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January 2017
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Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Hatboro Dish
102 S. York Rd.
Hatboro, PA  19040
United States
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  SPEAKER: Melinda Goodwin Hatboro Residents Association (HRA) 
  "The small town with a big heart" is how Melinda describes Hatboro. The HRA is all about bringing the community together. With about       250 members, they have a long list of accomplishments. Perhaps they are most proud of their Community Garden Program. They began with 2 gardens and now have 13 throughout the town including at the schools and library. 583 lbs of fresh produce from these gardens has  been donated to local food banks that feed the community,school children and, the elderly. One of their goals is to encourage support of local businesses. Become a member for $15 and get discounts to many local restaurants and businesses. To read more about the HRA, and to download a membership application visit their website http://www.hatbororesidents.com/
Congratulations Hatboro Rotary for receiving the ShelterBox Bronze Hero Award, given to those who donate $1000 per year for at least three consecutive years.
ROTARY MOMENTS with Bob Powers:
Friendships through Rotary..In 1988 the Rotary International Convention was in Philadelphia and Bob and Dottie signed up to "host" a couple from Wales. (Why not, after all Bob and Dottie lived in North Wales so it seemed fitting!). They sent photos (yup Bob sent one with an arrow through his head!) ahead of time and met in Philly for lunch and dinner before the couple joined the Powers at their home. Marina and Malcolm became wonderful friends and while they were here, they were able to go to Atlantic City (first time at a casino) see the shore at Avalon and Cape May and forge a lifelong friendship with Bob and Dottie. Over the years, the two couples have met in various places around the world. Although Malcom has passed away, Bob and Dottie continue to phone Marina every Christmas. The wonderful world of Rotary!!!
  • Update on Kenyan water project..$3225 of the $9000 has been raised.
  • District 7430 will be celebrating 100 years of Rotary foundation at a Gala on Mar 11 2017 from 6-11 at Pine Crest Country Club Montgomeryville PA
  • The club received thank you notes from VOSH, Gardeners of Crooked Billet for the Children's Garden, and Hatboro Horsham Educational Foundation for our support.
The float theme is "Doing Good in the World".  The 2017 Float promoted and celebrated the 100 years of The Rotary Foundation. This float won the Princess Award, Most Beautiful Float 35' and Under.
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible.
As we approach the end of 2016, we look forward to the second half of this Rotary Year. President Gary presented a slide review of the first half of the Rotary year noting the clubs speakers, projects, Club member and Club accomplishments and continuing goals for the next half of the year.
We continue to ask for help from our club members in meeting our Foundation goal of 100% participation (we are at 85%). We are also very close to having the funds for our second shelter box.
Dec 29...At Bertucci's on County Line Rd. Willow Grove Rotary Social 6-8 $10
: Today we were joyfully entertained by the Madrigal Singers from Hatboro Horsham High School under the direction of John Timmons. An extremely talented group of young people reminded us how music and voices can lift people up! We Thank You for joining us this morning and putting smiles on our faces! To hear a little of the singers, go to the website and click on the link at the right "Madrigal Singers" to hear them sing.
We were also happy to have our future Rotarian Harry with us today!
Wrapping Party: Thank you to everyone who came to wrap gifts. Many hands made light work!
THE RESULTS! (Not all of them!There was another hallway full of bags!)
SHELTER BOX UPDATE: We are nearly there to purchase another shelter Box. If you would like to help us get there, you can donate through
ROTARY FOUNDATION: Our Goal for Foundation Giving during their Centennial Celebration Year was 100% club participation..We are almost there.
You can write a check to Rotary Foundation and bring it to the next meeting or donate online https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/give
Marsha Eichelberger, Inter Faith Housing Alliance provides housing and supportive services for Montgomery County families facing homelessness. In partnership with at least 12 MONTCO Churches, they are able to provide emergency shelter for families for the night. This program provides families with children, shelter, life skills training, basic needs support and other supportive services to help them leave homelessness behind and work toward a permanent  home. In 2015, 1570 families faced homelessness. 21 families (24 adults and 49 children) received emergency shelter, 12 families (14 adults and 27 children) received transitional housing support. Inter Faith Housing Alliance is currently fundraising for a van to be able to transport clients from their office/day care to nighttime emergency shelter and then return them the following morning. They have currently raised $10000 of their $20000 goal. For more information and to find out about volunteering, donating, and other services provided by Inter Faith please go to their website http://www.i-fha.org/whats-happening/
On behalf of Hatboro Rotary, Gary presented Marsha with a check toward the van project.
