Doylestown Rotary News

Ellen Green presented at our Wednesday evening meeting on the launch of the 1st Annual Bucks Book Fest to be held in Downtown Doylestown, this Fall on October 13th & 14th!  Two fun filled days of events, authors, readings, book signings and workshops for people of all ages!  Check out the Bucks Book Fest website at  to learn more.  Ellen included a showing of the newly produced video about the Book Fest which can be viewed at
Ellen thanked Club members from JCarroll Malloy Realtor and Monument Bank for their pledge of support for the inaugural year of the Bucks Book Fest!
JoAnn Perotti received a Paul Harris Fellow award at our Sunrise Meeting, May 15th, for her leadership of our Club's strategic planning initiative!  JoAnn is pictured here with President Elect Gail Linenberg and President Allen Childs.  "JoAnn's expertise in leading this type of project really paid off for us as she organized our engagement of our membership and our community to craft our plan for our Rotary Club's vitality, impact and growth over the next handful of years," explained Allen as he recognized JoAnn with the honor.  JoAnn is the Director of Strategic Services for Bucks County Intermediate Unit, and past recipient of our Rotary Club's Four Way Test Award!
Great turnout this week!  Great speaker as well. 
Felt like a summer meeting at 90 degrees.  Love summer nights in May though!  Apparently we skipped spring this year. 
Editor's Note: If you ever see me on my cell phone during our meetings, which is often, I am taking these notes not texting ;)
  • This past weekend – Boro Dam Fish Derby – thanks to Don and Pat for branding it with flags and pins, Keith and Holly and 2 Interact students for serving the community
  • Also, this past weekend, the District Conference in Reading. Allen, Johnny O, Inge and Gail attended, along with Angela and 3 Interact students. Eight from Doylestown!
  • Morning Meeting – Dr. Marian Mass – a chop doctor who is determined to route out the waste in our healthcare system. $425 for a bag of saline? The bag costs $.15! Look for the 60 minutes special on this and for her to speak to the evening meeting soon
  • Tomorrow night – Rotarians are volunteering at the Designer House. 8-10 of us.
  • Boro Dam Fishing Derby is May 12th. 8 am-4 pm.  Please come out to cook burgers and dogs!
  • Also, District Training for Officers and Directors is May 12th at DeSales College. Our club will reimburse the cost of this.
  • Morning Meeting – Doylestown Health
  • Evening meeting next week – Grameen Foundation with Bob Eichfeld introducing it
  • May 7, John Gillhor
  • May 8, Mark Hoffman
  • May 11th, Michael Marks
  • Matt Jones
  • GM of Poverty Resolutions, a non profit helping children and families in Haiti
  • I was touched by Matt's origin story, leaving a Penn State MDA, with a wife and child, to go to Haiti to help out.  old move and all the more impressive to pursue helping others versus himself.  
  • In 2010, 200,000 people died in Haiti out of 10 million people. 
    • On a lighter note, Matt noted that Haiti is about the same size as New Jersey, but nicer!  As a Jersey guy, he is banned from Jersey, though I imagine he has only seen it from the turnpike between exits 7 and 13.  Since Matt is saving children, I will give him a pass this time (but never an EZPass as he is still banned ;)
  • People live in Haiti on only a dollar a day. Matt and his colleagues lived in that as well. 
    • Puts you in Survival mode. Make it to tomorrow. 
    • Drains your physical and mental energy. 
  • Heartbreaking to have a hungry child you literally cannot feed.  
  • Orphanages in Haiti
    • One on ten kids do not live with their parents. 
      • Most have a living parent who simply cannot care for them.  
    • Broken families perpetuate the cycle of poverty.  
    • How do you drop off one or some of your kids to an orphanage since you can’t feed them?
  • Only 20% of kids go to school.  
    • End up without a job. 
    • Have a kid. 
    • Kid ends up in orphanage. 
    • Cycle continues. 
  • They try to keep families together and take care of the kids within the parental homes.  
    • Opportunity for families to work 
    • Bring hope and opportunity to allow an education and enough food to get through and medicine to keep you healthy.  
    • Feed 200 meals a day for kids only
    • Educate 150 kids. 
  • Making a difference.  To some if not all.  
  • Also teaching adults to see and learning English.  Perhaps get a job.  
  • Opportunities to serve.
    • Make a trip. 
    • 300 volunteers a year.  
    • Holding babies. 
    • Help with medical queue. 
    • Build a home.  
  • Done this for the last eight years.  Others also.  
  • Lives are being changed.  
  • Goals in 2018: 
    • Double their Impact.
      • Build a larger kitchen.
      • Add a second school building. 
      • Add a basketball court and playground.  
  • 7 people work with Matt in the US.  50 people do most fo the day to day live in Haiti.   
  • Supported by individuals and some foundations.  
  • Why not Apply for a Rotary International grant?!
At Fishing Derby #2 for Veterans and the Handicapped, the fish were caught by surprise to find the head and hands of a person reaching for them through the fog.  Our next opportunity for service is May 12th, from 8-4, at the Boro Dam. 
Keith Cianfrani with his sweetheart, Holly (whom we hope will become a Rotarian sometime soon), pitched in to cook dogs and burgers all day, for the folks fishing around the pond.
CB West students who are members of the Interact Club, a high school version of Rotary, came to offer their service and smiles, as well. Photos captured by Rotarians of the Year, Don and Pat Rider.

