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Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Due to COVID19 our in-person meetings are postponed. Join us virtually Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Hanover, PA
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President Craig opened our virtual meeting at noon on Tuesday June 2, 2020 beginning with the Pledge and Prayer.
ATTENDANCE - There were 38 members in virtual visual and/or audio attendance
Warren shared for Alicia Bowman - The June Ruth's Harvest meal packing date has changed again.  Apparently their food delivery has changed causing them to make an adjustment to pack.  The new date is Tuesday June 9 from 9:00 am to 10:30am at the same location on Middle St.  5 people had signed up already and Alicia was going to contact them directly with the change. New Volunteers can still sign up on line.  The packing will resume again at the end of summer.
Warren Risk - The Committee to Develop a Plan To Re-open in-person Rotary Meetings just sent out a brief survey to all members via SURVEY MONKEY in an effort to get your input.  Your feelings and concerns are very valuable to the Committee as they move ahead.  Please complete and submit this 8 question survey as soon as you can.
IF YOU DID NOT RECEIVE a survey, please contact Warren and one will be sent out to you.  Thank you.
PROGRAM - State Representative Torren "Landslide" Ecker
Torren addressed a number of issues that State Government is dealing with now.  Among them were:
Budget - A temporary budget was passed to keep programs and services running for the next several months.  This was done because the House does not have a good handle on financial matters due to the covid19 situation.  Education was one of the few areas which was fully funded for the year.  Education was funded at last year's level. Lawmakers will revisit the remainder of the budget in November.
CoVid 19 - a number of issues have been addressed.  He said this has been a challenging time to be in State Gov't.  Basically most people want to return to work and a sense of "normalcy".
Ist Bill - Torren got his first passed and signed by the Governor.  It has to do with Jr Firefighters.
2nd Bill - a second Bill of his which he hopes to have signed by the Governor has to do with Strangulation.
Normally freshmen congresspersons are quiet and watch and learn the process their first year, but he is very pleased to have gotten a Bill passed and maybe even two.
Fall Issues likely will be :
Minimum Wage
College Scholarship Fund
Elections - mail-in, elimination of straight party voting
Torren ended by saying that this has been a great experience for him.  He enjoys talking to people, listening to their perspectives, he tries to be non-partisan and listen with an open mind, and being able to help people. 
Torren then did a nice job answering the questions from various members.
Kim Hackett has us to share this message in behalf of the District : (emphasis added)
To all club Presidents in District 7390,
While our efforts have been concentrated over the past few weeks and months on the novel coronavirus and the problems it has wrought within our communities, the issue of polio and its ongoing fight by Rotary to help eliminate this disease has continued. Our vaccination programs have in many areas been brought to a standstill since larger gatherings or house to house visitation to vaccinate children has had to be suspended. The fear is that, once we have dealt with the coronavirus, we may well see a resurgence of polio cases throughout the world, which would be a setback to our efforts over these past few years.
To help ensure that this does not happen, we in Rotary need to be ready and that means we have to support our commitment to this fight with some much needed resources. Indeed we now know that giving to Polio Plus over these last few months has decreased as resources have been channeled more into the fight against COVID and the personal ability of some Rotarians to give generously has been impacted by the economic situation.
To help fight this situation Rotary is asking that we use the week of June 10 to make a concerted effort to bring the issue of Polio back to the forefront of our thinking and make a commitment to join in the effort described below.
In this brief presentation we will hear from both Mike McGovern, who is our Rotary International Polio chair and Trustee Julia Phelps from the Rotary Foundation. And the aim, as you can see is to get at least 50% of Rotarians to give the amount that they would have paid for lunch that day, to the Polio Plus fund. We believe that this can be done in District 7390 which would mean some 1,100 members giving to this important work.
So I would ask you to publicize this effort. Encourage your members to participate. Stress the importance of our work in this area and show how, through this effort, Rotary will also continue to Connect the World.
Thank you,
DG Paddy Rooney
A suggestion was raised to include Happy Dollars in our virtual meetings on Tuesdays.  In the interest of keeping our meetings brief the Board decided that up to 5 items could be shared at our meetings.  The associated monetary donations can either be saved until we begin meeting in-person or sent to our treasurer, Brandon Gething.  Please contact Craig Aiello prior to the meetings to request to share happy dollars -; 717-451-0568.
If you have an Announcement to share with the Club during our virtual meetings,  just click on the "chat" button at the bottom of your screen, enter it and that will let Craig know to share it.
The Rotary Club of Hanover, Pa  will continue to meet virtually every Tuesday at noon.  Every attempt will be made to keep the meeting brief and on-topic.
Due to confidentiality/privacy issues and to minimize "Zoom Hacking" we will no longer post directions for logging onto the virtual meetings on our website.  We will send out an email to all members prior to the meeting with the sign-up information.
Please consider joining us to stay connected to your fellow rotarians!  
And most of all STAY SAFE AND WELL!
Home Page Stories
Deb Stambaugh via Kim Hackett shared this article that was published in the York Co Medical Society Magazine:
Warren, good afternoon!  Deb sent this link for an article in the York County Medical Society Magazine.
Thank you,
Kudos to Deb and her organization for the article being published!!  PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO ACCESS THE COMPLETE ARTICLE.
Christy Lucas informs that Military Share is in need of donations of food stuffs for the pantry.  This provides food for area veterans and their who are in dire need.  
We all can help:
1) Considering donating food stuffs by contacting Christy Lucas directly at 717-316-0155.  She can arrange for pick up from your porch or you can deliver to hers.  See the list of items needed below
2) Consider donating Money in one of 2 ways:
- Write a check made out to - ROOTS FOR BOOTS - MILITARY SHARE.  Send to ROOTS FOR BOOTS P.O. Box 213 New Oxford, PA 17350
- Credit card - credit cards can be used on my website by hitting the donate button.
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,
Recently 7 of our Club members attended PETS training to learn more about the inner workings of Rotary.  It was held in Gettysburg.  Picture "framed" below are Greg Staub, Kimberly Hackett, and Chris Helt.
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.
Fellow Rotarians
Please see the below from Allison Kierce at JA.  If you are interested and can support, please contact Allison directly at JA.  Her contact info is at the end of the note.  Thank you...Ralph 
Good Morning!
Thank you for your past support of our Junior Achievement programs in the South Western School District.  Due to cancellations, we are in URGENT need of 3 volunteers for Wednesday’s STEM Summit.
All 332 9th graders will spend the day learning more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and the opportunities that STEM careers can provide.
If you are already signed up to participate in this STEM Summit, THANK YOU and please consider asking a friend or colleague to join you.  If you are not signed up, I hope you will consider supporting the students of South Western High School and sharing this opportunity.
Our volunteers are our best advocates and we cannot do this without you!  All training is provided the morning of the event and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided by SWHS.
Because of our volunteers like you, JA is on track to inspire over 100,000 students again this school year.  We are so grateful to you for all of the support that you provide for our programs and the students of South Central PA!
Happy Saturday!
Allison Kierce | Senior Vice President Operations
Junior Achievement of South Central PA 
717.843.8028  |
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.

