Year in Review



Betty Hungerford and Beth Peiffer, Co-Chairs

 6/30/11      187 members           6/30/12       177 members
New Members  +14                                      Resignations  -24



Joe Arthur
Myra Badorf
Tony Conte
James Good
Marquita Jones
Janet Kelley
Stacy Klann
Gary Mastrangelo
Dave Volkman
John Sygielski
Nicole Williams
Michael Young

Dan Zalewski
Jeff Zufelt           

Jeannette Archer-Simons
Nichole Baer
Steve Barnett
Harry Banzhoff
Sandy Beck
Tom Bream
Chris Dellinger
Frank Fischer
Watson Fisher
Jeff Goldsmith
Scott Goodlin
Kendall Hanna

Tom Imholte

Mark Koellner
Jerry Kohn
Mark Lewis

Jessica Malone
Roger Morgenthal
Ryan Riley

Nikki Stone
Mitch Tillett
Blair Trogner
Russell Wert
Craig Wisman


Special thanks to our corporate members



Kent E. Frese, Webmaster


The interactive website includes: Club Leadership, Committees, Membership Application, Calendar of Events, Membership access to our Roster, Rotary Roundup, Good News Reporting, pictures, links to the District/RI and more.  The Clubs Facebook and LinkedIn are increasing communication.

Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award:  January 23, 2012

Robin Scaer

We recognize Robin for her work with the Rotarians First Year Committee.  Robin is eligible to attend the Rotary International Convention.


Rotarians 1st Year

Robin Scaer, Chair 


New members are assigned to the Rotarians 1st Year Committee until they transition from Red to Blue Badge by completing initiation tasks.  The core goal of this committee is to help engage new members in Club activities and to help them navigate through their first year+ of learning about Rotary. Experienced Rotarians, along with assigned mentors, work with new members to get them quickly immersed in Club activities and, thus, to become contributing members. This experience allows new members to more easily and rapidly appreciate the value of their Rotary Membership.  Our program includes:

• Quarterly thirty-minute meetings prior to the regular weekly meeting to focus on various club activities, the Rotary International Foundation, or a specific project.   Club leaders come to speak on their area of Rotary expertise.

• Red to Blue Badge Program – new members are set up to track their progress through a series of tasks designed to familiarize them with our club.   Six tasks must be completed in order for a New Rotarian to receive a blue badge, signifying transition from new member to regular membership status.

• The Rotarians 1st Year Committee plans and executes one of the late January Club meetings – the most recent being January 30, 2012.  All regular roles held by current Club leaders are put in the hands of New Rotarians.  Many months of planning are involved and an earnest attempt to get all New Rotarians involved.


Strategic Planning Retreat:  April 13, 2012
Kent E. Frese, Facilitator

Strategic Planning Committee 

Karen F. Snider, Chair

Twenty leaders of the Rotary club of Harrisburg met to review the past year’s performance, survey results and set goals and strategies for the 2012-2013 years. Participants discussed our successes and areas for improvement before determining our key areas of focus. The following are the GOALS the group agreed to:

        Increasing Service Participation and Opportunities

        Enhancing and Expanding Membership

        Defining Who We Are and Who We Want to be as a Club

Goal Planning Teams were created, strategic initiatives were described and key performance measures were identified to track our progress.  The Plan was presented at a Rotary meeting.


Special Events/Fellowship

Andy Rebuck Chair


The Fellowship Committee poured on the fun and networking opportunities this past year.  No pun intended but the Nine and Dine Golf events were not a big hit because of the record setting rainfall.  At the same time, the Happy Hour events brought out the membership to share a cold drink and some hearty laughs.  Certainly the cornerstone of the fellowship activity this past year centered on our 100th anniversary gala event at Whitaker Center's Kunkel Gallery.  We also hosted IMAX movie night on April 17th where we viewed "Tornado Alley".





Youth Community Development Team (YCDT)

$5,000 from Harrisburg Rotary Foundation to fund the grant to CRAM

Una Martone, Chair


MISSION STATEMENT: To teach the value of Rotary ' s Service Above

Self principles to high school Juniors and Seniors through interactive monthly

sessions that demonstrate the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism.


CORE VALUES:  Leadership, team building, respect for one another

despite differences, cooperation, collaboration, compromise.


YCDT is a monthly leadership development program for local high school students that teaches the values of Rotary ' s Service Above Self as well as the tenets of the Four Way Test.

