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...Lifting Spirits Through Community Service

Uptown York

2017-18 Rotary: Making A Difference

We meet Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
Rockfish Public House
110 N. George Street
York, PA  17401
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We used to call ourselves small but mighty - but with 42 members, Rotary officially considers us a large club! While we are “growing” into that idea, we still see ourselves as a happy hour club focused on making a difference through active service in our local and global communities. Here’s what we’ve been up to recently...
 We embraced a new year by making soup to help “Squash Hunger!” Our second year as a sponsor and hands-on volunteer team, our  members  rolled up their sleeves and donned gloves and hairnets to wash, chop, cook and stir (good) things up in support of the York Food  Alliance and its  efforts to address access to food in our local communities.
March brought the promise of spring (on numerous occasions) – and a month long collection of personal care and comfort items to help Veteran’s Helping Hand prepare Blessing Backpacks for homeless veterans. Our Club’s “Happy Dollars”, donated at the the conclusion of each meeting to celebrate personal, professional and community moments of inspiration or achievement, were directed to support this service project.
Although we are serious about our service, we also enjoy our fellowship! Friends and family members joined us for a brisk and spirited walk on Market Street during the annual York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Along the route, we shared greetings with friends and strangers alike, as well as other Club members who volunteered their time in support of this community event.
Interested in what we are doing next? Check us out on Facebook and consider joining us for one of our meetings. You don’t have to be a member to help with our community service activities – we love volunteers who want to make a difference!
 What could be better than our first Dueling Pianos Fundraiser? Dueling Pianos - Deux, of course! Join Uptown York Rotary Club members and guests for another cool fundraising event on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Elks Lodge #213, located at 223 N. George Street, York, PA 17401.

 The Dueling Piano Dudes reprise their successful debut in York, PA with another lively evening of nonstop requests and sing-a-longs featuring swing from the 40s, doo-wop from the 50s, Motown and classic rock from the 60s and 70s, unforgettable pop tunes from the 80s and 90s and the cutting edge music of today.

Abundant hot hors d'ouevres from Sunday Dinner Bistro Catering will be available, as well as a cash bar. Come prepared to bid on a fine selection of silent auction items, too!

 The fundraiser benefits local and global youth and community service initiatives funded by UYRC grants. Recent support projects include Squash Hunger, York YMCA Y-Achievers and delivering school supplies directly to village students in Madagascar.

 Tickets are $40 single/$75 double, and are available from any Uptown York club member. You can also purchase tickets online through EventbriteDon't wait, though - we have limited seating!


UPDATE TO THIS STORY:  Thank you to the many individuals and organizations that helped make this event a success! With your support, Uptown York Rotary Club looks forward to funding projects for youth in our local and global communities. Cheers!
Dueling Pianos…what better way to have fun and raise money to support youth service activities? Join Uptown York Rotary Club members and guests for an epic fundraising event on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Elks Lodge #213, located at 223 N. George Street, York, PA 17401.
The Dueling Piano Dudes promise a lively evening as these two musicians with dazzling skills and endless repertoire work attendees into a frenzy with nonstop requests and sing-a-longs featuring swing from the 40s, doo-wop from the 50s, Motown and classic rock from the 60s and 70s, unforgettable pop tunes from the 80s and 90s and the cutting edge music  of today.
Enjoy abundant hot hors d'ouevres catered by our Elks Club hosts, as well as a cash bar. Come prepared to bid on a fine selection of silent auction items, too!
The fundraiser benefits local and global youth empowerment initiatives funded by Uptown York Rotary Club grants. Recent support projects include York YMCA Y-Achievers and delivering school supplies directly to village students in Madagascar.
Tickets are $45/single; $80 couple. Don't miss out - order now online through Eventbrite!
The Uptown York Rotary Club was a proud sponsor of this year's "Squash Hunger" event held over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Thirteen club members  also gathered on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Seventh & George to help peel, chop, dice and stir as our Second Saturday monthly service project.
 "Squash Hunger", a project of the York County Food Alliance and this year's hosting partner Seventh & George, rallied more than a hundred volunteers to process donated squash and pumpkins into 250 gallons of squash soup.  The soup was shared across York County with food pantries, WIC, Head Start, traditional housing programs and school backpack programs.

On Saturday, June 11, 2016 the Liberty Garden at Kiwanis Lake was transformed by 13 enthusiastic Uptown York Rotarians.  The great turn-out for this service project resulted in the planting of flowers and shrubs, weeding, and general cleaning-up of this garden that the Uptown Club "adopted" in 2015.  

Armed with "diggy-things" and assorted gardening tools (who knew "weeding sticks" were a thing?!?), the team made  quick work of the transformation, leaving behind a more beautiful garden for the community to enjoy.

The Club provides ongoing garden stewardship for the Liberty Garden as well as the Gear Garden at Foundry Park.  Volunteers are always welcome to join us for our monthly "tending" meet-ups during the growing season! 

On February 11, 2016, Uptown Rotarian Jim Singleton proudly accepted the designation of Paul Harris Fellow. Rotary Club of York Rotarian Scott C. Rogers, a co-worker of Jim at Glatfelter Insurance Group, recognized Jim with this honor. Congratulations to all! What a great way to honor a great Rotarian and support The Rotary Foundation.
Since our normal Club meeting day is Thursday, we did not have an "official" Rotary Club meeting on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2015.  However, a large number of our members participated in a cherished York tradition--the Turkey Trot sponsored by the York YMCA.  This 5K race the morning of Thanksgiving gave us a chance to share Rotary cheer with our fellow members, and we even caught a photo of many of us at the finish line! You know what they say. . . . "A club that trots together, is AWESOME!"
Thank you to our meeting host: Rockfish Public House 
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