Club News

The Club Again Supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night” Walk

Several members of the Club and their spouses/significnant others joined hundreds of other Bucks County residents who met at Central Park in Doylestown tonght to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk.

to raise monies to help the Society in its fight to cures for blood cancers … which have personally directly affected the families and friends of a many of the Club's members.

Through its various fundraising efforts, the Club was able to present teh Leukemia & Lymhoma with a check fot $10,330.

(l to r)  Club members Ira Sherman, Art Issadore, Irv Perlstein, Alan Agree and Jerry Redington

(l to r)  Art and Debbie Issadore and Robin and Ira Sherman

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."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - (logo)

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

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.


Dawn Wright and Mary LaMere Slack – Day-to-Day Financial Management

The Co-Founders of

Dawn Wright

and Mary LaMere Slack

joined Club members for breakfast this morning and provided a very informative overview of their company which specializes in bringing financial order to their client's lives.  They pride themselves on being trusted, insured professionals dedicated to understanding each client's individual needs and to help then understand what services Daily Money Managers can provide. 

Their formal presentation began with an all too telling slide

to which many people can relate when it comes to the financial and other records.

Dawn and Mary are dedicated to making people’s lives easier.   Meeting privately with prospective clients, the explore their goals and outline the services Day-to-Day can provide which will be tailored to assist them in keeping your financial life in order.

Among the many services which can be tailored to meet clients with differing age and demographic profiles and needs are the following.


Mail Management: The can sort, open and review a client’s mail, throwing away the junk and shredding sensitive information.  The can also file those items that need to be kept.

Bill Payment: Bills can be paid online or with handwritten checks which are signed by clients of their designated legal representative. W hen appropriate, Day-to-Day can arrange for automatic payments of bills.   And, in conjunction with a client’s CPA the can make sure all tax payments are made on time.

Reconciliation of Checking and Credit Card Accounts: Mary and Dawn will see that all accounts will be balanced monthly.

Fraud Review: Day-to-Day can accounts for unusual activity and review monthly statements.

Personal Banking: They can make timely deposits at a client’s financial institution.  Working with a client’s financial planner they can make sure that any required distributions are taken from your retirement account and that those distributions are placed in the designated accounts. 

Budgeting: Day-to-Day can analyze and track income and expenses so that sound and accurate financial decisions can be made. 


Financial Calendar: Day-to-Day will create a financial calendar making sure that all bills and financial deadlines are set out for a client to follow.

File Management: They will clean out and organize a client’s files and set up a filing system that works for them, shredding a discarding any unnecessary documents.

Organizing Your Tax Documents:   Tax documents can be organized throughout the year. They will help complete the tax organizer provided by a client’s CPA and work with them to make sure that tax returns and taxes are prepared properly and on time. 


Medical Claims Submission: Day-to-Day can help make sure medical claims are submitted on a timely basis. They also review benefit explanations and work with a client’s insurance company or Medicare if there are any complications.

Documentation for Personal Property Insurance: Dawn and Mary can arrange to have all personal property photographed and appraised for insurance purposes.

Medicare Planning: They will work with insurance agents or consultants to make sure that clients have the Medicare supplement or Medicare Advantage plan that is right for them. 


Special Projects:  Day-to-Day can collect and organize financial data for meetings with other financial professionals and assist with organizing the paperwork necessary for applying for Medicaid or if necessary, for moving to a retirement community.

Develop A Financial Organizer For Emergencies: Dawn and Mary can gather all of a client’s important financial papers and create a list so that their client or their client’s family can readily access important documents in the event of an emergency.

Notary Services: They can assist in getting important documents notarized.

Referrals: Day-to-Day can refer and liaison with legal, investment, insurance and tax professionals or even help find professionals for a variety of other services. 

At the end of the meeting Club president invited both Dawn and Mary to consider the advantages of joining Rotary where they personal and professional lifetimes of providing services for others can be enhnaced …

District 7450 District Governor Peter Mardinly Spoke to Our Club

The Club was delighted to welcome our District's 2019-20 Governor, Peter Mardinly.

Peter grew up in central Pennsylvania, attended Yale University.  After graduating from Yale, Peter attended Boston University School of Law, after which he was admitted to the Pennsylvania and Massachusetts bars in 1977.  He was additionally admitted to the Florida bar in 2002.  In 1981, he received his LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University School of Law.  He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court in 1978, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in 1991, and the United States Supreme Court in 1995.

Peter has held many, many different roles within Rotary at both the club and district levels. 

