- November  2018 -

Dear Friends,

Happy November!
One of the highest callings of a servant leader is running for public office.  Kudos to the men and women who are putting themselves in this path despite the public scrutiny, rhetoric, and attack ads.  Kudos to the candidates who leave their egos and personal agendas at the door and run for office so that they can serve people and communities to affect change for the better.  I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with some awesome, humble, and effective elected officials, in both parties, at local, state, and national levels during my tenure with Leadership Harrisburg Area. 
Some of the common traits that I've observed in the most effective public servants include the following:
CREDIBILITY ~ they are honest and trustworthy with a history of being fair in their personal and business dealings.
COMPASSION ~ they care about the people they represent.
CONVICTION ~ they stand for a set of values and have purpose that is larger than themselves.
CIVILITY ~ they are able to articulate their concerns and disagreements about issues without attacking people or groups. 
COURAGE ~ they have the strength and capacity to tackle tough issues; to stand up and fight the hard battles; and also to sit down and listen to other perspectives.
COMPROMISE ~ they are able to negotiate for the best possible outcomes even if they have to give a little.
Please take the time to research the candidates for yourself.  Remember, it is possible to support your candidates without disparaging the others.  Show them some compassion and good will as PEOPLE, even if they are not earning your vote.  If you don't like the candidates or what they represent, consider a candidacy yourself.  What value can YOU bring into our municipal government, state legislature, or United States congress?   
If elected office is not for you, please take a look at the countless ways that you can serve your community by looking at the notices in this month's Community Caller.  Volunteering, in itself, is an exercise in democracy.  When you volunteer, you are voting about what kind of community you want to live in!  Let's make it a great one! 

Una Martone, '07
President & CEO
Leadership Harrisburg Area 

Dedicated Helpline Specialists Needed!  Directly impact your community one connection at a time!  Specialists at CONTACT Helpline play a critical role in assisting callers with difficult situations, providing confidential, nonjudgmental,  and emotional support on the helpline. We also provide referrals to callers that need assistance with basic needs (food/clothing/housing, etc.). With the holidays coming up, we are always prepared, 24/7, to take a call from someone that may just need someone to talk to.  You must be 18 years old to participate. Training and apprenticeships are required as well as a background check.  Our next set of training dates begin in January 2019.  For more information, please contact Alyson, Program Supervisor at 717-652-4987 Ext. 2001.
Harrisburg Volunteers Needed!  Junior Achievement of South Central PA   is  looking for volunteers for financial education/STEM events in November. Click here for November dates/locations. If you are interested, please contact Angela Kaja at angela@jascpa.org  or 717-843-8028.
The  LGBT Center is looking for volunteers!
Do you like people? Don't mind greeting visitors and answering questions? Are you available some daytime hours during the week? Friendly and reliable volunteers are needed to cover our front desk so that the Center can be open during the day! If you're interested, please fill out our volunteer form and select "receptionist". Not your thing? There are other volunteer opportunities too! Check out the website.
Volunteers Needed at the Food Pantry!  Since converting The Salvation Army food pantry to a choice shopping model, we have doubled the number of people we are serving each month including larger families and those with specific dietary needs.  We are also providing more fresh foods vs. one-size-fits-all bags of canned goods and boxes.  W e currently need volunteers to assist clients with choosing their food items, packing bags, friendly conversation and more.  If you can assist, click here to sign up. Right now, we're doing "choice days" once a week simply due to capacity. With more volunteers, we hope to expand that to meet demand. No better "team building" experience than friending and feeding! For more information, contact Kathy Anderson-Martin at kathy.anderson-martin@use.salvationarmy.org

ALL THAT JAZZ!  Like music? Love jazz?    Central PA Friends of Jazz  is looking for a Treasurer who would be willing to attend 7-8 Board meetings a year and spend about two or three hours per month overseeing our office accounting and financial statements.  Familiarity with Quickbooks is a plus.  Financial background is a must.  Our very diverse Board is composed of musicians and jazz lovers who work to promote and preserve America's music.  Board members are encouraged to support and attend CPFJ's concerts, festivals and other events during the year.  For more information, call Steve Rudolph at 717-540-1010 of visit the  website .
