Dear Friends,

I had a “fan girl” moment a few years ago when I met Dr. Kent Keith, author of The Case for Servant Leadership and former CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. He was gracious enough to talk with me and even let me record a short message to share with my Leadership Harrisburg Area colleagues! In thinking of the troubling and sorrowful events of the past week and reaching the 6-month milestone of the pandemic, Dr. Keith’s Paradoxical Commandments came to mind. 

Kent Keith wrote the Paradoxical Commandments when he was a student not more than 18 years old. For more than 50 years, the Paradoxical Commandments have circled the globe. They have been put on walls and refrigerator doors, featured in speeches and articles, preached from pulpits, and shared extensively on the web. They have been used by business leaders, military commanders, government officials, religious leaders, university presidents, social workers, teachers, rock stars, parents, coaches, and students. Mother Teresa thought the Paradoxical Commandments were important enough to put up on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta.

As we turn the corner toward the end of 2020, I offer these simple thoughts and encourage you to GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU HAVE!

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001
Thank you and take good care.
Una Martone, '07
President & CEO
Leadership Harrisburg Area
Help Children and Have Fun Through Virtual Reading Program
Volunteers are needed to sign up for daily time slots to read a book to elementary age students. Reading 365 will start October 1, 2020 and end September 30, 2021. Everyday from 11:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. with 15 minute time slots, The ALC is scheduling two readers from across the country to read. The reading will be held via Zoom and Facebook live Monday-Sunday. To sign up for a slot, click here.
Reading 365 is a program of The American Literacy Corporation, which is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Since 2000, the ALC has served the community by partnering with community-based organizations, and other institutions with programs targeting educational enhancement and development for elementary-aged students. If you have any questions, please contact Madison Stokes at (717) 580-5429. You may also visit our website at
Help Make Dreams Come True
SCORE volunteers help thousands of entrepreneurs start small businesses and achieve new levels of success. Volunteering is a way for you to give back, network with business experts, and share your knowledge. SCORE is proud to have the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. Join our team of 10,000+ volunteers, and share your talents and expertise with the small business community here in Central PA by being part of Susquehanna SCORE. You can help in four different volunteer roles: 1) Mentor: offer confidential business mentoring services, either in person or online; 2) Subject matter expert: provide focused knowledge based on your professional skills or industry; 3) Workshop presenter: lead local workshops, seminars and events to help entrepreneurs meet their goals and achieve success; 4) Chapter support role: share your skills in marketing, tech, finance, fundraising and more to help expand the outreach of SCORE. If you have specific questions please feel free to reach out to George Jakap SCORE Certified Mentor/Community Outreach at To read more visit our website.
Give Some Holiday Cheer This Year
Each year, the YWCA Greater Harrisburg partners with local individuals and organizations to support hundreds of families in need during the holiday season for our Holiday Giving Program. Residents and clients in need sign up for the program by submitting a wish list. Cheer sponsors then adopt the client’s wish list. It’s the most festive time of the year at the YWCA! This year, more than ever, we hope to spread joy to the individuals and families in need in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic! In order to protect the health and safety of our residents, donors and team, the YWCA is following public health and safety measures with regards to holiday giving. Check out the safety protocols here. You can help us to bring holiday cheer to our clients and community from December 7-11. Here are some of the ways you can help.
  • Become a Cheer sponsor! You or your organization can sponsor a YWCA client's wish list. Click here to download a Holiday Giving sponsorship form.  
  • Purchase Needed Items from General Wish List. Another way to get involved is by sponsoring items on our general wish list. These items are distributed to the women and children that arrive in shelter over the holidays. Our general wish list can be found on Amazon here
Contact Monica Flickinger at or (717)-234-7931 ext. 3057 with any questions. And while we normally welcome individuals who are delivering gifts or volunteering to help wrap presents, social distancing presents us with new challenges. Therefore, volunteer opportunities will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Board Members for Brittany's Hope
Brittany's Hope is a 501C3 organization committed to recognizing the fundamental rights of all children. We empower families and communities to make real and lasting change in the lives of orphans and at-risk children. We do this through international special needs adoption grants and humanitarian efforts. We are 100% all about children and giving them a brighter future.
