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ShelterBox

Bill Tuzinski who is the ShelterBox Chairperson for Rotary District 7430 met with us to discuss current activities in the program. A ShelterBox is an emergency temporary tent shelter that is sent to any area in the world that has suffered a natural disaster. The tent forms a large geodesic dome that can hold up to 10 people. Included in the large plastic container that holds the tent are many other items including a stove, water purifying system, tools, blankets, solar powered lamps, eating utensils, ropes, and a large variety of other supplies that are determined by the location and nature of the emergency. The cost of a single unit is $1,000. Harleysville Rotary has sponsored many such units sent to places unknown and to people we never meet. It is all about our global commitment to serve our fellow man. Our thanks to Bill and others who work to make this possible.
 

 
Mennonite Heritage Center
 
Steven Diehl, Executive Director of the Mennonite Heritage Center, was our guest speaker at our regular meeting on November 7, 2018. Steve explained that the mission is to educate, inspire and witness to the church and community by collecting, preserving and sharing the Anabaptist/Mennonite story. The Mennonite Heritage Center houses a permanent exhibit Work and Hope, fraktur and changing exhibits, an historical library and archives, and a museum store. The Mennonite Heritage Center tells the story of Mennonite faith and life in eastern Pennsylvania.  It is home to the Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania. The museum has over 12,000 items in its collection including hundreds of examples of fraktur. We thank Steve for his exciting presentation and the museum for its important presence in our community.

Bob Lane Joins Harleysville Rotary

 
Lon Clemmer (shown on the right) attaches a Rotary pin to the lapel of new member Bob Lane who was officially inducted by President Steve Godsall-Meyers on November 7, 2018 into the Rotary Club of Harleysville. Lon is his sponsor. Bob is a retired executive of Verizon and has decided that now is a good time to give back to the community and Harleysville Rotary is a good place to do it. We are more than happy to have Bob on the team and look forward to working with him on many Rotary projects.

Rotary's World Polio Day 2018

 
In honor of World Polio Day, Harleysville Rotary invited Carol Ferguson, a member of the Doylestown Rotary Club and founder of a non-profit organization called Pennsylvania Polio Survivor Network, to come and speak to us. The first line of her organization's mission statement reads: "To be in Service Providing Information to Polio Survivors, Post-Polio Support Groups, Survivor's Families and Their Caregivers". Carol herself is a polio survivor. She found that as she aged the disease she had as a child came back to haunt her because of all the stress it had caused over the decades. She recognized that she  was not alone in this condition and realized that thousands of other polio victims from the 40's and 50's also were coming to terms with the long term effects of their disease. This network provides a conduit of information and support that helps polio patients cope with Post Polio Syndrome. The organization is expanding rapidly and has already been effective in several surrounding states. We thank Carol for her personal Service Above Self.
 
 
 
 
 

Watson-Bey Earns Rotary Institute Certificate

 
Daniel Watson-Bey (second from left) earned his Completion Certificate from the Rotary Leadership Institute today in Bethlehem, PA. Daniel is currently serving as Vice President of the Rotary Club of Harleysville and is the President of East Falls Media, headquartered in Lansdale, PA. We congratulate him on his initiative to better educate himself in all aspects of Rotary including honing his leadership skills.

Area 6 Presidents Discuss Club Plans

 
Assistant District Governor for Area 6, Phil Janke (center) is shown here with Paul Lorenz, President of Perkasie Rotary (far left), Suzi Berry, President of Souderton/Telford Rotary, Travis Robinson, President of Upper Perkiomen Rotary and Steve Godsall-Myers of Harleysville Rotary. Each of the Presidents talked about what their club is doing this fiscal year and their Club's future plans.

Tyra Elsner Inducted into Rotary

 
After being inducted by Club President Steve Godsall-Myers into the Rotary Club of Harleysville, new member Tyra Elsner received her first Rotary pin from Cindy Hornaman, District Governor of Rotary District 7430. The Governor was making a scheduled visit to Harleysville Rotary and was please to personally welcome Tyra into the 1.2 million men and women who make up the world wide community of Rotarians.
 

Purple Pinkie 5K Run and Fun Walk

District Governor Cindy Hornaman and PDG Frank Romano participated Saturday in the Fun Walk portion of the District 7430 annual Purple Pinkie 5k Run and Fun Walk. The event is named for the practice of dipping the pinkie of a new polio vaccine recipient to show that they have received the vaccine and don't accidentally receive an additional dose. This run has raised thousands each year to benefit the Rotary Foundation's Polio Fund.
 

