GISELLE KNOBLAUCH - MONTCO ANTI HUMAN TRAFFICKING

 
 
 
 
Thursday 4/22, the Club welcomed GISELLE KNOBLAUCH, from the Montgomery County Anti Human Trafficking Coalition, who gave us an eye-opening presentation on human trafficking in the U.S. and in particular , the Norristown area. Speaking mostly about the subject of sex trafficking, Giselle also pointed out that there are two other areas of concern in labor trafficking and the lesser known area of organ trafficking.
The organization, MCAT, was founded in 2011 with the mission of educating, increasing awareness, and fostering prevention measures in our county. They point out that this is really a modern form of slavery. Human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, behind drugs, with about 25- 40 million people enslaved. She spoke of existing laws against this crime, how people are entrapped, and how we can spot trafficking when we encounter it.  Sex trafficking can take many forms from prostitution and stripping to massage parlors and private parties. 
It was pointed out that in Pennsylvania, the King of Prussia area is one of the hot spots for trafficking, the other being the Lancaster area.  Access to transportation up and down the coast, makes these spots attractive to traffickers.  
Giselle provided contact information for reporting suspected sex or labor trafficking activities, and where you can learn more about this growing issue in our area.
 
NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE:
1-888-373-7888
 
Their website:   www.mcatpa.org
They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
 
 
 
MCAT works with The Laurel House for donations-  send for them C/O Laurel House.   
 
Thank-you Gisselle for this informative talk.
 
 
GISELLE KNOBLAUCH - MONTCO ANTI HUMAN TRAFFICKING Dave Beach 2021-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
VIRGINIA FRANTZ- THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOUNDATION, Inc. Judy Bucko 2021-04-28 04:00:00Z 0
DINA NOUAIME - BORGEN PROJECT  Dave Beach 2021-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
MIKE SEIDNER - The STEMYEA Initiative dave shoemaker 2021-03-16 04:00:00Z 0

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - NASD

The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN recognized the academic, academic, sports, and service achievements of five Norristown Area High School students. The students, selected by school staff and counselors, have displayed exceptional accomplishments in the area of scholastics, with several in the National Honours Program, and all with outstanding grade point averages. At the same time, many have been leaders in athletic teams including swimming, track, volleyball, and field hockey. Community service also has played an important role in their school life, and several expressed an interest in returning to the Norristown area after college, and give back to  the community in areas such as health care, teaching, and opening a gym.  
We wish them all continued success and celebrate their accomplishments so far.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - NASD Dave Beach 2021-02-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Plays Cupid

Rotary Plays Cupid
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Norristown played cupid to residents of the Montgomery Park Senior Housing Facility. The 50 unit site is the new low income housing facility at 1301 Powell Street former site of Montgomery Hospital. On Thursday 12/13, the club was greeted by Christie Jones, a social worker at the facility, who subsequently reached out to us and mentioned how "very grateful and happy they are and they've been calling". She said, "my residents truly appreciate it and it really made their day". Residents were given 56 bags containing items to show someone cares, such as a reusable mask, puzzle book, pen, note pad, Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, body lotion, chapstick, chocolate Valentine heart, Rotary flyer and a valentine!  Thanks to Denise Ashe and Judy Bucko for organizing this.
Rotary Plays Cupid Mark 2021-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

Aaron Muderick- CRAZY AARON'S THINKING PUTTY

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thursday Feb. 4 meeting featured Aaron Muderick of CRAZY AARON'S THINKING PUTTY,  who told us about his wildly successful creation of 'thinking putty'.  Aaron, who was born and raised in Havertown, worked in Silicon Valley for some time, consulted, came up with the idea of creating a more interesting, fun,challenging, and educational form of silly putty. He developed a putty that lasted longer, was colourful, and had many different qualities that led kids to be more creative and enjoy playing with it.  Thus the term 'thinking putty'. The company was a family operation for a few years, but grew with world wide recognition, to a sizeable operation, outgrowing its facilities in Phoenixville,  and setting up shop in Norristown. They partnered with 5 Saints Distilling for help in handling chemicals, and built the business by using area persons with disabilities to manufacture the products. 
COVID brought operations to a halt, and Aaron looked to use his facilities to produce hand sanitizer, which was in short supply. As major suppliers got caught up in production, he developed a sanitizer targeted for kids, which has become quite popular.
We thank Aaron for sharing his story with us, and wish him success in the future with this Norristown produced products.
 
 
 
 
 
Aaron Muderick- CRAZY AARON'S THINKING PUTTY Dave Beach 2021-02-09 05:00:00Z 0

2020 Bell Ringers

Rotary Bell Ringers are out Helping the Salvation Army
 
Every year for the past nine or ten years The Norristown Rotary Club gives the Salvation Army seasonal bell ringers the day off and step in the weekend before Christmas.  It is typically aa very large collection day and often the coldest day of the year also.
 
Normally the club collects at multiple doors at Walmart in Trooper.  This year. Walmart was remodeling and had only one entrance.
So, Project Chair Judy Bucko arranged to collect at both Walmart in Trooper and Redner's in Audubon.
 
Also, retired Salvation Army Major Fred Hagglund and his wife Major Ruth Aston Hagglund brought their instruments and played during an extended shift and treated shoppers to Christmas Carols.  Since we are experiencing a pandemic, the club was masked and observed social distancing guidelines.  Also a gift containing hand sanitizer, gloves and a mask were distributed to the shoppers this year.
 
 
 
 
 
  
2020 Bell Ringers Mark 2020-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

CAROL FERGUSON- ROTARY INTERNATIONAL

 
 
CAROL FERGUSON was our guest speaker for two meetings. On Oct. 8 she spoke to us the topic of Rotary International's Focus on Disease Control.  She outlined the organization's work in publishing the need for Polio vaccines and the importance in keeping attention focused on the disease. Although Polio is their main focus, they emphasize the need , throughout the world, for vaccines to be administered. Disease prevention is their main mission. Last year, the World Health Organization reached out to Rotary International for help in getting the message out that vaccines are to be trusted and not feared, stressing that no child should suffer needlessly with preventable disease. 
They have started a Pennsylvania campaign to send cards to as many as possible, with the message on how to get vaccines and how important they are the children's lives.
Parts of her presentation, and how you can get involved are shown below.
 
Thanks, Carol for two informative meetings.
 
        
 
 
 
Carol returned on Oct. 15 and spoke to us about Polio Truths. Carol was representing the PA Polio Survivors' Network.  This group is now 6 years old and represents the 15 million survivors in the world, and 750,000 in the US.  Our country last experienced polio in 1979, but survivors continue to suffer from post-polio syndrome.  The effects of this vary from person to person.  The goal of the group is to share information about Polio and stress the importance of vaccination. The members are grateful to Rotary for our support of this cause.
CAROL FERGUSON- ROTARY INTERNATIONAL Dave Beach 2020-10-20 04:00:00Z 0

Successful Bicycle Collection

 
 

 
Thank you to all who donated bikes this year for our Pedals for Progress bike and sewing machine collection.  
 
Normally we collect around 100 bicycles but this year's final collection at the school was cancelled due to Covid 19.
 
The good news is, you called ahead and we were still able to collect 85 bicycles destined for Togo, Africa in early October.
 
Thank you to all who supported our drives this year.
 
 
Successful Bicycle Collection Mark 2020-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

Together We Empower

TOGETHER WE EMPOWER
 
Each year Rotary works with Pedals for Progress® as we ship nearly 100 donated bikes & sewing machines to developing nations in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe. Bikes become family transportation where there are no automobiles. They mean remote jobs and education. call us (484) 994-2349. We curb pick up locally.
 
 
Together We Empower Mark 2020-08-24 04:00:00Z 0

Padden Park Community Butterfly Garden

We are all tenants of our own community.
Rotary is proud of our communities. It’s peaceful here in Padden Park, the creek wanders through and the butterflies come all by themselves on a lazy afternoon. There are 13 different species of butterfly friendly shrubs. It was constructed by Rotary along with community volunteers, for community use.
If you would like to learn more about Rotary’s projects and how we help our community, call us (484) 994-2349. or visit www.NorristownRotary.org
Padden Park Community Butterfly Garden Mark 2020-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
TOGETHER WE TRANSFORM Mark 2020-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

CLUB AWARDS SCHOLORSHIPS TO DESERVING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
 

This year the Rotary Club of Norristown altered its scholarship program to assist four graduating seniors from the Norristown Area School District. The awards were in the amount of $2000 each. We congratulate each recipient and wish them the best in the future.
Thank-you letters have been sent to us and we will share them as the are received.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLUB AWARDS SCHOLORSHIPS TO DESERVING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES  Dave Beach 2020-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS- 2020

The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN , at last week's ZOOM meeting, recognized the accomplishments of five Norristown Area High School students , with its Student Achievement Awards. The students, selected by teachers and conselors at the school, were selected for their demonstrated excellence in academics, sports, club activity, leadership, and community service. 
The students activities include National Merit Scholars, class government leadership,ROTC,  Soccer,  and track .
They all intend to further their carrier goals by attending colleges including Temple, MONTCO, Del.Valley University, and West Chester. Their future goals include Health Care, Food Science (FDA), Community Service, and becoming a police officer.
We wish all of you the very best in the future.
 
The five students are:
 SILAS WHARTON
 
                   
     EVELYN ROMERO
 
 
 
 
 
 KENIA RAMIREZ
 
 
                  EMILITZA TRUJILLO
 
 
             LIZBETH SANCHEZ
                    (not present)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS- 2020 BEACH 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

JUDY BUCKO- ROTAPLAST MISSION TO GUATEMALA

Judy Bucko without a hat
 
Last week our own JUDY BUCKO told us about her recent mission trip with ROTAPLAST team to Guatemala repairing cleft lips and cleft pallets. Judy has now participated in several  of these missions and plans to continue in the future, citing the thrill she gets from seeing families reactions to viewing their child with a normal face for the first time. ROTAPLAST is a function of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, and has done some 2000 trips since its inception in 1992, with 13 last year alone. Judy was one of 26 volunteers that formed this years team, performing 114 surgeries. The clinics are free to the families and include both physical and speech rehab as part of the total process. She shared many pictures from the trip as she told of excitement of the kids and their parents to the operations.
Judy is caring on a tradition started by LOUISE ZAWADSKI a few years ago.
Thank you, Judy for the presentation.
 
JUDY BUCKO- ROTAPLAST MISSION TO GUATEMALA Dave Beach 2020-02-11 05:00:00Z 0
Smiles for Guatemala 2020-01-17 05:00:00Z 0

NAHS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Five students from the Norristown Area High School were recognized for their academic, athletic, leadership, character, and community service achievements, The students all demonstrated strong family commitments, leading to success in many areas of their high school life. They have been in student counsel, math and robotics clubs, National Honours Society, music groups, ROTC, and several sports teams. Several have help other students by touring  and assisting with homework. Volunteering has also played a large part in these students extracurricular activities.
They expect to continue there education in areas of Finance, Engineering, physical therapy and early education. They expressed thanks for the solid support they have received from the Norristown facility and curriculum.
Congratulations to all in this fine group of students.
 
 
Today we awarded the Rotary Student Achievement Award to 5 students from Norristown Area High School. Congratulations students. L-R Rotary Chair Louise Zawadzki, Students (Maximiliano Gomez-Guzman, Giulietta Marinucci, Andrea Perez, Hector Galindo Lopez, Mariela Moran Sanchez) Counselor Kristie Snaith
 
 
 
Club Chair Louise Zawadzki with Maximiliano Gomez-Guzman
 
 
 
Hector Galindo Lopez
 
 
Giulietta Marinucci
 
Mariela Moran Sanchez
 
 
 
Andrea Perez
NAHS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Dave Beach 2020-01-14 05:00:00Z 0

THANKSGIVING DINNERS FOR THE COMMUNITY
 

THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN conducted its annual turkey- Thanksgiving dinner distribution to 65 families in the Norristown area. Members met at ShopRite in East Norriton and packed complete dinners that were delivered to: The OIC Center, Hospitality Center, Family Services of Montco, Methacton High School, and Audubon YMCA, for distribution to the families.
Thanks to all who pitched in to help and defray that cost.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANKSGIVING DINNERS FOR THE COMMUNITY  BEA 2019-11-27 05:00:00Z 0

NAHS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 
The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN presented Student Achievement awards five students from the Norristown Area High School last Thursday. The students, selected by school counselors and facility, we chosen for displaying outstanding success in scholarship, athletics, arts,  student government, community service, and demonstrating exceptional character. Their many achievements included: Honour Roll, National Honour Society , leaders in volleyball, swimming, cross country, softball, field hockey, while others participated in arts, poetry, mock trial clubs, organizing school events, and mentoring / tutoring younger students. Their outside activities and volunteer work include- helping at local hospitals, coaching community sports teams, a children's center, Read Across America, honouring veterans activities, and working to advocate for women in sports, and JRTC training with the Army.
Their future plans include studying for work in medicine, Engineering / robotics, culinary, Psychology, and physical therapy.
Each student gave an inspiring account of their schooling life experiences , and their expectation for the future.
 
Good luck to all these fine students.
 
NICOLE HENRY (c) is welcomed by LOUISE ZAWADZKI, Club Student Chair (l), and MEGAN McGOWEN, NAHS Counselor
 
 
 
BAILEE HENDRICKS
 
 
MANDOLINE BHUIYAN, is with Louise, and JEFF McNAMARA- NAHS, Counselor
 
 

RAHMON ADESHOKAN

NAHS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Dave Beach 2019-11-18 05:00:00Z 0

DAVE SHOEMAKER EXPLAINS THE NEW VOTING PROCESS

Club President, Dave Shoemaker, who is also a Judge of Elections, presented an informative tutorial on the new voting machines and process being used in Montgomery County.
It was an in-depth detailing of what we would see the next Tuesday election. It was very helpful in giving voters an advanced idea of what to expect.
 
 
Below are the slides that Dave used in his presentation. Please contact him with any questions.
Thanks,Dave for the update.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DAVE SHOEMAKER EXPLAINS THE NEW VOTING PROCESS Dave Beach 2019-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

ROTARY AT ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER

 
Six members of the ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN helped the ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER fresh produce distribution in Norristown last Saturday. They joined other volunteers in handing out food to about 200 local families in need.
Thanks to Jim, Judy, Louise,Dave S, Dave V, and Ron for their participation.
 
 
 
 
 
ROTARY AT ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER Dave Beach 2019-10-15 04:00:00Z 0
Robert L Schmidt Dictionary Project Mark 2019-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

Butterfly Garden Flora

Two - four plants of each species were planted this spring, a total of 36.  These perennials ultimately are supposed to bloom various times during the spring and summer and keep the butterfly/catepillar  food cycle going.  These particular plants are from 'Prairie Moon" Nurseries in Wisconsin.  They only ship these once per growing year in early spring.
 
At least, 1or 2 of the plants of each species survived, some more and most bloomed this year. Though some did not.  At Betsy Nutt's suggestion, we're going to try to feed the soil this Fall a little with a product called 'Bumper Crop'. This is available at Home Depot.  It should encourage reappearance next spring and even more foilage.
 
There's still plenty of flowering left this fall (but don't delay too much we're getting cold nights) and see if you can locate these beauties in the garden.
 
 
 
Butterfly Garden Flora Mark 2019-09-20 04:00:00Z 0

CAMP NEIDIG STUDENTS VISIT

WELCOME CAMP NEIDIG CAMPERS
 
Each year our club sends 6 students to the District sponsored Leadership Camp in Douglassville, Camp Neidig.  The students often don't know the people they are going with or teaming with.  The idea of the camp is to help them develop skills to lead and learn about themselves and where they may want to develop in order to be tomorrow's effective leaders.  The club has been sending students for almost 70 years.  The campers stay 4 days and form teams in order to compete and problem solve as a team.  At the conclusion they are asked to present their results to parents and peers the final evening. Following the camp, we ask them to attend lunch and tell us what they've learned.
 
 
The campers are (l - r) Joanna Zeheng (Methacton HS), Adrianna Wright (Norristown HS), Max Whittenberg (Plymouth Whitemarsh HS),  Arielle Greenberg (Plymouth Whitemarsh HS), Nick Oliveri (Methacton HS) and absent was Nicole Henry (Norristown HS)
 
The students gave a brief synopsis of what they learned in 4 days.  There was a lot of learning around forming teams and working together. One student even learned to temper her fear of insects.
These ambiguously young adults (high school juniors) are thinking ahead toward careers ranging from political science and to entomology.
 
   
Adrianna Wright                                                    Max Whittenberg
 
   
Arielle Greenberg                                                 Nick Oliveri
 
Joanna Zeheng
CAMP NEIDIG STUDENTS VISIT MARK 2019-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

CLUB PICNIC AT OUR BUTTERFLY GARDEN
 

Last Thursday, the Club held its annual picnic at our newly created public butterfly garden in Padden Park. We enjoyed a great day of food, fellowship, and the beauty of the garden that members have worked hard to create and maintain.
Thanks to ROBIN PARKER for organizing the event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLUB PICNIC AT OUR BUTTERFLY GARDEN  Dave Beach 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

PARTNER FOR SURGERY- Dr. ALLEN SCHWARTZ

 
DON HEEBNER, ALLEN, and CAROL SCHWARTZ, McKENSIE BREINLINGER from PARTNER FOR SURGERY address the club
 
The Club welcomed four participants in the PARTNER FOR SURGERY organization , that has for the last several years, gone to Guatemala to correct birth defects of cleft lip, cleft palate, and deformed hands. The group, formed by physicians for Philadelphia Children's Hospital, and supported by ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, and several local groups, including  the Conshohocken /Plymouth Rotary Club, uses local contacts to set up the the surgical facilities, find candidates in need of the surgery, and help screen them to select the patients that would qualify for the procedures. The teams , which number around 25 volunteers then travel to Guatemala, and for the next week, preform the operations on about 200 individuals. The participants , living the motto "Service Above Self" always keep in mind that their mission is always to keep a "Focus on the Kids", work long 12 shifts, and are on call 24/7 to take care of emergencies. The group from Children's Hospital has participated in 12 missions this year.
Cleft Lip occurs in underdeveloped countries at a rate 2 to 3 times that of the U S, and whereas it is courted at a very young age here, it often goes untreated in countries like Guatemala. This is where this teams mission comes in to improve the lives of as many children as possible.
 
 
Club member LOUISE ZAWADZKI, who has participated in several such missions, hosted the group to our meeting.
She is working with the group in sponsoring a fundraising event, a Comedy Night, at THE HYATT HOUSE, on SEPT 13 to help fund more of the missions in the future. Louise donated the blanket shown below, for auction. 
 
 
Thank to all from the group who brought this important message to us. 
 
PARTNER FOR SURGERY- Dr. ALLEN SCHWARTZ Dave Beach 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Norristown Fun Day on the River

NORRISTOWN FUN DAY ON THE RIVER
Saturday was a warm day but that didn't stop the Norristown community from having a lot of fun on the River.  Heather Gaines did a great job working with Robin and others to plan a successful event. There were lots of activities, live music by the Alan Reynolds band, a real dragon line, many demonstrations and vendors.
 
Our Rotary boat judges Jim Williams, Tom Bown, Judy Bucko, Paul Catrambone, Mark Call and also to Christine Sherbert & Robin Parker, Diane Helm for planning and representing Rotary / Norristown all worked hard to make it a success.
 
A BIG THANK You to these Rotarians who came out to help bring Rotary into the community.
 
Our Rotary Judges
 
The Dragonboat Event Planners
 
One favorite activity of the day was the Cardboard Boat Contest.  The Water Rescue squad is on the water during the entire race.  
The boats are created almost entirely out of corrugated cardboard and duct tape. A lot of creativity was demonstrated mostly by area youths.
Boats are judged based on Appearance (Creativity, Asthetic Beauty, and supporting the Dragon Boat theme), Design(Originality and Innovation, Simplicity, Compliance with material rules, Efficient use of materials),  and of course Speed & Boating Skills ( 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners o the race.  We had 9 boat entrants this year.  They were all good and we recycled a lot of cardboard.  
 
Some capsize at the race start. You can view the entire race by clicking on the large picture below:  
VIDEO of the Race
(click on picture)
 
WINNERS
Appearance - NPD K9-2431
 
Design - Elley Elefant Cruise
 
Speed (Race)
1st place - #2 Witch Raft
 
2nd Place - #1
 
3rd Place - #9
 

 
 
Norristown Fun Day on the River Mark 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
GENERAL MEETING- SCOTT AND DAVE- CLUB ISSUES  Dave Beach 2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0

REBEKAH SAYRE - VISIT TO VANUATU

 
The Club was pleased to welcome REBEKAH SAYRE, daughter of member JIM SAYRE, who spoke about a special trip she had to the island nation of Vanuatu, a small country in the south Pacific. She told of the climate, (avg 75 year round), the food, people and many of the beautiful site in the country. She presented pictures and lively, interesting details of the visit, with her mom, to a friend who was in the Peace Corp. The language is a unique blend of the countries that have controlled the area in the past: Spain, France, and Great Britain. She found the people very friendly and accommodating, sharing their homes and meals with them. 
Thank you, Rebekah, we enjoyed your presentation.
 
 
JIM SAYRE (l) and President DAVE SHOEMAKER (r), welcome REBEKAH SAYRE
REBEKAH SAYRE - VISIT TO VANUATU Dave Beach 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

COMMITTEE DAY

 
President DAVE SHOEMAKER led a group discussion on the functions of the Club's many committees, outlining their functions and encouraging members to join the teams. Service is the backbone of ROTARY and finding ways to involve more members in the actual running of functions and events is one of Dave's goals. 
He had leaders of several of the committees  speak to the club.
 
 
 
JIM HOLLINGER spoke about scholarships and loans, the latter being passed out in favour of scholarships. We will be concentrating on just the Norristown School District in the future.
 
 
JIM NUTT spoke for the Grant Committee outlining the grant selection process and the implementation of an on-line system for gathering grant requests from the public. 
 
 
 
NICK GEERS spoke on the ROTARY FOUNDATION, stressing how the work of the Foundation is critical to the mission of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL. November is National Rotary Foundation month, and Nick encouraged all members to contribute annually to the fund.
 
 
 
COMMITTEE DAY Dave Beach 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

LAUREL HOUSE RECEIVES OUR MAJOR GRANT

 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN awarded its major grant for 2018-19 to  LAUREL HOUSE. A check for $12,000 was presented to ASHLEY NARWID (center)  from LAUREL HOUSE, by President ROBIN PARKER, and JIM NUTT, chair of the Community Grant Committee. 
We salute the wonderful work LAUREL HOUSE has done in the community, mainly in the area of protecting abused women.
 
 
The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN also awarded a $4000 grant to the Norristown Police Department. The funds will be used to assist in equipping the department's officers with body cams.
Accepting the grant is MARK TALBOT, Chief of Police.
 
 
 
ASHLEY NARWID, thanked the club for selecting LAUREL HOUSE
 
 
 
Chief of Police MARK TALBOT addressed the Club
LAUREL HOUSE RECEIVES OUR MAJOR GRANT Dave Beach 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0

WHITNEY LINGLE - SAAC

 
WHITNEY LINGLE, Executive Director of Montco SAAC, Senior Adult Activities Center, spoke to the Rotary Club of Norristown last week. Whitney first came to SAAC in 2014 when she ran their Meals on Wheels program before becoming Executive Director in 2017. The Meals program serves 350 people a day in the area, the largest such program in Montgomery County. She pointed out that delivering the food is only part of the service they give, as often times, they are the only friendly face the clients see in a day.
Socializing is an important part of what SAAC does for the community. Their two centers supply an environment for many activities, socializing, bingo, while offering social services and referral services to those in need. They have strong programs available for art and music, with local musicians gathering regularly in Norristown, and a comprehensive art program in their  Ambler center.
Thank-you, Whitney for the informative talk.
Those wishing to volunteer, donate funds, or just learn more about SAAC can contact them at:
                        Montcosaac.com
 
 
WHITNEY LINGLE of Montco SAAC (rt) is welcomed by Club president, ROBIN PARKER
 
 
WHITNEY LINGLE - SAAC Dave Beach 2019-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

ALICIA RUIZ-ORTIZ-Casa de Jesus School- Morella Mexico

 
ALICIA RUIZ-ORTIZ spoke to the Club about her work in supporting a school in Morelli Mexico, the Casa de Jesus School which centers its educational attention on young ladies, many of whom are neglected when it comes to education and preparation for supporting an independent life in an area of Mexico that has a very high poverty rate. The school works to increase their human wellbeing through education, medical care, psychological assistance, and a supplying a loving environment. Alicia became involved with the school through a long rout the started with her experiences as an exchange student from her native Mexico ,and became interested in service organizations here and in Mexico. She immigrated to the US and has worked with the Emaus Rotary Club and the Allentown club , blog with the District Rotary to support the Casa de Jesus school. Projects have be established and grants gives in partnership with the local Rotary in the area, to help fund many activities and facilities over the last few years.
She was attracted to Rotary by its commitment to service and the opportunities it afforded her in doing good for her home community . She related how much the experience has changed her life, and how much it has changed the lives of those these efforts have touched.
Thank-you Alicia for this great example of Service Above Self.
 
 
 
ALICIA RUIZ-ORTIZ is welcomed by Club President ROBIN PARKER and club member and good friend LOUISE ZAWADZKI
 
ALICIA RUIZ-ORTIZ-Casa de Jesus School- Morella Mexico Dave Beach 2019-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB HELPS OUT ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER BEA 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

Dr. YOLANDA WILLIAMS - Assistant Superintendant NASD

 
 
 
 
 
The Club was honoured to have Dr. Yolanda Williams , the Assistant Superintendent of the Norristown Area School District as the inaugural speaker at our new meeting place.  Dr. Williams brought us up to date on activities and plans for the school district and related her personal goals and main areas of concern. She came to Norristown after working in the Reading school system and in New Orleans. Her reasons for coming here grew from testimonials she got from area residents, the feeling that NASD was a good fit for her, with diversity, the quality of the young people and the chance to enhance their lives, and a setting that she was excited about being a part of. During her five months in the district, she has found  the Superintendent easy to work with, the board  dedicated to the education process, and the staff and student body to be an inspiration .
She listed the areas she sees as strengths for the system and went over areas that have needs. Her main concern is in the area of reading and she wants more emphasis on reading in the kindergarten thru second grades. Supplying sound education for all students ,from those with mental challenges to the gifted ones, is a personal goal of hers, as is providing a solid English language preparation.
We are very fortunate to have Dr. Williams in our school district.
Thank you for visiting our club.
 
