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The Rotaryite - Archive Aug 23, 2011
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THE ROTARYITE

 

Issued by the Rotary Club

of Morrisville, PA

 

Club No. 3435 Chartered Jan. 30 1928

 

Meets Thursdays, 6:15 P.M.

Michael's Restaurant

Unless announced otherwise

 
 Vol 69  No 1

 

 

 

    August 2011


   

Fellow Rotarians:

 

Whew! This has been one intense effort to catch up on documenting the major activities and programs  of the club since the last Rotaryite was issued way back in the middle of March. For those of you who were part of the events reported, you might enjoy being reminded of what went on. For those things you may have missed, here is where you can get caught up. And be sure to check out the pictures in the Photo Album section of the website.

 

The club has had really fine programs and projects and nifty social events. In the course of these activities a lot of valuable information has been disseminated. It is important I believe for every Rotarian in the club to be aware of what has been going on which is why I have gone to the trouble of providing the detail in this issue of the Rotaryite.

 

Now that my year as President is over, I intend to see that the Rotaryite is issued at least bi-monthly.  Manny Obalo is a tremendous help, both in writing and in taking pictures, and I consider us a team. Anyone wanting to join this team, just speak up and let us know!

 

Hal Long

 

But first:

 

Chaplain's Corner - Big E Jennett

 

You will always find yourself by losing yourself in the lives of others.

 

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work."  2 Corinthians  9:8

 

 

Sergeant at Arms - Big E Jennett

See Schedule of dinner money collectors posted on Rotary cabinet at Michael's Restaurant

 

Coming Programs - Tom Miller and Shelly Franklin

See website Calendar for upcoming events

 

Our Past Programs

Following is a table of contents of sorts for this issue. (The complete articles follow.)

 

March 24

Area Psychiatrist Speaks Up about Reach Out

Dr. David Nover, a board certified psychiatrist with his own private practice in Warrington, talked to the club about mental illness and the importance of the Reach Out Foundation of Bucks County.

 

April 14

Going Green

Tom Wells, owner of Thomas G. Wells Construction, LLC, in Yardley, that does residential remodeling and renovation, explained home energy audits and how to improve energy efficiency in our homes.

 

April 16

Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt in Morrisville's Williamson Park  -  a 60+ year Tradition

Go to the Photo Album section of the website to see who the bunny is!

 

April 27

CPR Training for Faith in Action Volunteers

Faith in Action is a free transportation service sponsored by Ivin's House in Morrisville for people needing transportation to doctors' offices and other appointments.

 

April 281

Morrisville High School Sophomore to be a Student Ambassador to France 

Julianna Manning, a sophomore in Morrisville High School and a member of the Leadership academy, talked about her acceptance as a Student Ambassador in the People to People Ambassadors program.

 

May 4-8

Morrisville Carnival

Once again the club sponsored a carnival in Williamson Park as a fund raiser and to provide a good recreational time for families, teenagers and adults.

 

May 12

Chaplain of the Parx Racetrack Explains the Backstretch

Rev. Rick Bunker, Chaplain of the Parx Racetrack in Bensalem and former minister to a Baptist church for 22 years, was introduced by Rev. Tom Brooks of Frankford United Methodist Church and fellow member of the Racetrack Chaplaincy.

 

May 19

Spanish Night

Rotarian Axel Augspach and his wife Libby (left) hosted a delightful evening at Michael's Restaurant complete with wine and authentic cuisine from Argentina, their home (for most of the year).

 

May 26

Evening included a presentation about the Red Cross shelter and a Paul Harris Fellow award.

 

The Red Cross Shelter

Kathy Horwatt of the Red Cross Shelter Advisory Board spoke about the needs of the homeless in Bucks County and the importance of the Homeless Shelter which is located in Levittown.

 

Paul Harris Fellow Awarded to Former Mayor of Morrisville

Peter Wisnosky (right), as a Paul Harris Fellow donor to The Rotary Foundation, had the privilege to bestow a Paul Harris Fellow honorarium on a person of his choice.

 

June 2

ShelterBoxes

Bruce Dearnley of the Blue Bell Rotary Club explained ShelterBox and his involvement. ShelterBox was started in 2000 by a Rotarian in England who developed a compact survival kit for families who have lost everything due to natural disasters.

