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The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is one of the largest and most highly trained law enforcement agencies in the County and includes several divisions and specialty units serving more than 900,000 residents with a staff of 130 law enforcement officers, 3 K-9s and 20 admin staff. The mission of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is to protect and serve a diverse community of residents by respecting and valuing diverse life experiences and heritages in order to ensure that all voices are valued and heard.    
 
Sean Kilkenny was elected in 2015 and reelected in 2019. He is a retired LT Colonel in the Army having served 2 decades in the US Army and Army Reserves. Sean is married and has 2 daughters. He also runs a Law Practice.
I'm betting you might not know what a County Sheriff's Office actually does and what are its biggest challenges. Certainly, the biggest challenge they face are recruitment and retention. Unfortunately, the deputies are paid less than many local police throughout the County and they often leave for better paying jobs.
Some of the many divisions and duties within the department:
  • CERT Team which handles high profile incidents
  • K-9 Unit has 3 K-9s which work with other agencies on many shared operations.
  • BOMB Unit has 9 Techs and robots (which can go a mile out from tech)
  • Bike Control Unit
  • Motorcycle Deputies
  • Honor Guard (which recently won the State Competition)
  • Ballot Security
  • Training. Gun safety
  • Warrant Division
  • Transportation and Detention: Transport prisoners throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and perform extraditions from other states for court proceedings.
  • Courts: Enforce court orders. 
  • Ensure safety within the Montgomery County Justice Complex.
  • Civil: Serve all criminal and civil writs issued by the Courts.
  • DUI: Assist other law enforcement agencies process DUI offenders.
  • Real Estate: Conduct sales of real and personal property.
  • Issue licenses to carry firearms.
  • Assist local and regional law enforcement agencies during emergencies and apprehensions.
  • The Sheriff's Office is called upon during riots, prison breaches, strikes and other emergencies which are or may be a breach of the peace.
There is much to learn about the County Sherrif's Department and its History.
Here are two links you might want to take a look at. Become informed!
1 Power Point Presentation PowerPoint Presentation (montcopa.org)
2 Website for Montco Sheriff's Department https://montcopa.org/428/About-the-Office
Thank you, Sean, for the interesting and informative talk. We hope you return again soon.
 
 
  • Frank collected $158 in change to donate to Shelter Box!
  • Sip and Shop Fri night  6-9..lots of vendors and it's inside at Pennypack!
  • Wrapping Party Dec 13 5pm Hatboro Federal Savings. Park behind the building. Bring scissors . 
  • Holiday Party Dec 14 at Steel Penny Cafe. 26 people signed up. If you wish to participate in Gift exchange, bring a gift,
  • No meeting next week Dec 14
  • Volunteer day at Lehman Church next Sat Dec 17 2-5pm
  • Our Holiday Party is Dec 14 at Steel Peny Cafe. If you haven't paid or signed up and still want to go, you need to contact Jill Now!
  • Madrigal Singers will be here Dec 21
  • Fri Dec 2 Hatboro Tree Lighting at the Library! Many of the town stores and restaurants will be open.
  • High School plays are this coming weekend.
  • GREAT JOB Barb!!!! and a thank you to Gary and Alex for helping with our website!! It's a team effort and it was nice to have our website recognized by the DG.
DG Len is a member of Pottstown Rotary. He went to Millersville University and after college, joined the Navy from 85-90. Len is married to Kirsten, who is also a Rotarian. His Dad was also a Pottstown Rotarian. 
Membership: DG Len shared with us the growth of Rotary as it welcomed Rotaract as official members of Rotary. So, as wonderful as it is to have so many new members of Rotary, we cannot forget that every seven years we lose 1.2 million members. Are we as a club taking care of our New Members and keeping them engaged in Rotary? Think about these things: what brought them to rotary and what would they like to accomplish? Are we meeting their needs and helping them to assimilate into Rotary?
Other topics DG Len spoke about: 
Foundation: Foundation is a part of us. The money donated to foundation comes back to us in 3 years' time to be used for District Grants...We have benefited from foundation money as we received a matching grant to purchase the wheelchair accessible playground equipment for the Pennypack playground.  Donating to Foundation can be as easy as donating $5-$10 a month through Rotary Direct. 
Service Projects: As a club we do many service projects but we could remember to promote Rotary to those we work with who are not Rotarians.
District conference: May 5-7 in Atlantic City at the Tropicana. More Info about the Conference can be found by clicking on the District 7430 home page on this site.
And certainly, last but not least we talked about the current Female RI president: Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, the first woman to hold that office in Rotary's 115-year history. 
What does the Image logo mean?...I am reposting it for you!
 

