Mary Oliveira, Chair
While Club #23 in all the world had to say good-bye to almost a dozen of our Rotarian friends this past year, we also worked diligently toward recruiting new members. Most of our good-byes were due to life cycle changes that included new jobs, new homes and new adventures. We wish our departing Rotarians the best in all their endeavors. And we welcome our new Rotarians with excitement and enthusiasm for their commitment to “Service Above Self.” We are encouraged by the diverse and inclusive group of faces at our weekly Club lunch meetings and look forward to an engaged group of Rotarians leading the way for Club #23 through increased committee and project involvement as we move into the next year through increased committee and project involvement. This year we kept Membership fresh with monthly Membership Minutes that included encouraging tips to recruit, accolades for our members with perfect attendance and “bling” for those who have brought in new member.
6/30/15 172 members as of 6/13/16 176
New Members +20 Resignations -16
Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award
Lawrence M. Means
This award is presented annually to a member that demonstrates leadership skills, service to The Rotary Club of Harrisburg and service in the community. Established by the late Robert D. Hanson, its purpose not only is to recognize this individual, but also to further cultivate interest and skills in preparation for greater leadership in Rotary. The recipient sits on the Board and is granted a $2,500 scholarship to be used to attend an International Conference on behalf of the Club. Larry was presented the Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award on January 11, 2016. He chairs the Rotaract Committee and is the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation Treasurer.
Three Club Assemblies were held during the Rotary year with members of the board and all committees attending. Purposes varied and included planning for the Rotary year, review of 2015 Strategic Plan and update reports by all committee chairs. Evaluations of these sessions were most favorable; many focused on the welcomed opportunity to learn more about the work of each committee and to identify how committees could collaborate and cooperate in achieving their goals. Members of the outgoing Board and Committee Chairs will participate in the final Assembly in order to facilitate the transition to the new Rotary year.
First Year Rotarians
Laura Williams, 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 30-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 26, 2015. 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 is made to get all new Rotarians involved.
The updated 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 our Club’s communication.
Community Service Award
Richard Utley, Chair
Marion C. Alexander
Marion Alexander was presented with the Community Service Award on May 23rd. Marion 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 as a community philanthropist, Marion is most deserving of this award. Criteria used by the committee includes volunteer community service - not job or Rotary related.
CARE (Court Assisted Reentry)
Karen Snider, Chair
CARE (Court Assisted Reentry) Court is a U.S. Federal Court program designed to help individuals who have been released from a Federal prison. Participants appear in Court once a month to report on their progress on jobs, health issues and many other aspects of returning to the community. Rotarian FederalJudge Yvette Kane asked Rotarians to become mentors to participants; she believes that much of the successful reentry to the community is because of mentors provided by the Club. Mentors meet with their mentees between CARE Court sessions and help them with matters that the probation officers simply do not have the time or contacts to help in this way.
Ali Bach and Matt Staub, Co-Chairs
Still in the development stages, the Financial Literacy Committee purpose is to provide a resource of customizable financial education for non-profit organizations. To date, we have completed a six-month financial education course for New View, a halfway house in Harrisburg serving women with a history of mental illness and nonviolent crime.
Currently, the committee consists of four of our clubs’ financial advisors. The specific skill sets of these committee members allow us to assess our audience and prepare a program tailored to their needs and current knowledge base. We are in conversations with New View to begin another course in the Fall, and we are exploring options to partner with Junior Achievement, as research shows financial literacy efforts are more effective at young ages.
Habitat for Humanity
Andrew Hetrick, Chair
On June 18th, ten volunteers from Rotary assisted with the renovation to a home for the Habitat for Humanity of Harrisburg.
HARRISBURG ROTARY FOUNDATION
Karen F. Snider, President
All funds raised by members and committees of The Rotary Club of Harrisburg for charitable purposes are held by this Foundation which has the exclusive responsibility of receiving and administering these funds as a 501(c)3 organization. In addition to the scholarships and grants noted elsewhere in committee and project reports, after review of 67 responses from community none-profits, the following grants were allocated:
Harrisburg Rotary Foundation Grants
Bethesda Mission - $5,000 - Teen Takeover Retreats (one each for boys and girls) Theses are weekend-long retreats held in a camp setting, designed to take teens out of their environment to allow for greater opportunities for gifted adults to mentor and nurture positive character building relationships.
Capital Area Girls on the Run - $2,500 - The mission of GOTR is to challenge girls in the Harrisburg School District to work in teams to challenge them to their highest level of self-confidence, ultimately building girls of courage, confidence and character.
