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  Mindfulness is now seen as a crucial skill in business to help increase employees ability to focus and enhance their mental clarity. Are you looking to de-clutter your mind, reduce stress, live in the moment and pay attention to your life in all situations? Why not try meditation (the sitting practice) to help bring awareness to what is happening in your mind and body.? for more information go to bigtoeinthewater.com. Thank you Harriet for opening our minds to new techniques for stress reduction
and improving mental clarity.

Race to Zero

  DGE Herb presented a certificate to the Hatboro Rotary for raising $3006 in support of Polio Plus.
Hatboro was one of  4 clubs to raise over $3000 for the Race to Zero! Congrats everyone.
  • Fri Dec 14......Club Holiday Party at Katrina's House starting at 6:30 BYOB
  • Sat Dec 15....Wreaths Across America. Laying wreaths on the graves of Veterans at Washington Crossing National Cemetery starting   at 1115. Please take some time out of your day to participate. Bring the family. There are over 10000 graves in this cemetery.
  • R.A.K..Random Acts of Kindness containers are available. Spread the Name of Rotary around as you give to others.
Longtime Hatboro Rotarian and local businessman Lou Parys passed away in NC on Oct 20 2018. Lou was 95.
  Congratulations to Jim Heilman for finding the Joker...$305 for Jim and $305 to Scholarship fund
Presentation of donation to "Be A Part of The Conversation"
Area 7 Happy Hour
Tony Purich has maintained the community garden created with supplies donated From Hatboro Lumber and built by volunteers from Hatboro Rotary, Hatboro Y, and other community groups .This year over 275lbs of tomatoes were donated to the Lehman Church food pantry. As one of our service projects, not only did we help build this garden but we participate in the yearly planting of crops. Thanks tony for your hard work in maintaining the garden.



Don Solomon visited The Points of Light Monument in Washington DC, a one mile walkway honoring actions and commitments to service by individuals that have transformed our Nation and the World. Currently there are 33 medallions paying tribute to 36 individuals. The pathway will eventually hold 70 "Extra Mile" medallions. Rotary International is the proud sponsor of the Paul Harris Medallion.
Paul Harris Medallion Reads
Inspired by the simple idea of combining fellowship and service, Paul Harris pioneered the service club movement with the founding of Rotary International. Rotary fulfilled his dream of a worldwide organization of business and professional people serving their communities and promoting international understanding. Rotary continues to expand global horizons through its educational programs and offers hope through its humanitarian efforts and public health campaigns.
   Congratulations to Skip Schneider on 50 years in this Rotary Club. Skip joined Sept 15 1968!
    Skip is pictured here with left to right President Darlene, Skip, DG Cindy, and AG Greg.
    Thank you for your dedication and service to Rotary!
DG Cindy visited:
  • reviewed 6 areas of focus.
  • reviewed the importance of us becoming friends in Rotary to better serve the community
  • International President Barry has attributed his success to the power of friendship in the club. Had medical supplies to Haiti during 2010 earthquake within 2 hours of learning about it.
  • 1.2 million Rotarians Two new clubs in District White Hall and Upper Perkiomen. No weekly meetings, attend meetings,happy hours and service events as attendance. DG Cindy’s goal is to start 5 new clubs in next two years. Clubs are changing. Stay open minded
  • District Conference May 3-5. Theme is Hunger
Thank you to Representative Murt  for speaking with us this morning. To keep up to date on legislative happenings, visit his website http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/member_information/house_bio.cfm?id=1124. For a list of services available for constituents please go to http://www.repmurt.com/ConstituentServices.aspx
upcoming events: Sep 30 Overdose Awareness Walk and Hope Expo at St Alphonsus Church Maple Glen; Oct 11 St Albert the Great Parish 6:30-8:30 pm, Holocaust Survivor ; Oct 20 Shredder and recycling event St Albert the great Parish Huntington Valley 9-11am..no computer screens or TVs.To keep up to date on events and  info from Tom, go to his Facebook page.
  Thanks to Marty Palmer for saving the day when our speaker was unable to attend.  Marty's Mom (deceased) was a Librarian and his Dad a Guidance counselor at Cheltenham. His Dad was a huge baseball  fan and player (in fact he owns to world series rings, one Yankees, one boston Red Sox). Marty has 2 brothers and also two  children, his son graduated a couple of years ago and his daughter is a senior this year. He also has 2 cats and a dog! He   has lived in Hatboro for 50  years and enjoys giving back  and being involved in the community. Marty served 4 years on  the borough council is very involved in activities such as summer nights; thanksgiving parade; and other Hatboro events.He is a runner and belongs to a local running club. Works for GlaxosmithKline (GSK). Rotarians, to learn more about Marty go to the club documents page and read his bio. Thanks Marty!
 SPEAKER: Kathleen Gipson, Jarrett Nature Center Coordinator
  Thank you to Kathleen for the informative program on the Hatboro Horsham School District' s Jarrett Nature
  Center. The Center is the school's outdoor classroom and provides an opportunity for  students to visit for       observation, learning and exploration experiences with their classroom teachers. It also provides a
  setting for the community and students to enjoy the natural environment with their families. The Center
  has many programs for families to participate. There is a Pond, woodland area, wetland area and
  meadow. The 13 acres were originally a part of the Jarrett Family Farm and was formally dedicated
  as the Jarrett Nature Center in 2002. Please go to their website for more information on their  
  programs,community events and  history . https://www.hatboro-horsham.org/Page/120  
  During Fall and Spring the center has Green Up days which are great times for families, students and other  
  members of the community to help in maintaining the center...there are jobs for everyone and gloves and tools are available to use. The schedule of Green days can be found on their website.