What makes a Rotarian and drives us to make a difference each day?  Our annual theme sheds some light, and our newest – Imagine Rotary – says it all. For more of the story, see below!

People and connections – the logo of the 2022-23 presidential theme |  Rotary Voices

The theme urges all Rotarians to "dream big and take action", uniting to work toward positive global change.  Says Jennifer, "We all have dreams, but acting on them is a choice.  Imagine a world that deserves our best, where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference.” 

Riki Salam, an Australian graphic designer and artist specializing in contemporary Indigenous art, design, and communications, designed the colorful logo for our new theme.

What does the design mean?

In Aboriginal culture, the circle represents our connections to one another.  The seven dots surrounding the circle represent not only people and society, but Rotary's seven areas of focus.

Together, the circle and dots form a "navigation star – our guiding light."  The line underneath represents a basic tool -- a digging stick -- a metaphor for doing hard work: indeed, Rotary In Action.

The color scheme can be interpreted in several ways.  For example, purple represents polio eradication; green, the environment; and white represents our central mission, peace.  Jennifer, the first female President in the history of Rotary International, noted that the color scheme in part also pays homage to the global women's suffragette movement.  

Want to learn more??

https://www.rotary.org/en/jennifer-jones-imagines-rotary-fulfilling-big-dreams

Charles is one of three people at Lehman managing the food pantry.
Clients must be within a 5-mile radius of the pantry to receive goods. At a first visit, client must sign up and show their ID card. If they are not within the 5-mile radius, pantry staff will try to find a pantry nearer to their home.
What's different at this pantry:
  • Try to give fresh fruits and veggies, Eggs, butter (once a month), cheese
  • always try to give a protein and have had (fortunately) many donations of meats
  • toiletries once a month
  • All clients receive a bag with items such as cereal, canned goods, pasta, pasta sauce, soup, canned fruits etc.
  • Receive donations from Garden of Health and Grocery Outlet among other organizations. Do share items and also receive items from other food pantries in the area.
What is needed:
  • Still need Volunteers to help go through donations and put unexpired items on the shelves.
  • In the summertime help is always needed.
Lehman food pantry is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 to 1200. Clients may come once a week for items
  • Rotary Anniversaries: Jill 5 years; Russ  41 years
  • Madrigal singers will be here Dec 21
Boodle Brigade has readied the packages for shipping!
 
In 1958 Art Began his post high school education at Brooklyn College. He knew he wanted to work in the sciences and in his sophomore year he decided to study Virology. In 1962 he and Sue moved to Buffalo to study for his PHD. In 1967 Art received his PHD and for the next 35 years he worked for Merck as a virologist in vaccine development. Think about this..there were unexplained outbreaks of a neurological disease in Muzaffarpur, India beginning in 1995. Generally, this was a seasonal event affecting children. Still in 2013-14 no cause had been determined but it was postulated that there is a connection with the Litchi fruit. For a researcher, wouldn't you want to find the cause AND develop a vaccine to prevent this?? Do researchers experiment on each other....Well not really but they do (and Art did) take experimental vaccines that he and his staff made. So no, Art didn't try to infect himself but did try to expose himself to influenza and other pathogens.
Here are some of the vaccines that Art helped develop that are currently in use: rubella; original Adult Pneumonia; Hepatitis B; HIB (Hemophilus B) Middle ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis and septicemia in young children.  It takes a lot of study, experimentation, trial and error before a vaccine is developed. Some may take up to 20 years or longer to develop. On the other end of the spectrum, he has also worked on many (Chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea, Herpes, HIV) that researchers have not yet figured out. When a vaccine is developed and licensed for use, there is follow-up such as required reporting to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Eveny Reporting System; VICP National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program; NVSN New Vaccine Surveillance Network; as well as the Detection of New Strains. 
Many thanks to Art for this presentation. It was interesting and informative.
 
