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Watch Expedition Chesapeake at the WSCC
Gather to watch the film with 25 of your closest Rotary friends at the West Shore Country Club on Sunday, December 6, 2020 from 1:00-3:00. RSVP Required!
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The film will be available to view for 48 hours  beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. 
 
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Congratulations to Joe Arthur, Recipient of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber's Catalyst Award!
 
Joe Arthur has served as Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank since 2012. As the Food Bank’s principal ambassador, Joe presents regularly on the issue of hunger in Pennsylvania and nationally to community groups, legislative gatherings, government partners, prospective donor organizations, and other forums. Joe is a leader in anti-hunger work through his engagement as a Board Officer for the associations Feeding Pennsylvania, Hunger Free Pennsylvania, Hunger Free Lancaster County, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Produce Cooperative of food banks. Joe is also a national council representative at the Food Bank’s national affiliate, Feeding America, as well as a member on the Governor’s Food Security Partnership and Pennsylvania’s Emergency Food Assistance Advisory Committee.

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Service Project for Central PA Food Bank

Nov 23, 2020 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dec 21, 2020 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

Harrisburg's "Reverse" Holiday Parade

Nov 21, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 
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Nov. 23, at noon
Hilton, Harrisburg
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Speakers
Nov 09, 2020 12:00 PM
District Governor's Official Visit
District Governor's Official Visit
Nov 16, 2020 12:00 PM
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Nov 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Packets for Dauphin County Library System
Nov 30, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving
Dec 07, 2020 12:00 PM
Expedition Chesapeake
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Nov 09, 2020
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 
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Nov 09, 2020
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Nov 16, 2020
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Nov 18, 2020
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Nov 21, 2020
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November 1
 
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November 1
 
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November 2
 
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November 4
 
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November 10
 
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November 10
 
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November 11
 
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November 15
 
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November 17
 
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November 23
 
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November 27
 
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November 2, 2020 Meeting Minutes
Submitted by Karen Paris
The meeting was called to order at “high noon” by our President, James Good.  Addeline treated us to “God Bless America” performed by the “Kings Return.”  Great group, great selection, Addeline!
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by President James followed by several announcements:  1) Bim Artun from the West Shore is with us; 2) the Holiday Reverse Parade is upcoming; 3) Connie Siegel is “in” from California, and 4) Service on a Monday will be on 11/23 – welcome packets will be made up for the Dauphin County Library System. 
Two other events/projects are coming soon: Joy to the Burg, a melodious Holiday CD will be “here” or at Karns on 11/10/2020; proceeds will be given to homeless programs in the Burg.  AND, Expedition Chesapeake, a Journey of Discovery with Jeff Corwin, is upcoming.  Go to the Hbg. Rotary home page to get virtual tickets.  There will be a screening at WSCC that will include drinks, snacks, and social distancing protocols.  On December 7 there will be a panel discussion of that film.  Finally, “our own” Kris Pedaprolu has been installed as Treasurer for District 7390 – great dedication, Kris!!!
President James noted that several Rotarians wore the tread down on their bicycles by participating in the Ride to Eradicate Polio a couple of weeks ago.  If you make a donation of at least $25 to that fund you can call Una Martone to get a great long-sleeved t-shirt to wear now that it’s getting cooler outside. (like when you need to rake leaves…)  Added bonus:  YOUR GIFT WILL BE TRIPLED.
Wendell Hoover announced that the Youth Exchange Committee needs members – give him a call to volunteer.  Background checks will be necessary. 
Miss SPCA personality Amy Kaunas from the membership committee welcomed our guests from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and CREDC. She challenged us all to find one or more great people who would find Rotary a benefit and who would be a benefit to Rotary.
Finally, President James thanked our corporate members for their generosity.
John Morefield introduced our speaker Shirly Ann Warshaw, a professor at Gettysburg College.  She is an authority on the American Presidency.  She received degrees from Johns Hopkins, Wharton, and University of PA.  She has worked for the PA Governor’s Office under two governors, has authored 10 books on presidential decision making and has been a consultant to PBS, and has worked with the BBC CNN, CBS News, C-Span, the NY Time, the Washington Post, and a host of other new media.  She is married and has three children.
Professor Warshaw started with an overview of PA Politics and how the Commonwealth has, in past elections, been a “keystone” in several of them.  She started in the late 1940’s and progressed all the way to 2016, noting that the State lived up to its nickname in several of our past elections.  That influence has waned in more recent elections as the population has diminished, which has decreased the number of electoral votes the State has.  She noted that our country does not “take down” incumbent presidents easily, but with Nixon, Bush, and Carter that did not hold.  In general, however, if an incumbent president has a 50% approval rating, they will generally be reelected. 
She shared some scenarios on how either Trump or Biden can win tomorrow’s election, starting with the need for “269 plus one” to win (538 in total).  IF Biden wins PA and N. Carolina and one in Nebraska, that equals a win.  Or, if he wins, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Arizona, he doesn’t need PA to win.  Similarly, Trump could win with several other combinations of states. 
PA today is currently 48.4% Democratic, 40% Republican; this is very different than the national average of 33 % Democratic and 10% Independent. Biden’s key to winning is voter turnout.
She raised several issues in our current election process, including
  1. why a simple majority vote does not determine who our president is;
  2. why voters who are registered as “independent” can’t vote in primary elections;
  3. was the electoral college a concession to slaveholding  states despite what Madison said?
She gave us several examples of PA Counties’ history in the last election, noting that Erie and Luzerne went Republican but are now leaning Democratic and addressed the rumor that the PA Legislature could decide to substitute itself for electors, and how the rural vote will probably show “red”.  Finally she suggested that we all go to the website “270towin.com” and try out all of our own scenarios on who might win what!
She closed her presentation noting that this election is all about the coronavirus which is all about the economy.  She emphasized the importance of our role in all of this – to VOTE.   My closure to you is to realize that by the time you read these minutes, much of them will be obsolete! 
President James closed the meeting by thanking the Professor for her wisdom, common sense, and her sense of humor, noting the timeliness of it as well as all the knowledge she shared with us. 
Three people supported Polio Plus and got a t-shirt (let us know if you have more, Una), and next week it is our DG (District Gov) on the podium.   The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 PM.
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