotary Foundation, District Club Grants, and Global Grants.  A successful score is 7 out of 10 correct answers.  All of the details and directions are found on the district website at this link:  Many thanks to the team who turned this idea into reality.  Led by Past District Governor & District Rotary Foundation Chair John Kramb, the team included Nigel Foundling, Cher Kondor, Bob McClenathan, District Governor Elect John May, and Amy Spotts.  Thank you all for your hard work, your creativity, and your expertise.  It is our hope that more clubs become qualified.  More qualified clubs means that more projects can benefit our local communities and the world!  And let’s not forget, the more people who contribute to The Rotary Foundation, the more District 7390 gains back, three years later, to support the projects of YOUR CLUBS.
In other exciting news, the District Wide Day of Service this Saturday, April 21.  Kudos to everyone who has already participated in tree planting, street cleaning, and other projects in their communities and good luck to everyone who is planning to participate on Saturday and in the coming weeks.  Please send photos of Rotarians in action.  I would love to share and recognize all of the localized efforts as part of the collective event.
Finally, as you know, the District Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28.  Registration is still open and registration by individual day or by dinner only is a great option for those who can’t make the whole event.  I can promise you now that there will be fun, education, inspiration, surprises, and opportunities to create many Rotary moments with great friends, and friends that you haven’t met yet.  A special (super) gift will be provided to everyone who attends.  The dinner and awards celebration on Saturday night will include prizes for the best dressed Super Heroes.  Come in costume ~ spandex with caution!  For full details and to register, click on this link: 
Yours in Service,
Una Martone
2017/18 District Governor
Rotary District 7390
Thank you for Making a Difference! Una Martone 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Apr 12, 2018
The Rotary Club of Hershey and Group C will host the fifth RMB networking event of the 2018 season on Wednesday, May 16 at Troegs Independent Brewing, 200 East Hershey Park Drive, Hershey, PA.  The event is FREE with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres provided.  The event will start at 5:30 and end at 8:00 pm.  RSVP NOW!!  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests!
Rotary Means Business - May 16 Alden Cunningham 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on Apr 12, 2018
Hanover Rotarians Christy Lucas and Ralph Jodice were judges for the 6th grade at the St. Teresa of Calcutta’s STEM fair in McSherrystown.  Students identified a problem and developed a possible solution using STEM principles.  
Hanover Rotarians participate as Judges Ralph Jodice 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paddy Rooney on Apr 12, 2018
The District 7390 Day of Service is soon upon us! While some clubs will be operating on slightly different dates because of other calendar conflicts, the District has a total of 14 clubs participating on or around April 21. We hoped for greater participation in the Day of Service, but we know our clubs complete service projects in their communities throughout the year.  Which is a wonderful thing!
A wide range of activities are planned for the Day of Service. They include tree planting (Perry County, Mechanicsburg and others), community clean up (Gettysburg), ball field preparations for Little League (Elizabethtown), working with Habitat for Humanity on a house renovation (Lancaster Penn Square), planting a community garden (Red Lion-Dallastown), and making blankets (York). Of particular note is the working relationship between three clubs - Mechanicsburg-North, Mechanicsburg and West Shore – who will plant 100 trees in Veteran’s Park.
We are grateful for all the clubs who chose to participate in this Day of Service. All are to be commended for continuing to put Service Above Self!
District 7390 Day of Service - April 21 Paddy Rooney 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Apr 12, 2018
The RMB Opportunity Summit on Friday, April 27 from 3:30 to 5:00 at this year's District 7390 Conference will feature Mr. Kevin Shivers, Executive State Director National Federation of Independent Business in Pennsylvania.  He will speak regarding current business opportunities for small and independent businesses in Pennsylvania and the state and national political environments and what that may mean for small and independent businesses in PA.
The event will begin with everyone having an opportunity to very briefly introduce themselves by stating the name, Rotary club, and the nature of their business.  After that the speaker will be introduced, give his talk and answer questions.  Following the program, there will be an opportunity to network during the social hour that will take place before the dinner.
Your payment for the district conference's Friday programs and dinner covers this event but please RSVP here for the event so we can more accurately tell how many will be there plus provide everyone attending with a spreadsheet with everyone's contact and business information.
Rotary Means Business Opportunity Summit - April 27 Alden Cunningham 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Bareuther on Apr 05, 2018
The Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club will be having its 15th annual Ride For Literacy on Saturday May 12, 2018. The event will help promote literacy in Lancaster County. Riders are able to choose between three leisure routes: 10, 21, or 43 miles, or combine rides to enjoy the longer challenge of a metric century. All rides begin and end at Manheim Township Community Park. The park is located approximately one mile west of Route 501 on East Petersburg Road, Lancaster. The event will be held rain or shine. All proceeds benefit literacy efforts in Lancaster County through the Literacy Council of Lancaster/ Lebanon, the Lancaster Sunrise Rotary’s local school reading program and the club’s international mission to improve eye sight in Ethiopia and other international locations. sign up on by following this link:
Lancaster Sunrise Ride for Literacy - May 12 Steve Bareuther 2018-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Don Grabowski on Apr 05, 2018
Join us in our fight against the Opioid Crisis by sponsoring the 25th Annual Elizabethtown Rotary Golf Major! This year’s tournament is being held Thursday, June 14th, 2018 at Conestoga Country Club in Lancaster.

Elizabethtown Rotary Club continues to reach out to business leaders in the community who are looking for membership in a fun, youthful, engaged and committed service club, or who want to form a great partnership to contribute to the public good. We are hoping that your business will become and/or continue to be part of our team.

Please view the brochure for additional information. We hope you can join us for a great day of golf, food, fun and fellowship at the Conestoga Country Club. We are requesting businesses to help the cause through sponsorship or donation of items for auction.

We anticipate a full afternoon of golf, with fantastic prizes, so there are many ways for you to get involved. We hope that we can partner with YOUR business at some level this year to help our club fight the opioid crisis by funding strategies to identify and service at risk students. Thank you for giving this your thoughtful consideration.
Elizabethtown Rotary 25th Annual Golf Major Don Grabowski 2018-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 05, 2018
A Taste of Mechanicsburg
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg
Saturday, April 21, 2018
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Come out for an afternoon of great food, drinks and lively entertainment at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library. 
Mechanicsburg Rotary's premiere event features the culinary talents of local food and beverage vendors. 
Tickets are $25. Purchase at Simpson Public Library or online at
Service fee applied to online ticket purchases.
Must be at least 21 years old to attend.
Proceeds benefit Mechanicsburg Rotary's Student Scholarship Program and the Simpson Public Library.
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York East Presents Safety Town 2018-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Gephart on Apr 05, 2018
Marie Cusick, a multimedia reporter for WITF was a recent speaker at the Colonial Park Rotary Club.  She spoke about Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Production in Pennsylvania and its positive impact of creating employment opportunities .  Pennsylvania is the second largest state in this country in the amount of natural gas that is produced by a  sophisticated process of hydraulic fracturing of Pennsylvania’s large shale reserves. Pictured L-R: Colonial Park Rotary Club President Melanie Walderon and Marie Cusick

Colonial Park News John Gephart 2018-04-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Mar 29, 2018
Now that you are registered for Convention, have you thought about transportation to get there? Do you want to sit back and relax in style while spending time with other District 7390 Rotarians? We have chartered a deluxe motorcoach that will be vinyl wrapped with Rotary bling to take you there!
The bus will leave on Saturday, June 23 and return on Thursday, June 28.
The bus will leave from Dicks Sporting Goods (Kenneth Road) in York at 6:00 a.m. on June 23. Then travel to the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill) for pick-up at 7:00 a.m. You can leave cars parked at Dick’s, but please have someone drop you off at the hotel.
We will stop for breakfast, lunch and a few other brief stops to stretch your legs. Arrival in Toronto will be around 5:00 p.m.
The return ride home will leave Toronto around 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 28 and arrive back to Camp Hill around 4:00 p.m. and York around 5:00 p.m.
Cost—$200 per person
Please contact Melissa Bruck ( or 717-854-7842) to reserve your seats. Payment must be made by check or cash. Sorry - no credit cards accepted for the bus transportation. 
Bus Transportation to RI Convention Melissa Bruck 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Mount Joy Park Cleanup Day - April 14 Barbara Basile 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Basile on Mar 29, 2018
Rotary Club of Mount Joy invites you to shred those old documents. Safe, Convenient, and Free! Join the Rotarians at Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road on Saturday, April 28 from 9AM to 11:00 AM.  Find the professional team from Tri-State Shredding on-site and destroy those old papers.
The service is free on April 28. The Rotary Club of Mount Joy will also collect non-perishable food donations for the Mount Joy Food Bank that day. Donations may be made on site that day for the Rotarians to deliver to the Food Bank.
Your personal identity are safer when those private papers are cleared out of your home or business. According to Consumer Report, you should keep income tax returns, income information, and tax reducing expense receipts for seven years. Other important papers also have a shelf life you should know.
Consumer Reports provided the following information at on March 8, 2018. “Store ATM, bank-deposit, and credit card receipts only until you reconcile them with your monthly statements … unless you need them to support your tax return. Keep insurance policies and investment statements until new ones arrive.
“You'll want to hold onto loan documents until the loan is paid off. If you own one or more vehicles, hold onto the titles until you sell them. If you have investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or anything else, keep the investment purchase confirmations until you sell the investment.
“Essential records such as birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, Social Security cards, and military discharge papers should be kept indefinitely. Also hold on to defined-benefit plan documents, estate-planning documents, life-insurance policies, and an inventory of your bank safe deposit box...”
Shred-It Event! - April 28 Barbara Basile 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Mar 29, 2018
The Rotary Club of Lancaster Penn Square hosted a super successful RMB networking event on March 14 at The Hotel Lancaster with 33 Rotarians and guests from nine district clubs (Lancaster, Lancaster Penn Square, Lancaster Sunrise, Lancaster Hempfield, Lancaster South, Mount Joy, Mechanicsburg North, Lebanon, and Harrisburg) attending.  Kudos go to the Rotary Club of Lancaster Penn Square and its President Gary Davis for arranging such a successful networking event and to The Hotel Lancaster for providing such an outstanding venue.  Also, Kudos to Rob Gallagher, Eastern Tier RMB Champion, for doing such a great job promoting the event.  Finally, special Kudos to Scott Stevens, Northern Tier Assistant Director, for his innovative and fun running of the Circle exercise as shown in the photo that accompanies this report.  Well done all!
Lancaster Penn Square Hosts Success RMB Event on March 14 Alden Cunningham 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 29, 2018
Rotary clubs of Carlisle (noontime) and Sunrise recently donated $10,000 to the Cumberland County Historical Society in support of benches at the pocket park located adjacent to the Society’s building.  Pictured are (left) Rena Geesaman, President, Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise, and Kathleen Stoup, President, Rotary Club of Carlisle, as they “rest” on the benches, while Jason Illari holds the check presented by both clubs.  Funds for the donation were raised at the Rotary clubs’ annual Christmas party and auction held in December.
In addition to the park benches, funds are also given for “Rest & Refresh”, Carlisle’s local water project.  Visitors to the pocket park and the Historical Society can “rest” on the benches and “refresh” with bottled water donated by the Rotary clubs.  The bottles are labeled with World Water Facts, which explain the need for water and sanitation in many poor places in the world.
Carlisle's Local Water Project 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on Mar 29, 2018
From 19 to 23 March 2018, Hanover Rotarian, Club President and Junior Achievement (JA) Coordinator, Ralph Jodice, taught the Junior Achievement Program, Our Nation, to both 6th grade classes at St. Teresa of Calcutta in McSherrystown.  The JA Our Nation Program consists of five, 45 minute classes teaching students about our free market economy, entrepreneurship and innovation, the importance of STEM skills in the work force, potential careers, and how the United States is tied to the global economy.  The first picture is of Mrs. Tiffany Stultz’s class.  The second picture is of Mrs. Sherry Chroniger’s class.  
Additionally, on 15 March 2018, Hanover Rotarians Bert Elsner, Bob Miller and Mike Cooper supported JA’s STEM Summit at South Western High School in Hanover.
Hanover Club Volunteers at JA Ralph Jodice 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Mar 29, 2018
Fellow Rotarians,
At the District Training Assembly on March 17, participants took place in a discussion on leadership.  Everyone was asked to think about a person, anyone, who had greatly influenced their lives and who had significantly invested in their success and well-being.  People mentioned teachers, coaches, parents, mentors, bosses, a full gamut of people ~ NOT necessarily people with important “leadership” titles. 
Next, we took the discussion a step further and talked about what qualities they associated with the people who had influenced or invested in them.  Again, the list was broad.  Some of the common qualities mentioned were honesty, sincerity, listening, trust, accountability, dedication, love, compassion, generosity, determination… and more. 
The discussion really defined the people who have had the greatest impact on most of our lives as servant leaders.  The term SERVANT LEADER was probably never even known by any of the people we thought of, but the definition fits.  Servant leaders invest in the growth and development of other people FIRST.  They approach every situation with listening and they value people first.  They influence and inspire us and we become more successful as a result. 
You can always tell a servant leader by the group of people around him or her.  If someone is surrounded by committed, empowered, enlightened leaders, that someone is a servant leader whether they even know it or acknowledge it.  It’s an easy application in Rotary ~ there are so many servant leaders.  They might not always have the biggest titles or the most responsibility, but they have the heart of the people and their influence yields healthy relationships built on trust and loyalty. 
So, I offer up this recap of the District Training Assembly activity and suggest that everyone reading this note take a moment and think of someone who greatly influenced your life in a positive way.  What was it about that person that influenced you and how can YOU carry on that legacy to have greater influence and impact on those around you?  How can  you apply the influence, inspiration, and support in Rotary?  Just imagine how much we could accomplish if we all supported one another’s success just a little piece more!
Thank you all for your service and for your servant leadership. 
Yours in Rotary,
Una Martone
2017/18 District Governor
Rotary District 7390
A note from the District Governor Una Martone 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rip Lawhead on Mar 15, 2018
The 18th Annual Comedy and Magic Spectacular on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. features four national acts including, comedy jugglers the Gizmo Guys, Jason Hudy, a rising star in the world of illusion based magic, the amazing quick change artist duo Stoil and Ekaterina, with R.G. Smith as Master of Ceremonies.  Held at Lampeter-Strasburg High School’s Performing Arts Center, the show is the largest annual fundraiser hosted by Rotary Club of Lancaster South. Proceeds go toward scholarships awarded to graduating seniors at three local high schools (Solanco, Penn Manor, and Lampeter-Strasburg), toward youth programming at the L-S YMCA, and to other community needs. 
Click here for tickets!! or they can be purchased at the customer service counter at Darrenkamps and the L-S YMCA location. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.  For more information visit
The Gizmo Guys -
Performing as the Gizmo Guys, Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amused audiences around the world.  They put the comedy in comedy juggling.  One of the greatest acts in the history of “throwing up” The Gizmo Guys are excited to be with us this year.  Based in New York City, Allen and Barrett have traveled the country with their unique style of teamwork.  Making impossible things happen with clubs, balls, machetes, and diablos while fighting gravity and cracking jokes, is further enhanced by inviting YOU onstage.  Don’t worry, it is always safe, never embarrassing and is why they are in such demand.
Jason Hudy is THE rising star in the world of illusion based magic.  He has amazed audiences and performed all over the USA and throughout Asia.  With 1,000 shows on the resort island of Saipan, followed by a guest appearance in the world famous “House of Magic” in Macau, China.  Add 6,500 other shows the previous 12 years in theaters, amusement parks, casinos, you’d think he’d be a little weary.  NO WAY.  His energy, poise and professionalism will show you why he is “the one to watch.”
Stoil and Ekaterina combine color, music, magic and the fabulous art of quick-change to create a high energy show that will leaving you ask – how did they do that?  Their amazing act that has taken them around the world in style and to great accolades.  Originally from the Eastern European nation of Bulgaria, these two now live in Los Angeles.  And, please give them a special welcome as new American citizens. 
R.G. Smith, MC
Master Of Ceremonies, longtime show producer/director, R.G. returns this year to guide the audience through this excellent entertainment experience. He’ll keep things moving and has a few new things to share.
For more information contact Rip Lawhead at (717) 464-9693 or email him at
Annual Magic & Comedy Show to feature 4 National Acts! - April 14 Rip Lawhead 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Mar 15, 2018

