Mary Cook...Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Posted on Oct 06, 2021
SPEAKER: Mary Cook, Member of Collegeville Rotary

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a top priority for Rotary International, one that underscores the core values that are a foundation for how members interact with each other and their communities. Over the last two years, the RI Board of Directors have taken steps to cement Rotary's commitment to being an organization that sets the standard for valuing and living the principals of DEI. In 2019 the Board adopted Rotary's DEI statement that affirms its commitment to DEI and recognizes that welcoming people with differing perspectives and ideas enhances Rotary's ability to create lasting change in communities worldwide. It's crucial that everyone who engages with Rotary -- no matter who they are in the world, or how long they have been connected with Rotary – to feel valued, respected, and welcomed. Rotary's capacity for doing good is amplified when we not only welcome, but actively invite, a variety of experiences, cultures, and perspective. (taken from RI website). What does that mean?

  • cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change. 
  • value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs. 
  • Recognize that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive. 
  •  all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong. 
  • In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.

DIVERSITY: We welcome people of all backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and identities. What is the makeup of your club? Diversity is dynamic and recognizes the differences in people.

EQUITY: Rotary strives for the fair treatment, opportunity, and advancement of all Rotary participants. Equality versus Equity...Ask this question Have we given each member the tools to succeed? Such as: are our meeting places wheelchair accessible; Do we use a microphone for meetings so that all members especially the hearing impaired can hear the programs? Do we consider members suggestions and ideas moving forward?

INCLUSION: Rotary is working to create experiences where all people feel welcomed. Do you greet and get to know prospective new members? 

Challenge yourself to discover members and especially new members experiences , skills and strengths!

Thank you Mary for joining us and educating us on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 

Mary Cook...Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 2021-10-06 04:00:00Z 0

Katie Farrell..7430 Foundation Chair

Posted on Sep 29, 2021
Speaker: Katie Farrell (Warminster Rotary) District 7430 Foundation Chair
What is Rotary Foundation?  
At the 1917 convention, outgoing Rotary president Arch Klumph proposed setting up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That one idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe. The foundation helps Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
The foundation is a public charity and has been rated 4 stars (highest rating) from Charity Navigator for 13 years. Ratings are based on how donations are used, sustains its programs and services and practices good governance and openness.
Rotary has three types of funds: Annual, Polio Plus and Endowment (grows our funds!). A percentage of donations from all clubs in a District for a given year are returned to that District in 3 years. These funds are used for Grants for projects within the district and also for global grants . Grants are awarded to clubs but the project must fit into one of these categories: promoting peace; growing local economies; fighting disease; saving Mothers and children; supporting education; providing clean water and sanitation; protecting the environment; and sustainability.
One of foundations biggest projects is the eradication of polio world wide. Rotary began this project and was soon partnered with the Gates Foundation which continues to match Rotary donations to polio plus by donating $2 for every $1 donated by rotary. Over the course of time, many other organizations have joined the fight to end Polio world wide. We are currently 99.9 % polio free. Only a couple of new cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We will continue to fight for a polio free world. Then What? Rotary has begun to look at other projects...perhaps we will see a project o vaccinate people world wide from COVID. Stay tuned.
No matter how big or small a donation you make to the Foundation, you can be assured it will go to a good use.... for example : for as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio; $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness; $500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children. Build up your giving to $1000 and become a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF). For each $1000 given to the annual fund, you will receive another PHF.
To read more about Foundation, and to see the many projects Rotary is involved in please click on the link and go to the Rotary International website! https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
If you are new to Rotary or wish to have more information about this Charitable Organization then please click the link above and explore the Rotary International website.

 

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Carol Ferguson..Polio Plus Coordinator

Posted on Sep 22, 2021
Speaker: Carol Ferguson , Rotarian, Polio Plus Coordinator and Polio Survivor.
Pleased to have Carol Join us today to discuss many aspects of Polio, Polio Plus, Post Polio Syndrome and where we are today in eradicating Polio Globally .

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years, and we’ve made incredible progress in the fight to rid the world of it forever. Rotary, as a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've helped to reduced polio cases by more than 99.9 percent. It’s crucial to eradicate polio from the last two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) where it remains endemic and to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. Vaccines work! Look how far we have come since starting global vaccination programs.

Those who had polio may suffer from Post Polio Syndrome. Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects polio survivors many years (15-40)  after recovery from an initial attack of the poliomyelitis virus. PPS is characterized by a further weakening of muscles that were previously affected by the polio infection. PPS is not contagious. The most common symptoms include:

  • slowly progressive muscle weakness
  • fatigue (both general and muscular)
  • decrease in muscle size (muscular atrophy)
  • loss of muscle function
  • pain from joint deterioration and increasing skeletal deformities such as curvature of the spine (scoliosis)

Some individuals experience only minor symptoms, while others develop more visible muscle weakness and atrophy.  PPS is rarely life-threatening but the symptoms can interfere significantly with the individual's capacity to function independently.  

We must continue the momentum to stop this disease. Rotary does an annual fundraiser call "the Purple Pinkie" run. This year the run will be held Oct

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New Member Induction and Classification Speech - George Bollendorf

Posted on Sep 15, 2021
George Bollendorf had been sponsored by Bob John as a potential new member and the club had voted him in. At todays meeting he was inducted into the club a s a new member and he gave his classification speech. 
 
George Bollendorf is a career law enforcement officer with over 25 years of service. Throughout his tenure he has been awarded numerous commendations for Bravery, Heroism and Merit. George has been involved in a variety of leadership positions including: Leaders of fatal crash investigation unit, leader of commercial vehicle unit, Lieutenant and watch commander of a platoon of 50 officers. He has also been a project manager on several key events and projects such as: Operations manger for Papal visit to Philadelphia region, Operations manager for Democratic National Convention Philadelphia PA, and Leader of task force to improve transit security. George is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Command and Leadership Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program for Leadership. A father of three, George has enjoyed being a past coach and board member of the Hatboro Little League. George is currently the Hatboro Borough Council President. As a member of Council, George ensures that all of our first responders are outfitted with all the equipment and training that is available. He has been locating the numerous grants and free training available to achieve this goal, and he would also look into seeking state and federal funds for having an emergency drill with our surrounding communities. George believes that working together will only enhance our level of preparedness.
George moved to Hatboro 18 years ago. He has always been involved in service and actually received a scholarship from Rotary in 1988. George is a huge Disney fan an his family visits about three times a year! George loves sports and likes to read.
George also gave the club some updates on some business happenings in Hatboro.
New Member Induction and Classification Speech - George Bollendorf Gary Chamberlain 2021-09-15 04:00:00Z 0

Jin Shin Jyutsu:  Getting to Know Thyself - Karen Kearns

Posted on Sep 01, 2021
Karen explained to the club that she was a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. She explained Jin Shin Jyutsu self help will give you the awareness and the know how you need so that you can benefit from it for the rest of your life!
Karen described this self help as a form of 'Acupressure with the fingers', but it involves no manipulation, pressure or massage, so it is safe for everybody from 0 to 100+ years of age! 
This level of self help  forms part of the Ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, which harmonizes and balances the life energy in the body by using the fingers and hands (over clothing) to alleviate symptoms of discomfort and disharmony.
This 'energy medicine' is a gentle, yet effective and powerful tool for health and well-being which is simple to learn, and its’ beneficial effects are usually felt immediately.
This powerful aid is ready and available to every single one of us - just by knowing where to put your hands on your body you can manage your everyday stresses and pains, restore and maintain your energy levels, boost your immune system and much more!
The key to self help is the fingers. Holding each one can help regenerate all of our 144,000 energy functions. Karen explained that the body has 26 energy safety locks and that holding certain parts of the body releases them, similar to locks in a canal allowing water to flow.
Karen had club members practice:
"Take a few deep exhales to calm yourself.  Relax your neck and shoulders, perhaps drop your head.  Eyes may be open or closed.  Do what feels right for you.
Of course, you would hold the finger for the emotion you’re feeling stuck in…but this morning…we are just going to run through straight through them together…so let’s go!
I can talk while you’re holding.
Take one hand and hold the THUMB of the other hand. 
It doesn’t matter which hand.
Hold the thumb if you are experiencing worry or depression.
Are you having difficulty going to or staying asleep? Try holding farther into the base of the thumb.
While holding, you may feel light pulsation in the fingers.
You may have gurgling sensations in the abdomen as the digestive system relaxes.  Pain levels may lessen.
You may feel drowsy.  You may suddenly feel alert.
Wait and notice.   (STOMACH)
Now, hold the INDEX finger.
 Are you experiencing fear, anxiety, or are you overwhelmed? Do you dread speaking in front o a group or taking a test? This finger will help balance, freedom from fear is restored.
(BLADDER, KIDNEY)
Are you irritable or angry?  Move to the MIDDLE finger.
Do you feel the need to control all situations?  Maybe your life feels out of your control.  Do you feel emotionally frozen?  In balance, one is more accepting of the present situation and compassionate towards others, including yourself.
(GALL BLADDER, LIVER)
Do you have deep long-lasting sadness or grief?  Hold your RING finger.  Do you cry easily when it doesn’t feel appropriate?  Are you longing for the way life used to be?  In balance, one can release the deep sense of loss and become receptive to the “new” as joy returns.  (LUNGS, RESPIRATORY)
(Good to hold on walks and running.)
And finally, do you say “yes” to everything to please others? Grab your LITTLE finger. Are you overdoing it?  Would you call yourself a perfectionist?  In balance, judgement and self-criticism become intuition, inspiration and a more loving acceptance of yourself and others. (HEART)
I also hold one of my little fingers when I feel overwhelmed or have heart palpitations.
I know that holding fingers might seem like a novel approach to improving your health but wouldn't you feel empowered if you could restore your energy levels, boost your immune system and relieve common stress-related conditions like headaches, migraines, backache, anxiety, aches and pains and much more, just by knowing where to put your hands on your body?
If you use this easy step-by-step self help method on a daily basis, you'll have more energy and you'll also feel AND look better! Remember that you have this available to you right now, ready and waiting to be used, so start right now. You have everything to gain.
Use your hands to help yourself today!                        Be the smile.  :)"
Jin Shin Jyutsu: Getting to Know Thyself - Karen Kearns Gary Chamberlain 2021-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

District 7430 Governor 2021-2022 - Robert (Bob) J. Hobaugh 

Posted on Aug 25, 2021
Assistant Rotary District 7430 Governor Michael (Mike) Mueller introduced Bob:
 
Bob learned about Rotary through his friends who were exchange students sponsored by the Emmaus Rotary Club. He graduated from Emmaus High School, Penn State University, University of Virginia and Dickinson School of Law. He met Florita after law school. They have a daughter, Karen, and a son, Stephen, both Penn State graduates. Bob is an attorney practicing in southeastern Pennsylvania. He practiced with large law firms for 34 years and now enjoys a solo practice. Bob regularly publishes legal articles with the Business Law Sections of the American Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association and with many other business organizations. Bob serves as Director and Board Chair of Ontelaunee Region Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA). He served as a Director and President of the Burn Prevention Foundation, Director of Kutztown Rotary Charitable Foundation, Inc., Diakon and its predecessor organizations and was a Founding Director at Northeast Berks Chamber of Commerce. Bob is a Senior Master Judge and Team Captain for the AACA and a member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, showing antique BMWs at national meets. Bob has been a active member of the Kutztown Rotary Club since 1986. He served District 7430 as Parliamentarian, Assistant Governor, Annual Fund Chair, member of the International Service and DEI Committees and as counselor in the Student Exchange Program. He teaches for the Rotary Leadership Institute. He is also a member of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Rotary Action Group and the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians. Bob thanks his wife, Florita, for serving with him in Rotary.
 
Bob started his talk around this years Rotary theme Serve to Change Lives. He explained that service should be intentional. 
He quoted Rotary Internationals Mission Statement - We provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. He then explained that the We in the statement is not just Rotarians but also the people we do business with who have a shared vision, such as the in Rotary Internationals case the United Nations https://www.rotary.org/en/history-rotary-and-united-nations
Bob talked about service, and said that when we serve others we not only change their lives but also our own. Bob told a story explaining this. it was about our current Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta. As a new Rotary member in his mid twenties Shekhar was part of a group of Rotarians in India who organized an artificial limb camp, where they would fit limbs for people who did not have legs and give them hand-crank tricycles. Everybody was given a job. Shekhar was given the responsibility to determine whether the recipient had enough hand or arm strength to pedal one. So he would have the person grab my hands and he would pull. Shekhar saw the first person coming, but he wasn’t walking, he was crawling. And as he stretched out his hand, and Shekhar stretched to pull his, he shuddered. he didn’t want to touch his hands; they were very soiled. The fourth person was a leper, but he had no option: he had to hold every hand. But by the seventh or eighth hand, he had forgotten about his reservations and he was thinking about their plight. Shekhar said that’s when he became a Rotarian: he started feeling how others felt. Bob asked the group if any of us had been personally transformed by service. Gloria Inlander told of how she had accompanied Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) to Guatemala and Haiti and how that had made a lasting impression on her. Bob told another story about how he was working at a church in Kutztown providing meals for low income community members, but not all could make it to the church to get the meals. Bob and others had to deliver some meals, but when Bob realized he had to deliver to a house just a few doors down from the church, he felt annoyed that they could not be bothered to come and get the meal. However, when the person answered the door to get the meal Bob saw that it was a lady with severe MS not someone taking advantage. Bob explained that service should be planned. he explained how one of his hobbies is yachting. In yachting you have to chart your course and the set sail. when Bob goes yachting he is given the job of plotting the course. Bob asked the group why this is important work. Tony explained that it is the only way the boat will get to its destination. Bob agreed and said that a goal without a plan is just a wish!
Bob also explained that it was not enough to do good you have to let others know. This can be done through social media and Rotary Internationals Main | Rotary Showcase
Bob told the group this year District 7430 has built their Action Plan from Rotary Internationals Plan. Bob discussed District 7430 priorities and how our club could contribute to these priorities. 
  • Increase Our Impact - Conduct a community needs assessment for Service Projects and then tell the story (Facebook, website, Rotary Showcase). Plan a Rotary Days of Service around our new area of service - The Environment, invite non Rotarians to it.
  • Expand Our Reach - Grow membership possibly from participants at service projects
  • Enhance Participant Engagement - Bring in youth and offer new programs. Give members what they want or they will leave
  • Increase Our Ability to Adapt - Virtual meeting options, new fundraisers, etc.
District 7430 Governor 2021-2022 - Robert (Bob) J. Hobaugh Gary Chamberlain 2021-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