Well done Janet and all those involved with the 4WTB event.  Wonderful way to start a day.   

I took some notes and published them below, and thank you Bruce for taking the pictures during the event, but Janet's heartfelt summary is a great way to start today's story:


The Ninth Annual Four Way Test Breakfast was a great success today and a proud moment for our club, thanks to many people. We honored 7 community leaders, 3 high school students and our POWER COUPLE Pat & Don Rider, designated our club's Rotarian(s) of the Year by Allen Childs. At the same time, we promoted the ideals of Rotary and donated $35,500 to nonprofit organizations, serving an even larger population. We enjoyed a great turnout today with over 200 guests in attendance, including our PA State Representative Marguerite Quinn, County Commissioner Rob Loughery, and our District Governor.   

I hope everyone feels proud to be a member of Doylestown Rotary. 

Our work was divided among many hands. I especially want to thank Karen Lasorda who has co-chaired this event with me for 9 years and does so much to make it a success. Karen was responsible for all corporate sponsorships, ads, and registration. This was a tremendous responsibility, as the key to our success is generating sponsors and advertisers. Special thanks to Linda McCrillis who coordinated all of our honorees and Inge Stannik for stepping up to organize the high schools student essay contest.

Also, thank you to Gene Houck for coordinating the raffle at the last minute, and Bill Shoffler for organizing our community grant process again this year. We had an amazing committee which included Allen Childs, Bob Clemente, Gail Linenberg, Jim Dowling, Linda DeMario, Pat Rider, and Robert Ainey all who contributed to make the event a success. And special thanks to Max for lugging the flags over last night and helping with set up, and Angela Sanchez, our exchange student, who assisted Linda in distributing the awards.  

THANK YOU all for attending or contributing to the event as a sponsor, advertiser, by paying for the cost of the breakfast, nominating our honorees, and bringing your friends. What a wonderful day! 

We will have our wrap up meeting next Wednesday May 2nd at 4:30 pm at the Club. If you have any suggestions or comments, please send them my way or join us at the wrap up meeting. By that time, we should know how much money we raised as well.

Tonight, we can all enjoy a relaxing Wednesday night at home. Janet

With gratitude,

Janet Mintzer
Rotary Club of Doylestown


Some more details of what transpired during our speaker- and heart- filled morning: 

