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SPEAKER: Deputy Chief Mark Ruegg
We were honored to have Deputy Chief Ruegg with us today. Mark was hired in 2003, became a patrol SGT in 2012 and is now Deputy Chief slated to take over the reins from Chief Gardner when he retires. Mark lives with his family in Blue Bell, has three children, coaches children and believes in connecting and working with the community. Hatboro Police department is Service oriented and are committed to providing the highest quality of public safety and law enforcement services by empowering their members and the community to work in partnership with the goal of improving the quality of life within the Borough of Hatboro, while at the same time maintaining respect for individual rights and human dignity. What can we expect in the future: greater use of technology available to police officers, mentorship, hiring quality police officers and establishing more ties to groups such as Rotary. He would love to see all his officers visit Rotary so we can get to know each other better. As a group, we support and love this idea. Working together for the betterment of our community. We are fortunate that our Borough Council works well with the Police department and is as eager to hire high quality officers as are the members of the PD.
Our Police officers are "people" oriented, willing to assist a resident whenever needed. The police Department is open 24 hours a day and will gladly answer any question you
may have. https://myhatboro.org/police-department/.  We look forward to building an even stronger relationship with the PD as well as doing some joint programs to benefit the community. Thanks for joining us today Deputy Director...you are always welcome to join us on Wed. morning!
  • Welcome to our visitors: George Lewis and his lovely wife return to the club! We are glad he has found a Rotary Club near him in FL (and yes, he still collects a sausage or two for the Dogs)
  • Bob Johnson paid a visit and. We were happy to see our former member!
  • Welcome to Laura, (Karen's Neighbor), who is a possible new member.!
  • Donny Sep 6
  • Tony    Sep 18
  •  Rotary!
  • Frank 61 years Sep 5
  • Gloria 32 years Sep 25
  • Katrina 16 Sep 12
  • George B 2 years Sep 12
  • Wedding!
  • Tony and Julia  52 yrs Sep 25
  • Stephan and Nancy 30 yrs Sep 18
  • Marty and Sally 29 yrs Sep 21
On Saturday Sept 9 at our Lobster Pot event, Presedent Lisa on behalf of Hatboro Rotary was proud to present checks to the following organizations:
                 Hatboro Troop#3
                 Willow Grove YMCA
                  Hat Packs
                   Lehman Food Pantry
There are som many photos of Lobster Pot I have only posted a few on this page (link is to the right).
HOWEVER there are many on facebook both on our page and the pages of many other. Please click on our facebook page link just below our banner!
Thank you to everyone who attended....we hope you had an enjoyable evening despite the rain but then again the rain makes for great stories going forward!!smiley
SPEAKER: Tim Conniff, Comedian, MC, Key Note Speaker
We were fortunate today to have Tim Conniff, standup comedian motivational speaker entertain us this morning. Tim offers keynote talks that combine stand-up comedy along with a motivational message on the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and doing challenging things. Originally from Scranton PA, Tim took a chance and left his comfort zone to begin doing standup comedy. It didn't matter that he had to drive 3 hours to join a line of "wannabe performers" on open MIC night to get a chance. Although it may not have gone well every time, Tim kept at it. As he proceeded on his journey, he also became a motivational speaker. His biggest message "Get out of your comfort zone". So many ways to do that! Always wanted to try rock climbing, throw an ax learn how to cook, try a new restaurant.......well Go for it!!! Tim performs in the area and you can find his schedule on his website http://timconniff.com
Thanks Tim...after our busy Saturday, it was great to just sit, relax and laugh!! You can reach Tim at timothyconnitt@gmail.com
Welcome ton Hatboro Rotary DG Diane . The DG is pictured here with President Lisa and Lobster Man!!
We are happy to report that Lobster Pot was a success despite the couple of rain showers! Bravo to the brave soles who brought their tents and had a party while enjoying Lobster and Steaks.
We do hope to see you again next year!!
A Huge thank you also to all the businesses and people that sponsored our event. (I'll post a list soon)
So excited for Judy who will soon be a grandmother and she is so excited for this new role!! We will miss her. She has been such a great server and we all love her. We know you will return to see us in-between your trips to see your grandbaby. Happy new adventures!!
Welcome Nichole! Nichole serves as Secretary for the newly formed Friends of Cressbrook a 501c.3 whose Mission is to preserve and maintain the Cressbrook properties and to appropriately restore them. The ultimate goal is to use the properties as educational resources and event space to increase understanding of their role in Hatboro's history and role in colonial era history.
As with all things, this committee will be raising funds to maintain and improve the property. In Mar they received a $60,000 grant from the state thanks to Rep Nancy Guenst and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to help with material purchases and construction costs relating to the Cressbrook Property Improvement Project. 
The home was originally The Isaac Walton House which began in 1724 as a stone cabin. Circa 1791 the historic colonial farmhouse was added on the additional 2.98 acres.
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Hatboro is rich in History!!
Operation Homefront was founded in 2002.It is a national nonprofit that serves Military Families across the US. They aim to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive not struggle to get by.
