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Unfortunately our speaker was unable to attend today and it gave us a chance to "catch up" as we approach the end of another Rotary year!.
 Some highlights:
  • Bingo in the Borough was a huge success! So YES we will be doing it again..stay tuned
  • Scholarship Committee reports they have chosen 2 recipients. More on that at another time
  • June 28th is our evening social...we will be playing corn hole!!
  • Charter Night was a nice relaxing evening and the food was great. Happy 81st to us!
  • June 21 our President will hand the reigns over to Lisa at our morning meeting.
  • We have a couple of potential members interested in our club
  • We have two students selected for STEM YEA who will be attending the program at Kutztown in July.
  • Lots of community events going on this summer and into the fall. Stay tuned to the Hatboro Chamber website, facebook and the Borough website. Many of the upcoming events concentrate on the children of our community. A great new program is triple L (Lunch on the Library Lawn)...bring your lunch, listen to music and let the kids run around and play outside! Fridays at 12. (different Music performer each Friday)
  • We would also like to Congratulate Jonathan's son Samuel who graduated from Penn State and Barbara R's. son Dominic who graduated from West Point.
THANK YOU to everyone that attended our First (but not our last) Bingo in the Borough Event last night. The room was packed and lots of screams could be heard when someone got a Bingo or won a prize. A huge Thank you to Rotarian Lisa for her dedication and hard work bringing this event to you! Thank you to all Rotarians who lent a hand to make the night successful.  A special thank you to all our sponsors..we couldn't have done it without you!
Tanya is the Education Outreach Specialist at Churchville Nature Center in Bucks County PA. Founded in 1964, it was the county's first Nature Center.  The main focuses are environmental education and the promotion of responsible stewardship within our community. The center sits on a sixty-five acre preserve adjacent to the Churchville Reservoir located in Northampton Township, Pa. Through educational programming, habitat remediation, public outreach, trash clean-ups and wildlife studies, they work to preserve the integrity of the entire eight-hundred-acre Churchville Watershed.
The preserve likes to be known as a place of peace with 2 miles of hiking trails, a large window in the visitor center where you can sit and watch the birds. There is a white pine forest; a wetland area; wildlife throughout plus more.
Supported by the Friends of Churchville Nature Center, the center offers many programs such as geology; weather; special hikes and walks; a braille trail; scout programs; Butterfly house; wildflower walk; reptile nature walk; and more. Take your kids and grandkids to the Lenape Indian Village and learn about the skills of the early Native Americans.  Please go to their website at Welcome! - Churchville Nature Center . There is a lot of information on this site and you can also join and/or donate. This is a worthwhile cause and a great way to get out and enjoy nature!
  • Community Day at Hatboro Pool, Sat May 20. We have a tent and coverage for the day but if you can stop and give a hand promoting Rotary, please do so.
  • Bingo May 20..a few tickets are left but please check with Lisa before selling.
  • Charter Night 6pm May 24th.If you haven't signed up yet and intend on going, please contact Karen before Friday!
  • Continue to pray for Gloria who is home but needs continued prayers
  • Birthday wishes: Gloria May 22; Bob J :May 21
  • Wedding anniversary: Charles and his wife Micki May 26
  • Welcome to Visitor Kelly O.
  • congrats to Tom B on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. 
We were pleased to have Rotarian Bill with us this morning to provide an update on the Challenger Little League Miracle Field. The Miracle League is a nonprofit which allows those people with disabilities an opportunity to play baseball. It would only take one time of watching a game, hear the laughter and know how important this is to people with disabilities. If you are not familiar with a "Miracle Field", it is a fully accessible rubberized field for athletes of all ages with physical and cognitive disabilities. The rubber turf surface can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, or braces allowing people of all abilities to play baseball.
Since Bill last visited us when this was "just" an idea, they have raised over 1.8 million through grants, fundraisers, and individual donations.(the original estimate was 2 million to build the field) Next to the site of the field, the township will expand the paved parking lot and designate 25 handicap spots: a restroom will be close by and a children's play area.
 This field in Deep Meadow Park in Horsham will be built so that in the future, Wounded Warriers will also be able to use the field. Right now there are 3 Miracle fields in PA . The Miracle Field Board has projected that the field will open in Sept 2024. If you would like to donate and read more about the Miracle field, please click on the link https://horshammiraclefield.com/
Thank you Bill for the update! Click the link above if you would like to make a donation
What is Interact?
  • Interact is the Rotary’s leadership and service program for teens ages 12-18. It started in 1962 as an organization for young men but quickly realized that it’s exclusivity was severely restricting its value and potential.  In 1963, the organization was redefined to included both young men and women.  In 2022, Interact celebrated 60 years of teens changing the world.  It has 437,000 members and 19,000 clubs.  Young people in Interact have been making a difference all over the world, including typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines, stem cell donation awareness in California, and coastline cleanup in Taiwan.  Hatboro Horsham Hogh has a very active Interact Club.
What are Rotarians doing in their communities?