After School Program at EMC

 
Tamara Callahan, Principal of E. M. Crouthamel elementary school in Souderton, joined us on September 19, 2018 to get us up to date on all the changes at EMC. They are currently undergoing an expansion project that has created a lot of challenges in their day-to-day operations. For example, they have had to live without their library and are using a cart to distribute books to the classrooms. There was no playground last year so a fenced in area was created in the parking lot. All the rain we have been receiving also made outdoor play impossible. Because the old playground equipment had to be moved, it may have to be made ADA compliant when it is reinstalled.
 
As part of the after school program, the kids get to play computer games using the Osmo System that was donated by Rotary. It watches children play learning games on an iPad and gives them feedback real time. Students can also do their homework after school and receive help from teachers. Construction should be completed by the end of October and things will return to normal. Tamara reminded us that volunteers are still needed for reading to students and some of our members are already doing that.

Mimi Kehan Classification Talk

Maryann Kehan (affectionally known as MImi) delivered her Classification Talk on September 12, 2018 in which she described her background and her current involvement as Campus Executive Director of Arbour Square of Harleysville. This is a continuing care  retirement community where residents rent with no buy-in. She actually returned from 7 years of retirement to accept this position because of her deep desire to serve. Mimi started out in the hotel industry in operations at Chestnut Hill Hotel. Following that she was heavily involved with McGettigan Partners - a travel agency headquartered in Philadelphia that had approximately 500 employees. In this new capacity at Arbour Square she is responsible for the welfare of 276 folks and she knows the name of everyone of them. In addition to the independent living spaces, the 22 acre campus includes a dementia unit and assisted living. She spends long days on campus and often takes time in the evening to visit hospitalized residents to let them know she loves and misses them.
 
Mimi looks forward to applying her skills to Rotary when or wherever she can. Harleysville Rotary is thrilled to capitalize on her fantastic management and people skills. We are pleased to have her as a new member.

Fall Festival of Fellowship

 
Invitations are now being mailed out to community leaders to invite them to a Harleysville Rotary social event designed to be not only fun but also an opportunity to learn about Rotary in general and Harleysville Rotary in particular. Guests will enjoy hot hors d'oeuvres and beverages and will have the opportunity meet many of our members and see exactly what we do for the community and the world.    

What Rotary did this Summer

 
Harleysville Rotarians gather together to brag to our District Governor about what we did this summer. Lt. Governor Phil Janke (shown kneeling on the left in the second row) organized this shot. Our summer events included raising $12,000 at the annual Big Red Rooster Scramble golf outing, selling 20 tubs of ice cream at Concert Sundaes, and suppling 30+ people to park cars at the 4-H Fair. We remain a busy and dedicated organization.

Jeff Pammer/Classification Talk

 
Jeff Pammer, Indian Valley Middle School Principal, gave his Classification Talk this morning and explained how a Kutztown football player ended up becoming an educator. On the first day of his first job out of college, he received a phone call from his old football coach telling him about a job opening in Florida that the coach had recommended him for. The coach insisted that he contact them and while on his honeymoon in Disney World, Jeff set up an interview with Mainland Senior High School in Daytona Beach where he ended up teaching history and coaching. This was a career that he had not seriously entertained but he loved it. After two years his wife got home sick so they returned to the Lehigh Valley. He accepted a position in a very challenging school in the Poconos. Later they moved to Souderton where he accepted the position of Assistant Principal at West Broad Street after receiving a call from Sam Varano. Interestingly, both men have become Rotarians since then. He continued his education by getting his Masters and PH.D. in Education while working full time. 
 
Harleysville Rotarian Pat White sponsored Jeff into Rotary. We look forward to working with Jeff and his dynamic personality as we continue to serve our community and the world.

Steve Conk Classification Talk

 
New Member, Steve Conk delivered his Classification Talk to the Harleysville Rotarians at the regular meeting on August 15, 2018. Steve grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He attended a Catholic grammer school and a Jesuit boys high school. At a dance that was attended by a nearby Catholic girls high school, he bet 25 cents that he could take a girl home that he had just met.  To make a long story short, they were married right out of college.
 
Steve's goal was to get into finance on Wall Street but somehow landed in industrial packaging calling on big accounts on Long Island. Things went well until the kids all moved out so his wife suggested he should change careers and do something else. So he finally went into finance and took a job with one of his sons. Living on Long Island can be pretty pricey so they decided to move to this area where Steve enjoys life as a financial planner and is doing well. He sees Rotary as an opportunity to give back to the community and we are proud to help him make that happen.

