Doylestown Rotary News

CB East and Kenyon College graduate, Kevin Magee, spoke to both meetings this week about his adventures as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He works as a Spanish educator in a village at the DR border with Haiti, in the north of the island. Coincidentally, the Engineers without Borders Water Project that we agreed to help fund is located nearby, in Machete. Because Kevin attended a Sunrise Rotary meeting last year and learned about the water project, he decided to visit it and give us a report. The day he arrived for his tour was the day RI awarded $60K for the project. There is a pipe already installed where the water pump will be located and he learned that water will be piped to the top of a nearby hill for distribution via gravity to the towns nearby. He told us that this project will be life-changing for the people involved, who currently travel to a local river for water. Kudos to Kevin for making the trip to bring us news of our Rotary Fundraising at work!

Scholarship recipient Kelly Cyliax spoke to us about her first semester at Mary Washington University. She is active on the college softball team, having captained the CB West team last year. Her coach encourages the team to connect with the community for social good, which Kelly is really enjoying. There is no Rotary Club at MWU, but Kelly has reached out to local clubs in Vicksburg and -who knows - she may just start one!


Club President Allen Childs  and District Governor Rick Gromis present Nick Molloy with commendations from Rotary International President Ian Riseley and a celebratory Rotary cake for Nick's 50th anniversary with the Rotary Club of Doylestown! 

Nick joined our club Dec 7th, 1967 and for 32 years, he never missed a weekly Rotary meeting. For some time, three generations of Molloys were in the Doylestown Club at one time - surely a club record! He started as Sargent at Arms and progressed through almost every role, including Club President in 1972. During his Presidency, the club started Walkathons for the March of Dimes that raised $150K over a five year period. The club ran a chicken barbecue to raise money for the VIA and held a Christmas party for deserving children. He continues to serve as the Memorial Day Parade organizer, arranging for 10 new Fred Beans Mustangs to showcase our Veterans every year.

Nick was know for his skills with sticks and little white balls, bringing the District Golf Trophy back to the Doylestown Club, time and time again. The "Molloy bounce" described his good luck on the course, in the club and in life, with his wife, Bert, and his children.
A great evening was shared with his family, club members...and past club members such as George Kennedy!  Great laughs with stories shared, and a good time had by all!  And a wonderful celebration of Nick's leadership and contribution to our community and club!
The Rotary Club of Doylestown is requesting nominations for The 2018 Four-Way Test Award.
Do you know someone who deserves it?
Nominations are due January 12, 2018! 
We hope you will consider nominating a friend or colleague for the Rotary 4-Way Test Award, which will be presented by the Rotary Club of Doylestown at a breakfast on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
The Rotary 4-Way Test:
  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Is it beneficial to all concerned?
The Rotary Club of Doylestown strives to honor students and people in our business community each year that live by these principles.  We accept nominations from members of the community as well as members of the Rotary Club. 

Categories for nominations are:
  • For profit business
  • Not for profit
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Volunteer
Regardless of the category, people should be nominated for their volunteer contributions to the community and for their consistent adherence to the Four Way Test in all aspect of their lives.
Please take a few minutes to consider who you work with or know of in the community that has the 4-way test principles in mind in everything they do.  We would appreciate hearing from you with a nomination.
Please send your nomination on or before January 12, 2018 to Linda McCrillis at
E-mail Linda or call her at 267-614-5514.
 Lyndsay Fraser has joined our club as the first "Young Professional" since we added that Membership Category this autumn. Her induction ceremony took place during our Holiday Festivities on December 6th and the cell phone camera apparently fell into the drinks.... However, more photos of this soon-to-be-very-active Rotarian will be forthcoming, because Bob Tessier would love to have her on his Membership Committee! Welcome to our club, Lyndsay!
Our local university, DVU, asked for volunteers to help sort 10,000 lbs of seed packets for revitalizing Puerto Rico and Haiti, after devastating hurricanes and flood damage to agricultural lands this year. Rotarians Amy Parenti, Inge Karlberg-Stannik with her parents, Interact Member Amanda G, and (not pictured) Gail Linenberg and her son joined in the fun. The sorting was over before the Saturday morning gang of Rotarians could get in to help. Great to know that our community has so many who are willing to jump right in when help is needed!
At the Tuesday, December 5th Sunrise meeting, Club President Allen Childs honored two Doylestown Rotarians for their ongoing support of Rotary efforts with Paul Harris Award pins.  Congratulations to John Ortolf and Carol Ferguson for their generous contributions to Rotary efforts locally and globally!
The Rotary Club of Doylestown is pleased to announce that its 2018 Request For Proposals for Community Grants is now available online! 
You may download an application packet here.
Completed proposals and should be e mailed to no later than January 31, 2018.
The Doylestown Rotary seeks funding proposals from local organizations providing services to the citizens of Doylestown and Bucks County. The Doylestown Rotary will evaluate all requests and award grants up to $5,000. Each organization may submit only one request. Projects between two organizations can receive up to $10,000.  The grant funding for nonprofit organizations should meet a current need that focuses on:
Promoting Peace, Education related to addiction and expressions of hate, Families at Risk, Victims of Abuse, and/or Capital Projects (supporting 1-4).  To learn more, download and review the application packet.

