Year in Review


While Club #23 in all the world had to say good-bye to almost a dozen of our Rotarian friends this past year, we also worked diligently toward recruiting new members. Most of our good-byes were due to life cycle changes that included new jobs, new homes and new adventures. We wish our departing Rotarians the best in all their endeavors. And we welcome our new Rotarians with excitement and enthusiasm for their commitment to “Service Above Self.” We are encouraged by the diverse and inclusive group of faces at our weekly Club lunch meetings and look forward to an engaged group of Rotarians leading the way for Club #23 through increased committee and project involvement as we move into the next year through increased committee and project involvement.

End of June 2017: 167

Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award

Andrew Hetrick

This award is presented annually to a member that demonstrates leadership skills, service to The Rotary Club of Harrisburg and service in the community. Established by the late Robert D. Hanson, its purpose not only is to recognize this individual, but also to further cultivate interest and skills in preparation for greater leadership in Rotary. The recipient is on the Board and is granted a $2,500 scholarship to be used to attend an International Conference on behalf of the Club. Andy was presented the Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award on January 9, 2017. Andy chairs the Habitat and Earlyact Committees and is on Board of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg.

Club Assemblies

Three Club Assemblies were held during the Rotary year with members of the Board and all committees attending. Purposes varied and included planning for the Rotary year, review of 2016-17 Strategic Plan and update reports by all committee chairs. Evaluations of these sessions were most favorable; many focused on the welcomed opportunity to learn more about the work of each committee and to identify how committees could collaborate and cooperate in achieving their goals. Members of the outgoing Board and Committee Chairs will participate in the final Assembly in order to facilitate the transition to the new Rotary year.

First Year Rotarians
Angela Tatum, Chair

New members are assigned to the Rotarians 1st Year Committee until they transition from Red-to-Blue Badge by completing initiation tasks. The core goal of this committee is to help engage new members in club activities and to help them navigate through their first year+ of learning about Rotary. Experienced Rotarians, along with assigned mentors, work with new members to get them quickly immersed in Club activities and, thus, to become contributing members. This experience allows new members to more easily and rapidly appreciate the value of their Rotary Club of Harrisburg Membership. Our program includes:

• Quarterly 30-minute meetings prior to the regular weekly meeting to focus on various club activities, the Rotary International Foundation, or a specific project. Club leaders come to speak on their area of Rotary expertise.

• Red-to-Blue Badge Program – new members are set up to track their progress through a series of tasks designed to familiarize them with our club. Six tasks must be completed in order for a New Rotarian to receive a blue badge, signifying transition from new member to regular membership status.

• The Rotarians 1st Year Committee plans and executes one of the late January Club meetings – the most recent being January 30, 2017. All regular roles held by current Club leaders are put in the hands of New Rotarians. Many months of planning are involved and an earnest attempt is made to get all new Rotarians involved.


The updated interactive website includes: Club Leadership, Committees, Membership Application, Calendar of Events, Membership access to our Roster, Rotary Roundup, Good News Reporting, pictures, links to the District/RI and more. The Clubs Facebook and LinkedIn are increasing our Club’s communication.


Community Service Award
Larry Means, Chair

Betty C. Hungerford

Betty was presented with the Community Service Award on May 22nd. She is most deserving of this award. Criteria used by the committee includes volunteer community service - not job or Rotary related. Her community volunteer activities include: membership in The Rotary Club of Harrisburg for which is the Immediate Past President; Theatre Harrisburg (Board Development Chair)); The Civic Club of Harrisburg; PinnacleHealth Auxiliary and Harrisburg Symphony Society. Betty serves on the committee for the Annual Jewish Community Foundation of Central PA, has volunteered;  and served as advisor to 30th Anniversary of Downtown Daily Bread,  member of first Community Concert of Thanksgiving sponsored by Chisuk Emuna;  three-year board member of the Mental Health Association of the Capital Region (now dissolved). Betty was also recognized with Rotary’s Robert D. Hanson Rotary Excellence Award in 2011.

CARE (Court Assisted Reentry)
Richard Utley, Chair

CARE (Court Assisted Reentry) Court is a U.S. Federal Court program designed to help individuals who have been released from a Federal prison.  Participants appear in Court once a month to report on their progress on jobs, health issues and many other aspects of returning to the community.  Rotarian and U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane asked members to become mentors to participants;  she believes that much of the successful reentry to the community is because of mentors provided by the Club.  Mentors meet with their mentees between CARE Court sessions and help them with matters that the probation officers simply do not have the time or contacts to help in this way.

