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August 2016
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102 S. York Rd.
Hatboro, PA  19040
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When :          Saturday September 10 2016
Fellowship:    4:00-10:00 PM 
Dinner:          5:00-7:00 PM
     1 1/2 LB Lobster or Steak Dinner
     DJ, Bar, and Raffles
Cost:             $35
Where:          College Settlement Camp, 600 Witmer Rd Horsham PA
For tickets: Register on-line below
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                     Call Jim Heilman at 610 405 0300
                     Call  Hatboro Federal Savings at 215 675 4000

Mai-Lynn Abel Sahd from Brittany's Hope. www.BrittanysHope.org
This was an interesting presentation on how Brittany's Hope empowers families and communities to make real and lasting change in the lives of orphaned and special needs children through international special needs adoption grants and humanitarian initiatives. If you haven't read the letter to our club which Katrina sent out, please do! The Home of Hope which provides basic shelter, food , education and clothing for orphaned boys, many from the Kenyan slum area of Kibera is committed to relocating and rebuilding a new home for these boys in the city of Juju. Their current facility is in poor condition and barely livable, having been constructed 11 years ago and now dilapidated.
We as a club are considering partnering with The Rotary Club of Ruiru (District 9212) in Kenya and Brittany's Hope to help with a clean water project which is currently in its initial phase but has stalled due to lack of funding. The water storage building is in place, with  pipes and a filter system installed but there is much more to be done. At our next meeting, Aug 31, please arrive 15 minutes early so we can discuss this project as a club.
1.Don't forget the DG will be at our club on  September 14.
2. Bob Powers Rotary Moment! In 1988 when Russ Fairlie was president of this club RI  asked for $12000 to support Polio Plus. The club raised $25000.
We continue to support Polio Plus and all Rotarians should be proud that Rotary started this project.
3. A count for Lobster Pot must be in by Sept 2. Please sell your tickets prior to that date.

   SPEAKER: Our guest today was Rotarian and author Mike Mattie. His book "The Global Addiction to QE: The Most Important Topic Affecting your Retirement: An Investor's Guide". Want to find out more about this book, please click the link to Amazon to find out more about the book and to have a look inside the book itself... https://www.amazon.com/Global-Addiction-Important-Affecting-Retirement/dp/1935355198#reader_1935355198
1. Golf Tournament on Monday Aug 22 2016. Don't forget to sign up! Want to volunteer to help, contact Kathy Salemno
2. Lobster Pot: Sept 10 2016.... You can now purchase tickets online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hatboro-rotary-lobster-pot-tickets-27009159122?ref=ecount

SPEAKER: Joe Kirtcher, President of  Buxmont Meals on Wheels
Bux-Mont Meals on Wheels serves home-bound clients in the Warminster, Hatboro, Horsham and Upper Moreland areas. They provide one hot and one cold meal per day, Monday through Friday each week. Meals are prepared by the Warminster Hospital food service organization and packed and delivered by volunteers.Our clients are asked to pay a nominal fee for service. However, the organization will subsidize payments for those unable to afford the basic fee. Wegman's, WaWa and Carrabas supply food to meals on Wheels and the Hatboro Horsham School district supplied drinks last year. People are referred through their families, social Services Organizations, Hospitals  and as a result of advertisements. Not only does Meals on Wheels provide food for clients but they also serve as health and safety checks especially for those who live alone. They currently have about 80 volunteers but there is certainly room for more. We are proud to present a check for $4000 to Meals on Wheels. Past Presidents Rob Galbreath and Mike Brookshire with Joe.

Names from left to right:
Greg Hucklebridge – Rotary District 7430 Assistant Governor, John Vira - Warminster Rotary Club President, Gary Chamberlain – Hatboro Rotary Club President, Marilyn Hagy – Willow Grove Rotary Club President, Tom Rafferty – Horsham Rotary Club President, Rich Hamilton – Huntington Valley-Churchville Rotary Club Interact Chair.