Janke Foundation Scholarship Winner

Daniel Kabakjian, a recent graduate of Dock Mennonite Academy, was the winner of an essay contest sponsored by the Janke Foundation. The foundation founder, Phillip Janke, is a member of the Harleysville Rotary Club. The basis of the essay was to describe the use the Rotary Four-Way Test in an ethical situation that he had personally experienced. Daniel chose choose his recent mission trip to El Salvador as the basis of his talk which he re-presented to the Harleysville Rotarians.
Phil Janke presented a plaque to Daniel with Daniel's name engraved on it which will hang in the school until next year. The plaque contains the names of past recipients and open spots for future winners.
Club President, Steve Godsall-Myers presents Daniel with an oversize check in acknowledgement  of his accomplishment. Daniel will be attending Grove City College in the fall. Our congratulations go to Daniel as we wish him future success in his chosen field.

Frank Romano on Rotary Foundation

 
PDG Frank Romano who is Chair for the Rotary Foundation in the Harleysville Club, condensed his usual 90 minute speech down to 15 for the benefit of Harleysville Rotary Club members. He stressed that over the last 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life changing sustainable projects. There are six areas of focus for this funding which include: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, and finally Economic and Community Development. All of this is directed at doing good for the world and Rotarians are proud to do it.

Yes, we have a Winner!

 
Len Walter was the lucky winner of the weekly 50/50. His prize was approximately $900 less taxes. The other winner is Harleysville Rotary who will put their tax free share into community projects. Congratulations to everyone! New 50/50 contest starts next week.

Marsha Poust Classification Talk

New Rotarian Marsha Poust is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College. Armed with a degree in Economics and Business Administration, she began her career working for the Burroughs Corporation. In 2000, she moved to Harleysville with her husband and in 2006 they decided to open a Signs by Tomorrow franchise in Norristown but have kept their home here in Harleysville. Through contacts with other Rotarians, she saw Harleysville Rotary as a great opportunity to give back to the community. We are proud to have her as a member and have already benefited by her enthusiasm and generosity.

Dinah Hayes presents Dinah Hayes

 
New member Dinah Hayes gave her Classification Talk during our July 25th regular meeting. Dinah has had several interesting careers which included real estate and law. Most recently she started a new travel agency which she calls Dinah's Destinations. In conjunction with her interest in travel, Dinah gave a power point presentation of a recent trip to Bermuda. While there, she attended a meeting at one of the four Rotary Clubs in Bermuda and got an opportunity to discuss some common experiences since both clubs are breakfast clubs. We welcome her to Harleysville Rotary and look forward to working together in some great Rotary projects.

2018-2019 Harleysville Club Changeover

Upon the successful completion of his term as President of the Harleysville Rotary Club, Phil Janke presented Dean Shollenberger with an uncirculated one million dollar bill. Dean finished an historic year that showed growth in all areas of service  plus a growth in membership.

This is the rare million dollar bill shown in detail.

 

President-Elect Steve was presented with a sort of inspirational coffee mug in honor of his acceptance into the Presidency effective July1. This is Steve's unprecedented second time as President. No other member has ever served twice.

 

President-Elect Steve presented outgoing President Dean with a $250 memorial certificate good towards the purchase of a ShelterBox.

Gerald Gwambuga Visits Harleysville Rotary

 
One of the great things about Rotary International is that its 1.2 million members are encouraged to visit other clubs during their regular meetings if they happen to be in the area. Today, Gerald Gwambuga from the Rotary Club of Jinja, Uganda searched us out for a visit. Gerald is currently working in Harleysville and took the time to stop in for breakfast and to present us with a trading banner from his club. President Dean Shollenberger reciprocated with a banner of our own that he can take back to Uganda. We hope see more of Gerald.
Shushma Patel Reclassification Talk
 
Shushma Patel gave her updated Classification Talk this morning. Shushma has been a member of the Harleysville Rotary since 2008 and has held many positions including President and Secretary and has served on both Club and District committees. She credits Rotary with helping her hone her public speaking and leadership skills and expanding her network of contacts. Shushma was a Rotary Ambassador to Turkey and captured real life experiences of Rotary International's global appeal. Beginning next month, Shushma will be taking the leadership helm by once again becoming the Club Secretary for the 2018-2019 Rotary year in Harleysville. Her vast knowledge and experience makes her a popular resource for questions about Rotary policy and programs. We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have her as a valued member of our Club.