Peter emphasized his primary role was to support clubs like ours, “I work for you”, he emphasized. From his perspective, there were three important messages to members. First, we are all responsible for “growing Rotary”.  He shared that when he joined Rotary in 1981, there were 2,500 members in our District, there are now 1,310.  We discussed the club’s challenges with pursuing Rotaract and Interact options.  He encouraged us to reach out to friends and colleagues we meet who would make good members.  As we had discussed often, he believes clubs with vibrant service projects attract potential members.

Peter’s second message concerned money … making sure we get our fair share not only from the district, when grants are awarded each May but also from Global, which can award grants at any time during the year.  He acknowledged that the required grant training was sometimes a challenge.  Jeff noted that he would be attending this year’s session.  Peter clarified that the IRS and federal government required the training, it was not something imposed by the state or district Rotary.  He explained that the District and state had relationships with many entities and that they have funded projects in Canada, Bermuda, and France, as well as distance counties.

He asked us to “think Big” and not to worry too much about finding a partner, concentrate on the service need, the ideas. His last message was he felt that the way Rotary would flourish in the next century was if we worked even more closely with other countries and each other. He thinks sometimes technologies has “broken us into smaller tribes” and the power of Rotary is when big goals are tackled by diverse groups of members.

Peter announced that they were doing something different this year and holding the District Conference on May 16 at the Elmond Park Zoo in Morristown; he hopes a couple of us will attend. He reminded us of the upcoming Rotary Leadership Institute on October 19. Jeff assured him he plans to attend.

Peter was happy to award Irv Perlstein and Dick Newbert a very special Governor’s Citation for their outstanding service to Rotary. 

(l to r)  Irv Perlstein and Peter Mardinly

As Dick is on the road, he will be presented his award upon his return. Jeff and the entire club also thanked Irv and Dick for their terrific hard work on behalf of the club and its causes.

Finally, Peter encouraged us to contact him at any time ( or cell: 610-574-2507) to answer questions, provide information, or serve as a sounding board. 

Peter received an enthusiastic round of applause on his presentation and related handouts.  He stayed after the meeting, fielding questions, too.

Ms. Ally Gill of Hope Lodge Joined the Club for Breakfast

This is the 10th anniversary of Fox Chase Hope Lodge, sponsored by AstraZeneca. There are 30 lodges across the county that patients and families can use while undergoing cancer-related treatments. Over 1.7 million Americans are projected to be diagnosed with cancer this year alone, so these lodges are heavily used. She thanked us enormously for our 7+ years of support. Ms. Gill stressed how important the dinners we host are to the patients. They hope to raise $600,000 to completely renovate the kitchen/dining area of the lodge next summer.

In preparing for the renovation, Ms. Gill asked us for our suggestions. Fred suggested that one of the rooms in the lodge be designated as a private dining room, so smaller, confidential family gatherings could be held. Alan recommended another refrigerator is sorely needed. There is never enough room for us to store our “leftovers” from the dinner, given all the items already in the current refrigeration units. Dolly also noted that she witnessed an unfortunate incident that she hoped Ms. Gill could remedy. She had met a caregiver for someone who had passed away at the lodge that day. Apparently, the policy is to not allow the caretaker/family member to stay in the room after the patient dies. Dolly suggested that at the very least, there should be leniency the first 48 hours, until travel/other lodging arrangements can be made. Ms. Gill promised  they would seriously consider our suggestions. 

We asked her for suggestions of things we could do differently. For a change, she suggested we consider offering soup as a menu option. A number of patients have difficulty chewing or managing heavier foods. We agreed to look into this option for future dinners.

She closed by thanking us again for hosting dinners and noted that they are also always looking for volunteers to transport patients, if any of our members are interested in that service.

Ms. Gill received a big round of applause for her presentation and related handout.


Donations for the William Dick School

Today,  donations the Club received from the Grey Nun Academy and which have been stored in Dolly's and Dick's garages,

were delivered to the William Dick School Jeff used his truck to get chairs and books stored at Dolly's and bring them to Dick's driveway.  Jerry ,Irv, and Larry (newly engaged to Lou) ,Jeff, myself and Irv's friend Bo , who brought the truck, and his son and a friend loaded up Bob's Truck in record time.   In addition, Alan had his SUV loaded with all of your donated items (2,500 pencils, 400 boxes of crayons,125 pairs of socks, donated clothes, 300 notebooks,and other school supplies).

Irv drove down to the school with Alan acting as a "tour guid", navigating their way around closed streets in North Philadelphia.  The planned  route was to get off at Aramingo Ave, then to Lehigh and then the plan was to to turn on 22nd street to Diamond and then to 25th where the School is. Girard ave exit is closed so this was the best route for the Truck.  But just as they approached 15th and Lehigh, a massive number of police cars blocked our way and we had to use narrow streets where the truck barely fit.

