Posted by Paul Neff
Dear fellow Rotarians,
A special thank you to Gene Krasley for organizing our Veterans Day event. This was our clubs way to show honor and respect to our veterans and for saying thank you for their service. It was a very moving event.
Next week we will be distributing proceeds from our pancake breakfast and wine beer and food festival. We will be sharing $20,000 with 23 organizations.
During the month of November we will once again be collecting food items for Operation Backpack, which provides students with food for the weekend. The suggested food items are as follows: fruit cups and applesauce, Pop tarts, non-refrigerated milk and pudding. The dates will be November 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th. You may bring all items to our Rotary meeting and Elyse and Dan will collect them, or you may take them to Dan’s office, 168 W. Ridge Pike, Suite 202, Limerick.
Thank you to Elyse for organizing this important food collection. We can make a direct impact helping the most vulnerable of children.
See everyone on Wednesday.
Words to live by: We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
 
Words from President Paul Neff Paul Neff 2019-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
 
Thanks again for your support! Please remember to pick up any yard signs you still see out.
WBF Festival Dan White 2019-08-19 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Phil White
Tickets and money are due by 6/19. Please make sure your check is made out to "Pottstown Rotay Club". Thanks.
 
NOT THIS KIND.
 
 
 
THIS KIND!
Barry is once again distributing tickets for the Pottstown duck race. Please sell all ten tickets allotted to you. If we hit our goal we could get over $1250 in funds for our club!  Thanks Barry for doing this each year.
 
Duck Race Phil White 2019-05-06 04:00:00Z 0

 

Some of you may not be aware of the Spring-Ford High School Interact Club and the affiliation with our Rotary Club. The Spring-Ford club has over 100 members and is headed by faculty members Melanie Bowen and Julie Quinby. The students are involved in several events each year and contribute to our events and fundraising goals. Each spring we host a dinner to thank the Interact students for their contributions and to meet the new officers for the club. Students and their parents attend this event.

 

Our annual Interact dinner will be this Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30pm at the Spring-Ford Country Club. Please plan to join us for this nice event.

 

Here is some information from the Rotary website:

Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of - Developing leadership skills and personal integrity - Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others - Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work - Advancing international understanding and goodwill.

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact.

 

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Pancake breakfast 2019 David Akers 2019-01-31 05:00:00Z 0
Socks for the Homeless Phil White 2018-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Please Help!
We are in need of a volunteer to organize the Royersford Halloween parade. If you are interested please contact Erin, Stephanie, or Chris. Without a volunteer we may not be able to participate in this community event.
Halloween Parade Phil White 2018-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Phil White
Wrapping will be on December 12 at 12 noon at the Spring Ford High School 9th grade center.
Adopt-A-Family Phil White 2018-10-01 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Erin Cohen on Sep 10, 2018
What a great presentation from Operation Backpack last week.  Once we have the information for food collection and volunteer days, I will be sure that pass it along to everyone.  As a reminder, Upper Providence Community Day is Sat Sept 15th. I need 1 or 2 volunteers. I am still working on finding out the times we are needed.   Our Wine Beer and Food Fest is only a week away. Be sure to share the Facebook posts to help get the word out as well as helping to volunteer at any community events to help promote the event. 
 
Corporate Membership: Please refer to the website.
 
Upcoming Events:
 
Wine and Beer Festival: Sept 22nd
Veterans Day Program: Closest Wednesday in November
 
 
Inspirational Quotes:  Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean
 
We remember our all friends and fellow Rotarians: Damian, Dave Hunsberger and Beth Smith.
 
Have a great week and make today successful.
 
Erin P. Cohen
Words by President Erin Cohen Erin Cohen 2018-09-10 04:00:00Z 0
Thanks to all of those (pictured and not pictured) that represented Rotary at the Lmerick Community Day.  I know everyone is busy.  Thanks for making the time to help our club be present at such a huge event. 
Limerick Community Day with Rotary Damian Petaccio 2015-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Jul 10, 2012

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Charlie "Chops" Laskey presented Dick Mull with the "Citizen of the Year Award" at our Changeover Dinner at the Spring Hollow Golf Club on Wednesday night, July 11th, 2012. Chops reviewed many of Dick's accomplishments in our community, especially in the East Pikeland Township. He was also given the sapphire pin of the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Dick's four children, brother and many other family members were there to surprise him. Congratulation Dick, you earned it! Thanks for a great presentation Chops.

