Speaker: Pedro A. Rivera, PA Secretary of Education
Topic: "HOW ARE PENNSYLVANIA'S STUDENTS DOING"?
Until 2015, Dr. Rivera had served as the superintendent of The School District of Lancaster for eight years. In that role he developed and implemented a new curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan, and innovative classroom observation tools. One of the many reasons he is held in high esteem is that the district's graduation rate dramatically increased! There were notable improvements in math, science, and writing proficiency success. In addition, he is widely praised for the enhanced level of participation from high-performing students in programs that help prepare them for college and graduate studies. Honored by the White House as a Champion of Change in urban education, he is one of 10 individuals, nationally, to receive this prestigious honor! Pedro is a first generation college graduate. He is a dynamic speaker and one of the most popular Secretary of Ed. ever in the Commonwealth. He genuinely is NOT to be missed!
Greeter: Frank Frailey
Invocation: Chuck Wingate
Club Singing: Marion Alexander
Pianist: Norma Swain
Publications: Curt Stutzman
Pedro A. Rivera was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as the Secretary of Education on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the state Senate in June 2015.
He joined the Wolf Administration after having served as Superintendent of The School District of Lancaster, a position he held from 2008-2015.
Under Rivera's leadership, The School District of Lancaster developed and implemented a new curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan, and innovative classroom observation tools. These initiatives resulted in an increased graduation rate, notable improvements in math, science and writing proficiency scores, and enhanced the level of participation from high-performing students in programs that help prepare them for college and other post-graduation opportunities.
In September 2014, Rivera was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education – one of ten recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious honor.
He brings extensive experience in public education to his role as a member of Governor Wolf's cabinet and has spent his entire career helping students. Prior to serving as superintendent of The School District of Lancaster, he served as a classroom teacher, staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia.
Rivera is a first generation college graduate and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master's degree in Education Administration from Cheyney University, and his Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University.
Rivera was raised in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia and resides in Lancaster with his wife Erika, son Lucas and daughter Elena.
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1. Thursday, September 28th at 6:30 PMat the Whitaker Center for Science and Arts. Popcorn and drink complimentary. The new documentary film Dream Big is about the design and construction of huge things, from skyscrapers and bridges to the Great Wall of China and the International Space Station. It’s also about what it takes to be an engineer and why people - both men and women - choose that as a profession. Here’s a link to the film’s website: http://www.dreambigfilm.com/
Please let Linda know if you would like to attend, so you can receive attendance credit.
2.Pancake Breakfast: October 21, 2017 8:00 AM-noon at Harrisburg High School
3. Peace Garden: Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is hosting its banquet Wednesday, October 11th at the West Shore CC to raise funds/awareness for PSR and the Peace Garden. Please let President Sam or Peter Ressler know if you are interested in attending.
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1. Rotary Club of Carlisle hosted networking event that will take place on Tuesday, 12 September at the Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory in Carlisle. The cost is only $10.
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Last meeting 8/28/17 by Carrie W. Thomas
PRESIDENT SAM LEVINE called the meeting to order at 12:10 PM, introducing WIL EVERHART to give the invocation, followed by DOUG PIEPER leading the group in singing “America the Beautiful,” with NORMA SWAIN on piano. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Club members all greeted each other warmly.
At 12:15 PM, PRESIDENT SAM welcomed the large crowd of Rotarians and visitors on this lovely end-of-summer day, and asked for everyone’s thoughts and prayers for all those in Texas so tragically affected by Hurricane Harvey. He then introduced GIL BROWN to announce visiting Rotarians and guests. The many guests included KATHLEEN McKENZIE of Highmark, JODY LOMISON of Hospice, JOHN AND KENNETH STARK, DARRELL REINFORD, BRENDA ALTON, DR. MARY SIMMONDS, SCOTT STEVENS and JEFF ZUFELT.
GINNY ROTH called those forward with good news for “Good News Reporting.” Several Rotarians announced children and grand-children starting college, and DISTRICT GOVERNOR UNA MARTONE relayed information on a relief effort leaving York today for Texas. CARRIE WISSLER-THOMAS reported on the Sept. 10 Gallery Walk, mentioning that TED REESE would be providing music for the day with his “Last Call Band,” and that DAVID MORRISON ‘s Historic Harrisburg Association would be involved, along with Whitaker Centre, Penn National Insurance, and 23 other exhibition venues. KAREN PARIS gave an update on Pancake Breakfast plans.
PRESIDENT SAM then thanked those who had shown up last week at the Whitaker theatre for the movie event, only to discover it had been postponed to Sept. 28 at 6:30 PM. SAM went on to mention that April 21 will be the Day of Service for Rotary, and a worthy project is being sought. On October 24, Pints for Polio will take place at a number of City pubs and bars to benefit Rotary’s Polio initiative.
He then introduced PROGRAM TSAR BOB HOSTETTER. BOB made everyone chuckle with his report that the baby elephant at the Pittsburgh Zoo was finally able to take nourishment again after a surgical procedure, saying that the elephant is now consuming four bottles a day – much like BOB himself, he said!
On a more serious note, BOB introduced our speaker – PHILIP GUARNESCHELLI, Pinnacle Health Systems President and CEO. MR GUARNESCHELLI has more than 30 years of senior leadership experience with a record of accomplishments in operations management, customer service, strategic planning, finance, physician relations, real estate, and construction management. In starting his presentation, MR. GUARNESCHELLI said he felt privileged to be at the Club today, and saw many familiar faces in the audience. He stressed that the goal of Pinnacle Health Systems is “One system, one goal, better health for all in the community.” He explained that Pinnacle has 9000 employees and 3000 physicians, with stand-alone facilities throughout the region. Pinnacle generates $1.7 billion in revenue, and maintains 180 research projects.
MR. GUARNESCHELLI elaborated on all the acquisitions Pinnacle has made recently, including Lancaster Regional Medical Centre, Carlisle Regional Medical Centre, and Memorial Hospital in York. He pointed out that through the acquisition of all the additional hospitals, Pinnacle is able to keep costs down for patients by spreading the risk across the population. Pinnacle has also recently acquired All Better Care urgent care facilities. These urgent care facilities provide care for those who don’t need to go to the emergency room, and have lower health-care needs.
He explained that Pinnacle now has a definitive agreement with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, bringing in a world-class facility with numerous physicians with diverse specialties. But, MR. GUARNESCHELLI stressed, Pinnacle remains committed to the local community and will continue to accept all insurance plans. He said that Pinnacle will be able to deliver new payment models and offer market choices. He emphasized that we must start giving better healthcare to the very young, in order to prevent more expensive, less treatable conditions later in life.
Questions followed the main presentation, including whether Pinnacle is poised to handle an emergency such as what is unfolding in Texas right now. MR. GUARNESCHELLI replied that Pinnacle is fully prepared to handle such catastrophic events, with processes and competency fully in place. DAVID MORRISON praised Pinnacle for the care taken in fitting all their new structures so seamlessly into the existing community architecture.
After several additional questions. MR. GUARNESCHELLI concluded with the statement that Pinnacle Health Systems is committed firmly to this community and the health of the entire population.
PRESIDENT SAM presented the speaker with a “heart-healthy” chocolate bar as a thank-you for his fascinating talk.
Samuel Levine - President
Andrew R. Rebuck - President Elect
Joyce A. Libby - Vice President
J. Stephen Feinour - Imm. Past President
Betty C. Hungerford - Secretary
Corinne Sheridan - Treasurer
John "Ski" Sygielski - Sergeant-at-Arms