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Country Club of York
1400 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403

Rotary Club of York
C/O American Red Cross
724 S. George St.
York, PA 17401
Phone : (717) 848-1370

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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.

Politicians’ Proclamations

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.


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We received the following email from Jacque Chapman, Executive Director of the Rotary Club of Beaumont, TX, to update us on their Hurricane Harvey recovery projects to which we donated over $19,000:
The week of Thanksgiving, we partnered with Habitat for Humanity and did some work with them for a family or two.  One family in particular really touched our hearts.  It was an entire home re-build for a single mom and her family.  One child is autistic and was really having a difficult time being displaced from his home following the disaster.  With Habitat and some University construction management students, Rotarians were able to do a very quick turnaround for her and get them back into their rebuilt home before the holidays.  Not only was it a blessing to her but it was equally to the Rotarians who served.
In January, we partnered with a local health agency and provided winter coats for children who lost much of their personal belongings.  We were able to purchase hundreds of coats from Operation Warm (I'm sure you've heard of this Rotarian-started company) and gave those to children in need.  I know you are accustomed to hard winters and huge amounts of snow, but we aren't, and this project was done just ahead of a really cold winter blast and Beaumont's second snowfall of the year!  The coats were a welcomed gift to those children! 
We have been able to multiple the funds we have received many times over with matching grants from the District and the Zone so we have been doubly blessed in that regard also.  We selected two groups - UMCOR (Methodist organization) and Nehemiah's Vision - and have purchased massive amounts of sheetrock, tape, mud, nails, etc. for them to use in re-builds.  They routinely update us with their progress as they move from one home to the next.  They tell us they are scheduled through the year 2020 or longer.
While Rotarians have limited skills and stamina to do much of this sort of work, we do plan to do some hands-on work with them.  (York Rotarian) Trent Davis said he and “Servants” have been here and worked with Nehemiah's Vision before and will be returning.  I hope he lets us know when, so we can meet him and work together.   So, yes! when that happens we will claim it as a partnership
with the York Club, “Servants” and our Club!  I'll make sure you get photos of that event!
We have had such support and help, but we will never forget that York was the first club which directly responded to us and did so in such a HUGE way!
We will forever be grateful to you.


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