Charlie "Chops" Laskey presents Richard "Dick" Mull with the "Citizen of the Year" award. Damian Petaccio 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Jul 10, 2012

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Our annual changeover dinner was held this year at the Spring Hollow Golf Club in Spring City on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Barry Shafer did a great job of putting all of the details of the dinner together for us. Tom Spann gave us a run down of all of the things we accomplished this year. Gene Krasley swore in our new President, Barry Shafer. Barry presented Tom Spann with a past presidents plaque and pin. Barry then chatted about some of his ideas for the upcoming year. He handed out the new committee list. Everyone was super excited to see what committee's they will be serving on.  Barry then invited everyone to his home to continue the celebration.  Some people celebrated a little bit too late.  Thanks Tom for a great year. Barry good luck in the upcoming year.
Annual Changeover Dinner at Spring Hollow Golf Club Damian Petaccio 2012-07-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Jun 19, 2012

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On Wednesday, June 27th, Tom Smith (Bercek and Smith Engineering in Royersford)  inducted Laurie Faust into our Club.  Laurie is the director of the Open Door Ministry on Main Street in Royersford.  Connie Lawson (Sweet Ashley's Chocolate) brought Laurie as a guest to our club a few times.  Laurie was hooked right away.  Anyone who is interested in joining our club is welcome to come to a regular meeting and have lunch on us.  This is a great way to "test drive" the club before making the commitment to join.  Thanks Connie for bringing in another new member!
Laurie Faust is inducted into the Spring-Ford Rotary Club. Damian Petaccio 2012-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Thomas Smith on Apr 24, 2012

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At the regular weekly meeting of the Spring-Ford Rotary Club, the proceeds from the 34th Annual Pancake Breakfast totaling $7,000 were donated to the following community organizations: Spring-Ford High School Baseball, Spring City Pool, Spring Valley YMCA, Spring-Ford Historical Society, Project Outreach, Spring-Ford Youth Athletic League (SFYAL), Limerick Historical Society, Royersford Public Library, Spring City Library, and Open Door. The listed organizations supported our efforts by working at the breakfast, selling tickets, and helping Rotary promote the event. In the 34 years of hosting the event, well over $100,000 was raised and given back to the community. We gave away 39 great raffle prizes, mostly contributed by the Rotarians and local businesses.

Again we thank all in the community who supported our event. We served over 800 hungry people this year. We couldn't have done this without the help of our 39 Rotary members, their spouses and children. Also, much thanks goes to these community organizations (over 90 in all): Spring Ford baseball, Spring-Ford H.S. Interact Club and the Spring City Pool organization. The amount of help we had made things go so much faster. Moving, setup and cleanup went at a record pace.

Thanks much to the Interact Club for their cleanup efforts. Here is a summary of the event: Served 805 -Paying customers - close to a record crowd. 91 Helpers worked the event. We served 1600 links of delicious Hatfield sausage, over 700 glasses of Orange juice 100 apple juice and tomato juice. Tom Droege singlehandedly flipped about 2000 Pancakes. We scrambled about 1800 eggs, brewed and served about 900 cups of coffee, 700 slices toast served. Also, we served nearly 300 slices of world-famous shoo-fly pie baked by the Royersford First United Church of Christ.