Scouting for Board Members!  Become a Board Member for  CONTACT Helpline . Help bridge the gap between community needs and CONTACT Helpline. Through decision making, fundraising, and building rapport within the community, you will be helping the people in your community receive the resources they need to lead a more fulfilling life.  For more information, please contact Alyson, Program Supervisor at 717-652-4987 Ext. 2001
Dauphin County Library System seeks board members to join in the mission of strengthening our Dauphin County community by promoting literacy and providing resources and services for information, education, and recreation.  The board meets monthly.  To learn more about  the Library  please contact Karen Cullings, Interim Executive Director, at   kcullings@dcls.org  or 717-234-4961 ext. 1105 for more information.
The Friends of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library is looking for some new members to join the board.  We are looking for people who are passionate about reading, books, literacy, education, technology, and children as those things are at the heart and soul of our mission and our daily services to our community.  For more information about the Friends and board service, click  here contact Sue Erdman, Executive Director, at serdman@ccpa.net or 717.766.0171, ext. 233.
The Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center' s (HCPAC) Board of Director s is seeking diverse individuals that are passionate about impacting today's youth and young adults. Are you  willing to help guide the organization as it moves forward and grows to impact more students in Central P A?   We have been impacting youth in Central PA since 1962 by producing quality theater while training youth and young adults with skills for the stage of life.   P lease email Sherry Webb at swebb@thehcpac.org to receive more information about HCPAC, to receive a copy of our Statement of Faith and/or to receive a board application.
Join our Board of Directors! Since 1957, the Harrisburg Police Athletic League serves the greater Harrisburg community through its unique mentor programs, based on positive interactions between law enforcement and our young people. Together, with athletic and character development programming, these relationships help to further trust, respect, and hope. The t ime commitment is dependent on the role you wish to fill, with a minimum of attending a board meeting every other month.  To discuss this opportunity, please contact Kevin Gill, CEO, at kevin.gill@harrisburgpal.org , or by calling 717-233-3104.
The Central Pennsylvania Congressional District Internship Association is looking for board candidates. The  association's mission is to provide qualified college students of Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District an opportunity to understand and take an active part in the democratic process of the Federal  Government. This group  seeks candidates to join the governing Executive Committee. Preference will be given to those with financial, legal, and fundraising backgrounds and skill sets.  For those interested in this committee opportunity, direct contact can be made with Taylour Trostle, at 717-413-9137 or ttrostle@hbgrc.org , or Larissa Bailey, at 814-244-2437 or llb2389@gmail.com .
Open Stage of Harrisburg , a professional non-profit theatre located downtown, is seeking professionals interested in serving on its board and committees. The theatre company is entering into its 33rd season of contemporary theatre, starting this fall. Interested in joining the team? Contact join@openstagehbg.com for more information. 
The Premier Arts and Science Charter School in Harrisburg is seeking board members with legal and financial backgrounds. Additional board members are also needed to support our mission and vision, "To provide access to a world-class education for every student, without exception, using a back-to-basics approach to learning integrating science, technology, and the arts." If you are interested in learning more, please contact Darlene Smith at 717-648-8790 or dmsmith316@aol.com.
Ushers Needed for Candlelight Christmas Concerts! 
The Susquehanna Chorale is a national award-winning adult choral ensemble, based in central Pennsylvania.  Ushers are needed to greet guests, hand out programs and collect surveys from patrons as they exit. Ushers are invited to stay and enjoy the concert! For more information or to volunteer, call or e-mail Katie Hammaker, Director of Development and Marketing, at 717.796.5075 or dev@susquehannachorale.orgPerformance dates include  Friday, December 14,  Messiah College,  8 PM;  Saturday, December 15,  Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 8 PM; and  Sunday, December 16,  Market Square Presbyterian Church,    Harrisburg, 4 PM.
History Comes Out! Visit selections from the  LGBT Center of Central PA  History Project on display now at Dickinson College's Waidner-Spahr Library until  December 14 . This exhibit highlights the history of LGBT movements and rights throughout Pennsylvania.  PA.  For more information,  e-mail  archives@dickinson.edu call 717-245-1399.  
"Buying a Home in Harrisburg City" seminar on Tuesday, November 6th  at 5:30 pm on the 2nd Floor at Sturges Speakeasy. RSVP is required. 