 

June 9

Surprises in Selling Your Household Stuff

Professional Appraiser and Home Downsizing Consultant Michael Ivankovich gave a very entertaining and informative talk about what to expect when selling your household stuff.

 

June 10

Morrisville High Scholl Leadership Academy Congratulated by U.S. Congressman Fitzpatrick

The student members of Morrisville High School's Leadership Academy happily accepted awards as their time in the Academy drew to a close.

 

June 16

Club Has First "Happy Hour Meeting"

In an effort to explore alternative meeting formats, the club met at the Continental Restaurant in Yardley for refreshments at the bar and then for a program and an optional dinner in an upstairs meeting room. The program included:

Paul Harris Fellow Award

Rotarian Lee Nolting received another Paul Harris Fellow award

Water Filter Project Update

Rotarian Juan Proano gave a report about his three week visit to Peru with his wife and Rotarian, Luisa, and his interaction with fellow Rotarians there.

Vision of the Coming Rotary Year

President-elect Denny Lanctot presented his thoughts about the coming Rotary Year and focused on membership.

 

June 17-20

Club Once Again Sponsors Camp Neidig Participants

Jenna Souyack and another a member of the Morrisville High School Leadership Academy were sponsored by the club to attend Camp Neidig...

 

June 23

Club Assembly

The club met for dinner and critiqued the Happy Hour meeting at the Continental Restaurant the previous week.

 

June 30

The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club Gala Passing the Gavel

New President Denny Lanctot and his newly elected Board were honored at the club's traditional "Passing the Gavel" party at the Snipes Farm.

Ted Fletcher was named "Rotarian of the Year".

 

July 7

Rotarians Get Lesson on Using Website

Rotarians Hal Long, Manny Abalo and Michelle Fina showed the club some features about the club's web site and the ease in using it.

 

July 14

It was a busy meeting with a talk by Camp Neidig alumnus Jenna Souyack, a banner exchange with visitors from India and the presentation of the Student Achievement Award to Victoria Moore, a Morrisville high school senior.

 

July 21

It was another busy meeting with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow to Douglas Vannauker, a presentation by intermediate school student Faith Macwana, a report from Peru by Juan Proano and the speaker of the evening Melanie Snipes.

 

July 28

Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club Goes Out to the Ballgame

The club and family members and friends made its annual outing to the Trenton Thunder stadium.

 

August 4

Club Inducts First Corporate Member

At an historic meeting held on Thursday, Aug 4, 2011, the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club welcomed and inducted its first Corporate Member, the Snipes Farm and Education Center.

 

August 11

Yardley News Reporter Talks about the Future of Newspapers

Petra Schlatter, feature reporter and writer for the Yardley News, talked about the effects of online communications on the print newspapers.

 

August 18

Service above Self was evident in Paul Harris Fellow awards and update on the Katrina disaster.

 

Katrina Crew Tells About the Continued Need for Help in the New Orleans

Becky Kent and Roger Miller talked to the club about their experiences over the past five years on annual mission trips to Beloxi, Mississippi and New Orleans.

 

Two Paul Harris Fellows Presented by the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club

Rotarians Luisa and Juan Proano (right) were presented Paul Harris Fellow awards...

 

 

And Now, Our Past Programs, Projects and Socials! Enjoy! (And be sure to go to the Photo Album for more pictures)

 

March 24

Area Psychiatrist Speaks Up about Reach Out

noverDr. David Nover, a board certified psychiatrist with his own private practice in Warrington, talked to the club about mental illness and the importance of the Reach Out Foundation of Bucks County.  He detailed the work he does and the prevalence of mental disorders and current therapies and remedies for patients. According to Dr. Nover, there are new medications and treatments and studies to treat the various forms of mental disorders but there also has to be adjustments on the part of patients for effective results. "There is a great gap in services for people suffering from mental and emotional disorders," he said, and added that organizations such as the Reach Out Foundation help fill that gap.

 

He went on to note that for the past 15 years Reach Out has been offering free and voluntary support to people in Morrisville and the surrounding communities who are managing mental health and/or addiction disorders. It is 100% peer run and provides support, education, socialization and advocacy. There are some 19 support groups available. Many consumers of health care services come just to relax and socialize in the non-clinical and comfortable surroundings of the facility located in the Pennsbury Shopping Center on Trenton Avenue in Morrisville.