  • Speakers:
    • Sharon - Some heartfelt tears from Linda to Sharon :) for their work with Roxy Therapy dogs. Over 100 volunteers helping local children!  They are paid in goosebump moments, which is priceless. Daughter Maddi is 15 and is also dedicated to the organization.  
    • Mira - Continuing her famous father’s wood work and workshop ... started in 1940 then incarcerated in 1942 and came to Bucks in 1943.  Second lives of the trees used in handmade furniture and skilled workmanship in a fast paced digital age. 
    • Joan - Chairman of the Board of Doylestown Hospital/Health System. Big Sister with a lifelong friendship.  Also Chairman for the Village Improvement Association in Doylestown.  Now focusing on Opioid addiction.  
    • Jack - Bringing people together through music at Del Val University.  Been in Doylestown for twenty years.  Sees the arts as an vehicle for enriching and bonding people in the community.  
    • Tom - Doylestown Fire Company Security Officer.  47 years of experience and service to the community.  Have to be grateful for that. 
    • Larry - Rotary Service Award.  For his repeated work done for the Rotary organization for the 500+ vehicle Doylestown Car Show. 
    • High School essay winners.  Chris, Gabriella and Amanda.  Chris read his winning essay and and garnered a standing ovation afterwards
  • Pictures​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

180419 YP Meeting

  • Great initial meeting! Even with some nice April hail coming down before the meeting!
  • 7 potential new members and close to that many Rotarians (Allen, Bob, Lyndsay, Mike, Don, Peter) showed up for support.
  • The young professionals that showed up were enthusiastic and engaged.
  • 4 or so are from same company that is already doing socially responsible work - helping find jobs for folks with intellectual and/or psychological challenges.   They are keen to help drive this YP initiative and participate.
  • Much networking and general discussion.  
  • The participative “solve the problem” groups exercise proved engaging as well, asking how you would solve real Rotary scenarios.  
  • Great job Lyndsay and Bob putting that together.  
Evening Meeting Notes
  • 4WTB is next Wednesday!
  • Car show coming! Looking for sponsors.  
    • 49 of 50 VIP slots sold within the first two hours online!
  • 200th anniversary of county oak tree planting. 
    • Our $5k donation will allow concrete patio as well as a bench with plaque. 
    • You can buy a tree for $200. 
    • Right now we have 12 1/2 trees! - we need another $100 for that sad sapling ;) 
  • 2nd Fishing Derby is April 28th 8-4pm - for seniors and disabled vets and as always children.  
  • Our first Young Professionals Meetup is being held on April 20th from 6-7pm at MOM’s upstairs. 
    • Thanks to Bob and Lyndsay for their hard work on this.
Tonight's Speaker
  • Kris Boger
    • Of Discover Doylestown and also Mind Your Design. 
    • She is one busy woman about town...
    • Upcoming Events:
      • Flower Baskets: done with Del Val college and borough.  
      • Doylestown 5k race: May 26th. Over 800 runners.  Super hero capes for fun runners :). 
      • Clean Up Day:  June 10th and August 19th.  Collected one ton of trash last year. 
      • Arts Festival:   September 8-9th. Applications close Friday. 
      • Art Week:  September 2-7th before the arts festival.  Local museums and year long attractions 
      • BookFest:  October 13-14. Writers workshops and author signings.  
Happy Birthday to our April birthdays including Gail and Pat :)
New Rotarian Gene Houck entertained us with his classification speech, sharing the startling discovery of a 4th child, through  It turns out that being a sperm donor can have its surprises - a welcome one, in this case. Gene married his high school sweetheart and they had three children together. Sadly, they lost a son to opiod addiction ten years ago. Gene currently works as a mortgage loan officer and said that he uses the Four Way Test every day.
Past President Rich Newman was honored with his 7th Paul Harris pin and we are honored to have such a generous Rotarian among us.
Assistant District Governor, John Ortolf, illustrated how our club could take a $5000 grant and turn it into a $50,000 one. His approach was perfectly pitched, since that is what our club is doing to fund a mobile clinic for the Navaho tribe in New Mexico, with help from the ANA and other Rotary Clubs.  John also explained how with an $85/month donation to the Rotary Foundation, we can all become major donors in just ten years. Since the Rotary Foundation is one of the top rated charities in the world, this makes financial sense for the philanthropically motivated in our club. At least five of us signed up!

Rotary Club of Doylestown Announces 9th Annual Four Way Test Award Honorees

(Doylestown, Pa.) - The Rotary Club of Doylestown will honor seven adults and three high school students at their 9th Annual Four Way Test Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., at the Doylestown Country Club, 20 Country Club Lane, Doylestown, Pa. 18901.

The Four Way Test asks four questions of the things we think, say or do - Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? These questions have been used by Rotarians for over sixty years as a guide for moral and ethical standards in business, community and personal affairs.

