JukeBox Bingo Fundraiser - July 29, 2020




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Collegeville Rotary Club presents:  JUKEBOX BINGO! 

"Funds will go to Local Charities and Local Organizations 

to Assist Families in our Community" 

On Wednesday, July 29th, from 7:30-8:30, make your at-home entertainment more fun by joining others via Zoom and play Jukebox Bingo.

Instead of listening to numbers being called (yawn!) we will play different music tunes from the 50s to 20s

 that you will have to try to figure out the name to see if it appears on your Bingo card. 

Now with more socializing, you may want to invite a few friends or family over to your patio or deck to play together.  

Individuals can purchase their own cards and listen to the DJ on one laptop or tablet.

Sponsor:  PJM Interconnection LLC


100% of the proceeds will be helping our neighbors in need.


Pricing:  $20 - 1 Card;  $30 - 2 Cards;  $35 - 3 Cards.  Click the link below to register and purchase cards:


Full Instructions and Bingo Cards will be e-mailed to you prior to the event.

Thank You in advance for helping others in our community!

JukeBox Bingo Fundraiser - July 29, 2020 Pat Keeney 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

A CommUNITY Dialog: Initial Conversation abour RACE

It is Collegeville Rotary Club’s distinct honor to welcome and warmly invite you to a special evening to benefit all. 

On Wednesday, July 8 at 6:15pm we will host a “CommUNITY Conversation:  An Initial Dialogue about Race” via Zoom
We have planned a one hour gathering to have dialogue, exchange perspectives, as well as reflect on a presentation by comedian and cultural critic Baratunde Thurston, called “Deconstructing Racism One Headline at a Time.”
The evening will be hosted by Collegeville Mayor, Aidsand Wright-Riggins along with some of his Rotarian peers.
We truly hope you will join us and invite others to do so as well. This event is meant to start a dialogue on a topic that is relevant to all of us as citizens, neighbors, and as members of a community.
If you have any questions, please direct them to President-Elect, Denise Wiggins at:  ewigg5@verizon.net
A CommUNITY Dialog: Initial Conversation abour RACE Ravi Kurumety 2020-07-08 04:00:00Z 0

Turkey Trot 5K (2019)

WOW!!! What a Great Success

Our club set out to attract 100 runners/walkers this year to our second annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for the Daily Bread Community Food Pantry (dailybreadcommunityfoodpantry.org). 

Our community didn't disappoint us.  They came out in force to support this initiative as well as to have fun.  We had 242 runners/walkers of all ages and abilities participate and made this a grand success.  We couldn't have asked for more.  Even mother nature cooperated and gave us a perfect day.

Turkey Trot 5K (2019) Ravi Kurumety 2019-11-23 05:00:00Z 0

63rd. Halloween Parade ... Bigger than ever

We did it again...

This is the 63rd year our club has hosted the Halloween Parade.  It was bigger and better than ever.  Thousands of gules and goblins came out to enjoy the great fun.  Please plan to attend again next year on the last Wednesday prior to Halloween ( Oct 28, 2020).  Here are some reflections from one of our new members, Denise Wiggins who attended the parade for the first time:
"Albeit, it was my first time attending and participating as a costume judge, I am rooted in community, no matter where you find it, and I loved every minute of it. I am a proud Rotarian and assisting with this community event brought so many smiles, laughter and hugs. I watched community leaders fall into step and give their time, resources and assistance to make the parade extra special, safe and fun! The community showed up in fabulous Halloween fashion, both as parade participants (floats, bands, dancers, costume walkers, fire trucks, etc.) and lining the streets to cheer and receive the main prize of the parade ... lots of candy! Kids and adults alike were joyous, respectful and happy."
Click here to enjoy the photos taken by Sarah Calvin of Sarah Calvin Photography.  Thanks Sarah.
63rd. Halloween Parade ... Bigger than ever Ravi Kurumety 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

Rotaplast Mission in Guatemala City

Posted by Joy Miksic

A strength of Rotary is its worldwide reach, giving Rotarians many opportunities to serve in locations all around the world.  Because of the broad reach of Rotary, it is able to provide resources at both the local and at the international level. 
One of these opportunities is the Rotaplast program. Undertaken by Rotary in 1992 this medical mission has served in Guatemala, Myanmar, Columbia, India, Bangladesh and many other countries.  This year, one of our Collegeville members, and 8 of our District members were fortunate to serve as non-medical support in that program.  Our District, 7430, raised the $100,000 needed to enable Rotary to host this Guatemala Medical Mission for children and young adults who suffer from cleft palate and/or cleft lip.
The Mission ran from Sept 2nd for 10 days.  It included 7 days of surgeries and a day of follow up.  Families stood in line for hours with hope that their child could be a part of the program.  Many of the children had no prior surgery, which means that they could not eat or communicate properly, and were likely to be shunned by their community.  Many can’t attend school due to their incapacity to speak.   
The Rotaplast medical team was able to serve 113 patients, doing surgeries ranging from lip repair to bone grafts to closing the gap in the roof of the mouth.  It was truly amazing to see the love and care that was given to these very special children.  Every child went home with a bigger smile.
Rotaplast Mission in Guatemala City Joy Miksic 2019-10-07 04:00:00Z 0