  • Rotarian JonDarr Bradshaw is a former military aviator and contractor for the US Space Agency.  Bradshaw, along with his wife, enjoy the Rotary for the opportunities it provides to do good things in the world.  Bradshaw particularly enjoys reaching out to younger generations and inspiring them to make the world a better place. In addition to his job as a community outreach coordinator, he leads aerospace education programming in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has been mentoring young students from urban cities in STEM fields for over 20 years.  He currently volunteers with a high school robotics team that is working towards developing simple prothesis for children in Ecuador. 
  • Rotarian Roger Ackerman. Rotary clubs in North and South Carolina are raising money to fund early-stage research on Alzheimer’s disease.  The effort is called “Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust’, or CART Fund. The idea for this fund came from South Carolina Rotarian Roger Ackerman in 1995.  It started out as a simple coin collection among Rotarians during their meetings.  Today, 41 Rotary districts contribute to the fund and they have raised $11.2 million dollars and funded 64 research grants.  
What is PACT? PACT for Animals is a 501c3 nonprofit. Betsy oversees a program in all 50 states to foster pets of active duty service members and Veterans and those who may have a temporary medical condition that will hinder their ability to care for their pet. Single Military members are often faced with what to do with their pet when they receive orders to a duty station where they cannot take the pet. This is where PACT can help. They accept all types of animals such as dogs, cats, horses, turtles, ferrets, fish and more. In this country about 400 animals are being fostered and about 80% of them are dogs. PACT follows the request from a service member from beginning to when the member returns home. Contact is maintained with the foster throughout the process. Profiles are set up of the owner and animal including vet records of the pet; interview with the owner, copy of the owners orders and identifing a foster home. There is a legal contract between owner and Foster family/person and also a Point of Contact (POC) is identified in case an owner is unreachable,( This might occur if there is a emergency with the animal.) Pet owners are responsible for all costs associated with their pet including food, medicine, vet visits and more. PACT will monitor and be in contact with a foster family on a monthly basis until the member returns. Many questions about this program can be answered on the PACT website including information for owners, requirements for owners and for foster volunteers. There is an application form on the PACT website which can be used for both the Military member and for those applying to be a foster. Please click on the link below to access the PACT website https://pactforanimals.org/about-us/
If you know a service member/veteran who would benefit from this service please refer them to PACT.  Thank you Betsy for speaking with us today!!
  • Birthdays: Russ F. May 5; Diane H May 7
  • Wedding Anniversary: Lisa and Alex May 6. Enjoy your cruise!
  • BINGO! there are about 25 tickets left so don't delay May 20 at Pennypack.Doors open at 6pm (bring your own drinks and snacks)
  • Hatboro Community Market 9am-12 noon Pennypack Community Market at Pennypack Community Center
  • Spring Sip and Shop May 6 5pm-8pm Pennypack Community Center
  • Union Library Book and Plant sale May 13 at the Library
  • Cruisin' for a Cause ...Food Pantry Collection May 19 5:30-8:30
  • May 20 Community Day at the Pool 12 noon to 5 pm
  • Community Day at the Pool 12 noon-5pm May 20
Hatboro Rotary members and their guests enjoyed an evening of solidarity at Cyrenity Sips in Hatboro, PA this Wednesday. Those in attendance enjoyed sampling the 18-piece menu of winery owner, Shakia Williams, with wine names ranging from "Cyan" (a cotton candy wine that included edible glitter) to "Pink Jawn" (Shakia's personal favorite; made from "foxy" grapes indigenous to Pennsylvania that hold a semi-sweet tone with bold grapefruit flavor).
You can read more about Cyrenity Sips by clicking on this link which includes information on their history and menu options.
You can read more about owner Shakia Williams and her pathway to becoming a historic addition to Pennsylvania by clicking on the link included here. Speaking with her this evening, opening the winery was a New Year's resolution 2 years ago that came to life and we are happy to have been in attendance to support the continuation of that resolution.
As Hatboro Rotary is a non-profit organization, Cyrenity Sips was able to waive their usual rental fee and our club received 20% of all bottle sales for the evening. Thank you to all of the attendees for their support of our organization, and for their support of one of our local businesses!
Rotarian Barb R. brings you Rotary Moments:
  • Women in Pakistan are working as female vaccinators to end polio in their communities.  In a region where women are considered second-class citizens, this work is both challenging and dangerous.  Women deliver polio vaccines, vaccinate and educate about polio.  They also work as doctors, supervisors and decision-makers.  Rotary supports the efforts of these brave and dedicated women by establishing Rotary Polio Resource centers in their communities.
  • The Rotary Club of Kaka’ako Eco, Hawaii pulled their resources to help clean the water in the canal in Waikiki.  The goal was to rehabilitate the waterway to make the water safer for fishing and swimming. The club made mud balls of soil, molasses, rice bran and water, fermented them for 3 weeks then had over 200 volunteers help throw them into the canal.  The mud balls contain healthy bacterial that digest and oxygenate the sludge at the bottom of the canal.  
  • Today, April 19th, is the 155th anniversary of Paul Harris’ birth. Paul Harris was the founding father of Rotary.  Before his death, he requested that donations be made to the Rotary fund, in lieu of flowers.  This money was used for the first Rotary Foundation program to provide scholarships for graduate study abroad. Today, a Paul Harris fellow is a Rotarian recognized as an individual who contributes, or who has contributions made in their name, of $1000 or more to the Rotary Foundation. 