Tune into ABC 27 on March 15 at 12:30 p.m. to watch DG Una Martone & RIVP Dean Rohrs on Good Day PA!

ABC 27 Good Day PA Melissa Bruck 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sam Levine on Mar 15, 2018
A check in the amount of $3020, representing donations finalized in December, 2017 from members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg (RCH), was presented on March 5, 2018, at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg.  Mrs. Helen Sajer, co-founder of the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors (PAWW) organization accepted the donation from RCH President Sam Levine and Joan Prescott, Chair of the Rotary PAWW Committee.
The PAWW is an independent statewide non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing support to Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors and their families and to Veterans in Crisis.  Mrs. Sajer and her late husband, Maj. General Gerald Sajer, formed the non-profit organization in 2006. The PAWW staff consists entirely of volunteers who donate their time and expertise on behalf of Pennsylvania's veterans.
Harrisburg makes donation to PA Wounded Warriors Sam Levine 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Anthony on Mar 15, 2018
On March 8th the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North welcomed their local trauma center – Geisinger Holy Spirit - to present an exciting program called Stop The Bleed (STB) and provide the hospital with a donation to purchase a bleeding control kit for a local school.  Stop The Bleed is a national initiative that aims to teach bleeding control techniques to the public so that lives can be saved prior to EMS arrival. Pennsylvania’s trauma centers are interested in partnering with their local rotary clubs to not only feature STB at a rotary meeting but also support them in purchasing bleeding control kits for every school and public area within Pennsylvania.  Rotary clubs can find the location of their closest trauma center by going to  To learn more about Stop The Bleed go to:
Pictured left to right are Jennifer Hudson (GHS PI Coordinator), John Anthony (RCMN President), Dale Dangleben MD (GHS Trauma Medical Director) , Rebekkah Stanko (GHS Injury Prevention Coordinator) and Steve Grubb, club member and board member of the East Pennsboro Education Foundation (EPEF). EPEF equally shared in the donation toward an STB kit for a local school.
Mechanicsburg-North Welcomes Exciting Program called STOP THE BLEED John Anthony 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Is your Club looking for a speaker on Polio? Deborah Stambaugh, a Polio Survivor and head of the Hanover Post-Polio Group would like to make polio presentations to clubs in our District. Check out their website and contact Deborah if you would like more information. 
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Posted by Alden Cunningham on Mar 15, 2018
The Rotary Club of York will host the fourth RMB networking event of the 2018 season on Wednesday, April 18 at the Historic Shady Lane Green House and Garden Building, 475 Shady Lane, Manchester, PA, which is accessible from Route 83 and North George Street.  The event will only cost $15 per attendee for hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, soda, and water thanks to Shady Lane owner Steve Kohr and Kohr & Sons Construction.  The event will start at 5:30 and end at 7:30.  RSVP Now!!  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests!
Rotary Means Business - April 18 Alden Cunningham 2018-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Mar 08, 2018
In case you missed it last week, check out the video by DG Una Martone highlighting women in Rotary. Click here to view the video
Shout Out to the exceptional women who are rocking district-wide leadership positions this year and, in doing so, serving as role models for the women in their clubs and all the women who have yet to join Rotary!
Female Leaders in D7390:
Past District Governors

Ann Keim, 2001, Rotary Club of Paradise
Janice Black, 2006, Rotary Club of Harrisburg
Connie Spark, 2009, Rotary Club of York East
Helen Redding, 2011, Rotary Club of Littlestown

Club Presidents
Carlisle - Kathleen Stoup
Carlisle-Sunrise - Rena Geesaman
Colonial Park - Melanie Walderon
Gettysburg - Deb Geesey
Harrisburg-Keystone - Addeline Alaniz-Edwards
Lancaster-Sunrise - Beth Mack
Mechanicsburg - Amy KS Bockis
Mount Joy - Joanne Pinkerton
Myerstown-ELCO - Mary Morrissey
Northern Lebanon County - Melanie Schaeffer
Perry County - Jairee Counterman
Susquehanna Township - Kathy McCool
Uptown York - Amy Chamberlin
York - Di Hershey
District Leadership
Michele Legge, Assistant Governor Group B
Betty Hungerford, Area Membership Coordinator Group B
Beth Mihmet, District Conference Chair
Linda Spotts, Youth Exchange Chair
Kathleen Stoup, Global Grants Sub Committee Co-Chair
Amy Spotts, District Club Grants Sub Committee Co-Chair
Cher Kondor, Public Image Chair
A Shout out to Female Leaders in D7390! Una Martone 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Cher Kondor on Mar 08, 2018
Uganda posed both a challenge and a great opportunity for the members of the Vocational Training Team (VTT) lead by District 7390’s PDG (and optometrist) Connie Spark of York East RC. The opportunity was to teach and expand the knowledge and skills of doctors and students at Entebbe Hospital in Nkuma, near Lake Victoria. The challenge was to meet the health needs of as many residents as possible during the 10-day mission.

PDG Spark put together an international medical team from the U.S., Brazil, and Den-mark. The mission consisted of three parts: Train, Sustain, and Teach: Train doctors, Sustain the practices and enable them to Teach others. This concept is integral to the VTT concept and will result in continued health care after the team has departed. The mission provided treatment in vision care, dental procedures, women’s health, and pediatrics, malaria prevention, as well as general health. Physicians on the team spent their morn-ings training local personnel to carry on the medical work after the team was gone. Meanwhile, local Rotarians and Rotaractors got the word out that free medical and vision services were available in the afternoons. And patients came by the thousands!

The vision team worked tirelessly to screen hundreds of patients and provide the correct vision care and glasses. Demand was strong; most locals have never seen an eye doctor nor had their vision tested. In conjunction with the Association for Albinism, Dr. Robert McClenathan and his team treated many young people with albinism for low vision, skin conditions and other related issues. It is thought that body parts of albino Africans are good luck, and as a result, these people are often attacked.
Meanwhile, the nine-member dental team brought a full new operatory of equipment including a digital X-ray and autoclave, thanks to the amazing generosity of the Dentsply Corporation.

“After each lecture we gave a live demonstra-tion of the procedure that was taught and then supervised the students in the clinic practicing what they just learned,” Dr. Dave Zelley said. “The students were highly enthu-siastic and will fill the need for dental care professionals. It is much better to teach and in that way provide care to thousands of pa-tients for decades to come.”

One component of the Uganda mission wasto disburse 12,000 malaria nets in remote villages. After a ferry ridge across Lake Victo-ria and a trip across red clay roads, the medical team found a comatose elderly woman and transported her back to Nkuma where she received the treatment she needed to recover from malaria, the leading cause of illness in this African region.

PDG Connie notes, “This $140,000 mission will bear fruit for years in the future. The health care workers we trained will con-tinue to practice their new techniques in this growing nation.“
Click here to watch a video overview on this inspiring mission. 
A VTT to Train, Sustain and Teach in Uganda Cher Kondor 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jess Socrates on Mar 08, 2018
Hello from the Philippines!
After a full day of rest, some of our Rotarian partners from RC Makati Southeast and I visited the Cardiac cath lab of the Philippine General Hospital. We were expected by Dr. Jonas del Rosario, our volunteer doctor who repaired 33 indigent "Braveheart" children with hole-in-the-heart defects.
My wife Luz and I, asked him to schedule three more children during our visit since we raised additional funds outside of the global grant AND we wanted to witness the procedure first hand. My wife had to be with her family so I had to go myself. Vivien, Past President of the RC Makati Southeast Club picked me up at our hotel together with Past District Governor Sue. We met another Rotarian, Noemi at the hospital.
On the transcatheter repair schedule was ATHENA, a 4 year old girl from Cagayan, way up north in Luzon. She was referred to Dr. Jonas by a physician in the province where they do not have the facility or capability to repair her PDA (Patent ductus arteriosus). The family is poor but they were helped by a support group, "Pray for a Warrior," (see her Mom's shirt). The group provided her with the means to bring Athena to Manila and funds to pay for temporary living quarters while they are in Manila.
Athena was already sedated when we arrived so I never had a chance to talk to her or take a good picture of her. This patient was sponsored by our newly-minted internist son, Dr. Eric Socrates. Instead of giving us Christmas presents, he gave us a check to cover the expenses needed for the repair of one child.
Athena's mother was most appreciative of all the help a lot of people and organizations have given her to facilitate the repair of her daughter's heart. She was shedding tears of joy after Athena's surgery. I suppose this is how all the parents of all the 33 children we have reached through Operation Braveheart feel.
Dr. Jonas welcomed us to the cadiac cath room so we could watch the entire procedure. He showed me the device that he was about to implant into Athena's patent ductus arteriosus in order to close it. It's on the collage - the extremely tiny device is mounted on a tip of the delivery catheter.  It is like a tiny umbrella that is collapsed when it is introduced into the femoral vein and threaded towards the heart. When close to the target (the patent orifice), the device is opened and manipulated to make sure it is properly positioned for optimal closure. You can see the device in place on the angiogram. Dr. Jonas demonstrated to us on the monitor how the dye that flowed through the PDA before closure is no longer flowing through after the procedure. Athena is now cured of this defect and will live as normal as her peers are.
Multiply this experience 33 times over - this is how our Club's Operation Braveheart has touched the lives of so many children and their families.
Thank you everyone for your support of Operation Braveheart.
Hanover's Operation Braveheart Jess Socrates 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kathleen Stoup on Mar 08, 2018
Marilia Parreiras Campos, a District 7390 Exchange Student in 2005-2006 from Brazil, visited Carlisle and spoke to the Rotary Club of Carlisle at its meeting on February 22, 2018.  She came to Carlisle to visit Rotarians, host parents and friends at Boiling Springs High School.  In attendance at the Rotary meeting were host parents Vicki and Brian Geigus and high school counselor Scott McQuaid and Kathy McQuaid.
She talked about her experiences here and how being an exchange student gave her confidence to do well after returning to Brazil.  She is now a lawyer and working to improve conditions in her country. 
At the time Marilia was in our community, the Club’s Student Exchange Chair was Tom Williams, who encouraged her to study law and go into government service.  He is quite proud that she took his advice.  
Her Rotary counselor was Juan Garcia-Tunon, who has remained in contact over the years and encouraged her to return to Carlisle for a visit. Juan had provided several pictures he had taken of her while she was a student here.  Among those displayed on power point at the meeting, were pictures of her as prom queen and as a graduate in cap and gown.
Former Exchange Student Visits Carlisle Kathleen Stoup 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Mar 08, 2018
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg Charity Dodgeball Challenge on March 4 raised $350 for Ruth's Harvest! Each team played for a local charity and 100 percent of the proceeds benefited the winning team's charity. Team Dodge Ma Ball captured the crown and $350 will be donated to Ruth's Harvest Gettysburg in their name! Other teams were County of Adams 1, playing for United Way of Adams County; County of Adams 2, playing for United Way of Adams County; YW Warriors, playing for YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County; Main Street Gettysburg, playing for Main Street Gettysburg; LK5K, playing for The Linda Kranias Memorial 5K, inspired by Stacy Hobbs; and Salted Nuts, playing for Adams County Foster Parent Association. Team YW Warriors consisted of Rotarians Alex Hayes, Ashley Andyshak Hayes and Adrienne Marvin.
Gettysburg Charity Dodgeball Challenge Alex Hayes 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Capital City Cornhole Classic Alaine Kiesling 2018-03-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Mar 01, 2018
A community event hosted by Executive Women International (EWI) and supported by Leadership Harrisburg Area (LHA) is featuring Rotary International Vice President Dean Rohrs on Thursday, March 15 beginning at 5:30 PM at the Radisson.  This event is open to the public.  An opportunity like this comes once in a blue moon and I encourage everyone to try and attend.  In fact, bring your family members, friends, and associates and let them get a real sense of Rotary in action.   
Dean’s story starts in Zambia where she enjoyed a world shielded from apartheid until she was 14 years old. That’s when the revolution made its way to the Congo. Her mother was head of the Red Cross and led the evacuation of many refugees. Dean was called to stand up against the prosecutors and was imprisoned at the age of 16. It was soon after that moment when Dean Rohrs set forth to create a more peaceful world. She harnessed the strength of her fear and scars to foster education, fight disease, and promote peace in some of the most abominable circumstances in some of the most remote areas of the world.
Dean leveraged the power of Rotary International to gain support for her efforts and has broken the cycles of poverty in numerous South African Villages literally saving thousands of young lives. Her story of bringing peace and human understanding to all landed Dean in Canada where she encourages international audiences to become messengers of change.
You don’t want to miss out on this presentation which is sure to be inspirational! For full details and to register online, please click here.
Don't Miss RIVP Dean Rohrs in Camp Hill - March 15 Una Martone 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peg Sennett on Mar 01, 2018

