Welcome to the Rotary Club of West Shore

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship.
If you are an established professional who wants to make positive changes in the world and in your
community - particularly Camp Hill, Lemoyne, and New Cumberland - come join us!
What's Happening at the Rotary Club of the West Shore
“THE CHILD MAY NOT REMEMBER, BUT THE BODY DOES.”
Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new documentary Resilience reveals, toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. While the broader impacts of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune. Resilience, however, also chronicles the dawn of a movement that is determined to fight back. Trailblazers in pediatrics, education, and social welfare are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress—and the dark legacy of a childhood that no child would choose.
 
The Rotary Club of West Shore is hosting a free viewing of the film RESILIENCE followed by a panel discussion with mental health experts on Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at the West Shore Theatre (317 Bridge Street, New Cumberland). The event coincides with National Mental Health Awareness Month as well as Rotary International President Gordan McInally's focus on mental health in the current Rotary year.
 
Doors will open at 5:00 pm, the film will start at 6:00 pm, and the panel discussion will immediately follow the hour-long film.
 
This event is made possible thought a District 7390 Club Grant. This event will focus on Rotary International President Gordan McInally’s focus on mental health. Let’s pack the theatre!
 
Click here to reserve your free ticket
Long-time club member, Tom Oliver, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2024. Tom served Rotary International in various capacities for more than 40 years, having first joined in 1983. He was especially proud of his tenure as President of the Rock Island Rotary Club in Rock Island, IL, and spoke of his time there often and with affection. Tom agreed to serve for a year as secretary of the Rotary Club of West Shore. Thankfully for us, his year didn't end at 365 days. He served as club secretary for 14 years.
 
We are grateful for Tom's commitment to Rotary, and the many, many stories he shared with our club.
 
Rest in peace, Tom.
 
For the second year in a row, the Rotary Club of West Shore was one of many area organizations that participated in the Camp Hill Parade of Lights for Toys for Tots. This year's event was held at Willow Park on December 8-9. The event featured a walking tour of the displays as well as a trolley tour for those who preferred to ride. Mother Nature was exceptionally kind during the two night event.
 
As in the past, the Parade enables children in Central PA to receive a toy for the holidays through the USMC Toys for Tots program. Each year, the cost of admission is a new, unwrapped toy donation or a monetary donation that goes towards purchasing toys for the program.
 
The RCWS display was Rotary themed and featured a lit Rotary wheel, four arches representing the four-way test, and seven lit trees to signify the seven areas of focus. Kudos to our club members who helped design, craft, install, and visit this year's display!
November 2023 - Rotary District 7390 recently held its annual Rotary Foundation Dinner. We are pleased that our little club left with a bit of swag, including a banner for 100% Foundation Giving, a banner for reaching the threshold of Every Rotarian Every Year, and... after a six-year hiatus... an award for Best Club in the extra-small category.
 
Club leadership offers up a huge shout to members who made our 2022-2023 Rotary year so successful.
September 2023 - You've all probably heard of the book, The Little Engine That Could. We like to think of ourselves as The Little Club That Could!
 
Our club is honored to receive a Rotary International Citation for setting and achieving goals in 2022-23. While we recognize that there are a lot of great activities happening within the District, we are also a bit overwhelmed that we are the only club in District 7390 to receive the award this year. 
 
We are also honored to receive a District 7390 District Governor Citation! We worked hard to expand our reach and imagine Rotary a bit differently. You can read more about the criteria for this award by clicking here
 
We vow to continue this work in Rotary Year 2023-24. If you would like to join us, check out our Get Involved page.
 
In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
September 2023 - On Friday, September 1, members of the RCWS, their spouses, and a few friends met at the Penn Harris Hotel to install this year's flags for the club's fourth annual Flags for Heroes event.
 
We were grateful for a cool, sunny morning with a slight breeze which allows the flags to really show off. More pictures are available on the RCWS Facebook page.
 
Our dedication ceremony is scheduled for Monday, September 11, 2023. The public is invited to attend the event, and additional details are available by clicking here
Once again, the Rotary Club of West Shore participated in Camp Hill Borough's National Night Out.
 
The children enjoyed the patriotic themed temporary tattoos - designed to tie in to our club's Flags for Heroes event - as well as the glow bracelets and lollipops. Club members had an opportunity to talk to the adults about Rotary and its mission.
 
We are grateful to Mother Nature for giving us our second year in a row of perfect weather for the event!
There will be no formal meeting of the RCWS on Thursday, August 3, 2023. Instead, consider joining us at the Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region (506 South 29th Street; Harrisburg) as we distribute dictionaries to students in fourth through eighth grade who are enrolled in their summer program. The distribution is scheduled to occur between 8:30 - 9:00 am (ish). Hope to see you there!
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