 

Dr. Nover, who is a member of the Advisory Board of Reach Out, is appealing to Rotarians and the local community to support the work of the Reach Out Foundation and its fund raising programs. In the past the majority of the money needed to keep Reach Out going came from the county but that source has dried up over the past couple of years. Reach Out, as a result, is attempting to dramatically step up its fund raising.  He asked specifically for support for a major fund raiser coming up on May 11, which includes a benefit dinner, a play by Playmasters in Bensalem and a dessert reception with many donated works of art and business certificates available. Go to www.rofbucks.net for more information about Reach Out and future events.

 

Club President Hal Long encouraged Rotarians to actively support the work of the Reach Out Foundation and thanked Dr. Nover for his visit and presentation.

 

 

April 14

Going Green

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Tom Wells, owner of Thomas G. Wells Construction, LLC, in Yardley, that does residential remodeling and renovation, explained home energy audits and how to improve energy efficiency in our homes. In the audit air leaks are identified, overall efficiency and comfort on a room by room basis are evaluated, combustion systems (heat and hot water) are checked, attic and wall insulation is measured and the number of air changes per hour is determined. From this information suggestions are made reduce energy costs and improve comfort. For more information go to www.tgw-construction.com

 

 

April 16

Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt in Morrisville's Williamson Park  -  a 60+ year Tradition

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Go to the Photo Album section of the website to see who the bunny is!

About 100 children, parents, and other family members and friends showed up for the 60+ year of the Community Easter Egg Hunt. Rotarians involved this year included Joe Urbano, Barry Vannauker, Dave Sample, Barbara Nuzzolo, Big E Jennett, Tom Miller, Ted and Ev Fletcher, Axel Augspach, Pete Wisnosky, Bill Ferrara, Larry Schiefer, Denny Lanctot  and Hal Long.

 

 

April 27

CPR Training for Faith in Action Volunteers

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 cpr right

 

Faith in Action is a  free transportation service sponsored by Ivin's House in Morrisville for people needing transportation to doctors' offices and other appointments. A Rotary Simplified Grant was used to provide first aid kits for the vehicles used by the volunteers. CPR training also was offered to the volunteers. The Red Cross Trainer was Lori Sullivan. Participants included Denny and Noreen Lanctot, Linda Yonkin, Hal Long, Ted and Ev Fletcher, Big E Jennett and Michele Fina. Photos are from the April 27 session in the Morrisville United Methodist Church. (See Photo Album for the other picture.)

 

April 28

Morrisville High School Sophomore to be a Student Ambassador to France 

manningJulianna Manning, a sophomore in Morrisville High School and a member of the Leadership academy, talked about her acceptance as a Student Ambassador in the People to People Ambassadors program. She is planning to go to France next month and is still working on the funding. As she explained, the People to People movement was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. He was acting on his belief that direct interaction among ordinary citizens around the world can promote cultural understanding and world peace. People to People Ambassador programs offer life-changing educational travel opportunities for students, athletes, educators, and professionals. There now are more than 500,000 alumni who have represented the United States across seven continents.

 

Student Ambassadors represent their school, community, state, and country while traveling abroad. They learn about other cultures, engage in fun activities, and meet local citizens. Student Ambassadors come from diverse backgrounds, but share common traits: a curious and adventurous spirit, an open mind and heart, the desire to learn about other cultures and people, and the belief in President Eisenhower's vision that each person can make a difference and help to achieve peace through understanding.

 

May 4-8

Morrcarnivalisville Carnival

 

 

Once again the club sponsored a carnival in Williamson Park as a fund raiser and to provide a good recreational time for families, teenagers and adults. The weather didn't cooperate as much as the club would have liked but the carnival ran smoothly and the carnival-goers thoroughly enjoyed themselves. See photos in the Photo Album section of the club website.

 

 

 

May 5

Club Assembly and Update on the Peru Water Filter Project

Rotarian Juan Proano gave an update on the water filter project in the Lima, Peru, area. The final official approval of Matching Grant from The Rotary Foundation has taken longer than Juan expected because of the processing of the paperwork. But he reported that everything is in order and some 400+ water filters will be provided through this particular project which will benefit over 2000 people who currently do not have safe water.

