Rotarian Honored as Major Donor

Past District Governor Robert Poole (right) and his wife Anne (not pictured) were honored at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of West Chester as Major Donors to the Rotary International Foundation by current District 7450 Governor Doug Blazey. The Poole's have been donating to RI for a number of years, motivated by a childhood friend of Bob's who survived polio. The Poole's received several items in recognition as Major Donors at the second level. Dr. Poole said he is also inspired by the dictionary description of "philanthropy" as "love for mankind." He received a standing ovation from cub members.

West Chester Rotary Honors Students

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of West Chester, students from local high schools were honored in three categories. Pictured with Dr. Jim Scanlon, superintendent of the West Chester Area School District and a Rotarian, are (from left) Mary Joy Kozak and Luca Greco from Rustin High School, students of the year, Jessica Jaramillo, student of the year from East High School, Justin Cooper of East, who attended RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program), Maddy Stiebritz, East student of the year and Mike Marano, Principal at Rustin.


Seated front (from left) are Katarina Darmofal from Rustin and Julia Sabrick of East, who each won a $5,000 college scholarship from the Rotary Club, based on winning essays detailing their volunteer efforts in their schools and community. Other students of the year (not pictured) who were honored and awarded $50 gift cards included Caitlin Brown of East and Brittany Saello of Rustin. Additional students sponsored by the Rotary club to RYLA (not pictured) included Christina Chawn, Roseline Gouesse, Andrew Henry, Mercedes Mengel, Alicia Monaco, Tuyen Nguyen, Laura Richardson and Manasseh Washington, all from East.
At our dinner meeting on May 20, 2015 the Rotary Club of Shady Brook presented our STUDENT OF THE YEAR award to Brian Thomas, a senior at Neshaminy High School. As part of the award, he received a check for $1,000. Pictured are Dr. Augie Adrid Past President, Baby Thomas (Brian's Father), Brian Thomas and Irv Perlstein Past President.
Philadelphia Rotary Outreach
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Sister Janice
(center) from the IHM Literacy Center in West Philadelphia was in attendance at the Rotary Club of Philadelphia meeting on May 7 to accept a grant award of $1500.00 from the Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia. The IHM Center has been helping newcomers to America with English language mastery and other assistance for the past 25 years. The grant award funds will be used to replace outdated teaching materials for the more than 100 currently enrolled clients. That’s Philadelphia Rotary Foundation President Joseph Batory (at left) and IHM Center volunteer Daniel Ruppert (at right).
Dr. Laura Rubinos (left) and Dr. Lori Christ (right) from Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital, were in attendance at Rotary Club of Philadelphia luncheon meeting May 7. The two doctors accepted a $750.00 grant award from the Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia for a new project to enhance the audio/verbal stimulation of babies who are isolated in intensive care for medical reasons. That’s Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia President Joseph Batory in the center.
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A smiling Harriet Obbo from the Rotary Club of Kampala North in Uganda is shown enjoying a moment at the podium at the Rotary Club of Philadelphia luncheon meeting May 7.

Harriet’s Rotary Club is one of many, including the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, helping to finance a Global Grant project to reduce maternal and infant deaths in Uganda. This initiative has involved doctors and other medical personnel from Drexel University and Makere University with Past District 7430 Governor Ron Smith at the project leader.

Under the leadership of event organizer Rich Scott, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, seven Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn Rotarians, two spouses and one energetic four year old traveled to The Common Place at 58th and Kingsessing Avenues in West Philadelphia. This property serves the surrounding community in a variety of ways, housing two ministries, a school and several community activities and agencies. Built in 1909, this unique and gorgeous structure is in need of financial and hands-on support. Click to enlarge
Our group prepped, primed, and painted the pastor’s office and study before cleaning and moving the furnishings back into place in the two rooms during our 6+ hour day. We all found it to be a rewarding experience!
Photo 1 – Jim Brown, Rich Scott and Carla Chieffo
Photo 2 – Rose Obeid, Jim Brown, Andy Dohan, Rich Scott, Carla Chieffo, facilities manager Jeff, Carol Robinson, Dennis Murphy, Jonah and Mike. (missing, Patty Neeb, behind the camera)

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Ardmore Rotarians, led by Libby Goodman (center, front row), and joined by area residents, including some energetic youngsters, spent Saturday morning weeding and mulching the gardens in the Rotary’s Sensory Garden in Wynnewood Valley Park in Wynnewood.