 
Dr. YOLANDA WILLIAMS (center) is welcomed by club vice president DAVE SHOEMAKER, and club host, DENISE ASHE
 
Dr. YOLANDA WILLIAMS - Assistant Superintendant NASD Dave Beach 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0

DAVID SCHULTEIS- THE PATHWAY SCHOOL

The Club welcomed DAVID SCHULTEIS, President of The Pathway School, to update us on the school, its goals, history, and plans for development and expansion. The school was founded in 1960 with the goal of assisting children with a wide range of developmental challenges, teaching them "to learn how to learn". They run day programming for kids in K - 12, currently including 180 students  from around the state. The school is known for its autism program, an affliction that disproportionately affect males. They work to increase self esteem, independence, as they develop social and work skills, helping the students achieve they greatest independence each is capable of.  DAVID detailed how the school has undertaken major facility upgrades, stressing STEM technology in all phases of the educational environment, letting the students become familiar with technology they will need in the future.
PATHWAY  received our major grant from last year's fundraiser, and DAVID related how the funds were used to acquire curriculum packages, and help launch their STEM program.
Thank-you, DAVID SCHULTEIS.
 
 
 
 
DAVID SCHULTEIS , PRESIDENT THE PATHWAY SCHOOL
 
DAVID SCHULTEIS- THE PATHWAY SCHOOL Dave Beach 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD- PATHWAY SCHOOL

The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN recognized JOSHUA SHAW, of the Pathway School,  with its Student Achievement Award. Joshua has excelled in academics, helping others , personal development, and leadership in school activities.  Congratulations, JOSHUA.
 
Honoree JOSHUA SHAW is flanked by Pathway counselor JAN HARPER,  and Club Student Achievement Director, LOUISE ZAWADZKI
 
JOSHUA SHAW speaks to the club
 
 
JOSHUA thanked his counselor and mentor JAN HARPER
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD- PATHWAY SCHOOL Dave Beach 2019-05-28 04:00:00Z 0

MARY ONAMA- MONTCO VICTIM SERVICES

 
 
 
MARY ONAMA from Montgomery County Victim Services attended our meeting last week and gave a talk on the functions , goals, and achievements of a county wide service that assists those that have been traumatized by sexual violence and other crimes . The agency offers guidance, counciling, therapy, and legal services, at no cost to the victims. The Center was in the forefront of creating a rape center, as Pennsylvania lead the nation in this area of assistance. The help over 3000 victims a year, and care / counselling extend to the families , not just the victims. They find the kids often cause the most problems, so family involvement is very essential to their work. 
The service is offered offsite at schools and other community organizations, teaching sexual violence safety to both girls and boys, as violence occurs to both. 
Their funding comes from federal and state budgets, foundations, and local contributions.
 
 
 
Mary introduced STACY LUDY who gave a moving personal account of the long reaching affects of violence, recounting how she lost a daughter and granddaughter in a homicide. Stacy worked to help get conviction in the crime and received support from an agency in Virginia and later thru the Montco Victim Center. She lost a second daughter to opioid addiction , brought on by the drama of the homicide. The Center has been instrumental in getting her thru all of this tragedy, and she now works to help promote the Center.
For further information and assistance, contact them at:
                     www.victimservicecenter.org
 
Thanks you Mary and Stacy.
 
 
ROBIN PARKER, Club President, member SUNANDA CHARLES, who introduced the guests, speakers MARY ORAMA, and TRACY LUDY, and member DENISE ASHE.
 
 
MARY ONAMA- MONTCO VICTIM SERVICES Dave Beach 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0

2018-2019 Matching District Grant

The club presented a district matching grant for $3000 to Expressive Path to be used to purchase music and art supplies.  Here the presentation was made at the Roosevelt Alternative School.
 
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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT DAY- Speaker- MARY JANE REES- NORRISTOWN GARDEN CLUB

 

The Club celebrated its annual Administrative Assistant Day luncheon at the MEADOWOOD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY. Bernie Really organized the event and PAUL NORDERMAN hosted the club. We enjoyed a great lunch and were treated to an informative discussion and slideshow of the Norristown Garden Club's Holiday House Tour. Many great pictures and an intro to the garden club's history and goals. 
Thanks to all involved.
 
 
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT DAY- Speaker- MARY JANE REES- NORRISTOWN GARDEN CLUB  Dave Beach 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0

JAMES WATTERS - STORMWATER

 
JIM WATTERS is welcomed by Club President, ROBIN PARKER
 
JAMES WATTERS returned to the Club last week, and gave a talk on the effects of storm water runoff and efforts to control stream erosion and other environmental damage created by waters conditions. He complimented us on our efforts in Padden Park with the butterfly garden, and in cleaning up the area , creating a more user friendly area for local residents. He pointed out that we will be joining outer groups in beautifying the park in the future. 
James works with government agencies to gather information on what is available to local agencies for curbing stream erosion, and works tirelessly to get action in many areas of concern, such as bridging, weed removal, silt containment, and general trash removal from local streams and rivers. 
 
Thank you, James for giving this important update.
 
 
 
 
JAMES WATTERS - STORMWATER Dave Beach 2019-04-23 04:00:00Z 0

NAHS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Counselor MEGHAN McGOWAN introduced NAHS students JENSEN TE, PATRICK O'BRIEN, CHIOKE BELLAMY, PATRICIA POLEY, along with Club host- LOUISE ZAWADZKI to the Club for Student Achievement Awards.
 
The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN honoured four students from NORRISTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL  for their achievements in academics, sports, extra curricular activities, community service, and the quality of their character. They excelled in National Honours Society, many advanced placement programs, class leadership class leadership. They are among the top students in their class and share their skills by volunteering to mentor and tutor other students. Their sports interests include volleyball, bowling, baseball, swimming, boxing, soccer, and hockey. Two attended the Rotary Camp Neidig program, and spoke of the great experience they had. 
They all looking to continue their education at colleges including Drexel, Bucknell, Allsania, Temple, Howard, and University of Maryland, in subjects of medicine, Bio Med, primary health, math, and engineering. Congratulations to each, and we wish you the best for the future.
 
 
JENSEN TE
 
MEGHAN AND LOUISE WITH JENSEN TE
 
PATRICK O'BRIEN
 
 
 
CHIOKE BELLAMY
 
PATRICIA POLEY
 
 
NAHS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Dave Beach 2019-04-10 04:00:00Z 0

Bill Tuszynski-  ROTARY SHELTERBOX PROGRAM

BILL TUSZYNSKI  pictured here with Club Vice President DAVE SHOEMAKER gave an informative presentation on the ROTARY SHELTERBOX PROGRAM. Bill pointed out that currently, there are 85 million persons displaced by either conflict or disaster, with the majority afflicted by conflict. The crisis exist around the world, leaving many without proper housing, clothing, and means of survival. This is where SHELTERBOX comes in. The program packs boxes with essential items for cooling, hygiene, education, water purification, light, and includes a tent that can hold up to 8 people.
Shelterboxes have been supplied in many disasters worldwide with most recent aid going to Syria, Philippines, North West Africa, South Africa, Mozambique, as well as spots in the US after Hurricane Sandy 
The organization , separate but affiliated with ROTARY INTERNATIONAL currently distributes around 30,000 boxes a yearn a butted of $50 million. It receives funding from Businesses, private contributions, and support from Rotary Clubs, such as ours. We contribute on box per year, at $1000.
Bill shared a slide show that explains the box and showed it deployment is several areas.
Below are excerpts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contributions can be made at  :   www.ShelterBoxUSA.org
 
Thank you, Bill
 
 
Bill Tuszynski- ROTARY SHELTERBOX PROGRAM Dave Beach 2019-04-02 04:00:00Z 0

Elena Santangelo- Author

 
Mystery author Elena Santangelo spoke to the Rotary Club of Norristown last Thursday,  presenting interesting background into several of her novels and short stories. Elena, born and raised in Norristown, first published in 1999 and has since written 5 novels, 19 short stories, and blogs.  She started out with a series of three books centring on the civil war, bringing in historical events , combined with modern day characters, ghosts, and mystery. She detailed some of her other favourites: "Hang My Head and Cry", "By Blood Possessed", "Poison to Purge Melancholy", along with a book based on Norristown , and a history narrative on a relative, who served in the U.S.. Navy on the USS Mobile, in which she took events from his diary and retold them in storybook form, and related how his WWII experiences led to PTSD in later life.
To learn more about Elena Santangelo , visit her website :  http://www.elenasantangelo.com and experience the wide range of subjects covered by this author. 
We thank Elena for sharing her experiences in publishing and bringing insight into some of her works.
 
 
Author ELENA SANTANGELO is welcomed by president ROBIN PARKER
 
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TYLER KEPNER -TALKIN' BASEBALL

 
The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN welcomed New York Times sports writer, TYLER KEPNER for a noontime talk on his experiences in covering baseball for the last 18 years. Tyler, raised in the Philadelphia area, attended Vanderbilt University, and started on his sports writing path at in California and Seattle, before joining the staff at the Times covering the Mets, Yankees and other  Major League Baseball teams. He always kept an eye on the Phillies, who had given him an opening into a writing career. He was at the Times covering the Yankees when they defeated Philadelphia in the World Series. 
He has been working on a book, to be released in April, which details the history of baseball by concentrating on 10 pitches, interviewing several of the great pitchers of our time, and getting them to explain how they learned and perfected the pitches they would become famous for.
TYLER then spent time answering questions from attendees.
A very interesting talk, and our thanks to TYLER for coming.
 
 
  TYLER talked about his soon- to -be- released book    "A History of Baseball in 10 Pitches"
 
 
Tyler's father JOHN KEPNER introduced the speaker to us.
  
 
 
 
Host JIM NUTT welcomes TYLER KEPNER , along with Vice President DAVE SHOEMAKER
 
TYLER KEPNER -TALKIN' BASEBALL Dave Beach 2019-02-11 05:00:00Z 0

HOWARD GOOD for the NAZARETH PROJECT

 
 
HOWARD GOOD from the NAZARETH PROJECT, Inc.
 
 
HOWARD GOOD visited our club last Thursday to talk of a critical need he is championing for Nazareth Israel, a CAT Scan machine for use in the Nazareth Hospital. A new CT scanner is desperately needed in their recently created Stroke Unit, which serves the community of about 250,000 but has to send patients to a hospital two hours away, if a detailed diagnostic scan is required, a time that can often mean the difference between life and death. 
HOWARD is Executive Director of the NAZARETH PROJECT, Inc., an organization dedicated to supporting the Nazareth Hospital, and is leading the effort to get funding for this much needed machine. The CT scanned cost in the neighborhood of $600,000, and local government funding has supplied $250,000, with the Nazareth Rotary Club contributing another $12,000. Howard is working with Rotary clubs and other organizations to secure further funds for the purchase. WE discussed with him, some of the options ROTARY INTERNATIONAL offers in International Grants, and he said that option is being pursued.
Howard gave a great visual tour of the Nazareth area , with its beautiful scenery and many biblical points of interest, telling of his personal impressions of the area. 
 
Learn more about, and how you can help by visiting their website: NazarethProject.org
 
Below is a excerpt from their brochure.
 
 
 
President ROBIN PARKER , Host JIM WILLIAMS, and HOWARD GOOD
HOWARD GOOD for the NAZARETH PROJECT David Beach 2019-01-29 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Harris Newman - THE OPIOID CYCLE

 
DR. HARRIS NEWMAN- spoke to the ROTARY CLUB of NORRISTOWN last Thursday concerning the opioid crisis that we are experiencing in this country. He told of his experiences in dealing with Big Pharma and their continual push to prescribe opioids and how it eventually leads to addiction. It starts with pain that can not be endured, and the quick fix that some doctors have relied on to relieve the suffering. There are 75 million Americans who suffer chronic pain, so the potential market is huge, with over 264 million prescription being give out each year, and Pennsylvania is in the top 5th in the nation in overdose deaths.  Many people get hooked, it is very difficult to break the habit, with over 91% returning to use after attempting treatment to get off the drugs. The ovoid crisis has been termed the worst man-made epidemic in history. 
Dr. Newman pointed out that no-one is immune from potentially falling into addiction. Those over 50 are now the largest group seeking treatment from overuse, but recent studies have found large increases in the non-medical use of opioids in young people.  He stated that if you suspect an OD situation, keep the person alert and get help immediately.
He gave three points to consider : educate yourself on alternative treatments, ask if really need them, question the doctors, pointing out the nobody is off limits to addiction, trust no-one if you see a friend in potential risk, and educate them on the dangers.
 
For further information:  www.opioidaware.org
 
Thank-you Dr. Newman for the informative talk.
 
 
 
 
 
Dr. Harris Newman - THE OPIOID CYCLE Dave Beach 2019-01-23 05:00:00Z 0

DENISE ASHE - OIC IN NORRISTOWN

DENISE ASHE- CEO of OIC,  gave an update of the functions , goals, and history of the OIC in Norristown. She was accompanied by JAVONNA WYLIE,  their Outreach Specialist, and they combined to give us  understanding of many of the fine community services the organization offers. OIC, founded in 1964 by the Rev. Sullivan, started with the main goal of teaching trades skills to the underserved community and has evolved, over the years, expanding services covering a wide range of activities supporting career preparation for students in the Norristown area. 
   They have offered STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Science) after school classes for a few years, which have become enormously popular with the addition of Science Nights with involvement of GSK. They offer CNA- Certified Nursing Aid program where students learn basicss in medical assistance and partner with Shannondell and Bryn Mawr Hospital for on site training opportunities. Some of the many other programs include fork lift training, and GED programs, ( they are the only official GED site within 50 miles). They run their annual college visit tour for graduating seniors, cooking classes, and a garden that supplies produce to the community. 
   DENISE thanked our MARK CALL for all the assistance he has given OIC in trouble shooting , supporting, and instructing them on the use of the computer system that The Rotary Club of Norristown helped procure for them.
Thank, Denise and Javonna for the informative talk.
 
 
JAVONNA WYLIE  and DENISE ASHE OF OIC
 
PRESIDENT ROBIN PARKER WELCOMES DENISE ASHE AND JAVONNA WYLIE
 
DENISE ASHE - OIC IN NORRISTOWN Dave Beach 2019-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

FRED HAGGLUND- TALES OF A BUS DRIVER
 

Last Thursday, the club was treated to the first - hand experiences of FRED HAGGLUIND as he started his working career as a bus driver.
Fred related his harrowing trip across the country to Buffalo and the first few days in the area transit system, explaining how he felt with difficult events ranging from complaints about the bus temperature, noisy passengers, general crowd control, to a passenger who threatened his life. Fred left us with some dos and don'ts on how to make life easier for transport drivers.
thanks, Fred.
 
FRED driving his Bus
 
FRED HAGGLUND- TALES OF A BUS DRIVER  Dave Beach 2019-01-09 05:00:00Z 0

NAHS  -STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 
NORRISTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVING AWARDS, in recognition of excellence in scholastic,
sports, music, and community service . (front row_) Students- DAISY FRIAS, JOSEPH JEGEDE, DARIUS HAYNES,
VALERIA SANCHEZ VARGAS, (back row)-  NAHS Principal- ED ROTH, counselor- MEYGAN McGOWAN,

Seargent  CHEIFFO,  Jr ROTC.

DAISY FRIAS
 
DAISY FRIAS receives award from Club Student Chair, LOUISE ZAWADSKI (rt)
She is joined by NAHS Principal ED ROTH, and MEGAY McGOWAN
JOSEPH JEGEDE
 
 
 
DARIUS HAYNES
 
 
VALERIA SANCHEZ VARGAS
 
 
VALERIA SANCHEZ VARGAS is also joined by Seargent  CHEIFFO,  Jr ROTC.
 
 
 
 
NAHS -STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Dave Beach 2018-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

BELL RINGERS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY

Thanks to all who came out last Saturday to ring the bells for The Salvation Army. Thanks also to JUDY BUCKO for organizing the collection again this year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ROSIE- THE CHAMPION DONATION COLLECTOR
 
 
 
 
BELL RINGERS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY Dave Beach 2018-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

HOLIDAY DINNER AT MEADOWOOD

The Club held its annual Holiday Dinner at the Meadowood Retirement Community, hosted by our Paul Norderman. The food was great, and the room festive and welcoming. Thanks to Paul, his staff, and Bernie Reilly for putting this event together.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MC  John Heyser lead the evening
 
And he lead the Norristown Rotary Chorus and Orchestra
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
HOLIDAY DINNER AT MEADOWOOD Dave Beach 2018-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

ROTARY FOUNDATION - AL ENGEL

 
 
 
 
 
 
Speaker AL ENGLE from the Souderton-Telford club highlighted the major avenues of the foundation both international and domestic. Encouraging the exploration of international efforts and collaborating. He explained the process of the matching district Grant and noted that the largest grant this year  grant was $12,000. As well as the minimum 30% match. And finally reviewed our club’s past donation record and our current level. The club has compared very generously in the past. 
 
ROTARY FOUNDATION - AL ENGEL Mark Call 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

TRUNK OR TREAT -2018

THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN participated in the Norristoen Trunk or Treat gathering at Rosevelt Field on halloween.We gave out treats to many kids from the city. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TRUNK OR TREAT -2018 Dave Beach 2018-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

St. Augustine's Academy for Girls- AMY GRIEBE

Last week's meeting featured a speaker was AMY  GRIEBE, from Saint Augustine's Academy for Girls, who told us about the Academy and their mission of providing assistance to young girls who are considered at risk. Local school counselors identify potential candidates, and notify the academy of those in need. St. Augustine features after school programs for girls 7 to 9 years old, in art, music, sports, and yoga/ meditation, all aimed to improve self esteem and build up self confidence. Their goal is to give direction to the girls, build resilience, and help them find hope. The academy is always eager to accept support and help from the community in the form of partnerships and volunteers.
Their website is :  www.saaafterschool.org
 
AMY GRIEBE from ST. AUGUSTINE ACADEMY
 
ROBIN PARKER , Club President,  (center) welcomes ALEXANDER THOMPSON
and AMY GRIEBE from St. Augustine Academy
 
St. Augustine's Academy for Girls- AMY GRIEBE Dave Beach 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

CLASSIFICATION TALKS

The Club was entertained with the classification talks of two of our newest members, SUNANDA CHARLES , and ANDREA MORGAN. They gave background highlights and their reasons for joining ROTARY.
 
 
SUNANDA CHARLES was born and raised in India where she attended university with the expectation of becoming a teacher, but soon discovered that her calling would be in the social services area. She left home for the United Kingdom in 2003 , and took up social work, centering on children aid. Her grandfather became involved with Methodist missionaries and she was brought up in the church. She pointed out the lasting effect that upbringing had on her life , and told us to never underestimate the impact you might be having on others as you interact with your communities. She met her husband through eHarmony, and they now have 2 children.
They moved to the U.S. where she continued to work in the social services field, leading to her current position as Executive Director at Norristown Ministries Inc., the NORRISTOWN HOSPITALITY CENTER. Sunanda outlined some of he goals for the Center including expansion through increased capacity and staffing.
She became interested in ROTARY when she met MARK CALL, who volunteers much time to the Center, and, while working on the details of our recent grant to them, became aware of just who much ROTARY does in service to the community.
Welcome SUNANDA.
 
 
ANDREA MORGAN, raised in Philadelphia, said that her life has been a series of 'Happy Accidents' . She discovered a love of math and science at a young age and received the encouragement to pursue that area. In a search for higher education, she met people from Hampton College who helped get her into the right courses to fulfil here ambitions in math. Feeling the need for change, she left school and entered the Navy. and thru one of those happy accidents, ended up in a program that allowed her to finish her education and serve in Spain, all of which helped her develop her skills. She credits the 'accidents' and God for direction in her life . After leaving the Navy, she became a systems engineer until her recent retirement. She continues to work in community service area in Norristown, as a Deacon in her church,  and is continually pushing STEM paths for young students. 
Welcome ANDREA.
 
 
 
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FRED HAGGLUND- SALVATION ARMY IN HURRICANE RELIEF

 
MAJOR FRED HAGGLUND,  gave an update on the preparations for, and the actions after the Hurricane Florence disaster in the Carolinas. He detailed how the Army is uniquely situated to get help in fast due to its many local chapters and their experiences in relief efforts around the world. The Army brings food distribution centers for food, water, clothing needs, working and coordinating with local agencies to bring support to areas most in need. Fred himself, will be serving in our area control center, but has been involved in many such efforts in the past. 
Thank-you for your service , Fred.
 
 
FRED HAGGLUND- SALVATION ARMY IN HURRICANE RELIEF Dave Beach 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0

Dr Colin Burrows- Fighting Rabies in India
 

DR. COLIN BURROWS, a visiting Rotarian from Florida, gave us a very interesting talk on a project his local Rotary Club has been involved with in India. The project goal is to eradicate rabies in the Goa area of India, a decease that is rampant and previously relatively un controlled. He described conditions with dogs, wild and family / community owned that spread rabies in an area short of the medicines needed to prevent its deadly effects.
Dr. Burrows brings an extensive resume to the subject with a PH.D. in BVetMed,  several horrors, professorship in Veterinary Medicine at University of Florida, and past president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association. It was thru that association that he became interested in the rabies problem in India, and started working with MISSION RABIES there to create a partnership with his club and get the necessary grant money from Rotary International and his local district. 
Dr. Burrows showed a video of the work in Goa and detailed the process needed to complete in order to get the Rotary grants. 
Thank you ,Colin for the excellent presentation.
 
 
 
 
 
Dr Colin Burrows- Fighting Rabies in India  Dave Beach 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0

NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED

 
 
 
MARK CALL , Membership Chair, performed the ceremony of induction for ANREAD MORGAN (second from left), and SUNANDA CHARLES (fourth from left)
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN inducted two new members at its August 16, 2018 meeting, ANDREA MORGAN and SUNANDA CHARLES.  The two are accompanied by their club sponsors Chris Ogunko-Irene and Jim Williams.
 
 
 
President ROBIN PARKER joins the others in welcoming the two new members, as do all of us. We are pleased to have you joining our club.
 
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Paul and Louise Zawadzki- PRINTING ROTARY BUSINESS CARDS

 
 
 
What a great idea for those who are retired and do not have a business, or just want to give out personal information but do not have a non-business card. You can print a personalized business card with your data and promotional info on our Rotary Club. PAUL and LOUISE ZAWADZKI gave a demonstration of the software and materials needed to produce these cards, printing a few on the spot, and offering to make cards for any member. Just submit the needed data to them. Thanks for the demo and introducing the concept.
 
 
Paul and Louise Zawadzki- PRINTING ROTARY BUSINESS CARDS Dave Beach 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

ROBIN PARKER - NORRISTOWN DRAGON BOAT CLUB

 
ROBIN PARKER, Club President, and also president of THE NORRISTOWN DRAGON BOAT CLUB, spoke to us last week on Dragon Boating and the activities of the local chapter. 200,000 people participate in dragon boating in the U.S. and Canada, with the Norristown club numbering 50, which includes 10 kids, a personal goal of Robin's. The club offers several levels of participation ranging from casual attendance and boating, up to fully dedicated involvement with many hours work each week. They participate several times a year in competitions against other regional clubs. The races are 200 and 500 meters in length, in boats meeting Dragon Boat requirements, which cost up to $12,000 and weigh 600 to 1000 lbs. Robin spoke of how the club's involvement with youth has , in some cases, given kids their first chance to participate in a sport, raising their self esteem and physical fitness.
Thanks, Robin.
 
 
A DRAGON BOAT race
 
 
 
President ROBIN PARKER  supporting the NORRISTOWN DRAGON BOAT CLUB
 
 
 
ROBIN PARKER - NORRISTOWN DRAGON BOAT CLUB Dave Beach 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0

DAVID SHOEMAKER- FRANKLIN INSTITUTE

 
 
 
 
 
Last week, member DAVID SHOEMAKER spoke to us about his experiences as a scientific presenter at The FRANKLIN INSTITUTE. For the last two years , Dave has worked as a presenter at the Institute, and stated that it has been a very rewarding experience , expanding his outlook on the general public, keeping him up to date on technology changes, and learning how to relate to 10 year olds, in a scientific environment. He spoke of the history, present state, and future plans for the Institute. The organization was founded as a resource center but has evolved into a teaching institute striving to bring science to young and old alike. Traditional highlights like the Ben Franklin statute, the giant heart, the telescope, and the Baldwin steam locomotive, have been augmented by new additions of the Brain, the Sports Zone, and Changing Earth exhibits. Special events such as the Terracota Soldiers, Computer Game History, Jurassic World, and the coming soon exhibit, the Vikings, have become a staple of the Institute. 
There are between 1,000 and 2500 visitors a day, plus special after hours events available to the public. The Institute insists that its Science Presenters all have STEM degrees in order to pass the scientific information in the most clear and correct manner.
Thank you Dave, for the informative presentation.
 
DAVID SHOEMAKER- FRANKLIN INSTITUTE Dave Beach 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

Major Kimberly DeLong, Salvation Army

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Major Kimberly DeLong,   Assistant Program Secretary and Community Care Director at The Salvation Army Eastern Pa. Division, spoke to the club about the local activities of the organization. Her duties include coordinating the regional programs in youth services, music programs, summer schools, church services, and community social programs. She detailed some of the local Norristown area programs which number over 12 separate programs including 50 churches, 163 service units, 4 adult centers, a summer camp, and several programs dealing with hunger and housing for the disadvantaged. The Salvation Army is a Christian based community service organization, founded in London in 1865 and now exists in 128 countries around the world.
Thank You Kimberly for bringing this message to us.
 
