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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.

Jennifer King of Penn Foundation Visits the Harleysville Rotary Club

Jennifer King from the Penn Foundation (seen on left with Shushma Patel, Rotary President) joined us for breakfast to talk about Camp Mariposa. This camp is jointly sponsored by the Penn Foundation and the Moyer Foundation and serves to provide a respite for children who live in households where there is substance abuse. Jen talked about the program where kids are educated on problem solving and self-care strategies to better cope with their personal situations. This is a non-profit organization for children ages 9 - 12. Jennifer was presented with a check for $100 to assist in the program.

St. Alphonsus "Helping the Needy" Ministry                                                              

Helping the Needy Ministry (HTN) began as a result of three friends sharing a pint at a local tavern. Tom Moore, the founder of HTN, related to Harleysville Rotarians that the mission of the St. Alphonous HTN ministry is to share the love of Christ and spread his message by helping to improve the living conditions of the neediest in our communities with basic human needs. This is done by providing new beds and bed linens and other serviceable furniture to families in and around North Philadelphia and Montgomery County. Tom described how this newly reorganized ministry had it's roots in a long tradition of sharing with a Philadelphia parish beginning in 1991. He calls it a feel good ministry because team members personally deliver the much appreciated furniture and see the positive reactions of the recipients.

We Have a Winner!

The lucky winner of the Rotary Club weekly 50/50 drawing was Len Walters. Today's prize was over $100. Congratulations, Lennie!

Local Historian Tells Story of Harleysville

Local Historian, John Ruth (back left) presented Harleysville Rotarians with a quick history of Lower Salford Township and the surrounds at our January 25 breakfast meeting. Local history has been a long time passion of John's and his well documented computer presentation showed many of the local buildings and their original appearance before paved roads. John also detailed the names of the leading citizens and their contributions to the community.

A Visit by the Supervisor of Graterford Prison

Cynthia Link, the first female Supervisor of Graterford Prison, was our guest speaker for breakfast on January 18. She got us up to date on current programs at the correctional facility and the time table for the opening of the new prison facility early this year. There have been many changes and improvements to operations but challenges still remain. When the new prison opens, there will be an area for the women from other correctional facilities who were originally from the Philadelphia area and who are now transitioning to release and parole. Cynthia delivered a very informative talk and generated an interesting discussion.

Reverse Mortgages Explained

Our guest speaker on January 4, 2017 was Mary Spencer of the Univest Corporation. Mary explained the workings of the now popular reverse mortgages. This relatively new resource has been of great value to many home owners with equity in their personal real estate as a source of retirement income. She also went on the describe the potential pitfalls in this type of loan. The information was well received by Rotary members.

Harleysville Rotarians Welcome New Member

The Rotary Club of Harleysville is excited to receive Patricia White, President of Integrity In-Home Care, as the newest member of our Club. She was officially inducted on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Club President Shushma Patel. Pat is shown here with her sponsor, LaVerne Sheetz.

Harleysville Rotary Presents Check for Nigerian Water Project

At our regular meeting on November 23, PDG Frank Romano and President Shushma Patel, presented a check for $60,000 to Drs. Emenike and Chide Ukazim to be used for the drilling of a new well and water tower for a new school under construction that the two professors at MCCC are supporting in their homeland of Nigeria. A new connecting road has also been built and is a first for the small village were they both grew up. The well will save a long hike through wet grass for water each morning.

Toys for Tots Collection Best Ever for Harleysville Rotary

One of the ancillary benefits of the recent Halloween Parade (even though it was cancelled due to rain) was the collection of toys for the Marine's Toys for Tots program, This year we had a record number of new toys to present to the Marine Corp. Pictured here is Dean Shollenberger, Parade Chairperson, and Joe O'Brien of the Marine Reserves. The toys will be distributed to local children by the Marines next month at a special event that allows the kids to pick their own special toys.

