Rotary Club of York
  • 724 S. George St. York, PA 17401
  • 717.848.1370

Making Their Lives an Act of Service Above Self

Writer michael vyskocil
Photographer John Williams

Committed to home, family and community, the 330 members of Rotary Club of York take service to heart. The individuals pictured here represent some of the 33 committees charged with carrying out Rotary’s mission.

Wilda Alessi, executive director of Leadership York, serves on the club’s strategic planning committee. “As the needs of our community change, the Rotary Club needs to continually attract the next generation of movers and shakers,” she says.

J.L. Smith, a retired IBM systems administrator who moved to York six years ago, works among several committees and with the Rotary’s Charitable Endowment Fund (CEF). The CEF supports organizations striving to improve York City and York County communities. The Charitable Endowment Fund awards distributions benefiting student education, emergency relief and community projects.

Jackie Summers, senior director of development for Penn-Mar Human Services, chairs Rotary’s planned giving and legacy committee. “This committee was established so that we can ensure that the work we do in Rotary can carry on in perpetuity.”

Retired physician Dr. Benjamin A. Hoover II is a third generation Rotarian, past Rotary president and past Rotary district governor. A member of the Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships committee, Hoover works with committee members to select Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars. These scholars spend an academic year abroad for post-graduate work in a field addressing the global community’s humanitarian needs.

Dr. Sonam Ruit, podiatric specialist at Martin Foot and Ankle, serves on the Rotary International Foundation committee. The Foundation, he explains, applies financial gifts toward service projects in areas of peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development.

Being a Rotarian, he says, is a humbling expression of service. “You meet such good-hearted people who, despite work and family obligations, devote their time for the good of people locally and around the world.”


What Is a Creator and Maker?

“It’s someone who’s not afraid to get involved in something and do what they say they’re going to do. What I love about Rotary and York are all the people who are working to make the community a better place.”

— Wilda Alessi, Executive Director, Leadership York

Rotary Club of York
  • 724 S. George St. York, PA 17401
  • 717.848.1370