D7390 raised $43,566.00 for Hurricane Relief.

Rotary Club donations:
Carlisle & Carlisle-Sunrise$16,505
Mount Joy$214
Colonial Park$2,500
Colonial Park Foundation$3,500
Hershey Foundation$1,000
Individual Rotarians$450
In addition to the donations made to the District fund, other clubs have made direct donations to Rotary Clubs in hurricane areas, the Rotary International Donor Fund, and to relief organizations in both Texas and Puerto Rico.
Distribution of funds for Hurricane Harvey in Texas:
As a direct result of Hurricane Harvey hitting south-eastern Texas on August 25th as a Category 4 hurricane, damage surveys revealed the staggering extent of Harvey’s destruction: 37,000 homes were heavily damaged and nearly 7,000 were destroyed. Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders reported to the area promptly to offer long-term assistance with disaster recovery; their first volunteers arrived three weeks after the storm.
The D7390 Hurricane Relief fund has supported Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders in Texas:
  • $10,000.00 was sent to assist with the set-up of the volunteer camp and to hire caseworkers and construction supervisors.
  • The Rotary Club of Space Center in Houston TX is raising $36,000.00 to support Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders’ restoration efforts. Being short $6,500.00, D7390 has sent this amount to the Rotary Club of Space Center Endowment Foundation. $36,000.00 provides funding to purchase the materials necessary to restore two homes.
Distribution of funds for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico:
The D7390 Hurricane Relief fund balance of $27,016.00 is dedicated to a restoration project in Puerto Rico. A fellow Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Ithaca New York is from Puerto Rico and is working with four Rotary clubs there. Projects in the planning stage include new roofs, appliances, and other restoration efforts.
We will keep you posted as these projects materialize and checks(s) are disbursed to Puerto Rico.
In the spirit of Service Above Self, the $43,566.00 raised by our fellow D7390 Rotarians will provide the finances to restore homes of many families who fell victim to the uncontrollable destruction of hurricane wind and rain.
D7390 Disaster Relief Committee:         
Bill Harkey, Carlisle Rotary, 717-418-1141
Peg Sennett, Hanover Rotary, 717-630-8281
Randy Sibert, Colonial Park Rotary, 717-576-6115
Hurricane Relief Update Peg Sennett 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dodie Wise on Mar 01, 2018
A few female Rotarians gathered for tea from the Rotary clubs of Carlisle, Carlisle-Sunrise and A District 7000 E-club. One Rotarian was only a member for a few weeks and one member is the current President of the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise and two past Presidents. The E-club member is a Past President.  
Rotary Women at Tea Dodie Wise 2018-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 22, 2018
The spike in regional and local conflicts around the globe has boosted the need for professionals skilled in waging peace. The fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowship, which covers tuition and living expenses, increases the capacity of current and emerging peace leaders to prevent and resolve conflict through academic training, field experience, and professional networking. 
Up to 100 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic, and professional achievements. Fellows earn either a master’s degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within seven leading universities around the world. The over 1100 program alumni are working in over 100 countries as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank. 
Master’s Degree – Building the leaders of tomorrow
  • 15-24 month program at one of our 5 Rotary Peace Centers at leading partnering universities
  • 50 fellows selected annually to earn a master’s degree in fields related to peace and security
  • Each university offers customized curriculum and a 2-3 month applied field experience
  • Fellows connect with an international cohort of peace fellows, thought leaders, and a global network of Rotarians
Professional Development Certificate – Strengthening the leaders of today
  • 3 month professional development program at our Rotary Peace Center in Bangkok, Thailand
  • 50 fellows selected annually to earn a professional certificate in peace and conflict studies
  • Intended for professionals with extensive experience working in peace-related fields
  • Diverse interdisciplinary program includes 8-weeks intensive classroom study with guest lecturers and 2-weeks field studies
Qualified candidates have:   
  • For the master’s program, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, plus three years of related work experience, and proficiency in a second language (strongly recommended)
  • For the certificate program, a strong academic background, plus five years of related work experience
  • Proficiency in English
  • Excellent leadership skills
The following persons are ineligible for a Rotary Peace Fellowship: A Rotarian; an honorary Rotarian; an employee of a Club, District, or other Rotary entity or of Rotary International; a spouse, lineal descendant (child or grandchild by blood or adopted or not adopted), a spouse of a lineal descendant, or an ancestor (parent or grandparent) of any living person in the foregoing categories.
The 2019-20 academic term deadline is 31 May 2018. Begin by watching our Application Checklist Video and review the application process online.   
Please contact Ed Hauck at 717-293-8687 or
Now Accepting Applications for the Rotary Peace Fellowships 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Feb 22, 2018
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North hosted one of the most successful RMB events ever on February 21 at the Hot Frog Print Media offices in Mechanicsburg.  RMB had over sixty attendees/RSVPs/guests at the event from over 10 District 7390 clubs representing the greater Harrisburg, Lancaster, Gettysburg-Hanover-York areas within our district.  This success was due to the event sponsors Eastern PCM, Fairway Mortgage, Hot Frog Print Media LLC, McKonly and Asbury CPAs, Reilly Insurance LLC, First National Bank and S&T Bank and the Leadership in Service of Club President John Anthony supported by Ed Blum and the Northern Tier RMB team consisting of Joe McNally, Scott Stevens, Alaine Keisling, and John Bailey representing the Southern Tier.  Hot Frog Print Media provided a perfect venue for the event and the hors d'oeuvres were delicious and ample thanks to Dash of Salt and Pepper catering headed  by Dan and Joanne Dixon.  Super Kudos to all and thank you all who attended and made this such a dynamic event with many great connections made and fun and fellowship enjoyed as shown in these photos.
Successful RMB hosted by Mechanicsburg-North Alden Cunningham 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Feb 22, 2018
The Rotary Club of Lancaster Penn Square will host the third RMB networking event of the 2018 season on Wednesday, March 14 at The Hotel Lancaster (2nd floor Walnut Room), 26 E Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA.  The event will cost $15 and includes hors d'oeuvres (catered by Isaac's), wine and water thanks to The Hotel Lancaster, which has arranged for free parking at the adjacent Duke Street Garage.  The event will start at 5:30 and end at 7:00 pm.  RSVP NOW!!  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests!
Rotary Means Business - March 14 Alden Cunningham 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 22, 2018
The West York Rotary Club would like to congratulate Joshua May, graduate of West York High School, as one of the recipients of the Claire D. Worley Scholarship for 2017/2018. Joshua May graduated in the top 2% of his class from West York High School in 2017.  He is currently a freshman Engineer major at Penn State University Park where he maintains a GPA of 4.0. At University Park, Joshua May is a member of different clubs and sport activities. Pictured Joshua May (R) and West York Rotary Club Secretary, Paul Duryea (L)
The Club also congratulates Nicole R. Guise for her amazing work during her first semester of college. Nicole was the recipient of the Claire D. Worley Scholarship bestowed upon one deserving recipient from Spring Grove for the 2016/2017 school year. She received this scholarship at a presentation to the West York Rotary Club during which she shared her hard work in her studies at Penn State York, and her continued dedication in service to others. We are proud to see her already achieving great things in maintaining an excellent GPA while continuing to serve others in leadership role across multiple platforms. Nicole R. guise  received a check for $1,000 from the West York Rotary Club to support her education and as celebration for her current and future achievements. Pictured (L) Dr. Nicole R. Guis and (R) Paul Duryea, WYRC Secretary.
West York Awards Scholarships 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Allen on Feb 22, 2018
Our Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise accepted the haircut challenge issued by Greg "Samson" Hall for 100 percent participation in the 2017 United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County campaign.  As the campaign co-chair, Greg asked "Will it build goodwill and better friendships?" Executive Director Lucy Suter Zander and Sunrise Club President Rena Geesaman are certainly happy friends as they prepare to shear Greg's locks.
Carlisle-Sunrise Haircut Challenge Chuck Allen 2018-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Montreal Rotary Conference 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on Feb 15, 2018
Bob Miller, Foundation Chair of The Rotary Club of Hanover, recently presented first time Paul Harris certificates and pins to Ruth Shaffer and Moe Noel.  Congratulations and thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Hanover recently recognized (from left to right) President Ralph Jodice, Foundation Chair Bob Miller, Doug Becker, and John Bailey with multiple Paul Harris pins. Congratulations and thank you for your support of the Rotary Foundation.
Doug Barmoy of the Rotary Club of Hanover was recently presented with a multiple Paul Harris pin by Foundation Chair Bob Miller.  Congratulations and thank you for your continued support of the Rotary Foundation.
Hanover Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows Ralph Jodice 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Wehler on Feb 15, 2018
Members of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg gathered at the Gettysburg School District’s Lincoln Elementary School on February 8 to assemble meals for Ruth’s Harvest. Ruth’s Harvest is a not for profit organization that prepares meals for school age children. The meals go home each weekend in backpacks. The food is designed to feed the student for the weekend. The next packing event by Rotarians will be May 4.
Gettysburg Rotary volunteers at Ruth's Harvest Scott Wehler 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Randy Sibert on Feb 15, 2018
All Rotarians are invited to become part of a Bocce Ball League starting in Lower Paxton Township.   The Rotary Club of Colonial Park and the Lower Paxton Township Public Works department have made significant improvements to the Bocce Ball courts at Koons Park.  The courts have been upgraded to a professional playing surface and league play begins soon.  The league will be for both men and women, ages 18 and up.
This season, each team will consist of four (4) players and up to four (4) substitute players.  The first session will begin on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm with an orientation/practice evening.  Depending on the amount of interest, additional week nights or an earlier time slot will be added.
The fee to register for the Wednesday night league is $35.00 per person including substitute players.  All equipment is included, and weekly schedules and standings will be sent to each team captain.  Team registration fees can be sent to:
Rotary Club of Colonial Park
Attn:  Bocce Ball Registration
PO Box 6522
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Make checks payable to:  Rotary Club of Colonial Park and put “Bocce Ball Registration” in memo line.  Please include the name of the team, the team captain’s name, cell number and email address and each team member’s name and email on a separate sheet of paper.  Individuals who do not have enough members for a team can submit their individual information along with their check and they will be included on a team.
For additional information contact Rick Zeiders at 717 576-7673 or the township Parks and Recreation Department at 717-657-5635. The Bocce Ball courts, shuffle board court and horseshoe pits at Koons Park are open to the public any time except during league play.  The Rotary Club of Colonial Park will host a Free Community Open House at the courts on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 pm.
Colonial Park Bocce Ball League to Start Randy Sibert 2018-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 14, 2018
SHOUT OUT to the Rotary Club of Lancaster Penn Square for their “Hearts for Lancaster” fundraiser.  Dozens of personalized messages on oversized hearts are being hung around Downtown Lancaster and drawing a good bit of attention for Rotary.  This program earned some TV coverage recently too!  That’s what I call fundraising with heart!
SHOUT OUT to the Hershey Rotary Club for their support Derry Township School District’s production of Peter Pan. 
SHOUT OUT to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club for providing school supplies for children in Cambodia through the Color For Kids program (founded by a fourth grade student).
SHOUT OUT to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg for helping to raise over $500 in 20 minutes for students in the Youth Community Development Team who will continue fundraising in support of basic literacy programs.
SHOUT OUT to Rotarian Jess Socrates of the Rotary Club of Hanover and all of the constituents involved with Operation Braveheart.  On a recent trip to the Philippine General Hospital, over 30 children received life saving heart surgeries through Operation Braveheart.  Their good work continues with support of the Rotary Foundation through Global Grant initiatives.  Thank you all for your service.
Shouts Outs! Una Martone 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 14, 2018
Some of you know that Leadership Harrisburg Area teaches the concepts of Servant Leadership as part of our programming.  Aside from the authentic desire to develop other people, the most critical essential of Servant Leadership, as we teach, is Self Awareness.  Self Awareness is not just about knowing your own strengths and weaknesses.  Self Awareness is more about understanding how you impact people and situations around you.  When you walk into a room, do you bring energy and positivity?  When talking with other people, do you make eye contact and truly listen?  Do you smile at strangers, make room for a vehicle merging into traffic, hold the door open behind you when walking into a building.  As Rotarians espoused to Service Above Self, it certainly makes sense for us to reflect on our interactions and take note of how our attitude and actions are perceived by others.  By increasing our own Self Awareness, we are building our capacity to effectively lead our clubs; becoming better at attracting new members; and increasing our ability to serve the community.    
Leadership Reflection Una Martone 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 14, 2018
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
A community event hosted by Executive Women International (EWI) and supported by Leadership Harrisburg Area (LHA) is featuring Rotary International Vice President Dean Rohrs on Thursday, March 15 beginning at 5:30 PM at the Radisson.  This event is open to the public.  An opportunity like this comes once in a blue moon and I encourage everyone to try and attend.  In fact, bring your family members, friends, and associates and let them get a real sense of Rotary in action.   
Dean’s story starts in Zambia where she enjoyed a world shielded from apartheid until she was 14 years old. That’s when the revolution made its way to the Congo. Her mother was head of the Red Cross and led the evacuation of many refugees. Dean was called to stand up against the prosecutors and was imprisoned at the age of 16. It was soon after that moment when Dean Rohrs set forth to create a more peaceful world. She harnessed the strength of her fear and scars to foster education, fight disease, and promote peace in some of the most abominable circumstances in some of the most remote areas of the world.
Dean leveraged the power of Rotary International to gain support for her efforts and has broken the cycles of poverty in numerous South African Villages literally saving thousands of young lives. Her story of bringing peace and human understanding to all landed Dean in Canada where she encourages international audiences to become messengers of change.
You don’t want to miss out on this presentation which is sure to be inspirational! 
For full detail and to register online, please click on this link:
I hope to see you there! 
Yours truly,
Una Martone
District Governor
Rotary District 7390
PS ~ In case anyone is wondering, my organization, Leadership Harrisburg Area, gains no returns from the event, we are simply a logistics partner and honored to have convened such wonderful organizations as EWI, LHA and Rotary!
A Message from the District Governor Una Martone 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debi Beshore on Feb 08, 2018
The Byrnes Health Education Center's Puberty Program for Special Learners is a finalist for the 2018 Central Penn Business Journal's Innovation Award.
This program is designed for students living with Autism, Down Syndrome, learning disabilities and developmental delays.
  • Are you a parent of a child with a developmental delay?
  • Does the word "Puberty" strike fear in your heart?
  • Not sure how to explain physical changes, hormones, why your son or daughter needs to take a bath?
  • Do you have a daughter and you need to explain the monthly cycle soon?
Please join us for the next presentation on February 27 for boys and on February 28 for girls.
Byrnes HEC Finalist for Award Debi Beshore 2018-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Debi Beshore on Feb 08, 2018
Picture yourself on a sunny afternoon in June, golfing with friends and raising funds for a premier organization. Join the Byrnes Health Education Center for the 12th Annual Drive “Fore” Health Golf Outing  on June 25 at the Bent Creek Country Club. Located in Lancaster, PA.
Bent Creek boasts " our signature Jay Morrish Championship designed golf course was cited by the USGA as a 'benchmark for golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic region'." Treat yourself and become the support for preventive health.
For additional information or to make your reservations, please contact Debi Beshore at 717.848.3064 ext/ 225 or by email
The Center is a District 7390 Project, their mission:  to education and inspire people of all ages to make healthy choices.  Come out and support this great organization.
Byrnes HEC 12th Annual Drive "Fore" Health Golf Outing Debi Beshore 2018-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Feb 01, 2018
Extensive planning is underway for the annual Rotary Youth Leaders Conference (RYLA). It is the responsibility of the Club President or designated RYLA Conference Chair to submit completed registration forms and fees for your Club’s candidates no later than May 5, 2018 to Melissa Bruck at the Rotary District Office, 515 South George Street, York, PA 17401-2723.
      Again, the goal of the District RYLA Conference Committee is to have each Rotary Club in the District be represented by at least one young man and one young woman at the Conference. If the Rotary Club serves an area that has more than one high school, the Club should select at least one male and one female student from each high school. Last year more than 135 students attended! We hope to better that total in 2018. Please attempt to have an equal balance of young men and women.
RYLA will be held Sunday, June 10 to Thursday, June 14, 2018.
  • Students MUST attach a color, head shot, photograph that will be scanned and used in the Conference program. They can also email the photo to
  • ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLETE A MESSIAH COLLEGE CHALLENGE COURSE RELEASE FORM. Please return this form with the students application and fee. If a student does not complete a release form, they WILL NOT be able to participate in the team building activities.
  • Fee: $500 per attendee
  • The Family Night Celebration Event will be held Thursday, June 14, 2018. Cost for Rotarians, parents and guests will be $15 per person for heavy hors d'ouevres. Money will be collected at registration on Sunday. There is no cost for Conferees to attend the banquet.
  • If your student DOES NOT Attend RYLA, your Club WILL NOT receive a credit or refund!
  • There are several RYLA scholarships available that a Club demonstrating economic need can apply for. If your Club would like to apply for a scholarship, please send a letter/e-mail to Melissa Bruck, 515 South George Street, York, PA 17401 or All requests will be evaluated by the RYLA committee. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2018. Clubs that are selected to receive a scholarship will be notified by March 8, 2018.  If you have questions on scholarships, please contact District RYLA chair Gary Crissman at or 717-545-6553.
RYLA Application Deadline - May 5 Melissa Bruck 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Feb 01, 2018