 
President ROBIN PARKER welcomes Major KIMBERLY DeLONG, and Host- FRED HAGGLUND
 
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COMMUNITY GRANT AWARDS FOR 2018
 

The July 12 meeting of the ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN  was used to present this year's grants to several local organizations. The awards were funded by our Pancake Breakfast and Auction which raised over  $16,000 . Per our normal process, a major portion was presented to a primary recipient , selected by our Community Grant Committee. This year's major recipient is the NORRISTOWN HOSPITALITY CENTER.  Other grants went to ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER, LAUREL HOUSE, and HOPE WORKS. 
 
 
 
 
Pictured above are the grant awards recipients. ROBIN PARKER- Club President, SUNANDA CHARLES- Executive Director- NORRISTON HOSPITALITY CENTER, NANETTE LaFORS- ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER,  SUE SHANNON- HOPE WORKS, JIM NUTT- Committee Chair, BETSY KILKENNEY- LAURAL HOUSE, VIRGINIA FRANTZ- The MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOUNDATION, Inc.
 
 
 
SUNANDA CHARLES receives the 'check' for $12,000 for THE NORRISTOWN HOSPITALITY CENTER, from JIM  NUTT , Committee Chair, and Club President, ROBIN PARKER
 
 
 
 
SUNANDA CHARLES receives the real check from VIRGINIA FRANTZ, President of The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc., for  THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN. 
 
 
Accepting the award for the ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER, is NANETTE LaFORS. ADVOCATES is an organization that concentrates on coordinating efforts of many of the food distribution agencies who are fighting hunger in the Norristown area, by improving communications between them. They also provide several fresh produce distributions throughout the year, of which the Club has sponsored in the past.
 
BETSY KILKENNEY accepts the award for LAUREL HOUSE, a shelter for abused and threatened women.
 
 
SUE SHANNON from HOPE WORKS , an organization dedicated to help those with mental disabilities become functioning members of society.
 
Congratulations to our selected recipients and a thank-you from the community you serve.
Thanks also to JIM NUTT and the dedicated work of the Grant Committee.
 
 
 
 
 
 
COMMUNITY GRANT AWARDS FOR 2018  Dave Beach 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR

President ROBIN PARKER selected two recipients for ROTARIAN of the YEAR, GUIDO MARTINELLI, and MARK CALL. . Both are key to the successful running of our club, providing many hours of leadership and direction to several of our most important functions.
Thank-you GUIDO and MARK for all that you do.
 
MARK CALL
 
GUIDO MARTINELLI
 
 
 
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ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR Dave Beach 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

CLUB CHANGEOVER AND OFFICER INSTALLATION

 
 
 
 
 
ROBIN PARKER is sworn-in as next year's president by NICK GEERS
 
 
 
The following are the results of our club 2018-2019 election held on 6/21. Changeover was completed on 6/28.
 
Congratulations to our new and continuing officers.  We appreciate your commitment and your offering to serve the club.
 
The Sgt at Arms is appointed at the first board meeting as soon as the first week of the year.
 
New Officers
President - Robin Parker (2nd term) 
President Elect - David Shoemaker
2nd Vice President - Louise Zawadzki
Secretary - Denise Ashe 
 
The following are the complete Ballot results.
 
President - Robin Parker
President Elect - David Shoemaker
2nd Vice President - Louise Zawadzki
Secretary - Denise Ashe
Treasurer - Judy Bucko
 
 
Board Directors
 
(2016-2019)
Guido Martinelli
James Nutt
James Williams
Timothy Meyers
 
(2017-2020)
Venessa Cossari
Jack Rule
Bernie Reilly
 
(2018-2021)
Samir Eldaief
David Beach
 
 
 
CLUB CHANGEOVER AND OFFICER INSTALLATION Dave Beach 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0

SHHOLARSHIP WINNERS 

The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN recognized the last three winners of ins scholarship program for this year. All three are excellent students academically and in their service to community projects. Congratulation to each. The awards were presented by Committee Chair, Jim Hollinger.
 
McKENZIE CLICKNER- Norristoen Area High School, will be attending George Masio University studying science and criminal justice.
 
 
SHREYA BHUTANI- Plymouth- Whitmarsh High School, will attend Bryn Mawr majoring in Urban Studies.
 
 
AMANDA NERENBERG- Plymouth - Whitmarsh will attend University of Pennsylvania in pre-med and psychology .
 
 
 
 
SHHOLARSHIP WINNERS Dave Beach 2018-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

BILL WELLEN- CLEAN WATER FOR HAITI

BILL WELLEN from the POTTSTOWN ROTARY CLUB spoke to the club concerning an opportunity to partner with them in a ROTARY FOUNDATION grant, for a CLEAN WATERS FOR HAITI project that they have organized. The project brings a water purification system to a community of 20,000 people, who currently have to spend a significant part of their day, just getting drinkable water. The $77,000 system will deliver 12 gal / min and includes a truck to help deliver water to remote sections of the area. Although Haiti has water in reservoirs, it is contaminated and needs to be purified before using. Over half the deaths in Haiti can be traced to water borne bacteria. The Pottstown club is seeking other clubs to participate in the funding through the District Grant process.
Thank-you Bill for the informative presentation.
 
 
BILL WELLEN - POTTSTOWN ROTARY CLUB.
 
 
BILL WELLEN is welcomed by President ROBIN PARKER and Program Chair- DAVE SHOEMAKER
 
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DANTE SANTONI- Pa. GAMING CONTROL BOARD COMMISSIONER

The Club was very fortunate to host the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Commissioner, DANTE SANTONI, Jr. at its meeting last week. Dante gave a presentation highlighting the work the Board does in regulating and controlling all gambling in the state; casinos, horse racing, lotteries, and small games of chance. The seven member board and 300 staff positions are completely funded by gambling revenue, with their main directive being assuring that casinos are safe and all gambling is fair. He gave us a brief history of gaming in Pa and outlined future plans including the addition of Satellite Casinos in the near future. The casinos generate $1.4 million / day , which will be increasing soon with the addition of sports betting. Casinos directly, and indirectly provide employment to almost 17,000 persons in Pennsylvania.
Thank you Commissioner Santoni for the presentation.
 
 
Pa. GAMING BOARD COMMISSIONER, DANTE SANTONI, Jr.
 
 
Program Chair DAVE SHOEMAKER welcomes Commissioner DANTE SANTONI, Jr.
DANTE SANTONI- Pa. GAMING CONTROL BOARD COMMISSIONER Dave Beach 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0

PATHWAY STUDENT HONORED

As an extension of our Student Achievement Awards program, the club honored SHAWN LUTHER , from THE PATHWAY SCHOOL, for academic excellence and his contributions in setting a great example for other students to follow, mentoring, and demonstrating how dedication and desire can pay off by turning and apprentice opportunity into a steady job. The school offers training in computer coding, robotics, and other tech areas, and Shaun entered the program and immediately demonstrated aptitude and skills in the area, leading to internship position with a local firm, who realized his abilities , and eventually offered him a permanent position. 
The PATHWAY SCHOOL  founded in 1961 t,serves students with neurological impairment, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, psychological disorders, and serious emotional disturbance. The school has started the new program TEAM CHILDREN which focuses on preparing the students, with an individually prepared program, for the real world,giving them a chance to get beyond their impairments.
 
Congratulations SHAWN.
LILIAN NEARY from PATHWAY introduces SHAWN LUTHER
 
 
LILLIAN, SHAWN, AND incoming Student Achievement Chair LOUISE ZAWADZKI
 
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SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS HONORED



 

JIM HOLLINGER, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, presented three of this year's recipients of our scholarship awards. Three were from Methacton, and Norristown Area High Schools. Three more will be awarded at a later date.  We thank the committee for their thorough work and congratulate the students on their achievements.
 
 
KENON WILLIAMS from Norristown High School,  will attend Acadia University studying Physical therapy,
and then move on the southern California. 
 
 
 
MEGAN ASHLIMAN from Methacton, will be attending Duquesne University , majoring in Business
 
 
ANURAAG NADKARNI , from Methacton has wisely chosen THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN,
 and will major in Computer Science
 
 
ANURAAG is joined by his parents and his grandmother who is visiting from India
 
 
 
KENON is joined by his mother and aunt
 
 
 
 
 
MEGAN brought her father
 
 
SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS HONORED  Dave Beach 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

MARK TALBOT - NORRISTOWN POLICE CHIEF

 
The Club was very fortunate to have MARK TALBOT, the Police Chief of Norristown , address the club last week. He presented a little of his background with 25 years in law enforcement, which included time as police chief of Redding. He came to Norristown with a plan that he had outlined at a previous Club meeting, and the results are a 35% decline in crime, and a 45% decline in violent crime in Norristown.  He outlined policing changes country-wide since 1964 and noted how crime has fallen from a high in the 80's, to a state where we now the safest we have been in decades, although we do not feel that way. 
He detailed the steps Norristown has taken in community policing and the positive results that have come of them. Steps that include problem solving, addressing the 'broken windows' problem, 
incarnation reform, concentrating on 'Hot Spots', and working with the community to determine what make the area safer. 
We applaud Mark for department accomplishments and his dedication to the community.
 
 
MARK TALBOT (center) is welcomed by president ROBIN PARKER and Chair- DAVE SHOEMAKER
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ANGUS MURRAY- VARIETY CLUB CAMP

 
ANGUS MURRAY (center) with Club president, ROBIN PARKER and Chair- DAVE SHOEMAKER
 
Member ANGUS MURRAY presented the club with an update on progress and changes at the Variety Club Camp in Worcester. The main goal of his organization is to provide vocational training  for youth, 14 to 25 years old, who are mentally disadvantaged , giving them the opportunity to function in present day society. They stress social skills, business experiences, and always push the students to succeed. He told of the, now three year old plan that rescued the camp from going under, turning it into a thriving and successful educational environment for theses kids, who can learn about farming, cooking, and general business practices. He shared a video showing the excitement the students and faculty have for the facility and the future it makes possible.
 
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KEN LAWRENCE - MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMISSIONER

 
MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMISSIONER, KEN LAWRENCE visited the Club last week and delivered an interesting talk on his path to the position, current county projects, and plans for the future. Ken was appointed the the Commission 18 months ago, after working at Temple, and his own public relations firm, earning degrees in Political Science, and Government, and working on Congressional campaigns since 1993. Besides serving on the Commission, he works with Big Brothers / Sisters, Advocates for the Arts, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Norristown Chamber.
Ken pointed out that they have been able to get the County financial condition in order, while keeping taxes low and creating one of the lowest unemployment conditions in the state. He stressed the Montco must find a way to increase manufacturing opportunities in the county.  Infrastructure projects of note are the rework on the county's 130 bridges, where 83 renewal projects are completed or underway. Other projects of note are: The new justice center, Lafayette Street Project, Court House area upgrade, area rail, and replacement of our voting machines.
Thank-you Commissioner Lawrence for visiting us.
 
 
President ROBIN PARKER and Chair DAVE SHOEMAKER welcome COMMISSIONER KEN LAWRENCE (center)
 
KEN LAWRENCE - MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMISSIONER Dave Beach 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0

DAVID RHODE-  PITCH IN FOR BASEBALL

 
The Club was entertained by DAVID RHODE of PITCH IN FOR BASEBALL, an organization that distributes baseball equipment to communities in need of assistance for a variety of reasons. David took up the cause in 2005 and attributes his interest in helping others to his ROTARY experiences, which includes being president of The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN. His organization got going with help from the Springfield Rotary, and our Robert Santangelo, and has grown from regional service to where it now has a presence in 100 countries around the world. The group takes donated equipment or new equipment purchased with donations and distributes it to sports groups that have special needs for baseball gloves, bats, balls, makes, and other supporting equipment. Their process entails receiving requests, doing preliminary investigations, and selecting groups that hey can help. He stresses that the groups receiving aid, get the kids involved in raising money , learning about helping others. He gave examples of his 9 year experience in Philadelphia, where they have affected the lives of over 4000 kids, and that 76% lived in poverty and did now own a glove. They have found that over 70% of the kids improve school attendance and grades when they have the opportunity to play ball.  To date, Pitch In For Baseball has distributed $7,5 million in equipment, affecting 700,000 kids in more that 850 countries.
If you would like to support this group:  contact DAVID RHODE at drhode@pifb.org   or visit www.pifb.org.
 
 
 
President ROBIN PARKER welcomes DAVID RHODE
 
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METHACTON STUDENTS HONORED FOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 
Students receiving awards were:(front row)-  MEGAN ASHLIMAN, PERI NEWMAN, ERIC JAWORSKI, (not present- ANURAAG NADKAARNI), back row: DAVID RUMINSKI- Counselor, TOM BOWN- Host
 
Four Methacton High School students were recognized for their accomplishments in a Student Achievement Awards meeting.  This special group of young adults included several in the top 10% of their class, including the number 1 in academics. But their achievements go far beyond the  classroom. They participate in many clubs including Math Club, Robotics Club, Electric Car Club, as well as soccer, cross country, band and orchestra. They volunteer in many areas including local hospital, National Charity League, local soup kitchens, leading a dance-a-thin raising $68,000 for the fight against kids cancer.
All will be attending college next year with studies in medicine , Biology, engineering, computer science, and robotics. A very talented group.
Congratulations to each .
 
 
TOM BOWN with MEGAN ASHLIMAN
 
 
PERI NEWMAN
 
 
 
ERIC JAWORSKI
 
 
 
ANURAAG NADKAARNI was not able to attend as he was participating in the regional Junior Achievement competition. His father ASHEESH accepted the award for him.
 
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DAN BAKER - PHILLIES PA ANNOUNCER TALKS TO CLUB

 
DAN BAKER, longtime PA announcer at the Vet, Lincoln Financial Field, and Citizens Bank Park, visited us last Thursday, and delivered a dynamic , and fascinating talk to a large gathering of members and guests. 
 
 
Dan was introduced by his longtime friend, JIM WILLIAMS, and proudly showed us hid WORLD SERIES Championship ring. Dan related many private experiences with Phillies players going back through all the many years that he has been doing the announcing. Besides the Phillies, he has worked games for the Eagles, Big 5 games basketball games, Major League All Star games, the ARMY / NAVY Game, and even pro wrestling one time.
 
 
 
To demonstrate his complete knowledge of the Phillies history, he ran a trivia contest with attendees, asking what seemed like very obscure questions about the Phillies from any year in the team's past. Some assistance was needed by some of the participants.
 
Winners included:
 
District  Assistant Governor MICHAEL SEIDNER
 
 
Jim Williams, proving basketball isn't that only sport he knows.
 
 
And the Dynamic Duo of Judy and Denise
 
 
Denise try on the ring to get that Championship feel
 
ROBIN and JIM welcome DAN BAKER
Thanks , DAN for a great talk.
 
 
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WEST CHESTER UNIV. - AIDS and HIV HELP FOR SOUTH AFRICA

 
Chair- DAVE SHOEMAKER welcomes HANK KAHL and LINDSEY ANNA from Honours College of WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY who spoke to the club about the AIDS / HIV crises in South Africa, and the school's activities in support of treatment, education, and general help for the people of that country.  They spoke of the 7 million people who are affected in South Africa, who are caught up in this growing emergency. The Honours College has sent students on missions every other year, in support of three local programs fighting hunger,poverty, and the STD crises. They presented a video on last year's fundraiser carnival and invited all to attend this year's event on April 15. People interested in supporting their work can send checks to : West Chester University, 700 South High St, West Chester Pa, 19383-  include line 'Aid for South Africa'
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ERIC BOWN- EXPERIENCES WORKING AT TRENTON STATE PRISON

 
ERIC BOWN , brother of our members John and Tom Bown, gave a fascinating  talk about his experiences working in the medical field at area correctional institutions, mainly at the Trenton State Prison. He took up medicine as a second carrier at age 50, and , after working as ambulance attendant, serving  Holmsberg, and a local women prison, took the job at Trenton, and was assigned as the night shift medical charge person at Trenton State Prison. Eric related the conditions he found as 'dungeon' like, with almost primitive medical facilities, and how , without and indoctrination, was handed the responsibility of diagnosing and treating death -row prisoners from the maximum security prison, the oldest functioning prison in the U.S. He gave several examples of the emergency treatments he administered, as he learned the job, 'on the go'. He also spoke about a few of the famous prisoners the were housed at the facility. 
Thank-you, ERIC, for this informative and enlightening talk.
 
 
 
President ROBIN PARKER, welcomes ERIC BOWN, who had been introduced by his brother, TOM BOWN.
 
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SMILES FOR GUATEMALA

 
 
 
 
LOUISE ZAWADZKI shows a quilt produced as a promtion for the SMILES FOR GUATEMALA  program she is involved in to work with kids wit cleft pallet in that country. 
The quilt will be raffled Sat Feb. 17, 6pm, at the Spring Mill Ballroom at a CASINO NIGHT sponsored by the Plymouth Whitmarsh ROTARY CLUB.   See Louise for tickets: 1/$5, 3/$10, 10/$20.
 
For more complete info, check out the Facebook site:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1087192141385491/
 
 
 
 
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SCOTT  OTTERBEIN - THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS

 
Program Chair DAVID SHOEMAKER, and President ROBIN PARKER, welcome LAUREN OTTERBEIN, SCOTT OTTERBEIN, and DAVE MILLER from the Montgomery County Special Olympics organization. 
 
The Special Olympics offer youth with mental disabilities, the chance to participate in local, regional, and world wide athletic competitions. The Montgomery County chapter, of which SCOTT is the Program Manager, is one of 56 Pa state chapters, offering 20 different sports ranging from bowling, floor hickey, volleyball, flag football, through to equestrian events. Montco is the largest chapter in Pennsylvania with over 1200 participants. Scott pointed out that 5% of the population suffers from some sort of intellectual disability such as autism and Downs Syndrome, which often go undiagnosed and there is great need for activities like the special Olympics to serve these people. Next year will be the 50th for Special Olympics. He stated that both Glenside and Springfield ROTARY clubs have contributed to the Special Olympics Montgomery activities.
 
 
 
SCOTT with participants DAVID MILLER and his daughter LAUREN OTTERBEIN
 
 
 
DAVID MILLER, who has competed at a very high level since 2010, spoke on what the organization has meant to him: building his self confidence and pushing him to always be the best he can be. 
 
 
 
 
 
LAUREN , Scott's daughter, and DAVE show some of the medals that are awarded to participants in the many events that competitors participate in at the competitions.
 
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LIVING WATERS FOR THE WORLD- Dave, Pat Patterson

 
 
 
 
DAVE and PAT PATTERSON, from LIVING WATERS FOR THE WORLD, visited the club and related their experiences working with the organization installing water filtration systems , bringing clean, drinkable water to some of the 600 million people worldwide, suffering with contaminated drinking water. They presented pictures and details of installations they recently participated in, down in Cuba. Living Waters has a rather unique approach to taking systems to spots around the world. The volunteers pack the pieces in their luggage and work with the locals to install the equipment, train them in operation and maintenance, and also hold training classes stressing the importance of hygiene in their lives. Local churches have participated in five Cuban installations in recent years. Each system costs just $10,000, paid for thru donations and supporting organizations. 
 
If interested in learning more or to get involved, contact them at:
 
The website for the organization is:
livingwatersfottheworld.org
 
 
PRESIDENT ROBIN PARKER (center) welcomes PAT and DAVID PATERSON
of LIVING WATERS FOR THE WORLD
 
 
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2018 PANCAKE BREAKFAST

   
 
 
 
 
SAVE THE DATE- SAT. MAY 12
 
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER  
 
WE ARE LOOKING FOR AN EVENT SPONSOR AND SUB-SPONSORS
 
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FAIR DISTRICTS Pa- Jamie Mogil- Rich Rafferty

 
RICH RAFFERTY and JAMIE MOGIL from FAIR DISTRICTS Pa, spoke to the club about the current hot button item of Gerrymandering and current legislative proposals for redistricting in Pennsylvania. The practice of gerrymandering has been around since 1812 but has become a significant topic here due to the extreme nature of Pa's 7th Congressional District, which has attracted national attention. They explained the different methods used by politicians to create voting districts that may affect election outcomes for federal and state legislatures. New electronic datelining techniques have led to highly detailed maps of who votes in what manner , and are used extensively in map preparations. Jamie pointed out the negative affects of gerrymandering in holding down the number of candidates in primary elections and reducing competition in general elections, citing that most state legislative elections have major candidates running unopposed. 
FAIR DISTRICTS Pa is pushing support for Pa legislation : House Bill 722, and Senate Bill 22, which would change the districting process by creating an independent citizen's redistricting commission, aimed taking the process out of the  hands of  political operatives. 
 
For further information on how you can get involved contact them at:
 
or visit their website:
www.FairDistrictsPA.com
 
 
 
Chair- DAVID SHOEMAKER and President -ROBIN PARKER welcome JAMIE MOGIL and RICH RAFFERTY from FAIR DISTRICTS Pa.
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HOLIDAY LUNCHEON 2017

 
 
 
Last Thursday, the Club held its Holiday Luncheon at Westover, with a great meal, wonderful harp music, and a special message from President Robin Parker. We had a good turnout, with several guests attending the gathering. We wish everyone a Happy , Healthy New Year,  Thank-you Guido for organizing, and Dave Shoemaker for hosting the lunch.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Some people HAVE to work the holidays.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We presented a small gift in appreciation of the staff at Westover.
 
 
 
 
For added excitement, we helped Scott celebrate his birthday.
 
 
 
 
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT- PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH

 
 
ROBERT SANTANGELO- Club Host, SAVANNA GOLDSTEIN, STEVEN FANDOZZI, ALYSSA JAMISON, MICHELLE McGRATH, LISA GENOVESE- Counselor
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN welcomed four students from Plymouth Whitmarsh High School as recipients of its Student Achievement Awards. The students, selected by faculty and counselors, represent the finest in academic accomplishments, athletic abilities, school activities, community volunteering, and personal excellence. Participants in the National Honours Society, heavy load of AP courses, national recognition in engineering and robotic projects, and remaining near the top of their class are a few of their academic accomplishments. They participate in and lead in Ice Hockey, Ultimate Frizzby  and have achieved national recognition in figure skating. They expect to continue their education in Engineering, rocketry, medicine, econ and business, social justice, and acturarial sciences at major universities including Penn, Villanova, and Penn State. We extend our congratulations and best wishes for the future to these very talented students.
 
 
 
 
ALYSSA JAMINSON
 
STEVEN FANDOZZI
 
SAVANNA GOLDSTEIN
 
MICHELLE McGRATH
 
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HOLIDAY DINNER AT SHANNONDELL

The club celebrated the holidays in grand style with a dinner at Shannondell at Valley Forge. We all enjoyed the fellowship, food, and entertainment put together by Bernie Reilly. Thank you, Bernie for you fine efforts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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METHACTON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 
The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTON honoured four Methacton High School students with their Student Achievement Awards , recognizing the students for excellence in academics, sports, exemplary character, and community service.
Pictured above are: ROBERT SANTANGELO- host, WILLIAM CHEN, OLIVIA HOOVER, TAYLOR SIMPSON,KATHIK YEGNESH, ROBIN PARKER- Club President
The students possess a very impressive array of qualities including high class academic standing, membership in the National Honours Society, Science Fair winners, President of STEM_ Math CLUB, Red Cross, Pa. Nursing Association, and recognition for research papers at the international level. Sports plays an important role in several of the students. One is an outstanding Field Hockey player which has helped her, along with strong academic achievements, to be accepted at Harvard. Others participate in soccer and cross country. Each volunteers in the community in a variety of organizations: local hospitals, clinics, special needs kids, mentoring and tutoring, Team Children, and coaching. They all will be furthering their education in the fields of : Math, Business, Data Processing, Biology, Nursing, and law at MCCC, Penn, Harvard, Gwynedd Mercy, and Widener University. We wish this talented group all the best in the future..
 
Awards presented by ROBERT SANTANGELO
 
WILLIAM CHEN
 
OLIVIA HOOVER
 
 
TAYLOR SIMPSON
 
 
KARTHIK YEGNESH
 
 
 
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ELMWOOD ZOO HOSTS VOCATION DAY MEETING

The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN held its annual Vocation Day meeting at ELMWOOD PARK ZOO, hosted by LOIS DAVIDSON.   Zoo VP, STAN HUSKEY, welcomed the club and introduced several members of the staff, who gave interesting and informative talks on the operation, animal care, future plans, and the desire to continue to promote the Zoo as a major destination in the area. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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R L SCHMIDT DICTIONARY PROJECT DISTRIBUTION

Thanks to all our members who participated in the Dictionary Project distribution this year. We visited third graders in all 6 elementary schools in the Norristown Area School District. Thanks also to all who contributed to the cost of this annual project. Thanks to Bernie and Judy for coordinating the effort.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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NICK GEERS and DOUG COOK- ROTARY FOUNDATION

 
 
 
 
Former District Governor Doug Cook
 
 
NICK GEERS hosted former District Governor DOUG COOK to talk about the ROTARY FOUNDATION. Doug spoke of the foundation's beginnings, its goals, and the various funds that are set up within its structure. The Foundation is one of the most efficient charity organizations in the world, with 96% of all donations being dispersed to the selected projects. Proceeds from the Endowment Fund support the major works of Rotary such as the elimination of Polio and Peace Centers around the world, while the Annual Funds shares its proceeds with districts in the form of grants submitted by member chapters. These can be either District Grants to fund local projects or Global Grants for international projects. The Foundation has sets of target areas for grants and well defined rules that both types of grants have to meet. And area that we as a club are starting to take advantage of is, that a good portion of the money we pay into the Foundation can come back to us in the form of grants for projects that we devise, present, and administer. Nick stressed that our goal is for each member to contribute $100 a year to the fund, but all donations are graciously accepted to this  fundamental function of ROTARY.
 
