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Hatboro Dish
102 S. York Rd.
Hatboro, PA  19040
United States of America
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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
Speaker: Elle Anzinger is the Chair of the Hatboro EAC and a member of the Pennypack Steering committee. She is a former Council member. She has a varied background in geology, environmental engineering and works with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
What is the EAC?: Established in 2020, the Borough of Hatboro Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) is an appointed board comprised of Borough officials, residents, and business owners who devote themselves to protecting Hatboro’s environment. The EAC’s focus is on protecting the environment and improving sustainability. The EAC research environmental issues and funding sources in order to advise Borough officials as they consider undertaking projects that preserve, protect, and support the natural environment. The EAC provides education on environmental issues. Some of their recent activities:
  • Walk works..2 mile walk through town with residents providing environmental information along the way
  • Earth Day..Held in Eaton Park with various vendors educating public on solar, wind, electric vehicles, honey etc.
  • Shade Tree inventory of park trees. Promoting planting more trees
  • Looking into putting charging stations for electric vehicles in Hatboro
  • With a history of flooding in our streams, EAC is working on stream bank maintenance...currently working in Eaton Park.
These are only a few of the EAC projects with many more on the horizon. The EAC can be found at http://www.myhatboro.org/EAC
One of the Rotary Club of Hatboro's Areas of Service is Youth Service. Darlene Malone heads a committee under this area of Youth Service, and she works with the Hatboro-Horsham High School to identify students who would want to attend CAMP NEIDIG - Home a Rotary Leadership Development Camp. The Rotary Club of Hatboro then sponsors students to attend Camp Neidig and club members transport them to and from the camp. This year Jeremy Tom attended and then presented to the club on his experience at the camp.
Jeremy created a slide show to of his experience at Camp Neidig. He explained that he was very apprehensive and nervous about attending the 4-day camp as he did not know anyone else attending. At the camp they divided the campers into "tribes" Jeremy's tribe had 15 members and they wore red bandanas to identify them. The different tribes worked together over the 4-days and became friends that still keep in touch through social media. some of the activities at the camp included problem solving games and also team games. Campers were also encouraged to use their talents. Jeremy is a talented photographer and videographer and so he interviewed campers asking their personal experience on aspects of the camp. Some of the campers interviewed explained how they learned from failure in some of the activities and how working together as a team allowed them to succeed. Jeremy explained that by the end of the camp he was more confident and that the camp was very meaningful to him. He encouraged our club to keep sponsoring students to attend. 
On 1 July we begin a new Rotary Year! President's change, Logo's change. Here is a peak at our new logo
 

According to the Rotary International website. Jennifer Jones imagines Rotary fulfilling big dreams. "Imagine, a world that deserves our best where we get up each day knowing that we can make a difference."

Imagine Rotary the theme for 2022-2023 explained by incoming President Jennifer Jones.
The theme graphic was designed by an Australian indigenous artist to link with the Melbourne convention in 2023.
Circle - connections to one another
Dots around it - Our People
There are 7 Dots because of our Rotary’s 7 areas of focus
Circle + dots around it - Navigation star, our guiding light
Green solid line - digging stick (used when doing hard work);
for us it’s People of Action, represents the tools for getting things done
Colors: Purple, Green & White -
Celebrate DEI- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Freedom to express ourselves differently but still with a special connection.
Purple- Polio
Green- the Environment
White - Peace
Represents Empowerment and Newness and also the colors were utilized for the women's movement giving us the opportunity to grow our female membership.

 

  • Congratulations and thank you Karen for your leadership. Today is Karen's last meeting as president!
  • Congratulations to Jonathan Riches who won the 50/50! $347.
  • Thank you to all the Rotarians and their family members who came to PJ Whelihan's last Wednesday for Dine and Donate!
  • Next Wed Marty Palmer takes the Helm as President...we wish you a great Rotary Year!
We were honored today to have one of our scholarship winners join us. Accompanied by her Dad Manisn, Shreya is on her way to Penn State and a degree in Medicine. We wish you well and hope you will come and visit us when home. Best of Luck from all of us!
 
