Doylestown Rotary News

Everyone's favorite Eldercare Lawyer, Rotarian Rich Newman, spoke to the Sunrisers about do's and don'ts of estate planning. Have one executor, not two. Have a list of where your accounts are - and tell your executor. Shred old wills! Think before adding another person's name to your bank account. Have a living trust? They don't protect assets. Thanks for all the good advice, Richard. We'll see you as an evening speaker soon....
Ken O'dell, a friend of Rotarian Connie Keener, spoke about a men's group he leads called the Mankind Project. The MKP supports a global network of over 1,000 peer-facilitated men’s groups serving close to 10,000 men each week. In an MKP men’s group, men mentor men through the passages of their lives. The ManKind Project empowers men to missions of service, supporting men to make a difference in the lives of others – men, women, and children around the world. They help men through any transition, men at all levels of success, men facing almost any challenge. mankindproject.org.
Thanks for introducing us to this program, Ken!
 
 
 

Polio-Survivor, Carol Ferguson, along with some Team Survivor supporters, opened the race with remarks to encourage us all to keep fighting to make a difference. She reminded us that the Gates Foundation triples the money we raise and that the framework in place for Polio Eradication helped squelch the Ebola outbreak a few years ago.

 

Seventy one runners, walkers and rollers, took off at 9:30, with the winners coming in about 20 minutes later. Travis Robison from Ambler and Courtney Sobolewski from Blue Bell were the overall winners. Congrats to Cheryl deBlecourt, Inge Karlberg-Stannik and Kal Patel for winning awards in their age group.

 

Coffee, juices, and all the goodies that go along with breakfast on the run (haha) were plentiful and happily consumed. A big thanks to YP members Darby Cobb, Alex Nocella and Shawn Herron for their excellent organization of this most important gathering place!

 

President-Elect Chris Nardo, looking unruffled as he finishes in under 30 minutes. Very impressive! And thanks for Monument Bank's silver sponsorship of the Race to Zero, Mr. Nardo!

On October 3rd, 2018, Kelley Nofsgar was inducted into our club by Membership Chair, Bob Tessier. Kelley was sponsored by Bruce Rutherford, who had encouraged her to attend our Wycombe Vineyard picnic to get to know us. I guess she liked us!  Kelley is co-owner of AB-8 Waste Solutions, by the way. Welcome Kelley!
Well- informed Interact student, Amanda Gasiorowski, told us about the "Smile Bags" they are packing for hospitalized children. They raise the money for the contents of the bags by selling donuts twice a week before school starts. They are also buying an Interact Banner to brand their activities.
YP Member Alex Nocella shared her "story" and then went on to describe the company she works for: Shared Support. Alex has her M. Ed. in counseling and has worked in several school districts - meeting her husband at CB West, when she coached Lacrosse. As Director of Employment Services at Shared Support, she helps spread the work about what the company does. They help individuals with developmental disabilities live a more normal life through their residential, community and employment programs. Great presentation, Alex!

 
On Sept 26th, District Governor Cindy Hornaman joined our Board Meeting and stayed to meet our club members. In lieu of our Club Assembly, she spoke about new clubs that are forming in our district, how younger members are attracted by programs like our YP Program and how the District Conference will reflect current times. The Conference, slated for May 3-5 in Allentown, will offer service activities, Interact activities, a  concert open to the public - and to collect food for the food pantries in our district. In short, Cindy is focusing her year on what Rotary does best: Service Above Self! 
 
Cindy will made another trip to visit our club on November 6th, at a Sunrise Meeting at the BCIU. If you missed her visit, please join us then.
New member and Rotary Oak Grove point man, Kal Patel, shared his life story, from birth in India to life in Massachusetts from a young age. His love affair with New York City led him to the financial markets and ultimately, his wife. He witnessed the fall of the World Trade Center from nearby and it eventually led to a move to this area and a job with Morgan Stanley. He is a man with a passion for service and we are glad to have him in our club!
New member and Township Supervisor, Ken Snyder, poses with his cover shot on the In-Plant Reproductions Magazine from Merck. His life story features bursts of 9 month adventures, although he didn't mention pregnancy... Born in PA, educated in PA and employed in PA, you could say he is a Pennsylvania success story. He even met his wife in PA! He joined Rotary looking for the next phase of his life and we look forward to helping him make it a fulfilling one. Welcome Ken!
 
