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More then any other season of the year, the Holidays are a time to reflect on friendships, reconnect with family, and share happy times with friends and family. Today for Bob's Rotary Moment we are reminded of the reach of friendship that this organization provides. About 1987, The Rotary International Conference was being held in Philadelphia and they were looking for people to host attendees. Bob and Dottie volunteered and being from North Wales thought hosting a couple from Wales was appropriate. The friendship of Bob and Dottie and Malcolm and Marina has lasted a long time. They share laughter, vacations and have become family. Although Malcolm has passed, Bob and Dottie talk to Marina at least once every year.
Rotary is more then just "your" club, it is a world of people sharing and working in service to mankind.
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all!!
Today we welcomed new club member Kevin Kelley, pictured here getting his rotary pin from his sponsor President Kathy Salemno  . Welcome Kevin!
 Born in Charleston into a large family, Mike had a wandering spirit from the very beginning. He ventured to Kentucky after high school, took up scuba diving at an early age, had a strong interest in the sciences, graduated college with a major in Biology and a minor in chemistry. In 1966, after graduating college, and although wanting to continue with school, he decided to look into the Air force. (He expected he would get drafted so wanted to choose his own fate!) At the recruiting office, he told the recruiter he wanted to fly, although he had zero experience or training. He was told he had to take a battery of tests, which he did and never waiver from his mantra "I want to fly". He received a call from the Air Force telling him he needed to fly to Dayton for a flight physical. Mike asked if he passed the tests and apparently he must have. (many pilots had taken the test and didn't pass it!). Thus began Mike's journey! He was sent to Officer Training School and then B-66 fighter training. He was off to Japan and on a night when his squadron gave a party for the incoming DOD teachers, Mike walked in straight off of a flight and met Karen! They are still together after 48 years. So where has he been? Japan, Korea, Phillipines, Hong Kong, Macau, Okinawa, Germany , Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand,  Florida, Las Vegas, California, Georgia and many places in between! After he retired, he spent 20 years with Lockheed in California helping to design the F-22. After retiring from Lockheed, he and Karen settled in Hatboro. Thanks Mike for sharing!
  • Dec 13 is the annual wrapping service project. We are providing for 34 Children so please come and assist. Starts at 5pm in the Federal Savings Building. Entrance behind the building (behind Burdicks). If you would like to donate to this project, please see Linda Roehner
  • Our Giving Committee has given 26 winter coats to children from Pennypack and Crooked Billet Schools
  • Dec 8 is our Holiday Party at the Old Mill from 6-9.
  Today we welcome Mike to tell us a little about the work of the Moose Loge in Willow Grove.
  The Moose Organization is a fraternal organization that works both within their communities and
  internationally. They have 2 major charities" : 1. Supporting  Mooseheart Child City & School , a 1,000-acre
  campus, located 40 miles west of Chicago http://www.mooseheart.org/ and 2. Moosehaven, an active
  retirement community in Florida for members who have had at least 15 years in the organization.
  Additionally, they have a program called "Tommy Moose", which aids in helping children overcome fears and anxiety during times of stress. Donated to Law Enforcement, Fire, and other Emergency workers, Tommy Moose plush dolls are presented to children in various traumatic situations. Thank you for joining us today, we enjoyed your talk and the lively discussion :-). Please come again!
   NEW MEMBER: Welcome to the Club Jillian Barton. We are very happy to have you and look forward to
   working with you to Serve this Community. Jillian was sponsored by Bob John.
As we give Thanks for our many blessings, please remember "GivingTuesday" . This a a global initiative which kicks off the charitable season when many people focus on their Holiday and end of year giving.  Join the movement, whether it is giving of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice.
Hatboro Rotary Float (Picture at top of this page) 
In case you missed it! Gary had a "vision" . He was not to be deterred.  Along with our leader Katrina and many helping hands his vision was realized and on a windy Sunday, the "Wagon" traveled the parade route intact loaded with Rotarians, lots of kids and even a dog! Jesse safely pulled the wagon along with 4 wheels on the ground! Listen to our theme song https://youtu.be/RghKdGn8h5A.
