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Congratulations Hatboro rotary for being a Major Supporter of the Purple Pinkie Race to Zero which benefits Polio Plus. 
The 2019 race raised $60000 and Hatboro donated $3600. congrats to the club and all those that donated, participated and continue to support the race to cure polio around the world.
Joe Kircher
Today we welcomed Joe Kircher from BuxMont Meals on Wheels (MOW).  Bux Mont MOW deliver meals to 40-50 clients.These meals are prepared for each individual and assembled in at the old Warminster Hospital Kitchen. Food comes from Wegman's WaWa and Giant. Deliveries are made everyday except weekends and Christmas and New Year's. Food is gotten by the drivers at 10 am. Cost to clients is $7 a meal (if they can pay). Each client get two meals..one hot, one cold.No government funds support this organization. Meals on wheels has an office in the Hatboro Borough building and can be reached at 215 443 9784, and through facebook  https://www.facebook.com/buxmontmow/ . There are many opportunities to volunteer with MOW. You can deliver just two times a month. Each driver delivers to 6-10 people.
  •  DG Herb visited us to talk about District conference April 24-26 King of Prussia
  •  Trivia Night April 4th..still need more tables
  •  Willow Grove Night of the Races Mar 7 6-10pm
  •  Hatboro Rotary partnered with Horsham Rotary Grant for Harmony Theater
  •  District 7430 new Rotarians orientation..Giuseppi's Pizza Warminster May 4.
  •  Charter Night May 28 Giuseppi's Pizza
  •  Mar 7 4 wayTest contest. 9AM Behind Hatboro Federal (Same place we wrap gifts)

Andrea 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 women 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.
Today's discussion on "Harassment"  was led by Rotarian Katrina
Rotary is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from any kind of harassment, which includes unwelcome physical contact, advances, or comments. Anyone who attends or participates in Rotary meetings, events, or activities must help establish conditions that promote safety, courtesy, dignity, and respect for all. All Rotarians are expected to adhere to the
 Code of Conduct:
  • Act with integrity and high ethical standards in both personal and professional life
  • Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect 
  • Use professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world
  • Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians
  • Help maintain a harassment-free environment in Rotary meetings, events, and activities, report any suspected harassment, and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals who report harassment.
Although the customs and norms of cultures vary, it's always important to be aware of what's appropriate. Take your cues from the person who is receiving your comments and actions. Rotary defines harassment as any conduct — verbal or physical — that denigrates, insults, or offends a person or group based on characteristics that include age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. 
Network of Victim Assistance
Welcome Julie Dugery Public Affairs Committee from NOVA..Network of Victim Assistance Bucks County
There was a lot of great information packed into this talk so I urge you to visit their website for more information http://www.novabucks.org
Among the many programs which are offered through NOVA are Prevention Education Programs given as early as kindergarten and covering topics such as child sexual assault, bully free classrooms, cyber safety, peer education programs and many more. Community Programs and Professional Trainings such as Mandated reporting, trauma informed care and practices, sexual harrassment in the workplace, identity theft, Elder abuse and human trafficking's to name a few. Victim advocacy, support and  accompaniment through the criminal justice system is an important part of their programs. Additionally, they have their own trained Forensic Nurses on call 24 hours who do the initial evidence collection on sexual assault victims. To contact NOVA call the 24 hour hotline 1-800675-6900.
Are you a victim of sexual assault or other serious crime? NOVA may be able to help with counseling, accompaniment to police interviews, court proceeding, emergency rooms, assisting with filing Crime victims Compensation paperwork, civil legal assistance and counseling. Montgomery County also has victim assistance programs https://www.pccd.pa.gov/AboutUs/Pages/default.aspx
 
  •  Visit NOVA Gift Shop  Corner of Broad Street and Rt 313
  •   Do you have your table reserved for Trivia Night? (April 4) This night is also a food collection night for food pantries.
  •   Reminder that ever Month is membership month. Do you know someone interested in helping the community? Invite them to a club meeting.
  •   The club is looking for speakers please let Marty Palmer know if you have someone or some organization in mind.

CONGRATULATIONS to Rotarian Tom Bender who became a Paul Harris Fellow and received his pin this morning.The donations received through Rotary Foundation support many programs. Some of that money is returned to the District after three years (District Designated Funds) and used for grants which benefit local and global projects. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants. 

