Speaker Date Topic
Nate Hoffer, CEO Good Samaritan Services Oct 24, 2019 7:30 AM
Unique Ways Good Samaritan Services partners with businesses in Lanc to offer financial empowerment
Unique Ways Good Samaritan Services partners with businesses in Lanc to offer financial empowerment

Since 2009, Nate has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Good Samaritan Services, an organization providing shelter, housing and supportive services to homeless men, women and women in Lancaster and Chester Counties. 

During Nate’s time at Good Samaritan Services, the organization has grown from serving 15 people a day, to serving 200 people a day.  The organization now has four locations (Ephrata, Lancaster, Coatesville, Phoenixville) and employs 33 staff members to fulfill its mission.  While the organization has grown significantly, Good Samaritan Services remains very efficient and effective.  It costs the organization on $23 per person, per day, to provide shelter, housing, case management services, food and supplies.

Previously, Nate has worked with many non-profit organizations including Bread for the World in Washington, DC and the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights in Kingston, Jamaica.

In addition to his current work at Good Samaritan Services, Nate serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Conner M. Holland Foundation, and organization that provides financial assistance to families fighting pediatric cancer.

Nate is also a current member and former President of the Denver-Ephrata Rotary Club.

He and his wife, Rebekah, live in Ephrata and have three children.  They are members of Petra Church in New Holland.

Nate earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Eastern Mennonite University and his MBA from Eastern University.   Nate also holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Arcadia University.

District Governor Patrick J. Rooney Oct 31, 2019 7:30 AM
District 7390 Governor

2019-20 District Governor Elect Patrick J. Rooney

The Reverend Patrick J. Rooney STS retired in February of 2012 having served as the Senior Pastor of historic Christ Lutheran Church (1733) in York, PA. Prior to going to York he had served in Dillsburg and before becoming a Lutheran he was a member of a Roman Catholic religious order for 10 years. He has worked extensively in the human services field including serving as Special Assistant in the Department of Welfare and as President and CEO of a large non-profit entity serving the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled. For almost five years, he also served as the interim Executive Director for two local ecumenical agencies.


In his retirement, Pastor Rooney is an active member of the Rotary Club of York - the 25th largest club in the world. He served as President in 2016-17, has achieved perfect attendance every year and has served on more than 20 club committees. In 2013, he served as Team Leader for the GVSE team to Argentina. He served on the District Conference committee in 2015-16 and was the conference committee chair for 2016-17. He also serves on a number of other District committees. He completed all three levels of RLI and now serves as RLI faculty and as faculty at MA PETS. Paddy is a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation and a member of the Paul Harris Society. He has received the York Club’s President’s Certificate of Appreciation for Service Above Self and the Avenues of Service Citation. He will serve as District Governor for District 7390 in 2019-20


He has served as a member and chair of the City of York General Authority. He is Chair of the York County History Center and on the Boards of two other non-profit agencies and has previously served on the board of the York County Literacy Council and as President of the York County Council of Churches. He has also served on the Candidacy Committee for the Lower Susquehanna Synod as well as the Ecumenical Affairs committee and the Worship Committee. He is the author of a number of published sermons for three different groups including 10 published by CSS under the title “The Perfect Sacrifice.”


Pastor Rooney is a founding member of the Society of the Holy Trinity, a Lutheran Order and Ministerium, which now numbers almost 300 pastors in the United States and Canada. He served as Dean of the local chapter for 12 years, as Secretary for 3 and in September of 2015 was elected Senior (General Superior) of the Society. He has taught widely across the US and Canada at all 23 of the Society chapters. Pastor Rooney has also taught in the OLLI program at Penn State York and at a number of retreats throughout the United States and Canada. 


Pastor Rooney is a native of England and completed his undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s College, London; studied philosophy at Catholic University of America; has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Shippensburg University and completed his Lutheran studies at Gettysburg Seminary. He has been married to Sally for almost 40 years and they have two grown children and one grandchild.

Manheim Township High School Club Level Finalists Nov 14, 2019 7:30 AM
Four Way Test Speech
Four Way Test Speech

These will be the Manheim Township High School Club Level Finalists  that will have one last opportunity to practice in front of our Rotary prior to heading off to the mid level district contest!  

David Abel, Co-Founder Brittany's Hope Nov 21, 2019

David Abel is married to his precious wife, Tierney, and together they have 17 children and eleven grandchildren. David is the founder (steward) of DAS Companies, Inc. which he began in 1978. DAS is a manufacturer, importer, and distributor of branded travel center merchandise which is distributed both domestically and internationally. DAS is also the steward (caretaker) of the Stone Gables Estate and its Star Barn Village and Ironstone Ranch.
David is the co-founder of Brittany’s Hope Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DAS Companies. Brittany’s Hope aids in adoption and humanitarian efforts for children worldwide (www.brittanyshope.org). David is the founder of Stewardship: A Mission of Faith (www.stewardshipmission.org). This organization produces and distributes faith-based materials worldwide, facilitates the formation of various Scripture reflection groups, and battles the worldwide pornography epidemic, calls men up to be the husbands and fathers they are called to be and shares the truth about the family.
He has over 40 years of experience in business with talents in leadership, marketing, sales, speaking, and writing which he now uses to spread the Gospel message of stewardship that everything we have is a gift from God that we are to use to help others.
David and Tierney recently published their first book, “Love at First Flight . . . a Plane Fairy Tale.” This is an unexpected love story, an inspirational tale of God’s redemption of the heart.

