Breakout Sessions

1. COVID-19: Past, Present, and Future
Hosted by D7390 Safety Committee

ROOM HOST: DGN JULIET ALTENBURG (cell: 717-574-9499)

Angela K Shen, ScD, MPH

CAPT (ret), US Public Health Service
Visiting Scientist, Vaccine Education Center, CHOP
SHENAK@email.chop.edu | 301.467.7770

Over a year later, the COVID-19 continues to present challenges to our daily routines includes those of Rotarians. Hear about the status of the pandemic, the latest vaccines that have been approved, and strategies all of us should support to eradicate the effects of the SARS-CoV2 virus and its emerging variants.

Angela K. Shen, ScD, MPH is a public health leader, scientist, and health services researcher. She is a Visiting Research Scientist in the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a retired Captain in the US Public Health Service. Dr. Shen served over 22 years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s National Vaccine Program Office. She also served at USAID in the Bureau of Global Health, leading routine immunizations and has supported the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Botswana.

Dr. Shen is a recognized expert in public health practice, policy, research, and FDA-regulation. She specializes in vaccines and immunizations and was a designated federal official for the National Vaccine Advisory Committee. Dr. Shen also served on the adult working group of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

She is the recipient of over 13 civilian awards, including the HHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service (2006) and the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Special Recognition Award (2008) and 31 Uniformed Service awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal (2017), four Outstanding Service Medals (2017, 2017, 2007, 2007), three Commendation Medals (2017, 2012, 2010), the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal (2006), the Presidential Unit Citation (2015), the Foreign Duty Award (2004), and the Junior Officer of the Year (2007). In 2014, Dr. Shen was named Loma Linda University School of Public Health Alumnus of the Year.


 

2. Rotary Means Business: A program that builds connections and grows membership
Hosted by D7390

ROOM HOST: Jeanne Troy (cell: 717.439.0987)

Mary Brunski

Rotary Means Business Board of Governors, District 7390, 2019-present
President Rotary Club of Carlisle – 2018-2019
Youth Exchange Counselor 2020 – present
District Membership Coordinator 2019-2021
Incoming Assistant Governor 2021

Mary Brunski is on the Board of Governors of the popular Rotary Means Business Program in District 7390 that works to bring Rotarians back to Rotary’s roots in business networking. The program brings both Rotary and non-Rotary professionals together at gatherings which start with social time and end with a formal “sales pitch” from each member that informs attendees of participants professional background, builds connections, and serves to strengthen and build club membership. Hear more on how to easily build such a program for your own club or district. Participants will also get to experience the feel of an RMB event in the Zoom room.


 

3. Tips for Great Zoom Presentations
Hosted by D7390

ROOM HOST: Melissa Kopp-Smith (cell: 717-578-8918)

Una Martone

President & CEO
Leadership Harrisburg Area
www.leadershipharrisburg.org
O 717-216-5200
M 717-599-1783
Past District Governor, Rotary District 7390
District Trainer, Rotary District 7390
2020 GETS Training Leader, Rotary Zones 28 & 32
2020 & 2021 IA Training Leader, Rotary International

For the past year, many in-person meetings and gatherings have been replaced by virtual events. Zoom is one of the most popular platforms used throughout the world of Rotary. Even after a year of use, and maybe overuse, we all have room to improve! Join Una in this fun session as she shares best practices for hosting and facilitating effective meetings and events on zoom.

Una Martone served as District Governor in District 7390 during the 2017-2018 Rotary Year. She currently serves as the District Trainer; is a Faculty of the Rotary Leadership Institute, facilitated the first virtual GETS for Zones 28 & 32, and has served as a Training Leader for the Rotary International Assembly; in person in 2020 and virtually in 2021. Una is the first and only female ever invited to serve as an International Training leader from District 7390.

Una also has served as President & CEO of Leadership Harrisburg Area since 2007. LHA is a private, non-profit organization that teaches servant leadership and effective community service throughout Cumberland, Dauphin & Perry Counties, Central PA.


