Welcome from Danielle Larison, President 2020-2021
Welcome to the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club! This club has a long history of serving the community and the world. Chartered in 1928, the club partners with other service organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Family Backpack Center in Morrisville to help those who are hungry and in need. It has a strong partnership with the Morrisville School District, developing a community garden and learning center at the Grandview Elementary School, while also providing books and dictionaries to libraries in Morrsiville and Pennsbury schools. Each year, a well deserving high school senior in Morrisville High School is awarded the club's annual scholarship for academic excellence and outstanding community service. In addition, the club provides opportunity for two local high school students to participate in "Camp Neidig", a youth leadership development program run by the club's Rotary District 7430.
Many Rotarians volunteer regularly at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and serve as Canal Tenders for the Friends of the Delaware Canal clean up and preservation. The club is a proud sponsor of Morrisville's Night Out, an annual anti-crime event that brings the community together through fun activities, music, food and information. The club also holds an annual Morrisville Community Easter Egg Hunt in Williamson Park.
It conducts fundraisers that also provide for social gatherings, including country breakfasts and the Yardley Car Festival. It also provides a "nourishment concession" at Morrisville's Winterfest celebration.
Globally, the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club has closed out its water filter project that serves needy residents of Lima, Peru. It now is working on an international grant to support an indiginous native school project in Guatamala. It supports Rotaplast, an organization that provides free cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children in countries where medical services are limited, supports ShelterBox, an organization that provides immediate shelter and help to to those struck by tragedy and disaster, and continues to support PolioPlus, the Rotary inspired fight that that is about to eradicate polio from the world.
In these pandemic days, the club is meeting via ZOOM. Continue to check the calendar for information about joining the meetings, who will be the speakers and scheduled activities coming up.