“State of the State” update: Hear from PA Chamber President & CEO Gene Barr as he reflects on two decades of leadership representing the business community and his thoughts on what the future holds for the Commonwealth.
The meeting will also feature a special presentation from Annabel Hathaway and Ari Callahan, winners of the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair as they present "A Comparison of Eco-friendly and Green Products' Effects on the Environment."
Past President and Charitable Fundraiser Icon Betty Hungerford to Be Honored at Homeland 155th Anniversary Celebration
This year Homeland Center and Homeland at Home celebrates its 155th anniversary, and an event marking the historic occasion will honor a woman known throughout central Pennsylvania for her exceptional charitable fundraising and community dedication.
                                                      (full article below)
Paula Orusede, Winner of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg's Four-Way Test Speech Contest Takes Third Place at District Championships!
Paula was the winner of The Rotary Club of Harrisburg's Four-Way Test Essay Contest in 2020 and participated again in the 2021 speech contest.  Her speech focused on the harm of procrastination and how completing tasks in a timely fashion is truthful, is fair to all concerned, builds goodwill and better friendships and is beneficial to all concerned.
Board member Toni Mark chairs the Four-Way Test Speech and Essay Contests at the club level, and Past District Governor Una Martone is the chair of  Rotary District 7390's speech contest.

Peace Garden Planting

Saturday, May 14 at 9:00

from Gwen Lehman


This year’s planting of the Peace Garden in Riverfront Park will take place on Saturday, May 14, weather permitting. We will meet at the garden on the riverfront in Harrisburg between Maclay and Emerald Streets and start around 9:00 AM. You can come for any amount of time that works for you, and we'll plan to finish around noon. You’ll need to bring your own hand trowel for digging, gloves, a water bottle and sunscreen.

As in previous years, we’ll have about 1000 small flowering plants to put in the ground. Other than having to kneel on the ground, it isn’t difficult work. It is so rewarding!  People all over central Pennsylvania appreciate what we do there.

More information to follow about parking, a rain date and the like.

Thanks in advance to everyone!