Our District Training Assembly is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg (1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill). Registration and a hot breakfast buffet will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. The training sessions will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m. after the luncheon. The cost is $45 per person. All Rotarians are encouraged to attend. It will be helpful in building “esprit de corps” in your Club. The break-out sessions during the morning will be fast-paced and interactive. They are designed to educate us on Rotary topics. At the beginning of the District Training Assembly we will approve the 2018-2019 District budget. Click here to register!  Registration deadline is March 9, 2018. Join us at District Training Assembly to learn more about how to “Be The Inspiration”!  

District Training Assembly - March 17 Melissa Bruck 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 01, 2018
As you know by now, the theme for the 2018 Rotary District 7390 Conference is “Celebrating Rotary Super Heroes of our Past, Present, and Future!”  Attendees will be invited to dress in super hero attire for Saturday evening festivities.  There will be prizes and recognition for the best costumes.  I, myself, am looking for my super hero persona and I need your help.  If you have creative talents or literary skills, please suggest a super hero name for ME ~ your District Governor, Una Martone!  Email your suggestions to me at with Super Hero Name in the subject line.  I will select one of the names and PAY FULL REGISTRATION for the winner to attend the District Conference on April 27-28 (not including hotel stay).  Your suggestions must be received by February 28th in order to be considered.  It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s ???????
Name that Super Hero!!! Una Martone 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Feb 01, 2018
Hello Fellow Rotarians!
At just over the half way point of the 2017/18 Rotary year of making a difference, I’d like to provide you with a “State of the District” report.  I gave this report live at a leadership dinner on Tuesday, January 30.  Maybe it was coincidence that my report was scheduled on the same night that President Trump gave the State of the Union.  There was good news and less than good news in both reports ~ and that ends the comparison!
I wish I could report on all of the great and positive impacts that Rotarians are making through vibrant and engaged Rotary Clubs throughout the district.  But to truly measure that impact is impossible.  I wish I could measure the distribution of hope and happiness that comes along with the service projects and donations being made throughout the district, but the ripple effect of our actions goes on well past our reach.  So, there are a few things that we CAN measure and share so that everyone is up to date.
  1. District membership is down overall by 13 members since July 1.  The number is a moving target, but membership is currently at 2301. 
    • Of the 43 clubs in the district, only 22 clubs managed to maintain or increase membership since July 1.  Yes, that means that 21 clubs lost members in the past 6 months.
    • Of the clubs that increased membership, Mechanicsburg North leads the pack with a 25% membership increase or 16 new members.  Lancaster Penn  Square increased membership by 21% equivalent to 2 new members; and Red Lion/Dallastown had a 19% membership increase with 4 new members.  Congratulations!
    • Please remember my request to each club to increase membership by one new female member and one new member under the age of 40.  Invite someone to your weekly meeting and let your club speak for itself.  The surest way to gain new members it to ask people to join.  Its’ up to you!
  2. As a district, our members have contributed a total of $185,365 to The Rotary Foundation (annual fund).  If we can replicate this same number in the 2nd half of the year, we’ll be in great shape!  Our district would be in great shape in three years when half of our contributions come back to us to be put to work in District Club Grants and Global Grants.  I am looking for 43 NEW donors to The Rotary Foundation this year…  the equivalent of one new donor from every club.  The standard donation is $100, but the range of donations is much broader than that.  Most importantly, please give something.  Gifts can be made through  your club or directly through The Rotary Foundation at this link:
  3. As a district, our contributions to Polio Plus through The Rotary Foundation are at $60,629.  WOW!  Given that one new case of the wild polio virus has been reported in Afghanistan last month, our battle continues and must be ramped up.  Thank you to everyone who has made this such a rich and robust number!  The Rotary Club of Harrisburg is currently leading the district in donations to Polio Plus.  Kudos.
  4. Our District 7390 Facebook page has gained 142 new likes since July 1.  We have 805 people engaged with us through Facebook.  The goal is 1000.  If you haven’t yet liked the District 7390 page, please click on this link to do so!  It’s a great way to stay abreast of district news and gain some great content to share on your own social media and the social media channels of your Rotary club too.  In addition, Rotary District 7390 has pages on Facebook for Rotary Means Business and Youth Exchange, take a look for them.  We are also on LinkedIn as a district. 
  5. We have 49 people already registered to attend the Rotary International Convention from June 23-27 in Toronto, Canada.  THIS JUST IN, Rotary District 7390 will be providing bus transportation in a Rotary-themed bus courtesy of Bailey Transportation.  Stay tuned for details on how to reserve your seat!  For more information or to register for the convention, click here:
In the coming months, the leadership team will be working on updating the district’s strategic plan; we are looking forward to a great District Wide Day of Service on April 21 and an awesome District Conference at the Harrisburg Hilton on April 27 – 28.  We are working on the creation of a membership “safety net” and look forward to sharing more details as the plans take shape.  If you would like to be a part of district-level planning and leadership, please let me know!  We have plenty of room for more great ideas, input, and efforts.
Thank you and take good care.
Yours in Rotary,
District Governor Una Martone
A Message from the Governor Una Martone 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2018
This is a critical year for the polio eradication program. Coming off the lowest case count in history in 2017, we begin the new year with the momentum to make polio eradication a reality. In Pakistan and Afghanistan, where a period of typically lower polio transmission is starting, the program is seizing a prime opportunity for progress by strengthening efforts to reach vulnerable children and track polio in the environment. On the global stage this month, polio transition was a key agenda item under discussion at the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva. Click here to read the entire newsletter.
January 2018 Polio Update 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Scott Wehler on Feb 01, 2018
Members of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg met Jan. 24 to place Rotary wheel logo stickers on the new computers at the Family First Health Dental Center in Gettysburg. The Rotary Club acquired the computers through a Rotary District 7390 Grant which matched funds from the Gettysburg club.
Gettysburg Rotary Funds Computers for Dental Center Scott Wehler 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 01, 2018
The homeless clients of Downtown Daily Bread have a long list of things they need to survive the winter, and at the top of every list is warm, dry socks.  With the wealth of socks received from the Hershey Rotary Clubs challenge with Hershey High School, Daily Bread has been able to hand out a pair to each person that takes a weekly shower, to hand them out to those who shelter with them in their new emergency, overnight men’s shelter (they sleep 38 people each night in addition to the 100 who visit each day), and to anyone who asks or whose feet make a noise as they walk through because they almost all wear holes in their boots or tennis shoes. The homeless are very grateful for the socks! 
Downtown Daily Bread has also been sharing the socks.  Community nurses from Hershey Medical Center have been given a large number of the socks, especially the women’s and children’s sock that were in the mix.  They go to so many low-income and homeless shelters for women providing flu shots and health information, and hand them out to families in great need there.  This accomplishes health awareness along with the comfort of socks and pushes the socks out to many groups of needy families.
Also, Lebanon Valley College works with a family shelter and with refugees from the hurricane in Puerto Rico, people who have nothing.  The socks are being shared with them and other organizations as well. 
The example set by High School and younger students is inspiring many other groups.  Susquehanna Township heard about the efforts and decided to “top off” the Hershey sock drive with a hat and glove drive. Harrisburg U and Lebanon Valley College have also been inspired to fund raise for Downtown Daily Bread. Daily Bread is now developing an entire student program around the success of Hershey Rotary Club and Hershey High School.
Downtown Daily Bread just hopes the men’s socks last until the next fundraiser, but they say it is a relief not to have to hoard them.  For once, there are enough, and no one has lost their toes this winter. 
Socks, Socks, Socks 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chuck Allen on Feb 01, 2018
Carlisle-Sunrise Rotary opened the New Year 2018 with donations totaling $7000 to community support organizations in Carlisle Borough and Cumberland County.  The three major recipients are the local United Way ($1000), Hope Station ($830), and Project Share Food Pantry ($730). Leaders of these organizations received symbolic checks illustrating that Sunrise Rotary is "Making a Difference" in our community and in the year to come.
Carlisle-Sunrise makes Donations Chuck Allen 2018-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on Jan 25, 2018
The Rotary Club of Hanover’s Foundation Chair, Bob Miller at the far right, presented multi-Paul Harris pins to 4 members.  Pictured from left to right receiving the pins are Warren Miller, Greg Staub (AG), Cork Troxell, and John Bailey.  Congratulations on your continued strong support for the Rotary Foundation.
Hanover Presents PHF Pins Ralph Jodice 2018-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Jan 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North will host the second RMB event of the 2018 season on Wednesday, February 21 at Hot Frog Print Media, 114 York Street, Mechanicsburg, PA.  The event is free and includes wine/beer/water and soft drinks along with some very tasty hors d'oeuvres thanks to the following sponsors: Eastern PCM; Fairway Mortgage; Hot Frog Print Media LLC; McKonly and Asbury CPAs; Reilly Insurance LLC; First National Bank and S&T Bank.  The event will start at 5:30 and end at 7:30.  Click here to RSVP NOW!  Make great connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB. Bring potential Rotarian guests! 
Mechanicsburg-North to host Rotary Means Business - February 21 Alden Cunningham 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Jan 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg hosted a super successful RMB networking event on January 16 at the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel with 30 RSVPs from seven district clubs (Carlisle, Colonial Park, Gettysburg, Hanover, Red Lion/Dallastown Area, York, and West Shore).  Despite the bad weather some 24 Rotarians and guests attended the event.  A big thank you to the Rotary Club of Gettysburg and the Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel for setting up such a wonderful event where many great business and project connections were made and much fun and fellowship enjoyed.  Well done all! 
Gettysburg hosted a successful RMB Event Alden Cunningham 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Jan 18, 2018
Shout Out to Rotary International President Elect Barry Rassin on announcing the new theme for 2018/19… Be The Inspiration!
Shout Out to District Governor Elect John May who is spending this week at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego with incoming DGs representing all 534 Rotary Districts worldwide.  Hope you’re enjoying every minute and setting your plans for a GREAT year to “Be The Inspiration.”
Shout Out to all of the current Club Presidents… you’ve turned the corner and are now approaching the home stretch!  How can you make the most of these next few months to meet your goals and continue to make a difference?  How can District 7390 help?
Shout Outs from the District Governor Una Martone 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hector Ortiz on Jan 18, 2018
I am pleased to provide you with the Report of Action related to the 2017 Council on Resolutions (COR). Click here to view the Resolutions that were adopted by the Council on Resolutions. 38 resolutions were transmitted to the Council. The Council adopted 17 (15 recommendations will go to the RI Board and 2 to The Rotary Foundation (TRF for their consideration).
Please note that the deadline for submitting resolutions to the 2018 COR is 30 June 2018. A link to the submission form, plus helpful resources, can be found on the Councils page of My Rotary.

