Subscribe to The Newtown Rotary Bulletin 2019-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Share & Signup for The Newtown Rotary Bulleting 2019-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Zebra-Striped Whale becomes Sponsor of Newtown Rotary Website 2019-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
McCaffrey's Food Markets Sponsorship of Newtown Rotary 2019-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
First National Bank of Newtown Sponsorship of Newtown Rotary 2019-03-18 04:00:00Z 0
Newtown Rotary 30th Annual Golf Outing
Benefiting Pickering Manor Home of Newtown
June 10th, 2019
Trenton Country Club
201 Sullivan Way
West Trenton, NJ
Breakfast, Golf, Lunch, Cocktails, Silent Auction and Prizes
Early Start - Scramble Format
8:30 a.m. Registration & Full Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
2:00 p.m. Cocktails, Lunch & Silent Auction
3:00 p.m. Awards
 $295 per person for golfer
See full flyer for list of many opportunities of sponsorship
30th Annual Newtown Rotary Golf Outing to Benefit Pickering Manner 2019 2019-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 05, 2019
Join the Newtown Rotary Club for our Monthly Happy Hour.
Bring a book to donate to Newtown Rotary's "Leave a Book Take a Book" Project
Wed. March 27th 5pm to 7pm
The Temperance House
5 S State St, Newtown, PA 18940
Light fare provided. Please come and bring your friends.  All are welcome.
March Happy Hour for Newtown Rotary 2019-03-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 04, 2019
CHANGE OF DATE:  Merrill Reese will be joining the Newtown Rotary for lunch!  Apologies for the change of date it was at the request of our guest.
What:  Merrill Reese visit to Newtown Rotary Club lunch
When: Wed. April 24th, 2019 12:15pm
Where:  The Temperance House 5 South State St. Newtown PA 18940
Lunch is $15 pp
All are welcome.  Please RSVP to and let us know so we can have a head count and enough food for everyone.
CHANGE OF DATE: Merrill Reese annual visit to Newtown Rotary 2019-03-04 05:00:00Z 0
NBA Breakfast hosted by Newtown Rotary 2019-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Council Rock North Rotary Interact Club paid a visit to Pickering Manor to visit with some residents and make and distribute Valentines.
Newtown Rotary Interact Valentine's 2019-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Newtown Rotary Receives Prestigious Award 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Join the Newtown Rotary on April 3rd at our regularly scheduled lunch as we present the Newtown Borough Arbor Day Committee with a check to help them with their Arbor Day Festivities.  Look on our website for details on the Newtown Rotary lunch time and place.
Newtown Rotary Presents Check 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Council Rock Rotary Interact Club Charity Basketball Tournament 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Become a part of history.  The world is so close to eradicating Polio from the face of the planet.  Please join Rotary in fighting to eradicate this horrible disease.  The end is in sight.  Join now to help.
Become a Part of History 2019-02-19 05:00:00Z 0
Mark it!  Merrill Reese will be joining the Newtown Rotary for lunch!
What:  Merrill Reese visit to Newtown Rotary Club lunch
When: Wed. April 17th, 2019 12:15pm
Where:  The Temperance House 5 South State St. Newtown PA 18940
Lunch is $15 pp
All are welcome.  Please RSVP to and let us know so we can have a head count and enough food for everyone.
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Hi everyone,
I just wanted to let you know that I am working on creating a Newtown Rotary Club Bulletin to send out regularly to all club members.  This is my first attempt and I welcome any feedback.  I like the bulletin format and think it's a little prettier than regular club emails.  My goal is to send the bulletin out regularly rather than boring old emails. 
In addition to the nicer format we can also showcase our Newtown Rotary Sponsors in the bulletin in the same manner that we do on our website.
Please add to your safe sender list or address book so you will receive our Club bulletin.
Thanks for you patience.  I hope to see you all soon.
Newtown Rotary Bulletin Kyle Davis 2019-02-05 05:00:00Z 0
Lose Yourself 2019-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you Anthony Petsis and Associates! 2019-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Newtown Rotarians, Judge Mick Petrucci, Lilian Beeman and President Paul Salvatore  at the annual breakfast with Santa event at the Washington Crossing Inn. We helped serve over 180 guest and every child left with a gift and a tasty treat. Newtown Rotary is a proud sponsor along with the Newtown exchange club, Newtown Lions & Upper Makefield fire company.
