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Karl Boltz

From: 2013-2014


President Karl Boltz’s term of office focused on strengthening the Club through innovative planning, fund raising, community service fund raising, membership growth and programming. He addressed objectives defined in the Club’s new Strategic Plan developed under the direction of Oneida DeLuca and her committee under Past President Chuck Blumenstock and laid down plans for the Centennial year anniversary activities to be undertaken under President Elect Bob McClenathan.

Karl emphasized the important goal of increasing membership to ensure effective cost control.  He encouraged members to Bring a Guest to Rotary meetings as an opportunity to introduce prospective members to our club.  His mottos were “Let’s Pack the Room “, “Growth for Depth” and “Invite a worthy candidate to become a member of “The World’s Greatest Rotary Club.”

Rotary International President-elect for 2013-2014, Ron D. Burton’s  theme of “Engage Rotary – Change Lives” was integrated into the Club’s comprehensive three year strategic plan by the Strategic Planning Committee. The committee was comprised of Oneida DeLuca, Chair, PP Nick Downey, PP Tracy Horst, PP Dave Hosler, PP Gil Lyons, Deepa Balepur, Christina Gallagher, Jeff Kenderdine and John Kerlish.

The Strategic Plan was presented to the Board and shared with Club members.

The new strategic plan addresses summer youth programs for at-risk youth in the School District of Lancaster. Our Rotary club gives $10,000 to the Summer Youth Initiatives Program and an equal amount is matched by United Way. While the committee received more than $45,300 of requests from 15 social service agencies, they were able to fund only 8 agencies with the available money. Increasing support for these programs is part of the strategic plan and is a reflection of the impact of our club on the community.

After reviewing our proposed budget, and faced with rising costs and a decrease in membership, President Karl requested that dues be increased effective July 1, 2013 to $130.00 for a six month period. He emphasized that an important goal each year is to continue to increase our membership to better spread Club costs.


District Governor-Elect Hector Ortiz congratulated the Club for achieving the goal of giving over $1 million to Rotary International over the life of the Club. Our Club was acknowledged for achieving 2nd place in Rotary Foundation Annual Giving and 3rd place in total giving for District 7390.

Fund raising activities included a “Bands and Brews” Spring Fundraiser and raffle at the Lancaster Museum of Art featuring local bands and local breweries. The event featured a raffle with three great prizes and yielded net income of about $15,000.

Other fund-raising activities included the Basketball Extravaganza, Car Wash Tickets and the Spring Raffle. Basketball Extravaganza Co-Chair, Bill Marshall, was acknowledged for his 15+ year commitment to this event which is the Club’s largest fundraiser. President-Elect Liz Martin organized volunteers to ring the bell for the Salvation Army in front of member Alan Friedland’s Ream Jewelers.

Community Service & MENTORING

Our Rotary club gave $10,000 to the Summer Youth Initiatives Program of the School District of Lancaster with an equal amount matched by United Way. Increasing support for these programs is part of the strategic plan and is a reflection of the impact that our club is having on the community.


Rotary Club of Lancaster Community Service Awards were presented to:

  • Youth Recipients:
    Sarah Hafiz – Senior at Lancaster Country Day School
    Sarah Bomberger – Senior at Lancaster Catholic High School
    Crystal Hogge – Junior at Lancaster McCaskey East High School
  • Mary Frances Gallagher, a recent graduate of Lancaster Country Day School.
  • Adult Recipient: recently retired Director of The Ware & Winter Centers, Millersville University

Rotary Club Exemplary Service Awards were presented by President Karl to the following individuals:

  • Althea Ramsay Carrigan, Co-Chair of the School District of Lancaster Committee,
  • Bill “Doc” Marshall, Co-Chair of the Basketball Extravaganza Committee,
  • Rich Wolman, Co-Chair of the McCaskey Mentoring Program

The Club’s Annual Strawberry Auction allowed members of local 4H Clubs to market their produce with the first $100 going to the 4H student and additional money split 50/50 with half going to a 4H leadership development fund to benefit all.

Club member families hosted Queralt Batlle, a 17-year-old Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Spain with the Lancaster-Northeast Rotary Club as co-host.

Group Study Exchange: Our Club hosted a Group from Argentina.

Under the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program, the Club sponsored six high school junior attendance at the District 7390 Youth Leadership Camp at Messiah College. There were two each from McCaskey High School, Lancaster Catholic High School and Lancaster Country Day School.

The Club’s McCaskey High School Mentoring Program Committee (formerly Career and Technical Education Committee) met once a month with 11th and 12th graders. The program has been so successful that there’s a waiting list of students. The mentors involved conferred “diplomas” on the McCaskey Career Tech Senior student participants and honored Career Tech Junior students at the second annual Mentoring Program Commencement Ceremony.

A Club member Guest Reader Program was conducted at Lancaster’s Washington Elementary School.


  • The Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic: $2000 for the purchase of special nipples for infants who are born with cleft lips and/or palates to allow them to nurse. These funds will provide for 5 nipples each to the 25 +/- children born in Lancaster County each year.
  • Neighborhood Services: $1500 to be used in the Representative Payee Program, one of the three core programs. This allows representatives to oversee clients who have difficulty prioritizing their finances.
  • Southeast Lancaster Health Services. A final grant of $1000 was awarded to Southeast Lancaster Health Services. The funds will be used to purchase a Doppler fetal heart rate monitor to detect the heartbeat of a fetus for prenatal care.
  • Summer Boost Camp run by Lancaster Council of Churches was given a $1,500 grant to assist refugee children for whom English is the second language.
  • Girls on the Run: A grant $1,000 for a character development program to develop physical and emotional health, character and confidence for girls in third to eighth grade.
  • James Anchorage Ministries: A grant $1,500 towards serving daily breakfast to 135-150 people in need.
  • YWCA Women’s Shelter/Residence Program: A grant $1,000 for long term and emergent housing for women who need to distance themselves from their abusers.
  • Girls on the Run is a character development program that works to develop physical and emotional health, character and confidence for girls in third to eighth grade through running and physical activity based programs.  Amount of grant $1,000.

The World Community Service Committee, headed by member Steve Mentzer, shipped a container of medical and other equipment to the Surgery Center in Honduras. These items were either funded by the Lancaster Rotary Club or donated by our fellow Rotarians.  The Surgery Center is a cooperative effort between Lancaster Rotary Club and a local Lions Club in Honduras. Committee representatives travelled to Honduras in January, 2013, to dedicate the Surgery Center.

Board Secretary, Dr. Bob McClenathan, visited Jamaica on a Rotary medical mission serving about 150 to 175 people per day. This is the largest Rotary mission ever to Jamaica. Over $100,000 in eyeglasses, medications, medical equipment and supplies, dental extractions and dental restorative work (cavity fillings and such) were being provided by thirty Rotarians from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Denmark, Japan and Brazil. Our club is a sponsor at $1,000, matched several ways.

The Club’s Power Packs Project supported food distribution at Washington Elementary School.

The Club’s Preserve Planet Earth Committee completed a Nature Observation Deck at Elizabeth L. Martin Elementary School in cooperation with a carpentry class from the Lancaster Career and Technology Center and volunteer help


A range of diverse programs for Club members, families and friends included:

  • A Ski Trip to Camelback Mountain;
  • Fellowship Mixers;
  • Farmer’s Day;
  • Holy Week:
  • A Night at the Derby Washington National Baseball Game Event;
  • Annual Golf Outing at Crossgates Golf Club; and a Holiday Party