Happenings in York PA
Juneteenth (Juneteenth National Independence Day)
Celebrated on June 19th, Juneteenth, a state holiday since 2019 and a federal holiday since 2021, commemorates the ending of slavery when, on June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Texas were informed that they had been emancipated. Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told enslaved African Americans of their emancipation. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln and two months after the surrender of the confederate forces at Appomattox.
The colors and symbols on the flag are representative of freedom and the end of slavery in the United States.
Celebrations amongst newly freed African American enslaved people dating to 1866, started in Texas and eventually spread to the rest of the country. Today, Juneteenth serves as a time for reflection, remembrance, and celebration of African American culture and heritage, while also inspiring ongoing efforts to combat systemic racism and promote social justice for all.
In this area, Juneteenth celebrations will occur in central PA in and around June 19th.
     June 15 - Family Cookout at Penn Park (1pm - 5pm)
     June 19 – Juneteenth block party, Union Lutheran Church/Cultural Alliance
     June 21 – Summit - Voices of the Youth, The Grotto (5pm)
    June 22 – Keystone Kidspace (10am – 5pm)
    June 22 – York County Pride, Rainbow Rose Center (11am – 5pm)
Katie Caples, ECHO Project, Rotary Club of York, PA, Meeting 6/19/2024
HYBRID MEETING - CCY & Virtual Meeting on Zoom
To attend the VIRTUAL meeting on ZOOM for 06/19, please register at: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIldu-rqDgsG9J2_f-nTegvjxD9t8nNTFQr
Katie Caples, Director of ECHO (Every Child Has Opportunities), tells us about a new early childhood education initiative in response to the early childhood education crisis we face as a community. Katie shares how ECHO is strengthening the early childhood education ecosystem in York County, along with an invitation to join the conversation.
Led by Community Connections for Children and York County Economic Alliance, ECHO's goal is to increase the number of children, particularly low-income children, served in high-quality early childhood education programs in York County. 
LUNCH TO INCLUDE: Meatloaf, Chef's Choice of Starch, Fresh Fruit, Salad, Rolls, Beverages, and a Choice of Desserts
TIME - In Person at CCY
11:30am  Arrival and fellowship, Lunch
12:15pm  President Elect Courtney will begin meeting
1:15pm    Meeting adjourned
TIME - "Virtual" Audience on ZOOM:
11:45am  Log in and fellowship/networking on Zoom
12:15pm  Virtual Meeting to begin. Program with Q&A until 1:15pm.      
Evgeniadis/Winand, Shank's Mare/Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Rotary Club of York, PA, Meeting 6/12/2024
Ted Evgeniadis and Devin Winand discuss the history of both Shank's Mare Outfitters and Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association (LSRA). The recent retirement of Shank's Mare's owners Liz and Steve Winand, provided an opportunity for LSRA to continue outdoor education programming that has introduced over 30,000 area students to the Susquehanna River.
Mayor Helfrich, State of the City, Rotary Club of York, PA, Meeting 6/5/2024
Mayor Helfrich joins us to provide an update on the progress that is being made in York City, the challenges facing the city, and what he hopes to accomplish during the remaining time of his administration.