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Welcome to the Warrington Rotary Club web site. We invite you to take a look around our site and find out more about our Club and about Rotary.

Yours in Rotary,

Bob Mallon,
President
Rotary Club of Warrington, Pennsylvania

Note to members:  Board Meeting Minutes through April 5, 2017 are located in the Member Area in Organization/Documents

 
Club Information

Welcome to our Club!  Join us for breakfast or contact us for more information about joining Rotary!

We meet Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
Giuseppe's Restaurant
1380 West Street Road
Warminster, PA  18974
United States
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Highlights of Club Activities
Warrington Rotary organized a team of volunteers to pack meals for the Feed My Starving Children Central Bucks MobilePack effort. The team packed nearly 5000 meals, enough to feed a daily meal to 13+ children for a year.  The four day event has a challenging goal of packing more than one million meals in order to fill four ocean-going containers.  FMSC distributes meals to more than 70 countries.  Follow these links, Feed My Starving Children (1)  and (2), to learn more about this outstanding charity.
 

 
 
 
  
Rotarian and Past President of Warrington Rotary, Vishnu Patel, attended the recent 108th convention of Rotary International in Atlanta along with his wife, Jaymie.  He provided an update of his experiences at the convention, much of which centered on the final efforts to eliminate Polio worldwide.  Bill Gates was a keynote speaker who highlighted the achievements of the almost thirty years of effort to reduce the incidence from 350,000 cases in 1988 to now in 2017 where so far, only five new cases have been identified in three countries – Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan.
 
3-D smart phone viewers were distributed to convention attendees in order to view a new video about the Polio eradication program.
 
At this 108th convention, attendees also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation which was founded in 1917. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.  Navigate to these sites to find out more about the Rotary International convention in Atlanta and the Rotary Foundation Centennial.
 
Jay London (left) and Peter Clayton are seen viewing the 3-D videos that
Vishnu Patel brought back from the Atlanta Rotary convention
 
 
    
 
At the October 18, 2017 meeting, Warrington Rotary Charter Member Norm Leventhal, who was instrumental in the founding of the Israel Guide Dog Center, introduced his son Michael Leventhal, Executive Director of the Israel Guide Dog Center - USA.  Michael gave a riveting presentation about the value of guide dogs for the blind.   Asking the audience to imagine the obstacles that a blind person faces daily, he described how a guide dog provides safe travel.  Warrington Rotary is a financial supporter of the Israel Guide Dog Center. To learn more about The Israel Guide Dog Center click here.
 
 
Bob Mallon awards the Warrington Rotary "Speakers Cup" to Michael Leventhal.
On October 11, 2017 the Warrington Rotary in concert with a grant from Rotary International presented a check to the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports.  The funds will be used to purchase much needed state of the art sports equipment specially designed to enable those with a physical disability to enjoy outdoor sports. This equipment coupled with PCAS knowledge of adaptive sports create programs designed for every skill level, from beginners to Paralympic Champions.  For more information about PCAS go to their website.
 
Presenting the donation check to Jeff McGinnis, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports (right) are from left Rick Gromis, Rotary District Governor, Bob Mallon, Warrington Rotary President and Rotarian Peter Clayton, Treasurer PCAS.

On Wednesday October 11, 2017 our District Governor Rick Gromis  presented his vision for his term. In order to maximize the impact of the many resources available, Rick stressed the need for planning. The current District leadership team has resurrected and revived a strategic planning process and is encouraging each club in the District to do the same. 

The 2018 District 7430 Conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Wyomissing, PA on April 27th, 28th & 29th.  This year an Interact conference alongside our District Conference in April is planned.

Past President Vishnu Patel recognizes three more members for their outstanding assistance during his term:
 
                 
Glenn Natter for his work  Melissa Richard for her  Peter Clayton for his
organizing the Four-Way      work as club Treasurer     work as President of
Test Speech Contest                                                 the Warrington Rotary
                                                                              Foundation
 
The Warrington Rotary Club celebrated the changeover of outgoing President Vishnu Patel to our new President Bob Mallon at a dinner eld at Giuseppes Restaurant on July 26, 2017. 
 