Autism Awareness - Ben Hartranft

Posted on Aug 18, 2021
Ben Hartranft is a self-advocate, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. Ben has achieved many dreams, from getting a job and a driver’s license to becoming an Eagles Autism Challenge Ambassador to promoting autism awareness on The Ellen Show!
Ben explaned that he works at Dorney Park as a greeter and at Giant as well, and he takes the bus to his job.
He is a football fan and loves the eagles, he is a game day ticket taker at eagles games. Ben got to carry the Lombardi Trophy when the Eagles won the super bowl!!!!
Ben is CEO, President, Chairman at Benergy1 Presentations for more info https://benergy1.com
He spoke about how important it is to have an advocate in the school system so kids with Autism don't get lost. 
Ben's dream is to one day meet the President of the United States to advocate for Autism awareness. 
Autism Awareness - Ben Hartranft Gary Chamberlain 2021-08-18 04:00:00Z 0
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Hatboro Scout Troop 3 - Apollo Marks

Posted on Aug 11, 2021
Apollo Marks - Troop 3 
  • Apollo is 15 years old, and current Senior Patrol Leader of Hatboro Troop 3, which is part of Boy Scouts of America.  He presented to us dressed in uniform. 
  • BSA is made up of 5 core programs - Cub Scots, Scouts, Venturing, Sea Scouts and Exploring.  
  • Troop 3 is part of Scouting and Venturing. 
  • Being a part of the organization helps to prepare youth for adulthood, community service, leadership, and survivial. 
  • Goal is to make way through ranks to the highest rank which is Eagle Scout, a rank you then hold for life. Apollo has recently completed requirements to become an Eagle Scout and is awaiting his Eagle Scout Award.  It requires years of monthly camping trips full of adventure, leadership and fellowship, service projects, week-long summer camp to earn merit badges, and attending high adventure trips. He particularly enjoyed a venture trip to Maine where they canoed over a 100 mile stretch. 
  • Troop 3 has a video team, which is unique to their troop. They video local events with professional grade equipment. Apollo is the video team's crew chief. 
  • Apollo has learned how to tie a knot, light a fire, pitch a tent, cook, canoe, become an effective communicator, be part of a team, develop good morals, be a better person and live by the Scout Law. 
  • Apollo has been mentored over the years by Rotarian Bob John, a former long-time Scoutmaster. 
Hatboro Scout Troop 3 - Apollo Marks Gary Chamberlain 2021-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Farewell to Hatboro Rotarian George Lewis

Posted on Aug 11, 2021
Farewell to George Lewis
  • Today was his last meeting before he and his wife move to Florida
  • Long-time member of Rotary and founded Lewis Paints
  • 1977 -opened Lewis Paints in Hatboro, which today has 4 locations. Business is now run by his children. 
  • 1985-Hatboro Chamber of Commerce President
  • Involved in Cub Scouts for 12 Years
  • 1988 - Club's first Paul Harris fellow, and continues to donate $1,000/yr in monthly payments, currently Club's highest donor to Paul Harris, which uses a significant portion of donations for service and not overhead
  • 1989-Hatboro Rotary President
  • He's been a loyal, long-time member and has supported club's efforts over the years
  • Later received the Service to Community Award at Hatboro Borough Ball for outstanding service to the community
  • We wish him and his wife the best. 
  • Celebrated with donuts and cupcakes. 
Farewell to Hatboro Rotarian George Lewis Gary Chamberlain 2021-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

Hatboro Rotary supports local charities and organizations

Posted on Aug 05, 2021
During 2020 Hatboro Rotary's fundraising efforts were reduced by the pandemic. The traditional fundraisers were put on hold and some new ones created. These included: Support Hatboro Local Business t-shirt and gift card sale; a seasonal wreath sale; "Penny Wars" change donation jars in local businesses; and a drive in movie night. These fundraisers allowed Hatboro Rotary to support local charities and organizations with donations totaling over $16,000. These charities and organizations included: A local scout troop, YMCA financial assistance program, Hatboro-Horsham High School Interact club, Hatboro Little League, Bux-Mont Meals on Wheels, Hatboro-Horsham Education Foundation, Be a Part of the Conversation, Operation Home Front, Lehman Food Pantry, St. Catherine's Food Pantry, St. John's Lutheran Food Pantry, plus scholarships for two Hatboro Horsham High School students and holiday gifts for local families in need.
Below are some pictures of Hatboro Rotary's 2020 President Katrina Sullivan presenting checks to representatives of some of these charities and organizations: presenting checks to representatives of the local charities and organizations. 
Hatboro Rotary supports local charities and organizations Gary Chamberlain 2021-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
LOBSTER POT IS BACK!!!!! Gary Chamberlain 2021-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

Operation Homefront - Ashley Griffiths

Posted on Aug 04, 2021
Ashley Griffiths an employee of Operation Homefront Homepage - Operation Homefront in our area presented on the program.
For over fifteen years, Operation Homefront has provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems. Operation Homefront has consistently earned high ratings from leading charity rating services, including Charity Navigator, which gave OH 4 Stars for 11 consecutive years for superior service and accountability. At Operation Homefront, 90 percent of expenditures goes directly toward delivering programs and services to the military families who need it most.
Operation Homefront offers many programs to achieve their mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities that they’ve worked so hard to protect. Ashley highlighted a few of these programs:
Critical Financial Assistance
Do you need financial assistance for overdue bills, repairs, or other critical family needs? If you are active duty, deployed, a veteran, or are a wounded, ill or injured service member or veteran with a service connected wound, illness or injury — and meet our criteria — you may be eligible for assistance from Operation Homefront’s Critical Financial Assistance.
Since 2011, we have fulfilled over 49,000 unique requests from military families, providing nearly $30 million in assistance. In 2018, 97% of the families helped by this program agreed or strongly agreed that our support helped them feel strong, stable, and secure.
Back-to-School Brigade®
Back-to-School Brigade® is Operation Homefront’s annual nationwide school supply collection and distribution campaign. Since inception, Operation Homefront has distributed over 400,000 backpacks to military children saving military families nearly $50M in school expenses. Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree Inc. have joined forces for 12 consecutive years to collect and distribute school supplies for military children. 
Holiday Meals for Military
The added expense of the holiday season can be challenging for military families. We at Operation Homefront recognize that many military families are separated during this time due to deployments and others travel long distances to be together. Holiday Meals for Military is Operation Homefront’s way of saying thank you for your service and sacrifices that you have made for our country! To date, through our great partnerships with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., Food Lion, Procter & Gamble, and others, our Holiday Meals for Military program served 500,000 individual family members.
Star-Spangled Babies
Welcoming a new baby to the family is exciting! But it can be tough if finances are tight and your service member is deployed. Operation Homefront’s Star-Spangled Babies baby shower program is in place to make it easier for our service members and their growing families to welcome the newest patriot to their families.
Since 2008, we have provided critical baby supplies to more than 18,000 military new and expecting moms! In most locations, the families who participate have deployed service members, wounded service members, and other junior and mid-grade service members and their families. 
This year, Operation Homefront will reach hundreds of families across the nation who are awaiting their little bundles of joy.
We invite you to support and/or volunteer for this wonderful program which illustrates the respect and appreciation Americans hold in their hearts for the families who serve.
Operation Homefront - Ashley Griffiths Gary Chamberlain 2021-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

July 28 2021

SPEAKER: Suzy Kraczek..Executive Director of the Hatboro Horsham Educational foundation.
This non profit organization was created to encourage excellence and to enhance and enrich educational opportunities offered to the students of the Hatboro Horsham school district. Please visit their website for more information regarding grants, projects and many of their accomplishments. https://www.hhef.org/

 

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July 21 2021

Speaker: Tony Moore:  SCORE is an organization of active and retired business professionals who provide free counselling to business owners both new and established. Are you thinking of starting a business? Are you ready to expand and take your business to the next level? Do you need help maintaining your business or have a problem area you would like advice on? Start by going to their website  http://www.buckscounty.score.org and read about the mentors. In the 60 or so members of this organization, there is a variety of experiences which may be able to help you draw of a plan of action. The website itself has a library full of articles geared toward the business owner. You can sign up for a webinar. There is a lot of free useful information on this website. You can contact SCORE at (215) 943-8850 or Email: buckscounty@scorevolunteer.org
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2021 Scholarship Winners

 
Congratulations
 
The Hatboro Rotary Scholarships winners for 2021 are Lindsay Park (on left) and Megan Farzetta (on Right)  Both were active in service and leadership including the Interact Club.  Linsdsay was awarded the academic scholarship and will be attending the University of Pennsylvania to study Mechanical Engineering.  Megan excelled in her program at the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology and was awarded the Votech Scholarship.  She will be attending Gwynedd Mercy University to study nursing with a goal toward becoming a Certified Nurse Anesthetist.
 
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June 30 2021

The end of another Rotary year! This year has been particularly challenging with COVID dictating how we live. We managed to get use to zoom meetings but are now adjusting back to in-person meetings at the DISH. No more PJ's and slippers! A very special thanks to Katrina and Linda who led us through this very different Rotary year. In the weeks to come I will share news of our scholarship winners and also an update on past winners so stay tuned! Please welcome the new District 7430 District Governor 2021- 2022 District 7430 Governor, Bob Hobaugh. We also welcome Karen and Mike Kearns as they take the helm co-leading our club.
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June 23 2021

MICHELLE McDyre    Prevention Education and Outreach Manager    
 Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County
 
The Mission of Mission Kids is to achieve healing and justice for victims of child abuse by providing collaborative services, advocacy, leaderships and education. Using a multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a child friendly, dedicated setting to achieve healing and justice for child victims promoting their physical and emotional well-being.
CASE COORDINATION: When an allegation of child abuse is made, Case coordinators work closely with detectives, prosecutors, child protection case workers and forensic interviewers to facilitate a multidisciplinary
response
FORENSIC INTERVIEWS: Specially trained forensic interviewers elicit key information from children about their experiences. this spares the victims from the trauma of repeatedly telling their story
FAMILY ADVOCACY: Provide support and information that help families heal from the effects of abuse.
PREVENTION EDUCATION & COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Prevention Education professionals develop and deploy teaching modules that increase community awareness of abuse.
TRAUMA THERAPY: Mission Kids partners with leading Mental Health providers across Montgomery County to promote healing for victims and families. Also there are 2 full time contracted therapists on-site offering immediate services to vulnerable clients.
To gain further information, please visit the Mission Kids website http://www.missionkidscac.org
SOME STATISTICS:
 Age of victims: 0-6 (78); 7-12 (144); 13-18 (198)
Total # of victims served 455
Total # of Significant Others served 497
 
This was an excellent presentation and I urge other organizations to schedule a Mission Kids presentation and visit their website.
 
 
 
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Jun 16 2021

Hooray, we are back at the Dish!
It was nice to sit around a table and chat!
Our program today was Maria Conley, owner of Boutique 28 in Hatboro (right behind Wawa) on Montgomery Avenue.
From her website:

Maria’s philosophy is centered around her favorite quote, “the most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.” Her vision is to motivate women of all ages, shapes, ethnicity and sizes to be their most confident selves.

Self confidence is the best outfit …rock it, wear it, own it!

Family has always been a source of inspiration and guidance for founder and owner, Maria - daughter of tailor, Angelo. Maria’s father immigrated to America from Greece in 1967 with his family. As a girl, Maria’s memories of her dad are the creative force that ignited her drive to launch Boutique 28.

Maria is celebrating her first year anniversary as a business owner in Hatboro. If you haven't been to her shop, stroll on in and say hello!

www.boutique28fashion.com She also has a facebook page.

Welcome to Hatboro Maria!

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CHARTER NIGHT 2021

79TH CHARTER NIGHT
 
 
It has been a rough year for everyone but through it all we continued to meet by zoom. 
The club (yes, really ,all in one place!) came together at Giuseppe's in Warminster to celebrate our 79th year and to pay tribute and honor  a 52 year member of the Club ..JACK GROVES!
Jack joined the club Jun 20 1969 and became president in 1979-80, and a Paul Harris Fellow in 1988. He has served as the club treasurer for many years. He and his wife Ann have had many adventures with this club and have given so much of themselves throughout the years. Jack has decided to retired from Rotary. It will definitely not be the same without him. Jack, you and Ann will be missed!!!
 
 
Its not over yet! Also on this night we recognized the leadership of Katrina and Linda who kept us going this past year as COVID kept us all home bound! Thanks to "K" and "L", we were still able to "see" each other through Zoom meetings.  The pandemic didn't stop club members from serving the community...H.A.T. Packs, Food Pantry, flowers to those shut in alone and more.  THANK YOU !!  
 
And lastly as is our custom the incoming Presidents Karen and Mike Kearns received their presidents pins and will lead us into 2022. 
 
