Club News

Jeff Revak Sworn-in as the Club’s New President

At last evening's monthly dinner meeting at the Gaden of Eatin' Restaurant, Jeff Revak was sworn-in as the Club 11th President.

Jeff is sworn-in by incoming District Governor Paul Quintavalla

Paul and Alan Agree present outgoing Club President with a gavel as a token of the Club's appreciation for his service during the past year.

Unfortunately, this evening's mood was a bit dampened and the meeting was shortened so that members could attend the visiting hours Rich O'Brien, a former club member and good friend to all of us, who passed away earlier this week.  He will be missed!

Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to Rich's wife Mary.

The Rotary Club of Shady Brook Recognizes its Maple Point Middle School Students-of-the-Month for April and May and its Neshaminy High School 2017-18 Student-of-the-Year.

The Rotary Club of Shady Brook recognized two Maple Point Middle School students are their Students-of-the-Month for April and May at its dinner meeting at Christine’s Restaurant in Yardley.

Sonilia Davis – April Student-of-the-Month

Sonilia spoke about her love of animals and horses in particular and hopes to pursue a career in which she would be working with animals

(l to r) Club President Ira Sherman, Sonilia Davis and Student-of-the-Month Chair Dr. Augie Audrid

Vasjan (dad), Sonilia, cousin Rebecca and Meri (mom)

 

Grace Pfluger – May Student-of-the-Month

Grace shared her passion for music and vocal and instrumental talents in addition to her academic accomplishments

(l to r) Student-of-the-Month Chair Dr. Augie Audrid Grace Pfluger and Club President Ira Sherman,

Matt (dad), Amy (mom), Grace and Finn (brother)

Both Sonilia and Grace were presented with Certificates of Recognition and a check for $100.

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The Club also presented Neshaminy High School graduating senior Caitlyn Albarran with its 2017-18 Student-of-the-Year award.

Caitlyn has been accepted into Penn State’s Nursing program and hopes to work with children after graduation

(l to r) Club President Ira Sherman and Student-of-the-Year Chair Dr. Augie Audrid presented Caitlyn with a Certificate of Recognition and a $1,000 Scholarship

Caitlyn and mom Cecliia (her father, Derek was unfortunately traveling and unable to attend)

A special treat was to hear from Sonilia’s mom Meri, Grace’s mom Amy and Caitlyn’s mom Cecilia … each spoke, not only their pride in their daughter’s recognized accomplishments, but also about their growth as individuals.

Young people such as these three women are a hopeful sign for the future of our Community, Commonwealth and Country!

Visit to Philadelphia’s William Dick School

Nine Club members made the trip to 25th and Diamond in Philadelphia to visit the William Dick School this morning.

The morning began with a formal unveiling of a poster which commemorates the Club's many year involvement with and commitment the school which it has supported with monetary grants, in-kind donations or supplies an dbooks for its libaray and classroom volunteer time.

 

School principal, Amy Williams

provided an update on the school and its current challenges.

(l to r)  Syd Baron, Irv Perlstein, Amy Williams, Arthur and Debbie Isadore, Nancy and Alan Agree, Fran and Fred Edleman and Dick Newbert (photographer – not shown)

The 550-student K-to-8 school is located in an area of the city presently classified has having 96% "extreme poverty".

Yet it is the one place where these children experience an environment of sanity, as opposed to the insanity which often defines the neighborhood where they live, feel safe and are guaranteed nourishing breakfasts and lunches.  Unlike many suburban schools, students at William Dick are typically disappointed when school is canceled for weather, teacher training or other reasons.

For those of us who made today's trip, the highlight, as is usually the case, was the time spent in several classrooms reading with and helping some of the kindergarten and first grade children.

Syd Baron

Debbie Isadore

Irv Perlstein

Alan Agree

Art Isadore

Fred Edelman

Nancy Agree

Fran Edelman

At the end of the morning's classes, we reconvened with Amy who introduced us to Tremell Green

an amazing and incredibly inspiring young man who came from the neighborhood in which the school is located.  Not only did he mamange to avoid the gang and other pitalls which all too often entrap young men from the "hood" into a life of crime, prison and possible death … but is now a college graduate who has committed himself to working as the schools emotional support coordinator in which he has become a role model for the students … personally sacrificing higher income opportunities to give back to his community in the process.

His dedication brings to mind Walter Ruther's observation, "There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well."

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Among the memories we take away from each of our visits to the William Dick School are the faces of the students wiith whom we are fortunte to interact.

 

 

Visit to Hope Lodge

We had a another very successful to Hope Lodge visit to serve dinner to patienst and caregivers last night.

Helping out were Alan Agree, Jerry Redington, Steve Maasn, Ed Crane, Fred and Fran Edelman,Marty and Marsha Fineberg, Syd Baron, and Shelly.

(r to l) Alan, Steve, Marty and Jerry

Marsha

Again, Irv Perlstein ordered the food for the forty-odd people for dinner.

Syd sitting at a table of patients

The desserts, thank, in part ot Wendy Perlstein and Mark Nath, went over big.

Ed did his impressions of Hollywood stars in his always-popular Trivia contest.

We gave out 25 one-dollar coins for those patients and caregivers who gave the first to correctly answer the movie from which the line read was taken. 

Fred (photgrapher for the evening)

Setting up early were Fred and Fran and then the rest of the crew pitched in setting everything up for a nice dinner … and the crew pitched in for the inevitable "cleaaan-up".