 
Vish takes a moment to reflect on the the accomplishments of the Club during his time as President.  He recognized several members for the assistance they provided:
 
 

Sam Griga for his work as Chair of the Golf Outing and Membership

 

Bob Williamson or his leadership in many activities including the Pancake Breakfast and Warrington Day 

 

Cheryl Allen for her most important work arranging monthly visits to Neshaminy Manor

Not Pictured, Tom Smith for his work on the the website.

 

Joe Bonargo for his Leadership as Board Secretary.

 
 

Vish passes the gavel of the President Of the Warrington Rotary to its new President, Bob Mallon

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Former Club President, JohnPaul, presents the Outstanding Leadership Award to Vishnu for his. guidance and management during his tenure as President
25th Anniversary Scholarship Banquet
 
On May 31, Warrington Rotary Club held its 25th Anniversary Scholarship Banquet. In 1992 Dr. George “Rusty” Bullock an Orthodontist and Warrington Rotarian had an idea of creating a scholarship program.  The objective of this program was to reward community service activities of high school seniors who planned on continuing their education. Since its inception, 145 scholarships have been awarded, totaling over $130,000.  These scholarships are given to young leaders in the community who embrace the rotary belief of service above self.
 
The   25th anniversary banquet was very special this year, with fifteen previous scholarship recipients attending the event.  These guests included: Avni Choksi  2008 CBS, Brian McGlinchey, 2001 CBW, Brianna Bannach 2016 CBS, Brynn Dietzel, 2012 CBS, Ellen McGlinchey 2003 CBW, Himel Patel 2003 CBW, Jessica Rimdzius 2016 ABW, Lauren Hohberger 2014 CBS, Lauren Horoschak Ninoshvili 1998 CBE,  Lauren Mallon 2011 CBS, Massah Kachlan 2015 CBW, Neesha Patel 1999 CBW, Philip Clark 2006 ABW, Robert Mallon 2013 CBS, Shane Hensel 2015 CBW. Each alumni spoke about their life experience since receiving the Foundation scholarship.
 
In addition to Alumni, special guests included Rotary District Governor Elect Rick Gromis and his wife Susan, Maggi Boyer, daughter of founding Rotarian Leonard Point, John Douglass Chief Operations Officer Hatboro Federal Savings Bank and Assistant Governor John Ortolf.  These guests presented awards to the scholarship recipients.
 
 
PAST AND PRESENT SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
 
The honorees of the 2017 Warrington Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship are as follows: Sanja Shah CB East to Carnegie Mellon Major Biomedical Engineering, Caroline Wend CB East to University of Pittsburgh Major Nursing (Steven B. Hazzard Memorial Scholarship), Kyle Farrell CB South to George Washington University Major International Affairs (Leonard Point Memorial Scholarship), Jack Traina CB West to Harvard University Major Economics, Joy Zhao CB South to Penn State Major Pre Med, Olivia Cantrell CB West to Drexel University Major Civil Engineer/Environmental, Kelly Cyliax CB West to University of Mary Washington Major Biology and Carley Cantwell Archbishop Wood to Quinnipiac University Major Occupational Therapy (Founder Dr. George “Rusty” Bullock Memorial Scholarship). Congratulations to all the winners.
 
 
John Douglass COO of Hatboro Federal Savings presents the endowment check for the Steven B. Hazzard Memorial Scholarship
to Vishnu Patel, President of Warrington Rotary Club.
 
At our regular weekly breakfast meeting on June 7th, Scholarships were awarded to two recipients who were unable to attend the Scholarship Banquet.
 
 
Olivia Cantrell (left) and Kelly Celiax
 
 
Michael Mattie invited Chris Rees, Chief of the Bucks County Drug Unit in the DA’s office, as guest speaker at our May 24th Meeting.  Chris provided an overview of the drug related cases prosecuted by his office and the drug trafficking trends facing law enforcement and our community.  Especially troubling is the use of fentanyl  to "step on," or add to heroin to enhance its effect that is causing an increase in the number of deaths due to overdose.  
 
 
Chris Rees (center), Chief of the Bucks County Drug Unit in the DA’s Office, is thanked for his presentation by Vish Patel (rt.), President of Warrington Rotary, and Michael Mattie.
 

The I Like Me! program is a research-based, personalized program for children preschool through grade two and was developed to:

  • Instill a love of reading.
  • Foster positive self-concept.
  • Create positive associations toward school and learning. 
  • Help build character.
  • Encourage positive and acceptable behavior mannerisms.
  • Promote interaction among children, parents, educators, businesses and other positive facets of the community.
Warrington Rotary provides a personalized copy of the acclaimed I Like Me book for each Kindergarten Student in Warrington Township elementary schools.  With the help of the classroom teacher, a Rotary member distributes a book to each student, then reads the book with them.
 
