Posted by Bob Elser on Feb 08, 2018

Every Kid in a Park

On January 23, 2018, Jackie Kramer spoke to the York-East Rotary Club about the National Park Service “Every Kid in a Park Program”.  This program is administered through the Susquehanna Heritage’s Zimmerman Center at Long Level.  The program has targeted school-age children nationwide.  Students from the eastern York County school districts and York Academy Regional Charter School in York City have participated in the program which has been very successful.  Children are taught the principles of conservation, respect for nature, to explore stream life and learn how the river has inspired folks for generations. In the past two years over 600 4th grade students have participated in the program which is delivered in the spring and/or early fall each year.  Anyone interested in the program may obtain more information from the Susquehanna Heritage Center.
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Posted by Bob Elser on Nov 14, 2017

Casablanca

At the November 14th meeting of the York-East Rotary Club, OLLI lecturer and film buff, Rich Santel gave a fascinating account of the development of the movie Casablanca.  It is a film which, although originally produced and released in 1942, still resonates with moviegoers today.  It was interesting that of the 40 plus members in attendance, only a handful have not ever seen the film despite it having been released 75 years ago. 
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Posted by Bob Elser on Nov 14, 2017

Logos Academy

On November 7, 2017, Otto Monroy spoke to the Club about Logos Academy and its goals and achievements.  Logos Academy is a faith-based Christian school focused on classical education and bringing educational opportunities to disadvantaged students.  He spoke of the disparity in graduation rates between white and black students in the public school system, 75% vs 54%, and of the large difference in reading skills between black and white public school students: black students in 12th grade read, on average, at an 8th grade level. 
 
Left: President Tom Kelley and Otto Monroy
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Posted on Nov 06, 2017

York County Police Partner with our Community

Photo:  Springettsbury Chief of Police and York East Rotarian, Dan Stump.

At the Heritage Hills weekly breakfast meeting of York East Rotary on Oct 31, 2017, Daniel Stump, Chief of Police Springettsbury Township and York East Rotarian, spoke about the current status of law enforcement across the Nation, its impact on York County and how local police in our county are responding. 

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Posted by Cathy Bene on Oct 29, 2017

Students of the Month

On  10/24/2017 at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills,  York East Rotary recognized Students of the Month from York Suburban High School, Junior Zoey Pratts and Senior, Zette Pflaum.  Students are selected on the basis of good citizenship, academic performance and community service.
Photo: left to right:  Zette Pflaum, York East Rotary President Tom Kelley and Zoey Pratts
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Oct 29, 2017
Paul Harris Awards
 
On 10/24/2017 York East Rotary at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills, bestowed Honorary Paul Harris awards to:  Beth Izzo (in absentia), John  Schriber, Lydell Nunn,  Chris Izzo,  Pete Lutz, Friedel Liebe-Elser, Connie Spark, Elizabeth Wolf, Jin Jou Meighen, Roger Dick, and Jim Walters. 
Photo:  left to right: Tom Kelley, President York East Rotary, Lydell Nunn, Friedel Liebe-Elser, John Schriber, Roger Dick, Chris Izzo, Pete Lutz and Jim Walters.
 
 
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Posted on Oct 29, 2017

Welcome new member, Ben Zimmerman

On 10/24/2017 at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills,  York East Rotary inducted and welcomed new member, Ben Zimmerman
 
Photo:  left to right:  Roger Dick, York East Rotarian, new member Ben Zimmerman, membership sponsor and York East Rotarian Bob Straw and Tom Kelley, President, York East Rotary.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Oct 29, 2017

The Omelets are Back

Good news – we will have “Omelets”  customized and prepared to your liking each quarter!
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Oct 29, 2017

High School Education in 2017

On 10/17/27,  at the weekly breakfast meeting of York East Rotary at Heritage Hills, Michael Snell, PhD,  Superintendent  Central York School District, was the invited speaker.  He discussed how the public perception of the “failure of public education”
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Oct 29, 2017

A Castle Fit for Kids

On 10/10/2017 York East Rotary welcomed Colin Lacey, the Director of Parks and Recreation from Springettsbury Township.  He discussed the planning, creation and ultimately the projected opening of Castle Park, 1501 Mt Zion Rd,  in Springettsbury Township.  The new park, described as “a castle fit for kids”,
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Oct 11, 2017

A 'Royal' Redevelopment

On 9/12/17  owners and founders of the Royal Square Development and Construction Company,  Josh Hankey and Z. Dylan Bauer, spoke of the revitalization of downtown York in the Royal Square District.  The Royal Square District is located
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Oct 11, 2017

Camp Security - Update

Jonathan Stayer, from the Pa. and Historical Museum Commission, was the featured speaker at the York East Rotary weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills on 10/03/17.  He spoke about Camp Security...
 
Photo:  Speaker, Jonathan Stayer
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Oct 09, 2017

New Members York East Rotary

On 9/06/17 at the weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills, two new members were warmly welcomed and inducted into York East Rotary.
 
 
Photo:  left to right, Tom Kelley, President York East Rotary, Greg Kern, Past President York East Rotary, Richard Ness (new member) ad Jeffrey Kile (new member)
                                         
 
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Sep 10, 2017

Ma & Pa Railroad Still Rolls On

Craig Sansonetti, President of the nonprofit, Ma & Pa Railroad Preservation Society, addressed York East Rotarians on 8/29/2017 at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills.  He described the economic impact of the Ma and Pa Railroad that connected York and Baltimore before the modern highways came into existence. 
 
Photo:  the "preserved" Ma & Pa railroad rides again
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Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Cobots - The way of the future, now

On 8/22/2017 at the weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills, York East Rotarians met a co-bot , YouME,  designed by Penn Air and Hydraulics.  Co-bots or collaborative robots are designed to work  beside humans to enable large volumes of product  to be produced through the manufacturing area.    Hence, the name ‘YouME’ which means you and me.
Photo:  left, Zach Hoerr (mechanical engineer)
             right, Bob Rhein, (President PennAir)  with Co-bot YouME.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Sep 10, 2017

Students Build Competition Robots

On 8/08/2017 at the weekly breakfast meeting of York East Rotary,  local high school students awed Rotarians with their “competition” robot.
 
  Photo:  The Robot
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Houston Flood Relief Effort 

Image may contain: one or more people and indoorHow much can our York-East Rotary Club help out? Bring your cash or check donations to the meetings during Sept. and we will see..........
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Aug 20, 2017

Summer Social 2017

    For the 10th year, Elizabeth Wolf welcomed York East Rotarians to her beautiful home and manicured estate
    for our summer social on Saturday August 12, 2017. 
    The event featured "all the crabs you could crack and eat" as well as a "low country shrimp boil" plus all the
    favorite picnic goodies provided by those who came...
 
   Photo:  Elizabeth Wolf, our beautiful and gracious hostess for this event.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Aug 06, 2017

Generational Differences in the Workplace

On August 1, 2017 York East Rotary welcomed guest speakers, MaryRose Ritter  and Samm Smeltzer  to their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills.  The   guests are from LeadershipArts Associates who specialize in enhancing performance in the workplace.  Their presentation reviewed Generations in the workplace and the diversity created by our relationships and world events and available technology experienced during our childhood. 
 