Speaker: Jim Gardner, Hatboro Chief of Police gave an update on the department. They have 14 officers, and 5 crossing guards working 4 shifts. Progress is being made on the new Police Headquarters and it is expected they will take possession in the first or second quarter of 2017. All officers now carry Narcan, antidote for opiate overdose but to date have not had to deploy any. Hatboro's Night Out will be this Friday Aug 5, 6-9. Thank you Jim for the update.
  • CORRECTION: Hatboro Federal Saving is donating the AEDs for the Hatboro Police Department for the patrol cars!!! My apologies.
  • Lobster Pot is Sept 10....tickets are available now!
  • If you ordered a Hatboro Rotary shirt, PLEASE contact Curt Difurio regarding size and payment. He cannot order them if he doesn't have your size!
  • District 7430 Happy-Hour at 58 York on Friday 57. Please bring a food donation for the food pantry.
  • Bob Powers provided us with a Rotary Moment.....remember to get more members, you have to get out and invite people to join!

Date:   August 22 2016
Place:  Spring Mill Country Club
Cost:   Foursome: $500 ($150 per golfer)
For information on sponsorship and registration, click the link on the left on the home page.

Save the date August 5 2016 5-7pm.
Where: 58 York
Who:    Rotary district 7430 Area 7 clubs of Hatboro , Horsham, Huntingdon Valley, Churchville,
Warminster, and Willow Grove (Rotarians are invited to bring a guest)
Cost:     A food donation for Hatboro Food Banks
             Cash Bar


  On Tuesday evening, 6/14/16, Hatboro Rotary Past Presidents Jack Groves(1979-80), Russ Fairlie(1987-88), Jesse Brookreson(2011-12) and Incoming President, Gary Chamberlain met at Fireside Chat Chairman Russ Fairlie's home to discuss the traditions, history and "nuts and bolts" workings of Hatboro Rotary with new Club Members Tom Post and Barb Schupeltz.

  The group talked about Club organization, Board functions and responsibilities, Rotary International, the Rotary Foundation, budgeting and financing, the Club Committee structure, Paul Harris Fellow options, and the purpose and importance of regular attendance at weekly Club meetings.

  The Past Presidents shared their history with and feelings about our local Club and answered thoughtful questions from the new Club members. This year's discussion was unique in that the new members were already quite familiar with Rotary, having transferred to Hatboro from another Rotary Club. They were interested in our workings but also had valuable ideas to share from their very active years in their previous Club.


Thank you to Richard Smith from Christ Home Warminster. Christ Home has been in existence since 1903, first in Philadelphia and then to Warminster in 1907. Christ home serves needy and neglected Children and youth by providing a faith based stable, caring home environment while meeting the educational, medical, emotional and social needs of the children. Currently there are two campuses, Warminster and Lancaster. Over the years, programs have expanded to include a teen Mother and Baby program and programs for Seniors. They offer a wide range of senior services and living options for older adults including independent living, skilled rehab and nursing, personal care and memory care services. Christ home is a 501(c)(3) organization founded as a non denominational Christian Ministry. For more information, please visit their website http://www.christshome.org/
President Rob presented a check from the Hatboro Rotary to the Hatboro YMCA for their Annual Campaign. Tracy McDonald gave a personal account of how the Y assisted her family after the death of her husband. With two boys ages 11 and 8, it was important that they continue to have an outlet both physically and emotionally and to continue doing things that they did as a family before their father's death. Tracy received much needed help and support from her Y family. The YMCA does provide financial assistance to families and individuals who might be in need of some help.The Annual Campaign plays a critical role in helping the Y fulfill its mission. It is surprising how many people do not know the Y is a charity. Each year, they provide Financial Assistance to1-in-4 people at their branches. This year's campaign raised over $6,000,000.
Thank you to Russ Fairlie for hosting Fireside Chat. If you have never been to a fireside chat, please attend....even if you have been a Rotarian for years, there is always something to learn about this great organization.
July 13 is Tribal Challenge. Time to volunteer!