SF Rotary's Pancake Breakfast Raises $7,000. Thomas Smith 2012-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Mar 06, 2012

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On Wednesday, March 8th, there was a speech competition held at the weekly SF Rotary Club meeting.  The participants gave a 5-7 minute speech on what the "4 Way Test" mean to them, and how it could be applied in their lives.  They were members of the Interact Club at SFHS.  More than 60 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, a U.S. Rotarian devised a simple, four-part ethical guideline that helped him rescue a beleaguered business. The statement and the principles it embodied also helped many others find their own ethical compass. Soon embraced and popularized by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test today stands as one of the organization’s hallmarks. It may very well be one of the most famous statements of our century.  Herbert J. Taylor, author of the Test, was a mover, a doer, a consummate salesman and a leader of men. He was a man of action, faith and high moral principle. 
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to All Concerned?
3. Will it Build GOODWILL and Better Friendships?
4. Will it Be BENEFICIAL to All Concerned?

The students all did a remarkable job, and the club members enjoyed their speeches.  Pictured from left to right are:  Jaclyn Ritter: Interact Advisor,  William Landis: grade 11, Andrew Alban: grade 9, 2nd place winner ($50), Rachel Schwarz: grade 11, 1st place winner ($100), Haley Krouse: grade 11, Kirsten Whitt: grade 10, 3rd place winner ($25), Julie Quinby: Interact Advisor, Photo credit: Michael Alban, father of Andrew. 

4 Way Test Speech Competition Damian Petaccio 2012-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Pancake breakast raffle winners Thomas Smith 2012-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Feb 12, 2012

We had 10 coats left over from our Christmas Adopt a family project, so we donated them to the Penn Liberty Bank for Family Services. http://limerick.patch.com/events/coat-drive-for-family-services-of-montgomery-county.

The coats were donated by a Car Dealer Association to Spring Valley YMCA to us. Thanks Ann Nelson for getting the coats to us in the first place. Thanks to Beth and Tom Smith for finding yet another need that our club could help with! The bank manager was very thankful.

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Spring-Ford Rotary donates 10 coats to the Penn Liberty Coat Drive Damian Petaccio 2012-02-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Nov 30, 2011

ImageTom Spann received a certificate from Dave Kaplan at our meeting on November 30th.  Dave presented the club with a certificate from the Rotary Foundation in appreciation for our financial support of Rotary's $200 Million Challenge. Over the last few years we have raised money for this challenge through the sale of duck race tickets. The proceeds from the challenge were matched by the Gates Foundation. The funds will be used toward Rotary's battle against Polio. We are almost there (a world without Polio). Only through continued hard work and dedication to this cause can we ever achieve this goal. We should celebrate this achievement in our club an remember the battle isn't over 

Spring-Ford Rotary receives certificate from the Rotary Foundation Damian Petaccio 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Oct 18, 2011

 

Image Tom Spann presented Dawn Shaner with the citizen of the year award on behalf of the Spring-Ford Rotary Club. The Club also awarded Dawn with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award. A donation of $1,000. was made the Rotary Foundation in Dawn's name. Dawn has been actively involved in the Spring-Ford area for many years. She has served many clubs in many aspects over the years. She volunteers for the Spring-Ford Historical Society, the Women's Auxiliary and Garden Club of Spring City, and is currently a board member of the Spring City Library. She worked as a reading specialist for the Spring-Ford School District. Our community is very lucky to have Dawn in it. She has quietly helped many people over the years.

Dawn Shaner named citizen of the Year by the Spring-Ford Rotary Club Damian Petaccio 2011-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Jacobus on Oct 03, 2011

ImageAfter one rain delay and some dreary weather Limerick Community Day at the Limerick Community Park was great. The Spring-Ford Area Rotary Club and Spring-Ford High School Interact Club hosted carnival games for kids and our very popular Dunk Tank even in the cold 60 degree weather. Thank you to the 55 students from the Spring-Ford Interact Club and 15 Spring-Ford Area Rotary members and their family members that helped to make this event a success. Thank you to our 6 Dunkies from the Spring –Ford School District, who braved the cool weather and had some fun in our dunk tank. Thank you to Steve from Pure Fun Entertainment for use of his moon bounce and four carnival games. Thank you to Limerick Township Park and Recreation for securing a free tent for us to use and three kid’s games a well. As a group we helped to raise over $500.00 for the Spring-Ford Area Rotary.  