Photo (left to right):  York East Rotary President Tom Kelley, MaryRose Ritter (COO & Creative Director Organizational Development LeadershipArts) and Samm Smeltzer (CEO & Creative Director Individual and Team Development LeadershipArts).
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Jul 25, 2017

                    

Scholarship Award

 
 
York East Rotary awarded York Suburban senior,
Parker Faircloth-Henise a scholarship for $1500
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Jul 25, 2017

A Message From Our President

Tom Kelley, newly inducted President of York East Rotary, addressed Rotarians at their breakfast meeting July 25, 2017 at Heritage Hills.  He discussed what it is about our particular group of Rotarians that appeals to new members.  He described York East Rotarians as “real”,
 
                                 Photo:  Mr. President, Tom Kelley, Esq.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Jul 24, 2017

DreamWrights

 
Ann Davis, executive director of DreamWrights, was the invited speaker at the York East Rotary weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills on July 18, 2017.  She explained that DreamWrights, now in its 20th season,  is a center for community arts for kids, teens, adults and even seniors.
Photo:  left, Ann Davis Speaker and right, Tom Kelley, President York East Rotary
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Posted on Jul 24, 2017

Scholarship Recipient

York County School of Technology senior, Michael Prettyman, was presented a $1500 scholarship from York East Rotary at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills on 7/18/2017.  Photo:  left, Michael Prettyman, scholarship recipient and right, Tom Kelley, President York East Rotary.
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Presidential Awards

 
On 7/11/17  at the weekly breakfast meeting held off site at Leg Up Farms Farmers Market, York East Rotarians applauded both outgoing President Greg Kern and incoming President Tom Kelley, Esq.. 
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Leg Up Farms Farmer's Market Visit

On 7/11/17, York East Rotarians had their weekly breakfast meeting off-site at Leg Up Farms Farmers Market in their Community Room.  Rotarians sampled many items made in house including the  sausage and coffee made with beans roasted within the last few days.  

Photo:  Leg Up Farms speakers, left, Dan Stump and right, Brad Clark.

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Posted by Cathy Bene on Jun 14, 2017

Made in America - Brewery Products Co.

Photo:  the morning walk
 

The York East Rotary weekly breakfast meeting  on June 13, 2017 was held off-site at Brewery Products Co. and graciously hosted by Rotarian Wendy Keesee.  Special guests for the meeting were the world famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses who many of us remember from those wonderful Superbowl commercials.  The horses are being stabled at Brewery Products as part of the 19th annual Made in America Tours event June 14 – 17, 2017. 

 
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Posted by T Jay Dellinger on Jun 07, 2017

Quality Digital Office Technology

During the weekly rotary meeting on May 23, 2017, President and Founder, Jeff Poet, of Quality Digital Office Technology in York, PA spoke about his experience of owning a technology company for the past 36 years.  Jeff acknowledged that embracing changes in technology has helped his company maintain its growth over the years.  From a start with just copiers in 1981, then expanding to computers in 1997 and the acquisition of a furniture division in 2003, Jeff is passionate about building an organization that is responsive to the needs of his customers.  Jeff also talked about Quality’s business model and giving back to the community.  As Jeff describes it, Quality is “Doing Great…Doing Good” by donating time and money to organizations like Junior Achievement and Big Brothers, Big Sisters to name a few.  Quality now has 53 employees and provides services to organizations throughout Central Pennsylvania.
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Posted by Bob Elser on May 17, 2017

Welcome to the Appell Center for the Performing Arts

At the weekly meeting on May 16, 2017, Todd Fogdall, the President and CEO of the Appell Center for the Performing Arts spoke about the change in name of the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center to its new name honoring the Appell family for their philanthropy and commitment to enriching the community through performing arts, education, and entertainment.  He provided the historical context of the theaters from the 1920s to the present day.  The York community has benefited greatly from the events that have been presented in this venue.  Annually, over 57,000 patrons attend performances at the Strand and Capitol theaters.  Mr. Fogdall discussed upcoming shows for the 2017-18 season including the Broadway touring company for “The Jersey Boys” and told how shows are booked.  To meet the educational mission of the organization, the Appell Performing Arts Center has formed a partnership with York City Schools for playwriting and stage production training.  This year, ten 10 minute plays written and acted by local high school students will be presented at the Strand.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on May 14, 2017

2017 Community Day of Service

 

On Saturday April 22, 2017, York-East Rotarians worked to improve their local community by participating in a “day of community service”.  In keeping with Rotary’s theme of “service above self, these dedicated Rotarians were hands-on with their three sponsored projects: the “Edgewood Road litter clean-up”,  the “Gold Star Garden  Grounds Spring clean-up” and  the “Crispus Attucks Landscape Mulching”.  The humanitarian efforts of Rotarians are felt both locally and globally in their many service projects that bring people together to provide good will, improve the lives of others, eradicate polio and to promote world peace.  Photo  (above)Edgewood Road Litter Clean-up Crew (left to right):  Pete Lutz, Kyle King, Bill Davis and Chris Pollack.  (absent from photo:  Ben Marchant)

Below:
Photo of Crispus Attucks Mulching Crew:  (left to right) York East Rotarians Dan Stump, Bob Straw, Greg Kern, Bill Gierasch, and Crispus Attucks volunteer Chip Dalton.
 
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Memorial Hospital: Past, Present, and Future

Jason McSherry, the Community Relations and Marketing Manager for Memorial Hospital, addressed the York-East Rotary Club on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  He discussed the history of Memorial Hospital beginning with its founding by Dr. Meisenhelder in 1913 as the West Side Sanitarium.  In 1945 the name was changed to West Side Osteopathic Hospital.  A need for expansion led to the construction of the current hospital on Belmont Avenue with the name changing at that time to Memorial Osteopathic Hospital.  Further developments at that site continued in 1972 with the addition of six professional buildings.  Out-patient surgical facilities were added in 1989.  Soon afterwards, the hospital was renamed to Memorial Hospital.  More recently, Memorial Hospital became an affiliate of Community Health Systems in 2012 giving it access to the resources of several regional hospitals.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Apr 30, 2017

Paul Harris Awards

 

At their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills on April  11, 2017, several York East Rotarians were recognized as  Paul Harris Fellows.   Recognizing and presenting pins to the honorees was Past President Roger Dick, far left, to (left to right):  Pete Lutz, Cher Kondor, Cindy Hochhalter, Diane Yocum, Don McVay, Victoria Dick, Greg Kern and Connie Spark.  Paul Harris Fellows have supported the Rotary Foundation through their contributions and thereby, an opportunity to do more good in the world through the Foundation.


 
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Posted on Apr 02, 2017

At their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills on 3/21/17, York East Rotarians welcomed March Students of the Month from York County School of Technology, junior Madalyn Kondek and senior David Ponta.  The students spoke to Rotarians regarding their various school and community activities, scholastic achievements and future aspirations.  Students of the Month are selected on the basis of community involvement,  academic performance and good citizenship.

