Club News

Record Day of Fundraising to Provide Holiday Dinners for Needy Veterans

What else can we say except, Thanks  to so many compassionate and generous customers of

in Yardley whose donations to help the Club raise monies to provide McCaffrey's gift certificates for holiday meals for needy veterans totaled a record $1,285.78!

Again, the interactions with so many area residents who took the time to stop by to donate, frequently chat with us and even inquire about our Rotary Club continues to be an added and invaluable benefit … members from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, both Iraq and Afghanastan and/or stateside … as well as neighbors, inclduing Mary O'Brien, wife of former Club member RIch O'Brien who is still recovering from a serious stroke … and new friends we'd never met before.

One of the most interesting people we met was Dan Kohlbek, founder of NAGA (Never Again Grieve Alone), a non-profit dedicated to visiting lonesome veterans in hospice care, who have either outlived their family and friends or have become estranged from them … to minimize their all-too-often solitary passings … and to honor those who have served and to hear and tell their stories.  The Club hopes to have Dan speak to our membership early in 2018.

Today's team of volunteers included:

President-elect Jeff Revak

Alan Agree and Syd Baron

Dick Newbert and event-organizer Irv Perlstein

Irv Perlstein subsequently presented McCaffrey's Lisa Gormley with a for the purcahse of twenty-one gift certifcates.

These gift certifictes will be donated to the Guardians of the National Cemetery in Washington Crossing, VFW Post 6393 and American Legion Post 317 in Yardley, the Vet Center in Bristol and other organizaztions who are aware of and have personal contact with needy veterans in Bucks County.

Defying the Snow to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army

As with the men and women who deliver our mail, "Neither Rain nor snow…" never let it be said that weather deters our Club from following through on the commitments made to the many causes it supports!

Today, despite the cold and snow, which is continuing to fall,

intrepid club members Alan Agree and Fred Edelman

(l to r) Alan Agree and Fred Edelman

manned the Salvation Army's Kettle Drive outside Macy's at the Oxford Valley Maill today.

THANKS to both of the!

More Partners Helping the Club Raise Monies for Both Veterans and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

We like to express our sincere apprecaiting to

Langhorne Café  (Langhorne)

The Crab Company (Feasterville)

for their unselfish enthusiasm to help us continue to raise moneis for Needy Veterans and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

 

 

Paul Quintavalla’s Presentation on Rotaplast

Paul Quintavalla, District 7450's Governor-elect,

gave an moving presentation to the Club this morning on Rotaplast,

about which most of the members had litte knowledge.

Although Rotaplast began as a project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, it became a separate non-profit corporation in 1996.

Rotaplast International, Inc. is committed to helping children and families worldwide by eliminating the burden of cleft lip and/or palate, burn scarring, and other deformities.  Working with local professionals, Rotarians, and other organizations, Rotaplast sends multidisciplinary medical teams to provide free reconstructive surgery, ancillary treatment, and training for the comprehensive care of these children.  Rotaplast supports education and research towards prevention of cleft lip and/or palate. Its aim is to help local professionals build sustainable models for the care of these children, improving their lives and those of their families.

Rotaplast employs the following strategies to reach this goal:

Facilitate medical missions to provide surgical intervention for children who are not able to receive treatment or who are in need of more complicated medical procedures than can be provided by local physicians.

Counsel families about ways of reducing the incidence cleft palate anomalies through diet, vitamin supplementation, and lifestyle changes.

Collaborate with local health professionals on follow-up care and on development of comprehensive cleft palate programs where feasible.

Learn about the incidence and causes of cleft lip and palate anomalies, including both genetic and environmental factors.

Educate local physicians and specialists by urging them to work with our teams to broaden their skills in treating cleft anomalies.

Foster international goodwill and fellowship by working with Rotarians as well as with health officials in host countries.

To date, Rotoplast has treated 19,136 patients in 26 countries!

Although Paul has traveled on many missions including such places as the Philippines and Venezuela, his mission to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Uppatasanti Pagoda

was featured in his slide presentation.  Some of his slides graphically show the difference Rotaplast's volunteer doctors, nurses, Rotarians and other mission participants have had on the populations of some of the world's poorest countries where such medical procedures are often otherwise unavailable … and where children with physical deformaties are often and tragically shunned, abandoned or worse!

A mother with her son who was born with a cleft lip (the white material on the child's face is actually a form of make-up in Myranmar)

A young boy – pre and post operative

An adult before and after surgery

Each child receives a "beannie baby" and quilt before surgery which they often take with them into the operating theater to reduce their anxieties

Paul's presentation had a special significance to two of the Club's members.

Retired Dr. Augie Adrid

had traveled to the Philippines on many occasions to assist with cleft lip and/or palate and other reconstructive surgeries, often working 10-16 hour days.

