Charlie Santiago Returns from 
Rotary's Dominican Dental Clinic
Rotary Club of Harrisburg Board Member Charlie Santiago and his family are back from representing Club 23 in Samana, Dominican Republic where our club and the Rotary Club of Baltimore provide dental care to area residents in a partnership with Temple University and local dentists. Thank you, Charlie for your dedication to service in the name of Rotary!
Pancakes for a Purpose 
Special thanks to Sue Ward-Diorio and Central Pennsylvania Food Bank for providing breakfast for 500 of our neighbors through community partners Salvation Army, Downtown Daily Bread, Saint Paul's, Bethesda Mission, and Market Square Presbyterian Church!
If you would like to help serve breakfast at Market Square Presbyterian Church on Sunday, November 21 at 7:00 a.m., please contact Steve Schwartz.
Chef Curt Stutzman is flipping Pancakes for a Purpose!
Meeting Format Changes
1. Staffed Buffet Instead of Banquet
Our club's board made the decision to revert to a staffed buffet, as the banquet-style luncheons have been causing logistical issues and distractions during meetings. The Hilton staff will wear masks and gloves, and we ask that all club members follow the CDC's indoor masking guidelines as well.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow yourself time to move through the buffet and be seated before President Matt calls the meeting to order at 12:00.
2. Registration Optional
Registration is encouraged, but no longer required to attend meetings in person. Pre-registering sends a calendar invitation to your email inbox and helps ensure that the appropriate amount of food is available.
3. Continue to Follow CDC Masking Guidelines
The CDC recommends that all individuals 2 years of age and older wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of "Substantial" or "High" transmission rates. 
"In Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, community transmission is High Transmission.

Everyone should wear a mask in public indoor settings."

4. Virtual Meeting Available

Our Tech Team has been hard at work providing a high-quality virtual meeting experience for our club members and guests. If you are not vaccinated, not feeling well, or have a possible exposure to COVID-19, the club's board of directors kindly asks that you enjoy our virtual meeting experience instead of attending in person.