Please Join us at our next Rotary Meeting June 16th at the Hatboro Dish!!!! It's so good to be back together again!!!
CHARTER NIGHT 2021 2021-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

State of Travel at this time - Rosanna Gehringer

Rosana Gehringer from Ventresca Travel in Hatboro informed the club that countries closed down due to the pandemic has really hurt the tourist industry. Mexico has been willing to take chances with tourism and so that is where tourists have been going. Come mid July some cruises will be operating including to Alaska. Travelers have to be flexible as things can change and masks are required at a lot of destinations. Testing before and when you arrive and after is required. Each country is doing their own thing. If you test positive, you have to stay in a COVID hotel. It is a very fluid situation at this moment. With cruises 100% of staff are vaccinated and they want travelers to be vaccinated also as per the CDC guidelines. The governor of Florida does not want travelers to have to be vaccinated and so they are not running cruises out of Florida at this time. Vacations in the United States at National Parks etc. are very popular at this time
State of Travel at this time - Rosanna Gehringer Gary Chamberlain 2021-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
The Mexican Walking Fish - Gary Chamberlain Gary Chamberlain 2021-05-19 04:00:00Z 0

Alpha Bravo Canine - Lori Weinstein

Lori Weinstein part of the Community Out Reach for Alpha Bravo Canine About Us - Alpha Bravo Canine presented to the club.

Alpha Bravo Canine’s mission is to raise, train and donate trained service dogs to U.S military veterans suffering from  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat related disabilities.

Alpha Bravo Canine™ Philadelphia’s first and only 501(c)3 organization that donates service dogs with US veterans suffering from debilitating medical and psychological problems as a result of their active combat duty. It is estimated that twenty percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or depression. Also, an alarming average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day here in the United States, that’s 8,030 in just one year. Alpha Bravo Canine™ was founded to help the local community of veterans. 

Alpha Bravo Canine™ believes in helping these brave warriors, who fought for our country’s freedom, by giving back to them.

 A fully trained service dog from puppy to graduated dog can cost approximately $25,000-30,000 for up to the two year time frame while under the organization’s care. Everything we do is – free of charge – A service dog will make a huge difference in their lives!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • APPLICATION PROCESS?
  • Who is eligible to apply for a service dog?
    Veterans of the US Military who fought in overseas combat and now suffers from a disability related to their wartime service.
  • I’ve heard service dogs are costly.. How much do you charge veterans? Zero dollars and Zero cents. Thank you for your service.
  • After I apply for a dog, what is the next step?
    You will be contacted by our Veteran Coordinator to review your application and then will be referred to our Behavior Specialist who will set up an interview. Once that is completed your full application will be reviewed and if you meet the requirements an appointment will be set up to discuss our program along with wait times, expectations, and follow through.
  • What is the wait time to get a dog? It will vary from month to month depending on a few different things such as how many dogs do we have in the program and how many veterans have been approved to receive one. Puppies start training at 8 weeks old and they graduate when they are between 1 and a half and 2 years old. so typically, the wait time can be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. You will be well informed of everything.
  • GENERAL QUESTIONS?
  • Where are you located and where do you work out of? We are located in Philadelphia, PA. When it comes to training, we understand that public anxiety is a big problem for our veterans. For certain training sessions, we will ask you to come to different training facilities so we can work one on one or in a small group.  We will also go on field trips together under the supervision of the Director of Training.
  • If you don’t charge the veterans, where does the money come from to fund the program? That’s a great question!  We hold an annual “Dining out with the Dogs” at White Dog Cafe. Throughout the year we hold smaller fundraisers and appear at different events. We sell t shirts and other logo items. We may have the help of generous donors and sponsors. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a full or partial sponsor, please let us know! We are frequently on the radio, news, and in the eye of the public so there is definitely a potential for some positive advertisement in the community in partnering with us!
  • Where do you get your dogs? We work with Lynnville Labradors located in southern New Jersey.
  • PUPPY RAISER FAMILY QUESTIONS?
    All families must commit to attending an orientation class prior to the puppy’s arrival. The puppy raiser family and pup must also participate in weekly training classes.
     Please email TReupp@AlphaBravoCanine.org to set up an interview.
  • How long will the  puppy live with their puppy raiser family?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The family will commit to fostering for up to 18 months.
  • Can the puppy raiser family take the puppy along on outings? Yes. The puppy needs to be comfortable in a variety of settings, meeting new people, and encountering different environments. The puppy will wear the Service Dog In Training vest at all times in public settings. Puppy Raising families will expose the dogs to hundreds of different environments and setting to prepare them for a life of working.
  • Can I raise a puppy if I already have a dog in my home? The Director of Training and Puppy Raising Coordinator will evaluate the other dog and home environment to ensure a match.
  • When does the puppy start training school? The puppy will begin socialization, training, and field trips right away.  Field trips are started as soon as potty training is consistent.
  • What’s involved with training my puppy? You will be given all of the education and tools needed to participate in the training of your service dog in training.  We have weekly training classes with the Director of Training.  You will take your dog everywhere with you for all types of socialization which will be discussed during orientation and during weekly classes
Alpha Bravo Canine - Lori Weinstein Gary Chamberlain 2021-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance - Sherry Shoemaker

Sherry Shoemaker a member of the Blue Bell Rotary Club and a Board member of the Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, gave a presentation on the Inter-Faith Alliance
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance provides opportunities for families in our diverse community to achieve self-sufficiency by offering community-based programs designed to bridge homelessness and independence. It is an affiliate of Family Promise

Since 1982, Inter-Faith Housing Alliance Inter-Faith Housing Alliance | Helping Families Overcome Homelessness (i-fha.org) has been serving vulnerable families in Montgomery County who are experiencing homelessness.

Founder Lei Barry’s call to action was born of personal experience. In 1965, she and her two children became homeless. Because Lei and her family struggled for years before being able to access the resources needed to improve their lives, she and other members of the community launched a 24-hour emergency hotline to connect homeless families with community resources.

Within seven years, the program evolved to also provide emergency shelter, food, and crucial services to homeless families. Lei mobilized a coalition of faith-based organizations within the Montgomery County community to establish the Interfaith Hospitality Network. It was the first Pennsylvania affiliate and the fourth in the nation.

In 1995, Inter-Faith Housing Alliance expanded once again to meet community needs by establishing Hope Gardens. This long-term transitional housing program provides an opportunity for families to resolve their homelessness through intensive case management and life skills training while having access to safe, stable housing.

The Food Cupboard in Abington, which has served Montgomery County families in need since 1970, became a program of Inter-Faith Housing Alliance in 2001. The Cupboard, located in Roslyn, last year assisted more than 2,900 individuals experiencing food insecurity.

In 2015, a generous gift from First Presbyterian Church of Ambler made possible the purchase of a home in Ambler Borough, now known as Hope Forest. This new supportive housing program aims to bridge the gap between transitional housing and total independence. Residents work toward paying fair market rent and receive light case management as they move toward self-sufficiency.

The Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is Inter-Faith’s emergency shelter program. The Network provides Montgomery County families with children who are experiencing homelessness with a safe place to stay, along with supportive services, for up to 90 days. Inter-Faith Housing Alliance is a partner with Your Way Home of Montgomery County.

Our shelter delivery model is unique and cost-effective. Twenty-five “host” and “buddy” congregations house and support our families for one month each year at their places of worship. Families are provided with comfortable accommodations in classrooms converted to bedrooms. Volunteers from the congregation, who collectively contribute more than 3,000 hours of their time each year, prepare and share meals, provide overnight assistance, and help with transportation. Many volunteers make special connections to our families, often providing a level of genuine intrinsic support that bolsters our families and brings them further into a community that is invested in their success.

Hope Gardens is Inter-Faith Housing Alliance’s transitional housing program for low-income families with children. This program provides a secure home for families for up to two years while they gain the tools they need to become financially stable and self-sufficient. Hope Gardens is an eight-unit building with one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments to accommodate families of various sizes.

Families living at Hope Gardens receive comprehensive support services to help ensure their long-term success, including intensive case management, life skills education, basic needs support, and aftercare to help ensure their long-term success and their continued stability after graduation from the program.

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance relies on volunteers to meet the needs of families we serve. Last year, more than 1,100 volunteers contributed 15,850 hours of their time. There are lots of ways you can get involved. Volunteers assist with our emergency shelter by providing meals, transportation, and overnight assistance; help in the office; sort donations; and help maintain our facilities.

Drone Golf Ball Drop balls are all sold out for 2021, make sure you get yours in 2022!

On Monday, May 24, when we’ll be back on the greens at beautiful Talamore Country Club for a day of fun, fellowship, and friendly competition to benefit families experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. The event will be held with appropriate social distancing protocols.

In 23 years, the tournament, Inter-Faith’s only annual fundraiser, has raised more than $535,000 to help families in need. Your generosity helped us to provide 11,272 bed-nights of shelter as well as food assistance to 2,900 individuals in 2020!

 
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance - Sherry Shoemaker Gary Chamberlain 2021-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

Social Media Presentation - Jonathan Riches and Alex Myers

The Rotary Board Club of Hatboro's Board had decided that a Social Media Committee be formed to help with club's visibility and hopefully member recruitment. Katrina had explained this to the membership at a previous meeting and Jonathan Riches and Alex Myers volunteered to create a Facebook page for our club facebook.com/hatbororotary  To assist with the Social Media committees efforts. They did this and posted many pictures from club activities over the past couple of years.
Alex and Jonathan then presented to the club on Social Media and the new Facebook site.
Jonathan explained the top social media sites and asked members which sites they where familiar with. He explained that Facebook is a a good one to start with for our club as it is used by Gen X and Baby Boomers both of which are our target audience  
Jonathan also explained that the Social Media Committee should have SMART goals around the usage of social media. SMART goals stand for Specific, Measurable, Assignable/Attainable, Realistic/Relevant and Time-related goals.  He gave examples of these goals for social media usage.
Alex and Jonathan then explained the new HatboroRotary Facebook site. They explained the steps on how to invite friends to like the site and how to share the site. They explained that postings should be made every couple of days and should include pictures. The goal would be to get engagements through like and shares. They showed the club how engagements could be tracked. 
There was further discussion on the site, including linking and sharing to other groups and securing donations through a donation button, and the need to add approx. $400 a year for Facebook ads.
In conclusion Katrina thanked Alex and Jonathan for their work and presentation and asked that members view the posting on our new site and like and share them.
Social Media Presentation - Jonathan Riches and Alex Myers Gary Chamberlain 2021-04-28 04:00:00Z 0

Three Global Grants for Maternal and Childcare Education in Uganda - Ron Smith

Ron Smith from the Blue bell Rotary Club, and past District 7430 President presented to the Club on Three Global Grants on Maternal and Childcare Education in Uganda  
Ron explained the global grant process:

What global grants support

Global grants can fund:

  • Humanitarian projects
  • Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies
  • Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves

How they’re funded

Global grants have a minimum budget of $30,000 and a maximum World Fund award of $400,000. Grant sponsors can use a combination of District Designated Funds (DDF), cash, and/or directed gifts and endowment earnings to fund a global grant. The Foundation will provide a 100 percent World Fund match for all DDF contributions. There is no minimum World Fund match.

Qualification

Both the district or club in the country where the activity is carried out and the international partner district or club must first become qualified before applying for a global grant. Learn more about the qualification process and grant management. Your club and district Rotary Foundation chairs can help you plan how to use your District Designated Funds and learn how to qualify your club.

Submitting a successful grant application

Consult with local experts early in the planning process to build a strong project plan and global grant application. The district resource network (see below) can help.

To be approved, your application must clearly describe how your project, scholarship, or vocational training team:

  • Is sustainable — include plans for long-term success after the global grant funds have been spent
  • Includes measurable goals
  • Aligns with one of Rotary's areas of focus
  • Responds to real community needs — any club or district that applies for a global grant to support a humanitarian project or a vocational training team must conduct a community assessment first and design the project based on what they learn through that assessment.
  • Actively involves Rotarians and community members
  • Meets the eligibility requirements in the grants terms and conditions

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are reviewed as they're received. Learn more about the Global Grant Lifecycle.

Note: Sponsoring clubs and districts must submit their applications by June 30 to the Rotary Foundation for scholars who will begin studies in August, September, or October.

Monitoring & evaluation

Measuring outcomes is an integral part of global grant projects. Proper monitoring and reporting ensure that Rotary grants have a positive impact.

Learn more in the Global Grant Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Supplement.

You will be required to fill out an online global grant report. To prepare, you can download this template.

Ron the explained The Bluebell Rotary Club's Global Grants:
 
Leading Vocational Training Team (VTT) Humanitarian Project
  • Vision
  • Community need
  • Cooperation
  • Responsibility and Stewardship
  • Empowerment and Sustainability
Motivation
  • An idea close to home
  • Son in medical school, and he wanted to be a humanitarian,
  • Uganda - Developing country, with economic needs and health care challenges. In Uganda sixteen women a day die from childbirth. 
Vision
  • Focus on healthcare education
  • Exchange healthcare professionals
  • Support network of professionals
  • Improve community health center infrastructure
  • Develop distance education programs
3 Global Grants for three different phases
  • Create regional training centers
  • Support a network of professionals
  • $80K, $130k, $250k
Our Partners
  • Drexel University, their college of nursing, computing, public health, international programs, and health sciences
Where are we now?
  • After 7 years, 3rd phase effort in progress
  • Completed 5 VTT exchanges
  • Installed computers
  • Improved infrastructure at 4 health centers
  • Conducted HBB and HMS training
  • Major agreement with Drexel and Mbarara Health Center
  • Making a difference!
  • A model for Midwife Healthcare Education in Developing Countries
Your Annual Fund Contributions Make a Difference!
 
