Natalia Thompson, Admissions Director for the Genesis Healthcare Breckensville facility in Hockessin Delaware, discussed the issues of dementia, which impact about one-third of families in the US. Dementia is a major and rapidly growing reason for the growth in long term care. Dementia is a slowly progressing "disease" that heavily impacts all the family members of those afflicted. Billions of hours are invested in providing care, which can be needed all day.  Care givers can become isolated and exhausted. Eventually the care giver needs help to meet the needs of the person with dementia. 
 
Dementia is associated with the shrinking of our brains as we age. The shrinking creates space within our skulls that is filled with increasing volumes of the normal fluids surrounding our brains. The net result is damage to those areas of our brain responsible for thinking, planning, and remembering. The hippocampus is also damaged, impairing our ability to create new memories. We don't know what causes dementia, but we do know there is a genetic component. There is no cure, just the ability to manage the symptoms more effectively. 
 
A major difficulty in diagnosing dementia is the symptoms are similar to those experienced when there is a vitamin B12 deficiency, or we are dehydrated, depressed, or experience a number of other conditions. The underlying causal condition can start 15 to 20 years before any symptoms are recognized. Even after symptoms start to appear we are often quite productive, further compounding diagnosis issues. 
 
Symptoms include: 
  • difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • time/place confusion
  • cannot understand visual images
  • misplace things and cannot retrace your steps to find the item
  • poor judgement
  • withdrawal from normal activities
  • changes in mood and behavior 
Dementia is often accelerated by accidents such as falls. The body shifts its use of nutrients to support repairing the injury, resulting in a more rapid advance in dementia. That is one reason for the apparent correlation between balance issues and dementia. Basic physical exercise ensures stronger muscles and better balance, helping prevent dementia by limiting falls in addition to improving blood flow to the brain. Thinking games such as crossword puzzles and sudoku help reduce the advancement of dementia. You really can directly exercise your brain. 
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Ethel Ann Murphy started recruiting for the 12 sophomore high school students our club will sponsor to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) weekend in February 2019. If you know a worthy student please reach out to Ethel Ann. Since our club pays the participation fee, this is free for the students. 
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Clearly Saadia is still active even though she is mostly in Chicago this year. She reserved a table for the Gala for herself and friends. Saadia plans to return full participation in our club in April 2019 . 
News from Saadia Khan RAM 2018-12-10 05:00:00Z 0
The District grant check in the amount of $1,897 was presented to President Tammy Duering. These funds, matched with our equal donation, will provide library books for 2 schools on St. Lucia. The books were selected from a list provided by the local teachers so we know they will support their school effectively. 
Hands Across the Sea Grant RAM 2018-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
Bonnie and Mike Korengel drove the school supplies we donated and coats from Operation Warm to Wilmington NC where they were delivered to the Wilmington Rotary Club for distribution. Mike and Bonnie reported: "The entire area is nowhere near back to normal. All hotel rooms within miles of the city are occupied by local residents who lost their homes to the hurricane. Streets are lined with the debris and furnishings pulled from flooded homes waiting for pickup and disposal. Many schools are still closed. The city is a long way from recovered or even being cleaned up so reconstruction can start in many neighborhoods." The school supplies we provided will at least help start the return to normal conditions for several hundred families. 
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Dr. Daniel Kim, right, was sponsored by President Tammy Duering. Dan may be our first member living in Media. 
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Jen sent a note to President Tammy Duering to let us know she has found a Rotary home in Albuquerque. She joined the Rotary Club of Albuquerque, which has over 200 members. A bit different from us in size but apparently not in spirit. 
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Dr. Barry Tomassetti, Superintendent of the Kennett Consolidated School District, started by reminding us that the District is ranked in the 96th percentile of districts nationally. This exceptional performance is achieved by living the District mission every day, which Dr. Tomasetti summarized as: "No matter who comes in, improve their success every day".
 
This approach is critical to success in a district as diverse as Kennett. 45% of the students are economically disadvantaged. So far this year 95 new students have enrolled coming from Mexico and Guatemala. Yet students from all backgrounds graduate and go on to post-secondary education in a wide range of environments, including Ivy League Colleges. 
 
