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FRONT ROW (L-R) - Doug Barmoy - President-Elect, Terry Gingrow - President, Kelly Rebert -VP, Sec, Jim Balthaser -Treasurer

BACK ROW (L-R) - Sharon Kebil-Whisler, Steve Harner, Greg Staub, Warren Risk, Stephanie Glatfelter, Jess Socrates, Ruth Shaffer




The Rotary Club of Hanover 



proudly present...

The 25th Annual SPORTS NIGHT

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recognizing Area Youth

Raising Funds to assist YOUTH in our community

Purpose: The purpose of Sports Night is to focus attention on the youth of the greater Hanover area.  Recognizing scholar-athletes from Hanover, South Western, Spring Grove and Delone Catholic High Schools for their achievements has become a tradition that provides positive role models and motivation for success for all area students.  The event also enables Rotary to provide additional financial support to a variety of non-profit organizations serving our area's youth.

As we begin preparation for this year's 25th Annual Sports Night, there are many ways which you can participate, including sponsorship, donation of door prizes or auction items, and advertising.  In addition, local businesses sponsor select Junior High high school students for an evening that they will certainly remember.

Location: SAVES Building  5865 Hanover Rd   Hanover, Pa 17331

Supporting Sports Night:  

Underwriter - $750 - includes special recognition in media press releases; name in radio promos on WHVR/98.5, The Peak and ads in newspapers; full page ad in Event Program; acknowledgement on posters distributed in area; Reserved table of 6 for Main Event; and 2 tickets to the Celebrity/Scholar Athlete Reception/Press Conference.

Table Sponsor - $200 - includes Reserved Table of 6 for main event; acknowledgement in Event Program; reserved seating

Supporter -

> Provide sports-related items for door prizes, raffle or auction during the event

> Sponsor Students ($20 each)

> Provides a donation to support this community service event


5:00 - 6:15 pm Press Conference & Reception for celebrities, underwriters, scholar-athletes and parents

6:30 - 9:00 pm Buffet Dinner & Program, Auction and Door Prizes

Contact Us for Additional Information:

Steph Glatfelter - 717-965-6705

David Wells - 717- 465-6685


Featured Guest

Jamal Lafitte Lewis was inducted into the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens’ Ring of Honor on September 27, 2012 as the teams all-time rushing leader compiling 7,801 yards during his first seven (2000-2006) seasons with the Ravens.  Lewis gained an additional 2,806 rushing yards as a member of the Cleveland Browns during the 2007-2009 seasons, for a total career rushing yards of 10,607 on 2,542 attempts, for an average of 4.2 yards per carry.  Lewis rushed for 103 yards and scored a touchdown in Super Bowl XXXV, becoming only the second rookie ever to rush for over 100 yards in a Super Bowl and the youngest player ever to score a touchdown in a Super Bowl (21).


Lewis rushed for 2,066 yards (led the NFL) during his outstanding 2003 season (NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press), which is third-most all-time single season rushing yardage, behind Eric Dickerson and Adrian Peterson.  That same year, Lewis rushed for 295 yards on Sept. 14, 2003 against the Cleveland Browns, which at the time was an NFL single-game rushing record.  Adrian Peterson eclipsed the record in 2007 when he rushed for 296 yards.


Lewis rushed for 2,677 yards and accounted for 3,161 all-purpose yards during his three year career at the University of Tennessee.  He stands third on the university’s all-time rushing leaders and fourth in all-purpose yards.  He played with former Indianapolis Colts, and current Denver Broncos, quarterback Peyton Manning while playing at the University of Tennessee.




(Editor's Note: This portion of our website will be used to keep interested parties up-to-date on what PHI International is doing and what progress is being made.  Please check back often.)

Update 12/17/13 -The team leader, Dr. Eric Talens, trauma surgeon, is one of our PHI Fraternity brothers. 

Please note how we STRETCH the dollars by extensive utilization of volunteers, available government transport services and the military.

Samar is the island immediately north of Leyte. The first mission traversed the north-south length of this island after they took the ferry in order to get to Leyte.


