Year in Review

186 517fe910cdd6eReport from the President

One of my father's favorite quotes was "the only place SUCCESS comes before WORK is in the dictionary."  He probably coined the phrase before Vince Lombardi made it more famous!  If my dad were still here, I would tell him that the SUCCESS of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg's year came through the hard WORK of many, many people!   By all accounts, 2012/13 was a great SUCCESS.

THANK YOU and KUDOS to the Board of Directors and every single Committee Chair for your commitment and dedication.  The outcomes and impacts demonstrated in this report were made possible through your leadership.

Over the course of the past year, we celebrated a wonderful Pancake Breakfast and hugely successful fundraising Auctions AND increased involvement with the Project Homeless Connect.  Our club introduced Happy Hours to the fellowship activities.  Together, we screened over 300 students for much needed eye glasses; over 400 people were screened for much needed dental care in the Dominican Republic.  We launched a new committee for clean water initiatives and revived our service to Habitat for Humanity.  And, through our efforts, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Foundation and Youth Community Development Team cumulatively granted over $40,000 to community groups throughout Harrisburg. 

Through it all, some of the small, personal acts of kindness stood out the most to me.  You will never know how much the encouragement and support of my fellow Rotarians helped me bounce back after the loss of my father and continue to lead this club to the best of my abilities.  Special thanks to Janice Black, my mentor and to Bob Hostetter for solid and stellar programming.  Thank you to Bob Saline and all my Presidential predecessors.  I will always treasure my year as President of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and remember each and every one of your for the special role you played in making 2012/13 such a success!  Thank You!

Yours in Rotary,
Una Martone



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Sakuji Tanaka


Dennis M. Zubler


                         PRESIDENT                           Una Martone
                         PRESIDENT-ELECT             Jeffrey R. Boswell
                         VICE PRESIDENT                 Karen F. Snider
                         TREASURER                         William B. Boles
                         SECRETARY                         John P. Judson, M.D.
                         SERGEANT-AT-ARMS        Richard Utley
                         IMM. PAST PRESIDENT      Robert S. Saline

                         EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR      Linda M. Freedenberg 


Betty Hungerford, Chair

6/30/12      177 members           6/30/13       174 member
New Members  +16                                     Resignations  -19

Barb Bowker
Suzanne Becker
Dave Cook
Adriana Falco
Tim Fatzinger
Jim Grandon, Jr.
Nate Jones
John Kirkpatrick
Ellen Kyzer
Karen Maydick
Jenn Natalie
Jonathan Pavlick
Jeannetta Politis
Jane Ransom
Ted Reese

Mike Benkovic
Chris Bickel
Joe Capita
Christine Cavanaugh
John Cavanaugh
Tony Conte
Miles Gibbons
Julie Girsch
Dick Goldsmith
Fred Hartman
Jacqueline Jackson-DeGarcia
John Lane
Sara Love
Marty Manion
John A. Morefield
Tom Peluso
Bill Robinson
Dave Warren
Nicole Williams

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 14, 2013

J. Stephen Feinour

We recognize Steve's work with the Youth Exchange Committee and thank him for his diligint service.  As the Hanson Awardee Steve is eligible to attend the Rotary International Convention on behalf of our Club.

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 Club of Harrisburg 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
Kent E. Frese, Facilitator

Strategic Planning Committee 

Jeffrey R. Boswell, Chair

More than fifty members completed a Members Survey with those results presented at the Strategic Planning Workshop on April 8, where 35 members participated in detailed discussions in 4 target areas, resulting in revisions to our 2013-14 Strategic Plan. Our Strategic Plan will be shared with District 7390.

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
  • Creating a Fund Raising  Committee to set club goals consistent with our    Foundation's Articles and to  coordinate events and activities to achieve those goals, including establishing a planned giving program.

Goal Planning Teams were created, strategic initiatives were described and key performance measures were identified to track our progress.  The Plan was presented to the Board of Directors and to the full membership.


Community Service Award

Joan Prescott

Joan Prescott was presented with the Community Service Award on May 13. Joan has served as a dedicated volunteer and she epitomizes the values embodied in the Community Service Award.  For her leadership on local boards of directors and her leadership as a community philanthropist, Joan is most deserving of this award. Criteria used by committee includes community volunteer service - not job or Rotary related.