 

4. Improving the Quality of your life through the Quality of your Communications
Hosted by D7390

ROOM HOST: DG John Anthony (cell: 610-587-1358)

Dale Fallon

CEO
The Communication Gym
dale@thecommunicationgym.com
https://www.thecommunicationgym.com/about

For over 20 years Dale’s focus has been on one mission: to improve our quality of life by improving the quality of our communication. He has had the privilege to work with thousands of business owners, executives, sales professionals, and individuals across a wide variety of industries to help them build and enhance their communication competencies. Leveraging his corporate work, consulting skills, and black belt experiences, he has had the pleasure of sharing his belief in the dynamic and positive impact of meaningful, productive and powerful communication with others. Dale founded the Communication Gym in 2005 which is a skill and competency-based coaching/training organization. The company’s focus is delivering skills to people who want to improve. They support, challenge, train, and coach people with a strong desire to realize a higher quality of life for themselves and their communities. These people recognize that a long-term commitment to improving their communication skills is a keystone to achieve that goal.


 

5. Fostering Environmental Stewardship Through a Cause Based Eco Rotary Club
Hosted by D7450

ROOM HOST: Kevin Katarynick (cell: 610-960-9231)

Richard (Dick) Stevens
Past District Governor 2012-2013 and Founder of the Solana Beach Eco Rotary Club

In 2012, PDG Dick felt that Rotary needed to address the environment. He decided to form an Eco Rotary Club. There were no clubs in Southern California that had this focus. The new Eco Club was chartered in February 2013. In 2020, the club was selected as the best small club in his District. Membership has grown in the last 18 months by a net of nine new Rotarians. The club website www.sbecorotary.org describes the club members and projects.

PDG Dick is an entrepreneur having started or managed businesses in the motor home, swimming pool, solar, travel, and mortgage banking industries. He has been a Rotary member for 30 yrs. He has volunteered for Rotary projects in Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. He values the networking opportunities Rotary offers plus the lifelong friendships that come from helping others. He actively supports the Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Society member and Major Donor. He is married to Lynn, also an Eco Rotarian and past club president. He has two grown children and 3 grandsons. Aside from Rotary his passions are cycling and travel. He has traveled to 100 countries and all 7 continents.

Karen D. Kendrick-Hands
Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG), Founder and Director of Projects

Karen Kendrick-Hands, a member of the Rotary Club of Madison, WI, USA, D6250 since 2012, helped to form the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG), to synergize her passions for Rotary Service, protecting the environment and mitigating climate change and providing a way for like-minded Rotarians to collaborate. She has served as ESRAG’s Chair, Director of Communications, and is currently the Director of Projects. She was the first ever Observer Delegate sent by Rotary International to the UNFCCC climate talks, attending COP24 in Katowice, Poland, December 2018. In February 2020, Karen presented to the Rotary Foundation’s Environmental Issues Task Force, on behalf of ESRAG. Rotary International’s Directors and the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation accepted the Taskforce report unanimously and have created a seventh Area of Focus: Protecting the Environment.

Karen is active with the Wisconsin Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and is the Co-leader of its Rotary Action Team. When active as an attorney, Karen worked as a volunteer public interest advocate for cleaner air and mobility and transportation choices, including serving on various local, state and regional advisory bodies, for over 30 years.

Karen is blessed to have been a Rotary Youth Exchange student in 1967-68 to Australia. Karen and her husband Larry Hands, also a Rotarian and ESRAG Board member, have been married for 46 years, and have two married sons and three grandchildren. Together they have built a carbon-neutral home and are restoring prairie and savanna habitat on 80 acres in southwest Wisconsin, USA.