Three Global Grants for Maternal and Childcare Education in Uganda - Ron Smith Gary Chamberlain 2021-04-21 04:00:00Z 0

Food Groups - Jillian Foley 

Jillian Foley is a registered dietitian and is the owner of Nutritionista. She started out working in a gym working with folks that wanted to diet or sports nutrition. She now specializes in weight management and related diseases, as well as sports nutrition. Jillian does this through assessing strengths and weaknesses, goals setting, building of healthy habits and accountability.  
Jillian explained that weight management is 20% is exercise and 80% is nutrition. The nutrition part is then 20% food education and 80% psychological  
The psychological part is where Jillian focuses, explaining that what we think is a lack of will power is often the bodies hormonal response to hunger.
Jillian then explained the food groups:
Protein - Preferably lean protein with low saturated fat. Nuts are great but have high calories and saturated fat. Eggs are also a great source of protein but the yolks are high in cholesterol, although gran fed chickens yolks have less.
Starchy carbohydrates - The way we prepare carbs is often the reason they are so high in calories. Healthy whole grain carbs are good for you
Vegetables - They create fulness full of vitamins and minerals. Be aware of dressings, especially oils
Fruit - Part of your carbohydrate intake
Jillian explained that approximately we should aim for three servings of dairy a day, and 50% of our diet to be healthy carbohydrates.
Food Groups - Jillian Foley Gary Chamberlain 2021-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

Bucks County Audubon Society Climate Study - Marissa Jacobs

Marissa Jacobs explained that the Bucks County Audubon Society welcomes community involvement.  This could be through their programs, volunteer opportunities, membership and donations. 

Audubon scientists took advantage of 140 million observations, recorded by birders and scientists, to describe where 604 North American bird species live today—an area known as their “range.” They then used the latest climate models to project how each species’s range will shift as climate change and other human impacts advance across the continent. The results are clear: Up to two-thirds of North American birds are vulnerable to extinction due to climate change and will be forced to relocate to find favorable homes. And they may not survive. Audubon came to this conclusion after conducting an analysis of nine different climate threats on birds, including things such as water levels rising, urbanization, cropland expansion, false springs, etc. This study compared these nine different climate threats at different warming scenarios depending on our actions to control climate change, 1.5°C, 2°C and 3°C.  By stabilizing carbon emissions and holding warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, 76 percent of vulnerable species will be better off, and nearly 150 species would no longer be vulnerable to extinction from climate change. This is explained in Audubon’s 2019 climate change report, ‘Survival By Degrees,’ 

The good news is that there are plenty of opportunities to protect birds from this existential threat, and Audubon members have been leading the way for years. You can advocate for the birds you love, make your yard or house bird friendly. In 2014, after the publication of Audubon's first climate change report, thousands of people asked how they could help make the world a better place for birds, and Climate Watch was born. Since 2016, Climate Watch volunteers have collected data which Audubon scientists are able to use to document in peer reviewed research that birds are responding to climate change and shifting their ranges. You can join us in this fight by observing birds in your area, using our specific protocol, and helping us learn about how birds are responding to the changing climate. Learn more below.

Help build a better world for birds by joining Climate Watch to test and improve climate models.
Sign up.
Bucks County Audubon Society Climate Study - Marissa Jacobs Gary Chamberlain 2021-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Club Assembly

Katrina Sullivan explained that the 5th Wednesday of each month is set aside for a Club Assembly. Katrina then opened the meeting with some reminders on upcoming events and fundraisers:
  • Day of Service at the Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust on May 1st, 1-3pm. Events - Pennypack Ecological Restoration TrustPennypack Ecological Restoration Trust (pennypacktrust.org)  A head count is needed by April 16th.
  • Rotary Foundation Appalachian Trail Challenge (Herb Klotz). Consider making a Foundation donation at https://www.rotarydistrict7430.org/donate.  As an added incentive our District Foundation team created the TRIPLE 110: If you donate $110 or more to the Annual Fund SHARE, and if Herb completes his final 110 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the District will match your donation with 110 Paul Harris points, to get you closer to the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition level.
  • Penny War fundraiser: Hatboro-Horsham Penny War which will run from April 1st-30th.  Please share on social media, in your local Hatboro businesses, and anywhere else that you can think of. It's also a good time to collect the coins around your house that you're "saving for a vacation." Remember, pennies and dollar bills are positive points. Silver coins (dimes, nickels, quarters) are negative points.  In other words, you want to put pennies and dollars in the bins around Hatboro and silver coins in the bins around Horsham.  The list of participating businesses are on the flyer. We then plan to collect the bins on May 1st and announce the winner. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.
  • College Settlement will be having a clean up day on May 22nd that our club could be part of, details will follow. 
Katrina then went over some updates and some items for discussion:
  • Keep thinking of potential speakers and let Marty know of any ideas.
  • The Willow Grove YMCA Playground is now planned to be completed by the end of May. Hatboro and Willow Grove donations are set aside and Horsham's has been made, other donations have to be confirmed.
  • Charter Night is traditionally in May, this year the Board decided to move it to June and to hold it outdoors due to COVID-19. Ideas are needed for a venue, considering that if alcohol is to be served not all outdoor locations will allow this. Katrina offered her home, the anticipated Miller Meadow Gazebo was suggested and Nancy said she would see if alcohol could be served. College Settlement and the Horsham VFW building were also suggested.
  • Attendance has dropped off since the Zoom meeting times alternate between 8am and 12pm. We anticipate meeting in person again at the Dish within the next few months at the normal time of 7:30-8:30am. Some discussion was had on this and some members expressed their preference for noon meetings.
  • Membership is now at 31 members, we have recently lost 3 members. It has been hard to recruit and retain members over the past year, due to just Zoom meetings and a lack of focus on membership. This was discussed at the last Board meeting and the idea of a Social Media Committee was suggested to help raise awareness of what we do and hopefully get others involved. Katrina explained that a chair and members would be needed for this committee. Our current Facebook site was discussed, this is a Group site that is underutilized and not managed by anybody, this would be part of the committees function. Barb manages our Website and does a great job.  Katrina will try and arrange a program on showing members how to invite others to like/join it. Jonathan could also help with this if needed and set up for Pages to join the Group.
  • Fundraisers have helped raise around 18-19k to give out to charities and organizations this Rotary year. The Gift Card fundraiser will be tried again Nov/Dec. The 5k run/walk may be attempted again in the fall as long as it does not conflict with Lobster Pot. Hopefully Lobster Pot will happen this year, we have to wait and see.
  • Katrina asked members how they felt about our club support the District STEM Youth Explorer Academy project that Rolf presented on last week. Most seemed in favor. The Board will decide how to support when allocating funds for this Rotary year and creating the budget for the next. 
Katrina adjourned the meeting and some other business was briefly discussed that included Tom sending the current Bylaws and Charter being sent to Karen and Mike Kearns to review before their presidency and to Gary to add to the website along with minutes from Linda's year. 
Club Assembly Gary Chamberlain 2021-03-31 04:00:00Z 0

District 7430 STEM Youth Exploration Academy - Rolf Schlake

Rolf Schlake presented to our club. Rolf has been a Rotarian for almost 40 years and the past President of Allentown Rotary Club, he is also a member of the steering team for District 7430's planned Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Youth Explorer Academy, starting in the summer of 2022. Rolf is a chemist and owns a manufacturing company in Allentown that produces items such as DNA/RNA kits. Rolf explained the need for this program to be available to middle school students in our district especially to the underserved. 
 
The Rotary STEM Youth Explorer Academy
 
In the US today there is a large disparity between the number of STEM college graduates and position openings. The STEM disciplines are key to Rotary’s success in delivering on its “Seven Areas of Focus” 
  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Community economic development
  • Supporting the Environment
A special committee is working to develop a residential camp (academy) held at college campus where middle school age students (grades 6-8) convene from throughout the District to participate in a multi-day program, akin to Camp Neidig.  The activities and curriculum are built around the STEM disciplines with the intent of inspiring our youth to consider a STEM area as an educational focus. 
 
To create a context for STEM learning, the District is exploring a partnership with the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute to draw on their educational resources regarding astronomy, space exploration and the search for life beyond earth.   We are also exploring a partnership with Albright College to host the academy and assist in curriculum development as well as faculty training.   The program would include guest speakers, workshops, team building exercises, exploratory hikes and more. 
 
You can follow this link https://youtu.be/iSZ8NmFe3Cc to learn more about this project and how a Rotary club can be a co-sponsor in a grant application to fund the development of the program.  Rotary clubs will also be asked to sponsor two students a year to send to this 4 day 3 night program at a cost of $300 per student. The district is also looking for volunteers to assist in program development and delivery. 
District 7430 STEM Youth Exploration Academy - Rolf Schlake Gary Chamberlain 2021-03-24 04:00:00Z 0

Operation Key West - James R. McGonigle

Operation: Key West started with the simple concept of helping our military soldiers. Everyone involved with Operation: Key West are forever grateful and appreciative of all the brave men and women who serve or have served in our nation's military. We will always strive to bring some joy and happiness to as many military families as we can. Most of our efforts are funded by our pharmacy savings card business, we would like to help more.    

"We believe that together we can make a difference...Giving back through life-changing experiences." James R. McGonigle 

Operation: Key West started with the simple concept of helping our military soldiers.  Everyone involved with Operation: Key West are forever grateful and appreciative of all the brave men and women who serve or have served in our nation's military. We will always strive to bring some joy and happiness to as many military families as we can.  

Most of our efforts are funded by our pharmacy savings card business, we would like to help more.  If you would like to support us in our efforts directly you may do so using the link below to make a contribution. 

 

Operation Key West - James R. McGonigle Gary Chamberlain 2021-03-17 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Friendship Exchange -  Dee Eng

Dee Eng, Emmaus Rotary Club member and the Friendship Exchange Chair for Rotary District 7430 presented on this program. District 7430 restarted this program in 2009 and since then they have conducted a dozen exchanges around the world. Dee gave details of some of these exchanges. The stories were very interesting and participants make many life long friends. A new idea that has just started is club to club exchange.

What is Friendship Exchange?

Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.

Participants may travel as individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may be Rotary members or not.

Benefits of an exchange

  • Broaden international understanding
  • Explore a profession or job in a different context
  • Build enduring friendships
  • Establish a foundation for peace and service
  • Gain opportunities for active project involvement and support
  • Learn about a region’s people, food, languages, customs, and history
  • Find partners for grants

Choose a destination

Explore our Exchange Finder Map to view current exchange locations and the districts that serve them. Connect with the district’s Rotary Friendship Exchange chair for help finding potential international hosts and planning your itinerary.

Define your purpose

Friendship exchanges are organized around at least one of three themes: culture, service, and vocation.

Fund your exchange

All exchanges are paid for by the participants or their districts. Hosts are not expected to assume a significant financial burden. Club or district funds may be available to offset the costs of exchanges that have a vocational emphasis.

Share your story

After your trip, submit a report to your district, as well as to rotary.service@rotary.org. It’s your chance to tell us about your experience, make suggestions, and share what you learned.

Rotary Friendship Exchange - Dee Eng Gary Chamberlain 2021-03-03 05:00:00Z 0

Your Way Home - Kyle Tribble

In January 2014, Your Way Home Montgomery County was established as the county’s unified and coordinated housing crisis response system for families and individuals experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness.

 

THE VISION OF THE YOUR WAY HOME PROGRAM

is to make the experience of homelessness in Montgomery County rare, brief and non-recurring.  The common agenda among Your Way Home partners is to improve the housing stability, economic security and health of families and individuals experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness.  In 2014 Your Way Home established a bold goal of reducing homelessness by 50% over five years.   

Since its inception in January 2014, Your Way Home has reduced homelessness in Montgomery County by 37%, as measured by the annual Point-In-Time count, which decreased from 464 in 2013 to 292 in 2018.  

THE MAJOR COMPONENTS OF YOUR WAY HOME

  • A Coordinated Entry System that uses both the VI-SPDAT and SPDAT assessment tools to prioritize people for housing and services based on vulnerability and diverts people from entering shelter unless absolutely necessary

  • A common agenda, a core set of guiding principles and a shared catalogue of metrics

  • A robust and multidisciplinary Street Outreach team that can be deployed anywhere in the county 24/7

  • Housing-Focused Emergency Shelter services, including centralized shelter bed management

  • Housing Resource Centers serve as a central location for coordinated response to housing crises for the most vulnerable families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness by providing Rapid Rehousing.

  • Housing Counseling and/or Legal services to divert people from entering shelter or becoming street homeless

  • Transitional Housing for select populations, including transitional age youth, people fleeing abuse and violence at home, and people in early stages of substance abuse recovery, among others

  • Permanent Supportive Housing for people with significant barriers to permanent housing stability

  • Connections to mainstream and community services, including child care, food security, physical, mental and behavioral health, employment and job training, public benefits access and veterans’ services, among others

  • A broad cross-sector partnership that leverages and aligns federal, state, county and private funding sources to achieve greater impact.

    Your Way Home is a public-private partnership that engages nonprofits, government, philanthropy, residents, businesses, and other community partners to meet its vision of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
     

    PARTNERSHIP STRUCTURE

  • The Your Way Home Advisory Council sets the overall strategic direction for the initiative. The twenty-five members of the Advisory Council are appointed by the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, and represent a broad set of industries and sectors that are invested in ending homelessness in the county. For more on the Advisory Council, please click here.
  • The PA-504 Continuum of Care Governance Team is designed to promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.  The thirteen Continuum of Care Governance Team members are elected by the Your Way Home community annually. For more on the Continuum of Care, please click here.
  • The lead public agency of Your Way Home is the Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development. This office provides the backbone support to Your Way Home, including policy and program coordination and oversight, data analysis, communications and marketing, grants management, and partnership development.
  • The lead private agency and fiscal sponsor of Your Way Home is the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. holds the Your Way Home Initiative Fund, and its President serves as the Your Way Home Advisory Council Chair.  For more information about this partnership, please click here.
  • Your Way Home’s Action Teams provide policy-specific guidance, recommendations, and input on various topics. Action Teams may be ad-hoc to address a specific but time-limited issue, or recurring. Participation on an Action Teams is available to any member of our Your Way Home community, including nonprofit partners, government, philanthropy, business, and residents. The recurring Action Teams are - Your Way Home Street Homeless By-Name List Action Team and Permanent Supportive Housing Action Team
  • If  you or your organization are interested in joining our partnership, please visit the Contact Us page. 