Financial Literacy
Matt Staub, Chair

Still in the development stages, the Financial Literacy Committee’s purpose is to provide a resource of customizable financial education for non-profit organizations and other groups in need. The committee seeks out audiences it feels would be in need of a financial literacy program, assesses the unique need, and prepares a program tailored to their needs and current knowledge base. Currently, the committee is in the beginning stages of developing an entrepreneurial-based competition in the Harrisburg school district – an effort to teach principles of business and entrepreneurship at an earlier stage. Current and past projects include a six-month financial education course for New View, a halfway house in Harrisburg serving women with a history of mental illness and nonviolent crime.

Habitat for Humanity 

Andrew Hetrick, Chair

On February 25th, six volunteers from Rotary assisted with the renovation of a home for the Habitat for Humanity of Harrisburg.

Betty C. Hungerford, President

All funds raised by members and committees of The Rotary Club of Harrisburg for charitable purposes are held by this Foundation which has the exclusive responsibility of receiving and administering these funds as a 501(c)3 organization. In 2016-17 The Foundation approved and accepted a Gift Acceptance Policy and Disposition of Bequests Policy.
2017 HRF Monetary Awards:
• Harrisburg School District homeless backpack program
• Scholarships: Bishop McDevitt, Sci Tech, Harrisburg and Steelton-Highspire High School Seniors 
• Dictionary Project to Harrisburg School District Third Graders
• Dominican Republic Dental Clinic
• Four Way Test Essay Contest
• Four Way Test Speech Contest
• Ecology Scholarship
• Haiti Water Project
• PA Wounded Warriors
• Peace Garden
• Service Above Self Awards
• SciTech River Trip

Homeless Initiatives Committee
Ira Packman, M.D. and Corinne Sheridan, Co-Chairs

Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven Emergency Winter Shelter

This emergency shelter is sponsored by Christian Churches United and supported by many groups in the Harrisburg community. It operates from 7:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. from December 1 until March 31 and  is open for any male in need of shelter for the night. Without the volunteers to staff the shelter, it cannot operate, and the 15-20 men that show up every night would be turned away to sleep on the street. This year, our Rotarians staffed the Shelter from Jan 19 - Jan 25, 2015.  Nine Rotarians participated in this worthwhile project and afforded these men a warm, safe place to sleep as well as a friendly voice to say “good night” and “good morning.” The Rotarians’ duties included setting up mattresses, blankets, chairs, coffee, hot chocolate and snacks, prior to the arrival of the overnight guests. They also stored the blankets and mattresses in the morning in preparation for the evening’s arrival of the next evening’s men in need of a safe, warm haven for the night.

Project Homeless Connect

The sixth Project Homeless Connect was held on October 18, 2016 at the Farm Show.  Designed to bring all of the resources needed to assist unsheltered, chronically homeless individuals together in a single location, the format was modeled on other successful programs conducted around the United States.  By having all of the service providers in a single location, it improves access to resources and aids problem-solving between community organizations in addressing barriers to providing services. The Project served 247 guests. The breakdown of these guests showed that 161 were Homeless. 86 were not homeless or vulnerable to homelessness. Follow up case management done by Maria Chianos, Melinda Eash, Kelly Gollick, Deb Ritchey and Interns at Contact Helpline accomplished;

1. 15 were referred to Hamilton Health Center for care and reconnection with their PCP
2. 21 were contacted to establish a PCP with Kline Gamily Health
3. One guest, a veteran, was permanently housed through HUD, VASH program (VOA))
4. Work continues to provide out of state birth certificates to many guests.
5. 64 vendors, 14 sponsors, over 400 volunteers including volunteers from Rotary Club of Harrisburg participated. Many local colleges participated including HAAC, Penn State HMC, Penn State Capitol Campus, Messiah College, Shippensburg College, Lebanon Valley and Elizabethtown College.

YWCA Women’s Safe Haven Winter Shelter

From January through March, women from the Rotary Club of Harrisburg volunteered for the YWCA’s winter overnight shelter located at the YWCA headquarters in Harrisburg.  The emergency shelter is open from December through March and offers homeless women a warm and safe place to sleep during the cold winter months.  Volunteers worked as hostesses, assisting for several hours in the evening with the intake of guests and assisting with other needs.  The Rotary Homeless Initiatives committee members also assisted with creating a new volunteer sign up webpage and helped to YWCA with coordinating the start of the program.

