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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
The Markets At Hanover
1649 Broadway
Hanover, PA
United States of America
From member Ralph Jodice, here are JA volunteer opportunities coming up!  If you have questions, contact Ralph.
Dear Rotarians,
There are multiple JA volunteer opportunities over the next 4-5 weeks.  Please see the chart below.  If you are interested just click on the link below.  As always, any questions, please let me know. 
Thanks for your continued support of JA and our local students...Ralph 
Volunteers Needed
Harrisburg Area
Trinity High School
Hershey Middle School
Lancaster Area
Marticville Middle School
Penn Manor High School
Penn Manor High School
Manheim Central Middle School
Ephrata Middle School
York Area
New Oxford High School
West York Area Middle School
Spring Grove Area High School
Hanover High School
Red Lion Area High School
Red Lion Area High School
Southern Middle School
Eastern York High School
Fellow Rotarians,  Below is a message from Jess Socrates, former Hanover Rotarian, who spearheaded the Operation Braveheart Project in the Philippines for many years.  Braveheart III is running and have served 8 children thus far.  Below is his update.
Hello Peg and Warren,
Sharing with you progress of Operation Braveheart III. More to come later. We anticipate to repair over 100 patients. 
Hello to everyone. Luz and I were in Hanover last Wednesday (missed the Tuesday meeting). I met up with Mike Hockenberry in the hospital.
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Operation Braveheart III is now up and running. This is my FIRST report for Operation Braveheart III. I am sending with this email a collage of the first eight patients that Dr. Jonas repaired from August to September 2022. Six of the eight patients are children, two are adults. Note that in addition to the 3 PDA's, Dr. Jonas also repaired 3 patients with ASD and 2 with VSD. We anticipate to see more ASD's and VSD's in the future since PDA closures are now also being performed on charity patients at the National Children's Hospital.
Our #8 patient in the collage, Sky B. is a 3 year old boy with two synchronous heart defects: PDA and VSD.  Sky was a patient of the cardiac surgery service and was scheduled for open heart repair.  When Dr. Jonas found out about this, he advised the doctors in charge that he could repair both of Sky's heart defects by transcatheter procedure. The 100,000 pesos from a benefactor allocated for Sky’s open heart surgery paid for the VSD device instead.  Braveheart paid only for the PDA device.  Sky was spared from open heart surgery. Dr. Jonas repaired both defects by transcatheter procedure at the same time.
As of today, Operation Braveheart has facilitated the transcatheter repair of 182 patients.
Operation Braveheart continues to accept donations so we can sustain this project even after Braveheart III funds get depleted. If you care to, please write out your donation check to: UPMASA and on the memo line, write "OPERATION BRAVEHEART." Mail your check to:
UPMASA Treasurer
2304 Kossuth St
Lafayette IN 47904 

Or you may donate through the UPMASA website.
Thank you very much for your continued support.

Jess Socrates, M.D., Coordinator Operation Braveheart


The Hanover Rotary Club has stepped up to assist the Hanover Little Theatre by volunteering to park cars at their performances.  Two of the volunteers are pictured below:

Kathi Fuhrman and Rick McKee
Hanover Rotary held their first quarterly social event at The Markets on Broadway on Thursday 9/15/22.  A portion of the proceeds went to Roots For Boots.  Some of the participants are pictured below:

Kathi Fuhrman, Terry Gingrow, Deb Stambaugh, Sharon Kebil-Whislet, Chris Helt, Warren Risk and Liz Johnides.  Not pictured Jessica Waltersdorff
The Rotary Club of Hanover supported Jessica and Friends Rock On fundraiser. Hanover Rotary members rocked in rocking chairs at the Markets of Hanover while patrons passed by and made donations. $356 was raised in the donations bucket.  Jessica and Friends provide faith based services and support for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities and their families. They seek to be a community which affirms the worth of all people, supports personal growth and wholeness, advocates for community and church inclusion, and provides opportunities for spiritual growth and service. 