The District is justifiably proud of its STEM program. The program is integrated into classes from kindergarten through twelfth grade. It takes potentially dull information and relates it to the real world by using hands on activities such as building a marshmallow throwing machine in third grade, or building bridges and testing them to the point of collapse a few years later. Various technical tools are introduced so the students experience some of the tools used by engineers and other professionals. Right now there is even a group of seniors working with Bentley Architects on design projects. An example of the success of this approach can be seen in the internationally recognized robotics team. 
 
Parental engagement is a critical success factor in the US approach to education. Therefore, the District works to teach parents from other countries how to become engaged in the education of their children. This effort starts with preschool kids, such as those participating in Head Start. Parents are brought together with successful students from the same culture to learn what their kids can achieve and the support successful students need. These parents also get assistance to show them how to support early brain development through games, reading and other shared activities with their children. Parents with older children are involved in the APEX program where they work with volunteer parents from the community to learn how our education system works and they can support it, and the value their children will gain from a solid education. 
 
Dr. Michael Barber, Assistant Superintendent of the District, then explained how the English Language Development (ELD) program works. This program is integrated into normal class work for all grades. The ELD program relies on full content mapping of regular classes so the ELD teachers can use materials used in the class the students are taken from. This allows students to receive special instruction without losing ground in regular courses. The ELD program is successful. Standard required student testing shows all fourth graders are improving their English language skills. Very few comparable districts can make that claim. 
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Aiden Manuel Colon was born on November 24th, at 2:09 p.m.  He was 8 lbs., 11 ozs., and 20.5 inches long at birth. This may be one of the few restful moments for Karin and Joe over the next year.  
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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!
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Congratulations Jose Colon! MGR 2018-11-27 05:00:00Z 0 New Rotarian,baby,jose colon
First, please note we have had to change our speaker for this week. It is now Dr. Barry Tomasetti, Superintendent of the Kennett Consolidated School District. He will speak about the about the new initiatives, strength and quality of programs and overall status of the district. 
 
We were Number 1 out of the 64 Clubs in the District with 88.68% average attendance for the month October. 2nd was South West Philadelphia - Eastwick  with 84.62%, 3rd was Feasterville with 81.50%, and 4th is Kennett Square with 75.76% average attendance. The attendance rankings are not separated by large margins, so it is important you send your make-ups to Leonie Kolvenbag so they can be reported to the District (as required by Rotary International). 
 
Today is Giving Tuesday. I am sure you have been receiving reminder emails about this opportunity from the organizations you have been supporting. Please support the local non-profit of your choice, or Rotary, with your gifts.
Notes and Ephemera after Thanksgiving RAM 2018-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Thank you to all those signed up for the first weekend of greeting Longwood visitors. If you have not signed up yet, please do so for the remaining days. The visitors are always friendly and fun. 
Longwood Gardens Greeting Has Begun RAM 2018-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
President Tammy Duering, left above, inducted what appears to be a huge number of new members in the above picture. It was really two, one of which is a new corporate member. 
 
Steve Maley, the individual new member inducted, is third from left in the above picture. He, was sponsored by Dave Haradon, second from left.
 
Inducted as a corporate member was Kennett Township, represented by Lydell Nolt, center left, Lisa Moore, center right, Michael O'Brien, third from the right, and Robert Lysle, second from right in the above picture. Bob Listerman, far right, was the township's sponsor.
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Arts Holding Hands and Hearts is a non-profit that was started by Jan Michener, its current Executive Director, in 2013 to serve the vulnerable youth in Chester County.  Its goals is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations that traps multiple generations in poverty. To accomplish this goal AHHH focuses on the arts, literacy, and mindfulness.
  • Arts stimulates brain growth, promotes healing and connects the head and heart.
  • Literacy defines a child's future success in school and life. If a child is not reading at grade level in third grade there is very high probability they will become a societal problem. 
  • Mindfulness improves attention, self-control, and emotional resilience to offset the high level of stress these kids experience. 
The impact of the full AHHH program is being studied now. The results will tell Jan how successful AHHH is in changing the multi-generation cycle of poverty and provide the information she needs to expand and improve the program. 
 
