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The Rotaryite - Archive Nov 22, 2011
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Issued by the Rotary Club

of Morrisville, PA


Club No. 3435 Chartered Jan. 30 1928


Meets Thursdays, 6:15 P.M.

Michael's Restaurant

Unless announced otherwise

 Vol 69  No 2









November 2011



The club is indebted to all of those who supported its recent fund raising projects, the Morrisville Carnival and the Gourmet Breakfast at the Morrisville United Methodist Church. This community support, along with the continued generous donations by Rotarians themselves, mainly through The Rotary Foundation, is what enables the club to continue its "I Like Me" books for kindergarteners, its Dictionaries for Third Graders, its support of the Morrisville HS Leadership Academy, its tradition of sending students to the District's Camp Neidig leadership development program, its support of other community organizations and causes, its pure water project to help people in Peru, its support of Rotaplast (cleft palate and lip surgeries) and ShelterBox (emergency shelter and supplies), and Polio eradication ("We're this close!") and other projects supported by and through The Rotary Foundation.


Rotarians support The Rotary Foundation through weekly contributions and by way of special $1000 "Paul Harris Fellow" donations. In recognition of its steady and dedicated support of The Rotary Foundation through weekly and regular individual donations, the club was awarded a special club banner by the Foundation Trustees. The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club was one of only 1,550 clubs world-wide, out of a total of 34,301, to have achieved a $100 per capita donation last year with every member making a personal donation of some amount. Past President Hal Long (left) accepted the banner on behalf of the club from District Foundation Chairman Mike McCarthy.  




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Chaplain's Corner - Big E

Remember... That which you give freely to others will be given back to you in greater measure. It's a rule of God's Kindom!


"Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your busom. For those with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."  Luke 6:38



Our Programs


The club continued having very interesting speakers and programs each week.


August 25 was a Happy Hour Meeting at the Da BaR and Grill, 8919 New Falls Rd, Levittown. Speaker was Joel Hammon of Morrisville, a former middle and high school teacher in Bucks County and co-founder of the non-profit Princeton Learning Cooperative located in Princeton, NJ. (www.PrincetonLearningCooperative.org) The new center (as of September, 2010) allows students the freedom to pursue their interests at their own pace with the support of professional educators and volunteers from the community. They meet four days per week at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, but attendance is not mandatory. On Wednesdays, they're encouraged to participate in service activities in the community. Joel was inspired to take this leap of faith after some 11 years teaching in public schools and dealing with many students who were bright but looked at school as a sentence rather than an opportunity. He was inspired by a conference hosted by North Star, a learning center in Massachusetts. North Star has been in operation for some 15 years and takes advantage of the home schooling laws that allow students and their families to develop a totally personalized education based on passions and interests of the student. The approach avoids the least desirable aspects of the traditional schooling that have little to do with actual learning such as standardized testing, rigid scheduling and myriads of rules and regulations. For more information go to www.PrincetonLearningCooperative.org.




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Sept 1 Dave Burkhardt spoke on the problems of mold and how to deal with it - an important topic, especially after all the rain of Hurricane Irene. Meeting was at Michael's.


(Sept 5 Hot Dog (s)! The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club was back in the business of selling Hot Dogs and Sodas during the Morrisville Mayor's Picnic in Williamson Park.)


Sept 8 taylor Charissa Taylor, Executive Director of the Solid Rock Youth Center in Morrisville, spoke about the center and its goals. She helped start the youth center, currently in the First Baptist Church in Morrisville, and has served as a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard and in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Regarding the youth center, it is open Friday and Saturday nights 6:30 to 9:00pm. 100% FREE! It is a fun and safe place for the youth of the Morrisville area to come and hang out with friends, listen to music, play games, go online (Monitored), get advice or help with problems and much more. The center offers a fully stocked snack bar and monthly concerts, video games tournaments and more. She would like to see the center have its own building.



 Sept 15  manning Juliana Manning spoke about her People to People trip experience recently as a student ambassador to Italy and Greece. She had spoken earlier to the club about the planned trip and she received financial support from Rotarians in the club. President Denny Lanctot thanked her on behalf of the club for her presentation and gave he a Robert Morris commemorative plate.



Sept 22 billDistrict Governor Bill Jahn met with the Board of Directors and then talked to the club at the regular dinner meeting about the District goals, including membership and Public Relations so that the community knows what Rotary does.





Sept. 24 Rotary had a booth at Harvest Day. Thanks Hal. Yes that's Lee Nolting. The booth was shared with the Pennsbury Scholarship Foundation of which Lee is on the Board.








Sept 29  John Malzone. President of  JJM Financial Strategies, Inc. in Newtown, talked about the economy and what one should do and not do. His firm's slogan is "We rescue investors from their brokers"  and he emphasized that their advice is based on what's good for ones portfolio, not the your broker's wallet. The company is legally bound with a fiduciary responsibility to act in the client's best interest and does not represent any brokerage firm. For more information, go to www.jjmfinancial.com .