Some Services offered:
  • Critical financial Assistance
  • Transitional Housing...Villages (rent and utility free housing)
  • Transitional Homes for Veterans
  • Permanent homes for Veterans
  • Back to School Brigade: backpacks full of school supplies for Military children
  • Holiday Meals for Military: Providing a holiday meal to individual military families.
  • You can make a donation online by clicking the link below. There is a section where you can donate to urgent needs! If you are in need of assistance, there is a link where you can sign up for help
For more information , click the linkhttps://operationhomefront.org/
Hatboro rotary presented a check for $500 to Operation Homefront
Hatboro Rotary President, Lisa Grace presents Donna with a $500 check for Operation Homefront
SPEAKER: Rotarian Katrina S.
Hatboro Rotary member, Katrina Sullivan, realtor for Compass, shared an important fraud alert program that all Montgomery County residents should sign up for.  She also shared a video for members to watch with instructions on how to sign up.   This program is Montgomery County's Fraud Alert System, Fraud Sleuth, which allows residents to sign up and be informed of any activity against their property by alerting the property owner shortly after a document matching the criteria completed in their user profile is recorded.  This tool is being offered to allow Montgomery County property owners to be involved in combating fraud. Together, constituents and the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds office are taking a proactive step in fighting fraud. 
Fellow Rotarian, Jillian Barton, estate attorney and founder of Barton Law, highlighted this program as part of her recent blog interview with Hatboro's Anne Anastasi, founder of Genesis Abstract.  Anne shared that this program is in response to an ongoing and increasingly concerning scam occurring in estates after the death of a loved one.  Criminals record forged deeds from the estate of the decedent transferring the property to their own entity and then they either quickly flip the property to a third party, or they borrow money using the property as collateral and walk away with the equity (and of course, they disappear). All of this can happen in a matter of weeks before the family has had time to grieve.  Residents and estate executors are being encouraged to sign up for alerts to monitor this criminal activity. 
As a realtor, Katrina was particularly concerned to learn of this growing and concerning scam, but this scam should be of concern to all of us.  For instructions on how to sign up for Fraud Sleuth, Montgomery County’s free fraud alert system, click here: https://www.montgomerycountypa.gov/2909/Fraud-Protection and watch the video for easy-to-follow instructions. 
Speaking to us today is Ella Warden recipient of Hatboro Rotary 2023 academic scholarship. Ella will be attending Yale University beginning in Aug majoring in computer sciences.  Ella served as Interact President during her junior and senior years at H-H (following in her sister's footsteps). Ella has participated in Rotary events especially Lobster Pot. During her tenure as President of Interact, she started a program of making cards for young cancer patients who were hospitalized. The children loved the cards and put them on their walls in their hospital rooms.  Ella is an avid rower and rows at Whitemarsh Boat Club. She was accepted to go train at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Facility in California. Not only will she compete for Yale University, but she has also been competing with Team USA on the U19 US Team. After intense training in Chula Vista, the team travelled to Florida to participate in the  CanAmMex regatta (United States, Canada, and Mexico). The two races she participated in both received Gold Medals.  Presenting Ella her first check for $6000 is Scholarship chairman Jonathan R. Ella has a bright future ahead of her and we look forward to hearing of her accomplishments. (Permission to use Ella's photo on this page was granted by her Mother)
Ella And Scholarship Chairman Jonathan R
Ella in Chula Vista
SPEAKERS: Eileen and Lorena from the Literacy Council of Norristown,
Founded in 1984, The mission of the Literacy Council of Norristown is to improve lives and strengthen families in Greater Norristown and Montgomery County by providing adult literacy and English language programs. Prior to the pandemic, there were other organization engaged in literacy program. Post pandemic, that number dropped, and the council gained about 500 people. What do they teach? Basic reading, language, math writing, GED and other programs. Each student has a mentor/teacher who works directly with that student.  There is required training to become a tutor after which the tutor will be matched up with a student. Currently there are over 100 volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, fill out an application on their websitehttps://www.lcnlit.org/ Please visit their website as well as their Facebook page to learn more and read about student successes. There are some very inspiring stories.
  • 2-hour Tutor Orientation Class
  • (4) 3-hour Tutor Training Workshops (total training = 13.5 hours)
In 2022, LCN launched its Family Literacy initiative. Since then they have shared over 15,000 books in Norristown! Thinking of getting your GED,,the literacy tutors can help you achieve your goal! Please visit their website to learn more. Tutoring is Free!!! (as an aside, one of our Rotarians just completed her training and is waiting to be assigned a student. Congrats Barb R).
  • Sunday 7/16 Service Project 8 AM at Pennypack. Bring your gloves and help plant the gardens.
  • July 29 We will have a tent at Moonlight Memories Car Show. Please volunteer for an hour or so to advertise Rotary and our Sept Lobster Pot.
Rotary Magazine June 2023

