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Taking a well-deserved rest, this energetic crew of Rotarians, led by Katie Martin and Bill Friedman, and included Dave Biffen, Phyllis Dunn, Cathy Palmquist (not pictured), Elizabeth Guman (not pictured) spent a couple of hours Saturday morning at Jim Gasho's warehouse,  packaging up items left over from the successful Chili Cook-off last Sunday. Securing and setting up for the cook-off is a huge effort, and involves the entire club. Likewise, sorting, packing, storing and inventorying supplies after the big event is important for the success of next year's event. As with all Rotary projects, opportunities for fun and fellowship go along with raising funds and doing good in the community and the world. Thanks to all!

Mac Neilon, Rotarian and a bunch of his running club members are excellent chili cooks, as well as devoted runners. They were among the 67 teams of chili cooks who participated in the 14th Annual Chili Cook-off. Despite early morning rain, which discouraged some people, loyal followers of the cook-off were rewarded  with sunshine and brisk winds by early afternoon that made the day and chili a perfect combination.

Matt Holliday presents a check for over $1,200 to Adrian Grieve, executive director of the American Red Cross, Eastern PA, Tri-County Chapter, at a recent meeting. The donation was generated by proceeds of the weekly 50/50, which garnered higher than usual support due to frenzied 50/50 activity the past few weeks.

International Committee members of the Rotary Club of West Chester, Ernie Zlotolow (left) and Bruce Beadle, along with Club President-elect,  Mickey Hall, display a check for $7,500 that the club received for the CARS (Children with Amputations Rehabilitation Strategies)  program, that aids children with amputated limbs. The check, representing funds from The Rotary Foundation, passed through to Rotary District 7450, of which the West Chester club is a member, is designated to provide prosthetic limbs to four children from Rwanda and Ethiopia, along with an ulnar transplant for one girl. Another $500 was also contributed by District 7450's Gundaker Foundation. The children, accompanied by guardians, will receive prosthetic legs at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. The project is a joint effort of Rotary, The Powell Foundation, and Shriner's Hospital, which partners with GMRF (Global Medical Relief Fund).

Occasional rain showers did not dampen the enthusiastic and festive club picnic on the ample, covered porch at Bill and Dorene Winters beautiful home on Sunday. Club President Bob Rogers manned the grill, with Sue by his side to handle all the details,  along with Rob Malone and the Winters. Over 35 folks, Rotarians, spouses and prospective Rotarians, enjoyed beverages, traditional picnic fare with all the trimmings, delicious appetizers, scrumptious salads and amazing desserts, as well as good fellowship.

Kathy Hrenko (left), director of the East Coast branch of Project C.U.R.E., shares information about the project with Ernie Zlotolow, Cristina Combee and Carol Hanson after her talk at a recent meeting. Kathy, who also is a member of the Longwood Rotary Club, talked about the project, which is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. They recently opened a collection site/office in West Grove to serve the Mid-Atlantic region. Ernie, Cristina and Carol have all worked on international projects through Rotary, and are interested in our club possibly participating in this project.

Rotarians had an opportunity to meet a couple of special West Chester leaders recently, when Malcolm Johnston, Executive Director of the West Chester Business Improvement District, and Elizabeth Laurent (right), the new President of the Chester County Historical Society, attended our weekly meeting. Deb Sparre (left), looks over a copy of the special edition magazine that Johnston brought to share with members about businesses in the borough, while Ms. Laurent looks on. Johnston, our guest speaker, shared exciting information about  new hotels, apartments, venues and businesses in the borough. It was a pleasure  to also welcome Ms. Laurent to our community. She has been hired for the CCHS position formerly held by fellow Rotarian, the late Rob Lukens.

Ernest  Zlotolow was presented a large, framed citation from outgoing Rotary Club President, Katie Martin, when she named him Rotarian of the Year for 2015-16. Katie related Ernie's many activities and projects during the gala presidential induction celebration at the West Chester Golf and Country Club in June. She especially noted his diligence in regularly reporting  his activities and projects around the world to her. Ernie received a standing ovation from members and guests at the gala. Congratulations, Ernie! A most deserving recognition!

