December 2018
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The Upper Moreland High School December Student of the Month is Conner Holm.

Conner is the Vice-President of the National Honor Society and is the student director for the UM Drama Company.  Conner is a member of the Jazz Band and the UM Marching Unit where he currently serves as the Drum Major.

Outside of school, Conner helps his peers through tutoring in both academics and music whenever needed.  He has been involved with East West Karate martial arts school for the past 12 years and has earned his black belt.

Conner has applied to Harvard University and plans to study Mathematics Engineering.

Connor receives his award from Club President Sam Valenza

Marcus Donaldson is the December 2018 Student of the Month at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology in Willow Grove. He is in EASTERN’s Business and Technology Professional program and a senior at Hatboro-Horsham High School. The Student of the Month Award is sponsored by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Operating Committee and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success and service. Ten students each year are selected for this honor.

Marcus first learned about the programs at EASTERN through a presentation at Hatboro-Horsham High School and then by participating in a tenth-grade visitation to EASTERN. After attending EASTERN’s Open House with his family, he decided to enroll in the Business and Technology Professional program to assist him in pursuing his business career aspirations.

At EASTERN, Marcus is involved with EASTERN’s student leadership organization, SkillsUSA and was his Business and Technology Professional class officer during the 2017 – 2018 school year. Through EASTERN’s dual enrollment partnership, Marcus is a Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) student earning transferable college credits while still in high school. He was recognized at EASTERN’s Annual Awards Night held in May 2018 with several awards, including Attendance, Achievement and Straight A. He is currently interning once a week at PA State Representative Tom Murt’s office in Hatboro and holds a part-time job at Chick-fil-A.

“Marcus works very hard and appreciates the value of a responsible work ethic,” said Marketa Crane, EASTERN’s Business and Technology Professional Instructor. “He is always willing to volunteer to greet outside visitors to the school and gives 100 percent effort to his internship employer.”

After graduation from EASTERN and Hatboro-Horsham High School, Marcus plans to continue pursuing his education at MCCC and then transfer his credits to Temple University where he plans to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in business. His goal is to become a sales representative for a major car company and hopes to get accepted into one of their internship programs.

Marcus receives his award from Club President Sam Valenza
The Rotary Club of Willow Grove would like to thank Hatboro Federal Savings for their generosity in once again being the Corporate Sponsor of our Casino Night. Hatboro Federal Savings is the finest example of what a responsible local business is all about.
Rotary President Sam Valenza accepts the check from HFS President Linda Roehner.
Tickets are still available for Casino Night. $25 gets you a beef and beer dinner and chips to gamble. At the end of the night turn in your chips for tickets to win one of 12 fabulous prizes. Even if you don't win anything, it is a great night out.

The Willow Grove Rotary Club and its members have teamed up to purchase 6 new ShelterBoxes.

ShelterBoxes are an ingenious tool used to respond to natural disasters all over the world. Each box contains a 10 person tent, tools, water purification equipment, cooking utensils, rope, a light source and blankets. These boxes are assembled and prepositioned around the world, ready for the next disaster and are swiftly delivered and deployed mainly using the network of Rotary clubs that exist in every country in the World. Each box costs $1000 and have been deployed in Haiti, Nepal, India, Indonesia and even in Houston after last years flooding.

Our club is proud to support ShelterBox, and we invite all of our friends and supporters to do so as well. Please visit their website to see more about what they do and I am sure you will be moved to help them as we have been.


The Rotary Club of Willow Grove recognized the November 2018 Students of the Month from Upper Moreland High School and The Easter Center for Arts and Technology on Thursday, November 1st at 12:15 PM. The students received their awards at the weekly luncheon, at Huntingdon Valley Country Club.  
Cole Moros accepts his award from President, Sam Valenza.
Elissa Johnson receives her award from President, Sam Valenza.
Philadelphia legend, and NFL Hall Of Fame Sportswriter Ray Didinger visited the Rotary Club of Willow Grove on Thursday 9/13/2018.
Ray spoke for a little over an hour and captivated the packed house with stories of the Eagles Championship season, and sprinkled in some stories of past teams and coaches as well. Ray has covered the Eagles for almost fifty years, and is a font of knowledge and stories. He recalled some poignant moments that he experienced during the Super Bowl and the parade. We heard stories about Ray's interactions and observations of players, coaches and fans. Ray has recently completed the next edition of his Eagles Encyclopedia - Championship Edition. The new book will be available in stores in about 2 weeks and is available for pre-order now.  
We thank Ray for taking the time from his schedule to meet with us, and we hope to see him again very soon.
On September 20th, The Rotary Club of Willow Grove will honor the September Students of the Month from Upper Moreland High School and The Eastern Center for Arts and Technology. A new school year has begun, and this month we begin recognizing the best and brightest of these two local schools each month.

The Upper Moreland High School September Student of the Month is Tabitha Schmer.


Tabitha is the President of the Class of 2019, as well as the President of the National Honor Society. She is the Student Representative on our School Board, the President of the Debate Club, the Stage Crew Manager, a Student Council Representative and can be heard every morning as she hosts our morning announcements. Tabitha has consistently achieved distinguished honor roll every marking period and has twice been the recipient of the Home and School Association Citizenship Award. Tabitha is involved with Kisses for Kyle, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, Science in the Summer and has received the Baby Bureau Service Award. Tabitha plans to continue her education after graduation and study pre-medicine.


