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


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.

For more information on the Rotary Foundation, go to

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