InterClub Thanksgiving Luncheon

Eight service clubs attended the luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg on November 21, 2016. In collaboration with the Harrisburg Lions Club, $509 was collected for Vision Resources. Guests attending were inspired by the remarks made by Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS. Music was provided by the Sentimentalist Chorus, directed by Merle Millhimes and co director, Larry Bortner. A mixed chorus, the group loves to entertain the audience with the songs of the "Big Band" era. .

Pancake Breakfast
Karen M. Paris and Marion C. Alexander, Co-Chairs

The Twentieth Anniversary of Harrisburg’s Rotary Pancake Breakfast (1997 – 2016) was a great success!  This is the Club’s largest community event and this year it raised almost $34,000 in gross receipts.  Over 60 members of the Club played a role in this anniversary by cooking, flipping, serving, and hosting the 950 people who attended this memorable year’s Breakfast! The 20th Apple  Harvest Pancake Breakfast was held on October 15, 2016 (Homecoming) at John Harris High School.  $31,000+ in net proceeds were given to the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation.  Then, a check for $15,000 (earmarked for the Weekend Backback Food Program in the Harrisburg School District) was presented at the May 22md “Rotary Gives Back” luncheon meeting and two additional scholarships were awarded to graduating students going on to college as well.

PA Wounded Warriors
Joan Prescott, Chair

The Rotary Club of Harrisburg for the 14th consecutive year, has supported our wounded warriors. For the year 2016-2017, our contribution of $1,000 has gone to the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors Inc. Helen Sajer, President and Founder PA Wounded Warriors Inc., spoke to ur Club on December 5, 2016. PAWW, Inc. is an independent ALL VOLUNTEER Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation that has 501(c) (3) charitable status from the Internal Revenue Service. PAWW offers Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, their families, or Pennsylvania veterans with medical emergencies in their families' financial assistance.  They help wounded warriors with home repairs, utility payments, short term rent or mortgage payments, medical bills and medical equipment not covered under current government programs and educational programs to prepare for college under the GI Bill. They also visit military hospitals and outpatient facilities to thank all wounded warriors for their service, and take gifts to them such as  Pennsylvania foods homemade blankets, sport team caps and pajamas, along with letters from students, and  PAWW brochures - all of which have on them the PAWW website and a request to have them contact the PAWW if they know a Pennsylvania wounded warrior. All of this is done by volunteers - no staff.  no offices,  or paid officers. They pay no office rent , no professional telemarketers,, nor any paid mail companies or fundraising consultants. A very small percentage of their budget goes to administrative costs. PAWW is NOT affiliated with nor a part of the national organization, and no Pennsylvania money is received from them. Pennsylvania's veterans have served their nation in every conflict. Their mission: is "to help restore wounded warriors to good physical, mental and emotional health; their motto is "No warrior without help."

Resource Development: 2nd Annual RCH Baking Championship
Dan Brannen and Barry Goodling, Chair

Held  after an abbreviated club meeting ~ which featured a presentation from Jeannine Peterson and Bradley Gebhart of Hamilton Health Center, the baking section opened to everyone who had purchased a ticket. Local bakers had sample size portions of their most delectable tasty treats.  Attendees sampled everything on site and had three tickets to vote for their favorite morsel.  Votes were collected at 1:15 and the winner was announced at 1:30.  Door prizes also were drawn throughout the tasting time.  Proceeds were earmarked for the establishment of a permanent vision screening center for local students. Amateur baker Joanne Maste won 3rd place and HACC student Julie Marolf and Messiah student Kathy Every tied for 1st place. Proceeds are $9,866.

Rotary/Red Cross Blood Drive
Bryson Roof, Chair

The Rotary Club of Harrisburg hosted the seventh Red Cross blood drive on April 3rd. This year’s blood drive provided the gift of life to 35 patients in need, with 13 donations collected. Donating your blood is the ultimate fulfillment of the Four-Way Test.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Jeffrey R. Boswell and Wilson C. Everhart, Co-Chairs

We once again staffed the Salvation Army Kettle in Strawberry Square flashing our now famous Ding and Dong cards on December 13 and 14, 2016 raising nearly $1,000 for the Salvation Army.  Many thanks to the Rotarians who donated their time and treasure for this worthwhile event.

Service Above Self
Ellen Kyzer, Chair

The 2016 Service Above Self award is presented annually by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg. We received numerous entries representing an array of nonprofits in our area.  The committee will continue to focus on nonprofits in Harrisburg that embody our mission. Monetary awards were made to the organization in honor of the recipient.