Brett Wells of Indian Creek Foundation Speaks to Harleysville Rotarians

Brett Wells, Development Director of the Indian Creek Foundation, was our guest speaker on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Brett brought us up to date on the current events at Indian Creek and talked to us about ICF's new Adopt-A-Home project that invites individuals, businesses, churches, or service organizations to adopt a group home and provided maintenance or other services at whatever level the group can provide on a long or short term basis. The idea was well received by Rotary members.

Neidig Campers Report to Harleysville Rotary

Harleysville Rotary members were thrilled to learn of the great experiences at Camp Neidig by our two candidates for this annual student leadership camp. Pictured on the top is Courtney Sadler and below her friend, Emma Hinnershitz. Both girls who are now seniors at Christopher Dock Mennonite high School shared their experiences and thanked the club for their sponsorship. They were also both winners in the weekly Rotary Trivia contest.

Visit by Doug Gifford of Lower Salford Township

Doug Gifford, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for Lower Salford Township, joined the Harleysville Rotarians on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 to update them on the current events in the township. Mr. Gifford talked about the status of the parks, recent building applications, and the condition of the local infrastructure. He also spoke on the subject of the Lederach Golf Club and the recent re-negotiation of the mortgage on the real estate at a much more attractive long term rate.

Local Man Wins Big

Harleysville Rotarian - Kyle Koffel was the big winner of a jackpot prize of over $300. Shown here holding the winning ticket, Kyle is happy he got up early for the breakfast meeting today.

District Governor Visits Harleysville Rotary

Newly elected 7430 District Rotary Governor, Linda Young, visited the Harleysville Rotary Club on September 1st to present her goals for the 2016-2017 Rotary District Year. Shown here with Harleysville Rotary's Club President, Shushma Patel - Governor Linda also met with the Club's Board of Directors to review the Club's goals and to be sure everyone was familiar with the current policies and procedures. Linda also won the prize for participating in our weekly Rotary Trivia game and coming up with the correct answer to this week's question about Rotary.

Big Red Rooster Scramble was a Big Rotary Success

The Big Red Rooster Scramble was an outstanding success this year. Over 120 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day for golf at the Macoby Run Golf Course. Members of Harleysville Rotary teamed with the Indian Valley Education Foundation to host this annual classic. Plenty of food and drink and a delicious barbeque dinner catered by Jesse's Bar-B-Que of Souderton. Pictured here are some of the Harleysville Rotarians who gave of their time to assist in this great event.

District 7430 Four-Way Test Speech Contest Winner addresses Harleysville Rotary

District 7430 Four-Way Speech Contest winner, Julia Ann Kabakian, delivers her award winning speech to the members of the Harleysville Rotary Club. This was Julia's second year in the contest in which she won all three levels. See check presentation under "more".

Harleysville Rotary at Memorial Day Parade

Rotarian Gary Volpe drove his restored Model T Ford as part of entourage for the Harleysville Memorial Day parade sponsored by the Harleysville Jaycees. In the passenger seat is Terry Gentry, a Vietnam War Veteran and honored guest.
The Harleysville float features the Harleysville Rooster which is symbolic of the fact that Harleysville Rotary is the earliest rising Club in Rotary District 7430. The meetings begin promptly at 7 AM every Wednesday.
Dean Shollenberger provided the motive power for the float with his John Deere tractor.

Four Way Test Breakfast Honoree

Brad Clemens was honored at Harleysville Rotary's annual Four Way Test breakfast during our regular meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Mr. Clemens was selected because of the many examples that he has set in his volunteer service to the Harleysville Community Center and in his many and varied capacities in the Souderton Area School District. The Four Way Test is shown on the left of your screen. Pictured from the left are: Mrs. Clemens, Len Ruth (sponsor), Brad Clemens and Rotary Club President, Steve Godsall-Myers.

Sheriff Kilkenny Addresses Harleysville Rotary

Recently elected Montgomery County Sheriff Sean Kilkenny addressed the Harleysville Rotary Club during the April 13th regular meeting. Sheriff Kilkeeny explained the functions of his office and some of the problems that he is currently working to solve.

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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 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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