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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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Oct 28, 2021
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Elizabeth Hedley
Nov 04, 2021
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Meeting Info
We're BACK!
Beginning July 8, 2021 
We will resume our weekly meetings at Longwood Gardens Terrace Restaurant
Please join us at 7am (doors open @6:30)
 
Can't attend in person?
email us at admin@longwoodrotary.com to obtain our weekly Zoom access link.
We look forward to seeing you! 
 
Club News

The Kennett Square Rotary, Kennett Square Light Rotary, and Longwood Rotary want to recognize 3 outstanding leaders whose ‘Service Above Self’ has made a significant and long-lasting contribution to our community.

The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is something that we Rotarians do not give lightly. He was a founding member of Rotary, and exemplified what being a Rotarian and outstanding community member is all about. It is an honor that we occasionally bestow upon members of our community who have made significant contributions to the quality of life for our citizens and neighbors.  

The event will be held at The Creamery in Kennett Square (401 Birch St, Kennett Square, PA 19348) on November 11th 6 PM Cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres provided. We would love for you to join us as we recognize our Paul Harris Fellowship Award winners, and show how The Rotary Clubs of Kennett Square unite and work as one to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Ron was introduced to Longwood Rotary by Tom Simpers and made the commitment to join the club in January of 2001.  

He established himself as a regular at the ‘back table’ – arriving early to grade the setup of the room by the staff, and maintained nearly perfect attendance throughout the years.  He kept this up throughout last year’s transition to ZOOM meetings; part of this effort was his dedication to Rotary, and part of it was making sure that his Rotary BFF Tom Simpers could log on, and make it to all the meetings on time (and then breakfast).   

Ever committed to Rotary’s Service Above Self motto: he was an enthusiastic hands-on supporter of many Club service events; he volunteered at Anson B Nixon Park, Project Cure, Kennett Area Community Service, Holiday Parking at Longwood Gardens, Camp Dreamcatcher and End Polio Now by planting tulips in his garden, to name only a very few. 

The Longwood Rotary Club has maintained a sustained commitment to serving its community as far back as its chartered beginnings in 1997.  With a current membership of 101 active members, including corporate members, Rotarians engage daily with a broad and diverse set of organizations and charities in our local area. www.longwoodrotary.com 

Most recently, the three Kennett Rotary Clubs; Longwood, Kennett and Kennett Light, combined their resources to give Kennett Square’s Chief of Police William Holdsworth a grant for $3,500 for load bearing vests.  Longwood Rotary Club’s President, Vicki Gehrt and President-Elect, Rob Newman presented this check to Chief Holdsworth on behalf of all three clubs.  This is an item that is very necessary for the health and welfare of our officers as they serve our community.

From her time as a classroom teacher to her current position as Kennett School Board vice president, Dr. Vicki Chopourian Gehrt has sought to provide students with as many opportunities as possible, all the while ensuring they are prepared for a future beyond the embrace of their alma maters. Curiously, Dr. Gehrt’s approach to education mirrors the very nature of her own personal story.

Born to Armenian parents on the tiny island nation of Cyprus, Dr. Gehrt was raised by parents who, unlike the previous generation who had experienced the worst of humanity, could finally look toward the future. While Cyprus had provided her family - as well as many other Armenians - a home after the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Armenian Genocide, her father Giragos Chopourian, seized an opportunity for a new life, one that was all his own. So, in 1956, Mr. Chopourian and his young family boarded a ship bound for the United States.

Members of the Longwood Rotary Club, along with friends and family members, came together to make no-sew fleece blankets for students being served by Mighty Writers, El Futuro Kennett. The need was identified by El Futuro Bilingual Program Director, Sara Dickens-Trillo when she surveyed families at Christmas time. When asked what they wanted, the children replied, "my own blanket."
We were happy to be a part of a broader community-wide blanket collection over the winter months. 
 
Mighty Writers is a reading and writing enrichment program and the El Futuro program focuses on bilingual students. This program was relatively new to the Kennett area when the pandemic struck. They quickly pivoted their efforts to providing basic needs to not only the students, but their families as well. They are currently serving over 300 families on a weekly basis! 
 
 
Check out these amazing hats hand made by middle school students at Kennett's After the Bell Program and donated to Mighty Writers as well. 
 
No-sew fleece blankets from Longwood Rotary