Formed in 1916 - just 11 years after Paul Harris formed the first Rotary Club in Chicago, IL, it is the 25th largest club in the world with over 325 members who are leaders from all areas of business, religious and community organizations. The Rotary Club of York, PA, has had a long history of service to the City and surrounding area, particularly focused on disadvantaged children. To celebrate, the Club has planned a number of projects during our 100th year that showcase some of our projects and that will expand our presence in the city.
The beginning of the 100 years of The Rotary Club of York will be a dinner-dance at the Yorktowne Hotel on June 6, 2015. The year will end with a dinner at The Country Club of York in early June, 2016.
Rotary Club of York 100th Anniversary Book
An illustrated, hardback history of The Rotary Club of York is being assembled by the Centennial History Committee, chaired by Gordon Freireich. The book will be a keepsake on the relevance of the club to the community, including special moments shared by members. The book will be given to those who contribute to the centennial year at a specified level and for sale to all others. Sponsors will be able to write a history of their companies, to be included at the back of the book.
Gateway to York Garden
For too long, the hillside at South George Street and Rathton Road has been a vacant piece of land. The Rotary Club of York in partnership with WellSpan Health will develop it into a Gateway to York. Driving into the city from the south, you will be welcomed by a feature including natural stone walls, a running waterfall, and a large Welcome to York sign. This will be accentuated with a beautifully landscaped garden. York Water Company will provide the water for this feature. A walkway, made up of bricks with the engraved names of sponsors will be another feature of the garden.
Service Above Self Mural
The Service Above Self mural on the side of the Yorktowne Hotel has been transferred to The Rotary Club of York by the York County Heritage Trust. The mural is being redesigned to portray a variety of visual elements commemorating York. Images of The Rotary Club of York and York’s history will be depicted on the mural. The ten persons featured in the original mural will also appear in the new one.
Rotary Golf-Tennis-Croquet Outing
As part of its fundraising efforts, The Rotary Club of York will continue to host the golf-tennis-croquet outing at The Country Club of York in the fall allowing Rotarians and their friends to contribute to our Charitable Endowment Fund by participating in the sport of their choice. Charitable endowment funds are used to support community based programs. This past year, the York Little League received its uniforms thanks to members’ and their guests’ contributions.
York Rotary 100th Anniversary Celebration with the York Revolution
In the upcoming season, the York Revolution baseball team will join in the celebration of York Rotary’s 100th anniversary. Our club will be honored as the Rev’s wear commemorative 100th anniversary jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to the Centennial fund. There will be a special celebration with the first pitch as well as other events and remarks from local and national figures involved with our club and the team.
York Rotary 100th Anniversary Float in the York Halloween Parade
Join the fun at the annual York Halloween Parade on Sunday afternoon, October 25, 2015. Keep a look-out for Rotary’s float honoring the York Rotary, York Little League, and the Preserve Planet Earth Committee’s “Restoring the Canopy” tree planting.
Banners Across the Streets Celebrating 100 Years in Existence
Banners celebrating 100 years of Rotary in York will be hung on South George Street and Continental Square. The banner will commemorate the story of The Rotary Club of York.
Local, State, and National politicians will be making proclamations to The Rotary Club of York in celebration of our first 100 years. These proclamations will recognize the club for what we have done and stood for over the years.