Posted by Mark Hoffman on Oct 31, 2017
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!
 
 
A Walk Through History Mark Hoffman 2017-10-31 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Oct 24, 2017
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 Amazing Work of the PA Polio Survivors Network Mark Hoffman 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Oct 10, 2017
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!
 
Engaging Conversations with Rotarians Mark Hoffman 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Sep 21, 2017
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

 
The Purple Pinkie! Mark Hoffman 2017-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Sep 06, 2017
Last Wednesday, Rotarians Chris Nurney and Robert Ainey both gave their classification speeches.  It was an interesting evening getting to know more about two of our members.  Both characters in their own right!  One a real estate agent, the other a CPA; both have a passion for Rotary, THE FOUR WAY TEST, and all that we do as a Club!
 
 
Member Classification Speeches Mark Hoffman 2017-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Sep 02, 2017

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!

 

 

Turn The Town Teal! Mark Hoffman 2017-09-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Aug 30, 2017
At the Tuesday, August 29th Sun Rise meeting, the Club was joined by Mary Lowe, a Job Coach for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.  Mary described the important work of the Bucks IU to prepare young adults with special needs from across Bucks County to find and maintain meaningful employment.  Mary shared her diverse and impressive professional experiences and how they have positioned her to support both employers and Bucks IU students throughout the job search, application, and work process.  The Club was impressed with Mary's expertise in the field and her commitment to supporting our county's young adults with special needs! 
 
 
Mary Lowe with Rotarian (and Bucks IU Executive Director) Mark Hoffman
Job Opportunities for Young Adults with Special Needs Mark Hoffman 2017-08-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Aug 24, 2017
On Tuesday, August 22nd, the Sun Risers enjoyed coffee and conversation.  Pat Petrillo provided the group with a very interesting Classification Speech, highlighting his career as a dentist in the military and in private practice.  It became immediately clear to all in attendance that Pat’s career has been guided by the highest ethics and dedication to patient well-being. 
 
Mark Hoffman facilitated a brief “quiz” about the history of Rotary and of Doylestown Borough.  Fitting for a meeting featuring a dentist's classification speech, three Rotarians with the "highest scores" on the quiz enjoyed chocolate bars as prizes!
 
 
Rotarian Pat Petrillo offers wisdom and humor during his Classification Speech.
A Dentist... and Three Candy Bars Mark Hoffman 2017-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Aug 17, 2017
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!
 
 
 
 
Summer Picnic 2017! Mark Hoffman 2017-08-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Aug 15, 2017
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)
Friends from Zhenjiang China Mark Hoffman 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Aug 08, 2017
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!
 
Rotarians In Hats Mark Hoffman 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Aug 05, 2017
At the August 2, 2017 meeting, Immediate Past President Amy Parenti recognized Bill Angel with a plaque honoring his commitment to the ideals of Rotary!  
 
The Club also heard from two of our current college scholarship students, Dan and Adreana, who gave us updates on their studies, community service, and future plans.
 
Chris and Ashley Gasperi joined us, too, and presented how their organization ekenywa (which means "a new beginning" in Swahili) is going to make a significant impact for students in Kenya.  We wish them luck as they prepare to move their family to Kenya to carry out this mission!
 
 
 
 
An Action-Packed Meeting! Mark Hoffman 2017-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Aug 02, 2017
The Club's 2017 Doylestown at Dusk Car Show was a HUGE success.  
 
The club thanks our generous sponsors, amazing participants, enthusiastic visitors, and wonderful Borough for its support in making this year's event the best car show ever!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary's 2017 Doylestown at Dusk Car Show Was a HUGE Success! Mark Hoffman 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Aug 02, 2017
At the Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Sun Rise meeting, the Club's Immediate Past President, Amy Parenti, proudly honored club member Carol Ferguson for her incredible efforts advocating for the Polio Survivors.  
 
Congratulations, Carol - This is a much deserved honor.  We are so proud that you are a Doylestown Rotarian!
 
 
Honoring Doylestown Rotarian Carol Ferguson! Mark Hoffman 2017-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Jul 20, 2017
 
 
The Rotary Club of Doylestown met on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.  At the meeting, the group celebrated the success of the past weekend's very successful car show!  In addition, the group was joined by New District Governor Rick Gromis.  The Club was also extremely pleased to induct our newest member, Inge Karlberg-Stannick.
Welcoming the New District Governor and A New Member! Mark Hoffman 2017-07-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2017
  
 
The Rotary Club of Doylestown was pleased to sponsor six talented students from Central Bucks West at this year's Camp Neidig Leadership Training  held from June 16th – 19th .  
 
Also in attendance were Rotary members Ed Suarez and Dave Woffendin.  Dave has successfully coordinated the program for over 15 years -- and personally knows the program well having attended the camp himself  in 1968 -- and will pass the baton to Ed going forward.  Thank you Dave for your extraordinary service!  
 
The program has changed a lot since then: the students sleep in cabins instead of tents and women were not able o participate until 1990!  The times have changed!   The Central Buck students were very inclusive, with four young ladies and two young men.  

The Leadership event culminated with a graduation event and chicken dinner attended by all parents.  The students have been invited to a Rotary meeting, coming soon, to share their leadership experiences with the Club.
Rotory Sponsors Six Students at Leadership Camp 2017-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2017
  
 
The Rotary Club of Doylestown was pleased to sponsor six talented students from Central Bucks West at Camp Neidig Leadership Training June 16th – 19th.  
 
Also in attendance were Rotary members Ed Suarez and Dave Woffendin.  Dave has successfully coordinated the program for over 15 years (and who personally knows the program well, having attended the Camp himself  in 1968!) and will pass the baton to Ed going forward.  Thank you, Dave, for your extraordinary service!
 
The program has changed a lot since then: the students sleep in cabins instead of tents and women were not able to participate until 1990!  Times have changed!  The Central Buck students was very inclusive with four young ladies and two young men.  

The Leadership event culminated with a graduation event and chicken dinner attended by all parents.  The students have been invited to a Rotary meeting, coming soon, to share their leadership experiences with the Club.
Sponsoring Students at a Local Leadership Camp 2017-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 09, 2017
 
At our Tuesday, June 6th Sunrise Meeting, Jim Dowling introduced his friend and Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve Board Member, Dr. Jeff Buckwalter, the Fern Whisperer. Radiating warmth and enthusiasm for the subject of nature, Jeff shared his belief that exposure to the lush loveliness of the wildflower preserve helps to center people. And as an MD/ENT specializing in ears and how important they are to our ability to balance as we age, he sees the parallels between balance in people and balance in nature. He extolls the beauty of Bucks County, in general, and the Wildflower Preserve, in particular, and seduced us all into planning a trip to 1635 River Road to see the 800 specimens of native flora. We can even buy some for our own gardens – the wildflower sale is happening now.
 
Visit www.bhwp.org to get a virtual tour of this gorgeous outdoor museum.
 
A Visit from Dr. Jeff Buckwalter Mark Hoffman 2017-06-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on May 30, 2017
The Rotary Club of Doylestown was honored to participate in this year's Doylestown Memorial Day Parade!  
 
See below for some great photos of Rotarians proudly driving local veterans the parade route.
 
  
  
  
Rotarians Honor Vets this Memorial Day! Mark Hoffman 2017-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2017
It took a big slurp of coffee to swallow the news that there are 41,000 people living below the poverty level in wealthy Bucks County. That’s the number Joe Cuozzo, Development Director of the Bucks County Opportunity Council, left hanging in the air on Tuesday morning, May 23rd. With so many in need, the BCOC utilizes a vast team of volunteers, along with their 30 staff members, to make a dent in the poverty level. Here are some volunteer opportunities for our club*, or individual members:
  • Donate your vehicle, or the funds to support the Wheels to Work program directly. (Our club gave a grant for this program last year)
  • Provide job support such as coaching, resume writing/interviewing, childcare back-up, work-appropriate attire… to help clients achieve self-sufficiency
  • Lead a food drive for Operation Helping Hand, in March*
  • Donate hours to working at DVU in the Hope of the Harvest Garden (this can be one 2 hour work session or a weekly commitment)*
  • Partner with a participant in the Economic Self-Sufficiency Program (average commitment of $3000)*
  • Sponsor students for up to 3 years at BCCC through the Gateway Scholarship (average commitment of $3000-$12,000)
  • Volunteer as a Tax Preparer, if you have the skills
Last year, the BCOC helped 15 families leap out of poverty and the program continues to grow. Additionally, the organization helps feed the hungry with fresh food through their “Fresh Connect” program, respond to emergency housing/heating needs, find rides for people without vehicles, etc. They save 4 of our tax dollars for every $1 they spend, thanks to volunteers who pitch in with body, mind, soul and cold, hard cash, around the framework this excellent organization provides. And thank you, Jim Dowling, for bringing Joe to breakfast!
 
Jim Cuozzo and Rotarian Jim Dowling are pictured left-to-right.
 
 
Announcements were mostly about the car show. Next Tuesday morning, Bruce will be centerstage to answer all our car show questions. June 1 is the next car show meeting, at CB Ambulance, 7 pm, on East St next to 7-11.
 
 
Supporting Those In Need 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on May 17, 2017
 
The Doylestown Rotary "Sunrisers" met on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Coach's.  Jim Dowling introduced our invited guest speakers, Linda Wolfson and John Walko.  Linda serves as the Executive Director of VITA Education Services.  John is a volunteer and former Board President for VITA.  Linda and John provided a very interesting look at their work supporting local efforts to increase literacy.  VITA specifically support those in the criminal justice system; those who are unemployed, underemployed, and undereducated; those seeking support with English as a second language; and those seeking their GED.  Linda and John impressed the group with their passion and dedication to serving our local community, sharing amny stories of how the power of their staff and volunteers has changed lives for the better through education and decision-making support.

To learn more about VITA, visit their website: www.vitaeducation.org
 
Pictured in photo (Left to right): VITA Volunteer John Walko, VITA Executive Director Linda Wolfson, Rotary Member Jim Dowling
Rotary welcomes VITA Education Services! Mark Hoffman 2017-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on May 10, 2017
On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, The Rotary Club of Doylestown inducted a new member! Please welcome Donyale Showers, the Executive Director of Twining Village, a Continuing Care Senior Living Center in Holland, Pa.  Donyale has already been active in Rotary activities for the past few months! Thank you and welcome, Donyale!  Donyale is picture with Gail Linenberg, Club VP, and Bob Tessier, Membership Chair.
 
Also on May 9, 2017, the Club welcomed Florence Kowacska, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. Florence informed us that 103 homes have been built and 40 repaired since 1990, when Habitat for Humanity came to Bucks County. In addition, two Re-Store locations collect and resell used appliances, cabinets, furniture, books and even offer some new items (furniture from Mealy’s and new cabinets from a local supplier), as a HfH funding source.
So – who gets these HfH homes? Families who demonstrate need, can pay a mortgage and can invest 200 hours of sweat equity into the job. As Florence said, it’s a “hand up, not a hand out”. For families who cannot qualify, there is an “Almost Home” program to help them fix credit issues and learn how to save money, among other things, so they can qualify for a home. Another program called “A Brush with Kindness” helps low income families preserve their homes. Volunteers fix minor exterior problems and some interior ones. The home-owners pay part of the cost, while Habitat funds the rest and volunteers do the work. This program will be expanded in upcoming years, since there is great need for it in our county. Florence encouraged us to participate in Habitat for Humanity by taking our used items to Re-store and by volunteering to help build or fix homes. Of course, donations are very welcome, too. A big thank you to Florence for an interesting and professionally presented program!  Florence is pictured with club member Jim Dowling.
Welcome, Donyale! Thank You, Florence! Mark Hoffman 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on May 08, 2017
 
Six Romanians and their spouses joined our club for four days last week as the first part of their visit to District 7430.  Club members joined them at lunches and dinners.  In between meals, Linda and Bob McCrillis took them to the Pearl S. Buck House, Fonthill Castle, Byers Choice, and Doylestown Hospital for tours.  They also visited with Mayor Ron Strouse and Borough Manager John Davis for a discussion of Doylestown government, Judge Robert Mellon for a conversation about the justice system in our country, and Karen Langley for a visit at Doylestown Hospital and a talk about the many ways our hospital is unique. They also had some free time in Doylestown and in Peddlers Village. 
 
Thanks to Janet and Lou Mintzer, Peter and Diana Quigley, Gail Linenberg, Amy and Dennis Parenti, Linda and Michael Lefevre, Max and Paula Rose, and Rick and Lori Millham for hosting the Romanian team. 
 
All the Romanians loved our wonderful little town and the beauty of Bucks County.
 
Standing Left to Right:  Paula Rose (wife of Doylestown Rotarian, Max Rose); Claudiu Pintea; Bianca Pintea; Stefania Stere; Linda McCrillis (Doylestown Rotarian); Ille Stoinel; Diana Cionchi; Alina Capraru; Ionut Capraru; Elena Iote; Alexandru Iote; Melissa Bond (Doylestown Rotarian); and Rich Newman (Doylestown Rotarian).  Seated Left to Right: Doru Stere; Sorin Sferle
Our Romanian Friendship Exchange! Mark Hoffman 2017-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Hoffman on Apr 03, 2017
For each of the last eight years, the Rotary Club of Doylestown has presented grant awards to community service organizations through a Request for Proposal process.  During this time, we have awarded over $158,000. 
 
In 2017, a total of $32,500 has been awarded to the following community groups and agencies:
 
A Woman’s Place-$1925
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County-$3000
Bucks County Association for The Blind-$1300
Bucks County Community College Foundation-$3000
Bucks County Housing Group-$3000
Explorer Post 135-$1200
Fiaria Project-$2575
Friends of Kids Castle-$3000
Lily’s Hope Foundation-$3000
United Way of Bucks County-$3000
Camp Discovery-$3000
Doylestown Fire Co. #1-$1000
Doylestown Youth Fishing Program-$1500
Shelter Box USA-$2000
The Rotary Club of Doylestown 2017 Community Grantees & Grant Amounts Mark Hoffman 2017-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gail Linenberg
 
A former Writer's Room Board Member and current Shriner's volunteer, Jonathan wrote a wonderful book for children about his lifelong interactions with the Shriners. The story focuses on the miracles that the Shriner's Hospitals perform for children with spine and head injuries, at no charge to the families. "Yes, Marisol, There is a Santa Claus" is the perfect read for children transitioning to the deeper meaning of the holiday spirit. Jonathan has thousands of copies and gives them away for free. Ask him for a signed copy!
New member Jonathan McSurdy with the book he authored Gail Linenberg 2017-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
New Member Andree Amelsberg John Halderson 2017-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2017

Join us for the 2017 Four Way Test Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. at the Doylestown Country Club as we honor members of our community. For ticket inquiries, please contact Karen Lasorda at klasorda@buckscountybank.net or 215-589-6209.

Congratulations to the following Four Way Test Award winners:

 
  • Healthcare – Joyce M. Rivas
  • Education – Katherine Good Semisch
  • Arts and Culture – Alan Fetterman
  • Business – Heather Walton
  • Non-profit – Charles S. Sweet, PhD
  • Community Volunteer – Lynn Bush
 
Join us for the 2017 Four Way Test Awards Breakfast John Halderson 2017-02-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2017
The Doylestown Rotary Club welcomes new member Ed Suarez.
New Member Ed Suarez John Halderson 2017-02-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 25, 2017
The Doylestown Rotary Club welcomes new member Jonathan McSurdy (Jonathan is in the middle).
New Member Jonathan McSurdy John Halderson 2017-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 06, 2016
The Doylestown Rotary Club welcomes new member Mike Kendrick (that's Mike in the middle).
Mike works for the Bucks County Herald and is also a referral agent for Class Harlan Realtors. He has served as the President of the Doylestown Business and Community Alliance, working closely with the Doylestown Revitalization Board.
New Member Mike Kendrick John Halderson 2016-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Dec 01, 2016

The Rotary Club of Doylestown is seeking proposals from local organizations for Community Grants.

 

ImageThe grants are designed to meet outstanding needs in local organizations that provide services which benefit the citizens of Doylestown & the surrounding communities.  Each organization may submit one request only. The Doylestown Rotary will evaluate all requests and make grants ranging up to $3,000. The grant recipients will be announced at the end of March. 

Submission DEADLINE is January 31, 2017

2017 Community Grant Program - Now seeking proposals John Halderson 2016-12-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 29, 2016
 
Why Purple Pinkie? Every time a child is immunized, their pinkies are colored purple to show that they are safe from this crippling and deadly disease.
The Rotary Club of Allentown West hosted a Purple-Pinkie 5K race on Oct 22, 2016. About 80 Rotarians, family members and friends raised over $15,000 for Rotary International’s world-wide efforts to eradicate Polio.
 
Three Doylestown Rotarians participated, along with our exchange student, Nicole Fankhauser. Nicole won the 5K in her age category and came in 6th overall. Our own Carol Ferguson and her network of polio survivors also raised over $2,000 to add to the fund. She and five other polio survivors presented the check at the start of the event.
 
Purple Pinkie 5K - Rotarians Race to Prevent POLIO John Halderson 2016-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2016
The Doylestown Rortary Club welcomes new member Jamie Haddon (that's Jamie on the left).
New Member Jamie Haddon John Halderson 2016-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 09, 2016
The Doylestown Rotary Club welcomes new member Robert Ainey.
New Member Robert Ainey John Halderson 2016-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
A Feed My Starving Children Multipack Event took place on Oct 1-2 at Delaware Valley University and over 544,000 Manna Packs of food were made and packaged by volunteers. Six members of the Rotary Club of Doylestown were there to help. The food will be assigned to the next humanitarian disaster, which is shaping up to be the victims of Hurricane Matthew.
Feed My Starving Children event Gail Linenberg 2016-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 25, 2016
On September 9th, Carol Ferguson presented a "Collage of Gratitude" from the Pennsylvania Polio Survivor's Network to Dr. Carol Pandak, Director of Polio Plus at Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois. The gift showed the gratitude of Polio Survivors, Families, and Caregivers for Rotary's commitment to eradicate this terrible disease through world-wide vaccination. Carol is a member of the Rotary Club of Doylestown and the founder of Pennsylvania Polio Survivor's Network.
 
 
 
Doylestown Rotarian Carol Ferguson visits Rotary International Headquarters Carol Ferguson 2016-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 24, 2016
Linda Lefevre introduced our speaker for the September 21, 2016 dinner meeting, Dr. Maria Gallo, the new President of Delaware Valley University. Dr. Gallo earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University and her PhD in Genetics at NC State. She has written over 40 peer reviewed articles focused on producing healthier food in a sustainable way. She takes a holistic approach to the problems of providing enough food for the world, as we face climate change and limited resources.
 