Homeless Initiatives Committee
Ira Packman, M.D. and Corinne Rebinski, Co-Chairs
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. It operates from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. from December 1 until March 31 and is open for any male in need of shelter for the night. Without the volunteers to staff the shelter, it cannot operate, and the 15-20 men that show up every night would be turned away to sleep on the street. This year, our Rotarians staffed the Shelter from Jan 19 - Jan 25, 2015. Nine Rotarians participated in this worthwhile project and afforded these men a warm, safe place to sleep as well as 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 stored the blankets and mattresses in the morning in preparation for the evening’s arrival of the next evening’s men in need of a safe, warm haven for the night.
Project Homeless Connect
The fifth Project Homeless Connect was held on November 20, 2015 at the Farm Show. Designed to bring all of the resources needed to assist unsheltered, chronically homeless individuals together in a single location, the format was modeled on other successful programs conducted around the United States. By having all of the service providers in a single location, it improves access to resources and aids problem-solving between community organizations in addressing barriers to providing services. The Project served 344 guests including 26 children seeking various forms of assistance and near homeless people received services. A total of 370 people received help in this one-day event. Another five children stayed with their parents while receiving services. Three unaccompanied youth attended PHC. Additionally, many other individuals obtained support and made connections with service providers who will work with them in addressing barriers to obtaining permanent housing. There were more than 82 hours of case management services following the event as of December 31, 2015. The Project was supported by more than 460 volunteers and had 72 different service providers and agencies available to offer assistance. The Project used a new format this year that concentrated services on unsheltered individuals and those persons living in emergency shelters. This approach led to improved service accessibility for the most vulnerable members of our community. The effort was fully funded by more than $26,801 in private donations. Twelve Rotarians volunteered for this life-changing experience.
YWCA Women’s Safe Haven Winter Shelter
From January through March, women from the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, volunteered for the YWCA’s winter overnight shelter located at the YWCA headquarters in Harrisburg. The emergency shelter is open from December through March and offers homeless women a warm and safe place to sleep during the cold winter months. Volunteers worked either as hostesses, assisting for several hours in the evening with the intake of guests, or spent the night as overnight chaperones. Twelve female Rotarians gave their time to cover 18 nights at the shelter. Special thanks to Angela Tatum for recruiting her amazing sister Whitney, who spent a total of eight nights at the shelter!
InterClub Thanksgiving Luncheon
Nine service clubs attended the luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg on November 23, 2015. In collaboration with the Harrisburg Kiwanis Club, $1,200 and was collected for The Boys and Girls Club. Guests attending were inspired by the remarks made by Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel.
Karen M. Paris and Marion C. Alexander, Co-Chairs
Almost 880 people attended the 19th Annual Apple Harvest Pancake Breakfast on October 17, 2015, including 66 Rotary volunteers. Proceeds were deposited in the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation and a check for $15,000 (earmarked for the Homeless Program in the Harrisburg School District) was made at the May 23rd “Rotary Gives Back” lunch meeting.
PA Wounded Warriors
Joan Prescott, Chair
For the 13th consecutive year, The Rotary Club of Harrisburg has continued its support of our troops once they return to the states. This year we gave $1,000 to Wounded Warriors and we gave an additional $861 to the PA Wounded Warrior Project.
Resource Development: 1st Annual RCH Baking Championship
Una Martone, Chair
On June 20 after an abbreviated club meeting ~ which featured a presentation from Jeannine Peterson and Bradley Gebhart of Hamilton Health Center, the baking section was opened everyone who had a ticket. Local bakers had sample size portions of their most delectable tasty treats. Attendees sampled everything on site and had three tickets to vote for their favorite morsel. Votes were collected at 1:15 and the winner was announced at 1:30. Door prizes also were drawn throughout the tasting time. Proceeds were earmarked for the establishment of a permanent vision screening center for local students.
Rotary/Red Cross Blood Drive
Bryson Roof, Chair
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg hosted the sixth Red Cross blood drive on April 25th. We had a total participation of 18 donors (Rotary and public) with three individuals donating “double reds” for a grand total of 21 donated units. We crushed our goal with a record setting 21 donations or 131% of the Red Cross Projections! Over 60% of the donations were completed by follow Rotarians. A special thanks to Ken Conner, MD who stepped up to donate “double red” blood. Dr.’s Packman and Judson helped man the booth. Ellen Kyzer contacted the local Red Cross and had their CEO, not only stop by the drive, but donate as well.Donating your blood is the ultimate fulfillment of the Four-Way Test.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Jeffrey R. Boswell and Wilson C. Everhart, Co-Chairs
We once again staffed the Salvation Army Kettle in Strawberry Square flashing our now famous Ding and Dong cards on December 9 and 10, 2015 raising $1,376.34 for the Salvation Army. Many thanks to the Rotarians who donated their time for this worthwhile event.