 

6. Fostering Peace and Conflict Resolution: Meet our Dedicated Peace Makers
Hosted by D7450

ROOM HOST: Krysta Halye (cell: 610-717-2828)

Past District Governor Pamela Akins: Moderator

One of the first women inducted into the New London, CT, Rotary Club, in 1987, Pamela Akins served as District 7980’s Centennial Governor in 2004-05. As District 7980’s Foundation Chair, she signed off on The Rotary Foundation’s first Global Grant in 2010 and participated in a Polio Eradication National Immunization Day in India in 2011. An ardent supporter of The Foundation, Pam is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Society, Bequest Society, and Arch Klumph Society member. She is currently District 6960’s Council on Legislation Rep and Paul Harris Society Chair and serves on TRF’s Major Gifts Initiative for Peace. Her professional background is in publishing, marketing and advertising.

Peace Fellow Ana Patel

Ana Patel received the Peace & Conflict Resolution Professional Certificate from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2016. She is a founder and serves as a senior consultant for Outward Bound Peacebuilding, which uses experiential learning in the outdoors to challenge and inspire leaders from divided communities to work together. In addition to being Rotary’s Representative to U.N. Women, she is a key organizer of the Rotary Peace Fellows’ Global Peace Conference held annually with Mediators Beyond Borders. She is currently working on the Youth & Peace in Action Initiative to train 100,000 young peacebuilders among high school and university students in the Southeastern U.S.

Peace Fellow Captain Nick Millward

Captain Nicholas H. Millward, United States Marine Corps, currently serves as the Executive Officer for Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 2014, with a degree in International Studies. After his USMC Commissioning, he was stationed at 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Lejeune, NC. He deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and assumed Company Command upon his return. Stationed in Japan, Nick seeks to increase his understanding of the INDOPACOM area of operations and of Asia’s unique diplomatic relationships. He will be earning his Masters in Conflict Resolution and Peacetime Studies from the University of Queensland in 2022-23.


 

7. Telling Your Rotary Story
Hosted by D7430

ROOM HOST: DG Janet Kolepp (cell: 484-241-1252)

Join Amy and Lou as they share with participants how they have strengthened their Rotary District and club’s presence in the community through innovative and creative communication strategies!

Amy Sheller

Co-Owner, Abominable Productions
www.abominableproductions.com
Digital/social media Manager “Taste of Kutztown” Fundraiser
Assistant Governor, D7430
amyshellerrotary@gmail.com
610-420-7710

Amy Sheller is co-owner of Abominable Productions, a video production company that specializes in cinematic storytelling. She has been filming small business identity films, weddings, dance & theatrical productions since 2002. Her company’s work has been featured on several national blogs & regional magazines. Their authentic story driven films have won them several International film competition awards. Amy attributes their success to a strong sense of community over competition and focusing on authentic moments, audio & editing with a storytelling focus.

Amy is a Kutztown Rotary member and served as club president for 2 years. She is the digital/social media manager for Kutztown Rotary’s largest fundraiser the ‘Taste of Kutztown Wine & Beer Festival’ & has grown that audience by 50%. She is currently serving as Assistant Governor for Area 3 and produces the monthly ‘District 7430 People of Action: Our Stories’ video series. This series has significantly increased the reach and engagement on our District’s social media account. Amy believes that using video to tell our stories, educate & inspire can help us expand our reach and grow Rotary!

Lou Bottitta

Phone Direct 484-788-2160
Rotary District 7430 Public Image Team Chair
Keller Williams Real Estate Allentown, Partner
www.LVhomeExpert.com
www.AllentownRotary.org
https://www.linkedin.com/in/loubottitta/
https://www.facebook.com/allentownrotary

Lou describes himself as a “Protired” Information Technology professional with almost 40 years of demonstrated effectiveness in systems development, technology planning, systems implementations and staff development. He now uses these IT and project management skills for Rotary, Community Bike Works, and Bottitta Team of Lehigh Valley Home Experts.

Lou is a member of Allentown Rotary for almost 4 years, serving as the Public Image (PI) Chair and editor of the bi-weekly club bulletin, the SMILE. He has been D7430 PI Chair since last July organizing a large Facebook PI group and initiating the district’s first ever Governor’s Public Image Challenge to promote and grow public image best practices across all D7430 clubs.