The Four Way Test adult honorees were chosen based on their dedication to community service and their desire to improve the lives of others. This year’s honorees are:

  • Jeane Vidoni Coyle, President and Chief Executive Officer, Penn Community Bank, will receive the Business Award for a wide variety of volunteer efforts in the community including her work as the vice chair of community impact at the United Way of Bucks County.

  • Thomas W. Smith, Jr., of Doylestown, Pa., will receive the Community Service Award for his dedication and service to Doylestown Fire Company, where he has developed and implemented procedures that safeguard the health and wellbeing of firefighters, both on and off the job.

  • Jack W. Schmidt, PhD, Professor of Music and Chair of the Liberal Arts Department at Delaware Valley University, will receive the Education Award for his work at Delaware Valley University in bringing people, both community members and students, together through music. He directs the university’s jazz band and symphonic band, is music director of the Palisades Community Chorus and associate conductor of the Doylestown Symphonic Winds.


Rotary Club of Doylestown Announces 9th Annual Four Way Test Award Honorees Page 1


  • Joan B. Parlee, Chairman of the Hospital Board and the Foundation Board of Doylestown Hospital, will receive the Healthcare Award both for her work with Medical Staff Auxiliary of Doylestown Hospital and as Chairman of the Hospital Board and the Foundation Board of Doylestown Hospital.

  • Sharon Fleck, President of Roxy Therapy Dogs, will receive the Not-for-Profit Award for her work with Roxy Therapy Dogs, a therapy animal organization dedicated to working with children in Bucks County. She has also worked with Animal Lifeline.

  • Mira Nakashima, Artist and Co-owner, George Nakashima Woodworker, will receive the Arts and Culture Award for her work in continuing the legacy of her father, the famed furniture designer and builder, George Nakashima.

  • Lawrence L. Woodson, Consultant and Volunteer, will receive the Honorary Rotary Service Award for his extensive volunteer work with Rotary Club of Doylestown. This is a special award being presented this year to a person who is not a member of the Rotary Club, yet serves the Rotary Club and the surrounding community.

    In addition to the Four Way Test Awards, three local students will be honored for essays they wrote addressing an ethical problem using the principles of the Four Way Test. This year’s student honorees are all from Central Bucks High School West:

    • Christopher Park, Chalfont, Pa.

    • Gabriella Lee, Doylestown, Pa.

    • Amanda Gasiorowski, Doylestown, Pa.

      The Rotary Club of Doylestown invites members of the community to attend the Four Way Test Awards breakfast. Tickets for the breakfast are $40 per person and a silent raffle table will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. For tickets or information, please contact Karen Lasorda at or by phone at 215 589-6209.

[_] For Tickets please contact Karen Lasorda at or call at 267 337-0279
Four Way Test
Awards Breakfast Sponsors
  • Doylestown Health  
  • Penn Community Bank 
  • Alliance Adjustment Group 
  • Bob & Lore Eichfeld
  • Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
  • Pearl S. Buck International
  • Pine Run Retirement Community
  • Powers Scientific
  • Bucks County Mediation and Arbitration Center
  • Bucks County Herald
  • Central Bucks Family YMCA
  • Doylestown Glass 
  • Freeman’s Auction
  • Buckingham Animal Hospital
  • Monument Bank
  • Law Office of Richard L. Newman
  • Specialty Care Management