Habitat for Humanity Work Site Days - Join the Outreach Committee for work site day. Volunteers will meet at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 800 Paxton St. at 8:15 am and carpool to the work site for the day. Please email   Outreach@hyp.org  if interested in volunteering. 
Free Webinar on Email Marketing
There is more power and leverage in one email subscriber than 100 Facebook likes or 50 Twitter followers if email marketing is done right. Problem is, 9 out of 10 nonprofits don't do it right. In this educational session, we will share the secrets of email marketing geniuses. Join PANO for Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses on Wednesday, November 7, 10:30-11:30 AM.  For more information and to register, click here
Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (VROCP) will hold its most popular fun and unusual event,  Evening in the Shadows dinner on Thursday, November  8  at 6 PM at the Country Club of Harrisburg, 401 Fishing Creek Valley Road.  Tickets are $80 per person and can be purchased  here  or by calling 7 17-238-2531.  The Mission of Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania is to facilitate independence, enrich the quality of life, and empower individuals who are visually impaired.
McKonly & Asbury is holding its annual  Collaborate Conference on  November 8 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey in Harrisburg. Breakout sessions include business, technical, and non-profit tracks in addition to dynamic general sessions. Tom Ridge, first Secretary of Homeland Security; former Governor of Pennsylvania; and current Chairman of Cybersecurity and Technology at alliantgroup, is the keynote speaker.  Learn more or register here
The Donald Cameron Mansion Shares its Grandeur!  After decades of limited access to the public, one of the finest mansions in Harrisburg will be opening its doors.  P roceeds go to the Addiction Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable addiction recovery solutions through education and financial assistance for in-patient treatment and sober living residences.
Upcoming events include:
November 9: King Tut in Ancient Egypt Dinner: Marking the discovery of the Tut tomb
November 11: American Heroes Brunch: Saluting our veterans
Please go to   CameronMansionSupperClub for more information on these and future events.
Made in Dauphin County: Artisan Exhibit Grand Opening
The 3rd and final exhibit of the "Made in Dauphin County" series will have its grand opening on Sunday, November 11 from  1-3 pm at the Historical Society of Dauphin County.   This exhibit features all things artisan that were created in Dauphin County.  From Cowden & Wilcox stoneware to folk art, J. Augustus Beck paintings to Ned Smith prints, early needlework and print art to modern day paintings, there is something for everyone!   A highlight of the exhibit is the stoneware on display from the Dr. David Bronstein collection.  You are almost guaranteed to see exquisite pieces you have never seen before.   Entrance to the grand opening is free.   Many of the collectors who loaned items will be on hand to answer questions and tell their stories.  There will also be free wine, beer and light hors d'oeuvres.   There will also be a guided tour of the Mansion available at 1:00 pm for a reduced tour price of $5 per person.
Are you a young fundraising professional?  Join  Girls on the Run on Tuesday, November 13, 3-6 PM to prepare t-shirts and other giveaways prior to their 5k event. Meet other young professionals and get your questions answered about AFP while having fun giving back to the community.  RSVP to Katie Garland, AFP Young Professionals Chair at kgarland@gshpa.org.
Nonprofit Training Institute
Effective Nonprofit Governance: How Boards Should Work.  Effective board membership requires more than good intentions and meeting attendance. Attendees will discover the full responsibilities of individual and collective board membership. The course will also highlight ways to maximize the all-important partnership between the board and executive director.  Join Partnership for Better Health on Thursday, November 15  from 11:30 AM - 5:00  PM at Comfort Suites, Carlisle.  Registration fee is  $20.00 per participant. $10.00 discounted team fee for organizations that include one staff and and one board member (two attendees for $10.00).  Register here or  contact Gail Witwer at    gwitwer@ForBetterHealthPA.org   or 717-960-9009 x8 for more information.
Executive Leadership Series Graduation
The twenty fourth class of the Executive Leadership Series concludes with a special graduation event and celebration on Thursday, November 15 11:30 AM , Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill.  All are welcome to join Leadership Harrisburg Area to meet members of the class and congratulate them in person!  The Class of 2018 includes new-to-the-area executives as well as longer-term Central PA residents who have recently moved into executive positions.   The graduation event and celebration includes remarks from George Nahodil, President & CEO, Members 1st Federal Credit Union. Click here to register. 
