Creating change in our community and around the world.

The Rotary Club of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania is a diverse organization of local business and community leaders who are united for the common good.

Our members are committed to the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.”

Friday April 19th

On April 16th, Dr. Annette Searfoss of First Partnership for Children and Family Affairs (formerly Head Start) discussed the need for early childhood development. She explained the physiological changes occurring in the first year of a child’s brain and the need for adult interaction to promote the development. It does not take a great deal of interaction, but the absence of this critical stimulation has long term deleterious social costs. She explained the “Heckman Equation” which reveals the cost effectiveness of early interaction. Her organization aids in the preparation of children for Kindergarten; she noted, new income levels have been introduced that permit people above the poverty level to enroll their children ... See MoreSee Less

On April 16th, Dr. Annette Searfoss of First Partnership for Children and Family Affairs (formerly Head Start) discussed the need for early childhood development. She explained the physiological changes occurring in the first year of a child’s brain and the need for adult interaction to promote the development. It does not take a great deal of interaction, but the absence of this critical stimulation has long term deleterious social costs. She explained the “Heckman Equation” which reveals the cost effectiveness of early interaction. Her organization aids in the preparation of children for Kindergarten; she noted, new income levels have been introduced that permit people above the poverty level to enroll their children

Sunday April 14th

Waynesboro was represented by Junior Josh McCleaf on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Regional Rotary 4-Way Test Speech Contest. Hancock MD was the forum for the contest sponsored by 76 club Rotary District 7360. Regionals feature winners from Rotary Club contests from throughout the district's southern region, competing for $150, $100, and $50 prizes according to Roy Adams, contest lead from State College. The speech contest is coordinated for the club by local State Farm agent Gary Swanson. McCleaf applied Rotary's 4-Way Test ethical standard to the topic of the benefits of Social Media. Josh finished 3rd. ... See MoreSee Less

Waynesboro was represented by Junior Josh McCleaf on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Regional Rotary 4-Way Test Speech Contest.  Hancock MD was the forum for the contest sponsored by 76 club Rotary District 7360.  Regionals feature winners from Rotary Club contests from throughout the districts southern region, competing for $150, $100, and $50 prizes according to Roy Adams, contest lead from State College.  The speech contest is coordinated for the club by local State Farm agent Gary Swanson.  McCleaf applied Rotarys 4-Way Test ethical standard to the topic of the benefits of Social Media.  Josh finished 3rd.

Saturday April 13th

On 9 April, Sue James, Christiana Ford and Brittany Smith appeared before the club and discussed the Keystone Stars program and the need for skilled child care and early childhood development. Infants and youngsters need appropriate interaction and stimulus for the brain to develop and construct the necessary “hardwiring” for proper life-long skills. Initiatives are being developed to address this need. The Keystone Stars program assists child care providers to upgrade their programs in order to furnish the necessary environment for young minds to be challenged and grow the necessary neuro pathways for future learning and skill development. It was noted the Waynesboro School District is deeply involved with this issue and has hired Brittany Smith to teach courses in Family and Consumer Science. ... See MoreSee Less

On 9 April, Sue James, Christiana Ford and Brittany Smith appeared before the club and discussed the Keystone Stars program and the need for skilled child care and early childhood development. Infants and youngsters need appropriate interaction and stimulus for the brain to develop and construct the necessary “hardwiring” for proper life-long skills. Initiatives are being developed to address this need. The Keystone Stars program assists child care providers to upgrade their programs in order to furnish the necessary environment for young minds to be challenged and grow the necessary neuro pathways for future learning and skill development. It was noted the Waynesboro School District is deeply involved with this issue and has hired Brittany Smith to teach courses in Family and Consumer Science.Image attachmentImage attachment

Saturday April 13th

On Saturday, 6 Apr, Rotary Club of Waynesboro members Marissa Burt, Anne Shepard, Pat Fleagle and Dan DeDona attended Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) classes in Muncy PA. District Governor Dan Bennett and RLI Leader Kelly Wike were on hand to welcome a large class at the First United Methodist Church in Muncy. ... See MoreSee Less

