Current and past members of our Rotary Club gathered this past Wednesday at the Black Bass Inn in Lumberville
where the scenic shores of the Delaware River and Old Glory
served as an appropriate backdrop.
With valet parking and an open bar, many past and present members had a chance to spend some time getting reacquainted.
Before beginning with our regular opening ceremonies, Club president, Dick Newbert asked that we remember both those former members who have passed away
as well as the immediate family members of past and current members who have also left us all too soon.
Margaret Carne Hagan
Major Jud Laidlaw of the Salvation Army, whose annual Bell Ringing campaign the Club supports offered an invocation.
Running on a nearby television was a pictorial history of the Club’s many fund-raising activities and community service projects. Since its founding the Rotary Club of Shady Brook has donated over $125,000 for a wide variety of charity and needy causes and people as well as having made some $25,000 of in-kind contributions and volunteered over 7,500 hours to a variety of community and other causes.
During what was a not-to-be-missed meal,
several of the Club’s founders related some history and anecdotes on the organization’s early years.
Bob Morris – First President
Fred Edelman, who had the inspiration for and was the driving force behind this wonderful reunion made a poignant champagne toast, again recalling the Club’s and looking forward to what we hope to accomplish in the future
Dick Newbert then presented the Club with congratulatory letters and plaques he had received from:
John F. Germ – President of Rotary International
Frank Farry – Pennsylvania State House Proclamation
Robert Tomlinson – Pennsylvania State Senate Proclamation
Tom Wolf – Governor of Pennsylvania
Mike Fitzpatrick – 8th District Congressman
Pat Toomey – U.S. Senator
Robert P. Casey – U.S. Senator
Joe Bartorilla – Middletown Police Chief
Board of Supervisors – Middletown, PA
President Jimmy Carter
President George H.W. Bush
The founders of the Club were recognized
Bob Morris (President)
Arnie Weinstein (President-elect)
Ed Carne (Vice President)
David Lenzner (Secretary)
Henry Garcia (Treasurer)
Mel Gelenberg (Sergeant At Arms)
Michael DiMeo (Board Member)
Pete Espinosa (Board Member)
Ken Magnani (Board Member)
Maurice “Mo” Sokol
Those in attendance, Bob Morris, Arnie Weinstein, Henry Garcia, Irv Perlstein, Wendy Perlstein, David Lenzner, Ed Carne, Arthur Finkle (partially hidden) and Augie Audrid,
As were the Club’s past and current presidents.
Dick Newbert (2016-17), Ed Carne (2008-09), Bob Morris (2006-08), Fred Edelman (2009-10), Augie Audrid (2010-11), Mark Nath (2011-12), Alan Agree (2014-16), Irv Perlstein (2013-14) and Henry Garcia (2012-13)
A presentation was made to Stan Cohen as the first of what we hope will be a number of former members rejoining a reinvigorated Rotary Club.
New members Alex Van Dyke and Heather Estes were officially welcomed by Dick Newbert.
Finally, before closing, a special tribute was paid to Fred Edelman, without whose hard work, this celebration would not have occurred.
Our Club has good cause to be proud of all that it has accomplished, with some of the beneficiaries of our funds, in-kind donations and volunteer time are; the 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, American Red Cross, Ovarian and Prostate Cancer, 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, Chris Jones Memorial Fund, funding of a fresh drinking water well project in a remote Philippine village, Haitian Earthquake Relief, Baton Rouge Flood Relief, Typhoon Hayian Relief in the Philippines, PENNDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway, in-kind donations for many deployed Servicemen and women as well as for Veterans’ hospitals, driving seniors to the polls on election day … and also award scholarship monies to a local Maple Point Middle Students-of-the-Month and a Neshaminy Student-of-the-Year.