Sherry Harry Dec 05, 2019 7:30 AM
VisionCorps of Lancaster
Jeremy R. Young, Community & Economic Development Dec 19, 2019 7:30 AM
What's new at the Lancaster City Alliance
Robert Krasne Jan 09, 2020 7:30 AM
CEO of Steinman Communications
Coach Craig Parnham Jan 30, 2020 7:30 AM
What it takes to become an olympic athlete
What it takes to become an olympic athlete

Craig Parnham was the coach for the US Women's National Field Hockey team based out of Spooky Nook Sports from 2012 until December 2016. 

David B. Hanson Feb 06, 2020 7:30 AM
Economic Update and Forecast
Economic Update and Forecast

Dave joined Fulton Financial Advisors and Clermont Wealth Strategies in 2007. He has 30+ years of experience in investments and trust banking. Dave came to Fulton Financial Advisors following a career with SunTrust where he served in a variety of positions including Closely Held Business Analyst, Business Development Officer, Manager of Private Client Services, and Corporate Strategies/Mergers & Acquisition-related roles. He earned a BS degree in Accounting from Bob Jones University and his MBA degree from Georgia State University.

Dave became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Georgia in 1987 and Tennessee in 1996. He earned series 7, 63 and 24 securities licenses in 1994, became a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) in 1997, and received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2000. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of the American Bankers Association Wealth Management Conference and co-chaired the Advisory Board of the ABA Private Wealth Management School. Dave is a past Chairman of the ABA National Graduate Trust School and served on the faculty of that school for several years.

Dave is a charter member of the CEB Wealth Executive Roundtable and is a member and past Chairman of the Trust and Wealth Executive Association. Dave serves as a volunteer, board member, or board chair of several community organizations including the Boy Scouts, the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, and Bible Visuals International.


Charles Durham, President Seisan Feb 27, 2020 7:30 AM
Discuss how Seisan helped clients like Armstrong, Sight & Sounds with innovation
Discuss how Seisan helped clients like Armstrong, Sight & Sounds with innovation

Charles Durham




Charles Durham, the President, and Owner of Seisan Consulting started developing web solutions in 1994.  Charles was the co-owner of Global InterNet Associates which was aquired by Exp@nets in September of 1999.  Charles was the Senior Vice President of the Exp@nets internet strategies group though 2001.   Charles re-connected with his business partner, Curt Tomlinson to found Seisan Consulting in 2002.  Seisan has become a premier provider of web, mobile and geospatial solutions under the leadership of Charles as CTO and now President.


Charles has led Seisan into technology innovations that were applied to a wide range of clients from local startups to Fortune 100/500 companies.  Hertz engaged with Seisan in 2006 to create some early IoT solutions for Hertz NeverLost connected devices.  Charles lead the team that created the back-end server solution for dynamic content delivery, over the air updates and asset tracking to keep the Hertz NeverLost devices running until they sunsetting them in 2017. 


Charles has worked with on a number of innovative projects integrating advanced back-end systems, IoT and specialized devices.  Seisan developed the Intel Connected Store for Intel's Solution Summit conference to showcase point of sales solutions such as their touch screen registers and barcode scanning devices.  Seisan has developed demo platforms for Verizon to showcase new Smart City technology and advanced AI camera technology for street parking locations.  Charles was involved in helping Verizon design IoT integration with remote IoT locking devices and development of the end user mobile applications for iOS and Android.


Charles through his work with Seisan is developing some of the latest technology in the areas of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Machine Learning.  Seisan technology was featured in November 2018 at the Breeder's Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.  Charles and the Seisan team trained computer vision based deep learning models to recognize racehorses and integrate with the Jockey Club's Equibase system to overlay racehorse information on a 360 degree VR live stream.  This past March at the Arnold Sports Festival 2019, Charles showcased the Optimum Nutrition Virtual Reality Experience which was developed by Seisan.  This experience was a tradeshow contest that would transport the attendee to a virtual gym environment where they would do curls and squats for points.  The winner taking a large tub of the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Isolate product.


Charles has also been active in a number of organizations.  He was President of Phi Mu Delta during his time as an undergraduate at Lock Haven University.  He is currently active as an Alumni member of his local chapter and also has served roles on the National Phi Mu Delta level as a Foundation Board member.    Charles has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award of Phi Mu Delta of which there are only 15 members in the 100+ year history of Phi Mu Delta Fraternity.  Charles has been very active in the local tech community - starting the Lancaster UAV meetup and working with Make 717 maker space.  Charles has been a guest speaker at the New Tech Meetup of Central PA - speaking and demonstrating technology in Robotics, UAV/Drone technology and AR/VR.  Charles is dedicated to moving forward with technology, helping teach others and bringing high value to his team and his customers.