Issued by the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club
Club No. 3435 Chartered Jan. 30 1928
Meets Thursdays, 6:15 P.M.
Unless announced otherwise
| Vol 70 No 1
Sept. 3, 2012
Recent highlights include the welcoming of the second Corporate Member, Waste Management, and the visit by District Governor, Tony Jannetta. The somewhat extensive report on Tony's visit is due to the content which the reader should find of interest, whether or not you were there. Juan Proano returned recently with photos of the water filters in use in one of the slum areas around Lima, Peru. Good Rotarian support continues for the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen service project. Claude Magnani continues to seek help in completing the Rotary Recognition Garden Bricks project so do him and the club a favor and obtain those orders for the commemorative bricks!
See Website Calendar for Upcoming Events
Chaplain's Corner - Big E
There is more power in the open hand than in the clenched fist. Do all in love and kindness.
"Now we ask, you brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other." I Thessalonians 5:12-13
Officers and Committee Chairs
President: Michele Fina
1st VP: Juan Proano
2nd VP: Barbara Nuzzolo
Secretary: Dave Sample
Treasurer: Joe Urbano
Programs: Andy Thompson
Membership: Claude Magnani
Communications and Public Relations: Hal Long
Rotary Minute: Pete Wisnosky
Rotary Foundation and International and District Projects: Juan Proano
4-Way Test Speech Contest: Denny Lanctot
Community Service Projects: Melanie Snipes
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen: Tom Mack
Fundraising Projects: Ted Fletcher
Sergeant at Arms: Claude Magnani
Chaplain: Big E (Elias) Jennett
Administration and Club Trainer: Hal Long
Waste Management Welcomed!
On Thursday, Aug 2, 2012, the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club welcomed and inducted its second Corporate Member, Waste Management. On the left, Charles Raudenbush, Manager, and Kim Souyack, Sales Coordinator, will be representing the company. On behalf of the club, President Michele Fina and Past Rotary Membership Chairman Andy Thompson (right) welcomed them. 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. Andy noted the efforts by Waste Management to support the communities it serves and expressed his enthusiasm for the contributions it will be making through the active involvement of Kim and Charles in the club. The first Corporate Member was the Snipes Farm and Education Center. (See Photo Album for more pictures.)
Tony Jannetta, Rotary Governor of District 7430 for the Rotary Year July, 2012, through June, 2013, paid an initial visit to the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club to introduce himself and to meet members and friends of the club. Paul Salvatore also attended the meeting. Before the regular meeting Tony met with the Board of Directors and discussed with it the club's and the district's plans for the coming year. Club President, Michele Fina, presented him with a Robert Morris commemorative plate in thanks by the club for his visit.
Regarding his background, Tony noted that he was born in Scotland, got involved in the family business when he was 15, was able to retire early and just last year both he and his wife became U.S. citizens. [Ed: From his profile available on the Internet: Tony left school after his father's death to help run the family ice cream and fast food business. Subsequently he branched out on his own and after a few years became the owner and operator of one of the top Fish and Chips restaurants in the UK, winning many national and regional accolades. He was able to go into semi-retirement in 2000 to support his wife's career and move to the United States. His wife, Rachael, is Chairman of Test America, Inc., the largest environmental testing business in the USA. Among Tony's hobbies is motor sports and he was a very successful rally racing driver, winning many events in the UK and in his early years in the USA.]
As to District 7430, Tony said that there are about 1900 members divided among 45 clubs and covering a geographic area of about 40 miles by 100 miles. He now has visited them all in his first two months as District Governor, "A Magic Carpet Ride," he noted. He said he has it easy by comparison with one of the Districts in Canada that has 40 clubs spanning an area of 400 by 600 miles!
By way of introduction of his dynamic multi-media presentation, Tony shared a quote attributed to Confucius: "Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand." He then introduced the Rotary International goal for this Rotary year, "Peace Through Service", as articulated by RI President Sakuji Tanaka of Japan. [Ed: In President Tanaka's July, 2012, message, he said. "A belief in the power of service lies at the very heart of Rotary. By making service our priority, we put the needs of others above our own. We empathize more deeply with the difficulties of other people; we become more generous with our time and resources, and more open to new ways of thinking. Instead of trying to change others, we recognize that everyone and everything has something to teach us. Through service, we become more tolerant of our differences and more grateful for the people in our lives. Our sense of gratitude drives us to understand others better and to see the good in everyone. Through better understanding, we learn to respect others. With mutual respect, we live with others in peace. And so I ask you all to put Peace Through Service at the forefront of your Rotary work this year, and to commit to a Rotary goal of a more peaceful world."]