Santa Sighting 2018-12-14 05:00:00Z 0
Newtown Rotary President Paul Salvatore and our guest speaker at our 11/28 lunch at the Temperance House Bonnie Meister from Shriners Hospital for children.
Shriners Hospital visit to Newtown 2018-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Judge Petrucci and Caroline Edwards, Esq. providing the third-grade class of Saint Andrews Elementary dictionaries from the Newtown Rotary Club.  Continuing Newtown Rotary's goal of giving a dictionary to every 3rd grader in Council Rock School District.
Newtown Rotary Dictionary Project Update 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Dictionary Project 2018 Sol Feinstone Elementary 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Newtown Rotary will be meeting this Wednesday at our normal time 12:15 PM at the Temperance House Restaurant in Newtown.
  • We will the presenting the checks to the 50-50 winners
  •  We will also be presenting a check for shop with a cop.
  • We will have a guest speaker from the Shriners Hospital
We will have Angels available as part of the Angel tree project to provide those in need with gifts this holiday season.  
What's hot at Newtown Rotary Wed 11/28 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Thanksgiving from Newtown Rotary 2018-11-21 05:00:00Z 0
Another 3rd Grade Class receiving their dictionaries compliments of Newtown Rotary 2018-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 13, 2018
Please help us help our local Terchon VFW Post 5542 put a wreath on every grave in Washington Crossing  National Cemetery and beyond.
To make a donation click here for the form to send to Terchon VFW Post 5542 or go to 
Wreaths Across America 2018-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
Joe Garvey Receives Paul Harris Fellow Award from Newtown Rotary 2018-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
October is a busy month for Newtown Rotary!
We have our annual 50/50 fundraiser and our Bicycle and Sewing machine collection
The Drawing is Oct 30th!!!
Click on this button to purchase 50/50 tickets online
You can also buy in person at:
any of the 13 branches of First National Bank of Newtown, The Newtown Library and Ned's Cigars
50/50 Drawing and Bike Collection Coming up 2018-10-18 04:00:00Z 0
The Drawing is Oct 30th!!!
Click on this button to purchase 50/50 tickets online
You can also buy in person at:
any of the 13 branches of First National Bank of Newtown, The Newtown Library and Ned's Cigars
charity fundraiser
Read more
Newtown Rotary 50/50 Fundraiser 2018 2018-08-23 04:00:00Z 0 charity,fundraiser
Newtown Rotary Bike and Sewing Machine Drive 2018 2018-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Newtown Rotary's 29th Golf Outing to Benefit Pickering Manor 2018-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 14, 2018
Newtown Rotary welcomed Keith Davies of Rescue Christians, a division of Forum for Middle East Understanding. Keith shared with us stories of persecuted Christians throughout the world saved by the efforts of Rescue Christians.
If you or anyone you know is interested in donating to their efforts or learning more about their works, please visit their website at or contact them at Rescue Christians, 2110 S. Eagle Rd., #310, Newtown, PA 18940, (877) 832-7200.
Guest Speaker Keith Davies 2018-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 16, 2017
Newtown Rotary collected all of the gifts donated at the Newtown Post Office for Bucks County homeless and those in need and moved them to Newtown Presbyterian Church to get sorted for delivery.  This is a great service project that Newtown Rotary is honored to participate in every year, not only as gift donors but as labor to collect and distribute.  Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!
Newtown Rotary Angel Tree Gift collection 2017 2017-12-16 05:00:00Z 0
Our 50/50 winners for 2017. Congratulations!
Thanks to everyone that participated in the Newtown Rotary Club 50/50 in 2017. The event was a great success and we raised a good amount of money to help worthy local, national and international causes. We look forward to your support next year!
1st place was Charles Quattrone winning $7,850
2nd place was Sir Speedy winning $1000
3rd place was Natalie Byelich winning $500
Thanks and congratulations!
2017 Newtown Rotary 50/50 results 2017-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
BONUS! Buy your 50/50 Ticket at the Newtown Library and get FREE Membership! Kyle Davis 2017-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Newtown Rotary 50/50 Drawing 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 10, 2017


