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102 S. York Rd.
Hatboro, PA  19040
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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.                       
SPEAKERS: Dawn Marshall and Allison Schrader from The Village Players of Hatboro.
The Village Players is a non profit group that has been operating for 71 years. Their goal is to bring theater to the public. There are 4 performances a year..October, January, March, June..and special events. Don't miss out! Get your season tickets! To see what's coming, visit the website http://www.thevillageplayers.com/
Tribal Challenge is over and was very well attended! We raised $25,000 which goes to both Hatboro Rotary and Hatboro YMCA to support this community.
For pictures and lists of the team results, please use this link https://www.facebook.com/TribalChallenge/ . As soon as this year's video is out, we will post it to this page. Thank you to ALL the many volunteers and especially to the participating teams which made the event successful!
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