 

Limerick Community Day 2011 Robert Jacobus 2011-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary is "This Close" to Ending Polio Damian Petaccio 2011-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Sep 22, 2011
Rotary District Newsletter- September 2011
Governor Bill’s Thoughts….
Another month and another fantastic time meeting our fellow Rotarians! From Pottstown to Spring Township Centennial, Karen and I have been welcomed with wonderful energy and PRIDE! Great examples are the Warminster Club’s Safety Town – the grand opening in September - the “Top of the Rock” collaborative networking event and the 20 acre baseball/softball complex of the Central Perkiomen Club. It appears “Rotary Pride – Catch It!” is well underway.
Just a few reminders – September 17th – Rotary Leadership Institute is a MUST for all our new Rotarians. Please encourage a club car pool. By the way, new member mentors might want to Show the Way and accompany their charges. On October 1st the Rotary Foundation Seminar will happen in Valley Forge. If you go to RLI you will know the way. If your club plans to apply for a District Simplified Grant someone needs to attend, just $30 for the first club member and $15 for each subsequent member. Let’s get at least two from each of our clubs. New things are a-happening in the Foundation!
It is time now to get started with our Interact and Four-Way speech contest programs in our High Schools. From my perspective we can make no more significant impact on our community than influencing our community’s teenagers to understand our Rotary Four Way Test.
Have a GREAT month – DG Bill
 
Monthly letter from The District Damian Petaccio 2011-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

Stampede-Of-Business-PeopleWe would love to have you visit!

We all have busy schedules.  We all run everywhere we go.  In the end there is no better feeling then giving of yourself for your neighbor.  Our club is a great group of people from all walks of life.  I'm sure there are 3-4 people just like you in our membership.  We all have the same goal.  Promote Rotary and help each other.  Take a few minutes to read over and watch some of the information on our site.  The internet is wonderful tool.  You can see what Rotary is all about.  Feel free to come and visit us at our meetings above.  If you have any questions, please drop any of us an e-mail.  Hope to see you for lunch!

We would love to have you visit! Damian Petaccio 2011-07-22 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Jul 17, 2011

IMG_0942Dave Schreiber hands the presidential bell and gavel over to Tom Spann:

On Wednesday night, July 14th we had our changeover dinner.  Dave started the meeting at the Spring-Ford Country Club by listing some of the accomplishments throughout the year of our club.  You could tell how proud he was, but also relieved to be done.  Tom Spann then talked about how excited he was to lead our club.  He has a couple new initiatives that he is excited to start.   Dave Hunsberger stepped down from treasurer. Glenn Holcombe stepped down as secretary. They both gave many years of service. Our club is lucky to have had their leadership over the years. Bill Breslawski is taking over as treasurer and Damian Petaccio is taking over as secretary. Connie Lawson and Phil White have joined our board and are looking forward to "going theough the chairs".

Changeover Dinner Damian Petaccio 2011-07-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Jun 28, 2011
PierreWednesday, June 29th was Pierre's last day in the "States". Presdent Dave Schreiber presented Pierre with our club banner. Pierre had to leave our meeting early to get to the airport. I think he had a great year. I know we certainly did. He gave a big wave as he walked out.... and had to wipe his eyes a few times during the meeting. It must be hard to develop all of the relationships, and then just walk out. It is always great to see how the student was when they came, and how different they are when they leave. April Heiser did an awesome job taking care of all of the details for Pierre and his host families. THANKS APRIL! We will be hosting another student next year. As always, we need a host family or two. Would you be willing? These students are always the "best of the best". If you are interested, or know someone who may be interested, please contact April Heiser. April_Heiser@ipgroup.info
Exchange student Pierre says goodbye. Damian Petaccio 2011-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
This is Rotary - Rotary International Damian Petaccio 2011-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Jun 20, 2011

Welcome to our Rotary Club! 

The Spring-Ford Rotary is pleased to announce that we have launched our new website, www.SpringFordRotary.org.  The website will let us post news and stories, and let the community have a better idea of who we are, and that we promote "Service before self." 