Our mission is to reduce poverty and partner with our community to promote economic self-sufficiency, explained Erin Lukoss, Executive Director of Bucks County Opportunity Council at our 11/29/17 club meeting. 
Erin stepped a full house of Rotarians and guests through the work of BCOC in connecting people in poverty with the resources to thrive, and the opportunity to leave poverty - permanently!  Graduating over 300 hard working people and families in their Economic Self Sufficiency Program! 
BCOC fills in the gaps, as Erin explained.  From supplying food, emergency housing, transportation, weatherization, training and education through partnership with BCCC, this agency is the designated community action agency of Bucks County.
More information about BCOC can be found at or click here to read their impact report:
We also welcomed a new member, Gene Houck, who was inducted by our Membership Chair, Bob Tessier!  Gene is married to Christine Houck, and works at NJ Lenders Corp.  Please join us in welcoming Gene to our club and we will anxiously await his classification speech!  Gene's membership brings our total to 82 Rotarians!
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Club Holiday Party next Wednesday at the Cock & Bull Restaurant in Peddler's Village.  The pre-party gathering will be at the newly opened Lahaska Bookshop at 5:30, then moving to the Cock n Bull at 6:00 pm!  Please RSVP Kim Arnold asap if you plan to attend.
Our always entertaining Sunrise Rotarian and CPA, Ray Minich, gave us a report on his favorite book - one he's been reading since 1980. It's not that he's a slow reader, it's just that the book is ever evolving and completely relevant to current events. Figure out the book yet? Yep! The Federal Tax Code!  Not only did Ray tell us what changes in taxation are probably headed our way, but he fielded questions and gave advice. We all left the meeting feeling very well informed, but our "Ray" of sunshine, he was not! Thanks for the laughter with the bitter medicine, Ray.

Dr. Andy Johanson and Dr. Wendy Axelrod, a husband/wife team from the Bluebell Rotary, traveled to Venezuela with a Rotaplast Team recently.

Andy has been fundraising and volunteering for Rotaplast since he was inspired by a presentation he saw in 2010. Their photo-journalistic presentation was riveting- with before and after photos of cleft lip and palate repair that left us cheering -and we applaud their dedicated service!

Rotarians are just awesome.

It was a spook-tacular time in the Historic Doyletown Cemetery on Halloween Morning!
Led on a very informative tour by Doylestown Rotarian (and local historian) Mike Kendrick, the Sunrisers learned about the cemetery's many notable residents and their contributions to Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the United States, and the world.   
Mike shared anecdotes, facts, and wealth of local trivia with the group. The tour highlighted the importance of honoring our past while living in the present and preparing for the future.  
Our time spent discussing the important contributions of Doylestonians past helps us to better understand our role as ambassadors for Rotary and Doylestown today!
Rotarians making a difference!
Hair nets and all! 20 Rotarians, CB West Interact students and friends from The Doylestown Rotary Club helped pack 86,700 meals at Friday night’s Feed My Starving Children event at Del Val University!  Enough for 247 children to eat for an entire year!