 

May 11

Reach Out Foundation Fundraiser

The fundraiser for the Reach Out Foundation was very successful. The benefit dinner was well supported, the comedy play, "Moon Over the Brewery", presented by Playmasters in Bensalem, was delightful and played to a nearly full house. The dessert event and Chinese Auction afterward resulted in spirited bidding and people taking with them many valuable pieces of donated art and gift certificates. The behind-the scenes support and donations by the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club were very important to the success of the event   

 

May 12

Chaplain of the Parx Racetrack Explains the Backstretch

rev rickRev. Rick Bunker, Chaplain of the Parx Racetrack in Bensalem and former minister to a Baptist church for 22 years, was introduced by Rev. Tom Brooks of Frankford United Methodist Church and fellow member of the Racetrack Chaplaincy. (Tom is the husband of Rev. Catherine Bowers, pastor of the Morrisville United Methodist Church and a Rotarian in the club.) Rev. Bunker said that the Backstretch refers to the colony of people who work and live at the track. The work ranges from Parx employees to jockeys to those who groom the horses to those who clean the stalls. Life and facilities are spartan.  "This is a closed society where there is a lot of need", he said, adding, "there is a lot to learn also." Rev. Bunker expressed great respect and concern for the well-being of all of the people on the Backstretch. He has obvious rapport with them as evidenced by some of the jockey clothing and equipment he showed that had been given to him. He distributed a list of articles always needed and welcomed by the Backstretch workers including toiletries, non-perishable food, clothing, bedding, to microwave ovens and bicycles.

 

In the picture Club President Hal Long (right) is shown presenting a Robert Morris commemorative plate to Rev. Bunker in appreciation of his talk. For a series of fun pictures of those attending the meeting, go to the Photo Album on the website.

 

May 19

Spanish Night

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Rotarian Axel Augspach and his wife Libby (left) hosted a delightful evening at Michael's Restaurant complete with wine and authentic cuisine from Argentina, their home (for most of the year). They described the  diverse terrain in Argentina and showed some interesting photos and paintings. One of the paintings was of a famous race horse in Argentina that had been owned by a member of Libby's family in the early 1900's.

 

 

 

May 26

Evening included a presentation about the Red Cross shelter and a Paul Harris Fellow award.

 

The Red Cross Shelter

red crossKathy Horwatt of the Red Cross Shelter Advisory Board spoke about the needs of the homeless in Bucks County and the importance of the Homeless Shelter which is located in Levittown. Among the statistics she provided is the fact that more than 43,000 children from Pennsylvania will experience homelessness each year and over 100 children from Bucks County will be homeless this year. The shelter has a limit of 6 months for anyone there, during which time they have to find jobs and make other living arrangements. In Bucks County that is very difficult in the face of the fact that the Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $932. She was given a Robert Morris commemorative plate by Club President Hal Long as a token of thanks for her talk.

 

Paul Harris Fellow Aph pete tomwarded to Former Mayor of Morrisville

 

Peter Wisnosky (right), as a Paul Harris Fellow donor to The Rotary Foundation, had the privilege to bestow a Paul Harris Fellow honorarium on a person of his choice. He chose to honor son Tom, the former Mayor of Morrisville, who has worked tirelessly to help the community. Because Tom works in New York City and his schedule has precluded him attending Rotary meetings, Foundation Chairman Tom Miller presented the award to Peter to pass on to Tom. Go to Photo Album on the club website for more pictures of the members.

 

 

June 2

ShelterBoxes

sbox(Internet sourced picture of Bruce Deanley)

Bruce Dearnley of the Blue Bell Rotary Club explained ShelterBox and his involvement. ShelterBox was started in 2000 by a Rotarian in England who developed a compact survival kit for families who have lost everything due to natural disasters. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people for up to a year with a tent, blankets, water purification, cooking equipment and other lifesaving equipment while they are displaced or homeless. The value of a box is $1,000 including delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so that a donor can track its box all the way to the recipient country via the ShelterBox website.

 

Bruce said that his involvement began five years ago when he went for training in England to be a first responder on the ShelterBox Response Teams. The 150 members of the highly trained teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organizations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide. They strive to get emergency shelter to those who need it most and in some cases have to guard against the boxes being stolen and sold on the back market. They instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict and have delivered aid following over 140 disasters in more than 70 countries. Bruce has been deployed to assist victims of the Peruvian earthquake of 2007, the Terrai Region floods in Nepal in 2008 and the Niger River foods in Niger, Africa last November.