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Welcome to Spring Ford Rotary's new website! Damian Petaccio 2011-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Damian Petaccio on Jun 20, 2011
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Posted by Christopher Benedict on Mar 14, 2011
Every year our Rotary Club donates proceeds from our efforts to worthy causes in the Community.  This year, our club gave donations to the Spring Valley YMCA, the local libraries, the Spring City pool, as well as other worthwhile causes.
Spring Ford Rotary Annual Disbursement of Funds Christopher Benedict 2011-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Spring Ford Rotarty & Spring Ford Interact's "Adopt-a-Family" featured on Channel 6, ABC news. David Schreiber 2010-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Shelter Box - a Rotary member founded project Christopher Benedict 2010-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Over the Labor Day weekend, I took my family to Ohio for a family reunion.  The reunion was held at the Canfield Fair, Ohio, which is the largest county fair in Ohio.  The place was enormous, spread out over 350 acres, with 1000+ vendors.  While I was there, I thought, "I wonder if Rotary is present?"  Sure enough, I googled the query on my phone, and was able to find the Canfield Rotary in attendance.


 I had the pleasure of speaking with fellow Rotarian Craig Olson, who gave us some ideas of some community events they do in the Canfield, Ohio area.  They run a "Holiday Flag Display" service that has grown to over 375 homeowners and business owners.  Feel free to visit their Rotary web page to learn more.


Do you have a story about visiting a Rotary club around the world? If so, please let us know, as we would like to post stories and pictures!

 

Visiting Rotary at the Canfield Fair, Ohio Christopher Benedict 2010-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 13, 2010
Jonathan Moyer, senior financial adviser for Univest Bank and Trust Co., recently awarded Frank L. Pellegrini with a 32-inch Samsung flat-screen HDTV. Pellegrini, a partner of Maillie Falconiero & Co. LLP, won the TV after purchasing numerous raffle tickets at the Spring-Ford Rotary Pancake Breakfast, which is held each year by the Spring-Ford Rotary Club to raise money to donate to several local organizations. (Full article can be read here.)
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Posted on Jan 27, 2010

Rotary Club presents $5,211 check

Last week, founders Jeff and Linda Lohr attended a luncheon where the Spring-Ford Rotary presented the $5,211 grant check to Moringa Community.

Pictured from left to right are:
Jeffry Lohr, Linda Lohr, Janet Neff (Spring-Ford Rotary), Mike McCarthy (Rotary District 7430 Governor), and Damien Petaccio (Spring-Ford Rotary President). Not pictured, because he is the photographer, is Glenn Holcomb, who facilitated introductions of the project to various Rotary Clubs that supported the grant.

The ceremony was held at the Vo-Tech School in Limerick, PA, less than a mile from where the Moringa Community project was conceived. Moreover, the function of the Vo-Tech School is harmonious with the founding purpose of Moringa Community - to build strong and effective lives through education in the trades and escape hunger through their own industry and hard work.
Many thanks to the Rotary Club for their belief in our project!

Spring-Ford Rotary presents $5,211 grant check to Moringa Community. 2010-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
Camaraderie pervaded the air of Rotary Club's luncheon for Phoenixville and Spring-Ford football 2009-11-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2009
A group of Spring-Ford High School students are learning the value of serving others. That ideal was the focal point of the annual dinner meeting of the Spring-Ford Rotary Club and the high school’s Interact Club, held recently at Spring-Ford Country Club.

 

Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the Interact Club “is the largest club in our school,” according to high school principal Pat Nugent, who also is president of the Rotary Club for the 2008-09 club year. “It is a very, very active service club,” he added. (read more...)

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The Spring-Ford High School cafeteria annex was a flurry of activity on the Wednesday before Christmas as the Spring-Ford Rotary Club and the high school’s Interact Club met together to wrap Christmas presents.

 

The wrapping luncheon was the culmination of the Rotary Club’s sixth annual Adopt A Family program which provides Christmas gifts to children and families in need. The program this year supported 26 families representing 71 children.

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