The Rotary Club of Langhorne was formed as early as April 20, 1960 through the efforts of the Bristol Rotary Club. The Rotary Club of Langhorne began as a provisional club on May 23, 1961. There were 22 charter members. The first president was John H. Wintersteen, who had been a member of the Bristol Rotary Club. Lewis Layton was the first treasurer.
The Charter Night was held on June 1, 1961 at the Warrington Country Club with 300 people in attendance.
The first “Banner” was published September 19th, 1961. The first installation and “ladies” night was at Glen Lake on June 28, 1962.
In 1986 Rotarian Lewis T. Layton compiled a history of the club from 1960 to 1986. An update has been produced for the second 25 + years and both books are available. Contact Ward McMasters, wwmcm@Comcast.net if you would like a copy of these books.
2011-2012 Reach Within to Embrace Humanity
President David Carson set the challenge for the year at the 50th Anniversary celebration on June 1st. He spoke of the electronic message board sign project to be launched. He spoke of attempting to partner with local businesses and to improve communications with the community as well as increasing our membership.
During the year Cheryl Kaufman and our president worked very hard acquiring the site and the permits for the sign project. The drive for the financing will begin in the 2012-13 year.
The club added three new members this year, Lisa Farrell and Wick Hannon and Mark Byelich transferred from the Bensalem Rotary. At the last meeting in June Joseph Santy III, was inducted and Carl Nedal rejoined after a long absence.
Our major fundraiser for the year was the Pet Fair held on May 19th at the Mayor’s Playground in Langhorne. It was very successful and an event that will be repeated next year. Unfortunately our basket raffle at the Langhorne Day Fair in October was snowed out.
The club members contributions enable us to meet the Rotary Foundation goal again and the Pasta Buffet on MLK Day raised $2000 for Polio Plus.
Eight students were recognized as the Students of the Month, and two students were given the Walter Styers scholarships and participated in the Langhorne Memorial Parade. We also worked closely with the Interact Club at the NHS. Dictionaries were given to each 3rd grader in the NSD in December.
Two Adopt a Highway cleanups took place as well as a Rotary at Work project at the playground. We had many excellent programs all year thanks to our program chair Mark Arrington and the members that provided many of the programs.
A number of special events took place including the Rotary Night at the Phillies, the Celebrity Bartender fund raiser at the Irish Rover, the lovely holiday party at the Kauffman's, A show at Bristol Riverside, the Area one Dinner honoring veterans and The Memorial Walk honoring Clayton Thomas.
We look forward to an exciting year in 2012-2013.
The Club has weekly luncheon meetings on Thursday at 12:15 PM at Bella Tori at the Mansion, 321 South Bellevue Avenue in Langhorne. Visitors are invited. For information call 215-752 3140 or 215-752-3281.
For information about programs or interested in being a speaker in our club contact Mark Arrington 215-702-1770 or Arrington@Verizon.net
For information about the Langhorne Rotary Sign project click on the link below or call Dave Carson at 215-757-1577
For information about membership please contact Chris Blaydon, Cblayd@AOL.com