Issued by the Rotary Club
of Morrisville, PA
Club No. 3435 Chartered Jan. 30 1928
Meets Thursdays, 6:15 P.M.
Unless announced otherwise
| Vol 69 No 4
May 20, 2012
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Chaplain's Corner - Big E
Even a bee can be too busy making honey to savor the taste. Spend time with the Father.
"For whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 8:35
Community service was punctuated by the club's Annual Morrisville Community Easter Egg Hunt in Williamson Park and its participation in the annual clean-up of the Robert Morris Plaza garden. Lots of children and their families enjoyed the scramble to find the eggs hidden in plain sight in the park and to see if they were winners of the many chocolate bunnies and other prizes. The Robert Morris Plaza clean-up, sponsored by the Morrisville Business Association, had excellent support of several Rotarians and of members of the Morrisville High School Leadership Academy that is sponsored by Rotary. Club members also cooked hot dogs for the Morrisville school faculty picnic in recognition of the service the teachers and administration render to the community. And the club continued its support of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen through the faithful volunteers of the club who help at the soup kitchen every month.
Lauren Emily Mack was made a Paul Harris Fellow through the generosity of her father, Tom Mack. Lauren has demonstrated Service Above Self for many years as she has accompanied Tom and other members of the club in helping at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.
The Gourmet Breakfast at the Morrisville United Methodist Church and the Morrisville-Yardley Area Spring Carnival provided very important funding for the many worthwhile service projects of the club. These events also help publicize the club and Rotary.
New Rotary Club road signs were put up in Yardley and Morrisville, thanks to the efforts of Big E and Joe Urbano.
The Bucks County Courier Times published a news article and photo of the Paul Harris presentations made earlier in the year to Darletta Berry-Johnson and seven club members.
There was a rich assortment of dinner speakers covering a wide variety of subjects and there were several club activities since March 1. Following, in chronological order, are photos and descriptions of the events.
March 1 Dr. Donald Rauh, a psychiatrist in Yardley, shown here with Rotarian Hal Long, talked to the club about his experience in clinical studies and advances in pharmacology in treatment of mental disorders.
March 3 The Gourmet Breakfast at the Morrisville United Methodist Church was a rousing success.
Kitchen crew members Ted Fletcher, Barbara Nuzzolo, Tom Miller, Denny Lanctot and Ev Fletcher
And Melanie Douty-Snipes with Ev Fletcher
Ready to serve: Member of the Morrisville HS Leadership Academy, Pastor Catherine Bowers, Pete Wisnosky and Paul Chapman
Are you being served? Standing: Pete Wisnosky, Hal Long, Clarence Schiefer, Elias Jennett, Juan Proano, Claude Magnani and Pastor Catherine Bowers
Seated: Emily Meyer, Jenna Souyack, Casey Hollopeter, Jessica Martin and Cassidy Shemelia.
Show us the money! Clarence Schiefer and Elias (Big E) Jennett
March 8 Big E had visited the Trenton Rotary Club as a club Ambassador and brought back a trading flag from the Trenton Club which he presented to President Denny Lanctot.
The speaker of the evening was Jerry Jonas who entertained with stories from his long and varied career as a journalist, promoter and a radio and television producer. His current writings can be found from time to time in the Bucks County Courier Times and other publications. In the past he produced commercials involving professional sports figures and in his capacity as a journalist had many contacts with famous baseball players including Connie Mack. As a child he met Babe Ruth who he said was a fine gentleman who would do anything to help children. He told of a fascinating experience working with Roy Rogers on a television series he developed. Roy was a very ‘down-to-earth" individual and he and his wife, Dale Evans, made Jerry feel at home for several days as they worked together on Roy's ranch. Shown here is Jerry Jonas with President Denny Lanctot.
March 15 St. Patrick's at Michael's. Really! Good corned beef and cabbage, good humor and good fellowship!
March 22 Speaker Kim Souyak of Waste Management talked about the continued efforts of Waste
Management to efficiently dispose of our trash. Waste Management is North America's largest recycler and is investing in single-stream technology which allows recyclable paper, plastic, glass, steel and aluminum to be deposited in a single container for collection. Recently $20 million has been invested in the construction and start-up of a new 60,000 square foot, single-stream recycling center in Northeast Philadelphia. The plant is the company's 34th single-stream plant.
