BLUE BELL ROTARY CLUB

Serving our community since 1990

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Welcome to our Club!

Blue Bell

Service Above Self

Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30AM except for the last Tuesday of the month when we meet at 5:00PM at the Blue Bell Inn.
Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center for morning meetings
1401 Morris Road
Blue Bell, PA  19422
United States
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Mailing Address: PO Box 1011 Blue Bell Pa 19422

For more information regarding membership, contact Allan Syphers at ASArchitect@aol.com

For program information, contact James Gonnason at jamesgonnason@gmail.com 

 
11th Annual Chefs of Burbs
It's time to think about our 11th Annual Chefs of the Burbs' event.
Tickets are available here! 
Mark your calendars for Oct 6 from 6-9pm. 
 
 
Weekly Highlights
Way to Go Raphaelle! Great discussion
  
 
Welcome Cherubim!
 
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Rather than getting caught-up in all the political ugliness, come spend some quality FAMILY TIME with us and see your money go to a GREAT LOCAL Community cause.  Sunday, April 30th; 8AM to 11:30AM.
 
Great time volunteering at Cradles to Crayons by our Rotarians.  We spent 2 hours making sure some of the estimated 70,000 needy children in the Phillie Area get the clothes, school supplies and books they so desperately need.  Stay tuned for our next date!
Come eat your fill of delicious pancakes (and eggs and sausage), help support the Second Alarmer’s Rescue Squad and visit beautiful Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park, all on a (guaranteed) sparkling April morning.  The Blue Bell Club of Rotary is once again offering its All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 17th  from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the low price of $8 for adults and teens and $5 for children between 3 and 10 (cash or check).
Kids – and adults – will also have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with Elmo, Spidyman, or their favorite Snow Queen princess.  The Second Alarmer’s will have one of their rescue vehicles there along with lots of their cool, high-tech equipment.  This event is great for families, scouting groups and Sunday School classes as well.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Second Alarmer’s to help pay the costs of their brand new facility in Blue Bell.  Tickets may be purchased at the Whitpain Township building during its regular hours of operation, or at the door.  The Manor House is located at 205 Skippack Pike in Blue Bell, near the intersection of Skippack Pike and Narcissa Road.
Randy Brock, President of Rotary of Blue Bell, said recently “ Our club looks forward to our annual, 5th annual, community event where or focus is on community and fun!” Day or night, in any emergency, SARS is always there to help our residents, the visitors, and the business members of our community.  They are, quite simply, the best and have recently been awarded the AHA SILVER EMS AWARD for outstanding cardiac care.  The station averages a 5 ½ minute response time to emergency calls; well below the EMS national 9 minute response time.  When every second counts, it’s easy to understand the draw to our community with emergency support like SARS for our residents.
Sponsors include Univest, Robert Fair Caterers, Saxby’s Coffee and Whitpain Township.
The Rotary Club of Blue Bell conducted its annual Four Way Test Speech Contest at Wissahickon High School on February 18, 2016.  The contest challenges students to prepare a speech on some issue of importance to them and to use the Rotary Four Way Test to analyze the issue.  All five contestants were well prepared and demonstrated both an understanding of the Four Way Test and the analytical skill to apply the test to their chosen issue.
The top three students won cash prizes.  In third place, Lindsey Fritz spoke passionately of the moral and ethical considerations of Veganism.  Second place winner Jon Pogorzelski looked at the issue of the underfunding of public defender offices and the lack of equal justice for indigent defendants.  First place winner David Huang, talked of the undue pressures on many teens to focus too much time and energy getting into the right college, instead of focusing on becoming a lifelong learner.
 David will be representing Wissahickon High School in the regional contest on Saturday, March 19 starting at 10:00 a.m. in College Hall at the Blue Bell campus of Montgomery County Community College.  The winner of the regional contest will compete at the Rotary District 7340 conference in Gettysburg at the end of April.
The Four Way Test, which guides the lives of Rotarians worldwide, embodies the following:
First, is it the Truth?
Second, is it Fair to all concerned?
Third, will it build Goodwill and Better Friendships?
Fourth, will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
 
Sophie Wollman, Christina Tsiobikas, Lindsey Fritz, Jon Pogorzelski, David Huang
Celebrate Vocational Service Month this January and learn more about Rotary. Rotarians serve, empower, and inspire others by using their vocational skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new vocational opportunities. Here are a couple of ways that Rotarians (including Blue Bell Rotary) are applying their expertise to the needs of their communities: http://echo4.bluehornet.com/hostedemail/email.htm?CID=32832194279&ch=856B1C1977561155E4509A2B6E12CC42&h=d3c5f82bf036beb614243c05540b50f2&ei=7_m-duCNY 
On behalf of the North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club, I would like to thank you for your generous contribution of$15,000.00 for our Wissahickon Club. Each year the North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club continues to advance our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Through our programs we have seen many lives changed for the better. Your commitment to helping our work in the community is sincerely appreciated.  read more here
The 2014-2015 recipients of the RI Service Above Self Award, Rotary International's highest honor for individual Rotarians includes our own Patti Smith! This award recognizes Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, especially those who have helped others through personal volunteer work and active involvement in Rotary.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Blue Bell is pleased to announce its commitment toward education here in the local community with its pledge of $25,000 toward Montgomery County Community College Foundation’s Futures Rising campaign with The Blue Bell Rotary 25th Anniversary Good Citizenship Endowed Scholarship.