Pictured here are Peg Sennett, Ellie Rebert, and Ralph Jodice.
Dear Fellow Rotarian,
The next UPMC Hanover Employee and Community Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2022.
This event will be held at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 129 Charles Street in the Community Room.  St. Mark Church is located just north of Allegheny Avenue near the hospital campus.
Please share the attached flier in your place of work, with family, and others that might be interested in participating.
Michael Hockenberry
VP Operations
UPMC Hanover
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The Rotary Club of Hanover supported Jessica and Friends Rock On fundraiser. Hanover Rotary members rocked in rocking chairs at the Markets of Hanover while patrons passed by and made donations. $356 was raised in the donations bucket.  Jessica and Friends provide faith based services and support for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities and their families. They seek to be a community which affirms the worth of all people, supports personal growth and wholeness, advocates for community and church inclusion, and provides opportunities for spiritual growth and service. 

Pictured here are Peg Sennett, Ellie Rebert, and Ralph Jodice.
Good morning.
The Your Life, Your Wishes Committee – promoting The Gift of Conversation is having a Virtual Death Café on Thursday, October 20, 2022.  We would like to invite you to this friendly conversation to increase awareness about death and to make the most of your life.  Please contact Tammy Gobrecht for more information and hope to see you virtually on October 20.
Best regards,
Tammy Gobrecht
Hospice & Community Care
235 St Charles Way, Suite 250
York, PA 17402
Referrals:  1-844-422-4031
Mobile: (717) 844-3957
York Office Phone: (717) 793-2113
York Office Fax: (717) 885-0813
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The Hanover Rotary Club is hosting one upcoming event:

Casino Night - Friday November 18, 2022 at The Markets on Broadway Featuring live music by The Willys  and  Benefiting the Hanover Rotary Community Impact Fund  
The Hanover Rotary Club is happy to announce that a new member was inducted into the Club at today's regular meeting.  Heidi Wrights is now a member of the Club.  Heidi is the Bank Manager at Traditions Bank on Eisenhower Dr.  Mike Kelly is her sponsor.  
Welcome Heidi to the Club and we look forward to working with you in Rotary service to the community.
Pictured below from left to right are Kathi Fuhrman, President; Mike Kelly, Sponsor;  Heidi Wrights, new member.
Several Rotarians volunteered for a gardening project at the You First Personal Care Home on Frederick St on Friday May 27, 2023.  Rotarians included were chief arborists, agricultural experts, landscaping masters, lawn gurus Brandon Gething and Chris Helt, and Walt Maust, and Kathi Fuhrman and her son.  
Chris Helt shared the following information regarding the Club's effort to decorate the Gazebo at Wirt Park:
I attached a pic from this past Saturday @ Wirt Park. We had 9 helpers, we were able to complete the project in about 2 hours.
        Pictured above from left to right: Barb Rupp, Elinor Stough, Rick McKee, Rhonda Ramos, Kasey King, Chris Helt and son and Bob Miller.  Not pictured are Terry Gingrow and Jessica Waltersdorf.
Jess Socrates shared this article about the volunteer Doctor who performed the Braveheart Operations.  
I wish to share a recent article on our Operation Braveheart volunteer, Dr. Jonas del Rosario. The article has nothing to do with Operation Braveheart. It reveals to the reader the very personal side of Dr. del Rosario. We are fortunate to have him as our volunteer.
The District 7390 virtual Foundation Dinner in November announced a program called 72+ which makes suggestions to everyone about tax savings opportunities for charitable giving provided by the government’s SECURE Act and CARES Act. The 72+ program urges senior Rotarians to give strong consideration to making a contribution to The Rotary Foundation from their IRA. This especially applies when one reaches age 70.5 to make a Qualified Charitable Contribution (QCD) or when one must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) upon and after age 72 (hence the program name 72+). There are significant tax savings provided by the SECURE and CARES Acts.
Several Rotarians recently packed meals for area students to support Ruth's Harvest Program.
Hanover Rotarians Dave Erlemeier, Warren Risk (and his wife Judy), and Ralph Jodice (and his wife Judy) packed food bags for Ruth’s Harvest as part of the Club’s ongoing community service project.  On Friday’s, Ruth’s Harvest gives needy children in the local area 7 meals to take home for the weekend to help to ensure they do not go hungry.
Jess Shared the following story and pictures regarding the Street Children's Village in the Philippines.  
As a review, the two-fold plan is as follows: 
- Build a piggery where we will raise native pigs. The meat will be more than enough to supply the continuous demand for pork. The excess will be sold to pay for other food items (fish, chicken, veggies, fruit, etc.)
- Cultivate the fertile land in the 11 hectare property for rice production. Part of the grant fund will be used to purchase a hand truck.
We have at last started the construction of the piggery. There was plenty of delay on account of Covid and weather but we have finally started. The attached pictures were submitted in a comprehensive initial report that was put together by one of the street children who is now 18 years old and who will soon complete his course in landscape architecture. The project also benefits some local construction workers who were hired instead of paying a contractor to do the job.
Pictured below are 7 erect columns for the construction.  For more Pictures visit the Photo Gallery on our website - Street Children's Village Project
The following email from Kim Hackett provides an update on our upcoming Inbound and Outbound Youth Exchange Programs and our current Exchange Student to Austria, Erin Dewald:
Good afternoon.  You will not be surprised that I received an email regarding the Inbound and Outbound Youth Exchange programs. Due to the COVID pandemic and possible interruptions of future outbreaks, the program is cancelled for this school year.  Our student, Gustav, was notified as well as the other 3 students for 7390.  Needless to say this is a sad announcement but the decision was not made lightly.  Thank you for your support of this program and hopefully this can be reviewed again for the next school year.
Erin DeWald remains in Austria and is actually one of the few students from our District still in her exchange. 
Thank you,
The following update on Operation Braveheart is provided by Jess Socrates:
Latest update on Operation Braveheart that I sent to our supporters.
Dr, Jonas del Rosario, has performed the last PDA repair from our Braveheart II funds. We have spent the entire $124,000 grant resulting in the repair of 104 patients. The faces of the last 8 patients (97-104) are on the attached collage.
We have repaired a grand total of 145 patients.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for everyone's support. 
As soon as we pay all the bills and zero our bank balance, we will submit a final report to the Rotary Foundation. We will then attempt to apply for another grant. As in the two previous grants, we will need "seed money" that will be matched by Rotary. The more "seed money" we have, the larger the Rotary match and more patients will be repaired.
One major news to share with everyone is the upcoming visit of Dr. Jonas del Rosario, our volunteer pediatric interventional cardiologist. He will be the guest speaker at the joint APPM-UPMASA (Association of Philippine Physicians in Maryland; UP Medical Alumni Society in America) Conference to be held on March 21 in Baltimore. He will also be a guest of the Rotary Club of Hanover the following Tuesday.
Respectfully, Jess Socrates, Coordinator, Operation Braveheart
This story is posted below on behalf of Ralph Jodice and Junior Achievement :
Both of Sherry Chroniger’s 6th grade social studies classes at St. Teresa of Calcutta in McSherrystown completed the Junior Achievement program, Our Nation, taught by Hanover Rotarian, Ralph Jodice.  This 5 lesson program taught the 52 students about the free market economy, entrepreneurship and innovation, career clusters, getting and keeping the job, and global economic connections. 
A group sponsored by the Hanover rotary club departed today for new Bern NC to assist with rebuilding hurricane flooded homes. This is the 2nd trip for the group in July 2019 they travelled to new Bern to assist in rebuilding 2 homes. The group is led by Rotarian Peg Sennett 
Please keep them in your prayers for a safe trip down and back.
We wish them well and want to hear all accounts of their trip when they return.
This email is being sent on behalf of Peg Sennett to provide an update on the Club Grant we used to assist New Hope Ministries.

Through a Club Grant, the Rotary Club of Hanover provided New Hope Ministries of Hanover with a floor scale and two folding wire containers.  The staff and volunteers have high praise for this new in-the-floor scale. Previously, volunteers had to physically push pallets onto an upgrade. With the new scale, pallets are moved onto the scale with a lift truck or hand jack, making the job less physical, more time efficient and much safer.  In an average month, over 150,000 pounds of food are weighed and handled multiple times, serving between 800-900 households per month.  That was a lot of pushing, pulling and heaving to get pallets of food onto the old scale.  The durable, folding containers also improve the efficiency of operations, eliminating the need to store food in cardboard boxes that warp and become insecure.

Pictured are Hanover Rotarians re-packaging items for New Hope clients.  The Rotary signage above the scale was donated by Rotarian Scott Kurtz and Minuteman Press; it will constantly remind New Hope clients and volunteers that Rotary is involved in serving the community.