Dr. Gallo remarked that the number 120 plays an important role in the Hebrew religion. The age of Moses was given as 120 years and to wish someone well, you say "May you live to be 120". DVU is 120 years old this year! The founder of the school, Joseph Krauskopf, provided Jewish immigrants with the opportunity to learn “science with practice” as a way to improve their lives. Dr. Gallo emphasized that “education without experience is only half the journey”. She said DVU believes one learns better by DOING. One hundred percent of the students are graduating with real world experience. She came to our meeting to ask for our participation in reaching out to students, to teach them about our businesses. She encouraged us to partner with student groups, attend job fairs or connect with faculty. As Del Val expands graduate programs, builds on the niche it has created in undergraduate programs and make better use of its beautiful campus, she reached out to us to help “make education the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world”. 
Dr. Maria Gallo, President, Del Val University Gail Linenberg 2016-09-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2016
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The Rotary Foundation recently received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.

In the most recent ratings, released on September 1, 2016, the Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness.

In the previous rating, the Foundation received 97 points.

Charity Navigator upgrades the Rotary Foundation’s rating Rotary International 2016-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Sep 11, 2016
Our guest speaker at the September 7, 2016 dinner meeting was Chris Asplen.  Chris was introduced by Karen Lasorda, who told us that his focus is on child abuse and domestic violence issues. 
 
Chris is a Yardley, PA attorney who served as an Assistant US Attorney as well as Executive Director of the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence under the United States Department of Justice. During this time he was appointed Team Leader for the White House Initiative on Law Enforcement Technology, representing the Department of Justice’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. He was also hired by the Department of Justice as the Chief Faculty Member for the President’s Initiative on DNA’s Training for Officers of the Court.
 
 
DNA Legal Expert Chris Asplen Rich Newman 2016-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2016
 
The featured speaker at our September 6, 2016 breakfast meeting was Kevin McPoyle. Kevin is a Doylestown businessman who has found a way to make a difference in the world by spearheading a food packaging drive for the Charity Navigator 4-star rated 501c3, Feed My Starving Children.
 
In this 3rd year of his program, 500,000 meals will be packaged by Doylestown volunteers (including you, if you sign up) for distribution to an area of the world where children are dying from hunger. Volunteers will combine the raw materials for “Manna Paks”, then package them into boxes for shipping. Families with school age children, teens, and all adults are encouraged to sign up for this worthwhile activity.
Kevin McPoyle Discusses Local Initiative to Support "Feed My Starving Children" Gail Linenberg 2016-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Sep 07, 2016
Doylestown Rotarians welcomed our District Governor, Linda Young to our evening meeting of August 31, 2016.
 
President Amy Parenti introduced Linda by pointing out that Linda’s life is one of service.  Linda was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Saucon Valley in 2007 and was Assistant Governor of Area 6 for three years.  Amy mentioned that Linda had a 40 year career in nursing management, which meant a great deal to Amy, as she had been a nurse before changing careers.
 
 
District Governor Linda Young Visits Doylestown Rich Newman 2016-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Sep 07, 2016
Dr. Rose-Ann Blenman-Abange jointed the Rotary CLub of Doylestown at our dinner meeting of August 31, 2016. 
 
(L to R) Club President Amy Parenti, District Governor Linda Young, New Rotarian Rose-Ann Blenman-Abange, Club Vice President Gail Linenberg, Club Membership Co-Chair Robert Tessier 
 
District Governor Linda Young inducted our newest member, Rose-Ann Blenman-Abange on August 31,2016. Rose’s sponsor is the inimitable Gail Linenberg, who told us that Rose has already conjured up some magnificent ideas for fundraisers.  Congratulations, Rose.  We look forward to hearing some of those great ideas in the not too distant future.
New Member Dr. Rose-Ann Blenman-Abange Rich Newman 2016-09-07 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Aug 27, 2016
The Rotary Club of Doylestown helped "Turn the Towns Teal" providing 15 volunteers on Sat Aug 24, 2016. A total of about 50 community volunteers tied teal ribbons on lampposts and trees throughout Doylestown.
"Turn the Towns Teal" is a national campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer, the silent killer.
 
Doylestown Rotary helps "Turn the Towns Teal" John Ortolf 2016-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
New Member Cheryl deBlecourt John Halderson 2016-08-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Aug 01, 2016
Rotary Sunrisers welcomed Mike Fitzpatrick to breakfast at the Bucks County Intermediate Unit on July 26th, where he took the floor to reminisce about his combined 8 years as a US Representative for the PA 8th District in Congress. Having just returned from visiting both political conventions, he entertained us with mostly non-political anecdotes of his attendance at each. Mike’s respect for the mixed political ideologies of Rotarians was apparent as he responded to some pointed questions from the audience. Clearly, we have been represented by a fine human being – perhaps a future Rotarian – and we wish him well in his private law practice.
Mike Fitzpatrick’s Breakfast with Rotary Rich Newman 2016-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 05, 2016
Bruce Rutherford turned over the Presidential Gavel to Amy Parenti at the June 29, 2016 Changeover Ceremony.
 
     
 
Amy's first order of business was to recognize Bruce with a Past President Award to thank and recognize him for a great year!
Amy Parenti Takes over as President John Ortolf 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Doylestown was awarded the Rotary International Presidential Citation and the District Governor's Challenge Citation for Rotary Year 2015-2016 at the District Changeover Ceremony on June 27, 2016.  The club was one of only four clubs in the district to receive the Presidential award at the Gold level. Congratulations Doylestown Rotarians!
 
 
The Rotary Club of Doylestown Receives Two Awards John Ortolf 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 04, 2016
Click on the link to see the Rotary Club of Doylestown Year in Review 2015-2016.
 
2015-2016 Year in Review John Ortolf 2016-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 27, 2016
Our guests at our June 22, 2016 dinner meeting were this year's scholarship winners, Erin Kim from Central Bucks South High School and Marguerite DiGiorgio from Central Bucks West High School. Our third scholarship winner, Ashlyn Kahlenberg, from CB East, was unable to attend.
 
Margarite DiGeorgio is a graduate of CB west.  Starts next year at Temple University majoring in history. She already plans to earn her masters and doctorate degrees and become a professor of History.
 
Erin Kim from CB South told us about herself. She has moved around all her life and has lived in Michigan and Korea. She came to Central Bucks in tenth grade. She is going to Cornell University to study public health in the fall. She is considering continuing for her Masters degree and medical degree.
2016 Scholarship Winners John Ortolf 2016-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 05, 2016
Rotary Club of Doylestown volunteers participate in the Doylestown Memorial Day Parade on May 30, 2016. Volunteers drove veterans, including one of our own, Jim Schmitt, in ten Fred Bean's Ford Mustang convertibles. Rotarian's Chief Chuck Pressler, of the Central Bucks Ambulance Service, and our own President Bruce Ritherford, with his car show adorned truck, also participated in the parade. 
  
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
Memorial Day Parade 2016 John Ortolf 2016-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 28, 2016
Leland Felt, executive director of the Bucks County Choral Society spoke to the club at our Wednesday, May 25, 2016 meeting. Leland has been a member of the choir since 1985.  Leland’s wife was one of this year’s Four Way Test Community Award winners.
 
The Choral Society is in its 43rd year and has 120 members who are all selected by audition. It is the premier large coral organization in the area. Tom Lloyd, the musical director, is a nationally known composer and conductor. He has been with the Choral Society for 14 years. The Choral Society holds four concerts a year, October through June. Their last concert this year, a celebration of Broadway music, is at Delaware Valley University on June 4 and 5. Leland promises a wonderful show. Next year they will have a full orchestra for every concert; regular concerts are at Our Lady of Guadalupe church.
 
Visit their web site for more information http://www.buckschoral.org/
Leland Felt of the Bucks County Choral Society 2016-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pat Rider on May 28, 2016
Rotary and Local volunteers assisted at the third and final Fishing Day of 2016 for seniors and veterans at the recently restocked Doylestown Boro Dam fishing pond.
 
 
Third and Final Boro Dam Fishing Day Pat Rider 2016-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 28, 2016
The Rotary Club of Doylestown was honored to host Rotarian Sandeep Kumar at our May 25, 2016 dinner meeting. Sandeep is the President Elect of the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Cotton City, India. He exchanged his club banner with President Bruce Rutherford and spent a few minutes discussing his club. 
 
Coimbatore, India is 1,000 miles south of Mumbai and is called the Cotton City. It is a textile center and many of the club members, including Sandeep, work in the textile industry. The club has 55 members and is 8 years old.  The club’s community projects include cancer awareness training and funding for cancer treatment.  The club also helps fund the education of local students. Sandeep told us that his district has 130 clubs with 3,500 members, for comparison, our district has 42 clubs and 1,800 members. Sandeep hopes we can plan an international project with his club. 
Rotarian Sandeep Kumar visits Doylestown 2016-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7430 recently completed a two year campaign that raised $2,500,000 for the Rotary Foundation. The campaign's success was celebrated at a banquet on May 17, 2016 in King of Prussia, PA with Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran.
 
District Rotarians Donate $2.5 Million 2016-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2016
The 2016 Rotary International Council on Legislation granted clubs more freedom in determining their meeting schedule and membership:
  • Clubs may decide to vary their meeting times, may meet online or in person, and may decide when to cancel a meeting, as long as they meet at least twice a month.
  • Clubs have flexibility in choosing their membership rules and requirements. 
  • The six membership criteria was removed and replaced with a simple requirement that a member be a person of good character who has a good reputation in their business or community and is willing to serve the community.
  • Clubs may offer additional membership types such as associate, corporate, family membership or others. 
 
Rotary Grants Clubs Greater Flexibility 2016-05-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 22, 2016
Our speaker at our evening meeting of May 18, 2016 was Marie Murphy Duess speaking on her book The Delaware Canal: From Stone Coal Highway to Historic Landmark.
 
Marie is an author who has written several books on Bucks County.  Her first Book was "Taverns of Bucks County” and the last chapter discussed the taverns on the Delaware Canal. That led to an interest in the canal itself so she wrote this book.

The history of the canal began when Anthracite Coal was found in the mountains of Pennsylvania near what is now Jim Thorpe. In 1794 the Lehigh Coal Company was founded to dig and transfer coal. Transportation was a major problem so the company was not always profitable. The state decided it could build a canal to transfer the coal so it began construction in 1827 in Bristol, PA. This first project run by the state was a disaster so the state contracted with Josiah White, of the Lehigh Coal Company, to reconstruct the canal. The canal ran for 60 miles from Bristol to Easton. 
Marie Murphy Duess on The Delaware Canal 2016-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gail Linenberg on May 17, 2016
 
 
Ann Ciliberto, our 74th member, was inducted with Ify Aduba as her sponsor at our Breakfast Meeting of May 17, 2017. Ify told us that Ann is known around A Woman's Place as the "Car Show Queen" and we look forward to her warm smiles and engaging presence at all our Rotary events - including the car show.
 
Welcome, Ann!

 
New Member Ann Ciliberto Gail Linenberg 2016-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on May 08, 2016
The Rotary Club of Doylestown inducted New Member Peter Rall at our Dinner Meeting of May 4, 2016. 
 
Jim Schmidt introduced Peter who was born in Cleveland, Ohio to German immigrants.  Peter has been married to JoAnne for 32 years. He has worked for major corporations and currently works for Caterpillar Corporation selling mining equipment to mining companies throughout the world.
 
Peter was then inducted by Membrship Co-Chair Keith Cianfrani and presented with his membership certificate and name tag.  Keith challenged Peter to get involved on a committee and participate in club activities. Peter is our 12th new member for this fiscal year (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016); the club now has 73 members.
 
Peter thanked everyone for the warm greeting and is excited about joining Rotary. He and JoAnne recently moved to Warwick, JoAnne is from this area but he does not know a lot of people. He looks forward to participating in the club activities.
New Member Peter Rall John Ortolf 2016-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2016
Herb Klotz, President of Allentown West Rotary Club visited Sierra Leone for an international project update and was in Brussels airport on his way home during the March 22, 2016 terrorist attack. Herb and other Rotarians were assisted by members of the Rotary Club of Leuven, Belgium in finding flights home from other airports. Doylestown Rotary is a proud sponsor of the Allentown West/Engineers Without Borders project at the Centennial School in Sierra Leone.
 
 
Lehigh Valley Rotarians and Lehigh Valley members of Engineers Without Borders pose in Sierra Leone before their flight to Brussels. They were at Brussels Airport during Tuesday, March 22, 2016's terrorist bombing, but were unhurt. From left are Herb Klotz, Tom Powers, five village schoolteachers, Pete McKnight, Carl Zvanut, Jennifer Holman and Chris Hornaman. (Engineers Without Borders photo)
 
Full Story at the Lehigh Valley Morning Call: Six from Lehigh Valley were in Brussels Airport during terror attack 
Lehigh Valley Rotarians in Brussels Airport during Terror Attack 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 04, 2016
The Rotary Club of Doylestown teams with community members at the second Borough Dam Fishing Day on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Rotarians prepared food and assisted disabled and veteran fishing enthuiasts.
 
 
 
 
Second 2016 Borough Dam Fishing Day John Ortolf 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on May 01, 2016
The Rotary Club of Doylestown honored the achievements of eight community leaders at the 2016 Four Way Test Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Doylestown Country Club.
 
 
            Pictured back row left to right  
  Not-for-Profit: Barbara P. Clark
  Healthcare: Linda A. Felt
  Arts & Culture: Dr. Joseph Ohrt
  Business: Bob & Pam Byers
  Education: Frau Inge Karlberg-Stannik
     
  Pictured front row left to right  
  High School essay winner: Francesca Crimi
  Service: William Lieser
 
 
Doylestown Rotary honors community members for 2016 John Halderson 2016-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2016
 
The Rotary Club of Doylestown awarded $24,280 in Community Grants at the 2016 Four Way Test Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Doylestown Country Club.
 
 
2016 Community Grant Awards
   $2,000   Aid for Friends
   $3,000   Ann Silverman Health Clinic
   $3,000   Bucks County Opportunity Council
   $2,000   Bucks County Quality Child Care
   $2,000   Camp Discovery
   $3,000   Child Home & Community
   $3,000   Credit Counseling
   $1,000   Doylestown Fire Dept
   $1,500   Doylestown Youth Fishing Program
   $1,780   Network of Victim Assistance
   $2,000   Shelter Box USA
$24,280   Total                  
 
Photo by Mikołaj Śniegowski
2016 Community Grants - $24,280 2016-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 01, 2016
 
John Ortolf is presented the Rotarian of the Year award for 2015-2016 by Club President Bruce Rutherford for his commitment to serving others and the community. 
John Ortolf is Doylestown Rotarian of the Year 2016-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gail Linenberg on Apr 26, 2016
Local artist, Susan Evershed, woke us up the morning of April 19, 2016 with a discussion about the why's and how's of collecting paintings. It was easy enough to guess the "why" - you buy what you love to look at, governed by how it will flow with other art in your house, what story it tells, and where it will be placed (no direct sun!). The how requires some research and she recommends keeping an open mind to all sorts of styles, rather than focusing on just what you think you might like. She reminded us that Van Gogh only sold one painting in his life; people with unheralded talent do exist and you can find them. Exposing yourself to art involves not just visiting galleries, but seeking out artists in their studios or viewing their paintings online. Her final advice was to keep receipts, gallery labels, artist's biography and magazine/newsprint articles about the artist attached to the back of the painting to prove the provenance of the work.

Susan is a Pratt Institute alumnus who paints every day in her studio on Green Street. She can be reached at www.susanevershed.com.
Local Artist Susan Evershed Talks to the Morning Birds Gail Linenberg 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Strike Out Hunger with the Phillies 2016-04-26 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Apr 24, 2016
John Nanni was our dinner speaker on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. John is the Rotary District 7630 (Doylestown Rotary is in District 7430) Polio Plus Chair and a member of the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend Rotary Club in Delaware. John is a Polio survivor who was paralyzed from the neck down for six months as a child and still uses a wheelchair for much of his daily activity. He spoke to us about Polio's effects and Rotary's active roll conquering it, as well as Post-Polio Syndrome which effects survivors (including John) up to 30 years after the original virus attack.

Three P’s in John’s life are: Polio, Post-Polio Syndrome, and Polio Plus. There are 2 million polio survivors in the US and 20 million around the world, many suffer the after-effects of Polio, Post -Polio Syndrome. John started his presentation by asking everyone to shake hands. Before the Salk vaccine, if John had the early stages of Polio, we would now all be infected. 
 
John was paralyzed by polio just six months after the polio vaccine became available. When he turned 40 he started having symptoms of Post-Polio Syndrome. The actual polio virus doesn't’t come back but the symptoms do - 20, 30 or even 40 years after surviving have polio; it affects up to 75% of polio survivors. Post-Polio Syndrome is the reason he uses a wheelchair now.
 
John talked about Rotary’s positive impact on reducing Polio worldwide since it became a Rotary priority. John discussed how, when when polio is eradicated, Rotary’s distribution system will be used to eradicate other diseases.
 
John mentioned that the March of Dimes began with President Roosevelt, who was infected by polio in his late 20s. When he was president, he asked people to mail a dime to the White House to help fund research on Polio. This led to the organization we know today as the March of Dimes. John also showed pictures of children with purple pinkies. When volunteers vaccinate children in the developing world, they paint the child’s pinkie purple to signify they have received the vaccine.  The dye lasts a few weeks and is why one of the district's Polio fund raisers is called the Purple Pinkie Run.
 
Thank you John for a very informative presentation on Polio and Rotary.
 

Click on the image below to learn the status of PolioPlus

Rotarian John Nanni Speaks About the Three P's of Polio John Ortolf 2016-04-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Apr 10, 2016
Rob Fravel, sponsored by Chuck Pressler, was inducted into the club by Gail Linenberg at our breakfast meeting of March 29, 2016. Rob is an attorney in Doylestown with the firm of Timby Hunt. Welcome Rob!
 
 
New Member Rob Fravel John Ortolf 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 10, 2016
Judy Goldlust, a friend of Gail Linenberg, spoke about her life growing up on a Kibbutz in Israel at the April 5, 2016 breakfast meeting.
 
 
 
Judy Goldlust Speaks about Kibbutz Life 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Apr 10, 2016
Ron Gentile, sponsored by Ro Molyneux, was inducted into the club by Gail Linenberg at our dinner meeting of April March 6, 2016. Ron was a Rotarian years ago in New Jersey and looks forward to getting involved with Rotary again. Welocme Ron!
 