SPEAKER: Bruce Dearnley, Blue Bell Rotary
Mukaa Children's Home and Community Water Project. The Mukaa Water Project was a joint project of the Blue Bell Rotary, Hatboro Rotary and a local Kenyan Rotary Club. Primarily this project was conceived to bring water to Mukaa and the surrounding community throughout the year. For 9 months out of the year, there was no water/or very limited water. The goal was to find a water source, drill a well and provide water to both the children's home (110 people) and the community of 2500. Additionally, water storage was provided in the event the pumping station experienced a failure. The well was drilled to a depth of 350 feet, water was clean , drinkable and endless. This is another wonderful example of Rotary cooperation to help make lives better for those they may never have met. As a result, the community, children's home, and schools now have water year round.
Bob Powers Rotary Moment:
Today Bob spoke of Pearl Harbor on this 75th anniversary of the bombing. Bob shared with us his memories of where he was and what he and his family experienced that day. It started out as an ordinary Sunday until "Breaking News" interrupted the local radio program. Lives changed for many that day. Most of us weren't even a thought during that time but many have experienced how life changes when war happens. We have a diverse group of Rotarians, many who have served in time of war. We also belong to a Service Organization that promotes peace and provides for others through local projects and international projects. We may never know those we help and they may never know us. Looking at a working well and the smiling faces of children reminds us of the good that we do around the world.
SPEAKER: Jesse Brookreson "Hatboro Rotary Honoring the Veterans Among Us". This is a link to the power point presentation in case you missed it! portal.clubrunner.ca/6796/Documents/en-ca/b2e7c1f0-699b-4f07-af9e-d25149cd759e/1/
Hatboro Rotary Veterans:
  Lou Parys, Navy .... Aviation Ordinanceman 2nd Class ;
       Served in WWII; was in the Pacific on the
       USS Chandeleur
  Frank Jarrett, Navy...1953-56, Pacific Fleet
  Tom Post, Navy...Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class, USS Shenandoah
  Barbara Schupeltz, Navy...CAPT 1967-1994..Nurse Corps.
  Tom Finerghty, Army... E-5 Fixed UH 1 Helicopters in Vietnam
  Curt Difurio, Army...Reconnaisance Specialist
  Bob Powers, Army...Taught Tank Engine Repair
  Doug Thomas, Army...Specialist E-5 Stationed in
        South Korea (DMZ), Pentagon and Fort Meyers Arlington VA
  George Lewis, Army...Drove a Tank..28th Division 111th Tank Company
  Jack Groves, Army....1st LT in Signal Corps; Trained at Fort Monmouth;
           Deployed to Korea
  Joe Walsh, Marine Corps...Korean War Vet
  David Hower, Army...Army Ordinance 1952-1954,Started in California maintaining tanks
          Transferred to Maryland, Abington Proving Ground to verify weapons
          Back to California, Camp Erwin (10 miles from Death Valley) maintaining tanks
          Sent to Germany where he repaired military trucks
Thank you all for your Service!
Kenyan Water Bottling Project update
  We have raised $3025 thus far. Please remember, the matching program goes to the end of December.
  Checks should be made out to Hatboro Rotary and given to Katrina Sullivan.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION to Rotarian Russ Fairlie
For Faithful Service to the Community, and the Hatboro Rotary.
Russ has been a member of this club for 35 years. He is a Past President, Paul Harris Fellow and has been the driving force behind Lobster Pot.
Rotary has been and continues to be a part of his family..his Father was a Rotarian and his son is a Rotarian. During his tenure as President of this club, Russ help to raise $25000 for Polio Plus. We thank you for your leadership, your service to this community and to this club.
Russ Fairlie and Bob Johnston
Willow Grove Rotary is having an end of year social Dec 29 6-8 at Bertucci's in Huntington Valley. All local Rotarians are invited. $10, super casual!
Dave McPhillips OD and Nancy Delucia representing Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) of Pennsylvania.
