Rotary Club of York-East   

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Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:30 AM
Currently meetings are held using Zoom (contact secretary for an invitation)
Heritage Hills Resort
2700 Mount Rose Ave
York, PA 17402-9207
United States of America
PO Box 3491 York, PA 17402
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York-East Rotary Club Meeting Programs

York Suburban Students and Superintendent

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October 19, 2021 - The Rotary Club of York-East has selected Kirillos Mina and Megan Short, as the York Suburban Students of the Month. The students spoke at the clubs weekly meeting. Megan is a junior honor student who is a member of the National honors Society and loves the theater.  She participates in York County Senior Honors Choir and when not doing homework she swims, co-captain of color guard and directs the Indian Rock variety show. Kirlllos is a senior national honor society member and has been an honor student since his freshman year while winning varies academic awards. Kirillos plans on attending college and is considering majoring in medicine or a related science.   As always, when listening to Students of the Month, club members feel reassured that the future of America is bright.
In addition to the students Doctor Timothy Williams, Superintendent of York Suburban Schools, reviewed the current challenges in the district along with the current topic of critical race theory. School boards, superintendents, even principals and teachers are facing questions about critical race theory, and there are significant disagreements even among experts about its precise definition. Critical race theory is an academic concept that is more than 40 years old. The American Bar Association definition states it is not a diversity and inclusion  “training” but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship.  Dr. Williams believes students should be able to read whatever they want  with the guidance of the teacher.

Lebanon Cemetery

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October 12, 2021 – Samantha Dorm with Lebanon Cemetery shared the history of York’s largest black cemetery where six generations of her family are buried. The cemetery was founded in 1872, and is nestled on a hill in what was once remote acreage outside York city. It is the burial site of former slaves, military veterans, a bishop and other religious leaders and prominent members of the black community.  In April of 2019, a small group of dedicated volunteers came together at Lebanon Cemetery in North York Borough to help with upkeep.  In the process, a very rich history of York County's African-American community was uncovered .  There was a sense of urgency surrounding the reclamation and preservation of this hallowed ground.  In December of 2020, Friends of Lebanon Cemetery was created.  Through volunteer efforts, they work to uncover the rich history of York County's African-American burial grounds by researching, identifying and documenting the people interred in these cemeteries, linking familial ties, preserving and restoring not just their locations but their stories.  These places matter and merit our respect and protection because they represent a collective history and offer a way to preserve voices of those who were often left out of our historical narrative. Telling their stories through the preservation of their last resting places is vital to providing an authentic narrative of American history.  “Their struggles, their hardships, their passions helped pave the way for future generations in York,” the group’s website states. “There was segregation, even in death.” "This was the only cemetery where blacks in this area could be buried," said Samantha.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

October 5, 2021 - We were treated to an educational program by Rich Santel who represented the OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at Penn State York.  OLLI is a membership-based organization with chapters in the State College and York areas, open to individuals aged 50 and better who want to further their knowledge, socialize, explore, and engage in a friendly and welcoming environment. In early 2007, a chance meeting between three women from York — Charmaine Kissinger, Olive Paddon, and Gussie Petron — sowed the seeds that bloomed into what is now OLLI at Penn State York. The women, who called themselves a cog (Charmaine, Olive, Gussie) in the wheel of learning, started discussing retirement and realized they needed intellectual and cultural stimulation, as well as new learning opportunities. As a result of their exploration, a portion of Penn State’s Osher Foundation grants were used to develop OLLI at Penn State York, which launched their first series of courses in the spring of 2008. Many instructors have shared that teaching for OLLI has been some of the most rewarding teaching experiences of their lives. OLLI learners are intelligent, vibrant, and engaged. They bring to the classroom a wisdom, maturity, and depth of experience that is difficult to find in younger learners.  A listing of the Fall 2021 courses shows Rich’s course in “Hollywood Classics” as the first offering.  The course is currently underway, having had the initial meeting on September 7.  If you examine the full course catalog you will find a stunning variety of subjects to choose from.   Non-member tuition is usually $20 while the discounted tuition for members is generally $8 for single session courses and a bit more when the course spans several sessions.

Fall Road Clean Up

York-East members volunteer to pick up trash and litter along Edgewood Road between Prospect Street and Kingston Road twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall, generally to coincide with PennDOT's Road Cleanup Day.  The club has been doing it since 1998 and occasionally finds treasures and lots of trash (cans, cups, bags, and tires).  
From left to right:  Todd Kurl, Tim Koller, Greg Kern and Jim Craft

Suicide Prevention

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September 28, 2021 – Cindy Richard from York County Suicide Prevention stated that suicide has been a problem in York County.  So far, this year, 64 people in the county have died by suicide, which is more than the full year 2020. Cindy said suicide rates have gone down in children and young adults. However, in the last year, they've seen an uptick in older people dying by suicide. "Our older adults need to know its okay to get help if they're having a mental health issues," said Richard. "That it's okay to reach out."  White men between the ages of 40 and 60 continue to have the highest risk of dying by suicide. Warnings signs include; threatening to hurt themselves, feeling hopeless, withdrawing from friends or family, and severe mood swings, among others. Some risk factors include loss of job, home or income, death of a loved one or health issues.  The Suicide Prevention of York offers free assessments for anyone experiencing suicide ideas, they also offer counseling services. "No matter what age, work group, schools, family, anybody that is dealing with somebody they feel may be suicidal, anybody can call us," said Richard. Cindy believes in the importance of the work that Suicide Prevention of York is involved in, that efforts to save lives, educate and raise awareness about suicide prevention and improving mental health treatment and access to it in our county is a life-and-death initiative we should all get behind.

York Countians Helping on 9/11/2001

September 14, 2021 - Bob Straw, Response Manager for American Red Cross and fellow Rotarian, started his morning on 9/11 at 8:30 a.m. at the York Fair. A child, Matthew Potter, 7, had been hurt and later died after riding on a roller coaster, and the Red Cross had first aid stations there. At about 9 a.m., he heard the news that the first plane had hit the World Trade Center. As part of his training with the Red Cross Aviation Incident Response Team, he called in to Washington, D.C., and was put on standby to go to New York. Other local members were assigned to Arlington, VA and other locations. In the days following, 9/11, all air travel was shut down.  A team of local Red Cross members went to Shanksville for a fourteen day assignment.  They'd need to hold two memorial services — the first on Sept. 17, the other on Sept. 20 — and each had to be equally special. Organizers also had to make sure they represented the different faiths of the passengers and crew members. When these kinds of events happen, the goodness and the devotion and the dedication of these people really shine.
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