28th Newtown Rotary Golf Outing to Benefit Pickering Manor will take place at Trenton Country Club on Monday, June 19, 2017.

Please save the date, details to come.

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Pedals for Progress, in its continuing effort to recycle bicycles properly, is having a
used bike collection sponsored by Newtown Rotary Club w/Council Rock High
School North Interact Club.
Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition is urged to donate
his or her bike to this worthy cause. We do not accept “bikes for parts” or
disassembled bikes.
Bikes can be dropped off from 9 am to 12 noon on Saturday October 15, 2016,
rain or shine Across from the Olde St. Andrews Church,
It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. A
donation toward shipping costs is necessary (suggested minimum $10 per
All cash and material donations are fully deductible and a receipt will be available
at the collection site. We also accept working portable sewing machines.

Mark your calendar! October 15, Rotary to collect used bike and sewing machines. 2016-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Hope on The Vine Photos are ready 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
2016 Golf Outing
We are excited to announce this years Newtown Rotary Golf Outing benefiting Pickering Manor will be held on June 20th at beautiful Trenton Country Club.  The event was started 27 years ago by Dr. Jerry Agasar, and has been a great success.  This years event is chaired by Tony Petsis.  Please come out for a day of fun and support this worthy cause!
The following is a link to our website where you can find additional information:
Additional information can be found at:
27th Annual Golf Outing 2016-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Hope on The Vine 2016 - The Movie 2016-04-20 00:00:00Z 0
Thanks to Rob Brown, we will be auctioning a fantastic Disney World package, worth$3,500.
Starting bid will be $1,500. You don't want to miss it.
Disney World Auction item, Don't Miss!
Fantastic HOV Auction item coming! Gadi Naaman 2016-02-07 00:00:00Z 0
Please note change of venue.
Our Holiday party will be held Wednesday 12.9.15 from 12:00 to 2:00 At The Temperance House.
please be prompt, the Council Rock North Highschool Choir will regail us with holiday songs.
Please send an email to Paul Salvatore ( ) to confirm attendance, before 5:00 Tuesday 12.8.15.
Guests are welcome. Cost: $20 per person
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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Nov 17, 2015
Newtown, PA. Madison Saurman, Club President, presented a $750 check to Potential Inc., a local organization dedicated to assisting individuals with autism in reaching their educational, social and emotional potential. Gadi Naaman, Director of Development for Potential Inc. and Marc Luciani, a Member of Potential’s Board of Directors, both Newtown Rotarians, accepted on behalf of the organization.
"The money will be used to leverage our 2015 Giving-Tuesday Campaign (December 1, 2015) to purchase 15 iPads for our clients and a few laptops for our program managers", explained Naaman in expressing Potential's gratitude for the gift. “If you want to help, you can visit our web site and donate, or share with your friends.” added Naaman.
Newtown Rotary Club Presents $750 Check to Potential Inc. Gadi Naaman 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Please note, our Wednesday meeting this week, will not be at the Brick Hotel due to renovations.
Instead, the $1,000,000 Meal will be at Grace Point.
Bring your own lunch. the Church will provide desert and beverages.
World wide proceeds from the $1,000,000 Meal go to help feed the hungry.
Please bring non-perishable food for the Holidays food collection at the Church.
Thank you.
$1,000,000 Meal at Grace Point on Wednesday 11/18/15 Gadi Naaman 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Sign up to help with Food Drive Gadi Naaman 2015-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Don't miss 2 big upcoming events! Gadi Naaman 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
HOV 2015 This Weekend! 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
3 weeks to Hope on The Vine 2015!
It promises to be a great evening and we hope you can join us, but you need to register, so we can plan the food and beverages (almost ran out last year).
Also, you want to check out the great items we have at the on-line auction. Here are some of them:
  • Dinner for ten, in your home, cooked by Chef Joe Garvey (includes 6 bottles of wine)
  • African Photo Safari for two in a rhino reserve
  • A year family membership at the NAC (Newtown Athletic Club
  • An ice cream party for 50 in your house (or yard).
  • The perfect Mother's Day present- 7-hour massage at David Witchell Spa, dinner and a bottle of champagne.
  • A week in Belize in a private condo, including airfare for two from major US airports
  • An evening at the opera for two - complete with a limo, champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a champagne reception at the opera - Priceless!
In addition, there will be great food, choice wines, delectable cheeses, pleasant chamber music and silent auction. The on-line auction will run until 9:00 pm and will be accessible through wi-fi on smart phone (you may want to register and download the app, so you don't miss out on your coveted items.
If you can't attend, you can still help by donating cash (secure credit card). Last year we allocated over $15,000 to several organizations and causes. We appreciate your help.
Newtown Rotary Club
Don't be a bystander. Check this out! 2015-04-03 00:00:00Z 0
2014 was a busy year for the Newtown Rotary Club as it celebrated sixty one years of service to the community, both locally and globally. “It was very gratifying to be able to allocate almost $27,000 to various causes last year” said Paul Orihel, the Club’s President.
“However, it was just as gratifying to carry out projects which emphasized providing service beyond financial contributions. Last year we gave out the 10,000th dictionary to a lucky third grader in the Council Rock School District. The project  was initiated almost ten years ago to promote good language skills and learning habits.”
2014- The Year That Was 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2014
Paul Orihel: “Rotary 12th annual Bike Collection, tremendous success!
On a beautiful sunny day in late October, our own Dr. Jerry Agasar, his Committee and our Interact Club, held the Club’s 12th Annual Bike and Sewing Machine Collection, benefiting Pedals for Progress ( ) at Council Rock High School North (CRHS North).

The event was a TREMENDOUS SUCCESS! It was held in conjunction with the CRHS North Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25th. We collected 144 bikes, 10 sewing machines and $1,545 in donations! The bikes we collected will be shipped to Costa Rica and Albania.
If you missed it, you missed a beautiful day all around. The weather was great and, as always,  the Interact Club came out in large numbers! The boys and girls weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, breaking down the bikes for shipment. Sarah Huskin, Interact Director, did a GREAT job organizing the kids to help our club!
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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Sep 23, 2014

Newtown Rotary Club Presents $500 Check to Newtown Library

Newtown, PA. Paul Orihel, President of the Club greeted Dennis O’Brien and Frank Brassell of the Newtown Library Company. “The Newtown Rotary Club is pleased to be a Silver Sponsor of the Newtown Library 5K run and present you with this $500 check as part of our annual allocation process,” said Orihel.

Messrs. Brassell anImaged O’Brien reviewed some of the Library’s accomplishments in its 250 plus years of service, as well as its upcoming 5K run on October 18 to raise funds to continue its mission.

Mr. Orihel added that “As a service club, we are delighted to be able to support an institution which is so important to the community.”