More photos of the float on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/126397452268/
Rotary Moment: Bob Powers
This morning we heard a bit more about our town and its history. As this was a major supply route for the British, it seemed appropriate to cut this route off. The Battle of Hatboro (known as the Battle of Crooked Billet was led by a 23 year old General named John Lacey. In 1778, he had 300 men, some armed and some not. The British had 850 men and left Philadelphia with the intent of stopping the Militia from disrupting their supply lines. To read about this Battle, please go to http://battleofcrookedbillet.com/story.htm
Kenyan Water Project. We have raised $9500 to date. With help from Horsham Rotary and a District Grant.
Plastic Sleeping Mats ...Assist our Interact Club to make mats from plastic bags.
Food Pantry.. labeled juice boxes and water bottles to give to Children.
ShelterBox..have raised over $800 toward our next ShelterBox purchase
Scholarship Fundraiser...purchase a wreath, Garland, centerpiece and get 20% back for the Scholarship Fund
Holiday Parade...Rotary was well represented with our "Wagon". Check out the pictures on Facebook.
     SPEAKER: Bob Buck, Eastern Amputee Golf Association
     Adaptive sports have given many people of all ages with a new lease on life. In 1970 Bob had a below
     the  knee amputation but continued playing golf.
      In 1986, he founded the Eastern Amputee Golf  Association (EAGA) which benefits the amputee community.
      EAGA's objective is" to assist in the rehabilitation of amputees and  provide for their general welfare, both physical and psychological, through the medium of golf and its associated activities". They also provide scholarships to qualified applicants who are amputee students and/or children of amputee members. EAGA provides clinics and seminars for both golfers and for rehab and golf professionals . I urge you to follow the link to the EAGA website. It is extremely informative and will give you better insight into the organization and what it does. http://eagagolf.org/index.html   Be sure to click on the Officers tab and read about Bob and the others who run this organization. Thanks Bob, we definitely enjoyed your program!
  SPEAKER: Steve Tazza CEO of Veteran Opportunity Partners a JDog Strategic Development Partner.
 The Philosophy, take care of customers, take care of each other and build profits. Perhaps some of the biggest    challenges to those leaving the service are being letdown, being disunited from others and the community, and missing the brotherhood/camaraderie and closeness of fellow veterans. Through organizations such as Jdog, veterans find a purpose and continue to work together as a team.  JDog is an American owned and Veteran Run organization providing junk removal and other services. For more information about what they do please follow the link http://jdogjunkremoval.com/faqs/. Veteran Opportunity Partners believes under proper stewardship, the most productive tenets of capitalism and military operating ideals can be fused together to achieve great outcomes.  They resolve to create and incentivize career progression opportunities for Military Veterans and like-minded individuals who both share and demonstrate selfless service to customers and to one another.   For more information     http://www.veteranopportunitypartners.com/Thank you for coming Steve.
  • This is Interact week: Every year, Rotary International celebrates World Interact week during the week of November 5th to celebrate the anniversary of the first Interact club founded in 1962. 
  • Jo Sabel from Cabot visited our club today. Cabot cheese is a coop of 1100 Farm Families. Learn more about Cabot on their website https://www.cabotcheese.coop/ . Cabot joins with many nonprofits through their Department of Gratitude, acknowledging the work of volunteers.
  • Holiday Parade Rotary float: Still looking for helpers for our club's float in the parade. Contact Katrina.
  Karen White Kearns Classification Speech: Today we learned more about New Member Karen White Kearns.