Tabitha, accompanied by her parents, accepts the award from club President Sam Valenza.


The September 2018 Student of the Month at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology is Misha Davis, an Upper Moreland High School senior.


Misha is being recognized for his work in EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program during the 2017 – 2018 school year. This year he is enrolled in EASTERN’s Allied Health program. The Student of the Month Award is sponsored by EASTERN’s faculty, Joint Committee and the Willow Grove Rotary Club to highlight student excellence, success and service. Ten students each year are selected for this honor.


After visiting EASTERN as a sophomore, Misha decided to enroll in EASTERN’s Culinary Arts program.He was a leader in the classroom and enjoyed working in a hands-on learning environment. He became a student ambassador for the Culinary Arts program and spoke to potential students at recruitment events at both Upper Moreland and Lower Moreland High Schools. Half way through his junior year, he found himself interested in learning more about careers in the medical field. This year, he is enrolled in the one year Allied Health program at EASTERN. He is looking forward to the partnership that the Allied Health program has with Abington-Jefferson Hospital. Starting in October, the Allied Health students will begin shadowing healthcare professionals on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


As a junior in the Culinary Arts program, Misha received first place in the SkillsUSA Job Demonstration District competition. He volunteered his culinary expertise at EASTERN extracurricular events such as the annual Joint Operating Committee Dinner and the Advisory Appreciation Brunch. At Upper Moreland High School, Misha is a member of the Varsity Swim and Tennis teams, and a Sound Crew member for the Drama Company. He is also involved in the community as a Boy Scout, Cadet Sergeant in the Civil Air Force Auxiliary and a member of the Hope Community Missions Team.“It was a pleasure having Misha in my class,” said Hayley Granacher, EASTERN’s Culinary Arts Instructor. “Just as he succeeded in the Culinary Arts program, I am confident he will do just as well in the Allied Health program. He has an extremely positive attitude and works hard.”

After graduation from Upper Moreland High School and EASTERN’s Allied Health program, he plans to attend a postsecondary technical college for two years while working in the medical field. He hopes to work in the trauma or Emergency Room setting.

Misha receives his award from club President, Sam Valenza. Misha's parents were also in attendance.


Our Rotary Club was privileged at this past week's meeting to induct two new members, Bilal and Sarah Djos-Raph. A very warm welcome to Sarah and Bilal and their family!


Sarah participated in Rotary's International Exchange program a little over 10 years ago. Spending a year in France, she learned to love travel, meeting new people and adventures. After attending college in Canada, Sarah spent a year in the Peace Corps in Africa, where she met Bilal. Bilal is currently helping coach the Soccer team at UMHS.  


If you would like to learn more about joining our Club and the good work Rotary does in our community and around the world, join us for lunch on Thursdays at 12:15 at HVCC.

On Monday, June 4th, The Willow Grove Rotary presented scholarships to two outstanding Seniors from Upper Moreland High School.
Kimberly Taing received the Joseph L. Hagy Award for Service and Zoe Wolfenson received the Willow Grove Rotary “ Service Above Self” award.   
On May 3rd, The Willow Grove Rotary Club recognized the May Students Of The Month from UMHS and The Eastern Center For Arts And Technology.
Victoria Leister of Upper Moreland High School receives her award from Club President Neil Klinghoffer.
Johanna Spaeter of The Eastern Center receives her award from Neil Klinghoffer.
The Willow Grove Rotary Club was pleased to honor the final Students of the Month for 2018.
The Upper Moreland High School June Student of the Month is Brian McCaffrey.
The Eastern Center June 2018 Student of the Month is Matias Bentancour.
The Upper Moreland High School April Student of the month is Cassidy Murphy.
Charles Mandel is the April 2018 Student of the Month at Eastern Center for Arts and Technology in Willow Grove.
Willow Grove Rotary was elated to have the opportunity to brighten the Thanksgiving Holiday for 60 local families. Through fundraising efforts throughout the year, one of our projects was to deliver a full Thanksgiving Dinner to these local families who otherwise would have not been able to enjoy the same type of meal that most of were able to on Thursday November 21st.
We received the attached thank you letter from Upper Moreland School District, which provided us the names of many of the recipients of the baskets. Willow Grove Rotary is proud and happy to be able to share our good fortune with those less fortunate, and we want to thank all of you who support our efforts and help to make these programs possible. Please reach out and help other charities as we move closer to Hanukkah and Christmas. Thank you.   
Ed Eisen, A member of the Willow Grove Rotary Club, was featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer this past Sunday.
The article chronicles Ed's fascinating career in Philadelphia journalism and public relations. Ed employs many of the contacts
he has made to bring a wide variety of speakers to our club on Thursdays. Local media figures, inventors, writers and educators
to mention just a few. Our speakers are listed on our website at Why not take a look and see if
there is someone you would like to hear, and come join us for lunch. We meet at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club on Thursday's
at 12:00PM. We hope to see you there. 
Rotary Club of Willow Grove is delivering 60 Thanksgiving Dinners this morning to wonderful families in our community. Endlessly thankful this and every Thanksgiving.
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