Student Scholarship Committee Chair Jonathan Riches introduced the 2015-2016 Hatboro Rotary Scholarship recipients and their families.
Sean Rich  Will be using his scholarship to help pay for his education at Penn State. Main Campus, Schreyer Honors College, where he will be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering, followed by a masters degree. Sean was accompanied by his  mother Brenda Rich.
Brendan O'Donnell  Is currently studying 3 different styles of martial arts at three different clubs...kung-fu, taekwondo, and karate. Brendan plans on using his scholarship to help pay for a Business Administration Degree at Montgomery County Community College.  His long term goal is to be able to run his own Martial arts club. Brendan was accompanied by his parents Jimmy and Crystal Buckley.
Congratulations to both recipients! We wish you both much success in your chosen careers.
The Student Scholarship Fund is funded from Hatboro Rotary's Scholarship endowment ,an ongoing club contribution and proceeds from the clubs weekly 50/50. Each year two students are awarded scholarships. One goes to a Hatboro Horsham Student and one to a student who attends Eastern Center for Technology.  The total amount awarded this year was $6500. After the students had spoken, President Elect Gary chamberlain presented Jonathan Riches with th club's contribution of $5000 for the scholarship fund. Students are considered for their academic achievement, leadership, service and need. The monies they receive is spread over their years at college.
1.Jimmy and Crystal Buckely, Brendan O'Donnell,  Sean Rich, Brenda Rich, Rotarian Jonathan Riches
2 Brendan O'Donnell
3.Sean Rich

Program: Dave Mullen of Moland House Historic Park gave a presentation on the history of Moland House. This 300 acre farm was built in 1754 by Philadelphia English Lawyer John Moland as a summer retreat. It became his permanent home shortly before his death in 1760. For more information on this Historic Site, go to www.Moland.org. 
Moland House Annual Revolutionary War Reenactment August 20 2016 10am to 4pm...rain date August 27 2016
Charter Night was a great time. Kudos to Kathy for a nice event.
Village Players June 15th. Start talking up this event. Jess should have the tickets soon.
Camp Neidig Leadership Camp. Hatboro Rotary has three students going to Camp Neidig and have given the fourth spot to a student sponsored by Willow Grove Rotary
Good Citizenship Union League of Philadelphia awarded 9 scholarships to young men and women.
Shaun Rich, valedictorian of HHHS class of 2016 will be at the club in a couple of weeks.

  • Charter Night is this Sat May 21 at Spring Mill Country Club
  • The Union League of Philadelphia held its 70th annual Good Citizen Day! 292 young men and women (2 of those students were interactors from Hatboro Horsham), all high school juniors, joining for the day-long program. In the morning, students participated in sessions to learn and debate parts of the United States Constitution. In the afternoon, the students went over to City Hall to participate in a three-part program to learn about the three branches of government - Executive (mock-lobbying program), Judicial (mock trial) and Legislative (mock-City Council program).
  • District Million Dollar Challlenge raised 2.2 million in  bequests for Foundation.
  • The Boy Scouts will be honoring Rep Tom Murt at a special dinner.
Rotary impacts so many lives in many different ways. Jesse gave a brief synopsis of how Jonathan Riches , once a rotary scholarship recipient, ultimately over the years became a member of Rotary. When the Sovino Foundation gave a presentation to Rotary, it was Jonathan that reached out to Phil Mont Christian Academy regarding a need for an AED. As a result. Hatboro Rotary provided funds to the Sovino Foundation for the AED to be placed in Phil Mont in 2012. 4 years later that AED was used to save a life!
We sometimes forget how much impact our own community and internationally. Today we reminded ourselves of that impact: here are a few that we support: 4 food pantries, scholarships, shelter Box, Camp Neidig Leadership Camp, YMCA Scholarship Program, Polio Plus, Union Library of Hatboro, Boy Scouts, Little League, Millbrook Society, Meals on Wheels, Hatboro Horsham Educational Foundation and Veterans Initiative. These are only a few of the organizations and community needs that we address. Congratulations Hatboro Rotary, you do make a difference!


The Savino Foundation presented at Hatboro Rotary about 4 years ago. They work to put AED in vital places in schools so lives can be saved. Hatboro Rotary wanted to partner with them to place an AED in a school that needed one. I contacted Chip Struck at Phil-Mont and they had one in the office but could use one in the gym. In 2012 Hatboro Rotary and the Savino Foundation donated an AED unit to Phil-Mont for the gym. Four years later that AED unit by God's grace was used to help save a life. Thanks also well-trained staff and administration at Phil-Mont. Great thanks to the Savino Foundation for their work. If you know a school that does not have an AED in their gym work with a local community organization and the Savino Foundation to get one there.

Above all thanks and glory be to God who worked through everyone involved! 

The Very Rev Dr. Jonathan Riches.

Do you know any schools that need AEDs. This is certainly a testament to how important they are in saving lives!


