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Daniel Watson-Bey Gives Classification Talk

 
Daniel Watson-Bey, CEO of East Hill Media in Lansdale, gave his classification talk this morning in which he described his profession and his career path. Dan was a master printer for twenty years when he decided to change direction and enter the emerging video production field. He started a business in which his company produces videos for corporations that utilize them for such varied needs as training, public relations, and advertising. His studio creates the product and handles all aspects of its production. East Hill Media's customer list is indeed impressive and the quality of the work is extremely professional. Harleysville Rotary is proud to count Dan as one of our members.

Harleysville Rotary Inducts Two New Members

 

Sponsor, Len Ruth, pins Rotary lapel pin on Dinah Hayes who officially joined Rotary today. Dinah is a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway and works part-time as a paralegal at ACTS Retirement Life Communities in West Point, PA. We look forward to having her input in the Harleysville Rotary.

Gary Volpe, Membership Chairperson and sponsor for new member Frank Hueber, pins a new Rotary pin on Frank's lapel.  Frank is a public adjuster and has an office on Main Street right here in Harleysville. We look forward to working with Frank in Rotary.

 
 

 

 
 

 

Million Dollar Moxie

Our guest on December 13, 2017 was Dionne Jackson, founder of Million Dollar Moxie. Dionne has successfully raised over $100 million for organizations around the world. She has exceeded expectations because of her signature "Million Dollar Moxie" fund raising technique that incorporates her ability in building trust between the organizations that she is representing and prospective donors. She allows organizations to fund raise beyond their own capacity by taking advantage of her unique skillset. Excellent presentation and an eye opener to the possibilities. Thank you, Dionne.

Paul Harris Fellow #7

 
 
President Dean (on the left) presented PDG Frank Romano with his 7th Paul Harris Fellowship. Frank explained that he contributes $100 a month to the Rotary Foundation and the pins just keep rolling in. Congratulations to Frank on his Rotary stewardship. The Rotary Foundation is the engine that makes all the District grants possible.

 
President Dean presented Howard Quinn of the Marine Corp Reserves with over $1,200 dollars worth of toys contributed by the Rotary Club of Harleysville. This was our best effort to date. Rachel Shollenberger exercised her expert skills at shopping  and we really got our monies worth.  A few of the toys are pictured here. We had two additional large shopping carts filled to capacity. There will be some happy kids this Christmas thanks to Rotary.

Dr. Nicholas Britt discusses Endocannabinoid System

 
Dr. Nicholas Britt D.C., A.P. introduced the workings of our body's Endocannabinoid System and a little recognized substance known as CBD or Cannabidiol which is a bi-product of hemp.  Dr. Britt believes that that this substance has anti-inflammatory properties and can possibly help with certain autoimmune complications and even certain cancers. The substance can also stabilize your mood and help lower your pain. CBD is one of  the strongest brain-protecting substances according to Dr. Britt.

Douglas Riddle Explains Current Scams

 
Guest Speaker, Douglas Riddle explained some of the current scams that are being played on folks which have resulted in bilking the unsuspecting out of huge sums of money. One of the recent ploys is based on the fact that Social Security is issuing new account numbers starting next year. Callers falsely present themselves as agents of the Social Security Administration and ask for personal information presumably to update official government records. In reality, the data will be used to steal your identity. Another common ploy is to tell folks that they failed to show up for jury duty and now to have pay a fine immediately or face jail time. Mr. Riddle stated that the government will never call you. All government correspondence is done via mail. Mr. Riddle said that we all need to beware no matter how official a call sounds.

Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy Plant-A-Thon

 

Rotary Presidents Leon Moyer of the Souderton/Telford Club (on the left) and Dean Shollenberger of the Harleysville Club (on the right) teamed up with Len Walter and Lon Clemmer and other Rotarians plus the Boy Scouts and their leaders to plant a field of new trees on Saturday, November 11th. Scroll down to the left to the Photo Albums to see more details and scenes of the day's event.

Harleysville Rotary does Adopt-A-Highway

 
Len Ruth is at the wheel for our quarterly Adopt-A-Highway commitment. The morning started out at 24ยบ so it was a cold beginning but the job got done. See photos below for a look at more of the gang.
 

