Doylestown Rotary News

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!
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!

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!
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