For any District 7390 resolutions for 2018, I encourage you to submit any proposed resolution at least 30 days before the District Conference so it can be considered and endorsed accordingly by the District. Click here for directions on how to submit resolutions.
Council on Resolutions Update Hector Ortiz 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Steve Grubb on Jan 18, 2018
The Four-Way Test Essay contest in District 7390 was initiated in 2006-07 by the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North in the 9th grade at Cumberland Valley High School. The winner of their 2007-08 contest presented her essay at the District Conference and was well received. The 2008-09 District Governor challenged other Clubs to have contests in their local schools and agreed that if multiple Clubs did have contests, he would have their winners vie for District honors and prizes. The Clubs responded and three prizes were awarded in 2009 and 2010 with the first place winners presenting their essays at the District Conference.
Approximately 20 Clubs in the District participate in the Essay contest, but why not every Club? Then every 9th grader in our District would know something about Rotary and our 4-Way Test. Think of the positive effect this would have on their lives, Interact Clubs, the public image of Rotary, and the future of Rotary. If your Club has not already indicated interest in the Essay contest for 2017-2018 please contact District Chair, Steve Grubb at
The deadline to submit your club's winning essay to the District is March 2, 2018. You can find more information about the essay contest by clicking here
Four-Way Test Essay Contest Deadline - March 2 Steve Grubb 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Knowles on Jan 18, 2018
During the holidays, Rich and Wendy Motz were raising money for the Lititz Fire Company through their spectacular Laurel Avenue Christmas lights display. They never imagined that the same volunteer fire company was about to save their daughter-in-laws life. "It just goes to show that you don't know when you'll need the fire company. We are sure grateful they were there for us," says Rich Motz.
On Nov, 13 Rich received a call that his daughter-in-law Misty had been in a car accident that morning. He rushed to the scene and met up with his son as the Lititz Fire company was in the process of extricating Misty from her crumpled car. It only too a few minutes to get her out of the mangled car. 
The Motzes are grateful for something called an AMKUS rescue system battery-operated cutter tool. That's what the fire company used to cut through the framework of the car to save Misty. The cutter is like a huge pair of clippers that rips right through metal. In the past, it might have been called the Jaws of Life, but that term is outdated, and the steel used in cars has changed. 
Fortunately, the Lititz Fire Company had just received an $11,000 gift from the Lititz Rotary Club as part of the funds raised for community service through the annual Lititz Craft show and the Travelogue film series. 
Barry Miller of the Lititz Rotary Club is also impressed by the larger cutter that the Rotary Club funded for the fire company. "That's what the Lititz Rotary Club is all about. We raise money for community services in the Warwick area and throughout Lancaster County that affect local people." he explained, noting that proceeds from the craft show and travelogue are approximately $75,000.  
It's gratifying to realize the impact of this tool. Any of us could be in the same situation and it means a lot to know the fire company has the dedicated people and equipment they need," Miller said. 
How the Lititz Rotary Craft show saved a life Laura Knowles 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Barbara Basile on Jan 18, 2018
Visit the Mount Joy Community Food Bank on any Wednesday or Friday morning and you will discover a bustling hive of activity led by Elaine Kuhn.  Mrs. Kuhn has been actively involved in Mount Joy Helping Services for 40 years. No one seems to know the exact date, but late in the 1970’s people were receiving food bags out of the St. Mark’s’ parsonage, and Elaine was there to help. 
In honor of a life of service, the Rotary Club of Mount Joy presented Elaine Kuhn with the first Dottie Metzler Humanitarian Award. The award was given before an enthusiastic Rotary Club assembly and the Mount Joy Community Food Bank Board of Directors on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. A donation to the Food Bank for the continuation of the important work Kuhn and her volunteers are doing was also presented at the event as well as an engraved vase. Mount Joy Mayor Tim Bradley presented a proclamation in recognition of Mrs. Kuhn’s dedication to the community. Elaine was also presented with a citation from Pennsylvania Representative, David Hickernell.
“Rotary’s humanitarian award recognizes the thousands of volunteer hours given by Elaine to administer our local food bank,” said Rotary President Joanne Pinkerton. “Distributing the food to the neediest is just the final step in a long process. We can never know all the time it takes to ensure the Food Bank will be open and available to our community.” As the Food Bank’s Executive Director, Kuhn coordinates food drives and solicits donations to maintain and operate the food bank; she recruits, trains and schedules her staff of volunteers; and she makes presentations to churches and clubs to keep the community informed of the Food Bank’s accomplishments and needs. As the Treasurer of Mount Joy helping services, she ensures the bills are paid; compiles reports; and ensures the building is maintained.
As a volunteer, the coordination of all this for 40 years has been Elaine Kuhn’s life work. “The great things that come in just when they are needed most” often inspire her. Her husband Russ Kuhn volunteers at the Food Bank, and son Terry Kuhn has contributed in ways only family members of other very active community volunteers can truly understand.
The Food Bank history includes many moves and an increase in the number of people served. The volunteer team moved into their current location in November of 2011. On the corner of Concord and Mount Joy Street, the Mount Joy Food Bank serves approximately 350 different families each year. Monthly, families are able to receive gifts of food, and other essential supplies, as they are available. In a nearby office, the Mount Joy Helping Service office assists by providing transportation and housing vouchers, rental assistance, clothing, furniture, and prescription aid.
The Rotary Club of Mount Joy is proud to recognize this important work by presenting the first Dottie Metzler Humanitarian Award to Elaine Kuhn, Executive Director of the Mount Joy Community Food Bank. For additional information about the award or the Mount Joy Rotary please visit our Facebook page.
PHOTOGRAPH:  Rotary Club of Mount Joy Board of Directors honor Dottie Metzler Humanitarian Award winner Elaine Kuhn with a donation to the Mount Joy Community Food Bank. Present: Denny Brandt, Linda Gonya-Hartman, Ron Carper, Elaine Kuhn, Joanne Pinkerton, President, Mark Rorabaugh, Greg Sallade and Chris Rhyner.
Mount Joy Presents Dottie Metzler Humanitarian Award for 2018 Barbara Basile 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roberta Oberdick on Jan 18, 2018
The Rotary Club of York was pleased to honor Missy Starner with their “Service Above Self” award at the club meeting on September 6, 2017 at the Country Club of York.  Missy was recognized for her work to provide oncology patients in our local community with handmade fleece tie blankets to help them through their treatment.  The $125 honorarium which is awarded with the engraved clock she received, will be used to purchase additional materials to make more blankets.  For more information about the Rotary Club of York and it’s projects and programs, contact the office at 717-848-1370 or or go to
The Rotary Club of York’s Charles S. Wolf “Service Above Self” Award presentation Roberta Oberdick 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Jan 18, 2018
I am pleased to report your District Governor Nominating Committee has met and recommended John G. Anthony II, Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North, to serve as your District Governor for the 2020-2021 Rotary year. 
John has been a member of the Mechanicsburg-North Rotary Club since 2007. He is serving as the 2017-18 Club president, served on the fundraising committee, volunteers with Junior Achievement and is a Paul Harris Society member.
            John is the branch manager at Fairway Independent Mortgage Company in Mechanicsburg. He was honored with the Pennsylvania Mortgage Broker of the year award from the Pennsylvania Association of Mortgage Brokers (PAMB) and served as president of the organization.
            John also served as president of the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce, developed and taught an educational program for the State Bank Mortgage Examiners, was president of the Main Street Mechanicsburg organization, held a Mechanicsburg school board seat from 2011-2015 and is currently serving on the Mechanicsburg Borough Council.
In accordance with the guidelines established in article 14 of Rotary International Bylaws, you are hereby advised of this recommendation. Any Club may submit a challenging candidate for consideration provided this club has previously suggested such candidate to the nominating committee. The challenging candidates must be submitted no later than January 26, 2018 in conformity with article 14.020.8 in the Rotary International ByLaws.  In the absence of such action or any other objections, John G. Anthony II will be designated as District Governor Nominee for 2020-21.
Many thanks to PDG Janice Black and the members of the District Governor Nominating Committee for their diligent and timely actions.
John G. Anthony II Selected as District 7390 Governor 2020-2021 Una Martone 2018-01-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paddy Rooney on Jan 11, 2018
A DAY OF SERVICE is an opportunity for clubs all over District 7390 to come together and engage in that practice which is at the core of our common identity – that of service. We have set Saturday April 21 as our date for this year and we are proposing that each club identify a service project that they would like to undertake that day and then to carry out that project either within their own club or in cooperation with other clubs around them. Click here for more information. 
District 7390 Day of Service Paddy Rooney 2018-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Linda Spotts on Jan 11, 2018
The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people — regardless of nationality — desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for our children and ourselves. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.
Would you like to learn more about the Rotary Youth Exchange program? Please join us Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the PA United Church Center (900 S. Arlington Ave, Harrisburg) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Please click here to register by January 23! 
Tri-Annual District Youth Exchange Program Meeting Linda Spotts 2018-01-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 04, 2018
Are you ready to celebrate the super heroes of our Past, Present and Future?  Join the District Conference on April 27 and 28 for fun, learning, inspiration, fellowship, and celebrations!  Some of the conference highlights include:
Internationally Renowned Rotarian Evan Burrell ~ all the way from Sydney Australia, will share his SUPER presentation “If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.” 
David Morrison, Director of Historic Harrisburg Association and member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, will narrate an historical bus tour around the City of Harrisburg.  His insights will certainly enlighten all who participate!
Tracy Pawelski, Senior Communications Counsel of Harrisburg based PPO&S, will overview her recent pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago (a 500 mile walking journey across Spain) and how we, as Rotarians, can benefit from her observations and insights.  Tracy’s pilgrimage was seeded through her daughter’s experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Spain. 
The Presidents of four Young Professional Organizations have agreed to serve on a panel to overview their thoughts on addressing community needs; how to engage with young professionals; and how our clubs can work together with Young Professional Organizations toward common goals.
We have invited local and state elected officials… the finalists of the Four Way Test Speech contest will share their presentations; and Rotary Means Business will present the first ever Opportunity Summit as part of the conference. 
PLUS ~ wear your finest super hero costumes to the Saturday night festivities for fun and prizes!
2018 District Conference 2018-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Jan 04, 2018
Fellow Rotarians,
Happy New Year!   New Year’s Resolutions, goals, and aspirations are as important at the beginning of a new year as they are any time of year!  As friends and family members make promises to do better in the year ahead, the words of a favorite author, Kent Keith, came to my mind.  I recently shared this summary at work and I’d like to pass it along to the Rotary community as well. 
The Paradoxical Commandments were written by Kent Keith in 1968, when he was 19, a sophomore at Harvard College. They were part of The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council, his first booklet for high school student leaders. "I laid down the Paradoxical Commandments as a challenge," Keith said. "The challenge is to always do what is right and good and true, even if others don't appreciate it. You have to keep striving, no matter what, because if you don't, many of the things that need to be done in our world will never get done."  This is a wonderful piece of writing by anyone at any age.  But the fact that it was written by a 19 year old and his words are as relevant today as they were back in 1968 is simply amazing. 
So amazing, in fact, that Mother Teresa took note too.  It was reported in a 1995 essay that she had The Paradoxical Commandments pinned to the wall of her children's home in Calcutta and loved it so much that she adapted her own version "Do It Anyways."  Now that's high praise for any author!
Here is Dr. Keith's original text.  With these words in mind, let's continue to strive to do what is right and good and true so that we can make our communities and our world better places.  When we find challenges in our Rotary clubs, committees, and service work, let these words provide some perspective and support for doing what is right! 
The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
Message from the Governor Una Martone 2018-01-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 28, 2017
Lancaster South Rotary presented Brighter Day Foundation a check for $685 during their December 13, 2017 meeting.  Brighter Day Foundation provides life enhancing services for low-income adults in Lancaster, PA.   They help bridge the gap in care for individuals in our community that may not have family or the resources to help them with day to day tasks.  A few of the services provided by Brighter Day include transportation and help with grocery shopping.  Their caring volunteers build relationships with the people they serve and are dedicated to treating people with dignity, respect and compassion.
For more information on Brighter Day Foundation visit
Image:  From left is Charlotte Anderson from Brighter Day, Ray D’Agostino from Rotary, Bev Korman from Brighter Day and President Dale Hamby.
Lancaster South Supports Brighter Day Foundation 2017-12-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on Dec 21, 2017
Earlier this week, the Rotary Club of Hanover, and Rotary worldwide, lost one of its long time and faithful members, Art Stabler.  Art was 92 years old.  Art passed away this past weekend and will be sorely missed.  Art was a true Rotarian in every sense of the word.  He joined Rotary on 12 November 1964.  He was Hanover’s President in 1973-1974.  He was very active with the Youth Exchange Program and was District’s 7390 Youth Exchange Chairperson for several years.  Art was a World War II veteran.  However, here is what was most impressive about Art…he had 53 years of PERFECT Rotary attendance!  As our District Governor, Una Martone, said; “What a loss for Rotary, but an attendance legacy to which we can all aspire.”  During the last couple of years, Art continually made the dedicated effort to come to Rotary.  Assisted mostly by his daughter, Becky, and at times by his son, Don, Art kept that Rotary sparkle in his eyes.  Our deepest condolences and sympathies go out to the entire Stabler family.  We will keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.
Visitation will be held at the Feiser Funeral Home in New Oxford, Tuesday, Dec 26, 6-8pm.  The funeral will be Wednesday, Dec 27, 11am at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, 208 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg PA 17325.  Lunch and meet the family will be held afterwards.  The address for the family is:  
The Stabler Family
726 Pine Run Rd.
Abbottstown PA 17301
Passing of Long-Time Hanover Rotarian Art Stabler Ralph Jodice 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Dec 21, 2017