One of the best ways Jan has found to engage the community in this effort is through Pop-Up Lending Libraries, or the PULL campaign. These are small boxes filled with books for children that are available in public spaces such as restaurants, stores, and non-profits. Each box is unique in design and decoration. The design is determined by the volunteer builders, as long as the box meets the size criteria. Artists then take over and paint each box with a unique design. Boxes are being built by high school students, residents of Kendal-Crosslands, and others. Many of the boxes are being painted by recognized artists, as well as students at the Garage and the Unionville High School arts society. The demand to participate is so strong in the Kennett area the planned number of PULL boxes has almost doubled to 27. Longwood Rotary has funded 10 of the boxes. 
 
Jan knows the books are being used. 40,000 books have been distributed through the PULL program in the past 3 years. That means 40,000 books are now in the homes of children where they can practice their reading skills at their own pace. 
 
To support this rapidly expanding program, Jan is beginning formal fund raising efforts. One new effort consists of partnering with the Kennett Book Resale shop. Customers can buy bags of children's books for $10 and donate the books to PULL. This supports the PULL program and the Kennett Area Senior Center. Another effort will be a 5K and 1K walk/run scheduled for April 27, 2019. 
Arts Holding Hands and Hearts RAM 2018-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Camp Dreamcatcher had repeated flooding problems this past fall, destroying a good portion of their supplies. With President Tammy Duering's leadership that is now past. Tammy obtained the financial assistance of the West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club, Tri-M Corporation, and the WE Go Rotary Club to add to our $2,000 contribution to fund building a new shed at Camp Saginaw 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This past weekend members of all the supporting organizations joined together to move the supplies from the old storage location into the new shed at Camp Dreamcatcher. Pictured to the left the team is emptying the old storage area in record time. The annual movement of materials is now a thing of the past. 
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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? 
Ready to Greet Longwood Holiday Guests RAM 2018-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Ji Yun KIm, left, is our Korean exchange student attending Unionville High School. She is a 16 year old from Busan, South Korea, a seaside city known for its beautiful beaches. Her English name is Aileen Kim. Aileen was sponsored by the Busan Hoedong Rotary club for her exchange year. 
 
Aileen has long wanted to come to the US. She fell in love with our country through American films. Her favorite is Spiderman. Hopefully she will not be disappointed by our lack of such heroic crime fighters in the Kennett area. 
 
As a coastal city, Busan shares the low (frigid) winter temperatures of the rest of Korea, but escapes the snow much of Korea experiences. The city has four seasons with beautiful foliage in the fall just as we have here. 
 
Aileen's family consists of her parents and older brother, who is a musician. Her brother has been in a band since he was in high school and continues to play in bands now.
 
Aileen shares her brother's interest in music but expresses it as a singer and dancer. She performs traditional Korean dances as well as dancing to her favorite musical genre, K-Pop. Aileen is a member of the World Angel Peace Corp singing group sponsored by Rotary. They sing at many district and other Rotary group meetings. They most recently performed at the Rotary International World Conference in Canada. Aileen's dedication to music is strong considering she spends about 2 hours per day practicing. 
 
An unexpected story Aileen told us is that Koreans celebrate Halloween. They celebrate by attending costume parties, but not trick or treating. Clearly Aileen enjoyed our version of Halloween when she reported she collected 128 pieces of chocolate through her trick or treat efforts. 
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Brendan Murphy, shown at left, grew up in the Annapolis Maryland area and then attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. After the academy he became a helicopter pilot, which the Navy labels an all-purpose pilot since they can fly fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. He has been retired from the Navy for several years now after rising to a Captaincy during his 25 year naval career. Currently Brendan is a financial adviser. 
 
Brendan's wife Tina is an interior designer. They met when they were 15 and have been together, except for one breakup in high school, since. They married shortly after Brendan graduated form the Naval Academy, marrying in the Academy chapel in a traditional Academy ceremony. Since Brendan thought the idea was to procreate between tours of duty away from home, they had their daughter, Emily, and son, Andrew, pretty quickly. Emily was a semi-professional ballet dancer through college. She stopped dancing after an injury and is now an occupational therapist. Andrew followed Brenda into playing lacrosse in school, though he may not have achieved the same level as Brendan, who played on two NCAA championship teams while at the Academy. Andrew is now looking to have a career in medical devices. 
 
