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Issued by the Rotary Club
of Morrisville, PA
Club No. 5435 Chartered Jan. 30, 1928
Meets Thursdays, 6:15 P.M.
Unless announced otherwise
Vol. 67 No. 15 Oct. 2008
I enjoy the “face factor” in the Rotary Club of Morrisville and Rotarians in general. I like the “photo-op” broad smile of members, spouses and guests. It reinforces my belief in our bonding and commitment to being a positive force in our community as we set the goals, develop the plans and perform.
November is Foundation Month for Rotarians. A workshop is planned for November 1, United Nations Day November 8 and our Polio Plus dinner with guest speaker is November 13. I have invited the Polio Plus group from Interact to join us for dinner. They are using Polio Plus as their International Project goal which is $1000 per Rotary unit.
FYI, we will redirect our Holiday Basket funding to the Interact “Adopt a Family” project for Christmas. Tom Miller has arranged our Salvation Army Bell ringing for November 29, December 6, 13, and 20. Interact will join us December 13.
See Web Site Calendar for Upcoming Events
Chaplain’s Corner - Big E
God’s answer is in your every question. Through His power and might He fulfills all your needs.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
Sergeant at Arms - Larry Schiefer
Nov. Evelyn Fletcher, Ted Fletcher
Dec. Dave Sample, Tom Mack
Standby: Elias Jennett (Thank you!)
4 Marvine Vannauker
4 Bob Carr
8 Tom Mack
18 Dave Sample
20 Andy Thompson
September 25, 2008
A Daughter’s Tribute to Her Rotarian Father
Petra Chesney Slatter, Yardley News Correspondent, spoke to the Morrisville Rotary Club about what Rotary meant to her as a child and what it means to her today. Her father, Peter Slatter, a charter member of the Newtown Rotary Club (which was sponsored by the Morrisville club), was known as “Mr. Rotary”. Through the sale of Red Ruby Grapefruit he was instrumental in starting the greening of Newtown. These sales helped finance the buying and planting of trees along Main Street in Newtown. He also was responsible for getting the Pennsylvania Rotary license plate approved.
With such an active father, Petra said that as a young person she learned about Rotary, its mission, and ideals, and this still carries through today. She was in the Rotary Exchange program and traveled to Belgium and post war Germany before the wall was torn down. She said she was able to impress her hosts by speaking in German to a Rotary club in West Berlin. Several of the members of the Morrisville club knew her father and spoke in tribute to him and his legacy.
Past President Receives Citation for the Morrisville Rotary
Past President Jimmy McNally accepts a Rotary District citation from Assistant Governor Peter Clayton for the club’s support of last year’s Rotary International theme, “Rotary Shares”. The citation reads, “For demonstrating how Rotary Shares its talents, dollars, skills, energy and resources in order to create a better world.”
October 6, 2008
First Annual Morrisville Rotary Carnival and Octoberfest a Great Success
The Morrisville Rotary and a group of very energetic and enterprising Morrisville women, with the support of the Morrisville Borough, provided the community an exciting weekend of carnival activities and local entertainment in Williamson Park. The event, which ran from October 2 through 5, met with enthusiastic support by the public all four days. In addition to the entertainment and social value, the event was able to generate a profit which will be used to help local organizations and Rotary International’s Polio Plus effort to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. (More pictures in the Photo Album)
October 9, 2008
District Governor Visits Morrisville
Bill Weber, Governor of District 7430, with his wife, Sue, also a Rotarian, made his official visit to the club. The meeting was at Pennsbury Manor and hosted by Doug Miller (Director of Pennsbury Manor) and Barbara Nuzzolo. Doug and Barb arranged for a very tasty buffet. Governor Weber talked the incredible opportunity for Rotarians thoughout the world to "Make Dreams Real" for those who are so much less fortunate. This includes the work to finally eradicate Polio, provide Clean Drinking Water for millions, fund Micro-Credits for women, send Shelterboxes to tens of thousands of disaster survivors, deliver Wheelchairs and Artificial Limbs to people in developing countries, Educate the Illiterate, continue the work through Rotaplast. And he acknowledged the numerous local projects around the district that managed by the individual clubs. He also stressed the vital importance of membership that is necessary if these dreams are to become real. He complimented the club for the two new members, Merkle Cherry and Bill Ferrara who were inducted recently and for the third new member, Michele Fina. who was inducted at this meeting. (More pictures in the Photo Album)
October 11, 2008
Morrisville Rotary and Interact Clubs Go Bowling
The Morrisville Rotary Club and the Morrisville Interact Club that it sponsors got to know each other a little better at the Delmor Lanes Bowling Alley recently. The evening was arranged by Darletta Berry-Johnson, Director of Ivins House in Morrisville who is one of the volunteer adult leaders, and Rotary Club President Barry Vannauker. (More pictures in the Photo Album)
October 16, 2008
The Nature of Homelessness
Bill Burns, Director of Lower Bucks Red Cross Homeless Shelter, gave the Morrisville Rotary Club an in
depth talk about the Nature of Homelessness. He started out by giving the definition of homelessness which means one has no fixed address. To experience homelessness is devastating to a person or family. Half of those considered homeless are families with children, half have jobs which cannot support a family here in Bucks County. And he said that veterans of the armed forces constitute 22% of the homeless population.
How did this happen? He said first is the lack of affordable housing. Housing costs often gut a family’s budget because at least half of its income often is required to keep a roof over the family. Hand in hand, he said is the lack of the ability to budget and save.
What does the Red Cross homeless shelter do to help? Bill said that the shelter constantly reviews its methods and responses to the problems and tries to figure out how to do better. The main emphasis is on working with the clients to teach them to budget and save. He stressed that this is mandatory. The goal is to get the clients into affordable housing upon leaving the shelter. He noted that there really are no programs “out there” once the client leaves the shelter. He summarized by saying that there is a desperate need for affordable housing and, although the shelter does what it can, you can't save people from themselves.
October 23, 2008
New Rotarian Gives Classification Talk to Morrisville Rotary
Merkle Cherry, Financial Specialist for Wachovia Bank in Morrisville, gave his classification talk to the club, telling about his background and how he got into the finance business. His classification is “Investment Advisor”. He asked (in jest) why a club would welcome him as a member, given his background as a former convict, an arsonist, and a high school dropout. He went on to explain why he described himself as all of the above. As a youngster he accidentally set his aunt’s corn field on fire! He grew up in Mississippi during the civil rights turmoil in the 1960’s and found himself serving a day in jail for participating in a protest. He said he had good grades in school but dropped out of high school because he felt that his career path was pointing to be a truck driver and he didn’t think he needed a high school diploma for that. Subsequently he did get his high school diploma and went on to earn his college degrees. He has lived with his family (wife and two sons) in Trenton, N.J. for 30 years. Prior to going with Wachovia he had careers with the Justice Dept, other governmental entities, as well as other financial institutions. Merkle also serves as a high school and college football referee on weekends.