Bryn Mawr Rotarians showed up for the International RAW day. They are L to R. : Pres. Elect, Matt Sommers, Pres. Dick Cuff, Dave Adams, Rod Tondreau on the banner, Andy Wilson, Chuck Myers. Behind the camera was Dave Fish. Dick Cuff & Dave Fish are 45 year charter members from 1969 and still active in the community. A great many of the trash bags were left at the trash sites along Lancaster Ave. These in this picture were brought back to the park.
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Rotary Club of Upper Darby-Lansdowne
was taken at Naylors Run Park in Upper Darby on April 25, 2015. We had Rotarians, Interact students and family members and friends who all showed up to help out.
    The Rotarians present are: Dave Hennessy, Hank Van Zanten, Maureen Ingelsby, Matthew Fernandes, Richard Landry, Sean Murphy, Ron Cole, Meghan Killeen, Karen Doherty, Jack Schulman, Robert Donohue, Fr. Paul Castellani.
Philadelpia Rotarians Iain Campbell and Paul Lee move doors at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore during Rotarians At Work Day.
Our club members spent the day at ReStore doing a variety of projects:
  • Wrapped furniture
  • Priced items and stocked shelves
  • Moved furniture and other pieces of inventory
  • And helped staff prepare for the move to ReStore’s new location in South Philly.

West Chester Rotarians Help at The Hickman

Over 20 members, friends and family members from the Rotary Club of West Chester spent the Rotary Work Day at The Hickman, a local retirement home. They worked outside weeding and edging flower beds, spreading mulch and doing general yard clean up. At noon, the Rotarians were treated to lunch by The Hickman staff, who served some of their Rockin' Chili. The Hickman has been a participant in the Rotary club's annual, fall Chili Cook-off, the major fundraiser for the club that raises over $60.000 for distribution to local and international charitable causes of the club.

Friday, April 24, 2015
World Immunization Week

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative and routine immunization systems work hand in hand to reduce the immunization gap and protect more children against vaccine-preventable diseases.
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Polio eradication campaign has 'never been in a better place': UNICEF

An unidentified health official administers a polio vaccine to a child in Kawo Kano, Nigeria, Sunday, April. 13, 2014. (AP / Sunday Alamba )

   The Rotary Club of Bensalem sponsors an Interact Club at our High School and from those members sponsored Camila Meza as our RYLA representative. Camila is a Bensalem High School Junior, is tri-lingual and is very active her high school's Community Service Club, swimming, orchestra and other clubs.
   At the April 28, 2015, Bensalem Rotarians and guests met our club's sponsored Rotary Youth
leadership candidate, Camila Meza. Camila spoke with Rotarians and guests about her experiences attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Weekend workshops in Valley Forge, March 22- 24, 2015.
   She expressed her gratitude for having the opportunity to attend the leadership training and gave an excellent presentation on the classes projects and workshops completed over the three days. Being tri-lingual she quickly made friends with the foreign exchange students in attendance.
    Shown in the picture are: Bensalem Rotary Club Interact liaison Marc Cohen, Camila Meza, and Rotarian Bensalem Superintendent David Baugh. Congratulations Camila for completing the leadership workshop.
A dedicated group of Rotary Club of Philadelphia members was onsite at Habitat for Humanity headquarters in Philadelphia for Rotarians at Work Day on April 27. The Philadelphia Rotary workers were stocking and organizing building materials in the Habitat for Humanity warehouse for eventual use in restoring and building homes in the city. The Rotary Club of Philadelphia also awarded a $2000.00 grant to Habitat for Humanity-Philadelphia.
Picture 1 Jeb Brookman

Picture 2 (L-R) Doctors at work: Dr. Chris Kaufer, Rotary Global Grant Scholar Dr. Yuko Shiima, and Dr. Bob Brookman

Picture 3 Lisa Leonard

Picture 4 Iain Campbell

Rotarians caught in the act of doing good in the communittee !!