Brendan's naval career took he and his family across the country multiple times. Their longest stop was in Norfolk Virginia. They ended their 5 year tour on the Texas coast just before the hurricane struck. The coastal town they were living in was totally destroyed. Good timing counts. His deployments included 4 ship board tours and 2 land based. One of his land based tours was in Busan South Korea. 
 
One of Brenda's more interesting tours was in the US Joint Forces Command in Irag early in the war effort there. The role of the Command was to enter their assigned geographic area and set up headquarters before the forces arrive, and start planning for their use when they arrived. Brendan was stationed in Al Anbar province when the local population decided to start defending themselves from the terrorists. The local leaders set up their own defense force which the Americans advised. The result was the withdrawal of 7,000 US forces, who were replaced with a team of 200 advisers, and the pacification of the province.
 
Because the Navy believes in developing well rounded leaders, Brendan served as the ship navigator on two ship board tours. This is the third highest command position on a ship. Not bad for a hunter/killer helicopter pilot. 
 
Brendan's last major command position was the Director of Safety and Occupational Health. He was selected for the position to instill the air safety culture into the broader navy. A challenging position but Brendan made it work. 
 
Brendan joined Longwood Rotary to continue his career of service. In addition to being a member of our club, he is a member of the VFW, the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and several Navy related service organizations. 
Brendan Murphy Classification Talk RAM 2018-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Our Rotarian of the Month is Bonnie Korengel, shown on the right in this picture of her receiving her certificate from President Tammy Dueing . Bonnie spent many hours organizing Julia Phelps'. Rotary International Foundation Trustee, presentation at our recent meeting. At the same time, Bonnie has been leading our Gala ticket sales efforts, which are better than half way to sold out already. And of course Bonnie works constantly at the District level to support Rotary initiatives. 
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Ron Fenstermacher, left, and John Marble, right in this picture, described the need for careful clothing selection to keep warm while greeting Longwood Garden's guests during the holidays. The key is to layer clothing with a top layer that is weather resistant. With the right selection greeting guests is fun for you and the guests. 
Keeping Warm as a Greeter RAM 2018-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Bob Curran has returned from Houston where his team of 20 volunteers worked on starting the clean up of a home. They completely tore down three rooms. The mold had gotten its usual fast start requiring them to even remove and replace the floor joists. Other groups will complete the tear down phase so reconstruction can begin right away. 
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John Marble is coordinating our efforts as Longwood Gardens Holiday Greeters this year. As you can see from the picture, he has already started member instruction on their duties and tools already as well as started the process of members signing up for their work times. 
2018 Holiday Greeters Get Ready RAM 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
Over 20 Longwood Rotarians spent Saturday morning, November 3, sorting medical supplies at the Project Cure warehouse. Project Cure plans to provide up to 60 shipping containers of free medical supplies to third world countries this year. Each shipment starts with an onsite detailed inventory of needs and capabilities of the requesting site. Shipments are coordinated through the local Rotary clubs to ensure safe arrival at the planned destination and minimize the chance for loss of the $400,000 to $500,000 in medical equipment and supplies each container generally holds. 
Project Cure Work Day RAM 2018-11-04 04:00:00Z 0
President Tammy Duering announced that this year she and our planned next two presidents, Bob Curran, President Elect, and Vicki Gehrt, Vice President, are working together to create a strategic plan for the club that will ensure continuity of effort on our projects. That is one of the reasons for having done the Community Assessment, which was reported on at last week's meeting.
 
