Year in Review

2016-17 Report from the President


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I have been privileged to serve as your President during the past year and to be a part of the successes that you achieved during the year.   My "Year in Review" is a testament to your commitment to the Rotary mission and to the improvement and well-being of our community.  We contributed $5,000 to the Polio Plus Fund and an additional $28,339 to the Rotary International Foundation in recognition of the Centennial Anniversary of the Foundation, exceeding our goal by almost $2,500. These contributions work toward the eradication of polio in the world and the funding of much needed global grant projects, such as the Dental Mission in the Dominican Republic among others.

The past year witnessed exciting new projects being undertaken by our Club, including the water improvement project in Borel, Haiti, and the Dictionary Project in the Harrisburg School District, both funded by District Club Foundation grants. We are close to realizing the establishment of a year round vision clinic at the Hamilton Heath Center.

We have continued our commitment to battling the problem of homelessness in our community and to giving young children of the community the means to achieve success through programs such as YCDT, the Four Way Test Speech and Essay contests.   This has fostered their sense of self-worth and ability to set and meet personal goals.

Together we have made a difference in the lives of many who are less fortunate than us. The achievement of 37 Paul Harris awards during the year was unbelievable, coupled with our own PDG John Judson receiving the Service above Self Award from Rotary International!   I personally thank each one of you for your enthusiastic commitment to the mission of Rotary and for allowing me to accompany you on this wonderful journey.  I wish to specially thank Linda for her support during the year and to everyone else who provided me wise counsel.  

I am looking forward to another exciting year for our Club under Sam's guidance.


Yours in Rotary,

J. Stephen Feinour

Read more: 2016-17 Report from the President

2015-16 Report from the President

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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,
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Read more: 2015-16 Report from the President

2014-2015 Report from the President


SniderIt has been my honor to have served as your President for the past year!  I am so proud to be a Rotarian as are YOU!

This past year has been about service projects, networking and outstanding weekly speakers.  Thanks, Czar!

Our service projects have included the highly successful Vision Screening program at Hamilton Health Center, Habitat for Humanity. Blood Drive, YCDT, CARE Court, the restoration of the Victim’s Room in the police station – now called the Family Resource Room – Project Homeless Connect and the Salvation Army Bell Ringing to name a few.
Branding of Rotary has been beefed up with Rotary Belle now permanently in front of City Hall, Rotary displays throughout the lobby of City Hall, sale of Rotarians at Work tee shirts, Follow Me To the Rotary Club of Harrisburg bumper magnets and the addition of Paul Harris Ribbons on our name badges.

Although we did not increase membership by the goal of a NET of 23, we have added 27 new members with young and enthusiastic members.  We are the membership leader in District 7390!

Through our Resource Development efforts, we had the best pancake breakfast ever, raised funds for the Haiti water initiative as well as the dental project in the Dominican Republic and had the first ever Kiss A Pig event!  The Club Foundation issues an RFP, which resulted in Rotary Gives Back to non profit agencies, ecology awards and scholarships.

Thanks to all members and committee chairs for their leadership!  Thanks also to Linda for her support.

I look forward to supporting Betty as she takes the gavel!

Yours in Rotary,
Karen F. Snider

Read more: 2014-2015 Report from the President

2013-2014 Report from the President

jeffboswellThe 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. 

Read more: 2013-2014 Report from the President

2012-2013 Report from the President

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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,
Una Martone

Read more: 2012-2013 Report from the President