President Denny is shown thanking Kim for her talk to the club.
March 29 Members of the Bristol Rotary Club dropped in, in return for the visit by several member of our club earlier. Bristol Club President Dave Harris (shown seated second from left) is a frequent visitor of our club. (Our President Denny is shown front and center.)
Speaker of the evening was John Rea, a registered investment advisor and operating as Cornerstone Financial Consulting in Yardley. He reviewed market conditions of 2011 and discussed current risks and opportunities in the market. He can be contacted at 215-860-2234.
March 31 The Annual Morrisville Community Easer Egg Hunt was again held in Williamson Park. Lots of children and their families enjoyed the scramble to find the eggs hidden in plain sight in the park and to see if they were winners of the many chocolate bunnies and other prizes.
Winners! (Hey, there were no losers!)
(You can provide your own caption!)
"They went that-away!"
With Big Sis and Dad
A bright but somewhat chilly morning.
A good egg!
April 12 Speaker of the evening was Bill George, promoter for the club's Rotary Carnival in Morrisville (shown here with President Denny). Bill talked about the advertising plans and promotion efforts and encouraged club members to put up posters and hand out coupons that were available.
April 14 The Robert Morris Plaza clean-up, sponsored by the Morrisville Business Association, had excellent support of several Rotarians and of members of the Morrisville High School Leadership Academy that is sponsored by Rotary.
Job well done!
Doug Miller, Historic Site Administrator at Pennsbury Manor, gave another great talk about General Washington's Crossing of the Delaware, focusing on the fact that there were three crossings, not just one and that the Hessian soldiers were not drunk or without the capability of fighting.
Col. John Glover and his sailors/fishermen from Marblehead, Massachusetts, had helped General Washington before during the battles in New York. They joined up with him for the battle of Trenton and rowed him and the the Continental army, cannons, horses, and baggage across the Delaware River in Durham boats. This took several hours of rowing back and forth across the water to make sure that everyone was safely on the other side. They were also rowing the troops at night in the middle of a very bad winter storm. After everyone (about 2400 troops who were with General Washington) was safely on the New Jersey side, the Marbleheaders marched 9 miles with the rest of the army and fought at the first Battle of Trenton. After the battle ended in a victory, the Marbleheaders marched back to the Delaware River and rowed everyone back to the Pennsylvania side, including Hessian prisoners (about 900 men) and goods. They then marched back to the river and rowed across once again to join General Washington and the rest of the troops. Three different crossings of the Delaware River were scheduled for December 25, 1776, but only the boats rowed by the Marbleheaders were able to carry all of the troops, cannons, and baggage to the New Jersey side of the River.
In the battle of Trenton the Hessian commander, seeing the terrible weather conditions and thinking that no one would attack under those conditions, allowed his men to rest. This set the stage for the surprise attack during which the Hessian commander was mortally wounded, which led the troops to surrender. Another important factor was the strategy of Colonel Knox who deployed several canon in the attack,
rather than the conventional one or two, which overwhelmed the Hessian canon and broke their defenses.
Doug noted that he now is researching the time of William Penn from the perspective of the Native Americans and has visited tribes in the west in an attempt to learn more about their views of the early days of the country and what happened during William Penn's time.
President Denny presented a Robert Morris commemorative plate to Doug in aprecation of his talkl to the club.
May 3 Dr. Kevin Kita, a 1997 graduate of the Sherman Chiropractic College who has been practicing in the Yardley/Morrisville area for the past 12 years, explained the Koren Specific Technique (KST). It is a new adjustment procedure that goes beyond conventional chiropractic techniques. It is very specific and gentle and involves no twisting, turning, "cracking" or "popping" of joints. Instead the patient receives gentle, specific corrections to the spinal and structural system, including the cranial bones. Dr. Kita has appeared on an ABC television news show and spoken to numerous groups on the benefits of chiropractic care and KST. He has just published the book, "Healing Journeys: Stories of Mind, Body and Spirit", which discusses issues that often are underlying the physical symptoms and ailments and his philosophy and approach to such situations. Dr. Kita gave numerous examples of the dramatic healing power of KST when treating patients with issues ranging from migraine headaches to difficulty regaining a golf swing to dyslexia. Dr. Kita can contacted at his office in Morrisville at 215-736-9291. More information can be found at his website www.DrKevinKita.com.