George Lewis, Rotary foundation committee Member presented Tom Post with a Paul Harris Fellow +2 pin. With each $1000 donated to Rotary Foundation, a member receives a new pin recognizing the donation. Tom's new pin contains two sapphires. Congratulations Tom and Thank you for your support of the rotary Foundation.
THINK LOBSTER!!! We are not the only Lobster lovers. Grove Oklahoma, population 6700 with 100000 visitors who are drawn to Grand Lake o' the Cherokees. The rotary club of Grove is THE club to belong to in grove. In 2018, they had a membership of 180! For years they met at a beloved greasy spoon 6 miles from the town center but in 2011 decided to look for a new place. They tried several places until they settled at a church recreation center. About the time of the move, a member  recommended the club put on a lobster fundraiser at $60 a person. There were skeptics! Who would pay that much??? But pay they did...300 people showed up and the club had a net profit of $35000 which they turned over to the local YMCA which was in jeopardy of closing. The entire community helps out to cook and serve...as a result, the club has gotten new members as they learn about what the club does for the community! Bravo Grove Rotary!

Paul Harris Fellow

  Congratulations to Rotarian Barb Schupeltz who received a
  PHF +7 pin. Regular donations to Rotary Foundation helps to support
  the many service projects around the world which support
  Rotary's major causes...promoting peace, providing clean water, saving
mothers and children, supporting education, fighting disease and growing local economies.

