Presidential citations are presented to only a few clubs internationally, who achieve exceptional goals during the past year, as the West Chester club did under Martin's leadership. Katie has been appointed to the position of Youth Service Chair, overseeing all youth efforts in District 7450, including but not limited to, the student exchange program, Interact and Rotaract Clubs, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).
The silent and live auctions brought in over $6,000, according to Sue Casso Rogers, mistress of ceremonies for the evening. Bob Frame lead the brisk bidding on the five live auction items. A fun evening was had by all!
They include (third from left) Winnie Stroup, John Olszewski (plus 8), Mac Neilon (plus 2), Jack Wiintermute (plus 6) and Katie Martin (plus 1). Others recognized (not pictured) include Sue Greenberg (plus 4), Sue Casso Rogers (plus 4), Paula Ott (plus 1), and Chuck Swope (plus 1).
The mascot was a particular favorite of the children. Jack, the organizer and host for the evening, even had prizes for almost all attendees, items he has collected for several years at baseball games he has attended, such as baseball caps, tee shirts, umbrellas, tote bags and other items. A fun evening of Rotary comradery!
left) Sue Greenberg, Catherine Friedman, Faith Woodward, and Christine McCawley, Rotary Readers Chair.
Thanks to the Co-Chairs, Rachel Barakat and Iliana Tati for coordinating the day.
It's hard to tell the monetary worth of the physical donations but it was significant. Member Gary Hess scored a donation of $3,000 worth of beef jerky.
Thanks to Tamara Minnick and Brad Able for once again chairing this cause.
Several Rotarians were honored as Paul Harris Fellows for their generous contributions to Rotary International. Among the new Paul Harris Fellows were others who have donated several times and have achieved higher levels of recognition. Among those recognized recently are (seated from left) Rabbi Sue Greenberg, Chris McCawley, Michelle Venema, Dick Yoder, and (standing from left) Joe Fratoni, Joe Panaro, Bruce Beadle, Bill Winters and Bert Volger. The Rotarians were recognized following an informative presentation by Bruce Beadle, and the introduction of some new donor plans about the Rotary Foundation by Phyllis Dunn and Steve Founds, RI Foundation co-chairs for the club.
Nicole Wiley (second from right) was recently named the Rotary Club of West Chester's Honorary Rotarian for 2015. Pictured with her are (from left) Immediate Past Club President Rob Feenan, Shauna Yeldell, chair of the Honorary Rotarian Committee, and Joe Panaro, committee member. Nicole and her young daughter were selected for the award for their collection of food for hungry individuals. Nicole's daughter saw a program about hungry people and wanted to collect food for them, and set a goal of 20.000 pounds. To date, the pair have collected and donated over 16,300 pounds of food throughout the county and surrounding areas to individuals, food cupboards, shelters and other locations.
On behalf of the District 7430 and 7450 Rotaplast Committees and the 58 children in Pereira, Colombia, who’s lives were forever changed by this mission, THANK YOU! The Rotary Club of West Chester and it’s individual members contributed more than $2000 toward this mission.
Rotaplast provides multidisciplinary care for cleft lip and palate as well as other conditions requiring reconstructive surgery.
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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.
West Chester Rotarians volunteered Dec. 13th at the West Goshen ACME and Kmart locations from 9am - 6pm, taking one hour shifts ringing the bells.Shown here, Phyllis Dunn (from left) and Terri Ritchie, along with Terri's dog, manned the Salvation Army bucket at ACME. Iliana Tati, Bell Ringer Co-chair, stopped by to see how things were going.
Linda Hicks and her friend, Karen Marson (right) show samples of the over 225 stockings they sewed this year for the Stockings for Soldiers project that the Rotary Club supports. Tamara Minnick and Brad Abel put holiday wrapped boxes in various locations throughout the community to collect items to go in the stockings. They collected hundreds of pounds of items.
A small but hearty group of Rotarians and family members trolled the Brandywine in the annual Rotary River Rubbish Run and gathered considerable rubbish for their efforts. Those participating included (front row, from left) Dwight Leeper, Christine Wildauer's sister, Glen Sweet, Christine, Tracy Sammarone, and ( back row, from left) Christine's niece and her husband, Wendy Leeper and Mark Sammarone.