Farewell to Dr. Yuko Shiima

     Dr. Yuko Shiima (left), a Rotary Global Grant Scholar and pediatrician from Japan, has been hosted by Philadelphia Rotarians Joan and Joseph Batory many times during the past two years while Dr. Shiima studied did research at Philadelphia’s Children’s Hospital.
     Dr. Shiima, who will return to Japan in late spring, recently presented the Batory’s with a beautiful calligraphy present which was created in Japan.

    Recipients of grants awards from The Rotary Foundation of Philadelphia on April 9 were: Renee Archawski, Executive Director of Achieve Now; and, Denise Kinney, Executive Director of Musicopia.
     Achieve Now is an organization dedicated to improving reading and math achievement in schools across Philadelphia. Achieve Now’s Read Now program has had a demonstrable record of success in helping struggling readers in many schools and more schools are on its waiting list.
This Philadelphia Rotary grant of $3750.00 will extend this Read Now program to reach more students in need in Philadelphia.

     Musicopia is an organization that strives to restore and rekindle music education where there is none or where the opportunities of music education
have been limited for young people. Musicopia also reconditions older musical instruments to make them very useable by young people.
     Musicopia is a valuable asset to our city and is very deserving of this Philadelphia Rotary grant award of $2000.00.
    The Bryn Mawr Rotary Club was proud to celebrate their 45th anniversary at La Collina Restaurant in 2014. In attendance were founding members Dick Cuff & Dave Fish along with MC and District Governor Doug Blazey. Shown in the photo are(l) to (r) Richard B. Cuff, Julianna Z. Blazey, Mary V. Cuff, D.G.
    Douglas R. Blazey, Elizabeth E. Fish and George David Fish.Thanks for all of the support from Mary Cuff & Betty Fish as Dick & Dave have since 1969 provided "Service Above Self" to Bryn Mawr, the Main LIne and many Rotary International projects around the world.

Langhorne Rotary News April , 2015

     Twice a year, fall and spring, Langhorne Rotary members take part in the Adopt a Highway Program and remove litter on Bellevue Avenue and Winchester Ave. This spring it was on April 2nd.
     On April 9th the newest member of the Langhorne Rotary was inducted. Peter Manetas had been a member of the Trenton, NJ, Rotary for 25 years.
     His present position is as Executive Director of Advancement at Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem. Pete lives in Yardley. We welcome him to the Langhorne Rotary.

     The annual Langhorne Pet Fair will be on Saturday, May 9th at the Mayor's Playground in Langhorne from 10 to 3 at the Mayor's Playground.. There will be vendors, free pony rides and petting zoo for children, as well as an exotic animal show and food available.

Picture (1) Peter Manetas, new member with Lori Hoppmann, President of the Langhorne Rotary.
Picture (2) Langhorne Rotarians Adopt a highway

A New Role for the Polio Virus
by Jane William

The polio virus has taken on new meaning over the last several years for researchers at Duke University and their 22 clinical trial patients who have been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a relentless and extremely deadly type of brain tumor. Researchers at Duke have been infusing their patients’ brain tumors with a re-engineered polio virus with remarkable results. Though the doctors are reluctant to use the terms “miracle” and “cure”, one leading cancer specialist with 34 years experience, calls it, “….. the most promising therapy I’ve seen in my career.”

A Wonderful Evening of Painting

    The Rotary Club of Philadelphia conducted a wonderful social evening as well as a fundraiser for polio eradication worldwide on March 31. The event was held at Studio Incamminati, the art school of Nelson Shanks who is perhaps the world’s greatest portrait painter. As a highlight, each attendee was given an opportunity to be an artist.
    The evening was made possible through the generosity of Leona and Nelson Shanks and Jay Pennie, who besides being the executive director of Studio Incamminati is also a member of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia.

