BLUE BELL ROTARY CLUB

Serving our community since 1990

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Welcome to our Club!

Blue Bell

Service Above Self

Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30AM except for the last Tuesday of the month when we meet at 5:00PM at a place TBD. See calendar for exact location
Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center for morning meetings
1401 Morris Road
Blue Bell, PA  19422
United States
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Mailing Address: PO Box 1011 Blue Bell Pa 19422

For more information regarding membership, contact Allan Syphers at ASArchitect@aol.com

For program information, contact RJ Wiechecki at  rjwiechecki@gmail.com 

 

Stars

Pictured: Dale Rubinkam, Dee Coyle, Sally Hurwitz
We're so thrilled to have a long-standing relationship (since 2011) with Dee Coyle and Sally Hurwitz who currently run the STARS program in Ambler, a program that delivers needed tutoring assistance to local children in the immediate area. They place emphasis on developing good listening skills, manners, appropriate social interaction, organizational skills, work ethic, managing frustration, and acceptance of others. The goal is for each child to attend the STARS program two afternoons a week.
STARS  is a free of charge completely volunteer program, conducted after school most weekday afternoons during much of the school year. All volunteers have been fully screened, trained, and are reliable, caring, adults. Volunteers bring strength from varied professional backgrounds and life experiences.
 
For more information, see this citizen of the week article
 
 

Community Leadership Award

 

Thanks to Carolyn White for her outstanding and dedicated service in support of Blue Bell Rotary and our Wellness Expo.

Randy and Carolyn
Rik and Carolyn
 
 
 

Andy's Singapore Adventure

Andy has become the globe trotter this year. Here he is in Singapore exchanging flags with the local rotary and doing good in the world.
 
 
 

Home Page Stories

 
 

Sixteen mothers die in childbirth in Uganda every day. “How can we make a difference?” is the question Ryan, then a medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, posed to his father several years ago. The result of that question and his father’s, Ron Smith, Rotary membership was to bring together staff from two medical schools - Drexel University College of Medicine in Phila. and Makerere University School of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda.  In 2014, Drexel and Makerere began an exchange of ideas, technology, and staff to find ways to reduce mortality and morbidity during and after childbirth and improve access to essential medical services. Ron Smith, member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell and recent recipient of the Drexel University Alumni Association’s Service to Community Award, established a Maternal and Child Health project. Through partnerships from other clubs, Drexel University College of Medicine, and interested parties, this program will establish a sustainable interchange of healthcare ideas and training of healthcare professionals. All of this, from one idea.

 
 
 
SARASOTA, Fla., April 15, 2015 – As National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is being observed, Allan Syphers, a member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell of Rotary District 7430, has been recognized by President Obama and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2014 to assist disaster survivors.
When disasters like Cyclone Pam in the Vanuatu and the Syrian refugee crisis strike, many want to help. Syphers took action for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization that delivers emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies to survivors of disasters and other humanitarian crises.
 
Through Allan’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization was able to respond to more than 23 disasters last year, providing families with disaster relief tents, cook stoves, water filters, blankets, mosquito nets, children’s packs and other essential equipment. In one of the more busy years in ShelterBox history, ShelterBox has sent aid to support more than 10,500 families. 
 
 
 
Ummm, pancakes!  Come eat your fill of delicious pancakes (and eggs and sausage), help support the Second Alarmer’s Rescue Squad and visit beautiful Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park, all on a (guaranteed) sparkling May morning.  The Blue Bell Club of Rotary is once again offering its All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the low price of $8 for adults and teens and $5 for children between 3 and 10 (cash or check).
 
Sponsors include Univest, Norristown Bell Credit Union, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Bryn Mawr Trust, State Representative Kate Harper, Patient First, Max L Lieberman and Associates
 
 
 
 
 

The Rotary Club of Blue Bell conducted its annual Four Way Test Speech Contest at Wissahickon High School on March 17, 2015.  The contest challenges students to prepare a speech on some issue of importance to them and to use the Rotary Four Way Test to analyze the issue.  All seven contestants were well prepared and demonstrated both an understanding of the Four Way Test and the analytical skill to apply the test to their chosen issue.