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talents to further the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”. The Newtown Rotary Club, founded in 1953, has served the local and international communities for over 60 years.

The Newtown Rotary club meets at The Brick Hotel, 1 Washington Avenue, Newtown PA. All meetings are Wednesday luncheons from 12:15 to 1:30 pm. For additional information visit the web site

For additional information about Newtown Rotary Club, contact Gadi Naaman 215.968.2080

Picture 2014-09-24 Rotary Presents Check to Newtown Library ( L to R- Paul Orihel, Dennis O’Brien, Frank Brassell, Michelle Knobloch)


Newtown Rotary Presents $500 Check to Newtown Library Gadi Naaman 2014-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Aug 30, 2014

Sherri visits with Congressman Fitzpatrick

When Sherri Strickler attended Newtown Rotary Hope on The Vine 2014, she "had to have" the visit to the Capitol with Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick.The visit exceeded her expectations. Here she is, in her own words:

Image"I was lucky enough to win the Tour of the Capital and lunch with Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick for a party of 4 at the Hope on the Vine fundraiser in April. If you have not taken a tour of the Capitol and White House, put it on your to-do list! It is an incredible experience.

When I contacted the Congressman’s office, his aide Anna Marie DiMascia was so helpful. She suggested that we add a tour of the White House onto our day and took care of all the details. We met the Congressman and Anna Marie at the White House entrance at 0730. The tour is self-guided after an opening overview. Just think about it, every morning, they roll up the carpets and create pathways for people to go through this historic mansion and the first family is on the floors right above. You get to stand where the president stands when he addresses the country! I got to see in person the Kennedy portrait in person. I felt so proud to be an American.

Sherri visits with Congressman Fitzpatrick Gadi Naaman 2014-08-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Michelle Knobloch on Jul 16, 2014
Attention Club Members and Friends! July 30th luncheon at Pickering Manor.
Launch of our 25th Golf Outing (September 8th) to benefit Pickering Manor
2013 Luncheon and check presentation

Dear Rotarians and Friends,

Please join us for our annual luncheon at Pickering Manor on Wednesday, July 30th at 12:15.  

The luncheon is hosted by Pickering Manor in appreciation for the proceeds raised during the Rotary Golf Outing.  Please feel free to invite guests that may have been a part of your foursome or any sponsors that supported the event as well.  (If you are bringing guests, kindly let Michelle know so that her staff is prepared).

Michelle Knobloch, NHA
Executive Director
Pickering Manor
226 N. Lincoln Ave.
Newtown, PA  18940
Attention Club Members and Friends! July 30th luncheon at Pickering Manor. Michelle Knobloch 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Jun 04, 2014

 ¡Hasta la vista! Friends. Saying good bye to Ada and Yago

After a year with us in Newtown, it was timeImage to say good bye to our Exchange Students from Venezuela (Ada) and Spain (Yago). Two of the most charming young people you ever want to meet. They regaled us with stories about their countries and their time in the US and the activities they shared with their new friends and host families.

See the videos (Ada) (Yago).

For more information about the Youth Exchange Program, download the brochure


¡Hasta la vista! Friends. Saying good bye to Ada and Yago Gadi Naaman 2014-06-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Jan 20, 2014

Saying Goodbye to old friends

On Friday, January 18, 2014 we were saddened to learn that Cam Wilson, a long time Member of the Newtown Rotary Club, passed away. In two weeks it would have been a year to the day since we celebrated his 92nd birthday along with Bob Davis 93rd birthday and the Club’s 60th birImagethday.

Congressman Fitzpatrick was on hand to present Cam and Bob, both of whom were WWII veterans, a flag which was once flown over the Capitol Building, along with aImage certificate.The following week, Cam returned with the flag and presented it to the Club for posterity. We now recite the Pledge of Allegiance facing this flag every week, next to the Rotary banner.

Sadly, we lost Bob on December 1, 2013 and now Cam. Both had terrific sense of humor and uncanny ability to tell compelling stories in ways which left us gasping for air with laughter. We shall miss them both.


Saying Goodbye to old friends Gadi Naaman 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Jan 03, 2014

2013- The Newtown Rotary 60th anniversary year-A year in review

2013 was a pretty busy year for Rotarians at the Newtown Rotary Club. Enjoy the stories, the pictures and the videos.

However, we hope to do more in 2014. For that, we may need your help. We invite anyone, in or around Newtown, who is interested in community service, to check us out and consider joining us. Or “like” us on Facebook and send us a private message so we may contact you.

January - We celebrated Bob Davis, Cam Wilson and Newtown Rotary birthdays.  Both Cam & Bob were WWII veterans and another former Rotarian and Veteran , Stan Jacobs, joined them. Congressman Fitzpatrick was on hand to honor their service. See story here.