Oct 6-16 Fall Morrisville Carnival - Financial objective met. Ted and Evelyn were the main gurus. Several members attended the Rotary booth, plus Charlie shown here.  


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Oct 13 was another Happy Hour meeting at Da BaR and Grill. There was a General Assembly discussion about club plans and programs.




Oct 20 samSam Snipes gave a very fascinating Classification Speech, concentrating on his extensive travels, primarily for humanitarian purposes, and his work in preserving the history of Fall Township and the surrounding area.  Sam frequently appears in local parades and events driving his horse-drawn carriage.  

(It should be noted that 1941 Sam graduated from Haverford College as student body president, track captain, and winner of the Varsity Cup and upon graduation was awarded Spoon Man of the Class, a title given to the senior who best exemplifies the ideals of the college. He graduated from Temple University law school in 1953 and was the solicitor for Falls Township for nearly three decades. He was the recipient of the United Way of Bucks County's Founders Award for 50 years of service and was honored in 2005 with the Mark E. Goldberg Award of the Bucks County Bar Association for his continuing service outside the legal profession. He is a member of the American Bar Association and has served from 1950 to the present as a trustee of Haverford College, a member of George School Committee, director of Pennswood Village, Historic Fallsington, Inc., Pennsbury Manor, William Penn Center of Fallsington, the Pennsbury Society, The United Way and many Quaker Committees.

-Ed. from various online sources)


Regarding his travels, in 1946 and 1947 Sam noted that he worked with the National Relief and Reconstruction Administration and helped to escort thousands of displaced non-Germanic refugees in German refugee camps to safety. These were people afraid and unable to return to their homes behind the Iron Curtain because of Stalin.


In 1978, he traveled to South Africa where he talked about meeting with many prominent leaders engaged in the struggle to eradicate Apartheid. He lent his encouragement and support to South African freedom fighters and conveyed the same from friends in the U.S. As part of the trip he also visited a number of other African countries.

In 1979, as one of five persons from the ‘Delegation of Quaker Friends', he took the message of ‘An Enduring Peace' to Russia and conferred at length with Soviet Prime Minister Kosygin in the Kremlin. He said he asked Prime Minister Kosygin when he was going to get out of Czechoslovakia! In the course of these travels he got to know Dr. Jerome Davis, founder of the Promoting Enduring Peace organization and creator of the Gandhi Peace Award, and Sam and his wife made a side trip with Dr. Davis to St. Petersburg (Leningrad at the time).

In 1988, he attended the ‘Friends World Committee' which gathered in Tokyo, Japan to participate in the annual memorial services to remember the human tragedy of war and the nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. From there he visited South Korea.


At home he amassed a lot of information about the history of the area and wrote the book, "The History of Falls Township, 1692-1992".  (From 1950 to the present, he has served as a trustee of Haverford College, a member of George School Committee, director of Pennswood Village, Historic Fallsington, Inc., Pennsbury Manor, William Penn Center of Fallsington, The United Way and many Quaker Committees.)



(Oct 22 Rotary's Famous Gourmet Breakfast was presented at the Morrisville United Methodist Church.

The choice of traditional Eggs Benedict or delicious Quiche was very popular.)



Nov 3 Mike McCarthy, Past District Governor and present District Foundation Chair, talked about how the Foundation works and described how Service Above Self becomes a reality through The Rotary

Foundation. In addition to the Paul Harris Fellow, Sustaining Member and Every Rotarian Every Year fund raising programs, the foundation also has Benefactor, Bequest Society, Major Donor and Arch Klump Society programs for those wishing to give even more.  The foundation disbursements range from World projects like PolioPlus and the Peace Centers to District Designated Funds to support projects like our Peru Water Filter Project. As noted at the beginning of this issue of the Rotaryite, Mike also presented a banner recognizing the club's success as a Sustaining Member club the past Rotary year.




(left to right) Present and Past Cub Foundation Chairs Juan Proano and Tom Miller, Mike McCarthy and Club President Denny Lanctot. (Juan and Tom attended the District Foundation Seminar on October 1.)













Nov 10 Matt Swaby of Long & Foster talked about all of the things homeowners liability insurance covers and what it doesn't. Flood insurance and coverage of storm damage are two of the areas where a careful review of coverage is definitely recommended. President Denny Lanctot presented him with a Robert Morris commemorative plate in appreciation of his informative talk to the club.







Nov 17 kim Maria Kim, the immediate Past President of the Ambler Rotary Club and a District Rotaplast speaker, talked about her experience as a member of the Rotaplast team that went to Colombia last year and urged support of the upcoming TV and online benefit auction for Rotaplast. She noted that the cost of the trip was in the order of $100,000 and had an estimated medical value of $500,000. The TV Auction pays for the equipment transportation costs and various expenses and the volunteers pay for their own transportation. President Denny Lanctot presented her with a club banner in appreciation of her talk to the club.







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