For pictures, click here

 
 
 

For Dr. Andrew Johanson, charity begins at home, extends through the community and reaches out as far as Columbia and the Philippines.

Johanson is a licensed family and marriage therapist who has lived in Ambler for about 12 years. He has a private practice during the day, with offices in Lansdale and Bethlehem, and he dedicates much of his free time to the Rotary Club of Blue Bell, an organization that supports both local efforts and global causes.

For more read here

 

 
 

“Your motto ‘service about self’ is one that many of us could use,” Corbett told the crowd. “It’s a direct motto and it’s very simple. Yet when you think about it it’s very profound. When you consider the impact that Rotary has had, that each of you has had, that’s a result of the service you give back to your community.”

Read more here

 

 
 

Vocational Training Team (VTT) Heads to Uganda
Jan 24 – Feb 14

Maternal and Child Healthcare Education

The Blue Bell Rotary Club and District 7430 are leading a VTT in partnership with Drexel University in Philadelphia and Makerere University and the Kampala North Rotary Club in to improve the healthcare for mothers and children in Uganda.

Follow our Blog …..As we prepare and while we are “doing good in the world” in Uganda

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For his efforts to try to help victims of terrible tragedies like these, Blue Bell Rotarian Allan Syphers was recently honored by an international disaster relief organization after he surpassed a major fundraising collection milestone. Read more at: 

 

http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2013/12/21/ambler_gazette/news/doc52b355c97ece3725382830.txt 

 

 
 

The water well project for the Mukaa Community and Children's Home is underway.

 
 
 
To view our video,
 
 
 

RSS

Rotary, USAID collaboration improves sanitation facilities in Ghana
According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged. Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education. The H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
 
 

Why Rotary? 

“Rotary clubs are important because they build communities and sustain communities.” State Representative Kate Harper , R-61.

 

Do You Have a Passion to Serve? Do You Enjoy Fun and Fellowship?

Come and Join Us! Click here to learn more about joining Rotary.

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The Buzz

For recognition of our 25th anniversary, Whitpain township passed Resolution #1085 from the Board of Supervisors. In lieu of a plaque (as we have no permanent building), we were presented a certificate for a 1-week Camp Scholarship in our name, which we may provide to a child residing in Whitpain Township. What an honor to accept the recognition on behalf of all of the past club presidents and members who devoted countless hours of "Service Above Self" over these past 25 years!

The Pancake Breakfast supports SARS: The Second Alarmer’s Association and Rescue Squad of Montgomery County (SARS) Providers have been recognized by the American Heart Association for their OUTSTANDING cardiac care! Second Alarmer’s joins 447 EMS agencies in the United Station and is 1 of 62 in Pennsylvania to receive the 2015 American Heart Association Mission Lifeline: EMS Performance Achievement Award.

As National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is being observed, Allan Syphers, a member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell of Rotary District 7430, has been recognized by President Obama and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2014 to assist disaster survivors. Congratulations Allan for (again) receiving this prestigious award!

Hats off to new member Joe Chevalier. Joe is using his expertise by working with returning veterans who are students at Montgomery County Community College.  Joe works each week with the veterans, enhancing the education they receive at MCCC with life skills mentoring and entrepreneurial coaching. 

Welcome Claine Crew as our newest member! See our membership page for more information.

Want to learn more about our recent Uganda VTT project:

The VTT Drexel in Uganda concluded last week ....We are making a sustainable difference !

 

http://rotary-vtt-uganda-2014.blogspot.com/

 

Hats off to Andy as Citizen of the Week.

Andy and Wendy's blog spot for Rotaplast: http://rotaplast.typepad.com/missions/

Have you seen the IceBucketChallenge: http://youtu.be/R-gokMAjoNE

Stay up to date with RI Twitter: https://twitter.com/rotary

 

 

Speakers

Jun 01, 2015
BBRC Board Meeting
4:30 township building
Jun 02, 2015
Jun 12, 2015
Watoto Choir
6:30pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church
Jun 16, 2015
tbd
Jun 23, 2015
 
 
 
 
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