Rotary Moment 7/12/23

Just like Hatboro Rotary welcomed our new president, Lisa Grace, Rotary International welcomed new president Gordon McInally. Gordon is a retired dentist from South Queensferry, Scotland. His theme for the 23-24 Rotary year is “Create Hope in the World”. Gordon explained that the goal is to restore hope to help the world heal from destructive conflicts and to help achieve lasting change.

He has 3 presidential initiatives:

  • Prioritizing mental health. Gordon feels passionately about this initiative, especially after losing his brother to suicide in 2014. To prioritize mental health, Rotary Clubs can thinking about ways to 1. Erase any stigma associated with discussion of emotional well-being, 2. Raise awareness of mental health needs, and 3. Improve access to mental health services.

  • Building peace through virtual exchanges. Gordon believes that Rotary has a long history of promoting peace through connections. Covid-19 has given us many ways to build connections through innovative technology and we can use virtual platforms for peace building throughout the international Rotary community. Gordon sees virtual platforms within our Rotary Youth Exchanges and Rotary Friendship Exchanges as a great way to improve intercultural dialogue, awareness and understanding.

  • Empowering girls. Gordon will continue the initiatives started by past presidents, Shekhar Mehta (2021-2022) and Jennifer Jones (2022-2023) that focused on elevating the voices and unlocking the power of girls and women around the world. He encourages Rotary Clubs to keep finding ways to improve the health, well-being, education, economic security and agency of girls.