Service Above Self
Ellen Kyzer, Chair
The 2015 Service Above Self award is presented annually by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. We received numerous entries representing an array of nonprofits in our area. The committee will continue to focus on nonprofits in Harrisburg that embody our mission. Monetary awards were made to the organization in honor of the recipient.
Boys & Girls Club of Harrisburg $1,000 O. Phillip Shenk
Mission of Mercy, Inc. $ 500 Rick Davis, MD
Ali Bach and James Good, Co-Chairs
The Water Initiatives Committee works to identify projects and raise funds to support clean water initiatives, one of Rotary International’s main areas of focus. Through this committee, our Rotary club has provided a lifetime of clean, safe water to 100 Haitian families who desperately needed it. We continue to raise awareness and funds through speaking engagements and other events. As these initiatives have taken shape over the last three years, we’ve clarified the different roles and opportunities for service within the committee. Committee member roles and responsibilities are outlined: Identify and schedule speaking engagements, present to groups, fundraising/awareness activities (other than speaking engagements, i.e. selling water bottles at the concert in the park), grant writing, travel planning and identify projects.
Rotary International Foundation
Contributions: EVERY ROTARY EVERY YEAR
As of 6/13/16 (EREY) $21,068
Group Study Exchange
Jeffrey S. Gelburd, Chair
Four guests and one Rotarian from SE Queensland and N. New South Wales, Australia were given a tour of the State Capitol, the William Penn Museum on Friday, April 29th. The Inbound 2016 Team from District 9640 Australia had lunch at Duke’s Restaurant and then toured the John Harris Museum in the afternoon. These visitors were here for about a four-week period touring the area and hosted by various Rotary Clubs in our District.
Robert J. Hall, Chair
Dominican Dental Project
The Dominican Dental Project completed its 18th year of serving children and adults at the Dominican Republic LasPasquala Dental Clinic in Sanchez. In cooperation with our participating members and Temple University dental students, in excess of 500 patients were treated: 326 school students were treated in Sanchez and The Rotary Clinic in LasPascuala treated 275 patients. Education and physical exams were provided for more than 400 students in Sanchez. The Clinic also provided physical exams for all patients prior to dental treatment.
Dominicans Visit Central Pennsylvania
In recognition of the past years of service, 14 Sanchez Rotarians and their spouses visited Harrisburg to express their appreciation and to learn more about our area. Confirmation of this visit came only 10 days before their arrival, but in the true spirit of Rotary, volunteers stepped forward to provide educational, cultural and entertainment opportunities for the group. They learned about the rich history of the commonwealth by visiting the state capitol, other historic sites as well as the culturally rich Lancaster County. There they learned not only about the Pennsylvania Dutch heritage but also visited with a segment for the Hispanic community. A taste of chocolate remained on their palates and in their memories aftertouring Hershey where they also had the opportunity to attend a major social and fundraising event, “The Big Show,” featuring nationally known entertainers and benefitted the non-profit organization, BigBrothers-Big Sisters. They werethe featured guests at three area Rotary meetings and made a very poignant presentation at Rotary Club No. 23 in appreciation for all our members had done for their community throughout the years. Culminating their visit was a brunch and a dinner hosted in the homes of two Rotarians who have worked on the dental project.
NEW GENERATIONS SERVICE
Andrew Hetrick and Richard Foster, Co-Chairs
In 2016, an EarlyAct Club was established at the Nativity School of Harrisburg for the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The Nativity School is a preparatory middle school that is working to break the cycle of poverty for low income, inner-city boys in Harrisburg. Following several introductory meetings, elections were held for officers and the students took ownership of the meetings utilizing the parliamentary procedure. The club’s first service project will be to raise awareness for the hearing impaired and American Sign Language.
John R. Detweiler and Peter J. Ressler, Co-Chairs
The Ecology Award is awarded annually to a student from the Greater Harrisburg Area who has submitted a project to the Capital Area Science Fair in the Environmental Science category. The committee reviews the projects and selects a winner. April Pivonka, a 10th grader from Camp Hill High School with her project entitled “Feeding the Future: What is your fate without Phosphate” received a $750 check from the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation at our June 6th meeting where she presented her experiment.
Ecology River Trip
Three Classes from SciTech High School benefitted from Harrisburg Rotary Foundation funds to canoe on the Susquehanna River as students gathered information for their Biology Class.