The YCDT project completed its eighth successful year in 2011-2012.  Accompanied by four school advisors, 41 Juniors and Seniors from Harrisburg High, SciTech High and Bishop McDevitt High Schools met for fellowship and activities at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.   

The program began with a day-long retreat in September and met once a month for two hours over the remaining eight months of the school year.  Each session was facilitated by Leadership Harrisburg Area based on an ongoing partnership with the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. The curriculum included team building activities; philanthropic and leadership education; self assessment and skill building for personal growth.  The process included a student driven community needs assessment, gap analysis, brainstorming and consensus building.  This year the YCDT students identified the critical focus area of "basic human needs" The students issued an RFP seeking to partner with a nonprofit organization that provides services in this focus area.  After reviewing seven grant applications and interviewing three top finalist organizations, students selected Christian Recovery Aftercare Ministries (CRAM) as the 2012 Grant Recipient.   A $5,000 check was presented to the organization on April 23, 2012.  Students were able to raise $2,600 of the total grant award by making a heartfelt presentation to local business leaders in February 2012. 

Ecology Committee

John R. Detweiler and Peter J. Ressler, Co-Chairs


Ecology Award $750 (HRF)

Alexandra Schardt

Susquenita, High School

Her project was entitled “Alernative Oil"



4 Way Essay Test

Una Martone, Coordinator


The Four-Way Test Essay contest was initiated in District 7390 in 2006/07 with the goal to increase the awareness, understanding and practice of the Four Way Test among young people in the local school districts. 9th grade students at John Harris, Sci Tech and Bishop McDevitt High Schools were invited to answer how the Four Way Test affects what they think, say and/or do.

Our Club designated the following 9th grade student finalists:

Qadirah Williams $500       Ajahboo Holmes   $300          Albert Molina      $100


Scholarships (HRF $2,000)

Peggy A. Grove, Chair


Caitlin Kennedy, Bishop McDevitt High School

Philicia Muldrow, Harrisburg High School John Harris

Irva Pineda, Harrisburg Sci-Tech

Michelle Alicea, Dauphin County Vo-Tech


Rotary Leaders Conference (RYLA) Messiah College: June, 2012
Christine Cavanaugh, Chair

Timothy Robbins, Bishop McDevitt
Micaela Zawadski, Harrisburg High School

Students and Teachers of the Quarter

Patrick Amice, Chair


Twenty-four students and teachers from Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg Sci-Tech High School and Bishop McDevitt High School were honored at our quarterly ceremony.  Each recipient received a certificate and $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble


Youth Exchange Weekend:  March 17-18, 2012

J. Stephen Feinour and David Bedard, Co-Chairs


On Saturday, March 17th, twenty-six (26) Rotary Youth Exchange Students from all over the world descended on the Harrisburg YMCA.  They   toured the Capital City of Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania’s Capitol building Senate Chamber, State Supreme Court Room and the House of Representatives and Rotunda. State Museum - Planetarium Show and guided tours of each floor and Gift Shop.  Strawberry Square Food Court, IMAX at the Whitaker Center for the 3-D movie Tornado Alley.  The Y’s staff gave a tour of the building - basketball court, volleyball court, racquetball courts, pool, fitness center with 70 different exercise machines, and the locker rooms with saunas. At 6:30 we all gathered for a Pizza Dinner with veggies and chips.  We had Birthday Cake and Ice Cream for dessert to celebrate Anti Nool’s birthday.  They played basketball, dodge ball, volleyball, dancing, hula hooping, racquetball and just talking. Continental breakfast was served at 8 AM. Because of the generosity of many Rotarians making monetary and food and beverage donations, there was no cost to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. Thanks also go to the Whitaker Center for the donation of IMAX tickets.  Rotarians making donations were Janice Black, Pauline Wallin, Tom Arnoldi, Jack Huskin, Carolyn Dumaresq, Charlie McNutt, John and Chris Cavanaugh, Bob Saline, Steve Feinour, Rich Bowra, Corinne Rebinski, Ira Packman, Caryn Carr, Hava Pell, Sally Klein, Ginny Roth, Bonnie McCann, Jeb and Robin Stuart, Robin Scaer, Ron Guss, Linda Freedenberg, Peggy Grove, Michael Hanes, and Rich Curl.The following Rotarians volunteered to Chaperone the students during the day: Peggy Grove, Steve Feinour, Ron Guss, John and Lisa Kooti, and Linda Spotts (Susquehanna Rotary Club).  A SPECIAL THANK YOU to the following Rotarians who chaperoned overnight: Dave Bedard, Corrine Rebinski, Myra Badorf, Kent Patterson and Tom Peluso. Thanks to all who made this a memorable weekend for the foreign exchange students.