 
 

Capt. D.F. Pace, Rotary Peace Fellow and attorney, spoke to us on Sept 12th about the 3-month Professional Peace Certificate he earned at Chulalongkorn University (The Harvard of Asia), which he considered to be “on a par with that at the FBI National Academy,” which Pace has attended, and that it “condensed into three months the skills and insights that probably would have taken me 20 years to acquire.” He has put his education into practice on the streets of Philadelphia.

 

Carol Ferguson, Ed Suarez, Kal Patel and Pat Rider, swinging their purple boas to raise excitement about the "Race to Zero" Purple Pinkie 5k on October 6th. Carol gave us a wonderful presentation on the Polio Plus program that is beautifully summarized in the latest edition of The Rotarian. Don't miss it!

 

Former Rotarian, Sue McManus, came back to tell after-dinner stories at our Sept 19th meeting at the Water Wheel. Story-telling is her hobby and she adopted many voices as she told her tales. One was about how wine came into being and the other, about how humans became so long-lived. Both left us with a philosophical question to ponder. Thank you, Sue, for a wonderful evening!

 

Would-be poetess and Foundation Chair, Cheryl deBlecourt, created this fun ditty to pass around on Facebook. How can you not register after seeing this? Join the fun, dress in purple, have some coffee and granola bars and help to make a difference in the world. Polio will be ended in our lifetime! 

 

Every September, our club funds the materials for "Turn the Towns Teal", an ovarian cancer awareness campaign utilizing teal ribbons wrapped around trees, with ovarian symptoms listed on attached labels, to spread the message about this silent killer. We also join the many local supporters who show up to take part! A big thank you to Rotarians who showed up on Labor Day Saturday!

 

Our VP, Mark Hoffman , who rounded up the TTTT volunteers and brought his whole family to take part in this yearly event. Thank you to the Hoffmans, Linda DiMario, Ken Snyder, Ron Gentile, and the Riders for aptly representing our club.

 

Another September "opportunity for service" is to help staff the tent for the Boro Dam Fishing Project- a project we also help to fund. The Arts Festival is the perfect place to spread the word about this unique, free activity for youth, handicapped, seniors and veterans who love to fish! Thank you Gene Houck for helping out all day, and to Connie Keener, Ken Snyder and the Riders for taking some booth duty.

 

We celebrated Jim Schmitt's 90th birthday with a chocolate on chocolate cake, after Jim regaled us with the highlights of his life. As an Indiana farm boy, Jim remembers his dad's popularity as a rye whiskey supplier during prohibition, his test piloting of an aircraft that lost its canopy, his accreditation on at least 15 different aircraft, Captain of the Year for TWA, his second career as a permaculturist, before it became a popular way to cultivate plants... and, of course, his wife and two grown sons. Thank you for entertaining us, Jim! You've had a wonderful life - with more to come.

All the picnic photos are located in the photo library, to the right of this center column. Please view the slideshow to recapture the marvelous evening. Thank you to Rotarians Lyndsay Frazer for hosting us at her family vineyard, to Gene Houck for organizing the picnic and beer tasting, and for the delicious desserts he baked himself (!), and to Mike Markowitz for filling our bellies with such satisfying and diverse BBQ options with sides. It was a memorable evening with friends!

Jeff Olavarria (right), Theresa Arentzen (middle) and Sterling Randolph from the non-profit group Project Hero were guests of Donyale Showers at our morning meeting .  Project Hero raises funds to provide injured veterans and 1st responders with rehabilitative cycling programs and adaptive equipment for cycling. You can support an Honor Ride in Doylestown on September 22, 2018 - www.ProjectHero.org or contact Rick Millham about our team!
 
COO of the PA Biotechnology Center, Lou Kassa, brought our dinner-going Rotarians up-to-date about the best little business incubator in the country. The center is located next to the Doylestown Airport and houses about 30 growing companies, with a total of over 300 employees.  They also offer a Master's Program in Biomedical Science and teach advanced Chemistry courses for high school students.
We learned that the Biotech Center has 8 scientists with FDA-approved drugs on the market and graduating companies from the "incubator" have brought stock market offerings of $1.8 billion in the last 12 years. A $10 million expansion is in the works!
 
 
 
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