  • Congrats to Karen and Mike Kearns who celebrate 8 years in Rotary on Apr 28
  • Apr 29 is a Day of Service (Environmental Service)at Jarrett Nature Center 10-1. You do not have to be a Rotarian to help with the cleanup.
  • May 20 Hatboro Community Day at the Hatboro Pool 12-5
  • May 20 Hatboro Rotary Sponsors Bingo at Pennypack. doors open at 6pm Must have a ticket to get in.
  • Earth Day Saturday, April 22, E-waste Recycling and Shredding Event at Upper Moreland High School from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. 
  • STEM Yea program. We have 2 students who will be attending the Academy.
Our speaker today was Mike Reilly who among other things has been a Beekeeper for 14 years. Back yard Bee Keeping has increased in popularity in the US leading to more people having honeybees as their next-door neighbor. Hives can be Langstroth Hives (Boxes stacked on top of one another) which contain frames inside arranged vertically or Top bar hives where frames are arranged horizontally. Bees fly to flowers and extract the nectar bringing it back to the hive and the comb where it becomes honey.
The Queen is the only Bee that lays eggs. Drone Bees are male Bees whose purpose is to mate with the Queen. They do nothing else!!Swarming is the natural reproduction of a honeybee colony, when a single colony splits into two or more colonies. It usually happens in the spring, when the hive becomes overcrowded, and the queen bee leaves with a large group of worker bees to find a new home. Swarming is a sign of a strong and healthy colony and is essential to the bees' survival. Water is essential to a hive, it keeps the hive cool, raises humidity in hive, keep brood moist and water serves to dilute or de-crystalize honey. If there is too much water, honey will rot.
So, what do you get from the Bees? Wax: Propolis (Propolis is a mixture of pollen and beeswax collected by bees from certain plants and trees which is rich in antioxidants.): Honey.
Some fun facts about Bees:
  • A honeybee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour, hence it would have to fly around 90,000 miles -three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.
  • It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bee’s flight around the world.
  • Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water.
  • Honeybees produce beeswax from eight paired glands on the underside of their abdomen.
  • Honeybees must consume about 17-20 pounds of honey to be able to biochemically produce each pound of beeswax.
  • Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.
  • A populous colony may contain 40,000 to 60,000 bees during the late spring or early summer.
  • The queen bee lives for about 2-3 years. She is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength and lays up to 2500 eggs a day.
  • The queen may mate with up to 17 drones over a 1–2-day period of mating.
  • The queen may lay 600-800 or even 1,500 eggs each day during her 3- or 4-year lifetime. This daily egg production may equal her own weight. She is constantly fed and groomed by attendant worker bees.
  • Worker honeybees live for about 4 weeks in the spring or summer but up to 6 months during the winter.
  • The average honeybee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  • Honeybees fly at up to 15 miles per hour.
  • The Honeybee’s wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
  • A honeybee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • 8 pounds of Honey equals 1 pound of wax
  • Bees are not domestic to US. All are European although they are starting to breed in US.
  • the honeybee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
Thanks Mike! It was a fun Morning and we do hope you return to continue telling us about Bees.!
Today’s guest speaker was John Clancy Penndot Highway Maintenance Manager for Montgomery County.  John began his career at Penndot as a transportation equipment operator in 2008.  In 2022 he was names Penndot’s new highway maintenance manager for Montgomery County.  John is married to his wife Nicole Hegele and resides in Bucks County where he has lived most of his life with their 11 year old son Liam.  In his spare time, he and his family are very active in their church and he tows part time for D&C Towing formerly of Hatboro now in Huntingdon Valley.  At Penndot he supervises more than a 100 employees, manages a budget of $33 million, which he told us he shares with other departments, it is not all for Montgomery County.  He oversees all maintenance activities on more than 750 miles of state highway, which includes in Hatboro; York Road, Jacksonville Road, Warminster Road, a portion of Montgomery Avenue, County Line Road is a state highway but it is maintained by Bucks County Penndot.  He works closely with all Montgomery County municipalities, working to make changes to better serve those in the county.  His staff maintains more than 750 miles of snow roads, with some municipalities being paid to snow, which Hatboro is one.  He discussed paving projects and different paving initiatives to help prolong the life of state highways.  He discussed right of way matters and why Penndot does what they do, basically to keep water off state roads.  He also discussed what many of us are struggling with and that is help, he stated Penndot is currently experiencing a 38% decrease in staffing, which really impacts operations.  Penndot is struggling to find help and is also hiring.  John answered a few questions about roads and initiatives in other areas and stated he is always available to help and answer questions.  His email address is jclancy@pa.gov
Bob Hobaugh, 2021-2022 Rotary District 7430 Governor, presented to Karen Kearns, 2021-2022 Hatboro Rotary Club President, and Marty Palmer 2022-2023 President a certificate of appreciation for the club's contributions to PolioPlus.
Bob the current Das Awkscht Fescht, Ontelaunee Chair, then shared a PowerPoint presentation to the club on Das Awkscht Fescht. Bob explained the history and evolution of Das Awkscht Fescht and showed a lot of great pictures of classic cars. Below are some of the key points from the presentation.
• What is Das Awkscht Fescht ?