A big thank you to the  Hatboro Horsham School District Strolling Strings for visiting our club . What a wonderful group of talented 5th graders and a great way to start the day!

Please click on the Water Projects link at the left and scroll down to Photo Albums. Click on the Apatut Photos to see some pictures from the Village Well project.

A brief update on the status of this project has been added to the Water Project Site Page (to the left of this page). Click on the Apatut Water Project link.
It contains a very brief synopsis of what has been happening since 2012.
Information on the Apatut Project (with Pictures) can be found on pages 14 and 15

Today's program was presented by Ray Rife ACC/BCC, Life Transitions and Career Coach. Ray works with people who want support in their jobs, projects or personal development. The coaching partnership between client and coach is confidential and offers an opportunity to explore ideas, problem solve and establish a realistic, clear plan of action to reach desired outcomes. coaching honors the client as the expert in his/her life and work. For more information please visit Ray's website www.rayrifecoaching.com

We were very fortunate to have with us today the Hatboro Horsham Educational Foundation Executive Director Nancy Delucia teachers Kevin Deissler , Dan Beck and students Zak Ibrahim, Sarah Marvin, Tyler Larsson and Catelin Blaszczynski. The Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization created to encourage excellence and to enhance and enrich educational opportunities offered to the students of the Hatboro-Horsham School District. It would take a very long page to list how they accomplish this so I urge all of you to go to their website http://www.hhef.org/. 
Mr Deissler and Mr Beck talked about the Robotics program and the accomplishments of these students. There are 9 students in the club and 4 of them were with us today sharing their lego robots and teaching all of us how to operate them. Each student built their robot. Please take some time to see what the students are doing by going to Mr Deissler's website http://www.hatboro-horsham.org/Page/8317 and clicking on the u-tube link for the Lego Legends Project presentation....I never realized there were so many uses for a tissue box!!  The goal is to get Robotics in all of the Hatboro Horsham Schools. What do the students get out of this program....more then you realize...a sense of family, the fun of working together to solve problems, the importance of patience in solvng problems and doing projects, realizing that failure is always an option , how important it is to write everything down (easier to go back and fix a mistake if you know what you did)
Two events you don't want to miss:
  1. String Quartet Cavani from the renown Cleveland Institute of Music will perform in concert at at Hatboro Horsham High School March 3 7 PM admission $10   www.hhef.org/cavani
  2.  "Robotics are taking over Hatboro Horsham" Saturday March 5 11 am to 1pm at the Hatboro Horsham High School Gymnasium 899 Horsham Rd

Jesse is Chairman of the Club's Shelter Box Committee .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.
This club has been participating for ten years and has purchased/sponsored 12 boxes. In addition to the club sponsoring boxes, throughout the year the committee collects donations in the way of loose change from club members to sponsor additional boxes. Currently we have $250 toward another box....save that loose change!!!!
Here is where our boxes have gone:
Want to learn more about Shelter Boxes? click on the following links:

Thanks to those who braved the weather and came out to hear Bob Powers talk on "The First Civil War" what most of us refer to as the Revolution.
Basically there were the rebels, those colonists who wanted to break away from the British and the Loyalists who were happy to maintain life as it was. It must have been a trying time to live, your neighbor could have been a rebel while you were a loyalists...imagine there were many  interesting moments in the life of the colonists. Perhaps one of the more colorful stories is that of Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen. He was a rebel and one of the more successful under Washington's command. Peggy Shippen and her family were loyalists. However, Benedict had dinner at the Shippen's and over time took a liking to Peggy and asked for her hand in marriage. They married and Peggy and a former suitor John Andre convince Benedict to go over to the British side and keep them informed of the rebels plans..he did just that and became a traitor! Through an elaborate system of note passing, he sent info to the British through John Andre. He did eventually assume command of West Point and continued to correspond with André . The plan being to take over West Point by the British.  To prepare for the surrender of West Point, Arnold scattered his troops  to weaken West Point's defenses.  On September 19, The British readied their men and ships to capture West Point as soon as André had finished the final negotiations with Arnold.  But on September 23, 1780, the Americans captured André while he was carrying papers relating to West Point's garrisons and defenses and a pass from Arnold.  Thus, the plan failed and Arnold's treachery was revealed. There certainly is more to the story.................Thanks Bob for the interesting presentation!

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