  In order to view the photos, please refer to the "Downloads" section on the website and click on "Scale Project with New Hope Ministries".

This article is a post from Jess Socrates.  He is providing an update to Operation Braveheart in the Philippines.  8 more children have been helped.
A few days before the end of year 2019, when our total number of patients repaired for Braveheart II was at 98, Dr. Jonas expressed to me that he wanted to round off this number to 100 before the start of the year 2020. A few days ago, he reported to me that he did two more patients before the end of the year, thus meeting his personal goal.
Thanks to everyone's support, these 100 patients plus the 41 previously repaired, brings our grand total to 141 patients repaired.
In a few days, one of my fellow Rotarians, a career diplomat, will visit the Philippines. Jonas has scheduled another patient that he will repair on the day of this visit. This is not an inspection; it is a friendly visit from a Rotarian representing my Club, who is interested in the project.
The attached collage includes the grateful faces of patients #89 to 96 from December 2019.
Sincerely yours,
Jess Socrates, Coordinator, Operation Braveheart
Peg Sennett shares the following update on the donation our Club made to New Hope Ministries to enable them to purchase a scale:


Our Club provided New Hope Ministries with a $5,000.00 floor scale and food container s through a Rotary Club Grant. The scale has been installed and is in use. As part of the Grant, Rotarians must participate in the project. Consequently we have scheduled TUESDAY JANUARY 21ST, 6:00-7:00PM as a time to meet at New Hope Ministries on Baltimore Street to help stock shelves and assist clients. Please mark your calendars. See you there. 

Peg Sennett, Chair Humanitarian Committee

Ralph Jodice is sharing this project information:
Hanover Rotarians recently packed food bags for Ruth’s Harvest.  Ruth’s Harvest ensures grammar school students in need of food go home on Fridays with enough meals to make it through the weekend.  Ruth’s Harvest is one of the primary recipients for funds from The Rotary Club of Hanover’s largest fund raiser called Tastefest.  Over the last 5 years, Tastefest has netted over $30,000 per year which the club pushes back out to the local community.  Pictured here from left to right are Ralph Jodice, Rick McKee (holding the Rotary Coin). Judy Jodice and Tammy Miller.
Congratulations to Greg Staub for Multiple Paul Harris Award
Hanover’s club President, Craig Aiello, and Rotary Foundation Committee Chair, Bob Miller, present Hanover Rotarian and District Governor Designee, Greg Staub, with a multiple Paul Harris Fellowship pin.



Following the September 2017 hurricane in Puerto Rico, D7390 Rotarians donated $30,386 specifically for Puerto Rico. Over these many months we have searched for a project that met our requirements for documentation and credibility. We have located such a project and are excited that your donations will benefit many.

Begun as a lending library by community activist Jane Stern in 1974, the Jane Stern Dorado Community Library in Puerto Rico quickly became a bilingual learning center for language, literacy and after-school programs as a 501C (3) non-profit corporation. The Library system emphasizes learning programs for adults, teens and children; early education play areas with books and toys; computers and reliable internet access for digital resources. They serve as school libraries during the day, and are open to the surrounding communities from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

The D7390 donation will support operating expenses for two of the Program’s satellite libraries in Toa Baja and in Mameyal that were forced to move to new facilities following the hurricane. Our contribution will provide operating funds for the 2019-2020 school year and the first semester of 2020-2021.

The Jane Stern Library was awarded The U.S. Library of Congress Literacy Award in 2019 for implementation of best practices in literacy promotion. The Library was also a finalist for the U.S. National Medal for Museum and Library Service; IMLS awards high honors to institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