Herb Klotz Offers His Insights on Membership

 
Herb Klotz, District 7430 Membership Chairperson, offered his observations on increasing membership. Herb looked for common themes among District Clubs that were the most successful in recruiting new members. He came up with a list of five of the most common. They are: 1) Membership was either #1 or #2 on the priority goals list. 2) Sixty-five to seventy percent hold membership recruiting events. 3) Club is proactive in Public Relations. 4) Club works at retention and 5) Club has a flexible meeting schedule. All these attributes work in tandem to create an atmosphere that promotes growth. We thank Herb for his  wisdom and counsel and wish him the best in his future position as District Governor.

Salvation Army's CARES Program

 
Robyn Hubbard was our guest speaker this morning. She presented a faith based relational intervention program that has been recently been incorporated into the existing Child Assessment Restoration Education Support (CARES) program by The Salvation Army as part of the their Foster Care & Adoption mission. The CARES program is modeled after the successful HALO Project in Oklahoma and they expect to achieve the same powerful results.

North Care Women's Clinic updates Harleysville Rotary

Lee Pattras, Director of North Care Women's Clinic in Lansdale, was our guest speaker today. She was also accompanied by Sue Steege, a member of their Board of Directors. They are a non-profit medical clinic licensed by the state of Pennsylvania whose goal is to help women navigate unplanned pregnancy and sexual health. Their services include: Pregnancy Testing, Ultrasound Exams, Medical Consultation, Options Consultation, and STD/STI Testing. The clinic has been in operation for over 30 years and has earned an excellent reputation. We are proud to have them involved in our community.  

 

Interact Charter Night

 

The newly formed Interact Club at the Souderton Area High School had their first annual Charter Night Ceremony tonight at the high school. All the members in attendance are pictured above flanked by Leon Moyer, President of the Souderton/Telford Rotary Club on the left and Dean Shollenberger, President of the Harleysville Rotary Club on the right. Included in the list of presenters was Flo Rhue, Interact Advisor, who conducted the Induction of Members.

Patricia White Presents Classification Talk

Patricia White presented her Classification Talk this morning to the Harleysville Rotarians. She has a long and accomplished history in the medical profession after beginning her career in nursing. All the time Pat was moving up the ladder she was also working on her education and has acquired a doctorate in her field. Most recently she started her own  business called Integrity In-Home Care after discovering that most operators of this type of business have no real medical training. She prides herself of being able to offer in-home care that actually meets the medical needs of their many clients and has resulted in more  positive outcomes than most of her competition. Harleysville Rotary is proud to have this successful individual as an active member of our Club.

Harleysville Rotary Work Day

 
Six members of the Souderton/Telford Rotary Club joined seventeen members of the Harleysville Rotary Club on Saturday morning, September 30 to assist Rich Aichele in a fall clean-up at his home. We were also helped by Rich's family and friends. With all that manpower, a lot of work was accomplished and the yard and grounds are looking pretty good. Mrs. Aichele prepared a delicious lunch for the volunteers and a good time was had by all.  It was, indeed, a rewarding experience with lots of fellowship.
 

The Purple Pinkie Event

 
DGN Herb Klotz visited Harleysville Rotary to promote the District 7430 sponsored Purple Pinkie 5K Walk & Run benefiting the Rotary Foundation. The race will be held this year on October 14th. Members can sponsor someone in either of two ways: 1. Through the online form under "Sponsor a Participant" at www.purplepinkie.net or 2. give the participant a check made out to "The Rotary Foundation". All donations from Rotarians to the race will be credited directly in their name to the Rotary Foundation Account for Paul Harris credit. For every dollar we raise, two dollars will be donated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal this year is $35,000.

We Have a Winner!

Rich Aichele won the 50/50 this morning by drawing the Green Tee from the jar. The exact amount of the prize is unknown at this time but Rich is the Treasurer so he can surely figure it out. Congratulations, Rich!

Reflections on Rotary International Convention

 
Frank Romano and Jerry Behl put on a Power Point presentation this morning featuring some highlights of the 2017 Rotary International Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia this summer. Plenty of activities and demonstrations of projects plus a host of big name speakers including Civil rights icon, Andrew Young; James Quincey, CEO of Coca-Cola; pro golfer and polio survivor, Jack Nickalus; philanthropist Bill Gates of Microsoft; actor and social activist, Ashton Kutchner; and WWE superstar, Jon Cena to name a few. This was also the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation which provides the funding of many of our projects.

