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.
CURRENT REPORT from President Karen Snider
SERVICE LIGHTS UP ROTARY
· Youth Community Development Team – ongoing/monthly; celebrating the 10th year. Serves juniors and seniors from 3 high school teaching them about leadership and their community.
· Service Above Self awards – annual event recognizing community servants. Event is at a Club meeting on 9/29/14.
· Refurbishing the victim’s room in the Harrisburg Police station. All items needed have been donated by Rotarians.
· Annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit the 300-400 homeless children in the Harrisburg school district.
· Vision Screenings of all students who have been referred for glasses by the school nurses. To be held at Hamilton Health Center on November 18. 19 and 20. District grant received.
· Dental project in the Dominican Republic on 11/1- 11/8. New member who is a dentist is participating. Global grant request underway.
· Plans are underway to do a water project in the Spring, 2015 in Haiti.
· Hosting the Inter-Club Thanksgiving dinner; donations will go to the Central PA Food Bank. Guests will be asked to bring non perishable items.
· Habitat for Humanity project is scheduled for 11/8.
· Club members may propose new service projects by completing a form for presentation to the board.
· Rotary Belle has been placed outside of City Hall having been welcomed by the Mayor of Harrisburg.
· Collared and tee shirts have been made available for sale to all members. Front of the shirt says “Rotary Club of Harrisburg”; back says ROTARIAN IN SERVICE
· Permanent display of Rotary Club of Harrisburg in the lobby of City Hall.
· Four Way Test essay contest will be held in March.
· Four Way Test speech contest will be held as well.
· Magnetic car magnets are available which say “Follow Me to the Rotary Club of Harrisburg”.
· The Club is host to an exchange student from Turkey and is enrolled in the Camp Hill school district.
· Goal is to achieve a net increase of 23 members by June 30, 2015.
· Consideration being given to Affiliate Memberships per the strategic plan.
· Active membership committee which focuses on recruitment, retention and first year Rotarians.
· New member orientation given periodically throughout the year.
· Hosting a RMB in late October, 2014.
· This committee is responsible for overseeing and managing all resources that come into the Club – except for dues.
· This committee promotes RI Foundation, Paul Harris Fellows and the Club’s Foundation.
· Responsible for overseeing all events.
· Major fundraising event for the Spring, 2015 is “Kiss A Pig”. Should raise significant money and will be FUN!
· As President, I am promoting the participation of District #7390 events including training, other meetings, etc. I believe that we will continue have the success already evidenced this year to date.
· I am so pleased with the quality of our weekly speakers; in Club member spends an enormous amount of time getting speakers of interest and vetting them for their ability to speak!
· As President, I am including the President-Elect in much decision making and keeping her in the proverbial loop.
2013-2014 Report from the President
The Rotary International theme for 2013-14 was Engage Rotary, Change Lives. This theme demands involvement. As President, I have witnessed an attitudinal change in our club as we increasingly recognize more service opportunities, locally and internationally. Our service gives individuals and corporations a reason to be members of The Rotary Club of Harrisburg. This “Year in Review” details our accomplishments. What the report does not show is the work of over 30 active committees that support our meetings, projects, and service opportunities.
Our pancake breakfast continues to be our largest project in terms of participation and funds raised for our service opportunities. On Harrisburg High School’s Homecoming Day we served pancakes to approximately 1,000 people. We seized the opportunity to make more people aware of Rotary, including news coverage on ABC 28, as its news anchor participated in our event. We raised funds for the Harrisburg School District’s homeless student program, and we built camaraderie among our members. Interestingly, Rotary International President, Ron D. Burton, flips pancakes at his club’s main fund raising event in Oklahoma.
HRF Accepting Grant Applications
The Harrisburg Rotary Foundation is issuing an RFP and will be accepting grant applications in response to the RFP by December 15, 2014.
Please forward on to any non-profit agencies that:
- Provide programs and services in the City of Harrisburg
- Provide programs and services that benefit children and their families
- Not exceed request of $5,000 per year
The Deadline for submission is December 15, 2014 and the organization will be notified in April of the decision for funding.
The "Rotary Gives Back" Meeting will be held on May 18th. This is the meeting where we invite all the grantees to our meeting to celebrate the spirit of Club #23 !
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Calendar of Events
- New Member Orientation 10:30 AM at the Hilton
October 27 (10:30 am)
- Doug Neidich, CEO, GreenWorks Development and Maurice
October 27 (12:00 - noon)
"THE AMAZING TRANSFORMATION OF OUR CITY'S MIDTOWN"Doug Neidich and Dr. Flurie will bring their vision and...
- HRF Board meeting 10:45 AM
November 03 (10:45 am)
- 4-Way Test Speech Contest
November 03 (12:00 - noon)
- Habitat for Humanity
November 08 (8:00 am)
2014-2015 Club Officers
Karen F. Snider,
Betty C. Hungerford
Jeffrey R. Boswell
Immediate Past President
J. Stephen Feinour,