updated 12/2017

Gundaker Foundation Representative from the Wayne Rotary Club Theodora Voulgaris described a service project of collecting Eyeglasses for distribution through Wayne Rotary in partnership with the LIONS Club and welcomes collections at every Gundaker meeting.

  Our District has entered into an exciting partnership with the world renowned Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to plant trees in Heuser Park on the Schuylkill River West Trail in King of Prussia, PA on Earth Day April 22, 2018.  
Rotarian Yaniv Aronson/Public School Teacher Elected Mayor of Conshohocken
I am a local teacher, community college professor and volunteer. Conshohocken has gone through many changes over the past few decades but, looking toward the future, we have to move forward together. We are stronger when we stand together and when all our voices are heard. Small businesses are a priority in our borough as is maintaining a town for longtime residents, families and young professionals. Public safety is paramount as is new construction in an environmentally-friendly way and with strong community input. I have dedicated my life to teaching and mentoring the most vulnerable in our society and believe in fairness, helping our neighbors, and doing the right thing, something I will fight for everyday as your mayor.

Bronwyn L. Martin named District Rotary
Foundation chair
By Bronwyn L. Martin District 7450 Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) Thank you District Governor Dawn for nominating me to the District Foundation chair position. I am honored that she, District Governor Elect Paul Quintavalla, and District Governor Nominee Peter Mardinly are confident that I can carry out the responsibilities required. I have been involved with our District Rotary Foundation for over eight years, coming on board when PDG Russ deFuria asked that I serve on, what is now the Endowment Fund. I worked under Russ, PDG Al Marland, and PDG Bonnie Korengel. I’m glad to say that both Russ and Bonnie will continue to work on our District Rotary Foundation Committee; Bonnie as Annual Fund chair and Russ as interim Global Grants chair. I became involved in the District’s End Polio Now campaign when PDG Joan Batory went out to all Clubs and asked for a donation to sign a soccer ball that was going off to India on a National Immunization Day (NID) trip.
Representatives from 12 Charities Benefit from Rotary Club Chili Cook-off Representatives of the 12 Chester County charitable organizations who will benefit from funds raised by the 15th Annual Rotary Club of West Chester Chili Cook-off gathered for a group photo after being individually introduced at the cook-off. Over 8,000 people flocked to the Borough of West Chester, despite the hot, humid, drizzly day, to sample a wide variety of chili made by 55 teams made up of businesses, restaurants, non-profits and individuals. There were many winners among the chili cooks, but the real winners are the individuals and families served by the charitable groups receiving the Rotay grants from the cook-off proceeds. Pictured with the recipients are (far left), Rotary President Mickey Hall and (right rear) Bill Friedman, chili cook-off chair

Left to right: Patrick Clark, Bristol Rotary Pres; Scott Bahner and Joe Barengallo, Bucks Co. Rescue Squad; Steve Moran, Gundaker Rep from Bensalem Rotary; Ray Swenson, Gundaker Rep from NE-Phila Club and Gundaker Local Grant Chairman.
Bristol Club receives money from Gundaker to assist the Bucks County Rescue Squad with the purchase of Emergency personnel protective vests.

     The West Chester, PA, Sunrise Rotary Club has been collecting used hearing aids for the last few years and giving them to Rotaria Concordia in Argentina for distribution to the needy there. Included is a note of appreciation and pictures of two of the recipients: Dear Celia: I thank you for the extensive assistance that you have provided. It has benentted our community greatly. Our audiologists have been to calibrate and readjust most of the hearing aids donated, which resulted in an important outcome.

West Chester Welcomes New Leader
   Mickey Hall was inducted as president of the West Chester club for 2017-2018 by District 7450 Governor Dawn deFuria at the West Chester Golf and Country Club, following a gala dinner and live and silent auctions. Mickey (left) is pictured with outgoing president Bob Rogers and his wife Sue, as she presented them a gift basket in appreciation for their leadership during the past year.

  Rotary Readers of the Rotary Club of West Chester had 19 volunteer readers at seven elementary schools this year. Fourteen of the readers were Rotarians, some having been readers for over 10 years.

