Meeting Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our meetings are now online every Monday at Noon.  Community members are welcome to join us. Please use the ‘Contact Us” tab to register for these weekly meetings.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Hershey Rotary Seeks Applicants for Youth Exchange Program
 
The Hershey Rotary Club is accepting student exchange applicants for the 2021-2022 academic year. It’s an uncertain time for foreign travel, but the Rotary Club is moving ahead with plans for an exchange with the hope that by next summer conditions will have improved relative to the pandemic. If not, the exchange may need to be postponed. 
 
The Hershey Rotary Club is part of Rotary International’s worldwide scholarship program through the local clubs that allows high school students all over the world to go to school in a foreign country for a year to broaden their experience and understanding of the wonderful world in which we live. 
 
The program is for students with above average scholastic achievements who would like to learn the culture and language of a foreign country, and to participate in the inter-country exchange of young ambassadors as has been provided by Rotary International for over 30 years. During recent academic years, the local Rotary District has sent students to more than 25 different countries. 
 
If you are interested in the Youth Exchange Program and would like to learn more, please contact Hershey Rotarians Richard Hann at Hannr54@comcast.net or Susan Steadman at steadmanhome@comcast.net. Information is also available at www.exchangestudent.org under the long-term program heading.
Our President's Message

Dear Fellow Hershey Rotarians:

I’ve just completed my first month as your president. We are off to a good start: great programs and an opportunity to come together, even though it is virtually through our Zoom meetings. This past month we also had the opportunity to gather in person while maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. We held a morning meet up at ChocolateTown Square and hosted a Rotary community table at the Market on Chocolate. Both events brought club members together and provided a welcome opportunity to visit face to face.

The Board met via Zoom on August 20. On the agenda was our Student of the Month program, how to thank our speakers while we hold online meetings, contacting members who have not yet paid dues, and outreach to members who have not participated in any recent Zoom meetings.

Traditionally, Students of the Month (two each from Hershey High, Milton Hershey, and Middletown) and two guests are invited to a luncheon meeting, introduced to the club, and presented with a certificate. Rather than try and coordinate the students joining our Zoom meeting, the Board decided to ask the students to create a 3-5 minute video that will be shared with the members at a regular club meeting. Instead of hosting the students and two guests to lunch, the Students of the Month will each receive a $50 gift certificate so that they can celebrate their achievement with their family.

Likewise, when we were able to meet in person, our speakers were treated to lunch and received a Rotary mug and box of Golden Almond as a thank you for their presentation. Since that is not possible now, the Board has decided to thank the speaker by making a $25 contribution in their name to one of five charitable organizations supported by the club. The possible recipients are:

  • Hershey Pubic Library
  • Cocoa Packs
  • Love, INC
  • Humane Society of Harrisburg
  • Polio Plus fund of Rotary International

The speaker will be asked to select which charity they would like to recognize.

While we all miss being able to come together every Monday for our meetings, the health and safety of our members is my priority. I anticipate that the club will continue to meet virtually until an effective vaccine is in place. Even though our noon meetings will continue to be virtual, the club will continue to provide opportunities for community service (read about the next opportunity below) and to hold social “meet-ups” where we can socialize while maintaining safe distancing protocols.j

I wish you all a happy and safe Labor Day weekend. Thank you for your commitment to Rotary and to our club. Even during this pandemic “Rotary Opens Opportunities,” even ones that we couldn’t imagine at the beginning of this year.

In Rotary,

Pam Whitenack

President, 2020-2021

 
 
Club Information

Serving Hershey and the Worldwide Community

We meet In Person
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Hershey Lodge & Convention Center
325 University Dr
Hershey, PA 17033
United States of America
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our Rotary club meetings are now online every Monday from Noon-1:00 pm. Members of the community are welcome to join us -- please use the ‘Contact Us” tab to register for these weekly meetings.