Congratulations to Barbara Rudakevych, our newest Rotarian. Welcome to the Club and to Rotary
Barbara and President Karen.
SPEAKER: Rick Michael is the music director of the WRDV radio network and is host of the Record Hop and Wake Up Live. He also hosts a monthly show with Council President Bollendorf where different borough Officials and groups talk about all things Hatboro. WRDV is a noncommercial educational public radio station operated by the Bux-Mont Educational Radio Association, a nonprofit tax-exempt corporation. Programs are heard on 89.3 FM Warminster, 107.3 FM Philadelphia. 97.1 FM Bensalem, and on WLBS 91.7 FM Bristol-Levittown. current estimate is they have over 100000 listeners. The association has operated the station since 1980 providing training to individuals seeking a career in broadcasting. All staff at the station are volunteers. funding for the station is provided by local businesses, private donations, large corporations and occasionally grants from government agencies and private foundations. They also host a Community Bulletin Board for other non-profits and Church Groups to announce upcoming events. (Please send those announcements in at least 6 weeks in advance). They have a great website with lots of info, calendar of upcoming programs, a gallery of photos and much more https://wrdv.org/index.html
(Just a note: Ben Michael (an HHHS Grad), Rick's son is currently acting on Broadway and has a number of stage credits to his name...so follow your dreams everyone!!)
Today we welcomed Judy Swenson who has been a member of the Gardeners of Crooked billet for over 20 years. The Gardeners of Crooked Billet was founded by Mrs. Frank H. Mather in 1937.  The object of this organization is to promote interest in the art of gardening, to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and birds, and to encourage civic planting. Mr. Frank Mather was elected the first president, with four other men to follow in two-year terms as presidents.
The first civic improvement project was the cleanup of the Wunderle tract, a weed grown piece of land located in Hatboro at the south end of York Rd across from the Methodist Church.  Pink petunias were planted along with other flowers and shrubs. The project was so successful, and the pink petunias were so beautiful and cheerful that the pink petunia was declared Hatboro's flower by Mrs. Mather.  Later the field was leveled and paved for a parking lot for an Acme.  Victory gardens were promoted in 1942 with about 100 new vegetable gardens planted in Hatboro and vicinity.  After the war a generous gift of seeds was sent to devastated Finland. Another result of the clubs' efforts was the appointment of a Shade Tree Commission in the borough in 1944.  On April 28, 1976, a bicentennial commemorative shade tree was presented to Hatboro's Park and Recreation Committee by the Gardeners at a ceremony in Eaton Park.  A tree, a 4-inch caliper Norway Maple, variety "Emerald Queen" was selected for smog and pollution resistance as well as superior growth habits. In 1981 the Gardeners of Crooked Billet took on a new challenge in planting and maintaining the herb garden at Keith House located at Graeme Park on County Line Rd.  Becci, a member of the club at the time considered the rejuvenation of the historical herb garden an important task for the club. She thought it provided an education for people today to learn about the herbs from yesterday. Currently, the garden is still maintained by the Gardeners of Crooked Billet and holds a variety of old-fashioned herbs such as comfrey, horehound and lovage just to name a few. In honor of Becci's dedication and vision the Gardeners named the herb garden, "Becci's" Herb Garden. Some more recent projects include the garden at the south end of York Rd by the sign at the entrance to Hatboro and a Children's garden at the Union Library which is a pollinator garden. The club has about 35 members and meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Advent
12 Byberry Road Hatboro (Use the Rorer Avenue entrance.) Every month there is a guest speaker. {Rumor has it that they have the BEST dessert table in town}. The club also goes on some field trips such as touring a private colonial garden behind Moland house (Sat Jun 18 at 1000...feel free to tag along!). Please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hatboro.net/reviews/?ref=page_internal .
 
Welcome to Cindy Bollendorf, Hatboro's Downtown Development Director.
Cindy has been with the Borough for 4 years and serves as a resource for new and current businesses in Hatboro. Currently there are over 300 Businesses in the Borough, and we continue to grow. New and prospective business owners receive a packet titled "Opening a business in Hatboro" which contains a great deal of information regarding the Process of what is required, obtaining business permits, registering your business, tax information, licenses, zoning and much more. Prospective new business owners are also given:
  • Fire Marshal Commercial Inspection guide providing a list of safety requirements for commercial properties.
  • Fire Marshal Rental Unit Inspection Guide, listing code requirements for rental properties of Hatboro
Hatboro also puts out a newsletter twice a year which is full of great information about our town, trash collection, the pool, the library, code enforcement, law enforcement, emergency management and much more. 
One of Cindy's many jobs is event planning. Many or quite possibly most events in Hatboro are sponsored by local businesses and/or organizations. Hatboro has a wonderful guide called "Borough of Hatboro Sponsorship Guide" which can be obtained by calling 2154439100
We all know how important social media has become to both individuals and communities. Hatboro continues to expand their use of social media both for business owners and residents. 
 