 
Photo:  left, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary President, center, Madalyn Kondek and right David Ponta.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Apr 02, 2017

                    

Top Photo:  John Polli   
Bottom photo:  left, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary and  right, John Polli
                                                                        
On 3/2117 John Polli, former member and past president of York East Rotary 1995-1196, returned to speak to York East Rotarians at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills.   He described his most recent acquisitions and the start of Reliance Student Transportation in November 2015.  This company is a privately-owned school bus contractor that transports students currently in the York Suburban, Dallastown and West York School Districts.  There are over 225 employees and this local company’s philosophy is that “good maters”.  Polli’s many local community activities include founding the York Community Foundation’s, John and Maria Polli Fund that bestows small acts of kindness to students in need in the Dallastown, Central, York Suburban, York City, Red Lion and West York School Districts.  He is also active in the “Friends for a York County Hospice Home” organization. 
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Apr 02, 2017

On 3/28/17 York East Rotarians welcomed speakers from the House of Hope in Glen Rock, Pa. to their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills.  The House of Hope is non-profit, Christian-based, organization that helps troubled teens and their families meet the challenges   and stresses of daily living. Through both residential and non-residential programs, teens experience healing of both emotional and physical issues that have adversely affected their lives.   Teens and their parents are involved with counselling programs, spiritual guidance and parenting classes.  Students receive education and mentoring in self-paced classes  and also learn life skills such as grocery shopping, meal planning and cooking, job interviewing, budgeting and housecleaning and laundry.  Most students stay 8 -18 months and during that time will also do service work to help others.  Currently, the Glen Rock facility helps girls ages 3 – 17 years of age who already face challenges in life.  House of Hope currently receives no government funding for its  nearly $409,000 budget for this year and is totally supported by community and private donations and fundraisers such as the currently running Peanut Butter Egg Extravaganza.  Speaking from House of Hope were:  Sherri Picone, administrator and teacher at Hope Academy, Joy Sullivan Fund Development Associate, and students, Anja Allgood and Lyla Downs-Leight.  . 

 
Photo:  left to right:  Lyla Downs-Leight, Anja Allgood, Sherri Picone, Joy Sullivan and Greg Kern, President York East Rotary.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Mar 12, 2017

 

York East Rotarians socialized and enjoyed  a breath of Spring with everything a-bloom at the Pa. Garden Show-York on March 3,2017.   Rotarians also walked through beautiful gardens and took in artistic flower show arrangements and exhibits. A great time was had by all! 
Vocalist Tonia Grubb entertained with songs having Spring  themes. 
 
Left, Tonia Grubb
Thanks to Cher Kondor for arranging this spectacular event.
Left, Cher Kondor
Right, Lou Elicker, Past District Governor and Elizabeth Wolf, Past
             President, York East Rotary
 
  
  
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Mar 12, 2017

 

Kevin Schreiber, President & CEO of York County Economic Alliance (YCEA), presented an overview of the organization to York East Rotarians at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills on 2/14/2017.    He explained how YCEA is a resource for all businesses, large and small, representing York County’s chamber and economic development organization.  It helps to connect businesses to each other, to specialized funding, business services, advocacy programs and events.  Through support of businesses and the community, YCEA , promotes and assures an economically  prosperous York County.
Photo:  left, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary
             right, Kevin Schreiber, President & CEO York County Economic Alliance
 
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Mar 12, 2017

COL. Jason Kalainoff, US Army Space Operations Officer and student at the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, spoke to York East Rotarians at their weekly breakfast meeting February 21, 2017 at Heritage Hills. He spoke of the last 100 years in China, describing the many revolts and origin of Communism in this country. He also provided insights into the “one China Policy” and our relationship with Taiwan.
 
Photo: left, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary and right, COL Jason Kalainoff
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Mar 12, 2017

 

On February 21, 2017York East Rotarians recognized two “students of the month” from York Suburban High School. Junior, Charlotte Nesbitt, and senior Parker Faircloth-Henise spoke to Rotarians of their activities and aspirations. Students are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service and good citizenship.
Left, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary,
Center, Parker Faircloth-Henise
Right, Charlotte Nesbitt
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Mar 12, 2017
 
On March 8, 2017 York County native and former Miss York County, Debbie Butcher entertained York East Rotarians at their weekly breakfast  meeting at Heritage Hills.  Her vocal repertoire of familiar Broadway tunes  was enjoyed by all.
Photo:  Debbie Butcher
 
 
Photo  Debbie Butcher, vocalist
Photo:  Greg Kern, left, president York East Rotary
              Debbie Butcher, right, vocalist
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Mar 12, 2017
 
On February 28, 2017 York East Rotarians welcomed speaker Wendy Shoster to their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills.  Shoster is the community liaison for Safe Haven, founded in 1933  in York to help men and women with addictions.  She explained that York County is one of the two largest recovery communities on the East Coast  Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that doesn’t get better on its own.  It is however, treatable but everyone recovers differently.  It’s not just a matter of medical detox.  Their new 28 bed in-patient facility, recently opened in  Hellam Township.  It provides  11 detox  beds and the remaining residents participate in one-on-one therapies and  relapse prevention programs, experiential treatment, and transitional living.
 
Photo:  left,  Wendy Shoster
              right, Tom Kelly, Esq, President-elect York East Rotary
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Mar 12, 2017

Jane Conover, President & CEO,  York County Community Foundation, spoke to York East Rotarians on February 7, 2017 at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills.   Founded I 1961, the Foundation seeks to benefit nonprofits  in York County through its endowment fund and assets of $135 million.  Over $5 million is awarded annually to nonprofit organizations.   They want to assure a “vibrant” York County, provide a role in community leadership and help to solve community problems. Their various initiatives, address local needs such as downtown revitalization helping to create a strong urban core, the Memorial Health Fund improving  public  health and Embracing Aging improving the life of local  senior citizens. 

 
Photo:  left, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary
              right, Jane Conover, President & CEO,  York County Community Foundation
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Feb 06, 2017

Comets, stars, planets and more...

York East Rotarian, Dr. Lydell Nunn, spoke at the York East Rotary weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills on 1/31/17.  His hobby takes him into the dark skies of night, chasing comets, counting moon craters and looking for star bursts.
 
Photo:   left, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary & right, Dr. Lydell Nunn
 
 
 
  
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Feb 05, 2017

On  January 24, 2017,  at the weekly breakfast meeting of York East Rotary at Heritage Hills,   Jack Kay, President & CEO Susquehanna Real Estate, spoke of the future of the Hotel Yorktowne.  The hotel is now closed for 2 yrs. for renovations.  The hotel was originally built in 1925 and was described at that time as the “cornerstone” of a new era in downtown York.  Two years later it underwent renovations and expansion with the addition of more rooms and new ballroom.  In 1957, parking facilities were added.  The Hotel has been recently purchased by the York County Industrial Development Authority to prevent a bad outcome from the sale.  They are developing a comprehensive strategic plan for the property’s renovation with a $20 million budget that includes a $10 million grant.   An additional $7 million has been procured from private donations.    Plans for the project will address issues such as parking, improved street access to the lobby, maintaining a fine dining restaurant, possible roof top dining facility, updated hotel meeting rooms and boutique shops, upgraded, modernized HVAC systems and infrastructure repairs.  The goal is to return the Yorktowne to being an anchor or cornerstone of downtown York that compliments adjacent redevelopment activities such as the Royal Square project, York College’s Center for Community Engagement (the former Lafayette Club) and multiple other projects on the square and West Market District.  In order to accomplish the renovations, some structural changes to the exterior façade will probably be necessary and the design has yet to be finalized.  Once completed, the Yorktowne will once again be a full-service hotel  and will preserve its historic role as a  community “gathering place”.

