Club News

Thanks to Longtime Supporter Denny Deflice

Since reporting on our fundraising efforts to support needy veterans through the Bucks Vets Center, a longtime supporter of our Club, Denny Felice

(Denny Felice Enterpises LLC – dba Heritage Homes Realty in Fallsington)

made a generous donation of $200 which will go towards purchaisng additional gift certificates for combat veterans who are facing challenging financial times through the Vet's Center.

Helping Veterans Displaced by COVID-19 Closings

The Club donated $250, together with a $75 private donation from Edith and Bill Schultz to Jeffrey Hoeger (LCDR-USNR Ret.), Director of teh Bucks County Vets Center in Bristol which were used to purchase thirteen $25 gift cards from Shop-Rite.

(l to r)  Irv Perlstien and Jeff Hoeger

These gift cards wrre then given to seven combat veterans who are currently unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic or experiencing financial hardship.

On behaalf of these veterans, Jeff extended his thanks to the Rotary Club of Shady Brook for its ongoing support; some "grateful and a few even tearful" for our Club's and its members' and friends's continued generosity.

Changes Due to the CoronaVirus Pandemic

Due to the Coronavirus, the Cub has canceled its weekly breakfast meetings and monthly dinner meetings until further notice.

It's monthly Students-of-the-Month awards will continue, but be presented in private ceremonies with the students and their parents.

Our anual Applebee's pancake breaakfast to raise monies in support of Angel Flight Northeast scheduled for March 28th has been rescheduled for October 24th, 2020.

While we plan on continuing our semi-annual dinners at Hope Lodge, although unless the Lodge's quarintine has been lifted by our next scheduled dinner, the meals willordered by us and delivered to the door by Amato's … one or two Club members will attend the delivery.

Future visists and interaction with the William Dick School are suspended until the school reopens and such visits are coordinated with the school and permitted under any future restrictions imposed by teh Philidelphia School Deparrtment.

Meanwhile, our members, many in the higher-risk age group, are taking precautions to prevent exposure to themselves, their familes, neighbors and others. 

We hope everyong knows how to most effectivelyprotect themselves and those around them.

Know How it Spreads

Illustration: woman sneezing on man

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

 

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

 

cleaning a counter

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Support for A Woman’s Place

Club members Fred Edelman and Dolly Sokol, together with representatives of the Villas of Shady Brook Barbara Bloomberg and Susan Tobin, are continuing their efforts to coordinate an information evening about and fundraiser for "A Woman's Place",

a safe and nurturing domestic violence organization located in Doylestown, Bucks County.  In addition to a shelter, 24-hour hotline, counseling, and other emergency first response services, we have an education department that reaches out to people of all ages and professions.

A Woman's Place began as a storefront, drop-in domestic violence counseling center in Sellersville. The first woman seeking safety came with her two children to the tiny, one-room shelter apartment on Christmas Eve 1976.  Since then, more than 2550 women, men, seniors and teens have had a compassionate ear and a skilled hand that helped them through physical and emotional abuse.

Memberss of the Shady Brook community, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Rotarians and other interested and concerned citizens can contact our Club (see list of Contacts on the Officers, Board Members and Activity Charis page of this website) for more information.  The event is scueduled for 7:00 PM on May 21st at the Villas of Shady Brook club house in Langhorne.

Andy Meehan, Republican Primary Candidate for US Congress Spoke to the Club Today

We were honored to be joined by Andy Meehan, Republican Candidate for US Congress, opposing incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick in the April 28th primary election.

A long-time local resident, Andy and his wife and two sons currently live in Holland. He grew up in NE Philly and has also resided in Bucks County for many years. He’s been a certified financial advisor for over 20 years. This is the first time Andy has run for office. He is running for Congress because he feels that Brian Fitzpatrick does not adequately support President Trump nor does he reflect “traditional American Republican” values.

Andy is a proponent of much smaller government and greater fiscal responsibility and accountability. He said that the first thing he would do if elected to Congress is to propose a ball that would prevent anyone who is biologically a male from participating in women’s sports teams in areas such as their locker rooms and changing areas. There is currently an Equality Act proposal, which his opponent Brian Fitzpatrick supports, which would allow transgender females (biologically male) to participate on female team, including their changing areas. Club members asked him questions related to his proposal, some were supportive of it while others supported completely equal treatment regardless of biological gender.