We are looking for potential board members with IT skills (website and other) and finance/accounting. If you are interested or need more information, please email Andy Klinger at
Grassroots Leadership Opportunity
Harrisburg based Recycle Bicycle collects, repairs, and distributes bicycles to people in need throughout Harrisburg, Central PA, and beyond. In addition, they teach bicycle maintenance and safety to children & adults. Their services are invaluable for adults who need transportation for work and life saving for children riding to school and for recreation. Recycle Bicycle is developing a board of directors with professional expertise in various areas to take the organization through its next period of growth. If you are interested in learning more about board needs or volunteer opportunities, please contact board member, Jenifer Donnelly at or Executive Director, Ross Willard at Learn more about Recycle Bicycle here.
UCP Seeks Board Members
UCP Central PA is accepting nominations for qualified members to serve on the Board of Directors and Board Committees. UCP Board of Directors meets monthly on the last Thursday of the month at noon in Camp Hill. The governance of UCP Central PA is provided by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Qualified candidates are successful community and/or business leaders who have a desire to give back to the community in a measurable way. Board members exercise fiduciary responsibility, ensure due diligence and quality assurance of our programs, provide a link to the local community, support fundraising and development efforts, and participate in the review, revision, and implementation of the agency strategic plan. In addition, all Board members serve on one of the following standing committees:
  • Community Relations & Development Committee meets the 2nd Wednesday of every other month in Camp Hill at noon. 
  • Human Resources Committee meets the 1st Thursday of the month in Camp Hill at noon. 
  • Programs and Services Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of the month in Camp Hill at noon. 
  • Operations & Finance Committee meets the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of the month in Camp Hill at noon.
UCP Central PA has been creating opportunities for people of all ages with all types of disabilities for nearly seventy years. Today our nearly 2,000 employees deliver on our mission as we empower 4,000 people with diverse abilities each year to live a meaningful life through innovative support and services. We are planting seeds daily until we achieve our vision of a community that embrace’s every individuals’ abilities. We encourage a life without limits for people who are born with a disability, acquire a disability through illness, accident or injury, or are aging into a disability through our comprehensive service offerings. 
Celebrate Classical Music Month with HSO
The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra has much to celebrate during Classical Music Month!  
  • We welcomed a new Executive Director, Matthew Herren and Maestro Stuart Malina renewed his contract through 2023.   
  • We launched our first YouTube series A Conversation with the Maestro. In the series, Stuart chats with musicians, board members, volunteers, and staff.  The next episode airs Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Please join us, and keep up to date by liking and subscribing to the HSO YouTube channel.  
  • Most exciting, we have begun production of concerts for on-demand viewing. Our first Masterworks concert features works for strings by Elgar, Vivaldi, and Mendelssohn and airs on Saturday, October 3, 2020.  Find out more here.   
Say Their Names
The African-American Memorial Fund will hold a "Reading of the Names" event at Italian Lake in Harrisburg on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7 pm. The African American Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides support to African American families whose unarmed loved ones have been killed by law enforcement.
The organization supports families in two main ways:
  • We provide scholarships to assist with the victim's children's education.
  • We assist with burial expenses for the family. (Coming Spring 2021)
For more information, please contact Floyd Stokes at
Virtual Night with the Museum
Join Susquehanna Art Museum and special guest host Alicia Richards of ABC27, on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 6 pm for a fun-filled digital evening to support the Museum’s educational programs!  Building upon last year’s wildly successful Picasso-themed affair, the Susquehanna Art Museum’s Virtual Night with the Museum will be adapted to a digital format for 2020, featuring food and fun related to a famous artist. Your ticket will come with hors d’oeuvres, lite supper fare, and dessert by JDK as well as your choice of wine, beer, or nonalcoholic beverage. Just pick up your meal and party favors at the Museum the afternoon of the 26th and join us online at 6pm. Your participation will support the Museum’s educational programs for schools and engaging art exhibitions for the community. For more information and registration, click here.