    Rotary Bensalem of Bensalem received a Gundaker Grant to assist in the purchase and placement of two memorial benches in Bensalem's Central Park. The benches were dedicated to the memory of two Bensalem Rotarians, Robert Delila and George Geiges.

What It’s All About —By Carol Metzker
    In developing communities of west African Ghana, barefoot villagers play soccer on hardened dirt with stray blades of grass and patches of gravel. Spectators watch from a few plastic chairs; a woman sells handfuls of peanuts in packages that she carries on a tray on her head. There’s no fancy turf, no stadium and no abundance of hot dogs and cold beer.

Rotary Night at the Phillies

    Katie and Chris Martin and Bill Friedmann were among a handful of West Chester Rotarians who joined Rotarians throughout District 7450 in attending the recent Rotary Night at the Phillies annual event.

    Gundaker helped to build a new structure at the Community School of Bellevue in Gressier, Haiti. A project of the Rotary Club of Concordville Chadds Ford in partnership with Mommy Sue's Children, the school in Haiti is a school for children who can not afford to pay for any other educational option. Currently there are 220 children in the school, which runs from pre-school through grade 7. The Haitian government mandates that by the year 2018-19 the school goes through grade 9. The Gundaker match allowed the Rotary club of Concordville Chadds Ford to build a structure to accommodate those grades.  


Glen Mills Thornbury Rotary Club Donates
20 Animal Oxygen Masks

Peter Francis McKenzie Being Rotarian July 12 at 10:26am     

    Being a Rotarian is about Service above Self, truly Making a difference and sharing and caring for those less fortunate. There are many aspects to Rotary to ensure global fellowships with so many wonderful opportunities to connect and learn together irrespective of your diverse interests. Join now, bring your family and enjoy a fascination positive outlook with the greatest service organization,
our Rotary is yours to join also.

Rotary President-elect Sam F. Owori died Thursday

Why Our Service Organizations Are Dying
(and how to fix them)

by Michael Brand
Nothing more American than a service club. Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, IOOF, Altrusa, Shriners…… Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville rode all over the United States in the 1830s and was struck by the influence of religious, fraternal and civic organizations, and secret societies, on American democracy and concluded that they made communities stronger, more interesting, and more engaged.

Rotary 4h of July celebration images

Small club: BIG Service Above Self projects

reprinted from the Washington Post
    A fresh outbreak there has paralyzed more than a dozen children. As wonderful as the world's ambitious quest to eradicate the poliovirus is, there also have been setbacks. All of a sudden, a new outbreak has appeared in Syria. Is the goal about to be lost? Not exactly, but the mixture of optimism and worry is warranted.
    Rotary Serving Humanity is the Rotary International Theme for this year and I think that it is a most appropriate theme that we Rotarians embody all the time and not just this year. SERVING HUMANITY. The Rotary Club of Chester, PA was chartered on June 1, 1917. The Club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Philadelphia under the guidance of E. Wallace Chadwick, an attorney and later a Delaware County judge.
Top 10 Reasons To Promote Service in Your Club
#10: Service is good for your Club. Service provides physical and mental rewards for your membership. It Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. It Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.

RI Convention 2017 in Atlanta- My First —-Francy Cross

    If you've never been to a Rotary International Convention then I must say one thing to you, “Go!” There is a side of Rotary that you can only see, feel and experience at an international convention.

    I am so happy that I was able to have that amazing experience. I now have a fuller understanding of Rotary and its world wide impact. Yes, at times, I thought I’d explode with pride because I am a part of this awesome group. Let me tell you about my experience, in hopes that one day soon, you will share in my excitement.


“party time” for Rotarians of the King of Prussia Rotary
    It was “party time” for Rotarians of the King of Prussia Rotary as we gathered at the Bonefish Grill in KOP to celebrate two key club events of our 2016-2017 year. On 21 June we held our annual President’s Picnic, which this year was combined with our 60th year in Rotary. With the help of the Wayne Rotary Club as a sponsor, our “King of Clubs” was chartered in 1956.

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