 
New Member Ron Gentile John Ortolf 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Apr 10, 2016
Octavio Roca Martinez, exchange student from the Central Bucks Rotary Club, spoke to the Doylestown Rotary Club at our evening meeting of April 6, 2016. Octavio is currently staying with our Yuouth Programs Co-Chair Jo-Anne Atwell. He gave a presentation on his native country of Bolivia. He began by talking about all the natural wonders of Bolivia, including desert, mountains, forest, salt flats, the Green Lagoon, and Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is on the border of Peru and Bolivia, and is the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,507 feet above sea level. He also talked about the pink dolphin, a fresh water dolphin that lives in Bolivia’s rivers and is on the endangered species list.
 
Bolivia has two capitals La Paz and the older city Sucre. La Paz is the administrative capital and home to the executive and legislative branches of government. Sucre is the constitutional capital and home to the judicial branch of government. He explained the politics that led to the naming of the two capitals.
 
Bolivians love to celebrate Carnival which is held the three days before Ash Wednesday. He told us that Bolivians are some of the best partiers in the world!
 
Thank you Octavio for an interesting presentation.
Central Bucks Exchange Student Speaks to Doylestown Rotary John Ortolf 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Apr 10, 2016

Wine Tasting!

Led by Sommelier Jeff Poli, the club enjoyed an evening of Wine Tasting in  lieu of our regular dinner meeting on March 30, 2016
 
 
 
Wine Tasting on March 30, 2016 John Ortolf 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Apr 10, 2016
The Rotary Club of Doylestown teams with community members at the Borough Dam Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Rotarians cooked hundreds of hamburgers feeding the hungry fishermen and fisherwomen.
 
 
 
Borough Dam Youth Fishing Day John Ortolf 2016-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Mar 27, 2016
 
Lisa Wuko, sponsored by James Wagner, was inducted into the club by Gail Linenberg at our breakfast meeting of March 15, 2016. She is a manager at Anderson Wealth Planning in Doylestown. Welcome Lisa!
 
New Member Lisa Wuko John Ortolf 2016-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gail Linenberg on Mar 27, 2016
The Eastern Regional Four Way Test Speech Contest for our Rotary District was held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Bucks County Community College in Newtown. The regional contest is coordinated by Doylestown's own Linda McCrillis with the assistance of Gail LinenbergSophia Wang, the winner, spoke about the "superpower" of silence as a useful tool in applying the Four Way Test to situations that arise in life. She was sponsored by the Warrington Rotary Club. Francesca Crimi, our Four Way Test Speech winner was not available to participate, but she will be giving her speech at the Four Way Test Breakfast on April 27th.
 
Eastern Regional Four Way Test Speech Contest Gail Linenberg 2016-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Mar 27, 2016
New member Eric Jozefiak gave his classification speech at our March 22, 2016 breakfast meeting and our March 23, 2016 dinner meeting. A classification speech is an opportunity for a Rotary member to talk about their personal and professional interests, their community service, and how these interests and experiences relate to their Rotary membership. Eric thanked Jim Wagner for introducing him to Rotary and sponsoring his membership. 
 
Eric has a passion for education and health.  He is from Adams, Massachusetts and was born with a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery when he was 14 in Boston. His own experience and all the other sick children at the hospital led to his passion for health.
 
His passion for health led him to attend The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and complete graduate work at Duquesne University. He then started working at Lehigh Valley Hospital; he only worked there for a year but he met his wife Melanie. Eric and Melanie are celebrating their 24 year anniversary this year.
 
After Lehigh Valley Hospital, Eric and his family came to this area to teach at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. For the past 19 years he has worked in the in pharmaceutical industry. He spent 18 years at Bristol Myer Squibb in research and marketing. He recently left BMS, after leading 120 people in Oncology Research after launching new therapy that uses the immune system to treat cancer. Eric joined Celgene Pharma and has just a small cadre of people doing research on cancer therapies. Eric’s previous job did not allow him to get involved in the community which is why he is joining now; his current job gives him the opportunity to contribute to the community.
 
For the past 7-8 years Eric has participated in medical missions to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After many mission trips, there is now a year-round clinic in Port-au-Prince. A couple years ago he and a friend found a community in the mountains that has an underfunded school of 750 children.  He was able to support the shortfalls in funding for the school for the past three years while also providing school supplies. They also ensured that the kids get a meal every day at the school. He hopes to involve Rotary in this mission.
 
Welcome to the club Eric!
Eric Jozefiak Gives Classification Speech John Ortolf 2016-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Mar 21, 2016
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The Rotary Club of Doylestown teams with community members to clean up the Boro Dam on Saturday, March 19, 2016 preparing for Youth Fishing Day on Saturday, April 2, 2016.
 
Rotarians Volunteer for Boro Dam Clean Up John Ortolf 2016-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Mar 13, 2016
Our very special guest for the evening of March 9, 2016 was Emi Yamazaki, our exchange student from Japan two years ago (2013-2014). Emi was the guest of the Byer family for two weeks and tonight was her last evening in the US.  Pam Byer spent 10 days in Tokyo a few months ago and hatched the idea to bring her back to the US for a visit.
 
 Emi talked about how her experience here taught her English and how to act and communicate with people in the US. It changed her life completely and allowed her to attend Hosei University in Tokyo where all classes are taught in English.  She just finished her freshman year in the liberal arts department. She has not chosen her major yet but is taking a lot of linguistics and cultural classes so that she can one day work translating or working with English in Japan.
 
During her time here she visited Penn State, visited Amish people in Lancaster PA, and stopped at Hershey Chocolate World where she bought some chocolate.  She also visited Lock Haven University with a friend from CB West High School and visited an exchange student in NJ who is from Japan.
 
Everyone enjoyed Emi's visit to the club!
Emi Yamazaki Visits Doylestown John Ortolf 2016-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Mar 06, 2016
Chris Brockett gave his new member classification speech at our March 2 Dinner Meeting. A classification speech is an opportunity for a Rotary member to talk about their personal and professional interests, their community service, and how these interests and experiences relate to their Rotary membership.
 
Chris is President of Ivy Hill Foundation which provides equine-assisted activities and therapeutic programs for children and adults with special needs.  Using the horse as a therapeutic partner, Ivy Hill has impacted the lives of over 500 children and their families that struggle with physical, emotional, social, psychological and behavioral challenges. In the last 16 years, Ivy Hill has grown to serve 172 riders with 15 therapy horses, 18 staff, and 100 volunteers.
Chris Brockett Classification Speech John Ortolf 2016-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
 
Three exchange students from Doylestown participated in  the Parade of Flags at the Rotary President Elect Training Dinner held on Friday, February 26 at the Radisson Hotel in King of Prussia. Participating were Mikolaj Sniegowski, Doylestown Rotary exchange student from Poland, Francesca Crimi our outbound exchange student for the 2016-2017 school year, and Octavio Rocco Martinez, the current Central Bucks Rotary exchange student from Bolivia. 
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Posted on Feb 22, 2016

Join us for the 2016 Four Way Test Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. at the Doylestown Country Club as we honor members of our community. The tickets are only $40. For ticket inquiries, please contact Karen Lasorda at klasorda@buckscountybank.net or 215-589-6209.

Congratulations to the following Four Way Test Award winners:

 
Dr. Joseph Ohrt - Arts and Culture
Bob and Pam Byers - Business
William “Bill” Lieser - Community
Inge Karlberg-Stannik - Education
Linda A. Felt - Healthcare
Barbara P. Clark - Non-Profit
Francesca Crimi - Student Essay Winner
 
2016 Community Grant Awards
 
Aid for Friends                                           $2,000
Ann Silverman Health Clinic                         $3,000
Bucks County Opportunity Council                $3,000
Bucks County Quality Child Care Coalition     $2,000
Child Home & Community                           $3,000
Credit Counseling                                       $3,000
Network of Victim Assistance                       $1,780
                                 Total                      $17,780
Join us for the 2016 Four Way Test Awards Breakfast John Halderson 2016-02-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Feb 20, 2016
Our program for the evening of February 17, 2016 was Alan Hartl, Chief Executive Officer of the Lenape Valley Foundation. The Lenape Valley Foundation partners with residents of Bucks County encountering mental health, substance use, intellectual or developmental challenges, providing services to assist them in the pursuit of their personal aspirations and an enhanced quality of life. Lenape Valley Foundation is a private, not for-profit provider of crisis, information and referral, treatment, case management, residential, consultation and psycho-educational services.
Alan Hartl, Lenape Valley Fdn John Ortolf 2016-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 15, 2016

Dr. Pam Ginsberg gave her classification speech at our Wednesday, February 10 ,2016 evening meeting.  A classification speech is an opportunity for a Rotary member to talk about their personal and professional interests, their community service, and how these interests and experiences relate to their Rotary membership.

Pam is a practicing psychologist specializing in women’s health issues, particularly women with cancer. She works through Doylestown Hospital and Holly Redeemer Hospital.  Working with cancer patients is near and dear to her heart. She noted that 1 in 2 men will have cancer in their lives and 1 in 3 women will have cancer. Pam most commonly treats women who have completed cancer treatment when they no longer receive the support of the regular medical care team. She also works with people who have a high fear of cancer recurrence. 

Pam Ginsberg Classification Speech John Ortolf 2016-02-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Feb 06, 2016

New member Rick Milham gave his classification speech at the evening meeting of February 2, 2016. A classification speech is an opportunity for a Rotary member to talk about their personal and professional interests, their community service, and how these interests and experiences relate to their Rotary membership.

Rick has been married for 25 years. He attended Kings College where he met his wife. They have two children; their son is a sophomore in college and his daughter is a senior at Plumstead Christian School. Rick has been on the board at Plumstead Christian School for 15 years and is currently the Chairman.
Rick Milham Classification Speech John Ortolf 2016-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Feb 01, 2016
Bob Eichfeld spoke to the club about the Middle East at our meeting of Wednesday, January 27, 2016. By way of background, Bob lived in Muslim countries for 18 years in two assignments with Citibank. He sits on the board of a bank in Cairo and works for charities in the region. He loves the culture and has always been treated with respect and has a lot of Arab friends.
Bob Eichfeld on the Middle East Rich Newman 2016-02-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 23, 2016
Doylestown Rotary welcomed two special guests at our evening meeting of January 20, 2016 held at The Hub Pub. Mary Lee Reiff from Americans for Native Americans and Ina Burmeister from the Gallup N.M. Rotary Club discussed service opportunities to assist Native Americans.
 
Mary Lee Reiff from Americans for Native Americans (ANA) was introduced by Allen Childs. ANA is a local Doylestown non-profit.  It was started in 1991 by Bill and Connie Eastburn to help the Native Americans in and around Gallup, New Mexico. They started by shipping tons of blankets and have spent the last 25 years listening to the needs of the Native Americans. 
 
Ina Burmeister from the Gallup N.M. Rotary Club was our second speaker.  She was here to discuss how her club, our club, and ANA can work together. Ina has been a member of the Gallup Rotary for 8 years.  She pointed out that many people do not realize there are third world living conditions right here in the US. She discussed the big issues of poverty, poor nutrition, and healthcare needs.  Her club does a lot of work providing scholarships to graduating students and providing food baskets.
 
Ina provided a few ideas for our club to consider.  Options include additional scholarships, perhaps for students going into nursing or medical care. The local Navaho technical university is working to improve its nursing and behavioral health programs. One of its challenges is a shortage of housing; one idea is to provide housing for nursing instructors through the purchase of a modular or mobile home.
ANA and Gallup NM Rotary Visit Doylestown John Ortolf 2016-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Jan 23, 2016
 
Dr. Pam Ginsberg, sponsored by James Wagner, joined the club at our dinner meeting of January 20, 2016 held at The Hub Pub . She is a psychologist in Doylestown specializing in women's health issues, specifically women with cancer. Welcome Pam!
New Member Dr. Pamela Ginsberg John Ortolf 2016-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gail Linenberg on Jan 15, 2016
Wait – Don’t Leave Without Me - a Celebration of Travel"
was held on January 13th, 2016 at the Doylestown Library.
It was a fun evening of a light dinner, sparkling beverage, and fun-filled travel themed entertainment. The event was conceived by Jim Schmitt as a way to bring our community to an open Rotary Meeting, introducing them to both our mission, sense of fun, and travel expertise (Ha!). With Rick Toone as Master of Ceremonies and Jim Wagner playing tunes to set the mood, panelists Josh Quinn, Karen Lasorda, and Max Rose quizzed audience contestants about geography and travel. Of the many contestants who played the games, including Kim Arnold, Melissa Bond, Keith Cianfrani, Peter Quigley, Jane Moore...only John Ortolf went home with a prize. Thank You to Gail Linenberg, our Master Party Planner, for putting together all the details that made the evening a success. Rich Newman was our Head Writer who added his effervescent humor to the evening. Thanks, also, to Chanin of Brown Dog Design for the colorful and eye-catching poster/FB logo design that she donated!
 
Wait Don't Leave Without Me - Jan. 13, 2016 Gail Linenberg 2016-01-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ify Aduba on Jan 13, 2016

Two New Members at Morning Meeting; New Member Count is 6 for the New Year!

 Welcome to Rotary inductees Jeremy Molish sponsored by Jane Moore and Chris Brockett sponsored by Janet Mintzer. These two Breakfast Crew regulars were made official in an early morning ceremony conducted by Membership Co-Director Gail Linenberg on Tuesday January 12, 2016.
Two New Members Ify Aduba 2016-01-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Jan 10, 2016

Four New Members join the Club at Our First Evening Meeting of 2016


Keith Cianfrani inducted four members into our club at our Wednesday Janary 6,2016 dinner meeting.  Inducted were:
 
 
 
​Robin Wagner is sponsored by her husband Jim Wagner.  Robin has enjoyed interaction with the club since Jim joined and wants to contribute more. Her first action was to volunteer for the car show.
 
Eric Jozefia is also sponsored by Jim Wagner. Eric is heavily involved with international charities and wants to get more involved in local community service.
 
Peter Williams transferred from the Ambler Rotary Club.  He enjoys the Rotary and decided to join our club when his job was moved to Doylestown.
 
Rick Milham Jr., the son of long time Rotarian Dick Milham, has avoided joining for 25 years but now feels its time. He has been volunteering with the car show and decided to make his participation official.
 
Please give a warm welcome to our new members!
Four New Members Join Doylestown Rotary John Ortolf 2016-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 21, 2015

The 2015 Holiday Party was held at MOM's on Wed Dec 16, 2015. 

Thanks to Kim Arnold for putting together a great party! 

Thank you Don Rider for the great entertainment by

The Bucks County Country Gentlemen.

We welcomed our newest member

Mark Hoffman.

More pictures from the party!
 
 
 
Holiday Party 2015 John Ortolf 2015-12-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Dec 14, 2015

Officers Elected for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year!

Our annual elections were held at the December 9, 2015 dinner meeting with the following results: 
 
President Amy Parenti
President Elect Allen Childs
Vice President Gail Linenberg
Immediate Past President Bruce Rutherford
Secretary John Ortolf
Treasurer Chris Nardo
Administration Jane Moore
Director/Public Relations John Halderson
Co-Director/Membership Jim Wagner
Co-Director/Membership Bob Tessier
Director/Service Projects Bill Shoffler
Director/Rotary Foundation Josh Quinn
 - Rotary Foundation Fundraising Bill Shoffler
Director/Youth Programs Jo-Anne Atwell
 - Assistant Youth Programs Max Rose
Director/Sgt at Arms Chuck Pressler
Sunrise Meeting Co-Chair Chris Nardo
Sunrise Meeting Co-Chair Ray Minich
 
Congratulations to the new Board!  We know you will do a great job in moving the Club forward for the coming Rotary year.
2016-2017 Election Results Rich Newman 2015-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ify Aduba on Dec 14, 2015

What’s for Breakfast? Community Impact!

 
Bill Hoblin and Mandy Mundy from Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA) spoke to the breakfast meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. NOVA was formed in 1974 as Women Organized Against Rape. Approximately 10 years after being formed, they took on other crimes about became NOVA. After sharing an overview of NOVA’s work, Bill handed off to Mandy who spoke specifically about NOVA’s education programs working with adults and youth with disabilities and, particularly, efforts supported by a Community Grant from Doylestown Rotary. The work currently funded by Doylestown Rotary is focused on transitioning youth ages 18-21 and is being piloted in Central Bucks, Council Rock, and Pennridge School Districts. For more information on NOVA and their programs, please visit their website at www.novabucks.org.
NOVA Visits Breakfast Club Ify Aduba 2015-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ify Aduba on Dec 14, 2015

Rotaract Club Launching at Delaware Valley University!

 
Breanna Dunn and Michaela Buchwalter, sophomores at Delaware Valley University, joined the Breakfast Crew on Tuesday December 8, 2015 to share their plans to launch a Rotaract Club on campus. The paperwork is underway and the initiative will be launched with an interest meeting in January. A Facebook page is already up and creating buzz. There is keen interest in sharing information about volunteer activities between Doylestown Rotary and DVU’s Rotaract.  
Rotaract Coming to DelVal! Ify Aduba 2015-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Dec 07, 2015
 

Exchange Student Mikolaj Sniegowski Speaks at Both Breakfast and Dinner Meetings.

 
            Mikolaj Sniegowski, our exchange student and young man of the hour then took the floor at both our breakfast meetring of December 1 and our Dinner Meeting of December 2, 2015.  Mikolaj is 18 years old and has been here since August.  He is currently going to CB West High School.  Mikolaj then told us about the following facts:
  • Poland is in central Europe, just to the east of Germany
  • His city, Gdansk, has been around since 1263
  • Poland is smaller than the United States, but bigger than Pennsylvania
Mikolaj then showed the Club an animated video about Polish history, which helped him convey the following facts:
  • In 1333 Poland went from a wood country to a stone country
  • In 1410 the biggest battle in the history of the middle ages took place, which Poland won
  • Copernicus is from Poland and he changed the way people thought about the solar system
  • Poland disappeared for 120 years from the map of Europe
  • The great composer and pianist, Chopin, is from Poland
  • In 1918 the Poles finally gained their independence after 123 years
  • Six million Polish people were killed in World War II
  • Poland became a communist country after the war
  • In 1989 Poland signed a contract and became a free country again
Mikolaj showed us a video about Gdansk (Danzig) his hometown.  The city hosted the European Cup for which they built a beautiful stadium.  Gdansk also has the shipyard where Solidarity started.  It is also the city where World War II started. We also saw pictures of Gdansk, including pictures of Mikolaj’s house and school (which still has bullet holes from World War II.  The cafeteria is where they kept dead bodies.  Mikolaj also showed us pictures of his parents and his brother and sister.  He told us that he likes to take pictures.  He took pictures of concerts he attended and sometimes got paid for those pictures.
 