 

Abington Heath is one of the regions leading providers of comprehensive senior Programs including both inpatient and outpatient services. Some of the services they provide are listed here.
  •   Geriatric Assessment Center offers cognitive and needs-based evaluations for seniors including comprehensive care plan reviews with a licensed social worker.
  •   Memory Fitness Center at Warminster offers a half-day activity program for those showing signs of memory loss with full-day programming available through Adult Day Services in Lansdale.
  • mobility-restoring Geriatric Fracture Program of the Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital provides hope after injuries that could limit movement without such   coordinated care services. 
  • Home Care services to assist home bound seniors with a change in medical condition or recovery from an in-patient or rehab facility stay.
  • Other Services:  Caregivers Resources; Caregivers Support Group; ElderMed; Hospital Elder Life Program; Operation Reassurance; Saill (Stop Abuse in Later Life)                                                                                                                                          Most of these services take place at the Muller Institute for Senior Health in Abington. Please visit the Abington Hospital Website https://www.abingtonhealth.org/services-specialties/senior-health/   .No referrals are needed. Please visit their website for information on contacting senior services at Abington-Jefferson Hospital. Thank you Sara for this very informative program.
 
 
  •  Trivia night April 4th …Get your tables signed up! ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA   *NEW LOCATION* 321 Witmer Rd.
  • Jan 30 Area 7 mixer at Bernie's
  •  May 4  New Member Orientation. Stay tuned for more info.

Congratulations to Rotarian Gary Chamberlain who received his second Paul Harris Fellow pin (one sapphire). 

 Gary (on right) is pictured here with Rotarian George Lewis, club Foundation Chairman.

 

Katrina gave the club a walk through of some of the things on the Rotary International website. This is an extremely useful site and has many learning modules which you can access and take courses related to Rotary, its areas of focus and other topics. If you have not joined, go to rotary.org and click on Join to establish your login. Once you have done that, go to MyRotary ,scroll to the bottom of the page and click on view my groups. This will take you to another page and on the right side of the page, you will see a heading "what do you want to do" with a dropdown menu. Click on the drop down and choose where you want to go and what you want to see.
Want to see your giving history? Click view my giving history and you can see what you have given to Rotary Foundation. Do you wish to make a donation to Rotary Foundation? Click on Make a donation. From this page you can make a donation to the Annual Fund. You can make a single donation or a recurring donation. (an amount you designate will automatically go to the annual fund monthly)
Currently our club is 4th of all 7430 clubs in giving to Rotary Foundation. Please take some time to explore the Rotary International website.

ROTARY CLUB OF HATBORO 8th ANNUAL    Trivia Night    & Food Drive

WHEN:   Saturday, April 4, 2020 Doors Open 6:30pm, Trivia 7pm-10pm BYO dinner & drinks. Dessert provided. 
WHERE:  ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA   *NEW LOCATION* 321 Witmer Rd., Horsham   Please consider bringing non-perishable food  
                items to help local families in need. 
ENTRY FEE: $250 per team of up to 10 people.   Entry fee due by March 24th.  
REGISTRATION:  Please contact Tom Finerghty at tfinerghty@gmail.com.  Team info. due by March 18th.  
BENEFITING: Hatboro Rotary & St. Catherine of Siena Food Pantry 
                         Hatboro Rotary Club gives all money received back to the community! 
SPONSORS: Donate $250 or more and we’ll add your name/business to our sponsorship list!  
                $1,000  IN PRIZES FOR TRIVIA WINNERS! 1ST PLACE $500 2ND PLACE $300 3RD PLACE $200
                There will be other great prizes/giveaways throughout the night! 
WANT TO WIN EVEN MORE?  BRING CASH TO ENTER OUR 50/50 RAFFLE AT THE DOOR FOR A CHANCE TO WIN 50% OF
               ALL CASH DONATED! 
 