Alan

Jerry

Syd

While a nuber of the patients and caregivers thanked us, we hope they sense the enromous satisfaction our memebrs received from brightening the lives of those battleing cancer.

Our next visit to Hope Lodge is scheduled for September 27th.

Maybe in the future there cancer will be conquored and there will not be a need for a centers such as Hope Lodge.

Collecting to Fight Leukemia and Lymphoma

Alan Agree and Irv Perlstein again spent another Sunday at a flea market selling donated goods. 

Alan Agree

The $200-plus  in sales were then all allocated to the Club's annual donations to the

and their fight to find cures for blood cancers.

On October 8, 2016, many Club members and their families will be again participating in the annual

Greater BucksMont

which will be held at Central Park, 452 Wells Road, Doylestown, PA

Donation to the Els for Autism Foundation

The Rotary Club of Shady Brook recently presented the

Foundation with a check for $10,000

(l to r)  Marty Fineberg, Club President Ira Sherman and Golf Chair Irv Perlstein

The funds represented the proceeds from the Club's 2017 Charity Golf Outing held at the Philmont Country Club and augmented several personal donations from Club members.

The Els for Autism Foundation was established in 2009 by Liezl and Ernie Els. The Els’ son, Ben,

is impacted by the disorder which affects 1 in 68 children in the U.S. The world-class pro golfer and his wife have devoted their efforts to a game-changing, philanthropic project – The Els Center of Excellence.

The Els Center of Excellence is a world-class facility hosting leading-edge Programs and Services that are accessible to families and caregivers around the world. Based in Jupiter, Florida, the 26-acre campus provides on-site education for 300 students, ages 3 through 21. With all the essential components on one campus, the facility is the perfect hub for a variety of global outreach activities. This ensures The Els Center of Excellence campus’ positive influence is felt far beyond the boundaries of its walls.  Once the campus is completed, the impact will be magnified!

Presentation to John Clough a Volunteer Pilot for Angel Flight East

The Club was delighted to again demonstrate its support for

with Club president Ira Sherman and event Chair Jerry Redington presenting John Clough, a volunteer pilot for the service, with a check for $1,500 … proceeds from its Pancake Breakfast held at

  

in Newtown in early February.

John updated his previous presentations to the Club, including photos of his single-engine aircraft, a 1995 Mooney Ovation,

which he flies to distant medical facilities just about anywhere on the East Coast and sometimes beyond, through a nonprofit organization known as Angel Flight.

"My whole life is dedicated to serving people," Clough said. "Making people happy and helping them is the most important thing I do."

A New Holland resident and business owner, Clough flies with Angel Flight, which matches volunteer pilots who donate their time, aircraft and fuel to help people in need of medical care.

There is never a fee to the patient or the health care provider for an Angel Flight. These pilots provide their services on their own time and on their own dime.

Clough acknowledged it's an expensive way to volunteer.  He said, besides fuel, the costs associated with flying patients include insurance, airport fees and sometimes airplane rental or mortgage costs, if the pilot involved doesn't own the airplane.  It costs him approximately $250 for each hour of flying. His mission flights require an average of three hours.

"But I am glad I've been blessed with the resources to do it," he said.

Clough began flying nearly 40 years ago and has been a volunteer pilot with Angel Flight for the last 10 years.

The story of how he became a pilot and his passion for aviation is a "love at first flight" tale.  His second-grade teacher was married to a pilot who one day flew over the school playground during recess.  "We watched him go around and around, and it was the greatest thing. At that moment, I got hooked on planes for the rest of my life," he said.  Clough was 25 when he became a pilot.

Although he would much rather be taking to the skies, Clough keeps himself busy tending to his health-food wholesale distribution business, volunteering at community organizations and helping anyone who calls for help.

The people he meets through Angel Flight motivate him to keep going.

"Some need to go for weekly treatment at a facility in a different state," Clough said. "Sometimes, they need to get to a distant hospital quickly because an organ has become available for a transplant, and I'm there to make that happen."

"Besides … flying is fun," he chuckled.

Clough can transport up to three passengers at a time, and he makes it his goal to complete at least one Angel Flight mission a month.

A father of six and grandfather of seven, Clough takes mission calls at all hours, "It doesn't matter what time of the day it is. It's a way to make them feel more relaxed and comfortable knowing that someone on the other side of the line is willing to assist them."

The Club hopes to continue its support of John and the incredible organization he represents.

 

February and March Students-of-the-Month

A crowd of 48 Club members and guests

attended this evening's monthly dinner meeting at Rocco's at the Brick in Newtown during which the Club recognized its Maple Point Middle School

Students-of-the-Month … each of whom is presented with a certificate of recognition and cash award.

February Student-of-the-Month Cole Vaughn shown with (l to r), Club President Ira Sherman, Parents Jim and Tara, Grandmother and Event Chair Dr. Augie Audrid

 

March Student-of-the-Month Caasey Foley shown with (l to r), Club President Ira Sherman, Parents Tm and Carol and Event Chair Dr. Augie Audrid

 

Helping Needy Veterans

Club members Irv Perlstein, Steven Manas, Jerry Redington and Alan Agree braved Saturday's chilly temperatures to raise money to provide Passover/Easter holiday meals for local needy veterans outside ShopRite in Lower Makefield.

WIth thanks to the generosity of ShopRite's customers, we were able to raise over $650 … which will be sued to purcahse gift certificates from ShpRite which will then be donated to need Bucks County veterans.

Alan Agree (l) and Irv Perlstein (r)

Steven Manas (l)and Jerry Redington (r)