Your Way Home - Kyle Tribble Gary Chamberlain 2021-02-24 05:00:00Z 0

Peacebuilding Primer for District 7430 - Jim Palmquist, Bill Thomas

Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them are children.

We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.

Rotary creates environments of peace

As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.

By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change. We are approaching the concept of peace with greater cohesion and inclusivity, broadening the scope of what we mean by peacebuilding, and finding more ways for people to get involved.

Rotary creates environments where peace can happen. 

District 7430 presented a peacebuilding primer for our district:
 
Peacekeeping - To prevent or ending of violence between nation states
Peacemaking - To negotiate resolution of a conflict 
Peacebuilding - The process of restoring normal relationships between people
Positive Peace Index - Contains a pillar, indicator, and description
Everyday Peace Indicators is another way to measure peace and was developed by Rotarian 
Rotary may be one of the best positioned NGOs to deliver peace to the world.
Rotary has 35,000 clubs in 163 countries, 1.2m members and has many established peace building initiatives. Rotary is also at the table of  The United Nations
Members can participate in peace by being practitioners, being or training educators, and being mediators. 
Rotary clubs can expand the number of international service projects, such as in West Africa, and peace should be included in all projects. Rotarians can consider joining a peacebuilder club
Peacebuilding Primer for District 7430 - Jim Palmquist, Bill Thomas Gary Chamberlain 2021-02-17 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Toastmasters Alliance - Carrie Goldbeck

Rotary International is working with Toastmasters International to provide Rotarians and Rotaractors opportunities for personal growth, leadership development and improved communication skills. 

This alliance with Toastmasters is different from Rotary International's relationships with other organizations: It enhances your membership experience through professional development opportunities and making connections beyond your club.

What is Toastmasters?

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, it has helped its members become more effective speakers, communicators, and leaders through a worldwide network of clubs, much like Rotary.

How can you and your club get involved?

It's easy for Rotarians and Rotaractors to engage:

Rotary and Toastmasters Alliance - Carrie Goldbeck Gary Chamberlain 2021-02-10 05:00:00Z 0

Rotaplast Guatemala 2019 - Susan Burnett

Susan Burnett, District 7430 Rotaplast Committee Chairperson and member of the Rotary Club of Bethlehem Morning Star, presented to the club on a Rotaplast mission to Guatemala in 2019.
Rotaplast Internationals moto is "Saving Smiles, Changing Lives" and they have been around for 29 years. They have undertake about 15 missions a year and they have completed over 20,000 surgeries on children to correct cleft lips and palate anomalies. Rotarians can apply to participate in these missions and it will cost the about $1,500 for travel and accommodation. Rotaplast | Saving smiles. Changing lives.
The mission to Guatemala in 2019 lasted 13 days and 26 volunteers participated including 9 Rotarians, and Guatemalan Rotaract translators 
Susan Burnett accompanied the 2019 Guatemala mission as the photographer. Her presentation showed how families lined-up overnight to be selected for the surgeries. 220 children were evaluated and over 120 corrective surgeries were performed over 8 days in 3 wards. The surgery equipment used on each patient costs over $10,000 and lasts for only 100 surgeries.
Children who go through surgery during a mission are given a hand made quilt to keep them warm after the surgery. These quilts are made in North America by volunteers and Rotaplast is always looking for more quilt makers. On this trip the mission had some extra funds that were used to replace the worn shoes the children and locals wore, this may be included in future missions.
District 7430 clubs can support Rotaplast missions by donating $500, $1,000 or more to Rotaplast International or by having members volunteer to assist with a mission
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District Grant - Frank Romano, Cindy Hornaman

Five Elements of Effective Use
Of
District Grants
 
 
 
1 -     Community Needs Assessment
Rotary International has a community needs assessment tool that is very helpful. If a community assessment is done, other members of the community should be involved. 
 
 
 
2 -     Plan to Directly Address Measurable Indicators
Come up with a method to measure success, through measurable indicators of effectiveness. Experts and other community members can be involved in this part of the process.
 
 
3 -     Sustainability
How will the project be sustained. Will it be through a ongoing club donation, a fundraiser, business or corporation support.
 
 
4 -     Reporting
 
                   Fiscal Documentation
Keep good records of income and expenses
                  
Measurable Impact
Keep records of measurable indicators, such as how many people served 
 
5 -     Branding
Make sure the Rotary club name is recognized in the project
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MCIUS Early Intervention Program - Holly Acosta

Holly Acosta, director of Early Childhood Intervention for Montgomery County presented to the club. 
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible by law for providing early education services for eligible children age three to school age in the Commonwealth. The Montgomery County Intermediate Unit 23, through an agreement with the Department of Education, is contracted to deliver those services in Montgomery County.
 
Children in the County between 3-5 years of age who are identified as being delayed intellectually or physically, can be referred to the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit by a doctor. Once their case has been reviewed and if they qualify they may receive any of the following services:
  • Specialized instruction
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Hearing support
  • Speech and language support
  • Vision support 
Funding for this program is from Montgomery County and the State. Some families need more funding for computers for the children to access their therapy. The program serves between 3,000 and 5,000 students a year. The Intermediate Unit then helps to transition the children into one of the 23 school districts in Montgomery County. 
The program can be supported in several ways:
  • PBS Channel 12 works with Intermediate Unit on scheduling for programming for the children.
  • Blue Bell Rotary has made a donation to the program to help provide technology for the students.
  • Interpreters are sometimes needed in languages such as Russian, Greek, Chinese 
 
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12/09/2020 ZOOM Meeting

SPEAKER: Ron Smith.. Blue Bell Rotary..COVID 19 Collaborative Projects
This pandemic and the associated restrictions have impacted so many.... People lost jobs, families had no money to pay for food, the need for Mental Health Services rose, nursing homes were greatly impacted and the residents weren't able to see their love ones, day care facilities closed, schools went virtual. With 29 Rotary clubs in Montgomery County,
Clubs began to partner with organizations and non-profits who support those families with insufficient resources  . Rotarians were a perfect group to help...members had business experience; discretionary time to help; already service minded; and they already had a network of connected people. The goal is for all 29 clubs to work together and within their communities to serve county wide needs.  
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11/25/2020 ZOOM Meeting

SPEAKER: Nancy Conner , Founder of Smart Adaptive Clothing
Millions of people, young and old struggle everyday with dressing themselves. This certainly creates frustration, loss of time and productivity. 1in 4 Adults has a disability. Smart Adaptive has a clothing line of blouses and shirts that look traditional but have velcro behind the buttons for easy fastening. The fabric is soft and washable and having the ability to dress ones self empowers the individual and builds confidence . Please visit their website https://smartadaptiveclothing.com/  for more information and to view the clothing line. You can contact Nancy through the website.
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Christmas Wreaths and Table Decorations 2020-11-19 05:00:00Z 0

11/18/2020 Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Margaret Fitzpatrick Willow Grove PT..Hatboro Office
Today's topic was PAIN. Is your pain keeping you from doing the things you love?
Managing pain is not insurmountable given the right tools.
Some thought on Pain management:
MOVE MORE...With the pandemic, we are all sitting more and exercising less. Make it a point to get up every 30 minutes and move around...spend less time in the chair. You can exercise while watching TV.
PAIN MEDS...Pain meds are misused for the most part. Your first option should be to consult a physical therapist
WHAT IS PAIN... Pain is part of the nervous system and is the body's alarm system. It is 100% produced in the brain and is very complex.
MOVEMENT is the greatest pain killer.
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11/11/2020 Zoom Dr Margaret Fitzpatrick ..Willow Grove PT

SPEAKER: Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick..Willow Grove PT
Managing Balance, Dizziness and Pain. BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) is the most common cause of vertigo(dizziness)in adults. Do you feel like you are spinning when you turn your head in certain directions? The cause of BPPV is the displacement of calcium carbonate crystals in the inner ear. When those crystals move into the semicircular canals, they stimulate cells which transmit information to the brain, making you feel like you are moving.  There is help in the form of a simple procedure called the Epley Maneuver which involves a series of movements each followed by a 30 second pause, to allow gravity to move the crystals out of semicircular canal and back into their proper place. It is non-invasive, safe and effective with one treatment . It is important to treat quickly and avoid disruption of your normal activities. If this is left untreated it could lead to falls and immobility. Please visit their website http://www.willowgrovept.com/index.html for more information on their services, patient education and staff.
 
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10/21/2020 Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Carol Ferguson ...Polio Truths
As we approach World Polio Day on Oct 24th, we strive to rid the world of Polio. Presently only two countries , Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to see new cases. Surviving the initial diagnosis of polio would for most of us appear to be the end however it doesn't end there for those affected. Many suffer from Post Polio Syndrome many years later in life. Approximately 80% of survivors develop Post Polio Syndrome.. Essentially people with polio are attacked twice by the disease. Seriously, I had never heard of Post Polio Syndrome and I believe I am not alone. Please click this link to find out more https://www.papolionetwork.org/uploads/9/9/7/0/99704804/post-polio_letter.pdf.   The website of the PA Polio Survivors Network has a wealth of information and is well worth the read. https://www.papolionetwork.org/
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10/07/2020 Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Hatboro Police Chief Jim Gardner
Chief Gardner spoke to us today regarding the Accreditation that the department achieved. What is Accreditation? The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association introduced the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program to the Commonwealth in July 2001. Since then, over 375 agencies have enrolled and 126 agencies currently have attained accredited status. Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. This award symbolizes professionalism, excellence and competence. There are over 1000 law enforcement agencies in PA . This is not an easy process and we are proud of our Police Department for attaining such an honor. Additionally, Nov is no shave month for cancer awareness. Don't be surprised if you see bearded police officers. Hatboro police are participating and donating in support of prostate cancer.
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9/30/2020 Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Eric Trumbower.. Camp Erin of Philadelphia (part of the Eluna network)
Eric is the Manager of Volunteer Services & Director, Camp Erin Philadelphia a part of Penn Medicine Hospice 
Camp Erin Philadelphia is a weekend overnight camp for grieving children and teens ages 6-17. The camp combines traditional, fun, high-energy camp activities with grief education and support.
Services provided through Penn Medicine Hospice: Bereavement Services; Grief outreach to families in 2nd and 3rd year of grief process; Individual support; Community support for long term care facilities
Pre Pandemic, the 3 day camp brought the kids together; regular visitation of residents in Long Term Care Facilities; Individual and group support groups
Post Pandemic, camp was canceled, most of Grief support events were canceled, individual support was virtual as was community support.
The grief process did not stop for those children dealing with the loss of a loved one. The program did not stop either but it merely shifted into a slightly different format especially for the children. A program was developed to send a package three times a year to 117 families which included projects the children would do similar to those they would have done in camp. This is an amazing program and despite most of the children being kept inside because of the pandemic, the program leaders continued to find ways to help the children deal with the grief of losing a loved one.
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9/16/2020 Zoom Meeting with DG Janet Kolepp

This is DG Janet's official visit to our club. She is a member of Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary Club.
  • Together we Grow Rotary! Meeting differences through different types of meetings but maintaining Rotary Core Values of Fellowship, Integrity, Diversity, Service and Leadership
  • Public Image and Branding Campaign ;unified messaging shaped by actions of each of us.
  • Using social media to tell the story of rotary : video club members stories 
  • Purple Pinkie Race will be virtual on Oct 24 2020
  • This district is #1 in the USA for supporting Shelter Box: The Rotary Club of Saucon, Center Valley is hosting a FREE online Stock the Box event on October 9th from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Register here. The purpose of this event is to highlight ShelterBox's vital work, celebrate our district’s ShelterBox giving, and top last year’s district total 
  • Training Tuesdays ;Grow Rotary Webinars:https://rotarydistrict7430.org/stories/training-tuesday
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8/12/2020 Zoom Meeting

SPEAKER: Carol Ferguson District 7430 Polio Plus Coordinator....Vaccines Work!
 Carol herself is a Polio survivor. Rotary clubs across the state of Pennsylvania are working to educate people regarding immunizations. The pandemic and loss of the ability to visit pediatricians for well child visits had contributed to children not receiving their vaccines on time. Vaccines work and no child should suffer pain and disability from a vaccine preventable disease. Vaccines protect! MMR doesn't cause autism, and  polio vaccines work. Rotarians all over the world support Rotary international's focus on Disease Prevention and Immunization. There is a network for PA Polio survivors and their families across the keystone state. Currently the PA survivors network/PA rotary club Project are working to put vaccine information cards in all Doctors offices. Partnering with CHOP..Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, our aim is to educate people about vaccines.
Please visit the following sites:
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8/5/2020 Zoom Meeting

SPEAKER: John Richards...Operation Homefront
https://www.operationhomefront.org/ Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. John is the Area Manager serving states from Delaware to Maine. During this pandemic, they have served 700 families and continue to take applications for help. If an application is accepted for help, they pay the vendor, not the person who made the application. Their services help all members of the family . Please visit their website for more information and to donate to this wonderful organization.
 
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7/22/2020 Zoom Meeting

State Representative Tom Murt joined us today for some updates:
  • Reminder, his Hatboro office is open continuing to help people in the district with their unemployment issues. (some people are still waiting since the beginning of the shutdown to receive payment). People needing help who are outside the district will be referred to their own Representative.
  • Sat July 25 is the ground breaking for the America-Korea Peace Park in North Wales
  • Things in Senate: Mental Health Parody..Basically ,those with MH issues need to be treated like anyone else; Disability Bill of rights also in Senate. There has been reports that counseling and online therapy has been effective , not better then face to face but effective during this pandemic.
  • Adults with special needs is also a focus. As the age, so are parents aging and are having trouble caring for their adult special needs children.
  • Pandemic: 3 million people in PA out of work; working on plans to open schools; also working on grants for those schools that do not have the funding to meet the guidelines for opening.
Thank you Tom for joining us today!
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Linda Mayger..shelter Box

Welcome to Linda Mayger from shelter box. 