Finally, Mikolaj told us that he participated in a charity event that raised money and a woman from the charity texted him about Rotary, which is how he came to be an exchange student.
 
Well done, Mikolaj, the Club enjoyed learning more about you and your home country. 
Mikolaj Sniegowski's History of Poland Rich Newman 2015-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2015
President Bruce Rutherford welcomed guests David Swartz and Lynne Anne Donchez from the Town and Country Players of New Hope at our November 11, 2015 meetingBruce provided a skit outline to David who wrote an original play that premiered at our meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
Bruce served as the Narrator and began with “Chicago, 1904, Paul Harris, You are there”. What followed was a very very loose adaptation (total work of fiction) of the history of Rotary with the following players:
  • David Schwartz as Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary
  • John Halderson as Abraham Lincoln of Springfield Illinois
  • Chuck Pressler as George Washington
  • John Halderson (again) as Admiral John Paul Jones
  • Chuck Pressler (again) as Ben Franklin
  • Lynne Anne Donchez as Dolly Parton 
The skit ended with the narrator commenting that “So from humble origins Rotary International has grown from one man’s idea to an organization that is dedicated TO HELPING EVERYONE, You are There!”
 
Thank you Bruce, John, Chuck and our special guests David Schwartz and Lynne Anne Donchez!
Town & Country Players Visit the Club John Ortolf 2015-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Nov 16, 2015

President Bruce Rutherford opened the meeting and introduced our guests who included his mother Jean Rutherford. Also present was Karen O’Connell, a volunteer for the car show, and two people from the Town and Country Players; David Swartz and Lynne Anne Donchez.

Announcements:
  • Karen Lasorda asked for donations of gift cards for Big Brothers/Big Sisters; $20 gift cards are needed by Thanksgiving. Anyone wishing to donate can either purchase gift cards from major retailers and give them to Karen or can provide the funds to her to purchase them.
  • Don Rider announced that the Barbershop Chorus of Bucks County is having their annual fundraiser at Lenape Middle School at 1:30 on Saturday November 14, 2015, the cost is $15 and $18.
  • Jim Wagner discussed the membership cocktail party at his house on Saturday Night November 14, at 7 PM; please RSVP. We have 60 people planning to attend so far with 40 guests.  The club will give 100 Rotary Foundation points for each guest you bring up to 5; the guests should be eligible to join Rotary. There will be a sign in for guests with a raffle for door prizes; members should wear their name tags. Keith Cianfranti asked that everyone be as friendly as possible. There will be a videographer present to record rotary moments.
  • Ro Molyneux is coordinating our clubs participation with the Argentina Friendship Exchange during in the last week of April 2016. We already have six homes for the twelve people but we will need volunteers to drive them around when they are here. She will ensure an agenda for their visit is ready before January so everyone can plan to assist.
  • Josh Quinn told us about next week’s speaker, Andrew Keen from the Rotary Club of West Chester. Andrew will talk about his clubs s project to assist Albino people in Tanzania who are mutilated due to local witchcraft beliefs. The project will bring them to the US for treatment and then return to Tanzania to learn job skills.
  • Our December 9th Meeting we will be held at the Doylestown Brewing Company’s Hops Room; the address is 22 South Main St. Doylestown inside the Main Street Marketplace and next door to the Doylestown Bookshop.
Our exchange student Mikolaj Sniegowski gave us an update. He wore a Polish flag in celebration of Polish Independence Day.  Poland was occupied for 120 years between Russia, Germany, and Austria; on November 11, 1989 Poland celebrated its independence. Mikolaj enjoyed NYC last Saturday for United Nations Day with other district exchange students. He met the president of Rotary International and attended a conference on Polio and Women’s Rights.  He met some exchange students from Canada who know the exchange student that is staying with his parents in Poland.

 

 

Our program was a skit by the Town and Country Players of New Hope, PA.

Bruce Rutherford provided the skit outline to David Schwartz of the Town and Country Players who provided updates. The original skit was performed by the Ambler Rotary’s Flask and Twig players.
 
Bruce served as the Narrator and began with “Chicago, 1904, Paul Harris, You are there”. What followed was a very loose adaptation of the history of Rotary with the following players:
  • David Schwartz as Paul Harris
  • John Halderson as Abraham Lincoln of Springfield Illinois
  • Chuck Pressler as George Washington
  • John Halderson (again) as Admiral John Paul Jones
  • Chuck Pressler (again) as Ben Franklin
  • And Lynne Anne Donchez as Dolly Parton. 
The skit ended with the narrator commenting that “So from humble origins Rotary International has grown from one man’s idea to an organization that is dedicated TO HELPING EVERYONE, You are There!”
Thank you Bruce, John, Chuck and our special guests David Schwartz and Lynne Anne 
Donchez!
Dinner Meeting of November 11, 2015 John Ortolf 2015-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 16, 2015
Our exchange student Mikolaj Sniegowski enjoyed New Yorkj City over the weekend of November 7, 2015 where he attended United Nations Day with other district exchange students. He met the president of Rotary International, K.R. Ravindran  and attended a conference on Polio and Women’s Rights. In a strange coincidence, he met exchange students from Canada who know the exchange student that is staying with his parents in Poland.
Exchange Student Mikolaj Sniegowski Visits UN John Ortolf 2015-11-16 05:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotary Seeks Nominations for 2016 Four Way Test Awards John Ortolf 2015-11-11 05:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotary Seeks Community Grant Proposals for 2016 John Ortolf 2015-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 08, 2015
 
Josh Quinn, our Rotary Foundation Chair, gave a presentation on The Rotary Foundation at the Clubs November 4, 2014 Dinner Meeting. The morning before, Bill Shoffler also gave a presentation on the Rotary Foundation at the club's breakfast meeting.
 
 
After Josh’s presentation, Linda McCrillis discussed ways to donate to the foundation and the recognition available for those contributions. She also announced that we will match donations through the end of the year; for each $1 a club member donates to The Rotary Foundation, the club will match with one point toward their next Paul Harris award. For example, if you contribute $500 we will match it with 500 points.
 
Your support to The Rotary Foundation helps our community as 50% of our contributions to the Annual Fund returns to the area in the form of District Grants. Linda mentioned local projects that have benefited from District Grants including an anti-bullying program with NOVA and the Roxy Reading project to give Roxy Puppies (stuffed dogs) for kids in dependency court.
 
Josh and Linda would like your grant ideas for both District Grants of $15,000 and less and International Grants of $30,000 or more.  We can propose international grants in the US by partnering with an international club. 
 
November is Rotary Foundation Month! John Ortolf 2015-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Nov 08, 2015

President Bruce Rutherford opened the meeting and introduced our guests Tom Cannon, guest of Jim Wagner, a Doylestown businessman, and Jonathan McSurdy, guest of Amy Parenti, who is an attorney in Doylestown.
 
Announcements:
  • Jim Wagner discussed the membership cocktail party at his house on Saturday Night November 14, at 7 PM, please RSVP. The club will give 100 Rotary Foundation points for each guest you bring up to 5; the guests should be eligible to join Rotary.
  • Janet Mintzer noted that the first Four Way Test Breakfast planning meeting was held earlier in the evening. The breakfast is scheduled for April 27, 2016. This year there will be 6 honorees with the addition of a new category for Arts and Culture. Nomination forms are on our website and will soon be revised to include the new category.
  • Jim Schmidt’s son, Stephen, was diagnosed with cancer and will be undergoing an operation in December.  Please keep Jim and Stephen in your thoughts and prayers.
  • Bruce says that the Town and Country Players will definitely be here next week.
  • Next Saturday, November 7th, is Rotary Leadership Institute in Valley Forge Four club members plan to attend; Bruce, Bob Tessier, Gail Linenberg, and Jim Wagner.
Our exchange student Mikolaj Sniegowski gave us an update and started by talking about the exchange program for our guests.  Mikolaj enjoyed last week’s CB West Choir’s Broadway Night. His Halloween was less eventful than he expected, he really enjoyed the children in costumers. He improved his English grade to a B from a much lower grade; in another class he is working on a project about the refugees in Europe. On Saturday he is going to NYC for United Nations Day with other district exchange students.
 
Our program was presented by Josh Quinn, our Rotary Foundation Chair, talking about the Rotary Foundation. November is Rotary Foundation month; our club will hold foundation promotions in November and December. Josh and Linda McCrillis attended a District Rotary Foundation Seminar and Peace Forum on Saturday that they both enjoyed.  At the Seminar our club was recognized as a top three highest per capita donations to the Rotary Foundation and for donations to the Polio Plus fund.
 
 
After Josh’s presentation, Linda McCrillis discussed ways to donate to the foundation after recognizing  John Ortolf and Chuck Pressler with Paul Harris Society pins.
 
Linda announced that we will match donations through the end of the year; for each $1 a club member donates to the Rotary Foundation, the club will match with one point toward their next Paul Harris award. If you contribute $500 we will match it with 500 points.
 
The real reason you are giving is to support the Rotary Foundation and our club projects through the money that comes back in the form of District Grants. She mentioned local projects that have benefited from matching grants including an anti-bullying program with NOVA where high school kids taught elementary kids about bullying. She also mentioned the Roxy Reading project to give Roxy Puppies (stuffed dogs) for kids in family court.
 
Josh and Linda would like your grant ideas. They would like ideas for both District Grant of $15,000 and less and International Grants of $30,000 or more.  We can propose international grants in the US if we find an international partner. 
 
Here are various ways t obe recognized for your contributions to The Rotary Foundation:
  • EREY (Every Rotarian, Every Year) Member – A member who donates any amount to the Annual Fund
  • Sustaining Member – A member who donates $100 annually to the Annual Fund
  • Paul Harris Fellow – A person with $1,000 in donations (or points) to the Annual Fund
  • Paul Harris Society – A person who contributes $1,000 per year to the Annual Fund
  • Major Donor – A person or couple who donate $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation
  • Benefactor – A person who leaves any amount to the Rotary Foundation in their will or estate plan
  • Bequest Society - A person who leaves $10,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation in their will or estate plan
Dinner Meeting of November 4, 2015 John Ortolf 2015-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ify Aduba on Nov 08, 2015

Foundation Awareness Month – What Would It Take?

On a bright, Election Day morning, the Breakfast Crew gathered at Coach’s. After a reminder to get out there and vote, announcements were shared.
 
Jim Wagner gave an update on the November 14 party. Expect calls, emails, evites, and any other form of invitation (there are rumors of carrier pigeons being enlisted). Please let him know if you are coming and the number of guests you are bringing so that they can have the correct head count for the caterer. Thank you Jim for welcoming everyone into your home!
 
Ray Minich presented the latest Profit & Loss statement from the car show. Net fundraising was over $18,000. There are some ideas for the next year and a sense that the event could easily exceed $20,000, but there also needs to be a focus on ensuring the event runs smoothly. Stay tuned for a next meeting date.
 
Gail Linenberg spread the good news that Pete Williams has been officially transferred to our Doylestown Club. Yay!
 
Bill Shoffler took the lead at this morning’s conversation about the Rotary Foundation to:
1) create awareness of the Rotary Foundation,
2) encourage giving (you’ll hear from the committee directly!), and
3) boost creativity in thinking about projects.
 
November is Rotary Foundation Awareness Month. Your call to action?
What Would It Take to Change the World?
 
Whether you are giving to the Annual Fund, Endowment Fund, or PolioPlus Fund, your giving will have an impact when it comes to changing the world. Even more, you can take pride in investing your funds to support future projects initiated by the Doylestown Club.
 
While the Doylestown Club has already reached out and changed lives around the world, there is plenty of space to think creatively and identify new projects to launch. The Rotary Foundation is always looking for projects that focus on Peace and Conflict Prevention, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development.
 
 
To learn more about The Rotary Foundation, visit: https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/rotary-foundation.
 
Good morning!
 
Sunrise Meeting of November 3, 2015 Ify Aduba 2015-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 02, 2015
 
Jenna Archuleta, Major Gifts Officer at The Rotary Foundation, was our speaker at the October 28, 2015 dinner meeting. She began by saying that the foundation provides funding for projects that support Rotary's six Areas of Focus. A portion of funds donated to the annual fund go to fight polio and all contributions to the Polio Plus fund are designated for polio. She notes that the fight against polio is succeeding as Nigeria, one of the last countries with endemic polio, which has gone one year without a new case.

She talked about ways to donate to Rotary that benefit both the donor and the Rotary Foundation. For example, a couple set up a joint life Charitable Gift Annuity which provides them with fixed payments for life with the remainder donated to the Rotary Foundation. Another couple in our district who have already contributed over $100,000 recently made a 3 year pledge to contribute an additional $50,000 each year. These funds will be directed to the Polio Plus fund which will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Their gift will provide $150,000 per year to fight polio over the next three years.
 
Jenna also discussed ways to contribute and save taxes. By donating retirement assets or highly appreciated stock, the tax burden is transferred to the charity which pays no tax.  She mentioned that some Rotarians donate $1,000 of appreciated stock per year as their annual contribution.
 
Jenna talked about the Multi-Million Dollar Journey which has been very successful in our district. The purpose of the campaign was to raise $1 million from district Rotarians in increments of $10,000 either through outright donations or through bequests in their estate plan. Rotarians designate their donations to the fund of their choice but one goal is to increase the assets of the Rotary Foundation Endowment. The Rotary Endowment Fund is a permanent fund that provides annual income through a portion of its earnings. The fund now stands at $1 billion divided between $400 million in current assets and $600 million in expectancies. The district campaign started as the Million Dollar Journey but with district donations already over $2.4 million we needed to change the name slightly. There is still time left to support the campaign which ends in the spring of 2016. The district will have a dinner to celebrate the Journey’s success on May 17, 2016.
 
Thank you Jenna for an interesting discussion!
 
Jenna Archuleta, Rotary Major Gifts Officer John Ortolf 2015-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 01, 2015
Capt. M. Shafi of the Rotary Club of Dhaka West, Bangladesh joined us for our October 28, 2015 meeting at the Hub Pub in Pipersville, PA. Some of our members, including El Presidente Bruce Rutherford, were dressed for Halloween celebrations.  Capt. Shafi has family in the area and visits our club on a regular basis.
 
Rotarian Capt M. Shafi Visits Doylestown John Ortolf 2015-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Nov 01, 2015

President Bruce Rutherford opened the meeting and introduced our guests Jenna Archuletta, Mac Leask, and Capt M. Shafi. 
 
Jenna Archuletta is Major Gifts Officer at The Rotary Foundation at Rotary International Headquarters in Evanston, IL. She helps current and potential donors evaluate their charitable and financial options as they achieve their goals.
 
John M. Leask II, (Mac), a CPA and Certified Valuation Analyst, is our Rotary Zone 32 Endowment & Major Gifts Advisor. He is Past President of the Fairfield Rotary Club and was District 7980 Treasurer and the District Rotary Foundation coordinator. Rotary has recognized Mac through a Meritorious Service Citation and Distinguished Service Award.
 
​Capt M Shafti is visiting from the Rotary Club of Dhaka West, Bangladesh.  Capt Shafi has family in the area and visits our club on a regular basis.

Announcements:
  • Next week we are back at the country club. The following week we will host the Town and Country Players.
  • Janet Mintzer announced the first Four Way Test Breakfast planning meeting is next Wednesday at 4:30 pm
  • Gail Linenberg told us that there is training for developing sponsorships for charitable events available and invited others to attend with her son.
  • November 7th is Rotary Leadership Institute at the Radisson at Valley Forge. Four members have signed up; Bruce, Bob Tessier, Gail Linenberg, and Jim Wagner. There is still time to sign up.
  • Jim Wagner discussed the membership cocktail party at his house on Saturday, November 14 , at 7 PM. RSVP to him. The club will provide 100 Rotary Foundation points for each guest you bring who eligible to join Rotary.
  • Kim Arnold volunteered to chair our holiday party committee. She is beginning planning and mentioned that she will look at upstairs at MOMs restaurant.
Mikolaj Sniegowski our exchange student gave us an update. He is looking forward to the CB West Choir’s Broadway Night on Thursday. This week he toured Terror behind the Wall in Philadelphia it was really really great.  Next week he will have stories about Halloween.
 
Jenna Archuleta, Rotary Foundation Major Gifts Officer, spoke about The Rotary Foundation. She began by saying that the foundation provides funding for projects that support Rotary's six Areas of Focus. A portion of funds donated to the annual fund go to fight polio and all contributions to the Polio Plus fund are designated for polio. She notes that the fight against polio is succeeding as Nigeria, one of the last countries with endemic polio, has gone one year without a new case.

She talked about ways to donate to Rotary that benefit both the donor and the Rotary Foundation. For example, a couple set up a joint life Charitable Gift Annuity which provides them with fixed payments for life with the remainder donated to the Rotary Foundation.  Another couple in our district who have already contributed over $100,000 recently made a 3 year pledge to contribute an additional $50,000 each year. These funds will be directed to the Polio Plus fund which will be matched 2 for 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Their gift will provide $150,000 per year to fight polio over the next three years.
 
Jenna also discussed ways to contribute and save taxes. By donating retirement assets or highly appreciated stocks, the tax burden is transferred to the charity which pays no tax.  She mentioned that some Rotarians donate $1,000 of appreciated stock per year as their annual contribution.
 
Jenna talked about the Multi-Million Dollar Journey which has been very successful in our district. The purpose of the campaign was to raise $1 million from district Rotarians in increments of $10,000 either through outright donations or through bequests in their estate plan. Rotarians designate their donations to the fund of their choice but one goal is to increase the assets of the Rotary Foundation Endowment. The Rotary Endowment Fund is a permanent fund that provides annual income through a portion of its earnings. The fund now stands at $1 billion divided between $400 million in current assets and $600 million in expectancies. The district campaign started as the Million Dollar Journey but with district donations already over $2.4 million we needed to change the name slightly. There is still time left to support the campaign which ends in the spring of 2016. The district will have a dinner to celebrate the Journey’s success on May 17, 2016.
 
Thank you Jenna for an interesting discussion!
 