 Hernani, Eastern Samar, a fifth-class municipality, with a population of 8,070 (2010 census), has 13 barangays (village units).  There were 76 deaths, 6 missing, and 80 percent property devastation secondary to the storm.  The municipality is 61 kilometers north from Guiuan, which has a small airport, and 58 kilometers south of Borongan, the capital of Eastern Samar.  Two of the barangays, which were wiped out by the storm surges, had been "condemned" by the provincial government (i.e.  will no longer be rebuilt nor resettled).


The team was composed of 25 volunteers as follows:


  • Team leader, Dr.  Eric Talens, Director, Ugnayan ng Pahinungod Manila; Trauma Surgeon and Chief of the Division of Trauma Surgery, PGH.
  • 5 physicians, 1 Dentist, 2 EMT's, 2 RN's, 2 Pahinungod officers,
  • 4 NGO volunteer mountaineers
  • 8 civilian volunteers 


Repacking of the following relief and medical supplies were done by volunteers from University of the Philippines Manila and other NGO's who trooped to Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Nurses' Home.


  • 1,568 family packs (2 kilos of rice, 6 canned goods, 4 packs instant noodles, 5 packs biscuits, and 5 sachets of instant coffee/chocolate.
  • 1000 shelter packs (1 mosquito net for 5 people) and 1 sleeping mat (for 4)
  • 722 blankets
  • 881 Hygiene kits (5 toothbrushes, 1 tube toothpaste, 1 family bath soap, 2 small towels, 1 bottle shampoo, 1 pack sanitary napkin, 1 sachet laundry soap, 1 bottle each of Betadine, Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, 10 pcs sterile gauze, 1/2 in micropore tape and 1 pack cotton balls)
  • 258 Kiddie packs (1 coloring book, 1 box crayons, 1 stuffed toy, 1 pair kiddie slippers)
  • 419 tarpaulin sheets (380 brand new; 39 used) (can be used as temporary roof)
  • 125 underwear packs (each pack has 4 pairs lady's underwear and 1 pair man's briefs)
  • 285 packs of diapers (112 packs small, 60 packs medium; 50 packs large; 5 adult diapers)
  • 8 big boxes of used slippers and shoes
  • 1 big box of various donated toys 


The team left PGH at 3 a.m.  on Dec.  3, 2013. Personnel and cargo were transported by a private group (6 vehicles), from PGH Nurses' Home to Villamor Air Base.  The entire team and cargo took the government C130 flight (Manila to Guiuan) through arrangements with the Philippine Air Force. Transportation of the team from Guiuan to and from Hernani, as well as security through the roads, were provided by the 11th Marine Battalion.  The local contingent of the World Food Program, Inc. provided an additional two trucks to deliver the rest of the relief goods from Guiuan airport to Hernani.


The team brought their own food, drink and camping needs.  Volunteer mountaineers, and some team members cooked and set up camp.  The first night in Hernani was spent in two volunteer homes.  The team rested with the squad of marines providing security.


The medical mission started early the following day after a temporary shelter from the sun was set up by the marines.  There were 80 medical consultations and 6 surgical procedures, including emergency circumcision for preputial stricture secondary to trauma, 3 debridements for neglected wounds, and 2 incision and drainages for subcutaneous abscesses.


Relief goods were distributed with assistance from the Local Government Unit.


The team travel\ed back to Guiuan that afternoon.  Eleven members opted for the predictable but long and arduous land trip back to Manila.  The rest of the 14 members waited for the unpredictable C130 flight the following day.  All the team members were back in Manila by the evening of Dec.  5, 2013.

Pictures may be viewed at:

Update - 12/3/13 - (following is an e-mail sent to our District Governor Ortiz from Jess Socrates about events in the Philippines)

Date: Tue, 3 Dec 2013 07:04:38 -0500
Subject: Medical and disaster relief mission to Palo, Leyte

Dear District Governor Hector Ortiz:
(cc Peg Sennett and Rick Coplen)

I would like to thank you once again for Rotary District 7390 $5,000.00 donation to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  I am submitting a summary of the disaster relief mission to Palo, Leyte, that was conducted by Ugnayan ng Pahinungod.  The District's contribution, pooled with donations from other sources, was instrumental in making this mission happen.

Palo, Leyte, a third class municipality with a population of 62,727 (2010 census), was hard hit by typhoon Haiyan.  By day 2, there were 33 confirmed mortalities due to the violent wind and storm surge.  Palo is the site of the University of the Philippines School of Health Sciences, one of the top midwifery schools in the country that train socially conscious community health workers.  Some of them eventually become nurses and doctors who stay in the rural areas to serve the needy.