Immediate Past Club President Katie Martin, accepts a Rotary International Presidential Citation from newly installed District 7450 District Governor David Haradon (left), while incoming President Bob Rogers looks on.
Presidential citations are presented to only a few clubs internationally, who achieve exceptional goals during the past year, as the West Chester club did under Martin's leadership. Katie has been appointed to the position of Youth Service Chair, overseeing all youth efforts in District 7450, including but not limited to, the student exchange program, Interact and Rotaract Clubs, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).


Christine McCawley (left), chair of the Rotary Readers Committee, recently acknowledged this past year's readers at local elementary schools, including (second from left) Joe Panaro, Phyllis Dunn, Bob Poole, Catherine Friedman, David Wood, Christine Wildauer, Bill Ronayne, Jen Fiorillo, Dwight McCawley, Faith Woodward, Jack Wintermute and Glenn Jensen. Christine read the names of a number of other readers, who were not at the meeting.

Outgoing President Katie Martin puts the president's pin on Incoming President Bob Rogers lapel, effectively turning over the club presidency at the recent gala induction, dinner and auction. In addition to the installation of President Bob and the board members by PDG Dwight Leeper, Rotarians and their spouses enjoyed a tasty buffet and special Rotary cake.
The silent and live auctions brought in over $6,000, according to Sue Casso Rogers, mistress of ceremonies for the evening. Bob Frame lead the brisk bidding on the five live auction items. A fun evening was had by all!

At a recent meeting, Rotary Foundation co-chairs, Phyllis Dunn and Steve Founds (from left) recognized members who have recently given to Rotary International and become Paul Harris Fellows or added to earlier donations.
They include (third from left) Winnie Stroup, John Olszewski (plus 8), Mac Neilon (plus 2), Jack Wiintermute (plus 6) and Katie Martin (plus 1). Others recognized (not pictured) include Sue Greenberg (plus 4), Sue Casso Rogers (plus 4), Paula Ott (plus 1), and Chuck Swope (plus 1).

Outstanding area high school students honored by the Rotary Club of West Chester at the annual student recognition meeting, included (seated from left) Kevin Diestelow, Meghan McDonald, Tuyen Nguyen, Julianne Rodgers, Hatim Amiji, and (standing from left) Rotary President Katie Martin, West Chester Area School District Superintendent and Rotarian Jim Scanlon, East High School Principal Kevin Fagan, Isabella Paul, Dean Maupin, Anika Guskick, Henderson High School Principal Jason Sherlock and Scholarship Committee Chair Linda Hicks. Paul and Guskick were each winners of a $5,000 scholarship for their school and community volunteer activities, which they described in written essays. Diestelow and Mauphin, along with Maria Marabito and Kelli Jackson (not pictured) attended RYLA, and McDonald, Rodgers, Amiji, Nguyen and (not pictured, Jessica Nichter) were selected as Students of the Year by their respective high schools.

Members of the Rotary Readers group of the Rotary Club of West Chester show some of the more than 900 dictionaries they will hand out to the second grade classes they read to each year in local elementary schools. The Rotary Readers and the chairpersons pictured are (standing from left) Iliana Tati, Jack Wintermute, Bill Ronayne, Glen Jensen, dictionary distributor chair, Bob Poole, Mac Neilon, Christine Wildauer, Phyllis Dunn and (seated from
left) Sue Greenberg, Catherine Friedman, Faith Woodward, and Christine McCawley, Rotary Readers Chair.

Among club members who participated in Rotarians at Work Day at Becky Lukens home (from left) Justin Sochovka (in the wheelbarrow), Matt Holliday, Rob Malone, David Reinfeld, Chuck Garfinkle and Fran Curtin, take a few minutes of rest after finishing up the Lukens front and back yards. The crew then headed to Patty Jefferies home to meet up with additional Rotarians to help with the yard cleanup and mulching there before enjoying pizza at Patty's.

Fruit Sale Proceeds Benefit Fame Fire Company
Bill Ronayne (left) and Don Powers (right), Campaign co-chairs of the Fame Fire Company project to add needed storage for Fame fire equipment, accept a check for $10,998.36 from Mickey Hall and Christine Wildauer, representing the proceeds of the recent Rotary Club fruit sale. The Rotary donation is going to the Donor List board.  Mickey and Christine co-chaired the fruit sale; Powers is president of Fame Fire Company.