Webinar for Women Entrepreneurs
Are you a female business owner whose entrepreneurial vision is borderless? How are you maintaining your professional connections during the pandemic? Are you doing sister checks, sending congrats on LinkedIn, texting useful insights and information, researching the need for what you offer, building networks through online searches? Though the internet doesn’t take the place of face-to-face, there are online ways to broaden awareness of your services while navigating our current normal. Tap into the power of womanpower! Join a webinar hosted by WE Women Empowered, a Gettysburg, PA group that supports, honors, and celebrates seasoned and emerging professional women living or working in Adams and neighboring counties. The Power of Global Connectivity-Forging and Nurturing Social Connections During Physical Distancing will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from Noon - 1:30 p.m. EDT. Post Webinar Q&A and Networking from 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT. Registration deadline is September 28th For more details and to register , click here. Follow us on Facebook for more updates.
2020 PA Community Alliance Summit Goes Virtual
Join us for the 2020 PA Community Alliance Summit WEEK, to be held virtually from October 5-8, 2020. Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council invites you to a week of networking, discovering alliances and collaboration building among diverse organizations throughout Pennsylvania led by and/or supporting underserved/unserved populations who experience marginalization and oppression. Oppression affects many of us, for different socially constructed reasons: racism, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity and orientation, disability, economics, rural/urban location, religion, and so much more. Although our discrimination experiences may be different, we can be a valuable support and resource to each other in our struggles for equality, inclusion and social justice. For more details, click here. To register, click here.
Leadership Speakers Series - Registration Open
Leadership Harrisburg Area presents the 2020 Leadership Speakers Series sponsored by PNC Bank. For $25, you will have access to the remaining events in the series to be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, Wednesday, November 11, 2020 & Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Each program will be held virtually via Zoom, beginning with optional Pop Up Networking at 7:30 am, and the program from 8:00 - 9:00 am. Click here to register!
PA Breast Cancer Coalition Virtual Conference
PA Breast Cancer Coalition will hold its Virtual Conference on Friday, October 16, 2020. Conference includes workshops, keynote speakers, awards, and time to celebrate survivors. Click here for more details. Registration is $25. Click here to register.
Power of the Purse Online Auction
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC) presents the Power of the Purse. Join the movement and help us to broaden the awareness of, and respond to, issues affecting women and girls through the power of collective philanthropy. The online auction will open on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 12:00 pm and remain open until 1:00 pm on Friday, October 23, 2020, for participants to bid any time during that week. The Power of the Purse is the largest fundraising event for the Fund for Women and Girls with the purpose of creating a deeper understanding of a woman’s ability to be philanthropic. Join the movement and help empower women and girls in our community. Register here. Contact Jennifer Doyle, at 717-236-5040 or 
Art Moves + Live Accompaniment
Susquehanna Art Museum presents Art Moves class, which offer a yoga flow experience in the Lehr Gallery. Join instructor Shani Jones, and our featured guest musicians! Next class is October 17 from 10:30 - 11:30 am, featuring House pianist Ralph Diekemper. Class size is limited to 12 attendees, safe and social distancing will be observed and masks must be worn at all times. Pre-register for $16 per class, Walk-in price is $18. 
Week Without Violence Campaign
The Week Without Violence Campaign has one purpose: to raise awareness and engage action to end the broad spectrum of violence – as part of a global movement with the World YWCA – against people of color, women and girls.
This October, the Week Without Violence is about investing back into our community’s future. That’s why we are offering a booklet, marketing local businesses who are interested in supporting our community, investing in our future, and making a commitment to equality. Each day, between October 19 and October 23, the YWCA will be hosting various events paired with daily themes that highlight issues that our communities are facing.
We know violence exists in many forms whether it manifests physically or in patterns of injustice. The Week Without Violence daily themes will include: awareness about human trafficking in our neighborhoods, allies of the LGBTQ community, racial justice, and a panel discussion on the response to domestic violence. You get involved and show your commitment to the cause of peace and dignity for all as we create a more just community together. This is your opportunity to join us and make a statement that you stand against racism, oppression and injustice. Show your constituents, customers, and shareholders that your values align with theirs on safety and equal access for all people, by supporting this important cause. The opportunities to support this cause are endless! You can sponsor a virtual event or advertise with us as a Premiere Supporter of the Week Without Violence to market your business! Click here for more details.
