Happy New (Rotary) Year! The "year" of Rotary runs from July 1 through June 30, so we recently saw a changing of the guard in our club's leadership. With the 2017-18 Rotary year now in our rear-view mirror, let's take a moment to catch up on all of our great accomplishments! Get ready, because we have a lot of ground to cover, including membership, public image, service, and leadership development, to name a few. Here's to a great year where we all worked together in "Making A Difference."
 
The 2017-18 Rotary year has come to a close, and it was certainly a busy and successful year for the Uptown York Rotary Club! We achieved many of our goals—here are some of the outcomes.
 
Administrative
  • We changed the by-laws to allow for flexibility in meeting day of the week. This allowed us to move our meeting from Thursday to Tuesday. The board felt that this move was called for given the accessibility of meeting locations on Tuesdays versus Thursdays, and allowed us to confirm use of Rockfish Public House’s 2nd floor for our meetings in 2018.
 
Membership
  • Membership continued to grow in 2018, by almost 33%. Eleven new members included:
 
  • Mindy Christian
  • Angie Garrison
  • Matt Grove
  • Melissa Hameier
  • Andrea Marceca Strong
  • Matt McDunnell
  • Louis Rivera
  • José Santiago
  • Erec Smith
  • Tom Smith
  • Corey Wolfe
 
Service
Per our mission, service projects were essential and allowed us to roll up our sleeves and get involved in the local community, as well as make an impact abroad. Here’s a snapshot of some of our service projects:
  • Squash Hunger—second year as a sponsor and volunteer crew during MLK weekend
  • Veteran’s Helping Hand—blessing backpacks and sleeping bags collected this spring
  • Downtown merchant Christmas Tree project for veterans, and collection of hats, scarves, and gloves for children at the STEAM Academy
  • Liberty Garden at Kiwanis Lake and Gear Garden on West Philadelphia: keep our green thumbs active!
  • United Way Day of Service and American Red Cross—canvassing the southside neighborhood with door-hanger notices of upcoming smoke detector installation. Partnered with the York City Fire Bureau and Giant Food Stores East York employees.
  • School supplies for Madagascar
     
Public Image
We found new ways to get word of our club out to the public:
  • Glassware with our logo—available for purchase, but also as a gift for our weekly speaker, replacing the 4-Way Test coins.
  • Photos and updates on project in the Community Courier newspapers
  • Ongoing social media updates and announcements
     
Fundraising
We were successful in raising a significant amount of money to support our efforts to support local projects and programs that make a difference in our community:
  • Deuling Pianos, Part II on October 21, 2017. Brought back the Piano Dudes from Philly and rocked the house at the Elks Lodge. Had a full house, and raised additional funds through the silent auction, featuring Rotarian Frank’s homemade wine!
  • Mister Car Wash voucher sales at the holidays and in the spring
     
Community Giving/Grants
  • Established a new committee dedicated to creating policies, processes, and action plan to get funds out to community projects who request our support—a way for us to distribute funds raised through our fundraising events and projects.
     
Foundation
  • Club giving to Polio Plus amounted to about $1,500. We usually contribute our happy dollars to this initiative, unless we specify another cause for a week/month.
  • Annual Fund contributions: $1,780 (our goal was $1,800)
  • Total Contributions: $4,221 (inclues PolioPlus, Annual Fund, Endowment Fund, and other giving)
  • 14 members made a contribution, of which 5 gave $100 or more. (based on 34 members)
 
Fellowship
Rotarians enjoy the followship that comes from being a part of the club. Besides regular meetings, we found some time to get to know each other and enjoy a good time.
  • York St. Patrick’s Day Parade with a festive crew, including an enthusiastic Eagles fan in full regalia
  • Our annual “Uptown Unload” holiday party with the infamous white elephant gift exchange was hosted by Mezzogiorno at Central Market. Some fine gifts found new homes, and we all enjoyed the fabulous and plentiful food created by Chef Tim for all of us.
 
Leadership Development
Rotary, as a service organization, offers numerous opportunities to develop leadership skills. We encourage our members to learn what they can, and share those learnings with our club.
  • Rotary Leadership Institute:  7 Uptown Rotarians attended—Amy and Averie “graduated” by completing level III.
  • Pre-PETS and PETS—David participated in both of these training events
  • District Assemblies and other learning opportunities