Evening Meeting Notes 180404

  • Our Club will be volunteering at the VIA Designer House in Pipersville - to be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018
  • The Boro Dam fishing derby for kids saw a packed  event with lots of Rotarians volunteering!  The event offered BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs and was a  great day!  Two more fishing derbies coming...!
  • Our high school Four Way Test speech contest winners to presented with the winner going to Hatboro for Rotary district competition!
  • Our Clubs Four Way Test Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, April 25th to honor community leaders, award community grants and recognize Speech Contest finalist.  Thank you to Inge Karlberg - Stannik for her leadership for the Speech Contest!
  • Rotary President tree planting challenge:  we have approved up to 20 oak trees to be planted in Doylestown Township Central Park with a bench as well along the Sensory Trail. 
  • Evening highlight was the Four Way Speech Contest!
  • 2nd runner up: Amanda.
  • 1st runner up: Gabby. 
  • Winner: Chris.  Subject: Bullying. 
  • Lyndsay announced that the Rotary Young Professional's first meeting on 4/19 at Moms upstairs.  21-35 year olds.  Benefits: Networking and like minded folks with a social focus.  
  • Inga’s daughter in the peace corps got her basketball volleyball court in Rwanda approved and funded.  Inspiring.
Rotary and our worldwide partners are this close to ending Polio in this world!  And our End Polio Now Bear is showing up at our Rotary events to bring awareness to this important work!  When our End Polio Now Bear shows up, people gather around and have great fellowship and fun!  Even our exchange student and her host sister want in on a photo op with our End Polio Bear!  #endpolionow
Congressman Fitzpatrick presented at our Sunrise Meeting on March 27th.  Here he receives our Mercer Rotary Tile as a thank you!
 Fitzpatrick spoke at the Rotary Club of Doylestown’s Tuesday morning meeting to discuss legislative priorities effecting Bucks County and the country.  He addressed activities addressing the opioid epidemic, cyber bullying, cost of health care and school safety.  He explained that as part of the House's Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, they have passed measures that authorized federal funding to assist state and local governments with addiction prevention, recovery and law enforcement, and research and treatment. 
Fitzpatrick who is Vice Chairman of the task force said,  “Opioid addiction and abuse is nothing short of an epidemic.  From the toll it takes on our communities and families, to the strain on local leaders and law enforcement, this crisis is too important to let partisan politics get in the way of solutions.”

Dr. Mazaheri (middle) hosted members of the VIA and other DH friends for our Rotary dinner on March 28th, which featured Jim Brexler, DH President and CEO, as the speaker. Jim both entertained us and informed us with contrasts between our first hospital in 1923 and our present, rapidly expanding one. 


Jim told us that Doylestown Hospital is one of the top 100 hospitals in the country, with five star rated heart and  orthopedic programs. Doylestown is a great area to grow older!


The Village Improvement Association (VIA), which owns the hospital, got its start with a building on Oakland Street in 1923. In 1925, the Doylestown Rotary (with J. Carroll Molloy as President) established a fund to expand the hospital - just a year after the club was funded. Two years later, the $2800 fund paid for the stone addition to the building, including a modern obstetrical department, adjoining private hospital room, bathroom and dinette!


A 21st Century Rendering, depicting new projects under development, such as a new main entrance, the Center for Heart and Vascular Care, an Endovascular Hybrid Operating Suite, Pine Run Care Center, and an Outpatient Pavilion. 

Fifteen Doylestown Rotarians showed up in frigid weather to help community members ready the Borough Dam at Fanny Chapman Park for the youth, seniors, handicapped and Veteran fishing derbies coming up in the next few week. Our club helps to fund the events, as well as to grill up the all-day free burgers and hot dogs during the derbies.  March 31, April 28 and May 12 are the derby days, so mark your service calendars!
Dad's Hat founder, Herman Mihalich, wearing his father's fedora and holding a bottle of his company's award winning rye whiskey. Herman told us that rye whiskey has its roots in Pennsylvania, but that "rye" came to mean a low quality product, due to blending with corn whiskey and other spirits in Kentucky and Canada. At one point during the Prohibition, Turkish prune juice and coloring was marketed as "rye whiskey". Thanks to rekindled interest in re-creating the cocktails of earlier centuries, a market for the original PA rye whiskey (80% rye with 20% malt) emerged and in 2010, Herman and his co-workers were ready with a product. Dad's Hat has won awards for its fine taste, which is 100% PA derived. From the rye fields in Riegelsville to the barrels of PA oak, this whiskey makes us happy to say we're Pennsylvanians! A visit to the distillery at the Grundy Commons Complex in Bristol would be a well-attended social event.....
Jeane Vidoni Coyle
Jack W. Schmidt, PhD
Joan B. Parlee
Sharon Fleck
Thomas W. Smith, Jr.
Mira Nakashima
Lawrence L. Woodson
Two Doylestown Rotarians attended Rotary International President Ian Riseley’s first ever Peacebuilding Conference on “Peace and Environmental Sustainability”. The conference was held in Vancouver, BC, Canada on February 9-11, 2018. Attached is a link to the presentation they gave to the club at the Wednesday, February 14 meeting. 
Thank you to John and Gail for attending and sharing their learnings with us.  