July 1 began a new Rotary Year! This morning we were proud to welcome this year's president, Lisa!
We know you will have a fabulous year!
Rotary! Growing young leaders since 1950 when only boys attended. In 1961 when Districts split, the newly formed District 7430 continued the Camp and renamed it Camp Neidig in honor of it's founder Joseph Neidig (District Governor of District 2654). In 1990, females were invited to camp for the first time, as Camp Neidig became a co-educational leadership experience. 
Hatboro was fortunate to send 2 HHHS Juniors to Camp Neidig and this morning we heard about that experience. Hope and Milka were both juniors at Hatboro who attended this year's camp and to listen to them speak, you know they had a great time and learned a lot about Leadership. Originally hoping and "vowing" to stay together during the three days, their hopes did not become a reality! When they arrived at camp, they were put in separate groups (Tribes). There were many activities during the 3 days such as guest speakers, problem solving and workshops. As one attendee put it "it forces you to get out of your comfort zone". They did have competitions between "tribes". but friendships were formed with other attendees regardless of what Tribe you were in. "You realize that People you didn't know bring out the best in you". Throughout the weekend, campers participated in a series of problem-solving stations that both mentally and physically challenge them to work as a team. ​​Each problem-solving activity is designed to test and refine specific leadership skills. One of our students was in a problem-solving group that planned the closing ceremonies. ( which is presented to parents and guests at the end of camp). One of our students commented that she learned a lot about talking with people of all races, abilities and disabilities. Both students feel they have gained leadership tools they will build on as they enter their senior year. Going forward, they both plan on spreading the word and encouraging next year's juniors to apply. Want to know more about Camp Neidig? https://www.campneidig.com/
OR contact Hatboro Rotary! http://hatbororotary.org
The girls with their Moms! Hope is middle left and Milka middle right (permission given by parents to post picture)
SPEAKER: Jim Moran

The Millbrook Society was founded in 1984 at the request of the late Mrs. Charles Harper Smith of Horsham Township, PA.  The vision of Mrs. Smith and the Society's founders was to honor the legacy of Charles Harper Smith who was a renowned local historian, educator, and author.    The original intent of the Society was to receive and hold in trust the land and buildings that make up the Kenderdine Mill tract called "Millbrook." They also were tasked with continuing the late Charles Harper Smith's work in the areas of preservation and education of local, state, and national history. Unfortunately, the only thing they obtained was the name "Millbrook". Although they did not obtain any land, the mission of the society has not changed. They continue to work for the preservation, protection and education of history. Currently they are planning to scan many very old documents to preserve the information for the future. All members of the Society are volunteers. What is their mission?

PRESERVATION…collecting and maintaining artifacts, documents, manuscripts, and maps.PROTECTION… archaeology, and recording and researching historical data on buildings and other assets.EDUCATION… presentations, programs, publications, reenactments, and related activities.

You may see members of Millbrook at Moland House on an Archeological Dig, participating in reenactments, history fairs. researching old homes and buildings in Hatboro, giving classes on the history of areas in Hatboro to school children and adults as well. Growing out of their current spaces, they will be moving to space in the Pennypack Community building in the near future. Many of their archives will remain in their spaces at the Baptist Church. Millbrook does interact with MANY other organizations (a listing is on their website.) As with many organizations, they are looking for new members as well as active volunteers to assist in their many projects. 

Would you like to know more? Click the link to the website to see a list of events, publications, news of the society, other organizations and membership information. http://millbrooksociety.org/mbs/links.ashx


A Rotary Club President spends one year leading the club. Marty is our 2022-2023 president. Today marks our changeover from Marty to Lisa who, officially begins her year on July 1. Today we celebrate the accomplishments of Marty's year. Our goal is always to help our community. We are a club of action, working together giving back and at the same time enjoying each other.
  • updated club procedural manual
  • brought back Rotary Moments thanks to Barb R. volunteering.
  • Tony, Foundation Chair recognized members who received Paul Harris Fellow awards (Tom B. Barb S, Karen and others)
  • Under Barb R and Darlene's leadership, Selected and sent local HHH Students to STEM YEA program and Leadership training at Camp Neidig.
  • Scholarship Committee under Jonathan's leadership selected two HHHS to receive scholarships.
  • Under Lisa's guidance, our first Bingo in the Borough Night raised  over $11,000 which will be used in the community.
  • As a group we also had time to relax for some group fellowship. One night a week we gather for happy hour, visiting local businesses or for a community service project such as holiday wrapping; making bags to donate to H.A.T packs. or helping H.A.T Packs make up 300plus bags of food which than are given to children.
  • Presence in the community: participating in Moonlight Memories to promote the club and Lobster Pot; Rotary Interview with George and Marty on WRDV Radio; Successful Lobster Pot event headed by Bob J. which yielded $10,576 which will be used in the community; Jillian's Husband obtained $1000 from Coloran when they were asking for ways to help families after an earthquake. John shared about our Shelterbox fundraising and the company gave him the funds to help purchase another shelterbox.
  • Alex was successful in writing and obtaining a Rotary District 7430 grant of $14693 to purchase a "We-Go Swing for Hatboro Memorial Park Playground that will allow Children in wheelchairs to enjoy the playground.
  • We also have members who regularly volunteer in the community helping food pantries (Sue, Art, Barb) and regularly help H.A.T. Packs pack food for children (Kathy, Karen, Mike)
There are so many more accomplishments of all our Club Members who step up for every challenge and continue to support the efforts of the club to keep a presence in this wonderful community.
I apologize if I have missed recognizing a project or club members. Thank you Marty for a fabulous year!

