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Dr. Ira Packman receives Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award

image007Dr. Ira Packman was presented with the Rotary Club of Harrisburg’s Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the club’s weekly meeting at the Hilton Harrisburg. Packman was selected for the Hanson award for his exemplary service and dedicated leadership to the Rotary club and the greater Harrisburg community. This annually bestowed award celebrates the life, legacy, and service of the late Robert Hanson – a long-time club member and model Rotarian.

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Bob Durgin speaks to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg

20130916 123506Bob Durgin’s radio career spanned almost fifty years and began when he was sixteen years of age at a radio station in Norristown, Pennsylvania. After  touring Europe with the United States Air Force in the 1960’s, he moved to Texas and spent time at Top 40 radio stations in  Wichita Falls, Amarillo, and Austin. After those stops, he worked for twenty years in Oklahoma City as the news director for KTOK before settling in central Pennsylvania in 1989.  

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Mayoral Candidate Eric Papenfuse Introduces Self and Vision for City to Rotary Club of Harrisburg

Eric-Papenfuse-HarrisburgEric Papenfuse spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg on Monday, June 17 as part of the club's weekly lunch meeting at the Harrisburg Hilton. Papenfuse was invited by club leadership to present on the topic, Meet Eric Pappenfuse: Putting a Name a with a Face and The Ideas Behind Them. The 2013 Harrisburg Mayoral Candidate remarked that this was one of his first community speaking engagements following the recent primaries and that he was honored to be asked, reaffirming the club's positive mission and reputation in the Harrisburg community. Papenfuse's speaking topics included his history of work and community engagement in Midtown Harrisburg and his passion for literacy, arts, and culture. He also discussed the importance of education in Harrisburg, as well as the need for business development to create more partnership and retail opportunities within the city. Papenfuse is founder and CEO of the Midtown Scholar Bookstore and a resident of Harrisburg since 1999.  He is a former public school teacher, and earned bachelor and graduate degrees from Yale University.