Good attendance albeit poor weather :)

  • Angela, our exchange student from Spain, recently moved to a new host family. Amanda and Scott Fisher.
  • She is braving not only the Eagles parade, but also trying our for track and field.   
  • Peace Conference - Gail is currently attending this in Vancouver.  Cant wait to hear about that.  
  • End of March - the last Wednesday, we'll be hosting a special program with Doylestown Hospital and VIA. 
  • Dues are due! :).
  • There is a significant backlog - please open the email from Peter and go on the website to pay the bill. 
  • Don't just check your current balance, but go back to see if you have any back dues.
  • Not fun but not that hard really.
  • We really don’t want to perp walk anyone out of the Country Club ;) Unseemly. 
  • Our club is close to winning a Governor's Citation, Allen share per news from  John Ortolf. 

Lindsay’s Classification Speech

  • We have to applaud Lindsay's diligence, with her finding a Rotary template on classification speech topics to address. Well done!
  • Born at home on Halloween at Keystone farms, which her great grandparents started In the 1800s. 
  • Family recently restarted the farm at Wycombe Vineyards a few years ago. 
  • First job was at a think tank in Pittsburgh. Very cool first job.  
  • Worked at a design agency briefly but started her own business at 22.
  • Not a 9-5 profession.  Creative work.  Need to love it.  CLuckily she does.  
  • A lot of SMB clients supported by a 30-40 person agency.
  • She still does her family’s farm’s ads, site and marketing :). 
  • Side note - she brought the rum her family makes to the Michener and it was quite good.



  • Allen shared that a Native American Mobile Health Clinic project has been approved by  the BOD.  Of note is that Joann’s family has donated to that effort given her mother’s deep interest in Native American culture. 

180131 Wednesday Meeting at the Michener

  • Wow!  What a room!  Stunning backdrop.  See pictures below. 
  • Plus museum tours to boot 
    • The dog and horse paintings at the country club are nice, but this was quite a nice aesthetic change of pace ;).

The museum's art director welcomed us

  • She wanted us to spread the word throughout the community and bring in business sponsors
  • "Art is good for business."
  • There will be a business partner membership event on May 5th.  

Allen then kicked off the meeting for the group.  


  • Lyndsay. Carolyn Sorossi.  She and her husband own the CGR Games boutique.  
  • Gail. Michael Markowitz. Owner of Hickory Kitchen.  
    • Whereas I am apparently now Michael Marks(not-owitz).


  • Max: $1000 cash prize for bringing in a host family for exchange student from Thailand.  
  • Designer house is set for May 3rd.  8 people maximum is confirmed. 
  • Interact dog biscuit sale the Saturday from 10-2 at the pet store by the Acme.  

Museum (Speed) Tour featuring the works of Henriette Wyeth.

  • Tour guide did a lovely job albeit at 3x her normal speed.  Art history in 20 minutes...go. 
  • Henriette (on-rhee-ette to those in the know ;) was apparently a child painting prodigy.  Talent ran in the family certainly, but...
  • She made a living painting portraits of local aristocrats at the tender age of only 15!  That is impressive.
  • Not a particularly happy family seemingly.  Portraits are quite good but every face has the same grim countenance.  Bit of a stretch but your are is an expression of your soul, and their souls seemed quite stoic and serious.  My two cents albeit worth maybe half of one cent at best... 


  • Tasty finger food.
  • Interesting option for future meetings versus a larger and more expensive full course meal.


  • Ooh that was good. 
  • Cookie tray as a Rotary meeting norm? 
    • One vote for yes!

The Room

  • More, please. 
  • I'd like to live there.  Drafty but worth the view.
  • Yes I am talking to their event specialist to see how we can frequent there more often! ;)
  • Goodwill, culture and beauty.  What a combination...

