Thumbs up: to Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson who shared her inspirational story during a recent Rotary Club of York meeting.
The York native began her life in a foster home and in her 25-years worked her way into a more famous home—the White House. She works as the adviser and assistant to the director for the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Early on in her education at York Country Day School, she had a passion for politics which was fostered through a trip to France as a Youth exchange student and her education at Georgetown University. The Rotary arranged her trip via a scholarship fund.
"She's the whole package," former Rotary president and current member Michele Baker said of Corbin-Johnson. "She's intellectually gifted and she has a vision — a positive one, for herself and her country."
Corbin-Johnson admits her childhood dream of having the White House as her own never left her mind.
"I never would have dreamed that I would be able to go from foster house to the White House," Corbin-Johnson said.
Thumbs up: To Katallasso Family Health Center for the work it does — and for becoming a grant recipient.
The faith-based free clinic in York City is receiving the Pennsylvania Medical Society's Grant for Healthy Living in Ethnic Communities.
Since it opened in 2013, the facility has served more than 1,200 patients, nearly half of whom are from a minority group. Katallasso provides services for routine wellness care, non-emergency care, physical therapy and biblical counseling.
The $5,000 grant will help the organization reach the Hispanic and Latino populations in York County, according to Brian Kreeger, president and executive director.
"We pride ourselves on taking care of diverse communities," he said. "We recognize the potential for serving those people, and we want to."
On Saturday, Katallasso is hosting its annual Health Festival, during which community members and health care service providers from around York County can interact. The first block of South Belvidere Avenue, where the clinic is located, will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thumbs Up: To Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, a former state representative for York City, who called out Donald Trump for not releasing his tax returns.
“His entire candidacy hinges on his business record," DePasquale, a Democrat, said of the Republican presidential candidate. "So people need to know if he walks what he talks."
All major-party candidates since Richard Nixon have released their tax returns, according to the New York Times. Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as her running mate Tim Kaine, released their income tax returns recently.
Trump argues because he is under an audit by the Internal Revenue Service, he cannot release the returns. The IRS has said otherwise in a statement earlier this year.
We agree with DePasquale.
"Whatever’s in them is worse publicity than the bad press he gets for not releasing them," DePasquale said.