Paxton Presbyterian Church $1,000 Barbara Greenwood
                 Shalom House $ 500 Marsha Fortney

Special Events and Fellowship
Andy Rebuck, Chair

Thanks to Andy Rebuck and Michael Hanes for hosting the National Parks Adventure in 3D at the Whitaker Center Select Medical Digital Cinema on Tuesday, August 16th. 125 Rotarians and guests attended.

Rotary International Foundation
As of 6/19/17 (EREY) $ 28,339
PolioPlus $5,000
New Sustaining Members: 8
New Paul Harris Fellows: 37

Group Study Exchange
Jeffrey S. Gelburd, Chair

On Monday, May 1, the Group Study Exchange Team toured the capitol building Monday morning and from there, Sheldon Munn provided a walking tour of Front Street to see the former Governor Houses and then to the Hilton for lunch with our Club. We welcomed the Team from Taiwan at our Rotary Meeting.
The Team included: Anna Lee (Team Leader, Education), Hsin chich Lin (Taishow -Business manager of garment industry), Hsin-Yi Lee (Tiana -Music Educator/ Flutist/Lecturer / Music studio owner), Lin-Ya Huang (ViVi – Marketing) and Ming-Jhang Lai (Bug - Real Estate Agent). Sheldon Munn took the group around the city after a tour of the Capitol Building. Following the Rotary Club Lunch, the group toured the William Penn State Museum.

Water Initiatives
James Good and Matthew Staub, Co-Chairs

The Water Initiatives Committee works to identify projects and raise funds to support clean water initiatives, one of Rotary International’s 6 main areas of focus.  Through this committee, our Rotary club has provided a lifetime of clean, safe water to more than 100 Haitian families who desperately needed it. We continue to raise awareness and funds through speaking engagements and other events.  As these initiatives have taken shape, we’ve clarified the different roles and opportunities for service within the committee.  Committee member roles and responsibilities are outlined: Identify and schedule speaking engagements, present to groups, fundraising/awareness activities (other than speaking engagements, i.e. selling water bottles at the concert in the park), grant writing, travel planning and identifying projects. In April, 2017, our Rotarians traveled to Haiti for eight challenging and busy days in a remote Haitian mountain village, where villagers would gain a new source for the precious resource of clean, accessible water.  The unique water filtration system has been successfully used in Cambodia and was chosen by the Water Project for Haiti team because of its relative ease of construction and low maintenance requirements.  The village of Gardere was chosen based on the need for accessible clean water and the valued engagement of an influential Haitian Church of God pastor trusted by the local villagers.  The pastor and villagers understand the importance of their being good stewards of this system for their community and potentially the future installation of many other such systems in the area. Before the installation of this system, Gardere, villagers were required to travel approximately a mile and a half down to two water sources at the base of their mountain to gather water. Often the young people, mostly the girls and women, were traveling down and up the mountain multiple times a day.  A trickle of potable water comes from the rocks was potable but is very slow and difficult to collect. An old well supplied much more water, but is contaminated and non-potable. The new water filtration system increases access to much needed water capturing rainwater from the roof of a combination church and school building in the village and soon the larger church under construction.

World Fellowship
Robert J. Hall, Chair 
 Dominican Dental Project

The Dominican Dental Project completed its 19th year of serving children and adults at the Dominican Republic LasPasquala Dental Clinic in Sanchez. The Team went in November, 2016 and included: The estimated total procedures are 940: 194 extractions, 53 fillings, 279 cleanings and education for 414. We didn’t measure the number of sealants as a separate procedure. All children who needed sealant received it. We’ll record that in the future. This year we were also able to bring children from remote villages to the clinic in La Pascuala. These children up to 12 years of age had never seen a dentist. Next year we will be operating out of a third site in Samana with the help of the newly formed Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, Samana that helped run the clinic this year along with the Rotary Club of Sanchez.


Dictionary Project Committee
Wendell Hoover and Ashley Tedor, Co-Chairs

In fall 2016, the Rotary Dictionary Project was established for the first time to provide dictionaries to the third grade students of the Harrisburg School District.  Funded by a grant awarded through the Rotary International Foundation, this initiative provided Rotarians in our club an opportunity to engage with over 600 local young students to introduce the values of “Service Above Self” and our Four-Way Test while providing a powerful learning tool that would aid in the enrichment of the students’ vocabulary, spelling and pronunciation for years to come.