The good news is that the Club's caravan made it to the School and the entire William Dick teacher staff poured out to unload, 75 chairs, 10 tables, two rolling tables, and much more, plus Alan's SUV in olympic time.

We received many thanks for helping their students plus the 55 cases of copy paper.

The Rotary Club of Shady Brook Now Flies with Angel Flight Northeast

For a number of years, the proceeds of the Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser have been donated to John Clough, a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight Northeast.

Angel Flight Northeast's mission since its first flight in 1996 has remained unchanged; to arrange and provide free air transportation so children and adults may access life-saving medical care that is not readily available to them locally.  

Its mission coordinators presently schedule 80-100 flights each week … and now total more than 77,000 flights.  As is the case of John Clough,

their 500-plus Volunteer Pilots donate their time, talent, airplane, fuel and operating expenses and hve flown over 14 million miles providing patients, their families and traveling companions free air transportation, enabling them to access the specialized medical care they require.

Angel Flight Northeast has never refused anyone in need.  Approximately 40% of their patients are children, suffering from life-threatening cancer, severe burns or crippling diseases.  Moreover, they will fly people for as long and as often as they need to travel, with no limit whatsoever to the number of flights they provide.

Augmenting their pilots are more than 200 Earth Angels who greet patients and their families with open arms and transport them to and from their destinations. 

Our Club’s annual donations help defray the out-of-pocket costs for Angel Flight’s pilots … with each dollar donated generating on average five dollars’ worth of contributed services by Angel Flight Northeast’s dedicated volunteers.

Today, the Rotary Club of Shady Brook’s commitment to and partnership with John Clough and Angel Flight Northeast was further strengthened with the addition of the Club’s logo on the side of his plane, recognizing its small part in supporting Angel Flight Northeast’s mission and realizing Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”.

Meeting with John Clough at the Smoketown (PA) Airport, Dick Newbert was honored to apply the decal

(l to r) Jerry, Irv and Dick

with Jerry Redington, Chair of the Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast, and Irv Perlstein, the Club’s Fundraising Chair, looking on.  John’s future passengers will now see recognition of the Rotary Club of Shady Brook’s support of Angel Flight Northeast as they board and debark from his aircraft.


For those who might be interested some of the technical aspects of John's plane and its capabilities …

It is a Mooney Ovation (Model M20R).  At sea level,it has a full-power speed of 190 Knots (for those non aviators or seamen, that equates to 218.64810 Miles per Hour) .  However, as John notes, "You can not fly it at sea level, you might hit the waves!"  True airspeed is based upon standard 29.92 barometric pressure at 59 degrees temperature at sea level.

The service ceiling is 20,000 feet. Which means under standard temperatures for 20,000 feet the plane will only climb at 100 feet per minute at that altitude.

Range is based upon winds, no head winds or no tail winds.  The level of fuel economy that the pilot uses Means a lot to range. Full power burns 23 gals per hour,  A more reasonable power setting of 75% power means much longer time the plane will stay in the air at a slower speed.  Balance all these out and this is where I fly it.  163 kts airspeed burning 16.3 gals per hour with a hour reserve, a full tank is 90 Gallons. That comes out to 73.7 useful fuel divided by 16.3 equals 4.5 hours of flying 163 Kts per hour or 737 Kts miles or from here to southern Florida or to St. Louis … before fueling up again with a no wind flight which never happens.

John then offered them a free flight around the local area which Jerry, a retired U.S. Naval Aviator, jumped at.

Guess who got to actually fly the aircraft during part of the flight?

The most fulfilling times in my life are those times when I am helping others” –  Charmaine J. Forde

Dr. Maria McGrath, Professor, Bucks County Community College

Dr. Maria McGrath, Professor, Bucks County Community College joined our breakfast meeting this morning.

Dr. McGrath has a PhD. From Lehigh University and her areas of expertise is Post-WWII History, particularly the 1960s.  She has just finished a book entitled Food for Dissent.  She focused on one of the themes in the book, the rise of natural foods in our culture.  Andrew Weil, a Harvard educated physician with a specialty in botany, is considered by many to be one of the founders of the natural food movement. In the mid-sixties, Weil, Richard Alpert, and Timothy Leary were among the earliest researchers on the impact botanical and synthetic drugs had on the brain. All three wrote articles about how such drugs as pot and LSD were going to change the world.

In the case of Alpert and Leary, they were fired from Harvard labs for experimenting with such drugs. Weil escaped that fate and went on to publish a landmark study on the Clinical and Psychological Effect of Pot on Men.  Its key finding was that the mindset of the individual directly affected the body’s responses, both placebo and experimental (who used cannabis) groups in his study showed improvements.