  1. Motor Vehicles, Celebration & Family

  2. Macungie Memorial Park Regional Asset

•What Areas of Focus does the Fescht address?

  1. Community & Economic Development

  2. Maternal & Child Health

  3. Peace & Conflict Prevention

•Rotarian Involvement

1. In all 6 Phases

Car Fundraisers – Das Awkscht Fescht

•Phase 1 – 1964 through 1972: 3 days; judging, beer garden, toy show, fireworks, music
•Phase 2 – 1973 through 1980: horse show becomes kinderfest; $45,000 annually
•Phase 3 – 1981 through 1990: AACA judging and beer garden end; expanded flea market
•Phase 4 – 1991 through 2013: theme cars; post cards; 50th anniversary Buick
•Phase 5 – 2014 through 2020: 8 classes vehicles; sports cars; future classics; tractors
•Phase 6 – 2021 through present: Theme car all years; electronic
Car Fundraisers Das Awkscht Fescht 
PHASE 4 - 1991 – 2013
Feature Cars 
•1991 – Fifty Years of Jeep
•1992 – My Merry Oldsmobile
•1993 – Forty Years of Corvette
•1994 – Eighty Years of Dodge
•1995 – Forty Years of Thunderbird
•1996 – Nash Metropolitan
•1997 - Studebaker
•1998 – 35th Anniversary of Fescht – Chrysler – Plymouth
•1999 – Chevrolet Corvair
•2000 – Buick
•2001 – Pontiac
•2002 – Nash Rambler
•2003 – Ford
•2004 – Kaiser – Frazer
•2005 - Hudson
•2006 – Woodie Wagon
•2007 – Ford Falcon
•2008 – DeSoto
•2009 -  Oakland
•2010 – Thunderbird
•2011 – Camaro
•2012 - Crosley
Das Awkscht Fescht – 2013
50th August Festival
Featured Car: 1935 Buick
Car Fundraisers - Das Awkscht Fescht
PHASE 5 - 2014 to 2020
•2014 – Dodge Brothers
•2015 – Chrysler 300
•2016- Oakland
•2017 – Chevrolet
•2018 – Packard
•2019 – Chrysler Corp.

