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Sahas Kurumety has been selected by the Collegeville Club to participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program for school year 2017/18.  Sahas just completed 11th grade at Methacton High School.  He is very excited to have been given this life changing opportunity to spend the year abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina to immerse himself in the culture and become fluent in Spanish.   He will be departing in August 2017 and returning in June 2018.

Six of our Rotarians returned from an exciting 2 week trip to India in January 2017.
While in India, our Rotarians visited Bangalore, Several towns in Andra Pradesh and New Delhi.  They made many connections with Rotarians and other active philanthropists.  They also visited several health care and education facilities to see first hand how these facilities operate and what their current needs are.  The highlight of their trip was the connections made in Vizianagaram in Andra Pradesh.  They returned with a good understanding of how we can make a positive lasting impact on improving their health and education.  As a follow up from this trip, we were successful in getting a District Grant approved to work on 5 worthy projects with a positive impact on several hundred of people.
Collegeville Rotary Club is hosting a night to celebrate with Bruce Springsteen Music by the B-Street Band at Imperial Catering in Collegeville, PA.
Please come to enjoy the music and a wonderful dinner with your friends.  Proceeds will benefit local causes.
 
Eat Like The Boss: NY Strip Steak or Broiled Tilapia, Baked Potato, Salad, Veggies, Desert and Assorted Drinks
 
Tickets are $40 per person which includes full dinner.  (BYOB Beer & Wine)
 
Collegeville and Trappe celebrate Saint Patrick's Day on 19 March at our annual Rotary Pancake Breakfast. This is our special fundraiser for the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry.  We welcome everyone to join us at Imperials Catering, 40 E. 1st Avenue in Trappe from  8:30 to 1 pm.  We've been sponsoring this event for more than 60 years for the community!  It's a great time to meet your neighbors and support an important local cause.
This story was contributed by Rao Kancherla, a friend of the Collegeville Rotary Club.
 
An Anthropologist proposed a game to a group of African tribal children.  He placed a basket of treats and candy near a tree. And made them stand 100 meters away.  And announced that who ever reaches first would get all the treats in the basket.
 
When he said ready steady go...  Do you know what these small children did?
They all held each other's hands and ran towards the tree together, divided the treats among them and ate them together and enjoyed it.
 
When the Anthropologist asked them why you did so?    They said 'Ubuntu'.
 
Which meant -  'How can one be happy when all the others are sad?'
  
Ubuntu in their language means -  'I am because, we are!'
 
This is a great message for all generations.
 
Let all of us always carry this attitude within us and spread happiness, wherever we go...
Let's have an Ubuntu Life.   I am because we are
 
Ubuntu  (/ʊˈbuːntʊ/uu-boon-tuu;  Zulu  pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼú]) is a Nguni Bantu term roughly translating to "human kindness."
It is an idea from the Southern African region which means literally "human-ness," and is
often translated as "humanity toward others," but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity".

Join The Rotary at the Halloween Parade!

**** Canceled due to inclement weather  ****
 
For more than 50 years, the Collegeville Rotary Club has sponsored the Halloween Parade.  Join us, once again, on October 28 on Main Street for this event.  There is no need to register for costume judging or the parade - just bring your children (or pet), and meet behind CHOWs (454 E. Main) at 6 pm.  If you prefer to just watch, pull out a chair and line the street from CHOW to the Pretzel Factory.  The parade starts at 6:30 'drizzle or shine'. Stay through the parade - a special guest has promised to arrive.
The Collegeville Rotary Club will be hosting a very special presenter at our meeting on September 9, 2015.  Please join us to hear Kameswar “Rao” Kancherla explain numerous effective social projects he has been doing in India over the last 10+ years.  He is an expert ! on how far a dollar can be stretched by having a thorough understanding of the local needs and implementing the project first hand.
 
Meeting Location:  Moorehead Catering, 40 E. First Avenue, Trappe, PA
Meeting Time:  Wednesday September 9, 2015;  6:15 PM to 8 PM.
Dinner starts at 6:15 PM
If you need additional information, please call  Ravi Kurumety (484-467-8823) or Mary Cook (484-994-9508)
 
After retiring in 2004, Rao found his calling, as he split his time between the US and India.  While in India, he spent much of his time interacting closely with the local organizations in poor communities near his home town.  Through this, he was able to identify several focus areas where he could make a lasting contribution.   In India, he developed a strategy that has a broad impact on the community.  He created programs to educate the young, provide vocational training for the unskilled women from the slums, provide reading/job search resources to the young adults, provide health screenings and feed the poor.  Several thousand people have felt a measurable impact on their lives through his efforts.
 