The Rotary Club of Gettysburg helped out with bell ringing again this year at the local Walmart to benefit the Salvation Army.  December 6 was Rotary's Day to ring the bell.  Club members covered that entire day and a number of other times during the holidays.  Shown in the photo are father and daughter Gettysburg Rotarian's Dale Dickey and Jody Dickey.

Gettysburg Rings Salvation Army Bell Alex Hayes 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Dec 21, 2017
Rotary Club of Gettysburg members read “Biscuit’s Day at the Farm” to first grade students in area after school programs the week of Dec. 18. After the reading, all students received a copy of the book. Rotarians Alex Hayes and Ashley Andyshak Hayes read to Saint Francis Xavier Catholic School students on Dec. 21. Ashley is pictured with some of the young readers.
Gettysburg Reads to Students Alex Hayes 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Dec 21, 2017
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg will kick off the 2018 RMB season on Tuesday, January 16 at the Wyndham Gettysburg, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg, PA.  The business networking event will cost $15 per attendee (no refunds), and this includes an amazing array of hors d'oeuvres along with a cash bar.  The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.  Click here to RSVP NOW! Make  great business connections for your business or project and enjoy the fun and fellowship of RMB.  Bring potential Rotarian guests!
Rotary Means Business - Gettysburg Hosts the 2018 Season's New Year Networking Event Alden Cunningham 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Roscher on Dec 21, 2017
The Rotary Club of Colonial Park rang the kettle bell for the Salvation Army on Tuesday, December 5. Their shift brought in $292.28 while ringing the bell at Boscov's. That money will be used to provide new school clothing to 14 kids in need, or to feed 117 hot breakfast meals to hungry people through the Salvation Army breakfast program. 

Colonial Park Rings Salvation Army Bell Bruce Roscher 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Dec 21, 2017
Dear Friends,
A very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Joyous New Year from the Martone Family to you!  All the best from Una, Mike, Michael and McCaffrey.  We are full of HOPE for all good things in 2018 and looking forward to sharing many Rotary moments with the fine folks in District 7390.
Yours in Rotary,
Una Martone
2017/18 District Governor
A Note From DG Una Una Martone 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Dec 21, 2017
Shout Out to everyone in District 7390 who has already registered for the 2018 International Convention in Toronto.  At 47 already registered, and still counting, we will far exceed my goal!  Stay tuned for details on group transportation in some pretty fancy wheels! 
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg-North for leading the district in membership gains at PLUS 15 year to date!  Club President John Anthony (far left) pictured here with some of the club’s newest members.  A second meeting day and time is largely responsible for attracting new members who can’t make the club’s traditional Thursday morning meeting.  
Shout Out to all of the families hosting Youth Exchange students and for welcoming these young people into your family holiday traditions.  Imagine the life-changing impact you are making and the life-long bonds you are creating by sharing our customs.  From what I’ve heard, there are some exciting holiday plans in the works.  Have fun!
Shout Out to all of the clubs working in conjunction with The Salvation Army this holiday season!  Until now, I never realized just how many clubs across the district do bell ringing!  Kudos to all the bell ringers and “ding dong” sign holders working to raise critical funds for the good works of The Salvation Army.  Pictured here are Dr. Ski, Ashley Tedor and Karen Paris of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg “ringing” at Strawberry Square.  Don’t forget to include these bell ringing hours in your club’s total number of volunteer hours at the end of the year. 
Shout Outs! Una Martone 2017-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Sights of Rotary D7390 2017-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Dec 14, 2017
District membership for November 30, 2017 is 2,323. 
District giving to the Annual Fund of The Rotary Foundation as of November 30 is $87,225. The District Annual Fund giving goal for 2017-18 is $107,740. Club Presidents - If you have not entered your Foundation goal in Rotary Club Central, please do so! 
District Membership & Foundation Giving Melissa Bruck 2017-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Harkey on Dec 13, 2017
Carlisle’s two Rotary Clubs conducted their annual holiday dinner and auction on December 8th at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle. Thanks to very generous donations and sponsorships, it raised $17,099.  Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Cumberland County Historical Society’s "Pocket Park" adjacent to its building located at 21 North Pitt Street.

Funds raised by the event will support Rotary's themed project called “Rest and Refresh” in the park.  The “Rest” aspect is the purchase of four hardwood benches that will offer people a place to sit and relax at the park. The “Refresh” aspect will be Rotary-labeled bottles of water providing facts about water around the world. Signage in the park will direct visitors inside the Historical Society’s building for free water, compliments of the Rotary Clubs. Signage near the refrigerator will provide facts about Rotary’s clean water efforts internationally.  

Event Chairperson Cindy Gleim-Pool noted, “The auction success was a team effort between the members of both the Rotary Clubs. Carlisle-Sunrise Rotarians Larenda Twigg and Marv Salsman took the lead in soliciting numerous local and national businesses for donations.  Along with fellow Rotarians, they generated dozens of silent and live auction items. Carlisle Rotarian Bill Blankmeyer took the lead in soliciting sponsorships, generating almost $6,000.  It was a truly awesome effort! ”
According to Blankmeyer, "The original goal was to raise $8,500.  The bottom line is that our Rotarians and guests were amazingly generous once again. After we pay for the 4 benches, the design of a new logo for our Rotary water bottles and the signage inside the Historical Society that tells our Rotary story, we will have sufficient funds to sustain our Rotary water supply for years to come – VICTORY!!"
Gleim-Pool had particular praise for Comfort Suites.  "The Comfort Suites has the perfect combination of superb customer service and a kitchen that produces first class meals!   We appreciate all the extra work the staff did to make this a successful event.  From adding a separate wine area to helping with the growing Silent Auction table needs…anything we needed was taken care of quickly and with total professionalism."   
The new "pocket park" includes benches, trees, a walking path and “landmark lines” pointing in the direction of historical attractions throughout the county. "It is designed to both enhance the historical society’s visibility and create an outdoor location for people to rest in the downtown. It also will be a setting for outdoor lectures, concerts and history programs," according to Jason Illari, Executive Director of the Historical Society.
During the event, both clubs presented awards to outstanding members for service to their individual clubs and to the community.  Carlisle-Sunrise presented its Buzz Coho Distinguished Service Citation, in honor of the late Buzz Coho who was instrumental in the formation of the club over 14 years ago, to Marv Salsman.  Carlisle Rotary presented its Rotary 4-Way Test Award to Bill Blankmeyer.

Marv Salsman, recipient of the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise's Buzz Coho Distinguished Service Citation, smiles with Club President Rena Geesaman at the joint Christmas party put on by the Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise.


Rotary Club of Carlisle's Rotary 4-Way Test Award recipient Bill Blankmeyer with wife Barbara (center) and Rotary Club of Carlisle President Kathleen Stoup at the joint Christmas party put on by the Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise.

PDG Kevin ("Fuzzy") Cogan and Rotary Exchange Student Gustavo Benedetti (Brazil) share a moment at the recent joint Christmas party put on by the Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise.
Both Carlisle Rotary Clubs want to thank the many local, regional and national businesses, merchants and individuals who donated to make this effort such a success, and invite community members to join one of the two Rotary clubs. The Carlisle-Sunrise Rotary Club meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 am in the Market Cross Pub. The Carlisle Rotary Club conducts a lunch meeting at noon on Thursdays at the Comfort Suites. Additional information about the two clubs can be found at and
Rotary Holiday Auction Raises Over $17,000 for Pocket Park Bill Harkey 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ron Smith on Dec 13, 2017
The Zones’ 24 – 32 Foundation Teams are pleased to offer the 2018 webinars listed below. These webinars are aimed at educating Club and District Leaders and Rotarians to enable them to use the Rotary Foundation to improve club experiences and grow their engagement with the Rotary Foundation in order to enable them to “Do Good in the World”. 
Note: Only the January Webinar for Club Foundation Chairs has a set date, stay tuned for dates for the other webinars. 
Save the Date
January 25     7:00 PM EST              
 Rotary Foundation for Club Foundation Chairs and Club Officers
 Moderator:  Eva Vida, RRFC Zone 24W           
To Be Scheduled... Stay Tuned for Date Announcements
March   2018               
Rotary Foundation Grants – District Stewardship – Passing Audit
 (For Grant Chairs/DRFCs/District Leadership)
Moderator: Ron Smith, RRFC Zone 32
April 2018                   
District Grant Policies and Procedures – Sharing Practices 
(for DRFC's/Grant Chairs/District Leadership)
 Moderators:  Eva Vida RRFC Zone 24W & Russ deFuria RRFC Zone 32
May 2018                    
Developing & Managing Rotary Foundation Global Grants 
(for Club Foundation Chairs/ GG's/District Grant Chairs/ Rotarians)
 Moderator:  Ron Smith RRFC Zone 32
 June   2018
Strategic Planning and Managing District Designated Funds 
(for DGE/DGN/DRFC/Grants Chairs)
Moderators: Karen Oakes RRFC Z-24E & Ron Smith RRFC Z-32 
Rotary Foundation Coordinator Teams Announce 2018 Webinars Ron Smith 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Pints for Polio Results Una Martone 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Dec 07, 2017
Mike Hanson was recognized for his Paul Harris Fellowship Plus 3 and David Laughman was recognized for his Paul Harris Fellowship Plus 6 on Monday, Nov. 27. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. For each additional contribution of $1,000, a Plus 1 is added to the recognition. Hanson and Laughman are pictured with Club President Deb Geesey and Area Foundation Chair Scott Wehler.
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg volunteered at the United Way of Adams County Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2. Rotarians served food and bussed tables for more than 900 guests. Pictured with Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer are, from left: Bill Braun, Diane Hiller, Bob Gough, Alex Hayes, and Scott Wehler. Missing from photo are: PDG Al Crosby, PDG John Kramb and Andrew Berdahl.
Gettysburg Presents PHF Awards & Volunteers with United Way Alex Hayes 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Carlisle-Sunrise Celebrates 14th Birthday Chuck Allen 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 07, 2017
The Rotary Club of Carlisle and the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise will host their annual holiday dinner and fundraising event Dec. 8 at the Comfort Suites in Carlisle.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Cumberland County Historical Society’s pocket park adjacent to its building at 21 N. Pitt St. The new park includes benches, trees, a walking path and “landmark lines” pointing in the direction of historical attractions throughout the county.
“It is designed to both enhance the Historical Society’s visibility and create an outdoor location for people to rest in the downtown. It also will be a setting for outdoor lectures, concerts and history programs,” said Jason Illari, executive director of the Cumberland County Historical Society.
Funds raised at the Rotary auction will support their themed project called “Rest and Refresh.” The “rest” aspect of the project is the purchase of four hardwood benches that will provide a place to sit and relax. The “refresh” aspect will be Rotary labeled bottles of water providing facts about water around the world.
Signs in the park will direct visitors inside the Historical Society’s building for free water compliments of the Rotary Clubs. Signs near the refrigerator will provide facts about Rotary’s clean water focus internationally.
“Carlisle’s two Rotary clubs have each been engaged in separate international projects for years, bringing clean water to those in need,” said Rena Geesaman, president of the Carlisle Sunrise Club. “Amazingly, over the past 15 years the clubs have raised over $270,000 to support international water projects in both Africa and Central America. Now we are teaming up to provide a local solution right here at home, to encourage proper hydration and create a restful atmosphere in which to enjoy a drink of pure water.”
“The ‘Rest and Refresh’ project allows us to share our story regarding one of Rotary’s six areas of focus, which is providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene,” said Kathleen Stoup, president of the Carlisle Rotary Club. “Rotary International has set a goal to provide everyone with safe water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030. Much work still needs to be done and the ‘Rest and Refresh’ brochures provided through this project will inform the community of the ongoing efforts of Carlisle Rotarians to achieve this goal.”
“Rotarians Larenda Twigg and Marv Salsman have taken the lead in soliciting support from the community,” said Bill Blankmeyer, the fundraising chair for the auction. Tax-deductible donations can be made to Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation.
Checks to support the project should be made out to Carlisle Rotary Club Foundation and mailed to Carlisle Rotary Club, P.O. Box 301, Carlisle, Pa. 17013. Questions regarding the auction should be directed to Bill Blankmeyer at (717) 590-7229.
Carlisle Clubs Hosting Christmas Party Fundraiser 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 30, 2017
In March 1968, a handful of students met at a small university in Charlotte, North Carolina, to charter the first Rotaract club in the world. Today there are 10,563 clubs with 242,949 members in 177 nations. This simple idea has impacted our world and is truly a Rotary success.
RI President Ian Riseley is making the celebration of Rotaract’s 50th Anniversary a significant focus, and we are helping him by building a monument to celebrate, at the birthplace of Rotaract. UNC Charlotte has now grown into a Doctoral/Research Intensive Institution, with a diverse student population from around the world totaling over 29,000. The 35-foot diameter, three-dimensional Rotary Wheel monument will be the focal point of a central plaza…impacting students and faculty daily. Informational signage tells the worldwide Rotaract story. Click here to see depictions of the completed monument. 
As a significant Rotary Club who has impacted your local and world community, we want you to be a part of this permanent celebration, by helping fund as follows:
  • Hub Center/Fountain (1) - $15,000
  • Spokes (6) - $5,000
  • Garden areas between the spokes (6) - $5,000
  • Cogs (24) - $2,500
  • Contributions of any amounts are greatly appreciated.
Incoming RI President Barry Rassin and other Rotary dignitaries will help celebrate the Dedication Ceremony, along with Rotaractors from around the world, who will be attending the Rotaract Turns 50 Conference June 1-3, 2018. In fact, we expect The Rotarian magazine will cover the Dedication Ceremony, and RI President Ian Riseley may be highlighting The Rotaract Monument at the International Convention in Toronto a few weeks later.
Send contributions to: Rotary District 7680, ATTN: The Rotaract Monument, P.O. Box 79132, Charlotte, NC 28271
We appreciate your support,
Bill Whittaker, Attorney at Law
The Rotaract Monument Fundraising Chair
(704) 844-1400
Rotaract 50th Anniversary 2017-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Hector Ortiz on Nov 22, 2017

