The Rotary Club of Doylestown honored individuals in our community for their accomplishments in volunteer service.
At the annual "Four Way Test" award breakfast, held on April 25, the following community members were honored:
Community Dick Patterson For his service to various nonprofit organizations including the YMCA, the County Theater, and the Bucks 5K Series
Not-for-Profit    Karen Simon   For her service to Doylestown Hospital and the Village Improvement Association
Healthcare Patricia J. Berry        For her service to Pine Run Community and the Village Improvement Association                                       
Education Kevin Munnelly For his service to Rotary Exchange Programs
Business Rick Battaglia For his service to various nonprofit organizations including Tabor Children's home, Pearl S. Buck International, and the Heritage Conservancy

AWARD WINNER – Not-For-Profit:

Karen Simon

Karen Simon was born at Doylestown Hospital and graduated from Central Bucks High School and Temple University School of Nursing.  After graduation, she moved to NYC to work at Mount Sinai Hospital.  Once married, she moved to Woodbury, New Jersey, and continued her nursing career at Underwood Memorial Hospital.

In 1970 Karen, her husband, Mark, and daughter, Marnie, moved back home to Doylestown, and she became involved in the Junior Women’s Club.  In 1972, after the birth of another daughter, Carla, Karen heard of a new volunteer program getting under way at Doylestown Hospital and soon began volunteering on Tuesday evenings in the Emergency Department.  At that time, staff consisted of one nurse and one orderly.  Doctors were called in as needed.  Over the years, Emergency Room volunteers saw the department grow through two constructions to its current 40 bed unit in its current location.  As her daughters grew, she became involved in the Girl Scouts where she became a troop leader and trainer for the next five years.

In 1995, Karen became a member of the Village Improvement Association (VIA). To the best of their knowledge the VIA is the only Woman’s club in the United States that owns and operates a community hospital.  The VIA’s 400 plus members put in countless hours to support the hospital.  Over the years she has worked on the Designer House, been corresponding and recording secretary, Board member, and serves on the Club’s Women’s Scholarship Committee.

Although she is at the Emergency Department every Tuesday afternoon and early evening, Karen added another volunteer position.  She now chairs the Addressing and Collating Committee. This group of women collates charts, educational material, and mailings for the hospital.  Currently Karen serves on Doylestown Hospital’s Board of Directors.  When her Board term ends, Karen is looking forward to expanding her volunteer time at the hospital.



AWARD WINNER – Healthcare:

Patricia J. Berry

Born in New Jersey, Pat Berry and her late husband Walter moved to Doylestown Township in1969 with their four children and began their community involvements, she with Village Improvement Association (VIA) and Doylestown Hospital, while he served as a Doylestown Township Supervisor and Chairman.

Pat served as V.P. Health Services, referred to as Chairman of the Board of Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown Health Foundation and the VIA Affiliates for twelve years from June 1996 until her retirement in June 2008.  She began her service on the Hospital Boards when she was appointed to fill a VIA member vacancy in 1985.

Pat began her affiliation with Doylestown Hospital in 1976 serving as a volunteer in various hospital departments until 1989.  She joined the VIA in 1977 and was elected Assistant Treasurer, Recording Secretary, First Vice President and VIA President 1990-92.  She served on the Volunteer Scholarship Committee and the CEO Search Committee when Richard Reif was hired as the second CEO of the hospital.

Her years of service on the various Boards saw unprecedented growth of Doylestown Hospital Services; the purchase of the Pine Run Continuing Care Community and Lakeview Assisted Living, the building of the Health and Wellness Center in Warrington, establishing a Open Heart Surgery Center in the Hospital, a Physician’s Office Building known as the Pavilion erected on Hospital grounds which houses the Cancer Center and began the planning for a new and expanded Emergency Care Center and a Parking Garage on the property.

In 1999 Pat was honored by the Bucks County Commissioners for her volunteer work at Doylestown Hospital, and in 2006 she was honored as “A Woman of Achievement" in the field of Public Service by the March of Dimes.

Pat continues her connection with Doylestown Hospital, serving as the Advisory Board Chairman at Pine Run CCRC.  Guess you could call her a one dimensional volunteer.


AWARD WINNER – Education:

Kevin Munnelly

Kevin Munnelly is the Principal of Central Bucks High School West since 2003.  From 1991 to 2003 he was Assistant Principal at Central Bucks High School East.  Prior to his time in Central Bucks School District, he taught English at Norristown Area High School.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from California State College and a Master’s Degree in English from Villanova University.   He obtained his Supervisory and Administrative Certificates from Pennsylvania State University.

