Little Houses in Ecuador

A presentation on Little Houses in Ecuador was made to our club on February 1, 2024 by PDG Kevin Cogan, a member of the Carlisle Sunrise for over 20 years who has been very involved in water and sanitation projects globally.  DG Kevin for the Rotary Year 2021-2022 initiated a new project called the Little Houses in Ecuador for vulnerable moms with limited income. It all started with a conversation he had with an Ecuadorian student at Dickinson College whose father was a Rotarian in Quito, Ecuador.  Together the Ecuador’s Rotary Club which her father belonged to, along with Kevin’s Carlisle Sunrise Rotary Club put this project together and raised funds through donations from other clubs in District 7390 to build several homes.  In 2022-2023, the Northern Lebanon Rotary Club and Rotarian Nigel Foundling took the lead and continued the project.  Our club made a donation to the 2022-2023 project. In the photos are PDG Kevin and Rotary Club of Susquehanna Township
President Linda Spotts , a picture of before and after the little homes were built, and a picture of a plaque placed on each of the little houses built D7390 Rotary Clubs in 2022-2023 that includes our club's name along with the other clubs that donated to the project.  
Little Houses in Ecuador Linda Spotts 2024-04-20 04:00:00Z 0

Serving, Learning, and Leading

On March 7, 2024, our guest speaker was District 7390 District Governor Fred Gellert whose topic was Serving, Learning, and Leading in Rotary. His topic covered serving communities locally and globally, the Rotary Learning Program where one has access to over 100 online courses, the areas of Rotary's focus, and examples of projects locally and in other countries.  Fred's background includes teaching Army officers courses such as Strategic Leadership at the U. S. Army War College in Carlisle after retiring as a Colonel in the U.S. Army.  His teachings were based on his broad military experiences that included being an Army Commander, Chief P7 Police Forces Integration, and US Army Pacific Operations Officer.  Fred is a member of the Carlisle Sunrise Rotary club and served his club as president as well as several positions at the District level prior to being elected as District Governor for 2023-2024. He has his Masters’ Degree from RPI in Astrophysics, a Masters’ Degree from Army War College in Strategic Studies, and a Bachelors’ Degree in Physics from Wayne State University
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March 2024 Students & Educators of the Month

On April 10 2024 the March students and educators of the Month were recognized and a school administrator shared the special ways in which a recipient's achievements in the school and community truly represented Rotary's motto "Service Above Self". Recipients in the picture left to right are:  Callie Wendell, Educator of the Month for the Middle School, Mia Russell, Student of the Month for the Middle School, and Denise Nassip, Educator of the Month for the Thomas Holtzman Elementary School.  Missing was Inass Moubal, the High School Student of the Month.  Congratulations to all! 
March 2024 Students & Educators of the Month Linda Spotts 2024-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

October 2023 Students & Educators of the Month

On November 8, 2023 Students and Educators of the month were recognized for their service of above self for the month of October.  The recipients were from left to right Kaitlyn Veronikis - high school educator, Hayden Bowser - high school student, Stephanie Wolfe - Sara Lindemuth Anna Carter Primary School educator, and Shonn Turner - middle school student.  
October 2023 Students & Educators of the Month Linda Spotts 2023-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
September 2023 Students & Educators of the Month Linda Spotts 2023-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

What Makes Our Region Tick

On October 5, 2023 our keynote presenter was Ryan Unger CEO & President of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC (has more than 900 members) covering Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry Counties in the development of businesses and jobs in the region.  He delivered an exceptional presentation on  “What makes our region tick. A look at the data that makes us uniquely Harrisburg” via zoom as he tested positive for two mornings in a row for COVID.   
What Makes Our Region Tick Linda Spotts 2023-10-05 04:00:00Z 0

Mira's Travel to India & Dubai

Rotarian Mira Kapadia shared a breathtaking presentation of her trip to India and Dubai the summer of 2023 with her mother, son and daughter for about one month.  It was the first time her grown children have been to India & they got to meet their grandmother for the very first time who is 105 years old. She explained how everyone ate fresh food, and in the building where she had lived along with other buildings, there would be vendors selling fresh produce (India is largely vegetarian and cows are sacred) near the entry to their building as well as other buildings thus there were no grocery stores.
 Mira took us from a map of where she flew to in the emirates and then to Mumbai (aka Bombay) where she spent her childhood until about 9 years old, to a video by her son as they drove showing us many scenic pictures including them riding camels, and she showed us the area of Mumbai where she spent her childhood (also a picture of her when she was a toddler with who we would call a babysitter – the babysitter connected with her on the internet and so she got to have a meal with her while there). 
She told us of the differences between Dubais and India and the waters were so pure you could see many feet down to the bottom – beautiful sceneries, beautiful temples both in India and Dubai.  Marble is a big industry in that region.  The temple in this picture is the temple (Jain Temple but full name is Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji) that Mira used to go to as a child and taken there by her grandmother. 
Mira's Travel to India & Dubai Linda Spotts 2023-09-14 04:00:00Z 0