Unknown to other members of the Club, Fred Edelman

shared his expereince as having been born with a cleft palate that was surgically corrected and how the results of that treatment both enhnaced his physical appearance and had an incredibly positive impact on his pyschological and emotional health as well as in developing his life-long commitment to help people in need where ever they live.

At the end of today's meeting, one member was so moved that he presented Paul with a check for Rotaplast and another has since sent him a donation check to support its incrediblly worthlwhile endevour. 

Anyone interested in learning more about Rotaplast or making a donation can log onto http://rotaplast.org/.

 

Another Saturday Supporting the Salvation Army’s Kettle Drive

For the fourth consecutive weekend Club Rotarians donated their time to help the Salvation Army with its 2018 Kettle Drive outside Macy's and the Oxford Valley Mall.  Taking the first shift, Arthur Finkle and Mark Nath were joined by volunteer trupmpeteer Topny Primola.

(l to r) Arthur, Tony and Mark

Around noon, there were relieved by Irv and Wendy Perlstein.

These volunteers wish to thank the many shoppers who have been so generous during the past month to help the Salvation Army help people in need.

 

Welcoming Fran Zeitler to the Club, Announcing Jeff Revak as President-Elect and District Governor Dawn deFuria’s Visit

Today the Club welcomed its newest member, Fran Zeitler of Princeton …

Club President, Ira Sherman (l) presenting Fran with her certificate of membership

Ira also announced that Jeff Revak has accepted the positions as this year's President-Elect.

Jeff Revak

At the same time, the Club was honored to have current District Governor, Dawn deFuria, Assistant District Governor, Chris Potter, a District Governor-Elect, Paul Quintavalla, join us for our breakfast meeting.

(l to r) Paul Quintavalla, Chris Potter and Dawn deFruia flanking a banner promoting and encouraging Dawn's theme for her tenure, "Get On Baord with Rotary  –  2017-18"

During her presentation,

Dawn outlined her family legacy in Rotary, her dad and husband both being former Club presidents and District Governors; her personal experiences of Rotarians reaching out to fellow Rotarians when they were sick; an acknowledgement of some of the issues which occasionally frustrate members of Rotary and the positive ways she hopes to address them; her visions of how Rotary International and District 7450 supports its local clubs as well as national and international efforts to improve health, education, access to clean drinking water, and fight diseases, specifically Rotary's incredibly successful "End Polio Now" campaign and also recognized the amazing work our Club has accomplished and continues to support.

 

 

Collecting for Needy Veterans at Colonial Farms Market in Washington Crossing

Thanks to the invitation of Nicholas Angelakis, owner of Colonial Farms Market in Washington Crossing, members of the Club collected monies to provide holiday meals for needy veterans.  A tremendous debt of gratitude is owed to the dozens of the market's customers who made donations to this worthy cause. 

Irv Perlstein, Nick Angelakis and Alan Agree

Dick Newbert

As has been the case during similar fundraising drives, Irv, Alan and Dick had the opportunity to chat with many of the folks to made contributions.  Among today's most memorable donors were ..

A lady who told us about a young man who enlisted in the Marines at 17 just after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  After completing his training at Paris Island, GA, he was shipped off the the Pacific Theater where he fought at Guam, Truk and finally at Iwo Jima.  After the war, she met him, they married and shared a sixty-plus year marrige and passed away only a few weeks ago.

The son of another World War II veteran who stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day and fought at St. Lo where he was wounded.  He subsequently spent a year in a German Prisoner of War camp.

A doctor serving at the VA hospital in Philadlephia where wounded soldiers from Vietnam were transported…  first to McGuire Air Force Base and then driven in busses with their windows painted over to prevent people form seeing the injured to Philadlephia.  Many of those men arrived less than 36 hours after being wounded .  Amazing!

In just four hours these wonderful and generous people donated just over $400!

 

The Community Helping Our Club Provide Holiday Meals for Needy Veterans

While most of  our area's citizens celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday with lavish turkey or ham dinners, unfortunately there are still too many Bucks County veterans who served our nation and yet ccontinue to face challenging economic times for themselves and their families.  In response to this crisis, the Club is continuing its efforts to provide Holiday-period meals for these needy veterans. 

However, its ability to do so would not be possible without the active enggement or many area merchants and caring individuals …. to which a great deal of THANKS and APPRECIATION is owed!  Among these latest "heroes":

Gabrielle's Pizza II in Washington Crossing

Chris Mascio

Colonial Farms in Washington Crossing

Nick Angelakis (owner)

Member of both the American Lefion Post 317 and the Guardians of the National Cemetery

Skip Munday

Shady Brook Farm, Yardley

Market at Styers Orchard, Langhorne