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.

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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


Four-Way Test Speech Contest

Six students from Harrisburg school district competed for prizes in the Rotary Club of Harrisburg's 2nd annual rsz 4 way test group shot 11.

The students each selected a topic of their choice and applied the Rotary Four-Way Test:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The speech was judged on content, integration and presentation skills. A five to eight minute speech was required. Our three Rotarian judges, Karen Snider, Carolyn Dumaresq, and Virginia Roth had a tough time as all six students presented an A class show! In 1st place was Joshua Ramirez of Sci-Tech, with a prize of $300. His speech questioned the age old "Can money buy Happiness?" In 2nd place was Shakeira Banks of Sci-Tech winning $200 for her speech on social anxiety and how she overcame the issue. In 3rd place was Tyresha Vaughn-Blanding from Harrisburg High winning $100 for her speech about the impact of your surroundings and how it can impact your life.

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District Governor highlights work done by the Rotary Foundation

Dist gov kramb speaks at nov 2 harrisburg rotary meeting RSDonating just $12.50 a month to the Rotary Foundation – half of what the average person spends every week on fast-food – can help hundreds of people around the world, said John G. Kramb, Rotary District 7390 Governor.

Speaking at the Nov. 2 meeting of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, Kramb highlighted the positive impact of Rotary Foundation projects. A mere $12.50 monthly donation can:

  • Pay for 227 doses of polio vaccine in India
  • Allow 10-15 children in Ethiopia to get glasses
  • Cover the cost of seven water filters capable of filtering up to 100,000 gallons each.

Additionally, Kramb said, half of the donations made by Rotarians are returned to the donor’s own Rotary district for use in local grants and projects.

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Pictured from left to right: Una Martone, Rotary District 7390 Assistant Governor; John G. Kramb, Rotary District 7390 Governor; and Betty Hungerford, Rotary of Harrisburg President

Dominican Republic LaPasquala Dental Clinic

Sanchez Rotarians visit

On Monday, October 19, 14 Sanchez Rotarians wrapped up a week-long visit of the region by attending a luncheon with the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and talking about the positive impact the dental clinic has made in their city.

For the past nine years, in addition to local dentists, students from the Temple University Dental School have accompanied Harrisburg Rotary volunteers to help at the clinic. Heading the local efforts is Bob Hall, chairman of the Rotary International Projects committee.

The two story clinic was built and furnished with financial support from the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and District 7390, which covers the Central Pennsylvania area.

Since it began, the Dominican Republic LaPasquala Dental Clinic has evolved to the construction of the hospital clinic manned by three doctors, a dentist, a nurse, and a dental technician. The clinic is now run by the government with the assistance of the Sanchez Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s yearly mission.

Sanchez a city with a population of 30,000, and LaPasquala a small fishing village of 3,000 inhabitants, is located at the tip of the Samana Peninsula.

From left to right: District 7390 Governor John Kramb; Luis Hernandez Aquino, President, Sanchez Rotary; Rotary Club of President Betty Hungerford; Beronica Rollins, Sanchez Rotary; Bob Hostetter (front), Bob Hall and John Judson, Rotary Club of Harrisburg.