Donna Parcell - Church of the Brethren

 
Donna Parcell of the Church of the Brethren was our guest speaker on September 6. Donna was here representing a project that her denomination supports in Nigeria. The denomination maintains hundreds of parishes and pastors in Brethren Congregations. In 2009 the Boko Haram began attacking churches and villages in the Northeastern sector in an attempt to destroy all Western influences. Many villages and churches were burned and 100,000 members and hundreds of pastors and parishes were forced to flee for their lives.  The Boko Harem promotes a version of Islam which makes it "haram" or forbidden to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society. More recently the Nigerian government military has stepped in and challenged the Boko Haram and is trying to drive them from the country. We applaud the courage of the people and the Brethern Church in their continuing work amongst the dangers of armed attacks and ignorance.

Harleysville Rotary Welcomes 4-H Club

 
 
 
Amy Shollenberger, Executive Director of the 4-H Club in Creamery, PA, joined us for breakfast along with some 4-H club members to talk about current events at the club. The Annual 4-H Fair is coming up soon and will run from August 10-12. Lots to see and do.
 
 

 

Four-Way Test Essay Contest Winner

 
 
Liz Wanamaker spoke to the Club on August 8, 2017 as the winner of the Harleysville Rotary Four-Way Test Essay Contest. She read her excellent award winning essay and then told us a little about herself and her future plans. We congratulated Liz on her accomplishments and wished her well in her future endeavors.

Jim Heller Says Farewell

 
Past President Jim Heller gave his reclassification speech and bid farewell to Harleysville Rotary as he takes a bride and relocates to Delaware County. Jim reviewed his education and work history and talked a little about the Four-Way Test Breakfast which is now an growing annual event that he instituted during his presidency three years ago. He has been an active member of the Club for 13 years and we will miss his sense of humor and talent as a pianist not to mention the effort that he put in to supporting Club functions. His presence will be missed but he will soon join another Rotary Club and will be contributing once again to our motto of Service Above Self. Thanks Jim for all you did and all you do.

Harleysville Rotary Changeover

 
Harleysville Rotary celebrated the new Rotary Year with a changeover ceremony that inducted new President Dean Shollenberger. Dean was presented with his badge of office by Shushma and Shushma received a custom made plaque celebrating the completion of her very successful year in office. Congratulations to two great Rotarians.

New Member Inducted Into Harleysville Rotary

 
Charter Member, Phil Janke, congratulates new Harleysville Rotarian, Kyle Zehr, upon his induction into the Club. Kyle is a Partner with Franconia Insurance & Financial Services and currently resides in Hilltown Township with his wife and two sons. We look forward to working with Kyle and sharing the excitement of Rotary. Welcome aboard!

Drones Are The Future

 
Drones are the future and the future is now according to Kim Players who spoke to us about her new company Digital Drone Dynamics. Among other achievements, Kim is a federally certified drone pilot who provides training services to drone operators and does consulting on drone events in cases where there is no other certified pilot present. Her team presented a variety of machines and showed their potential uses. This is proving to be a fast growing industry even though it may be years before FedEx actually delivers by drone to your door.

Florence Rhue Gives Classification Talk

 
New member Florence Rhue gave her Classification Talk recently so that the Club could get to know her background a little better. Flo is currently the local Director of Children's Services for the Salvation Army and her office is right here in Harleysville. She has developed the foster care and adoption program from the beginning and it has become near and dear to her heart. She holds Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and a Master's Degree in Human Services and has worked in the field of Child Welfare for over 30 years. Flo became involved in Rotary to find out more about the local community and to volunteer her time and talents. We are pleased to have her as an active member.

Len Ruth Addresses Harleysville Rotary

 
Len Ruth, a Charter Member of the Harleysville Rotary Club, gave a new classification speech today to fellow members of the Club. Len told of how he got interested in heavy equipment while in high school as he watched the Northeast Extension being built. At night he would ride his bike on the pike before it was open to the public. That interest led him into several construction jobs until he finally took the plunge and started his own very successful construction company that specialized in foundations. Len is now retired but still own his building which he leases out to other companies. Len has been an outstanding and dedicated Rotarian and seldom misses a meeting.
 

The Colebrookdale Railroad

Harleysville Rotarians were pleased to learn of the recent major improvements to the Colebrookdale Railroad in Boyertown. Our guests were Gregory Herb (on the left) who acts as an onboard narrator on excursion trips and Denny Emrick (on the right) who is a Trainmaster. Together they explained the history of the railroad which was originally established in1869 and was a conduit for the earliest iron making industries in the American colonies. Today it is primarily a tourist excursion railroad that provides a variety of themed tours including dinner trains. It is fast becoming an energizing force in helping to revitalize  the economy in the Boyertown - Pottstown areas. 

