The Rotary Club of Harrisburg is one of 34,000 Rotary clubs now located in over 200 countries. Our centennial anniversary of service to the local and global community was celebrated in May, 2011. Locally, since 2001, RCH has provided over $247,800 of support directly to the Harrisburg School District, Harrisburg school student college scholarships, Ecology scholarships, scholarships to the Rotary Leaders Conference, and countless volunteer hours for these and other youth focused projects, including 300 students that received free vision screening.
Mayoral Candidate Eric Papenfuse Introduces Self and Vision for City to Rotary Club of Harrisburg
Eric 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.
2012-2013 Report from the President
Report from the President
One of my father's favorite quotes was "the only place SUCCESS comes before WORK is in the dictionary." He probably coined the phrase before Vince Lombardi made it more famous! If my dad were still here, I would tell him that the SUCCESS of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg's year came through the hard WORK of many, many people! By all accounts, 2012/13 was a great SUCCESS.
THANK YOU and KUDOS to the Board of Directors and every single Committee Chair for your commitment and dedication. The outcomes and impacts demonstrated in this report were made possible through your leadership.
Over the course of the past year, we celebrated a wonderful Pancake Breakfast and hugely successful fundraising Auctions AND increased involvement with the Project Homeless Connect. Our club introduced Happy Hours to the fellowship activities. Together, we screened over 300 students for much needed eye glasses; over 400 people were screened for much needed dental care in the Dominican Republic. We launched a new committee for clean water initiatives and revived our service to Habitat for Humanity. And, through our efforts, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Foundation and Youth Community Development Team cumulatively granted over $40,000 to community groups throughout Harrisburg.
Through it all, some of the small, personal acts of kindness stood out the most to me. You will never know how much the encouragement and support of my fellow Rotarians helped me bounce back after the loss of my father and continue to lead this club to the best of my abilities. Special thanks to Janice Black, my mentor and to Bob Hostetter for solid and stellar programming. Thank you to Bob Saline and all my Presidential predecessors. I will always treasure my year as President of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg and remember each and every one of your for the special role you played in making 2012/13 such a success! Thank You!
Yours in Rotary,
Rotarians and Vision Partners Focused on Gift of Sight
Foose Eye Project served more than 300 students, improving vision and quality of life
Members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg teamed up with the Harrisburg School District, Steelton Highspire School District, Vision Resources of Central PA, PA Resource Family Association, and various other Central PA Rotary clubs to offer a free three-day eye care event for nearly 300 Harrisburg School District and Steelton Highspire School District students in need of vision screenings and corrective eyeglasses. The service project took place from February 12 - 14 at Foose Elementary School in the Harrisburg.
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March 31 (12:00 - noon)
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April 07 (7:30 am)
- HRF Board Meeting 7:30-8:30 AM Front Street Diner
April 09 (7:30 am)
2013-2014 Club Officers
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- Bob Durgin speaks to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg
- Mayoral Candidate Eric Papenfuse Introduces Self and Vision for City to Rotary Club of Harrisburg
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