Doylestown Rotary News


Every September, our club funds the materials for "Turn the Towns Teal", an ovarian cancer awareness campaign utilizing teal ribbons wrapped around trees, with ovarian symptoms listed on attached labels, to spread the message about this silent killer. We also join the many local supporters who show up to take part! A big thank you to Rotarians who showed up on Labor Day Saturday!


Our VP, Mark Hoffman , who rounded up the TTTT volunteers and brought his whole family to take part in this yearly event. Thank you to the Hoffmans, Linda DiMario, Ken Snyder, Ron Gentile, and the Riders for aptly representing our club.


Another September "opportunity for service" is to help staff the tent for the Boro Dam Fishing Project- a project we also help to fund. The Arts Festival is the perfect place to spread the word about this unique, free activity for youth, handicapped, seniors and veterans who love to fish! Thank you Gene Houck for helping out all day, and to Connie Keener, Ken Snyder and the Riders for taking some booth duty.


We celebrated Jim Schmitt's 90th birthday with a chocolate on chocolate cake, after Jim regaled us with the highlights of his life. As an Indiana farm boy, Jim remembers his dad's popularity as a rye whiskey supplier during prohibition, his test piloting of an aircraft that lost its canopy, his accreditation on at least 15 different aircraft, Captain of the Year for TWA, his second career as a permaculturist, before it became a popular way to cultivate plants... and, of course, his wife and two grown sons. Thank you for entertaining us, Jim! You've had a wonderful life - with more to come.

All the picnic photos are located in the photo library, to the right of this center column. Please view the slideshow to recapture the marvelous evening. Thank you to Rotarians Lyndsay Frazer for hosting us at her family vineyard, to Gene Houck for organizing the picnic and beer tasting, and for the delicious desserts he baked himself (!), and to Mike Markowitz for filling our bellies with such satisfying and diverse BBQ options with sides. It was a memorable evening with friends!

Jeff Olavarria (right), Theresa Arentzen (middle) and Sterling Randolph from the non-profit group Project Hero were guests of Donyale Showers at our morning meeting .  Project Hero raises funds to provide injured veterans and 1st responders with rehabilitative cycling programs and adaptive equipment for cycling. You can support an Honor Ride in Doylestown on September 22, 2018 - or contact Rick Millham about our team!
COO of the PA Biotechnology Center, Lou Kassa, brought our dinner-going Rotarians up-to-date about the best little business incubator in the country. The center is located next to the Doylestown Airport and houses about 30 growing companies, with a total of over 300 employees.  They also offer a Master's Program in Biomedical Science and teach advanced Chemistry courses for high school students.
We learned that the Biotech Center has 8 scientists with FDA-approved drugs on the market and graduating companies from the "incubator" have brought stock market offerings of $1.8 billion in the last 12 years. A $10 million expansion is in the works!

Our newest member, Shawn Herron, is a Young Professional, inducted August 8th by Robert Ainey of the Membership Committee. Shawn was sponsored by Past President Allen Childs, who told us that Shawn hopes to be a published author in the near future. Welcome, Shawn!
Club member Bill Thomas, second from the left, organized our Polo overview and brought along fellow Polo rider, George Daniello, on the left, and Timicum Polo Club Manager Hesham El-Gharby, on the right, to teach us the basics. We learned that the field is 9 times bigger than a football field, players must use their right hand to swing the mallet, both men and women play together, there is NO age limit to the riders, and horses are 75% of the game. The Tinicum Polo Club is the largest on the East Coast and we hope you will come out to cheer them on. Doylestown Rotarians can watch from the shade of our own tent on the home team side, every Saturday until October, weather permitting. Call 908.996.3321 ext 2 on Saturday mornings to see if the match is on!
Our club awards three college scholarships every year, with one winner from each CB High School. The scholarships are $4000 each, given out at the rate of $1000 per year. Adding up the incoming Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, we have 12 scholars every year, who contact us about their experience, hopes and dreams. This year we had 5 students visit our Sunrise Meeting.
Six students were able to return for our evening meeting. The twelfth student was actually a male - yes, we do select young men to receive this scholarship. The strong showing of young women as winners is an anomaly and not representative of previous years.
Our August 31st Sunrise meeting featured speaker Nicole Kelliher, who was introduced by Chris Nardo. Nicole told us about the Credit Counseling Center, which few of us had heard about.The Credit Counseling Center is a nonprofit community-based organization. For the last 22 years, their certified counselors have been helping thousands of people pay off debt, create a budget, buy their first home and gain a lifetime of financial freedom.Their programs are designed to help consumers develop lifelong money management skills, specializing in financial problem solving, consumer credit, debt management & more. The CCC's mission is to provide the highest-quality services to families and individuals in need of a financial education.  If you know someone who heeds these FREE services, call their office on Weldon Drive, 215-348-8003.
(CLICK on the title to see the car show winners!)
Congratulations to the Car Show Committee and friends for an excellent event, complete with all the weather options for a memorable family outing!
Special thanks go to our fabulous sponsors: Fred Beans Family of Dealerships, The Thompson Organization, Keenan Motors, Keystone Volvo, Worth and Company, Paul B. Moyor, Penn Community Bank, McCaffrey's Simply Fresh Market, Beres Contracting, Inc., McNamara Financial Group, Midas of Doylestown, Trans Shop, Tambeaux Racing, Auto Appraisal Group, Inc., B&B Beverages, Christian Heating & Air Conditioning, Penn Color, Bartlett Tree Service, Rutherford's Camera Shop, Bux-Mont Awards, Doylestown Fire Company, Bob Shaw Signs and Gemmi Construction! Thank you also to the Doylestown Borough and Mind Your Design - our community sponsors.
We also thank our program advertisers: PA Dent Repair, LLC., GKC Enterprise, LLC., R P Minich, CPA, Porsche and Audi Warrington, Monument Bank, Central Bucks Crematory, Inc., Varcoe-Thomas Funeral Home of Doylestown, Inc., Karen LaSorda, Jay Frunzi/Kershaw & Fritz Tire Service, Inc., Joshua Quinn/Farmers Insurance, Peter Quigley/Renvyle Partners, LLC., Peter Rall/PCR Interim Management, ab Waste Solutions, Steven Lambing/Lambing Customer Finishing and Woodworking, Zachary Johnson/Doylestown Waste Recycling, Smith Marine, LLC., Richard L. Newman/Newman Elder Law, Pearl S Buck House, Doylestown & Lahaska Bookshops, Sweets and Treats, Stan's Vitamins & Supplements, Classic Cigar Parlor, Moore Cleaning, Nurney Landscape & Design, Inc., Logan Auto Body, G. Higgins & Associates Architects, Sik-Nastee Custom T-Shirts, Doylestown Auto Repair, Camp Curiosity, The Peace Center, Buckingham Animal Hospital, Bella's Boutique, Hilltown Services, Inc., J Carroll Molloy, LLC., Alliance Adjustment Group, Bucks-Mont Party Rental, Minuteman Press of Doylestown, Doylestown Hide Away Self Storage, Georges Tool Rental, Leonard Rose and Sons Plumbing and Heating, John F. Ortolf, CFP/ChFC, Penn's Grant Realty, Bee Bergvall & Co., CPA, Black Ice Details & Coatings, Pag's Pub, and the Doylestown Arts Festival. 