On Monday April 18, a handful of Harrisburg Rotary Committee Chairs and members sat down with the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) leadership to discuss a joint program to oversee and manage Harrisburg’s Peace Garden along the Susquehanna riverfront. The Garden, which was founded in 1990, has been up kept by PSR via foundation and a fall fundraiser run by PSR leadership. PSR expressed their interest in partnering with a Harrisburg based organization to assist with future oversight and felt that Harrisburg Rotary would be the ideal fit. With approval of the collaboration by the Rotary Board, the first active step forward in partnership involved the Peace Gardens annual clean up and planting which took place on Saturday May 14. PSR along with Rotary Club of Harrisburg, led by Tom Kuhn and Marion Alexander, assisted in the day’s work resulting in record completion time for the days various projects. Both organizations are now moving forth with “next steps” in this joint project. The Ecology Committee plans to work with Rotary leadership to create a subcommittee to further analyze feasibility, funding and the identification of the area being identified as the new HarrisburgRotary Peace Garden.
Four-Way Test Essay Contest
Samuel Levine, Chair
The Four-Way Test Essay Contest was initiated in District 7390 in 2006 with the goal to increase the awareness, understanding and practice of the Four-Way Test among young people in the local school districts. THE RCH started our participation in 2012. Ninth grade students from the Harrisburg Area School District campuses of John Harris and Sci-Tech were invited to answer the question, "How Does the Rotary Four-Way Test Affect What They Think, Say or Do?" This year’s winners included:
1st place Jacqueline Celsky - 2nd place Huang Le - 3rd place Janisa Perez and Peng Lu
Four-Way Test Speech Contest
Joyce Libby, Chair
The Four-Way Test Speech Contest was initiated in 2014 for the Harrisburg Club and in its third year for District 7390. The goal of the contest is to increase the awareness, understanding and practice of the Four-Way Test among young people in the local school districts. Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth grade students from the Harrisburg Area School District campuses of John Harris and Sci-Tech as well asBishop McDevitt, and YCDT members were invited to answer the question. A very successful turnout was experienced with six students participating, all of whom presented at the Club-Level Contest. Three finalists were chosen and awarded checks on October 26th from the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation at the Club-Level Contest. All three students moved on to the Mid-level event.
1st place Joshua Ramirez - 2nd place Shakeira Banks - 3rd place Tyresha Vaughn-Blanding
Lawrence M. Means, Chair
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg collaborated with the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North to serve as Co-Sponsors for the Rotaract Club of Central Penn College. The club was founded and launched during the Fall 2015 and has a college advisor, duly elected student officers, Constitution and Rotary International approval. The purpose is to develop leadership skills and to engage in volunteer service projects. Membership is open to all Central Penn College students and alumni ages 18-30 and regularly scheduled meetings are held the first and third Thursdays from 4:45 – 5:30pm. Service projects have included the Joshua Group, Homeland Center and Bethesda Mission.
Samuel Levine, Chair
Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors with funds raised at our Pancake Breakfast and the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation. A total of $8,000 was granted this year, based on students’ academic achievements, community service, leadership abilities, and financial need. Four seniors were selected to receive the Rotary Club of Harrisburg $2,000 scholarships. Winners are:
Kathleen Hartwell, Bishop McDevitt Taj Roach-McClendon, Steelton-Highspire Taryana Peterson, Harrisburg Sci-TechJamie Camano, Harrisburg High
Students and Teachers of the Quarter
John Sutliff, Chair
Outstanding students and teachers from Harrisburg, Harrisburg Sci-Tech and Steelton-Highspire High Schools were honored at our quarterly ceremonies. Each recipient received a certificate and $25 gift card to Target in recognition of their outstanding service to their schools.
Barry S. Ramper, II, Chair
Building on the success of previous vision screenings of the Harrisburg Public School elementary students, the last one of which was held at Hamilton Health Center, we are in the planning phase of establishing a full-time vision clinic at that location. Rotary representatives have consulted regularly with the CEO, Jeanine Peterson, and are being included in the development of this clinic which is anticipated to open in 2017. This signature Rotary project will enable Hamilton Health to complete the spectrum of services for diagnosis, treatment and wellness for a significant population in the greater Harrisburg area.
