Southcentral PA

Southcentral PA Service Summit

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The building where many of Pennsylvania’s biggest decisions are made will serve as the awe-inspiring backdrop for the 2nd Annual Southcentral PA Service Summit, sponsored by Pittsburgh-based Get Involved, Inc. Organizers of the October 17 conference, which focuses on civic engagement, said that the grand staircase, intricate paintings, and ornate light fixtures of the Pennsylvania State Capitol rotunda will be outshined only by the luminary community leaders and activists who have committed to spend their day among the gathering of students, young professionals, and non-profit representatives.

The Service Summit, held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., “was organized as a way to gather civic-minded individuals of all ages and backgrounds. We’ll share ideas and inspire each other to leave a handprint and make a difference in local communities,” said Tom Baker, founder of Get Involved!, Inc. Baker will serve as co-host of the event, along with Laura Schmidt from WHTM-TV (ABC 27).

The event will include a light lunch, alongside distinguished guest and keynote speaker, State Rep. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster County). Aument serves the 41st District, which extends into the townships of East Hempfield, Lancaster, Manor, and West Hempfield, along with the boroughs of East Petersburg and Mountville. The Congressman’s record of public service includes a military tour of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Aument briefly commanded an infantry company of 150 soldiers after his company commander was wounded in action. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Army Parachutist Badge. He also serves as an adult ministry team leader at Grace Church at Willow Valley.

Another keynote speaker, Matthew Dowling, a small business owner, television host, and author, will serve as an example to individuals looking for a successful, rewarding career that allows them to serve their community. An Eagle Scout, Rotary Assistant District Governor, and co-founder of a community improvement fund within his County of Fayette, Dowling was recognized in 2010 by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce as its most influential young professional. He currently serves as Development Director for the Westmoreland-Fayette Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Additional presenters, panelists, and speakers will be announced soon.

Representatives of non-profit organizations, focusing on a variety of human services and community improvement projects, will also be on hand at the event, operating information tables and allowing attendees of the Summit to “network” and to gather information about causes that interest them. Representatives will make themselves available for one-on-one conversations with event participants, and will share literature and other giveaways related to their organizations.

Several awards will be presented to recognize individuals who have demonstrated passionate, energetic, results-oriented leadership, both professionally and within community organizations. Get Involved! Honorees will include a Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Male Emerging Leader, Female Emerging Leader, and Preston Kilgore Young Leader. Awardees from the 2011 Southcentral PA Service Summit included Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley (R-PA), former Chief Executive of Allegheny County, and Kim Bracey (D-York), the first African-American mayor of the City of York.

The 2012 class of Southcentral PA Rising Stars will also be named. The Rising Star distinction is given to acknowledge and encourage young professionals from the non-profit, business, and governmental sectors who dedicate their time and talent to community organizations, and who strive to make a positive difference.

The organization Get Involved!, Inc., hosts of the Summit, evolved from Baker Leadership, which was created to inspire individuals to give back and make a difference. In addition to the Southcentral PA Service Summit, Get Involved! also presents a spring Service Summit each year for the greater Pittsburgh region. Get Involved! founder, Tom Baker, is a sought-after speaker and author who has spoken with over 30,000 students and civic leaders at more than 275 colleges, companies, and community organizations. Most recently, he enlisted the assistance of eleven standout community leaders to author Empowered in Pittsburgh, a book with a goal of stirring college students, graduate students, young professionals, and lifelong learners to extend their handprint in the community and become more connected to individuals who share this desire.

Get Involved!, Inc. mobilizes a network of volunteers to organize each Service Summit. This year’s team for Southcentral Pennsylvania is led by Host Committee Chair George Fernandez.

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2011 Information

Get Involved!, Inc. and Baker Leadership were proud to introduce the 2011 Southcentral PA Service Summit to Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. A tremendous group of community leaders became part of the Get Involved! movement as non-profits, community leaders, and elected officials gathered to share how they leave their handprint and make a difference in our communities. Some of the region’s top speakers and leaders discussed topics such as civic engagement, public service, and creativity in business and service.


Commissioner Scott Martin | Chairman of Lancaster County Board of Commissioners

Ruth Koup | Founder & CEO of Dress for Success Southcentral PA

Dr. Bob Thomas | President of Tabor Community Services

Captain Ryan Greenawalt | U.S. Army Harrisburg Company

Daniel Giovannelli | Global Solutions

Sarah Darling | (student speaker), former Millersville University Student Body President and member of PA SSHE Board of Governors


Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley | Man of the Year

Mayor Kim Bracey | Woman of the Year

George Fernandez | Male Emerging Leader

Christina Beall | Female Emerging Leader

Daniel Malcolm | Preston Kilgore Young Leader


Colleen Anderson
Faith Bender
Valerie Caras
Colin Day
Ethan Demme
Mike Downing
Charles Gehret
Tim Hortsmann
Joel Jukus
Puja Khare
Todd Kowalski

Cindy Lonergan
Zach Love
Andrew Moyer
Joe Murzyn
Ace Reddy
Jennie Shade
Kelly Silvis
Kathryn Tartaglia
Jeff Varner
Colleen Weldon
Meron Yemane