  • Garden Project. Contact Cindy Bollendorf  at 215 443-9100 or cbollendorf@myhatboro.org
  • Hatboro has a new App.. an all access guide to Hatboro (currently available to iphone users but will soon be available to android users also.
Right here in our town is a new juice bar and cafe. Remember Nourishing Storm across from Mc Donalds?? It is now call SWIIG.
25 years ago Dan Young became ill and up until that time he had been in good health. Please read his story https://www.performancefoodcenters.com/dans-story  Along the road to recovery from illness, Dan did a lot of research which reinforced his core belief that whole-foods are Nature’s Pharmacy, and within the fruits, veggies, grains, beans, legumes, lean proteins and healthy fats are countless phytonutrients, micronutrients and macronutrients that science estimates may exceed 100,000 different kinds. He was denying himself of these healing nutrients for years; it’s no wonder his immune system was compromised! Through research, diet change and exercise, Dan healed himself.‍ His juice bars are world wide and now number 3000. This morning we got a taste of two great smoothies! Interested in learning more about swig and their products, click this link https://shop.swiig.com/blogs/clean-nutrition-from-clean-sources There is a wealth of information on these two website links, check it out AND go visit SWIIG in Hatboro!
“Fireside Chat” Orientation Meetings are a long-standing Hatboro Rotary tradition going  back to the 1950s.
On Thursday evening, May 19, 2022, Hatboro Rotary Past Presidents Russ Fairlie (1987–88), Linda Roehner (2003–04), Katrina Sullivan (2013–14) and Gary Chamberlain (2016–17) hosted a “Fireside Chat”  for Club Members Marty Palmer, George Bollendorf, Nancy Guenst, Diane Hegele, Charles Lockard , Alex Myers, Susan Friedman, and Art Friedman in the Boardroom of Hatboro Federal Savings Bank.
 
This was the first “Fireside Chat” held in several years, due to Covid  face-to-face restrictions over the past few years.
The group discussed Club organization, Board functions and responsibilities, Rotary International, District 7430, the Rotary Foundation, Club budget and finances, the committee structure, Club attendance procedures, and the Club website.
 
The Past Presidents shared history with and feelings about both Rotary International and our local Club. Those attending asked numerous thoughtful questions. The newer Members were encouraged to get involved in Club committees and projects, and to seek further Rotary information from long-term Members and the Board at any time.
 
 
 
Fire Marshal Tyler Dermer presented to the club on his work. Tyler explained that he has 10 years experience and is the new Full time Fire Marshal in Hatboro. His daily tasks include inspections of property maintenance. Residents that allow their grass to get to high can receive a citation.   Vacant properties need to be maintained for appearance and safety. Repair of low hanging cables from communication companies can be a challenge. Tyler explained that he examines plans for new developments to ensure fire lanes, hydrants etc. Tyler enjoys his work is on call 24/7. 
Hatboro Rotary member and Hatboro Council President George Bollendorf presented to the club on the proposed Hatboro Gold Star Garden at Miller Meadow.

Gold Star Families are comprised of spouses, parents, children, siblings, and others whose family members died in service to our country. Gold Star Families are a vital part of the military community and receive the utmost honor and respect.

In honor of Gold Star Families across the country, the Borough of Hatboro is constructing a Gold Star Garden in Miller Meadow Park, 413 S. York Road, Hatboro, PA 19040.

Designed by Borough Council, Staff, and a group of dedicated volunteers, this Gold Star Garden will honor families whose loved ones paid the ultimate sacrifice to our country while also paying tribute to Veterans and those currently serving in our Military. This is the only Gold Star Garden in the country.

In order to accomplish this project, the Borough of Hatboro has already sold benches and will be selling engraved bricks and that will be used to construct the walkway of the Gold Star Garden and holding various fundraisers. The Borough has approximately $40.000 more to raise.

An upcoming fundraiser is on Friday, June 10th. The Gold Star Garden Beef and Beer Fundraiser will be held at the Warminster VFW! All proceeds of this event will benefit the construction of the Gold Star Garden in Miller Meadow! Tickets can be purchased for $40.00 each by contacting Cindy Bollendorf cbollendorf@myhatboro.org.

Bricks are available for purchase for $100.00 each and can be engraved to honor loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, veterans of the armed forces, or even those currently serving.