 
Photo:  left, Jack Kay
             right, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Feb 05, 2017

as Investigated by Jonelle Eshbach, Esq.

 
Jonelle Eshbach, Esq., a modern super-hero protecting our innocent and vulnerable children, spoke to York East Rotarians on December 27, 2016 at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills.  She discussed how she successfully investigated one of the most notorious and well-protected child predators of our time, Jerry Sandusky.  She described experiencing the “sickening” feeling like a pit in her stomach as the file with the famous name of Sandusky initially hit her desk in the Attorney General’s office. Sandusky was   accused of molesting a young boy.   
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Feb 05, 2017

York County School of Technology

The York East Rotary recognized two students from the York County School of Technology for the Month of January.  Catie Noble, junior, and Tori Sneeringer spoke to Rotarians at their weekly breakfast meeting January 24, 2017 at Heritage Hills.  Students are selected on the basis of scholastic achievement, good citizenship and community service.
 
Photo:  left to right:  Catie Noble, Tori Sneeringer and Greg Kern, President York East Rotary
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Feb 05, 2017

 

Gary Crissman, RYLA Coordinator for Rotary District  7390, spoke to York East Rotarians at their weekly breakfast meeting on  January 3, 2017 about RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  RYLA  is an annual leadership training program sponsored by each rotary district for young men and women between their junior and senior year of high school.  Participants in our district, 7390, are chosen for their leadership potential and attend an expense-free week of activities at Messiah College.  Students experience college life staying in the dorms and attending lectures by various speakers, career seminars, participating in a challenge course and team building activities,  and performing in a conference band and chorus and more.   Students learn fundamentals of leadership, ethics of positive leadership, problem solving and conflict management, how to build self-confidence and self-esteem., Rotary’s purpose and service to the community.  Student participants design the RYLA t-shirt to be worn by the next year’s group of RYLA students. Aaron Backs, a student alumnus from the RYLA program and son of York East  Rotarian Michael Backs, shared highlights of his experience with RYLA.  York East Rotarians were encouraged to send young people to this year’s  RYLA conference  June 11 – 14, 2017. 
 
Photo:  left to right,  Greg Kern, President York East Rotary, Aaron Backs, student alumnus, and Gary Crissman, RYLA coordinator district 7390.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Dec 29, 2016
Members of the York East Rotary Club donated $5,000 to the York Rescue Mission from proceeds raised from this year's Golf Outing.
We were told by Matthew Carey, Executive Director and CEO of this organization (left) that new beds and mattresses for the women's shelter would be purchased.  Also in this photo below are Greg Kern, President York East Rotary and right, Tom Pokopec, Chairman Golf Committee. 
 
Members of the York East Rotary Club and their family members volunteered their time on Black Friday to assemble beds for Life Path Christian Ministries (formerly York Rescue Mission). 
 

 A total of 13 bunks were assembled and new mattresses were put on the new and existing beds in the shelter.

 Photos & story courtesy of Greg Kern.

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Posted by cat on Dec 29, 2016
York East Rotarian, Don Wonder shared his golden voice on December 13 and 27, 2016 at our weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills  He sang on both occasions seasonal ballads that were absolutely  beautiful and delicately  enrapturing.  Thanks Don for sharing your gift of voice and song with all of us. .
On December 20, 2016 the Central High School Brass Quintet presented a concert for us at our Breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills.  Traditional songs were arranged in fun and often whimsical ways as we all wanted to tap our toes and sing along.  It was an absolutely delightful performance!
Photo:  left to right:
   Greg Kern, President York East Rotary
   Kayla Swaltek, trumpet,
   Amelia Reep, French horn
   G. Mason DeMer, Tuba
   Sarah Hartman, trombone
   Jackson Kollasch, Trumpet
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On December 13, 2016, the Hon. Kathleen Prendergast presented a program outlining the structure of our judicial system in York County.  She has been involved with the lives of children in her earliest years in the classroom and then in her private law practice with specialty in family law and now presides over family court.

 
Photo:  left, Hon. Kathleen Prendergast
           right, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Dec 29, 2016

York East Rotary honored two students of the month at their weekly breakfast meeting December 20, 2016 at Heritage Hills.  From York Suburban High School were junior, Suzette Pflaum and senior, Elizabeth Huh.  Students are recognized on the basis of academic performance, good citizenship and community service.

 
Photo:  left, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary
           middle, Elizabeth Huh
           right, Suzette Pflaum
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Nov 06, 2016
On Oct 25, 2016, Kenetha Hansen representing the York County Economic Alliance Business Development Services, spoke to York East Rotarians at their weekly breakfast meeting at Heritage Hills.    She explained that the Alliance connects businesses to each other.   It also provides resources and information to businesses in York County that will help to assure their long-term growth and sustainability, thereby keeping jobs in our community.  Their goal of creating 5,000 new jobs between 2013 and 2017 with $500 million investment, has already  been exceeded.  Individualized business outreach meetings are conducted by the Alliance at local businesses to help plan for workforce development, financing, marketing, expansion, workflow, site selection, and infrastructure.  As an advocate for businesses and the community, the Alliance ‘s goal is to ensure an economically growing and prosperous York County.
Photo:  left, Greg Kern, President York East Rotary  and right, speaker Kenetha Hansen                                                                                                                                      
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Oct 08, 2016

On September 20, 2016, members and guests of the York-East Rotary were informed and superbly entertained at their Tuesday morning breakfast meeting by noted author and storyteller, Del Staecker. In his presentation, entitled "Lessoned Learned From The Greatest Generation," Staecker drew upon his experience in writing two award winning books, “The Lady Gangster” : as well as “ A Sailor's Memoir and Sailor Man: the Troubled Life and Times of JP Nunnally, USN”, which recount the exploits of two dissimilar heroes serving aboard the USS Fuller during World War Two. He weaves his considerable knowledge of history (his major at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, and in graduate school at University of Puget Sound) with the interviews and research conducted to write his two World War II memoirs into riveting, fast-paced, educational and entertaining stories.
 
Staecker reviewed events leading up to the war and explained the prevailing mood of the country, which was strongly anti-war and isolationist.  In his depiction of how the veterans of WWII became the greatest generation, he reviewed how many reluctant servicemen were joined after Pearl Harbor by enthusiastic volunteers, with both groups then embracing the difficult and often horrific tasks of war.  Staecker proposed that through hard work and diligence to their duty, the veterans concluded the war, returned home in humility, and built the country we know today with a respect for spiritual values.    Staecker’s many awards for writing include the recently received the 2015 Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America and Life Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, London, UK. Following a brief Q &A session, Staecker signed copies of his books, which are available online at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.
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Medically Speaking - Polio Eradication through Vaccination Cathy Bene 2015-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Don's Top Ten List as parting comments regarding his year and final hour as York East Club President, July 2014-July 2015:
10.  I wish to thank Tom Pokopec for another incredible job this year as the head of our golf tournament.
 9.  I wish that Cathy Bene had been my press secretary when I ran for student council President in high school.....of course, Cathy would have only been 2 years old at the time, so it probably wouldn't have helped.
 8.  I wish to thank the Foundation Committee headed by Jim Walters.
         - $12,800 in Foundation Giving this year
         - 20 Paul Harris Pins awarded.
 7.  I wish we had ohmlets every Tuesday morning for Morrie Hooper
         ....and wish we could find a stink-proof suit for John Shriver to wear
              when had ohmlets.
 6.  I wish to thank the Service Projects Committee headed by Joanne Bankos for all of the successful projects this year:  Safety Town, Our Daily Bread,   RYLA, Students of the Month, Road Clean-Up and York East Charity Golf Tournament.
 