A land trip was planned.  Complicating the trip were the long wait for the ferry from Matnog, Sorsogon (southern tip of Luzon) to Allen Samar and the security problems (communist activity and banditry) on the road along Samar, particularly just before the San Juanico Bridge (connects southern tip of Samar island to Leyte). 

Repacking of "family relief packs" and "hygiene kits" were done by various volunteers from University of the Philippines Manila and non-governmental organizations who trooped to the Pahinungod office and nearby Nurses' Home in the Philippine General Hospital campus.  (pictures are in the Rotary Club of Hanover website).  The following were prepared and eventually distributed:
  • 1500 family relief packs (2 kg.  rice, canned goods, instant noodles, instant coffee, candles, matches, biscuits, candies/chocolates, 1 liter bottled water, and water purification tabs, all in an eco-friendly bag)
  • 993 hygiene kits - (bath soap, toothpaste, cotton balls/buds, face towel, toothbrushes, toilet paper, sanitary napkin, diapers, alcohol, and betadine, all in a small handy bag). 
  • 400 sleeping mats 
  • 400 mosquito nets 
  • 120 coloring books, 120 packs of crayons, and 120 toys (colored rubber balls)
The all-volunteer team, led by Pahinungod Director and trauma surgeon, Dr. Eric Talens, was composed of:
  • 10 doctors, 1 dentist and 3 EMT's from Manila 
  • 2 volunteers at the site who were typhoon victims themselves 
  • 5 mountaineers who brought their own supplies and provided housekeeping chores for the whole team (cooking, cleaning, and setting camp)
The team was prepared to be self-sufficient with their own food and water for the entire trip.  The 8-vehicle caravan included a truck to transport the relief goods and medical supplies and a bus to bring the personnel.  A separate team of 15 personnel in 6 vehicles joined en route, to provide security as the team traversed the danger areas.  This group was self-sufficient in terms of food and water.  All Pahinungod volunteers are insured.  They fill out personal data sheets for beneficiaries just before each mission.  The safety of the volunteer is paramount in any mission.

The Team left Philippine General Hospital at 11 p.m.  of Nov.  17, 2013.  The long queue for the ferry boats measured at least 12 kilometers.  The caravan was allowed to bypass this through previous special arrangements.  In spite of this, there was a 7-hour wait at the port due to the heavy vehicular and passenger traffic in the ferries.  Provided with additional security (1 vehicle from Armed Forces of the Philippines) from Allen port in Samar, the team convoy headed for Leyte and arrived at Palo after a 29-hour journey. 

Palo, like Tacloban, was virtually a ghost town.  Many inhabitants, with resources and relatives in other areas had already evacuated.  The lack of food, water and electrical power, had shut down most of the operations in the municipality including the barely functioning Local government units.

The medical mission and relief distribution were conducted at the grounds of the Sacred Heart Seminary in Palo, coordinated with the mayor's office.  The mission started at about 2:30 p.m.  in the afternoon and continued only until sundown, since there was no electricity.  Approximately 500 patients were treated.

Relief distribution, was carried out until 7 p.m.  at night when all relief items were distributed.  All volunteers, including bus and truck drivers as well as local volunteers were involved in the distribution. 

The whole mission crew and security teams billeted for the night in the Iglesia ni Kristo grounds in Palo, Leyte.  where they were allowed to park the vehicles, set-up camp, cook and eat their evening meal and breakfast, as well as use the toilet and bath facilities.

The team left early the next morning to deliver the residual medications to Eastern Visayas Medical Center in Tacloban.  The hospital staff there was short on food since their supplies were taken by looters.  The team left all the remaining food and water with the hospital staff when they left Tacloban. 

The trip back to Manila took less than 24 hours and was uneventful, except for difficulty in docking back at Matnog port due to the rough sea.  The team was back in Manila at 2 p.m., Nov.  21, 2013.

Please refer to the following link for numerous pictures of the mission:

Respectfully submitted: 

Jess Socrates, M.D.
Treasurer, PHI International

Jess U. Socrates, M.D.
Medical Director
Hanover Hospital Laboratory
Hanover, PA 17331


Update - 11/19/13 - the Team sponsored by PHI International was on the ground in the affected areas after long, arduous travels across roads and water.  Donations were starting to roll in, including $5000 from our Rotary District 7390 !!