Sec. Dave Shoemaker, Pres. Robin Parker, Former District Governor- Doug Cook,
Club Foundation Chair- Nick Geers
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT- NORRISTOWN

 
ROBERT SANTANGELO- Club host, DIAMOND LOCHETTO, TYREESE NIXON, BRIAN POLLARD, IZAIAH WEBB, JENNIE WOLFENSON -Counselor
 
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTON recognized the scholastics, athletic, leadership, and service commitments of four Norristown Area High School students. The STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS are the club's way of celebrating outstanding students from three area high schools. Among the achievements of these Norristown are: Select Choir, Jazz Band, Select String Ensemble, Lacrosse, football, National Honours Society, Math Club, and mentoring other students. Each volunteers in the community and intends to further their education in the areas  off nursing, social studies, dental, pharmacy, accounting , and aprenticship programs leading to starting their own business. We wish all great success in the future.
DIAMOND LOCHETTO
 
TYREESE NIXON
 
 
BRIANNA POLLARD
 
 
IZAIAH WEBB
 
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MARK CALL on the HISTORY OF THE PC

 
MARK CALL brought his technical experience to the club in an interesting talk on the history of the PC, presenting vintage computing equipment to demonstrate just how far computing has come in a short period of time.
 
 
 
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MARK CALL ON CREDIT SECURITY

 
 
 
 
Our scheduled speaker had to cancel at the last minute, so Mark stepped in and gave a timely and informative talk on what we should be doing to protect our credit rating and the dangers we are facing from all the data hacks at several institutions, including the recent EQUIFAX leak. Mark strongly recommended that each of us continually monitor what id happening with our money accounts, and most importantly, freeze our credit rating. This can cause some difficulties when we have to use our credit for loans, but the process can be reversed when needed, and the benefits far outweigh the annoyance. Mark has sent links by email, that we can use with the credit agencies to do the freeze actions.  They are included below.  Thanks , Mark.
 
 
Attached are information web links from today's discussion on credit  protection.
 
 
 
 
Deed monitoring - If your property is in Montgomery County.   Recent fraud prevention advice suggests monitoring your property transactions for fraudulent filings. Someone could attempt to steal your home causing havoc or even loss. Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds offers a free notification service (FraudSleuth) if any documents are filed against your property, they will notify you by email. There are no fees ignore the billing info, 100% free. Register online (on the county page) your name or better still, 'parcel number' off of your tax receipt to insure against false alerts.
 
    Information Page -  Sign up here http://montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/16028
 
    Facts: totally free, takes 3 minutes.
 
Regards, Mark
 
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PRESIDENT ROBIN PARKER returns. We wish her a continued and speedy recovery.
 
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Two birthdays were celebrated; Judy and Paul.
 
JUDY BUCKO back from her trip with ROTAPLAST to Myanmar
 
PAUL CATRAMBONE, back from a recent illness.
 
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
 
 
 
 
 
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ANNUAL PICNIC HELD AT THE VARIETY CLUB CAMPUS

We all had a great time at our annual picnic, this year held at The Variety Club Campus in Worcester. The event was hosted by Angus Murary and featured fantastic food and drink, many members and family, distinguished alumni, and great weather. Thanks to Guido and Bernie for putting it together, and Mark for filling in for president Robin, who is on the road to recovery.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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JEANNE SORG- RECORDER OF DEEDS

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JEANNE SORG, Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds, and mayor of Ambler, spoke to the club Thursday, about the workings of the Recorder of Deeds office. She explained the history, it was the first office created in the commonwealth, founded in 1784, and has expanded its original functions to cover keeping of land records, storm water plans, PennDot surveys, right of way documents, community development plans, and many other official papers concerning the use of land.  Her department is charged with maintaining the integrity of all land records, as well as the collection of fees, real estate transfer taxes, and the distribution of those funds to the various local governments. 
The department is also very active in veterans assistance activities, sponsoring sever events throughout the year times at increasing awareness of programs available to vets and helping them with job searches, housing assistance, veteran IDs and discount cards, and furthering their education. They are currently helping 6000 vets in the county.
Thank you Jeanne for the informative visit to our club.
 
 
 
JEANNE SORG is welcomed by Program Chair, DAVE SHOEMAKER
 
 
 
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TARYN BATH- Sensory Processing

 
 
 
 
TARYN BATH, an Occupational Therapist who specializes in Sensory Processing Disorder, spoke the the club on this area of study that examines how we interpret all the sensory signals that our brains are bombarded with, and  the limitations that some experience. Taryn brings 25 years experience ,working in the school systems to identify and establish programs to help those students that are impaired with limitations in sense of touch, smell, noise interpretation, problems with food, balance, and many other sensory areas that most take for granted. A disorder exists when sensory signals do not organize into appropriate responses. She outlined the four major areas of disorders as Registration, a person's awareness stimulating, Seeking- how much a person looks for stimulation, Sensitivity- how much a person is bothered by the stimulations around them, and Avoiding- how much a person avoids or try to escape stimulation. She outlined the steps and programs that are now available to assist persons afflicted with sensory disorders.
 
 
TARYN is welcomed by LOUISE ZAWADZKI
 
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SEPTEMBER COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS

 
 
Next weekend is 'Rotary Weekend' and we will have a table and represent Rotary at all 3 events.  HELP IS NEEDED !!
 
On Sat Sept. 9 - We need help with the tent
 
What - East Norriton Community Day
 
When - Saturday September 9,  from 3 to 7pm (Setup at 2pm)
 
Where - behind the East Norriton Township building 
 
 
On Sun Sept. 10 - We need help with the tent
 
What - Music for Kids Sake Fest
 
When - Sunday Sept 10,from 1 to 7pm (Setup at 12:30)
 
Where - Elmwood Park in front of the bandshell
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What can I do ?
 
Help is needed both recruiting and setting up/ taking down the tent.  You need at least 2 people min 4 is better.
 
If you can come either or both, whether it is for one hour or more, or just to set up take down the tent, that would be most helpful.
 
We will have our new sign out,  We will have tables and chairs and marketing stuff
 
PLEASE COME OUT AND HELP YOUR CLUB AT THESE EVENTS
 
Thank you, Mark Call - Membership Chair.
 
 
 
ALSO ---SATURDAY MORNING, SEPT.9
ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION
 

The Fresh Produce market is planned for September 9th at the Montgomery County- Norristown Public Library.  The time is 8-11:30AM. This is funded by The Rotary Club of Norristown.

 
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Maria Maneos- Brush With The Law

 
 Maria Maneos from BRUSH WITH THE LAW, an organization dedicated to rehabilitation through the arts, spoke to the club last Thursday. Maria started the program in 2013, incorporating personal observations of current practices in rehabilitating drug offenders and other prisoners, by using the visual arts to help restore self confidence, improve self esteem , by involving the individuals in public works projects , such as mural painting and landscape beautification projects. She has applied her skills as an artist in partnering with other organizations like Montgomery County Community College in using the arts as a recovery tool and a way for self improvement for those in most need.
For further information on the many fine activities the group is involved in visit their website-
https://brushwiththelaw.org
 
 
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CHRISTOPHER DORMER-  ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT NASD

 
President ROBIN PARKER welcomes CHRISTOPHER DORMER, Assistant Superintendent of the Norristown Area School District, who spoke to the club last Thursday. Mr. Dormer presented a comprehensive report on the current status, successes, and future plans for the district. An overview of the district included stats on the 7200 students, 7 elementary , 4 middle , and 2 high schools. The second high school is the Roosevelt campus serving those with needs requiring special attention. The district has a racial breakdown of 36% African American, 36% Hispanic, and 18% white, and has to deal with many different languages. Chris highlighted , in detail, plans for the coming years including identifying concerns, needs, and challenges. He also shared the action plans for the coming years. 
Thank you Christopher for the informative talk.
He can be contacted at:
 
 
 
 
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JIM WILLIAMS- HIS CAREER IN PRO BASKETBALL

 
Our own JIM WILLIAMS entertained the club last week, by sharing his experiences playing basketball all around the world. His short answer to the question "What does it take? " is hard work and dedication. He encourages others to set goals and then dedicate yourself to achieving them through hard work . He acknowledges that it is by God's hand in giving him height and athletic ability that he has been able to put his dedication to good use. Jim was an All State , All American , and state Best of Pa player while at Norristown High School.  He continued his career at Temple where he still holds the record for highest average in rebounds per game. His highlights include playing in the 1967 Pan Am Games , and , after weighing offers from the NBA and ABA, decided to play in Italy, where he led his Naples team to the European championship. Jim has been selected for the Temple, Big 5, and Norristown Halls of Fame, and was recently honoured with being added to the Temple Ring of Honor. He related that  playing as a youngster, they all played just for the love of the game, not with future fame in mind, but Jim was able to take the God given talents he has, and turned that love into a successful career. Congratulations,Jim, on a game well played.
 
 
WILLIAMS demonstrated that he still has the ability to play well above the rim.
(yes, he made the shot)
 
 
 
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STAN HUSKY - ELMWOOD ZOO

 
STAN HUSKY entertained the club last Thursday, with an update on the tremendous progress and enhancements to the ELMWOOD PARK ZOO. 
Stan related the many recent additions to the facility such as the giraffe exhibit,  and enhanced jaguars area.  He also outlined several exciting additions that are currently in the works . There soon will be a new $10 million animal hospital and education center, and an expanded grisly bear area, featuring the bears and other North American animals . Also coming soon, will be a new $3 million otter area featuring a walk through aquarium feel. 
. These and many other attractions have brought the annual attendance up to 540,00 visitors. By comparison, the Philadelphia Zoo attracts 1.2 million. A main goal is the make the Elmwood Zoo a premier destination spot in Pennsylvania, by stressing visitor access to the animals, conservation, and education.
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STAN has recently written a new book about the history of the Zoo, adding  to his previous book on Norristown
 
 
 
STAN is welcomed by President Robin Parker
 
 
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GAIL KOUYATE- CLASSIFICATION TALK /  MOBILITY & HEALTH FOR AFRICA

New member GAIL KOUYATE gave her classification talk , introducing herself and telling us a little of her life. She related how growing up on Long Island, and her education in engineering, has lead her to her present passion of supplying medical equipment to those in need in Africa. An important part of that path, was meeting her future husband Mbemba,  from Gueina , Africa, and becoming involved in assisting those with medical needs that country, and in other African countries. The organization collects wheelchairs, walkers, new commodes, canes, and other medical equipment pieces, and processes them for shipment to West Africa. One of their main accomplishments is there purchase and repair of a ambulance that will be sent to the Dinguiraye Medical Center, in Guinea.
MOBILITY AND HEALTH FOR AFRICA, Mobility4Africa.org , is always looking for volunteers to help move their donated equipment, and donations in support of this critical project. Contact Gail or visit their website.
President ROBIN PARKER,welcomes former member YASMIN ARITA and GAIL KOUYATE.
 
 
GAIL demonstrates some of the equipment donated to her organization
 
 
The ambulance to be sent to an African medical clinic.
 
 
 
 
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PRESIDENT ROBIN PARKER OUTLINES GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR

 
 
 
 
ROBIN PARKER, Rotary Club of Norristown President for 2017- 18, presented her plans and goals for the upcoming year at last Thursday's meeting.   She highlighted personal priorities: family, Rotary, and Dragon Boat Club, and Club priorities: TEAM approaches to- Membership, Interact, Community Service projects, Fundraising, Grant requests, and Communications. 
 
She stressed the TEAM theme in each area, emphasizing that individual invites lead to club growth, and that asking friends to join can take a long time and persistence, but often brings in new, valuable members. We should take advantage of new RI rules on membership like required attendance, flexible meeting formats, and Associate Memberships. Your ideas on this are always welcome. 
 
NAHS INTERACT CLUB needs an infusion of club and school leadership to revitalize its presence in the school. Mark has said he would be willing to help form a leadership committee to work with the school, but would like others to join him in this important project.
 
ROBIN spoke of partnering with other organizations: other Rotary Clubs, Boy Scouts, other community groups, to get our logo out there to be more visible to the Norristown are, setting up tables and poster at a variety of events, passing out brochures and doing general promo work. 
 
She would like us to look into doing more major fundraising events and will welcome any inputs you may have that could be implemented in the coming years. 
 
Added Service Projects are also a priority, along with expanded use of the District Grants program, by publishing and exploring possible recipients.
The reoccurring theme is that we are a TEAM and each of us has a responsibility to bring our ideas and service to help the Club grow.
 
 
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COMMUNITY GRANTS AWARDED TO FOUR ORGANIZATIONS

 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN presented awards to four organizations through its Community Grant Program. 
The recipients, selected by our Community Grants Committee, were represented (shown above )by :Mark Call- Club president,  Patrick Druhan- Advocates Against Hunger,  Pamela Martin- Expressive Path, Theresa Allen- Literacy Council of Norrestown,  and Beth Sturman- Laurel House Also pictured are selection committee members Virginia Frantz and Jim Nutt.
Some of the projects funded by these grants are, continuing GED training, software,workshops, and continued support for fresh produce distribution. 
Congratulations to this year's selected organizations.
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Dr. EDWARD WILLIAMS- JAW JOINT SCIENCE INSTITUTE-  CONCUSSIONS

 
 
 
 
 
The club welcomed Dr. Edward Williams from the JAW JOINT SCIENCE INSTITUTE for an intersection , educational discussion on concussions and the vital role the jaw joint plays in many of the brain injuries that are now being reported. Dr. Williams has dedicated his efforts to researching and exposing the vulnerability to concussions, that the jaw area presents, and how it is often overlooked as a source of brain damage. He pointed out that the soul presents an effective protective layer for most of the brain, but the jaw area is the weakest area, with thin and very complex joints that are susceptible to collapsing into the brain, causing concussions. Dr. Williams presented several examples of of sports injuries as they happened, and the X-ray images of the damage that resulted.
For further information on this topic, please contact him at:
 
 
 
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SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY CLUB TO SIX STUDENTS

 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NOTTISTOWN awarded scholarships to six areas high school students, who had been selected for the honor by their school's consolers and faculty. The students exhibited excellence in academics, participation, and community service. The awards were $2000 and $1000 amounts which can be applied to general education expenses.
 Pictured above: Margaret Axing Palko , Rebecca Marie Woodward- METHACTON HIGH SCHOOL, James Hollinger- Club Scholarship Committee Chair, Gabrielle Tatiana Masucci- NORRISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL, Elizabeth Cecily Stricken- PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH, , Mark Call- Club President, Caroline Jean Slagle- PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH HIGH SCHOOL. (not pictured- Alicia Baovi Lai- NORRISTOWN)
The students intend on continuing their education at: University of Pittsburgh, Delaware, Temple, Florida International, George Washington, and Tulane. Congratulations and best wishes to each of these outstanding students.
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LOIS GROSSMANN DAVIDSON- CLASSIFICATION TALK

 
New member , LOIS GROSSMANN DAVIDSON delivered her classification talk to the club relating her background from being raised in Lower Merion, attending Drexel and Carnegie Mellon Universities, to her present day involvement in supplying medical equipment to people in remote parts  Africa and South America. Her parents were university professors and teachers, and brought her up in a philanthropic environment which she carried on. first joining a Mainline Chapter of Rotary, before joining us. She has developed and worked in several non=profit organizations, most recently the First Light Project, supplying improved lighting  to medical facilities around the world. She has  also worked with groups promoting large urban gardens in Philadelphia, prisoner reclamation projects, and promoting STEM education in Philadelphia. Lois certainly exhibit putting Service Above Self. Welcome, Lois.
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GNPAL RECEIVES GRANT FROM NORRISTOWN ROTARY

 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN awarded a $12,000 grant to the GREATER NORRISTOWN POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE as the major recipient of the proceeds from our 2017 Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. Pictured above are: Virginia Frantz, CEO  the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc. , Mark Call- President Norristown Rotary, G. Lee Holmes, GNPAL, Ken Fennel, Operations Director- GNPAL, (and club member), Maggie Hall, GNPAL. Mr. Fennel stated that the funds will be used  for security system and computer system upgrades.
 
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OIC OPEN HOUSE- COMPUTER DISTRICT GRANT

DENISE ASHE welcomed the club for lunch and a tour of the new OIC computer facility which was purchased thanks to a District Grant sponsored by The ROTARY CLUBS OF NORRISTOWN and AMBLER. The system replaces a 10 year old computer lab that was beginning to show its age. Denise related what a great impact the computers have on the many programs that OIC offers to the community. Programs such as nursing trade skills education, certification programs. They concentrate on high profile training in literacy improvement and workforce readiness. They have successfully implemented a GED program and are moving to get the facility certified as an official GED testing site. There is currently none in the immediate Norristown area. 
The new computers go a long way in facilitating progress in all these programs. Thanks to MARK CALL for all his work in researching, specifying, and installing the system. His constant support for the OIC facility is greatly appreciated.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The ROTARY CLUBS of NORRISTOWN and AMBLER TEAM UP

The ROTARY CLUBS of NORRISTOWN and AMBLER TEAM UP 
to provide $12000 for new computer equipment for the Montgomery County OIC (a local not-for-profit) as part of a district matching grant with contributions from both clubs.  The grant provided 16 workstations and networking equipment supporting Rotary's efforts in economic & community development to replace obsolete, failing equipment nearly 10 years old.  These will be used for training and electronic testing for pre-apprentice job skill training (35 people per year), GED preparation (100 people / year), literacy training, life skills and interviewing skills, English as a 2nd language, after school mentoring (25 youths / year) and STEM education (50 youths per year) and the new Nursing Assistant program just started 2 months ago, training offered both day and night.  
 
 
Pictured let to right are:
Ray Thomas Vice Chair OIC - Dr Michael Seidner Rotary Asst Gov D7430 - Leo Brady Chair OIC - Denise Ashe Exec Dir OIC - Cary Fleisher President Ambler Rotary - Aariann Vaughn OIC - Mark Call President Norristown Rotary
 
 
 
 
 
 
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COMMUNITY GRANTS FOR 2016 AWARDED

Three organizations were awarded Community Grants from last year's fundraiser. The major recipient , The PATHWAY SCHOOL, was awarded last year, and these three were honoured last week: ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER, SAAC, and The DRAGON BOAT CLUB. 
The groups were selected by our Community Grants Committee for their contributions in servicing the greater Norristown area with assistance in food distribution to the needy, education and living enrichment, and youth activities. 
 
President MARK CALL, and Community Grants Committee chair, Virginia Frantz present checks to the three groups
 
KARY AND NANETTE LaFORS from ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER
 
LINDA COLLINS from Montgomery County Senior Adult Activities Center
 
 
 
 
Club member ROBIN PARKER from the NORRISTOWN DRAGON BOAT CLUB
 
 
 
 
 
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ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANTS DAY LUNCHEON

 
The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN held its annual Administration Assistants Luncheon at The Meadowood Senior Living last Thursday, hosted by member Paul Norderman. The attendees enjoyed great food and hospitality from the community, as several brought guests from their place of employment, or supportive family members. 
 
 
 
 
DENISE ASHE brought a group from the OIC office
 
 
 
JILL RULE, standing for her husband JACK RULE, brought several staff members from their office
 
 
 
JUDY BUCKO gave a touching presentation on the latest ROTAPLAST: medical aid trip to Venezuela, She talked of the mission program and how it helps kids born with cleft pallets and lips, through corrective surgery. She also presented an informative video.
 
 
 
As an added feature, we were all able to celebrate KEN FENNAL's birthday.
 
 
 
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HERB KOLTZ - ROTARY MEMBERSHIP

 
 
 
 
HERB KOLTZ, our District Membership Chairman, visited our club and gave a presentation on   District membership goals, concerns, and strategies. Herb is a member of The Allentown West Rotary Club, and after a successful term as the Club's membership Chair, was tapped to move up to the District level where he has established goals of bringing in 100 new District members , and adding 2 new clubs. The later goal has been met with the addition of  Whitehall and Upper Perk clubs. These new clubs have taken advantage of new Rotary rules allowing clubs to meet twice a month instead of the weekly rules that have existed for years. He spoke of research he has conducted into why people join a club, what they are looking for, and what factors were common the the District's most successful clubs. He stressed 5 themes that appeared in his research: 1. Make membership growth a major goal of your club; 2. Hold membership events aimed at attracting new groups of prospects; 3. Try to implement multiple meeting times and adapt the meetings to the times available to the target members; 4. Have a proactive PR program to continually promote the club; 5. Keep new members involved, inviting them to participate in committees that match their interests and goals , and not assign them just to areas that need help, at that time.
Thank you, Herb, for your informative talk.
 
 
 
 
HERB KOLTZ  is welcomed by Program Chair, Robin Parker
 
 
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CURT HUSTON - VALLEY FORGE WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

 
 
CURT HUSTON,  president of the  VALLEY FORGE WATERSHED ASSOCIATION, spoke to the club about the association's efforts in protecting and restoring the Norristown Basin section of the Schuykill River. The basin, the second largest Schuykill basin, next to Boathouse Row, is under attack from a very invasive Eurasian Milfoil weed, that is choking plant and fish life, restricting recreational boating as well as river rescue activities. 
 
 
CURT HUSTON- President, and RUDY FEDOR- Secretary of the VALLEY FORGE WATERSHED ASSOCIATION
 are welcomed by ROBIN PARKER, V.P. of the Club.
 
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Student Achievement Methacton High School

 
METHACTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS for 2017 were recognized at our lunch last week. Those participating in the ceremony  shown above are: Robert Santangelo- Club Chair, RESHMA BELUR,  NILES FRENCH,  MATTHEW DuPONT,  PATRICK O'NEILL,  Cindy Harrison- Counselor.  The students are picked by the school faculty based on their academic , extracurricular, and service achievements. They have excelled in sports - ice hockey, baseball, and basketball, while maintaining high GPA which have led the membership in National Honours Society, advanced placement courses and acceptance to fine Universities such as University of Michigan, Penn State, Temple, and Villanova, studying pre med, biology, astrophysics, and participating in team sports. We congratulate these students and wish them the best.
 
RESHMA BELUR
 
 
MATTHEW DUPONT
 
NILES FRENCH
 
 
PATRICK O'NEILL
 
 
 
 
 
 
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MARY ANN LYNCH - HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

 
MARY ANN LYNCH from HABITAT FOR HUMANITY spoke to the club about the organization's background, scope, accomplishments in the Norristown area, and their plans for the future. She pointed out that Habitat three major areas that it focuses on: Building and restoring housing, assisting the elderly,disabled, and vets with major, 'big ticket' repairs that are needed in their homes, and financial help for those trying for their first home but not able to understand , or overcome the financial implications. This last program ALMOST HOME,  is fairly new. Habitat has helped pay off $90,000 on 50 properties in the Norristown area in the last two years. Those wishing to become involved in HABITAT FOR HUMANITY can contact them at the locations shown below.
 
 
 
 
GAIL is welcomed by President MARK CALL and sponsor ROBIN PARKER
 
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CLUB TAKES THE AMERICAN TREASURES TOUR

JOHN HEYSER set up a visit for the club to The American Treasures Tour in Oaks for last week's meeting. The Tour is an amazing collection of player pianos, Nickelodeons, Band Organs, vintage cars, movie memorabilia, doll houses, and many other treasures from all walks of life in America. While the club had a private tour, the Treasures are now open to the public on Saturdays, and are well worth the trip.Thanks John and Judy for organizing the event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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TOM BOWN EXPLAINS CROQUET

 
TOM BOWN brought his live tutorial on CROQUET to our club last Thursday. Besides the demonstrating the appropriate attire for the sport of GOLF CROQUET, he went into the rules, techniques, strategies, and etiquette of the game, which is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The "GOLF" designation separates this form of Coquet from the more traditional , original form of the game, and intends to make the game move faster.  Tom plays at a club near his winter home in the Carolinas, which has become the new center for the sport in the U.S., and he stressed the appeal of the sport due to its shorter duration, its ability to attract players of differing levels of talent. He detailed  the strategy of blocking, looking ahead, and the skills needed to put a ball through wickets that are only 1.5" wider than the ball. 
Thanks ,Tom, for the personal perspective and sharing with us, your passion for the sport.
 
 
 
 
 
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CHRIS WHEELER SPEAKS TO CLUB

 
CHRIS WHEELER, with the Pres. MARK CALL and Chair ROBERT SANTANGELO
 
Former Phillies broadcaster, CHRIS WHEELER, spoke to the club for what may be the last time. Chris announced that at the end of the year, he may be moving to Florida and thus may not be able to address us again, although he lets us know that the NORRISROWN ROTARY is one of his most cherished speaking events. As only Chris can, he told of past Phillies encounters, the present state of the club, and reasons for hope in the future. If this is in fact his last appearance here, we wish Chris all the best and express our great appreciation for the many years he has spoken to us.
 
As usual, there was a tremendous turnout for Chris
   
  
  
  
 
 
 
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LOUISE ZAWADZKI- ELEVATOR SPEECH UPDATE

 
LOUISE ZAWADZKI spoke to the club, updating her ELEVATOR SPEECH tutorial with new insides and ideas on how to prepare and effectively deliver the speech. Her main points touched on the need to make that initial contact. know the benefits, history, and goals of ROTARY, and develop and practice your speech. It should include the fact that ROTARY is both a local and a worldwide organization and it affects lives around the globe, also detailing how our club is unique. Be sure to deliver your speech with passion and energy , filled with action words and examples of our main accomplishments. We must also look to use social media as often as possible. Thanks , Louise for the useful advice.
 
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JIM WILLIAMS RECEIVES TEMPLE RING OF HONOR AWARD

 
 
 
 
 
 
Jim Williams was honored today at halftime of Temple University Basketball game with East Carolina University at the Liacouras Center. Jim played basketball for Temple from 1963 through 1966. Jim is the only Owl to ever lead the team in  rebounding and scoring three years in a row.   Jim was selected to the All Big Five First team, 2 out of his 3 varsity seasons. Jim helped lead the Owls into the NCAA tournament in 1964 and to the NIT tournament in 1966.
Jim's name know hangs in the rafters of the Liacouras Basketball Center. Jim was drafted by the Chicago Bulls but opted to play professionally in Italy. The Highlight of his pro-career was winning the European Championship in 1970.  
The picture is Jim Williams standing next to the statue of his Coach Harry Litwack at the entrance to the Liacouras Center.
 