Tony said that he wants to help clubs be more vibrant and get stronger, celebrate their accomplishments by achieving a Presidential Citation and to encourage collaboration among clubs to strengthen fellowship, membership and projects. District goals include membership growth and retention, Rotary Leadership Institute and training events, improving the district web site, data storage and communication. The district will continue its support of Rotaplast and ShelterBox and will continue and build upon the New Generations programs through renewed support of Interact Clubs, Exchange Student programs and Camp Neidig attendance. District support of the Rotary Foundation the Annual Giving programs, the Polio Eradication Campaign and the Permanent Fund and Bequest Society will continue.
Tony pictured how Rotary is able to do what it does in the form of a tree. The roots represent each Rotarian, the trunk is the organizational structure and the leaves are the many accomplishments.
He commended Rotarian Juan Proano and the club for its Lima, Peru, Water Filter Project that is in collaboration with the Lima Sunrise Club in Peru. He also had good words for the club's web site, noting the importance of having a site that appeals to those who look online for Rotary clubs and Rotary information.
Finally he encouraged participation in the upcoming District programs that include the Rotary Institute (September 15), The Rotary Foundation Seminar (Sep 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM at the Double Tree in Valley Forge), the District Golf Tournament (October 8, Brookside Country Club, Pottstown) and the 2013 District Conference (April 26-28, Sky Top, Poconos). (See Photo Album for more pictures.)
Lima, Peru, Water Filter Project
Rotarian Juan Proano recently visited Pacifico de Villa, Lima, Peru, one of the villages that have received the water filters. He brought back these pictures of himself and Kenneth Clay, President of the Lima Sunrise Rotary Club, to show the filters in use.
Dinner Meeting Speakers
June 14, 2012
Rotarians Learn about UIH Family Partners in Trenton
Claire Walton, Director of Communications of UIH Family Partners, is shown receiving a Robert Morris commemorative plate from President Denny Lanctot, in thanks for her talk to the club. In her presentation she said that said that UIH is the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to children's welfare in New Jersey. She went on to explain the organization and what it does. In 1859 a group of concerned women in Trenton took it upon themselves to improve conditions for their city's most in-need and vulnerable young people. Those women, representing a Union of area churches, worked to provide educational and vocational training opportunities for youth growing up in an increasingly Industrial society, as well as a Home for "destitute children." For many years it was known as "Union Industrial Home for Children (UIH)." In late 2007, the name of the agency was changed to "UIH Family Partners" to express in a more contemporary way the nature and scope of the organization.
It now is a nationally-recognized pioneer in the emerging field of fatherhood programs, having helped "fathers become Dads" for nearly 20 years. From its location in downtown Trenton the organization has been helping about 400 men each year, all for free. While UIH serves men from all walks of life, the majority of those who participate in its programs are unemployed, non-custodial fathers who face multiple systemic barriers to self-sufficiency. Through a comprehensive array of free programs and services, UIH empowers and equips men to play a more active and positive in the lives of their children and families, physically, emotionally financially. There is an in-house children's library, computer stations, and a play area to provide a bright, friendly place where dads and children can spend precious time together, developing closer bonds and creating lasting memories.
Resources available include:
- Parenting education
- Dress to Impress (This is its signature program where twice a year men can get suits. Typically 200 men
will show up.)
- Workforce readiness training/job search/job placement assistance
- GED prep
- Résumé development
- Anger management
- Computer literacy training
- Health and wellness education
- Stress and time management
- Individualized case management
- Child support assistance
· Family Nights Out
· NJPREP/teen pregnancy prevention for males
Claire explained that UIH's work with men is predicated on a growing body of research that correlates the absence of a father in the life of a child (whether he lives with the child or not) with a host of negative outcomes. Compared to their peers with involved fathers, children of father-absent homes are:
Ø five times more likely to live in poverty;
Ø three times more likely to fail in school;
Ø two times more likely to develop emotional or behavioral behaviors;
Ø two times more likely to abuse drugs;
Ø two times more likely to be abused and neglected;
Ø three times more likely to commit suicide.
