Four Way Test Essay Contest


rsz march 21 meeting essay winnersThe Four-Way Test Essay contest’s goal is to increase the awareness, understanding and practice of the Four Way Test among young people in the local school districts. 9th grade students at Harrisburg High School were invited to answer how the Four Way Test affects what they think, say and/or do in their essays of no more than 1500 words, through their English departments and the English teachers. The Rotary Club of Harrisburg convened a committee of judges who screened, scored, and ranked the student essays. The finalists were asked to read their essays at the Club program on March 21st.
Cash prizes were awarded to the 9th grade student winners:
Jacqueline Celsky (1st place)
Huang Le (2nd place)
Janisa Perez and Peng Lu (3rd place)

Pictured with the students are Sam Levine Chair, Huang Le and Peng Lu (SciTech Campus), Jacqueline Celsky, Janisa Perez (John Harris Campus) and Betty C. Hungerford, President.


Speaker Topic March 14: Presidential bully pulpit: Not as effective as you might think

March 14 speaker topicWhen presidents try to influence policy using a religious argument – or simply use their famed “bully pulpit’’ to sway public opinion – just how effective are they?
Not very, according to David O’Connell, a Dickinson College political science professor and author of the new book GOD WILLS IT: PRESIDENTS and the POLITICAL USE OF RELIGION.
O’Connell, speaking at the March 14 meeting, said research shows secular arguments made by presidents on policy matters are more persuasive than religious ones. Surprisingly, however, research also shows that presidential rhetoric doesn’t convince the public much anyway – even FDR’s famous fireside chats failed to move his approval ratings, O’Connell said. Likewise, President Ronald Reagan’s invocation of religious reasoning for increased national defense spending failed to have the desired outcome. As for who may be the next president, O’Connell said he looks to four main factors to predict a victor:
If the economy is showing 2.5 percent or better growth in June, it will favor Democrats, since they are now in the White House.

Read more: Speaker Topic March 14: Presidential bully pulpit: Not as effective as you might think

Pancake breakfast raises $15,000 for homeless children in the Harrisburg School District

TRCH check presentation to Harrisburg school district 2he Rotary of Harrisburg’s 2015 Pancake Breakfast raised $15,000 for post-secondary education scholarships for Harrisburg School District seniors and to help provide essentials and services for homeless students in the district.

During the Monday, January 11, 2016 meeting, district Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney accepted the check.

The annual Pancake Breakfast has grown to be the largest fund-raiser for the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. Over the past four years, the event has raised more than $90,000 for students of the school district. Funds are raised through event day tickets, corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and raffles.

Photo: From Left, Marion Alexander, Harrisburg School District Superintendent Sybil Knight-Burney and Karen Paris.

Lawrence M. Means receives Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award

Lawrence M. Means, who recently helped create a Rotaract club at Central Penn College, was awarded the Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award during the club’s Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s meeting on January 11, 2016.

Hanson award

Means worked with the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North in establishing the college’s Roteract, a Rotary Club initiative for 18-to-30-year-olds.

Means, who recently retired as president and CEO of Rhodes Development Group, is an active volunteer with numerous groups in addition to Rotary. He is on the boards of the Property Management Charitable Foundation, Bethesda Mission, Ecumenical Services, Downtown Harrisburg Improvement District and currently is chair of Theatre Harrisburg.

In addition to recognizing individuals who contribute selflessly to the community, the annual presentation of the Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award celebrates the life, legacy, and service of the late Robert Hanson – a long-time club member and model Rotarian.

Photo: From the left, Past District Governor and Past President Janice Black, Hanson award recipient Lawrence M. Means, Rotary Club of Harrisburg President Betty Hungerford