Robert S. Saline, President

Harrisburg Rotary Foundation Grants

             Boys and Girls Club of Central PA    $5,000      Joshua Group $5,000

             Susquehanna Art Musuem                  $4,350     Danzante         $4,000

             YWCA – GirlTalk                              $2,500

Habitat for Humanity

Andrew Hetrick, Chair                                                                                               

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area is opening a ReStore at 800 Paxton to recycle overstocked, discontinued, new and used building materials that are donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals. These items will be sold to the public or used in the Habitat's construction projects.  The income generated from the ReStore will go towards expanding the Habitat's new home building capabilities and critical home repair program.   On June 15th, Rotary volunteers helped with the painting and wall construction of this facility.

Homeless Initiatives Committee

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

Project Homeless Connect in Harrisburg 

Harrisburg participated in the 3nd annual Harrisburg-area Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event at the Pennsylvania Farm Show building on Friday, September 28, 2012. 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, the Foundation for Enhancing Communities and the Harrisburg Rotary Club. Through a District simplified grant, the Harrisburg Rotary was able to supply essential t-shirts to all the volunteers allowing the homeless clients to identify PHC staff members throughout the day, and get help when needed. Based on a national model, PHC events have taken place in cities across the country, providing a single location where non-profit, medical, and social service providers can, together, help homeless individuals and families, with a wide variety of comprehensive services. During the event, 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 including social security cards and voter ID cards, employment counseling, pet care,  and much more. This year's event in Harrisburg helped 438 homeless adult guests as well as 42 children, drew more than 130 community volunteers, and raised  $25,000 for homeless services. Specific results included 17 completed applications for housing (6 by New Visions and 11 through Paxton Ministries), and one family of 4 was housed that day. Approximately 20applicationswere completed for temporary disability, and 132 individuals received flu shots and various health screenings.  Seventy-seven Clients received birth certificates; 60 had vision screening and 5 received reading glasses; 25 received cell phones with 250 minutes; 100 received clothing vouchers; 25 were signed up for Medicaid. Rotary club members participated as greeters and even assisted with medical assessments.

Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven Emergency Winter Shelter

This emergency Shelter is sponsored by Christian Churches United and supported by many groups in the Harrisburg community. This shelter operates from 7:30 PM to 7:00 AM from December1 until March 31. The facility is open for any male in need of shelter for the night. Without the volunteers to staff the shelter, it cannot operate, and the 15-26 men that show up every night would be turned away to sleep on the street.This year, Harrisburg Rotary staffed the Shelter from Jan 1, 2013 through Jan 12, 2013. Twenty-four Rotarians participated in this worthwhile project and afforded these men a warm, safe place to sleep and a friendly voice to say good night and good morning. The Rotarians' duties included setting up mattresses, blankets, chairs, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks, prior to the arrival of the overnight guests. They also cleaned the facility in the morning and stored the blankets and mattresses.

InterClub Thanksgiving Luncheon

Twelve service clubs attended the luncheon hosted by the Keystone Rotary Club on November 19, 2012. 185 attended and $889 was collected for Medical Outreach Service in Allison Hill.

Pancake Breakfast

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

An estimated 870 people attended the 16th Annual Apple Harvest Pancake Breakfast on October 12, 2012, including 65 Rotary volunteers.  Proceeds were funneled through the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation and a check for $15,000 (earmarked for Homeless Program in the Harrisburg School District was made at the May 13 "Rotary Gives Back" lunch meeting.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Ira Packman, M.D., Chair

Led by Dr. Ira Packman, The Rotary Club of Harrisburg hosted the 3rd Red Cross blood drive on May 6. Twenty-two prospective donors presented themselves and 15 Rotarians were able to donate blood.  The Red Cross reported that the 19 units of blood obtained would treat up to 57 patients with red cells and other plasma components. Participating RCH members appreciated the efficiency of the blood drive.  Thanks fellow Rotarians for your Service Above Self.  The drive helped save lives!          

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

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

Sixteen Rotarians were bell ringers on December 11 and 12, 2012 and $1,043.73was collected for the Salvation Army.  Many thanks to the Rotarians who donated their time for this worthwhile event.

Service Above Self

Tina Nixon, Chair 

Paxton Ministries        Bruce Apgar, Sr.  $1,000

Victim/Witness Assistance Program    Jane Adams                                     $   500

Special Events/Fellowship

Andy Rebuck, Chair  

Happy Hours
August 13 and April 15  5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Rotary Office
Support for the Troops

A. John Smither, Project Coordinator

For the tenth consecutive year, The Rotary Club of Harrisburg 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 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, $1,697, which brought the Club's total financial aid to our troops disbursed over a nine year period to  $22,838.