 
 
  • Celebrations: Tom Post, Birthday; Marty Palmer Birthday; Don Solomon Wedding Anniversary. Congrats to all and hope you had great celebrations!
  • Parade: Marty will ride in a car and other Rotarians will walk behind car. 1:15 meet at Quigs
  • Donations for Kids Christmas go to Linda Roehner
  • No Social this month
  • Dec 14 Club Holiday Celebration
 
Steve Fine, the President of the Melanoma Education Foundation, attended colleges in the Boston area, receiving a doctorate in chemistry from Northeastern University.  He then moved to PA, completing a year of post-doctoral research at Lehigh University.  After 5 years as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Lafayette College in PA, he moved back to New England where he served in technical and management positions in high-tech chemical companies.  In 1989 he started consulting practice in the technology of high-purity chemical manufacturing, concurrently serving for 3 years as Vice President of Technology for ACSI, a West Coast manufacturer of semiconductor chemicals.  Shortly after his son Dan died of melanoma in 1998 at the age of 26, he founded the non-profit Melanoma Education Foundation and, since August of 2001, has devoted full time to the Foundation.  The primary activity of the Foundation is educating high school and middle school wellness teachers about melanoma skin cancer and providing them with free online lessons to educate their students about seld-detecting melanoma while it is curable.  At last count over 1700 schools in all 50 states were using the lessons.
 

Melanoma Education Foundation Web Pages:            For Everyone: https://www.skincheck.org 

            For Health & Wellness Educators and Students: https://www.melanomaeducation.net

Video Links

                30-Minute Early Self-Detection/Prevention Video: https://bit.ly/3hipmFK

                        (The video above has most of the Rotary Presentation Content)

               16-Minute High School Student Video: https://bit.ly/2CBzdoT

               22-Minute Middle School Student Video: https://bit.ly/2yv32Ep

               30 Minute Health Teacher Training Video: https://bit.ly/3jqzejP

  • Pennypack Playground Groundbreaking, Oct. 22: Hatboro Rotary will have a tent there between 10-12 to host a rock painting station. we need a good showing of members, contact katrinalsullivan@gmail.com if you can attend.
  • Bowling Event, Oct. 26: Thunderbird Lanes Warminster 6-8 refreshments will be served. contact Jill at jbarton@bartonestatelaw.com to reserve your spot.
  • Pints for Polio, Oct. 27: Artifact Brewery, Hatboro 5-8. Come support our Area 7 social and fundraiser
  • Hatboro Federal Savings Skeleton Scurry, Oct 29: To volunteer at this event between 8-11 contact the Hatboro Chamber or email garychamberlain311@gmail.com  
  • Call for volunteers at The Food Pantry at St. John's:
    The Food Pantry at St. John's Volunteers: The Food Pantry at St. John's (signupgenius.com)
  • 300 Boodle Brigade: The 300 Boodle Brigade’s primarily purpose is to send care packages (Boodle) to deployed soldiers. Donations can be given to Barbara Rudakevych at our Wednesday meetings or contact brudake@gmail.com to arrange drop off. All donations need to be in by Wednesday, November 9th so they can be packed and ship ped before Thanksgiving.  
Richard (Rick) James, President of The Board of Directors of HealthLink Dental Clinic and a Rotarian from the Central Bucks Club presented to our club.
Rick explained that the mission of the organization was to improve the overall health of qualified low-wage earning adults and veterans in Bucks and Montgomery counties by providing free preventative and restorative dental services and oral health education. Rick explained that the services are provided in Bucks and Montgomery County to individuals with household income at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Rick also explained that this included a partnership with the local County Veterans Affairs Offices, to now offer free dental care to qualifying area veterans. 
 