 
5.  I wish to thank the Club Administration Committee for setting up the room each week, the summer and Christmas socials, and most of all the terrific speakers this year.
4.  I wish to thank the Membership  Committee headed by Roger Dick for bringing in 7 new members this year.
3.  I wish to thank my Officers and Directors who made this year such a success: Officers: Linda Gorter, Greg Kern, Diane Yocum and Angie Hartman.  Directors:  Joanne Bankos, Cathy Bene, Roger Dick, Tom Pokopec, John Shriver, Connie Spark, Jim Tanzola, Jim Walters, Elizabeth Wolf and Charles Wurster.
2.  I wish to quiet all the naysayers who questioned the existence of my finely chisseled physique, and in an effort to quiet their skeptism, (see photo)
1.  I wish to thank York- East.
 
 
Quite frankly Don, we of York-East thank you for the fine President that you've been, for all efforts and excellent humor at the podium.  It was you who enabled us all to shine and to smile.And while you're stepping down, you're not stepping out.  And.... We'd like to know the secret to your fine physique.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Apr 11, 2015

Transportation in our Community - bus service

At the Tuesday  morning breakfast meeting, April 7, 2015, Richard Farr, Executive DIrector Rabbittransit, updated York East Rotary about the activity of Rabbittransit bus service in our community.  . He stated that,  Rabbittransit has been "forty years on the move, 1974-2014" serving our community.  There are more than 2 million trips annually on their ADA accessible vehicles.  Of these, 751,960 (67%)  are rider's trips to work  and 211,724 are for medical appointments.   There are 29 fixed routes in York and Adams Counties.  For 56% of riders, this is their only form of transportation.  Rabbittransit is also an emergency responder.  Rabbitexpress provides commuter service between York, Harrisburg, HuntValley and Towson, with a bike rack available on the exterior front of the bus.    There are van pools and park-n-rides which reduces single occupancy vehicles on the road. They provide transportation in parks such as Gettysburg.   A very important Paratransit service provides curb-to-curb service between York, Adams and Northumberland County.  The buses are eqiipped with the latest technology including GPS with real tie bus tracking, passenger display screens, Google transit trip planning, free i-phone and Android  apps and rIder alerts.  Alternative fuel sources are being used with more planned for the future.  The Rabbit is according to Farr not only locally progressive but is looked upon as a model for other bus services and is involved in numerous pilot programs.  They are "are the move".
Photo:  left, Don McVay, President York East Rotary and right, Richard Farr, Executive Director Rabbittransit.
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Posted by Cathy Bene on Apr 11, 2015

Paul Harris Awards, cont.  March 31, 2015

Paul Harris +4 pin was awarded to Cher Kondor, right, by District 7390 Governor, John Judson, M.D., left.
Paul Harris +3 award was given to Don Wonders, right by District 7390 Governor, John Judson, M.D., left.  Also receiving a +3 award but absent for the photo was Joanne Bankos..
Jim Craft, right, is presented the Paul Harris +6 award from District Governor John Judson, M.D., right.
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Paul Harris Awards March 31, 2015

.The March 31, 2015 weekly breakfast meeting of York East Rotary was special to many of its Club members.  As a member of Rotary District 7390, our Club welcomed its District Governor, John Judson, M.D. who presented Paul Harris awards to sixteen recipients.  Rotarians are dedicated to "service above self".  Paul Harris awards are one of the most prestigious of Rotary awards and are  given to Rotarians who have supported the Rotary Foundation, the international arm of Rotary.  The Foundation has worked to eradicate polio, promote world peace, provide clean water and water purification systems, build medical facilities to care for mothers and children, support education and grow local economies.      The following were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows:  Ada Bene, Cathy Bene, Diane Yocum, Tom Prokopec, Kris Pollick, Tony Molinaro and Robin Schriver.   Paul Harris +1 pins were awarded to Linda Gorter, Don McVay, Steve Altland, and Chris Helt.  Paul Harris +2 pin was awarded to Wendy Keesee.  Paul Harris +3 pin were awarded to Don Wonders and Joanne Bankos;  Paul Harris +4 pin was given to Cher Kondor and Paul Harris +6 to Jim Craft.  Congratulations to all who received awards. 

 

Top left photo:  District 7390  Governor, .John Judson with  York East President, Don McVay, center and Rev Jim Walters, far right who explains the importance of the Rotary Foundation and the significance of Paul Harris awards.

Bottom left photo:  Paul Harris +1 awards given to (left to right):  Don McVay, York East President, Linda Gorter,  Steve Altland and Chris Helt.

Top right photo:  Paul Harris fellows (left to right):               Cathy Bene, M.D., Ada Bene, Robin Schriver, Kris Pollick, Diane Yocum and Tony Molinaro, DO.   Also pictured are  Don McVay, York East President, far right and DIstrict Governor John Judson, M.D., second from right.

Bottom right photo is Paul Harris +2 recipient, Wendy Keesee, right with District Governor, John Judson, M.D., left.

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Posted by Cathy Bene on Mar 27, 2015
Driverless Vehicles Coming to a Road  Near You, Soon?
John Giambalvo, President & CEO of Jack Giambalvo Motor Co., spoke to York East Rotary at the March 24, 2015 breakfast meeting about the new models of autonomous or driverless cars, likely to debut as soon as 2015.  Self-piloting vehicles will be used in cars, not just drones.  This eliminates the unpredictability of humans and the challenges of parallel parking.  It opens the path for new independence in travel for those with visual disabilities such as macular degeneration that affects many of our seniors.   These cars are anticipated to help improve safety of car travel, be more energy efficient, be more environmentally friendly with reduced CO2 emissions, utilize other energy sources with electric drive and electric motors, make parking more efficient, and facilitate car- pooling to thereby, reduce infrastructure stress.  Currently, laws mandate that a driver be behind the wheel.  The question is, will this change a man’s relationship with his car, when he no longer needs to sit in the driver’s seat?  Photo:  John Giambalvo, left and York East President, Don McVay, right.
 