Now about what is Rotary exactly? What happens at a Rotary meeting? How do I become a member? These questions and more will be answered at our guest night! Come find out about Harrisburg’s vibrant and youthful Rotary Club in a fun, professional mixer-type event. Free appetizers and entertainment will be provided. Please share in your network!

January 30, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian Brewing Company

50 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA (2nd floor)


You're Invited - Harrisburg-Keystone 11th Annual Guest Night Hector Ortiz 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Melissa Bruck on Nov 22, 2017

YE Students Visit DC

The 2017-18 Inbound Youth Exchange students from D7390 and D7620 spent the weekend touring Washington DC on November 18 & 19. The students visited the Capitol, American Indian museum, National Gallery of Art, Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian, Natural History Museum, American History Museum, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Martin Luther King Memorial. It was a very busy weekend, but the students all had a wonderful and memorable trip. Thank you to the all the volunteers that helped make it a successful weekend. 
Youth Exchange Students Visit DC Melissa Bruck 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Diane Paul on Nov 22, 2017
On Saturday,November 18, Hershey Rotary Club members and volunteers joined with other community members to remove the Americans flags and poles from the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery for the winter.
Hershey Donates time to Indiantown Gap Diane Paul 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alaine Kiesling on Nov 22, 2017
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September, and residents are still reeling from its severity. The damage to Puerto Rico’s infrastructure and private property is being estimated at close to $90 billion. Weeks later, more than half the island still has no electricity. In response to this catastrophe, Harrisburg Keystone Rotary Club is holding a pancake breakfast to raise money for hurricane relief, and 100 percent of the profits will go to Puerto Rico.
Join us on Saturday, 2 Dec, between 8:30 and 11, at the Grace and Mercy Church in Middletown for pancakes, sausage, baked apples, orange juice, coffee and more, plus the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of auction items. None of us can solve the entire problem, but we can help a little, one ticket or donation at a time. Adults. $10; under 12, $5. You can buy tickets from any member of Keystone or mail your check made out to Harrisburg Keystone Rotary to Alaine Keisling, 301 N. Progress Ave., Apt B-7, Harrisburg, PA 17109, and pick your tickets up at the door. Are you interested in helping us flip pancakes? Email Marci Mowery at
Pancakes for Puerto Rico Alaine Kiesling 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bob Saline on Nov 22, 2017
On Saturday, October 21, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg hosted its annual Pancake Breakfast and Apple Harvest Festival.  This is the club’s largest fundraiser.  The event is typically coordinated with the Harrisburg School District’s Homecoming. 

After nearly a full year of planning, enlisting sponsors and donors, more than 50 HRC Rotarians and some family members served more than 800 hungry guests.  Funds come from sponsor advertising, member ticket purchases and an auction of member donated items conducted around this event.
Yearly $15,000 of the proceeds go to a Homeless Backpack program at the District and $8,000 goes to student scholarships.  Other portions of the proceeds goes to the Harrisburg Rotary Club Foundation for other community projects.
Harrisburg Pancake Breakfast a HUGE Success Bob Saline 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alaine Kiesling on Nov 22, 2017
Greater Harrisburg Rotaract, a service club for young professionals 18-30, will be playing trivia at Appalachian Brewing Co., 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg on alternate Tuesdays. Rotarians and other Rotaractors are welcome to participate. It's a fun, low-key way for young professionals to learn about Rotaract and Rotary. Upcoming dates: Nov. 28, Dec. 12 and Dec. 26 at 7 pm. GHR is a joint project of Harrisburg Keystone and Mechanicsburg Rotary clubs. Duke Adams, a member of Keystone and one of District 7390's representatives to Taiwan last spring is the group's adviser.
Join the Greater Harrisburg Rotaract for Trivia Night Alaine Kiesling 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alden Cunningham on Nov 22, 2017
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone hosted on 14 November at the Appalachian Brewing Company Harrisburg location perhaps the most successful RMB event of 2017 with 66 Rotarians and guests from 15 district clubs registering and at least 50 of them attending the event.  This result stems in large part to the promotional and organizational Leadership in Service of Addeline Alaniz Edwards (club president) and  Joe McNally, Scott Stevens, and Alaine Keisling (Director/Assistant Directors of the RMB Governing Board for the Northern Tier).
Alaine Kiesling took the lead selling hosting to her club and providing great promotion through the Central Penn Business Journal as well as setting up an innovative and free registration process through Google.  Special Kudos go to event sponsors Appalachian Brewing Company and the Central Penn Business Journal who made possible a free networking event with a cash bar.  Rotarians made great connections at the networking event and enjoyed the fun and fellowship of Rotary Means Business District 7390.  
RMB thanks the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone and all attendees for making this such a wonderful networking event.  Event photos are posted to the "Rotary Means Business District 7390" Facebook Page.  LIKE us on Facebook if you have not already done so.  
Rotary Means Business Alden Cunningham 2017-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tom Burson on Nov 16, 2017

Supporting Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels

The Mechanicsburg Rotary Club as part of its ongoing support, presented a new Hobart Automatic Meat Slicer to the Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels (MAMOW) at its kitchen on November 8th. Funding for the $5,400 slicer was provided by the club's project fund plus a $2,500 grant it had applied for from the Rotary Foundation via its local Rotary District 7390. 
The old meat slicer was about 17 years old and was in need of major maintenance or replacement. Replacement was preferable due to design changes which improve operational efficiency (automation) and provide for easier cleaning. MOW prepares and delivers over 36,000 meals annually to the home bound who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. MAMOW's meals are home-cooked, 1 hot meal and 1 cold. They have 1 paid executive director who oversees the meal preparation with over 200 volunteers, cooking, packing, and delivering. The service area includes 2 Boroughs and 6 Townships. There are over 120 clients currently and there is a need to serve more as the populations in the service areas continue to grow. MAMOW does not accept any state or federal funds.
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg has supported MAMOW for many years through funds contribution and purchase of items/equipment. Members have also served a food deliverers. The Rotary Club also presented a $400 check to MAMOW on Nov. 8th. The funds were raised during the recent completed Rotary Ox Roast where meal tickets could be designated to benefit MAMOW.

Your Title Here

(L to R): Amy Bockis, President of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg; and Karen Stine, Executive Director of Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels.

(L to R): Ed Thorn, kitchen worker; Amy Bockis, President of the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg; and Karen Stine, Executive Director of Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels.

Mechanicsburg Club Supports Meals on Wheels Tom Burson 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0

Club Places Flags in Honor of Veteran's Day

Carlisle Sunrise Rotarian took advantage of the end of Daylight Saving Time for the early Saturday morning emplacement of  American Flags along the roads to the Carlisle town square for Veterans Day.  Our club partners with the  Carlisle Exchange Club to ensure Old Glory is proudly displayed for U.S. federal holidays.
Carlisle-Sunrise Places Flags Chuck Allen 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Nov 16, 2017
The final Shout Out is for all of the Rotarians and Rotary Clubs in District 7390 who have made this November, Foundation Month, so fantastic by participating in the Foundation/Grants Training on November 4 and The Foundation Dinner on November 15.  Thank you for your participation and CONGRATULATIONS to all of the award recipients, some of whom are pictured below.
At the 2015 Rotary Foundation Dinner, PDG Kevin Cogan instituted a new award called Global Grant Service Streamers. Just like the military services launch campaigns on the battlefield, so too Rotary International has launched campaigns for which global grants are made available and applied in six areas of focus. The military services are awarded varying color streamers for successful campaigns. District 7390 is proud to award streamers to Rotary clubs which successfully apply their time, talent, and resources in support of the areas of focus. The following Clubs received streamers for participation in Grants in 2016-17:  York (India) Water & Sanitation, Lancaster (Uganda) Medical, Hanover (Philippines) Medical, York-East (Uganda) Medical.  
Top 3 Clubs for the Highest annual fund giving during the 2016-17 Rotary year:
  1. York
  2. Lancaster
  3. Hanover
Top 3 Clubs for the highest total Foundation Giving during the 2016-17 Rotary year:
  1. York
  2. Harrisburg
  3. Lancaster
Clubs with the highest annual fund per capita giving in the 2016-17 Rotary year:
  1. Red Lion/Dallastown Area
  2. Mechanicsburg-North
  3. Hanover
Only 4,136 Clubs worldwide became 100% Foundation Giving Clubs in 2016-17. To qualify every dues-paying member of the Club must contribute at least $25 to The Rotary Foundation. The club must also achieve an average giving of $100 to any Rotary Foundation gift designation. Awardees are: Carlisle-Sunrise, Eastern York County, Harrisburg-Keystone, Mechanicsburg, Northern Lebanon County, Palmyra, Southern York County, West Shore, West York, York-North
Only 5,034 Clubs worldwide attained status as an Every Rotarian Every Year Club during the 2016-17 Rotary year. 100 percent of all active members must personally contribute $100 or more to the Annual Fund, during the year. We are proud in District 7390 to award 8 Clubs receive this honor! Awardees are: Carlisle-Sunrise, Eastern York County, Harrisburg-Keystone, Northern Lebanon County, Palmyra, West Shore, West York and York-North
The following Clubs are receiving a certificate of appreciation for their financial support to the End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign during the 2016-17 Rotary year: Carlisle, Harrisburg, Hershey, Lancaster-Sunrise, Lititz, Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg-North, Shippensburg, Southern York County, York
Shout Out for 2016-2017 Rotary Foundation Giving Awards Una Martone 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Una Martone on Nov 16, 2017
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Shippensburg on receiving the Rotary International Presidential Citation for attaining goals in specific activities such as entering goals in Rotary Club Central, showing a gain in membership, inducting new members under the age of 40, achieving certain levels of giving to The Rotary Foundation and MORE during the 2016/17 year.  The Rotary Club of Shippensburg was the ONE and ONLY club in District 7390 to earn this distinction and was presented with an award during the November 15 Foundation Dinner.  I know you all worked hard for this recognition and it is very well deserved.  Congratulations.
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg for their unique fundraising effort ~ auctioning off Past Club President Betty Hungerford’s famous lemon cake.  These two cakes raised a quick $600.  Coupled with auctioning a house party, an art class from the Art Association of Harrisburg, tickets to Elegant Progressions dinner from the Historic Harrisburg Association, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg raised a couple thousand dollars to supplement their scholarship awards.
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg for their support of the Mechanicsburg Area Meals on Wheels.  Pictured here is President Amy Bockis with Karen Stine, Executive Director Meals on Wheels.  The Rotary Club provided a brand new meat slicer (with help from a District Grant)  valued at $5,400.  In addition the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg provided a $400 check to help support the work of the non profit organization.  Not bad for a 28 member club!
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone for hosting a dynamic Rotary Means Business event which garnered the participation of nearly 50 attendees, many of whom are NOT current Rotarians and are NOW interested in joining.  The Rotary Club of Harrisburg Keystone was able to secure a sponsor for the event, Appalachian Brewing Company, as well as a media sponsor, the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal.  Well done and for any of you Facebookers and LinkedIn users out there, don’t forget to give the Rotary Means Business 7390 pages a like!
Shout Out to the Rotary Club of Colonial Park… they welcomed me with the Jazz Ensemble from Central Dauphin East High School.  That was a first!  Sorry the picture is fuzzy, but what an uplifting afternoon!  Thank you.
Shout Out to Rotarian Bob McClenathan of the Rotary Club of Lancaster for receiving the Citation for Meritorious Service from The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation in honor of Bob’s unyielding efforts in participating in over 20 grant missions; supporting others in writing grants; facilitating foundation training, and much more. 
Shout Outs from the DG Una Martone 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sheldon Munn on Nov 16, 2017
Dictionary presentations filled the week of November. 6-9 for the Rotary Club of the West Shore.  At Hillside Elementary School, New Cumberland, on November 9, Rotarians Sheldon Munn, Dave Witmer, Graeme Goodsir, and David Hiebert were joined by the Munn and Witmer spouses. Many combinations of supporters appear like magic at the various schools. But a last minute change in schedule reduced the crowd of witnesses to one--Bernie Dugan and George Connolly at the first presentation of the week--9 AM Monday morning at Newberry Elementary.  1,200 third grade students in the West Shore District got their own dictionaries through this literacy program. Photo courtesy of Rotarian David Hiebert (right).
West Shore Presents Dictionaries Sheldon Munn 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ed Hauck on Nov 16, 2017