The Goals of HealthLink Dental Clinic are:
  • To improve and maintain the oral health of our patients.
  • To provide oral health education.

  • To link patients with other community resources, like medical and behavioral health services, housing and food assistance, and career guidance to enhance their lives.

Rick explained that HealthLink recently relocated to Hatboro from Southampton.  They recently moved to 444 N York Rd, Hatboro as the clinic’s leadership felt this location better meets the needs of patients and the organization.  The new clinic on York Road is in the heart of Hatboro and close to the train station as well as a Septa bus stop.  HealthLink has 13 volunteer dentists and 1 part time dentist. They also collaborate with local colleges that have dental students, allowing students practical experience while providing a service to the community. Healthlink has been in existence for 21 years providing 32,000 free dental treatments. Last year, it provided free dental care to 1820 patients at a value of $788,000. Healthlink relies on financial support from the community. The clinic is now accepting donations to cover the relocation costs and renovations and equipment. Free Dental Care | HealthLink Dental Clinic | United States

Alex Myers and Nancy Guenst

This morning two of our newest members gave their classification speeches. These are talks that enlighten the rest of us 
about the accomplishments , adventures and history of our members. These are two very talented and intelligent people that we are proud to have as Rotarians. Both of these women have served in the military, volunteer in the community, are multilingual, and know the value of hard work. For Club members, the bios will be posted  in the secure section of this website.
Kathleen Hagerty from Merakey Foster Care Program was our visitor this Wednesday.
 
Kathleen is a Family Engagement Specialist with over 15 years of experience in several different roles. Merakey is a not-for-profit developmental, behavioral health, and education provider.  They offer a variety of services to individuals and communities across the country.  They offer these services to 50,000 + people each year at nearly 700 locations, all focused on one goal.  Their programs support individuals with all kinds of needs, from people with addiction or intellectual and physical disabilities to homeless veterans and children in need of homes.  We help people who need someone to support and fight for them.  It’s just the right thing to do.  Their hope is that we’re helping to create communities where everyone can reach their fullest potential.
 
Kathleen spoke to Hatboro Rotary members about the current state of the foster care system which, in PA, cares for 13,000 - 15,000 children at any point in time. Merakey provides 24/7 to children and their foster care placements and completed 27 referrals in September alone. They also offer training to foster caretakers which includes over 20 hours of training including 1st Aid and CPR. Most foster placement systems are experiencing a lack of individuals who can take placements, most of which consist of children who are older or who come as part of a sibling group that does not want to be separated during their time in care.
 
For more information please reach out to Kathleen and Merakey at 833-629-2220 or email at: fosterparents@merakey.com
 
Thank you, Kathleen!
  • Oct 26 Bowling Event: Thunderbird Lanes Warminster 6-8 refreshments will be served
  • Warrington Corn Hole tournament Oct 15 12-4 Valley Square (10 members of Warrington Rotary supported Our Lobster Pot..Let's get a team!)
  • Coast to coast Running Relay will be going through Hatboro on Oct 15..come cheer them on.
  • If anyone is interested in making a scarecrow for the Scarecrow contest, all applications must be in by Oct 12. to Hatboro Chamber.
  • Business and community Lunch at Trattoria Valona Oct 17. Bring Non perishable food item.
  • Skeleton Scurry Oct 29. 8-12To volunteer, contact the Hatboro Chamber
 
