|December 18, 2017|
ROTARY'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY CELEBRATION!
Moving on from last year's wild and wonderful Santa appearance! This year's program will be presented by 20 members of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church choir. This renowned ensemble will bring us traditional choral works and will also lead us in a fun "sing-a-long" segment which we always enjoy together at holiday time. Brett A Terry, a graduate of Yale's Institute of Sacred Music and Pine Street's choirmaster, will lead the group. He is widely respected for his excellence in leading professional organizations in Central PA and New York City. Let's greet our guests with cheer and joy as they lend their time to enrich our holiday fest!
Greeter: Angela Tatum
Invocation: Joan Prescott
Club Singing: Heather Hu
Pianist: Norma Swain
Rotary Roundup: Curt Stutzman
Program: The Chancel Choir of Pine Street Presbyterian Church is the church’s primary musical ensemble. They sing multiple anthems and service music in every service from September-May with extra services surrounding Christmas and Easter. They frequently appear in concert presenting some of the masterworks of the choral repertoire. Most of the singers are volunteer and several members have been part of the choir for over 50 years.
NEWS AND NOTES:
• ATTENDANCE CARDS - please make sure your name is legible for Fran so get your attendance credit.
PLEASE NOTE: Lunch fee is $18 in 2018.
• To the members of the RCH: Thank you so very much for the beautiful retirement gift of the necklace, bracelet and earrings. They are beautiful and I will wear them and remember the wonderful memories from Rotary. I appreciate the comments of President Sam and the past presidents. In case your were not at the December 11th meeting, my remarks were as follows:
I would be less than honest if I didn’t admit that I have decidedly mixed feelings as I stand here today. Of course, I’m very excited as I look forward to starting a new chapter of my life along with Harvey, who’s also retiring at the end of the month.
But those feelings of excitement are tempered by a certain sadness at ending my formal association with this Rotary Club and with all of you.
When I started as your Executive Director in January of 1997, I never dreamed I’d still be at it 21 years later, enjoying every aspect of my job as much as ever.I have been so fortunate to work with a succession of outstanding presidents, boards and, best of all, hardworking, generous members who are committed, through their membership in Rotary, to making the world a better and kinder place. I have been moved and inspired by your example of selfless giving and I’ve tried my best to model that behavior in the work I’ve done for the club and in my own life.
And on a personal level, I will always be profoundly grateful for the countless friendships I’ve been lucky enough to form with so many of you. I know those friendships will endure, even as my service to the club comes to an end.
I wish you all continued success and fulfillment in your efforts on behalf of Rotary. And I wish you and your families a joyous holiday season and, above all, a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.
And I get to say one more time....See you next week at Rotary!
Again thank you so very much.
• Please stop by and welcome our new Club Administrator Fran Harris
• 50/50 Raffle was held on December 4th with $500 collected. Peggy Grove won and she donated her half back to Rotary. Thanks Peggy!
• JAN-MAR dues invoices will be sent with the Rotary International Foundation invoice. Please make every effort to pay upon receipt.
• SAVE the DATE:
2. The YWCA Greater Harrisburg is seeking volunteers to assist with our Winter Overnight Shelter by providing hospitality to women seeking a warm bed during the winter months. Volunteers will conduct short intake interviews of our guests and provide hospitality during the hours of 7:45 PM until 11 PM.
Note: You must complete the one hour training prior to signing up for hostessing The Winter Overnight Shelter is a lifesaving service offered to women who reside on the streets from December 1 through March 31. Sign up for Winter Overnight Shelter volunteer training & opportunities at: http://signup.com/go/TVEGKm or call Julia at 717-525-6381.
3. The Annual Rotary International Convention will be June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Register now to take advantage of early bird discounts which end soon!
• CONTRIBUTIONS DUE:
1. Harrisburg Rotary Foundation $100. Please pay by December 30.
2. Pancake Breakfast contributions: Tax-deductible checks should be made to the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation -- memo: Pancake Breakfast
3. PA Wounded Warriors: Won’t you help by donating a suggested $20 or more? Tax-deductible checks should be made to the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation -- memo: PAWW. Both checks and cash should be given to Linda by December 31.