2013 The Rotary Year That Was Gadi Naaman 2014-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Dec 24, 2013

ImageOn Christmas Day 2013 A holiday dinner was served to members of the community who have come upon hard times, at the Newtown Presbyterian Church .Many Rotarians and Interact Club Members came to help serve the food and pack it for delivery

Rotarian Paul Salvatore and Chef Joe Garvey "wrap up" the 28th Christmas Day Dinner at the Newtown Presbyterian Church. 110 people enjoyed Chef Garvey's delicious food in two shifts. 75 additional meals were packed by volunteers and sent to people in Levittown who couldn't come. The balance was taken to a shelter to feed more people. Santa was on hand as well. See the video here.



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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Dec 13, 2013
Angel Tree 2013

The Ange Tree project is an annual Newtown Community effort to provide Christmas gifts to families in the Council Rock School District who hit hard times and lack the means to do so. Angels with descriptioImagen of a necessary item and the age and gender of the child needing it are attached to a tree in the Newtown Post Office and the Northampton Library and members of the community pick up the angels and bring back the packaged gifts. Members of the Newtown Rotary Club transfer the gifts to the Newtown Presbyterian Church where volunteers sort out the gifts and deliver them to the families before the Holiday.

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Dec 11, 2013

2013 Holiday Party

As Club Members and their guests enjoyed the luncheon prepared by the Brick Hotel staff (in Newtown), they were entertained by the Council Rock North Choir - The North Voice. Lovely. Just lovely. See and hear for yourself.

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Dec 05, 2013
We received a nice email from From Rotarian Michelle Knobloch:
"I am forever reminded through my affiliation with The Newtown Rotary Club of the hope our youth gives to the future for all of us. This week, two of Council Rock's brightest were honored as "Students of the Month" during our meeting and spoke of their achievements, their vision, and their future as they were flanked by two very proud mothers. Students of the MonthAs a mother whose daughter attended our local public school system, it gives me pride in knowing that we're part of this wonderful process. I am about to go present Student Dictionaries to the 3rd graders at Sol Feinstone Elementary as part of a project we do each year with the Rotary. We believe in promoting worldwide literacy and this is where it begins....In our homes and in our local schools. We also have the distinct honor of hosting Yago and Ada; two students from Spain and Venezuela respectively. They are beautiful and smart and talented and funny. We ARE their family while they live in our community. Please consider hosting a student as a way of realizing how very small this "3rd Rock from the Sun" really is!!!"
2013 October November Students of The Month Recognized. Gadi Naaman 2013-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Dec 04, 2013

Rotary District 7430 Auction to Benefit Rotaplast is on, now.

Newtown Rotary is part of Rotary District 7430 which is holding its  on-line and on-air annual auction to support Rotaplast International, an organization which helps children smile.Rotaplast Int frontpage

On Air auction: On WFMZ – Channel 69 Saturday, December 7 from 7-10 pm.

On-line Auction available now.




Rotary District 7430 Auction to Benefit Rotaplast International is on, now. Gadi Naaman 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Nov 08, 2013

Newtown Rotary Dictionary Project Comes Full Circle

ImageNewtown, PA. November 2013. Eight years ago, Jennifer Salvatore was in third grade and received a dictionary from the Newtown Rotary Club. Today, she is a sophomore at Council Rock North high school and a member of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club. Recently, she went with her father, Rotarian Paul Salvatore, to help distribute dictionaries to this year’s third graders.

Jennifer remembers:” My class was the first to get a dictionary… They told us to look in the back of the book because in the back was the longest word. It took up the whole page. All the kids were so amazed by it even my dad couldn’t pronounce it. The letter I wrote to my dad and Rotarian Bill Kolenda to thank the Rotary Club hangs on the wall in my family room with a picture of me from third grade. I still have the dictionary to this day. ” 

John Tyrol, Owner of Tyrol Insurance Agency and Chair of the Dictionary Project, explained that during the last eight years, Newtown Rotarians handed out almost 9,000 dictionaries to area third graders to help them understand the importance of reading skills.

“We get dozens of thank-you letters from the children each year” said Tyrol.  “Children that can read better, do better in school and that will benefit them throughout their lives.”

ImageJessica VanderKam became a Rotarian recently. She and former Rotarian Richard Danese, both Newtown attorneys at Stuckert and Yates, visited Wrightstown Elementary School to distribute the dictionaries and a bit of Halloween candy.

"The kids were fantastic", said VanderKam. "it was so neat to see how excited they were to receive a dictionary as a gift.  And it was even better to see how enthusiastic and capable they were putting it to use right away when they looked up words like ghost, pumpkin and vampire.”

Laura Jones-Morales, another Rotarian and the Newtown Branch Manager for First Federal Bank of Bucks County, summed up her experience with the students at Rolling Hills Elementary: “The kids were wonderful!  They were really excited about receiving their very own dictionaries and immediately started to look up words.  The children really stole my heart and I look forward to doing it again next year.”

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”. The Newtown Rotary Club, founded in 1953, has served the local and international communities for over 60 years.

The Newtown Rotary club meets at The Brick Hotel, 1 Washington Avenue, Newtown, PA. All meetings are Wednesday luncheons from 12:15 to 1:30 pm. For additional information visit the web site  or “like” us on FaceBook.