Clearly, "Dads make a difference!" By helping fathers "man up", UIH Family Partners is playing an important role in building brighter, safer, healthier lives for children - today and tomorrow.
June 21, 2012
Rotarians Updated on the Robert Morris Apartments
Dana Kurtbek, Community Builder at the Robert Morris Apartments in Morrisville, is shown accepting a Robert Morris commemorative plate form President Denny Lanctot in appreciation of her talk to the club. Dana said that she is supported by the Bucks County Housing Group, which "works to advance the interests of people with low-moderate income and people in crisis by providing affordable housing and related social services." In the apartment complex there are six units designated for families needing transitional shelter. The average stay per family is seven months. In Dana's two years there she said that she has been able to get the families and children throughout the apartments working together as a community and there now is acceptance by neighbors of the apartments which was missing when she started. She explained that the newly-built pavilion in the apartments' courtyard provides a comfortable place for children of the area to experience developmental and recreational programs that are being provided and serves as a gathering place for parents and other adults to get to know each other better. The pavilion was paid for by a grant from the Foundations Community Partnership to the Bucks County Housing Group. She has been working with the Snipes Farm and Education Center to provide experiences at the farm for the children.
July 19, 2012
Morrisville Code Enforcement
Bob Seward, Morrisville Code Enforcement Officer, is shown being presented a Robert Morris commemorative plate by President Michele Fina in thanks for his talk to the club. In his remarks, Bob pointed out that the codes are for the health, safety and welfare of the people and that they are not his codes. His job is to interpret and enforce. A large problem, he said, is that the code book published by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania doesn't precisely prescribe the codes. Rather, it provides guidelines that the code officer has to interpret.
While things were pretty quiet in 1986 when he started, he now is 6etting from 165 to 200 complaints a month. One of the problems, he said, is when someone attempts to use the codes and him as a hammer on a neighbor with whom the complainant has a problem. More serious is improperly grounded electrical wiring in many homes. The bulk of the homes in Morrisville were built in the 1960's or before and have not had the electrical wiring brought up to current code. It is very important, therefore, he emphasized, to have smoke detectors on every level and to sleep with bedroom doors shut. And change the batteries every year, he said, for that is the cheapest protection money can buy.
July 26, 2012
A Revolutionary Weekend
Vice President Juan Proano (center) thanked club Rotarians Andy Thompson (left) and Ted Fletcher for their presentation about the upcoming Revolutionary Weekend being sponsored by the Morrisville Business Association.
Andy gave an impassioned speech about the rich history of Morrisville and the surrounding area where the American Revolution was saved against daunting odds through the heroic efforts of General George Washington and his troops. Robert Morris played a vital role in procuring supplies for the army. As a result of the victory at Trenton, Ben Franklin, in Paris, was able to get the French government to commitment support and lay the groundwork for the beginning of the end of the revolution.
Ted then described the opportunity being offered through the combined efforts of the Morrisville Business Association (MBA), ActorsNET of Bucks County, the Historic Morrisville Society (HMS), Washington Crossing Historic Association, and the Old Barracks Museum in Trenton, to relive the events of December 1776. By way of narrated bus tours of the historic sites, followed by the musical play, "The Man Who Bought a Country", written and directed by Joe Doyle, co-founder of ActorsNET in Morrisville, participants will be able to experience the incredible journey to independence from the British crown and the key financial role played of Robert Morris, the namesake of Morrisville. Details can be found at the website http://www.arevolutionaryweekend.com/ The toll free number is 1-877-REV-WKND (1-877-738-9563).
