Gettysburg Rotary : Volunteers in Action

Contributed by Scott Wehler

As you may know Rotary is a philanthropic organization of charitably minded people. Here is how they define themselves. “Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.”

One of Rotary’s chief goals is to support education. To that end our local Gettysburg group which has several Lake Heritage residents as members has made a concerted effort to promote literacy by means of distributing dictionaries to Gettysburg area schools.

Here is a news release provided by Scott Wehler, a Lake Heritage resident and for many years an active Rotarian detailing the initiative.

Dictionaries Cap Off Literacy Month – All third grade students in the Gettysburg area received dictionaries during the week of April 17th as part of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg’s celebration of Literacy Month. The Gettysburg Club distributed 525 dictionaries to students at Biglerville Elementary, Fairfield Elementary, Vida Charter School, St. Francis Xavier School, James Gettys Elementary, Franklin Township Elementary, Gettysburg Montessori School and Lincoln Elementary School. Rotarians worked with the teachers and students to practice looking up wording and using them in sentences.

Our local club meets on Mondays at noon at the Gettysburg Hotel. Sylvan Hershey, Bob Gough and I are all members that can be contacted about membership. Our website is but our Facebook page does a fine job showing some of our efforts such as Project Dictionary mentioned above.