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An Enchanting Performance

We were pleased to welcome back, Debbie Butcher, left, former York East Rotarian who returned to visit and to perform vocal solos at our Tuesday morning breakfast meeting, on March 17, 2015.  She sang five all time favorite Broadway show tunes,  walking us down the  path of Memory Lane.  Starting in the 1940s with Rodger and Hammerstein's Oklahoma,  she awakened  us with her rendition of "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning...Oh, What a Beautiful day"...  We progressed into the 1980s to the production of "The Bird Cage"  from which she sang an inspiring, "I Am What I Am"  Her third, very sentimental song was a ballad from the 1973  musical, "A Little Night Music",  in which the main character laments the ironies and disappointments of her life by singing, "Send in the Clowns".   With special Spanish flair, Debbie next performed "Man of La Mancha" from the 1965 musical, "The Impossible Dream".    In closing, we heard a heart-warming version of "Edelweiss"  from the well-known  "Sound of Music".  Debbie  describes herself as a classically trained soprano  and she regularly performs for special occasions such as weddings and funerals.  She is a graduate of York Suburban High School as well as  Kutztown University where she majored  in voice and vocal performance.   She can also be recognized as a former Miss York County.  It was an absolutely enjoyable program. 
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Fire Fighting Perils

Rotary speakers at our weekly meeting March 10, 2015 were from the Jacobus Volunteer Fire Department.  Pictured are (left) Don McVay, York East President, and guests,  Nick Smolko (middle) and Mike Dowling (right).  Mike also works as a Lt.  full-time fire fighter and EMT at Prince George County.  Nick is the grandson of our York East member, Jim Smolko, MD and is a student in high school.
Our guests explained some history.  Fire service started in the US in the 1700s when insurance companies wanted to protect their investments.  There are currently over a million fire fighters in the U.S. and more than 90% of them are volunteers.
The fire departments have a broad base job and  do more than fight fires:  they help with missing people, water breaks, car accidents, HAZMAT investigations and investigate "funny" smells in a house. 
The training requirements of a fire fighter are rigorous.  They are given 100 hours just to operate outside a building and more than 64 hours to transition into a burning building.  Some of the training is done locally during once a week evening sessions and 1 or 2 weekends monthly as well as at the York County Fire School in Emigsville.  The cost is about $3100 to equip a fire fighter with personal safety equipment which has an expiration date in ten years.  The breathing apparatus costs $5500.00.  The equipment is very heavy:  40 pounds for the basic and another 40 pounds for the breathing apparatus plus whatever tools are carried (well over 100 pounds a person).
The costs for a fire truck, even if used, is very high and can run over a million dollars to fully equip.
They encouraged us to support our local fire company that provides such invaluable service, through outright donations and through rental of the fire hall facilities.
A few words of advice: 1.  check the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and in your smoke detectors.  Carbon monoxide detectors are essential if you use gas appliances or if your garage is attached to your home.  Note:  all detectors have a life expectancy and an expiration date.  Replace your smoke detector every 10 years and your carbon monoxide detector every 7 years.    2.  Close your door while sleeping (it retards the spread of smoke)         3.  Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
Thank-you gentlemen for your service and dedication, making our community a safer place for all of us.
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The County Cup Warm-ups at PAGSY

The County Cup is an annual  Croquet Tournament sponsored by York County Rotary Clubs.  Teams compete for prize money that is donated to local charities.   This year's event will be October 10, 2015 at Santander Stadium.  The public is invited to participate.   Practice began at the PAGSY (Pa. Garden Show York) this past March 6, 7, 8, 2015.  York East Rotary gave demos, lessons and enabled potential competitors to  begin practicing
 
Photos:  Left:  5 year old Jasani Kotek receives coaching from East York Rotarian Kris Pollick, 2nd from left while his sisters, Jahkia Kotek (8 years old) and 3rd from left and oldest sister 12 year old Kynola Kotek (far right) also watch and listen.
               Right:  7 year old Evie Williams lines up her shot.
 
 
 
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Speaker March 3, 2015

Carolyn Warman, executive director of Leadership York, spoke at our March 3, 2015 weekly meeting.  She explained that Leadership York's mission is to train and support individuals who have the desire to serve the York community in leadership positions.   Photo:  Don McVay, President, York East Rotary, left and Carolyn Warman, right
She discussed how to correctly make a motion based on Roberts Rules of Order, originally written in 1876.  She engaged the assistance of Rotarians.  The sequence is:  1.  Recognized by the Chair   2.  Make the motion, "I move to or that..."  3.    2nd the motion  4.  The Chair restates the motion
5.  Discussion    6.  Vote on the motion 7.  Chair announces the results.
Photo:  Carolyn Warman, far right enlists the assistance of Rotarians
   
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March 2015 Students of the Month

 
York East Students of the Month for March 2015 are from Central York High School.  Students are recognized on the basis of good citizenship and community interaction as well as scholastic achievement.  Picured here are Don McVay, President York East, far left, Lydia Stone, a junior, second from left, Leah Keller, a senior, third from left and Angie Hartman, former President and current Board Member, far right
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Rotary Foundation and Polio

At the Feb 24, 2015 weekly breakfast meeting, Rev. Jim Walters, York East member and Foundation Chairman, explained to us the importance of the Rotary Foundation, Rotary's International Branch. There are 1.3 million Rotarians out of a world population of 7 billion people. Through the Foundation, Rotarians who give Service above Self, can promote and advance world peace and understanding. Rotarians' international humanitarian activities through the Foundation give life to these words. Rev. Walters  introduced our Speaker, Dr. Ben Hoover, Past District Governor of Rotary. Dr. Hoover further elaborated on the importance of the Foundation which has six areas of emphasis: world peace and conflict prevention, water and sanitation, education and literacy, maternal / child health, economic and community development and disease prevention / treatment. Historically, vaccination has eliminated smallpox from the world. More recently, vaccination has eliminated polio in all but three countries: Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2014, there were only 349 new cases of polio, of which 306 were in Pakistan. This has been largely achieved through the partnership of the Rotary Foundation and matching grants from the Gates Foundation. We hope that polio can be eliminated by 2018 and that the last dose of vaccine will be given in 2019. Through vaccination, disease can be eliminated. Photo, Dr. Ben Hoover
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Paul Harris +4 Pin Awarded at the February 24, 2015 weekly meeting of York East Rotary

Rev. Jim Walters,  (left), explains to us that the Rotary Foundation mission is "to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, good will and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.   THe Rotary Foundation helps fund Rotary's humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.  The Foundation also leads the charge on world wide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting world peace.  James Arvin (far right) receives the Paul Harris +4 pin from our York East Rotary President, Don McVay (middle) in recognition of his contributions to the Rotary Foundation.  The pin is recognized within Rotary as a symbol of caring, committment, and giving - to make our world a better place."
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"Together we can achieve the Dream"

Cher Kondor presented an inspiring Foundation video (Kondor Media Productions) showing the great efforts of Rotarians on Mission Trips and the very appreciative recipients who receivied life-changing gifts from our volunteers.  Many very familiar faces were seen.  .As Cher explained,  "world peace begins 1 step at a time, 1 person at a time, and together we can make a difference.  Rotary aids in the elimination of unclean drinking water,  poverty, hunger, and disease such as polio.  Together, We can achieve the dream."
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Students of the Month January 2015

Our York-East  Rotary.students of the month are pictured with Club President, Don McVay (far left) and Board Member, Jim Tanzola (far right).
They are:  Hannah Taylor, (second from the left) a junior,  from York Suburban High School;  Christian Hoch (third from left), junior from Central High School; and Coreena Chan (fourth from left), senior from Central High School. 
We wish these young students well, with great success n their promising and exciting futures.
More from Club Assembly Jan 20, 2015 Cathy Bene 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 24, 2015

Paul Harris Fellows Plus

Jim Walters explained so well to us what it means to be a Paul Harris Fellow. "With their volunteerism and generous philanthropy, Rotarians are at the heart of the Rotary Foundation's mission to eradicate polio and further Rotary's humanitarianism and educational programs in the U.S. and abroad.  Financial support for the Annual Fund from every Rotarian is the key to helping rebuild suffering communities and nations by resolving conflict, eradicating disease, providing safe water, feeding the hungry, educating children and adults and alleviating poverty.  Every Rotarian, every project and every contribution makes a difference every year."