Two Bensalem High School Seniors were recognized as students of the month at the Rotary Club of Bensalem meeting in March, 2015. Each student shared their experiences in the school and
Bensalem Community.
Shown in the picture are:
Bensalem Rotary Club President Joel Perkins, Alexandra Yulich, Soribel Rivera Fabian and Bensalem High School Assistant Principal Leonore Hope.

Happy Anniversary

    A District 7450 celebration of the founding of the first Rotaract Club for Rotary International 47 years ago occurred at The Hub in center city Philadelphia on Monday, March 16.
     Rotaract members from the Philadelphia, Swarthmore, Cabrini and soon to be formed Drexel clubs were in attendance.
     District Governor Doug Blazey and District Governor-Elect Chad Rosenberg congratulated the Rotaract members.


When Andrew (Andy) Keen (third from left) was recently inducted into the Rotary Club of West Chester, it was the continuation of a long family tradition, with Andy, a local realtor, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. Celebrating the event were (from left) Sue Casso-Rogers, a past president of the club, Rob Feenan, current club president, Andy Keen, his grandfather William T. Keen Sr., a retired lawyer and member of the Thorndale Rotary Club, and his father William T. Keen Jr., a lawyer and member of the Thorndale club. Rotarians think of themselves as "a family of Rotarians"; the Keen family is indeed, a family of Rotarians!

Slaying the Monster:
Rotarians Combating Human Trafficking In Our Backyard

---By Carol Metzker

     No one wants to think about human trafficking in his or her hometown. It's an ugly subject that's tough to face. But it’s here in Pennsylvania, and throughout the United States as well as in every other nation in the world. In fact, in the last two years there were nearly 250 cases of human trafficking in PA.
     Human trafficking is modern slavery. It is defined as working against one’s will because of force, fraud or coercion.
    Survivors of human trafficking at Dawn’s Place, where I volunteer, have taught me what it really means. One survivor didn’t go to the grocery store for ten years; many didn’t know where their next meal was coming from. One called her home an “abandominium” because the term sounded fancier than saying she lived in an abandoned building without heat or hot water. Most never made hard decisions; they also had no control over their actions, their thoughts or their dreams.


DG Doug Blazey attended the Drexel University School of Public Health Club meeting on Polio, where he was the invited guest, and utilized materials prepared by Jane Williams and Dr. Bob Scott along with Dr. Bruce Aylward TED talk elements and Wikipedia materials on Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin.

Kennett Area Rotaract Club Inducts Founding Officers

    The Kennett Area Rotaract Club reached its first two milestones since its founding this winter. The club inducted its first slate of officers on Wednesday February 25. Pictured above are Amanda Schneider, Secretary and International Service Chairperson; Laura Mackiewicz, Community Service Chairperson; President, Brooke Williams; Matthew Conant, Vice President. Not present for the induction was Doug Palic, the Finances Chairperson and Ben Wann, Treasurer and Club Services Chairperson.

Longwood Rotary Launches Four-Way Test Scholarship

    Kennett Square, PA, March 2, 2015 – All graduating Unionville High School Seniors pursuing post high school education are eligible to enter to win one of three $500 scholarships by writing a 500 word essay on how they applied these principles to an event or experience in their life and how it impacted the outcome. Alternatively, how could the student have applied these principles in a personal experience or event and achieved a different and better outcome?

Philadelphia Rotaract…Active and Making Positive Impacts for the Better!

The Philadelphia Rotaract Club, housed on the University of Pennsylvania campus, ended 2014 strong with its Breakthrough Collaborative College Panel where they invited Philadelphia high school students to explore the higher education opportunities available to them. Philly Rotaract also participated in Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign by holding a Pizza for Polio fundraiser where we raised enough money for over 1000 polio vaccines.


Gathering up containers to fill or getting ready to place prepared soup in a cooler for delivery to Safe Harbor are (from left) Joanne Tadeo, Katie Martin, Glen Sweet, Diane Lemonides and Shauna Yeldell, members of the Rotary Club of West Chester. This is the fourth year the Rotary Club has supplied soup to Safe Harbor during the month of February. Diane Lemonides chairs this Rotary project, which yields over 100 gallons of soup for Safe Harbor, a Chester County shelter for homeless men and women.

