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Huntingdon Valley - Churchville Rotary and guests found an ideal way to knock summer heat into hibernation through an August tour and tasting at Croydon's Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company. The pizza was great also.
Kudos to Mark Kozub for crafting this "suds-sational" evening.
"And I look at my life as vintage wine from fine old kegs; from the brim to the dregs; it poured sweet and clear: it was a very good year".
Those words from Frank Sinatra very well summed up the excellent presidential tenure of Mel Montanye, at
Huntingdon - Valley Churchville 's June 29 Changeover Nite.
Pictured above, Montanye "pins" incoming President Lee Adams.
Mel's emphasis was on "special needs" programming. Lee looks forward to engaging his favorite passion;"kids"...
New Club Executives and Directors are listed on the left panel. Ken Barber is Endowment Fund Chair.
More Changeover Nite Highlights (L-R). Ed Weitz was honored for his outstanding financial support of the club: Rick Spector for his website design. Chris Potter hosted the memorable evening.
New Club Executives and Directors; (L-R) Lee Adams, Rick Spector, Drew Slousky, Rich Hamilton, Larry Mantz, Ken Barber, Carol McGehean, Jim Shallcross, Bob Vagnoni, Dick Freed, Mel Montanye, Stu Lackernick.
The club commissioned "Moviehouse Productions " to film a "Changeover Nite" video: a star-studded tribute to 2015-2016...
Huntingdon Valley- Churchville members volunteered at Operation Ward 57's fundraiser to aid wounded veterans on Saturday June 11 at Warminster Park. More than 300 ran or walked during this very special event.
As part of the festivities, honorary club member Sam Bonanno was issued a citation by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick for his exemplary World War II service. Sam is seen with event chair Heather Sliwinski.
A poignant thank you from Rotarian Larry Mantz.
Rotarians Ted Blecharczyk and Carol McGehean lent a hand at registration.
Ready, willing and more than able: L-R. Rotary volunteers Larry Mantz, Mel and Kathy Montanye, Bob Vagnoni and John Thomas.
At its June 8, 2016 meeting, Huntingdon Valley - Churchville Rotary showcased two of its many success stories. Above, Lower Moreland High graduate Taylor Freed proudly posed with her parents after receiving the club's $1000 "Service Above Self" college scholarship. Taylor will be attending Penn State in the fall.
Below, Murray Avenue Middle School staff Marjorie Balin (L) and Tara Alker (R) received kudos for their Rotary sponsored "Interact" Club work. Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Twenty students are involved at Murray in grades six through eight. In the past year, Murray Interact's projects included raising funds for breast cancer awareness and "Cribs for Kids", a program designed to decrease "sudden infant death syndrome" in low income families.
Club Education Program Chair Rich Hamilton is pictured in both photos.
Mother Nature failed to cooperate for the most part, but the Huntingdon Valley- Churchville Rotary reeled in another fabulous "Fish- A- Long " Saturday April 23 at Lomirer Park in Abington. Kids and their families attended from the immediate area and Philadelphia. Said event chair Lee Adams, "The purpose of the event was to open fishing opportunity to kids who don't usually have the chance to do so, to discover the joys of nature and to give families a chance to have a fun time together".
Pictured above are Rotarians and kids from "Aspira", an inner city Philadelphia program serving the Latino community.
Fishing instruction was provided by “Trout Unlimited”. Trout Stocking was courtesy of Stoney Creek Anglers. Refreshments by Mark Bellomo, Lower Moreland Youth Center.
Carol McGehean: A Rotary Volunteer
March 5, 2016's Huntingdon Valley- Churchville Rotary's flapjack breakfast packed Applebee's Southampton to the rafters.
Event Chair and Club Secretary Carol McGehean kept club volunteers on task to courteously and quickly serve a record "130" ravenous diners consisting of family, friends and other Rotary supporters.
"It has been my pleasure to chair our Pancake Breakfast for the last 3 years", said Carol. "The money raised goes for expenses in connection with our children's activities including our Student of the Month Program, the Fish-A-Long and donations to activities involving the youth of our area. It is a fun activity and brings together all the members of our club".
Did you know that billions of dollars are lost to Medicare fraud and abuse each year? Phyllis Wolfson, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) spoke about how to fight back to the Huntingdon Valley - Churchville Rotary on March 30. The message was simple: Protect your personal information, know how to detect fraud and know where to report it.
Other Rotary clubs interested in arranging a SMP presentation, may contact CARIE (Coalition of Advocates for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly) at 800-356-3606.
Dr. Norman Bailey and Dr. Ken Barber, members of Huntingdon Valley – Churchville Rotary Club, recently presented a $30,000 pledge to representatives of Southampton’s Free Library. Accepting for the library were Gregory W. Crompton, chairperson of the Access the World Capital and Endowment Campaign, Ray Greenberg, financial oversight chairperson and Librarian Kim Ingram. The $575,000 fundraising goal by the Capital and Endowment Campaign is earmarked to modernize and refurbish the library and to enhancement and expansion of programs for children and adults utilizing the facility. Pictured (from left): Ray Greenberg, Gregory W. Crompton, Dr. Norman Bailey, Kim Ingram and Dr. Ken Barber. Story and photo: Bucks County Courier Times.
While most of us live without want, there are still hard times for many in the area. The Huntingdon Valley- Churchville Rotary is partnering with the Cowhey Family Warminster ShopRite to help fund our club's charitable projects through the "Save- A- Tape" Program. Simply label your register tape with the club's name and drop it in the collection box in front of the store. A percentage of sales will be donated to the club. The Warminster ShopRite is located at 942 W. Street Road.
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