Thank you to our Major Sponsor: Hatboro  Federal Savings

 
Our speaker this morning was Tim Elbertson, Community Outreach Coordinator for Montgomery County Department of Public Safety. This was an extremely informative session regarding the programs associated with 911. Montco 911 serves 51 police departments,19 ambulance Co and 93 Fire Companies. Some things to know:  
  + If you call 911 from a landline, your address phone , name will automatically show on the 911 computer
  + If you call from a cell phone, this info will not be visible and in fact will ping off whatever tower your phone is using which may not even be close to where the emergency is.
  + You can text 911 
  + Identify your county when calling and if on cell, your location, municipality and nearest cross street.
Some VERY useful programs
Smart 911: Create a smart 911 cell phone app and create a safety profile with family information . Then when you call 911 this information
        will be available. You decide what information to include . Smart 911 asks for info relevant to aid emergency response. Get the app in Apple App Store or Google Play
Pulse Point: Do you know CPR? Pulse point will alert you to cardiac arrests in your vicinity (1/4 mile) .Get the app in apple App Store, or google play
Ready Montco: Source for notifications about severe weather, crime alert, disasters and other emergencies. www.ReadyMontco.org
 
For more information about the Department of Public Safety and other Montgomery County program please visit the website http://www.dps.montcopa.org/ 
  
It is always a wonderful meeting when we are able to welcome new Rotarians.  Fabiana Gelbard and Stephanie Simon were inducted into the club this morning although over several weeks we have begun to get to know them. Pictured above are (left) Darlene Malone (sponsor) and Fabiana and (right) Linda Roehner (sponsor) and Stepanie. Service, helping and giving to this community are traits both new Rotarains share! Welcome to the club! 

Welcome 2020! Today we were once again fortunate to have Kim Porter from "Be A Part of The Conversation" to bring us up to date. If you are not familiar with this organization, please visit their website https://conversation.zone/ . Have you had the conversation? Drug and alcohol addiction are problems both in our community and our world today. Don't think your children are taking drugs or alcohol, marijuana or vaping?? Think your children don't lie? Think again,that may not be the case. The time to begin educating your kids is early..elementary school? Yes. This organization has many programs for parents whether your child is addicted or not. (and programs for kids as well) I urge you to look at their website! Along with Kim today ,we had the pleasure to hear Colin speak about his journey with drugs and alcohol which began in middle school and continued for many years until his coworkers confronted him. Luckily , he listened and had their support as he navigates recovery. This is not his first time in recovery but IT IS the one which got through to him! He is sober three years and married with three children. Congratulations Colin!

After a two week hiatus, it was wonderful to see everyone again.
  • It was a pleasure to have AG Mike Mueller with us along with DGE Janet Kolepp. 
  •  Please be sure to be here next week for the installation of Fabiana and Stephanie
  •  Jarred, although leaving the YMCA is NOT leaving us! He will be working nearby and remaining in this club.
  •  The New Year brings New Projects. Know of a service project we can be involved in? Pass the info on to President Linda.

Those of you who have visited the Hatboro YMCA might remember the Donors Wall which honored donors to the Y. Those were carefully taken down by Jarred and on Wednesday before he rushed off for the opening of the New Willow Grove Y, he presented the Rotary club of Hatboro Plaque to the club.

We wish the new Willow Grove YMCA much success!

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Congratulations to out club for their support of Polio Plus. Presenting the citation to President Linda is  AG Area 7 Mike Mueller

For those of you who missed the Weds meeting, you missed a very informative and entertaining bio of Rotarian Kevin Kelley (a face that greets you every Weds and is happy to take your money

Kevin has led a very active and interesting life and it will be fun to see where he goes from here. His Bio has been posted on the organization page under documents. Please, if you missed the talk, read his bio.

Thank you Kevin for sharing your story and the laughs!

Mr Jon Timmons, HHHS Director of Choral Activities joined us this morning with the Madrigal singers. An extemely talented group of young people, they have a very long engagement list during the fall and especially during Dec. You may hear them around town at other venues as well as in Philadelphia, and Baltimore. This evening Dec 11 at 7pm is the annual Winter JazzBand and Choirs Concert at Hatboro horsham High School. Thank you this very uplifting performance.

Service Project: Packing food for children.
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A small sampling of the food donated to H.A.T. Packs, more was provided through amazon smile. Hatboro Rotary donates
$802+ to H.A.T. Packs. The Hatboro Rotary crew and some family members made light work of packing 240 bags to be distributed to children throughout the Hatboro School District. You too can help...see below on how to donate.
 