Saturday vehicles arranged in 6 classes:

–(a) Class 1 Pre-War (1900-1945),
–(b) Class 2 Post-War (1946-1960),
–(c) Class 3 (1961-1975),
–(d) Class 4 (1976- at least 25 years old),
–(e) Class 5 Commercial Vehicles, and
–(f) Class 6 Motorcycles.
•Tractors in non-designated class
Das Awkscht Fescht – Phase 5
2019:  Harleysville Rotarian, Gary Volpe with Model A
Rotarians at Das Awkscht Fescht
•Community Service opportunities:

  - Field layout in advance

  - Parking Friday through Sunday

  - Distribute participate awards Saturday

  - Distribute packets at registration tent

  - Help preserve a regional treasure

Das Awkscht Fescht – Phase 5
Motorcycles from Perkiomen Chapter AMCA

1930 Harley-Davidson, Barry Algeo

Helping Hat Packs bring smiles to children's faces. Bubbles and Bubble gum!! We hope Spring Break is Bubbles of fun! Thank you to our club members and especially to young Eli for helping! 
Our guest speaker was Anne Anastasi who founded Genesis Abstract in 1994 and currently serves as the President of Troon Management Company. Anne previously served as the President of the American Land Title Association and has received several awards. In 2006, she was recognized by PLTA with the James G. Schmidt Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding service to the industry. In 2013, the PLTA recognized Anne with the prestigious Albert E. Pentecost Award, and was named an honorary member of ALTA. In September 2021, Anne received the Anne L. Anastasi Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Achievement and Innovation, recognizing her leadership and advocacy for the title insurance industry.

Bill Seedes, Executive Leader – Willow Grove YMCA, has over 28 years’ experience in YMCA’s, private health clubs, and medical based facilities.  Has established multiple partnerships to better serve the communities mental, physical and spiritual wellness.  Involved in capital and construction projects at established YMCA’s.  Experience with large memberships (20K plus) and budgets exceeding $8M.  Responsible for the day to day operations, supervising multiple locations while providing community based engagement programs through education and functional implementation practices.  Experience with athletic populations and chronic disease management. Bill is also a fellow Rotarian and currently a member of the Willow Grove Rotary.

So have you been wondering how things are going now that the Y is in willow Grove?? It has grown and continues to grow! We were fortunate to have Bill talk to us today and give us an update on the programs and happenings at the Y. We thought it best to present you all with Bill's power point. It will give you some insight into how things are going. We also urge you to visit the Y website for info on programs, camps, financial aid and you can take a virtual tour of the facility.


Click the link below for the power point presentation.


To make the slides show, click the first slide and then slide show. (If you have a problem, please let me know, (baschupeltz@aol.com)

  • Happy Birthday Tom B (Feb 25)
  • Congrats to Diane H who celebrates her 1 year anniversary in Rotary Mar 2nd
  • Our Dine and Donate at PJ Whelihan'ss yielded $159 for the club!
  • Horsham Miracle Field fundraiser! Sunday beginning at 10 am at Angelo's Italian Kitchen. Please purchase tickets in advance. Call 215-654-1300 or stop by Angelo's Italian Kitchen to get your brunch or dinner reservation!
    ~ Tickets are $50 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and under.
    ~ Brunch seating times include 10am and 12pm which includes a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary.
    ~ Dinner buffet seating times include 2pm, 4pm and 6pm which includes a complimentary glass of white or red wine.
We would like to send a huge thank you to Jill's Husband John who works for Colorcon. The company reached out to their employees for ways to help families in disaster relief areas. John responded with information about ShelterBox and our club's involvement. Two hours later they offered to cover a complete ShelterBox. We are  incredibly grateful for the generosity of Colorcon .That $1000 donation will help more families in need. 
  • Next Evening get together 22 Feb at Farm and Fisherman in Horsham
Congrats to Tom F. on another PHF 
Rotary Anniversaries!!    Congratulations!!
        Jesse   17 yrs Feb 15
        Rob    11 yrs Feb 23
        Dar     13 yrs Feb 25
Speaker: Matt Edmond, Assistant Director of Transportation & Long Range Planning for Montgomery County and Executive Director of the Montgomery County Transportation Authority.  His primary responsibilities are transportation and administration section management, county transportation policy development, project management, budgeting regional transportation planning, and liaison with other planning commissions.
The services the planning commission provide include professional planning assistance to our municipalities, municipal training, program management, project and plan development, informative publications, and other products.
A staff planner assists communities in planning as well as administrative help with paperwork and connecting communities with other resources.
Current projects:
1.Warminster Rd Bridge...replace this year which will affect traffic patterns as there is not enough room at the bridge to have a passable lane during the project.
2 County Line Rd..... May not be completed for 2-3 more years.
3 Horsham township widening of Blair Mill Rd.
4 BIG project...Turnpike interchange in Willow Grove. Goal: enhance turnpike accessibility, modernize interchanges, more direct connections; better distribute local and regional traffic. (next 5-10 years)
5Eastern Montco interest group; Coordinates projects, speak as one as local municipalities participate and work together.
For more information and to explore what is happening with the Planning Commission and Transportation, follow the link https://montcopa.org/490/Planning-Commission