Events Calendar

  • I need your help...
  • If you know of an upcoming participatory event (Car, Show, 4WT, Interact, Volunteer, Home Building, etc), please forward the date and details to me.
  • I am trying to put together a comprehensive events calendar beyond the T/W meetings.  
  • I may email you this same message, though I know this group, and given past history the Reply All's will approach infinity and push my levels of sanity beyond the point of no return.

Great seeing everyone last night.  Looking forward to seeing you next week.


Big Turnout for the january 24th meeting!

  • Gail presided.
  • Speaker - Erik Fleischer - Jon Fitch Museum


Event Updates

  • Car show meeting on 1/25 at 7pm at CB Ambulance on East St.
  • First two February morning meetings will be held at Altomonte's, not Coach's.
  • One big day in March:  the 17th.
    • Borough dam cleanup March 17th. 
    • District gala at Pine Crest March 17th
    • Also Allen's 60th birthday !!
    • Rotary leadership institute also March 17th . 
  • Ro Molyneux. Designer house early May.  Date tbc.  Only 8 people can attend - I believe she mentioned arm wrestling or MMA cage fight elimination for those final eight spots, but I may be mistaken.


Member Announcements

  • Inge's daughter has been in Rawanda since 2016. In the Peace Corp focusing on education. She is a boarding school teacher there. She is there trying to raise money for a community basketball court and also to create a communal effort to make the court more gender neutral to allow girls to play as well. They are trying to raise $7200.  Always lovely to hear young folks with such generous outlooks.
  • Karen.  Switched banks! Note her address change on the Rotary website. 
  • Linda. 4WT committee has chosen its invitees, who have been notified.

John Fitch Presentation

  • John Fitch, for reasons unknown, ended up in Warminster (although that sentiment seems to be held for the next 200 years as per local Warminsterians...)
  • John was apparently a brilliant ne'er do well 
    • His apprenticeship fails
    • He tries surveying.  His three years of work covering a very large area is rejected by the government. He is however given 1600 acres instead of money.
    • John is captured by Indians on his way to New Orleans to sell flour. 
  • However, his steam boat idea struck him, seemingly randomly, while walking with his friend in Warminster from the Neshaminy Meeting house.  
  • He finds that the Newcomen steam engine was already invented in 1712 for mine clearing. 
  • Presents his first steamboat model to Ben Franklin in 1785 at the American Philosophical Society. 
  • Fitch raised $300 from fellow craftsmen. Craftsmen had not access to upper echelon contacts or wealth.
  • Launched his first steamboat in 1787. Used a paddle mechanism to mimic canoe travel. 
  • He raised no money beyond that, but did get himself a six state monopoly for 17 years.  
  • Ironically the day he tried to patent the steamboat after years of successful trips, he finds three other interlopers saying they also invented the patent (human deviancy never seems to disappoint).  All four parties are granted patents.  
  • Still he owned 1600 acres earned from his surveying.
  • He predicted that steam powered boats would cross the ocean and eventually power cars.  He was well over 200 years ahead of his time. 
  • First successful steamboat launched in 1807.
  • Well done.  Interesting presentation.  Thank you Erik
The Riders presenting Erik Fleischer with a Mercer Tile, following his presentation last night. 
What is Rotary? We are ordinary people working together to accomplish the extra ordinary.

The Rotary Club of Doylestown is a volunteer service organization whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and throughout the world. Join us and discover the spirit of Rotary.

Kristen Bell - This Close to Ending Polio
Where we meet

Tuesday Morning

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Bucks County Intermediate Unit
705 N. Shady Retreat Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Wednesday Evening
5:30-7:00 pm
​Doylestown Country Club
20 Country Club Lane
Doylestown PA 18901
Young Professionals (ages 21-35)
Third Thursday
6:00 pm
MOM's on Main
37 N. Main Street
Doylestown PA 18901
Upcoming Events

Club International Service

The Four Way Test

What is
“The Four Way Test”?
Of the things we think, say or do …
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all Concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to All Concerned?

The Four Way Test is the key to being a Rotarian. It reminds us that we practice high ethical standards in our everyday lives. We believe that if we can promote The Four Way Test to our community it will benefit all of us.

Rotary Club Of Doylestown
P.O. Box 207
Doylestown PA 18901
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