 

John Schmitt
John Schmitt (left) receives the Paul Harris +6 pin from club President, Don McVay (right).  A +6 pin indicates that John's  contributions now total more than $7,000.
Randy Nauman  (left) receives his Paul Harris +3 pin recognizing his contributions to the Rotary Foundation of more than $4,000.
Our club President, Don McVay, center, presents the pin as Rev. Jim Walters assists in the presentation.
As Rev Walters said so very well, "We are pleased  and proud to recognize two of our members who through their generous and faithful contributions have moved to the next level of Paul Harris recognition"  
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Here are the 2010/2011 High School Student Scholarship winners.  Each student received a $1000 check toward their future education.  From left to right, they are Tia Luckenbaugh from York County School of Technology, Nicolette Drescher of Central York and Jonathan Vu from York Suburban.  

Tia is planning a career as an EMT and will begin formal training at Kaplan in September.  Nicolette and Jonathan both have set their sights on careers as physicians.  

Good luck to all in pursuing their educational excellence!

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SAVE THE DATE, JUNE 26th, Briarwood East Noon Shotgun Tom Pokopec 0
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Our golf outing on June 27th, 2014 at Briarwood East was a great success.  Great weather, a new winner in Jim Walters team, and the most money raised in our club's history.  The breakdown of monies raised were emailed to the members sometime last week.  In summary, we had nearly 100 golfers, $20,695 in sponsor/golfer money and we also raised $1,222.50 in mulligan sales, hit the green 50/50, 50/50 drawing, putting contest and the Washington DC tour auction.   Leg Up Farm will also share with a combination of money raised and matching RI grants in the neighborhood of $5,262.50.  Pictures of the event will be posted on the site in the near future.  Looking forward to another success in 2015!

Tom Pokopec

York East Rotary Golf Outing Chairman

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The York East Rotary/Leg Up Farms outing at Briarwood East on Friday June 27th has 103 golfers and $20,000 in sponsorships and golfer fees.  We did it.  However, we can still take some more sponsors or golfers.  Deadline for more sponsors and golfers is high noon on Tuesday, June 24th.  

Great Job Everyone!

Golf Outing Update 6.10.14 $20,000!!! Thomas Pokopec 0
Save the Date, June 27th, 2014, Briarwood East. Thomas Pokopec 0
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The golf outing at Briarwood East is still making headway.  Our gross total is now $16,560.  We have around 77 golfers and can take up to 96.  There is still a few days left for additional sponsorships.  See the brochure on the left side, near the middle for details.  This event is one of the largest we have had in years.  Thanks to all who have helped.  

Golf Outing Update 6.20.13 $16,560 Thomas Pokopec 0
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The June 28th York East/Salvation Army of York golf outing at Briarwood East continues to get bigger.  We added a foursome from Jack Giambalvo (that's in addition to their hole in one sponsorships) and an Eagle sponsorship from Stock and Leader.  We are now at $15,605 in total sponsorships/golfers.  

There are TWO WEEKS left to make the final push.  GO, YORK EAST, GO!!!

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We are making great strides and all members who have are participating and those yet to participate are to be commended for the effort.  At present, we are at $14,765 in sponsorships and golfers.  We have added over $4000 in the last week!  Let's Keep Going!!! 

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The York East Rotary golf outing supporting RILA, College scholarships and The Salvation Army of York made a nice leap to hit the $13,465 mark for sponsorships and golfers. The sponsor list is included on this site to the left.  The sponsorship brochure is also located on the left as well.  

We now have 66 golfers committed.  Keep pushing for more sponsors and golfers!

The Rotary York East golf outing is being held at Briarwood East on Friday June 28th with a noon shotgun start.  Boxed Lunch, golf, beverages, and buffet dinner is included.  

Golf Outing Update 5.21.13 We are over $13,000! Thomas Pokopec 0
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Our April students of the month come from York Suburban High School.  Brad Clark is a Juniior at Suburban who finished in the top 5% of his calss in Math and English.  Brad also excelled in Band, Student Council, School Musical, Cross Country and Track.  

Our Senior Student of the month is York Suburban's Alicia Lauren Baker.  Alicia has been in the top 5% of her class in 2010, 2011 and 2011.  She is a National Honor Society member as well as National German Honor Society, and National English Honor Society.  Alicia also excelled in Cross Country, Swim team, and Track.

stu of month 2 4/13We wish both our students of the month great success in their future pursuits!

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We thought it would be a good idea to show the sponsors of our June 28th golf outing on the website.  Look under the download section to the left of the site.  I will update these from time to time.  As of today, we are at $7650 in sponsor commitments.  Keep talking it up!

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If you look to the left side of the website and scroll down a bit, you will see a document call 2013 Golf Outing.  This is the brochure that can be saved and emailed or printed and distributed.  

This is the link you can use as well:

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7390/6535/HTML/188293//Rotary_Golf_Brochure_2013_LOWRES.pdf

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Recently retired 6 term US congressman Todd Platts visited the York East Rotary meeting on Tuesday, January 22nd.  Todd explained the reason he retired was due to him submitting bills to limit congressional terms to 12 years.  This is the length of time he served in the US House of Representatives.  Todd also spoke of his time in congress.  He mentioned supporting troops in "Harms Way" and backed that up with several trips visiting the troops in Afghanistan and other world hot spots.

He also mentioned that he never accepted corporate campaign fund raising dollars.  All of the money that came into his campaign was donated from individuals.  He was one of the last in congress to do so.  The US Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission558 U.S. 310 (2010) no longer restricts independent political expenditures by corporations and unions.  Pictured here is Todd Platts and York East Rotary President Joe Hackett.  Todd Platts.  

We wish Todd the best in his future endeavors!

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Save the date, June 28th noon shotgun at Briarwood East.  Boxed Lunch, Beverages (Thank You Wendy), Buffet Dinner and prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Long Drive, Closest to the Pin, Hit the Green 50/50 and more.  

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Paul Harris Award achievers from York East Rotary 10/16/12 Thomas Pokopec 0
Senior Student of the Month, Michael Hogg, York Suburban 10/16/12 Thomas Pokopec 0
Junior Student of the Month Madison Strine, York Suburban 10/16/12 Thomas Pokopec 0
Rotary Club of York East hands out checks to our member related charity County Cup Winners! Thomas Pokopec 0
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We had a great day for our annual golf outing at Royal Manchester Golf Links on May 18th.  Here you will see a group picture of the winning team along with some of the others who gave it a shot or two.  Thank you to all who participated and THANK YOU to all of our sponsors.  Without you, this would not be the success that it is.
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Braden Young of Central York High School is our Junior Student of the Month.  Braden lives in York with his father Tim.

Braden's honors include Service Award in the Arts and Humanities Academy, Steller Student Award, and was an Optimist Club Student of the Month.

At Central York, Braden is on the Swim Team, Student Council, Math Team, French Team, a Student Mentor and a member of the National Honor Society.

Some of Braden's community activities include being a Student Leader of the Youth Group Volunteers, a swimming teacher and lifeguard.  

In the future, Braden plans to study architecture at a major university in either New York or Philadelphia.  Good luck Braden!Image
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Rachel Freer of Central York High School is our Senior Student of the Month.  Rachel is from York and lives with her parents Patti and Mike.

