Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn Rotary Club

Member of Rotary International since 1930

Recent Events

August 1, 2013

Last week, we got to hear how our fund raising efforts have changed the lives of many people in Cuernavaca, Mexico.  Eric Friend, himself a Rotarian of the local club, gave us an update on the ALEM project for which PMB was the driving force in getting a Rotary Foundation matching grant.  As a reminder, the ALEM project repairs wheelchairs.  It's become so successful that it has taken its work "on the road" so to speak, visiting other towns where they repair wheelchairs.  Many of ALEM staff are themselves handicapped.

We don't often get to hear from international recipients of our donations.  It was great to hear and see what good we've been able to do.  For more info see our press release.


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 7, 2015

Ryan Costello, the Republican representative for Pennsylvania's 6th congressional district spoke to the PMB Rotary Club. He was elected in the 2014 elections to the United States House of Representatives.   In the photo (L to R) are Michael Alofsin (Director), Carla Chieffo (Secretary), Cindy Petty (Past President and Program Chair), Rep. Ryan Costello, Carol Robinson (President) and Ron Dyck (Director).


June 19, 2015

PMB Rotary Club held their joint Officer Installation Dinner at the Aronimink Golf Club.  Former District Governor Doug Blazey presided over the meeting.

PMB 2015-16 Officers are:

Andy Dohan – President

Carol Robinson - President Elect

Carla Chieffo – Secretary

Cindy Petty – Treasurer

Carol Robinson – Past President

Tom Miller — Director

Jim Brown – Director



September 3, 2015

The Marine Corps League General D. Butler Detachment 741 visited PMB Rotary for the presentation on respecting the flag.


The speakers were Earle Drake, Jim Mulhern and Dan Fitzpatrick (bugle player).

May 2, 2015 Rotarians at Work Day (RAW)

 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.  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!

Participants include Rose Obeid, Jim Brown, Andy Dohan, Rich Scott, Carla Chieffo, facilities manager Jeff, Carol Robinson, Dennis Murphy, and the Neeb family; Jonah (our youngest and most enthusiastic volunteer), Patty and Mike. 

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.