If elected, Andy has committed to suppprting Preisdent Trump (if reelected), vote for "Republican" values, support civil rights, vote to fund the southern border wall, support legal immigration, vote for lower and fewer taxes and less governmental regulation; wants to repeal and replace Obamacare, protect women's rights while defunding Planned Parenthood, oppose sanctuary cities, support equal justice for all, wants free and open candidate debates and open town hall meetings.

Club president Jeff Revak and Andy Meehan

Like our speaker last week, Andy needs a petition signed by 1,000 resident Republicans to qualify for the ballot on the April 28th election.  Andy received a round of applause for his presentation and stayed afterwards to collect signatures.  

 

 

Speaking to the American Legion Jesse Soby Post 148

Last Friday, Club Member Irv Perlstein spoke to members of the Jesse Soby American Legion Post 148

about our Rotary Club, the many initiatives it supports and the Club;s long-standing relationship with the Post.  For several years, Jesse Soby has provided a conduit to distribute the Gift Certificates purchased during the run-up to Thanksgiving and Christmas to provide holiday meals for area veterans who have fallen on challenging econoic times and their families.  Members of the Post have also supported participated in the Club's charity golf outings.

Both Irv and Post Commander Bob Osterhout reinforced their mutual appreciationfor  and and benefits accuring from the relationship between their organizaitons.

Skylar Hurwitz, Democratic Primary Candidate for Congress

We were pleased to host Skylar Hurwitz to this morning's breakfast meeting.  Skylar is a candidate in the April 28th  primary election for the Democratic nomination for Congress.

A 2014 graduate of American University, Skylar and his wife are local residents with strong family ties to this area.  Skylar is a technology consultant and environmentalist born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He split his youth equally between Yardley and New Hope-Solebury, worked in Washington, DC for nearly a decade, and has been running a small business in his hometown since 2018. His time in DC provided key insights into what is broken in Washington – and what must be done to fix the government so it starts working for everyday Americans again.

Skylar gained experience working directly on Capitol Hill briefly serving in the office of Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney of New York and working on a SunShot initiative grant at the National Association of Regional Councils that focused on lowering the bureaucratic costs of solar installations.  Skylar then spent nearly three years managing a $30 million grant portfolio and doing extensive international travel for Conservation International in Arlington, Virginia. The program protected the most vulnerable biodiverse regions on Earth by building the capacity of locals in those countries to manage problems self-sufficiently.

Hurwitz has had professional experiences working in Italy, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Ghana. With an academic background in Global Strategy and Environmental Policy/Studies, one of Hurwitz’s key interests is in finding alternative energies and reducing our carbon footprint. Solar currently represents only 2% of the U.S. expenditures on energy. Having worked at a solar energy company and studied the cost-benefit of its use in other countries, Hurwitz is a strong advocate for its broad implementation in the U.S. He would like the government to invest in the panels for all families and provided incentives to companies who convert to solar power. Hurwitz promised to work collaboratively on critical climate change issues.

Hurwitz is a proponent for universal health care. He believes if we all have such coverage, we could really leverage our power to force drug companies to lower their costs to reasonable levels (citing unfair insulin increases as an example of current gouging). He has worked with international nonprofits, helping them create metrics and track their successes, as well as working with them to secure grants.

Hurwitz is a proponent for Fair Tax reform, including a higher annual payroll tax on those families making more than $250,000 per person ($500, 000 per couple). He would use the resulting revenues to expand Medicare coverage to include vision, dental, hearing aids, and home health care coverage.

While he is a Democrat, he promised he would work for us all and across the aisle. He considers himself an Independent Democrat. Hurwitz encouraged us to vote, get involved, be “part of the change” and asked for our support. He stayed after the meeting and several members signed his email support list.

www.skylarforcongress.com

Ira Sherman and the Club recognized by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

At its annual supporter recognition dinner this evening, the Philadelphia area Leukemia and Lymphoma Society the Rotary Cub of Shady Brook was presented with the No. 2 Top Corporate Team award for it's 2019 Light the Night Walk held at Central Park in Doylestown. 

During the ceremony, pictures taken at last fall's walk were shown, in which a number of Club members were spotted.

This past year, the Club raised $10,700 for the Society … through participation in the Walk and from several flea markets members attended from which 100% of the monies collected were dedicated to this cuase.