On Saturday, 6 Apr, Rotary Club of Waynesboro members Marissa Burt, Anne Shepard, Pat Fleagle and Dan DeDona attended Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) classes in Muncy PA.  District Governor Dan Bennett and RLI Leader Kelly Wike were on hand to welcome a large class at the First United Methodist Church in Muncy.Image attachment

Tuesday April 2nd

(Spottsworth continued) Emphasizing that the approach they are taking is evidence and scientifically based, she shared preliminary data from a 2018 Community Survey. Important results included:
- Families are stressed
- The Waynesboro Area School District is poorer than in the past, and
- Many children are not ready for school.
Embedded in these broad conclusion was the fact that more babies are being born to addicted mothers. She went on to observe that although the Waynesboro numbers appear small, there are a number of mothers who deliver out of the area.

Ann then focused on stress and how it and the body grow together over the course of each life. Identifying three kinds of stress - positive, tolerable and toxic - she showed a short video which linked repeated toxic stress with several developmental issues that carry over from childhood into adulthood. By identifying three executive functions needed by adults over the course of their lives - inhibitory control, working memory, and mental flexibility - she made the point that excessive childhood toxic stress impairs adults ability use executive functions to regulate their behavior in an adult way.

For the child, this implies a need to develop resiliency in the face of hardship. She went on to note that the most important factor in developing resiliency is to have at least one stable and committed adult in their lives, and strong relations with adults, family and friends. This was the departure point for “Hope from the State”, a program with a series of detailed goals designed to encourage healthy communities based on the data available.

In conclusion, she argued that the community can make it easy to participate in parenting programs that create and sustain safe, stable, nurturing environments, and that these childhood development principles can lead to long-term well-being and favorable economic outcomes.

Ann’s complete presentation is located at rotaryclubofwaynesboro.org, “For Members”, “Handouts / Material”, “Speaker Material”.
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(Spottsworth continued) Emphasizing that the approach they are taking is evidence and scientifically based, she shared preliminary data from a 2018 Community Survey.  Important results included:
  -  Families are stressed
  -  The Waynesboro Area School District is poorer than in the past, and
  -  Many children are not ready for school.
Embedded in these broad conclusion was the fact that more babies are being born to addicted mothers.  She went on to observe that although the Waynesboro numbers appear small, there are a number of mothers who deliver out of the area.  

Ann then focused on stress and how it and the body grow together over the course of each life.  Identifying three kinds of stress - positive, tolerable and toxic - she showed a short video which linked repeated toxic stress with several developmental issues that carry over from childhood into adulthood.   By identifying three executive functions needed by adults over the course of their lives - inhibitory control, working memory, and mental flexibility - she made the point that excessive childhood toxic stress impairs adults ability use executive functions to regulate their behavior in an adult way.  

For the child, this implies a need to develop resiliency in the face of hardship.  She went on to note that the most important factor in developing resiliency is to have at least one stable and committed adult in their lives, and strong relations with adults, family and friends.  This was the departure point for “Hope from the State”, a program with a series of detailed goals designed to encourage healthy communities based on the data available.  

In conclusion, she argued that the community can make it easy to participate in parenting programs that create and sustain safe, stable, nurturing environments, and that these childhood development principles can lead to long-term well-being and favorable economic outcomes.

Ann’s complete presentation is located at rotaryclubofwaynesboro.org, “For Members”, “Handouts / Material”, “Speaker Material”.
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people in India provided with
SAFE DRINKING WATER.

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TOYS GIFTED
to local children every Christmas.

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SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
to local students every year.

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TRASH REMOVED
from Waynesboro roads every year.

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Pennsylvania
ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY AWARD.

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donated last year to
SUPPORT LOCAL PARKS.

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donated to
EASTER SEALS.

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