 

 

June 9ivan

Surprises in Selling Your Household Stuff

(Internet sourced photo of Michael Ivankovich)

Professional Appraiser and Home Downsizing Consultant Michael Ivankovich gave a very entertaining and informative talk about what to expect when selling your household stuff. He had a list of "25 Areas (Almost) Guaranteed to Disappoint" but also talked about categories that probably are worth much more than you might expect. His website is www.michaelivankovichappraisals.com.

 

June 10

Morrisville High Scholl Leadership Academy Congratulated by U.S. Congressman Fitzpatrick

academy(Copied from Morrisville School District website with slight editorial modifications - H. Long, editor)

The student members of Morrisville High School's Leadership Academy happily accepted awards as their time in the Academy drew to a close. During the awards ceremony at the high school, Mr. Bill Ferrara (acting Superintendent at the time and subsequently named Superintendent) thanked the Rotary Club and the parents and students for their hard work and their support. He that noted the Rotary Club's Leadership Academy is a positive extra-curricular activity that is helping to change the perception of our school. "This is a great place to be," he added.

 

The Leadership Academy is a special program of the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club designed to develop leadership skills in high school students. It began in Morrisville High School last September when a select group of students were interviewed and chosen to be participants in the Academy. This first year was a successful start for Morrisville's in-school Leadership Academy, said Mr. Ferrara. Mr. Ferrara and teacher Linda Yonkin, both Rotarians, were the Academy advisors, along with Rotarians Ted Fletcher, Dave Sample and Barbara Nuzzolo. Throughout the school year, the Academy engaged speakers who taught, inspired and helped hone student leadership skills. As part of the training, the students successfully ran more than two school activities, including a student-faculty basketball game and a fashion show and walk-a-thon as charity fundraisers.

 

 As guest speaker, Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick was encouraging."Set goals, continue your education, work hard, volunteer, be safe and read a lot of books. Leaders are readers," he said. In describing leadership, Congressman Fitzpatrick said, "Leaders do for others. They help others without expecting anything in return." He also said leadership is not necessarily a title. "People will follow a true leader."

 Being part of the Leadership Academy has given senior Mike Franklin a greater understanding of leadership and service and how he plans to use the skills learned in the future. The experience also provided the senior classman with information that will help him make the transition from high school to college and beyond.

And Juliana Manning, a sophomore, was very pleased with the Academy experience. She said the students learned much about leadership from the interesting speakers and also from their projects. Manning said she gained valuable experience by being in charge of one of the group's fundraisers and completing the job. "It also was a lot of fun," she said.

 

So, Congratulations are in order for the Leadership Academy Class of 2010-2011: Seniors: Brenmarie Nazario, Crosby Knott, Jocelyn Murray, Katie Leather, Michael Franklin, Moet Dixon and Victoria Moore. Juniors: Cassidy Shemelia, Jenna Souyack, Jessica Martin, Casey Hollopeter. Sophomores: Chris Peluzzo, Juliana Manning, Kevin Munoz and Nick Castillo

 

 

June 16

Club Has First "Happy Hour Meeting"

In an effort to explore alternative meeting formats that could add variety and interest to the weekly gatherings, the club met at the Continental Restaurant in Yardley for refreshments at the bar and then for a program and an optional dinner in an upstairs meeting room. This format offers an opportunity for those with busy schedules and family commitments to socialize and take part in the meeting without the involvement of dinner, if that is their desire. The program included a Paul Harris Fellow award, and update on the Peru water filter project and a vision of the future by the President-elect.

 

Rotarian Lee Nolting Holeenored for Another Paul Harris Fellow

 

At the meeting Rotarian Lee Nolting was presented a Paul Harris Fellow award. Lee is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow whose stated goal has been to, "Do a Paul Harris Fellow each year." Lee, who also has contributed significantly to Rotaplast and has gone on two Rotaplast mission trips, certainly exemplifies the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self".  The presentation was made by Foundation Chairman Tom Miller (right). Club President Hal Long congratulated Lee on behalf of the club.

 

 

Water Filter Project Update

In another service effort, Juan Proano gave an update on the Peru water filter project

 

Vision of the Coming Rotary Year

dennyPresident-elect Denny Lanctot then presented his thoughts about the coming Rotary Year and focused on membership. He noted that holding the meeting at the Continental Restaurant was part of experimenting with a different meeting venue that might help attract new members. And he announced, "The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club has been approved by the District to offer Corporate Memberships." He went on to say, " And I urge you to look for potential Corporate Members and encourage them to join us."  Regarding the past programs and projects he said, "We also intend to continue other programs such as the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, the Dictionary Program and the Peru Water Project, These are all very good programs which we will continue,"  "He said that he wanted to encourage participation in the Ambassadors program and reach out to neighboring clubs in a cooperative manner.

