2017 Community Service Award

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Betty C. Hungerford receives the Rotary Club of Harrisburg's 2017 Community Service Award at the Rotary meeting on Monday, May 22nd.

Pictured: President J. Stephen Feinour and Betty C. Hungerford.

rsz csaPresident Steve with past CSA awardees. 

Pictured - Front Row: Marion Alexander, Richard Utley, Betty Hungerford, Peggy Grove and Bob Hostetter.

Back Row: Andy Rebuck, Bill Murray, John Judson, Joan Prescott, Tom Johnston, Ginny Roth and Jeff Boswell.



Past Rotary Club of Harrisburg President Karen F. Snider honored

Praising her unwavering desire to help her community, members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg honored former club president Karen F. Snider, who died on Jan. 12. She was 77.

“Nobody in the club more inspired me and humbled me by her accomplishments,’’ said President Stephen J. Feinour during the May 1 lunch at the Harrisburg Hilton. “Karen really set the bar high for service in our community.’

Pictured from left: U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane; Karen Snider’s husband, Jack; Betty Hungerford, immediate past president; President Stephen J. Feinour.

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U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane read the following resolution honoring Karen:


The Rotary Club of Harrisburg is deeply saddened by the loss of Karen F. Snider who passed away on January 12, 2017, at the age of 77. We memorialize Karen by adopting this resolution, recognizing her many professional achievements and tireless service to our club and community.

WHEREAS: Karen F. Snider, born in Reading, Pennsylvania on January 4, 1940, was the oldest of five daughters of The Reverend Howard C. and Margaret Goeringer. In 1961, Karen began a long and happy marriage of 57 years to Jack Snider. She was a devoted mother to sons Kip and Todd, and a devoted grandmother to Francesca, John, and Sophia.

WHEREAS: On graduation from Susquehanna University in 1961 with a degree in social work, Karen embarked upon an iconic career in public service. She steadily rose through the ranks of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare from social worker to Deputy Secretary for Mental Health Services. In 1991, her expertise and leadership were recognized when Governor Robert P. Casey named Karen to his cabinet as Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare. Karen served with distinction, leading one of the largest agencies of state government in the nation, and inspiring many women to follow in public service.

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Taiwanese Rotarians visit Harrisburg in Group Study Exchange

Five Taiwanese Rotarians who are part of a study exchange team visited the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, talking about their careers and playing a traditional folksong during the May 1 lunch meeting at the Harrisburg Hilton.

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Visiting the area from April 22 to May 20 are Anna Lee; Ming-Jhang Lai, or “Bug,’’ Hsin-Yi Lee, or “Tiana,’’ Hsin-Chieh Lin, or “Tiashow,’’ and Lin Ya Huang, or “Vivi.’’

“We believe that this Group Study Exchange Program is one that allows us to develop goodwill and understanding between different countries, as well as providing the opportunity for young professionals to develop expertise and expand their horizons,’’ wrote District Governor Joy of D3460 in a pamphlet handed out by the group.

Pictured: Five Taiwanese Rotarians who are part of a study exchange team visited the Rotary Club of Harrisburg during the May 1 meeting.

3 students win prizes in Harrisburg Rotary’s Four-Way Essay Contest

Three Harrisburg School District ninth grade students competed for prizes in the Rotary Club of Harrisburg's annual Four-Way Test Essay Contest.

The students each selected a topic of their choice and applied the Rotary Four-Way Test, which is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings.

Winners of the contest, who read their speeches during the club’s March 27, 2017 meeting:

  • Alassia Brown won the $300 first price for her speech on “How can a young girl avoid becoming a statistic in a poverty-stricken neighborhood.’’ Alassia attends the Harrisburg High School, John Harris Campus.
  • Christina Ledesma won the $200 second prize for her speech on fighting racism and prejudice – including such feelings she may have. Christina attends SciTech High School.
  • Adelyn Toleldo won the $100 third prize for her speech describing how she had a tough talk with a classmate who was “slacking off’’ and letting her school work slide. Adelyn attends SciTech High School.

Seventeen students from the district competed this year, said Samuel L. Levine, president-elect of the Harrisburg Rotary and chair of the Four-Way Test Essay Committee.

Students were required to submit their essays, no more than 1500 words, through their English departments and the English teachers screened the submissions prior to forwarding the finalists to our club. A committee reviewed the essays and selected the winners.

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?