Youth Exchange

David Bedard, Counselor


INBOUND:  Anti Nool from Estonia, is the Harrisburg exchange student attending

Cumberland Valley High School this year.

We thank the following families for hosting: Saline, Kooti, Kane and Bedard





John P. Judson, M.D., President


$1,000 to YWCA GirlTalk2 conference

$250 to YMCA “Josh the Otter” Aquatics Program    


Community Service Award:  May 21, 2012

John C. Hickey


John has served as a dedicated volunteer and he epitomizes the values embodied in the Community Service Award.  For his leadership on local boards of directors; his leadership as a local business owner dedicated to the community; and his leadership as a community philanthropist, John is most deserving of this award. 



InterClub Thanksgiving Luncheon November 21, 2011


Twelve service clubs attended the luncheon hosted by the Lions Club. 175 attended and money was collected for Tri-County Blind Associates!


Pancake Breakfast:  October 15, 2011 

Karen M. Paris and Jacqueline Jackson-DeGarcia, Co-Chairs


878 attended the 15th Apple Harvest Pancake Breakfast including 65 Rotary volunteers.  A check for $20,000 was presented at a January Rotary meeting. The Homeless Program in the Harrisburg School District has been earmarked for this money.


Red Cross Blood Drive:  April 2, 2012

Ira Packman, M.D., Chair


Led by Dr. Ira Packman, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg hosted its 2nd Red Cross blood drive on Monday, April 2, 2012. A total of 22 prospective donors presented themselves and the Red Cross reported that the 18  pints of blood obtained would treat up to 54  patients with red cells and other plasma components. Participating RCH members were complimentary of the efficiency of the blood drive.  Thanks fellow Rotarians for your Service Above Self.  The drive helped save up to 54 lives!


Salvation Army Bell Ringing:  December 14 and 15, 2011

Jeffrey R. Boswell and Wilson C. Everhart, Co-Chairs


16 Rotarians were Bell ringers and $749 was collected for the Salvation Army.  Many thanks to the Rotarians who donated their time for this worthwhile event.


Homeless Initiatives Committee

Ira Packman, M.D. and Corinne Rebinski, Co-Chairs


Homeless Shelter:  January 16-31, 2012

24 Rotarians volunteered for overnight service at Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven (1805 North 12th Street)


Project Homeless Connect in Harrisburg

 Ira Packman, M.D. and Corinne Rebinski, Co-Chairs


Harrisburg participated in the 2nd annual Harrisburg-area Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event at the Pennsylvania Farm Show building on Friday, September 16, 2011. This special day, which brought necessary services directly to homeless people in the city, was planned and coordinated by the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness (CACH) and supported by many Harrisburg-based organizations including the YWCA of Greater and Harrisburg, Bethesda Mission, and the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Based on a national model, PHC events have taken place in cities across the country, providing a single location where non-profit medical social service providers can together help homeless individuals and families with a wide variety of comprehensive services. During PHC events, homeless guests are able to accomplish in just one day, what could otherwise take many months. These services include dental care, eyeglasses, HIV testing, food and medical care, legal advice, ID cards, employment counseling, and much more. This year’s event in Harrisburg helped 177 homeless adult guests as well as 39 children, drew more than 150 community volunteers, and raised $11,000 for homeless services. Specific results included 15 individuals housed, 17 applications completed for temporary disability, and 80 individuals assisted with flu shots and various screenings. Rotary club members participated as greeters and even assisted with medical assessments.

Support for the Troops: June, 2012

A. John Smither, Project Coordinator


For the ninth consecutive year, our Club has continued its support of our overseas troops through the "Wounded Warrior Project," an organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, to help fund its mission of ministering to the personal and family needs of those servicemen and women grievously wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, who face long-term medical and rehabilitative care at Walter Reed and other military hospitals. Thanks to those members who either contributed $10 as requested, or who generously made larger donations, we collected, $1,732, which brought the Club’s total financial aid to our troops disbursed over a nine year period to $21,141.