The Mission of VOSH is to provide eye care and glasses to the materially poor in developing countries through short term mission trips and the training of local healthcare providers. Currently they are making quarterly week long mission trips to Haiti seeing an average of 2500-3000 patients. Nancy and Dave presented slides of their trip to Genaives Haiti (about a three hour bus ride from Port Au Prince Haiti) where they spent a week examining, providing eyeglasses, and sunglasses, treating acute and chronic eye problems and if available site-restoring surgeries. They work with local health professionals to provide care to those most in need. For more information on VOSH , to donate or to volunteer, go to http://www.vosh-pa.com/
Gary presented a check for $500 from the Hatboro Rotary to VOSH.
     SPEAKER:   Ed Hinno, Retired FBI Agent. Ed grew up in Mahanoy City PA, and in 1968 joined the FBI. He spent 22 years as an agent beginning in Savannah GA to Kentucky and then back to Pennsylvania. The FBI had 56 field offices and all Resident Agency Branches came under one of those offices. When the FBI came under Hoover in 1924, they were not permitted to carry fire arms or make arrests.  It wasn't until 1935 that agents were allowed to carry side arms. Thank you Ed for the interesting talk and sharing some of your past cases with us.
Rotary Moment presented by Bob Powers! In its early years Rotary was a men's organization and men were able to bond together as a group to help their communities. Circa 1968 this Rotary club did its first successful project..collecting technical books for a college in Valparaiso Chile. Although no longer a "men's" club, Rotary continues to support their communities in many ways as well as building friendships among people who might never have met if it were not for Rotary. Bob also gave us some insight into the early businesses of Hatboro..Do you remember Roberts and Mander  Stove Building Company? How about AMSCO Toy manufacturing Co? And what about the Bowling Alley on Meadowbrook and Jacksonville Rds? Our town is very rich in History!!
Tom Harbaugh presented a PHF+1 (pin with blue sapphire) to Linda Roehner. Please remember to make your centennial contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
Johnathan Riches acknowledged Katrina Sullivan for all the that she does to support the community and The Reformed Episcopal Seminary. He presented a small brick to her in honor of the support she has given to the Seminary and to the Community.
Congratulations to The Rotary Foundation!  The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary—a global network of volunteers committed to improving lives and communities around the world—has been named the 2016 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Please follow this link to read the entire article.
Every Month I receive an email about rotary Youth Exchange. Both Tom and I were very involved in the exchange program for years and to this day keep in touch with many of our past students, their families and those that give so much of themselves to this program. As I was reading the November Blog, I began to look at many of the other articles about polio, interact, promoting peace, providing clean water and a host of other programs. Do you want to know why people join Rotary or what Rotary does, then please go to this blog and read some of their stories. https://blog.rotary.org/
Please click on the link at the right side of this page to view the Hatboro Rotary Commercial
Highlights from today's meeting:
1. Katrina updated us on the Kenyan water project. We are moving forward with fundraising and applying for a District matching grant. We have reached out to a Kenya Rotary Club near to the proposed project who will provide post funding monitoring of the project. We will have an additional fund raiser in the spring to help support this project.
2. We have made a donation to Blue Bell Rotary for the Interfaith Housing Alliance to help transport homeless families from participating churches from overnight sites to workplace/school.
3. Mike Brookshire is working on Good Citizen Day on May 10th 2017 at the Union League with students from Interact. If you are interested in helping, please contact Mike. For more information about the Union League go to https://m.facebook.com/YouthWorkFoundation/.
4.Jonathan Riches and Bob Johnston are looking at ways to advertise about Rotary. Check out the commercial (click the link to the right) Share your thoughts with them.
5. November 20th... Hatboro Thanksgiving Parade. The Boys Scouts are partnering with the Hatboro Parade for annual food collection.
Hatboro Horsham Theatre Club
Jojo Malone, President of the HHHS Theatre Club presented information on the 2nd Annual Night of Fright Halloween Festival held October 29th. In case you missed it the theater students did a spectacular job with the props and acting. I saw lots of happy faces there.
We have established a shelter Box fundraising page for The Rotary Club of Hatboro Pennsylvania. Please visit this page and sign on as a team member. Share with your friends, families and post to your social media pages. http://shelterbox.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1079124&lis=0&kntae1079124=003D84FBBD74482FAD319FCF4DF2D5F3&team=6884356
Rob Czyzewicz and Patrick Rosenbaum Co-founders of 20/20 Visual Media.
Everyone has a story to tell and 20/20 Visual Media will help you tell that story whether it is for marketing purposes, educational purposes or fundraising.
