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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 Arbor 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.

Rick Giandonato Joins Harleysville Rotary

Newest Harleysville Rotary Club member, Rick Giandonato, is shown here receiving his Rotary pin from sponsor, Gary Volpe. Rick lives in North Wales where he operates his very successful business, Spotless Cleaning Group which provides commercial cleaning. Rick is a Marine Veteran and a MBA graduate of Eastern University. We look forward to having him in the Harleysville Rotary and to the skills that he brings. 

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.


Daniel Watson-Bey 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.

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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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