WORLD CULTURE CLUB  
of Central Pennsylvania 

About Us

The History of the World Culture Club of Central PA

Initially known as the Cultural Community Club of Hershey, the group was formed on March 7, 2001 at a planning meeting hosted by Nkuchia Mikanatha, an epidemiologist with the PA Department of Health, and David Welliver of Penn State Hershey. Their vision was “to create a place where people from other countries and cultures would be among friends, feel more comfortable and welcome, and adjust more easily to a new environment.” As the idea grew and evolved, the organization became increasingly centered on the educational aspect of their programs in order to help alleviate the tension and cultural divide among world communities.

  
The first program, “Reflections on the Oneness and Interdependence of Humankind,” was held in March 7, 2001 by Dr. Michael Penn, Associate Professor of Psychology at Franklin and Marshall College, Elizabethtown. “Growing up in Nepal” by Dr. Wangdi Sherpa followed in April of that year. More programs were presented.

In t
he summer of 2009, the World Culture Club (WCC) became a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public supported organization, and its name was changed to "The World Culture Club of Central PA."


In 2011, the WCC was recipient of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center's 
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD in recognition of its contribution in building a stronger community with Penn State Hershey.


Original supporters include Dr. Gaylen Bradley, Diana Carel-Diaz, Ernest Johnson, Caroline Parke, Valerie Jallon and Kathy Murray Leisure. The World Culture Club of Centra; Pennsylvania is a non-profit (c) (3) organization. 

May 2015, a Certificate of Appreciation from the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg was presented by its President, Dr. Joyce M. Davis to Vlada Prymak, WCC President.

December 2, 2015, Vlada Prymak, President of the WCC, achieved the Diversity Championship Award from the Campus Council on Diversity, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine.

Until May 2016, programs were held at Penn State Milton S. Hershey's Medical Center and College of Medicine.

September 2016, the WCC formed a partnership for four programs with the Hershey Story Museum held there until December 2016.

A new chapter for the World Culture Club of Central Pennsylvania began March, 2017. Programs presented at the Hershey Public Library. 

WCC Board Members

Dr. S. Gaylen Bradley, Co-Chair Emeritus
Diana Carel-Diaz, Co-Chair Emeritus
Vlada Prymak - President
Diane Hain - Publicist 
Yolanda Perez-Rivera - Public Relations
Susan Edris - Greetings and Hospitality



 Webmaster and E-mail Manager

Alaine Keisling

Support and Donations






Please make checks payable to:

"World Culture Club of Central PA"

 then mail to:

World Culture Club
c/o 2365 Geyser Church Road
Middletown, PA 17075

The World Culture Club is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.
We welcome your donations.  They may be tax-deductible (consult your tax preparer).
Your donation helps to obtain a broad range of speakers, bringing presentations
 that further the mission of expanding knowledge, tolerance and understanding.  
All presentations and are open to the public.

Be sure to include your name and address for a tax-deductible receipt.


 Thank you for your support!
  

 



 
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