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CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON FEATURED THE NAHS JAZZ BAND

The Club held its annual Christmas Luncheon last Thursday at Westover. The meeting featured a nice menu and great entertainment by the Norristown High School Jazz Band. Several band members presentedmusical numbers featuring solos by a few of the musicians. Thanks to the students and their director Mrs. Vicki Blum.
 
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TWO OF SANTA'S ELVES SHOWED UP TO HELP WITH THE FESTIVITIES
 
 
 
 
 
 
We also honored the serving staff from Westover.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DEC. 16 MEETING

JIM JONES expressed the Club's appreciation for the continued involvement and donations from BIKESPORT in Trappe, to our PEDALS FOR PROGRESS program.   Ginny Politz  and Christopher Valenti were presented with a plaque honouring their participation in this program.
 
 
 
The meeting served as our annual meeting where President MARK CALL outlined the progress on the goals he set for the Club at the beginning of the year. We have had success in several areas with new the addition of members , community service programs, and Club promotion being most prominent.
 
Dave Shoemaker also presented a tutorial on the new computerized attendance system. It will be presented again ,as time limited 
him from addressing the details completely.
 
 
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ROTARY CLUB SPONSORS TWO KIDS CHRISTMAS PARTIES

The Club sponsored two parties for kids this year. The first was at the HEAD START program, hosted by Denise Ashe, and with Tom Bown as Santa and several helpers ,handed out gifts to the kids from  several grades.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We also gave out presents to 40 kids at the PIP Center. An event put together by Guido Martinelli where the kids , from disadvantaged and traumatic situations , received a nice gift package from the Club. (Ask Louise about the child that just wanted a hug)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
See Guido talk to the kids at the link below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ROTARY CLUB RINGS FOR THE SALVATION ARMY

Once again the Club braved the weather conditions , and rang the bells , and played the horn, for the Salvation Army. After canceling the morning session due to dangerous driving conditions, we had a good afternoon turn-out at the Trooper Walmart. Thanks to all who helped out, and to Judy for organizing the event.
 
 
 
 
 
 
See Judy's promo video at the above link.
 
 
 
 
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ANNUAL HOLIDAY DINNER

Last Thursday night, the Club gathered at The Meadowood Retirement Community for its Annual Holiday Dinner.  The event gave all of us a chance to extend holiday greetings and see those members who can not attend our regular meetings. Thanks to Ralph Kelly for organizing the event, and to the Meadowood staff for presenting a great dinner. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And of course, Mistro John Heyser led the Norristown Rotary Chorus
 
 
 
 
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METHACTON H.S.- STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Methacton High School students were recognized for our Student Achievement Awards at our last meeting. 
Pictured above are: Cindy Harrison- Counselor, Mark Call- president,  Kaitlin Cavano, Garret Miades, Alan Shen, Robert Santangelo, Awards coordinator, and Jeffery Vernaccio 
Six times each year we honor students from local area high schools selected by their guidance counselor, who display outstanding performance in academics, technology, the arts and community service.
Congratulations to of these students from Methacton HS for winning the Rotary Student Achievement Award on Dec 1.
 
Kaitlin Cavano
 
Garret Miades
 
 
Alan Shen
 
 
Jeffery Vernaccio
 
 
 
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INTERACT CLUB

NORRISTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL INTERACT CLUB attended last week's meeting and gave us a great opportunity to meet each of the officers, and to bring us up-to-date on their club's activities. Each member spoke to the reasons for joining INTERACT. They all centered around community service, serving and helping others in many diverse areas, influencing others toward service, and giving back to society. Many quoted our motto of Service Above Self. 
The INTERACT CLUB is active in many areas with ongoing and planned projects in: Soda Tab Collection for the Ronald McDonald House, Thanksgiving food drive, Operation Christmas Child, helping at the Hospitality Center, Laurel House, and SPCA. And this is only a partial list.
 
Pictured above are: KIMBERLY WHITE, PEGGY SAMMAR- NAHS faculty, CHARLES DESTITUTE Jr, FRANCIS WAWERU, VANESSA COASSARI- ROTARY CLUB Co-Chair, GABRIELLE MASUCCI, CHRISTINA TAYLOR, Mark Call-President.
 
 
TINA TAYLOR- INTERACT CLUB President
 
GABRIELLE MASUCCI
 
CHARLES DESTOUTE Jr.
 
FRANCIS WAWERU
 
 
 
 
 
 
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NORRISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 
NORRISTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL students were honoured with our Student Achievement Awards at the Nov. 3 meeting.
Pictured above are: counselor-MEGAN McGOWAN, ERIC HENRY, President -MARK CALL, CORIMNE LEARY, GABRIELLE MASUCCI, Host- ROBERT SANTANGELO, TANAHIRI LEON.
Students are selected for this award by their schools for their excellence in academics, sports, leadership, and community service. They displayed outstanding accomplishments in National Honours Society, Student Consul, mentoring in scholastic and music areas, youth support groups,and early childhood preparation activities. Sports include volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, and their music interests include jazz band. Other activities include ROTARY INTERACT CLUB, SKILLS USA, Latino Leadership Program, and the school's major fundraiser program. The all expect to continue their education by attending: Temple, Syracuse, Fordham, and Millersville.
Congratulations to each of them as we wish them the best in the future.
 
ERIC HENRY
 
CORIMNE LEARY
 
GABRIELLE MASUCCI
 
 
TANAHIRI LEON
 
 
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ROTARY PARTICIPATES IN TRUNK-OR-TREAT

 
The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN partnered with the NORRISTOWN DRAGON CLUB at the TRUNK-OR-TREAT event on Halloween.  Members Mark Call, Judy Bucko, Robin Parker, Yasmin Areida, and Dave Beach helped hand club donated candy to kids in this annual Trick or Treat alternative sponsored by CADCOM.
 
 
 
 
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J.L. Sayre Hosts Annual Vocation Day Meeting

 
 
 
 
 
JIM SAYRE invited the club to his business, J.L. SAYRE , Inc, for our Vocation Day meeting, and presented a tremendously entertaining and informative session , telling us what his business does, its history, and what principles have guided the company to its successful status in the trucking community. The company was founded by his grandfather in 1934 ,and with the critical financial guidance of his grandmother, Flo, who worked until the age of 99,  grew from 3 employees ,concentrating on International Harvester fleet sales,  to its present 45 employees , representing and servicing Peterbuilt trucks in the area. 
Jim credits the company's dedication to customer service, timely responses, and quality of their work, for bringing lasting success to JL SAYRE. Their company has received numerous awards recognizing their dedication to customers. 
 
 
President MARK CALL introduces JIM SAYRE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of the first trucks sold by Jim's grandfather. Note the name on the truck, the grandfather of our member John Heyser.
 
 
 
Jim gave us a great tour of his service facilities.
Thank-you jim and J.L. Sayre, Inc. for a fantastic Vocation Day.
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CADCOM - HEATHER LEWIS
 

 
HEATHER LEWIS, Director of Resource Development at CADCOM, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this yea , spoke to the club about the organization and the many community projects and services that CADCOM offers the Norristown area. Heather is a member of Norristown city condole and daughter of new club member, Betty Lewis. She informed us on the goals of CADCOM which is to move people out of poverty, facilitating change in their lives by concentrating on community needs in education, housing, job training, and assistance in several financial areas. CADCOM is active in helping with energy service assistance, weatherization programs which improve the energy efficiency of homes in Norristown, food produce distribution through farmers market, and for cupboards. Other areas of involvement are self improvements programs such as restoring fathers to family life after incapacitation, tech training in commercial driving, medical work, and other tech jobs leading to a family living wage. They also provide tax prep help and assistance understanding the judicial system helping those in need through the court processes.
We are participating with CADCOM in one of their annual programs, the TRUNK-OR-TREAT program on Halloween next Monday.
 
Fro further information on all that CADCOM does, visit their website:  www.cadcom.org
 
 
Also speaking to the club, was DAVE MURRAY, from UNIVERSAL COPY AND PRINT,  which , while being a full service copy shop and UPS center, also offers trade training and apprintiships in partnership with CADCOM.
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THREE NEW MEMBERS INDUCTED

 
Meet our newest members. Congratulations to 
(Left-Right) Ben Boix, Betty Lewis, and Yasmin Areida ,
who were inducted at Westover on Oct 20. Betty is a retired Insurance Analyst, Ben a Marketing Director and Yasmin a Reconstructive/Plastic Surgeon. Please welcome each of them to the club .
 
Betty with sponsor Robin Parker
 
Ben and sponsor Dave Shoemaker
 
Yasmin and sponsor Jim Williams
 
 
 
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BREAKFAST AT ALFREDOS
 

Club's fifth Thursday of the month breakfast at Alfredos Restaurant. 
  
About 25 attended the meeting                                              Mark welcomed potential new member Yasmin Areida.
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HELEN RILEY  --  KIND HEARTS
 

 
HELEN RILEY, founder of KIND HEARTS, and also a pending new club member, addressed the club Thursday, detailing her organization with its history, goals, and accomplishments. KIND ( Kids In Need of Dads) HEARTS ,was  initiated in 2009 with the goals of helping kids who lost a father, and helping keep dads involved with their kids. They have partnered with The Moyer Foundation and Fathers Matter to offer programs aimed at preserving and encouraging families , especially fathers, to remain together as a unit, pointing out that families are 4 times more likely to be poor, and 2 times more likely to experience suicide when the father is not present. They sponsor Came Erin with the Foundation, Jamie Moyer founder, which give kids the chance to interact with others in the similar situation as theirs. A central program in her organization is the DADVOCAT PROGRAM bringing awareness to the affect of fatherless homes.
 
For further information, check the website :    www.kindheartkids.org
 
 
HELEN RILEY is welcomed by president MARK CALL and program chair, ROBIN PARKER
 
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LIZZIE HESSEK - SCHULKILL RIVER TOWNS
 

 
LIZZIE HESSEK Program Manager in the Pa. Environmental Council, spoke to the club about river and trail developments in the Norristown area, specifically the Schulkill River Trail. The goals of her group are to preserve and protect the area landscape, improve access to river locations, and promote the towns along area rivers for tourism and path use. The Schulkill River Trail has been selected as The Best River Trail in the USA by USA TODAY and is the center point for their project of RIVERTOWN PROGRAMS. The program promotes the towns, details access points to the river and trail, works to connect trails and promote community engagement.One of their major accomplishments is getting the Sullivan Bridge completed over the Schulkill at Valley Forge. 
 
 
LIZZIE HESSEK is welcomed by Program Chair, ROBIN PARKER
 
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ROTARY at MUSIC 4 KIDS SAKE FESTIVAL

 
Thanks to all the members who "manned" the booth at Sunday's MUSIC 4 KIDS FESTIVAL at the Elmwood Park Band Shell. Although the turnout was small, we did show our commitment to the community.
Thanks to :  Mark Call
Robin Parker 
Vanessa Cossari 
Judy Bucko 
Louise Zawadzki 
Tim Meyers 
Dave Beach 
Dave Shoemaker
Bob Schmidt
Denise Ashe
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CARRIE BARRON - AUDUBON SOCIETY

 
CARRIE BARRON, Education Manager of the AUDUBON SOCIETY, with friend SCOOTER, presented an informative review of the Society's MILL GROVE facility , siting current updates to facilities and programs, and several future plans that are currently in progress. Carrie, who has been at the Society for 6 years, spoke about the founding of the Society under John Audubon and his wife, and the creation of Mill Grove facility as a location to study and preserve wildlife. She related how his early bird drawings lead to development of taxidermy techniques and allowed him to create his 'live' drawings that he became famous for. 
 
 
Carrie outlined several recent improvements to the Groove including a new display area to open in December for displaying his artwork, and a new museum opening in 2017.  The new museum will incorporate modern technology to enhance the experience of viewing Audubon's many paintings, and bring the animal to life with an interactive experience. 
 
 
 
Carrie also spoke about the several education projects that the Society engages with the NASD and programs at the facility. They are always looking for volunteers and and holding their major fundraising event the ROCKING RIVER FEST, on September 18. Scooter, a screech owl, did not speak.
Foe further information, check out their web at: johnjames.audubon.org.
 
 
 
MARK CALL, President, and ROBIN PARKER, Program chair, welcome CARRIE BARRON
 
 
 
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VALLY FORGE TOURISM & CONVENTION BOARD

 
Travis Geiser and Dan Weckerle from the VALLEY FORGE TOURISM AND CONVENTION BOARD, visited the Club and informed the members on the workings of the Tourism Board, and the many Montco promotional activities they are involved in. Travis, Sports Sales Manager, spoke of the various sports related opportunities that he investigates, attends, and then promotes the facilities of Montgomery County. He works to bring here,  sporting events such as tournaments, and conventions. Recent examples are the USA Jr. weight lifting championship, PGA events, and Olympic trials. The Board, an non-governmental, not-for-profit organization sustains and supports a $1.5 billion county tourism business . 
Dan, Communications Manager, related how sports is only one part of the Board's promotion work. They present information on hotels, restaurants, parks, and events to prospective groups looking for meeting locations. They succeeded in attracting 27 state delegations to stay in Montco during the recent DNC, the largest grouping outside of Philadelphia. Promotions include: shopping, Adventures like zip-line and hot air ballooning,  dinning guide, and the availability of several social media outlets to promote local events.
 
The Board promotes fundraising events submitted to it, on their calendars and websites. To promote your event, or to get more information on the Board's opportunities, check out its website at:  valley forge.org
 
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CLUB PRESENTS CHECK TO THE PATHWAY SCHOOL

 
Past President, Scott Wright presents a grant check for $10,800 from last year's Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to David Schultheis and Louise Robertson of the The Pathway School.
 
 
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CARDIAC ARREST AVOIDANCE- TIM KETELHUT TEAM LIFE

 
TEAM LIFE is an organization dedicated to expanding awareness, supplying training, and promoting techniques and policies that can reduce the risk of death resulting from cardiac arrest. TIM KETELHUT spoke to the club on the dangers of cardiac arrest and steps that businesses, organizations, and individuals should be taking to increase chances of victims surviving cardiac arrest. CA, different from a heart attack in that help must be present in minutes for and chance of the victim's survival, causes over 365,000 deaths each year. Whereas during a heart attack there are several signs alerting us to trouble, a CA attack comes with no warning, just sudden collapse, and seconds can be the difference between life and death. 90 seconds to be exact. That is the recommended time it should take to get to an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) and back to the victim in order to save a life. CPR can be effectively administered for a short time, but a 911 call and emergency crews arriving in less that 10 minutes is a necessity. Tim stressed the need for every institution, business, golf course, church, and school to have AEDs located at strategic locations around their property. Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone, regardless of age, and there are no predictors of who it will strike.
 
 
TIM KETELHUT from TEAM LIFE is welcomed by Program Chair Robin Parker and President Mark Call. They are displaying AED units that the company sells ,which retail at about $1500 each.
 
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VALERIE ARKOOSH- MONTCO COMMISSIONER ADDRESSES CLUB

 
Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. VALERIE ARKOOSH gave an overview and update of the state of the county to the club last Thursday.  She cited the improved financial situation pointing out that for the first time in several years, payments were made to the pension fund, a balanced budget has been put in place, and the county government has been "right sized" ,with the dropping of several functions previous run by the government that are now felt to be outside the scope of what they should be covering. The goal now is not to create jobs but to create an atmosphere where jobs will flourish. 
Valerie also listed several projects that are aimed at improving the environment around Norristown including : The Main St.  parking garage improvements, 'County Campus' project , such as One Montgomery Plaza" facelift, New Justice Center, and the Hancock Square Park. Transportation upgrades include the ongoing Lafayette St project, with connection to the Turnpike, and the Transportation Center work and proposed rail connection to King of Prussia. 
She summed up the Commissioner's goals as 1. Creating a connected community, 2. Create a sustainable community, 3. encourage a vibrant economy.
 
Commissioner Arkoosh is welcomed by Prigram Chair, Robin Parker, and Past President, Scott Wright.
 
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TWO LOANS AWARDED BY OUR CLUB

THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN awarded $2000 loans to two area students at this week's meeting. Student fund chair, Jim Hollinger welcomed the students:   Vanessa Limpert who will be studying Bio Engineering at Widener, and  Anthony Scleh who will enter NYU studying Chem Engineering. Congratulations and best wishes to both.

 

 

 

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FIVE SAINTS DISTILLERY TOUR

 
The Club met last week, at the site of Norris town's;s newest business, The Five Saints Distillery. Located in the old Humane Fire Company, the distillery, which currently produces unique offerings of white whiskey, and vodka, has plans to expand to additional products in the near future, and is upgrading the facility to allow for dining, and special events.  Founder John George (far left) shared his path to this project from farming in upstate New York, being raised by a group of five family members (thus the name Five Saints), who gave him the encouragement to first go into the pharmaceutical industry, and later to undertake  this project.  He got the distilling bug a few years ago and attended " Moonshine University" to learn the tricks of his new profession, searched for an appropriate site, and set out to carry out his dreams. The old firehouse became available and John decided that this location would  be great for business and help bring new life to downtown Norristown. 
 
 
JAY RACHELLI, Five Saints "Ambassador" talks to our group about future plans for the facility, and including renovation on all the floors, and the inclusion of many artifacts from the Humane Fire Company.
 
  
 
 
FIVE SAINTS DISTILLERY at old firehouse on Main and Green Streets.
  
 
Fire fighting equipment and memorabilia will remain as part of the motif of the new business
  
 
 
 
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MEMBERS HELP ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER

 
Five club members helped in the fresh produce distribution , by ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER, on Saturday morning. 
Pictured are: Dave Beach, Mark Call, Jim Williams, and Bernie Reilly. Robin Parker was also there, but left to row somewhere.
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HUMAN TRAFFICKING - CAROL METZKER - Salvation Army

 
CAROL METZKER from the Salvation Army's NEW DAY TO STOP TRAFFICKING, addressed the club about the pervasive problem of human trafficking around the world and right here in Montgomery County. Carol related her path of growing involvement in fighting this blight staring with her first exposure tot the problem while working with Rotary International on The Polio Project in India. She observed a group of children 4 to 11 years old who had recently been rescued from sex slavery. She became involved and Rotary gave her a platform to speak out on the issue. At first it was mainly a problem in distant countries, she soon became aware that sex and labor slavery exists here in Montgomery county, and that we are an especially hot area for the trade due to the Turnpike providing easy access to the area.  Carol explained how , for victims, every night is :The Darkest Night" with no hope for rescue from the slavery, and that every night is the darkest night of their life. The Salvation Army program, A NEW DAY to stop trafficking, offers that hope by working with law enforcement, to get victims into safer environments where training, health support, and psychological consulting are provided. Through their main drop in center in Kennsington , offers case management,basic needs, job search help, and a chance to build a new home. 
If you would like to get involved in this fight, check out the websites at:   SAPhilly.org, and the Rotary site:  racsrag.org .
 
 
CAROL METZKER is welcomed by host-Robin Parker, member  Curtis Flora, and Program Chair- Fred Hagglund.
 
 
 
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PAT MASCARO - J.P. MASCARO and SONS

 
The featured speaker for the meeting was PAT MASCARO, President of J.P. Mascaro and Sons since 1982. Pat spoke of the history of the company, started by his father with practically nothing in his pocket, that became a major waste handling company, with 850 employees, and operations across the Northeast. The company now run by the 3rd generation of the family has always operated holding three major tenants : service to the customer, keeping the needs of the employees in mind at all times, and to be a major partner in the community. 
 
PAT MASCARO is welcomed by president MARK CALL and program chair ROBIN PARKER
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2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to the Rotary of Norristown Student Scholarship recipients for 2016 from the Norristown Area, Methacton and Plymouth Whitmarsh High Schools. Each student received a $2000 award to apply towards college tuition. 
Winners L-R Terell Dale (NAHS), Abby Konkoly (MHS) and Claire Mcallister (PWHS) . ( James Hollinger, Rotary Chair far left). We're so proud of the leaders of tomorrow.
 
 
 
 
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ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR- LOUISE ZAWADZKI

 
LOUISE ZAWADZKI was selected as Norristown Rotary ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR by 2015-16 president, Scott Wright. 
Louis, shortly after joining the club, noticed the ROTAPLAST program of Rotary International, and immediately took an active interest in it, traveling to Bangladesh with the team last year, and assuming a leadership role in the District's program. Louise has been and active participant in of the club's service projects and its operations.
Congratulations , Louise for a well deserved honor.
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MARK CALL -CLUB GOALS FOR NEXT YEAR

 
MARK CALL, newly installed president of The Rotary Club of Norristown, outlined his plans and club goals for the coming year. Club goals must be designed to support the District goals , and Mark detailed how that is accomplished.  He stated that his style of leadership is one of consensus management with his main goals being for all to have fun, serve Noristown and Rotary, increase opportunities for local service projects, mentoring future leaders, and preparing the club for the future. 
The details of his plan can be found on our website. A few of the highlights include: have a net increase of three members by end of June '17, follow-up on inactive members, run the 'Elevator Speech' program again, enhance new member orientation, and increase attention to marketing the club. 
There are several new initiatives started by Mark for next year to implement the aggressive set of goals he has laid out. Louise Zawadzki will assume the new role of Club Trainer to keep us informed on new developments from Rotary, Guido will head an effort to more fully communicate with the media, Dave Beach will head a Tech Team , to organize our tech support and introduce new levels of technology like bar coding, credit card use, and live video streaming of our meetings.
We all look forward to working with Mark to meet these goals and have a terrific year.
 
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CLUB CHANGEOVER - 2016-17

 

 
ANNE  ROHRICHT  from Norristown Borough,  accepts a check from President Scott Wright for $790 the our club donated to help the victims of the recent apartment fire in Norristown.  Anne thanked the club and stated that the gift will help the victims in getting back on their feet
 
 

 

The Club was honoured to have new Assistant Governor Michael Seidner present to help in our changeover.  It was Michael's first official function as AG 
 
 
 

 

 
AG Michael Seidner installs new officers and members of the Board of Directors who will join the returning Board members in overseeing operations of the club. The new members are: Front L-R Guido Martinelli - dir, Judy Bucko - Treasurer, Robin Parker 2nd VP, 2nd row Denise Ashe - dir, Fred Hagglund - Pres Elect, Dave Shoemaker - Secretary, Michael Seidner - Asst Dist Gov, back row Tim Myers - dir, Jim Williams - dir, Angus Murray - dir.
 
 
 
 

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Michael also installed new President MARK CALL

 

 

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SCOTT presents the gavel to new President MARK CALL
 
 
 

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SCOTT WRIGHT, President for the past year, gave his closing speech and reminded us of the main objectives he had in mind when he took club leadership last year. 

They were: increase attendance in club functions, which has been a challenge for us, but we have increased participation in some areas; have increased participation in community projects which has happened; Increased membership which, for a number of reasons, remains a challenge; work to increase public relations- successes with twitter, FaceBook, the web site, as means of promoting club activities; Increase awareness of people with special needs, as exhibited by speakers throughout the year and the main recipient of the fundraiser being selected as The Pathway School.

Thank you Scott and congratulations on your year as President.

SCOTT also announced his selection as Member Of The Year as LOUISE ZAWADZKI, who will be honored at a future meeting.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ANGUS MUARY- CLASSIFICATION plus AG VISIT

 

ANGUS MUARY filled in at the last minute and gave us his classification talk. Angus, raised in Connecticut farm country, graduated from University of Massachusetts and went to work at Camp Joy, a camp dedicated to aiding adult needs. He joined the VARIETY CLUB 10 years ago and is now director of the Variety Club Camp in Worcester. He lives in Red Hill with his wife, who he met at Camp Joy, and their two children.
We were visited by District Assistant Governor BRUCE DEARNLEY and Assistant Governor Elect- MICHAEL SEIDNER
PAUL CATRAMBONE brought a banner from his club away from home,the NAPLES COLLIER ROTARY CLUB.
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AMY GREBE - ACPPA Community Arts Center

AMY GREBE founder of the COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER spoke to the club about the Center's history, progress, and goals in bring access to the arts to children in the Norristown area. Their main goal is to instill "creative self-development and community revitalization" in the participants.  She started with a group of 8 children and has grown the organization to where it serves over 2000 kids a year from all over Montgomery County. The Center strives to introduce children to a broad array of arts including dance, music, painting, theater,  and others, with the goal that they will develop interests in areas that they normally would not have exposure to. The Center partners with school systems, in mentoring, activities, and summer programs. 
 
AMY GREBE from the COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER is welcomed by chair- MARK CALL
 
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ROTAPLAST UPDATE- Louise and Judy

   
 
Club member LOUISE Zawadzki gave the club an update on her activities with ROTAPLAST, a ROTARY supported organization that performs surgeries around the world, to correct cleft lip and cleft palate on afflicted children in third world countries.
She talked of her experiences on her first service trip to Bangladesh and how the experience has affected her. Also, a video of a ROTAPLAST mission to India from 2015 was shown highlighting the desperate need for this help in very poor parts of the world. 
Her next trip is with a group from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to CUMANA Venezuela next year. Louise and Judy Bucko, who joined the committee this year, are heading a fundraising effort is support of this trip. Our club donated $1000 to the CUMANA project and the two are working on an effort to raise and additional  $50,000. 
   
 
JUDY BUCKO introduced their local fundraiser, The BEANIE BABY RESCUE program where we can rescue a Beanie Baby for $10 and donate it to a child who is about to undergo the corrective surgery in Cumana next year. You can join those shown below, over the next few weeks.   Also plan to take advantage of a fundraiser event at Bertucci's on June 16.
For more info on ROTAPLAST:     smilesforcumana.com
 
 

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JACK WATERS - AQUA SPORT

JACK WATERS co-founder of AQUA SPORT PHYSICAL THERAPY P.C. spoke to the club about his organization ,which was founded in 1997 to serve the rehabilitation needs in the community, first concentrating mostly on sports injuries and later branching into all those requiring eneral physical therapy . Jack, a Norristown native and Temple grad, became interested in the physical therapy field while working on his graduate degee at the University of Miami, and after working in the field of physical therapy for a few years, and researching the needs, including a visit to Dr. Jim Nutts facility, he decided to enter the sports Rehab field and started Aqua Sport with two other partners. He cited examples of how the technology of sports, and the speed and strength of the players, has led to an increase injuries, such as hockey, with harder ice, and sharper edges, has caused more knee and leg injuries. He has worked extensively with area youth and is part of the staff of NAHS  athletics.
 