Habitat for Humanity in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Rotary luncheon program on February 19 featured an enlightening presentation from Carrie Rathman, Director of Strategic Presentations at Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Rathman described Habitat’s mission, programs and outreach in Philadelphia.

New District Banner unfurled for the first time at the Pre PETS event

Read more in the February Governor's newsletter
On Saturday, February 7, 2015 the Rotary Clubs in Area 7 (Chester, Chester Pike, Chichester, Swarthmore, and Upper Darby-Lansdowne), along with the Rotaract Club of
Swarthmore College , and the Interact Clubs of Upper Darby, Strath Haven and Chichester High Schools and a few community volunteers, packaged 20,088 meals as part of a Stop Hunger Now food packaging event. Held on the campus of Swarthmore College, this family of Rotary event was awesome. There was no individual fundraising as each club in Area 7 paid their proportional share to package 10,000 meals, and the Swarthmore Club paid for an additional 10,000 meals.
Stop Hunger Now has been fulfilling its mission to end hunger across the globe for 15 years. It coordinate the distribution of food and life-saving aid to crisis-burdened areas around the world.
-- By Rotarian Kim Kusumoto
February 5, 2015

Let’s celebrate! 8 New Rotarians join the Haverford Rotary Club!
Social Media, Networking Events, Evening Meetings: Boost Recruitment

I had the pleasure of joining the Haverford Township Rotary Club in February 2014. With only 18 club members at the time, and a laundry list of community projects to deliver, my fellow Rotarians and I were determined to grow their membership in 2014 so the club could make a better and larger impact to the Haverford Township community.
On February 5, 2015, I am happy to announce that District Governor Doug Blazey inducted eight new Rotarians to the Haverford Township Rotary Club. How did we achieve this difficult task?
The Club members met to discuss the challenges for recruiting new members and we concluded the following:

Dear District 7450 Rotarians---One and All:
    The District Nominating Committee, under the Chairmanship of Past District Governor Hogie Hansen has selected Lynn Klingensmith of the Rotary Club of West Grove-Avondale to serve as our District Governor in Rotary Year 2017-18. Lynn is a past president of the West Grove-Avondale Club and a current at-large member of the District 7450 Board of Directors, representing clubs in Areas Seven, Eight and Nine.
Last fall, I invited the Rotary Clubs in the District to nominate a qualified Rotarian, giving the clubs over two months to submit the necessary documents nominating one of their members. The Nominating Committee, having interviewed the proposed candidate, unanimously nominated Lynn Klingensmith as their Nominee.
    Since no candidate was advanced by a Club other than the West Grove-Avondale Club and since the Committee did not interview any other candidate for the position, there is no possibility of a challenge to the Committee’s selection pursuant to Section Challenge to Committee Selection of our District Bylaws or Section 13.020.8 of the RI Bylaws. Therefore, I am delighted to announce that Lynn Klingensmith, the Nominating Committee’s selected candidate for District Governor 2017-2018, is so selected to serve in this role and shall immediately assume the responsibilities of District Governor Nominee Designate. <read more>
  Each year the King of Prussia Rotary Club raises funds for our nonprofit King of Prussia Charitable Foundation. The Foundation provides donations to several international, national and local community programs. For over 58 years The King of Prussia Rotary Club has conducted its contribution program in the spirit of the Rotary Motto “Service above Self.”
   This year, we will once again host our annual “Taste of the Suburbs” Food and Wine Festival at the King of Prussia Mall. Our annual event has grown every year, both in vendors and attendees, since its start. Last year, Taste of the Suburbs was a major success.
Over 30 of the area’ s top restaurants, wineries and microbreweries sampled their signature menu items to over 500 guests at our event. It is through this generous help and support at this event as well as other fundraising events that we are able to contribute to these organization and provide a better life for those less fortunate.    <more information>

PolioPlus support: Getting more bang for your buck!
PolioPlus chair Jane Williams