Water Initiatives - Every Sip Counts

James D. Good, Chair

In August, 2012 the Every SIP Counts committee was formed for the purpose of partnering with Rotary District 7390 to find solutions to the growing and dire need for clean water in underprivileged countries.  Currently 10 members of our Club serve  as committee members to fulfill this purpose by (a) raising community awareness of the need for clean water, (b) raising funds which may be distributed from the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation to clean water projects, and (c) seeking specific clean water projects to consider.   Led by James Good, The Rotary Club of Harrisburg purchased water bottles to give as a "thank you" to donors.  Thanks largely to Club members, the committee has raised $1,656.  We are seeking opportunities to share this story in suitable community-event venues and continue to appreciate ongoing donations from Rotary Club of Harrisburg members.


Rotary International Foundation

Jack Huskin, Chair

Contributions: $20,896

Paul Harris Status

          SOCIETY:  1             FELLOWS: 94        SUSTAINING: 63

        (1 of which  are new)        (5 of which  are new)        (11 of which  are new)

World Fellowship   

Robert J. Hall and Richard Moultrie, Co-Chairs   

The Harrisburg Rotary Club's 2012 Mission to La Pascuala, Samana, Dominican Republic took place October 31-November 11, 2012.  As in previous years, the Mission exceeded our expectations.  Members of the Harrisburg Rotary Club arrived on October 31th to prepare the clinic for dental services which began on Sunday, November 5th and ended on Thursday, November 9th.  This year, the team expanded its area of operation by providing one day of Dental services to  the city of Sanchez (45 minutes from Samana). In spite of the additional work required to switch locations for a  day, over 400  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, 400 tubes of toothpaste, 400 rolls Dental Floss  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, a representative of the Lebanon Rotary Club, Temple University Dental School, US Peace Corps, the Dominican Republic Health Department (Medical and Dental), the Rotary Club of Samana, the Sanchez Hospital, 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

Jeffrey S. Gelburd, Chair  

Rotary Club of Harrisburg hosted five Rotary Club members from Scotland on Friday, May 17th . Club member Jeff Gelburd served as tour guide along with West Shore member Sheldon Munn, a local historian on Harrisburg and the surrounding area. Our tour started with a tour of the State Capital and the Capital complex and then to some of the streets and buildings on Front Street. The GSE group spent several weeks previous to this tour visiting our part of the State.


Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

In one week's time, members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg mobilized to collect a truck full of clothing and supplies to add to the District 7390 Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  RCH President, Una Martone and husband Mike loaded up and delivered the items to Gleim Excavating in Carlisle.  In a funny twist of events, a club member inadvertently included his grandson's Christmas present in one of the bags and he contacted Cindy Gleim who graciously helped him rummage through the mountain of bags until he found the special gift! 

Youth Exchange Weekend

J. Stephen Feinour and David Bedard, Co-Chairs

On March 16 about 25 Inbound and Outbound Exchange Students from District 7390 gathered at the YMCA in downtown Harrisburg to prepare for a fun-filled weekend. The Exchange Student Committee walked with the students to our beautiful PA State Capitol for an insiders tour and photo ops. We walked across the street to the PA State Museum for a quick tour and then an amazing Planetarium Show. Another stroll across the Capitol grounds led us to Strawberry Square's Food Court where everyone used their allowance to buy the lunch of their choice. The Saint Patrick's day Parade started at 2:00 with lots of green costumes, music, dancing and other fun. Afterwards, all the gals were invited to try on prom dresses at a private VIP Party set up for them at the downtown Dress Barn and the guys shot across the street to Eddie's Men's Shop to check out some flashy ties and cummerbunds. Back to Strawberry Square's Food Court for a Pizza Party, a class photo and free time. The 7:00 IMAX 3D feature was enjoyed by all. After trekking around Harrisburg all day, it was time to get back to the YMCA for volleyball, basketball and other recreation then lights out by 1:00. This weekend is one of the highlights of the Exchange Program Year and is fun for both the students and the Exchange Student Committee Members, fellow Rotarians and their family members who volunteer to make this weekend happen.  Special thanks go out to Fellow Rotarians Rich Curl, YMCA CEO, Michael Hanes, Whittaker Center CEO, Caryn Carr for scheduling the Planetarium, Ron Guss for organizing, buying and setting up the snacks at the Y, Peggy Grove for scheduling the Capitol tour, the Dress barn VIP Party and donating the lunch allowances. Thanks also go to Brothers Pizza for their special discount and to Eddie's Men's Shop for their prom suggestions. The committee chairs Steve Feinour and Dave Bedard organized the volunteers and kept us moving. Thanks to all the Rotarians and their friends and family who helped chaperon. 