Gwen Lehman


Upcoming Events
Peace Garden Planting
Peace Garden
May 14, 2022
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Board Meeting
Hilton Harrisburg
May 16, 2022
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Rotary Meeting Featuring Gene Barr, PA Chamber
Hilton Harrisburg
May 16, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
HRF Board Meeting
May 16, 2022
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
YCDT Meeting
Camp Curtin YMCA
May 18, 2022
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Public Relations Committee Meeting
May 20, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Evening Meeting
May 23, 2022
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Club Leadership Assembly
West Shore Country Club
May 25, 2022
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
No Meeting
May 30, 2022
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Jun 03, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Membership Report
Rotary Year  2021-2022
Membership on July 1, 2021
Members Joined +16
Adrian Allan
Rick Azzaro
David Bartoli
Christopher Henderson
Char Magaro
Cory Messinger
Jamel McMillian
Patrick Nese
Ruth Njuguna
Jennifer Ostrander
Jeannetta Politis
Alex Reber
John Russell
Kelly Russell
Devin Ryan
Ryan Unger
Resignations -14
Stacy Fry
Jeffrey Gelburd
Rick Hill
Mary Kuna
Ruth Njuguna
Vishnu Patel
Kris Pedaprolu
Patty Pedaprolu
Lori Reese
John Russell
Kelly Russell
Charlie Santiago
Leahmond Tyre
Sue Ward-Diorio
In Memorium -1
Robert Hostetter, Jr.
Membership on May 11, 2022
Goal for June 30, 2022
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Past President and Charitable Fundraiser Icon Betty Hungerford
to Be Honored at Homeland 155th Anniversary Celebration
submitted by Bob Saline
This year Homeland Center and Homeland at Home celebrates its 155th anniversary, and an event marking the historic occasion will honor a woman known throughout central Pennsylvania for her exceptional charitable fundraising and community dedication.
Homeland’s 155th Anniversary Celebration event on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at Hilton Harrisburg will honor Betty Hungerford. In addition to being a fundraising tour-de-force, Hungerford has repeatedly broken barriers for women in Harrisburg’s public relations profession throughout her remarkable career.
As Homeland Center’s director of development for 20 years, Hungerford has played a crucial role in raising funds for benevolent care, ensuring personal and skilled care Residents are never asked to leave because they can no longer afford to pay.
Hungerford’s tireless work goes far beyond Homeland. As a volunteer, Hungerford also lends her fundraising expertise to nonprofit organizations including Theatre Harrisburg; Polyclinic Medical Center Auxiliary; Harrisburg Symphony Society; and the Rotary Club of Harrisburg, for which she served as president in 2015-16.
“Betty’s civic spirit and dedication are a true inspiration,’’ said Homeland President and CEO Barry S. Ramper II. “An influential group of strong women spearheaded Homeland’s creation in 1867, and Betty embodies their spirit.’’
Hungerford also blazed a trail for women in the Harrisburg area’s public relations profession, earning respect and admiration from her peers.
She was honored with the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society’s Ernest R. McDowell Award in 1997; named Fundraising Professional of the Year by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2006; and received the Public Relations Society of America Central Pennsylvania Chapter’s Frederick E. Leuschner Award for Excellence in Public Relations in 2014. In 2017, she received the Karen Snider Women in Philanthropy Award from the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
Tributes to our “Queen Bee’ have been flowing in regional media including:
  • ABC 27 TV
  • Harrisburg Regional Chamber/CREDC
  • Online Publishers
  • PennLive
  • PRSA Central PA newsletter
  • Susquehanna Style Magazine
  • The Burg
  • Various other social media outlets
Homeland’s tradition of care began 155 years ago after the Civil War. Eighteen women of nine churches in the city of Harrisburg vowed to help orphaned children and widows left homeless in the wake of the war. They rallied support to establish the “Society for the Home for the Friendless,” which by the 1950s became Homeland Center with a new mission: caring for the community’s seniors.
Today, Homeland Center occupies a full block along Fifth Street in uptown Harrisburg, where it offers exceptional personal care, skilled nursing care, memory care and short-term rehabilitation. Homeland consistently receives the highest recognition for quality care, staffing and safety, ranking it among the best in the country.
Homeland Center is part of Homeland’s broader continuum of care. Homeland at Home, a community outreach program of Homeland Center, provides quality care and support to Patients and Clients in the comfort of their own home.
For more information about Homeland’s 155th Anniversary Celebration, including tickets, tributes and sponsorships, visit
Rotary Lends a Hand at the Humane Society
The mission of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc. is clear and very straight forward.  It is to build a better community for pets and people through compassion, protection, education and collaboration.  At the same time, these few words cover a lot of responsibilities to our pet friends.
At the helm of this critical community resource is Rotary Club of Harrisburg (RCH) member Amy Kaunas the Executive Director for the Humane Society.  Spend just 10 minutes with Kaunas and you understand her commitment to the Society and RCH.  Passions with her full gusto.
To get a sense of the impact of the Society, a quick look at important numbers tells a story:
  • More than 10,000 animals assisted every year
  • Animals in the Society’s care at any time 500
  • 500,000 people served in the Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry community service area
The Society assists animals and owners with residential care, an adoption program, low-cost veterinary clinics, a pet food bank, counseling services and much more.  The shelter employs more than 50 full-time and part-time employees and operates with a $2.4 million budget.
Recently as part of the Club’s Service Project Monday community outreach, members volunteered to help the Society with a major need. 
Participating were Amy Kaunas, Ellen Brown, DGE Juliet Altenburg, Susan Anthony, and Wendell Hoover and family.
HANNA's Pantry Box Packing Adventure
More than 20 members of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg (RCH) packed food for HANNA's Pantry for its Service on a Monday project at Susquehanna Township High School.
The Club Service on a Monday was initiated to provide more avenue for Service Above Self and to make it easier for members with busy work schedules an opportunity to volunteer and serve at different time periods in a day.
More than 100 bags were filled for members of the pantry including HANNA Packs for students in the Communities in Schools program.
The RCH volunteers also ate lunch and heard Dr. Tamara Willis, school superintendent, John A. Fabian, HANNA Foundation president, and Lori Shienvold, pantry executive director. Rotarians then toured the Pantry.
HANNA's Pantry, a project of the HANNA Foundation and an agency with the Central PA Food Bank, provides food and essential products to residents of Susquehanna Township in need.
Founded in 2019 and in collaboration with Susquehanna Township School District, the Pantry currently serves several hundred individuals and families at drive through distributions twice a month.
More than 100 volunteers help HANNA’s almost daily with deliveries, inventorying, packing and distribution.
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