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Oct 24, 2013

Following a very successful Blood Drive, the Council Rock North Interact Club and CRN Administration received avery grateful and complimentary letter from The Red Cross.

From: Marks, Rosanne []
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013 11:54 AM
Subject: THANK YOU!

Dear Mrs. McCarthy and Mr. Gamble!

On behalf of the American Red Cross, please accept my thanks and congratulations on your successful blood drive at Council Rock North yesterday, October 24, 2013.  I am delighted to report that 44 people registered to donate and 41 blood donations were collected for area hospital patients. Since every donation can help up to three people, the Council Rock donors saved the lives of up to 123 people. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Please extend our thanks and recognition to the Interact Club, led by Ms. Sarah Huskin, who provided oversight, direction and enthusiasm for the blood drive.  She empowered the team to develop and implement strategies for success while ensuring that they were staying on track. Ms. Huskin is an excellent representation of the quality of professionals at Council Rock North.

Interact Club Saves 123 Lives! Gadi Naaman 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Oct 22, 2013

October 24, 2013 - World Polio Day 2013

Archie PanjabiEVANSTON, Ill. (18 October, 2013) — Emmy-winning actress Archie Panjabi, best known for her role as Kalinda on the hit series "The Good Wife," will talk about her volunteer work in support of polio eradication during a special program co-hosted by Rotary and Northwestern University's Center for Global Health on Oct. 24 – World Polio Day 2013 – in downtown Chicago.

October 24, 2013 - World Polio Day 2013 Gadi Naaman 2013-10-23 00:00:00Z 0
We have a Facebook Page Now, please like us! Gadi Naaman 2013-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Aug 13, 2013

Welcome Ada and Yago to Newtown!

At a recent lunch, Rotarians had a chance to meet this year's Foreign Exchange students and their host families:

  • Ada Valentina Colosi Lopes from Venezuala and,
  • Yago Pereira Sanchez from Barcelona, Spain

Ada's interests are Tennis  and cooking. She intends to join the Council Rock North Tennis team and add pages to the International Cook Book which was started by last year's Exchange Students. Yago who used to enjoy American style football (not soccer:-), but had to give it up due to an injury. Yago intends to join the CRN choir, because he also enjoys singing.

After the meeting, the students and parents made "pilgrimage" to Shari Donahue's Zebra Striped Whale, where they were treated to delicious not-sugar-free ice cream. We can't wait to hear more from them when they make their "formal" presentation to the club.




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News about Polio Vaccination In Israel Gadi Naaman 2013-08-10 13:08:03Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Aug 06, 2013

Newtown Rotary names Rick Rogers Rotarian of The Year

Rick Receives Award- Rick, Kathy, JakeAugust, Newtown, PA. The Newtown Rotary Club named Rick Rogers “Rotarian of The Year for 2012-2013”.
Kathy Moore, President of the Club for that year, along with Jake Doneker, the current President,
presented the award to Rogers for “his outstanding service as Chair of our
Youth Services committee this past year.”

Moore added that “Rick volunteered to chair this new committee and through his leadership and
enthusiasm, we are now sponsoring an Interact Club of more than 80 high school students.
Also this year, we have two inbound and one outbound exchange students.
Another first was the Youth Services Rotary night at Council Rock North (CRN) High School
for members of the Interact Club and Exchange Students and their families.
Congratulations to Rick for a job well done!”

Rick, a Senior Vice President of Wealth Management with UBS Financial Services in Newtown, was humbled by the event and gave credit to the team: “
It was truly a team effort with Kathy Moore suggesting the creation of a Youth Committee along with our committee members,

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Aug 05, 2013

August 2013, Newtown. At a recent meeting of the Newtown Rotary Club, Rotary District Governor Frank Romano presented the Club Builder Award to Paul Salvatore for his exemplary service as an Assistant District Governor for the past three years.

The citation read:  “In recognition of the dedication and commitment demonstrated in achieving the goal of strengthening Rotary clubs.”

Governor Frank Presents Award to Paul Salvatore

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Jun 25, 2013

Giving to Polio Plus

June 26, 2013, Newtown, PA. The Newtown Rotary Club is pleased to announce its 2013 Annual Allocations. President Kathy Moore noted that the Allocations Committee tried to balance local, national and international needs. “Consistent with our decision of awarding 60% locally, 20% nationally and 20% internationally, we plan to award $15,101  this year, which is almost 22% more than last year,” said Michelle Knobloch, the Allocation Committee Chair.

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Rotary Foundation thanks Newtown Rotary Club for a Major Donation Gadi Naaman 2013-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Jun 15, 2013

Newtown Rotary Club Delivers over 1600 Pounds to Penndel Food Pantry

June, 2013.  Newtown, PA. Newtown Rotary Club collected food donations for the Penndel Food Pantry (a part of Bucks County Housing GrDan & Michelle in front of full ACME cartsoup).