Side note - Here are some definitions when talking about contributions to the Rotary Foundation:
  • EREY (Every Rotarian, Every Year) Member – A member who donates anything to the Annual Fund
  • Sustaining Member – A member who donates $100 annually to the Annual Fund
  • Paul Harris Fellow – A person with $1,000 in donations (or points) to the Annual Fund
  • Paul Harris Society – A person who contributes $1,000 per year to the Annual Fund
  • Major Donor – A person or couple who donate $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation
  • Benefactor – A person who leaves any amount to the Rotary Foundation in their will or estate plan
  • Bequest Society - A person who leaves $10,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation in their will or estate plan
Dinner Meeting of Oct 28, 2015 John Ortolf 2015-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 30, 2015

Doylestown Rotarian and A Woman’s Place Executive Director Ifeoma Aduba accepted the NAACP Bucks County Branch’s 64th Annual Freedom Fund Community Service Award on October 23, 2015. (October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month).  Never missing an opportunity to advocate for the social services of Pennsylvania , Ifeoma  passionately urged attendees to act now by contacting their representatives a demand an end to the four-month long state budget crisis.  This amazing mother of two and leader in the Bucks County community is an inspiration to all who know her. 

Rotarian Ifeoma Aduba Receives NAACP Bucks County Community Service Award 2015-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Oct 25, 2015
 
President Bruce Rutherford opened the meeting.
 
  • NEXT WEEKs MEETING, October 28, 2015 will be held at THE HUB PUB, 5978 Easton Road, Pipersville, PA 18947. Everyone wear a costume.
  • Janet Mintzer would like to volunteer our club to host a Rotary Friendship Exchange group from Argentina during for three days during the last week of April 2016. The club will need to provide host homes and people to show thegroup around. The last week of April is our Four Way Test Breakfast so they would able to attend. We agreed to host the group after club members said they would be glad to host them.
  • Leanne Tomanelli discussed Central Bucks West High School Choir’s Broadway Night on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Her daughter is a leader of the choir.
  • The CB West Choir is presenting Broadway Night at 7:30 pm on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Central Bucks High School West. Seven Broadway Stars from Amazing Grace, Rocky, and The Jersey Boys will be singing with the CB West Choir. Our own exchange student Mikolaj Sniegowski is a member of the choir and will be singing with the Broadway stars.
  • Mikolaj Sniegowski then gave us an update. He has done a lot in the last couple weeks including a visit to New York City where he saw The Lion King and visited Times Square, He went to Philadelphia two times which included attending a Phillies game. Finally he met with other exchange students and started piano lessons.
  • Invoices for third quarter dues were emailed on Monday, if you did not receive one, tell John Halderson and he will either email or provide a paper copy.
  • Jenna Archuletta from the Rotary Foundation will be in town next week. She will try to attend our meeting.
  • Jim Wagner discussed the membership cocktail party at his house on Saturday Night November 14, at 7 PM.
  • November 7th is Rotary Leadership Institute at the Radisson at Valley Forge, Saturday from 8 am until 4pm, four members have signed up; Bruce, Bob Tessier, Gail Linenberg, and Jim Wagner. The club covers the cost of attendance and there is still time to sign up.
  • Jim Schmidt announced that he will have a program on January 13th called “A Celebration of Travel” at the Doylestown Library in lieu of our regular meeting. The program will be open to guests and potential members with a goal of gaining cub members.
Dinner Meeting of Oct 28, 2015 John Ortolf 2015-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ify Aduba on Oct 25, 2015
 
Today’s Goal? Learn One Thing About Social Security
 
Breakfast isn’t complete without a side order of Social Security chat. Thanks to John Ortolf, the Breakfast Crew enjoyed just that as they kicked off Tuesday morning.
 
Some quick takeaways about Social Security:
  • When determining your Social Security benefit, they look at the highest 35 years. (If you don’t have 35 years, that’s a lot of zeros!)
  • Social security is based on earned income – not investment income or dividends from business.
  • While you can get benefits based on your own record, you can also get benefits based on your spouse.
 
If you are simply focused on what you need when you do retire, one Breakfast Crew regular suggests the following – “A married couple will need $2 million to retire if they don’t just want to sit on their porch eating dog food.”
 
Thank you to John for the incredible presentation. (If you missed breakfast, click here to download Facts and Figures about Social Security 2015.)
 
In other news:
  • Thanks to everyone who have paid up their dues. Third quarter billing went out. If you haven’t received it, check your filters and/or let John Halderson know.
  • Jim Wagner passed around a sign up for November’s event. All are encouraged to invite someone who may be interested in joining Rotary.
  • John O. shared that Rotary International tracks members signing up on My Rotary. He’ll send an email asking everyone to sign up.
  • Recommended reading – Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach.
 
See you at breakfast!
 

 
 
Sunrise Meeting of October 20, 2015 Ify Aduba 2015-10-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Oct 18, 2015
 
On October 14, the Doylestown Rotarians eschewed their normal meeting routine and opted for a night of fun and frivolities in Newtown.  
The night began with a slew of Rotarians (and some significant others) congregating at LaStalla Restaurant for a hearty meal. After enjoying their dinners the satiated group then went to see a performance of “Breaking the Code” by the Langhorne Players. Included in the cast was the one and only Carole Mancini, the wife of our own Rotarian Jim Schmitt. The incredibly thought-provoking play was very well acted and all involved should be proud of their efforts. It was a very nice outing for the Club, which featured our President Bruce Rutherford transforming from Head Honcho to Nudge-in-Chief. Kudos to Past President, Jo-Anne Atwell, for all of her work in putting everything together.
 
Next week all returns to normal, as we reconvene in the County Club for what will undoubtedly be an excellent meeting in the Regime of Rutherford.
Dinner Meeting Oct 14, 2015 - Breaking the Code Outing Rich Newman 2015-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ify Aduba on Oct 17, 2015
 
Announcements:
  • Chris Nardo, club Treasurer, shared that they are working out the billing process. Contact Chris if you have questions about your bill.
  • John Ortolf shared some information about My Rotary. Login and you can update your information, join some groups (wine, travel, model trains), and get information related to Rotary best practices.
  • Allen Childs announced that his wife’s store is having a reading/signing event with Newt Gingerich and wife.
 
Our presentation was from Keith Cianfrani who gave a classification speech on his career.
 
Keith retired from the Army in 2005 where he flew helicopters and airplanes. While in the Army he worked in Safety and Risk Management. In this role he looked into the causes of soldiers deaths.  In many cases the cause was lack of discipline and poor leadership. Keith's mantra is to Identify the hazard, Rate the hazard, and Mitigate the hazard. The Key is to be aware and pay attention. Many accidents are preventable, especially when someone with experience is around.
 
After retiring from the Army, Keith flew for Channel 6 and Amtrak before working as a Junior ROTC instructor in the Philadelphia school system. Since retiring form the Army, he has also operated an Aviation Safety Consultant business. His company performs safety audits for aviation organizations (www.safetyforpilots.com).
 
Keith is a contributing writer to Rotor and Wing magazine www.rotorandwing.com. Check out his article from July 2015 “Bringing Benefits to the Masses” 
 
Keith currently has a consulting contract with the FAA to promote a helicopter safety program called Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS).  In this program Keith goes to civilian operators, law enforcement, and other agencies to encourage them to participate by installing flight data recorders (black boxes) into helicopters. The black box records data when the aircraft starts to move which can be downloaded and reviewed for any issues and concerns. The goal of the project is to collect data over three years and then make recommendations to improve helicopter safety. 
 
This project came from the National Transportation Safety Board’s concern that flight data recorders are not required in helicopters. The flight data recorder takes a snapshot of what is going on with the aircraft providing information to help helicopter safety. It also has a psychological effect – big brother is watching!
 
Keith is also a member of the United States Helicopter Safety Team. They are safety professionals who track helicopter accidents and work to improve helicopter safety. The rate of helicopter accidents has generally declined in recent years, although there was a spike in 2014 – generally due to pilot error.
 
Sunrise Meeting October 13, 2015 - Keith Cianfrani Ify Aduba 2015-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Oct 11, 2015
 
At 6:10 President Bruce Rutherford resplendently rang the Rotary bell bringing the meeting to order.  The Prez announced that there was going to be a lot going on at the meeting.  All Rotarians present were pleased to have the returning Russ Schulz give the invocation.
 
The Man with the Plan then introduced the guests.  There were two members of the Maasai present.  Mildred is planning to study nursing in this country next year.  Right now she is raising money to go to school.  She is staying with her sister in Lancaster.  Eventually, she wants to go to medical school.  We would be fortunate to hear more from Mildred later on. Daniel Salau Rogei is also a member of the Maasai.  He is currently working with Del Val University.  He will be taking part in a symposium about land use and how it is impacting people.  According to Daniel, land use is a commodity for some, but for the Maasai it is a matter of life and death.  Phillys Eckelmeier, who works with the Maasai, and Alice Sparks, who works with Phyllis, were also at the meeting.
We were also happy to have with us District Governor Elect Linda Young.  Thus, in two consecutive weeks, we had the District Governor and the District Governor Elect.  Not too shabby!  Finally, rounding out the guests was Tom from the Bucks County Herald.
El Presidente then opened the floor for announcements. 
 
  • Our esteemed former prez, Jo-Anne Atwell, told us that on October 14th, we are taking a break from our traditional meeting routine.  First, we going to have dinner at La Stalla in Newtown.  Then, we are going to see “Breaking the Code” at the Langhorne Playhouse.  All Rotarians present will surely be treated to a virtuoso performance by Jim Schmitt’s wife, the great Carole Mancini.
  • Keith Cianfrani told us that the Membership Committee was going to have a meeting after dinner.  He invited the attendees to visit the morning peeps.  We have a prospective new member, a professor at Del Val, who is attending the morning meetings.
  • According to President Rutherford, the Town and Country Players will be at our meeting on 10/28. 
  • On 11/7 the Rotary Leadership Institute will take place.  Jim Wagner will be there, along with Gail Linenberg and His Honorful himself.
  • The Membership Committee rescheduled the cocktail party Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7PM. It will be held at the home of James and Robin Wagner, 4742 Essex Drive, Doylestown, PA 18902
We then heard from Daniel Salau Rogei, one of our guests of ho
nor from the Maasai.  Daniel said that he working with the Maasai community on development issues that involve water and food security.  Challenges to the Maasai come from climate changes and droughts. Daniel is working to develop water sources for the Maasai.  He told us that Rotary has been very helpful.  We have been instrumental in establishing seven functional wells.  These wells have transformed the way of life for the Maasai.  Children have been able to get water for school, which allows them to stay in school.  The wells are close to the schools, which help.   
 
Daniel said that it has been predicted that there will be no more rain in the area.  This could be the harbinger of a severe drought that could last for two to three years.  Daniel said that more wells are needed.  People are migrating to the areas where the wells are and the villages are getting crowded.  It would be nice to see more wells that are spread out so other members of the Maasai can get water.
 
Daniel told us that issues of health are a very big challenge for the Maasai.  The Maasai often live very far from a hospital.  The mortality rate is very high for children, many of who are afflicted with Malaria.    In the rural areas people have to walk far to go a hospital and many of them die before they can get there.  This is especially true during El Nino.  There has been an outbreak of cholera in the forest areas, and tragically, people have been relegated to looking for bodies in the forest.  The Maasai are trying to get first aid personnel for people who can be treated before being transported to hospitals.  Daniel said that it is good to see girls get opportunities, like Mildred, who can hopefully come back to the area and help.
 
Daniel then advised us that the Maasai are spread out in Kenya and Tanzania.  There are 300,000 members of the Maasai in Kenya, but that number is insignificant politically.  There are about 5,000 members in areas that have been helped with the wells. Daniel also talked about the diet of the Maasai.  It consists of milk and beef and a lot of soup from the meat.  During times of drought the milk is mixed with blood.  The community is now growing crops so there have been changes to the traditional diet.
 
The Maasai still move with their houses.  In the past they would never come back to their original homes.  Now they are coming back for the schools and wells.  Previously, they would go around to where grass was growing.  Now it is not as necessary. Change of land use has affected the mobility of the Maasai.  Daniel said that he is one of the few luck men of the Maasai who went to school.  The illiteracy rate is very high currently, the number is approximately 80%.  Daniel’s father encouraged him to go to school.  The school was far from his home and the high school costs money, as does the college, which was in Nirobi.  Daniel received his degrees in community development and climate change.
 
Daniel talked about his experiences with Delaware Valley University.  He connected with the university several years ago and again last year.  He has really learned a lot there.  Robert Kennedy, Jr. is going to be the keynote speaker at the upcoming symposium.  Daniel will also be speaking there.
 
At the strong encouragement of Max Rose, we then heard from Mildred.  She told us that she is 21, although people say she looks like she is 16—which she definitely does.  The first time she came to this country was in 2009.  Mildred has been amazed by the difference in the food and culture. Mildred’s sister came to the United States in 2003.  She is a nurse living in Lancaster.  She is the oldest child and Mildred is the youngest.  Mildred told us that she wants to be a surgeon.  She knows that school is expensive, so she has to work and save up enough money so she can go.  She wants to become a licensed practical nurse and then a registered nurse so she can earn enough money to go to medical school. Mildred’s father forced her to speak English.  He said that if she could not speak English, she shouldn’t talk.  Mildred was encouraged to go to school and perform well.  Mildred is proud of her sister and the help she gives her family.  This reporter thinks that Mildred’s family is going to be very proud of her (if they aren’t already) and everything that she is going to accomplish.
 
Well, our prescient president was right, a lot went on at this meeting.  It should be duly noted that while all of the great presentations where taking place, many of the Rotarians went shopping to buy hand made items from the Maasai, which has become a yearly tradition. That wraps up this incredibly fantastic column.  See you on the 14th in Newtown!
Dinner Meeting Oct 7, 2015 - Maasai Visit Doylestown Rich Newman 2015-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Oct 05, 2015
At his visit on​ on Wednesday September 30, 2015, District Governor Cook told us that during his term as DG, he will focus on three things. 

The first is membership.  He advised us to wear our Rotary pin everyday and to every place we go.  He suggested we tell people our Rotary story, why we joined and why we are still Rotarians today.  He talked about his Rotary moment, when he visited a project in Brazil and saw the impact of Rotary on the lives of the local villagers there.

The second focal point of Doug’s administration is to support the Rotary Foundation.  Doug asked us to all contribute at least something every year. Doug said that at the last District Conference when the Million Dollar Journey, $250,000 was raised in one afternoon due to the generosity of Rotarians.  There was an anonymous donation of one million dollars.  So far the drive has raised 2.3 million dollars.  Because of that $80,000 of interest free income comes back to our district each year forever.

The third focal point of Doug’s governorship is to have fun.  He is working on having a Cow Pie Bingo game at the conference to raise money for hunger.  Since the Inn will not let Doug bring a cow inside, he would like two exchange students to dress up like cows and walk around giving out cow pies.  At the Governor’s Ball, which takes place during the conference, the attire will be Hawaiian shirt optional!
 
Other comments:
  • The District Conference is April 8th through the 10th.
  • It will take place at The Inn at Pocono Manor.  There have been over six million dollars of renovations there.
  • Doug handed out his business card and a card about the conference.  He explained the story behind the cow theme, indicating that he was told it is funny and humor will help bring attention to the conference (apparently, Bart Simpson must have been on that committee).
  • Information about the conference can be found at www.whythecow.com
  • There will be a golf outing to raise money for Foundation on October 8th at the Silver Creek Golf Club.
  • On October 25th the Purple Pinkie 5K will take place.
  • On Halloween Day (10/31) there will be a Foundation seminar at Montgomery County Community College.  On that day, beginning at 10:00, there will be a Peace Forum, which will explore the issue of community policing.  Commissioner Ramsey will be speaking.
  • Doug gave a quick update on the efforts to eradicate Polio.  He said that the disease has gone from three viruses down to one.  There are only two countries left with Polio, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Nigeria is now Polio free.  India has been Polio free, which was something we were told would never happen.  In two years Africa will be Polio free, which is also something we were told would never happen.
  • Doug said that we are going to have a memorial book to be completed by the next conference for all the Rotarians who passed away during the year and the families of the deceased Rotarians will be given a copy of the book.  Doug also said that there is a form that can be filled out to let Rotary know if a person puts a provision in their Will giving a bequest to the Foundation.
  • Doug noted that every community where there is Rotary has people suffering with hunger.  He suggested that Clubs should work with companies that can help these people.
Doug concluded his remarks by talking about Rotary International’s theme this year – Be a Gift to the World.  He said that every Rotarian knows someone who needs Rotary.  Our gift would be bringing that person here to join our terrific Club.
District Governor Doug Cook visits The Rotary Club of Doylestown Rich Newman 2015-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Oct 04, 2015
 
At 6:13 p.m. President Rutherford rang the Rotary bell bringing this seminal meeting to order.  The meeting took place in a different area of the Country Club, which was pronounced by the Commander-in-Chief as “kinda fun.”
 
Notwithstanding the rather lighthearted beginning, the meeting took a somber turn when Dick Milham announced that Bucky Clark passed away.  Ahmed Mazahari then gave a nice tribute to Bucky, who will be sorely missed.
 
Mikolaj then gave us an update on his goings and comings for the past week.  He told us that he will be going to a Phillies game (editor’s note:  Mikolaj, if you went, please don’t base your feelings about major league baseball on what you saw – the Phillies stink!!).  Mikolaj also said that he went to Dorney Park and also played bocce ball over the weekend (more on that in a bit).  Then, showing a level of deftness, well beyond his limited years, Mikolaj cleverly avoided answering Past President Max Rose’s question regarding who was a better cook, Gail or Past President Jo-Anne.
 
Attention then turned to Jim Wagner, who introduced his guests: his wife, Robin Wagner, and Mike Kowolski.  Jo-Anne then reminded the club that on October 14th  we will be attending a show at the Newtown Langhorne Playhouse called “Breaking the Code.”  The show features Jim Schmitt’s wife, the brilliant thespian, Carole Mancini.  
 
The Rotarians present then braced themselves as Max Rose took the dais.  Max then elaborated about the aforementioned bocce ball tournament of that previous Saturday.  The tournament was for the Special Olympics and, according to Max, Dick Milham learned a valuable lesson that one has to be patient when dealing with special needs children, especially when it comes to punctuality.  Max then read a thank you letter he received from the Special Olympics.  Max thought we should challenge the athletes; however, our president was not so keen on this idea.
 