On July 10th, the Sunrisers visited the PA Biotechnology Center, near the Doylestown airport. COO Lou Kassa explained that the PABC is a non-profit pharma incubator, with 300 scientists working in about 30 small companies. Since 2006, the exit value of graduated companies is $1.75 Billion and it is considered the most successful incubator in the country.


A common area, the "Idea Cafe", is where more than just coffee is percolating. When scientists from all over the world get together to relax, brainstorming occurs naturally. Rotarians Chris Nardo, Ken Snyder, and Donyale Showers appreciate the creative setting as we tour the facility. Lou Kassa will be speaking at our evening meeting on August 15th.


On July 11th, Barbara Simmons, from The Peace Center in Langhorne, kicked off our 2018-2019 focus on Peace and Conflict Resolution with tips to acknowledge and resolve conflict in the workplace. Her triangle shows win/lose behaviors such as avoidance or confrontation at the bottom and the win/win position to seek at the top. 


Barbara spoke about our emotional cup, illustrating with a glass of water and a pitcher that when it gets full, we can get testy. She lined us up on the wall according to how we behave at work when a conflict arises: avoiders on the left, compromisers in the center, and confronters on the right. Interestingly, our behavior with conflict at home can be the opposite. In both cases, focusing on win/win strategies can lead to a less stressful, more peaceful environments!


 President Allen Childs handing the job over to Gail Linenberg, with a regal Presidential Plaque and a new name tag as a welcoming gift.


ADG John Ortolf, our Club Foundation Fundraiser, congratulates Past-President Allen Childs on receiving his third Paul Harris pin. The pin has two sapphires, indicating that Allen has gifted $3000 to the Rotary Foundation. And because he signed up to have monthly deductions from his credit card each month, John awarded him 500 points towards his next PH pin! Congrats, Allen.


Congratulations to our club members, with Allen's leadership, in achieving the District Governor's Award!


Congratulations to Bob Tessier and his Membership Committee -and to all who brought their friends into our club- for the Membership Growth Award!

We are honored to welcome Ken Snyder as our latest new member!  Ken (center in photo) was inducted at our June 20th evening meeting, by Membership Chair Bob Tessier (on right in photo)!  Ken is a retired Pharma executive and currently serves as a Doylestown Township Supervisor!  Ken's membership brings our Club total to 85, adding 10 new members over the last year!
We also welcomed visiting Rotarian, Captain Shafi, from Bangledesh, seen here in the photo with Allen!  We are honored to have Captain Shafi visit on ocasions, and have partnered with his Rotary Club on grant projects in the past!
We also celebrated the Club's successful Rotary year in a presentation by Allen Childs, Club President.  He announced the Club earned the prestigious District Governor's Award for its accomplishments over the last year. 
We not only launched our new Young Professional membership category, the 2017 Doylestown at Dusk Car Show was the best ever, as was The 2018 Four Way Test Breakfast in honoring our great community!  In addition, our Club's total philanthropy exceeded $66,000, including $32,000 to local community organizations, and $12,000 for scholarships for local students!
Congratulations to our members for another fantastic Rotary year!


Roxy Therapy Dog Founder, Sharon Fleck, spoke to the June 13th, 2018 evening meeting about why dogs are so effective as therapy dogs. Research shows that the ability to have a long eye-to-eye connection increases the oxytocin levels in both dogs and humans. The symbiotic relationship we have lowers our blood pressure and reduces our heart beats, but makes the dogs feel good, too. Pictured with Sharon is Past-President Amy Parenti, on the left.

On June 13th, two women from our monthly "Young Professionals Meet-up" joined the Club. Pictured are Lyndsay Frazer, left, who sponsored Alexandria Nocella, and Bob Tessier, who sponsored Darby Codd. The new members both work for Shared Support, a private NP that assists those with developmental disabilities to live more independently. We are so pleased to have them join us!


At the 2018 Memorial Day Parade - the 150th year of the parade - Rotarians drove our oldest Veterans in Fred Beans Mustangs and marched on foot behind Max Rose and Ed Suarez. Interact Facilitator (and member) Inge Stannik represented the Interact Club with one of the club members. Close to 20% of our members appeared in the parade, in some capacity!

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