November 19, 2013

Hello Club Presidents of District 7390,  


I am writing on behalf of the beleaguered typhoon victims in the Philippines.  This is another opportunity for us to “Engage Rotary, Change Lives."  I encourage your clubs to help in any way you deem appropriate, large or small.


During the recent Rotary Foundation Dinner, I announced a $5,000 donation of District funds to go towards efforts to help the victims survive this disaster.  Upon the recommendation of the District Disaster Relief Committee, the $5,000 will be donated to Phi Kappa Mu International (PHI International):


·         There is a direct Rotary connection with this organization. The current treasurer, Jess Socrates, M.D., has been an active Rotarian with the Hanover Rotary Club for many years and continues to be intimately involved with Rotary water projects in the Philippines. (Hanover Rotary Club is now working on its third grant in the Philippines). The District will be kept informed on how donated dollars are spent through reports and pictures.


·         Phi Kappa Mu International, a service organization founded by medical students from the University of the Philippines in Manila, is a US registered 501(c)3 charitable non-profit organization composed of doctors of all specialties based all over the United States and the Philippines. It is a purely volunteer organization with no paid employees and no operational costs. One hundred percent of donations received will be spent directly on disaster relief efforts. Donations are tax-deductible.  A response is already underway to take trucks, with military escort, loaded with relief goods and medical supplies, along with volunteer doctors/nurses/EMTs to provide acute wound care to areas not reached by other organizations.  Missions to provide relief goods including water, food, other essentials, and supplies to prevent the spread of disease during the survival phase, and later funds to help folks repair/rebuild severely damaged homes, will continue as long as funds are available.


If you wish to contribute to PHI International, please make tax-deductible donations payable to:  "PHI International" and mail them to Jess Socrates, M.D., Treasurer, 90 Segovia Court, Hanover PA 17331.  Donations are also accepted in PHI International's website:


If you wish to contribute to ShelterBox (, the international disaster response charity that is Rotary’s project partner for disaster relief, please go to the website and follow the directions or mail to:  ShelterBox USA, 8374 Market Street #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 34202.


If you wish to provide water filters (, please make check payable to the Rotary Club of Carlisle-Sunrise and mail to same at P. O. Box 821, Carlisle PA, 17013.  One $25 water filter provides up to 500 gallons of clean water per day.


Please be sure that all individual Rotary donors consider reporting their donation via email to their Club President and to Peg Sennett ( or Rick Coplen ( from the District Disaster Relief committee.

      Thanks in advance for your consideration


Hector Richard Ortiz

District Governor 2013-2014

Recently, probably the largest storm the world has ever seen ravaged a large area of the Philippines leaving death and destruction in it's wake.  It will be months if not years before "normal" life returns to that area.  In the meantime residents of the Philippines need all the help they can get.  A member of our Club, Dr Jess Socrates, hails from the Philippines and has initiated humanitarian projects in his native country in the past.  Jess is part of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that raises money to assist people in need in the Philippines. He has been in touch with his family and friends in the aftermath of Haiyan and his non-profit group is now raising money for relief efforts.  Below is a brief note and some pictures from Jess which describes conditions in the Philippines and ways we can assist if we are so moved:

This email is going to Terry, John, Warren and Justine -

Thank you all for helping out.


Here's some info on what is going on.

My non-profit group, Phi Kappa Mu International a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is coordinating with several NGO's (non-governmental organzations) in the Philippines in an effort to help two areas in Leyte island (Palo and Ormoc) that were affected by the super typhoon. These are areas that will get government and relief aid last since they are  non-priority as far as large organizations are concerned. We have volunteers on site. They can help only for as long as funds come in. Since we are a medical group, we address not just acute necessary needs but also medical preventive measures to prevent an epidemic.


I am the treasurer of PHI KAPPA MU International, Tax ID number 48-1279204. We are a large group of medical fraternity brothers, family and friends. Our past and ongoing charitable activities  include distribution of wheelchairs to patients who can't afford to pay for one and surgical repair of indigent children with congenital defects. We recently completed construction of 27 homes in a project similar to Habitat for Humanity. We are also ready to start construction of a student dormitory in our college campus. We have provided disaster relief in previous natural calamities.