And speaking of our beloved President, he made the following announcements:
  • Bruce saw Russ Schultz in his store the day before our meeting.  Russ had a very serious infection, but he is improving.
  • The Prez also reminded us that we are having a visitor from the Maasai next week to speak about the current status of the wells we helped to provide.  He is in town to receive an award from Del Val.  Karen Lasorda further reminded us to bring cash for the Maasai tchotchkes (see Senor Rose for definition) that will be up for sale at the meeting.
  • Bruce also pointed out that District Governor Elect, Linda Young, will be at the meeting next week.
  • The Central Bucks Club is inviting all the beneficiaries from their Ride for the Heroes to come to their meeting on October 6th and receive their checks.  We are invited to attend.  Their meetings begin at 5:45 p.m. and are at the Plumsteadville Inn.
  • This year The Rotary Leadership Institute is taking place on November 7th.  Currently two people from the Club have signed up to attend.
  • Chef Gail Linenberg told us that the Membership Committee is having a cocktail party Saturday, October 24th at Casa de Wagner.  Invitations have been sent out via e-mail.  Currently they are working on a special drink for the event, which Gail has dubbed the “Rotarini.”
  • Mr. Chris Nardo then updated the Club on the morning meetings.  He reminded us that the meetings are Tuesday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 at Coach’s.  Chris will send out a calendar showing the schedule for the upcoming meetings.  Chris also said that frequent attendees get to pick topics to speak about at the meeting, for example, at the last meeting Allen Childs spoke about the future of automotive technology.  Chris said that they are averaging 10 to 12 people at the meetings.  Josh suggested to Chris that he e-mail the topics to the dinner meeting folks and Chris said he would do that.  Jim Schmitt pointed out that the cost to attend the morning meetings is much less ($11.00).
Past President and current Assistant District Governor, Janet Mintzer, then introduced our next speaker, District Governor, Doug Cook.  Doug is one of the few District Governors who is still working full time.  He told us that spare time is overrated. 
 

District Governor Doug Cook's presentation to the club:

  • The District Conference is April 8th through the 10th.
  • It will take place at The Inn at Pocono Manor.  There have been over six million dollars of renovations there.
  • Doug handed out his business card and a card about the conference.  He explained the story behind the cow theme, indicating that he was told it is funny and humor will help bring attention to the conference (apparently, Bart Simpson must have been on that committee).
  • Information about the conference can be found at www.whythecow.com
  • There will be a golf outing to raise money for Foundation on October 8th at the Silver Creek Golf Club.
  • On October 25th the Purple Pinkie 5K will take place.
  • On Halloween Day (10/31) there will be a Foundation seminar at Montgomery County Community College.  On that day, beginning at 10:00, there will be a Peace Forum, which will explore the issue of community policing.  Commissioner Ramsey will be speaking.
  • Doug said that during his term as DG, he will focus on three things.  The first is membership.  He advised us to wear our Rotary pin everyday and to every place we go.  He suggested we tell people our Rotary story, why we joined and why we are still Rotarians today.  He talked about his Rotary moment, when he visited a project in Brazil and saw the impact of Rotary on the lives of the local villagers there.
  • The second focal point of Doug’s administration is to support Foundation.  Doug asked that we contribute at least something every year. 
  • Doug gave a quick update on the efforts to eradicate Polio.  He said that the disease has gone from three viruses down to one.  There are only two countries left with Polio, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Nigeria is now Polio free.  India has been Polio free, which was something we were told would never happen.  In two years Africa will be Polio free, which is also something we were told would never happen.
  • Doug said that at the last District Conference when the Million Dollar Drive (a project which is near and dear to our esteemed Past President, John Ortolf – who will probably delete the “esteemed” part in the final version of this overly long narrative), $250,000 was raised in one afternoon due to the generosity of Rotarians.  There was an anonymous donation of one million dollars.  So far the drive has raised 2.3 million dollars.  Because of that $80,000 of interest free income comes back to our district forever.
  • Doug said that we are going to have a memorial book to be completed by the next conference for all the Rotarians who passed away during the year and the families of the deceased Rotarians will be given a copy of the book.  Doug also said that there is a form that can be filled out to let Rotary know if a person puts a provision in their Will giving a bequest to the Foundation.
  • Doug noted that every community where there is Rotary has people suffering with hunger.  He suggested that Clubs should work with companies that can help these people.
  • The third focal point of Doug’s governorship is to have fun.  He is working on having a Cow Pie Bingo game at the conference to raise money for hunger.  Since the Inn will not let Doug bring a cow inside, he would like two exchange students to dress up like cows and walk around giving out cow pies.  At the Governor’s Ball, which takes place during the conference, the attire will be Hawaiian shirt optional!
  • Doug concluded his remarks by talking about Rotary International’s theme this year – Be a Gift to the World.  He said that every Rotarian knows someone who needs Rotary.  Our gift would be bringing that person here to join our terrific Club.
 
With that, our District Governor brought his remarks to a close and our Peerless Leader rang the bell, signaling the end of another outstanding meeting.
 
Dinner Meeting Sept 30, 2015 - District Governor Doug Cook Rich Newman 2015-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ify Aduba on Oct 04, 2015

The Future of Automobiles – and not just Volkswagen

 
Allen Childs schooled the Breakfast Crew on the future of cars. Consumers think about what they want and need, but other things come into play, namely regulations and engineering. In the future, the looks and designs will be bold – sleek and expressive lines that manage air flow across the vehicle. The technology that we enjoy outside of cars is hopping in and joining us for the ride. There likely won’t be significant changes in body styles, but manufacturers will invest in more specialized materials. Smaller engine cars will be a focus, turbo-charged to achieve that balance between efficiency and performance.
 
Younger buyers are not buying new cars like they used to. This may demonstrate a difference in values from previous generations. When they do hop into a new car, they want their technology. Networking and technology that’s been seen in higher end models – Android for Auto and Apple Carplay - will soon spread.
 
Autonomous cars will come, but not likely as fast as the media predicts. Speed and distance control is one thing, but are we ready to give up all control and trust the vehicle? What liability and legal issues may be at play?
 
Check out some of the concept cars of the future – Bentley Bentayga, Chevrolet Bolt, Mercedes IAA, Porsche Mission E, and more.
 
Fun fact: Women influence a higher percentage of car purchases than men.
 
Mixed feelings about the future of automobiles? The Breakfast Crew’s final conclusion – “Move on or check out!”
 
Don’t forget to join your fellow club members for dinner and show on Wednesday, October 14. A group outing is planned. Meet at the Doylestown Country Club at 5, dine at La Stalla, and view Breaking the Code at the Langhorne Playhouse.
 
See you at breakfast!
 
Ify Aduba
Sunrise Meeting Sept 29, 2015 - Allen Childs Ify Aduba 2015-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Sep 25, 2015
 
President Bruce Rutherford opened the meeting and introduced our guest Peter Williams. Peter is a member of the Ambler Rotary club and visited our evening meeting once before and our morning meeting several times.
 
Our exchange student, Mikolaj Sniegowski did not give an opening presentation because Josh Quinn whisked him off for a ride in a brand new Ford Mustang to fulfill one of the items on Mikolaj’s bucket list.  Fred Beans, a fellow Rotarian, was gracious enough to allow his Ford dealership to led Josh a Mustang for a few hours so he could take a test drive and give Mikolaj a ride.
 
Announcements:
  • Russ Schultz is in Doylestown Hospital and would enjoy visits by any Rotarians
  • Carol Mancini is acting in “Breaking the Code” in Newtown, Oct 2 to 17 at the Langhorne Playhouse in Tyler State Park.  Jo-Anne would like anyone who is interested in attending as a group to contact her.
  • Next week’s meeting on September 30 will see District Governor Doug Cook as our speaker. There is a special board meeting with the district governor at 4:30 immediately before the regular meeting.
  • October 7th our speaker will be Daniel Salau Rogei from the Maasai giving us an update on the wells dug for their community with our club’s assistance.  He is in town getting an award from Delaware Valley University. Our District Governor Elect, Linda Young, will also attend that meeting.
  • Gail Linenberg, the Membership Co-chair announced that we will have a membership cocktail party at Jim Wagner’s house on Saturday Night October 24, at 7 PM the week before Halloween. Email Gail if you plan to attend with guests, she needs a head count.
  • The Town and Country players program is rescheduled for October 28th when they will present a skit at our meeting.
  • November 7th is Rotary Leadership Institute at the Radisson at Valley Forge, Saturday from 8 am until 4pm, the club covers the cost of attendance.
 
Our program was Dr. Ahmed Mazahari speaking on the Middle East. Dr. Mazahari discussed the many changes that began with the 2003 removal of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq.  Dr. Mazahari feels that that many of the problems in Iraq and Syria are due to a vacuum of power in the region.
 
 
After Mikolaj returned from his Mustang ride he provided an update on his action packed week.  He enjoyed some trampoline time at the Sky Zone in Levittown and went to Casa Blanka restaurant for an 8 course dinner. He played golf with Jo-Anne Atwell and Russ and joined her again at a Fondue restaurant Jo-Annes birthday. He is going to Dorney Park this weekend with other exchange students from the area.
 
 
 
Dinner Meeting Sept 23, 2015 - Dr. Mazahari John Ortolf 2015-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Sep 21, 2015
 
Jan Thompkins from the Doylestown Farmer’s Market spoke at the clubs dinner meeting on Wednesday evening September 16, 2015.
 
Jan is President of Buckingham Township Civic Association which runs the market. The Buckingham Township Civic Association started the farmers market in 1975 and it is one of the oldest farmers markets in the US. It was cutting edge for its time; the first farmers market in California did not open until 1979. Now there are farmers markets all over the country as people realize the benefits of locally grown food and supporting local farmers. Each Saturday over 1,000 people come into town for the market.  
 
The market moved to Doylestown Borough in 1980, and it eventually moved to its current location on Hamilton Street between West Oakland and State Street. The
 market is open each Saturday from 7 am until noon; their season is April until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Each week there are 25 full time vendors and five farms, both organic and non-organic. They have a community space for local non-profit or artist where they frequently have arts and crafts demonstrations; there is also different live music each week. They have a free Book Nook and crafts for kids; kids look forward to coming to the market each Saturday.
 
Any profits from the farmers market are used to purchase land conservation rights in the area. Jan invited everyone to come and enjoy themselves and say hello.
Jan Thompkins from the Doylestown Farmer’s Market John Ortolf 2015-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Update from Turhan Razzak - The clubs 2005-2006 Exchange Student 2015-09-20 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Sep 08, 2015
 
Armene Modi spoke to our club at the September 3, 2015 dinner meeting.  Doylestown Rotarians are familiar with Armene, as she has worked with the club on Rotary Internal Grants in India.
 
Armene updated the club on the dairy cooperative project that we supported several years ago. They started with 30 cows (all of which were pregnant); now there are 120 cows. The women in the co-op milk their cows and then bring milk to the milk center. The co-op consists of 100 members, not all of whom have cows. When the grant was initially awarded, they went to an NGO that supplied the cows; the NGO continues to assist in training the women. These women are villagers who would otherwise have been expected to be domestic maids for their husbands; however, they have been learning leadership skills through the co-op.
 
All of the equipment for the co-op was provided by Rotary. They did not want to give the cows to the women for free because that would not have made the project sustainable. The women who formed the co-op paid a small amount for their cows (approximately two dollars). The co-op then decided who were the board members and staff and decided whom to give the cows. The women had to pay any amounts loaned to them back. It was a revolving fund loan. The monies were paid back to the co-op from the funds obtained by selling milk.
 
The women in the co-op decided upon its name (Shakti) which means strength in Indian. The project itself has become self-sustaining. The men are not allowed to take the salaries for their wives. The women have to come to the co-op and take their money. Armene said that notwithstanding this, the men love the project because it adds income to their families. The men go to the co-op when they want loans for something like purchasing motorcycles.
Armene then talked about the proposed water project that will involve our club in a Rotary International Grant. Currently, the water supply for the village is irregular. Armene showed several slides depicting Pune Rotarians and villagers. The slides also depicted some rather pathetic-looking ponds which currently form the water supply for the village. The water in the ponds does not supply enough water to last a full year. The project, however, will improve the ponds so that they can hold water for a whole year. The ponds will be built by the villagers. The project itself may take 6-7 months to complete; however, it will probably take a couple of years to get the funding secured so that the project can be completed. The cost of the project is $30,000. 
 
Thank you Armene for your visit.
Armene Modi Speaks to the Rotary Club of Doylestown Rich Newman 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Sep 08, 2015
 
Our new exchange student, Mikolaj Sniegowski, attended his first official Rotary meeting on September 2, 2015 (he was at the club picnic the week before).
 
Mikolaj brought the flag from his local Rotary Club; he and President Rutherford exchanged flags, with Mikolaj being the lucky recipient of a flag with the actual correct county symbol---our previous flag had some issues.
 
Mikolaj talked about his first day of school, saying that it was “very, very good.”  He was surprised by how good it was, indicating that everyone at the school was very kind to him.  They were excited that he is from Poland.  Mikolaj then thanked the Club for this opportunity.
Rotary Club of Doylestown Exchange Student Mikolaj Sniegowski Rich Newman 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Aug 29, 2015
 
The Rotary Club of Doylestown helped Turn the Town Teal providing 10 volunteers on Sat Aug 29, 2015. About 50 volunteers tied teal ribbons on lampposts and trees throughout Doylestown. "Turn the Towns Teal" is a national campaign to promote awareness of ovarian cancer, the silent killer.
Doylestown Rotary helps "Turn the Towns Teal" John Ortolf 2015-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Chris Nardo on Aug 27, 2015
 
The Sunrise Group had their first ceremony inducting a new Member, Deric Wertz.  Keith Cianfranti did the honors of welcoming Deric to the Rotary Club of Doylestown.  Deric grew up in the bucolic York, Pennsylvania area and attended Lebanon Valley College. Prior to moving to Bucks County he was the COO of the West Chester, NY BSA Council.  Deric works for the Washington Crossing Council for the Boy Scouts of America and is Director of Development.  The Council assists in serving over 10,000 Scouts in a three county area Mercer County and Hunterdon County in New Jersey, and Bucks County in Pennsylvania.  We are proud to have Deric as a member of the Rotary Club of Doylestown!
 
Deric Wertz Joins Rotary Chris Nardo 2015-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 27, 2015
The Rotary Club of Doylestown Summer Picnic was held at the Doylestown Country Club on August 26, 2015. The theme was USA: RED WHITE AND BLUE. 
 
More photo's are available at THIS LINK
 
 
 
Picnic at the Country Club John Ortolf 2015-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Aug 16, 2015
Tara Sugars provided an update on her college career at our August 12, 2015 meeting.  Tara is a senior at Boston College; she graduated from CB West in 2012.  Tara said that last year she lived in Spain for four months and traveled throughout the country and Europe.  Tara lived with a host family and learned a lot about Spanish culture.  She went to a smaller college and took five classes about Spanish history and Spanish literature, as well as anthropology.  Some of the places she visited were Madrid, Grenada, Barcelona, London, Paris, and Athens. 
 
Back at school, Tara volunteered at the Boston Commonwealth Tennis Association, helping to give children a place to go after school, rather than staying on the streets.  Tara was elected president of the nursing school while a sophomore, and continuing with that position this year has been somewhat overwhelming for her at times. This summer Tara decided to stay in Boston rather than coming back to the area as a gymnastics coach.  She had a job there, but it did not pan out, so she did come back and has been doing odd jobs in the area. 
 
Tara said that the people she met in Spain helped her more than she helped them.  She is planning to go to Mexico again.  She said that she really appreciated the money received from the Club, which helped her do all the things she did.  She would like to go abroad again, perhaps for a full year.  She is thinking about becoming a traveling nurse when she graduates.  
 
Scholarship Recipient Tara Sugars Provides Update Rich Newman 2015-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2015
Keith Cianfrani, Carol Ferguson, and Mark Glidden
Our newest member is Carol Ferguson who joined on August 5, 2015. Carol is sponsored by Mark Glidden of the Central Bucks Rotary. Keith Cianfrani introduced Carol to the club and thanked Mark for introducing her to Rotary.  He encouraged her to attend meetings and participate in club events. 
 
Carol has known Mark Glidden for a long time and thanked him for introducing her to Rotary. Mark talked about the difference between being a member of Rotary and being a Rotarian which our District Governor Doug Cook discussed at his club last week.  A Rotary member just attends meetings but Rotarians actively seek ways to make the world a better place.
 
Welcome Carol!
Carol Ferguson Joins the Rotary Club of Doylestown 2015-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
The club welcomed three of our 12 students currently receiving scholarships at our Wednesday July 29, 2015 dinner meeting ; Courtney Clothier, Dan Rogus, and Naiya PatelBill Angell introduced them and they each gave us an update on the past year.

Dan Rogus, from CB East is a rising sophomore at Bucknell University.  His freshman year was rougher than expected but he enjoyed it. Dan participated in BuckWild, a dynamic outdoor pre-orientation program before school started and enjoyed meeting other freshmen. His first semester he underestimated how much work he needed to do outside the classroom and his grades were not as high as expected.  Dan did a lot better the second semester. This summer he is a leader for BuckWild. Dan joined the new Rotaract club at Bucknell and found it very rewarding. Their community activities included the Change for Change drive that raised over $1,000 to help eradicate Polio. They also collected toys for the holiday toy drive and coordinated concerts for local retirement home residents.

​Naiya Patel was President of the Interact club at CB East. She is a rising junior at Lehigh University majoring in Finance and Economics. She had a rough freshman year but her sophomore year seemed a lot easier. She is Secretary of her service Sorority which raises money for Breast Cancer awareness, they raised over $4,000. She still volunteers locally at A Woman’s Place and is coordinating a 5k run to raise money in October. She writes for three different web magazines in her free time. She has enjoyed her past 5 years of involvement with Rotary through Interact and her scholarship.

Courtney Clothier, a 2012 scholarship winner is entering her senior year at at Temple University. Her Junior year was the most challenging and rewarding. She was able to get on the Dean’s List while participating in two community service organizations. She volunteers in the Jump Start program and supports a group of 7 girls in the local school system. In Jump Start, college students go into Philadelphia classroom and help out. She started a Jump Start assessment program so they can determine how the program has helped students who participate.  She is also Secretary for her International Honor Society sorority, looking to build the chapter. She is a member of the Temple University Community Service Association, one of their main programs is the Silver Lining fundraising program with the proceeds going to Temple University Cancer Research.
Three Scholarship Winners Provide Updates 2015-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
President Bruce Rutherford opened the meeting at 6:10 PM. Our guests were scholarship winners from previous years including Courtney Clothier, Dan Rogus, and Naiya Patel.
 