 SPEAKER: Michael Celec, Union Library of Hatboro

  Today we welcomed Michael Celec, Director of the Library. I'm sure we remember the library when we were younger...
  you went there for books! The library of today is different, yes you get books there but they do so much more.
  Hatboro Library has a storytime 3x a week for children, books for sale, space for meetings, free access to ancestry,
  electronic resources for doing research , yoga classes, a lego club, teen book club and a fun time of doing messy
  science experiments. Come out and explore your library. Have a library card from another area library?..present it
  at the desk and get into the Hatboro system. For more information about the library and what activities are going
                         on go to http://hatborolibrary.org/. Thank you Michael for spending your morning with the Hatboro Rotary
SPEAKER: Nancy Szamborski, Executive director willow Grove Community Development Corporation
The Mission of WGCDC is to help families and individuals by providing affordable housing.                        
Currently they provide more than 58 quality, affordable rental housing units in over 47 properties throughout Eastern Montgomery County, including Abington Township, Ambler Borough, Hatboro, Horsham Township, and Upper Moreland Township. In 2017, over 800 households of about 1500 people received program assistance. Willow Grove CDC’s free community service programs help lower-income neighbors by providing income tax preparation; by offering budgeting and home buyer education; and by providing food, vouchers, and nutrition education to Montgomery County senior citizens. For more information go to their website http://www.willowgrovecdc.org/
Thank you Nancy for this informative program!
SPEAKER: Carol Rostucher, Angels in Motion founder:
As you all know from our Interact Students, they have been working with Angels in Motion (AIM) to provide Blessing Bags  and sleeping mats for the homeless. AIM started with one woman's efforts to rescue her son from addiction. While combing the streets of Kensington in Philadelphia for her son she witnessed many others who were lost and suffering as well. She opened her heart to the streets. She provided "Blessing Bags" which contained food, snacks, clothing, hygiene products and a list of resources to those she met. AIM was formed in Feb 2015 after an article in the Philadelphia Daily News highlighted her efforts and her son's struggles. On a weekly basis, volunteers walk the streets delivering Blessing Bags and talking to the homeless. They help get people treatment, insurance, ID cards, food as well as helping them to get their GED and reenter society. Carol's vision has always been to destigmatize the disease of addiction and spread love, understanding, and compassion to those suffering from the disease of addiction. Thank you Carol! To find out more about this worthwhile organization go to http://aimangelsinmotion.org/about-aim/
Pictured below are Carol and Donna Courts from Angels in Motion.
Our thanks to Herb for passing along helpful ideas on attracting new members and retaining those already in the club.
Herb, a member of Allentown West , shared with us some ideas from his club and others in the district. By joining the local chamber and going to networking events was a great way to connect and spread the word about Rotary. Some other ideas include monthly Happy hours; Corporate Memberships; mentoring new members and passing out business cards with information about rotary. It is important to note that trying new things does not always provide immediate results so don't give up , the idea will catch on.
pic #1 Herb   Pic #2 Herb talking to  membership committee member Tom Post
  Pennypack Elemetary School Robotics Program using Legos:
A new Robotics program was introduced to grade 1-3 where the students first build a prototype of their project on the iPad . When it is perfected,they begin to build. This year’s project was a water project.
They fund the project through their relationship with the HH educational foundation (Rotary is a donor)
Kevin Deissler (teacher) feels that it is important build the foundation at an early age.
Mr. Deissler expressed the importance of how the students learned through trial and error.
Students compete in competition in December. Core values are incorporated into the judging of the project.
Different challenges are introduced and the students are judged based on how they handle the challenge.
The Weekend service project at the Hatboro Y was cancelled due to weather BUT we were able to weed,mulch and plant lots of tomatoes today. The Y crew and Hatboro Rotary crew enjoyed the sun, got filthy :-) but got the work done.
Barb, Tom, Kathy and of course Gary were there to help.
Congratulations to Michelle Dattilio, the winner of the Hatboro Rotary Vo Tech Scholarship. During this school year Michelle has been attending classes at Eastern, focus on Health while also attending High school. She has enrolled and been accepted at Montgomery County Community college for their nursing program. Congratulations Michelle! Pictured with Michelle are Rev Johnathan Riches, Scholarship Chairman and Michelle's parents Diane and Domenic Datillo.
SPEAKERS: Kaitlyn Kenney, President of Interact at HHHS; Meghan Townsend ,Guidance Counselor; Marcey Varano Guidance counselor and Interact Advisor.    The Interact Club at HHHS has been working with Angels in Motion, to provide Sleeping Mats and Blessing Bags for the Homeless in the Kensington Area of Philadelphia. Each mat is 3' x6' and takes about 600-700 plastic bags to complete. They have completed about 4 mats so far. Plastic bags are cut into abt 3" strips which are tied together to make a Plarn ball. Then the  Plarn is woven to make the mat. Pictured below are Meghan, Kaitlyn and Marcey with a completed mat. The second photo is the loom used to weave the  bags to make the mat. Please go to the Angels in motion website for more information on this great organization http://aimangelsinmotion.org/. Congratulations to Kaitlyn, who will be attending Liberty University, majoring in History. As she accepts her diploma from HHHS this year, she is also receiving an AA Degree in Psychology. Congratulations Kaitlyn!
SPEAKER: Dawn Marshall, Village Players
Our thanks to Dawn for providing us an update on happenings at the village Players of Hatboro.
The Hatboro Rotary will be hosting at the Players on June 13. Tickets are $15 each. Proceeds go to Rotary to support this community.