 

Rotarian Juan Proano thanked outgoing President Hal Long and the club for the enormous support of the water filter project in his native Peru.

 

For more pictures of the evening, go to the Photo Album on the website.

 

June 17-20

Club Once Again Sponsors Camp Neidig Participants

Jenna Souyack and another a member of the Morrisville High School Leadership Academy were sponsored by the club to attend Camp Neidig, a Youth Leadership Training Camp sponsored by Rotary District 7430 and nearby Rotary Districts. Some 100+ high school juniors are brought together each year for a four-day camp to help develop better understanding of what leadership is about and to hone individual leadership skills. (See the July 14 meeting write-up about Jenna and her experience at the camp.)

 

June 23

Club Assembly

The club met for dinner and critiqued the Happy Hour meeting at the Continental Restaurant the previous week. Although most everyone had a good time and thought the format should be repeated from time to time, it was obvious that the meeting time needs to be controlled much better and the orders for dinner should be taken during the gathering at the bar to avoid delay in serving.

 

June 30

The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club Gala Passing the Gavelted

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Newly elected President Denny Lanctot (left)                                Rotarian of the Year Ted Fletcher

   and outgoing President Hal Long

 

New President Denny Lanctot of the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club and his newly elected Board were honored June 30, 2011, at the club's traditional "Passing the Gavel" party. The setting for this year's gala event was at the Snipes Farm and Education Center in near Morrisville and included a hayride tour of the farm.

 

Outgoing President Hal Long cited a number of club accomplishments the past year including exceptional support of the international humanitarian programs of The Rotary Foundation, Rotaplast and ShelterBoxes. Of special note was a Rotary Matching Grant to provide vital water filters for needy families in the Lima, Peru region.

 

At home Long noted that there were several successful literacy and youth leadership projects, the annual Community Easter Egg Hunt and regularly helping at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. The Youth Leadership Academy in the Morrisville High School  was a new, highly successful program guided by Rotarians Bill Ferrara (now Superintendent of the Morrisville Schools), Linda Yonkin, Dave Sample, Ted Fletcher and Barbara Nuzzolo.

 

Ted Fletcher was named "Rotarian of the Year" for his untiring and dedicated efforts to lead the fundraising efforts of the club and his leadership role in almost all of the other club projects. He is often the face of the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club to the community through his involvement in other organizations and projects in the local business and services communities. As one member put it, "His never-ending energy and willingness to participate, always related to helping others, should serve as a model for all of us."

 

It wasn't by chance that the Snipes Farm and Education Center was selected for Passing the Gavel. President Denny Lanctot is on the Center's board and has recruited the organization as the club's first Corporate Member. Permitting Corporate Memberships is a new pilot program of Rotary International and the Morrisville-Yardley Area club is one of about two hundred clubs around the world selected for the pilot. Any organization interested in this program should contact Denny or the club at www.myrotary.org.

 

Newly elected officers and members of the Board of Directors include President Denny Lanctot, 1st VP Barbara Nuzzolo, 2nd VP  Manny Abalo, Secretary Dave Sample, Treasurer Joe Urbano, and board members Linda Yonkin, Michele Fina, Juan Proano, Elias Jennett, Ted Fletcher and Hal Long.

 

July 7

Rotarians Get Lesson on Using Website

Rotarians Hal Long, Manny Abalo and Michelle Fina showed the club some features about the club's web site and the ease in using it. Hal asked everyone if they could move their index finder and everyone indicted they could. "That is really all you need to do," he said. "Left clicking with the computer mouse gets a person to just about any place they want to go."  The website is www.myrotarypa.org and there is a tremendous amount of information there about Rotary. Clicking on the Useful Links tab on the website provides quick access to the District and Rotary International websites and to many local area websites of interest. Hal encouraged clicking on the Calendar to find out when things are scheduled and click and log in to the "For members" section to get email and postal addresses and phone numbers.

 

July 14

It was a busy meeting with a talk by Camp Neidig alumnus Jenna Souyack, a banner exchange with visitors from India and the presentation of the Student Achievement Award to Victoria Moore, a Morrisville high school senior.