Education Conference in Germany

Dr. Tamara Willis attended an educators conference in Germany the summer of 2023 on the topic of Global Sustainability.  In attendance also were high school students from several countries who got to travel and learn about the culture of several countries in the region.  
Education Conference in Germany Linda Spotts 2023-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

September 2022

Student & Educator of the Month
Educator, Patty Frye, Susquehanna Township Middle School
Student, Chloe Imoisili,   Susquehanna Township Middle School
Student, Keyon Robinson, Susquehanna Township High School
Educator, Kimberly Clay, Thomas W. Holtzman Elementary School

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Officer of the Year Award

We were honored to present this year's Officer of the Year Award to Detective Kevin Scott. Dan Fuller, and Club President Tamara Willis, presented the award to Detective Scott during the Township meeting on September 22, 2022. Detective Scott is a twenty year veteran of the Susquehanna Township Police Department. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a caring, compassionate, diligent, and honorable Law enforcement professional. Detective Scott has brought great credit to himself and the Susquehanna Township Police Department through his tireless work in the area of forensics and criminal investigation.

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Visit from District Governor Juliet Altenburg

We were honored to welcome District Governor Juliet Altenburg during a combined meeting with the Susquehanna Township, Harrisburg-Keystone, & Passport clubs on August 23rd. Pictured from left to right: DG Juliet Altenburg, Lisa Howald, Harrisburg-Keystone Club, Linda Spotts, Mira Kapadia, Dan Fuller, and Brandon Carter, all of the Rotary Club of Susquehanna Township. 
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National Night Out 2022

Club members joined friends, neighbors, and the Susquehanna Township Commissioners at the National Night Out to honor the township's emergency responders. This year's event was held at the Susquehanna Township High School. Our club provided great information, coloring books, and plenty of snacks. All had a great time! 
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New Club President

Passing of the Gavel
We welcome Dr. Tamara Willis as our 2022-2023 Club President. Dr. Willis is the Superintendent of the Susquehanna Township School District and has been a club member for six years. She is the Youth Protection Officer for District 7390 and is passionate about Rotary's philosophy of Service Above Self.
Past President, Linda Spotts, passed the gavel during a special meeting on July 7th. Our club looks forward to another successful year!
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Welcome New Members

We welcomed three new members to our club during our meeting on July 7th. Welcome to our club, Mira Follett, Phyllis Hicks, and Malikul Muhamad! COVID delayed our official presentation of certificates, but that did not stop these members from serving our community and supporting our club. Past President, Linda Spotts, had the honor of pinning our newest members. 

Member Recognition

Mira Follett with Past President, Linda Spotts
Phyllis Hicks 
Malikul Muhamad
Thank you, Past President, Linda Spotts, for helping to grow our membership and serving as president for the last five years. Thank you, Past President, Dan Fuller, for serving our club in many, many capacities over the years, including four years as president. We appreciate you both!
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2020-2021 Little Red Wagon Award

The Thomas W. Holtzman Jr. Elementary School Staff was the winner of the 2020-2021 Susquehanna Township Rotary Club’s Annual Little Red Wagon Award.  The presentation was announced by club Rotarian Dan Fuller during the Susquehanna Township School Board Meeting held in the high school auditorium on Monday evening June 21st.   The award was accepted by Dr. Tamara Willis, Superintendent of the Susquehanna Township School District and a member of the club, on behalf of the elementary school staff. 
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September 2021 Students and Educators of the Month


September SOM & EOM

High School Educator of the Month: Jennifer Halfond Selected by staff for her role on the Pandemic Team. During the pandemic, she has been instrumental in keeping our staff and students safe with her work with professional development with COVID protocols for staff, contract tracing, communicating with those affected due to contact tracing, and COVID-testing staff and students.
High School Student of the Month: Nas’Zair Porter-Bellamy 
Selected for his growth in his behavior and grades while at the high school over the years. As a senior, he is following district SOAR values and passing all of his classes. He is also seen as a leader on our football team.
Middle School Student of the Month: Suha Rockwell  TSuha is described by her teachers as motivated, involved, and creative.  She is the first, middle school learner to complete the ELA continuum at the Middle school and will be taking high school ELA credit as an 8th-grade learner.  She is an excellent example of learner agency and is always looking to learn more.  Suha is the director of The WAVE, a member of the Student Government Association, and enjoys reading.  Her favorite subject is Math.  Her plans include attending DC Tech and going on to become an engineer. 
Middle School Educator of the MonthTrevar Scheuch Trevar has done a great job stepping into a new role and providing endless resources and help for the entire staff. He has been running all over the building daily to solve tech-related issues and then some. He is always positive, helpful, and dedicated to his work. He should be recognized for transitioning to his position as the Instructional Technology Integration Specialist smoothly. He has a genuine willingness to assist students and staff. Thank you for providing valuable training, websites, and resources.
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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