The following announcements were made:
  • Next Wednesday’s meeting (August 5th) is new member induction night, be sure to attend to welcome our new members.
  • We will also hold our Board Meeting at 7 PM next week August 5th.
  • Max Rose was at Camp Discovery for disadvantaged children Tuesday and will be there again Thursday evening.  There are 36 campers and 36 counselors; each camper is accompanied throughout the week by a counselor. The camp is held at the Deer Park Camp. We support the camp through an annual $3,000 grant. Max enjoyed dinner with the campers and revived some old friendships and saw some extraordinary interaction between the campers and the counselors.  Max invited anyone interested to join him and Gail Linenberg on Thursday for Water Ice Night (Thursday is also talent show night) and see the good that comes from our community grant funds.
  • John Ortolf announced “Turn the Towns Teal” program is Saturday August 29, 2015, Volunteers will meet at 9:30 am at Starbucks in Doylestown Borough. The club is sponsoring the event with a $250 grant to purchase supplies. Club volunteers will join other Doylestown volunteers by tying teal ribbons around the town to promote awareness of Ovarian Cancer, the silent killer. We are using an online program for volunteers sign up for this event.
  • Bruce reminded us that the District is hosting the Phillies vs. Dodgers Strike Out Hunger Baseball Game at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday, August 5th.  $9 from each ticket goes to the Rotary Foundation; contact Bruce if you would like to purchase tickets to the game. Rich Newman is attending the game and would love other members of the club to join him.
  • The Summer Picnic is scheduled for Wednesday August 26 at the Doylestown Country Club. The theme is recommended to be Hawaiian, but is still to be determined. 
Bill Angell introduced our three returning scholarship winners joining us for dinner:

Dan Rogus, from CB East is a rising sophomore at Bucknell University; he will be going back in one week.  His freshman year was rougher than expected but he enjoyed it. Dan participated in BuckWild, a dynamic outdoor pre-orientation program before school started and enjoyed meeting other freshmen. His first semester he underestimated how much work he needed to do outside the classroom and hid grades were not as high as expected.  Dan did a lot better the second semester. This summer he  a leader for BuckWild. Dan joined the new Rotaract club at Bucknell and found it very rewarding. Their community activities included the Change for Change drive that raised over $1,000 to help eradicate Polio. They also collected 192 toys for the holiday toy drive and coordinated concerts for local retirement home residents by local acapella groups.

​Naiya Patel was President of the Interact club at CB East. She is a rising junior at Lehigh University majoring in Finance and Economics. Her sophomore year GPA was 3.6 after a rough freshman year; her sophomore year seemed a lot easier. She is Secretary of her service Sorority which raises money for Breast Cancer awareness, they raised over $4,000. She still volunteers locally at A Woman’s Place. She is coordinating a 5k run to raise money in October. She writes for three different web magazines in her free time. She has enjoyed her past 5 years of involvement with Rotary through Interact and her scholarship.

Courtney Clothier, a 2012 scholarship winner is entering her senior year at at Temple University. Her Junior year was the most challenging and rewarding. She was able to get on the Dean’s List while participating in two community service organizations. She volunteers in the Jump Start program and supports a group of 7 girls in the local school system. In Jump Start, college students go into Philadelphia classroom and help out. She started a Jump Start assessment program so they candetermine how the program has helped students who participate.  She is also Secretary for her International Honor Society sorority, looking to build the chapter. She is a member of the Temple University Community Service Association, one of their main programs is the Silver Lining fundraising program with the proceeds going to Temple University Cancer Research.

Bruce Rutherford closed out the meeting with a multimedia presentation on his father’s classification speech.  Milt Rutherford never gave a classification speech in all his years in Rotary so Bruce showed us an interview of his father recorded by the Doylestown Historical Society. You can borrow (or better yet, BUY) the CD from Bruce to see this exceptional presentation.
Highlights from Rotary Meetings for the Week of July 27, 2015, Scholarship Winners Provide Updates 2015-08-02 04:00:00Z 0
2015 Doylestown At Dusk Car Show Highlights 2015-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rich Newman on Jul 13, 2015
Morgan Marks presented a program at the clubs Wednesday July 8, 2015 meeting.  Morgan has been endorsed by the Club to attend one of Rotary’s Peace Centers. She is from Furlong, PA and received her undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Government and Sociology. She spent some time out west working for the Conservation Core in Montana and loved it before joining the Peace Corps to work in Zambia. Her inspiration came from working with a woman who was a victim of genital mutilation. Morgan presented a slide show and shared some of her experiences while in Zambia.
 
 
Morgan Marks, Nominee for Rotary Peace Program Rich Newman 2015-07-13 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Doylestown was awarded the Rotary Presidential Citation and the District Governor's Citation for Rotary Year 2014-2015 at the District Changeover Ceremony on June 29, 2015.  The club was one of only four clubs in the district to receive the Presidential award. Congratulations Doylestown Rotarians!
The Rotary Club of Doylestown Receives Two Prestigious Awards 2015-06-30 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2015
On May 23, we had our final distribution of water filters at Operación San Andrés, in alliance with the Lima Sunrise Rotary Club. These filters are very cost effective and allow the families to consume treated water easily without any additional cost. The filter system consists of a plastic container equipped with a ceramic tub lined with colloidal silver. The design of the filter removes water impurities, providing the owners a safe and economical supply of drinking water.  
 
Peru Water Filter Project is Complete! 2015-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
June 27, 2015
Dear Donors,
 
On June 26th, the community of Goudeve, Togo inaugurated its rehabilitated infirmary. Construction and renovations were completed on Thursday, June 18th, thanks to many generous donations. The 
inauguration ceremony involved blessings and thanks to the ancestors, speeches by important health staff, traditional village dignitaries and notables, the Health Program Director of Peace Corps and myself.
 
Molly Ferguson, Peace Corps Volunteer, Reports on Completion of Health Center in Goudeve, Togo, Africa 2015-06-29 04:00:00Z 0
Year in Review 2014-2015 John Ortolf 2015-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary International President-elect K.R. Ravindran Introduces a Member Benefits Program 2015-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 12, 2015
The Rotary Foundation has reached an important milestone in funding the future. Thanks to the generosity of Rotarians around the world, the total net assets, plus expected bequests ("expectancies"), to the Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund now exceed $1 billion. What a great start to Rotary's next century of service!
 
Endowment Fund spendable earnings will provide nearly $13 million of direct financial support next Rotary year.  This is more than double the amount five years ago.
 
Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund Statistics as of 30 April 2015
$362.8 M    Endowment Fund Net Assets    
$640.0 M    Endowment Fund Expectancies
      $1.003 B    Total Net Assets and Expectancies
We Passed the Billion Dollar Mark! 2015-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on May 28, 2015
The Rotary Club of Doylestown will host the 6th Annual Doylestown at Dusk Car Show on Saturday July 18, 2015 beginning at 5:00 PM.
 
 
Last year we hosted over 500 cars and thousands of happy spectators. The center of Doylestown was lined with cars and packed with people. Join us for another year of fun, free entertainment!
The "Doylestown at Dusk" Car Show is July 18, 2015 John Ortolf 2015-05-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 21, 2015
 
Storytelling
 
Sue McManus provided a wonderful program on Storytelling at the Wednesday evening, May 20, 2015 Rotary Club of Doylestown meeting. One of Sue’s many talents is storytelling; there was a time when Sue’s worked as a professional storyteller. Sue encouraged us to look at storytelling as a way to interact with real people instead of staring at television or computer screens.
 
Sue told a story originated in Cuba titled “The Best Meal and the Worst Meal”. It centered on Obatula, the ruler of the universe and her trials keeping everyone happy. 
Storytelling by Sue McManus John Ortolf 2015-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Jim Dowling joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2015-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on May 12, 2015
John Ortolf presented the Rotarian of the Year award for 2014-2015 to Janet Mintzer for her commitment to serving others and her community. Congratulations Janet!
Janet Mintzer is Doylestown Rotarian of the Year John Halderson 2015-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on May 10, 2015
The Rotary Club of Doylestown awarded nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $21,760.
At the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast, held on April 29, 2015, the following organizations were presented checks:
 
 
Pictured left to right
   
Doylestown Fire Company No 1 $500 Bill Cope
NOVA $1,785   Mary Worthington 
ShelterBox USA $2,000 Tony Jannetta
Child Home & Community $2,825 Roe DeLuca
Ted Lindeman Outreach Foundation $1,150 Ellen Lindeman
Camp Discovery Inc. $3,000 Bob Duaime
Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center $3,000 Donna Carlson
Peaceful Living $3,000 Joe Landis
Doylestown Youth Fishing Program $1,500  
Tabor Children's Services $3,000  
 
$21,760 awarded to local nonprofits in 2015 John Halderson 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on May 10, 2015
The Rotary Club of Doylestown honored individuals in our community for their accomplishments in volunteer service.
At the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast held on April 29, 2015 the following community members were honored:
    
 
 
 
 
 
  Pictured left to right  
                        Not-for-Profit: Ronald T. Bernstein
  Healthcare: Carolyn Della-Rodolfa
  Community: "Mayor" Libby White
  Business: Gina F. Rubel ESQ.
  Education: Richard O. Coe (not pictured)
Doylestown Rotary honors community members for 2015 John Halderson 2015-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on May 01, 2015
Leigh Beard, a Rotarian for 54 years, pasted away on Friday April 24, 2015. He was 88.  He was born in Roanoke, Va. and served in the U.S. Navy as a chaplain's assistant during World War II.  Leigh loved his job as a top sales representative for Century Furniture, where he worked for 34 years. He blessed many with his kindness and humor.
Leigh Beard's passing is mourned by Doylestown Rotary. John Halderson 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotarian Ro Molyneux Returns from Rotary Friendship Exchange to Argentina John Ortolf 2015-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Mar 31, 2015
Doylestown Rotarian Jane Moore provided an excellent presentation at our March 25, 2015 meeting about her recent trip to participate in Rotary’s 2015 Polio Immunization Program in India. The trip ran from February 13 to February 24, 2015 and she traveled to Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur, India. Jane felt compelled to take the trip because it might be her last chance to give the two drops of a polio vaccine to a child that will change their life. Since January 2011, there has been only ONE new confirmed case of polio in India. In 2012, India was removed from the list of polio endemic countries.
 
Doylestown Rotarian Jane Moore Travels to India to Participate in Polio Immunization Program John Ortolf 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Borough Dam Clean-Up with Members of the Rotary Club of Doylestown on Saturday, March 28, 2015 John Ortolf 2015-03-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Mar 19, 2015
Rotary.orgJohn P. Hewko
General Secretary
 
 
Dear Colleagues:
 
I am pleased to report that Rotary received extensive media coverage throughout 2014, with more than 375 news organizations in 20 countries featuring our humanitarian efforts. Of those, roughly 50 stories appeared in top tier international news organizations, including seven out of the 10 most influential ranked by Forbes, such as the Associated Press, BBC, CNN, Reuters, The Washington Post, TIME and Wall Street Journal.
The General Secretary of Rotary International Reports on Rotary Media Coverage in 2014 John Ortolf 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
James Wagner joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2015-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
Leanne Tomanelli joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Mar 07, 2015
 
Frank Romano, our Past District Governor, was in Doylestown on March 2, 2015 to discuss Rotary's new global grant structure and an international project to build an Education Community Center in Nigeria that is in development by the Rotary Club of Harleysville.
Past District Governor Frank Romano Discusses Rotary Global Grants John Ortolf 2015-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Feb 11, 2015
 
Linda McCrillis, our Rotary Foundation fundraiser, recognized 14 Paul Harris Fellows at our monthly Club Assembly on February 12, 2015. The Paul Harris Fellow Award recognizes Rotarians for significant milestones in their contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Receiving their first Paul Harris Fellow awards were Allen Childs, Raymond Minich, Susan Okun, Patricia Rider, William Shoffler and Amy Parenti (first and second award). Receiving recognition for multiple awards were Thomas Kube, Karen Lasorda, Janet Mintzer, Jane Moore, Richard Newman, John Ortolf, and Charles Pianko.
 
More Rotarian recognition:
Doylestown Rotarians Receive Recognition John Ortolf 2015-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Ifeoma Aduba joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2015-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
The Peace Corps Project to Rehab the Republic of Togo Health Clinic is Fully Funded John Ortolf 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Dec 19, 2014
     
The Rotary Club of Doylestown held their Holiday Party at the Pearl S. Buck House on December 17, 2014. Fifty members and guests were hosted by Janet Mintzer, club member and Pearl S. Buck CEO. The fellowship, the food, the venue, and the festivities were all thoroughly enjoyable. After dinner, everyone was treated to a very special private tour of the Pearl S. Buck Festival Of Trees.​ We all want to thank Janet for a wonderful evening! 
 
Rotary Club of Doylestown Celebrates the Holidays John Ortolf 2014-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 18, 2014
The Souderton-Telford Rotary and Word FM, a local, faith-based radio station, partnered with Univest Foundation to establish the Stone & Flick Children Fund to assist in raising funds for the Stone daughters and Anthony Flick, surviving children who lost their parents and siblings after the devastating tragedy in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania on Monday, December 15.
Member’s of the Rotary Club of Doylestown donated $600 to the fund.
Stone & Flick Children Fund established by the Rotary Club of Souderton-Telford John Ortolf 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Election Held for 2015-2016 Rotary Year John Ortolf 2014-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Club Hosts Captain M. Shafi from the Rotary Club of Dhaka West, Bangladesh John Ortolf 2014-12-11 05:00:00Z 0
Robert Tessier joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Nov 10, 2014
The Rotary Club of Doylestown has joined the Pearl S. Buck House Festival of Trees with their own beautifully decorated tree. The tree is decorated with the colors of Rotary International's "Light up Rotary" theme. The decorations incorporate the cornerstones of Rotary - Rotary 4 Way Test placards, Rotary Wheel snowflakes, photos of the club's fundraising and service events. Also, the gift tags on the presents under the tree are marked with the programs and organizations our club has supported in 2014.
 
 
The Festival of Trees is featured on the Must-See Holiday Attractions in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Department of Tourism.
 
Rotary part of Festival of Trees at Pearl S. Buck House John Halderson 2014-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Amy Parenti on Nov 06, 2014
THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
 
The Rotary Foundation funds our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.
 
Unique aspects of The Rotary Foundation:
  • 50% of contributions return to the district as District Grants
  • Contributions enhance our other projects through matching grants
  • Donors receive recognition as Paul Harris Fellows
  • Donors can recognize others as Paul Harris Fellows
 
November is The Rotary Foundation Month Amy Parenti 2014-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 24, 2014
On October 22, 2014 the Rotary Club of Doylestown celebrated its 90th year of “Service above Self” at the historic Aldie Mansion in Doylestown PA.  Seventy local Rotarians and their guests were joined by Rotary District Governor Gary Fedorcha and Past District Governor Tony Jannetta for the clubs celebration.
Rotary Club of Doylestown celebrates its 90th year John Halderson 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 24, 2014
On Oct 22, 2014, at the 90th anniversary celebration of the Rotary Club of Doylestown, president John Ortolf transferred the club's 90 years of historical archives to the Doylestown Historical Society. From the beginning days in 1924, the Rotary members saw the value in saving its history, from meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, photos, and artifacts.
Rotary Club transfers historical archives to Doylestown Historical Society John Halderson 2014-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Cheryl Brubaker joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Ursula Raczak joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Joshua Quinn and Peter Quigley join Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 08, 2014
At our Oct 8, 2014 meeting our speaker was Ibiyinka Alao, Nigerian Ambassador of Arts to the UN.  Ibiyinka gave us a wonderful program on art and its ability to be a tool for world peace. Ibi likes to talk to Rotary Clubs so he can thank us for eradicating polio in Nigeria. 
Nigerian Ambassador of Arts to the UN visits Rotary John Halderson 2014-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 07, 2014
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce our new member Ray Minich.
The Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce two new members Don & Pat Rider. Don is receiving his Rotary pin from Gail Linenberg as Pat (in red) looks on. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3052#sthash.xqdhv79s.dpuf
Ray Minich joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 05, 2014

Six Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Doylestown attended the Rotary Leadership Institute on Saturday September 27, 2014 in King of Prussia.  The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world.

Six Rotary Club of Doylestown Rotarians attend Rotary Leadership Institute. John Halderson 2014-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Sep 15, 2014
On Sep 15, 2014 at the Doylestown Borough Council meeting, Mayor Ron Strouse presented a proclamation to the Rotary Club of Doylestown for its 90 years of community service and hosting the Doylestown at Dusk Car Show.
Rotary Club Recognized by Doylestown Mayor John Halderson 2014-09-15 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Sep 11, 2014
The Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce two new members Don & Pat Rider. Don is receiving his Rotary pin from Gail Linenberg as Pat (in red) looks on.
Don & Pat Rider join Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Aug 27, 2014
Pictures from our club picnic on August 27, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pics from club picnic - Aug 27, 2014 John Halderson 2014-08-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Aug 10, 2014
 
Dear Bob,
 
I can't thank you and your Rotary Club members enough for your generosity in helping us set up a women's dairy cooperative in one of our villages. The Shakti Mahila Dairy has both, done amazingly well financially, but has also been instrumental in empowering its women members. Last year, it was selected as one of the best run dairies by the Maharashtra state government. Moreover, 6 village women were invited, all expenses paid, to visit the famous Anand Dairy in Gujerat state. 
A thank you letter and an update on the Dairy Project in India John Halderson 2014-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Aug 01, 2014
Vincent J. Prendergast of Doylestown died Sunday July 27, 2014. He was 83 years old.

He was the husband of Deborah Class Prendergast. Born in Boston, Mass., he was the son of the late Vincent J. and Ruth Fleming Prendergast. Vince lived most of his life in Doylestown. He was part of many service organizations in Doylestown over the span of 40 years. Vince was a Rotarian first and foremost.