Andy Rebuck and Betty Hungerford, Co-Chairs


100 New Trees for the City, More Than 100 Rotarians and Guests Celebrating a Centennial of Service Above Self

On July 13, 2011 the Centennial Celebration for the Rotary Club of Harrisburg culminated with celebration, remembering and looking forward.  More than 120 Rotary District, Rotary International and Club members and guests met at the Kunkle Gallery of The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts.  Assembling celebrants were greeted by a fun jazz trio, fine food prepared by the Hilton staff and Rotary Club of Harrisburg leadership.  Festive gold and blue balloons, a three-projector presentation of historic photos and snippets of historic events augmented the fellowship and camaraderie.  Also shown were photographs of international service projects funded and attended by Club members.  Our new president for 2011-2012, Bob Saline, welcomed everyone and recognized attending dignitaries.  Recognition of our Club’s founding as the 23rd Club in All the World was made by District Governor Helen Redding.  Immediate Past President Dr. John Judson provided an overview of Rotary International’s and our own Club’s efforts to eradicate polio.  Also presenting was Una Martone on Rotary International’s expanding commitment to world peace.  Concluding Rotary presentations for the celebration was an inspiring presentation by Kenneth Grabeau, our Club’s Rotary International Zone Director for 2011-13.  Harrisburg Mayor Thompson thanked the Rotary Club members for their previous and future support to the city and the Harrisburg School District.  President Bob thanked everyone for attending and encouraged all to wrap up the evening with Centennial cake and continued fellowship.



Rotary International Foundation

John Cavanaugh, Chair


Contributions: $11,170


Paul Harris Status

SOCIETY:  1 new         FELLOWS: 96                SUSTAINING:  60     

                                                (of which 2 are new)                 (of which 7 are new)



World Fellowship 

Robert J. Hall and Richard Moultrie, Co-Chairs   

The Harrisburg Rotary Club’s 2011 Mission to La Pascuala, Samana, Dominican Republic took place November 11-18, 2011.  As in previous years, the Mission exceeded our expectations.  Members of the Harrisburg Rotary Club arrived on November 11th to prepare the clinic for dental services which began on Sunday, November 13th and ended on Thursday, November 16.   A total of 337 patients (a new record!) received Dental services, an abbreviated Medical examination, and Dental hygiene classes which included “How to make your own toothpaste.” Additionally, over 1,000 tooth brushes were distributed throughout the community.  The mission’s astounding success can be attributed to the full and seamless integrated efforts of the Harrisburg Rotary Club, Temple University Dental School, US Peace Corps, the Dominican Republic Health Department (Medical and Dental), the Rotary Club of Samana, non-Rotary Club Volunteers from the Harrisburg Area, and various members of the extremely poverty stricken community of La Pascuala.  It is important to note that the Mission’s success was orchestrated by the Harrisburg Rotary Club and demonstrates the powerful impact Rotarians can have in our new mission of World Peace.


Group Study Exchange:  April 17, 2012 

Jeffrey S. Gelburd, Chair  


Rotary Club of Harrisburg hosted the inbound Group Study Exchange team. Jeff provided a tour of downtown Harrisburg to our Pakistan visitors starting with the Harrisburg Art Museum, followed by a tour of the St. Patrick's Cathedral and then on to tour the State Capitol.  At the end of the day we hosted our guests to dinner at Passage to India. Overall, the tour was very educational for our guests and host alike!


Polio Team Goes to India

John P. Judson, M.D., Chair  


From February 10 to 23, past Club Presidents, Tom Johnston and John Judson along with their wives, Anna Johnston and Ann Marie Judson traveled to India with six others from our district to participate in a major polio vaccination campaign. Others from our District were Ken Cooper (York), his son, Brian, Frank Reed (York), John Kramb (Gettysburg, past president and current Assistnt Governor), Ann Keim (Paradise, past District governor), and Charles Keim (Paradise).  The group was joined by fourteen others from Districts in California, Kentucky, North Carolina, Missouri, and  Virginia.  The team spent a few days in Dehli, Kolkuta, and Agra visiting Indian Rotary Clubs and projects as well as getting briefings from World Health Organization (WHO) and Polio Plus directors.  In Dhanbad, where the vaccinations were done, the team was hosted by the Dhanbad Rotary Club and stayed in member’s homes.  Indian Rotary Clubs and host families were most welcoming and gracious.  As they showed us projects done with Rotary grants, it became obvious that they, as individuals, are personally involved with implementing these grants.  The vaccination process went smoothly with time at fixed locations and other times moving through small villages to find and vaccinate children who had been missed earlier.  Looking into the face of a small child being vaccinated and knowing that we were preventing this child from becoming like the many beggars crippled by polio seen earlier in Dehli and Kolkuta was the best part of the trip.