Dr. Kita was presented a Robert Morris commemorative plate by club Vice President Michele Fina in appreciation of his talk to the club.
May 4 Club members cooked hot dogs for the Morrisville school faculty picnic in recognition of the service the teachers and administration render to the community.
Ready to serve!
May 10 The club was treated to a "double header" in programs. Susan Donahue-Sinback, Manager of the Girl Scout Oakville Service Unit, highlighted the history and current programs of the Girl Scouts and Wanda Kartel, newly elected member of the Morrisville School Board talked about the issues and progress the board is making.
Susan explained that the Oakville Service Area of the Girl Scouts covers Morrisville, Tullytown and parts of Falls and Lower Makefield Townships. It is part of the Eastern Pennsylvania district. There are approximately 36 troops with 400 girls and 150 adult volunteers. She said that the Girl Scouts of the USA, with 3.2 million girls and adults, is the world's largest organization focused on and dedicated to girls - all girls - everywhere to promote building character and learning skills that empower and enable girls to succeed throughout their lives. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The founder was Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low who assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She had been inspired by a meeting in 1911 in England with Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. (The term "Girl Guides" is used in many parts of the world rather than "Girl Scouts".) More information can be found at www.oakvillegirlscouts.org.
A Robert Morris commemorative plate was given to the Girl Scout representatives in appreciation of their talk. (Left to right) Program planner Tom Miller, Girl Scout Oakville webmaster Marah Garry Walsh, Speaker Susan Donahue-Sinback and Club President Denny Lanctot
Wanda Kartel, a new member of the Morrisville School Board, spoke about the current issues the board is addressing and of her reason for becoming involved. As a concerned mother with children in both the Morrisville schools and the Technical High School she wanted to see more parent and community participation in addressing the issues facing the school system. She and her colleagues are working to have more open meetings, "advisory panels", and other opportunities for community input. Some of the current issues are what to do about the Manor Park and the modular classrooms, the teachers contracts, and the school budget. She noted that because of increases in the elementary ages and decreases in the high school ages, partitioning the High School building to safely accommodate some elementary students has to be considered.
A Robert Morris commemorative plate was presented to Wanda in appreciation of her talk to the club.
(left to right) Program planner Ted Fletcher, Morrisville School Board Member Wanda Kartel and Club President Denny Lanctot
May 17 Chuck McIlhinney, Pennsylvania State Senator representing District 10, talked about the Pennsylvania state budget and other issues. Pennsylvania is in much better financial shape than many other states thanks in part to the development of the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry. He talked about the controls and requirements imposed on the industry to assure that road repairs and corrections for other environmental damage is paid for by the industry. He noted that the counties benefitting directly from the natural gas industry are not the southeastern counties of the Philadelphia area which have been heavily subsidizing the schools elsewhere in the state. "The poor farmers now benefitting from the natural gas boom are not so poor anymore", he said and he wants to see that reflected in the allocation of school revenues. Other issues he commented on included the reduction in the number of state legislators. This just won't happen overnight he said, given the political complications in redrawing boundaries, but he is in favor of a plan to start the process and would hope to see a significant realignment over the next 30 years. Regarding interest that has been expressed in having a SEPTA train station stop in Morrisville and he said he would support it as long as there was community-wide support without any political squabbling.
Club President Denny Lanctot (right) presented Senator McIlhinney a Robert Morris commemorative plate in appreciation of his speaking to the club.
May 17 New Paul Harris Fellow Announced
Lauren Emily Mack, daughter of Tom and Susan Mack of Lower Makefield, was made a Paul Harris Fellow through the generosity of her father, Tom, a member of the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Lauren and her father and other members of the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club have worked at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen for many years, as a community service project of the club. Lauren currently is completing her Masters Degree in education and is looking forward to a teaching career, preferably working with special needs children. The Paul Harris Fellow is given in recognition of each contribution of $1000 to The Rotary Foundation which supports health, humanitarian, education and peace initiatives world-wide.
Lauren and her proud father, Tom