Very interesting talk about the Pa Gaming Control Board.  (PGCB). https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/?pr=1000 There is a great deal of information on this website, please click on the many links.
The goal of the PGCB is to be the premier gaming regulator in the United States, maintaining and enhancing public trust with honesty, integrity and credibility. Guided by the Gaming Act and supported by a dedicated professional staff of 320 the PGCB will protect the interest of the public by ensuring the integrity of legalized gaming through the strict enforcement of the law and regulations, the licensing of qualified individuals and entities, and fulfilling the objectives of legalized gaming in the Commonwealth to deliver a significant source of revenue, assist the horse racing industry, provide broad economic opportunities and enhance tourism. (taken from the PGCB website)
  • What they regulate: Sports and Fantasy Wagering; Truck Stop VGTs (Video Gaming Terminals); Casinos and also Background Checks on Casino Employees among other things such as online casinos.
  • What they do not regulate: Lottery Games; Horse Racing; Small Games of Chance
  • Help for problem gamblers: provide information and assistance for problem gamblers seeking help.
  • Gambling can be an uncontrollable addiction for many. The PGCB Self Exclusion Program allows a person to request to be excluded from legalized gaming activities within a casino and offsite venues, online, at VGT establishments or on fantasy contests.  Individuals who enroll in self-exclusion are prohibited from collecting any winnings, recovering any losses or accepting complimentary gifts or services or any other thing of value from a licensee or operator. A person can enroll in Self Exclusion online at https://responsibleplay.pa.gov/self-exclusion/. If a person is enrolled in self exclusion and gambles, they could be arrested, and the Casino could be fined (especially if they send that person any information regarding casino activities).
  • Casino Revenue: 2 billion Tax Revenue Annually (1Billion of that goes toward property tax reduction). for more information regarding "Where" the revenue goes, please see https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/?p=320

 

Interact Clubs are high school level clubs that are sponsored and mentored by local Rotary Clubs. They are chartered by rotary International just as Rotary clubs are. They are community service clubs which organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding.  Kathy Salemno from our club works closely with INTERACT as our clubs liaison with the school. We love working with this group of young people. We were fortunate to Have Ella, the president of HHHS Interact Club with us today. Interact currently has 120 members and volunteers with us for various service projects. We wanted to Thank Ella and her members for ALL the help they provided at Lobster Pot. We could not have done it without you! someone said 5 people were working with us, but it felt like 50! They were all hard workers and definitely contributed to the success of Lobster Pot. THANK YOU INTERACT! A recent photo from the clubs meeting (used with permission to post)

SPEAKER: Meghann Townsend...Future Ready Hatters
At Hatboro Horsham High School, the goal is for students to graduate and be prepared to be successful in whatever career path they choose and to be productive citizens equipped for the 21st century. To that end, the guidance department with the Furure Ready Program hopes to increase programming to identify students' skills, interests and aptitudes and assist them in discovering how those qualities can be applied to career opportunities after graduation.  "If you can see it, you can be it" is the program motto! The success of this program will depend not only on school resources but also the community. They are looking for individuals and companies to partner with the school in several different ways:
  • Be a Presenter: Speak with the students about your career or company
  • Host a field Trip: Welcome Students and staff to your business site and observe the various roles of those working there
  • Join the Steering Committee: Provide business and community insights to help shape this program
  • Share Opportunities: Through community service, part-time and summer jobs, students have a opportunity to learn important skills to help prepare them for future careers.
  • Host a Job Shadow: host a student, in person, for a day to observe the roles and tasks of professionals in your industry.
  • Become a Mentor: host a student at your company site exposing them to different careers in your industry. Allow them to get involved, assisting with day-to-day activities, attending meetings and frank discussions about skills and training
For More Information about this program, contact Meghann Townsend, Future Ready Counselor at 215-420-5523 or mtownsend@hhsd.org. At this time, it is not a commitment to help rather a willingness to be called and asked to participate in an applicable event or if a student request comes up. Follow the link to sign up: 
  • Next Evening Get together Sept 28th at Brick and Barrel in Maple Glen
  • Lobster Pot was huge success! We can continue to support this community. Thank you to everyone who participated and especially to those who purchased tickets!
  • Congrats to those with Rotary Anniversaries: Gloria Inlander 31 years, Tom Finerghty 39 years
Birthdays:
Pete Salemno  Sep 24
Sally Palmer Sep 21
Barb Schupeltz Oct 1
 
