The Rotary Club of Doylestown honored individuals in our community for their accomplishments in volunteer service. 

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Education: Joseph Brosnan, Ed.D.    
Not-for-Profit:        Marne Kies Dietterich  
Community: Jeffrey Kennedy  
Business: Bridget Wingert  
Healthcare: Arthur Giddings  
 

Honoree – Education:

Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan

Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan became the 12th president of Delaware Valley College in August 2007, after serving 12 years as vice president for strategic planning and external affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University. His work at DelVal has focused on using the strategic planning process to transform virtually all aspects of the College.

At the heart of the work, which uses faculty and staff to manage a wide assortment of projects, is academics. The College is expanding graduate programs, has developed a more robust experiential learning program and is seeking university status.

To support new programs and prepare for the future, Dr. Brosnan initiated a $50 million fundraising campaign, which went public in fall 2012 and now stands at more than $47 million. One visible sign of this campaign is the new Life Sciences Building, which opened in January 2014; another is the 398-acre Gemmill property in Warwick, Pa., part of a $31-million gift secured in 2010.

Dr. Brosnan earned his bachelor’s degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and his master’s and doctorate from the State University of New York at Albany. At Harvard University, he completed certificate programs at the New Presidents’ Institute and the Institute for Educational Management.

He is an active community leader and is on a number of boards and foundations, including the Bucks County Workforce Investment Board, the Bucks County Economic Development Advisory Board, the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, the Pearl S. Buck International, the Bucks County Conservation District, and the ACE Commission on Lifelong Learning. He currently serves as the president of The Co-Evolution 2050 Foundation and the vice chair of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County.

 

 

 

 

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Honoree – Not-for-Profit:

Marne Kies Diettrich

Marne Kies Dietterich was raised in Illinois.  She went on to earn a BS and 2 Masters degrees taking her to corners of the world working as an international adoption case worker with Pearl Buck’s Welcome House.  Marne married, settled in Solebury and raised two daughters, instilling the philosophy of service to others as a natural part of life. As the children left the nest, Marne continued reaching out to others.  Her humble hands have blessed many organizations in the community.

Marne remained faithful to her parents who eventually moved into a nursing home in Illinois. On a visit, Marne’s father did not want her purchasing a Christmas gift for him to give his wife of 52 years. He wanted to choose the gift himself.  A few years later, her mother shared a similar sentiment.  From this devotion Wrapping Presence® was cultivated. Marne started with one Doylestown nursing home and a small selection of gifts she had purchased. Residents had an opportunity to select gifts for loved ones, thereby regaining their sense of dignity and joy. 

Twenty years later, Wrapping Presence® serves over 1000 residents living in 20 Delaware Valley nursing homes and VA facilities, and utilizes over 700 caring volunteers.  Thousands of gifts are donated annually with no cost to any resident or facility. The “Presence” abounds through the residents, their families, staff and volunteers alike creating a ripple effect of joy.  Marne is grateful to the Doylestown Presbyterian Church, “the mothership for Wrapping Presence”.  Her mantra gleaned from her boarding school days (The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry NY),   “Whatsoever Thy Hand Findeth To Do, ‘DO IT WITH THY MIGHT!’” brings the “Presence” to light.

 

 

 

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Honoree – Community:

Jeffrey Kennedy

Jeff Kennedy has been a resident of the Central Bucks community his entire life.  An alumni of Central Bucks High School East, he attended Bucks County Community College, and graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Telecommunications. Jeff lives in Buckingham with his wife Annmarie, and their two children, Tyler and Keira.

Jeff is employed by Unisys Corporation in Blue Bell, PA where he works as part of the Marketing organization as a Video/Multimedia project manager.  In this position, Jeff enjoys the opportunity to travel the world managing event production for the company’s corporate events team.

Jeff has always had a connection to the community both with participation in the Boy Scouts of America as a member of Pack & Troop 6 and as a volunteer firefighter with Doylestown Fire Company. He joined scouts in 1983 as a Cub Scout attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in 1990. Jeff stayed active with the troop as one of the assistant scoutmasters until becoming involved with the fire company in 1998. Since 1998, Jeff has continued his scouting ties by serving as the advisor to the fire company’s explorer post and most recently going back to his childhood pack where he will now serve as a den leader for his son Tyler as he starts on his scouting journey.

In recent years, Jeff has been quite active with the fire company serving in various ways.  He has served as a line officer in the role of Lieutenant since 2005 where he has developed a new member training program to teach new firefighters “the basics”. This program reinforces what the new volunteers are learning during the fire school process but teaches them with the exact tools and equipment that will be used on the street by Doylestown Fire Company. The program has a self-guided component for them to refer to at home, but is strengthened by monthly drills in which the group focuses on questions and exercises enabling hands on learning. The program gives the new recruits more time on the tools and hopefully a head start with fire school as well as becoming more comfortable as a new firefighter.

 

 

 

 

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Honoree – Business:

Bridget Wingert

Bridget Wingert has spent most of her career with community weekly newspapers, starting as assistant editor at the Advance of Bucks County in 1969. In addition she has worked in the Bucks County Community College and The Catholic University of America college relations offices and for a public relations/advertising firm. She was editor of the New Hope Gazette from 1991 to 2002.

She is a member of Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Michener Art Museum Business Partners Advisory Board and the Pearl S. Buck International Advisory Council.

With her husband, Joe, Bridget started the Bucks County Herald, as weekly newspaper in Lahaska, in 2002, and has served as editor since that time. Joe is the publisher and their son, Joseph G., is the associate publisher.

Bridget has a bachelor of science from Drexel University, where her majors were engineering and humanities. She has dome graduate work at Drexel's School of Library and Information Science.

 

 


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Honoree – Heathcare:

Arthur Giddings

Arthur Giddings was born and raised on a farm in Mildura, Victoria in Australia. He graduated from the University of Melbourne with honors and a BS degree in Chemistry and moved to the United States in 1956 to attend Ohio State University for a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Arthur enjoyed a successful business career working for companies such as American Cyanamid and Formica, living throughout the United States. He retired in 1987, but three days after retirement accepted a job with the Congoleum Company and moved to Solebury, PA. Six years later, he retired for the second time and started volunteering at Doylestown Hospital. Arthur has contributed an amazing 15,671 hours of service to the hospital. He approaches his volunteer assignments with a serious sense of commitment and dedication, always keeping an eye open for patient safety and satisfaction issues. Arthur was honored as Doylestown Hospital’s Volunteer of the Month in February 2002 and Volunteer of the Year through the YMCA in April 2013.

Arthur married his lovely wife Renee in February 1954, and they have three sons and six grandchildren. Arthur and Renee are active members of Doylestown United Methodist Church and participate in mission trips to provide aid in Central America.  Arthur and Renee celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February!

Arthur brings a positive attitude, generous spirit and a sense of great integrity to all his volunteer activities. But this dedicated man does not think that he is doing anything special or heroic – instead, Arthur believes that the patients of the hospital are the true heroes in the way they approach their health challenges. Arthur truly lives a life of meaningful purpose.

 

 

 

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The "Four Way Test" awards breakfast

Each year 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.

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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?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  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.