Continue Your Leadership Journey
Beyond Leadership is an experiential learning opportunity that explores the 10 Essentials of Servant Leadership; highlights the history of servant leadership and its relevance today; and provides activities designed to build new connections among participants. LHA’s President & CEO, Una Martone facilitates Beyond Leadership Register here for the next training summit on Friday, January 29, 2021 from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM online via Zoom.
Byrnes Health Education Center Seeks Client Testimonies
Since 1995, teams at the Byrnes Health Education Center have been dedicated to educating and inspiring people of all ages to make healthy choices. In honor of our 25th birthday we invite you to help tell our story. Your memories can help us tell the impact the many dedicated BHEC team members have had on our communities. We want to hear from students, teachers, parents, community members, board members, volunteers – anyone who experienced the Center or shares our passion for health education. If we shared a connection, please tell us:
  • If you attended any education program, who was your memorable health educator? How did they impact you?
  • How did something you learned make a difference to your health or the health of someone you love?
  • If you attended childbirth classes at the Center, how did that impact your childbirth experience?
  • Did you pursue a career in the field of health care because of what you experienced at the BHEC? Why?
  • If you served on a board or working committee, what was your experience? How did you see the impact of health education on the community?
  • If you were you the recipient of a recognition such as the Founder’s Celebration of Life Award, how did the recognition amplify your work?
  • As a teacher who accompanied your students to the Center, what impact of the visit did you see on your students?
  • As a parent whose child has come to the Center, what did your child learn? Did you ever visit the center as a child yourself?
Please email your story to or drop it via USPS/mail to 515 S. George Street, York, PA 17401, Attention: Birthday. We would love to hear from you and, with your permission, to share some of your stories. As we look forward to future, in-person celebrations, we hope to collect a treasure of memories that only you hold.
In the Footsteps of Leaders - Gettysburg Leadership Program
PA Chamber Foundation and the Gettysburg Foundation have partnered together to present "In the Footsteps of Leaders" on Wednesday, October 7 - Thursday, October 9, 2020 in Gettysburg. 2020 has created an array of unprecedented challenges, testing the resiliency, fortitude, and adaptability of Pennsylvania’s business community. As we navigate the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the way we conduct business, it is critical that we look to historical lessons learned to effectively lead our organizations forward.
Join us as we gather on the Gettysburg battlefield to engage in interactive programming inspired by the actions of real-life decision makers at the Battle of Gettysburg. The 2-day program will focus on key leadership lessons in adaptability, strategy, communication, team building and decision making.
The program registration fee is $450 for PA Chamber members and non-members, and includes: all educational programming and course materials, access to the battlefield, shuttlebus transportation, “A New Birth of Freedom” Film and Cyclorama Experience, an exclusive networking reception and select meals throughout the program. More details and registration information available here.
ELS Moves to Spring 2021
After thoughtful consideration, Leadership Harrisburg Area is postponing the Executive Leadership Series until the Spring of 2021. We believe that everyone who participates will have a greater experience in the spring when site tours, keynote speakers, and high-level personal connections will be more feasible.
The Executive Leadership Series offers senior decision makers an opportunity to accelerate introductions to Capital Region business and community leaders. Click here for new program details, a video testimonial, and online registration. Or feel free to call 717-216-5200 to discuss this opportunity.
Be Certified for Board Service
Board Strong is a program of Leadership Harrisburg Area that was made possible through a partnership with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. This 90 minute video series addresses: the roles & responsibilities of non-profit board members; the financial oversight, fiduciary and compliance responsibilities of non-profit board members; non-profit board members’ role in fundraising; tips for non-profit board member to effectively tell the organization’s story; and tips for engaging high performing board. Anyone who is considering serving on a non-profit board; or who is already serving on a non-profit board will gain valuable insights from the experienced non-profit leaders featured in this video. To begin your certification process, click here.
The Community Caller is emailed to over 2600 subscribers on a regular schedule 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 Website
  • Contact Name, Phone Number and Email
  • Date of Event
  • Specific Request
  • Description
  • Attach a flyer of the event, if applicable
Please send submissions to Leadership Harrisburg Area at or call 717-216-5200. All content is subject to approval by LHA and may be edited for space. 
As a resource for businesses, our alumni, and community organizations throughout the Capital Region, Leadership Harrisburg Area teaches servant leadership and effective community service through discussion, demonstration, and experiential practices.