|Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg|
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Jeff Walker Inducted as
Pictured above (left to right): Dave Burns, sponsor; Jeff Walker, new member; and John Petrie, Past Secretary who performed the induction. Jeff has been assigned the classification of Audit Manager. He is employed by Brown, Schultz, Sheridan & Fritz (BSSF.com) in their Camp Hill office where he audits non-profit organizations as well as local Government Agencies. Jeff lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife Anne. Welcome to the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg.
Mark Dixon Inducted as
Pictured above (left to right): Past Secretary, John Petrie, who performed the induction and new member, Mark Dixon. Chuck Eberly sponsored Mark who was assigned the classification of Telecommunications Consulting. He owns his own business, DenMark Business Solutions, Inc. (web site DenMarkBusinessSolutions.com) and lives in Lewisberry with his wife Denise. Welcome to the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg.
On Sunday, June 15, Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg members helped with the registration of about 150 students at RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) which was held at Messiah College from June 15 to 19. Above picture includes Rotarians Frank Ulrich, Don Nardis, Mike Malpezzi (Mechanicsburg Club coordinator for RYLA) and Don's wife, Nancy. Our club sponsored five students: Connor Ryan and Faith Onelangsy from Mechanicsburg High School, Alex Mangus and Mary Frances Pillion from Trinity High School, and Alycia Bishop from Northern High School. RYLA is designed for incoming seniors in High School and helps develop their leadership skills as build networks with other students and learn about future career possibilities. More info about RYLA can be found at Rotary International and Rotary District 7390.
Pictured above (left to right): Allison Moesta, Program Officer for Educational Enhancement, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC); Meghan Ross, Mechanicsburg High School; Maura Vrabel, Trinity High School; Emily Noll, Northern High School; and and Chuck Eberly, club acting-president, Mechanicsburg Rotary Club. Not pictured is Johnathan Hershey, Messiah College who is doing his internship in Washington D.C.
Each student received a $1,000 scholarship. In addition, those students who attend Pennsylvania colleges will be eligible to receive a $1,000 matching PHEAA Partnership For Access To Higher Education (PATH) grant. The scholarships were awarded on May 28 with funds from the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg Charitable Fund held by the Mechanicsburg Area Foundation which is managed by TFEC.
Club Provides Support
Pictured above community members of the Cumberland Point apartment complex in Mechanicsburg along with three Mechanicsburg Rotary Club members - Darrell Westby, John Petrie, and Chuck Eberly. They are in front of a basketball rim just after it was installed by the club members. The Rotary Club recently applied for and received a District 7390 matching grant to improve the athletic facilities and equipment in the housing area. Over 60% (and rising) of its resident are refugees from Somali, while the other 40% are mostly low-income families who have moved from Harrisburg. The club partnered with A.R.O.M.A Missions of Messiah College who made known the need and help develop the grant proposal. The grant also provided for two portable soccer goals, three (total) replacement basketball rims, soccer uniforms, and soccer league referee fees for 8 games.
Pictured above are the soccer team members in their new Rotary Club provided shirts along with two Mechanicsburg Rotary Club members - Bob Brown and Patrick Wolfkill.
Club Sanitation Project in El Salvador
Pictured at left is one of seven composting toilets which has been completed in November in the community of Metalillito in El Salvador.
The Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg had been seeking a way to start this project since the fall of 2011 when our water well drilling team let by Frank Ulrich and John Petrie learned of this community's need. The team had observed the need for better sanitation in general and was looking for a way to help when they were led to the community of Metalillito. This community understood the need and had organized to seek solutions and welcomed the club's involvement. Since that time, the club's water/sanitation committee had sought a way to make it happen.
Finally, new club member, Don Seiple, led us to Salvadorian architectural engineer, Ricardo Barrera, who helped us really get going. The identified need is for 180 additional composting toilets to serve a community of about 3,000 people. We were seeking a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, but in the meantime using funds contributed to the club's charitable fund at the Mechanicsburg Area Foundation, Ricardo designed and supervised the construction of seven composting toilets. This enabled us to validate the design, determine the material list, and calculate the estimated construction cost.
A Global Grant requires a partnership with a Rotary Club in the host country, and we have developed a working relationship with the Rotary Club San Salvador Noroeste in El Salvador. We jointly completed the application for a Global Grant in early May 2014. It was accepted by our Rotary District 7390 and the Noroeste Club's District 4240. It is currently (as of May 15) at the Rotary Foundation awaiting their approval. The total Global Grant request is $123,888 for 180 units. Our club will need to contribute $35,400 of which we have raised over $31,800 as of the end of April. This will be matched by $35,400 from Rotary District 7390 and the remainder will come from the Rotary Foundation. Everyone is ready to proceed with the project as soon as the funds are made available.
Club Receives Report on
Pictured above are members of the community with their maze (corn) crop in Uganda that the Rotary Club of Mechanicsburg is helping by providing funds to support a unique micro-loan system. On November 13, Andy Agaba, the Founder & President of Hiinga updated the club on the progress of the project. Andy grew up in Uganda and attended college in Pennsylvania. He has felt a calling to find a way to help the people he grew up with find a better way to achieve economic success. Hiinga grew out of that call and vision. Hiinga not only makes loans, it teaches better farming techniques for better yields and higher quality, and organizes the farmers for marketing purposes. More info can be found at the Hiinga web site www.hiinga.org.
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