ShelterBox first started as a Millenium project by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in Cornwall in 2000. Since then, it has grown to be an international disaster relief charity, providing emergency shelter in some of the most hard-to-reach places in the world. We have always been happy to support Shelter box and are Silver Shelter Box Heroes (A ShelterBox HERO is a Rotary Club that has committed to making an impact in worldwide disaster response by giving $1,000, $3,000, or $5,000 within the Rotary year...we donate $3000 per year). Shelter box provides emergency assistance to those affected by disasters. Currently 88 Million people worldwide have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. During the pandemic, boxes continue to be distributed with the addition of PPE to each box. Previously those who received boxes were sharing ppots and pans with their neighbors however that has been discontinued and now each family gets their own set of pots and pans. To learn more, please visit https://www.shelterboxusa.org/

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Announcements

  •  Club dues should be sent to our PO Box....the address is on your invoice.
  •  Thank you to Marty and the Speaker committee for the excellent programs
  •  Congratulations to Jack Groves who has over 50 years in Rotary. Jack Joined the club on Jun 20 1969!
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Rotoplast

We were happy to welcome Blue Bell Rotary Members Wendy Axelrod and Andy Johanson to speak to us about  the 2019 Guatemala Trip with Rotoplast. This is a 13 day mission to a third world country. The mission had 26 volunteers who performed a myriad of jobs. The focus of the mission is on treating and correcting cleft lip, cleft palate, burns, and other deformities in children.  220 children were evaluated and 114 surgeries were performed with only 3 surgery rooms and a Post Anesthesia Care Unit with only three beds. Each child was given a donated quilt (to keep) to keep them warm. Generally on these missions, one day is set aside to set up (they bring all their supplies), one day to triage the patients waiting, 8 days of surgeries, a day to site see and remaining days to pack up and travel. Please visit rotoplast.org  for more information about Rotoplast and to volunteer. 
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Meals on Wheels

The club continues to assist Meals on Wheels and all those who have delivered meals, are reporting what a positive experience it has been (even in the rain).
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6/24/2020 Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Stephanie Yoder
WOW The HHEF has been so busy providing learning grants and inspiring programs that it is impossible for me to list them all here. so I would please ask that you click on the link and read about the many grants that were awarded and for what...its pretty impressive!
https://www.hhef.org/ilg-list-2020-21 So many different grants, Innovative learning grants and  Classroom Grants. In addition, they also provided  donation to H.A.T Packs. We at Hatboro Rotary are pleased that we continue to donate to this outstanding organization!
 
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OF INTEREST

  •  Hatboro Rotarians help with Meals on wheels\
  •  Williams Lane outside dining was so successful that it will be continued Thurs-Sun during the summer. The Borough is also looking for a place in the north end of town for another outside dining area.
  •  The club received a $1000 grant which will be donated to H.A.T. packs
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6/17/2020 Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Kathy Bademan Laughter Yoga
 
World Peace through laughter! 10-15 minutes of Laughter Yoga equals 15-30 minutes of Cardio . We practiced some laughter yoga exercises during this zoom meeting. Good to laugh! Thanks Kathy. You can join a laughter yoga class with Kathy at nourishing storm once a month. To learn more, please visit Kathy's website https://laughterwithkathy.com/
 
 
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Lars Knudson

We were pleased to welcome newly graduated HHHS senior Lars Knudson to our Zoom Meeting this morning. Lars received a Rotary Scholarship from Hatboro Rotary. He will be attending the University of Maryland and we have no doubt he will do well. 
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Rev Josh Blakesley..The Welcome Project PA

We were pleased to have Rev Josh Blakesley join us on Zoom this morning to tell us about the Welcome Project PA which is here in Hatboro. The Welcome Project PA strives to be a diverse, safe place for marginalized and vulnerable populations and seeks to bring about positive social change to improve the quality of life for these individuals and families in the Philadelphia suburbs. It provides many services such as educational services , support groups, activities, interfaith services, immigration help, LGBTQ+ friendly and many more services. Please visit their website for more info https://www.welcomeprojectpa.org/
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6/3/2020 Zoom Meeting

Speaker: Diane Hegele, Borough Manager
 $2.5 million in grants received.  here are a few
  • York & Williams – York & Summit – This is an important project, it is a pedestrian improvement grant that is in design phase currently and will include much needed stormwater improvements and new pedestrian crosswalk with bump out at Williams Lane, it will also include a much needed crosswalk at Summit Avenue.  Definitely will help to improve pedestrians in Hatboro.
  • RACP Grant for Borough Hall for a new heating and AC and Fire Protection for Hatboro’s most historic and beautiful structure, the heating and ac work will definitely be an improvement for staff and visitors, if you have been in there it is either too cold in winter and too hot in the summer. 
  • Walk Works Grant – this is for a 1.9 mile guided walk through Hatboro, there will be literature and signage guiding those to different points of interest while getting healthy by walking.  We hope to get this off and running (walking 😊) once permitted and we thought a community walk maybe a great event to bring people together due to the COVID and also the events occurring. 
  • Miller Meadow Grant – the project has been awarded for phase one of the improvements, work should begin soon.  Phase 2 of the improvements was submitted in April to DCNR for additional grant funding. 
  • UM/Hatboro Trail Plan Grant is done, both municipalities are set to approve in June.  This is a plan for placement of trails in both municipalities and connectivity to others in accordance with the County Comprehensive Plan.  This was a joint effort and it was a pleasure working with UM staff and different community members from both municipalities.  Very glad to work with UM and once approve look forward to using the plan to seek grant funding and install trails in the Boro.

The YMCA property has been sold finally and Victorian Village will be in front of the PC in June for their Land Development application.  

The Borough was approached recently by DVRPC for a new grant initiative they are launching called EXPO, it is an experimental initiative they want to fund in hopes of doing more permanent projects.  Although our list of needs is long, we were told to limit to one only

Sadly we had to close our pool this year, this was a difficult decision but was necessary to protect the pool patrons and staff.  

I was recently chosen to participate in a county economic recovery team that will meet to discuss and collaborate on ways we can share info and look to help others navigate the financial impacts on municipal budgets as a result of COVID-19. 

I continue to spend time participating and reaching out to legislators to make sure Hatboro’s voice is heard and money from the government does come back to Hatboro.

Borough Hall is still operating under reduced hours and that staff is always available to assist outside those hours.  Our PW staff is still working out of separate locations, this decision was made as we are a small department and if one employee fell ill with COVID it could have impacted the entire department.  All services, hours of operation and locations will be revaluated as we move through the Governor’s phases. I want to thank all of our employees for all their hard work during the COVID pandemic.  It was not easy at times, they were worried about coming in contact with others, worked in different conditions, but they all rose to the task and did it like they always do.  We have a great bunch of employees who really care about Hatboro.

COVID-19 update, today we have had 27 positive tests and sadly lost one resident.  Council continues to work very hard to keep the community informed.  We have hosted several virtual town halls and there is one tonight at 6:30 PM. Please tune in.

All Borough meetings have resumed virtually.  

Most of you may have seen the Hatboro Rock Project.  Those rocks along with several communities signs and sights have been featured or will be featured in publications and literature by the University of Pittsburgh (walk works grant) and Montgomery County.    

.  Some things  Stephanie she has been working on:

·         Launched the My Hatboro platform

·         Started the My Hatboro Merchants Group

·         Worked with staff on the Hatboro Now Directory

·         Working with County on new Hatboro Business start up guide for when Hatboro resumes full business operation.

The Women Owned Business Group has their first meeting today, this is being overseen by Kristen Ritter at Nourishing Storm, if you are interested reach out to her. 

The newly formed Hatboro Business Recovery Task Force meets today.  Please stay tuned for initiatives and news forthcoming from this group.  Stephanie will lead this group along with elected officials, staff, Chamber of Commerce and business owners.  This group will work to bring people back to Hatboro and also help with guidance on reopening. If you are a business owner and you have not met Stephanie or are not getting her weekly email updates, please reach out to her.

Some businesses have asked why the Borough could not lobby the Governor to reopen non-essential business.  The Governor advised municipalities if they did not follow the guidelines they may risk loss of state funding. Some of the funding we receive, this list is not inclusive.

  • $200,000 in Liquid Fuels money which is used to pave and maintain our roads.
  • Grants, 
  • Pension Funding
  • Insurance contributions
  • Snow removal funding (even though it did not snow we still receive that money)

Thank you to our business  community for helping the community. The signs posted we are Hatboro Strong, Love is not Lost, Kindness if free, the community dinners at the Dish, people helping the residents of Moreland Towers who could not go out, the sign in the window at the Dish honoring Sgt. Petrik, businesses embracing the change, I could go on.  We are a great town.

I will end my presentation to give you an update on our Police Department.  Sadly on March 30th I received a call from Chief Gardner, about the passing of one of our Police Officers, Sgt. James Petrik.  Jim was a 21 year veteran of the department, he left behind his wife Lynn and his three sons, Jimmy, Jason and Justin.  Jim served his country in the USMC (his son is following in his footsteps).  I was fortunate to know and work with Jim and can tell you he loved his job, he loved his country, he loved his family and he loved Hatboro.  He will be missed. 

Current events are not making our police officer’s job easy.  In March, the same day we all learned we were going to have to stay home, I joined Mayor Guenst and Councilwoman Ostrander in Harrisburg to see our Police Department and Chief Gardner accept the honor of accreditation.  Our PD is now 1 of a 118 in the State who have achieved accreditation status.  Accreditation is good, we have well trained police officers who are very disciplined along with sound policies and excellent leadership, you are in good hands in Hatboro.  Mayor Guenst, Borough Council and myself support and back our PD 100 plus percent.  They are a great bunch of guys who love Hatboro, the residents, business community and visitors.  These men and women want what is best for Hatboro.

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5/13/2020 ZOOM meeting

Another successful Zoom gathering of the club (so nice to see everyone)!
First the updates:
  • Charter night has been canceled and when we can it will be rescheduled
  • Thanks to Jillian for the Marigold Project..People who received them where very thankful and appreciative
  •  Scholarship Committee will be meeting by Zoom and currently has 6 applications (academic and vo tech)
  •  Tribal Challenge at this point has been postponed.. updates will be posted on this site
Today's Program:  So pleased to have DJ, Erin and Patsy from H.A.T Packs join us. These ladies and their Army of workers have been working tirelessly since the beginning of the pandemic. Initially, they expanded the weekly weekend meals to providing breakfast and lunch for 5 days. This is now being taken care of by the school District. Additionally, HAT Packs has been working closely with Jackie and Tony at the dish to provide free meals 2 days a week (about 200-500 families). There are many community organizations which have stepped up to keep people fed. They also continue with normal HAT PACK meals which are packed and delivered by the Army of HAT Pack volunteers. If that's not enough, volunteers have been running St John's Lutheran food pantry. 
. Below are ways in which you can contribute.  

 

To support H.A.T. Packs in their mission please consider donating to https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/HATPacks or check made payable to HAT Packs mailing address: 22 Harding Ave, Hatboro PA 19040

Visit our Amazon wishlist https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2A5F4D05VHF8K/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_2?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist

or shop for individual serving sized shelf stable items and drop off at St John's Pantry Tuesday-Thursday 11am-1pm or Hatboro Dish 8am-2pm

 

 

 

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ZOOM Meeting

We had a great virtual club meeting today on Zoom...great turnout. Be sure and join the club next Wed at noon on zoom...log in info will be coming from Linda.
Nancy and Stephanie updated us on what is happening in Hatboro to keep residents informed and businesses kept up to date on what is happening, Hatboro was ne of the first in the county to get emergency funding. Council meetings are being streamed so you can all listen in.
BZ (Bravo Zulu) to HAT Packs and the Dish for keeping the community fed. Please be sure to order from our local restaurants!
Stay well everyone!
ZOOM Meeting 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Greetings!

Greetings everyone, I hope this finds everyone well and adjusting to social distancing. A reminder to please support local businesses...lots of curbside pickups going on. A huge shout out to H.A.T. packs,who not only do meals for kids but have been doing free dinners twice a week in concert with The Dish. The dish is also a local hero as they have been doing meals for curbside pickup....these meals are substantial!
Also others around town, Lochel's , Nonno's, Quigs, Silvio's....please support our local businesses..I know I missed a few, email me and I'll add them.
From my own neighborhood! We are putting signs on our lawns and hopefully you will see more around town.     Such as these! (thank you to my neighbor Kris Gerlach for the signs!)
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District 7430 (our Rotary District) has applied for a $25,000 Rotary International Disaster Grant. Hatboro Rotary has applied to be part of that grant in order to support the efforts HAT Packs is undertaking to support the community at this time. Each club that applied is expected to receive 1500 in grant money. We will let everyone know as soon as a decision has been made.
 
What's happening where you are? Just remember we are ALL in this together.
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DISTRICT CONFERENCE

FROM DG HERB:  For the health and safety of all our Rotarians, the April 24-26, 2020 District 7430 Conference is cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  For all those who registered, you will be receiving separate credit card refunds for both the registration fee and the hotel deposit, if applicable.  

 

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Reginald A Howard..Mental Health Advocate

 
Welcome Reginald Howard, Mental Health Advocate. Although he is not a Licensed Mental Health Worker, Reginald uses his own life experiences to empower people to use their personal life struggles as strengths. He acts as a change agent in saving lives. Works with NAMI, Has a Black Mental Health Podcast and strives to turn peoples suffering into success. His goal is helping people learn the tools to work through the mental pain we all experience from traumatic experiences. Thank you for joining us today.
Reginald A Howard..Mental Health Advocate 2020-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

4 Way Test Speech Contest

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Hatboro Rotary held our 4 Way Speech contest earlier today! Congratulations to all the contestants . Takes a lot of preparation time, energy and nerve to get up in front of a room of people and give a 5 minute presentation.