 
JACK WATERS is welcomed by chair FRED HAGGLUND
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PEDALS FOR PROGRESS COLLECTION

 
Last Saturday, in the rain, members of the ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTYOWN run a used bike collection for the PRDALS FOR PROGRESS program( introduced to us by Jim Jones)  at Norristown High School. We disassembled the bikes and loaded them into the truck for repairer, cleaning , and reshipment overseas, by the PEDALS organization.  We processed 97 bikes and 15 sewing machines. Thanks to MARK CALL for organizing this year's collection.
 
  
   
   
 
 
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CLUB 95th ANNIVERSARY DINNER

The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN celebrated its 95th anniversary with a dinner and awards ceremony at The Meadowood Retirement Community, Thursday April 29. 100 members, guests, and past presidents attended the event MC'd by Mark Call, president elect, organized by Ralph Kelley, Guido Martinelli, and Judy Bucko, and hosted by Paul Nordeman. Meadowood provided the perfect setting for reconnecting with many former members as several past presidents were present. The celebration highlighted the service of many log-time club participants and remembered two who passed away during the past year.
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
 
      
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
Attendees enjoyed a fine dinner , served by the Meadowood staff, and the group raised a glass , lead by Judy Bucko, in celebration of the club's 95 years of community service to the Norristown area community.
 
   
 
   
   
 
 
The keynote speaker for the night was ROTARY District Governor, Doug Cook. Doug noted the longevity of our club and congratulated it on its continuing support for the community through its many programs.  The club presented a check to Doug in support of the ROTARY Shelterbox program, with current rescues include Japan and Ecuador.
 
   
 
 
 
Past presidents present were honoured as were members of the 25 year club of members.
 
 
    PAST PRESIDENTS
 
 
 
25 YEAR CLUB
 
***********  NOTE -  MORE PICTURES NEXT WEEK  *********************
 
 
 
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JIM WAKEFIELD- Canoe trip- Canada to NYC

 
Chair- RALPH KELLEY welcomes JIM WAKEFIELD to the club for a very interesting presentation on his canoe adventure
 
 
Jim gave us the highlights of his trip with friend John Little, from the Vermont / Canada border, down lake Champlain, thru the lock system into the Hudson River, and on to New York City. The 325 mile, 21 day trip was filled with many exciting and rewarding experiences such as, meeting many people along the way who were willing to help with lodging, camping space, food and inputs into the local area and points of interest ahead of them. Averaging between 12 and 35 miles a day, they enjoyed the continually varying scenery and the generosity of the people they met along the way.
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS- NORRISTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL

 
The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN welcomed and honoured four students from Norristown High School at our April 7 meeting. Pictured above are:Chair- ROBERT SANTANGELO, LYDIA HAGGARD, NATHAN REYNOLDS, COLLEEN SHERIDAN, SAMIRAH THOMPSON,and Counselor-JENNIE WOLFENSON
 
The students were recognized for their accomplishments in academics, technology, sports, community service and personal character. Their many contributions include leading student organizations such as youth clubs, student consul, and ROTARY INTERACT CLUB. They have participated in band, honours orchestra, track, all while maintaining outstanding grade point averages, some are members of the National Honours Society. Their community service includes work in their churches, volunteering with Advocates Against Hunger, the Norristown Library, volunteering and internship in health work, county government, and mentoring. Their future plans include physical therapy, nursing, and the visual arts.  Congratulations to each and best wisher for the future.
 
   
LYDIA HAGGARD- President INTERACT               NATHAN REYNOLDS
 
   
COLLEEN SHERIDAN                                                        SAMIRAH THOMPSON
 
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BREAKFAST MEETING at ALFREDO'S

BREAKFAST AT ALFREDO'Se

President Scot Wright welcomed 25 club members to a 5th Thursday breakfast meeting at Alfredo's Restaurant last Thursday
 
 
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NORRISTOWN MEN OF EXCELLENCE

 
KIRK BERRY from the NORRISTOWN MEN OF EXCELLENCE joined with TROY SWITTENBURG in presenting the organization's history, goals and accomplishments with the club. The MEN of EXCELLENCE came into existance when several local men , who grew up in Norristown, left to go to school, and returned to the area, decided that they wanted to give back to the community. They formed this group, and meeting over lunches, put together a program that reaches out to locals through activities as varied as: an annual free football clinic, a Thanksgiving turkey dinner drive, after school programs with NAHS centered on learning by using a "Vision Board" approach. They hold an annual 'black tie' Awards Banquet which is their main fundraiser, presenting stipends to two deserving students, and recognizing accomplishments in business and community service.
President SCOTT WRIGHT welcomes TROY SWITTENBURG and KIRK BERRY from the NORRISTOWN MEN OF EXCELLENCE
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JODI RUSSER - SOLAR CITY

 
Jodi Russer from SolarCity spoke to the club about how solar energy systems are becoming available for use by most people , and how SolarCity has programs for easy installation and maintenance on most homes. She explained the benefits of using solar energy as a way to get away for fossil fuels, and how SolarCity has developed a financial model that reduces individual's energy bills by the use of solar systems that they install for free and share the resultant energy at a reduced cost to the host homes. 
For further information , contact SolarCity at :   www.solarcity.com
 
 
MARK CALL welcomed SHEILA GERHART- LAUVERand JODI RUSSER from SolarCity
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ROTAPLAST BENEFIT

 
While this is a District 7450 fundraiser, money from any tickets sold in 7430 will go to our Rotaplast Committee to help fund our next mission, Smiles for Cumana, Venezuela.  -  Louise Zawadzki
 
 

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METHACTON H.S. STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

METHACTON STUDENTS HONOURED WITH ROTARY STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Robert Santangelo, Kevin Ouyang, Anthony Scelza, Nathan Schlenter,  counselor- David Ruminski,
Kelly Zhang, president Scott Wright.
 
The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN honoured four outstanding students from Methacton High School for their 
achievements in academics, scholastic activities, and community service. Counselor David Rumeninski introduced
each by detailing the impressive accomplishments of each. The students have studied at both the high school and at
North Montco Tech School, and have excelled in areas of science, engineering, bio-tech, medical research, political
science. and music. Each is ranked high in their class academically, including the number one student. All are taking
several advanced placement classes, and members of National Honours Society or National Technical Honours Society.
Two are Eagle Scouts and all volunteer in areas of community service, hospital work, church, mentoring, ROTC, and
college research projects. Congratulations to all of these fine students.
 
 
    
KEVIN OUYANG                                                  ANTHONY SCELZA
     
NATHAN SCHLENKER                                        KELLY ZHANG
 
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DENISE ASHE - MONTGOMERY COUNTY OIC

Our own DENISE ASHE, president and CEO of Montgomery County OIC, Opportunities Industrialization Center, gave a talk about the Center's origins, history, plans for the future, and its special programs. The institution was started by the Rev. Leon Sullivan in Philadelphia in 1965, to supply educational opportunities to minorities, enhancing their employment prospects in the corporate world. Rev Sullivan fought hard to open doors for his graduates. The Center in Norristown was started in 1966 and continues in the tradition of  offering many diverse educational programs, and social skill development needed in today's business world. She spoke of several programs including the College Tour where high school seniors are taken to several colleges where they take campus tours and get the opportunity make a school decision armed with a personal visit. Other projects were The Norristown Project, lead by her son Shae, The New Development Corp. , and Campus Extreme. This program 8 week summer camp is centered on teaching science, math, physics and other technical subjects to a group of students. The program is partially funded by GSX.
PAT AUGUSTUS GILBERT, a Pre-Apprentice Instructor at the Center also spoke about the apprenticeship program leading to carriers in the trades: electrical, plumbing. and construction. The graduates are given special consideration by local trade unions, small businesses, and are eligible to help fill local participation requirements in public contracts.
   
DENISE ASHE                                                PAT AUGUSTUS GILBERT
 
 
President Scott Wright welcomes Denise and Pat
 
 
 
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FEED THE BURBS - TOM McGLYNN

  Last Thursday, Thomas McGlynn, founder for FEED the BURBS, spoke about his organization's beginnings and goals for helping feed the community. Tom related how he developed a concept of using public lands to create urban gardens which could help sustain the food distribution to the needy, performed by the many food cupboards and soup kitchens in the Norristown area. Tom, who is the Assistant Manager of Catholic Social Services, Martha's Choice Market in Norristown, spoke of the concept of a 'perma-coulture', one of sustainability, where factors concerning the environment, sustainability, sharing of responsibility and results, all lead to the development of community co-op gardens which would help stock the food cupboards. 
Martha's Choice Market is one of the organizations that would benefit from this program, and the manager, Patrick Waksh spoke of that program. The newly renovated food cupboard at Catholic Social Services, serves between 40 to 50 families  a week in an atmosphere that allows for personal dignity and the opportunity to select from different food offerings so as to create healthful and meaningful meals for those in need. They serve the social, spiritual, and meal needs in the community. 
 
 
THOMAS McGLYNN - FEED the BURBS          PATRICK WALSH- MARTHA'S CHOICE
 
SCOTT WRIGHT and FRED HAGGLUND  welcome Thomas McGlynn- Feed the Burbs and Patrick Walsh
Catholic Social Services- Martha's Choice Market
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CARVER CENTER RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE CLUB

REV. BYRON CRAIG , from THE CARVER CENTER receives a check from president Scott Wright. The Center
was one of the organizations selected by the Community Grant Committee to receive a $1000 grant. 
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DAVID SCHWEIDENBACH - PEDALS FOR PROGRESS

David Schweidenbach, founder of PEDALS FOR PROGRESS, addressed the club last Thursday, reviewing the organization's history, advancements, and plans for the future. He started Pedals For Progress in 1991 with the goal of helping people who could greatly benefit from owning a bicycle. Pointing out that one half of the world's population walks as their main means of transportation, and is thus limited in their opportunities for employment, he structured his organization to collect bikes from this country, ship and resell the bikes at affordable prices, in third world countries, to those in need. He has improved his logistics plan in order to reduce his expenses as much as possible, but related that higher costs and competition from other charitable groups, several which he helped develop plans,  has led him to recently branch out into including sewing machines in his program. This has allowed for year round operations and has been successful in widening the organization's appeal, involving women's groups whose interest has been sparked by the sewing machine aspect.  In the last year, Pedals For Progress distributed 4000 bikes and 450 sewing machines. 
  The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN has participated in the program for the last several years, and once again will hold its annual event at WEST NORRITON DAY, May 21.
 
 
MARK CALL welcomes DAVID to the club.
 
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Lt Robert Greenaway, NPD-- Norristown Update

 
Lt. ROBERT GREENAWAY, from the Norristown Police Department, was the featured speaker at our
last meeting. He presented a talk "Norristown Update" giving us a great overview of the workings of 
the department, citing several recent improvements in community relations, communications, and logistics.
He Spoke of a department philosophy of protecting not enforcing, stating that you cannot arrest your way out of a problem. Solutions have to be found instead. NPD has joined 2000 other departments across the nation in a 'Coffee With A Cop" program where officers can meet informally with city residents and establish friendships and relationships. The department has started using social media much more , involving postings on Facebook, Twitter, and NEXTDOOR, a site which presents notifications of special events, charity events, personal testimonials, and general information meant to keep the public informed. The city is divided into 4 zones for the purpose of instituting Geographical Policing, giving the department closer contact to the activities in each neighbourhood.
 
 
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS- PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH

Students from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School were honoured for their scholastic, athletic, and community service achievements at our last meeting  The students, selected by the school's faculty, were recognized for their outstanding character, volunteer work in the community, as well as their success in maintaining high scholastic standing They demonstrated that they were willing to extend themselves for others. The accomplishments include: creating charity organizations like SAVE, which helps villages in Africa, helping local hospital in physical therapy area, assisting nursing staff at local clinics, editing school yearbook, creating a start-up company, participating in Jr, Achievement, volunteering to work in a clinic in India, and mentoring.  Their continued education includes studies in Bio-Med Engineering,Entrepreneurship, and Nursing.
Norristown Rotary congratulates each of you.
 
 
ROBERT SANTANGELO presented the achievement awards to :Anna Deeg , Shanira Mitchell, Lina Shi, Paul Thomas.
Counselor  M J.  Grourke represented the school.
 
    
Anna Deeg
 
    
Shanira Mitchell
 
    
Lina Shi
 
 
    
Paul Thomas
 
 
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ACLAMO FAMILY CENTERS -NELLY JIMENEZ

 
This week NELLY JIMENEZ, CEO of Aclamo Family Centers visited and shared with the club the various services provided to Norristown and Pottstown  and some of the challenges they face in the coming year. ACLAMO provides educational programs, social services and health access to Latino and other low income residents by empowering them to succeed and become productive members of society.
Scott and Mark welcome Nelly to the club
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LOUISE ZAWADZKI REPORTS ON HER ROTAPLAST WORK IN BANGLADESH

 
LOUISE ZAWADZKI related her experiences on her recent November trip to Bangladesh to work with the ROTARY ROTAPLAST team in treating children afflicted with cleft lips and cleft palate. The team performs surgery on children with such major facial disfigurement , that speech is almost impossible. She related several cases that touched her the most, and formed her speech around the principles of the 4-Way Test, expressing how each related to her desire to help and the human condition she encountered with the people. She used her skills as a speech pathologist to compliment and continue the work of the surgeons in giving the kids a chance for a more normal life. Louise will continue as a member of the ROTARY INTERNATIONAL ROTAPLAST COMMITTEE.  Fantastic work Louise. We are all proud of your work in this area.
 
 
Louise presented to her hosts , a ROTARY CLUB of NORRISTOWN banner
 
 
President Scott Wright with Louise
 
 
 
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RINGING FOR THE SALVATION ARMY

Thanks to all 20 ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN members who braved the cold , to ring for the Salvation Army on Saturday Dec. 19.  We collected a total of $1208. Thanks to Judy for organizing this crew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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HOLIDAY LUNCHEON

Our December 17 meeting featured a fine menu prepared by the Westover staff as we celebrated the holidays with the music from the NAHS Choir. Their presentation, an annual event that always pleases, included pieces covering a wide range of genre. 
 
 
At the meeting , we presented $1000 grants to four community organizations, selected by our Community Grant Committee. The honoured groups were: 
Disabled American Veterans, Norristown Ministries, St. Augustine After School Program, and the Norristown Library. The funds are made available through our efforts in the Pancake Breakfast which has delivered enough proceeds to continue coverage of Advocates Against Hunger fresh produce program as well as these deserving grants.
 
Present for the awarding of the grants are: Scott Wright, club president; Bill Keys, commander Chapter 25 DAV; Sunandra Charles, Norristown Ministries; Kathy Arnold- Yeager, Norristown Library; Kathleen Neumann, St. Augustine; Bill Sweeney, DAV; Virginia Frantz, Committee Chair.
 
 
We also honoured the staff that has served our lunches this year, with a gift of appreciation.
 
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HOLIDAY DINNER

Last Thursday, The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN held its annual Holiday Dinner at The Meadowood Retirement Community. The event was hosted by Paul Nordeman as all enjoyed the marvelous social atmosphere, fine dinner, and the beautiful singing of the Club Chorale under the direction of maestro John Heyser.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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KENNETH FENNAL - Newest Club Member inducted

KENNETH FENNAL

KENNETH FENNAL was welcomed to THE ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN as its newest member in an induction ceremony lead by Mark Call.
JIM WILLIAMS , Kenneth's sponsor, congradulates him. We all look forward to Ken's participation in the future.
   
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CAMP NEIDIG REPORT

 
ROBERT SANTANGELO welcomed three CAMP NEIDIG  participants that we sponsored this year.
They are (l to r): CLAIRE McALLISTER- Plynouth Whitemarsh, LUKE MASCIO- Plymouth Whitemarsh, and JAKE CARDARELLI- Methacton
 

 

Robert questioned each student about what experiences they thought were the most useful in developing leadership skills, which is the main goal for Camp Neidig.

LUKE MASCIO spoke of  the team building games and tasks, working together to complete assignments. He stressed the importance of listening to each other and not putting down any ideas offered by others.

CLAIRE McALLISTER related her experiences working on the year book, dealing with all the pressure of short deadlines and the need to work as a team to get out a 20 page book.

JAKE CARDARELLI  worked on the Worship Team, putting together the Sunday service, which included organization, developing presentations with others relating their experiences. All spoke highly of the Camp week and felt they had learned valuable life lessons and thanked our club for sponsoring them..

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THANKSGIVING DINNER PROJECT

Fourteen Rotary Club of Norristown members gathered last Thursday at the East Norriton ShopRite to pack 60 Thanksgiving dinners for the needy in the Norristown area. Dinners included turkey, vegetables, juice and dessert.  They were delivered to The Hospitality Center, Audubon YMCA,  Family Services , NASD, AND METHACTON SCHOOL DISTRICT.  Thanks to all who helped out either financially or with the distribution.
 

 

 
A special thanks to DENISE ASHE to leading this year's effort
 
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INTERACT CLUB PRESENTATION

NAHS INTERACT CLUB PRESENTATION

 

 The INTERACT CLUB of NORRISTOWN AREA HIGH SCHOOL, visited our club last Thursday and presented their annual report to us.  Each student gave a short speech and outlined club activities from last year, and planned events for this year. They  talked of the history of INTERACT and how it was created in the early 60's as a youth outreach program from ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, and has grown to 250,000 members in 11,000 clubs around the world.
 
Our sponsorship of NAHS INTERACT CLUB is headed by Vanessa Cossari who has worked tirelessly over the last few years to build up the club. These three officers recently attended INTERACT Day at the United Nations, and the members related the learning experiences that they received from the event.They attended lectures, seminars and demonstrations covering a wide range of topics with worldwide appeal. They also had the pleasure of meeting the president of ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, K. R. Ravindran.
 
Pictured here are (l to r)- Jodi Dunsten, Vice Principal NAHS, Scott , Ashley Cushnie, Lydia Haggard, Tina Taylor,Vanessa
Certificates of recognition were presented to each.
 
 
 
 
Lydia Haggard, club president, expressed their gratitude for the support we give the club. One of the ongoing projects that they run, is the collection of can pull tabs that go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. She encouraged us to bring them throughout the year.
Ashley Cushnie spoke of what the club has meant to her in developing leadership skills and serving the community.
Tina Taylor spoke of giving back to the school and the community.
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RINGING FOR SALVATION ARMY- DEC. 19

BELL RINGERS RING THIS SATURDAY
 
 
JUDY BUCKO announced Sat. DEC. 19 , 8 am - 6 pm, as the date for
ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN bell ringing for the Salvation Army at the
Trooper Walmart. We supply the bells, new this year.  Hat NOT included. 
 
We filled the slots but if you'd like to participate, please contact Judy.
 
 
 
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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS- METHACTON, PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

 
Last Thursday , the Club honoured several outstanding students from Methacton and Plymouth Whitemarsh High Schools for their exemplarily achievements in academic, athletics, and community service. Each student was introduced by their counselor who outlined their many accomplishments including wide ranging activities such as: National Merit Scholars,and  taking numerous advanced courses. Their interests include editing newspapers, music, sports, science clubs, creating their own businesses, volunteering at local hospitals and Hospice centers, creating and running school clubs like the Tech Projects, and Science Clubs, Drone and artificial intelligence projects, theater work, courthouse internship, tutoring other kids, and many other community service projects. A most outstanding group of young people. We congratulate each one of them. 
 
Students receiving the Student Achievement Awards from PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH HIGH SCHOOL are (l to r) Lisa Genovese- counselor, Gilliam Bogle, Samantha Horry, Sydne Klein, Aaron Paskin, Robert Santangelo- host
 
 
 
 

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Representing METHACTON HIGH SCHOOL are Leah Millrood- counselor, Danielle Duda, Andrew Garcia, Niharika Gupta, James Keenan, Robert Santangelo- host 
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DICTIONARY PROJECT - COLE MANOR

DICTIONARY PROJECT

Our final distribution of Spanish - English Dictionaries took place Monday at Cole Manor School- Five club members were present to spread the word on ROTARY
 
 
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BREAKFAST MEETING at ALFREDO'S



 

NORRISTOWN ROTARY  FIFTH THURSDAY BREAKFAST MEETING AT ALFREDO'S RESTAURANT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
17 members and one guest (Brett Wells) enjoyed the food and company at our October, fifth Thursday meeting
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VARIETY CLUP CAMP WITH ANGUS MURRAY

VARIETY CLUB CAMP AND DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER

 
Club member ANGUS MURRAY welcomed the Rotary Club to the VARIETY CLUB CAMP on our annual Vocational Awareness Day last Thursday. The camp, located on 80 acres  in Worcester, offers year round programs centred on recreational, educational, and social developmental activities for children with physical and developmental disabilities. The Camp's activities aim to build self esteem, independence, and physical strength in the attendees buy offering a wide array of events ranging from sports to educational opportunities in business , such as growing, harvesting, and marketing food from the camp. 
 

 

 
Angus showed us the cabins where summer campers sleep. The camp, while mainly a summer project, offers classes and special events year round. 
 
 

 

 
The Camp has faced financial difficulties in recent years, and Angus pointed out progress in righting the financial ship and convincing old supporters to return. The disrepair of the indoor pool is a prime example of facilities problems.
 

 

 

 

 
We visited the kitchen where money from a grant from NORRISTOWN ROTARY will help fund the purchase of new equipment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DISTRICT GOVERNOR DOUG COOK VISITS CLUB

Rotary District 7430 DISTRICT GOVERNOR Doug Cook visited our club last Thursday and attended our Board meeting and joined us for our general meeting. He addressed the club and spoke of several issues close to his heart. He stressed the importance of wearing our Rotary pins all the time as they act as a great opening for conversations and invite questions about our club. He noted the program presented by our Louise Zawadski concerning Elevator Speeches and being ready to give quick, concise details about Rotary at any time. Doug spoke of his personal experiences and how Rotary became an important part of his life. He mentioned the successes of Rotary's fight against polio around the world , with it remaining in just two countries. Also stressed was the importance in contributing to the Rotary Foundation and our clubs history of support, led by Nick Geers.
He also pushed attendance at the District conference Ap. 8 - 10 at the Inn at Pocono Manor, which will be a fun and informative time.  (See details below in letter)
 
DOUG COOK  ADDRESSING THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Doug spoke to the club on a wide range of issues concerning Rotary
 
 
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ROTARY HELPS AT FOOD DISTRIBUTION OCT. 17

Several NORRISTOWN ROTARY CLUB members braved the cold last Saturday, to join with 50 other volunteers in assisting Advocates Against Hunger distribute 170 cases of fresh produce to 236 family units at the Norristown Library.  This was one of four such events sponsored by the club this year.  
 

 

Trying to stay warm are: Jim Williams, Paul Catrambone, Dave Shoemaker, and Bernie Reilly
Tim Meyers helps a client through the line.  Also helping were Louise Zawadski  , Jim Nutt, Mark Call, and Dave Beach
We also had a great turnout from the NAHS INTERACT CLUB. Pictured are (l to r): Makayla Roberts, Ashlie Cushnie, Lydia Haggard, Gabby Masucci, Jasmine Aviles, Sara Culbreath
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FEEL THE WARMTH- Janet Shepps

FEEL THE WARMTH

 
JANET SHEPPS Executive Director of Feel The Warmth spoke to the club about this 7 year old organization ,that is dedicated to supplying winter coats, school supplies, and toys  to children in need in Montgomery and Chester counties.They receive funding from businesses, churches, community organizations, and have several fundraising events throughout the year such as their annual book drive, coat drive, and the annual holiday toy drive. They helped over 4500 kids last year alone. Upcoming events include: NOV. 8 The Sunday Tailgate 5k/1k run/ walk in Padden Park, Annual Winter Coat Drive- Nov. 10 - Jan. 16, Holiday Toy Drive- Nov.17- Dec. 5
You can contact them for further information at :
 

Mark Call welcomes Janet Shepps of Feel The Warmth
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Palmer Dalesandro New Member Induction


 

 
Palmer Dalesandro was inducted as a new member of The Rotary Club of Norristown by membership chair, Mark Call.
Palmer was introduced to the club by member Bernie Reilly.
We all extend a warm welcome to Palmer.
 

 

 
MARK CALL also gave a short update on membership committee activities announcing a new membership contest that will begin shortley. Watch SPOKE for details. This comes at a time when our membership is down three people from last year, even though we have added 7 new members in the last year. 
 
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Annual Club Picnic 2015

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PICNIC NEWS
 
This year the club picnic was held in September instead of July at Mermaid Lake.  Thank you Guido Martinelli for chairing the picnic this year.  Attending members received a little gift bag for attending.
 
 
 
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Marianne Lynch - Habitat For Humanity

Last week Marianne Lynch Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Montgomery County visited the club to speak.  She described how Habitats has expanded to include not only new construction projects now, but also major home repair projects as well as operate a recycled building materials center "ReStore" in West Norriton.  The organization is sponsoring a major revitalization project called "Rock the Block" on Sept. 19, registration 7:00am. Call 610-278-7710 ext 129 if interested in volunteering or visit www.habitatmontco.org  See ad at the end of this bulletin. 
 
Marianne Lynch - Habitat For Humanity Mark 2015-09-07 04:00:00Z 0

ADVOCATES / ROTARY PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION

FRESH PRODUCE DISTRIBUTION

15 NORRISTOWN ROTARIANS AND FAMILY MEMBERS  worked Saturday to help ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER distribute fresh produce to 285 appreciative families from the Norristown area. Our club has funded these events for the last three years thru the proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast

JIM NUTT directs MARK CALL with a load of cabbage.