Karen was born at Abington Hospital, daughter of Morris White  and Martha (Hetzel). She grew up in Hatboro, attended Meadowbrook Elementary, Loller and Hatboro Horsham. She was active in Future Teachers of America and a member of the HH colored Guard. She graduated from Shippensburg State in 1965 with a BS in Elementary Education and Library Science. She later graduated from the University of Miami with an MS in Instructional Technology. She held positions at Hallowell Elementary School, Rydal Elementary, and Abington. In 1966 she traveled to Europe and to feed her travel bug, she made her own clothes and saved her money. In 1969 she heard about the DODDS program (Department of Defense Dependents Schools) program. Her first assignment was to Japan, where she met and married Mike Kearns. She worked at several places in mainland Japan,and on the island of Okinawa. She also volunteered for the Red Cross. After Japan, their assignments took them to Fort Worth Texas, Penna (while Mike was in S.Korea), Germany (Spangdahlem and Bitburg), Florida, Las Vegas, California, and Georgia. In Georgia, she volunteered at Zoo Atlanta (16 years) as a Docent, Research Librarian and Animal Handler. In 2003 she was the Teacher of the Year. In 2007 she studied and became a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. (this is a type of acupressure). Mike and Karen have no children of their own however she keeps in touch with many of her former students, has hosted 2 foreign Exchange Students (from Germany and Japan). Over the years, they have had 13 cats and 3 dogs (currently 3 cats and 2 dogs). Hobbies include gardening, working with animals, travel and driving MGs. Karen joined Rotary as she was looking for a direction for volunteering and donating of funds where she could see her monies going to good use. She was looking for a way to serve Hatboro. Welcome to the club Karen. We are so glad you joined us!
          SERVICE PROJECT: Lending a hand to the food pantry for Halloween
Speaker: Eric Lindhult P.E. General Manager of Upper Moreland Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority.
Thank you Eric for visiting us this morning and letting us know what changes and activity is going on at the  sewer authority. We appreciate all the efforts to upgrade, save money ,and pay attention to safety for your employees as well as keeping your customers informed. To find out more on the UMHJSA I urge you to log onto their website http://umhjsa.org/. There is a lot of excellent information on the website.
  • Please continue to bring in your change for shelterbox.
  • Horsham Rotary has donated $500 toward our Kenyan Water Project. Rotarians working together.
  • Horsham Rotary upcoming events: Anthony's Pizza 100 Welsh Rd Horsham will be donating 20% of tracked dine-in and carry out sales to Horsham Rotary to Benefit The Harmony Theater ( performing arts for adults with developmental disabilities) on October 18th 2017. Be sure to mention you mention Horsham Rotary benefit when you order.
  • College Settlement is having a Gala (Acorns to Oaks Gala) Sat Oct 28th at Spring Mill Manor.
  • Please remember we are collecting nonperishable food items for the food pantries.
Congratulations to (L-R) Curt Difurio, Katrina Sullivan and Jim Heilman for reaching 10 years of service in the Hatboro Rotary Club!
New Member Speech: Kimberly Chamberlain
Kimberly was born in North East Philadelphia and lived in Bensalem for most of her childhood. She attended Catholic school and graduated from Bishop Conwell High School in Levittown. Her parents are in their 70’s, retired and still reside in her childhood home. Kimberly has an older brother, Chris, who lives in Missouri with his wife. Kimberly has been working in the field of special education for 21 years. She attended Holy Family College for Elementary and Special Education and completed her graduate work at the Penn State Malvern campus. She started teaching in 1996 at a state run, residential school for abused children. She was contracted by the Pennsbury School District in 2002 to work in their special education department. Currently, she works with special education children entering the school system from early intervention, pre-school programs. It is her job to successfully integrate her students into elementary school and design an education program for them that meets their academic, social and physical needs. Kimberly met Gary in her senior year of college at the Roxborough YMCA. Gary hired her to assist him in running YMCA programs for children and young adults with disabilities in 1995. The program was called Camp Magic. It offered recreational programs and camp for children aged 5 to 21 with mental and physical disabilities. The program received award recognition within the YMCA and the city of Philadelphia and still operates today in Roxborough and other YMCA branches.Kimberly and Gary started dating three months after she started at the Y and were married 18 months later. They just celebrated our 20 year wedding anniversary earlier this year. Their daughters, Morgan and Lauren, were born in 1998 and 1999.  Kimberly has spent the last 20 years raising her girls and being involved in everything they wanted to do. Both Morgan and Lauren are good students and actively involved in their schools and community. Currently, Morgan is a sophomore at Millersville as a dual major in psychology and sociology and Lauren is a freshman at Penn State main campus as a chemistry major. Kimberly enjoys scrapbooking, spending time with Gary and her daughters, taking local day trips, looking after their little dogs, and getting together with neighborhood friends. She is interested in being part of Hatboro Rotary so she can continue giving back to her community, as she has done for so many years, as a parent volunteer for many community and school organizations. She also would like to share her new volunteer experiences with her husband Gary, who has been an active member in the Hatboro Rotary for many years.   Welcome to the Club Kimberly!!