The 4”x8” bricks will be used to construct a lit path leading up to the Gold Star Garden. Pavers can be dedicated to a Gold Star Family, Veteran, Current Service Member, or Military Organization. A sample brick inscription can be listed below:

In Honor Of
John M. Doe, US Army
1947-2006

Bricks can be customized however you would like and do not have to follow the above format. This only serves as a sample to inspire inscriptions for your loved ones.

The center of the garden will be adorned with the Fallen Soldier memorial statue to honor those our country has lost. The American Flag and Gold Star flag will be flown proudly above the garden with decorative lighting throughout the area to keep the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice shining on.
All funds raised through brick sales will go directly towards the costs to construct the garden including materials, plantings, lighting, and more. bricks can be purchased at Gold Star Garden Bricks

 

"The Rotary Club of Hatboro PA held their Annual 4 Way Test Speech Contest on March 19th, 2022 at The Hatboro Federal Savings Office Building". There were a total of Four Students from Hatboro Horsham High School that completed for the first round of the Annual 4 Way Test Speech Contest. Of the four students, Ava Nociforo, a 12th grade senior at Hatboro Horsham High School took first place for her use of the Rotary 4 Way Test (is it the truth? is it fair to all concerned? will it build better good will and friendships? will it be beneficial to all concerned?) to discuss the topic of Transphobia. Although Ava was unable to move on to the regional level of the competition due to a pre-scheduled senior trip, our second place student, Martina Kernosh, a 12th grade senior at Hatboro Horsham High School was happily invited to move on to the district level for her speech on the topic of Critical Race Theory and putting it to the 4 Way Test. The members of Hatboro Rotary who volunteered to help judge the competition were extremely proud of all four students and the time and effort they put forth preparing and presenting their chosen topics. We have no doubt that these students will continue to positively impact their communities and go on to achieve great things in their bright futures ahead and we cannot wait to see what they will set out to accomplish."
 
  • Thanks to everyone who participated in Dine and Donate at McGerks . The club made $101+
  • Don't forget our environmental service project Apr 30 9-12 at Jarrett Nature Center. Bring along a friend or friends! 
  • Sat Apr 23 at Eaton Park is the borough environmental day sponsored by Hatboro Federal Savings. come visit the vendors
  • Chater Night! May 25 at Giuseppi's. Please sign up by May 13
  • Apr 27 is an evening meeting at Buona Via 5:30. There will not be a morning meeting that day. Interested in Rotary? come join us at Buona Via
We were fortunate to have Ken with us today to discuss funding/finances for EMS services.
Ever wonder how those services are paid for?? They are a 501 c3 and DO have a fund raiser yearly but it never covers the need. Annual budget for EMS is about 5.8 million annually. Even though they are a "fee for service " organization, it never covers the cost of ambulance services.
  • Did you know?
  •  If a patient is taken to a hospital, EMS will get paid
  • If a patient refuses transport, EMS doesn't get paid
  • It is a challenge to get paid! Insurance Co. send the payment to the insured and NOT to EMS. When Ems attempts to get the payment, they often find out the person spent the money on something else. About .25 mil is lost when people don't pay EMS from the insurance payment
  • Sadly, EMS still has to pay for supplies, ambulance upkeep and staff!
  • Our EMS does have payment plans and there is a hardship program (this must be applied for to qualify)
  • EMT pay for entry level is about $20/hour; veteran EMTs can make as much as $38/hour. Many are leaving due to pay when they can get much better pay at different jobs. And yes, paying for staff is part of the budget.
  • So when you get that fundraising mail, don't throw it away. Make a donation or go to the website and donate http://www.sars.org  
There are many ways to donate to help Ukraine!
  • Donate through Rotary International
  • Donate locally through Theresa Johns: 
     The links below may be used to donate through two, different Amazon wishlists. This was originally posted on nextdoor.com if you would like to reach out to Theresa Johns directly with any questions. She is also currently collecting donations in person at her residence on Home Road which is marked with lawn signs for the collection drive.
    'Donations supporting Ukraine": created by Theresa Johns-Vallone under 'custom gift list'
    https://www.amazon.com/registries/custom/2I3UP0KXWM1T5/guest-view [There is no wrong choice ~ direct shipping is available phone # 215-643-9637] PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! ...
     
Welcome Sue and Art Friedman
Today we installed Susan and Art Friedman as new club members. Welcome to rotary!
Karen Kearns sponsored them. Please welcome them to the club!
 
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