Anniversaries:
Marty and Sally Palmer Sep 21
Tony and Julia Mapes Sep 25
Nancy and Stephen Guenst Sep 18
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities It is all accomplished with volunteers,100 of them are from Post 798 located at County Line and Davisville Roads on the Warminster Township side of the road but in the Hatboro Post Office. Our members in the Auxiliary are from all over both Bucks and Montgomery County areas.
While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to the Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.  The Legion has expanded and in addition to the Legion and Auxiliary there is the Riders and Son’s now.  All 4 are at this Legion Post
The Auxiliary is made up of the male and female spouses, grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and its ideals.
Diane joined the Auxiliary 20 years ago when she met her husband who is a life member, joining after his service to our country in foreign conflict.
She is finishing up her term as President after serving for the last 7 years. She will be sworn in this weekend as Treasurer.  She also volunteers some time to the American Legion Post in Brigantine NJ when time permits.
The auxiliary meets once a month from September through June.  Some things the Auxiliary does:
  1. Gold Star Garden:  Partnered with the Borough to assist with this project and fundraising.  
  2. Majestic Oaks:  Majestic Oaks Nursing Home is home to 20 veterans and one of our auxiliary members. Sends food, cards and goodies every few months to the veterans. There is still WW2 veteran at Majestic Oaks.  
  3. State Veteran Programs:  Support many state run programs sending donations to assist with veterans needs statewide. 
  4. Girls State : Female high school students who have completed their junior year are competitively selected and sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary units for this program, where they learn about the political process by electing officials for all levels of state government and actively running a mock government.  The last young lady actually was chosen to advance to Girls National
Candidates should be keenly interested in government and current events and show strong leadership abilities. Because the structure of state and local government varies, ALA Girls State programs may vary in content and method of procedure, but each adheres to the same basic core values.
  1. Veterans Food Drive:  Yearly the Sons of the American Legion host their annual two day food drive, it is the end of September , Saturday and Sunday 9/24 & 25 from 8 to 4 rain or shine.  All donated items will be delivered to the Willow Grove 111th Fighter Wing FRG.  The mission pf the FRG is to assist veterans and the families of active duty staff.  Accepted items include non-perishable canned and boxed foods, water, paper goods, personal care items, baby needs, bottled items, cash, checks or gift cards. 
  2. Veterans Day Lunch: Our ladies have lunch at Majestic Oaks where they help serve lunch and honor the veterans.  Each Veteran receives a care package that includes money and service-related gifts centered around their branch of service. (Such as lap blankets and shirts)
  3. Veterans Picnic at Post:  Each year Majestic Oaks or DV Veterans Home residents are escorted by our riders to our post for an afternoon of food, drink and camaraderie.   
  4. Majestic Oaks Christmas:  Purchase gifts for residents.
  5. Adopt a Family at the Holidays:  Each year we adopt an active military family who may have a loved one on deployment or a veteran in need of help and we provide them gift cards for food and gifts for children in the house.  We also partner with our post to have a Christmas party for the children and grandchildren of our members.
If you are interested in joining dues are $25 per year.  You must meet criteria to join.  If you are interested in making a donation for food drive or Christmas Program for Vets, come to American Legion Post 798 County Line and Davisvill Rds Saturday Sept 24 and Sunday Sept 25th 8AM to 4PM (Rain or Shine). For more information, visit the auxiliary website Auxiliary (americanlegion798.org)
 
 
Tony Mapes, Club Foundation Chair Congratulates Jesse Brookreson on earning his second Paul Harris Fellow pin. (PHF+2). By making regular automatic payments to Rotary foundation, it is easy to accumulate the $1000 needed to become a PHF. You choose where you want that money to go..such as General Fund, Polio Plus etc. 
 
  • Happy Birthday to Tony Mapes Sep 18
  • Happy anniversary to Marty and Sally Palmer
  • Happy Anniversary to Nancy and Steve Guenst
  • Thank you to everyone for a successful Lobster Pot!!
 