“When we delivered the food, they weighed it as we brought it in and we collected a total of 1,606 pounds of food.  I think that is pretty good considering much of it was cereal which doesn’t weight very much.” said Dan Peterson who chaired the event

“We’ve held a food collection twice a year for several years, and the need has not diminished. In fact, due to the weak economy during the past few years, the demand for food pantries like the Penndel Food Pantry has only increased. Nevertheless, our Members are always moved by the generosity of shoppers at the Newtown ACME.” added Peterson.

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Jun 02, 2013

ImageWhen Council Rock North Juniors, Laura Kwasnoski and Yinzi Xin learned about the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, they wanted to do something. They presented their idea to the Student Executive Board (SEB) and their advisors, Ben Battiste and Mike Fink.

Using the slogan ‘Love from Newtown to Newtown’ they recruited many more Council Rock students by word of mouth and utilizing social networks.

Within a few weeks the students collected several hundred (perhaps as many as 800)
stuffed animals and more than $3000 to send to the children of Newtown, CT.

The Newtown (PA) Rotary Club contacted the Rotary Club in Newtown (CT) and arranged for the transfer of funds. The stuffed animals however, presented a bigger challenge.

Due to the overwhelming response from communities throughout the U.S., no more toys could be accepted. The students approached the Rotary Club to see if they could find a home for these toys. With help from Rotarians Rick Rogers, Lee Nolting and Jerry Agasar, the toys were distributed to children through the following organizations (click on more for rest of story):


Front Row L-R: Lee Nolting, Samantha Renck, Mike Gehrsitz

Second Row: Mr. Battiste, Kara McCullough, Madison Schenker

Third Row: Annie Blankemeyer, Aubrey Deon


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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Apr 23, 2013

May 2013, Newtown. The Newtown Interact Club has received the 2012- 2013 Rotary International Presidential Citation for high achievement in service projects locally and internationally.


Rotary District Governor Tony Jannetta presented the award. Newtown Rotary Club is the Rotary Sponsor of the Interact Club.

During the same ceremony, leaders of Interact presented a $2,000 check to the Regional Shelter Box Ambassador, Allan Syphers. The students raised the money through variety of fund raising events. Rick Rogers, The Newtown Rotary Advisor to the Interact Club congratulated the students: “You have shown real leadership and commitment to service and we appreciate your participation in several Rotary projects this year, as well as other community service projects you have undertaken.”

Left to right: Shelter Box Ambassador, Allan Syphers, Alycia Nielson, Julianne Singer, Kayce West, Gigi Tutoni, Jennifer West and Samantha Bunke

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Apr 12, 2013

An April 9, 2013 Jerusalem Post Editorial shared the following story:

" ... When the late Margaret Thatcher was asked to share what she felt was her most meaningful accomplishment, she mentioned none of these many successes. Instead, Britain’s only female prime minister related her part in helping to save a young Austrian girl from the Nazis.

As related by British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould in an interview Tuesday on Army Radio and as told by Charles C. Johnson in a piece that appears on the Jewish news site Tablet, in 1938 Margaret, then just 12, and her sister Muriel, 17, set about raising the money and persuading the local Rotary Club to help save Edith Muhlbauer, 17, from Hitler’s Austria. They succeeded. For the next two years Muhlbauer stayed with more than a dozen Rotary families and for a time bunked with young Margaret.

That it was this episode in her long life of political activism that stood out for Thatcher is revealing. Nazism and other variants of totalitarian forms of government, such as Communism – under which Jews, more than any other people, suffered – were the antithesis of Thatcher’s worldview."

For the full editorial, click Here

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Mar 13, 2013

Two pairs of tickets to Newtown Rotary Hope On the Vine 2013 were raffled off at a business card exchange held at Joey G's in Newtown. The lucky winners, Dave Meschel and Sandy Brown are featured below with Chuck Charleton (HOV 2013 Chair) and Joe Garvey (Owner of Joey G's and caterer of Hope On the Vine).

Attendees of the Newtown Business and Professionals Association business card exchange were treated to samples of the food and wine which will be served at the Hope On the Vine event on April 20.  

Winners at NBPA 

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Feb 01, 2013

 I have created a new photo album on our web site - 60th Anniversary Memory Lane

Any Club member who has pictures from events or activities in the past is encouraged to upload them Here. It's best to date and title the picture before uploading, so it's meaningful to others.

The idea is to create a collection of memorabilia on line. It may require some digitizing of old documents an photos, but it will create a priceless body of memories.


If you have difficulties uploading your pictures, email them to me and I'll take care of the uploading.



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Posted by Gadi Naaman on Jan 31, 2013

January 30, 2013.  Newtown, PA.  Launching a yearlong celebration of its sixtieth anniversary, the Newtown Rotary Club celebrated in the company of heroes.

What started as a birthday party for 93 year old Rotarian Bob Davis, evolved into a real celebration of the Club’s sixtieth anniversary and Rotarian Cam Wilson’s 92nd birthday. Both Bob and Cam are WWII veterans and were joined by a third WWII veteran and a former Rotarian, Stan Jacobs who, like Bob Davis, fought to repel the Nazi counter attack in the Ardennes  in 1944. Congressman Fitzpatrick came to thank these veterans and gave each of them a US flag which was once flown over the Capitol Building, along with a certificate of appreciation.  Several Rotarians regaled the assembly with anecdotes about their personal interaction with Bob and Cam over the years.