 

Camp Neidig Alumnus Tells Rotarians about the Experience

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Mother of Jenna Souyack, President Denny Lanctot, Jenna Souyack, Rotarian Ted Fletcher

 

Jenna talked to the club about her experience at Camp Neidig, the Youth Leadership Training Camp sponsored by Rotary District 7430 and nearby Rotary Districts. She said the four-day camp involving over 100 youth was a great experience where she made many new friends and learned a lot about teamwork and leadership. There were speakers from business who talked about their real life experiences and a number of outdoor problem-solving group activities like crossing simulated minefields without anyone getting blown up!

 

Jenna is a member of the Morrisville High School Leadership Academy sponsored by the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club. She is in the National Honor Society, was VP of her sophomore class, has a GPA 3.9 and plays softball on the HS team. She is interested in Math and Sociology and maybe law school. The person she admires most, she said, is her Mom.

 

Banner Exchange with the South Bombay Rotary Club

indiaThe club was honored by a visit from husband and wife Rotarians Deepak V. and Sandhra Bhimani of Mumbai, India. They were in Morrisville to visit their daughter Shachi Bhimani and brought greetings and a club banner from their club, Bombay South in Mumbai. Deepak is Past President of the Rotary Club of Ambernath and Sandhra is Past President of Bombay South.  Deepak and Sandhra are principals in Navdeep Chemicals , a speciality chemicals company headquartered Mumbai. President Denny Lanctot welcomed them and gave them a Morrisville Rotary banner for their club in India.

 

Rotary's Morrisville High School Student Achievement Award Winner

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The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club announced the winner of its $500 Student Achievement Award for 2011. Victoria Moore, a Morrisville High School Senior, was selected, based on her academic success and demonstrated leadership skills.  She took several dual enrollment classes at Bucks County Community College during her junior and senior years and will be entering Temple University in the fall as a psychology major. The award was made by Rotarians Denny Lanctot (left), current Club President and Hal Long, Past President.

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 21

It was another busy meeting with the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow to Douglas Vannauker, a presentation by intermediate school student Faith Macwana, a report from Peru by Juan Proano and the speaker of the evening Melanie Snipes.

 

Son of Rotarian Made Paul Harris Fellow

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Rotarian Barry Vannauker, as a Paul Harris Fellow donor to The Rotary Foundation had the privilege of bestowing a Paul Harris Fellow honorarium on a person of his choice and he chose his son, Douglas. In attendance for the presentation, made by Rotarian Tom Miller, a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow himself, were Barry and his wife Marvine and Douglas' wife.

 

 

 

Morrisville Intermediate School Student Selected for the Junior National Young Leaders Conferencefaith

Faith Macwana, a student in the Morrisville Intermediate School, told the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotarians about the Junior National Young Leaders Conference that she has had the good fortune to be chosen to attend. It will be a full week in Washington, D.C. with other students from around the country. The group will tour many of the national historic sites, study the issues that were involved and examine the leadership traits of some of the principle personalities involved. She said that there are several sessions designed to educate, inspire and motivate the students and give them confidence and leadership skills to take them through high school and beyond. 

 

She has to raise funds to help pay for the conference, coming up in August. At the suggestion of Ted Fletcher (left in the photo), who met her father "VK" (right) through the Morrisville Business Association and learned of the project, she made the presentation to the club. The club agreed that anyone who wanted to help should give their donation to the Treasurer, Joe Urbano, who will then send a check to her father for the money collected.

 

Report from Peru

Rotarian Juan Proano gave a report about his three week visit to Peru with his wife and Rotarian, Luisa, and his interaction with fellow Rotarians there. He conveyed their best wishes and brought back two goodwill club banners from Rotary clubs in northern Peru that he visited and where he presented banners from our club.

 

The Snipes Farm and Education Center Talks to Rotary

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                              President Denny Lanctot and Melanie Douty-Snipes

 

Melanie Douty-Snipes, of the Snipes Farm and Education Center in Morrisville, presented to the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club the story of the Center. The Center was established in 2008 as a not-for-profit 501c3 education resource to help preserve local farming traditions and educate new generations about the growing of healthy food, the importance of open space and small farms and what needs to be done to sustain the earth and its natural resources. Many camps and workshops are provided for children pre-school through teens and there is a Community Supported Agriculture program for adults where they can plant and harvest a great variety of produce. The program and work is supported by the present generation of the Snipes farming family, the 11th generation to farm in Lower Bucks County, and is located on 25 acres of the original historic farm. More information can be found on the web site at www.snipesfarm.org.