Congratulations to Yamine Azzi winner of a Rotary 4 year Academic Scholarship. Yasmine is picture with Rev Johnathan Riches, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee and her father Rachid. Yasmine plans on attending McGill University in Montreal Canada with a concentration in biochemistry. /https://www.mcgill.ca/. Yasmine's parents are originally from Algeria, she lived in Montreal before coming to the US. She is Editor in Chief of the HHHS Newspaper,a member of the band,  a member of the Key Club working with the Kiwanis special Athletes Program, works with Special Olympics and the homeless. Talking to people less fortunate and those with special needs has changed her view of the world. She and her family make a yearly trip to Algeria to help the people there. Yasmine speaks English,French and Arabic. Already an accomplished individual, Yasmine has a bright future ahead of her and we wish her well in her studies.
  SPEAKERS: Denise Schultz and Erin Pease, co-founders of H.A.T. (Helping Around Town) Packs. During the school week approximately 40% of the children in this community participate in the free and reduced price meal programs at school BUT what happens on the weekend and when school is out? Some children save a part of their Friday meal and take it home. This non profit program was established to fill a void by providing take home meal packs to children (and their non school aged siblings) for the times when they are not in school...weekends, holidays. A normal 2 day weekend Pack includes 2 drinks, 2 breakfast items, 2 lunch items, fresh fruit and snacks. The amount of food in the pack changes with the length of time the child is not in school. To learn more about this excellent program ,to partner with them, to volunteer or if you have questions, please contact them at hatpacks040@gmail.com. To shop for needed items using amazon, follow this link https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/2A5F4D05VHF8K/ref=cm_sw_r_fa
Follow them on facebook or shop directly from their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/H.A.T.Packs/
Monetary donations can be sent to 22 Harding Ave Hatboro PA 19040. Make checks payable to H.A.T. Packs
Mark your calendars. June 13 2018 will be our night at Village Players. Tell all your friends!
   Congratulations to Bob Hillenbrand who was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow for his continual support of ShelterBox. Bob
   has a big piggy bank that he puts all his loose change in . When "piggy" has a full belly, he donates that money to the club
   in support of ShelterBox. Every penny, nickel , dime and quarter adds up! Bob has been doing this for many years! Thank
   you Bob for your contributions to this Club.
Jesse presented an interesting video about the song lyrics to "American Pie" written by Don McLean, an American singer and songwriter. Originally released in 1971, it rose very quickly to the top of the charts and was No1 in 1972. The meaning behind the song began started with his reaction to hearing in 1959 that Buddy Holly had died in a plane crash with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper on “the day the music died” . The meaning to the lyrics have long been debated and it wasn't until his original manuscript sold that did its meaning come to light . According to notes written on the manuscript, Don describes it as a morality song that charts the decline of the USA and its loss of innocence. As don has been quoted “I was around in 1970 and now I am around in 2015... there is no poetry and very little romance in anything anymore, so it is really like the last phase of American Pie, he said. The final verse of the recorded version describes a bleak America: the music has gone and even the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are heading for the coast."
Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley believes protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service. In July of 2017 The President challenged every Rotary club to make a difference by planting a tree for each of its members between the start of the Rotary year on 1 July and Earth Day on 22 April 2018. Trees remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, which slows global warming. Have you planted a tree this year???
Jesse Brookreson!!!!
  Congratulations to Jesse on finding the Joker today and winning $387!
  Does he look Happy???????
  Congratulations to Analiasia Hall on winning the Club 4 way Test Speech Contest.
  Analiasia presented her speech to the club today and she is on her way to the Regional competition
  on Saturday. We wish her well and much luck at Regionals.   
Congratulations to Past President Gary Chamberlain  and Lorna Hower , wife of the late Dave Hower on becoming Paul Harris Fellows! Lorna was recognized in honor of her late husband. Together,Lorna and Dave were extremely dedicated to the Hatboro Rotary club as well as many community organizations and projects. Gary was recognized for both his work as president of this club and his dedication to Rotary and the Rotary Foundation. During his year as President Gary was able to garner 100% participation of club members to Rotary Foundation. 
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