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Having a good time at the 2012 Holiday Party Gadi Naaman 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Nov 14, 2012

Newtown PA. November 2012

NewtownImage Rotary Club with assistance of students of the Interact Club
collected 134 bicycles and 18 sewing machines, for Pedals For Progress.

Jerry Agasar, who's been chair of the committee for the last ten years,
noted with satisfaction that "This year's Newtown Rotary bike collection
was one of the highest in the region and brings the total collected
in the last ten years to nearly 2,000 bikes."

Newtown Rotary Collects close to 2,000 bicycles in 10 years Gadi Naaman 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Gadi Naaman on Nov 13, 2012

Newtown PA, November 2012

The Newtown Chamber Orchestra will honor Dr. Howard Leister,
a long-time Rotarian and former President of the Newtown Rotary Club.Image

Phyllis Schwartz of the Newtown Chamber Orchestra was a recent speaker
to the club and reviewed the history of the Orchestra and
the special connection with Dr. Leister.

Left to right: Jake Doneker, President Elect, Carolyn Naaman, NCO, Phyllis Schwartz, NCO, Rev. Jay Button, Rotarian.

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Posted by Gadi Naaman on May 31, 2012

The Newtown Rotary Club is completing another year participating Rotary International's Youth Exchange Program, the worlds largest educational exchange program for high school students with a goal to  Support International Peace and Understanding.  For over 75 years, the countries have exchanged students to enable them to learn new ways of living, experience new cultures and learn more about themselves.  Each year, over 8,000 students from over 80 countries participate in the program.  As an exchange program, participating clubs are asked to both and exchange Imagestudents.

During the 2011-2012 school year, our club sent a student from Council Rock North, senior Seth Novick to Slovakia, while hosting Merry Wiyo, a junior from Thailand.  Back after as year in Spain was last year's outbound student, senior Leigh Brownell.  During the coming year, our club will be both sponsoring Katie Prell, who is currently 16 and will be spending her junior year in Lima, Peru.  In exchange, we will be hosting Pauline Pasquier, a 17 year-old from Neuille Pont Pierre, France, a town of 2,000 southeast of Paris between Tours and Le Mans.  Katie's family will be Pauline's first host family.

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As The World Turns! Changeover at The Newtown Rotary (The Movie)

Every year at this time, there's a changing of the guard at Rotary clubs around the world and Newtown Rotary is no exception. Here, President Jake passes the gavel to President PaImageul, who in his first official act restored the Rotary emblem to our meeting bell which has broken off a while back. Special thanks to President Juan of the Morrisville Rotary Club who presented our Club with the new emblem. Morrisville Rotary Club endorsed the chartering of the Newtown Club over 61 years ago. You can say that restoring the Rotary Emblem was a point of honor


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The Event We've All Been Waiting For- Hope on The Vine 2014

Hope on the Vine is almost here and in addition to the tantalizing assortment of wines and cheeses and the gourmet offerings of Chef Joe Garvey,let's not forget the fund raising. We have some serious live auction items, as well as very desirable silent auction items, for her, for him and for both of us.

Even if you overbid, the value is there and the money raised goes to many good causes. So join us if you are free.

Here are the silent auction items:


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African Safari? A week at the shore? A dinner for 8? Gadi Naaman 0
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2013 Hope on the Vine celebration was a big success.

Attendees enjoyed wines selected by Carolyn Naaman, cheeses selected by Beth Vassalluzo-Tentelucci and scrumptFun and Educationious  hors d'oeuvres by Joe Garvey of Joey G's. The silent and live auction items "flew off the shelf."

Kudos to the Committee members and all who helped make this evening a success and of course, all of the good people who attended and participated in the fund raising and the advertisers and merchants who contributed.

For more pictures, click here.


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Recently, Fred Thompson, a retired Orthodontist, received his second Paul Harris FellImageow.

Fred has been a member of the Newtown Rotary Club since 1982 and served terms as President and Vice President.

Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.

Fred was congratulated by President Kathy Moore and former President Dan Peterson.


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Saturday, December 15, 2012, Newtown. The Angel Tree project has been a community project for 27 years. Every Christmas, Individuals and families in need are identified and given an opportunity to submit a wish list for Christmas. Little paper angels are coded with specific gifts designated for specific anonimous individuals and the Newtown community is encouraged to pick angels (at the Newtown Library and the Newtown Post Office) and return them attached to the appropriate gifts. Image

The families are invited to a nice Holiday dinner and "Santa" distributes the gifts to the children.

Paul Salvatore, Immediate Past President, has been chairing this activity as long as I have been a Rotarian. Of note is the generosity of the community, as evidenced by the room full of gifts.

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Hola from Peru!
I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the rest of Newtown Rotary Club for helping out with my trip. I had an amazing time and learned a lot during the whole thing. I took some picture that I am attaching to the email to share with you and the rest of club. Again, thank you for everything!

-Kate Prell


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