Indian Creek Visits Harleysville Rotary

 
Brett Wells, Development and Special Events Director at Indian Creek Foundation, was joined by Dwayne Gilliand, Residential and Community Based Services Director, to brief the Club on current activities at ICF. The major fund raiser, the Roll & Stroll,  has been renamed the this year to the Roll, Stroll & Run and will include at 5K run. The event takes place on June 16th in  Souderton. Proceeds help fund the many client activities not covered by other sources. Indian Creek operates 23 group homes in Bucks and Montgomery counties and provides or facilitates work opportunities to many of its clients. Harleysville Rotary partners with ICF by providing maintenance on their Kulp Road home in Harleysville.

Four-Way Test Breakfast

 
Harleysville Rotary held it's annual Four-Way Test Breakfast on Wednesday, May 24th at the Arbor Conference Center at the Peter Becker Community. This year's honoree was the late E. Richard Aichele who was a humanitarian, family man, businessman,  and long time Rotarian.  Mr. Aichele helped found the Harleysville Rotary Club when he was a member of the Souderton-Telford Rotary and he never left his new Rotary home. His wealth of knowledge about all things Rotary was a major factor in the success of the Harleysville Club. He held many positions in the club including Club President and he served as treasurer for both the Rotary District 7430 and Harleysville Rotary.
 
He was above all else,  a humanitarian that always cared for his fellow man no matter what position he held in any organization. He often volunteered for mission work both domestically and internationally and still found time to be an officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Rich Aichele exemplified the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. This was attested to by his brother Bill Aichele and his daughter Kristen (shown above) who both spoke at the breakfast. A plaque was presented posthumously to the family on his behalf.

Mimi Kehan Joins Rotary

 
President Dean Shollenberger pins our newest member of the Rotary Club of Harleysville - Mimi Kehan. Mimi, who is the Campus Executive Director of the Arbour Square retirement community, has always held positions where she serves others and serving others is her stated passion. She will find many opportunities to serve in Rotary whose motto is Service Above Self.  We welcome her to the Harleysville Club and look forward to working with her in future projects both big and small.

Pennsylvania House Representative Marcy Tuepel

 
State Representative Marcy Tuepel joined us for breakfast and addressed the Club on the state of the Commonwealth. She noted that her district will be changing soon due to re-districting and her number of constituents will be reduced to about 60K instead of 70. Marcy is one of only three women in the House of Representative and she hopes that more women will run in future elections to gain better equality in government. She lamented on the slow economic growth in Pennsylvania which she believes is caused by our high corporate taxes and unfriendly regulations. We thank Marcy for updating us on current events in Pennsylvania government and her dedicated service.

 Garden of Health

 
Harleysville Rotarians joined others in preparing the Garden of Health's raised beds at the Trinity UCC church location in Telford. This program was developed by Rotarian Carol Bauer. It's mission is to provide fresh vegetables to local food banks during the growing season. The beds are maintained and harvested by part-time volunteers.

Six New Harleysville Rotarians

Six new members were inducted into the Rotary Club of Harleysville at our regular meeting on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by President Dean Shollenberger. Pictured in the front row from left to right are: Marsha Poust, Amanda Evans, Stephen Conk, Jacqueline Burleigh, Carol Bauer, and Jeff Pammer. Each of the new members received their first Rotary pin from their Club sponsor - all of which are pictured in the back. This is the most new members taken in on one day in the Club's 24 year history. Congratulations and best wishes to all of these outstanding citizens. Our community and the world will benefit greatly from the talents of these new Rotarians and the projects and activities that they will be taking part in.

Regional Four-Way Test Winner

 
The Regional Four-Way Test Speech Contest was held on Saturday morning at St. Luke's United Church of Christ  in North Wales. Five winners from local contests at five different high schools competed for the First Prize in the second step towards the final contest to be held at the Rotary 7430 District Conference. The winner (pictured on the right with MC Brad Mellon) was Daniel Kabakjian  who is a Harleysville Rotary contestant. You can see Daniel on Saturday, April 28th at the District Conference as he competes with the other Regional winners.

The Firely Foundation

The Firely Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded by Marty and Holly Firely in 2007. Since then, their will for helping others has evolved, creating several areas serving the medically fragile population and individuals with substance use disorder. The Firely Foundation strives to bring relief by providing financial, spiritual, and emotional support.
Tim Jones, Executive Director,  is shown at top left speaking to the Harleysville Rotarians on all the specific services that the organization provides. Brian (shown below left) also addressed the group.
We are fortunate to have a philanthropic foundation such as Firely right here in Harleysville.
 