LOUISE , her GRANDAUGHTER, and JACK bag up the beans.

JIM WILLIAMS escorts a client down the line helping select her produce

GUESS WHO IS UNDER THIS HAT

THAT WAS TOO EASY

 

JIM works with SCOTT'S SON on the line.

FORMER STUDENT OF THE MONTH LYDIA HELPED OUT

ALSO, FORMER STUDENT OF THE MONTH ASHLY WAS THERE

KING OF PRUSSIA ROTARY CLUB members also came to help out

 

DAVE SHOEMAKER AND SCOTT listen to KARY LaFORS from ADVOCATES give final instructions

BERNIE REILLY goes over details with NANETTE LaFORS from the ADVOCATES

 
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DAVID SHOEMAKER - New Member

 
DAVID SHOEMAKER (center)  was installed as a member of The Rotary Club of Norristown in a ceremony August 20. Officiating were Mark Call (r), Membership Chairman, and Dave Beach (l), sponsor. Dave had previously been a member of The Blue Bell Rotary. We welcome Dave and His wife Mary to our club's family.
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ROBIN PARKER- In Dragon Boat competition

ROBIN to DRAGON BOAT WORLD

ROBIN PARKER shared with the club her upcoming trip to Welland Onterio for the Dragon Boat World competition on Aug. 20
ROBIN dazzels the club with her competition suit.
   
ROBIN PARKER- In Dragon Boat competition dave beach 2015-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Invitation from Global Citizen (Norristown) 8-25

We received the following invitation on Twitter from Global Citizen, if anyone is interested, it is a free workshop. 
 

Neighbors in Action Community Leadership Workshop: Norristown, PA

Global Citizen

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

 
 

August 25, 2015

Time:

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Location:

Norristown Police Athletic League (PAL)
340 Harding Boulevard
Norristown, PA 19401

Event Description: 

Please join Global Citizen for the MLK365 & Neighbors in Action Community Leadership Workshops. These workshops will help participants identify how they may organize service projects and other activities in their communities to address needs and further their impact.
For more information please contact Global Citizen at 215-851-1811 or mlk365@globalcitizen365.org.

Go here ot register (link)
 
 

 
 
 
Invitation from Global Citizen (Norristown) 8-25 Mark Call 2015-08-17 04:00:00Z 0

DICTIONARY PROJECT 2015

SPANISH - ENGLISH DICTIONARY PROJECT

 
 
 
We have an 11" x17" picture deck mounted on foam board of Rotary projects used to  teach the children about Rotary
 
Students express their thanks to The Rotary Club for the dictionaries at Paul Fly
 
BOB SCHMIDT is leading our annual English-Spabish Dictionary distribution to third graders in the NASD. We are visiting the schools starting this week. See the schedule below. If you want your name added to the list , contact Bob, or just show up.
 
The following Schools have been scheduled.  Contact Bob Schmidt if you would like to help. Please arrive 15 minutes early to help prepare the books.
 
PAUL FLY - Completed
 
MARSHALL ST -  Jeffersonville  To be RESCHEDULED
Dave Beach  
Dave Burns  
Jim Williams  
Ralph Kelley  
   
   
 
Hancock - 1520 Arch St  Completed
Denise Ashe
 
Jim Williams  
Mark Call  
   
 
GOTWALLS - Completed
Robin Parker Louise Zawadzki
Paul Catrambone Jim Williams
Fred Hagglund  
Palmer Dalesandro  
Mark Call  
   
 
 
 
 
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LOUISE ZAWADZKI WORKING WITH ROTOPLAST

LOUISE ZAWADZKI GOING TO BANGLEDESH FOR ROTARY

Our District 7430 Rotaplast committee combines annually with District 7450 to support an international mission for reconstructive surgeries.  This year it was initially scheduled for September in Colombia.  That had to be cancelled due to government-required construction for earthquake safety; the hospital would not have any surgical suites available for our use at that time.  We are now planning a mission to New Delhi 11/22-12/6. While I thought I was scheduled to go on that one as a lay Rotarian volunteer, I just learned that I will instead be going to Bangladesh on another mission 11/29-12/12, serving as a speech therapist.  I will be accompanying the Mission Director, Randy Floyd,  who is from our district and has been on many previous missions.  He is a chief of police in his day job, so I feel comfortable traveling with him! And since he is even taller than I am, it gives me hope that I, too, can survive those long hours in an airplane seat.
 
I am so excited to have this opportunity, as it has been on my "bucket list" for many years.  Further, I am so proud that our Norristown Rotary Club recently made a very generous donation to help fund the New Delhi trip, which is much more costly than the Colombia one.  I look forward to coming back and sharing my experiences with my fellow Rotarians, and anyone else who will listen!
LOUISE ZAWADZKI WORKING WITH ROTOPLAST Louise Zawadzki 2015-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

2015 AAH Presentation


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Rotary Club of Norristown proudly presents Advocates Against Hunger
a check for $10,500 to help fight hunger. Pictured here is President Paul Catrambone,
Kary & Nanette LaFors from A.A.H. and Virginia Frantz, Grants Chair.  A.A.H. seeks to
coordinate the efforts  9 soup kitchens and 8 food pantries in the Norristown / Montgomery
County area. They also work to inform the community of food services available to those in need,
publicize and expand weekend food programs in the area school systems, and organize
and run several fresh produce distributions funded by our club.
 
Kary announced that the next club sponsored food distribution will be Aug. 29
 
 
2015 AAH Presentation Mark Call 2015-07-13 04:00:00Z 0

PRESIDENT SCOTT'S GOALS FOR THE COMING YEAR

 

 
Incoming president SCOTT WRIGHT laid out his plans and goals for the coming year, calling on each of us to step up and become more involved in all the club's activities and service projects .  His goals include service. We currently rely on 35 to 40 members to carry out most of the functions. Scott wants to see this grow in size . He would like to see a plus 4 in attendance in District events.  In Membership, we will strive for a +5 in the coming year. Public relations is an area that will get extra attention. Besides building on the excellent web, Facebook, and Twitter exposure, we need to attempt to get our events published 6 times in the coming year. He invites all to write articles on our events.  Finally, Scott drew in the RI Theme of "Be a Gift to the World" and stated our theme as "Be A Gift To Norristown"

 
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SCOTT WRIGHT , PRESIDENT AND BOARD MEMBERS INSTALLED

 
SCOTT WRIGHT , Club president for next year, is installed by Rotary District  Assistant Governor, Bruce Dearnley.  Scott gave a brief address to the club and will detail his goals for the coming year at the club meeting, July 2.
 
Outgoing President, Paul Catrambone "pins" incoming President Scott
 
 
Incoming Board members installed by the AG:  Dave Beach, 
Bob Schmidt, Jim Williams, Sam Eldaief,  missing was Vivian Schorle
 
Paul expressed his and the club's thanks to Jim Nutt for his leadership in covering for Paul during his extended absence this past year.
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12:45 Presidents Introduction Mark 2015-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

SHAE ASHE - THE NORRISTOWN PROJECT

 

 
SHAE ASHE  Founder of THE NORRISTOWN PROJECT spoke to the club on the factors that inspired him to create this organization.   He had watched as Norristown declined and became the center of many negative comments, and in 2013, decided that he would gather like minded Norristown residents and "Stop complaining and get out and do" projects that would uplift the neighbourhoods. Those projects included cleaning up parks, blocks, and open areas. The group has worked with the Dragon Boat Club at River Front Park, worked at the Cherry Street Park, and teamed with Council in improving the city's image with projects on the Schuykill River Trail ,including clean up, a temporary cooling station , and improved sineage to the city.  Upcoming events include a River Trail clean up on July 18, 2-5pm, and their annual fundraiser Friday, August 28, a wine and paint party.
 
Visit Shae's blog at  www.NorristownProject.com  or email him to volunteer or for info at  sashe@montcooic.org
 
 
 
Mark and Pual welcome Shae and his proud mom, Denise
SHAE ASHE - THE NORRISTOWN PROJECT dave beach 2015-06-23 04:00:00Z 0
CLAM BAKE- BARBECUE JULY 23 2015-06-23 04:00:00Z 0

Breakfast Meetings

   
 
No Lunch meeting next Thursday 7/30 
 
. . . BREAKFAST MEETING instead.
 
In the interest of increasing club participation while being sensitive to everyone's busy schedules, we have decided to replace the Happy Hour social events normally held the 5th Thursday of the month, with an official breakfast meeting.  The first meeting will be July 30th in lieu of the normally scheduled Happy Hour.
 
Date: July 30
Time: 7:30am (1 hour)
Location: Alfredo's Restaurant,  1132 W. Main St, Norristown, PA (in the side room)
Attire: Usual lunch meeting attire, please wear your pins
 
 
This is an official club meeting.  It counts as credit for attendance purposes.  There will be a 1 hour business meeting but there will be no speaker.
In return for venue accommodations, members are expected to patronize the restaurant.  Breakfast will be ordered from the menu on an individual basis. Unlike the Happy Hour, money will not be collected for meals, individuals are responsible for paying their own bill.
Note: there WILL NOT be a Lunch Roundtable meeting that week.
 
NOTE: It is POSTED no parking on Hamilton Street on Thursdays on the side nearest Alfredos. 

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LAURAL HOUSE- Cassandra Iannetti

 

Cassandra Iannetti from LAURAL HOUSE  gave a talk on their main function of identifying, locating, and assisting in the prevention of abuse. She emphasized that abuse takes many forms not just the domestic violence that many envision. Abuse can be verbal, mental, emotional, as well as physical, and there is a need to be aware of all its forms. Besides offering shelter to abused women, the HOUSE gives counseling  assistance to couples and teenagers, a 24 hour hot line and more detailed 24 hr Response Center, legal help, and transitional housing assistance. Cassandra visits local schools to inform students what to watch out for the the area of abuse. 
LAURA HOUSE  Hot Line is  1-800-642-3150
 
Cassandra can be reached at : 610- 277-1860 x100
 
Gift card from Walmart are always appreciated by their clients.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
Mark Call-chair, and President Paul Catrambone welcome Cassandra
 
 
 
 
LAURAL HOUSE- Cassandra Iannetti dave beach 2015-06-16 04:00:00Z 0
ad Centre Theater Benefit 6-28 2015-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

THEATER HORIZON

 

 
 Jennifer Pratt and Angela Coleman from THEATER HORIZON spoke to the club about the theater's successful drama presentations  the many educational programs offered to the community ,promoting theater work.  They continually win awards for productions such as 39 Steps, and Into The Woods, their most successful show of 2014.  But presenting plays and musicals is only a portion of what the organization does. Their three main goals are : Production, Education, and Community Engagement. They want to strengthen the art community with interactive sessions, theater school for kids, After school drama classes, Drama camps, and special sessions directed toward increasing participation in drama by children with Autism. Included in this program are classes on how to instruct autistic children.
 
 
Scott (chair) and Paul join Angelia and Jenifer
THEATER HORIZON dave beach 2015-06-10 04:00:00Z 0
Club Mobile Banner Mark Call 2015-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

VANESSA COSARRI AWARDED FRIENDS OF EDUCATION HONOUR


                                 VANESSA COSSARI just received the Education Association of Norristown Area  EANA Friends of Education Award for recognition of her service and dedication to the students and staff of NAHS. Paul attended the ceremony in her absence, and presented the award at our meeting. We congratulate Vanessa on this well deserved award.
 
 
 
 
 
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Larry Reed- Montco Senior Adult Activity Center

LARRY REED- MONTCO SAAC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Larry Reed, Site Manager for Norristown Senior Adult Activities Center, gave an overview of the organization and all that it offers seniors of Montgomery County.  The Center, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is dedicated to providing a social life for those who are alone and looking for companionship. It provides activities with other seniors, and continued educational opportunities. The Center is funded through government and community organization grants, and by the $30 a year members pay. Activities include art lessons, dance classes, special events, and lectures.  SAAC also runs the Norristown area Meals On Wheels program, serving over 100,000 meals a year to shut-ins. They are alwaws looking for vounteers to drive the food to their clients. They reciently started programs on health concerns of seniors such as weight mamagement, cooking, and nutritional awareness.
 
For further information, or to volunteer, contact Larry at: 610.275.1960
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paul with Larry Reed of SAAC
Larry Reed- Montco Senior Adult Activity Center dave beach 2015-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

BERNIE REILLY CLASSIFICATION TALK

 

BERNIE REILLY  presented his classification speech to the club. Bernie grew up in the area and attended Bishop Kendrick High School before moving on to Army Reserve then started his carrier in the bearing manufacturing world. He earned a business degree from Lasalle University and held positions in Illinois, Pennsylvania,  and Michigan.   He loves to read about the Civil War, and recently decided to ruin his life by taking up golf. He saw joining ROTARY as a way to give back to the community.
 
BERNIE REILLY CLASSIFICATION TALK dave beach 2015-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

ADVOCATES and ROTARY at WORK

Several members met at the Norristown Library last Saturday the assist The ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER  in one of their fresh produce distributions. Funding from our club got this AAH program off the ground, as we sponsored several events over the past three years. The success of the program has led other organizations the consider sponsoring an AAH event, as was the case this Saturday when  CAD/COM , a federally funded organization, sponsored this event. NORRISTOWN ROTARY has committed to funding  three events this coming season, with proceeds from our Pancake Breakfast.
 
 
EARLY MORNING VOLUNTEERS              
 
 
 
   MARK ALWAYS PREPARED WITH CLUB INFO
 
 
SCOT WITH KARY LaFORS OF AAH              
 
 
       QUESTIONABLE TRAINING
 
LOUISE BRINGS NEW PROSPECT, HER GRANDDAUGHTER
 
 
 
 
 
ADVOCATES and ROTARY at WORK dave beach 2015-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER - DISTRIBUTION SAT. MAY 23

Several members met at the Norristown Library last Saturday the assist The ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER  in one of their fresh produce distributions. Funding from our club got this AAH program off the ground, as we sponsored several events over the past three years. The success of the program has led other organizations the consider sponsoring an AAH event, as was the case this Saturday when  CAD/COM , a federally funded organization, sponsored this event. NORRISTOWN ROTARY has committed to funding  three events this coming season, with proceeds from our Pancake Breakfast.
 
 

 

Early morning volunteers
Mark is always ready with club info, just in case
Scott gets instructions from Kary LaFors of ADVOCATES
 
 
 
 

 

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Tell A Friend Campaign

Last week everyone got an assignment...HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOURS YET ???
 
Each member was to pick up a brochure at the greeting table and give one to a friend this week along with your best Rotary Elevator Speech.
 
 
As bad as our acting/role playing was in training ... Remember the guidelines for your speech ??
 
Here are some convenient facts
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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PANCAKE BREAKFAST A ROUSING SUCCESS

Thank-you to all who participated in this year's Pancake Breakfast and Auction /Raffle. It looks like another record year in net proceeds.

The benificiaries, ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER, and yet undetermined community groups will be elated in the generous results from work put in by all of you to make this event a success.  

I Thank you-   Dave Beach

 

 

Fred, Jim, Bob, and Jack flipped out with a record number of pancakes

Jim, Mike, and Lois working the back row

Floor Captain Judy leads the charge

The Raffle and Auction coordinated by Guido and Scott brought in over $3500.

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TOM SOUTHARD - CLASSIFICATION TALK

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New member Tom Southard gave an interesting classification talk detailing his carrier as a lobbyist in Washington after graduating from Baltimore College, and then moving to Cabrini College ,where he teaches and leads involvment in community affairs and social justice.  Tom is active in the community working with the Boy Scouts, Knights of Columbus, and many other community organizations. Welcome Tom.
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ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER FOOD DISTRIBUTION MAY 23

The next fresh produce distribution, for which our Club provides funds will be held on Saturday, May 23 at the Montgomery County/Norristown Library,   All Norristown Rotarians are welcome and encouraged to help in this great community outreach.  The distribution begins at 8:00 AM and continues to approximately Noon.  It is not necessary for you to attend the entire time, if you are only able to come for part of the time.  If you are interested in attending please let Jack Rule or Jim Nutt know either by e-mail or in person at this week's meeting.  We need to have an approximate count to Advocates Against Hunger by the end of this week.  Thanks.
 
ADVOCATES AGAINST HUNGER FOOD DISTRIBUTION MAY 23 dave beach 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0

HAPPY HOUR- April 30

The Club held its weekly meeting at CHAPS TAVERN in our fifth Thursday schedule of HAPPY HOUR meetings.
 
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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT'S LUNCHEON

Last Thursday we held our annual Administrative Assistant's Luncheon at the Meadowood Retirement Community. Paul Nordeman hosted the club and we congratulate Paul and his staff for preparing a wonderful lunch.  Entertainment was supplied by magician / juggler Al Angelo. 
 

Jim welcomes us to Meadowood                                 Paul organized the event and hosted                      a fine lunch is served
 
 
 
      Plenty of desserts for all                                                                             Denise  and friends 
 
 
 
Judy helps Al angelo with a card trick                                                            Fred plays the  straight man
 
 
              Al Angelo                                                                                     Top hat and tails affair            
 
                                                                
 
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Jazmin Tuggle- Snowden at the Central Region Rotary Speech Contest

 

Jazmin Tuggle -Snowden speaking at the Central Region Rotary Four-Way-Test Speech Contest April 11 at MCCC. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jazmin with her grandmother, Vanessa, Dave, and Bob
 
LETTER FROM VANESSA COSSARI TO NAHS SPONSORS
 
Dear Mrs. Dunston and Mr. Bucci,
I and the Rotary Club of Norristown would like to say how enormously proud we are of the fantastic speech given by Jazmin Tuggle Snowden at the Central Region Rotary Speech Contest held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Montgomery County College.
 
The 1st place winner of the CENTRAL Region 4WTSC was Niara Savage, representing the Souderton-Telford Club.  It was her 3rd & final attempt before graduating
2nd place went to Julianna Kabakjian from the Harleysville Club
3rd place Scott Jacobs, North Penn Club.
 
All of the candidate’s speeches were performed very well and I’m  sure judging was not an easy task. Although Jazmin did not place, she displayed great confidence, was very expressive and spoke very passionately on her topic of stereotyping utilizing the 4-Way Test!  
 
Jazmin said that she may enter the contest again next year and gave credit to her Debate Teacher, Mr Bucci for his encouragement to achieve her success.  We hope that she re-enters next year as does all of the Debate students under Mr. Bucci’s guidance and thank them all for their participation.
 
Mr. Bucci and Mrs. Dunston, we would like to personally thank you again for allowing the Rotary  Speech Contest to take place and become an annual event.   We’ll touch base again in the fall.
 
We at Rotary have invited Jazmin to present her speech to the entire Rotarian Club at one of our weekly luncheons and she accepted. Permission was granted by her grandmother who was present and they shall both be our guest.  Her grandmother stated that she will provide transportation.  When we have a scheduled date, I will inform you.
 
Thanks again,
Vanessa Cossari
Rotarian
Jazmin Tuggle- Snowden at the Central Region Rotary Speech Contest dave beach 2015-04-18 00:00:00Z 0

ANTHONY PALLANDINO NAHS AD- on move to PAC10

The Athletic Director of Norristown Area High School, Tony Pallandino, spoke of the district's pending move out of the Suburban One League and into The PAC10. He spoke on the advantages of less travel time for students and parents, as well as the benefits of competiting against schools of similar size. There are also academic advantages as students do not have to leave class as early. Norristown had been in Suburban One since 1922. Paul Spiewak, AD of Methacton also spoke of their experiences in joining the PAC10 a few years ago.
 

 

Dale Hood, Chair of the Day, introduces the speaker
Anthony Pallandino- NAHS Athletic Director
Dale Hood- chair, Anthony Pallandino- NAHS  AD, Paul Spiewak- Methacton AD
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MILLION DOLLAR JOURNEY- District Foundation Project

Last week's speaker RON SMITH is introduced by Nick Geers
 
RON SMITH spoke about the ROTARY FOUNDATION and gave the details of our District 7430 ongoing project , "THE MILLION DOLLAR JOURNEY" The project seeks to raise one million dollars through the Foundation to support projects Uganda and several other local and worldwide causes. THey are already 3/4 of the way to their goal, and Rod stated that individual contributions can be made to the ROTARY FOUNDATION in the name of this project. Ron also spoke on the goals and accomplishments of the Foundation itself. Besides the well known functions such as the fight against Polio which is now only found in two countries, he spoke of grants which have gone to aid people after disasters in Africa, Vermont, the east coast after Sandy, to name a few. The ROTARY FOUNDATION is one of the most efficient charitable organizations in the country, achieving the status of "Charity Navigator", with 92% of donations going to those in need.
 
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Sheriff Russell Bono and Chief Willie Riche Speak to Club

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERRIF SPEAKS

  Chief Willie Riche and Sheriff Russell Bono and with Jim Nutt. The county sherrif spoke to the club on the deparetment's workings , accomplishments , and new programs. The Sherrifs Department now employs 100% professionally trained personnel and carries out activities in court duties, transferring prisoners, sherrif's sales , serving warrents and many other activities. They have reciently started the county Deadbeat Dads program to inforce child support payments by using social media. Sherrif Bono has now instituted a simular program going after DUI offenders.
 Sheriff Russell Bono
Chief Willie Riche
 
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FOUR WAY TEST CONTEST WINNER TO COMPETE AT DISTRICTS- APRIL 11

JAZMINH TUGGLE - SNOWDEN - winner of the FOUR-WAY SPEECH CONTEST sponsored by The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN, will be speaking at the district competition on April 11 at Montgomery County Community College. Her topic is - Stereotypes: Misjudgment of others. Consider supporting Jazminh by attending on Ap. 11. The competition is  this Saturday April 11, at Montgomery County Community College at 10am for the honor of representing District 7430 Central Region.  Location: College Hall, 144-148 Main Campus of Montgomery County Community College, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA
 
TRIVIA  
Q - Who wrote the 4 Way Test
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A - R/I Pres Herbert Taylor
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HENRY MILLER TAKLS ABOUT REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOLDIER'S LIFE

HENRY MILLER, friend of Guido, brought his knowledge and interests in the Revolutionary War soldier to our club, as he described and exhibited many pieces of a soldiers uniforms, guns, and equipment. Henry who participates in many war reenactments, demonstrated the difficulties and hardships endured by soldiers of that era.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Member Bernie Reilly discusses equipment with the speaker
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Henry tries to inlist Judy in the army
 
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NEW MEMBERS

 
 
 
Three new members were inducted into the club last Thursday. Pictured  (l to r) are  Tom Southard, Bernie riled and Ed Turner with their sponsors Vanessa Cossari, Jim Nutt , and John Heyser. We warmly welcome each of you.
 
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FOUR WAY TEST SPEECH CONTEST HELD

 

 
Last Wednesday, The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN sponsored a speech competition at the high school in which 6 students presented short speeches using the ROTARY Four Way Test to back up their conclusions on a variety of topics of their choosing. Pictured above are the participants along with Vanessa and Bob.  (l to r)  Jazmanh Tuggle, Megan Litschi, Ashley DeOrdio, Ashley Bucci, Kristi McBean, Taylor Hardy.
 The 1st place winner advances on to the Regional Finals Competition at MCCC on April 11th.

 

 
(L to R)  First place went to Jazminh Tuggle who spoke on the dangers of stereotyping people and generalizing about them, second place was Megan Litschi speaking in support of stronger gun control, and third place went to  Taylor Handy talking the need for universal access to computers and the internet for all students. The speeches of all contestants will be available soon on our website.

 


 

Thanks to Vanessa Cossari for organizing this year's event. She and the rest of her committee are to be congratulated.

 
Vanessa, Bob, and Mark are pictured with NAHS staff who helped with the event.
 
 

 

 
Bob Schmidt talks to the students about what ROTARY stands for and accomplishes around the world, and also what we do locally in our community service projects.
 
 
 
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ROTARY ELEVATOR SPEECHES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Louise Zawadzki gave a very useful instructional talk on how to prepare and deliver an Elevator Speech on what ROTARY is when you are asked ,and have but a few minutes to get your ideas across.  The two main area sstressed  are - content, and delivery, with content having three important sections: introduction- where you present yourself as a member of ROTARY; Body- with the main concepts of ROTARY; and conclusion- don't forget to invite them to visit. The presentation will be available on our website in the near future.
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FOUR WAY TEST SPEECH CONTEST

 
 
 
 
 
  FOUR WAY TEST SPEECH CONTEST
   Vanessa Cossari has given more details on the Four-Way-Test Speech Contest that we are promoting with the Norristown Area High School. She has been publicizing the event with school leaders and is encouraged about this year's responses. Twenty-five students are competing for 6 final positions in contest . The local contest to be held next week, Wednesday March 4., at 1:30 in the Norristown High School auditorium. If you are assisting in the event, please plan to be there at 1:00 PM.  We encourage all to attend the event.
 
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MEDICARE FRAUD / ABUSE

 

Jim Nutt, speaker- Dr. Sanford Barth, Mark Call
Dr. Sanford Barth of Pa. SMP, Senior Medicare Patrol, spoke of the enormous Medicare fraud problem that hurts all who are in the program or expect to claim benefits in the future. Fraud and abuse totals over $80 Billion dollars a year and can be combated only with diligence , personal observations , and reporting of suspicious activities. Dr. Barth pointed out areas we should watch closely such as door-to-door salesmen pushing wellness care under the ACA, house cleaning services supposedly paid for by Medicare, and anyone going after you Medicare number which is the same as your social security number. Three areas to remember are PROTECT (your ID), DETECT (questionable behavior), and REPORT  (to authorities or SMP  1-800-356-3606)
 
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MEALS ON WHEELS in MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

PAULA MAYEWSKI of Montco Senior Adult Activities Center gave a talk on the Montco  MEALS ON WHEELS program that she directs. The MEALS program for this area is run from the Ambler Montco SAAC office with other facilities in Glenside and Norristown. They serve between 260 to 300 hot meals a day, with volunteers doing much more than just delivering meals. They are trained to look for health, nutritional, and safety concerns when visiting each client. Staff dietitians prepare a weekly menu assuring that all nutritional needs are met. Her organization is funded through grants and donations and services are no charge to the clients. Other WHEELS groups are privately funded and require payment from clients. They have a corporate Recruit program where local businesses allow their employees to server as volunteers to deliver food on company time. 
For further information or to refer someone in need to the program, contact Paula at:
Montco SAAC   215 - 619 - 8863
or e-mail her at: paulam@montcosaac.com
They are having a fundraiser at Normandie Farms Sat. May 7.
 