Important to note that we do NOT have any operational expenses or paid employees so, 100% of donations will go directly towards these efforts to help victims.

 Please write out tax-deductible donations to "PHI International" and mail to: Jess Socrates, M.D., Treasurer 90 Segovia Court Hanover, PA 17331.

I am attaching the flyer that I distributed after the meeting.

Thank you very much.


Jess U. Socrates, M.D.
Medical Director
Hanover Hospital Laboratory
Hanover, PA 17331







Joining Hands Helps Recovery Efforts in New Jersey

Peg Sennett is a member of our Club who initiated an effort, titled Joining Hands, to provide direct aid and assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2006.  Since that time Peg and Joining Hands has coordinated Teams of volunteers to travel to disaster sites to help people rebuild their homes, their lives, and their hope for a better future.  Below, please find a note from Peg which gives some insight into their most recent rebuild effort in new Jersey helping victims of Super Storm Sandy:

Family and Friends,
I spent last week in Atlantic City New Jersey on our Joining Hands disaster build for Storm Sandy. As, I think, all of you know, I formed Joining Hands in January 2006, following Katrina, for the purpose of gathering dollars and volunteers to completely rebuild/restore destroyed home. Because Atlantic City is fairly close and because we dedicated this build to the memory of Jim, 117 people signed up and $100,000 was committed. As a result we could restore three homes over a 5 1/2 week period. What we learned quickly is that the homes in Atlantic City, owned by the city's poorest residents who have no resources or insurance to rebuild, plus the issues that homes were built early in the 1900's, they were riddled with challenges, such as horsehair plaster, lathing v. studding, inadequate plumbing and maintenance neglect. In disaster rebuilding we must be flexible and that was certainly the call for this project. But maybe because the houses needed lots of tlc and updating outside of the effects of the flooding, the homeowners were exceedingly grateful. In the best of their dreams they would never have imagined moving back into a 'new' home. Now these houses are three stories and we only worked on the first floor where the flooding occurred, but non-the-less each homeowner now has a new living/dining area and a new kitchen with new appliances and cabinets. Two houses have new baths.
While I can't possibly send all of the photos to you, I've attached those that involve me and Jeff. My son, who lives in Maine, participated for the first time. He is sold and is ready for the next trip.
The second photo is of Jeff and me beside the plaque attached to each home. The plaque signifies that the house has been restored in memory of Jim. Fourth photo is the finished product in one of the homes. And the last photo shows that, yes, we also do have fun.
In a few weeks the newsletter will be ready and I'll be sure to send a copy on to each of you.









The Hanover Rotary Club held it's first-ever Yard sale on Saturday September 28, 2013 in the parking lot of Chili's Restaurant on Eisenhower Drive, Hanover.  All proceeds earned from the sale went to benefit our scholarship program for area High School students.  

The event was strongly supported by the Club membership - from the Committee who organized the event, to the 20+ members who showed up to assist with the sale; providing baked goods and collecting  items from friends and neighbors to sell.  Special thanks go out to Sue Myers, mother of member Ryan Myers, who donated much furniture and household goods; Becky Costello, Hampton Inn, for  donating coffee and set-up tables; to Bert Elsner, Elsner Engineering, for arranging to have an antique car on display at the event ;to Doug Becker , Hanover Capital Management, who donated items due to an office relocation; and to Doug Barmoy, Hanover Land Management, who warehoused and transported items; and finally to Chili's Restaurant who allowed us to utilize their parking lot for the event.

We are pleased that over $1000 was raised to support our scholarships but a secondary benefit was the camaraderie and fellowship that developed among Club members in support of the event.  Please "click" on the link on the menu bar above entitled ALBUMS to see a few pictures taken of the event.

Plans will soon be underway for a second annual Yard Sale in 2014!!!!





Scotland GSE Team visits Hanover Area


Arrival At Harrisburg Int'l Airport


GSE TEAM Scotland - Group Photo


Team Presentation at Hanover Rotary Club


 Having Fun At Vern Leese's Farm


Visiting Hanover Shoe Horse Farm


Visiting Wasnington, D.C.


 Visiting Washington, D.C. 


Visiting Washington D.C.


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