Andrew Hetrick and Richard Foster, Co-Chairs

This was the first full year for the EarlyAct Club, established at the Nativity School of Harrisburg in 2016.  The Nativity School is a preparatory middle school for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that is working to break the cycle of poverty for low income, inner-city boys in Harrisburg.  The club’s international project was clean water, and they chose conflict resolution as their school and community projects.  To address conflict resolution the club developed the LTA system, which stands for Listen, Think, Act.  The club worked to encourage members of their school and community to utilize the LTA system to help resolve conflicts, and they also attended the Rotary meeting on 3/27 to present their system.

Ecology Committee
Peter J. Ressler, Chair
Ecology Award

The Ecology Award is awarded annually to a student from the Greater Harrisburg Area who has submitted a project to the Capital Area Science Fair in the Environmental Science category. The committee reviews the projects and selects a winner. Madelyn Grossman, a a 12th grader from Cumberland Valley High School with her project entitled “It's All "Creek" to Me” received a $750 check from the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation at our June 12th meeting where she presented her experiment.

Ecology River Trip

Three Classes from SciTech High School benefited from Harrisburg Rotary Foundation funds to canoe on the Susquehanna River as students gathered information for their Biology Class.

Peace Garden

On Saturday May 20th the Rotary Club of Harrisburg Peace Garden Committee and Physicians for Social Responsibility had our annual clean up and planting event at Peace Garden along Front Street in Harrisburg.  Over 1000 plants were added to the Harrisburg Peace Garden.

Four-Way Test Essay Contest 

Samuel Levine, Chair

The Four-Way Test Essay Contest was initiated in District 7390 in 2006 with the goal to increase the awareness, understanding and practice of the Four-Way Test among young people in the local school districts. THE RCH started our participation in 2012. Ninth grade students from the Harrisburg Area School District campuses of John Harris and Sci-Tech were invited to answer the question, "How Does the Rotary Four-Way Test Affect What They Think, Say or Do?" This year’s winners included:
1st place ($300)  Alasia Brown (Harrisburg High)           2nd place ($200) Christina Ledesma (Sci Tech)          3rd place ($100) Adelyn Toledo (Sci Tech)

Four-Way Test Speech Contest 
Joyce Libby, Chair

The Four-Way Test Speech Contest was initiated in 2014 for the Harrisburg Club and in its third year for District 7390.   The goal of the contest is to increase the awareness, understanding and practice of the Four-Way Test among young people in the local school districts. Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth grade students from the Harrisburg Area School District campuses of John Harris and Sci-Tech as well as Bishop McDevitt YCDT members were invited to answer the question.  A very successful turnout was experienced with six students participating, all of whom presented at the Club-Level Contest. Three finalists were chosen and awarded checks on October 24th from the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation at the Club-Level Contest.
1st place Shai Ann Riley (12th Grade – Harrisburg High)       2nd place Hoang Le (10th Grade – Sci Tech)          3rd place Peng Lu (10th Grade – Sci Tech)

All three students moved on to the Mid-level event. Shai Ann Riley presented at the Multi District Conference on May 5, 2017.  An article was written by our committee chair on the contest and published in the March issue of Latino Connection.  This article was also posted in the District Newsletter.

Lawrence M. Means, Chair

The Rotary Club of Harrisburg collaborated with the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg North to serve as Co-Sponsors for the Rotaract Club of Central Penn College last year. The Rotaract Club meets the first and third Thursdays of each calendar month and has a regularly scheduled service project to Bethesda Mission's Mobile Mission the second Monday of each calendar month.

Scholarship Committee 
Samuel Levine, Chair

Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors with funds raised at our Pancake Breakfast and the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation. A total of $8,000 was granted this year, based on students’ academic achievements, community service, leadership abilities, and financial need. Four seniors were selected to receive the Rotary Club of Harrisburg $2,000 scholarships. Winners are:
Harrisburg High - Neii'lajaziah Coffee    •    Steelton High - Madison Vaupel
   •   SciTech: - Faridatou Issiako   •   Bishop McDevitt - Cedric Humphrey

Students and Teachers of the Quarter

John Sutliff, Chair

Outstanding students and teachers from Harrisburg, Harrisburg Sci-Tech and Steelton-Highspire High Schools were honored at our quarterly ceremonies. Each recipient received a certificate and $25 gift card to Target in recognition of their outstanding service to their schools.