Sandra Phifer Gives Classification Talk

 
Sandra Phifer gave her Classification Talk today and explained how she ended up being a professional photographer after starting our her career as a computer programmer. Having taken some detours along the way she finally discovered her passion and has made photography her vocation. Part of that trip included a great love of Corvettes and she proudly owns a very low mileage classic which you will only see on a perfect weather day. We are proud to have Sandy as an active member of the Harleysville Rotary.
Former Rotary Youth Exchange Member Tells Her Story
Alicia Rosas, a former member of the Rotary Youth Exchange, related the story of how she went to Japan 30 years ago and how the experience not only changed her life but was influential in changing the life of others. The exposure to a completely different culture gave her the courage and inspiration to take on challenges today that would not have been probable without the character building and education that she received from this interaction. Her success today was the result of the things that she did and learned while still a youth in a foreign land. A great talk that made us all proud to be Rotarians.

Harleysville Rotary Adopts a Group Home

 
Dwayne Gilliard of the Indian Creek Foundation joined our meeting on April 28 to help finalize Harleysville Rotary's agreement to partner in ICF's Adopt-A-Home Program. The Club pledged to adopt a group home in Harleysville in which we will take responsibility for properly maintaining the building that is home to a number of Indian Creek's clients. Our responsibility will be both inside and out and will include landscaping chores, painting, and minor repairs to the interior as needed. Rotary Members will volunteer their time as necessary on a ongoing basis. 

Four-Way Test Breakfast was Outstanding

 
Over 100 Rotarians and guests arrived at the Peter Becker Community Arbor Conference Center to celebrate the Four-Way Test Award presented to Mr. Sanford A. Alderfer. Sanford, who is a longtime Harleysville resident and founder of Alderfer Auction, was nominated because of his life long practice of following the tenants of Rotary's Four-Way Test. He is shown here accepting the award from Shushma Patel, Club President of the Harleysville Rotary Club.

Rotary Relief Trip

 
Our guests on this morning were part of a team of college students who gave up half of their winter break to serve others. In January of this year, sixteen college students from East Stroudsburg and West Chester Universities left for the small town of Windsor, NC to help rebuild homes that were destroyed in a hurricane last October 16. They tackled a mobile home and a ranch style home, both of which were completely flooded. Shown here (from left to right) are Pat White, Introducer; Ed Los and Elena Navarro, both students at West Chester; Shushma Patel, Harleysville Club President; and Rick Stevenson, Member of the West Chester Rotary Club and a supervisor on the trip. Wonderful work by wonderful people.

Four-Way Test Winners

 
Five students from the Dock Mennonite Academy participated in this year's Four-Way Speech Contest. Each contestant was challenged to write and deliver a speech showing how Rotary's Four Way Test applied to a moral issue that they either experienced or were familiar with. The winners pictured above (left to right) are Elizabeth Wanamaker - Second Runner Up, Aya Berry - First Runner Up and Danica Moyer - Winner. All the girls received a check and Danica will move on to the Regional Contest. Congratulations to all the participants for a job well done.
 

North Penn Water Authority Update

It has been several years since we have had the privilege of having Anthony Bellitto, Executive Director of North Penn Water (NPWA), come to speak to Harleysville Rotary. Since then NPWA has celebrated their 50th Anniversary and Tony was proud to illustrate all the accomplishments and milestones with an excellent Power Point presentation. The growth in service and the greatly expanded coverage have been spectacular. All this was done with fewer people, now that the meters can be read real time electronically at the home office. It has become a very efficient state-of-the-art organization. We thank Tony for keeping us current on a public utility that we all can be proud of.

Kyle Koffel Gives Updated Classification Talk

 
Charter Member and Past President, Kyle Koffel, delivered his updated Classification Talk today. A lot has happened since his first speech over twenty years ago and Kyle got us current on all the important events  in his life and career. Kyle is an owner with Williams, Bergey, Koffel Funeral Home in Telford. He told the Club how he became involved in the industry and how his father was a great influence in his career. He also described a typical day in a 24/7 occupation when you are always on call. Kyle has a great sense of humor and tells a compelling story. Harleysville Rotary is proud to have him as a member.
 

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THE CHARLES REED MEMORIAL PARK PROJECT

 

The largest project undertaken by the Harleysville Rotary Club has been the development of the Charles Reed Memorial Park in Lower Salford Township.  Conceived by Rotarians and carried out in partnership with the Harleysville Lions Club, the project spanned several years and required raising about $300,000 to bring it to fruition It Includes a picnic pavilion as well as ball fields and playground for community use.  Rotarians continue to maintain the landscaping.

 

 
 
 

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