Kevin is president of the Bucks/Mont Track officials and actively serves as a PIAA official for both Cross-country and Track.  In 2010 – 2011, he served on the Board of Directors for Central Bucks Family YMCA.   In 2007 – 2009, Kevin was president of the Suburban One League.

Kevin has worked with Rotary and other exchange programs to further the cause of World Peace through Understanding throughout his tenure as principal at Central Bucks West.  His ability to recognize that Youth Exchange brings an awareness of the role that Central Bucks School District plays in nurturing future leaders of the world through the grooming of our own students as well as a few select additions from abroad. 

When an exchange isn’t going perfectly as planned, it is Kevin's constant search for fair solutions that create happy endings for students involved in a very difficult enterprise.  With his vast educational experience and background, Kevin naturally applies the principles of the Four Way Test, as though it was his own invention.  Our students are extremely fortunate to have a decent, caring administrator guiding their path and setting the pace as they negotiate their year at Central Bucks High School West.

Kevin currently resides in Buckingham with his wife Linda.  Their son, James, is a Central Bucks High School East graduate and a graduate of Elizabethtown College.  James is presently a first year student at Widener Law.


AWARD WINNER – Business:

Rick Battaglia

Rick Battaglia is Senior VP at Bucks County Bank where he is responsible for Sales and Business Development.  He believes that community involvement is the key to achieving success – and the core part of a person’s identity.  “You can look at someone in the community and see what they do in their spare time and immediately know what they’re all about.”

Rick lives in Doylestown Borough where he is involved with a number of nonprofit organizations.  He chooses nonprofits because he believes they attract good people, and he is amazed by the commitment, time and ownership their employees exhibit from the top on down.  He also believes that these organizations provide help to people in our own communities every day.

Rick is involved with Pearl Buck International where he chairs the Corporate Partners Program and serves as an Ambassador.  He also serves on the Board of Tabor Children’s Home.  Rick chose these organizations because he believes that every child should be entitled to feeling loved by their parents or guardian like he was as a child.  He grew up in a home where his younger sister was Down syndrome, and he realized how important love is during someone’s childhood. 

Rick is also involved with Bucks County Community College where he is the Chair of this year’s Tyler Tasting event and the Heritage Conservancy’s New Business Membership Committee, because he believes in preserving our natural and historic heritage.

Rick is also active with the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce where he served as Chair for Bucks Fever, a celebration of the arts in our community. He was chosen as Valedictorian of the 2010 Chamber Leadership Class, and he is currently working with the Doylestown Bicentennial Committee that is planning an entire week of events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Doylestown becoming the county seat.                        


AWARD WINNER – Community:

Dick Patterson

Dick Patterson retired early from Ametek, Inc., as VP, to become a community volunteer and, incidentally, to learn to play the piano.  He graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Engineering Physics.

Dick’s ongoing and future goals are to combine his passions and business experience to help kids, adults, and families to grow physically and mentally – get folks off the couch and to libraries, gyms, concert halls, playing fields and roads (running, not driving).  With the obesity and diabetes crises we are facing in the USA, he is dedicated to encouraging people to be participants, not spectators.

He serves on various non-profit boards supportive of these goals including service as President of the Bucks 5K Series; Past Chairman of the Central Bucks Family YMCA Board of Directors; and as a Member of the Doylestown Bike Hike Committee. 

The Bucks 5K Series is a non-profit that facilitates and coordinates seven races that benefit worthy causes, provide wholesome family activities, and improve the physical fitness of our community.  In 2011, his 11th year as President, the Series hosted 5000 runners and raised $117,000 for its non-profits.

Serving the YMCA Board for 9 years was consistent with Dick’s vision of promoting healthy lifestyles for kids, families and adults.  In 2009, during his term as Chairman, the Y began the biggest building expansion in its history, and he is currently a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Major Gifts Initiative. 

The Bike/Hike Committee is comprised of citizens from Doylestown Township and Borough.  Its goal is to build multipurpose trails in and around Doylestown.

Dick is also the President of the Board of the County Theater, a member of the Doylestown Revitalization Board, and Treasurer of the Doylestown Area Chamber Music Group.  Dick and Edythe have been happily married for 46 years and have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.




The "Four Way Test" awards breakfast
Each year the, the Rotary Club of Doylestown hosts a breakfast to (1) honor individuals for their accomplishment in volunteer service and (2) to showcase high school students who understand the principles of the "Four Way Test, apply it to their daily lives, and set an example for others to follow.

What is “The Four Way Test”?
From the earliest days of the organization, Rotarians were concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is “The Four Way Test”. It asks the following questions:

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 and the younger generation, it will benefit all of us.