 
Commissioner Gale Addresses Harleysville Rotary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Montgomery County Commissioner, Joseph C. Gale, addressed the Harleysville Club on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Commissioner Gale explained how he first learned of Rotary when he was in the 4th grade and won a Rotary sponsored speech contest on government. This sparked his interest in political science and by the age of 26 he had became the youngest member of the Board of Commissioners in Montgomery County. He explained the basic functions of county government and the very diverse physical and demographic makeup of Montgomery County. He talked about the need for more skilled workers and the need for getting multiple bids on significant county projects. His last comments were concerns for revitalizing the county seat and driving more commerce in that direction to compete with King of Prussia. We thank Commissioner Gale for his philosophy of bringing common sense and character to government.

Jacqui Burleigh Talks About Hospice

 
Jacqui Burleigh of Compassus addressed the Harleysville Rotarians on the delicate subject of hospice and palliative care. Jacqui has spent 9 years in gerontology and 15 years in hospice. She explained how difficult it is for people to discuss this topic and the importance of having an advance directive as part of your will to assist others in making decisions on your behalf. Questions such as, "Who do you want present at the time of your death?", need to be in writing to be effective. The flexibility of hospice care was presented along with the role of Medicare in providing financial services. Jacqui also talked about palliative care for chronic disease pain and what you can do to direct that possibility. Very informative and practical information that we all need.

Carol Bauer Introduces Garden of Health

 
Carol Bauer introduced her new non-profit volunteer organization that she calls the Garden of Health. The mission is to create a food bank for fresh vegetables grown locally for those who are food insecure. Recipients must supply some of the labor to be eligible to receive the produce. Currently there are 23 combined beds under cultivation at Zion Mennonite Church and Trinity UCC - both in Souderton. Produce is distributed through Generations, Montgomery County Senior Center, Grundy Manor, and Valley Manor. The organization's largest need is a new vehicle to transport the vegetables to the distribution points. Harleysville Rotary is reviewing her request for the vehicle and for additional labor. 
 

Harleysville Rotary helps Keystone Opportunity Center

 
 
On Saturday morning, January 20th, members of the Harleysville Rotary assisted other volunteers in refurbishing a residence operated by the Keystone Opportunity Center of Souderton. Joining in this painting and cleaning project are Rotarians: (back row, left to right) Gary Volpe, Frank Hueber, Dean Shollenberger, Kyle Zehr, Len Walter, Denise Simone, and Sandra Phifer.  Each month our Club gets involved in a hands-on project to assist local non-profit agencies.
 
 

Dr. Schofield Presents Classification Talk

 
Dr. Jennifer Schofield presented her Classification Talk to fellow members of the Harleysville Rotary Club. She explained that after graduation from college with a degree in chemistry, she was employed as an analytic chemist at a small pharmaceutical company. She saw the opportunities available in pharmacy and enrolled in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy. During her fourth year she worked in seven rotations including a medical mission trip to Honduras. Currently Jennifer is employed by Costco and rotates between several regional stores. She is looking toward the pharmacy consulting field and then on to specializing in geriatric pharmacy, eventually owning her own consulting business. Her late grandfather was a Rotarian as is her father. We are proud to have Dr. Schofield as a member of the Harleysville Rotary Club.

Greg McGovern Receives 5th Paul Harris Fellowship

 
Harleysville Rotarian, Greg McGovern, received his fifth Paul Harris Fellowship this morning and was awarded a new lapel pin recognizing his accomplishment. Greg noted that he makes a monthly donation to the Rotary Foundation and it is withdrawn automatically from his bank account. We thank Greg for his consistent participation in this important aspect of Rotary life.

 
 

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We are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens uniting for the common good. With you, we can accomplish even more.  We are ordinary people working together to accomplish extra ordinary things.
 
The Rotary Club of Harleysville is a volunteer service organization whose members donate their time and resources to help others in the community and throughout the world since 1994. Working together makes a positive difference and fosters friendships. We welcome you to join us and discover the spirit of Rotary.
 
The men and women of the club represent a cross section of the area’s business, professional and community leadership  and, like the other 1.2 million fellow Rotarians worldwide, are committed to the concept of “Service above self”.  As volunteers we actively support a broad base of local community groups and initiate projects to help make our community a better place in which to live and work.  As members of the world’s largest  service organization our club participates in many projects designed to stimulate world understanding and peace.

 

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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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Speakers
Steve Godsall-Myers
Nov 21, 2018
Club Assembly
Frank Romano
Nov 28, 2018
Rotary Foundation
Steve Godsall-Meyers
Dec 05, 2018
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Dec 19, 2018
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