The Library will keep us posted on their activities and will give us Major Sponsor recognition at the Library’s main entrance and at every event. We will also be recognized through their website, social media, and print material. WE ARE INVITED TO THEIR GALA EVENT TO BE HELD ON MARCH 21, 2020 AT THE RITZ CARLTON RESERVE IN DORADO BEACH P.R. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, CONTACT PEG SENNETT FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Community Gifts Committee met this Tuesday [Nov 12] and approved the following gifts;
1. New hope Ministries Feed-A-Friend marathon    $1000.
2. Hanover Council of Churches   $2500.
3. Sweet charities Cancer Fund    $1000.
4. Guthrie Memorial Library       $1250.
5. HART Center (50th anniversary)   $1000.
6. Boy Scouts of America New Birth of Freedom Council luncheon  $500.
7. Hanover VNA  $500.
 8.Hanover Symphony Orchestra  $250.
9. Hanover School District Education Foundation  $500.
10. South Western Education Foundation $500.
11. Spring Grove School District  $500.
12. Delone High School   $500.
This totals the $10,000 budgeted for the committee this year. If we are allocated additional funds later in the year, we will discuss other possible gifts.
Just received this short update from Erin:
I just changed host families so now I live in Inzing. They are very nice and I'm learning more German than ever with them.
Everything is going very well and I have plans this weekend for hiking and going down the mountain on a go-kart type thing. 
I believe there is a trip in December for a Christmas ball in Salzburg. That is the closest trip there is I think.

What Is Rotary?
December 2022
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Board/Lane Chair Int’l Service
Board/ Lane Chair New Generations
Board/Lane Chair Vocational Service
Board/Lane Chair Community Svc
Board/Lane Chair - Club Service
Upcoming Speakers
Kathi Fuhrman, President
Dec 06, 2022
Annual Business Meeting of Hanover Rotary Club
Dec 13, 2022
South Western High School Music Department
Dec 20, 2022
Holiday Party
Ralph and Judy Jodice
Jan 03, 2023
Adventures in Alaska
Gary Laird and Sarah Messer
Jan 10, 2023
100th Anniversary of Hanover Chamber of Commerce
Kevin Maloney, President & CEO
Jan 17, 2023
VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove
Jody Shaffer, CEO
Jan 24, 2023
YWCA Hanover
Ken Weiler
Jan 31, 2023
On-Site Tour of the Hanover Area History Museum
Karen Stauffer
Feb 07, 2023
Advance Care Planning
John Weicht
Feb 14, 2023
Former Crew Chief on Marine One (1980's)
Feb 21, 2023
Young woman from Ukraine
Feb 28, 2023
Sharing her Story
Mar 07, 2023
Edie Staub
Mar 14, 2023
To be announced
Mar 21, 2023
Mar 28, 2023
Apr 04, 2023
Greeter, Pledge & Prayer Responsibilities
Rotary Pledge & Prayer Responsibilities
DATE          NAME
7/5 Christy Lucas
7/12 Paul Berg
7/19 Jessica Waltersdorff
7/26 Tammy Gobrecht
8/2 Brandon Gething
8/9 Dale Brubaker
8/16 Sharon Kebil-Whisler
8/23 Karen Nelson
8/30 Bob Miller
Interact News

The Hanover Rotary Club is pleased to support Interact Clubs in two area High Schools - Delone Catholic and Spring Grove.  This section is intended to highlight news & activities reported to us from those Clubs


     Sept 2021

  1. We will be holding our first meeting tomorrow 9/1/21; club sign-ups will occur at this time and we are aiming for at least 70 members!
  2. The students decided to donate much needed items to Afghan Refugees coordinated through Garrison's Chapel Office and Chapel Communities at the Carlisle Barracks.
  3. The fall Adopt-a-Highway will be on September 25; I registered our cleanup this year to be part of's Great Global Cleanup day!
  4. Students will be planting tulip bulbs in the Interact garden on campus this fall as part of Journey North's Test Garden, which helps "to monitor seasonal change in a scientific way. Next spring, when plants emerge and bloom, gardeners will report their observations and data."
  5. The club will be spearheading a canned food drive initiative during Catholic Schools week in January, with donations going to the Roots for Boots pantry and the Council of Churches. The deanery schools, along with DCHS, will be invited to collect canned goods and create sculptures with them. We will then send out a ballot to all participating schools/parents to vote for their favorite! 
  6. The club will also be sending Thanksgiving cards and crafts to local nursing homes!
They will also be doing Toys for Tots. 
Representatives of the Spring Grove Interact Club made a presentation to our Club on Tuesday March 12, 2019.  They are a newly formed Club in the High School and they have done an outstanding job 1)in pairing their mission to Rotary Missions, 2)organizing themselves, 3) integrating technology into their Club, 4)creative fundraising efforts, 5) worthwhile service projects in the community and the world.  They are off to a fantastic start!
You can follow them on: TWITTER -   sg_interact                                   INSTAGRAM -
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