Sixteen mothers die in childbirth in Uganda every day. “How can we make a difference?” is the question Ryan, then a medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, posed to his father several years ago. The result of that question and his father’s, Ron Smith, Rotary membership was to bring together staff from two medical schools - Drexel University College of Medicine in Phila. and Makerere University School of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda.  In 2014, Drexel and Makerere began an exchange of ideas, technology, and staff to find ways to reduce mortality and morbidity during and after childbirth and improve access to essential medical services. Ron Smith, member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell and recent recipient of the Drexel University Alumni Association’s Service to Community Award, established a Maternal and Child Health project. Through partnerships from other clubs, Drexel University College of Medicine, and interested parties, this program will establish a sustainable interchange of healthcare ideas and training of healthcare professionals. All of this, from one idea.

SARASOTA, Fla., April 15, 2015 – As National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is being observed, Allan Syphers, a member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell of Rotary District 7430, has been recognized by President Obama and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2014 to assist disaster survivors.
When disasters like Cyclone Pam in the Vanuatu and the Syrian refugee crisis strike, many want to help. Syphers took action for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization that delivers emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies to survivors of disasters and other humanitarian crises.
 
Through Allan’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization was able to respond to more than 23 disasters last year, providing families with disaster relief tents, cook stoves, water filters, blankets, mosquito nets, children’s packs and other essential equipment. In one of the more busy years in ShelterBox history, ShelterBox has sent aid to support more than 10,500 families. 
Ummm, pancakes!  Come eat your fill of delicious pancakes (and eggs and sausage), help support the Second Alarmer’s Rescue Squad and visit beautiful Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park, all on a (guaranteed) sparkling May morning.  The Blue Bell Club of Rotary is once again offering its All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the low price of $8 for adults and teens and $5 for children between 3 and 10 (cash or check).
 
Sponsors include Univest, Norristown Bell Credit Union, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Bryn Mawr Trust, State Representative Kate Harper, Patient First, Max L Lieberman and Associates
 
 

The Rotary Club of Blue Bell conducted its annual Four Way Test Speech Contest at Wissahickon High School on March 17, 2015.  The contest challenges students to prepare a speech on some issue of importance to them and to use the Rotary Four Way Test to analyze the issue.  All seven contestants were well prepared and demonstrated both an understanding of the Four Way Test and the analytical skill to apply the test to their chosen issue.

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For Dr. Andrew Johanson, charity begins at home, extends through the community and reaches out as far as Columbia and the Philippines.

Johanson is a licensed family and marriage therapist who has lived in Ambler for about 12 years. He has a private practice during the day, with offices in Lansdale and Bethlehem, and he dedicates much of his free time to the Rotary Club of Blue Bell, an organization that supports both local efforts and global causes.

For more read here

“Your motto ‘service about self’ is one that many of us could use,” Corbett told the crowd. “It’s a direct motto and it’s very simple. Yet when you think about it it’s very profound. When you consider the impact that Rotary has had, that each of you has had, that’s a result of the service you give back to your community.”

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Vocational Training Team (VTT) Heads to Uganda
Jan 24 – Feb 14

Maternal and Child Healthcare Education

The Blue Bell Rotary Club and District 7430 are leading a VTT in partnership with Drexel University in Philadelphia and Makerere University and the Kampala North Rotary Club in to improve the healthcare for mothers and children in Uganda.

Follow our Blog …..As we prepare and while we are “doing good in the world” in Uganda

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For his efforts to try to help victims of terrible tragedies like these, Blue Bell Rotarian Allan Syphers was recently honored by an international disaster relief organization after he surpassed a major fundraising collection milestone. Read more at: 

 

http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2013/12/21/ambler_gazette/news/doc52b355c97ece3725382830.txt 

The water well project for the Mukaa Community and Children's Home is underway.

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Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...
 
 

Why Rotary? 

“Rotary clubs are important because they build communities and sustain communities.” State Representative Kate Harper , R-61.

 

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Save the Date

Saturday, April 2nd: Wellness Expo at MontCo Community College

Sunday, April 17th: Blue Bell Rotary’s 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Monday September 12th: Blue Bell Rotary Golf Tournament
Thursday, October 6th: 11th Annual Chef’s of the Burbs

 

This Year's theme: Be a Gift to the World

A word of thanks from the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club

Our club distributed  over 100 gifts and toys at our recent Holiday Party. 

 

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Speakers
Committee Meetings
Feb 21, 2017
David Heins
Mar 07, 2017
EPIC Update
Wissahickon Middle School VP Jim Cairnes
Mar 21, 2017
Interact News, with Caeli Duke
Ava
Apr 04, 2017
Austrian Exchange Student Experience
Mike Brown
Apr 11, 2017
MCCC Veteran's Affairs
Pastor Charles Quann
May 02, 2017
Peace & Love
Fernand Agou
May 16, 2017
Rotary Glaucoma Grant