Vince Raffeo: Collegeville History Through his eyes

Meet Vince Raffeo and learn about the history of Collegeville. He has one simple message to share in his 87 years: Be kind to one another, both strangers and friends.
Vince is featured on the May 2019 cover of Upper Providence Living Magazine.  Thank you Julie Kovaleski (jkovaleski@bestversionmedia.com) for publishing this article.
Vince has been an active member of this club for 59 years (since 1960) and continues to actively serve our community.
Vince Raffeo: Collegeville History Through his eyes Ravi Kurumety 2019-05-15 04:00:00Z 0


Saturday, Nov 17,2018:  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
OUR FIRST TURKEY DINNER TROT 5K ... LOADS OF FUN! 2019-03-18 04:00:00Z 0

Annual Golf Tournament - Mon July 9, 2018

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     mam1102@aol.com    610-630-4633
Annual Golf Tournament - Mon July 9, 2018 Ravi Kurumety 2018-07-09 04:00:00Z 0

 Collegeville's 61st Annual Halloween Parade, Oct 25, 2017

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.
Collegeville's 61st Annual Halloween Parade, Oct 25, 2017 Ravi Kurumety 2017-10-04 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador from Collegeville Rotary Club

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

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.

Rotary Youth Exchange Ambassador from Collegeville Rotary Club Ravi Kurumety 2017-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Upcoming speakers

We have a great line up speakers for our upcoming meetings.  Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings to hear these great speakers and to share in the discussion.
Upcoming speakers Ravi Kurumety 2017-08-07 04:00:00Z 0

Meet our New President - Mark Million

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.

Meet our New President - Mark Million Ravi Kurumety 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0

Club Member Trip to India - Jan 2017

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.
Club Member Trip to India - Jan 2017 Ravi Kurumety 2017-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
Third Annual Golf Tournament (on July 10, 2017) Eileen Million 2017-04-19 04:00:00Z 0

Musical Concert & Dinner with The B Street Band

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)
Musical Concert & Dinner with The B Street Band Eileen Million 2017-03-20 04:00:00Z 0

Collegeville Rotary Pancake Breakfast

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.
Collegeville Rotary Pancake Breakfast Joy Miksic 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Ryan Costello Cliff and Jen Culhane 2015-11-10 05:00:00Z 0

Meaning of UBUNTU

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".
Meaning of UBUNTU contributed by Rao Kancherla, A friend of the Collegeville Rotary Club 2015-10-29 04:00:00Z 0

The Collegeville Rotary Club Halloween Parade

Posted by Joy Miksic on Oct 22, 2015

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 Halloween Parade Joy Miksic 2015-10-22 04:00:00Z 0

Rao Kancherla to speak about his projects in India

Posted by Joy Miksic on Sep 08, 2015
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.
Rao Kancherla to speak about his projects in India Joy Miksic 2015-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Rotary Annual Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Joy Miksic on Dec 29, 2014

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. 

Rotary Annual Pancake Breakfast Joy Miksic 2014-12-29 05:00:00Z 0

2014 Halloween Parade

Posted by Lynn Fleisher on Oct 28, 2014

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!

2014 Halloween Parade Lynn Fleisher 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z 0

Citizens and Teachers of the Year Award Event

Posted by Joy Miksic on Aug 26, 2014

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.

Citizens and Teachers of the Year Award Event Joy Miksic 2014-08-26 04:00:00Z 0

Collegeville Rotary Celebrates 65th Anniversary!


     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. 


Collegeville Rotary Celebrates 65th Anniversary! Lynn Fleisher 2014-08-02 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome to District Governor Gary Fedorcha

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.

Welcome to District Governor Gary Fedorcha Lynn Fleisher 2014-07-15 04:00:00Z 0

2014 District 7430 Conference


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.

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

2014 District 7430 Conference Lynn Fleisher 2014-05-14 04:00:00Z 0

Welcome Ursinus Rotaract Club!

Posted by Lynn Fleisher on Apr 22, 2014



 We are proud to announce the re-charter of the Ursinus Rotaract 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 Rotaract 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 Rotaract'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. 

Welcome Ursinus Rotaract Club! Lynn Fleisher 2014-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

The Speaker's House

Posted by Ravi Kurumety on Aug 20, 2013
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 Speaker's House Ravi Kurumety 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Collegeville!

Posted by Paul Baer on Apr 11, 2012
The Collegeville Rotary club invites you to become a part of our organization and our community!  Please join us on Wednesdays at 6:15 PM (Dinner at 5:45 PM) 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

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Collegeville! Paul Baer 2012-04-11 04:00:00Z 0

2014 Changeover Dinner


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.

2014 Changeover Dinner Lynn Fleisher 0