Scholarships For International Study from Area Rotary Clubs

Applications for the 2018-19 Rotary Foundation Global Scholarships are now available from Rotary Clubs in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York Counties and from the Rotary District 7390 District office headquartered in York.
Rotary Global Scholars must study abroad in one of the six Areas of Focus of The Rotary Foundation:
              1. Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
              2. Disease Prevention and Treatment
              3. Water and Sanitation
              4. Maternal and Child Health
              5. Basic Education and Literacy
              6. Economic and Community Development
The scholarships, which are designed to further international understanding and goodwill, provide for study abroad in more than 200 countries and geographic areas where Rotary Clubs are located.   The Rotary District 7390  Scholarship Committee will award one scholarships for 2018-19. 
Rotary Global Scholarships are generally for one academic year abroad and provide funding for round-trip transportation, tuition and fees, room, board, some educational supplies, and language training (if necessary), up to a maximum award of $30,000 or its equivalent. Click here for more information
The Rotary Foundation Global Scholarship program is the world’s largest privately sponsored international scholarship program.  Focused on humanitarian service, personal diplomacy, and academic excellence, the program has sponsored more than 40,000 Rotary Scholars abroad since it began in 1947.
For more information contact the Rotary District 7390 Office:  E-mail: office@rotary7390.orgtelephone: (717) 854-7842, Fax: (717) 854-6938 or mail: 515 South George Street, York, PA 17401-2723.    Interested individuals may also consult the Rotary web site at,
Applications must be submitted through a local Rotary club in the area of the applicant’s legal or permanent residence or place of full-time study or employment.  Rotary clubs must then submit the endorsed application to the District Chair by January 13, 2018.  Interviews will be held on February 17, 2018 in York, PA. 
Global Grant Ambassadorial Scholarships Available! Ed Hauck 2017-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rose Walmer on Nov 09, 2017
Hosted by the Myerstown – ELCO Rotary Club
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Gather 6:00 PM ~ Dinner 6:30 PM  
Creekside @ The Wenger Family Homestead
251 S. Race St., Myerstown, PA
$40 per person ~ Cash Bar
Music by Bryan Stevenson
Reservations MUST be made by Friday, December 1.
Please call Rose Walmer to RSVP (717) 866-8403
Lebanon County Rotary Christmas Party Rose Walmer 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Eric Elliot on Nov 09, 2017
In partnership with Franklin & Marshall College, Rotary Club of Lancaster is excited to hold the 2017 Charitable Basketball Extravaganza for the 37th consecutive year. The men’s William Marshall Tip Off Tournament, features F&M, Lancaster Bible College, Alvernia University and Bethany College. The women’s Terry Greene Classic features F&M, Elizabethtown College, Stevens Institute of Technology and Immaculata University.
The event primarily benefits the Rotary Club of Lancaster/United Way Summer Youth Experience Program which keeps city youth engaged and productive during the summer thereby reducing school dropouts and improving children’s lives.
William Marshall Men's Tip Off Tournament 
Friday, November 17th
5:30 p.m. Lancaster Bible vs. Alvernia
7:30 p.m. F&M vs. Bethany
Saturday, November 18th
5:30 p.m. Third place game
7:30 p.m. Championship game
Terry Greene Women's Memorial Tournament 
Saturday, November 18th
1 p.m. Elizabethtown vs. Stevens
3 p.m. F&M vs. Immaculata
Sunday, November 19th
1 p.m. Third place game
3 p.m. Championship game
You can help our club greatly by liking us on Facebook at
Lancaster's Basketball Extravaganza - November 17 to 19 Eric Elliot 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jairee Counterman on Nov 09, 2017

The Rotary Club of Perry County Raised $1,586.25 to Support the Eradication of Polio With the First Annual ”Pints for Polio” Fund Raiser

The Rotary Club of Perry County is pleased to announce that its first Annual “Pints for Polio” fund raiser raised $1,586.25 for Rotary International’s Polio Plus fund.  The October 24 event was held at River Bend Hop Farm and Brewery, Newport, and was also supported by Artisan Pizza (River Bend and Artisan each donated a percentage of the evening’s sales) as well as the 65 adult attendees who also paid a $5 cover and other supporters who made donations.
“Pints for Polio” was a regional event, with the following Rotary Clubs participating: Carlisle, Carlisle Sunrise, Elizabethtown, Hershey, Mechanicsburg, Mechanicsburg North, Millersburg, Northern Lebanon, Perry County, York
Rotary International’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative was formed in 1988, a public-private partnership with Rotary, the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world.  Today, there are only three countries in the world where polio still exists: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.  In 2016, there were only 37 cases of polio confirmed worldwide, which is a reduction of 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when there were about 1,000 cases each day.
Polio is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis within hours.  It can strike at any age but mostly affects children age 5 and younger.  It is incurable, but it is 100-percent preventable by vaccine.
The Rotary Club of Perry County, a social service organization whose motto is “Service Above Self,” meets each Tuesday at 11:45 at the Newport American Legion Post #177.  In addition to eradicating polio, the Rotary Club of Perry County works to improve literacy, provide clean water, and develop character and leadership in young people.  The Rotary Club of Perry County’s next fund raiser – “Beat the Rush” – will take place on Friday, December 15, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Landis House, 67 North 4th Street, Newport.  Modeled on the Perry County Fair’s Annual Chili Cookoff, “Beat the Rush” features Rotarians presenting their best holiday appetizers, desserts, and cocktails, which can be sampled and voted on for a quarter per taste or vote.  The $20 ticket also includes: beer, wine, soft drinks, door prizes, silent auction items, a 50-50 raffle, and a live auction.  Attendance is limited to 70 guests, age 21 and above, and tickets must be secured in advance.
For more information about “Pints for Polio,” Beat the Rush, or the Rotary Club of Perry County, PA, please call club president Jairee Counterman at 717.839.1434, email her at, or contact any club member. 
Perry County Pints for Polio Jairee Counterman 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alex Hayes on Nov 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of Gettysburg and Rotaract Club of Gettysburg College teamed up on Nov. 8 to pack meals for Ruth’s Harvest, which provides food to students from low-income homes so they do not go hungry on the weekend. The club has donated thousands of dollars to the organization in the past two years, including $259 in October.
Gettysburg teams up with Gettysburg College Rotaract Alex Hayes 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Tonya Martin on Nov 02, 2017
You're Invited!!
Rotarian Community Connections!
Please join us for an afternoon of entertainment and an opportunity to dine together while connecting with other local Rotarians. Share the joy and laughter of the popular holiday musical Our Christmas Dinner A heaping scoop of humor, a slice of family memories and some unexpected surprises serve up the most wonderful meal of the year. After the show, you’ll get a chance to meet fellow Rotarians before sitting down together for a taste of fresh, delicious dishes from our Dinner Smorgasbord. 
When: Tuesday, November 28 (Doors open at 3:30 p.m., State show at 4:00 p.m., Networking at 5:30 p.m., Dinner at 6:00 p.m.
When: Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & State (2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA)
Cost: $50 per person. A portion of the proceeds benefits Paradise Rotary
Experience Rotarian fellowship and Smucker family hospitality! Please RSVP NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21. To make reservations, please call group sales at 717-768-1110 and mention code RCC. 
Paradise Club Fundraiser Tonya Martin 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2017
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg honored their Student and Teacher of the Quarter. Each student and teacher receives  a certificate and $25 gift card.  
We honor students and teachers from Harrisburg High, SciTech and Steelton-Highspire High Schools.
Harrisburg Student and Teacher of the Quarter 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ralph Jodice on Nov 02, 2017
With Veterans Day approaching, the Rotary Club of Hanover presented Armed Forces Rotary pins to their military veterans on Tuesday.  Hanover’s Veterans served in all branches of the service to include the Coast Guard.  Art Stabler (pictured at far right) is the oldest veteran and served in WWII.  Hanover’s veterans served their nation with honor and now serve Rotary with that same honor.
Hanover Club Recognizes Veterans Ralph Jodice 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2017
In September 2017, the District 7390 Rotary Grants committee approved funding for the Rotary Club of Hershey’s application to feed more students at our schools in Haiti! As the number of children at our schools continues to grow, we aim to be able to feed each student daily since these meals may be their only substantive nutrition each day. This grant will provide for the preparation of 10,000 meals to 60 students for the current school year. We are so grateful to the District 7390 Rotary and the Rotary Club of Hershey for their support and look forward to working with them to help empower more Haitians to excel in education!
Rotary Club Feeds Children in Haiti 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by PDG Hector Ortiz on Nov 02, 2017
The ability to serve more, reach farther and complete projects quicker happens when we increase Rotary membership. Who is responsible for growing membership? The RI President? Rotary Directors? District Governors? Membership Chairs? Club Presidents? Or, EVERY Rotarian? Opinions may vary, but one thing is true; membership is a responsibility of ALL of us. Whether you agree or disagree, the truth remains that membership growth cannot happen by simply attracting new members. We know that all Rotary Clubs are different. Therefore, each Club must implement a strategy specific to them. More importantly, as vital as it is to attract new members, we must also keep current members engaged and involved to retain their membership.
At the Zones 24 and 32 Rotary Institute, General Secretary John Hewko shared that Rotary attracted and inducted 150,000 new members in 2016. Unfortunately, we lost almost the same number of members the same year. In some countries, membership is declining while in others it is increasing.  Therefore, Rotary has had the same membership for the last 15 to 20 years. The majority of declining membership has happened in the US. Due to this trend, the Rotary Board of Directors made a tough decision to redistribute the Zones and increase the Zones to areas where Rotary is growing (particularly in the Asian continent).  There are 34 zones in Rotary International and 17 Directors that serve on the RI Board. The US will lose two zones and the ability to nominate one director to the Board of Rotary International. The issue is not the number of directors or the need of balancing a budget. The issue at hand is why is the US consistently decreasing membership, while other areas like India or Japan are consistently growing?
Common sense says we need to do three basics things to change the membership trend in the US:
  1. Attract more Rotarians and have less attrition. Charter new clubs that meet the needs of our customers (Rotary club members), while still keeping our mission, values and principles.
  2. Engage, involve and welcome new Rotarians to avoid them leaving. Many new members leave Rotary during the first two years of their membership. Each Club needs to assess if they are really welcoming. Does the culture of the club allow creativity and innovation? Is our club attractive and relevant? Does the culture of our club welcome all persons of good character?  
  3. Utilize, as needed, the opportunities for meeting flexibility that the Council on Legislation adopted in 2016. Planning is fundamental and the adaptability to change is essential. Clubs need to begin in an honest discussion related to membership. Keep in mind who the final beneficiaries of your Rotary membership are. It is not just the Club, District, Zone or Rotary International, but the people we serve, the friends that we make and the communities that we support.
We are all equally responsible for growing Rotary membership. Take the lead and create a membership strategic plan for your Club. Think about “Service above Self”, both locally and globally. If not today, when? If not here, where? If not you, who?
The decision is yours! Looking forward to working with you until the end of this Rotary year and remember that your leadership responsibilities as Club President or District officer goes until June 30th. We can be the change in the current momentum! Let’s grow our membership in our clubs, in District 7390 and in the US. Check out the Rotary Membership Resource Guide! (click here)
Why Rotary Membership Matters PDG Hector Ortiz 2017-11-02 04:00:00Z 0