H.A.T Packs

We are happy to welcome back D.J Schultz and Erin Pease to our club. Along with Patsy Canoe Meck, these three ladies launched a program in Jan 2018 to help feed school children on the weekends. They started with 16 children in one school and now feed 250 in all Hatboro Horsham Schools. Approximately 30 % of the children in our schools participate in the free lunch program. What was discovered was children saving food on Friday to eat over the weekend. This program was created to fill that void over the weekends. Since its inception, the community has stepped up to not only donate food and funds but to help pack the weekly bags. How do they know the program is working? The only way to know is through the actions and demeanor of the children. Only the school guidance counselors know who is in the program and it is through them that we know the program has a positive effect on the children served. We are proud to partner with H.A.T Packs and will be packing bags this evening!  If you would like to donate, you can utilize Amazon to order needed items and they will be shipped directly to H.A.T. packs. More info can be obtained on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/HATPacks/about/?ref=page_internal. Go directly to Amazon to donate food items https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2A5F4D05VHF8K
 
Fabiana Gelbard from Claro Enterprise Solutions , 

She discussed  “cyber security” and we reviewed cyber-attacks and talked about IOT devices and how to follow 10 simple steps to protect your devices from being hacked. Here is the link for Claro Enterprise Solutions https://www.usclaro.com. Fabiana is a Global Account Director for her company, is a Hatboro resident, and a friend of Darlene Malone. She and her family are always involved and willing to help serving our community.

She will be happy to assist with any questions.”

 

 
 

 Dean Lawrence from Internet Data Technolgy presented various tips to enhance a business or organizations Google listing and to maximize the search engine process. Original content, images,proper sizing, detailed descriptions of the business products or services , logical page structure and key words in the message are vital to help folks looking for our websites. If we want people to find the company or our websites this is vital to be successful.

                                            
.  Marshall Davis, of Davis Law in Bucks Co., spoke about law and non-profits. http://mhdesq.com/.
Davis Law of Bucks County includes service for non-profit and tax-exempt entities and offers assistance in leadership for 501C organizations. 
Hatboro Rotary is a 501C4 organization which indicates it is also a social organization.  Dues are not deductible.
 
 

 

Fred Moskowitz from Liberties Management Corporation gave a rousing presentation to the club this morning on "Taking Networking to the Next Level". Some key points from the presentation :
--Who can you call at 2 AM if you needed help? Who would call you at 2 AM if they needed help?
--Strategies for "connecting": What is the image of yourself you present to others? Dress, appearance, handshakes are first impressions. Be yourself, genuine but above all else be a positive person .
--How do you build relationships: You could cold call people or get introduced by someone. Best method is to get others to know of you first , before you meet them.
--How to get other to know you first: write articles, join Rotary, get involved in leadership of Rotary, social media and join the rapidly expanding world of Podcasts. Who listens to the Hatboro Rotary podcasts that our President does each month?
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  Operation Homefront works to serve military families in time of need. They provide a wide variety of services to help families such as financial assistance ,housing programs, family support during holidays and back to school needs. Started in Texas  in 2002, Operation Homefront is now nation wide. Pennsylvania has a large number of Reserves and National guard who are currently serving and need assistance. The local organization which covers PA,NJ,DE as well as others up to and including Maine services mostly E1-E6 although if there is a need in other rates and ranks, it will be addressed. There is a vetting process and grants versus loans are provided meaning the money goes directly to a vendor not as a loan to the family. https://www.operationhomefront.org/. Hatboro Rotary is proud to support this organization.
Today we welcomed Tony Leidy from Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center. This was a heart warming presentation regarding equestrian training for  people of all ages with unique disabilities and medical needs. It is an accepting and safe environment for  those with many challenges in their lives. Their many programs concentrate on goals and needs of each individual in the program. I strongly urge you to visit their web page and read about the their mission, the many programs, the clients, resources for parents, ways to volunteer and much more. http://www.ivyhillequestrian.org/
Please watch the video below. Sophia is Tony and John Leidy's daughter and has been going to Ivy Hill for many years. This video is being used with permission from the family.
 