West Chester Rotarians collected over 28 gallons of soup to donate locally to Safe Harbor.

The Rotary Club of West Chester is nearing a milestone as it inducted five new members at a recent meeting. With the induction of Barbara Bolton, Eric Kuhn, David Reinfeld, Allison Snaveley-Villano and Paul Runyan, pictured with sponsors Michelle Venema, Bill Ronayne and Dan Cosgrove, the membership is close to a record 130 members, reported Sue Casso Rogers, a past Club President, who conducted the installation ceremony.

Rotarians volunteered on Saturday Dec. 12th for our annual Ringing of the Bells.  Over 50 rotarians and their family members donated their time to help the Salvation Army.  Here Erna Eckert (right) Glenn Sweet. Erna shared her experience with the Salvation Army in which they helped her Mom Doris and her as a baby in the 1938 Long Island flood. Salvation Army returned to the shelter every day for 6 months with baby formula and diapers.
Thanks to the Co-Chairs, Rachel Barakat and Iliana Tati for coordinating the day.

The 2015 drive for Stockings for Soldiers was extremely successful with record breaking amounts of donations. Linda Hicks & her friend sewed 165 stockings. People donated a total of $155. The physical donations completely filled a truck with an 8 foot bed.
It's hard to tell the monetary worth of the physical donations but it was significant. Member Gary Hess scored a donation of $3,000 worth of beef jerky.
Thanks to Tamara Minnick and Brad Able for once again chairing this cause.


Several Rotarians were honored as Paul Harris Fellows for their generous contributions to Rotary International. Among the new Paul Harris Fellows were others who have donated several times and have achieved higher levels of recognition. Among those recognized recently are (seated from left) Rabbi Sue Greenberg, Chris McCawley, Michelle Venema, Dick Yoder, and (standing from left) Joe Fratoni, Joe Panaro, Bruce Beadle, Bill Winters and Bert Volger. The Rotarians were recognized following an informative presentation by Bruce Beadle, and the introduction of some new donor plans about the Rotary Foundation by Phyllis Dunn and Steve Founds, RI Foundation co-chairs for the club.

The Rotary Club of West Chester presented $32,000 in grants to 11 charities at a recent club meeting. Organizations and their representatives included (seated from left) Catherine Friedman, Friends Association; Joanne Tadeo, Community Philanthropic Committee (CPC) co-chair; Nancy Zion, Chester Co. Children's Inc.; Glen Sweet, Housing Partnership of Chester Co.; Denise Mahal, Community Volunteers in Medicine CVIM); Phyllis Dunn, West Chester Food Cupboard, Sue Flynn, Chester Co., Family Academy; and (standing from
left) Dana Bowman, CVIM; Dolly Wideman-Scott, Domestic Violence Center of Chester Co.; Joyce Lacy, Interfaith Housing Assistance  Corp.; Victoria Dow, West Chester Public Library; Alain Oliver, Maternal & Child Health Consortium; Linda Coleman, Arc of Chester Co.; Laurie Kerkering, Chester Co.
Children's Inc.; Kathy Potts, Chester Co. Family Academy;  Shauna Yeldell, co-chair, CPC


Nicole Wiley (second from right) was recently named the Rotary Club of West Chester's Honorary Rotarian for 2015. Pictured with her are (from left) Immediate Past Club President Rob Feenan, Shauna Yeldell, chair of the Honorary Rotarian Committee, and Joe Panaro, committee member. Nicole and her young daughter were selected for the award for their collection of food for hungry individuals. Nicole's daughter saw a program about hungry people and wanted to collect food for them, and set a goal of 20.000 pounds. To date, the pair have collected and donated over 16,300 pounds of food throughout the county and surrounding areas to individuals, food cupboards, shelters and other locations.


family academy 

Mrs. Reiss's Class from Chester County Family Academy (December 2013)
Sang the Rotary Club Song.  Written by Mrs. Reiss's class - Music by Geri Smith
Click here for audio - Enjoy!


Oct 27, 2016
CARS Committee
CARS Strategic Partners - Helping Rwanda Patients
Nov 10, 2016
Bruce Mowday
New book on West Chester
Nov 17, 2016
David Reinfeld and Eric Smith
Classification Talks
Nov 22, 2016
Dec 15, 2016
Club Assembly
Rotary Update