|April 10, 2017|
|Speaker: Scott Dunwoody, Executive Director Bethesda Mission
Topic: "THE TROUBLING REALITY OF THE HOMELESS IN OUR MIDST
Recently our fellow Rotarian and fine friend, Chuck Wingate, retired as executive director of Bethesda Mission with great respect. Our speaker, Scott Dunwoody was recently appointed the new executive director. He has been asked to speak to us regarding a problem that bothers us all as Rotarians, the homeless. It troubles us all to see people living and sleeping on our streets and parks! What causes this? What are the overarching challenges they face? Why do the often reject the opportunity to leave the streets and have shelter? What has he learned about this awful situation? This will be our topic today, one who all as caring Rotarians should be literal regarding. Come and be apprised!
Greeter: Chuck Wingate
Invocation: Wil Everhart
Club Singing: Douglas Pieper
Mini-Classification Talk: Michael Jaeger
Pianist: Norma Swain
Publications: Carrie W. Thomas
Scott joined the Bethesda Mission staff in January, 2007 working in the area of fundraising. In September, 2007 he became the Director of Foundations and Corporate Gifts, in December 2008 the Director of Development, in September 2014 the V.P. of Business Development, and since February 2017 the Executive Director.
Prior to coming to Bethesda, Scott held various management positions with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development, managing community development and housing programs benefiting local governments and non-profits across the Commonwealth.
Originally from Lancaster, Scott is a graduate of Penn State University, enjoys golf and trips with his wife to the Outer Banks.
Scott is active in his church, presently serving as leader and teacher of a Fellowship Group. He and his wife, Kay, have two grown sons and two grandchildren and live in Mechanicsburg.
NEWS AND NOTES:
• The mark of a Rotarian is caring about others and offering our support. Rotarian Anthony Worrall and his wife, Carolyn have two beautiful daughters recently diagnosed with a rare form of autism, Sanfilippo Syndrome. For more information and should you want to make a contribution: www.curesff.org/meet-the-families/alexa-lacey.
• April 10 begins Passover for our friends of the Jewish faith. This is an 8-day holiday and includes a main service (“Seder”) with restricted activities during several of the days.
• Happy Easter - remember no meeting on Monday, April 17.
• Is your attendance low and you are really busy at the office? Think about doing a make-up online. https://www.rotaryeclubone.org/
• Community Service Award - It is time for you to nominate a member of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg that you feel has done the most in our community. (The Community Service Award). To be eligible for the award, a nominee must have been a member of our club for at least three years, and cannot be the incumbent President, nor the President-Elect of the club. The award is to be made entirely for performance of volunteer service in the community NOT Rotary related. This does not mean, however, that persons in community service positions cannot qualify, but rather that volunteer service beyond normal scope of the nominee’s job for which such person is compensated should be considered. High emphasis is placed on volunteer community service, apart from activity related to Rotary. Please see Linda to make your nomination by April 18.
1. Please retrieve your Roster information sheet from the badge board, update, sign up for 2017-18 committees and return to Linda.
• CONTRIBUTIONS DUE:
1. Rotary International Foundation $100 - send to RCH office
• Have you listed your Rotary Service in your LinkedIn profile?
• Follow Rotary Club of Harrisburg Facebook page (and Like us) and www.hbgrotary.org for speaker/meeting updates
• DID YOU KNOW? Contributions to The Harrisburg Rotary Foundation for memorials, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays are always appreciated. The recipient receives an appropriate acknowledgment from the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and the contribution is also acknowledged in The Rotary Roundup. Donations are tax-deductible.
• SAVE THE DATES:
1. Sweet Bites for Better Sight May 15!
2. Teacher Impact Awards May 22.
1. Multi-District Conference will be held in Gettysburg May 5-7 with a “Leaders in Leadership” theme. Program Highlights will include a Gettysburg Battlefield Tour with special leaders in command, Best practices for Rotary Clubs, Wine Tasting Tour, and a Kentucky Derby Dinner Party….hats and all!!! For more information and to register to attend, go to www.rotary7390.org.
2. The April 2017 Governors Newsletter can viewed. Go to rotary7390.org. Across the top are all the tabs, run your cursor over “District Newsletter” and a drop down box will put out and click on the newsletter.
Last meeting 4/3/17 by Deb Abel
Norma Swain provided a lovely musical background as Rotarians joined the meeting.
President Steve Feinour called the meeting to order with our invocation provided by Joan Prescott. The club sang America the Beautiful followed by the pledge to a virtual flag. David Volkman introduced visiting Rotarians and guests.
James Good gave a presentation on the water project and the team which will go to Haiti April 24 – May 2. The presentation showed how people walk hours each day with 5 gallon containers of water, and how children, especially girls lose their opportunity for an education. The project will provide a 1300-meter water filtration system with collection of water from roofs of churches and schools. Hundreds of children will have access to a safe water at that time.
Rotarians were reminded of the blood donor program taking place in a nearby room headed up by Bryson Roof.
Andy Phillips introduced three members of the YCDT who addressed the club, sharing their process of working in teams to select a community challenge. The teams determined to address hunger in the community and created an RFP. They plan to award $5,000 to an organization working to alleviate hunger. The team was ably assisted by Marion Alexander in seeking financial support for the hunger project as they passed around pledge cards to the membership.
Czar Bob Hostetter introduced our speaker, Jim Cheney, by quoting a “Willie S” spring sonnet.
Jim has traveled to 30 countries and is now Pennsylvania’s most ardent promoter. Since spring has arrived, it is time to travel to see the beauty and history of PA. Jim has a blog about Pennsylvania and has found at least one place in each of our 67 counties.
Jim prepared a list of 10 very special places.
Ten Spots in PA:
1. Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion- Boalsburg - The Boal Mansion, home of eight generations of the Boal family for over 200 years with the original furnishings. The Columbus Chapel, a centuries-old chapel of the Columbus family imported from Spain in 1909 containing the Admiral's Desk of Christopher Columbus, fine European art and two pieces of the True Cross of Jesus.
2. Falls trail – Rickett Glen State Park – beautiful trail with 21 waterfalls
3. Carrie Furnace – Pittsburgh - Carrie Blast Furnace was once part of the Homestead Steel Works. The two furnaces that make up the site were built in 1907 by Carnegie Steel and ran almost continuously until 1978.
4. Mercer Mile – Doylstown – This site is composed of three building built by Henry Mercer Chapman – including a castle-like home made of concrete, 5. Moravian tile and pottery works and the Mercer mansion – a museum of hand tools
6. Meadow Croft Rock Shelter – Washington County – the oldest site of known human habitation in PA, perhaps going back 16,000 years
7. French Azilum – Bradford County – a colony created for French aristocrats fleeing the French revolution, including a possible home for Marie Antionette.
8. PA Grand Canyon – Tioga County- beautiful spot in PA with many trails
Cathedral of Learning – Pittsburgh – 2nd tallest university building in the world with 20 national teaching rooms designed by people form the represented county
9. Delaware Water Gap – Pike and Monroe Counties – national recreation area, highest waterfall in PA
10. St. Anthony’s Chapel Pittsburgh – unassuming chapel from the outside, but on the inside, it contains the largest collection of Catholic relics, second only to the Vatican.
For a unique extra nearby Jim described in Gettysburg – Civil War Tails, a depiction of the Civil War made entirely with two inch feline soldiers.
Jim really sparked club interested in travel and Pennsylvania beauty and history. Happy trails Rotarians.
Jim was presented with “Where I Live” a first geography book for young children in Harrisburg", to autograph as well as his chocolate bar!
2016-2017 Club Officers