  • CONGRATULATIONS to Rotarian Frank Jarrett on reaching 60 years in Rotary!! Frank joined Sep 5, 1962
  • Please send good thoughts and prayers to Tom Finerty (COVID)and Jack Groves (Surgery). Speedy recovery guys!
  • Happy early birthday wishes to Don Soloman (Sept 8th)
  • Lobster Pot Meeting next meeting...please be there!
  • District Governor is visiting Sept 14th.
  • Today's meeting was a General Assembly. Thank you to all the members who volunteered for various committees and positions. Working together is what makes this club great!
  • We received the grant check for $14693 for the wheelchair swing. This money will be matched by the club. The swing and omni-Spinner donated by Andrews Friends Fund will be installed in the new playground behind Pennypack. 
COMMUNITY NEWS
  • Dedication for the new playground will be Oct 22
  • Sep 16 last cruise night
  • Theme for the Holiday Parade is "Musical Notes and Holiday Floats" Start think about our float!
  • Oct 29 Skeleton Scurry
Congratulations to club members:
  • Katrina Sullivan who celebrates 15 years in Rotary on Sept 12
  • George Bollendorf who celebrates 1 year in Rotary on Sept 15
Don't Forget!!
  • Lobster Pot this Saturday!
  • District Governor visit next Weds Sept 14
CLUB:
  • Congratulations to Karen White Kearns who Received her first Paul Harris Award. Award presented by Tony Mapes Club Foundation Chairman
  • Congrats to Tony for reaching 42 years in Rotary on Aug. 22
  • Happy Birthday to Frank Jarrett and Happy anniversary to Tom and Barb!
  • Please continue to sell Lobster Pot tickets. Remind people that take out is available. Final day of sales is Aug 31
  • Alex is preparing a writeup about our Rotary Club for the Borough Newsletter. If you have any favorite pictures, send them to Alex.
  • Continue to ask establishments if they would like to donate a door prize to Lobster Pot. Kathy has Letters you can provide to them.
BOROUGH NEWS
  • The site for the adaptive Playground has been determined to be behind Pennypack school. Thanks to Hatboro Rotary for the Wheelchair accessible swing and to Andrews Friends Fund for the omni-Spinner. Watch for information on the dedication.
  • Bingo night at Pennypack is Oct 1st... come and join the fun! $30 prepaid $35 at the door
  • Friday Night is Cruise night. Accepting donations for school supplies and Food Pantries.
  • Gold Star Garden...Time to order your brick for the garden. Dedication Sept 25 11AM
Forty one rising 8th Graders participated in the District 7430 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics )  YEA (Youth Explorer Academy) at Albright College.  The curriculum focused on “Astrobiology – Search for Life on Mars” developed with the SETI Education Staff and Albright SRI Educators. The Academy is part of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) organized by Rotarians that provide intensive leadership experience to develop skills for youth as a leader while having fun and making connections. The goal of the 4-day 3-night hands-on learning experience: deliver an immersive STEM curriculum that sparks intellectual curiosity and a love of lifelong learning. STEM is critical to building a more secure future based on science, humanity, and understanding commensurate with Rotary International principles. Hatboro Rotary is proud to have sponsored 2 students to this program. Hayden Renk visited our club this morning and provided a look at what they did for those 4 days and 3 nights at Albright. The students were off to MARS...the Mission would take 9 months to get there, 3.5 years on MARS and 9 months to return. Divided into groups, each group had to work together to complete their tasks which required critical thinking, working together, problem solving, creativity, decision making, leadership, acceptance of failure and a host of other things. When asked what he liked best, Hayden replied, "the social aspect" and he likes "rocks and stuff". This is a link to photos taken during the Academy and provided to the students. http://photos.app.goo.gl/UC1vrBMUJVP7V15H9
 
FUTURE ASTRONAUGHT!
 