Vincent J. Prendergast's passing is Mourned by Doylestown Rotary John Halderson 2014-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Jul 20, 2014
On July 19, 2014, the Rotary Club of Doylestown hosted the 5th Annual Doylestown at Dusk Car Show.  The weather was great and the cars were even greater.  The center of Doylestown was lined with cars and packed with people. 
Doylestown at Dusk Car Show John Halderson 2014-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Jul 11, 2014
The Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce our new member Kim Arnold.
Presenting her the Rotary pin is Rotary District Governor Gary Fedorcha.
Kim Arnold joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Jul 11, 2014
At our July 9, 2014 meeting, we welcomed District Governor Gary Fedorcha. Gary is a member of the Rotary Club of Slatington and is a retired teacher. Gary discussed topics important to him as the Governor of our District and emphasized this years theme “Light up Rotary Through Education”
District Governor visits Doylestown John Halderson 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Jul 11, 2014
The Rotary Club of Doylestown received four awards for its work in the 2013-2014 Rotary year. Among the awards received was the Rotary Presidential Citation. At our Jul 9, 2014 meeting the District Governor Gary Fedorcha presented the awards to Jo-Anne Atwell.
The Doylestown Rotary Club received six awards for its work in the 2012-13 Rotary year.  Among the awards received was the 2012-13 Presidential Citation. - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3052/Stories/rotary-club-of-doylestown-receives-awards#sthash.XLaeYuHw.dpuf
The Doylestown Rotary Club received six awards for its work in the 2012-13 Rotary year.  Among the awards received was the 2012-13 Presidential Citation.  - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3052/Stories/rotary-club-of-doylestown-receives-awards#sthash.XLaeYuHw.dpuf
The Doylestown Rotary Club received six awards for its work in the 2012-13 Rotary year.  Among the awards received was the 2012-13 Presidential Citation.  - See more at: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/3052/Stories/rotary-club-of-doylestown-receives-awards#sthash.XLaeYuHw.dpuf
Rotary Club of Doylestown receives awards John Halderson 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Doylestown - Outlook for 2014-2015 John Ortolf 2014-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
John Halderson named Doylestown Rotarian of the Year John Ortolf 2014-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Doylestown - 2013-2014 Year in Review John Ortolf 2014-06-02 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on May 30, 2014

Our May 28, 2014 meeting was a celebration of Emi Yamazaki’s year as an exchange student.  She arrived on August 13, 2013 and is going home to Japan on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Joining us to support Emi were her current host parents, Loren and Jenny Danzis, and her previous host mom Pam Byers.  Emi was very grateful for the love and hospitality that both her host families shared with her.

The Rotary Club Celebrates Emi Yamazaki’s Farewell John Halderson 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on May 01, 2014

The Rotary Club of Doylestown awarded nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $23,100.

ImageAt the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast, held on April 30 2014, the following organizations were presented checks:

The Ann Silverman Health Clinic - $1,500
Bucks County Conservation District - $1,100
Camp Discovery - $3,000
Central Bucks YMCA - $3,000
Community Conservatory - $2,000
Doylestown County Theater - $3,000
Doylestown Post 175, Veterans of Foreign Wars - $3,000
Doylestown's Youth Fishing Program - $1,500
Mercer Museum, Bucks County Historical Society - $1,000
Peaceful Living - $2,000
Shelter Box USA - $2,000
$23,100 Awarded to Local Nonprofit Organizations in 2014 John Halderson 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on May 01, 2014

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

ImageAt the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast, held on April 30, 2014 the following community members were honored:
 

Education: Joseph Brosnan, Ed.D.    
Not-for-Profit:        Marne Kies Dietterich  
Community: Jeffrey Kennedy  
Business: Bridget Wingert  
Healthcare: Arthur Giddings  
Doylestown Rotary honors community members for 2014 John Halderson 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Apr 16, 2014
ImageAt our Apr 16, 2014 meeting our speaker was Lisa White from the Doylestown Food Co-op. The Co-op store is located at 29 West State Street in Doylestown and is open to members and to the public.
Doylestown Food Co-op John Halderson 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Ro Molyneux and Sue McManus join Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotary gives $500 to Doylestown Fire Company John Halderson 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Mar 12, 2014
ImageThe Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce our new member Chris Nardo. The photo shows Chris being given his Rotary pin by his sponsor Jane Moore.  
Chris Nardo joins the Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Feb 11, 2014
ImageThe Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce our new member Linda Lefevre. That's Linda in the middle holding up her Rotary piggy bank. Accompanying Linda is Janet Mintzer (left) her sponsor and Rich Newman (right) our membership chairman.  
Linda Lefevre joins the Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2014-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Feb 03, 2014

Image"The immense devastation on Leyte island is difficult to comprehend," said ShelterBox Response Team member Marie Vincent. "At first glance when you scratch the surface you soon learn that the typhoon also destroyed people’s livelihoods and has left the survivors with traumatic psychological scars. There are children who cannot make eye contact, individuals who are struggling to find the motivation to move on and an underlying anxiety that it will happen again. The economical and human recovery will take years rather than months."

ShelterBox helping in the Philippines John Halderson 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
John T Brown Jr.'s Passing is Mourned by Doylestown Rotary John Ortolf 2014-02-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Ortolf on Jan 29, 2014

ImageWe had our Membership Recruitment Night hosted by Janet Mintzer in her beautiful home on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. In attendance were 10 prospective members, with 10 members of our club, our exchange student Emi, and Andrianna, the President of our CB East Interact Club. After an hour of socializing, everyone gathered fireside to learn about Rotary.

All past Club Presidents and future Presidents shared what our club means to them, what it means to be a Rotarian and their favorite club project. Membership Chair Rich Newman talked about the process and responsibilities of becoming a member. Janet shared the object of Rotary, our meeting format, and our 6 avenues of service. Emi really opened up and talked about her family and how our club has changed her life. Andrianna gave everyone a great perspective of how we are supporting local students.

There were many interesting questions by our guests and a great follow up email which said, “What an exciting evening yesterday, the positive energy was amazing! Either it was the ‘real deal’ or you were pumping pure oxygen into the room. Looking forward to being a part of that energy.”

It was a totally awesome night. Special thanks to everyone who participated in the evening.

Highlights from the Rotary Meeting of January 29, 2014 - Membership Recruitment Night John Ortolf 2014-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Jan 15, 2014

  Why Join Rotary?

wh-4p-gdPerhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian is the chance to do something for somebody else.  After all, Rotary is a service organization,  its business is mankind and its product is service.  To do something for somebody else;  to sense the self-fulfillment that comes in the process; and the return of that satisfaction to one’s own life.  It is richly rewarding.

But joining a Rotary club has some other benefits as well:

Why join Rotary? John Halderson 2014-01-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Nov 07, 2013

ImageAt our Nov 6, 2013 meeting, Mary Ellen Noonan from the Bucks County Conservation District provided us with a very informative program. She has been the conservation district's Environmental Educator for 7 years. The conservation district has roots from the Dust Bowl of the 1930's when farmers were not treating the soil well.  Originally called the Soil Conservation District, it worked mainly with farmers but today they work primarily with the construction industry anytime there is soil being disturbed or moved. The district is now a regulatory agency, enforcing the Clean Water Act. 

Bucks County Conservation District John Halderson 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 30, 2013

ImageAt our Oct 30, 2013 meeting we had three high school students tell us about their experience at Camp Neidig. Camp Neidig is a program not a place. It is a four day leadership opportunity for high school students. On average, 200 students from 80 high schools from our Rotary district participate in physical and mental leadership exercises. Our own Rotary member David Woffindin attended when he was in high school in 1968.

Camp Neidig - a Rotary leadership program for high school students John Halderson 2013-10-31 00:00:00Z 0
Peaceful Living - Creating belonging for persons with disabilities John Halderson 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 16, 2013
ImageAt our Oct 16, 2013 meeting our speaker was Jessica Wadsworth who provided a very interesting presentation on Bed Bugs. With the help of her partner Scout they sniff out the pesky bugs just about anywhere.
Learning about Bed Bugs John Halderson 2013-10-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 09, 2013

ImageAt our 9 Oct, 2013 meeting three members of the Maasai (Kenya) visited and give us an update on the water wells project Rotary has helped fund.

The Maasai visit Doylestown Rotary John Halderson 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 03, 2013

ImageThe Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce our new member Gail Linenberg. Photo shows Gail being given her Rotary pin by her sponsor (and father), Bob Powers.  Mr. Powers is a Rotary 50 year member and former President of the Rotary Club of Hatboro. 

Gail Linenberg joins the Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2013-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Oct 03, 2013
ImageThe Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce our new member Melissa Bond. The photo shows Melissa being given her Rotary pin by her sponsor Max Rose.  
Melissa Bond joins the Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2013-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Sep 25, 2013

ImageAt our Sept 25, 2013 meeting, our guest speakers Benjamin Crooke and his wife Natalie answered this and much more. Ben is a third generation dairy farmer who talked about his families modern dairy operation. Ben, along with his father and grandfather, farm on 200 acres with about 60 milking stock and 200 total animals.

What's it like to run a dairy farm? John Halderson 2013-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Sep 04, 2013
ImageAt our Sept 4, 2013 meeting we had an update from the Souls for Soles volunteers. James Trindle, Jayne Steuerman, Luke Durkin, and Christine Nisbit gave a presentation on their trip to Honduras last summer. Our club provided a grant supporting their program. Their slide show showcased their experiences volunteering at the Emanuel orphanage where they provided shoes for the 600 children. The children were very friendly, while their physical needs are provided it was obvious they need more love.
Souls for Soles John Halderson 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Aug 14, 2013

ImageEmi Yamazaki is our new exchange student from Japan.  Emi arrived in the US on August 13, 2013. After arriving, she met her host family, our club president Jo-Anne Atwell, and our New Generations chair Max Rose. She was very tired from the long flight but enjoyed meeting everyone.  She is looking forward to learning American culture and to tell us about her Japanese culture.

 

Meet our new exchange student John Halderson 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Aug 07, 2013
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BCABVI is the acronym for Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

At our meeting on Aug 7, 2013, Anne Marie Hyer gave a very informative talk about visual impairment, its causes, examples of what its like to have a visual impairment, and some of the new tools and devices to help people.

 

Do you know what BCABVI stands for? John Halderson 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
Chuck Pressler joins the Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2013-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Ahmed Mazaheri celebrates 50 years as a Rotarian, John Halderson 2013-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Jun 19, 2013
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The Doylestown Rotary Club received six awards for its work in the 2012-13 Rotary year.  Among the awards received was the 2012-13 Presidential Citation. 
Rotary Club of Doylestown receives awards John Halderson 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Scholarships Awarded to Area High School Students John Halderson 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Jun 05, 2013

ImageThe Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce our newest member Allen Childs.

That's Allen on the right being congratulated by Bob Eichfeld.
Allen Childs joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2013-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on May 14, 2013

ImageThe Rotary Club of Doylestown is proud to announce our newest member Bill Shoffler.

Bill is receiving his Rotary pin from Rich Newman (our club President).
Not sure why Bill is so somber, he's really a fun guy.
Bill Shoffler joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2013-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Apr 25, 2013

The Rotary Club of Doylestown awarded nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $15,620.

ImageAt the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast, held on April 24 2013, the following organizations were presented checks:

The Ann Silverman Health Clinic - $1,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County - $2,000
Bucks County Housing Group - $2,000
Bucks County Opportunity Council - $1,500
Bucks County SPCA - $2,000
Camp Discovery Inc. - $3,000
Doylestown's Youth Fishing Program - $1,500
Doylestown FISH - $1,000
NOVA the Network of Victim Assistance - $1,620
$15,620 Awarded to Local Nonprofit Organizations in 2013 John Halderson 2013-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Apr 25, 2013

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

ImageAt the annual "Four Way Test" awards breakfast, held on April 24, 2013 the following community members were honored:
 

Healthcare Kevin A. Cody  
Community Liz Biester  
Business Deborah Wagner  
Not-for-Profit    Rodger C. Collins  
Education Dr. James J. Linksz  
Doylestown Rotary honors community members for 2013 John Halderson 2013-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotary Club helps at Borough Dam Cleanup Day John Halderson 2013-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bruce Rutherford on Mar 12, 2013
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Rotary Club of Doylestown will once again host the "Doylestown at Dusk Car Show". The show is scheduled for Saturday, July 20th, 2013 and will take place on the beautiful downtown streets of Doylestown.

Doylestown Rotary Club Hosts Car Show Bruce Rutherford 2013-03-13 00:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotary gives $500 to Doylestown Fire Company John Halderson 2013-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotary Club opens the scholarship application process for 2013 John Halderson 2013-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Bill & Kathleen's Excellent Adventure - Antarctica John Halderson 2012-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Dec 05, 2012
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At our Dec 5 meeting, Roger Collins explained his organizations mission to empower low-income people in Bucks County to achieve economic self-sufficiency.  We have all heard the proverb "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime".  That's the motto of the Bucks County Opportunity Council.

Bucks County Opportunity Council John Halderson 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Amy Parenti joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Nov 28, 2012
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At our Nov 28, 2012 meeting, Dr. Joseph Brosnan, president of Delaware Valley College, give us an update on what's happening. He also gave us a quiz.
Delaware Valley College John Halderson 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Nov 27, 2012
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Our own Rotary member, Dr. Ahmed Mazaheri provided emergency medical aid to fellow passenger on his flight home from California.
Is there a physician onboard? John Halderson 2012-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Nov 26, 2012
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Armene Modi of the Ashta No Kai organization has sent us a thank you letter for our continued support for the dairy project in India. On Aug 1 2012 she visited our club and provided us with an update on the dairy project we helped support in the past. We then presented to her a check for $500 to go towards the purchase of more cows.

Doylestown Rotary receives thank you letter John Halderson 2012-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Nov 09, 2012
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At our Nov 7 meeting, Frank N. Gallagher enlighten us about the wonderful humanitarian work of the Doylestown FISH organization. FISH is a non-profit that provides emergency assistance to people in need when no other timely assistance is available.

Doylestown FISH John Halderson 2012-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Susan Okun joins Rotary Club of Doylestown John Halderson 2012-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Aug 01, 2012
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The Rotary Club of Doylestown welcomed Armene Modi at their weekly meeting on Aug 1. Armene discussed her organizations work to empower rural women in India by providing educational and vocational opportunities. She also gave an update on the dairy project in which Rotary helped fund.
Club receives update on Dairy project in India. John Halderson 2012-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Jul 22, 2012
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The "Doylestown at Dusk" car show held on Jul 21, 2012 and hosted by the Doylestown Rotary was a huge success.
"Doylestown at Dusk" Car Show John Halderson 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Scholarships Awarded to Area High School Students John Halderson 2012-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
$12,055 Awarded to Local Nonprofit Organizations in 2012 John Halderson 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotary honors community members for 2012 John Halderson 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotary honors high school students John Halderson 2012-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
A salute to Ernie Gross, a Holocaust victim John Halderson 2012-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian of the Year award John Halderson 2012-02-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Halderson on Jan 31, 2012

The Rotary Club of Doylestown
has been recognizing outstanding high schools students for over 25 years and has once again opened the Scholarship application process for senior students attending Central Bucks East, South and West High schools.
Doylestown Rotary Scholarships John Halderson 2012-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Doylestown Rotary receives Rotary Presidential Citation John Halderson 2012-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
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On 21 Dec 2011 the Doylestown Rotary celebrated the holidays with music and fun. Two members from the NJ Opera group entertained us with Christmas songs. This inspired several club members to join in for a big sing-a-long. Many members brought their spouses and we all enjoyed an evening of comaraderie and a wonderful holiday dinner.
Holiday Spirit John Halderson 2012-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Scholarships Awarded to Area High School Students Janet Mintzer 2011-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janet Mintzer on May 31, 2011
The Doylestown Rotary Club will reopen the Scholarship application process for  senior students attending Central Bucks East, South and West in the Spring, 2012. 
Doylestown Rotary Scholarships Janet Mintzer 2011-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Lasorda on May 03, 2011

The Rotary Club of Doylestown awarded the following nonprofit organizations with grants totalling $13,165 in May, 2011:

        Bucks County Child's Advocacy Center - $2,995

        Bucks County SPCA                           - $2,032

        Camp Discovery                                  - $3,000

        Penn State Bucks County 4-H              - $3,000

        Robert James Leonard Foundation        - $1,125

        Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs                - $1,773

        Twlight Wish Foundation                      - $1,500 

$13,165 Awarded to Local Nonprofit Organizations in 2011 Karen Lasorda 2011-05-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo-Anne Atwell on Aug 14, 2010
Sunday evening, August 15th, will be a special evening in Solebury Township. The Friends of the Washington Crossing Historic Park and the Thompson Neely House Auxiliary will present faculty members of the Community Conservatory of Doylestown in concert for the first time in eastern Bucks County. FREE to the public, the event will take place at the Military Cemetery at the Thompson Neely House on the corner of Aquetong and River Roads, two miles south of New Hope. The program will begin at 6 p.m. but you are encouraged to come early with a picnic and blanket and/or chairs and enjoy this beautiful setting along the Delaware Towpath and River. For your safety and comfort, there will be open automobile access to the sight directed by the Solebury Township Police and the New Hope/Solebury Fire Company squad.
A Midsummer's Evening of Music - Thomas Neeley House, Washington Crossing Jo-Anne Atwell 2010-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Larry Glick
Strike Out Hunger Night At Citizens Bank Park Proceeds benefit The Rotary Foundation and the South Jersey Food Bank. Remember to bring non-perishable food items! August 18, 2010 For ticket information Contact Jim Cuozzo 215-441-8139 jimhatboro@minutemanpress.com Gerry Long 610-866-6104 longgolf@verizon.net Marilyn Gannon marmay8th@aol.com
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The Rotary Club of Doylestown honored four area adults and six high school students with awards and designated grants totaling $15,250 to six community nonprofit agencies at special breakfast meeting on May 5th.
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The Central Bucks East High School Interact Club served up a great pancake breakfast Sunday, May 31 2009, to support the Rotary's Shelter Box Program. For more information on the Rotary's Shelter Box Program, come out to our meetings.

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At our April 29th meeting Francis Sakuda of the Maasai gave an outstanding presentation on how our wells and pipelines have affected the lives of the more than 10,000people and thousands of livestock who partake of the water.

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Despite the rain and cold wind, hundreds of kids and parents turned out for the opening day of the Boro Dam Kids Fishing on Saturday April 11, 2009.
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Doylestown Rotary and community members turned out in force on March 21, 2009 to cleanup around the Doylestown Boro Dam to get ready for opening day of Kids Fishing" on April 11 at 0800 am.  Bring your kids and grand kids out for a great day of fishing. All you old anglers will get a chance to pass on your fishing skills to the young anglers.

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Posted by Craig Wasserkrug

Thanks to the generosity of a member of the Bucks County Community (who wishes to remain anonymous) we will be able to help the Maasai of Kenya build two more wells. The donor of $30,000, gave the gift, in conjunction with her family, to commemorate her 50th birthday and in recognition of her and her family's good fortune.  Matching Funds of $30,000 will enable us to build two new wells. This will make a total of five wells emanating from Rotary gifts and grants and publicity about Rotary work with the Maasai. The publicity resulted in gifts of $30,000 each from three citizens of Bucks County.

The wells will be drilled in (1), Naironde, a community of about 500 people and over three thousand livestock of goats, sheep, cows and donkeys (2).Ereteti Village which has a school of 400 children who depend on roof water that is not sufficient throughout the year. Government geologists have already designated where the two wells should be drilled. We anticipate a September-October date for completion of the wells.

We will keep you posted.

John Brown

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