  
 
  Warrington Rotary President-Elect Bob Mallon reads I Like Me to students
 
Teacher Comment:
 

Titus would like to thank Mr. Bob Mallon for another great memory with the Warrington Rotary and the "I Like Me" Books.

The magic of being 5 was page turning as the children realized the books were personalized to them. They will cherish this keepsake for years to come.

We are proud to have the Warrington Rotary in our community and grateful to be the recipients of your kindness.

 
Kevin McPoyle, organizer of the local Feed My Starving Children event for its fifth year in October, 2017 is flanked by his father, Warrington Rotary member Frank McPoyle to his right, and Bob Mallon, Warrington Rotary President Elect.
 
At our April 19th breakfast meeting Kevin related the impressive work done by FMSC which has reduced world hunger since 1987 by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to 70 countries. These meals are nutritionally designed to reverse and prevent malnutrition.  The organization sees that 99+% of the meals reach those in need through schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. FMSC welcomes more than 1 million volunteers to pack nearly 273 million meals annually through its permanent sites and nationwide MobilePack program.
 
This year’s local MobilePack will be held at DelVal University October 25-29.  Community volunteers are expected to pack 1,000,000 meals during the event.  Sign-up can be done on-line beginning in September.  Several Rotarians have participated with their families and commented that it is a fun, heartwarming experience.
 
The North Wales Water Authority supplies Warrington Township with most of its water needs and will soon supply the entire township water system once modifications underway are completed.  An overview of the water supply to the Forrest Park Treatment Plant and details about the state-of-the-art facility were provided in a presentation by Robert Bender, Executive Director.
 
 
In the photo, Vish Patel (r.), President of the Warrington Rotary, thanks representatives of the  North Wales Water Authority. from the left, Nate Hulstein, IT Dept., Brad Fisher, Consulting, and Robert Bender, Executive Director.
 
Vishnu Patel (left), President of Warrington Rotary thanks Michael J. Gallagher, Controller of Bucks County, for his presentation to the club regarding the activities of the Controllers Office in Bucks County.  The office oversees proper accounting of the incoming dollars, lawful use of the money according to the contracts held by the County, and approval of all expenditures.  Mr. Gallagher has had an impact on business practices in County offices in the short time since being appointed by applying his experience in developing computer accounting software.
 
Vishnu Patel (left), President of the Warrington Rotary Club, thanks Matthew D Weintraub, Bucks County District Attorney, for his enlightening remarks about the work of his office presented at the March 15th breakfast meeting.  In addition to his predominant effort to combat the impact of drug trafficking in Bucks County which includes equipping every police officer in the County with NARCAN® , already saving over 200 lives from the throes of a heroin overdose, Mr. Weintraub also addressed the progress being made to reduce human trafficking, domestic violence and retail theft.
Photo:  l. to r.: Mike Mattie, President of Family Service Association of Bucks County and a Warrington Rotarian, Vishnu Patel, current President of the Warrington Rotary Club, Audrey Tucker,  Chief Executive Officer of Family Service Association of Bucks County and Gerri Parrish, Outpatient Clinical Supervisor for Family Service Association of Bucks County who spoke to the Warrington Rotary members about their Teen Program.  The Warrington Rotary Club presented a check for $5,000 to assist in the mission of Family Service Association of Bucks County.
One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of ethics is The 4 Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4 Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions of the things we think, say and do:

     1. Is it the TRUTH?
     2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
     3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
     4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
 
Contestants deliver a six minute speech on a topic of their choice whereby they subject their premise to the 4 Way Test questions.
 
The Warrington Rotary held their annual 4 Way Speech test on February 22, 2017 at Giuseppe's Restaurant.
 
 
The 4 Way Test contestants, l. to r., Brad Ehrlich, St. Joe's Prep, Parick Guinosso, La Salle College HS, Sophia Wang, CB South, Tom Farrell, La Salle College HS, Kim-Leigh Tursi, Archbishop Wood, Kyle Natter, La Salle College HS
 
  
And the winner was Kim-Leigh Tursi.
 
It was a great Warrington Rotary night, thanks to Glenn Natter, Bob Williamson, Sam Griga, John Paul, Cheryl Allen, Melissa Richard, Jay London, Chuck Ciochetto, Tom Smith, Frank McPoyle and George Gianos – and all the rest of the attendees, and of course our favorite server, Lois. --Norm Leventhal
               
 
 
“THANK YOU”
 
 
 
Dear Fellow Warrington Rotary members,
 
On behalf of PCAS (Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports), Peter Clayton and I would like to thank you for your generous donation for the recent purchase of our bi-ski which is pictured above.  Dick Wieland (left) from the club made the presentation to Jeff McGinnis (Executive Director of PCAS) during our recent Youth Ski Camp that was held at Camelback Mountain during the week of February 7th – 10th, 2017.  The four children in the photo attended the recent Youth Ski Camp.
 
Thank You,
 
Ernest Knight
PCAS – Ski Program
Warrington Rotary Club Member
The Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports (PCAS) provides sporting and social activities for people with both developmental and physical disabilities.
 
Warrington Rotarians have volunteered for PCAS for many years and recently the club funded the purchase of a specially adapted sit down ski and an adapted rowing boat (shell).
 
The presentation of a check for $11,100.00 took place at the breakfast meeting on December 28th 2016.
 
Shown in the photo from left are Chuck Ciochetto, Past Club President and Jeff McGinnis Executive Director of PCAS.
 

Our first Len Pointe Scholarship winner returned to our club meeting on December 21st.  Mary Elizabeth Lyons received the award in June, 2015. She is a Cadet at West Point Military Academy. She related what life is like at West Point.  The first year was challenging, but the joy she is experiencing this year made her perseverance worthwhile.  

Photo:  Warrington Rotary President, Vish Patel (left) and Bob Williamson welcome Mary Elizabeth Lyons upon her return visit to our club.

 

 
On November 16, 2016, Warrington Rotary member Ruth Zeiner invited Will Hammerstein to speak at our meeting.
 
Doylestown Observer Reporter June Portnoy captured the presentation in an article published recently.  Here is her report, copied with her permission.
 
Oscar Hammerstein’s Doylestown Home to Become a Museum
 
By
 
June Portnoy
 
During a Warrington Rotary Club monthly meeting on November 16, Will Hammerstein, grandson of legendary Oscar Hammerstein II, announced his plans to convert his grandfather’s Doylestown Home, Highland Farm, into a museum.
 
Ruth Zeiner, a Rotary Club Member from Warrington, met Will while tuning his piano at his New Hope home, and having read about his quest to save his grandfather’s house, invited him to update the rotary members on his progress.
 
Will was thrilled to announce that as of the previous day, the Oscar Hammerstein Museum & Theater Education Center, the non-profit organization Will established in 2011, received the official court order allowing them to build a museum at Highland Farm, located at 70 East Road.
 
 “We will restore Highland Farm as best we can to conduct house tours, so visitors get a feel for what life was like while Oscar was living there and to learn about his background,” described Will.
 
 

Rotary Foundation Highlights: 100 Years of Doing Good in the World

Presented by Rotarian Michael Mattie at our November 19, 2016 Weekly Meeting
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As most of you know, The Rotary Foundation is celebrating its 100th anniversary this Rotary year. 
 
What you may not know is that the first Rotary Foundation donation occurred in 1929, a $500 grant to the Easter Seals.  The attached brochure shows how Rotary and Easter Seals have a shared history.  Edgar Allen and fellow Rotarians founded the National Society for Crippled Children, now known as Easter Seals, in 1919 with Paul Harris as its Chairman and Edgar Allen as President.
 
Enjoy reading the 2-page brochure about the Rotary-Easter Seal history click here.
 
In addition, a short video entitled A Century of Doing Good in the World can be viewed here
 
Will Hammerstein, grandson of Oscar Hammerstein, will be my speaker on Nov. 16.  Will has been advocating for a museum for his grandfather’s work as the lyricist half of Rogers and Hammerstein and has just won approval. He also hopes to eventually found a theater in Doylestown.  He is an engaging and enthusiastic young man.  I hope each and every one of us will be there to welcome him! 
 
Family and friends are welcome as well.  Breakfast 7:30 a.m., Program at 8:00 a.m.
 
Ruth Zeiner
 
Warrington Rotary Club Annual Academic Scholarship Winners
 
Warrington, PA – On May 18, Warrington Rotary Club held its Annual Academic Scholarship Awards Banquet. In 1992, George “Rusty” Bullock founded the Warrington Rotary Club Scholarship program.  Since its inception, 137 scholarships have been awarded, totaling over $120,000.  These scholarships are given to young leaders in the community who embrace the rotary belief of service above self.
 
The winners of the 2016 Warrington Rotary Club Academic Scholarship are as follows: Brianna Bannach, Central Bucks South, Kishan Bhut, Central Bucks West, Erin Dart, Central Bucks South, Courtney Dietzel, Central Bucks South, Alex Gibson, Central Bucks East, Teresa Liu, Central Bucks East, Coner McGrath, Archbishop Wood, Bridget Newns, Archbishop Wood, Kristina Posner, Central Bucks East and Jessica Rimdzius, Archbishop Wood. Congratulations to all the winners.
 
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary Club of Warrington, District 7430 has been serving the community since 1965.
 
 
Pictured from left to Right: Kishan Bhut, Conor McGrath, Brianna Bannach, Erin Dart, Bridget Newns, Courtney Dietzel, Alex Gibson, Teresa Liu and Kristina Posner.
 
 
Warrington Rotary President, Chuck Ciochetto (left), and Membership Chair, Mathew Williams (right), welcome new member Jay London at our meeting on April 20, 2016.
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
Ferdinand Ruesch visits from Sweden
On November 8th an international visitor attended our meeting
 
Wecome New Member, Eddi Gorman
 
A Winner!
 
Cole Richard, Rotarian-In-Training, wins our weekly 50-50 drawing and delights in thoughts of how to spend it!
 
Congratulations Bob Williamson!
 
Rotarian  Bob Williamson was selected to receive the Lifetime Business Achievement Award for 2017 for his company, Moyer Indoor/Outdoor by the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce—a highly prestigious honor. 
 
New Paul Harris Fellow
Peter Clayton, left,  presents medal and certificate to new Paul Harris Fellow, Tom Mitchell.
 
100% of Warrington Rotary members are Paul Harris Fellows.  
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Foundation Chair
Membership
Immediate Past President
 
 
U.S. Representative Brian K Fitzpatrick
On September 20th, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick gave an update on several issues currently under consideration in the House and Senate.  He highlighted the work of the Problem Solving Caucus in the House of Representatives of which he is a member.  The Caucus is a bi-partisan group in Congress that includes approximately 40 members– equally divided between Democrats and Republicans – who are committed to forging bi-partisan cooperation on key issues, namely health care, tax reform, infrastructure investment and other important issues.
 
Warrington Rotary President Bob Mallon presents the club "Speaker's Cup" to Brian Fitzpatrick
 
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Patrick Donahue, Franchise Consultant
On July 19, 2017 Bob Williamson invited Patrick Donahue to speak about his work as a Franchise Consultant to assist franchise business owners develop more successful franchise operations.  Pictured below is the awarding of the coveted Warrington Rotary Speakers Cup to Patrick by Vishnu Patel, Club President.
 
 
For more information about Patrick and his consulting company, FranChoice, go to his video.
 
David Rackovan

On July 12, 2017, David Rackovan spoke about his life as a football player and football coach.  He graduated from Millersville University with a degree in Secondary Education.  During his football playing career, he was a wide receiver and quarterback.  For the past 45 years, he has been an assistant football coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, Princeton University and is presently Offensive Coordinator and Quarterback and Receivers Coach at Ursinus College.  He was the Director of Athletics at Central Bucks South from 2010 to 2014 overseeing all aspects of a 25 sport athletic program and also was Head Football Coach.  His football teams had the best 4 year record in school history.  During his career, Title 9 was passed providing an opportunity for girls to engage in sports.
 
Ray of Hope Foundation
At the Rotary District 7430 conference on May 6, 2017 at Eden Resort, Lancaster, Pa, we were honored to be with Razia Jan, CNN Top 10 Hero for 2012.  A Rotarian and true humanitarian, doing good in our world, Razia is promoting education and nutrition for Afghan girls.
 
Support Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation, Zabuli Education Center.
Find info at: raziasrayofhope.org.
 
Honored guest and Rotarian Razia Jan (center) with Warrington Rotary President, Vishnu Patel (right) and his wife Jaymie (Left).