Doylestown Rotary News

Our club meeting on June 10, 2020 initiated what we hope will be an ongoing discussion about Black History and current racial tensions, as we search for a way to make positive change, in our communities and in ourselves. We asked four Rotarians of minority ethnic heritage from our club to participate and three were able to join us: Doylestown Attorney Melissa Bond, Non-profit Executive Ify Aduba and Financial Advisor Kal Patel. Doylestown Rotarian and Peace Center President, Connie Keener, moderated the panel discussion. Our panelists shared history along with personal experiences and when the question was asked, "what can we as a Rotary Club do to make a difference?", the answer was education. Whether in the form of scholarships for Bucks County students to attend Black Colleges, which are financially hurting right now, or some other means, the outcome of the meeting gave a us a direction to head. Thank you Connie, Melissa, Ify, and Kal for a wonderful presentation and thank you to Janet Kolepp (our next DG) from the Bethlehem Morning Star Club, DGN Bob Hobaugh from Kutztown, PE Dan Watson-Bey from Harleysville, PE Mindi Vogel from Blue Bell, PP Bob Powers from Hatboro, and AG Patti Smith from Blue Bell for joining our discussion!
Now more than ever, we recognize the importance of effective vaccines to protect against disease. As scientists work to develop one to protect all of us from the new coronavirus, we recognize how far we have come this World Immunization Week, April 24th - 30th, and encourage everyone to immunize their children and themselves against preventable diseases.

The Rotary Foundation has a long history of funding disease prevention and treatment projects that focus on health issues that impact vulnerable communities, like our polio eradication efforts. Successes in these areas have helped us address other global health challenges, including the spread of the coronavirus. 
Learn how our work fighting polio is supporting the COVID-19 response in communities worldwide.
We have an exceptional and extraordinary opportunity to join the fight against COVID-19. What if there was a way to help, from the safety of our homes, and make a real difference? Rotarians and their supporters have the opportunity to lead recruitment of the first one million citizens to participate in Volunteer Surge. Together, we can reduce suffering and save lives.

Just a few days ago, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act became law. We wanted to share more details about the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, a loan program designed to help small business owners.

The Small Business Administration released detailed guidelines for borrowers that explain the provisions and how you can benefit.

We are very sorry to inform you that in light of the continuing public health threat of the Coronavirus and the Governor's request that all events of 250 participants or more be suspended, the annual Fish Stocking event at the Borough Dam scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 has been cancelled.

Please also be advised that the annual Youth Fishing Derby, scheduled for Saturday, April 4 has been postponed with no rescheduled date at this time. Doylestown Rotary, the Friends of the Borough Dam, and Doylestown Borough will be monitoring the public health situation in the coming weeks to determine if and when the Youth Fishing Derby can be rescheduled.

At this time, Borough Dam Clean-Up day on Saturday, March 21 and the Seniors, Handicapped Persons, and Disabled Veterans Fishing Derby on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17 are still scheduled to go forward.

Bucks County Deputy Sheriff Gary Bruno does more than protect our community, he also works to provide free uber rides to those battling addiction and who need transportation to treatment centers. Join us at the February 26th evening meeting to learn how a short drive in a winter storm inspired Gary to launch a community-wide effort to help people in recovery.
Over the past 25 years, Mike Maney has led global communications for high profile, culture shifting emerging business divisions at two Fortune 500 companies, spearheaded the rebrand of a major multi-company technology foundation, and helped more than 20 early stage companies communicate better. He also once stood on the Saturday Night Live stage with Chris Farley.
Join us at the Sunrise Meeting on February 11th at 7:30 AM for Tell Don't Sell and to learn more from this leading professional and well known Doylestown photographer. Bring a friend! This meeting is open to all club members, spouses and guests! For more information and to RSVP, send us an email
On November 8th at the Warrington Club, the Doylestown Rotary Young Professionals hosted their first fundraiser - a Masquerade Ball to "unmask" the stigma of opioid addiction and raise money to address opioid concerns. With every detail of the event thoughtfully and artfully conceived - the entrance walkway, check-in, wine tasting, delicious food, sponsorship pamphlet, dancing demonstration, photo booth, art auction, bachelor auction and emotional speakers - the evening could not have been better received by the crowd of party-goers in attendance. Well done, YP's. You will make a difference in our community with your efforts to defeat addition.
Join us at the Sunrise Meeting on Nov. 19 for an opportunity to hear from District Attorney Matt Weintraub. Increase your knowledge regarding issues impacting our communities and get your questions answered!
Weintraub, a Bucks County native with over a quarter-century of experience as a prosecutor, was appointed District Attorney in 2016. On Nov. 8, 2017, Weintraub was elected to serve a full, four-year term by the voters of Bucks County. Learn how Weintraub has focused his office's efforts to help combat the addiction crisis and about new legislation he has helped to craft relating to abuse and human trafficking.
  Bring a Friend! This meeting is open to all club members, spouses, and friends!
  November 19th
  7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  Bucks County IU
  705 N Shady Retreat Rd
  Doylestown, PA 18901
Where can women who struggle with substance abuse pursue recovery in our community?  The Women's Recovery Community Center (WRCC) in New Britain, PA. The WRCC was founded in 2006 by The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc (The Council) to provide a safe, structured residential environment to women throughout every stage of their recovery. The WRCC is located in a 100+-year-old historic home and can accommodate up to 12 women at one time. The women who stay at the WRCC are provided caring and individualized support, enabling them to thrive and sustain long-term recovery from substance abuse. The WRCC faced a new obstacle in 2018, one the Rotary Club of Doylestown helped remove.
In 2018 above-average rainstorms resulted in serious leaks to occur throughout the center. The women's living conditions were compromised. A roof repair was badly needed, and so was the money to make it happen.
Each year the Rotary Club of Doylestown grants donations for worthy local projects. Grantees are selected through a competitive Request For Proposal (RFP) process, which draws 30-70 applications and runs from Dec 1 through Jan 31. Jennifer King, CFRE, Executive Director of The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, submitted a request for a grant to help raise the capital for the much-needed roof repairs. The WRCC was selected and awarded a $5,000 grant at the Rotary Club of Doylestown's annual 4 Way Test Breakfast in April.
Since then, the roof has been repaired, ensuring no more leaks and the WRCC's program of services can continue unimpacted. Beyond assisting the women who are residents, the WRCC is a community center too. There are currently 11 residents, and with a variance in the length of time each woman stays, the Women's Center houses approximately 25-30 women in a given year. There is also an active alumni group of women who participate in programs at the center and 20 volunteers dedicated specifically to the Women's Center. As a result of the grant, all have been positively impacted! For more information about the WRCC please click here.
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For the next several weeks, the Sunrise meetings are cancelled and the Wednesday evening meeting will be held virtually! Please join us from the comfort of your own home!
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Wednesday Evenings
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Here's how to join the virtual meeting:
Meeting ID: 779 806 7763
Password: 18901
You can access the audio through your PC or by dialing in with your phone using either of these numbers: 
1 253 215 8782 US
1 301 715 8592 US
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880 W. State Street
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