Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn Rotary Club

Member of Rotary International since 1930

Past Events and Community Service Projects


February 19, 2015

Bonnie Korengel and Mikael Nordstrom, representing The Rotary Foundation (TRF) with District 7450, present to PMB Rotarians, Carol Robinson (President), Carla Chieffo (Secretary) and Cindy Petty (Past President and Rotary Foundation Representative) a check from TRF for a matching grant to the “I Like Me Literacy” project which distributes personalized books to kindergarten students in local elementary schools. The PMB Rotary Club and Rotary District 7450’s charitable Gundaker Foundation together funded this $5,000+ project which will motivate these youngsters as they enter the world of reading through personalized books that reference the child individually, their two best friends, their teacher, and school.


In accepting the check, Carol Robison graciously states, “Congratulations to Carla, for writing the grants, to Cindy for generating the spirit and enthusiasm year-in and year-out for supporting The Rotary Foundation, and to each and every PMB member for participating through donations to TRF last year.  We hope to duplicate that same effort again this year for such a successful and meaningful philanthropic endeavor.”


Also you can see the video on You Tube of the days when PMB Rotarians went back to school in June 2015 to distribute the books.

April 9, 2015

 Cornerstone is a co-educational, independent Christian school offering a full academic program for its students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Cornerstone is located in the heart of southwest Philadelphia at 58th Street and Kingsessing Avenue.

The Paoli, Malvern, Berwyn Rotary Club and the Wayne Rotary Club jointly provide a $3000.00 grant to Cornerstone for the purchase of an electronic white board. Presenting the grant from left to right John Baxter (Wayne Rotary Club), Dick Ollinger (Cornerstone President), Richard Scott (PMB Rotary Club)

May 28th, 2015

Lynn McConville presented this evening on Power Up Gambia — an innovative organization bringing sustainable power to hospitals and other critical services in The Gambia.  For several years, Rotary has been supporting Power Up Gambia to bring solar power to The Gambia.

June 4, 2015

The 18th Annual Rotary Golf Outing was held at Paxon Hollow Country Club. Co-sponsored by the PMB and Upper Main Line Rotary Clubs and honoring long term Rotarians, Ray Garcia and Harry C. Rosenberg, the event attracted 97 golfers. All net proceeds (over $30,000) will go to the local, national and international charitable programs supported by these two clubs. 

June 8-12, 2015

The “I Like Me Literacy” project distributes personalized books to kindergarten students in local elementary schools. This week, PMB Rotarians visited kindergarten classes to distribute the books which they sponsored with the help of a matching grant from The Rotary Foundation. PMB Members shared reading the books with the children as they handed out their personalized books.  Many thanks to Carol Robinson, 2014-15 PMB President (now President-elect) for her vision and support for this project. 



Also you should see the video on You Tube of the days when PMB Rotarians went back to school!

March 10th, 2016

Guest Speaker: Prof. Kermit Roosevelt III


For a special Rotary and Perspective Members event, PMB Rotary hosted Prof. Kermit Roosevelt III, Law Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt to discuss the topic of his new book, Allegiance, a historical fiction about Japanese American internment in World War II. Over 60 current Rotarians and guests attended the event. Prof. Roosevelt gave a captivating talk on his journey in the law profession, which included serving as a clerk for the US Supreme Court. As a noted author of historical fiction, he provided in-depth insights into the decisions behind the Japanese internment policy in WWII and its ramifications onto contemporary governance and public affairs.  After his presentation, Prof. Roosevelt made himself readily available for questions and signing his book.




August 23th 2016

Rotarians Rich Scott and Charlie Cullum joined friends John Alexander, Bob Poletti and Mark Snyder to paint the computer room at 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.  PMB Rotarians have been long standing painting volunteers at The Common Place — hopefully brightening up the environment for its many community workers and users.  





November 22, 2015

Spin Doctors


Featured in this month’s issue of The Rotarian is an article titled “Spin Doctors” which describes a highly successful joint project between our PMB Rotary Club and the Rotary Cuernavaca-Juârez, Mexico to increase the mobility of the disabled in Mexico.  The Autonomy, Liberation Through Movement (ALEM) project employees design, build, and repair standard and sports wheelchairs, recumbent tricycles, and other custom wheeled devices. They work out of a garage workshop in Cuernavaca and staff mobile units that travel to cities such as Puebla and Veracruz. Many of ALEM staff are themselves handicapped. PMB Rotary has supported ALEM  since 2013 and was the driving force in securing a Rotary Foundation matching grant.