(About Rao Kancherla…. please click the Read More button....)

The Collegeville Rotary and the Collegeville Fire Company are working together to serve our community.  We are announcing our First Annual Golf Outing on May 18, 2015 to support our Fire Company.

The venue is the breathtaking Bellewood Country Club (400 E. Schuylkill Road, Pottstown, PA), known for its outstanding golf course and fine dining.  The day will include full access to the course and facilities, lunch, prizes, raffles and a buffet dinner at the elegant club house.  The format will be a 4-person scramble with prizes awarded for the first three places.  Skills events will also be included.  Registration and Lunch start at 11:00am; Shotgun start at 1:00pm; Reception and Dinner at 5:30pm

We welcome all interested members of the community to participate in our golf outing, either through challenging your fellow golfers, by contributing to our raffle, or by a direct financial pledge as a sponsor.

For Raffle Donations, contact Mary Cook at collegevillerotary@gmail.com   All donation items must be received no later than Friday, May 1, 2015.

The golf package for the individual  is $165 and for the evening package is $44.  Make all checks payable to the Collegeville Rotary Club.  For Registration Forms or Sponsorship Forms, contact: Mark Million, 813 Mockingbird Lane, Audubon, PA  19403.  Phone 610-630-4683 or email mam1102@aol.com    Sorry, we are unable to accept credit cards for this event.

Open link for Registration form:

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7430/6558/HTML/234996//Registration__4finalpdf.pdf 

Open link for Sponsor Form:

http://www.clubrunner.ca/Data/7430/6558/HTML/234997//SponsorForm3.pdf

We welcome everyone in the community to join us at the Collegeville Rotary's Pancake Breakfast - February 22 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at Moorehead's Catering.  The PV and Methacton Interact Clubs and the Collegeville Rotary Club invite you to our hearty breakfast buffet, where your donation will raise funds for our local food pantry, The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry. 

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The Rotary Club of Collegeville sponsored its annual Halloween parade.  No one knows how long we have been doing this, but parade chairman Joe Greenwald believes this to be his 25th year!  This is a long standing tradition that the community looks forward to each year.  Families, neighborhoods and businesses came together to create floats, imagine outrageous costumes and put on a show!  The Perkiomen Valley High School marching band, Longhorn football and cheerleading, andarea fire companies were all on hand to celebrate.  Of course Santa made his usual appearance on a fire truck, delighting everyone young and old.  Prizes were awarded by age group for best costumes.  The rain threatened us for a bit, but it turned out to be a great evening enjoyed by all!

The Collegeville Rotary Club proudly announce their Citizens of the Year and Teachers of the Year for 2014!  We invite you to celebrate with us on October 15 at the RiverCrest Golf Club as we award the Paul Harris Fellow to our Citizens of the Year, and honor those teachers who represent our schools.  Please see below for details.

ImageOur Citizens of the Year are Joel and Loretta Stever of Schwenksville.  Joel and Loretta have coordinated establishing and operating the Jerusalem Community Food Pantry for almost 20 years.  Their client list has grown from 25 families to 250, with total number served estimated at over 1000 per month.  They work tirelessly to provide food and various services to the entire Perkiomen Valley area - from Collegeville to Green Lane to Telford to Lansdale.  The Food Pantry is in the process of moving to a new facility, having outgrown their current home at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church.  They will need all of our support in their efforts! 

 

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Our Teachers of the Year have been nominated by their students.  Mrs. Bobbie Paul was selected from Perkiomen Valley High School and Mrs. Maggi McGettigan was selected from Methacton.  Bobbie has taught Earth Sciences for 21 years, and Maggi teaches 11th grade English and AP English at Methacton.

 


The Award Ceremony and Dinner will be held on 15 October at the RiverCrest Golf Course in Phoenixville from 6 to 8:30 pm.  The community is welcome to attend, and we ask that you send us your reservation by September 26.  The cost is $50 for adults and $40 for students.  Tables of 8 or 10 may be reserved.  Please send your RSVP to PO Box 26084, Collegeville PA  19426.  Contact Joy Miksic at joy.miksic@gmail.com for questions.