Many thanks to Peter Salemno who took all the Lobster Pot photos. You can find them on the left side of the page, click on Lobster Pot and then 2017 Lobster Pot in the Photo Album section. Enjoy
New to Hatboro Rotary is Jarred Barnes. Jarred transferred from the Upper Darby Lansdowne Rotary Club. He joined Rotary in 2015 and joined Hatboro Club in June 2017. Jarred is the Capital Campaign Manager for the YMCA. Jarred is our club's youngest member, born in 1990 in Pittsburgh, went to South Allegheny High, and Lehigh University. In college, he was the 2013 class president, played baseball, has two degrees in Political Science and worked as a graduate assistant. He is a Freemason. Scouting is important to him and he was awarded the Cliff Dochterman Award, a Scouting Service Award for Rotarians and Rortoractors awarded to those who are role models, and render distinguished and dedicated service to Scouting through active service, leadership and contributions to the Scout Association of their home country. Jarred has worn many Hats over the years and he shared those with us. Welcome to the club Jarred!
  • Join us at Happy hour at Bernie's in Hatboro from 5-7 Oct 4 2017.
  • Friday Sep 22 2017, cruise night in Hatboro 5-8:30pm. This is also a food collection event for local food pantries.
  • Pennypack School: The students are collecting baby items to send to those impacted by the recent hurricanes.    They will also be having a Fall Mum sale. 
  • Oct 14 2017, 2 pm at Church of the Advent sponsored by Union Library, the program "Eleanor Roosevelt played by Linda Kenyon". Tickets at $10. Proceeds go toward replacing the Library Roof.
  • Warminster and Willow Grove Rotary Clubs have joined the Kenyan Water Project.           
Rotary Moment: Bob Powers
Polio or infantile paralysis is a crippling and potentially infectious disease which can spread from person to person. In 1988 there were approximately 350000 cases of polio and in 2016 37. With the introduction of the salk vaccine in 1955, we started to see a drop in cases. Although few realize this Rotary was the first organization to begin working to eradicate polio. Since that time Rotary has worked with other organizations and in particular The Gates Foundation to bring an end to polio around the globe. This link is to a polio support group in PA http://www.papolionetwork.org/end-polio-now-rotary-international.html
Don't forget the  7th Annual Yvette M. Palmer Purple Pinkie 5K Run/Fun Walk to be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Schnecksville, PA. For every $1 raised at this event, the Gates Foundation will match with $2 in donations, thus tripling the donation.  We are on the cusp of a polio free world, but we aren’t there yet.
We were happy to welcome DG Rick for his official visit to our club this morning. Rick and his wife Susan have two children (his son is also a Rotarian). Rick spoke about some of his goals for this year, #1 being membership retention..explore why people join rotary and what they are passionate about. Try matching that passion with something in Rotary..youth, fellowship clubs, service projects etc. Goal #2 is that all clubs in district 7430 will have a dynamic strategic plan which ultimately helps clubs deal with change. We live in a different world then 1905 when Paul Harris established Rotary. What he said then, to be evolutionary and at times revolutionary still holds true today. We do not have to change our core values but look for different ways to  embrace new members , continuing to hold to our core values. Our clubs need to change to remain relevant; we must be flexible...change what was to what we can be! Goal #3 embrace and use social media. The district is establishing a Public Relations task force . If you are interested in being a part of this task force, contact the District Governor. #4 Youth Services..these are our leaders for tomorrow. Sept is New Generations month..a good time to recognize the leaders of tomorrow. And finally a word about district conference in April.....this conference is ala carte meaning you can attend any of the three days. Friday is  Fellowship; Sat you can get lunch, dinner, sessions, Happy Hour all for $99. Come out and see Bill Haley Jr and the Comets (Bill is also a Rotarian). Thank you for visiting DG Rick, we enjoyed having you.