Rotary's Youth
Community Development Team
Holds Second Session of the Year
At Wednesday's YCDT Session, committee members Brad Gebhart, Andy Phillips, Gililan Byerly, Jill Tenny and Marion Alexander hosted 35 high school students from the Harrisburg School District, Bishop McDevitt High School and Central Dauphin School District at the Camp Curtin YMCA.
Wednesday's session focused on learning more about community needs that the students identified in October's session. Community leaders were invited to attend the session and discuss topics such as environmental advocacy, access to mental health services, financial literacy programs, drug and alcohol addiction and prevention services, crime prevention and the importance of self-esteem and wellness for successful leadership. 
Rotary Club of Harrisburg 
Meeting Minutes
November 15, 2021
Submitted by Karen Paris
The meeting was called to order promptly at 12:05 by Matt Staub, President.  It’s soooo nice to have Norma here with her own special music – that’s one of those things we really missed when we couldn’t meet in person.  (Or, another way of looking at things is that when Norma plays, all is right with the world.)  A thoughtful invocation was given by Jeff Boswell, who noted it was really nice to see people in person.    We had the Pledge of Allegiance but no singing today.   We also had a few guests. It looked like there were about 45 members attending in person, so slowly but surely, we are getting back to (new?) normal. 
President Matt did a brief look-back on 2021 to-date. He then recognized all of our members who are Veterans.
Then came a short summary of the Non-Event-Pancake-Breakfast, which raised over $22,000?  Boy, for a non-event, this Club (esp. the BIG R guy) really came through!!!   By the way, did anyone try their Pancake Mix and flip their own cakes from last week yet?? If you did, post your photos!)  Finally, Matt noted that a Strategic Planning survey will be coming out.  Watch for a message from Dame Leadership in your email inbox soon. 
A mini-classification talk was given by Patrick Nese. He describes himself as being a “local” (he’s from Hershey.) He joined the Club about four months ago and has a history in commercial real estate.  He told us that he really wants to get more involved with Rotary  (ok, Committee Chairs, this is your best chance – go get him on your committee before someone else recruits him!!)                                                                                                               
An announcement was made about the Holiday Social at the Harrisburg Country Club on November 30, 2021.  Don’t miss it.  Details will follow.
Then President Matt introduced our speaker, Harrisburg’s Police Commissioner, Thomas Carter.  Chief Carter has been the Chief of Police in Harrisburg, PA since 1988.  He noted that in 1929 new ideals for policing emerged –  they included prevention of crime, earning public trust, and a shared responsibility with the community for both trust and prevention.   However, Chief Carter cited the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.  He noted that both of these killings were not justified and that police do not use brute force over and over and over, and that actions such as these killings give police a bad name throughout the country.  (And, of course politicians can’t avoid “wading into the fray” when issues arise.)  These killings have, unfortunately, divided the country into two groups: 1) those who believe that the police are “against us”, and 2) those who feel the police can help us. 
Chief Carter noted that in large cities throughout the U.S., homicides are up.  In Harrisburg, the Chief notes that getting handguns off the street would help tremendously in making the City a safer place.  So far, 1,000 guns have been “retired” in Harrisburg.  Chief Carter thinks that education of students is key, and he has placed officers inside schools.  His hope is to dialogue with the students in terms of how the police can best help them.  Multiple arrests over time do not solve any problems.  Noting that 18 year olds do NOT NEED AR 47 weapons, his overall goals are to establish trust through police presence in the City’s communities.  There is currently an Academy for the City’s youth as well.  Currently four mental health professionals ride with City officers.  He also noted that riding with the police officers is one way to further establish more trusting relationships.  He closed noting that the City has a website, that the crime rate was down for 10 years (except 2020 reversed that trend), and that he is grateful that the extended protests and unrest that occurred in Portland did not happen here.
Ted Reese thanked him for his dedication since 1988; in answer to Ted’s question, the Chief noted that he loves Harrisburg, he lives here, and he wants to make the community a better place.   
President Matt adjourned the meeting at 1:10 P.M.       
Upcoming Events
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Nov 19, 2021
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Ryan Unger, Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC
Hilton Harrisburg
Nov 22, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
No Meeting
Nov 29, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Holiday Social and Wine Exchange
Country Club of Harrisburg
Nov 30, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Dec 03, 2021
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Service on a Monday
Capital Blue Connect
Dec 06, 2021
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
December Board Meeting
Hilton Harrisburg
Dec 13, 2021
Eric Turnman- Superintendent HBGSD
Hilton Harrisburg
Dec 13, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
YCDT Meeting
Camp Curtin YMCA
Dec 15, 2021
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Dec 17, 2021
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Rotary Meeting
Hilton Harrisburg
Dec 20, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Service Project at Central PA Food Bank
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Dec 20, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
No Meeting
Dec 27, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Dec 31, 2021
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Member Birthdays
Howard Ammons
November 1
Carrie Thomas
November 2
Larry Dittmann
November 4
Bob Saline
November 10
Darrin Silbaugh
November 10
David Morrison
November 11
Nathan Bitner
November 15
Robert Hall
November 17
Autumn Lang
November 23
Edward Tosti
November 27
Membership Report
Membership on July 1, 2021
Members Joined +12
Adrian Allan
Rick Azzaro
David Bartoli
Christopher Henderson
Patrick Nese
Ruth Njuguna
Jennifer Ostrander
Jeannetta Politis
Alex Reber
John Russell
Kelly Russell
Devin Ryan
Resignations -4
Robert Hostetter, Jr.
Mary Kuna
Kris Pedaprolu
Patty Pedaprolu
Membership on November 12, 2021
Goal for June 30, 2022
Growing our club is each member's responsibility!
More club members means:
1. Greater community impact
2. More business connections
3. More friends
4. High quality programs
Bring a guest to lunch or to serve. Invite them to join!
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Service on a Monday is scheduling projects for 2022.
We are looking for projects for our Service on a Mondays. The project is held on a Monday from Noon – 2:00 pm and generally we have 20 or so Rotarians.  If you have an idea, please email Sue Ward-Diorio, and the Service on a Monday Committee will be in touch.
Russell Hampton
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