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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.   

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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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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.


Rotarians and Vision Partners Focused on Gift of Sight

Foose Eye Project served more than 300 students, improving vision and quality of life



foose-eyeMembers 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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