Our Mission: We are a local chapter of Rotary International, a non-sectarian organization which endeavors to bring together business, professional leaders as well as retirees, students and other young people to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all endevavors and pursiits, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
Our Members: Our members strive to live up to the Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, generously providing their time and financial support while utilizing the experiences, skills and contacts they’ve acquired over their lifetimes to support to the Club’s many initiatives to make their communities better environments in which to live and work. Moreover, the comradery among our membership is second-to-none!
Our Meetings: Wednesday Mornings (8:00 AM) at the
Garden of Eatin' Restaurant, 964 Woodbourne Road, Levittown, PA 19057
Guests are always welcome!
Accomplishments: During our Club’s first ten years it has provided $175,000 to charitable and need causes, made $35,000 of in-kind contributions and donated more than 9,000 hours to a wide variety of worthy causes and community service projects.
Just a Few of Our Beneficiaries: Guardians of the National Cemetery in Washington Crossing, Pediatric Section of St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Department, Alex’s Lemonade, Angel Flight East, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Els for Autism Foundation, American Red Cross, Ovarian and Prostate Cancer, providing Holiday Meals for Needy Veterans and their Families, local Food Banks, ADAH Awareness, Children’s Hospital (CHOP), Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Operation Warm, Susan G. Korman for the Cure, the Salvation Army, Philadelphia’s inner-city William Dick School, Astra Zeneca’s Hope Lodge, Parkinson Foundation, A Woman’s Place, Victims of Domestic Violence, Chris Jones Memorial Fund, Funding of a Fresh Drinking Water Well project in a remote Philippine village, Nurrican Harvey Relief, Haitian Earthquake Relief, Baton Rouge Flood Relief, Typhoon Hayian Relief in the Philippines, PENNDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, in-kind donations for many deployed Servicemen and women as well as for Veterans’ hospitals, Providing Transportation to the polls for seniors on election day… and also award scholarship awards to a local Maple Point Middle Students-of-the-Month and a Neshaminy Student-of-the-Year.
Our 2018 Charity Golf Outing will in held at Makefield Highlands Golf Club in Yardley, PA on October 11th, 2018, with its proceeds being primarily directed to the Drew's Hope Research Foundation.
The Drew’s Hope Research Foundation, a Newtown, PA based 501(c)3corporation, was established by Katie and Tony Ferrandino in memory of their son Drew
to raise funds to support research into treatments and cures for and create greater awareness of Batten Disease for which there is almost no public funding available.
Drew was born on February 1, 2002.
At the age of 5, he was diagnosed with the Late Infantile NCL form of Batten Disease, a very rare degenerative neurologic disease occurring in an estimate 2 to 4 of every 100,000 live births for which there is no cure at this time and is always fatal!
Batten Disease is an inherited disorder of the nervous system that begins in childhood. Late Infantile NCL begins between ages 2 and 4. The typical early signs are loss of muscle coordination (ataxia) and seizures that do not respond to drugs. Children with Batten Disease become blind and bedridden as the disease progresses rapidly and typically ends in death between ages 8 and 12
Drew, like most boys his age, loved trains, baseball, swimming, his brother, Gavin, and his dog, Bella. In the months prior to his diagnosis, Drew went from being a sweet and active boy who could run, jump and play to a child needing constant care.
Sadly, Drew passed away on September 30, 2014 at the age of just 12!
The gene mutation which causes Batten Disease is recessive. Therefore, if both parents carry this gene, there is a 25% chance that their child will be diagnosed with this ultimately fatal disease. Those affected rarely live beyond twenty and most succumb before the age of 12. It is estimated that in the United States 440,000 people carry this disease-causing mutation.
Evidence suggests that Batten Disease is the most common form of pediatric neurodegenerative disease. According to the National Human Genome Research Institute, Batten Disease is one of 6,800 rare diseases affecting 30 million or almost 1 out of every 10 Americans.
Please help us help the Drew's Hope Research Foundation by participating in our 2018 Charity Golf Outing or contacting us.
Our Club's Commitment to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Continues: Our Club continues to actively supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and its mission to, "Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families and serve as the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients."
The LLS has special meaning to many of our members as several of their children or grandchildren have been diagnosed with blood cancers. Should you have an interest in donating to this extremely worthwhile initiative, please click on http://pages.lightthenight.org/epa/BucksCo17/rotaryclubofshadybrook.
At a recent regional dinner by the LLS, the Rotary Club of Shady Brook was recognized for having more than doubled its contributions and was signled out for is "Most Creative Marketing" programs.
Rotary International's 2017-2018 Theme: Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley recently announced his decison for Rotary's 2017-18 theme, "Making A DIfference". In his comments when making this announcement, Mr Riseley stated;
Some years ago, a new acquaintance asked me what should have been a simple question: “What is Rotary?” I opened my mouth to reply and then stopped short with the realization that I simply did not know where to begin.
The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what Rotary was. The problem was that Rotary was — and is — too large and complex to easily define. We are a member-based organization, a club-based organization, and a service-based organization; we are local, regional, and international; we are community members, businesspeople and professionals, working and retired, active in nearly every country in the world. Every one of our 1.2 million members has a unique set of goals, experiences, and priorities; every one of us has a unique understanding of Rotary.
To me, Rotary is defined not by who we are, but by what we do — by the potential that Rotary gives us, and the ways we realize that potential in meaningful and lasting service. Rotary has been around for a long time: 112 years. In some ways, we’ve changed tremendously, as we’ve grown, matured, and adapted to the changing needs of our members and communities. In our fundamentals, however, we remain the same: an organization of people with the desire — and through Rotary, the ability — to make a difference in our communities, and the world.
We answer the question “What is Rotary?” with our actions, by making a difference through our service. As an organization, we recognize how important it is that the world understand what Rotary is, and what we do. At the same time, we know that it is more important than ever to allow our clubs to define Rotary service for themselves. As Rotarians, we have more flexibility than ever to decide how we want our clubs to meet, work, and grow. We’re focused more than ever on making sure that Rotary reflects the people it serves, with more women and a more diverse membership. And we’re working hard to ensure that Rotary remains the world’s pre-eminent volunteer service organization, by emphasizing long-term planning, sustainable service, and continuity in leadership on every level.
In 2017-18, we will answer the question “What is Rotary?” with the theme Rotary: Making a Difference.
However each of us chooses to serve, we do it because we know our service makes a difference in the lives of others. Whether we are building a new playground or a new school, improving medical care or sanitation, training conflict mediators or midwives, we know that the work we do will change people’s lives — in ways large and small — for the better. Whatever motivation each of us had for joining Rotary, it is the satisfaction we find in Rotary that causes us to remain, the satisfaction of knowing that week by week, year by year, we are part of Rotary: Making a Difference.
The Rotary Club of Shady Brook is now on