 
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Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

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DON BENN -Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition                          Don and chair MARK CALL
 
The coalition , formed 4 years age, is a group of community members interested in fighting human trafficking in the area. Don pointed out that human trafficking is modern day slavery and is a worldwide problem. He detailed the problem in MontCo and what is being done to shut it down. Trafficking takes two major forms: sex trade, and labor areas. He listed several things to look for in spotting trafficking and stressed that reporting suspicious situations is a major  deterrent to this plague. Montgomery County is a prime location due to its location near major population centers and its excellent transportation system.
For further information, contact the Coalition at their website :      MCATPA.org
  or visit their FACEBOOK page:    facebook.com/mcatpa
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LAST WEEK CANCELLED

Probably not an accurate headline, but last weeks meeting was canceled due to treacherous weather
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PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER

 
KEEP THE DATE    SATURDAY MAY 9-  SELL THE TICKETS , PUSH FRIENDS TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE RAFFLE AND AUCTION.  100  businesses have contributed to our cause.
Our annual Pancake fundraiser will once again be held at the Lower Providence Presbyterian Church. Ticket distribution begins at the April 2 meeting.  We need your help in obtaining sponsors for the event. Refer to letters sent out on this.
 Guido has obtained the EVENT SPONSORSHIP from the CONTINENTAL FOUNDATION.
           Guido announced that the CONTINENTAL FOUNDATION has increased its contribution to the fundraiser to $3000. Thank-you Guido and the Foundation.
 
 

 
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LOUISE ZAWADZKI CLASSIFICATION TALK

                                             
                                        
 
 
 
     Louise Zawadzki presented her Classification Talk to the membership, highlighting her life experiences from growing up in Chicago, attending University of Iowa, where she concentrated on studies in education and rehabilitation, and met her future husband. Her career has included work in State College, Methacton School District, and volunteer work with the Pathway School, and Special Olympics, plus many other areas. Her longtime interests led her to take club leadership in the  ROTARY INTERNATIONAL ROTOPLAST Project.
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PAUL HARRIS AWARDS

 

Nick Geers presented PAUL HARRIS AWARDS to this year's recipients: JIm Nutt, Vanessa Cossari, John Geers, and Jack Dasher. Also receiving awards but unable to attend are:Dale Hood, David Burns, Greg Statoti, John Stipa, Joe Gallo, Robert Gassner, Robert Schmidt, John Bown, Tom Bown, and Bruce Fretz

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PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AWARDS

The club will honor Paul Harris Fellow recipients at its next meeting, Jan. 15. Nick Geers will present Fellow Pins to the following: Dale Hood, David Burns, James Nutt, John Dasher, Greg Statoti, John Geers, John Stipa, Joe Gallo, Robert Gassner,Robert Schmidt,Vanessa Cossari, John Bown, Tom Bown, and Bruce Fretz.  All are requested to be present , if at all possible.
 
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JOE HANSON - Large Scale Model Airplanes

 
Tom Bown brought in his friend Joe Hanson to talk about his hobby of constructing and flying large scale model airplanes. Joe started by pointing out that models are not drones as drones are designed for a specific purpose and models are just that, scale models of actual aircraft. Joe is a longtime member of The Academy of Model Aeronautics which has over 150,000 members and promotes safety, education, training for model enthuests. He concentrates in radio controlled flight, one of many categories promoted by the academy, and has built several impressive models. Job brought his latest model, a Bristol Fighter ,which he built from scratch and has a wingspan of 13 ft, weighs 51lbs, and can fly at 70mph.
Speaker Joe Hanson with chair Tom Bown
 
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Digital Club, Part 3 - Give Us A Call

  us, operators are standing by
 
It’s important for your club to be reachable and it's easy and free to have a dedicated phone number for your club.  Sometimes there is no substitute for picking up the phone and calling.  Years ago, if you wanted to have a dedicated club phone number, you had to have a dedicated line and a phone handset.  Modern telephony technology has changed all of that. No longer must you have a landline telephone attached to the end of your number.  Now you can leverage entire virtual PBX systems using voice over IP technology to handle all of your telephony needs and they are highly configurable with a full range of services.
 
Pay services such as RingCentral or Line2 are excellent VOIP services and can do anything your club might dream up.  But there is also a free alternative from Google Inc.  Google Voice does most of what these pay services offer and naturally, it’s free. All you have to do is have a Google account and register and pick a number from the available bank of local numbers.
 
Google Voice can do call answering, call forwarding, call screening, call blocking, message transcripting and lots more.   Once you set up your club Google Voice account, you add the phones and emails you wish to use as destinations to receive calls or transcripted messages.  The phones must be verified by text message in order to prove they are actually yours.  You can even have rules and schedules for how calls are handled. For instance, you can have calls are accepted or forwarded during the day but also have them go to the answering machine at night. And you can have it forward to and ring multiple phones at the same time.
 
You don’t have to answer every time a call is forwarded though to you. The answering system is top notch.  It will take a message and it will even transcribe it and email it to you (and others).  If it is not convenient you can call them back as soon as possible. Or if you are picking up messages and it really needs to go to someone else in the club, you can forward the email and that person will be able to play the actual message on their computer.  
 
Should you choose to screen all incoming calls, once screening is turned on by visiting the web site, should you receive a call, the caller will hear "please state you name". Next Google Voice will put them on hold and call you and let you know someone is waiting, you will hear their name and voice and you have the option of pressing 1 to allow the call to forward through, otherwise it goes to a recording.
 
Everything is configurable by visiting your account on the Google Voice website. It is very handy when club roles change. 
 
The Norristown club receives a half dozen calls a month.  We get quite a few, membership, bike collection and scholarship questions by phone.  As long as you publicize the Google Voice number on your website or business cards,  people will find you.
Digital Club, Part 3 - Give Us A Call Mark Call 2015-01-05 00:00:00Z 0

CLUB SEEKS GRANT FOR THE VARIETY CLUB

Angus Murray informs the club about a proposed R.I. grant request for the Variety Club.
 
At the December 18 meeting , the Board decided to submit a request for a grant from Rotary International, to support the purchase of software for the Variety Club. The grant would cover the cost of camp registration software which would simplify the registration process , freeing personnel to to cover other areas needing attention. This request meets the main criteria for grants in that it helps the community and is self sustaining in the future, as the staff becomes much more productive. The data collected from the software will also allow the Club to more easily apply for other grants. The Norristown Rotary Club would receive recognition for its contribution toward this gift.
 
Jim Nutt added that all ideas for grant proposals can be forwarded to the Board.
 
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SALVATION ARMY RINGERS

Several members of The Rotary Club of Norristown braved the cold last Saturday, to ring the bells for the Salvation Army at the Trooper Walmart. Thanks to Judy Bucko for organizing and to the members who helped out.
 
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CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

Holiday festivities continued with our annual Holiday luncheon at Westover. Besides great food we were trated to a concert by the NASD Select Chorus.
 
 
 
The club also showed its appreciation to three members of Westover staff for their service this year
 
Paul presented gifts to Clara, Amber, and Jr.
 
 
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Annual Report- Student Loan Fund

 

 

Below is the annual report for the Norristown Rotary Student Loan Fund. 

This is prepared for the year ended 9/30/2014-  Don Kimmel

 

NORRISTOWN ROTARY STUDENT LOAN FUND

 

History Summary  -  1982 TO 2014

 

Granting Student Loans

    Eligible students are those selected as Norristown Rotary Students of the Month, Camp Neidig Leadership attendees, and occasionally faculty designated deserving students.  The school faculty nominates the students and selected students are graduates of Kennedy-Kenrick, Methacton, Norristown, and Plymouth-Whitemarsh High Schools.

  

Interest-free educational loans are available annually upon completion by the student of an application form submitted to the Loan Fund.  There is no means test to be eligible.  Students can apply annually for additional loans during full time college attendance, up to a total of four years.  Annual loan amounts to each student, which is $1000 currently, are distributed to the students in July each year.  The checks are payable to the institution that the student is attending.

 

    Loan repayment begins six months after completion or other termina­tion of full time college educational programs, or after completion of full time post-graduate studies by the student.  A minimum monthly repayment of $75.00 is required, many students accelerate the repayment.  No interest is payable unless the student defaults in repay­ment.

 

History

    This Club project was proposed by D. Kimmel while serving as club president in 1982-83 and adopted by the Board of Directors.  Loans of $400 to 8 students were initially made in 1983.  This year, 2014, 14 students each received loans of $1000.  During its existence, the Loan Fund has made 832 loans totaling $691,750.

 

Funding Source

    Funding for the Loan Fund has come from several sources, including contributions from the Norristown Rotary Club, individual contributions from members, interest earned, and special projects.  In prior years a major fund-raiser was the annual Arbaugh-Weiss Tennis Tournament sponsored by two club members and participated in by many of our members and other persons from the community.  Currently the Loan Fund is self-sustaining from loan repayments.

 

Administration

    A four-member committee, appointed by the Board of Directors, with staggered four-year terms administers the Loan Fund.  Subject to approval of the Board of Directors, the committee maintains published loan regulations, loan application and repayment forms that include guarantees from two persons, generally parents, and the student recipient.  Computerized student and financial records are maintained.  Records for the Loan Fund are maintained on a fiscal year ending September 30th.

rotary annual report

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY DINNER

The Club held its annual Holiday Dinner party at the  Meadowood Retirement Community last Wednesday evening. A great night of socializing and great food was enjoyed by members and their guests. Thanks go out to Ralph Kelly for organizing the event and bringing Janet Welfird to play the piano, Paul Nordeman for hosting , and John Heyser for rounding up fantastic entertainment.
 
 
 
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NAHS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Students from Norristown High School were recognized for their scholastic and community leadership
Chair- Robert Santangelo, Lynette Allen, Maria Flores, Natalie Mitchell, Sterling Williams, Counselor- Alan Flexner, Pres.- Paul Catrambone
Lynette Allen- Is involved with internship in the school district, loves to work with kids, and considers being a role model a major responsibility. She plans to attend Widner, Villanova, or Penn State.
Maria Flores- National Honor Society, Interac Club, Latino and French Clubs, volunteer in several local areas and hopes to attend Villanova, Brown, or Colombia.
Sterling Williams-National Honor Society, student consul, business club, recipient of the Widner Leadership Award, and plans to study business at Penn State, Temple, or Widner.
Natalie Mitchell-  Class Co-President, member student consul, National Honor Society, basketball, lacrosse, field hockey.
Plans to major in math and accounting
 
 
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ROTAPLAST AUCTION DETAILED

Louise Zawadzki addresses the club on the upcoming ROTAPLAST on-air auction set for Dec.6. If you wish to contribute items for the auction, you have until Nov. 29 to donate. To get more information, contact Louise or check out the ROTAPLAST section in DISTRICT 7430 NEWS located lower in this newsletter.
AUCTION IS SATURDAY DEC. 6   CH. 69
 
 
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ROTARY FOUNDATION with DON and GLORIA KIMMEL

Don and Gloria Kimmel were acknowledged by former District Governor Roger Baumann for their most gracious gift to The Rotary Foundation.
The Kimmel's donation placed them in the LEVEL 4 ($100,000 +) category of donors. Roger pointed out that only one other couple in the District is a LEVEL 4 donor.
We join Roger, The District, and all those benefiting from the Foundation around the world in thanking the Kimmels from the bottom of our hearts.
 
Don Kimmel, Roger Bauman, Gloria Kimmel
 
The meeting continued with a talk from Mike McCarthy on the ROTARY FOUNDATION, highlighting its current activities in 31 countries around the world.
The Foundation strives to  build peace, fight disease- eradicating POLIO worldwide-, participate in clean water projects, support mothers and children, promote education- Mike noted our club's Spanish-English Dictionary project, and supporting growth opportunities in local economies.
92% of donations goes directly to funding projects, with 2% to admin and 6% to promotion. Funding goes 50% to local projects and 50% worldwide.
He pointed out that there are several ways to donate.
We all should take this time to make our personal donations to the ROTARY FOUNDATION by contacting Nick Geers.    nicpeg3117@comcast.net
Mike McCarthy, Nick Geers, Gloria, Don Kimmel, Roger Baumann
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AAH Distribution 11-9-14

Advocates Against Hunger held its last fresh produce distribution of the year, Saturday Nov.9.  At the event, sponsored by The ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN, volunteers from around the community and several club members passed out food to nearly 300 needy families.
 
 
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INTERACT CLUB PRESENTATION

 
Vanessa Cosarri introduced officers and advisors of the Norristown High School INTERACT CLUB to Thursday's meeting.
Shown above are: Lydia Haggard- secretary, Vanessa, Madison Messics- president, Paul, Caroline Stilly- co-vice pres. ,
Victoria Purcell-co-vice pres. , Ashley Cushnie- public relations.
Each spoke to the club on last years accomplishments, this year's plans, and what participation in the club has meant to them personally.
The club is very active in the school, with 40 members currently, and an impressive agenda for community and school related service activities. 
A partial list of their planned service areas would include: support of the Hospitality Center, rose sales to benefit the fight on polio, 
operation Christmas Child, soda cap collection for the Ronald Macdonald House, and food drives throughout the year.
Vanessa presented a check for $161 from our club to help support the efforts of the INTERACT CLUB.
For further information on the club, visit their website at:       www.nahsinteractclub.webs.com
 
      
INTERACT PRESIDENT Madison Messics addressing the club
 
INTERACT public relations officer Ashley Cushnie interviews Paul
 
Officers along with club advisors Pat McCarthy and Stephanie Giacene
 
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NEW MEMBER ROBIN PARKER WELCOMED dave beach 2014-11-14 00:00:00Z 0

CHRIS WEELER and PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH STUDENTS

Chris Wheeler brought his exceptional wit and wisdom to last week's ROTARY CLUB OF NORRISTOWN meeting. The former Phillies announcer was, as usual, one of the highlights of the year.
 
 
 
 
Four students from Plymouth Whitemarsh High School were honored for their outstanding scholastic and extracurricular activities.
 
 
PICTURED ABOVE:  Robert Santangelo- chair, Francis Garvey, Patrick Kelley, Michael Krone, Harry Shope, Cindy Hartson- Conselor, Paul Catrambone- Presideny
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Digital Club, Part 2 - You are Here ===> X

 
 
Digital Club, Part 2 - You are Here ===> X
 
Google Maps is a universal mapping service provided free by Google, Inc.  Not only does it include great navigation maps but also satellite imagery and street view perspectives. And it offers point to point directions and navigation. Most times, anyone doing a web search to find your club will end up using Google Maps to locate you or to get there.  So it is very important to be visible and findable on Google Maps.  Also, if you register as a business, you will appear in web searches twice. Once, because of your normal web site being found and again as a registered place of business.
 
The key to make this all happen is to make sure that your club is registered on Google Places.  Google Places is a free online business directory of local businesses and organizations.  Getting registered requires providing Google with some information about your club, including location.  And then subsequently verifying that information. Google also offers Google + Local Business Pages should you want to feature your club on Google, you can do both.  But Google Places is the critical piece to get on the map.
 
Why is it important to register?  Local web searches for a Rotary club near you will list your club on the map only if you are registered.  Otherwise, an interested inquirer would have to already know and type in your street address to find your location.  Also Rotary uses data from Google Places to aid in listing you correctly on the Rotary "Club Locator”  service.  If this data is invalid, you won’t be found.
 
It’s easy to register but it is a 2 step process. You’ll need to set up a Google Account first if you don’t have one.   
 
To register, open your browser and go to www.google.com/business/placesforbusiness  
 
Google will ask you to agree to terms and conditions. 
And then it will ask you to search for your business to be sure it does’t already exist. And when it is not found, it will let you enter your address.  
Most clubs enter “organization” for the category code.  If you don’t have a club phone number, now’s a good time to get a free Google Voice account (covered in part 3).
 
Finally, it will ask to send you a verification postcard to the address you gave.
 
Google will register your club for 30 days unverified but in order to remain permanently registered, Google will want to be sure you really do business there.  They will send you a registration verification code by postal mail to the club address within 2 weeks.  And it looks like junk mail so you must look for it.  Once you receive the verification code, you must revisit the site and enter the code they sent you.
 
Here is an excellent video which walks through the entire process.
 
Typical search for “rotary" 
 
That’s it.  Web searches should now list you along with other area Rotary clubs so your prospective Rotarians will easily find you.
 
 
 
 
Digital Club, Part 2 - You are Here ===> X Mark Call 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0

ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKET DRIVE

Our annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Drive will be held THIS THURSDAY, November 20th.  We again hope to be able to prepare 75 baskets for the needy in our area.  Contact Denise or Guido. for last minute contributions.
 We need you to help on the morning of the 20th to prepare the baskets. Just show up at the EAST NORRITON ShopRite at 8:00 AM.                         

55 East Germantown Pike  (  corner 202 and Germantown Pk.  )

East Norriton

 

         
 
 
 
 
 
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A Club Directory in Your Pocket Mark Call 2014-10-13 04:00:00Z 0

Digital Club, Part 1 - Getting Your Club Noticed


 
Two years ago, District Governor Tony Jannetta visited the Norristown club and participated in the monthly board meeting.  He had come prepared and he already knew that, other than a new Facebook page, the Norristown club was not showing up in web searches and was conspicuously missing in the world of social media.  He pointed out that by not establishing a club digital footprint and web presence, the club was missing a huge opportunity to be found by potential candidate Rotarians.  So he challenged the club.  
 
The club responded by forming a small web committee and building a web site using Google Sites (we had no budget at the time and Google Sites is free).  Also we were able to take advantage of some of the most powerful Google web capabilities such as "dynamic list table" page templates, built into the tool set. As webmaster, you choose the data columns (fields) on the list data table you want to track, pick the column validation type (text, dates, checkboxes, predetermined dropdown values, email address etc), and the initial list table view sort order.  Web visitors can then view, sort the table by any column and add, delete or change data in the rows. This allows you to build about any web database you can imagine.  Club Runner offers a set of tables for a few of the common lists you might want to keep but they are predefined categories and data fields not dynamic.  We use dynamic list tables for for sign up sheets, and tracking all kinds of things (club assets, committees, speakers, visitors, board decisions, grants, brainstorming ideas)  You can also embed spreadsheets). 
 
Once our public website was functional, we built another private for members only site (requiring login) and a third site focused specifically on "Membership Building" and “Speaker Planning".  The websites reside on Google today, and which is extremely fast and reliable.  The public site gets between 100 and 350 actual hits per month depending on topic
 
Since the time that the site went live, we have also licensed Club Runner, but mainly to augment our other services with online attendance, dues management and eBulletin publication.  With the website functioning, we also setup a LinkedIn account and a Twitter account.  On the homepage we advertise a Google Voice phone number (free) established for the club where people can leave us messages.  These can be routed and forwarded to any phone.
 
Two years have passed and we have accumulated followers and we are learning to use these channels to inform, advertise, market the Rotary Brand and attract Rotary member interest.  It is a lot of initial work and time investment but, it is starting to pay off.  In fact, our most recent member and most recent prospect found us through the web, and we have had numerous interested candidates find us and inquire this past year.  We get about 10 membership inquiries per year.  A portion of the club's public website is dedicated to marketing the Rotary brand so that others understand what Rotary does and can make their own membership decision.  We also registered our physical meeting place address as a business with Google Places, so that the club would start showing up on Google Maps.
 
The club website is the internet gem of every club, even though other channels are more socially engaging.  So our other channel (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+) posts all  include a link to direct internet visitors back to the website stories where the complete story and a lot more comprehensive Rotary brand information, can be found.  Once on the web homepage, visitors can get the big picture about Rotary.  In fact, multiple internet channels point to the very same story in most cases.  Thereby drawing in an audience.  This is a common technique used with web blogs to grow a blog audience.
 
The cardinal rule of any website is to keep information current and updated or refreshed regularly. If web visitors see the same content they saw on their last visit or it is obsolete information, they will never visit again. The Norristown Club site is updated twice a week.  The club tweets on Twitter at least once or twice a week (usually with pictures, and we often get retweeted by others) and we have found that once we have followed and attracted about a hundred Twitter followers, it gains momentum and people begin finding and following us on their own, unsolicited.  The same is true for LinkedIn which is updated weekly.  Progress is measured using Google Analytics to report the number of web visitors that come to the site and which pages get visited.
 
Using numerous social media channels to engage and direct people to the website
 
Engaging in social media and making it work for you, is not something you can do over night, but if you plan and commit to maintaining and updating what you build, sooner or later,  the benefits of club visibility and web presence will get your club noticed.     
 
    *  Getting Your Club Noticed" is one of several mini-articles covering Internet and social media topics relative to our "digital" club.
www.NorristownRotary.org
 
 
 
Digital Club, Part 1 - Getting Your Club Noticed Mark Call 2014-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Project Needs Donations

 

A letter from Bob Schmidt, Dictionary Project Chair
18 September 2014
 
 
Dear Rotarians:
 
You received a letter last month outlining request for funds to underwrite the dictionary project.  If you’re not familiar with it, we distribute annually Spanish/English – English/Spanish dictionaries (paperback) to the third graders in all six elementary schools in the Norristown Area School District.
 
The latest enrollment figures show that we will be passing out over 700 of these books to the students.  The books are ordered from the “Dictionary Project” in North Carolina. Rotary Clubs as well as other organizations have a long-standing relationship with this group. The cost for each book is $2.50.
 
We reported today to the Board and to the general meeting that, to date, club members have contributed $1320.00 to this project.  We are profoundly grateful to each member who has contributed. 
 
The total cost is estimated to be $1860.00.  I also emphasized that we were asked to approach club members for donations with the understanding that any balance would be covered by the club using funds reserved for community projects.  The fund raising effort was simply to free club funds to be used elsewhere if not needed for this.
 
The Board agreed that we would accept donations to this project until 30 September.  You can bring your donation to the meeting next week or send it to Guido Martinelli.  Checks may be made out to the Montgomery Foundation and designated to the “dictionary fund” to receive a tax deduction.
 
We are ramping up the distribution of dictionaries in each of the schools.  To date, we have scheduled four schools, the first one being the Marshall Street School tomorrow morning. Members signed up to volunteer today during our meeting.  If you want to add your name to one or more of these events, go to the Rotary Club website where you can do this online, thanks to our computer guru, Mark Call.  You can also call me to add your name.
 
Again, I want to express my deep appreciation to each of you for your interest in this literacy project in Norristown.
 
                                                                        Bob Schmidt
 
 
 
Dictionary Project Needs Donations Mark Call 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z 0

Thank you from Jack Lotkowski

A thank you note from Student Interest Free Loan recipient Jack Lotkowski
 
 
Congratulations, you're very welcome Jack.  
Glad to hear you are doing well in college. Good luck with job interviews.
We're sure you will make the right decisions.
Thank you from Jack Lotkowski Mark Call 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Gary Fedorcha makes official visit

District Governor Gary Fedorcha made an official visit to the Rotary Club of Norristown on August 21st.  He observed the operations of the Board meeting and addressed the general membership meeting.   He spoke about the District Governor's goals this year. And he elaborated on how, locally Rotary has embraced the satellite club concept and its implementation. He lit the candle to signify our theme this year to "Light Up Rotary Through Education" and passed the light on to President Paul Catrambone to keep alive.
 
District Governor Gary Fedorcha (2014-2015)
 
Here Gary passes the candle to Paul Catrambone to signify our theme of "Light Up Rotary Through Education". 
 
Area 9 Asst. Governor Bruce Dearnley,  Norristown Club President Paul Catrambone,  Dist. 7430 Governor Gary Fedorcha
 
 
District Governor Gary Fedorcha makes official visit Mark Call 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

AD - Help the Blue Bell Club golfers help the kids - Sept 15, 2014

 Play some golf, enjoy Rotary camaraderie and best of all, help the kids
 
A letter from Joanne Messerschmidt - President - Rotary Club of Blue Bell
 
I'm writing to you with a special appeal for golfers for our upcoming Golf Outing Fundraiser.  The Golf Outing is on Monday, September 15th at Blue Bell Country Club. The beneficiary is Cradles to Crayons who as you may know, provide children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive.
 
The Golf Outing is a great day with awards, gift baskets, lunch, and even back massages!  But we are in dire need of golfers asap in order to make the fundraiser a success.  If you could please pass the word on to your club and golf enthusiasts, I would greatly appreciate it.  The flyer with complete info is attached.  Registration online is easy at: www.bluebellrotary.org.
 
Thank you for your consideration.  I'm looking forward to getting together with you to collaborate and share ideas! 
 
AD - Help the Blue Bell Club golfers help the kids - Sept 15, 2014 Mark Call 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0

Fresh Produce Market Distribution Project 8-23

 REMINDER !
Saturday Aug 23rd - There will be a Fresh Produce Market Distribution in the Montgomery County Norristown Library parking lot from 8am to around noon. We will meet in the parking lot.  Bring a friend.
Fresh Produce Market Distribution Project 8-23 Mark Call 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

Chief Mark Talbot of the Norristown Police Department visits

Chief Talbot told us about his first 8 months on the job and his passion and commitment towards "urban policing" as the one area of law enforcement that interested him.  He emphasized how important neighborhoods are and their direct impact on crime in the area.  He described the community policing and broken widow effects in the urban environment. He also described data driven techniques as applied in Norristown.
Chief Mark Talbot of the Norristown Police Department visits Mark Call 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0

Dictionary Project

We are collecting donations (through the Montgomery County Foundation, Inc -Rotary Club of Norristown Community Impact Fund) for the Norristown 3rd grade English-Spanish Dictionary project so that we can continue to include all six of the elementary schools in the NASD