Thank you, to all participants of the Hatboro Rotary Super Bowl Squares fundraiser. It raised $1,669 for our club, to help support many local charities and organizations. Plus, we had four lucky winners: Jonathan Riches, Charles Lockhard, Suzzane and Russ Fairlie, and Kristin Avallon.


Speaker: Rotarian Barb R .
  • Rotary responds to devastating earthquake in Turkey. DG Len has sent an email to all district Rotarians regarding the response to aid those who have been affected by the earthquake. Shelter Box is responding and lending aid. Contact Jesse if you wish to contribute to raising funds for Shelter Box. Our club has been a strong supporter of ShelterBox...each $1000 raised enables us to purchase another box for ShelterBox.
  • It has been 1 year since the fighting began in Ukraine. Many countries have taken in refugees and have resettlement camps. 
  • World Polio Day Tues October 24 2023. Now is the time to download the Rotary Polio Day tool Kit from the RI website.
Speaker: Eric Lindhult ,General Manager of the Upper Moreland, Hatboro, Joint Sewer Authority (UMHJSA).

The Upper Moreland-Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority provides collection, conveyance and treatment of wastewater from its customers in the Borough of Hatboro and Upper Moreland Township, and services portions of Bryn Athyn Borough, Horsham Township, Upper Dublin Township and Warminster Township.

To Flush or not to Flush!! 
  • Flushable wipes are not flushable.
  • Medications (take them to a drop off such as Hatboro Police station)
  • Grease, paint, oil, any hazardous waste
  • Be careful of your contacts..take them off so they don't drop into the toilet.
  • Bottom line: ONLY flush toilet paper down your toilet and no other paper products. Wipes and paper towels should be disposed of with your household trash.
The sewer authority has 44 employees, and someone is there every night. There are 125 miles of pipe just in Hatboro alone. There is a wealth of information on the UMHJSA website. http://www.umhjsa.org/index.html
The dedicated staff works diligently to maintain the excellent treatment of the wastewater. Recent plant upgrades (e.g., emergency generator, upgraded disinfection units, enhanced influent screening, effluent pump station to allow us to discharge into the Pennypack Creek during flooding conditions, influent bypass pumping station) have improved our ability to maintain the excellent record of environmental compliance. The plant has operated without an effluent discharge permit violation since 2006, when severe flooding in Upper Moreland resulted in excessive flows to the plant and dangerous conditions within the plant due to flood waters. There is a great deal of information on the UMHJSA website and an archive of their back additions of the newsletter. You can also take a virtual tour of the facility. Thank you, Eric, for the information!

Welcome to the Hatboro Rotary Super Bowl Squares competition. This is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Hatboro a Service Organization that supports many local charities and organizations. Thank you for your participation.

Hatboro Rotary Super Bowl Squares is an online squares contest created for free at Hatboro Rotary Super Bowl Squares | Super Bowl Pool Site

For each available square you select a $22 donation should be made to the Hatboro Rotary Club using the DONATE button on this website or to a Rotary Club member.
When all squares have been selected numbers 0 to 9 will be randomly assigned to the columns and rows.
At the end of every quarter, the person whose square corresponds with the intersection of the second digit of each team’s score wins a prize (for example, a 14–7 score at the end of the first quarter pays out the owner of the square at row 4, column 7).
$100 first quarter
$150 half time
$100 third quarter
$200 end of game
A check from the Rotary Club of Hatboro will be sent to each of the winners.