Youth Exchange

Peggy Grove, Counselor

INBOUND:  Nao Matsusushita, our Japanese Exchange Student had three host families from Camp Hill. The Fosters were the first, Mrs Foster teaches English and their oldest daughter Drew is a senior at Camp Hill HIgh School. Nao's second host family, the McLemores are world travelers and patrons of the arts and gave Nao the opportunity to continue her study of piano. The last family are the Huskins. Jack Huskin, our fellow Rotarian. Jack's oldest daughter Kate has been in France representing the Harrisburg Rotary as our outbound Exchange Student and his youngest daughter, Caroline Huskin and Nao participated in the CHHS Spring Musical. Nao played sax in the marching band and piano in the jazz band plus received distinguished honors. Nao was chosen to participate in the RYLA camp, to play piano at the District Conference and met our Rotary International President during the Rotary UN Day. We are grateful to the three host families, the Fosters, McLemores and Huskins, the Camp Hill High School staff and students, and the exchange student committee for making this a rewarding year for Nao. 

Youth Community Development Team (YCDT) 

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

Family Promise

Jennifer Doyle and Jessica Ritchie, Co-Chairs

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 2012-13.  Accompanied by four school advisors, 35 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 as Family Promise of Harrisburg Capital Region as the 2013 Grant Recipient.   A $5,000 check was presented to the organization on May 13, 2013 at the "Rotary Gives Back" annual event.  Students were able to raise $3,555.00 of the total grant award by making a heartfelt presentation to local business leaders in February 2013

Ecology Committee

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

Three high school science classes were thrilled to partake in a river program provided by Harrisburg School District and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. 

This $660 gift was given by the HRF.

Ecology Award $750 (HRF)

Jessica Murray, a Senior at Carlisle High School

Her project entitled "Trout or not to Trout" was presented to the Club on May 20.

4 Way Essay Test
Richard A. Bowra, Chair

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. Ninth grade students at John Harris,  Sci Tech were invited to answer how the Four Way Test affects what they think,  say and/or do. At our February 25th meeting, our Rotary Club of Harrisburg designated the following 9th grade student finalists:

Jose Vega Perez $500       Ibraham Morris-Togans $300          Davie Talley $100

Foose Eye Vision Screening
Barry Ramper, II Chair

Members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg teamed up with the Harrisburg School District, Steelton Highspire School District, Vision Resources of Central PA, PA Resource Family Association, and other Central PA Rotary Clubs to offer a free three-day eye care event for 300+ Harrisburg School District and Steelton Highspire School District students in need of vision screenings and corrective eyeglasses at Foose Elementary School.  All students were transported to the event by bus and were assisted through various exam/testing stations with the necessary equipment on-site, staffed by local opticians, optometrists, and volunteers.  Following examinations, corrective eyeglasses were dispensed to students requiring such and follow-up exams were scheduled for those in need of additional treatment. Students had the opportunity to choose their own glasses frames from a select assortment of styles.  The Rotary Club of Harrisburg provided the necessary funds to cover costs of eyeglass frames and lenses for the students.

Scholarship Committee
Peggy A. Grove, Chair

Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each were awarded to:

  Cheyenne Johnson, Bishop McDevitt      Daouda Kassimou, Harrisburg High Jennafer Palmer, Harrisburg Sci-Tech    Christina Foster, Dauphin County Vo-Tech

Rotary Leaders Conference (RYLA) Messiah College
Kathleen Howley, Chair

Yaika Cuevas from Harrisburg Sci-Tech High School will represent the Rotary Club of Harrisburg at RYLA on June 16-20.

Students and Teachers of the Quarter

Patrick Amice, Chair

Students and teachers from Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg Sci-Tech High School and Bishop McDevitt High School were honored as Student/Teacher of the Quarter at our quarterly ceremonies.  Each recipient received a certificate and $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble.