Fundraising for Autism – Many Thanks to the Pennington Bagel Shop!

This past weekend, Irv Perlstein and Alan Agree attended an event designed to bring increased awareness to Autism.  There, the met with Matthew Morris, our Honorary Captain for our June Charity Golf Tournament's participation in the Els for Autism 2017 Golf Challenge.

Irv and Ken Beckelman, an avid supporter of the Club and its golf tournmanet beneficiaries in particular, also cooridnated with the Pennington Bagel Shop for a fundraiser in which it is graciously donating it revenues from certain of its bagels to the Els for Autism campaign of the Rotary CLub of Shady Brook.

More details can be found on the Pennington Bagel SHop's Facebook Page (

Meanwhile, other local collection efforts contine to bring in donations

For Irv it is a family affiar … his grandaughter, Brooke, picking up a colleciton box from Colonial Farms

Domestic Abuse and “A Woman’s Place” Project

Congratulations to Dolly Sokol for her piece which appeared in the current [May] issue of the Villas Voice

It was thanks to her vision that the Club undertook a project to bring greater awareness to the often unspoken and under-reported issue of Domestic Abuse.  With the assistance of Fred Edelman, contacts were made with A Women's Place,a community-based social change organization committed to the empowerment of women and to ending intimate and domestic violence for all,in Doylestown.

In partnership with the community of the Villas of Shady Brook, the Club will be presenting an informaiton seminar on Domestic Violence at which time speakers from A Women's Place (, will discuss ways in which they help and support the dvictims of such abuse.

March and April Students-of-the-Month

The Club held is monthly dinner meeting at the Bonefish Grill in Langhorne where a near record crowd was in attendance.  The evening's festivities were highlighted by the re-induction of a former Club member, Larry Snyder … WELCOME BACK!

Due to a scheduling conflict last month, Maple Point Middle School Students-of-the-Month for both March and April were recognized tonight.

EMILY RILEY  –  March's Student-of-the-Month

Presentation by Augie Adrid

Emily enjoying a laugh with the Club

Emily with her parents Martin and Diane 

KATHERINE DOYLE  –  April's Student-of-the-Month

Presentation by Augie Adrid

Katherine with parents Leigh and Michael (right) and grandparents (left)

Both Emily and Katherine and their parents were also awarded an Honorary Membership in our Rotary Club.  

Matthew Morris – Our Club’s Honorary Captain for the “Els for Autism” 2017 Golf Challenge

The Els for Autism foundation is the major beneficiary of our 2017 charity golf outing.  As a result our Rotary Club is also an affiliated Team for the Els 2017 Golf Challenge. 

We are honored to be able to name Matthew Morris as our Team's Honorary Captain.

Matthew is a funny, friendly, kind and smart loving sixteen-year-old young man.  He has a beautiful smile and attention-getting red hair.  He loves being outdoors, spending time with his family and friends, going to the beach, listening to music, playing soccer, eating pizza and playing on the computer … like most other sixteen-year-olds.  Except, he has autism.

Diagnosed just before his second birthday, Matthew’s sunny personality began to show changes.  He became more frustrated at his inability to communicate verbally with his family.  Thanks to years of Speech, Occupational and Behavioral therapies (both at home and in school) as well as wonderful, caring and skilled teachers and the love and support of his family, he was able overcome many setbacks.

Another, more personal challenge Matt had to face was the loss of his father to colon cancer almost seven years ago.  His ability to cope with this tragedy is another testament to his strength and just how much progress he has made since his initial diagnosis. 

Today, Matthew attends Pennsbury High School where he is in an autistic support class.  He is also receiving life skills training, as well as participating in a work-based learning experience and works a few hours a day in the school’s cafeteria.  His hope, as well as that of his family, is that someday he can live as independently as possible and pursue many of his dreams.

 If you are interested in supporting the Els Foundation and its please login to our Team Page at

Continued Fundraising for “Els for Autism” and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Club continues to identify ways to raise funds for both Els for Autism, our 2017 chairty golf outing major beneficiary, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, last year's major recipient.

Recently, Irv Perlstein "set up shop" at Marcos Pizza in Newtown.

One way to help our Club maximize our contribution to Autism is to either register to play in our June 19th golf tourament or become a sponsor for the event.