Rachel's highlights at Central are Best Student in Math, Junior year, Best Student in Science, Junior year, AP Scholar with Distinction, Number One in class as of the end of the 1st semester, Senior year, Maxima Cum Laude, Level 1 National Latin Exam, Cum Laude, Level 2 National Latin Exam.

Rachel's participation in school activities include Marching Band, Winter Winds, Concert Band, Concert Chorus and National Honor Society.  Her community activities include volunteering at York Hospital, Treasurer of B'nai B'rith Youth Organization and a dancer at Innovations Dance Studio.

Rachel's college plans are for a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. After getting her 4-year degree, she plans to either attend medical school or get a Master's Degree in engineering.  

We wish Rachel the best of luck in her future endeavors.  

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A check for $3,000 was presented by the Rotary Club of York East to representatives of Autism York.  The check was made to assist the new Buddy Project being implemented by Autism York.  Pictured here from l to r are Stacy Kunkel, President of Autism York, David Schlosberg, York-East Rotary member and Barb Reed, Autism York Buddy Project Coordinator.

Many children with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism have difficulty maneuvering through the social aspects of life. The Buddy Project pairs neurotypical students with students on the autism spectrum to help the student with autism develop positive relationships with peers. MENTORS will become more sensitive to individuals with developmental differences and BUDDIES will benefit by having a safe place to learn and practice social skills.

The Buddy Project is recruiting both BUDDIES (students with AS or HFA in grades 5-12) and MENTORS (typical students in grades 5-12) to participate in this program. BUDDIES and MENTORS are required to complete application packets. MENTORS will be required to attend a mandatory training session to learn more about how students with AS or HFA see the world and how they can best socially engage their BUDDY.

Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization, is made up of nearly 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  Its members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.  Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organizations more than 1.2 million members.

The Rotary Club of York-East meets weekly at Heritage Hills on Tuesday mornings at 7:30am.

For more information contact:
Elizabeth Wolf, President, Rotary Club of York-East
elizabeth.wolf@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Stacy Kunkel, President, Autism York
(717) 578-5217
info@autismyork.org
www.AutismYork.org
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Amanda Chan is our Junior Student of the Month from Central York High School.  Amanda's achievements include 1st and 3rd place awards in the York County Science and Engineering Fair, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes in the Student Debate Team, Stellar Student Award, 10th grade and finishing in the top 5% of her class in 9th and 10th grade.  

 Amanda's activities include Habitat for Humanity York, Teens for Jeans, SPCA of York, Dover Library summer volunteer, and enjoys face painting as school district events.  

 Her history of participation in extra circular activities include Speech and Debate team, 9th-11th grade, Library Council Co-Founder/Co-President 9th-11th grade, Mock Trial Founder/President 10th and 11th grade, and Peer Tutor 10th and 11th grade.  

 We congratulate Amanda Chan, Central York High School as our Junior Student of the month.   

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 Our Senior Student of the Month is Drew Belnick.  He is a senior at Central York High School.  Drew's activities include the National Honor Society, Cross Country, 4 year letter holder and captain of the team this year, 4 years of track, 3 years letter holder and captain last year.  Drew also is a 4 year member of the Central York High School marching band playing alto sax.  He qualified for district band twice, county band once and regional band once.  Drew also has been a member of the Central York Jazz Lab for the past three years.  With all these activities, Drew still has time for the books.  He is a 4 year member of Central's distinguished honor roll

 Other accomplishments include being an Eagle Scout, a volunteer for Olivia's House, Leg Up Farms, Zion Lutheran Church, Dream Wrights and the "Pennies for Patients" fund raiser at Central York.

 Drew's future plans is to attend a 4 year college majoring in engineering or chemical engineering.  Drew has applied for college at Penn State, Pitt, University of Maryland, University of Delaware and Princeton.  We wish Drew the best of luck in his future education! 

 

 

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YE Embodies Rotary

Chartered in 1987, York-East Rotary Club is a proud member of District 7390.  Our 60+ members personify the definition of service.  With enthusiasm and dedication, our members serve the community in many and diverse ways.

 

Rotary has so many characteristics and activities that it is difficult to define.  It is a service club, a fellowship, an international organization, a classification of vocation and professions, the development of goodwill and world understanding, the use of high ethical standards, and a concern for the welfare of others.  The Board of Rotary International in 1976 drafted and adopted the following definition of Rotary:

 

“Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”

 

These thirty-one words define Rotary in an easy to remember, succinct manner and make us proud to be a part of the world of Rotary.

 

Thinking about joining York-East Rotary?  Start the process by attending a weekly meeting at Heritage Hills Tuesday morning at 7:15.  Enjoy breakfast and fellowship prior to the weekly program.  All are welcome.                          

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Angie Hartman, Jim Walters, and Gary Peeling on the picture.  Missing from the work crew is the photographer, Tom Pokopec.  I'd say we handled over 30 boxes of foodstuff.   The Northeastern Food bank is a nice operation and we are proud to support it.  
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We raised $3,000 for the Northeastern Food Pantry and purchased the same in gift cards from the Manchester Giant.  The food pantry can then purchase fresh supplies as needed using the gift cards. The food pantry has served over 500 families in the first 6 months of this year and 75 of those are new families. 

In the picture from left to right:

Pete Vasali, Giant Manchester General Manager

Wendy Keesee-Anderson, <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">York East Rotary

Reverend Dick Barley, Northeastern Food Pantry

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During the June 28th Rotary Club York East regular meeting, then President Jim Walters passes the gavel to incoming President Elizabeth Wolf.  Today marks Elizabeth's first official day of President of the Rotary York East club.  
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Rotary York East President Jim Walters presents Tom O'Connor, Development Director at Leg Up Farms a check for $4000.  This money was raised by the club members from various activities sponsored by the club, including Monte Carlo Night, the Marlin Barley Memorial Golf Outing and sales of holiday wreaths and carwash coupons.  

Leg Up Farm is a non-profit therapy center in Mt. Wolf, York County, Pennsylvania, for children with disabilities and developmental delays.

"We believe every child is special and deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. To achieve this goal, we know that therapy takes a lot of time and hard work. Our individually tailored treatment plans, breadth of services, and child-friendly environment in a convenient, centralized location are the keys to success that will improve outcomes for children and families."

Leg Up Farm is designed for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 21 with special needs. Leg Up Farm combines a state-of-art medical setting with a child-friendly environment that caters to both children and their families. The distinctive "Circle of Care" program provides comprehensive therapies all under one roof by bringing therapists of different specialties together to create a customized program with a team approach.

Find out more about Leg Up Farm at www.legupfarm.org

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Rotary York East President Jim Walters presents James Poster, Director of Development at The Arc of York County a check for $4000.  This money was raised by the club members from various activities sponsored by the club including Monte Carlo Night, the Marlin Barley Memorial Golf Outing and sales of holiday wreaths and carwash coupons.

The Arc of York County is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual and other disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with intellectual disabilities and fosters research and education regarding the prevention of intellectual disabilities in infants and young children.

"Since it was founded in 1962, Camp Pennwood has provided children with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to enjoy a traditional day camp. Our campers, ages 6 to 21, enjoy age-appropriate activities such as arts and crafts, archery, swimming, horseback riding and musical activities during camp's six-week summer run. With our dedicated staff and volunteers, approximately 80 campers benefit from a safe and educational rural camp experience each year."

Find out more about The Arc of York County by visiting www.thearcofyorkcounty.org

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