 

It should be noted that the Snipes Farm and Education Center, represented by Melanie, her husband Jonathan Snipes, his sister Susan Snipes-Wells and the patriarch of the family, Samual Snipes, has been approved as the first Corporate Member of the club. The club is taking part in the Rotary International Corporate Member pilot program and is one of about 200 clubs worldwide in the pilot.

 

July 28

Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club Goes Out to the Ballgame

The club and family members and friends made its annual outing to the Trenton Thunder stadium. Thanks go to Rotarian Tom Mack for obtaining the tickets and organizing the event

 

August 4

Club Inducts First Corporate Member

 

At an historic meeting held on Thursday, Aug 4, 2011, the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club welcomed and inducted its first Corporate Member, the Snipes Farm and Education Center.

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Samuel Snipes and President Denis Lanctot      Sam Snipes and Family being greeted by the club

 

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In the photo (from the left) are Past and present Membership Chairs Andy Thompson and Michele Fina, Samuel Snipes, Susan Snipes-Wells, President Denis Lanctot, Melanie Douty-Snipes and husband Jonathan Snipes.

 

The Snipes Farm and Education Center  is represented by the patriarch himself Samuel Snipes, his daughter Susan Snipes-Wells, his son Jonathan Snipes and Jonathan's wife Melanie Douty-Snipes. The 90 year old Mr. Snipes stood beaming alongside his family as they were greeted by each Rotarian at the meeting.

 

Past Rotary Membership Chairman Andy Thompson praised the work of the Snipes Family in Morrisville. He also waxed nostalgic about his boyhood days and visits to the Snipes Farm which has been a working farm and educational center in the Morrisville Community for nearly three quarters of a century. Andy also spoke of the challenge of recruiting new members for the Club and added that "the new program of welcoming Corporate Members" will spur the growth of the club.

 

President Denny Lanctot, in welcoming the Snipes family, noted that the club is one of about 200 clubs worldwide approved to bring in Corporate Members as part of a pilot program to increase membership and participation in in Rotary. He echoed Andy's comment about looking forward to more Corporate Members and their participation in Rotary.

         

August 11

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Petra Schlatter receiving a William Penn commemorative plate from Club President Denny Lanctot  in appreciation of her talk to the club. Petra is the feature reporter and writer for the Yardley News. She talked about the effects of online communications on the print newspapers. She said that the print papers have no choice but to go online because that is where more and more people look for their news. The Yardley News online can be found on http://buckslocalnews.com.

 

 

 

August 18

Service above Self evident in Paul Harris Fellow awards and update on the Katrina disaster.

 

Katrina Crew Tells About the Continued Need for Help in the New Orleans

katrinaClub President Denny Lanctot (center) thanked Becky Kent and Roger Miller for their talk to the club about their experiences over the past five years on annual mission trips to Beloxi, Mississippi and to New Orleans. Sponsored by the Morrisville United Methodist Church, a mission group has gone each year to help restore homes of people who lost everything in the Katrina hurricane disaster. The need remains great they explained. In New Orleans for example, there is block after block of abandoned property, most of which is just foundations and overgrown with weeds. But among the devastation are homes that people have been able to restore or are still in the process of restoration. The need continues to be so great because insurance money has run out, many support organizations have left the area and the government is getting ready to repossess the FEMA trailers many people continue to live in. Roger talked with pride about the impact their small crews of 10 to 25 or so have been able to make over the years in rehabbing many homes and developing close friendships with the residents. (It is of interest that Becky is the daughter of the late Dick Althouse who was a long time, very active Rotarian in the club and Roger is the son of long time, very active Rotarian Tom Miller.)

 

 

August 18

Two Paul Harris Fellows Presented by the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club

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Rotarians Luisa and Juan Proano (right) were presented Paul Harris Fellow awards by past Foundation Chairman Tom Miller and Club President Denny Lanctot (left). This was the second Paul Harris Fellow award for Juan, who is the current Foundation Chairman, making him a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. His wife, Luisa, was made a Paul Harris Fellow through his contributions to The Rotary Foundation and in appreciation of her support and service to their family, their church and the communities in which they have lived.

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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