Rotarians are amazing people! Particularly the 170-plus members of The Rotary Club of Harrisburg! They unhesitatingly step up whenever a need is expressed or a challenge faced. They give unselfishly and clearly place “Service Above Self” as a priority in their lives. By fulfilling this commitment, some significant accomplishments have been achieved which are outlined in the following report.
It truly has been a privilege to serve as president and the success of the year can be attributed to all of you who have shared in the work of these committees and projects. To each of you, especially those chair persons, and Linda, our Executive Director, my heartfelt thanks for making my job as president pleasurable and fulfilling.
I would be remiss if I did not pay tribute to our illustrious program “Czar,” Bob Hostetter, without whose selection of inspiring speakers and topics, we would not be able to attract new community leaders and gain the attention of the community. He has been a personal counselor, coach and honored me with the memorable Christmas program presented by Sinfonia, the a cappella male vocal group from my beloved alma mater, Lebanon Valley College.
In lieu of a gift, our speakers were invited to sign a special book, Where We Live, which was then given to Harrisburg elementary school students on their behalf. It was written by reading specialist, Deb Hervitz, who recognized that indeed, many young people do not know the names of important places – even streets – in Harrisburg. These books were distributed at a recent Family Literacy Council meeting and I am happy to report that President-Elect Steve Feinour intends to continue this practice.
Each member can take pride in having been recognized as the Best Extraordinary Club in District 7390 …a first for our club! Additionally we received a Rotary International Citation presented byDistrict Governor John Kramb on behalf of Rotary International President K. R. “Ravi” Ravindan. In assuming his presidency, “Ravi” challenged every Rotarian to “Be a Gift to the World.” Truly, each member has met that challenge and the privilege of being a Rotarian has been a gift in my life.
Yours in Rotary,