Today, video has become a great means to tell your story ,by showing not just telling. Take some time to look at their work on their website http://www.2020visualmedia.com/
PHF+6  Congrats to Barb on receiving her PHF+6 pin (one ruby)

Ever wonder where our shelter Boxes have gone???
BOXES DONATED BY The Rotary Club of Hatboro (PA), USA
Box number   Destination    Donnation date
6648             Haiti              2009
23461           Niger             2014
17421           Ethiopia         2011
21376           Senegal         2012
      3323         Nairobi, Kenya  2006
      22218           Niger            2013
22220           Niger            2013
      23460           Niger            2014
5459       Quetta, Pakistan  2008
22219           Niger            2013
Speaker: Al Engle has been a Rotarian since 2008. He has a long connection with Rotary though being a Camp Neidig graduate in 1963. He did not join earlier because no one had invited him. He is a coordinator of the Rotary Foundation for our district. He presented background on the Foundation and encouraged further support for it. 
SPEAKERS:Kim Rubinstein and Dawn Tucker from Be a Part of the Conversation.
   Be a Part of the Conversation brings together parents and family, educators, law enforcement, and health providers to help and support young people in addressing substance abuse and addiction. They help build s culture of awareness and support rather than blame, fear, and shame.
President Gary presented Kim a donation of $500 from the Hatboro Rotary for Be a Part of the Conversation
  Tom Harbaugh                                   Katrina receives her PHF Ruby pin
SPEAKER: Tom Harbaugh presented about the Rotary Foundation. The Club has a strong history of supporting the Foundation. We have 70 Paul Harris Fellows and several multiple Paul Harris Fellows.The Foundation continues to do great work over their 100 years, particularly in helping to lead the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Since 1985 new polio cases have been reduced from 365,000 per year (in 122 countries) to just 21 new cases in three countries so far this year. In this 100th year of the Foundation it is suggested that each Rotarian worldwide make a donation in the amount of $26.50 (or more). This amount is the amount of the first check that was given back in 1917 to start the Rotary Foundation on its way to being one of the world's largest and best run worldwide charities. Our club goal is to have 100% participation in this effort. It is very easy to donate and it can be done in one of two ways:
1) go to  https://www.rotary.org and click on the Give button. You can make a one-time credit card donation or you can setup installments in either monthly, quarterly or annual increments. You will have to set up a User name and Password on the Rotary site so that the donation gets credited to your Foundation account 
2) As an alternative, you can write a check payable to Rotary Foundation and give it me and I will be sure it gets sent to the Foundation and credited to your account.
If you decide to make a donation online please let me know so that I keep track of our progress and also follow-up to be sure the donation is properly credited to your account.
Katrina Sullivan was recognized with a ruby pin for giving at the Paul Harris level+6.
Gloria Inlander received a plaque for her 25 years of service to Hatboro Rotary
Bob and Dotty Powers celebrate 65 years of marriage on 9/29
Barb Schupeltz
Wednesday September 21 2016
Despite the slow internet, I sincerely hope you learned a little bit more about navigating the website.
It takes a little practice to get use to moving around the different pages so don't be afraid to click on a link and see what is there.
There are direct links to Rotary International and to District 7430 homepage on the Hatboro Rotary Website.
For those of you who wish to have this site available all the time, there is an app for your phone.
Go to your app store and search "club runner". Get the app, open it and enter your user name and password.
Still have questions? You can always send me an email!
Gary and DG Linda Young
A Warm Welcome to DG Linda Young, Rotary Club of Saucon,Center Valley and AG Greg Hucklebridge, Rotary Club of Warminster. This was the first visit to Hatboro for DG Linda. She spoke about three subjects, Membership, Foundation, and Service. To find out more about what is happening in District 7430 visit http://www.rotarydistrict7430.org/. DG Linda also spoke about the status of Polio Eradication..a few cases still in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Additionally although Nigeria had been Polio free for over a year, one case has been reported. Keep up the fight! The Rotary Foundation will be celebrating 100 years in 2016-2017. Established in 1917, the first contribution was $26.50. Let's celebrate 100 years by every Rotarian making a donation to the Rotary Foundation. For more info on the centennial visit http://centennial.rotary.org/.
DG Linda has a goal of increasing Rotary membership by 100 before her term is up. To accomplish this, she hopes the district will establish 2 new clubs and that every club in the district will increase their numbers.
Remember, " Every Rotarian Makes a Difference and is a Shining Star"
Be A Gift to the World!
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