Club members again provided and served dinner for the resident's of AstraZeneca's Hope Lodge in Cheltenham.
In order to set the seating tables and warm organize the food means arriving as early as 4:00 PM.
(l to r) Robin Sherman and Debbie Newbert
(l to r) Debbie and Art Issadore, Fred Edelman and Robin Sherman
At 6:00 PM sharp, the residents begin arriving.
Our opportunity to join the residents for dinner continues to be a incredibly rewarding experience as well as a chance to share our Club's Rotary story with them. Their stories are interesting and often heartwarming; with some spending months in residence.
For many of the residents undergoing cancer treatments in Philadlephia and their accompanying spouses, significant others or caretakers, the dinners provided by outside organizations such as our Rotary Club provide a welcome distraction from their daily treatment regimes.
Toawrd the conclusion fo the meal and while the incredible array of desserts are being enjoyed, Ed Carne
and Dick Newbert held the always popular trivia contest … where the first person (Rotarians excluded) to answer each question correctly were rewarded with a gold dollar coin.
After clearing the tables, washing the dishes and storing the unused food for the residents to access, we left feeling uplifted and looking forward to our next visit.
Club members attending tonight's visit included Alan Agree (Hope Lodge Chair), Jerry Redington, Ed Carne, Fred and Fran Edelman, Art and Debbie Issadore, Ira and Robin Sherman, Dick and Debbie Newbert and our Assistant District Governor Chris Potter.
Many thanks also to Amato's Restaurant for preparing and delivering what was described by several Hope Lodge guests as, "The best meal we've had since we've been here!"