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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