    Where can you donate money and have your one dollar of giving turn magically into THREE DOLLARS? By giving to PolioPlus this year and through 2018, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match all Rotarian donations 2:1 for up to $35M/year. So that means for every $1 you give, six children can be immunized.
So please consider PolioPlus in your giving. You can make a huge difference in the lives of the children of the world. Gates Foundation CEO Jeff Raikes last year announced its continued support and said, “When Rotarians combine the passion for service along with the power of a global network, you are unstoppable, and the Gates Foundation is proud to partner with you. We will combine the strength of Rotary’s network with our resources and together with the other partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative we will not only end a disease, we will change the face of public health forever.” Read more in the Governor's January Newsletter and the Winter Informant

Using their talents, expertise, and leadership, Rotary members worldwide are asked to be gifts to the world this upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.

Rotary International President-elect K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran called Sunday's address to incoming district governors the "most significant moment of my life."

"All of you have been given so many gifts. And you have now been given this great gift: one year to take all your talents, all your gifts, everything that you are and can become -- and Be a Gift to the World," said Ravindran, revealing his presidential theme at the annual five-day training meeting in San Diego, California, USA. "You have one year to take that potential and turn it into reality. One year to lead the clubs in your district and transform the lives of others. The time is so short, yet there is so much to be done." Logo&Theme

Note from Langhorne Rotary Foundation Chair, Ward McMasters.

Many thanks to you and Julianna for your visit to Langhorne. We enjoyed seeing you. You both helped our members to be in more contact with the District, a goal we work at. It was a busy meeting after not having meetings because of the Thursday holidays so we had to catch up, particularly preparing for our Pasta dinner on MLK day.

Wagons Ho!

    The Downingtown Library was moving and needed some help. So the Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown organized the community and led the train of their “little red wagons” to haul the books to the new location. When the Rotary Club heard a presentation by a library board member regarding their move to a new facility, after occupying the old library for 100 years, someone suggested that a “bucket brigade” be used to move the books. In typical Rotary fashion another member suggested using wagons. The Club grabbed onto the idea and decided to book the move for the library.
     A plan was quickly fashioned to manage the move for the library, to make sure that its resources were not damaged, to involve the community, and to raise funds for the library. The plan was presented to the library board and accepted. This help invigorated the board members who have been on a long journey to find a location, fund the construction and build the new library. They acquired a building that was formerly used by the school district administration and is conveniently located next to a community park.


Co-chairs Mickey Hall (left) and Christine Wildauer (right) kicked off the
annual West Chester Rotary Club "A Taste of Florida Fruit Sale" by engaging Rotarians in a rousing cheerleading session. This year's goal is $10,000, to be used for $5,000 college scholarships for two graduating high school students who are selected based on essays about their volunteerism. Helping with the fruit sale this year is the West Chester Area School District and area high school students, represented by (second from left) Kevin Zabel, Dr. James Scanlon, Superintendent, and a member of the West Chester Rotary Club, and Caitlyn Brown. This year there will again be Temple Oranges and Ruby Red Grapefruit available. Because of the shorter time period for sales, all orders must be received by February 28th. Again this year, there will be full and half cases of fruit, as well as mixed cases. In addition to buying fruit for themselves, purchasers may also buy fruit to donate to the West Chester Food Cupboard, which will be delivered by club members. Sales forms may be gotten from any Rotary member or purchasers can go to the club website and follow the link to the fruit sale. Pick-up date for the fruit is Saturday, March 7th, snow date is March 14th. For further information, 484-678-6150 or 610-637-7205

   The 2015 version of RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) is fast approaching and the District RYLA Committee is still seeking deserving high school juniors and seniors (or sophomores involved in InterAct) to participate in the program March 20-22nd at Valley Forge's Freedom Foundation. Your Club is being asked
to sponsor a student at a cost of $270 to this beneficial educational training session which combines elements of Rotary with leadership skills and techniques such as the Four Way Test, Polio, Service Above Self, the 6 Areas of Focus and the Anatomy of a Service Project, InterAct and Rotaract with Stop Hunger Now and Alex's Lemonade Stand, Anti-Bullying, a Myers-Briggs assessment and a Free Enterprise Challenge. Video
Rotaplast Committee Planning 2015 Agenda