Working jointly also ensures the club and our separately chartered 501(c)(3) Foundation, which is led by Bob Curran, operates in close coordination to serve our community. The Foundation board, which meets monthly, makes the formal decisions on what donations we make and organizations we support financially. A new policy the Foundation put in  place this year is assigning a club member to track the performance of the organizations we fund and periodically report to the Board on that performance. In addition to Bob Curran, the Foundation Board consists of Tammy Duering, Bob Listerman, Dawn Talley, Jose Colon, Paola Rosas and Christine McDonald
 
Following are the detailed responsibilities of our current officers and directors: 
Vice President: Vicki Gehrt identifies the speakers for all our meetings and helps them prepare for speaking. While this can be said quickly it involves a lot of work and time coordinating everything. 
 
Treasurer: Ted Koenig oversees the finances of the club. This includes preparing budgets, maintaining the financial records, ensuring all bills are proper and paying them, and reconciling all records to each other. He also works closely with our accountant to ensure our taxes are filed properly and on time. 
 
Secretary: Leonie Kolvenbag has worked closely with Mark Rybarczyk to convert our records to the Club Runner system. She maintains all our membership records at the club, district and Rotary International levels; prepares member invoices quarterly; maintains our attendance records including volunteer and meeting make-up efforts; coordinates our invoicing with Longwood Gardens for our breakfast meetings, and collects happy dollars many weeks. One of Leonie's major goals is to better coordinate the multiple record keeping systems and go paperless. 
 
Club Administration Director: Adam Guyer just finished our multi-year effort to update club bylaws, and is now researching the District Gundaker Foundation. He generally goes where he is needed, which includes working with Rotaract currently. 
 
Gala Director: Brendan Murphy is the leader for the essentially all year effort it takes to manage our annual Gala. This is a major project management effort that generates essentially all the funds we have to invest in our community the following year. Brendan reported about half the tickets are already sold and sponsorship and advertising sales underway. 
 
Projects Director: Dawn Talley coordinates all our service projects in the community. She identifies the need for individual projects with input from all members, selects the leader for each service project, and supports them with member and volunteer recruiting. 
 
Publicity and Technology Director: Mark Rybarczyk converted all our records and most of our repeating processes to the Club Runner system. He has redesigned and relaunched our web site and keeps it up to date and works with a small team of members to maintain our social media presence.  
 
Membership Director: Len Vannicola formally brings the new members you recommend into the club by conducting the "fireside" chat where the responsibilities of members are covered in detail. He is also willing to support all of us in our recruitment efforts as needed. 
 
Youth Programs Director: Lynn Nathan coordinates all our youth programs with the support of individual program coordinators. This includes Rotaract, Interact and student exchanges plus RYLA participation. 
 
Rotary International Foundation Director: John Stradling coordinates and manages the annual contribution efforts to the RI Foundation Annual Fund, which provides the funds for district, club, and international grants that fund many of our larger projects. The minimum annual goal for our club is to have every member contribute at least $100, with the higher goal to beat last year's average donation per member. Currently 94% of our members have contributed to the annual fund. 
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When you shop at www.smile.amazon.com and select Longwood Rotary as your charity, one-half percent of your purchase price is donated to Longwood Rotary Foundation. So as you start your holiday shopping, please remember you can donate to our foundation at no cost to yourself.  To help you get started Amazon is offering a special donation rate of 5% of your purchase price from now through November 2, 2018. 
Donate to Longwood Rotary Foundation at NO Cost RAM 2018-10-29 04:00:00Z 0
Bob Curran, right center,  announced he is leading 20 people to Houston to help with rebuilding efforts this past weekend. We hope Bob and crew are having fun as well as working hard this week in Houston. 
 
Julia Phelps, left, was introduced by Bonnie Korengel, left center and President Tammy Duering, right. Julia is a former teacher, school principal and administrator. In the Rotary world, she has had many roles including club president, various district roles and now she is a Trustee of the RI Foundation
 
Arch Klumpf started the Rotary International Foundation in 1917 with a $26.50 initial donation, and that donation was made only because a club had the extra money in their treasury at year end, or there would have been no donation at all. There was really no club interest in the Foundation when it was started. Clubs were totally focused on working on local issues to themselves.  From this humble beginning the International Foundation has grown to become one of the most respected and successful foundations in the world. It has been a top rated foundation by all the rating agencies/organizations for the past 10 years because of its careful management of resources and the success of its investments. 
 