Youth Exchange 

Terry Barnaby, Chair

Youth Exchange Weekend

Ron Guss and Peggy Grove, Co-Chairs

Twenty Three Foreign exchange Students from all over the world were the guests of The Rotary Club of Harrisburg over the March 18th-19th weekend. They toured the State Capitol, St. Patrick's Cathedral and walked to Strawberry Square to view the 3Dfilm, "Dream Big-Engineering Our World" thanks to Rotarian Michael Hanes. They had lunch at the Strawberry Square Food Court and then enjoyed the St. Patrick's Day Parade - complete with bagpipes, fire engines, dancers and candy. They were treated to an 'Improv' Class at Gamut Theater thanks to directors Clark and Melissa Nicholson. Afterwards they returned to the Y for a Pizza Party,. basketball, volleyball and funky dances led by DJ Chuck Shultz. We are especially grateful to Rotarian Russ Curl, the YMCA Executive Director, for making the overnight accommodations possible. Rotarians from four different Clubs plus District Governor Kevin Cogan and his wife chaperoned and had fun dancing. Our thanks go out to all the Rotarians for chaperoning, donating food, dollars and facilities to make this 'fun' weekend possible.

Youth Exchange – Inbound

Carolyn Dumaresq, Inbound Counselor

Inbound Student: - Sarah Deprez - Belgium

The Harrisburg Rotary Club will be hosting Sarah Deprez from Belgium for the 2017-18 school year.  Carolyn Dumaresq will be her Inbound Counselor and her first host family will be the Tennys.  Jill Tenny is a prior Rotaract and Exchange student.  She is an enthusiastic supporter of Rotary Exchange.   The Tennys live in the Central Dauphin School District so Sarah will be attending high school in Central Dauphin.  Jill Tenny will help Carolyn and Terry Barnaby identify future families for Sarah.  We have no further details at this point.

Youth Exchange Program – Outbound

Ron Guss, Outbound Counselor

Outbound Student - Jackson Tenny

We are very fortunate to have an outstanding representative student for the Outbound Exchange in 2017-18.  Jackson Tenny is a very mature and successful student who already runs his own business.  He initially applied to spend his year in Belgium because he already spoke French.  He changed his selection to go to Taiwan and learn Mandarin.  Jackson is already taking Mandarin lessons in preparation for his outbound year.  Jackson will have finished his Senior Year and has been accepted in American University’s School of International Service and will be a Foreign Affairs major. As mentioned above, the Tenny family will be our first host family for Sarah.  His sister Madi plans to apply to be an Outbound student next year.


Carolyn Dumaresq, STEP Counselor

Sarah Doherty – STEP Student

Sarah Doherty and her family have been approved to participate in the short term summer exchange program, STEP.  Sarah will be going to France in an exchange with Maud Margaron from Roybon, France.  Sarah and Maud will be staying with each other’s family for three weeks this summer.

Camp Hill International Fair

Caitlyn Harper, a former STEP, participant was so excited by her STEP experience that she started a Culture Club so that she and other students could learn about other cultures.  She sent an email requesting our participation in Camp Hill’s first International Fair hosted by the Culture Club.  Steve Feinour, Ron Guss and Terry Barnaby attended and shared exchange opportunity information with Camp Hill students and their families.  It is so rewarding to hear about a long lasting impact of our exchange activities.

Scholarship Opportunity

Created by Peggy Grove

Peggy has established a scholarship for an outbound exchange student from Sci Tech High School in Harrisburg.  She is sensitive to the difficulty for some Harrisburg families to fund a year abroad and wants to ensure these students have the life-changing experience of living in another culture.  Peggy is a long-term, dedicated advocate for the Rotary Exchange Program.

Youth Community Development Team (YCDT)
Andy Phillips, Chair

As a commitment to our Rotary International centennial year, our YCDT program was established in 2004 through the generosity of the business leaders from the Harrisburg Community and the Harrisburg Rotary Club members. The endowment funds are held with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

The purpose of this youth leadership development program is to teach the value of Rotary's motto of 'Service Above Self' and to instill the importance of philanthropy and volunteerism, leadership, team building, respect, cooperation, collaboration and compromise.

These values are shared through interactive monthly meetings at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. The YCDT class of juniors and seniors are selected from three area high schools: Bishop McDevitt and both campuses of the Harrisburg Area School District John Harris and SciTech.

This year’s class of 31 students was a more manageable number for team building and problem solving. They have raised more than $3,100 and had 3 finalists for the $5,000 grant – all are organizations who are addressing hunger in Harrisburg by providing hot meals to families and the elderly. A $5,000 grant allocated through the Harrisburg Rotary Foundation, was made to the Catholic Charities Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families.