2016 Rotary Year in Review

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2015 – 2016 Installation of Officers
 
Fellow Rotarians thanked Rob Feenan for his leadership and dedication as out-going West Chester Rotary President.  Welcome Katie Walker, our 2015-2016 President.

July 2015 Honorary Rotarian

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.
 
November 2015 Paul Harris Fellows Honored
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.
 
Dec. 2015 Rotarians Serving our Community

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West Chester Rotarians volunteered Dec. 13th at the West Goshen ACME and Kmart locations from 9am - 6pm, taking one hour shifts ringing the bells.Shown here, Phyllis Dunn (from left) and Terri Ritchie, along with Terri's dog, manned the Salvation Army bucket at ACME. Iliana Tati, Bell Ringer Co-chair, stopped by to see how things were going.

 

Dec. 2015 Stockings for Soldiers

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Linda Hicks and her friend, Karen Marson (right) show samples of the over 225 stockings they sewed this year for the Stockings for Soldiers project that the Rotary Club supports. Tamara Minnick and Brad Abel put holiday wrapped boxes in various locations throughout the community to collect items to go in the stockings.  They collected hundreds of pounds of items.

 
Feb 2016 Rotary Membership Milestone
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.