Weil’s work was picked up by the print media, and he became an even stronger proponent of the mind/body correlation. In addition to his private practice, Weil branched out into related products as services for the mass market. In two other books in the 70s, The Marriage of the Sun and Moon and Chocolate to Morphine,  Weil tried to convince Americans that altered states of consciousness existed and could, indeed, have a positive impact on health.  Unfortunately, with our focus on a “war on drugs”, Weil did not immediately find support for his views. However, over time and in part due to his PBS series and high-profile clients, he developed a large following in the 80s to present day.  He was, and remains, one of the key leaders in the integrative health movement worldwide. 

Weil Lifestyle LLC, his parent company, is very successful. Weil continues to teach at the University of Arizona, make selected TV appearances (on Dr. OZ, for example), and give speeches on his latest findings. He started a restaurant chain, “True Food Kitchen", and continues to staunchly defend “natural remedies, self-diagnosis, and avoidance of traditional doctors”.  Dr. McGrath suggested that perhaps one of the reasons we have not seen a broad expansion of some of his dietary recommendations is that natural foods cost more—in time and preparation. While Weil’s intentions are great, there are many millions of families who simply can’t afford to implement his recommendations.

After receiving a rousing round of applause at the end of her presentation, Dr. McGrath fielded our questions. She is also teaching an “almost all retiree” American History course starting on August 21 on the 60's. You can still sign up for it next week and join Irv and Alan in attending it!

Alan Agree, Dr. Maria McGrath and Jeff Revak


The Grey Nun Academy’s Closing Helping Us Support the William Dick School

While the announcement that the K-8 Grey Nun Academy was closing permanetly and more than 50 years of providing a quality Catholic education to area children,

it did present an opportunity for the Club. 

Dick Newbert reached out to Mrs. Deborah Kost, the schools, head administrator inquiring if any of the school's equipment, books and other materials might be made available to our Club for onward distribution to the William Dick School.  After a favorable response, we were able to borrow a 40' box truck from Bobby Burns of the Integrity Auto Gorup in Langhorne.

This morning, six Club members, along with Bobby's son, max

(l to r)  Alan Agree, Jeffy Redington, Syd Baron, Fred Edelman, Max Burns, Irv Perlsteein and Steve Manas

and William Dick School principal Amy WIlliams and her daaughter Alexis packed the truck  

with 35 Toshiba Google chrome computers, 8 – 3 sided tables,  4 adjustable  tables for class presentations, ~ 60 chairs for classrooms and offices, 4 microscopes, 5 pan balances, numerous books, a Nikon Camera, assorted desk top pieces for paper etc.,a new printer, one large square table with adjustable height, many basic school supplies, colored pencils, a hanging pull-down map of the world, a world globe and other items … collectively worth many thousands of dollars.

These items are presently being stored in the garages of two Club members and will be delivered to the William Dick School  prior to the beginning of teh 2019-20 school year.

While we all feel a local loss when an institution like Grey Nun must close.  However, the school's generosity to help our Club help the William Dick School is yet another example of the moral compass which carried the academy throughsince  it opening 1963.  Therefore, we though a quick look back at the school was appropriate.

Sponsored by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and located on the grounds of the former Motherhouse in Yardley, PA, Grey Nun Academy proclaims a rich history and heritage dating back to 1963. From its humble enrollment of nine kindergarten students housed in the original Manor House on the Dietz estate in October of '63, the original school was called d'Youville Manor Academy in honor of our community foundress, Marguerite d'Youville. Plans were soon made to add an additional class each year.

As the Sisters became established and well known in the local community, the school name was changed to Grey Nun Academy. Fundraising became important to support annual expansion and renovations.

Kindergarten children enjoyed field trips by train to Philadelphia and first graders to the Liberty Bell Race Tract and to the World's Fair in 1965.

Since the beginning, parents have always been an active, integral part of the Grey Nun Academy community. By 1968, a Home and School Organization was initiated and challenged to live out the theme: "If we succeed in our goals, then children will experience the joy of learning and their continued pursuit of this joy will become their own goal."

By fall 1972, Sacred Heart Junior College was closed and remodeled. The Academy lower school then took up residence there. Subsequent building projects have provided a multipurpose gymnasium, connecting to the Moyle Gallery and Fine Arts Center.

Until recently, the school was a thriving part of the community it serves, proudly educating children to carry out the mission of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and to be thoughtful, compassionate, contributing members of our society.




More Donations from Toll Gate Grammar School

Pennington's Toll Gate School again reached out to the Club as they had more books and other school supplies they were replaceing. 

Irv Perlstien made a trip to the school and loaded his car.

Late next month, prior to start of the new school year, these books and supplies will be donated and delivered to the William Dick School.

On behalf of the Club and William Dick School, our thanks once again for the Toll Gate's generrosity.