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     Last week the Collegeville Club began what will be a year long celebration its 65 years.   Initially named the Lower Perkiomen chapter, the club was chartered on July 27, 1949 and sponsored by the Phoenixville Rotary club.  The event was held at Spring Mount hotel in Schwenksville where some 300 people listened to  guest speaker Supreme Court Justice Owen J. Roberts  discuss the ideals of Rotary. This week we honored our 20 charter members, among them the club's first president, Clarence A. Warden Jr.  Other charter members were Henry Brown Jr., Clement Bean, Anthony Chiccarine, William Coburn, Raymond Fishlock, Dr. Ivan Hess, Clay Hess, Robert Johnston, Dr. Herbert Kaplan, Louis Krug, William Philip, W.B. Rawlings, Alves Raynor, Harvey Richards, Andy Rihl, Chester Sellers, Harvey Vanderslice, Clyde Whitman, and W. Russell Zimmerman.

     Our celebration took place at Waterworks park in Trappe, where a picnic was held and we discussed the lives of these community leaders and all that they brought to Rotary.  Rotarians Jim Lorah, Jim Sachs and Vince Raffeo were able to provide personal memories of some of the charter members.  It was an informative and nostalgic evening where the club was able to recognize properly our "founding fathers." We are grateful to these men for establishing our club and giving us the opportunity to better serve our community.

     Throughout the year the Collegeville Rotary club will continue this celebration.  We are eager to connect with former Rotarians and their families.  If you are one of these folks, or know of someone who is, please contact our club at collegevillerotary@gmail.com.  We would like to include these people in future celebrations.

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On Wednesday, July 16, 2014 we welcomed our new District Governor Gary Fedorcha and his wife Lynne.  After a productive meeting with our board, Gary spoke to the club about his plans for the upcoming year.  This will be an exciting and productive year for our district and our club.

ImageImageThe Collegeville Rotary Club held its annual changeover dinner at Rivercrest on June 18, 2014.  President David Kaplan welcomed incoming president Lynn Fleisher.  Lont time Rortarian Don Wannamaker was honored for his years of service to the club with the "Charter Award".  Ravi Kurumety received the "Rotarian of the Year" award for all his good work with our youth committee.  The evening was highlighted by a special presentation by Joy Miksic on the Qumi Homes Project in South Africa.

 

 

Several Collegeville Rotarians attended our District Conference held at Bushkill Inn in the Poconos on May 2-4, 2014.  We were joined by Methacton Inteact founders and Co-Presidents Sasha and Danielle, as well as many, many other Rotarians from our district.  The weekend was fun, exciting and informative.  Thanks to District Govenor Frank Romano, Jean Romano, Harleysville Rotary club and all the other clubs that worked so hard to make this the outstanding event it was.Image

We took away plenty of good tips for planning the district conference when our own Doug Cook serves as District Govenor in 2015-16!

    

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 We are proud to announce the re-charter of the Ursinus Roteract Club.  Rotaract brings together people ages 18-30 in universities and communities worldwide to organize service activities, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun. Rotary clubs sponsor them, but Rotaract members manage and fund their clubs independently. Rotaract members work closely with their local Rotary club, and may join any club after their Rotaract membership ends.  After several years with no Roteract on campus, Rotartian and Ursinus Director of Institutional Research, Angelo Sorrentino took up the challenge to re-establish the club.  He was able to find a number of dedicated young students to roll up their sleeves and get to work.  Several of them were an essential part of our Pancake Breakfast crew this year.

     A dinner was held on the Ursinus campus on April 23, 2014 to celebrate Roteract's charter.  Collegeville club president, David Kaplan welcomed the group of students and emphasized the importance of the two clubs working together to serve the community.  Also in attendance were District Governor Frank Romano and his wife Jean, and Assistant District Governor Marie Ann Thompson.  Both had words of encouragement for the students and reminded them of the world wide opportunities to serve that comes with being a part of Rotary. 

On 8/21/13, the club had the honor of hosting Lisa Minardi as the speaker.  Lisa is the president of the Board of Trustees for The Speaker's House. 
The Collegeville Rotary club invites you to become a part of our organization and our community!  Please join us for dinner at Moorehead’s Catering on Wednesdays at 6:15 to learn what we are doing and to add your inspiration and support for our efforts.  Please take time to read about our projects and programs – local and international - on this website under "About Our Club" and on the Rotary International website (www.rotary.org).

Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self

 
 
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