Doylestown Rotary News


Linda Reider, Executive Director of the BC SPCA, wowed us with her presentation about just how much the organization does, including free sterility for cats and a low cost euthanization service for suffering, older pets. She compared the BC SPCA ideals to our 4WT- they seek honest and fair treatment for animals, while building goodwill in the community.


Linda will be presenting again on February 27th, so mark your calendars. And bring your retired pet cages, blankets, old towels, or fresh pet treats to donate!


Pickleball is the fastest growing racket sport for all age groups. It's played with solid rackets, bigger than ping pong rackets, and a plastic ball with holes in it, about the size of a wiffle ball. The net is low to the ground. Camp Curiosity has 13 courts, both inside and outside - if you are looking for a place to play.


 Jeremiah Thomas, son of member Bill Thomas and current Camp Curiosity Director, and "Pickleball Pete" entertained us with pickleball history and showed us how to play (virtually). Imagine being 2' tall, standing on a ping pong table. Now you know!

On December 19th at our Holiday Party, Membership Chair Bob Tessier inducted Jake Atwell (sponsored by Shawn Herron) and Michelle Hunsberger (sponsored by Alexandra Nocella). Jake is the son of member JoAnne Atwell and both Jake and Michelle are Young Professions. Welcome to our club!
Bob Tessier also inducted Kevin Debias on December 19th, who is being pinned by his sponsor, Shawn Herron. Kevin's induction brings our membership total to 87, which was our membership goal for the year. Well done, Bob Tessier  and welcome, Kevin!
Bob Tessier and the YP members, along with exchange students David Staxler from Sweden, at CB West, and Alex Anjarry from France, at CB East. Our YP group has 5 members with 1-2 more planning to join.

The Doylestown Rotary has posted guidelines for 2019 grant applications on this website. Please scroll down to the "downloads" section and select "2019 RFP". Proposals that meet our guidelines should be submitted now until Jan 31st. Submit to Here is an example of how the money we raise at our 4WT Breakfast and Doylestown at Dusk Car Show is put to work!


Esteemed club member, Bob Eichfeld, introduced us to our speaker, Eileen Heisman, CEO of The National Philanthropic Trust. The Trust was originally a $1M fund started by the Pitcairns in the 1980's and has grown to a $5-6B trust under Eileen's leadership. She shared current trends in giving, including "bunching" - a way to donate every other year at double the normal giving amount to take advantage of tax write-offs. She admits that charities do not know how the new tax rules will affect giving. Her talk was speedy, fact-filled and informative. Thank you, Eileen, for your excellent presentation. We learned a lot!

Thanks to clubmember Carol Ferguson for making the contact, we now have a place to send personal checks to help with disaster relief in Paradise, CA. She received a note from the Chico Rotary Club Administrator with words from Chico Club President Leanne Chrisman.
"Our Paradise Club neighbors up the hill have experienced tremendous losses: over 6400 homes destroyed! We have some members of our club who are still evacuated and four have lost their homes. I have visited several of the shelters and they seem to be in pretty good supply at this time. Monetary donations will be the ticket as these folks begin the recovery period. The Paradise Rotary Club will be accepting donations to be used to assist people in the short and long term via The Paradise Rotary Foundation. Checks can be mailed to the Paradise Rotary Foundation, c/o Scheer Memorial Chapel, 2410 Foothill Blvd, Oroville, CA 95966."
Members of the Rotary Club of Doylestown and visitors to this site are welcome to send a personal note of encouragement along with any monies sent. The sentiments may mean as much, if not more, than anything we can possibly do to help. 

Larry Woodson, with his wife Marie looking on, is receiving a Paul Harris pin from Past President Bruce Rutherford as a gesture of thanks from our club for the many years of dedication to our car show fundraisers. Larry computerized the parking process, registration payment process and he even directs cars to parking spots for Doylestown at Dusk. Thank you , Larry! You are a Rotarian, in spirit, of the highest order.

John Gemmi, beside his wife, Lizzie, accepts his Paul Harris award/pin for taking Larry's parking plans and putting them into action. John and his crew set up the show and take it down - a monumental help to our club's car show fundraising efforts. He sets the bar high for "dedication to community" and we truly appreciate his willingness to be a most valuable player on car show day (or the rain date...). 

Janet Mintzer looks on warily, as she is pinned once again for her generous donations to the Rotary Foundation.Her contributions have come back to the club as DDF for our club's district and international grants.Thank you, Janet!

Sgt at Arms Andree Amelsberg, who has barely removed the new member ribbon from his name tag, has already contributed enough to the Rotary Foundation to receive his first Paul Harris Award/pin. Nicely done, Andree!

Congratulations, Molly!
Molly Ferguson grew up in Doylestown and is a CB West alumni ('08). She got her BA in International Studies and Women's and Gender Studies from USC in 2012, then joined the US Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa as a Community Health volunteer. Her Peace Corps focus was in renovating the health center in her village and in capacity development with the staff regarding vaccination, maternal and neonatal care and hygiene and sanitation. She organized a nationwide women's empowerment conference, served in a leadership role on a gender and development committee, and worked with middle school aged girls at summer camps. After her Peace Corps service, she joined John Snow, Inc. (JSI), a global health consulting firm in Washington, DC, supporting immunization programs all over the world, funded by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Molly will be spending the year before she leaves for the University of Queensland in Freetown, Sierra Leone, working in capacity development of medical and midwifery schools throughout the country. She is really looking forward to studying Peace and Conflict Resolution and focusing her career more on human rights advocacy.
Rotarian Peter Rall has been playing pickelball for several years and some of us had never heard of it. Apparently, pickleball was invented in the 1960's as backyard entertainment, combining elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong. Two or four players use solid paddles to hit something like a  Wiffle Ball, over a net. We all enjoyed learning about this new sport and we want a pickleball outing!
Foundation Chair Cheryl deBlecourt introduced President Robert DeFinis and Executive Director Cindy Murphy of the Comprehensive Learning Center for individuals with Autism. The foundation arm of the school - the AJ Foundation - will be seeking a grant for programs or equipment to provide services not offered by the local schools or state programs.
Cindy Murphy then spoke passionately about the AJ Foundation - the 501-c(3) arm of the Comprehensive Learning Center . She told us that 1 out of 59 children are diagnosed with Autism, yet no cause has been determined. The foundation assures that the 30 plus children and older adults in the school program will not have to pay for the cost of the school's services. She will also address our Sunrise Meeting in December.
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.
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!

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