Lou’s wife, Barb, is an AG for D7430 and past president of Allentown Rotary Club. Together they have participated in several Rotary Friendship Exchanges, including ones to South Africa, Oregon and England.
Lou helps the Bottitta Real Estate Team to stay ahead of the technology curve to meet the needs and expectations of Lehigh Valley home buyers and sellers. I manage the team’s databases, websites, social media, and online marketing. Over the last 30 years, he has helped the team progress from the “HP Calculator Era” to the Digital Internet Age.


 

8. Putting the FUN back into Fundraising!

ROOM HOST: Jean Mcgill (cell: 610-248-4601)

Fundraising can be a challenge for many Rotary Clubs. A whole lot of time and effort sometimes yields minimal results. Learn from several Rotarian superstars on creative ways they have raised money for their clubs and communities even during a Global pandemic!

Stacey H. Ballard

President, Eadeh Enterprises
511 Old Lancaster Rd. Ste. 8
Berwyn, PA 19312
610-647-1776 ext 115
Cell 610-564-2723
StaceyBallard@Eadeh.com

Stacey Ballard is a Founding Member of the Upper Main Line Rotary and loves to plan a party! During the COVID pandemic her Rotary Club had to cancel their annual golf outing and Oktoberfest – both big money makers for the club’s foundation.  From a past tasting experience, she and her club decided to have a virtual beer and chocolate tasting which was a huge success! To pay for her Rotary addiction, she is President of Eadeh Enterprises managing a large family-owned real estate portfolio in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.  She and her husband Frank have a herd of dogs and are the most favorite and fun Aunt and Uncle to many nieces and nephews.  She loves to collaborate, share information, and drink a beer!!
 
Other featured speakers and their fundraising initiatives will include:
 
 

Bill Friedmann

Rotary Club of West Chester
“Chili Cook off”
610-633-5444
bill@getbluedog.com
 
Prior to starting Blue Dog, Bill spent 13 years working for Wawa Food Markets, first in Store Operations then in Store Technology Training. Bill graduated from Elizabethtown College in 1993 and earned a master’s degree from West Chester University in 2009. Bill is extremely involved in the community serving as past-president of the Rotary Club of West Chester. As past- chairman of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce, he still serves on that board and chairs the chamber’s Non-Profit Council. He is also an active member of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and a board member of Chester County’s Children Inc. Bill graduated from the United Way’s Leadership Chester County program in 2016 and was chairman of the West Chester Chili Cook-Off in 2017. He previously served on the board of the West Chester University Alumni Association and is still active in that organization. In his spare time, Bill tries to play golf, but is not very good.
 

Bill Blankmeyer

Rotary Club of Carlisle
“Holiday online auction”
717-385-1917
blankmeyer66@comcast.net
 
Bill was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Delaware County, graduated from the US Military Academy in 1975. During his career in the Army, he served 10 years in Germany and had assignments at the Military Academy, the Air Force Academy, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, Fort Carson, CO and Fort Knox, KY. He retired from active duty as a colonel while teaching at the Army War College in 2002. Upon his retirement, he joined the Carlisle Rotary Club and continued to teach as a contract faculty member at the Army War College until 2017. He has master’s degrees from Penn State and the University of Virginia. He served as the President of the Carlisle Rotary Club in 2013-2014.
 

Terry Davis

Rotary Club of Colonial Park
“Indoor Mini Golf”
717-648-2071
TDavis@kcshbg.com
 
 

Ron Smith

Rotary Club of Blue Bell
“Chef of the Burbs”
215-896-6870
rsmith.rotary@gmail.com

9. Investing in our Veterans and their communities through the Rotary Veterans Initiative
Hosted by District 7390

ROOM HOST: DGE Greg Staub (cell: 717-578-0691)

Rick Coplen

Chair, Rotary Veterans Initiative, D7390
rickcoplen@gmail.com
C: 703-786-7181

The Rotary Veterans Initiative (RVI) invests in student veterans’ career dreams as it strengthens the resilience of local communities. RVI’s mission is to help U.S. military veterans succeed by supporting their education, training, and job search opportunities. RVI fulfills this mission by funding scholarships, books, and digital devices and providing career-focused mentoring for student veterans. RVI is launching a new initiative, in partnership with Harrisburg LaunchBox (Powered by Penn State), to help veterans start new small businesses.