The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do is a test used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships. The test can be applied to almost any aspect of life. ... It was later adopted by Rotary International, the global federation of Rotary service clubs.

 

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Doug Harbach..PA Gaming Control Board

Doug Harbach, Director of Communications for The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

I bet you thought the gaming control board only regulate casinos but today we found out what they do cover and what they don't. There is a lot of information on their website https://gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/, so I urge you to check it out. The first Casino opened in 2006 with only slots but added table games in 2010. Currently there are 12 land based casinos and a 13th is being built in Philly. There are 17 mini casinos. 25 Truck stops which have a certain amount of parking spaces and sales also have video gaming terminals (VGT)but these sites are limited to a maximum of 5 machines. Internet Gaming (Interactive Gaming) is offered by 3 casinos to those living or visiting in PA. Sports wagering began in 2018 both in casinos and online. In early 2020, the Gaming Control Board established a website for those problem gamblers, those who need help and recognize they have a gambling problem. There are resources online through this website https://responsibleplay.pa.gov/. So do we consumers see any of that money which comes into casinos? If you receive a homestead deduction on your property taxes, you are receiving benefits from the revenue received from slot machines . What does the board not regulate? Lottery, Horse Racing, Small Games of Chance and Skill Games. Thank you Doug for this interesting talk!

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FEB 23 ROTARY TURNS 115! 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations Hatboro Rotary

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.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  •  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)
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Joe Kircher..Meals on Wheels

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.
Joe Kircher..Meals on Wheels 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

Andrea and Nancy Classification Speeches

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.
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Rotarian Katrina..Harassment

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. 
Rotarian Katrina..Harassment 2020-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

Julie Dugery...NOVA

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
 
Julie Dugery...NOVA 2020-02-07 05:00:00Z 0

OF INTEREST

  •  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.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Sara Maus..Abington Senior Programs

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.
 
 
Sara Maus..Abington Senior Programs 2020-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Paul Harris Fellow

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. 

 

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Announcements

  •  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.
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PHF +1 Congratulations Gary 

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.

 

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Rotary International Website

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.
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TRIVIA NIGHT!

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

 
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Tim Elbertson ..Dept of Public Safety

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/ 
Tim Elbertson ..Dept of Public Safety 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Members

  
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! 
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WELCOME BACK

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.
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Kim Porter..Be a Part of the Conversation

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!

Kim Porter..Be a Part of the Conversation 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

OF INTEREST

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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Polio Plus Support

 

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

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!

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Madrigal Singers

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.

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Hatboro Rotary Packs for H.A.T.  Packs!

Posted by Barbara Schupeltz on Dec 04, 2019
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.
 
Hatboro Rotary Packs for H.A.T. Packs! Barbara Schupeltz 2019-12-04 05:00:00Z 0

H.A.T (Helping Around Town) Packs

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
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Fabiana Gelbard

Posted by Bob Johnston
 
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.”

 

 
 
Fabiana Gelbard Bob Johnston 2019-11-29 05:00:00Z 0

Dean Lawrence

Posted by Bob Johnston on Oct 30, 2019

 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.

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Marshall Davis

                                            
.  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.
 
 
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Fred Moskowitz

Posted by Robert Johnston on Oct 16, 2019

 

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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John Richards..Operation Homefront

  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.
John Richards..Operation Homefront 2019-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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.
 
Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

Erin Simmons...Big Brothers/Big sisters of Bucks Cty

  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/.
Erin Simmons...Big Brothers/Big sisters of Bucks Cty 2019-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

Ever Wonder ???

  Steak Steak and more Steak! Here's what they look like right from the store!
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Jillian Barton..Hearing Loss

 
  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!!
 
Jillian Barton..Hearing Loss 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

Adopted by Hatboro Rotary

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

 

Adopted by Hatboro Rotary 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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
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Habitat for Humanity

  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
Habitat for Humanity 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation

 
 
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!

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Welcome New Member

  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!
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Service Project Update

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!
Service Project Update 2019-07-29 04:00:00Z 0

Kate Sample..Sunshine Foundation

  Today we welcomed Kate Sample from the Sunshine Foundation. What is the sunshine Foundation, you ask? 43 years ago Bill Sample founded the first ever Wish Granting Organization. It is a direct service organization that fills dreams and wishes of children that do not have life threatening illnesses and condition. They reach out to children with conditions such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, severe autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, Muscular dystrophy, sickle cell disease , leukemia and other conditions. Please go to their website for more information including how to make a request for a dream, what the criteria is to receive a dream and how you can support this organization. https://www.sunshinefoundation.org/ . Kate receives a donation from Hatboro Rotary President Linda.
Kate Sample..Sunshine Foundation 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

THANK YOU!

  The success of so many projects is because of people like Tony Purich, Gary Nice, and Tony Foster. Tribal Challenge is a prime example. These three gentlemen gave countless hours to setting up, answering "help" calls when something went amiss and tearing down and cleaning up after the event. When we as volunteers arrive to take our places at each obstacle, everything we need is there. That doesn't happen by itself....people have to do it!. It is a pleasure to work with and recognize these three gentlemen. Always with a smile, always willing to help and always serving this community, thank you!
THANK YOU! 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

The Millbrook Society

  We were pleased to have Ralph Ciaudelli and Linwood Magaha, Sr. update us on the happenings at the Millbrook Society. Millbrook Society was established in 1984 at the request of the the late Mrs. Charles Harper Smith of Horsham. The mission of the society is the preservation and education of Hatboro History. This is done through Preservation..Protecting and acquiring artifacts, manuscripts and documents; Protection..archaeology, recording and researching historical data; and Education..educational programs/presentations,publications and reenactments. The Millbrook Society and the Amy B. Yerkes Museum are located on the second floor of the historic Hatboro Baptist Church on York Road in the heart of Hatboro.  They are open most Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30. The Millbrook Society is a non profit organization and can always use volunteers. Are you interested in genealogy, archaeology, research? This could be the organization for you! Find out more by visiting their websitehttp://www.millbrooksociety.org/mbs/home.ashx.  Past President Darlene Malone was pleased to present a donation to the Millbrook Society from the Hatboro Rotary Club.
The Millbrook Society 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

Club News

 
CONGRATULATIONS to Jack Groves who celebrated 50 years as a Rotarian on June 20th!  Jack joined Hatboro Rotary in 1969, was club President 1979-80, became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1988 and has been and continues to be the club treasurer. Thank you for all that you do for this club!
 
 
 
 
  CONGRATULATIONS to Joanne Scott recipient of a $500 Rotary Scholarship to University of the Arts
 to study Graphic Design. Jojo got interested in Graphic Design while studying Commercial Art at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology. We wish you well as you begin your journey.
 
 
 
Village Players.
Everyone had a great time at the Village Players "Biloxi Blues"
The club raised $1200 for our community Programs
 
TRIBAL CHALLENGE
Mark your calendars: July 10 5-9pm. Please contact Katrina Sullivan if you are volunteering to help out that night. This is always a great fund raiser and fun night! Happy hour follows at MaGerk's!
 
NEWS FROM OTHER CLUBS:
Warminster:
Buy a chance for $20.00 to win Season Tickets to the Philadelphia Eagles. The tickets include 2 seats to all preseason and regular season home games, but do not include the Playoff option.The Seats are located at Section 108, Row 38, Seats 5 and 6. The Drawing will be held on August 6, 2019 at Giuseppe's Pizza in Warminster, PA at 12:45PM. Tickets can be purchased by Cash or Check (made payable to Warminster Rotary Foundation) and obtained from any Warminster Rotarian or by calling Sean Friedland (sfriedland@fandgagency) 267-257-2002 or Nello Ianieri 267-669-7776. Visit their website warminsterrotary.org to order online
 
Warrington :
CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT OCT 12 2019
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THANK YOU DARLENE

  Thank you Darlene for stepping up and becoming President of this great club for the year 2018-2019. You have been an INSPIRATION and done a FABULOUS job moving this club forward. It is time now to step back, relax and know that your leadership was appreciated. Thank you again for all your hard work.
THANK YOU DARLENE 2019-06-26 04:00:00Z 0

CLUB NEWS

  Congratulations Lisa Grace for winning the 50/50 ($333)
 
   This morning we bid farewell to Jim Heilman. Jim and his wife Ginni are relocating permanently to Florida. Jim has been a club member since 2007 , was President in 2012-13, is a Paul Harris Fellow and has been active in many club activities. He has over the last several years been the Chairman of the very successful Lobster Pot. We will definitely miss you Jim but wish you well on your new adventures.
 
 
 
 
 
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NO Meeting on July 3rd!! 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Margaret Fitzpatrick  ,Physical Therapy

  We were pleased to welcome Margaret Fitzpatrick back to the club to speak on the subject of pain. Margaret holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has offices in Hatboro and Willow Grove. Pain affects more people then diabetes, Cancer and Heart Disease. The US has 4.5% of the world's population and 80% of the world's opioid painkillers. Pain is complex. So many times, it is people in the medical field that scare clients into believing that something is seriously wrong when it is really the normal aging process. Pain results from multiple issues not merely tissue damage. Before filling a prescription for opioids, make an appointment with your physical therapist. There is a great deal more information on their website and I encourage all of you to follow the link. http://www.willowgrovept.com/index.html Click on the link on the left for pain management. The best medicine is to Move, Move Move! As they say on their website "Spring is in the air! Get out and enjoy nature. Take a walk, take a hike, just move your body! Movement/Exercise is the best medicine!".
 
Margaret Fitzpatrick ,Physical Therapy 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

Harmony Theater

Jacquelyn Mullock, Executive Director

The Harmony Theater, Inc. mission is to create, support, and offer opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities as members of Harmony Theater, so that they may participate in performing arts activities as an avenue for self-expression, social interaction and community connection. 

The Harmony Directors Group mission is to consistently provide developmentally appropriate enrichment activities through the performing arts for adults with developmental disabilities.

Harmony Theater, a [501c3 non-profit corporation], is a creative performance environment which enriches the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. The theater produces two yearly events including a Fall Concert that features the vocal talents of our participants and a Spring Musical which combines the actors’ acting, vocal, and dancing abilities.  Through weekly Saturday rehearsals, activities, and events, Harmony Theater participants enjoy a safe, nurturing, creative environment where they can build friendships, transition into adult social life, and develop life skills in the ‘Harmony Theater Family’.
 
Harmony Theater, which enriches the lives of adults with developmental disabilities, began in 1994 as a performing arts collaborative sponsored by Gwynedd Mercy College, Indian Creek Foundation, and the Developmental Enterprises Corp.  In 2013, Harmony Theater Inc became a private, non-profit [501c3] corporation and currently rehearsals and  performances are held at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, Rt 202, Lower Gwynedd, PA. 
 
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Lloyd Bashkin..Integrative Marketing and Management

  Let's talk "thin slicing"..what does that mean? Thin-slicing is a term used in psychology to describe the ability to find patterns in events based only on "thin slices", or narrow windows, of experience. The term means making very quick inferences about the state, characteristics or details of an individual or situation with minimal amounts of information. Factors which influence thin slicing..1. Visual, are your decisions based on what you see and your past experiences. 2. Consistency..are you looking for inconsistencies, do past experiences cause anxiety and questions. 3. Authenticity..is it authentic, is the sales person authentic. Decisions are intuitive and often instantaneous. How long did it take for you to decide to take the lower priced item vs the higher priced item and why did you make the choice you did. Hmm..something to think about. For more about Lloyd check click the link https://www.linkedin.com/in/lloydbashkin
Lloyd Bashkin..Integrative Marketing and Management 2019-04-24 04:00:00Z 0

Earth Day Service Project

Many thanks to Rotarians, their families and YMCA staff for spending a few hours weeding, raking, mulching and planting the community gardens. The food will go to the Lehman Church Food Pantry . Below are a few pics from the morning!
 
 
 
Earth Day Service Project 2019-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Thank You Mike and Karen

  Thank you Mike and Karen (not pictured) for your generous donation to Shelter Box.
 Pictured with Mike (on Left) is Club Shelter Box Chairman Jesse accepting the donation.
 
All that loose change you don't like carrying around can help us purchase another Shelter Box.
Grab a container and save your change!!!!
Thank You Mike and Karen 2019-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Dave Czarnecki, District Membership Chairman

  so you are searching for new and younger club members?. Its important to build relationships with people in the community..the restaurant owner, the Mayor, the members of the chamber. Seek to build your club by constantly working with and building a relationship with people. Maybe starting a satellite service club will help to bring in new members. The district website has some great resources to help out attracting and retaining members  https://rotarydistrict7430.org/sitepage/attracting-new-members . https://rotarydistrict7430.org/sitepage/member-retention. Please take a moment and click on the links above.
Dave Czarnecki, District Membership Chairman 2019-04-17 04:00:00Z 0

Council on Legislation

Are you interested in knowing what changes are being adopted for Rotary?? The Council is Rotary's version of a congress. Every three years, representatives selected by their districts gather to consider proposals designed to move Rotary forward and adapt to the changing times. You can follow along on and get live updates https://www.rotary.org/en/live-updates-council-legislation-2019.
The Council approved an action. The vote is an endorsement of aggressively seeking a more diverse membership. The measure will add a sentence in the bylaws on membership that specifies that "each club shall endeavor to build a well-balanced membership that celebrates diversity." Its advocates argued that it is not enough just to say "you can come in. We have to prove our desire for diversity with our actions and our priorities."
Another approval went  toward the term of office for a club if no one steps forward. Approved by the Council 279-225, the measure specifies that a president's term shall only be extended by one year if no one comes forward to take over.
 