    The District 7450 Rotaplast Committee met over dinner in December to confirm plans for the coming year. This committee has provided corrective surgery for over 1,500 children; more than any other committee in the country. Joining the Rotarians were two intrepid nurses who have participated in past missions and continue doing so. Together, they have served in over thirty missions, each one required two weeks away from family, friends and work.
    This year, the Rotarians will conduct a returning medical mission to Pieria, Columbia where many of the children require second operations to correct their cleft lip/palate deformities. “It isn’t just one and done.” says Chairman Don Heebner. “Many operations are complex and require healing time between steps. There may be bone and tissue grafts, dental adjustments and other factors to contend with. We also serve people who require maxillofacial surgery which may require multiple operations of several hours each.” The mission is scheduled for September 2015.


Phots by Cathy Palmquist

    Over 30 children from the Chester County Family Academy serenaded the Rotary Club of West Chester with Christmas songs and violin performances the week before Christmas. As they did last year, the children wrote a special song, to the tune of "This Little Light of Mine, I'm Going to Let It Shine," to thank the Rotarians for supporting them through the year with grants, Rotary Readers and other activities. In addition, the children were treated to a holiday shopping trip to Walmart, courtesy of Chester County Sheriff and West Chester Rotarian, Caroline "Bunny" Welsh, as noted on the bright yellow and red shirts they were wearing.      


Great Valley president Marybeth Scott as she inducts her father, Jim Scott into the Great Valley Rotary Club. It was a surprise for her as she thought he was coming to speak as part of the program.

Polio Flame begins journey to Brazil
DC CORRESPONDENT | December 14, 2014, 05.12 am IST

Pakistan MP & Prime Minister's focal person for polio eradication in Pakistan Ayesha Raza Farooq joins Rotarians - RI president Gary Huang, chairman, India polio-plus committee Deepak Kapur, RI director P.T. Prabhakar and others during the inauguration of Polio Flame by RC Madras on Saturday.
Chennai: As part of an effort to celebrate the decades long battle and the ultimate victory over polio in India, the Rotary Club of Madras on Saturday launched a Polio Flame, lit by Rotary international president Gary Huang here. The flame will be taken around various countries before reaching Sao Paulo for the 106th Rotary international convention.The flame will travel around the world to commemorate India becoming a polio-free nation and share its experience and expertise with countries where polio still exists.

image 1) A new Interact Club has been established at West Catholic Prep in West Philadelphia. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, the new Interact club held its inaugural ceremonies at the school on December 11.

West Catholic Prep Leaders

image 2) Officers in the new Interact Club at West Catholic Prep include: (L-R) Hawolti Amlak, Charles Kelly, Marta Teferi and Christopher Daniels. In the center of the photo is Philadelphia Rotarian Dr. Randall Drain who is the Philadelphia Rotary liaison to the new club.

"Three new members for Rotary Club of Philadelphia"

Charles (Chuck) Martz and Alexandria Moore were installed as new members of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia on December 4. They are shown with Philadelphia Rotary President Sandy Goldberg, and Hongmei Liu(at left) was installed as a new member of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia on December 11.


The induction ceremony was performed by Past Philadelphia Rotary President and Past Rotary District 7450 Governor Joan Batory (at right)


"Nature Attention Deficit Disorder Cure"
The term “Nature Deficit Disorder” refers to a hypothesis by Richard Louv in his book, “Last Child in the Woods”. He states that human beings, especially children, are spending less time outdoors results in a wide range of behavioral problems. Today’s children spend their time with electronics and structured activities at school and sports. There is little time or reason for just being outdoors enjoying or learning about nature. The Marple Tree Commission and the Broomall Rotary Club discussed what could be done to help our children learn about nature and turned to the Marple Public Library as the perfect place to begin. <More information>
At a recent dinner meeting the Rotary Club of Shady Brook presented their STUDENT OF THE MONTH award to Isabella Capecci, a student at the Maple Point Middle School.
Pictured are Mr and Mrs Capecci. Isabella Capecci and Alan Agree club President.
Gundaker Foundation at work.
Hope Children’s Home in Guyana, Central America.