Last fiscal year, 2017/18, was the first in which the Trustees set a goal for fund raising. The $360 million goal was thought audacious, but easily surpassed with $414.7 million donated. A major share of the above target dollars came from one major donation, so the goal for 2018/19 is $380 million. Julia has her eye set on a goal greater than $400 million for the near future. 
 
The current year goal breaks out to $137M for the Annual campaign, which are the funds we receive back three years after donation for local and international investment by the districts and clubs. $61.5M for the endowment, which is money to be invested for long term uses. And the final major tranche is the $150M for End Polio Now. Two-thirds of this total will be given to Rotary as matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And inevitably when accounting for such large sums there is the Other category, with a value of $31.5M. 
 
The top priority of the Foundation is eradicating polio. This has become a largely women dependent effort in the remaining countries afflicted with polio. Mother to mother conversations are what create the incredible trust parents place in Rotarians when they pass their young children to a total stranger who may not even look like them,  to receive 2 drops of an unknown liquid. That trust is what will allow us to win. But polio is stubborn. Pakistan again has new cases with 22 reported so far this year. That equals the number for all last year. 
 
The second priority is the Annual Fund. The results achieved from these investments is phenomenal. Four science teachers from Victoria Garden City, Nigeria came to Massachusetts to learn better ways to teach science. One of the new approaches they learned is live demonstrations using every day materials. In other words, doing experiments. The result has been a large increase in student performance throughout their entire district. They raised the district's performance by sharing what they learned through the Rotary grant with their fellow teachers. That is the leverage we get from a few thousand dollars in Rotary Foundation investment. Similar results have been achieved in women's health care and other areas throughout the world.  
 
Julia was particularly proud of the Foundation recently being recognized with the Peace Jam One Billion Acts of Peace award. The One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign is led by 14 Nobel Prize winners, including the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, and aims to create One Billion Acts of Peace worldwide by 2020, whilst in doing so inspiring peacemakers, community leaders, and individuals to join the cause and take an active role in changing the world. As Julia noted there is a very strong link between the goals of Rotary and Peace Jam. 
Rotary International Foundation Centennial Year RAM 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0
Eagle Scout candidate Padraic Richardson is supporting the BraveEli.com foundation's efforts to fund leukemia research by building collection boxes for their use. The BraveEli foundation was created by a student, Eli, Paddy knows who has leukemia. The foundation has been using coffee cans as collection points since its founding. This works but has issues, most importantly theft of the donations. Therefore Paddy designed two different size collection boxes to support collecting in the different environments used by the foundation. The large box, measuring 27 X 16 X 16, is a freestanding box that sits on a table for use at events. The small box, 6 X 6 X 6, is for use in retail and similar environments. The advantage of both designs is the money cannot be reached once deposited into the collection slot. Therefore theft will be reduced greatly. 
 
Presidnet Tammy Duering awarded Paddy $200 for his project from the President's discretionary account in our Foundation. 
Funding Leukemia Research RAM 2018-10-28 04:00:00Z 0

Mark Rybarczyk was chosen as our Rotarian of the Month because of his successful effort to convert the club to the Club Runner system for all supporting automation, considerably reducing the time invested regularly in maintaining accurate records for the Secretary, Treasurer and others in the club. He also hosted the successful Chili Cook Off at his home, which raised $370 for our foundation. 

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George Gower reported on a possible project the club can take on. The playground we helped provide the Park several years ago is not accessible to all children. Changes ranging from adding some specialized play areas to putting a fence in front of a bench would improve this issue. Each change would be targeted to a specific accessibility issue. For example, placing a fence in front of a bench makes the area more appealing to children with autism because the bench becomes a safe spot to them. The preliminary budget estimate for such a project is about $30,000 if we contribute the labor for installation. George will continue to develop this project and report back to the club in the future.
Anson B Nixon Park Playground Improvement RAM 2018-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
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. 
 