RVI is always looking for good ideas and new partners in our quest to help veterans and their families. We look forward to sharing the success stories of the student veterans we have helped and listening to your stories and good ideas! To better understand the challenges facing military families, as well as our commitment to helping veterans, please watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M_ncfK68p0

Speaker Rick Coplen is a graduate of West Point and Princeton, Professor at the US. Army War College; Adjunct Professor at Elizabethtown College, a Decorated U.S. Army Combat and Peacekeeping Veteran. His background in Rotary includes serving as Past President, Rotary Club of Carlisle; and in the role of Carlisle Area School District Director since 2015. For Rick, his most important role is being the husband of COL (R) Lorelei Coplen since 1987 and father of amazing daughters, Jacqui, and Michaela.

 


 

10. Meet Rotary’s Next Generation: A Fireside Chat with our Rotaractors
Hosted by D7450

ROOM HOST: Joan Batory (cell: 267-992-5524)

Hear our Rotaractors discuss how they regard their Rotary experience, the value of Rotary to them, and their thoughts on becoming independent clubs with new powers effective July 1,2021.

Brandon Dobbs

President, Rotaract Club of Duke University D7710
brandon.dodds@duke.edu
530-519-9474

Brandon Dodds is a junior at Duke University studying Classical Civilization and Latin. He is the immediate past president of the Rotaract Club of Duke University and the District Rotaract Representative-Elect for Rotary District 7710. Brandon’s Rotaract accomplishments include planning multiple leadership and professional development events and speaking at the 2019 RI Convention in Hamburg, Germany. After graduation, he plans to attend law school and hopes to use his career to serve others. Brandon’s hobbies include cooking, guitar, baseball, and cribbage.

Christina Recto

President, The Rotaract Club of the University of Pennsylvania D7450
crecto@sas.upenn.edu
502-415-3763

Christina Recto is a senior from Irvine, California, majoring in Neuroscience and Classical Studies at Penn. She plans to do research after graduation and later attend medical school. On campus, she works as a writing tutor and research assistant in a developmental psychology lab and serves as president of Penn’s Rotaract Club. Penn Rotaract’s mission is to make volunteering as accessible as possible to college students through partnering with local organizations to provide service opportunities. Members of Penn Rotaract primarily volunteer at local patient-care centers and dog shelters, plan fundraisers for international causes, and hold joint events with other Rotary organizations.

Cezanne Lojeski

President-elect, The Rotaract Club of the University of Pennsylvania D7450
lojeskic@sas.upenn.edu
631-504-2997

Cezanne Lojeski is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying environmental science and philosophy. Her academic interests specifically surround the intersection of environmental protection and law, and she plans to attend law school following graduation to pursue environmental and administrative law. Outside of class, Cezanne is involved in several student organizations. She is the Vice President of Penn Rotaract, the Vice of President of Pennpals, a member of the Penn Band, and a member of the Penn Philosophy Society.

In her free time, she enjoys helping the community in any way possible, spending time with friends, cooking, hiking, and scuba diving.

Gregory Collins

Past President, Rotaract Club of the University of Miami
grco@wharton.upenn.edu
904-234-1480

Gregory Collins is a past President of the Rotaract Club of the University of Miami. After graduation, Greg joined the Rotary Club of St Augustine, FL. He is now a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School where is enrolled in the MBA program. He is an active member of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia Happy Hour and is the club’s liaison to the UPENN Rotaract Club.


 

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