Today we welcomed David Zellers Jr to the club. He is the Director of Commerce for Montgomery County. A graduate of York College of PA and Miami University of Ohio, he is passionate about Civic engagement, partnership development, strategic planning, collective impact and all things community, economic and workforce development. So, what does the Montgomery County Commerce Department do? The short answer is provides workforce development services and assistance to businesses, individuals, communities, investors, entrepreneurs and institutions. There is a wealth of knowledge on their websites https://www.montcopa.org/779/Commerce and https://montcoforward.org/ Each of these sites has links to many of the programs provided, and information on the county and its 62 municipalities.
What are you interested in? 
  • To Start your business in the County
  • Expand your workforce
  • Curious about the County's labor market and workforce
  • Looking for a site to establish your business
  • Need tools to develop your workers
  • Looking for financial assistance to grow your business
  • Curious about public transportation near your business
The Commerce Department may be small (15-16 staff) but they have a network of partnerships, services, programs and assistance they can provide. Not sure how the Commerce Department can help you? Go to the website and complete a Commerce Department Assistance Request Form. A member of the staff will contact you to discuss your business, goals, and needs. They will connect you with services, and technical assistance from their many partners who can help your business succeed. On the website there are many links to the programs provided whether it be for youth, young Adults, veterans, or business owners.
 
  • Reminder! Aug 31st is the cutoff for ticket sales. If you are in need of more tickets, see Linda Roehner.
Did you ever wonder what Rotarians do in the community? Yes, we support many organizations with some financial help BUT we don't sit on our laurels...We have Rotarians that volunteer weekly at 3 food pantries. a few delivers for Meals on Wheels; several help pack and deliver food for HAT Packs; Rotarians on the Union Library Board as well as Hatboro Town Council and the YMCA board . The list goes on.
  • Keep Selling Those Lobsterpot Tickets!! If you are not a Rotarian and reading this and want tickets, call me 5704703687
  • Barb Rudakevych gave her classification speech today! This is one talented member of our club. If you missed it please see her speech in the club only page under organization then documents. This is not a public page, only members can access it.
  • Prayers for those with COVID and those recovering from COVID.
  • National Night Out Aug 12 530 to 8:30 in Miller Meadow
  • Thank you to those that manned the Rotary Booth at Moonlight Memories. We passed out a lot of info on both Rotary and Lobster Pot
 
Want to get more involved in the community? Consider joining or volunteering with the Hatboro Events Committee. The goal of this active group is to create a sense of community for residents and nonresidents. to your right, you will see a Download section...click on the Hatboro Events Committee and look through many of their projects such as
  • Sip and Shop 
  • Booze and blues 
  • Earth Day 
  • NEW This Year: Cinema in the Cemetery (October) "Creatures of the Black Lagoon"
  • Hatboro iPhone app: Interactive app which lists events, business guide, and more. They are continuing to upgrade this app so all phone users can access the information (currently only iPhone users can use the app.) your organization will be able to advertise events, create a page and many other things. Dena shared some of the ideas they are considering for this APP.
Want to get involved? See an event you would like to help with? You can donate some time (any length of time) for events and if you have ideas or questions, reach out to Dena at http://DDERENZIS@ myhatboro.org
 
  • Next Hatboro Cruise Night Aug 19th
  • Moonlight Memories Car Show July 30 5-9
  • Birthdays: Fabiana July 15; Charles July 27. Happy Birthday!
  • Rotary Anniversaries: Nancy 3 years: Tom P. 19 years CONGRATULATIONS!
  • Lobster Pot...If you didn't get your tickets to sell, contact Linda.
  • Weds July 27 Social Hour at Bernie's (meet in Bar area) 6pm. All are welcome!
  • Board Meeting Weds July 27 5pm in Hatboro Chamber Office
Congrats to Don Solomon celebrating 27 years in Rotary
Congrats to Mike and Karen Kearns on their 52 Wedding Anniversary
  • Lobsterpot will take place Sept 10th in Hatboro's Memorial Park. Cost per ticket $45.
  • Alex was able to obtain a District Grant of $14693 to purchase a "We-Go Swing" for Pennypack Park Playground that will allow children in wheelchairs to enjoy the playground
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