President Kathy thanked Jim Heilman and the entire club for a wonderful and successful Lobster Pot. Also thanks to Jesse and Gary for putting up the Shelter Box display. We were able to raise $225 in donations toward our next shelter box.
  • Area 7 Happy Hour at Bernie's Thursday Oct 5th from 5-7
  • Saturday November 4 at Montgomery County community College. District 7430 will have a Rotary foundation Event to learn more about Foundation
  • Service project...The Interact club is collecting plastic shopping bags which they will weave into sleeping mats for the homeless. It takes 700 shopping bags to make one sleeping mat.
  • Hatboro Holiday parade is Sunday November 19, 2017 from 204..mark your calendars.
A Reminder of upcoming events!
  • Sept 11 2017..Horsham Rotary golf outing. Pinecrest Country Club $125 per player.
  • Sept 16 2017..Rotary Leadership Institute, Desales University. Registration Deadline is Sept 5 2017. Parts I,II,III will be given. If you have already taken part I, then sign up for II. Questions Janet Kolepp jkolepp@gmail.com
  • Houston Disaster..Rotary District 5930 has partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund, a 501 (c) 3 to set up an emergency Relief fund. If you would like to help, make checks out to  Rotary District 5930 c/o McAllen North rotary fund Fed Tax ID #27-3855943  501 W Nolana, McAllen TX 78504
  • Oct 14 2017..Purple Pinkie 5K/Run 1+mile fun Walk.. Lehigh Carbon community College in Schnecksville, PA. All proceeds go to Polio Plus for more info www.purplepinkie.net. This is a district wide event.
Congrats to Barb Schupeltz who found the Joker this morning and won a $251 pot!
  • Congratulations to Club member Ryan Martin who has been promoted to Senior District Executive in Delaware County Pa Boy Scouts. We are sad to see you go but very happy for your success!
  • Sept 11 is Horsham Rotary Golf Tournament at Pinecrest Country club. For more information contact President Kathy.
  • Tom Finerghty gave a short talk on club attendance and statistics for the past Rotary year. We currently have 40 Active members and 2 Honorary. Tom also spent some time explaining what constitutes a "makeup" and how to get credit for the makeup.
Congrats to Katrina for writing the perfect grant proposal. Pres Kathy received word that our grant for $4500 for the Kenyan Water Project was approved. That brings our total so far $7850+. Thank you to everyone that has donated to this project...donations are still being accepted! Warminster Rotary and Horsham rotary are joining us in this project.
Bob's Rotary Moment: What is Shelter Box? An organization that provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. ShelterBox aid is tailored to a disaster but typically includes a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and children’s activity pack.
Here is where our boxes have gone:


Want to learn more about Shelter Boxes? click on the following links:
Welcome to our newest club member Kimberly Chamberlain. Kimberly is a special Ed teacher at Pennsbury School District, married to Past President Gary Chamberlain. Kimberly is well known to our club as she has participated in many of our projects. Kimberly is sponsored by Barbara Schupeltz and received her Rotary Pin from her husband Gary. Welcome to the club!
SPEAKERS: Lynanne Schaeffer and Erin Pressel from Gaudenzia
Gaudenzia is a non profit organization that helps individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol dependency, mental illness and related conditions to achieve a better quality of life and become accountable individuals. Established in 1968, they have 160 programs, 90 facilitiies within the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. To learn more about the programs and the facilities please go to http://www.gaudenzia.org/
  • Come to the 33rd Annual Rotary Strike-Out Hunger Night on Friday, August 11th where the Phillies take on the New York Mets at 7:05 pm in Citizens Bank Park. Notify President Kathy if you want tickets. RI President Ian Riseley will be in attendance.                       
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