• 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.
1. The weekly 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 minutes by Ski:
Rotary of Harrisburg president Sam Levine, a proud HACC alumnus, called the meeting to order at 12:09 p.m. after listening to joyful holiday music performed by “No Last Call”. After an invocation, song and pledge of allegiance, Rotarians joyfully greeted each other for seven minutes.
After everyone was seated, Ski was called to the microphone and made introductions of four Rotarians who introduced their guests.
President Levine then called on Travis DiNicola who provided us with his classification speech. Like so many Rotarians, Travis described his exciting life journey from being a student, educator and entrepreneur to becoming the development director of the Central PA Youth Ballet. He concluded his remarks by thanking Ted Reese for introducing him to Rotary Club #23.
Mr. Levine then provided thoughtful and celebratory remarks about Linda Freedenberg’s consistent and successful leadership of the Club over the past two decades. Mr. Levine then read a kind note from John Judson, M.D., who is recovering from pneumonia, celebrating Linda’s influence on the Club. Dr. Judson complimented Linda and her husband on their work within Rotary and the community, respectively. (I am not sure Dr. Judson knows that Mr. Freedenberg is a devout Michigan fan and wonder if Dr. Judson would have been so complimentary of him if he knew that. <Written by a Buckeye>)
Upon conclusion of Mr. Levine’s remarks, he introduced fifteen past Rotary Club of Harrisburg presidents who were in attendance to honor Linda’s contribution to their tenures. Several of them, including Jeff Boswell, Betty Hungerford (who presented Linda with gifts), Bill Murray, M.D., Karen Parish, and Bob Saline shared brief remarks about Linda’s positive influence on their role as presidents.
Program czar, Bob Hostetter, was introduced by Mr. Levine, and he read a self-composed poem to honor Linda for all she helped the Club achieve over the past 21 years. After his emotional reading, he welcomed Linda to the lectern where she received a enthusiastic standing ovation.
After the roaring applause subsided, Linda spoke to the Club about her gratitude for the opportunity to serve and her pride in working and becoming friends with dedicated individuals who enhance our community and region through their selfless work - daily. She concluded her remarks by thanking Debbie Abel for introducing her to Rotary Club #23. Departing the lectern, Linda received another enthusiastic standing ovation with some Rotarians shedding tears.
President Levine introduced Una Martone, District 7390 governor, after listing her numerous accomplishments as a Rotarian who, over the years, assumed numerous leadership positions in the Club. According to Mr. Levine, Ms. Martone is the 11th Governor from Club #23 over its 100 year history. A native Floridian, Ms. Martone serves as president of Leadership Harrisburg. She and her husband have raised two children and currently reside in Mechanicsburg, PA.
After receiving an enthusiastic standing ovation, Governor Martone informed us that her one goal for her year was to work with all Rotarians in the district to become better Rotarians. For the remainder of the meeting, Governor Martone informed us about our district and club in a variety of ways; however, she actively engaged us in a trivia pursuit competition with chocolate as prizes for correct answers. Some of the questions asked are as follows:
How many Rotary Club are in the world? 35.000
How many Rotarians are in the world today? 1.2 million
What percentage of Rotarians are women? 16 percent
What percentage of Rotarians are under 40 years of age? 11 percent
How many Rotary Clubs are in our district 7390? 43
How many Rotarians are in our district? 2,332
How many counties are in District 7390? Seven
What are some of your club’s greatest needs?
New members, new pancake volunteers, volunteers, attendance, engagement
How much was given in Rotary grants this year? $147,015
President Levine informed us that approximately 20 individuals from Pine Street United Methodist Church will engage us in a festive, holiday luncheon next Monday. He also the past presidents would stay after the meeting to take a group photo with Linda.
President Levine tried to lead us through the reading of the Four-Way Test and then kindly dismissed us at 1:17 p.m. after Linda rang the bell.
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