This contest was created by Gary Chamberlain. If you have any questions about this contest, please direct those questions via email to the commissioner at garychamberlain311@gmail.com
  • Birthday wishes to Rob Jan 28th and to Sue Jan 24
  • Great turnout for our Hat Packs Service Project
  • As of Feb 20 2023, Amazon Smile is no longer donating to your favorite charity which includes HAT Packs. Please keep this in mind as you decide on charities to donate to in 2023. It cost about $4000 a week to feed children in the program. Alternate ways to donate https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/HATPacks or send check to HAT Packs 22 Harding Ave, Hatboro PA 19040
We welcome back Chris Mendel to talk about the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust.
In existence for 52 years the trust mission is to steward the Pennypack Preserve natural area as an important component of the region’s natural areas network, and to educate and encourage people to appreciate, enjoy, and protect the Preserve’s native ecosystems.
Some of the areas the Trust concentrates on:
  • Open space protection and acquisition: As the steward of 852 acres of protected meadows, woodlands and floodplain forest, the Trust manages Montgomery County’s second-largest privately owned natural area that is open to the public. They continue to purchase open spaces to protect that land from developers. There is definitely competition from groups to purchase land and develop it thus eliminating open space and many of the animal habitats.
  • Habitat Protection: Protecting animal habitats 
  • Maintaining forest areas, trails and reforestation projects
As you can imagine, protection of open spaces and animal habitats takes more staff then the Trust has. There are many opportunities to volunteer with this organization. One of our Rotarians has participated in at least 15 volunteer activit1es at the trust with the Boy Scouts. Last year this club worked with the Trust doing some work in a creek as well as cleaning up the area around the creek. Do you have a skill, want to learn a new skill, have a few free hours a month to volunteer?  There are many opportunities for volunteers both outside and also in the office and visitor center. For more information regarding volunteering please contact volunteer coordinator, Kevin Roth, at kroth@pennypacktrust.org
For more information on the Trust and information on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and more please visit their website https://pennypacktrust.org/about/
We had a great turnout on Jan 24th to help HAT Packs pack the food containers to take to the schools. 343 Children will be receiving packs of food this week and we are proud to be able to help. You can see some of the photos on the right. We had a great time and were able to not only help but were able to chat with each other as we stood in line to pack up bags of food. When we were done, more then 13 of us went to PJ Whelihan's for Dine and Donate which our club sponsored. Thanks everyone who turned out for both activities and thanks to the families and friends who joined us!! 
  • Don't forget to choose your Superbowl squares! You could be a winner.
Maddy is the Community Outreach coordinator for Angel Flight East (AFE), a nonprofit organization whose Mission is to provide free air transportation to qualified patients and their families by arranging flights to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas, and reuniting families during desperate times. AFE was founded in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew. During 1993 AFE flew 17 flights, today they fly greater then 900 to 950 flights a year.
AFE serves the Northeastern region of the United States, and for destinations beyond their reach, they link with other volunteer pilot organizations. Anyone who requests a flight must be medically stable, able to board an aircraft, and fly in a small non-pressurized aircraft. One companion may accompany an adult patient and 2 companions may accompany a child. volunteer Pilots use their own aircraft for a mission and assume all costs of the flight including fuel, landing fees and other expenses such as liability insurance.
It is not only patients that may be flown by AFE. During the Pandemic, volunteer pilots flew several missions to deliver personal protect equipment (PPE) to dozens of medical and rural area facilities. Some items delivered included face masks, hand sanitizer and more. (Some of those flights were over 400 miles.)
How to request a flight: please visit the AFE website https://angelflighteast.org/passengers/ for more information not only about requesting a flight but the length of time it takes to get a flight, documents required and information for patients. This is a wonderful organization and I urge you to explore the AFE website.Thanks, Maddy
Welcome back to a new year...2023! Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday.
  • Congrats to Kathy S who reaches 10 years in Rotary on Jan 9th
  • Jan 18th meeting will be a General Assembly
  • Jan 25 Evening social. Place to be announced later
  • Board Slate for next Rotary year was approved! 
  • Gary sent out an E-mail for the annual Super Bowl Pool fundraiser-check your E-mail
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.
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.  

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