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We meet Thursdays at 6:45 AM
The Terrace Restaurant located inside
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road
Kennett Square, PA  19348
United States
 
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It is once again the time of year that we begin planning for our First Crew Disaster Relief Trip for the Fall.  This year, we will be heading to the Houston area to assist in the refurbishment of homes devastated by hurricane Harvey.  We will partner again with Fuller Center, with whom we worked during two trips to the Louisiana area.  The dates for the trip are Sunday, October 28 through Saturday, November 3.  Actual work will commence on Monday and finish on Friday afternoon.  As usual, there will be a Sunday evening team planning meeting to meet Fuller Center personnel and get organized for the work week.
 
I have prepared an information sheet to give you more detail about the trip this year.  Please see the information below for details.  Historically, we have had no pressure to finalize our volunteer list but the Houston area is a popular Disaster Relief volunteer location and apparently housing is at a premium so we may have to set earlier deadlines than usual.   
 
Our very own Jordan Gushurst was published in the Chester County Weeklies
 
Now that we are in July, it is a good time to enjoy a break in the routine of school and after-school activities. My wife and I are blessed to have good jobs, healthy children, and a great home in beautiful Chester County PA. Life can be hectic and stressful at times, however I recognize that my family does not experience the financial and emotional challenges that many do. Along with the beauty of this area and the high-quality schools comes the reality that life can be very expensive in Chester County, especially for people who work in jobs that pay below average wages. Several years ago, I asked myself what was the best way to help my children appreciate the blessings they have received. The answer was to get more involved in community service projects. I joined the Longwood Rotary Club and have enjoyed working on a wide variety of projects to give back to the community. My favorite projects allow me to include my children, and in this column, I am now inviting you to take part as well.
 
President Tammy Duering inducted Dawn Doherty Kohl, whose sponsor was Bob Merkle to our club.  Welcome Dawn!
Kacie Rumsford died from a heroin overdose September 23, 2013. Her father Andy, right above, started Kacie's Cause to fight what he realized was a growing epidemic of drug use and overdoses. 
 
Through Andy and Luis Tovares, left above, tireless efforts, Kacie's Cause has started to grow rapidly, offering recovery, family and addict support, education and materials needed to save lives. Today there are 7 chapters with more in the formative stages. So far the area served is northern Delaware and the western suburbs of Philadelphia.
Lots of people showed up at the Kennett Area Senior Center Saturday August 11 for the work.  Members prepared the enormous amount of materials gathered for quick pickup when we filled the individual grade specific bags. To the left is the entire group of club members, seniors, and volunteers who joined together for the work. 
Former club President Ted Trevorrow officiated the inductions of our new President and Board of Directors.  
Tammy Duering was inducted into office after processing to the podium to "I am Woman". President Tammy said she chose this music because she is a strong woman thanks to her mother, who raised 5 kids on her own. 

Ted then inducted the 2018-19 Board of Directors: 

Bob Curran, partially blocked by Ted, President Elect 

Vicki Gehrt, Vice President

Ted Koenig, Treasurer

Leonie Kolvenbag, Secretary

Adam Guyer, Director and Club Administration

Dawn Talley, Director, Club Projects

Mark Rybarczyk, Director Public Relations

John Stradling, Director RI Foundation

Lynn Nathan, Director Youth Services

Dawn Talley was recognized as Rotarian of the Year. Dawn expanded the projects performed by members, tirelessly worked to make sure all projects were fully staffed and we completed them successfully without issues. Dawn also stepped in to assist other members whenever they needed assistance. 

In addition the following members were recognized: 

Jen Dresser helped everyone when needed, especially Lenny wth his technical issues. 

Leonie Kolvenbag and Saadia Kahn for raising the bar for a successful Gala by about $20,000. 

Jordan Gushurst for his tireless efforts to support and manage the ever growing book bag project. 

Mark Rybarczyk for taking on the project of transferring club records onto the Club Runner system, redesigning our web site and reactivating our social media communication efforts. These will all go live over the 6 weeks. 

Congratulations to the following members who achieved the designated Paul Harris Award Level. Each Level is earned by donating $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation. 
 
New Paul Harris Fellows
  • Newt Brosius
  • John Mangan
  • Bill McDougall
  • Mark Rybarczyk
 
Paul Harris Plus 1
  • Bob Curran
  • Tammy Duering
  • Vicki Gehrt
  • Lenny Rivera
  • Ted Koenig
 
This was Lenny Rivera's last meeting as our President. Lenny took the time to recognize several people who provided Lenny with a lot of assistance throughout the year. Bob Listerman, Ted Trevorrow, Leonie Kalvenbag, Saadia Kahn, and Bill Steller. Lenny thanked every member for making this a tremendously successful year and great fun. 
The Crime Victims Center was originally founded to support rape victims. Today the Center works with anyone who was a victim of any crime at any time in the past, whether the crime was reported to police or not. All services are free. The victim needs to reside in Chester County, or the crime was committed within the county to qualify. 
 
Service consists of whatever support the crime victim needs. Counselors accompany the victim when they go to rape examinations, the courtroom for trial, and meetings with police and attorneys. When needed referrals are made to other agencies, including food banks, housing support agencies, etc.