  You may have heard the reference to "Bigs" and "Littles" but never asked what that meant. Bucks County Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization is a Mentoring program that matches up volunteers with children. A "Big" is an adult volunteer mentor that is supportive and encouraging, is willing to spend time wit a young person and among other things, loves to laugh and have fun and cares about the future of youth. A "Little" is a child in the program (age 7-13), faces varying degrees of adversity, comes from a variety of backgrounds and among other things wants help navigating the challenges of growing up. There are basically 2 types of programs: Community where the Big meets 2 times a month for 2 hours with his/her Little. The second type is school based (STEM Based) where volunteers go into the schools and work with children on STEM focused activities. Currently there are 450 in the program and 250 on a waiting list.  But the waiting list people are not ignored..there is a program called "A Little Time" that sets up group activities 3 times a year for those on the wait list. For more comprehensive information regarding big Brothers and Big Sisters, please visit their website https://bbbsbc.org/.
and neighboring Big Brothers/Big Sisters organizations.  https://www.independencebigs.org/.
  Steak Steak and more Steak! Here's what they look like right from the store!
On September 26 the HealthLink Dental Clinic will throughout the day,  post on Facebook and Instagram about the patients they serve and the dental services they provide - all made possible by Hatboro rotary club donation to the clinic.  This is a great time to like, share and/or make comments on their posts - and get it in front of as many people as possible.  www.healthlinkdental.org

 

 
  Today, Club Rotarian Jillian Barton gave an excellent presentation on Hearing Loss. She took us on a very personal journey of her own hearing loss which was diagnosed at a very young age. Hearing can range from normal to profound hearing loss. Hearing loss can lead to many side effects, slow development, lying, decreased social interaction, depression, isolation, irritability, loneliness, balance issues, tinnitus and more.  People with hearing loss may find it hard to have conversations with friends and family. They may also have trouble understanding a doctor's advice, responding to warnings, and hearing doorbells and alarms. There have been some studies that conclude that there is cognitive decline with hearing loss which can lead to early onset dementia. There are many types of hearing aids which treat different types of loss. If you think you have a loss of hearing, be sure to be tested by a licensed audiologist. There is a wealth of information  at https://www.starkey.com/ . Thanks Jillian!!
 
  • Oct 5... .Habitat Rock the Block
  • Oct 12...Purple Pinkie Race to Zero
  • Oct 12...Warrington Rotary Cornhole Tournament
  • Nov 2....Willow Grove Rotary Casino Night
  • Apr 4....Trivia Night at St Catherine's of Sienna
  This morning ,Sep 11, 2019 , we welcomed Cara Przybylowicz, Volunteer and Community relations Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties. Most people only think of building houses when speaking of Habitat for Humanity but that is not the case. The application for a home is a blind application, no one knows who is applying. The people who receive the homes do pay a mortgage,( the homes are not free) and the home could be either a revitalized home versus a new build. Other programs include "Almost Home", a 6 week financial literacy course which meets 2 times a week.
"Rock the Block" is a yearly event which gets volunteers to "clean up" a neighborhood. This year's event is in Norristown on Oct 5th from 8-2. Please consider volunteering! There is much more to Habitat, so please visit their website http://www.habitatmontdelco.org. Also Habitat for Humanity is a partner organization of Rotary International. If you are interested in helping at Rock the Block (you do not have to be a Rotarian), contact Cara at cara@habitatmontdelco.org
  Welcome new member Nancy Guenst (or should I say returning as Nancy had been a member at one time). We are so pleased that you have returned to Rotary. Nancy was introduced by her sponsor Bob Johnston. Nancy is well known in the community currently serving as the Mayor of Hatboro and has lived here her whole life. She is also an Army veteran. Nancy epitomizes "Service above Self". congratulations and welcome!
 
 
Congratulations to club member Barb Schupeltz for receiving her PHF+8 pin from club foundation chair George Lewis. Barb also became a member of the Paul Harris Society. What does that mean? To become a member of the Paul Harris Society, a member pledges $1000 a year to foundation. PHF recognition pins begin with a $1000 donation..With each $1000 donation, recognition consists of a pin with additional stones. What does donating to Foundation do for this district?

At the end of every Rotary year, contributions directed to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund, or DDF. At the end of three years, your district can use the DDF to pay for Foundation, club, and district projects that your club and others in the district choose. Districts may use up to half of their DDF to fund . The remaining DDF may be used for or donated to PolioPlus, the Rotary Peace Centers, or another district. Its easy to donate...you can donate through your club foundation chair or donate online through the Rotary International website. You can give as much or as little as you wish..it all counts! I urge all club members to donate!

Service Project update!
 
Every Year Hatboro Rotary Members partner with the Hatboro YMCA to build,weed and replant community gardens.
Tony, a "Y" staff member tends the gardens and this year has to date been able to donate 200
pounds of tomatoes and other veggies to the local food pantry. Thanks Tony for all that you do!
 
 
 
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