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Our First Turkey Dinner Trot 5K ... Loads of FUN!
Rotary Club of Collegeville held its first inaugural 5k to raise funding for Turkey Dinners was  a great success.  We had a warm sunny fall day with more than 40 runners participating.  We were able to raise funds while having lots of fun.  We received generous donations to provide Thanks giving dinners for more than 40 local area families in need through The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry.
Photos of the fun:    Click here for the photos
Finish line photos:  Click here for the photos

Save the date for next year:  Sat 11/23/19

About The Daily Bread Food Pantry:
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!  The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry bustling with activity this time of year.  Their stocks are filling up and people are lining up for winter sustanance!  Collegeville Rotary is one of many contributors to this wonderful service, and we try to do more every year.  This year we hosted our inaugural Turkey Trot, which resulted in $640 worth of gift certificates for Food Pantry clients, and we also dropped off 10 boxes, each worth $50,  of  dinner fixings.  Every box included a 20-lb turkey which they will distribute before Thanksgiving.  Redners Market is always on our team, preparing the boxes and having them ready for Rotary to pick up.  We are humbled by the work the volunteers and managers of the food pantry do, and extend out gratitude and support for taking on this role. 
To find our more or to volunteer please visit their web site at:
Upcoming Speakers
Julie Kovalski
Feb 27, 2019
Overview of the local community magazines, and how she got started

Our featured guest speaker Julie Kovaleski is the Market Manager and Publisher of "Upper Providence Living"- which launched in July 2017 and newly launched "Limerick Living"-first issue in February 2019. 

Video about Julie Kovaleski: 

Julie is a young entrepreneur who is married, and has four sons.  She has been a resident in Upper Providence for almost 17 years.  She is a member of The Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce and has been nominated for 2 years in a row as "Emerging Business of the Year."  She is also a  member of the Togetherhood Committee at the Spring Valley YMCA. This committee focuses volunteer efforts at the places in our community that are most in need. They target areas such as nursing homes, food pantries, and non-profit organizations.  Julie also assisted with the formation of a local exclusive networking group: "422 Business Alliance" and has taken a leadership role as secretary for the group.  This newly formed alliance launched in October 2018 and includes professional leaders and business owners who meet weekly to showcase their business, participate in round table discussions and share educational topics pertinent as a business owner today.  

Brief Bio:

Current Employer is Best Version Media

One of the fastest growing privately held media companies in all of North America. In 2017 The Business Journal named Best Version Media one of the Top 10 Businesses of the Year and Glassdoor named BVM Employees' Choice Best Places to Work.

Prior Experience:

  1. Elementary school teacher for 10 years, stay at home mom for 13 years,
  2. Independent Sales Contractor with Welcome Wagon,  Healthcare Finance Solutions and Ashfield Pharmaceuticals


  1. Bachelor of Science from Marywood University in Elementary and Early Childhood University
Marie Ann Thompson
Mar 13, 2019
Her experiences with Rotary Foundation
Brian Freas - Collegeville Fire Department
Mar 27, 2019
Discuss New Fire Station & Private Tour
Past Speakers
Ms. Sharon Gross
Nov 28, 2018
Spotted Lantern Fly - An Invasive Species from China
Mr. David Zellers
Nov 14, 2018
Montgomery County Economic Development
Dr. Barbara Collins and Mr. Richard Gensler
Sep 26, 2018
Overview of SCORE, a small business mentoring program
Rotary Club of Collegeville hosted the 62nd annual parade to bring the community together to celebrate Halloween.  We had thousands of people participate in their costumes.  There was fun for all ages.  There were also many pets and groups dressed in their favorite scary or fun costumes.
Click here for photos:  Halloween Parade 2018 Photos.
Click here for parade video: Halloween Parade 2018 Video.
Here is an opportunity to enjoy the exclusive Bellwood Country Club and help the environment.  Collegeville Rotary Club is partnering with the Perkiomen Valley Watershed Conservancy to make this wonderful opportunity available to you.
Please also consider one of the many sponsorship options to benefit our community and the environment. 
The event is on Monday July 9, 2018 at Bellwood Country Club in Pottstown, PA
or contact: Mark Million at    610-630-4633
Several members of our club along with two students from PV High School Interact Club spent several hours on Saturday morning removing hundreds of pounds of trash and more than a dozen tires and other large items from a field alongside the creek near First Avenue across from Kimberton Whole Foods store.  Thanks for all that participated.

Our club level speech contest was held on March 11, 2018.  The first place winner will be going on to the regional competition on April 14, 2018.

Ashley Liu of Methacton High School has won first place at our annual speech contest with a gripping speech about over emphasis on class ranking during high school.  Erin Quinn of Perkiomen Valley High School was awarded second place.

We have been hosting a Pancake Breakfast in the Collegeville/Trappe community for nearly 60 years.  This year again was a grand success.  The money we raised today will be a used to help The Daily Bread Food Pantry in their mission to help the people in need in our community.  We had nearly 400 people join us for great food and fun.  There were many familiar faces as well as many new faces. 
We would like to thank all the people that attended to make this successful.  This event could not be possible if were not for the effort of the many volunteers especially from the Central Perkiomen Valley Rotary Club and Perkiomen Valley High School Interact Club.  Thank you all for your eager help.  Special thanks goes to our own Joy Miksic for coordinating the whole event. We would also like to thank Bob Imperial for hosting the event at his facility in Trappe, PA
Join the Rotary once again on Collegeville's Main Street to mark the 61st year for the parade.  Parade starts at Dusk.  Pre-parade activities start at 5PM.  Costume judging starts at 6 PM
There is no need to register for costume judging or the parade - just bring your costumed children (or pet), and meet in the parking lot behind the AmeriGreen Gas Station and Chow Bistro (454 E. Main) at 6 pm.  This year the Rotary is expanding the Halloween dress up contest beyond dogs to all pets.  Judging is from 6 to 6:25 p.m. in the parking lot.  The parade begins its walk down Main St. at 6:30 p.m.

Archiving of Club's Historical Documents

Sahas Kurumety is a member of BSA Troop 133 in Worcester, PA.  He is currently a candidate for Eagle Scout which is the highest rank for Boy scouts.  One of the requirements for this rank advancement is to plan and execute a project that benefits the community or an organization that serves the community.  Sahas chose to do a project for our club.  
Our club has collected many interesting historical documents since our inception in 1949.  These documents have been stored haphazardly and have been difficult to access.  We also collected over 100 flags from other clubs all over the world.  These too have been difficult to access.  Sahas took the challenge to organize the documents into transportable file boxes.  He also created 8 banners that allow us to display all of the club flags we collected in an organized manner.
See pictures by clicking below

We are pleased to welcome Mark Million as our new club president effective on 7/1/17.  Mark has been a very active and dedicated member of our club for the past 3 years.  We are looking forward to implementing his many new initiatives to continue the club rejuvenation that has started with Mary Cook.  Thank you very much Mary for getting us through the transition phase and putting us on a sound footing with several new members and a new meeting location at Ursinus College.

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".

Rotary at the Halloween Parade! - *** Cancelled ***

**** 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.

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 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. 

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! 



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.


     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. 


ImageOn 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.


The 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.

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