1) The old bed and mattress shows the condition of many of the beds that will be replaced.

2) The new beds and mattresses are a few of the replacements that the Gundaker Grant from Glen Mills will provide. The grant money will allow the purchase of 6 additional beds and mattresses that will be used specifically for the younger boys that are currently useing the baby beds.

3) The baby beds will then be used for the new children (babies) that will be taken into the orphanage as soon as these boys get the new “big boy” bunk beds.
For more information, contact Rebecca Anwar at (267) 235-5175


image 1) Lyn Gill (left), organizer of Stocking for Soldiers, and Judy Travis (far right), founder of the project, are pictured with Tamara Minnick and Brad Abel, members of the Rotary Club of West Chester, who collected and delivered hundreds of items to be stuffed in the stockings. Tamara and Brad put collection boxes in businesses all over West Chester this year, in addition to collecting items from Rotarians.
image 2) In addition, Linda Hicks (left), a West Chester Rotarian, and her friend Karen Marson, sewed over 200 stockings and delivered them to the collection site in Delaware. The stockings will be delivered to military members during the holidays who are stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries around the world This is the third year the West Chester Club has taken on this project.

District 7450 Has A New EarlyAct Club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Philadelphia

 A new EarlyAct Club has been established by the Rotary Club of Philadelphia at the Andrew Jackson Elementary School.
  The school’s first-ever student EarlyAct representatives are shown above with Philadelphia Rotary liaison Anna Perrini (at left) and Kelli Mantell (at right), Andrew Jackson’s School Partnerships Coordinator. This initial meeting was highlighted by a discussion of recycling and a pizza party.

Christoph Zbaeren (at left), a member of the Rotary Club of Biel-Bienne in Switzerland, attended the luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia on Thursday, November 13th. Dr. Zbaeren, a Swiss dentist. Is shown with the Philadelphia Rotary chair of the day, Dr. Robert Brookman.

The King of Prussia Rotary Club Sponsors Dessert & Fashion Charitable Event

The King of Prussia Rotary Club congratulates club member, Pat LaRoche on a successful fundraiser event for two local charities, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA (BBBS SEPA) and American Red Cross. Pat's organization, PTL Consulting LLC, co-hosted a Dessert & Fashion show on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in conjunction with Pyramid Club of Philadelphia's Professional Women's Committee. The innovative program featured a Charitable Runway Men's Fashion Show featuring the style of Paul Fredrick, silent and live auctions, smooth jazz music from George Weldon, vocal performances of signed artist Aliyah Khaylan and dance performances by Philadanco. King of Prussia Rotary was one of many sponsors for this new approach to fundraising.

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Speed Networking Event

Shown left are participants from the Philadelphia Rotaract Club and the the Rotary Club of Philadelphia at a “Speed Networking” event on at The Hub in center city Philadelphia November 6th.

image 1) Robert Reed, Esq., Executive Assistant United States Attorney, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Philadelphia meeting on October 30th at the Union League. Mr. Reed offered an overview of the coalition effort of his office and several other groups to revitalize the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood in Philadelphia.Much of the focus is on improving the academic and behavioral climate at Strawberry Mansion High School.

image 2)  Business Strategist Terry Whitaker (left) shown with Philadelphia Rotary President Sandy Goldberg (right), was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Philadelphia luncheon meeting on November 6th.
  Ms. Whitaker delivered an informative mini-seminar on “effective branding” for individuals and organizations.
Sara's Deck
    In a little over 6 hours on a cool, slightly rainy October 11th, about 30 Longwood Rotarians demolished and rebuilt the deck and ramp that are Sarah’s only entrance and exit from her home.
    The work had to be completed in one day so Sarah was not inconvenienced too greatly, since she is wheel chair bound. If she wasn’t, she would have gladly helped with the work herself.
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