It is noteworthy that ours is the only Rotary Club actively involved with theLeukemia & Lymphoma Society; in part as blood cancers have taken a terrible toll on current and past members, close friends and members of our families. 

 Representing the Club and receiving the award were

(l to r)  LLS Senior Campaign Manager Meredith Ortlieb with Club members Ira Sherman, Irv Perlstein and Alan Agree

 

Club Recognizes its Students-of-the-Month for December and January

Darby Laurence and Sadie Wiley, community-minded eighth-graders at Maple Point Middle School, were named the Rotary Club of Shady Brook's Student of the Month for December 2019 and January 2020, respectively.

Each received a $100 scholarship for their volunteerism and community service and were selected by the club in consultation with the school's teachers and guidance counselors. The students and their families were recognized recently at an awards dinner at Bella Tori at the Mansion in Langhorne.

Darby, a Girl Scout, is working toward her Silver Award. Her project involves assembling first aid kits for pets, including pamphlets with tips to treat minor injuries, potentially reducing the need for time-consuming trips to the vet.

A member of the National Junior Honor Society, Darby is a student-teacher for dance for four-year-olds at Galaxy Dance and Fitness in Levittown, and also sings in the Maple Point school choir. The Laurences live in Hulmeville.

(l to r)  Darby's Grandma Margie Laurence, Mom Diane, Brother Dillon, Darby and Dad Chris Laurence – with Studnet Chair Augie Adrid making the presentation

Sadie, too, is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Her activities include cheerleading at the United Dream Elite All-Stars, and making baby blankets for preemies.  She and her entire family happily participate in Toys for Tots drives. The Wileys live in Langhorne.

(l to r)  Grandparents Christopher and Mary Ann Bursk, Mom Nora, Sadie and Dad Gary Wiley – with Student Chair Augie Adrid

Anil Srivatsa with the Gift of Life Adventure Foundation inc.

Anil Srivatsa and his wife gave a very inspirational talk about the importance of organ donation, misconceptions about the process, and how we can take action within our own lives.

An accomplished business person, Anil’s life changed suddenly six years ago when his brother, a 47-year old neurosurgeon, asked him if he would give him a kidney. Without hesitation, he said yes. He then found the experience changed his life. First, like many of us, he learned that there are many misconceptions about organ donation. He had assumed his life would be diminished after surgery. He was fearful about the surgery, but decided it was the only thing to do. While there is a very small risk with any surgery, he not only has no after effects from it but feels “even healthier and stronger”. Anil asked he do one operation a month for a person who could not pay; his brother promised to do three!

Anil also discovered that over a million adults are waiting for kidneys, so the need is critical. Once tied to a dialysis machine, one in five will die within five years. Once his brother resumed his professional, he asked Anil how he could ever repay him. Armed with this knowledge and the impact his gift had made, Anil decided he needed “to be the change” and devote much of his life to educating others about the importance of donation.

For the last five years, he and his wife have traveled all over the world, sharing their stories and those of other donors. They sleep and travel in their RV. They have visited over 43 countries (Russia being the “hardest to get out of”) and talked face-to-face with over 75,000 people. He also participates in marathons and the worldwide Olympics for Donors/Recipients. This event, set for Houston this year, showcases the talents and determination of thousands of individuals whose lives have been lengthened by participating in donation.

He asked us to not only to spread the word about the importance of donation but to make it clear to our beloveds that we wished “all of our parts” be made available “post life”. Some asked why we had to discuss this if our wishes on our driver’s license was clear. He noted sometimes in some states and entire countries it is NOT enough. In the sorrow, some families recoil and may not be willing to sign off on the procedure(s). They may think you meant only organ donation, not more. He explained how half of all severely visually impaired/blind individuals are under the age of 6 and stressed the importance of eye, skin, and bone donations. It is critical, “while you can”, to be clear in what you what done or not done with your body after death. It literally could change the lives of many others.

Anil and his wife have two children who live in the U.S. Six months of the year, he works full-time for the Gift of Life on the road and runs a business in India the other six months. His brother continues to perform surgeries in India. His goal is to speak to over a million individuals and “we are clearly on our way”. He lauded us for our community service and urged us to “spread the word” about the benefits of donation.

 Anil and Deepali Srivatsa and club president Jeff Revak

Anil and his wife received a huge round of applause. Only in passing did he note that he and his wife relied on donations for their gas money; quite a few members donated as they left the meeting.