Susquehanna Chorale  kicks off its 2018-19 concert season with the Youth Choral Festival on Sunday, November 18, 2018, 4 PM in the High Center at Messiah College. This inspiring, intergenerational event features performances by the 200 voices of the Susquehanna Chorale's educational choirs for children, youth, and young women, as well as the Susquehanna Chorale. For tickets or more information, call the Messiah College Box Office at 717.691.6036.
Fall Calendar of Events
As cooler weather and the colorful leaves of autumn settle into Central Pennsylvania, the season comes alive at Dauphin County Parks & Recreation.  The Dauphin County Commissioners and staff have an exciting fall line-up of great outdoor programs, live music and more for your entertainment pleasure. Check out what's happening here or  follow us on Facebook & Twitter for daily updates on programs and special events!
The Kidney Foundation of Central PA and Historic Harrisburg Association present the 27th annual Elegant Progressions, Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. Three Front Street historic Harrisburg landmarks comprise  the venue for this acclaimed black-tie optional progressive dinner.  More information and registration available  here
Open Stage presents A Christmas Carol 
Harrisburg's seasonal favorite returns in an all-new production, re-telling Charles Dickens' classic story following Scrooge and his journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. For performance dates, click here CONTENT ADVISORY: Contains sudden loud noises, pyrotechnics, and dark images. May not be suitable for very young children. Children should be at least five years old to attend a performance of A Christmas Carol. Buy tickets
YMCA of Greater Harrisburg invites you to attend the Pursuit of Justice Purse Auction  to benefit the YWCA Legal Center. The auction will be held on  Thursday, December 6 , beginning at  5:30 PM at  Cafe 1500.  for more information or to register, click  here.
2018-19 Speaker Series - Ideas, Insights & Innovations
Join   Leadership Harrisburg Area for breakfast on Thursday, December 13 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg and me et the region's newest leaders in Higher Education!  Come to hear about their great ideas, their vision, their action plans, and the impacts they hope to make in the lives of their students and throughout the area.  Panelists include:  Dr. Laurie Carter, President, Shippensburg University; Dr. John Mason, Chancellor, Penn State Harrisburg; and Dr. Linda Fedrizzi Williams, ELS ' 16, President, Central Penn College.   Click here to register ! Sponsorships are also available. 
Minimize Conflict. Maximize Attendance! 
You plan, you prepare, you promote your event...then you learn that another big fundraiser is being held during your event! Eventsavvy is a tool created for nonprofit and community based organizations to use to minimize conflicting events in order to increase attendance for all.   Eventsavvy provides a centralized location for organizations in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties to post upcoming events, so that other groups have the information they need to avoid using the same date whenever possible.   If you have an upcoming event that meets the submission criteria, you are invited to post the event.  Visit eventsavvy.org for more details and to post your group's events.  All events submitted to The Community Caller will be transferred to eventsavvy.org on a monthly basis. 
Looking for a meeting space for your non-profit or community organization?
Orrstown Bank is proud to share its 1600 square foot Zullinger-Coy Community Room with organizations in the community at no charge. Located at 4750 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, our newly renovated office building features a sizable room ideal for presentations, meetings or special gatherings. The 100 person capacity room is equipped with Wi-Fi, audio-video (AV), a large drop down screen and a podium. Catering access is also a benefit of the facility.
Contact Amy Strohm at Orrstown Bank at 717-530-3548 to reserve the room for one-time or recurring use.
All eligible events posted in The Community Caller will be transferred to eventsavvy.org on a monthly basis. However, organizations that meet the guidelines are invited to submit events directly at eventsavvy.org
The Community Caller is emailed to over 1800 subscribers on a regular schedule during the first week of every month.  The goal of the publication is to match people and resources with service opportunities and missions & programs that benefit the community.  Announcements are placed primarily by non profit organizations, educational institutions, and other community organizations.   If you would like to include an event or announcement in the next issue, please feel free to contact LHA with detailed information including:
  • Organization Name
  • Organization Website
  • Contact Name, Phone Number and Email
  • Date of Event
  • Specific Request
  • Description
  • Attach a flyer of the event, if applicable
Send submissions to Ann Myers  via email at special@leadershipharrisburg.org  or call 717-216-5200.  All content is subject to approval by LHA and may be edited for space.
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