Council on Legislation 2019-04-16 04:00:00Z 0

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Earth Day Apr 22 9-12..come help plant this years crops at the Hatboro Y. Please let Darlene know if you can come help with this annual Service Project.
  • Charter Night May21 at Buona Via Restaurant 5:30 cocktails and 6:30 dinner
ANNOUNCEMENTS 2019-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

Amanda Gershanick... Ben Wilson Senior Activities  Center

 
  Amanda Gershanick is the Nutrition Service Coordinator at Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center in Warminster.
 Amanda also works with other organizations including the Bucks County Area Agency on aging. The Ben wilson Center is one of the largest and busiest Center. It provides many activities both at the center and also outside the center such as trips to places like Mohegan sun, Lunch at local restaurants and trips to local plays. Activities in the center include art class, aerobics, bingo, bridge, mhjongg , line dancing, pool, to name a few. an upcoming event on May 11 from 11-3 at Warminster Community Park is called "Arts and Barks". There will be vendors, food trucks, dogs for adoption and much more.
For more information please go to the Ben Wilson Website http://www.bwsac.org. There are many activities at this Center so please go to their website.
 
Amanda Gershanick... Ben Wilson Senior Activities Center 2019-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

TRIVIA NIGHT!

   
 
 
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1ST PLACE WINNERS AND     2ND PLACE WINNERS          3RD PLACE WINNERS
There were many prizes handed out that night for answering bonus questions and multiple prizes associated with the 50/50 tickets. It was great to see our HHHS Interact club participating AND one of the students won the 50/50 cash prize of >$300. Congratulations!
TRIVIA NIGHT! 2019-04-08 04:00:00Z 0

Jeannine Delwiche and Michael Celec

This Morning we welcomed Jeannine Delwiche from the Hatboro Library Yes committee and Library director Michael Celec. The Union Library of Hatborough is the third oldest in Pennsylvania, and the second oldest library to be operating under the original charter. The library was moved from house to house until the present building was built in 1849. The library building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Library's budget has fallen well behind neighboring libraries and while getting support from the Borough and other organizations, the amount of support may change yearly. The YES committee has a question on the May ballot asking that the Borough establish a special library tax on all taxable real estate within the Borough to provide for the maintenance and aid to the Library. To learn more please visit this website https://www.yeshatborolibrary.org/
Jeannine Delwiche and Michael Celec 2019-04-03 04:00:00Z 0

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

  ENDING THE SILENCE! today we welcomed Laura Pepe the Coordinator of Bucks County NAMI and Nicholas Emeigh the Outreach and Development Director of Bucks County NAMI. NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of people affected by mental illness. they provide education,advocacy and support for those living with mental illness. They do educational programs to students, staff and teachers at the middle and high school levels. Suicide awareness is done at all school levels. Nicholas gave an excellent talk on his personal journey and as a result others in the audience opened up about people they knew and their struggles...isn't that what awareness and ending the silence does? Opens dialog and works toward fighting the stigma of mental illness. This was an excellent program. Please visit their website https://namibuckspa.org/ for more information on their programs and how to contact them. Please join NAMI for their 5k walk for Mental Health on May 18 at 1pm at Warminster Community Park. If you can't walk, would like to see what other things will be happening at the walk or would like to make a monetary donation, please go to this website http://www.namibucksstride.org/. Thank you both for this excellent and informative presentation.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0

Area 7 Happy Hour!

     
 
 
 
What a fun Area 7 Happy Hour. A great way to meet members of other clubs and exchange ideas.
Didn't come????? Be sure and come to the next one!!!
Area 7 Happy Hour! 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0

Bill Walker..Horsham Township Manager

This morning we welcomed the Horsham Township Manager to update us on the proposed and current projects in Horsham. Horsham grew by 41 new businesses in 2018 and continues to grow. Some of the recent happenings are renovation of the softball and baseball fields,full time police in the High School, body cams for Police are being purchased, new sidewalks, widening of major roadways, new LED lighting proposed for business areas, proposed apartments across from business district and several other projects. The township is also looking into having a restaurant week (there are 61 restaurants in Horsham) and researching the use of shuttle buses to transport people from Hatboro and Ambler train stations to work at the business district. Horsham is recognized as one of the 50 safest place to live in PA. Further information especially regarding the status of water and the Navy Base site can be found at https://horsham.org/.
Bill Walker..Horsham Township Manager 2019-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

Cindy Murphy and Joanne Corless

  Cindy Murphy from the Comprehensive Learning Center, an education and treatment program serving individuals with autism joined us today to talk about the spectrum of autism and the current treatment at the learning center.  The  focus of their program is on maximizing the potential of individuals with autism from preschool through adulthood by providing intensive and comprehensive state-of-the-art education and behavioral services based on the scientifically validated procedures of Applied Behavior The staff to student ratio is highly individualized and determined by the skill level of the student. The ratio is relatively small when students begin but increased as students become more independent. Joanne Corliss runs the financial arm of the  Comprehensive Learning Center as well as educating the public and community about autism. To read more about these programs, please visit their websites http://www.ajfoundation.org/ and http://clcschoolprograms.org/. Thank you Cindy and Joanne.
 
Cindy Murphy and Joanne Corless 2019-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Patrick McFarland..Ultimate Achievement Group

  We welcomed the very talented Pat McFarland to the club this morning. Pat is self employed with the Ultimate Achievement Group LLC in Newtown,PA. Pat is a singer, life coach, former ABA basketball player with the Denver Nuggets/Rockets and played many different sports for St Joseph's University. Pat grew up believing you could be anything you want to be as long as you believe. He was drafted by NY Knicks but was angry that they changed his contract at the last minute and made the decision to go to Denver instead. He believes we make decisions based on one of two things..our social self (ego) based on what's in it for me or our soul self.. doing something that might no feel right at the moment but brings greater happiness and prosperity. Take the emotion out of the decision making process. Pat is a life coach and believes Responsibility is the ability to respond and it defines who you are.You can hear him sing and speak at the Newtown Theater Mar 14 2019 7-9PM https://www.thenewtowntheatre.com/events/2019/3/14/pat-the-hat-mcfarland-what-are-you-going-to-do-now
Patrick McFarland..Ultimate Achievement Group 2019-03-06 05:00:00Z 0

Mark Your Calendars

  • Mar 6 at WK Bray Lodge Chamber Luncheon
  • Mar 21 at Buena Villa Area 7 Happy Hour..
  • Apr 6 at St John Bosco.Trivia Night
  • May 21 at Buena Villa Charter Night
  • Jul 10 Tribal Challenge
Mark Your Calendars 2019-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

Tony Kanak..Sales Evolution

  This morning we welcomed Tony Kanak from Sales Evolution. Using Sun Tzu's  "Art of War", Tony took us on a journey by applying the principles in this book to achieving success in business. The challenge in selling isn't the material or what you are selling but it lies in your ability to execute. Sales evolution provides services such as sales coaching, sales training, sales hiring, sales management, and sales triage (analysis). For more information on what Sales Evolution can help you with then please go to their website NO Googling allowed. https://www.salesevolution.com/ Thank you for joining us today.
 
Tony Kanak..Sales Evolution 2019-02-27 05:00:00Z 0

What to do on a snowy day??

  Help pack food items for kids!! Rotarians Kathy Salemno, Barb Schupeltz and Tom Post, joined several volunteers to pack 172 bags of food for children in our area schools...each bag had milk, juice, two hot meals, fruit, granola bar,peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, raisins, pudding and a couple of snacks. Two of the founders of this program Patsy Cannoe Meck and Denise Schultz are pictured here also. This program started with 16 children being served and has now grown to 172. Please donate. You can donate directly through Amazon (and items will be delivered directly to Hat Packs) https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2A5F4D05VHF8K , or you can drop off donations at Hatboro Federal Savings. Also DINE at MaGerk's in Horsham on Thursday March 7th, tell your server "I'm here for H.A.T. Packs" and MaGerk's will DONATE 15% of the sales  to H.A.T. Packs.Thank you for supporting this wonderful program!
     
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Leo Quinn..Rotary Foundation

  Today we welcomed Rotarian Leo Quinn from the Warminster Rotary Club to speak to us about Rotary Foundation. Foundation funds many sustainable service projects around the world as well as locally. More then 90 % of your donation goes directly to supporting service projects including Polio Plus. Think about it..A child can be protected from Polio for as little as 60cents. Foundation is a well respected charity and carries 4 stars, the highest rating from charity navigator. An added benefit is that in three years time..money will be returned to the district for use as grant money for district clubs so be sure to donate to foundation!!
Thank you Leo!
Leo Quinn..Rotary Foundation 2019-02-20 05:00:00Z 0

Kristin Hillsley and Patrick Foley..Winning at Retirement

Kristin Hillsley and Patrick Foley

  This morning we welcome Kristin and Patrick from the Baird Foley Hillsley Group http://www.bairdfinancialadvisor.com/foleyhillsleygroup/index.htm. Together Pat and Kristin have authored a book "Winning at Retirement" which is a step by step guide to being happy in post-work life. This is a practical, inspirational and entertaining look at the process of seeking happiness in what they describe as your best years...retirement.In short, they concentrate on 3 keys to increase happiness 1. Health and  Wellness including a positive attitude 2. Financial Security 3 Purpose..your identity in retirement. Do you have a passion for something such as politics, helping charity organizations, taking up something you formerly did as a hobby but can now devote more time to it.
There is a wealth of information in the book, such as navigating medicare, financial management, estate planning goals, choosing where to live. We thank Pat and Kristin for sharing this interesting topic with us this morning. Click on the link above to communicate with them.
Kristin Hillsley and Patrick Foley..Winning at Retirement 2019-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Trivia Night 2019-02-13 05:00:00Z 0

Rachel Baum..My Sister's Choice

   This morning we welcomed Rachel Baum from My Sisters Choice, Fort Washington PA. This organization provides in home care for the elderly . Both Companion care and personal care can be provided.  One of the  growing problems in the senior communities is Cybersecurity ...over 25 million people are victims, 15% seniors over 60. Some reasons seniors are more susceptible : 1. Seniors most likely have a nest egg,own their own home, and have excellent credit  2. Seniors were raised to be polite and trusting which often makes it difficult for them to just hang up  the phone. 3. They are less likely to report fraud. 4. If they do report it, they are likely to be poor witnesses due to poor memory.  Care givers are always on the lookout for signs that their clients have a a victim of these scams and fraud including protecting them from phishing.   My sisters Choice offers many and varied services which can be found on their website https://my-sisterschoice.com/services/ . Services provided are customized based on client needs.
Rachel Baum..My Sister's Choice 2019-02-06 05:00:00Z 0

Induction of New Members

      
Today Rotarian Russ inducted two members to Hatboro Rotary; Lisa Grace (2nd from left) and Bert Gottbrecht (2nd from
right). Bret receives his pin from his sponsor Bob Johnston ; Lisa with her sponsor Jillian Barton
Induction of New Members 2019-01-30 05:00:00Z 0

Terri O'Donnell

Terri is a professional life coach who help clients discover their professional and personal potential through self-discovery.Coaches see the client as the expert in his/her life and work and believe in the clients creativity and resourcefulness.. Basically coaches "help people step into the largest version of themselves". Do you want to design your own solutions to help you achieve specific goals and desires?...consider life coaching.Are you stuck at a crossroads in your life but believe there is more to discover in both your personal and professional life? Take a look at Terri's webpage and the algorithm  https://www.yellowbrickroadcoaching.com/when-is-coaching-right-for-you-.html
 
 
Terri O'Donnell 2019-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jan 19-20 Rotary/Hatboro Y Partnership was great. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped.We also had cash donations as well..everything will be split between the three food pantries! This is Sat Morning Crews!
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Jan 20 12-1:30 Church of the Advent: A Celebration of the 1st Anniversary of H.A.T. Packs.
 
 
 
Feb 9  Borough Ball. Rotarian Gary Chamberlain will be one of the ward recipients!
 
Jun 7,8,9 Camp Erin, a camp for grieving children is Looking for volunteers for the summer camp. For more info, contact Rotarian Kevin or go online for the application https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/find-a-program-or-service/home-care-and-hospice/bereavement-services/camp-erin/volunteer-application
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Diane Hegele Borough Manager

  We were pleased to have with us this morning Diane Hegele, Hatboro Borurgh Manager. Diane gave us an excellent update on the borough. In 2018, there began many changes such as younger officials joining the Council board; new records management system including digitizing minutes reaching back to the early years; accepting credit cards for  payment on certain things; establishing a Human Relations Committee; electing a new tax collector; revitalizing Mainstreet and many more improvements to this community. A lot of interest was shown by the club who had many questions. Thank you for sharing with us as we all continue to support Hatboro.
Diane Hegele Borough Manager 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! 2019-01-02 05:00:00Z 0

Dr Dean DePice

  Today we welcomed Dr. Dean De Pice to Hatboro Rotary. Dr. Dean is a practicing Chiropractor and member of the Willow Grove Rotary. He has been actively involved in think tanks,travels around the world speaking on Health Reform. A member of Octagon, a chiropractic think tank, established to create dialog on health care and the human endeavor. One of its goals is to promote healthier behaviors, goals, and responsibilities in the individual before health problems arise. An individual that is educated, healthy and competent is more difficult to lead then one who is frighten and demoralized and thus easily controlled. Stressing a healthier lifestyle, diet ,exercise,no smoking, and stress management is a better prescription for health then medications. The number one cause of death is not heart disease or cancer as you would expect but personal decisions. Personal choices such as various addictions, overeating, suicide are all examples of personal choices which often lead to death. We all play a part in preventing and promoting healthier life stlyes with better food choices, 30 minutes of exercise a day (3.5 hrs per week), stress management and other alternative choices. Think about it!
Dr Dean DePice 2019-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
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