Community Needs Assessment Committee Report RAM 2018-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Dave Foresman, who is following up on Kasie's Cause, to whom we made a grant, reported they are starting a conversation with the Anson B Nixon Park board about creating a contemplation garden within the park. The likely big issue is the park seeking a perpetual maintenance fund to support such a garden area. This could generate a new request for a grant. 
Kasie's Cause Grant Update RAM 2018-10-21 04:00:00Z 0
Chris Benevento, the VP of Guest Services, thanked us for our work welcoming guests to the Gardens on fireworks and holiday display days. Our presence frees up others on the Longwood staff to work within the Gardens to help guests enjoy their day on these busiest days of the year. We are a tremendous help to Longwood Gardens
Thank You from Longwood Gardens RAM 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
Above, President Tammy Duering, left, presents Ales with her award certificate. 
 
Laura Elfreth, a Student Counselor at Unionville High School, introduced Alexandra as one of the most effective student leaders she has known. Our club knows Alexandra as a four year member, and now President, of the Interact Club, which is the largest and most active it has ever been. 
 
Laura said Alex's personal traits include independence, self sufficiency, confidence, and enthusiasm. She combines these to help others be successful and hence be a strong leader herself.
 
Alex attended the Governor's school and RYLA, which helped her develop her leadership abilities. 
 
Alex is a member of the Spanish Honor Society. Through the Honor Society Alex volunteers to teach English in the Adult Literacy program and prepare people to take the citizenship examination. 
 
Alex founded the Medical Club in her sophomore year, and is the president. The club brings together students who are interested in medicine to discuss and learn about medical issues through speakers' presentations. They also volunteer at Project Cure and make blankets that are distributed to fire companies for use by those who have lost their homes. These activities directly support her ambition to go into medicine and become a doctor. 
 
Alex is the business editor of the school newspaper, The Indian Post. In this role Alex identifies and develops stories about local businesses, with her focus on developing feature articles. 
 
Alex's favorite activity is playing "mallet".  She is a leader of the school band's percussion section and a member of the Cadet Drum Corp. Whenever she feels pressured, Alex relaxes by practicing her drumming. That is fortunate since she spends up to 20 hours per week practicing with the two groups. 
Oct 2018 Student of the Quarter - Alex Rizaldi RAM 2018-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
This is the first newsletter produced using the new Club Runner system. It is as close to a duplicate of the newsletter that was sent to you via Constant Contact on Tuesday as this system permits, excet we changed it to a 2 column format. 
 
The Meeting Summary is now in the left column. It is followed by the list of Officers and Directors. 
 
The right column is future oriented with the lists of coming speakers, events and greeters and thinkers. The listing of coming speakers and events shows the titles for each meeting or event with that title being the link to the details. The detail information contains the descriptions that were used in the Constant Contact format. For Coming Events that description is enhanced with maps to show location and a few other things. This same information now appears on our web site and in the newsletter. 
First Newsletter from Club Runner RAM 2018-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
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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.
 
Backpacks Kennett Area Students backpack project
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Backpacks for Needy Kennett Area Students 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0 Backpacks,Kennett Area Students,backpack project
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
 
Paul Harris Fellows Recognized rm 2018-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 07, 2018

Frank is a past District Governor of District 7890 in Connecticut. He is also a boyhood friend of our own Paul Merluzzi. They attended high school together just a short time ago. 

Having retired from his fire extinguisher business, Frank travels the world as a Rotary leadership instructor. As a result he has been to India 11 times since 2003. These travels have shown Frank the real value of Rotary projects. 

On one of his early trips, Frank went to a remote village, you had to walk the last half mile to get there, to dedicate a new well and waste system. At the conclusion of the dedication ceremony the village leader thanked Frank for Rotary's precious investment almost in tears. 

Frank Wargo Longwood Rotary Club Rotary International
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Frank Wargo's Rotary Story RM 2018-06-07 04:00:00Z 0 Frank Wargo,Longwood Rotary Club,Rotary International
Posted on Jun 07, 2018

President Lenny Rivera inducted three new members, the largest induction event in our club's history. From left in the  above picture, Lenny Rivera sponsored Jackie Crago, Karen Ammon was sponsored by Ted Trevorrow, and Ron Fenstermachersponsored Charlie Carpenter

 
New Member Induction RM 2018-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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