Virus Humor:
  •  Just asked a 6 yr old if he understands why there is no school.  H said, "Yes, because they are out of toilet paper.
  • 2020 is a unique Leap Year.  It has 29 days in Feb,  300 days in March and 5 years in April
  • After years of wanting to thoroughly clean my home but lacking the time, this week I discovered that wasn't the reason.
Upcoming Speakers
UPMC Pinnacle - Hanover
Jun 09, 2020
To be determined
John Kramb
Jun 16, 2020
Highlights from his Trip to India
Mary Kay Bernosky
Jun 23, 2020
Rotary Classification Speech
Craig Aiello
Jun 30, 2020
Outgoing Rotary President's Message
Chris Helt
Jul 07, 2020
Incoming Rotary President's Message
Jul 14, 2020
Jul 21, 2020
Jul 28, 2020
Aug 04, 2020
Aug 11, 2020
John Nanni
Oct 20, 2020
World Polio Week
Greeter, Pledge & Prayer Responsibilities
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Dale Brubaker
Barb Rupp
Bob Miller
Mike Hockenberry
Tammy Miller 
Sharon Kebil-Whisler
Donna Haar
M.T. Taylor
Laura Becker
John Bailey
Kathi Fuhrman
Ralph Jodice
Darryl Zoller
Barb Rupp
Karen Nelson
                  21 Paul Berg
                  28 Rhonda Ramos
May                  5 Terry Gingrow
                  12 Ellie Rebert
                  19 Ken Wenger
                  26 Alicia Bowman
June                 2 Kim Hackett
                  9 Melissa Plitt
                 16 Rick McKee
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


Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27

  • Delone Interact Club will be conducting their Annual Sleep Out Fundraiser on the campus of the school.  Please stop by and contribute to this worthy cause and support our Interact Club affiliate.

January 2019 Meeting Minutes

  • We received a thank you letter from the Hanover Area Council of Churches regarding the Interact Club’s $1000 donation to the Council’s Provide-A-Lunch (PAL) program!

          April Service Projects - Save the Date!

                      Spring Adopt-A-Highway - April 13, 2019 at 10:00am-12:30pm

                       Earth Day Project - April 13, 2019 at 1:30pm-3:30pm

December 2018 Meeting Minutes


  • We received a thank you letter from the Hanover Area Council of Churches regarding the Interact Club’s $1000 donation to the Council’s Provide-A-Lunch (PAL) program!

PennDOT thanks all Interact members who participated in the Adopt-A-Highway last November!

Toys for Tots Collection

  • Toys for Tots collection begins after Thanksgiving break (Nov. 27-Dec. 14)
  • All Interact Club members should donate a toy to the bin outside Mrs. Marrocco’s room (122) in order to count it as one service project. 

November 2018 Meeting Minutes

Adopt-A-Highway Project

Pit Beef/Pork Sandwich Sale - November 10, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Sign up sheets for volunteer shifts will be posted outside of room 122
  • Come out and support the Pit Beef Sale for Interact Club!
  • Please bring donations on Friday or Saturday
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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