August 9, 2012
"Environmental Change and Maize Innovation Pathways"
Dr. John Thompson (center), son of Rotarian Andy Thompson (left), was presented a Robert Morris commemorative plate by President Michele Fina for his talk to the club. Dr. Thompson has worked on power, policy and sustainability issues in food and agriculture, water resource management and rural development for nearly 25 years, in both developing and industrialized countries. He joined IDS (Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, England) in October 2006 as a Research Fellow in the Knowledge, Technology and Society Team and serves as joint convenor of the STEPS Centre Food and Agriculture domain and coordinator of the Future Agricultures Consortium, which aims to encourage critical debate and policy dialogue on the future of agriculture in Africa and other developing regions. The STEPS Centre (Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability) is a new interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub that unites development studies with science and technology studies.
Dr. Thompson explained that maize is an important staple crop in Kenya. The "Environmental Change and Maize Innovation Pathways" project has taken maize as a window through which to explore differential responses to the combined and inter-related effects of climate change, market uncertainties and land use changes over time. By looking at the production of maize from the social, political and economic aspects, insights have been gained into the decision making processes of the public agricultural research institutions, donors, development agencies, private companies and farmers. Ultimately, the use of resources and the availability of food depend on the decisions of these various groups. Because each of these groups typically has its own set of objectives and ways of analyzing and evaluating the situation, it becomes apparent that there is not a single or simple path to any optimum solution. For example, the notion of developing drought tolerant maize varieties and distributing them through networks of private providers along with crop advice may seem like a good idea to research institutions and private companies. But to resource-poor farmers in drought-prone Eastern Kenya who rely on diversity of crops and animals and sharing with neighbors, purchasing a new variety of seed corn may not be what they want or need. Through the sharing the findings and insights gained through the project with the various groups, there has begun to be a more comprehensive understanding which should lead to improved decision-making.
August 16, 2012
What is the Morrisville Business Association?
Eric Erickson, Owner of Yardley Carpet Cleaners in Morrisville and President of the Morrisville Business Association (MBA), was presented a Robert Morris commemorative plate by President Michele Fina for his talk to the club about the MBA. Eric talked about the efforts of the MBA over the past two years to promote Morrisville and make it more attractive to visitors as well as residents. He made the point that while each of the projects individually might not seem particularly important, taken together and over time, they definitely have improved the image of Morrisville and have encouraged others to be more careful about disposing of trash and to have pride in the borough. Two years ago the MBA provided an enclosure to screen an ugly dumpster in the 7-11 area on Bridge Street. The MBA each year has led a cleanup effort for the Robert Morris statue garden (supported this past year by students of the Morrisville HS Leadership Academy and a number of Rotarians). A local resident has been engaged to regularly walk around the borough and pick up trash. "Welcome to Morrisville" signs have been erected. The Borough Hall and the Public Library signs have been repainted. A "Morrisville Business and Visitors Guide" has been published. And currently the MBA is organizing a "Revolutionary Weekend" to highlight the rich historic heritage of the borough and encourage participation in the various activities planned for August 23 through 26. Details are available at http://www.arevolutionaryweekend.com/Reservations.html.
August 23, 2012
Morrisville Free Library More Than a Library
Diane Hughes, Director of the Morrisville Free Library, was presented a Robert Morris commemorative plate from Past President Denny Lanctot in appreciation of her talk to the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club. She took the club on a virtual tour of the library and the many programs it supports. The library now is located at 300 North Pennsylvania Avenue in what was formerly the Episcopal Church, a beautiful building with stain glass windows and ornate woodwork. The library started in the home of Mrs. Bertha Peasey in 1904 and the entire collection consisted of 50 books, all on religion. Subsequently, as it grew, it moved to various buildings around Morrisville until 1968 when it moved into the present quarters. The library was kept alive over the years by various grassroots efforts to raise funds and finally to support a referendum to purchase the church building. (More information can be found on the Morrisville Borough web site http://www.morrisvillepagov.com/library/)
While the library is referred to as "fiction library", as opposed to a "research library" like the Bucks County library system, what makes it special are the many programs it sponsors and hosts for the community. Programs like the Summer Reading Club for Children, "Puppets Pizzazz", "Dogs Around the World", AARK animal rescue presentations, and "Kindergarten Here I Come" all have lots of children participating. Adult programs have included "Canine CPR" classes and "ZUMBA" fitness classes. Plus there are seasonal and holiday programs throughout the year for all ages. Diane noted that with all of the programming it certainly is not a "Shush, don't talk" kind of library!