Amazing work to change the lives of children around the world! Way to go Rotary!
Thank you Inge for inspiring us to join with our Interact Students for this great opportunity to make a difference!
Doylestown Rotarian Carol Ferguson shared an AMAZING presentation about the work of the Pennsylvania Polio Survivors Network.  The network, run by volunteers, encourages polio awareness, advocates for survivors, raises funds for vaccines, and provides a forum for survivor networking.  The club was amazed at the success of the PA Polio Survivors Network in its short existence!  Congratulations to Carol and the entire team for your courage and tenacity in raising awareness and ensuring that no survivor feels alone!
The Sun Risers met on Tuesday, October 10th at Coach's in Doylestown.  Rotarian Jim Dowling led the group in a fascinating conversation about the book The Train To Crystal City. 
The group discussed the overall themes of the book and their historical and modern-day connections and relevance.  
Each month, a member of the Sun Rise group leads a riveting conversation about a book that is meaningful to them.  Please consider joining us to participate in these meaningful conversations!
The Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to support global efforts to eradicate polio!
One way you can us in our efforts is by supporting the local Purple Pinkie Run in Schnecksville, PA on October 14th!
Can't come on the 14th?  Sponsor one of our runners . . . "End Polio Pete" or "Let's Get Purple Allen".
Why is it called "Purple Pinkie" ?  
When vaccinating the children in remote parts of the world, the medical team hands out candy.  But kids, being smart, started showing up in line multiple times to get more.  So the medical folks began to roll the children's’ pinkie finger in purple ink to identify those who’d been inoculated.  Today, we run with “Purple Pinkies” to show our support of the people needing our help to fight this horrible disease.
All of this leads up to World Polio Day on October 24th.

Find out how you can participate in or sponsor this event by viewing the PDFs below:

2017 Registration Form

2017 Sponsorship Form


Several Rotarians were out in force Saturday morning, September 2, Turning The Town Teal

In support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, volunteers gathered in town to tie teal ribbons on light posts and trees to remind everyone of the silent dangers posed by ovarian cancer. 

The Rotary Club of Doylestown is a proud sponsor of this event! 

Rotarians Pat Rider, Don Rider, Pat Petrillo, and Mark Hoffman (and his family: Lisa, Madeline, and Samuel) helped turn Broad Street teal!



The Rotary Club of Doylestown held its summer picnic on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  A great time was had by all at the beautiful Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center.  We were graciously hosted by Rotarian Chris Brockett, CEO of Ivy Hill, and his amazing family and staff.  The Club toured the property, met some amazing horses, enjoyed a delicious BBQ dinner, played lawn games, and celebrated another successful summer of community service!
On Tuesday, August 15th, the Sun Risers were joined by two visiting teachers from Zhenjiang China, the city where Pearl Buck lived 18 years.   The teachers are here as part of a cultural visit and home stay experience for eight students from the school.  Pearl Buck actually attended the same school the students attend and later served as a teacher at the school after graduation from college.  The students are experiencing family life, our culture and, of course, sightseeing. Following this first week with local families, the group of students and teachers will travel to Washington DC and New York City.   Many thanks to Rotarian Janet Mintzer, President & CEO of Pearl S. Buck International, for coordinating our time this morning with our guests.  We had a wonderful conversation about their school and education in China.  
In photo (left to right):  Shanming Zhao, Janet Mintzer, Zhuzhu Pan)
The Sun Risers of the Rotary Club of Doylestown met on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.  The club focused much of its hour together on fellowship, learning more about one another through an ice breaker activity with M&Ms!!!  
Rotarian Gail Linenberg also recognized five members of the club for supporting our morning meetings over the past year.  As a thank you, Gail generously gifted each with a new Rotary hat!
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 am
Coach's Steak & Hoagie House
44 E. State Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
Wednesday evening
5:30-7:00 pm
​Doylestown Country Club
20 Country Club Lane
Doylestown, PA 18901
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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.

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