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Longwood Rotary Club
PO Box 781
Kennett Square, PA  19348
 
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PO Box 382
Kennett Square, PA  19348
 
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Dec 13, 2018
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Chip Huston
Dec 20, 2018
Habitat for Humanity - affordable housing
 
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We meet Thursdays at 6:45 AM
The Terrace Restaurant located inside
Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA  19348
United States of America
 
2019 Annual Gala Event

 
Our Annual Gala, will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2019, and is our only fundraising event for the year. We are hoping you will be one of our event sponsors in the future.

We are expecting 330 guests to be in attendance. We will have an incredible array of culinary choices, entertainment, open bar, dancing, and our top-notch silent auction. What better way to spend an evening!

Funds raised from the Gala will help the Longwood Rotary Club Foundation continue its community outreach efforts. Over our organization’s nearly twenty year history, and thanks to supporters like you, our Club has been able to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to the organizations listed below. 
 
Longwood Rotary Club Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization; EIN is 23-3039688; PA Registration No. 27770.  You will be recognized in the evening’s program as a supporter of the Gala and your business will be part of our post-Gala media blitz. What a great way to promote your business!
 
Our event sells out every year so don't wait to purchase your tickets.  
 
Details:  March 9th, 2019  7-11PM at the Longwood Gardens Conservatory.

Please contact Bonnie Korengel at bonniekorengel@gmail.com.  To purchase tickets by check click here.  To purchase tickets by credit card click here.

 
Club News
Congratulations to Jose Colon and his wife on the birth of their son!  Aiden Manuel Colon was born on November 24th, at 2:09 p.m.  He was 8 lbs., 11 oz., and 20.5 inches long.  Baby and mother are doing great and Jose is very proud!
 
Immediate past president Lenny Rivera (pictured on right) got to meet Aiden and reports that he is very cute!
The Gardens are just about ready for us to start greeting their guests. The trees are lit and final touches were being placed on decorations this past week. Are you ready for your shifts? 
Our community assessment effort is being led by Ted Trevorrow, who made the report to us based on the meeting held at Longwood Gardens a few weeks ago. 
 
The meeting was attended by a total of 36 community leaders, including municipal officials, police, school administrators, and the leaders of essentially all the non-profits in our community. The needs assessment meeting was the first time all of these people were in the same meeting. Attendees found this alone was helpful as many were able to find points of shared interest and activity as the discussion progressed where they could coordinate services and activities. Ted knew the meeting was going very well when this started to happen. That impression was confirmed when the attendees volunteered they want to attend any other such meetings we organize and said they hope we will organize such meetings. 
 
Dave Haradon led the discussion by asking a series of selected questions of the attendees, Their comments and suggestions were recorded and displayed for all to see, helping the conversation develop. This developed a long list of ideas which Ted, Dave and Karen Ammon have summarized into the following major areas of concern or need: 
  • Gentrification is good for generating tax revenue and community growth by has the backspin of forcing those with lower incomes out of the community. This needs management. 
  • Housing affordability is a major issue and is impacting major industries such as mushroom growing by making labor scarce
  • Public transit is non-existent, increasing the impact of the housing affordability issue 
  • The Hispanic residents are being adversely impacted by deportation and immigration issues. They fear talking with the police and interacting with government, and is reducing their opportunities in general. 
  • Greater community collaboration is needed among service providers. A specific need identified was having a common database to coordinate services among non-profits. 
  • Child care is very limited. The impact is disruption in the labor market 
  • Youth issues such as drugs, drinking and vaping are of concern. 
The next steps are to develop a list of project ideas built around the areas of concern identified for our membership to choose from. An early idea developed was to select one family each year for Rotarians to mentor. Nothing will be brought to the club for consideration until the list is fully developed. 
 
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.