Youth Exchange Weekend
Ron Guss and Karen Maydick, Co-Chairs
Twenty-three Foreign Exchange Students from all over the world were the guests of The Rotary Club of Harrisburg on the weekend of March 19th and 20th. They toured the Capitol, Pennsylvania State Museum, State Planetarium, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Strawberry Square Food Court, Gamut Theatre, Whitaker Center, Select Medical Digital Cinema, and Riverfront Park and they enjoyed the Harrisburg Saint Patrick’s Parade. In the evening they returned to the YMCA for a Pizza Party, Sock Hop, volleyball, basketball and just “hanging out” and talking. After a restful night, they enjoyed a continental breakfast before leaving Harrisburg. Our thanks go to the 12 Harrisburg Rotarians who chaperoned the students during the weekend and to the 13 Harrisburg Rotarians who donated food, facilities and dollars for the weekend.
Karen Maydick, Counselor
Inbound Student: Rina Nagene
The Harrisburg Rotary Club hosted Rina Nagane from Japan for the 2015 - 2106 school year. She arrived in August and spent her first few days in the United States with our own Peggy Grove, and loyal member of the Committee. Peggy helped Rina through her jet lag and registered her for classes at Camp Hill High School before placing her with her first host family, the Massies. The proximity of Scott and Cynthia Massie’s home to Camp Hill High School helped Rina to spend the fall fully immersed in that great American tradition- Football! Her host brothers George and William both play for Camp Hill – and Rina experienced the associated pep rallies and Friday night games! Thanksgiving found Rina in NJ with Karen Maydick’s family, and then a train ride for some sightseeing and shopping in Philadelphia. She spent the Christmas Holidays with our Outbound student’s family- the Skinners. There she had a traditional Christmas Holiday with all the trimmings. The New Year found Rina with her second host family, the Benders, who were so happy with how she fit in with that they asked her to stay for the rest of the year. Mari and Rod Bender have two school age children, Jack and Sara who love having a big sister like Rina. When the school term ends, Rina will join the family for a week’s vacation at the beach in North Carolina.
Rina has made the most of her time at Camp Hill High School by excelling in her studies (making the honor role!) volunteering with Volunteen, and joining the Camp Hill Colorguard. She has many friends at school and has been enjoying typical American things like shopping, going to the movies, Hershey Park and “hanging out” with her classmates. She has even learned to snowboard and ride a bike! In April, Rina joined the Colorguard on a four-day trip to Wildwood, NJ for a National Competition. Thanks to generous Rotarians, Rina was given the opportunity to experience the Harrisburg Symphony, The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker, and a Hershey Bears Game.
Rina has enjoyed attending Rotary Club meetings and events like our Pancake breakfast fundraiser and the District Conference. She also has travelled to New York City, Annapolis, and Washington DC with the Rotary Youth Exchange and will be capping her year by travelling for the month of July on the USA Bus Tour with other Inbound Rotary Students.
Rina is very grateful to the Rotarians who donated money towards her trip and a special thanks to Peggy Grove and Carolyn Dumaresq for the winning bids on the paintings she auctioned to raise money for the trip.
Rina is a wonderful student and we are proud to have sponsored her as Our Inbound student for 2015-2016. Rina plans on returning to the United States for her college studies and we know she count on many friends welcoming her back!
Youth Community Development Team (YCDT)
Jennifer Doyle and Jessica Ritchie, Co-Chairs
As a commitment to our Rotary International centennial year, our YCDT program was established in 2004 through the generosity of the business leaders from the Harrisburg Community and the Harrisburg Rotary Club members. The funds are held with the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
The purpose of this youth leadership development program is to teach the value of Rotary's motto of 'Service Above Self' and to instill the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism, leadership, team building, respect, cooperation, collaboration and compromise.
These values are shared through interactive monthly meetings at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. The YCDT class of juniors and seniors are selected from three area high schools: Bishop McDevitt and both campuses of the Harrisburg Area School District John Harris and SciTech. Each YCDT session since 2004 was facilitated by Leadership Harrisburg, based on an ongoing partnership with the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. The process used is a student driven community needs assessment, gap analysis, consensus building and brainstorming model.
We successfully transitioned to having the programming handled by the Rotary YCDT committee after Leadership Harrisburg Area was no longer able to take on the program. Special thanks to Una Martone for helping to facilitate this move and continuing to serve on the YCDT committee. and to our Executive Director, Linda Freedenberg for so capably assuming the additional administrative responsibilities necessitated by the transition. The committee has really stepped up this year to become more involved by offering their expertise, community connections and their time to make the program successful.
This year’s class (53 students) was the largest graduating YCDT class in the past eleven years. They have raised more than $1,300 and had 10 finalists for the $5,000 grant – all organizations who are focused on crime prevention in Harrisburg, especially looking to treat areas of drug and alcohol abuse. A $5,000 grant allocated through the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation, was made to The Joshua Group.