Rotary Moment 6/7/23

The Rotary International Convention was held in Melbourne, Australia in May. The convention was organized around this year’s theme “Imagine Rotary” and attendees participated in sessions that focused on promoting peace, protecting the environment, and eradicating polio. Next year’s convention will be held in Singapore and will revolve around the 23-24 theme “Sharing Hope With the World”.

At the convention, Rotary International President, Jennifer Jones, announced the recipient of the third annual Programs of Scale award. This year’s recipient is United to End Cervical Cancer in Egypt, an initiative to reduce the number of cases while raising awareness and improving women’s access to preventive care. The four-year program in and around Cairo will vaccinate more than 30,000 girls ages 9-15, provide cancer screenings for 10,000 women, and launch a public awareness campaign to reach 4 million people.

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Gaby Morena performed at the convention. She also traveled to Guatemala with Rotary International President Jennifer Jones as part of Jones’ Imagine Impact Tour. Their trip to Guatemala included visits to the schools supported by The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP). The GLP is one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary. The focus is to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala. To date the program has served more than 278,000 students.

The Speaker today was Ms Tanya R. Hill -Holiday. Tanya is owner of Hatboro's Mcdonalds but that isn't all...she owns 12 Mcdonalds all together. This is one incredible woman and a fantastic speaker. With her permission, I am posting her Bio. This vibrant woman is the first African American Female to own not one but 12 McDonalds Restaurants. PLEASE click the link below to read her Bio!! You will be impressed. Thank you Tanya and we do hope you will visit with us again.
  • Congratulations to Jonathan and Beth who are celebrating 31 years of marriage.
  • Our club is sponsoring 2 students to Camp Neidig. Stay tuned for their presentation to the club after they return.
  • Once again Thank you Lisa for all you did for Bingo in the Borough! We can now start planning for next year!!
  • Congratulations to Karen who received her 2nd PHF. A reminder to club members if you sign up for automatic payments, you can achieve a PHF faster, Thank you for supporting Rotary Foundation! 
  • Don't forget June 21 meeting is change over time. We salute and thank Marty for his leadership this Rotary year and we congratulate and welcome Lisa as our new club president!
  • June 28 is our night out and we are going to play a little corn hole! We hope and pray for no rain!
Welcome to Dino! Dino is a veteran journalist who served as top editor of three daily newspapers and three weeklies over the course of a decade. Dino has spent30 years working in journalism, including over 15 years in numerous editing capacities and more than a dozen as a reporter. A multiple award winner who also launched a Sunday paper, switched another from afternoon to mornings, led 2 newspapers through redesigns and had one Win runner up for Newspaper of the year in company category. Dino is also experienced as a sports blogger writing column about Phila. sports for two online news services and as a concert reviewer for numerous newspapers. He has also worked as editor of two news websites for patch.com and producer of community magazines and business websites. (Thanks to Diane for this writeup)
Dino covers 5 Patch sites and over the course of his career has interviewed many people such as Joe Biden, Charles Barkley, just to name a few.
  • Birthday Wishes to Art (June 12)
  • Rotary Anniversary Wishes to Linda June 7 26 years
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.!
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