Doylestown Rotary News

 

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!

 
Ellen Green presented at our Wednesday evening meeting on the launch of the 1st Annual Bucks Book Fest to be held in Downtown Doylestown, this Fall on October 13th & 14th!  Two fun filled days of events, authors, readings, book signings and workshops for people of all ages!  Check out the Bucks Book Fest website at https://www.bucksbookfest.org/  to learn more.  Ellen included a showing of the newly produced video about the Book Fest which can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C71fz6snw0
Ellen thanked Club members from JCarroll Malloy Realtor and Monument Bank for their pledge of support for the inaugural year of the Bucks Book Fest!
 
JoAnn Perotti received a Paul Harris Fellow award at our Sunrise Meeting, May 15th, for her leadership of our Club's strategic planning initiative!  JoAnn is pictured here with President Elect Gail Linenberg and President Allen Childs.  "JoAnn's expertise in leading this type of project really paid off for us as she organized our engagement of our membership and our community to craft our plan for our Rotary Club's vitality, impact and growth over the next handful of years," explained Allen as he recognized JoAnn with the honor.  JoAnn is the Director of Strategic Services for Bucks County Intermediate Unit, and past recipient of our Rotary Club's Four Way Test Award!
At Fishing Derby #2 for Veterans and the Handicapped, the fish were caught by surprise to find the head and hands of a person reaching for them through the fog.  Our next opportunity for service is May 12th, from 8-4, at the Boro Dam. 
Keith Cianfrani with his sweetheart, Holly (whom we hope will become a Rotarian sometime soon), pitched in to cook dogs and burgers all day, for the folks fishing around the pond.
CB West students who are members of the Interact Club, a high school version of Rotary, came to offer their service and smiles, as well. Photos captured by Rotarians of the Year, Don and Pat Rider.

Well done Janet and all those involved with the 4WTB event.  Wonderful way to start a day.   

I took some notes and published them below, and thank you Bruce for taking the pictures during the event, but Janet's heartfelt summary is a great way to start today's story:

 

The Ninth Annual Four Way Test Breakfast was a great success today and a proud moment for our club, thanks to many people. We honored 7 community leaders, 3 high school students and our POWER COUPLE Pat & Don Rider, designated our club's Rotarian(s) of the Year by Allen Childs. At the same time, we promoted the ideals of Rotary and donated $35,500 to nonprofit organizations, serving an even larger population. We enjoyed a great turnout today with over 200 guests in attendance, including our PA State Representative Marguerite Quinn, County Commissioner Rob Loughery, and our District Governor.   

I hope everyone feels proud to be a member of Doylestown Rotary. 

Our work was divided among many hands. I especially want to thank Karen Lasorda who has co-chaired this event with me for 9 years and does so much to make it a success. Karen was responsible for all corporate sponsorships, ads, and registration. This was a tremendous responsibility, as the key to our success is generating sponsors and advertisers. Special thanks to Linda McCrillis who coordinated all of our honorees and Inge Stannik for stepping up to organize the high schools student essay contest.

Also, thank you to Gene Houck for coordinating the raffle at the last minute, and Bill Shoffler for organizing our community grant process again this year. We had an amazing committee which included Allen Childs, Bob Clemente, Gail Linenberg, Jim Dowling, Linda DeMario, Pat Rider, and Robert Ainey all who contributed to make the event a success. And special thanks to Max for lugging the flags over last night and helping with set up, and Angela Sanchez, our exchange student, who assisted Linda in distributing the awards.  

THANK YOU all for attending or contributing to the event as a sponsor, advertiser, by paying for the cost of the breakfast, nominating our honorees, and bringing your friends. What a wonderful day! 

We will have our wrap up meeting next Wednesday May 2nd at 4:30 pm at the Club. If you have any suggestions or comments, please send them my way or join us at the wrap up meeting. By that time, we should know how much money we raised as well.

Tonight, we can all enjoy a relaxing Wednesday night at home. Janet

With gratitude,

Janet Mintzer
Rotary Club of Doylestown

 

Some more details of what transpired during our speaker- and heart- filled morning: 

  • Speakers:
    • Sharon - Some heartfelt tears from Linda to Sharon :) for their work with Roxy Therapy dogs. Over 100 volunteers helping local children!  They are paid in goosebump moments, which is priceless. Daughter Maddi is 15 and is also dedicated to the organization.  
    • Mira - Continuing her famous father’s wood work and workshop ... started in 1940 then incarcerated in 1942 and came to Bucks in 1943.  Second lives of the trees used in handmade furniture and skilled workmanship in a fast paced digital age. 
    • Joan - Chairman of the Board of Doylestown Hospital/Health System. Big Sister with a lifelong friendship.  Also Chairman for the Village Improvement Association in Doylestown.  Now focusing on Opioid addiction.  
    • Jack - Bringing people together through music at Del Val University.  Been in Doylestown for twenty years.  Sees the arts as an vehicle for enriching and bonding people in the community.  
    • Tom - Doylestown Fire Company Security Officer.  47 years of experience and service to the community.  Have to be grateful for that. 
    • Larry - Rotary Service Award.  For his repeated work done for the Rotary organization for the 500+ vehicle Doylestown Car Show. 
    • High School essay winners.  Chris, Gabriella and Amanda.  Chris read his winning essay and and garnered a standing ovation afterwards
  • Pictures​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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180419 YP Meeting

  • Great initial meeting! Even with some nice April hail coming down before the meeting!
  • 7 potential new members and close to that many Rotarians (Allen, Bob, Lyndsay, Mike, Don, Peter) showed up for support.
  • The young professionals that showed up were enthusiastic and engaged.
  • 4 or so are from same company that is already doing socially responsible work - helping find jobs for folks with intellectual and/or psychological challenges.   They are keen to help drive this YP initiative and participate.
  • Much networking and general discussion.  
  • The participative “solve the problem” groups exercise proved engaging as well, asking how you would solve real Rotary scenarios.  
  • Great job Lyndsay and Bob putting that together.  
Mike
 
 
 
 
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