No Meeting Monday, in Honor of our Fallen Soldiers.
Upcoming Meetings:
Monday, June 6- Service on a Monday at PA Media Group
RSVP Requested by Wednesday, June 1
Monday, June 13- Rotary Meeting Featuring Valerie Pritchett from ABC 27 News
Registration is requested but no longer required
Club Leadership Assembly
The Rotary Club of Harrisburg's 2022-2023 Slate of Officers and Committee Chairs met on Wednesday morning for our annual Club Leadership Assembly. Lead by President-Elect Beth Mihmet, this leadership team of community leaders reviewed our club's strategic plan and goals for the upcoming Rotary year, beginning in July. Thank you to all who attended for your commitment to the continued success of our club!
The club's annual meeting will be held on Monday, June 13, 2022 at the Hilton Harrisburg. At our regular luncheon meeting, the incoming slate of officers will be presented for our official election. 
Membership Report
Rotary Year  2021-2022
Membership on July 1, 2021
Members Joined +17
Adrian Allan
Rick Azzaro
David Bartoli
Domenic DeYulis
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 -15
Stacy Fry
Jeffrey Gelburd
Rick Hill
Mary Kuna
Ruth Njuguna
Vishnu Patel
Kris Pedaprolu
Patty Pedaprolu
Lori Reese
John Russell
Kelly Russell
Charlie Santiago
Natalie Toma
Leahmond Tyre
Sue Ward-Diorio
In Memorium -1
Robert Hostetter, Jr.
Membership on May 20, 2022
Goal for June 30, 2022
Upcoming Events
No Meeting
May 30, 2022
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Jun 03, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Service on a Monday at PA Media Group
PA Media Group
Jun 06, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rotary Meeting Featuring Valerie Pritchett, ABC 27
Hilton Harrisburg
Jun 13, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Jun 17, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
End of Year Celebration!
West Shore Country Club
Jun 21, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Service Project at Central PA Food Bank
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank
Jun 27, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Jul 01, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Jul 15, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Public Relations Committee Meeting
Jul 29, 2022
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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Member Birthdays
Jill Tenny
May 1
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May 3
Rick Azzaro
May 4
SKI Sygielski
May 4
Garry Brinton
May 5
Karen Good
May 10
Jamel McMillian
May 15
Beth Peiffer
May 17
Ellen Brown
May 21
William Spahr
May 31
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Rotary Club of Harrisburg
 Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2022
Submitted by Karen Paris
The meeting was called to order at 12:10 P.M.  by Matt Staub, President.  Our meditation moment centered on the Four Way Test and “America the Beautiful” was our song for the day.  Matt had several announcements.  First, he noted that attendance has gone up markedly over the last couple of weeks; he feels that it is a really good sign.  Andy the Man had our joke for the day, and we spent several minutes doing a meet and greet with old (and new) friends. We had twelve guests today in attendance, with a total headcount of 62 individuals.
Matt had several announcements.  On May 25, 2022 the Club Leadership Assembly will be at WSCC at 8:00 a.m.  On June 21 there will be a year-end celebration (also at WSCC).  On May 23, 2022 an alternate meeting has been added for Rotarians’ convenience.  It will be held downstairs from 5-6 PM at the Hilton from 5 – 6 PM and is intended to engage people in service projects, get new members better acquainted, and let guests and potential members see what Rotary stands for.
Wendell Hoover introduced the winners of the Science Fair Project. Annabel Hathaway and Ari Callahan won the virtually-judged competition with an experiment on “green” products and their effects on the environment.  They introduced the concept of metabolization of the chemicals that are considered “green”, how they are passed around and work their way into our system.  They tested using aquatic plants and got their baseline data from that.  In conclusion, they noted that although some products advertised being “safe”, they were really no “cleaner” to the environment and the advertising was false.  What a great project with proof that you just can’t fool the numbers even when you hope for a given result!
Mary Olivera introduced our speaker, Gene Barr, who is originally from the Philadelphia area.   Gene Barr has three children, hails from Philadelphia, is a history buff, and has 45 years of professional work experience.  (Not related to his presentation, he did note that if you want any details on cheesesteaks, to give him a call…)  Gene summed himself up at the start of his presentation by saying “my philosophy is to treat everyone with respect”.  He is a firm believer that almost everyone shares common principles regarding life.  However, when he watches the news, sometimes it feels like he is living in two separate countries.  
In terms of PA’s economy and growth, he noted that PA lost a congressional seat last year because the Commonwealth is not growing (it is shrinking slowly).  And, he says we have good healthcare and education, a great workforce, energy, proximity to markets, etc.  BUT, we (Pennsylvanians) do not make the Commonwealth attractive to investing.  Our tax structure keeps investors out, our legislators and legislature are held in low esteem as well as Congress, and nothing gets done despite the high payroll for legislators, both State and Federal. 
He did note that small business is still held in high esteem, however.  If PA wants to grow, it will need to change what is does. PA lost $22 Billion of investment in manufacturing in 2022 which went to Columbus, OH, and Arkansas and West Virginia – this might be attributable to the PA corporate tax rate.   His solution centers on getting the governor & all four caucuses on the same page to attract new business.  Education, attracting investments, education, our youth, and changing the perception of business in the only way PA will be successful.  People in PA want 1) career opportunities, 2) education for their kids, 3) safe streets and neighborhoods.   He closed by noting that he firmly believes in a free market system as it trusts people to make the best decisions for their own families.  Matt thanked our speaker for his update on PA and upcoming retirement.  Then Matt closed with an exciting announcement  - 2026 is a big Club Anniversary.  More details to follow!!!
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