Weekly bulletin 7-25-19

July 25, 2019     Rotary Connects the World!


July 18 program:

If we had more young leaders like the Washington Mandella Fellows, the world would be in a better shape. Each of the 25 Fellows visiting UD for the summer for leadership training comes from different countries in Africa. They are young lawyers, writers,  medical professionals, educators, financial advisors, and more. Each had a 2-minute opportunity to pitch their organization to our club. A panel of judges selected two winners, with each to receive $250 for their organization.  The two winners are:


Naomi Assegied Teshome, from Ethiopia, has more than three years of experience in the health sector and holds a medical degree for University of Gondar and a masters degree in Public Health from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She worked as a general practitioner in both public and private hospitals before joining Resource Mobilization Department within the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia. Currently, she is working as a consultant for a private consulting firm on several projects. She is also founder and board member of a charity association that addresses social determinates of health. Her passionate project, Young Lives Matter, focuses on areas of adolescent and mental health issues.


Samantha Sibanda., from Zimbabwe, is a human rights defender who has been working in the area of disability rights for eight years. She is the founder of Signs of Hope Trust, Zimbabwe, an organization that empowers and advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities by facilitating scholarships, helping schools establish libraries for children with disabilities, and lobbying and raising awareness on disability issues to ensure that people with disabilities are empowered for self-representation and can understand and contribute to policy. She is currently studying towards a degree in Special Education.



July Programs (Laura DelPercio)

July 25 – Club Assembly – In-Meeting Service Project


August Programs (Fred Dawson)

Aug 1 – Robert Yearick, Ed. Of Out and About, War on Words

Aug 8 – Mark Fields, Ex. Dir. Grand Opera House

Aug 15 – No Morning Meeting – Visit Another Club Week

Aug 22 – No morning Meeting – Club Picnic

Aug 29 – No Meeting – Labor Day Weekend


Upcoming Events (need your participation)

Aug. 22, 6 p.m. – Club picnic at Gore Pavilion.  A chairperson is needed!


50/50 Winner for July 18 – A Mandella Fellow!


Vocational Grants Awarded

At our annual dinner in June, Polly Sierer was awarded the Vocational Award from our club. The award goes to a Rotarian who uses their vocational skills and resources to the betterment of the Newark Community. Through her work as mayor as well as involvement with many non-profit organizations and initiating activities, Polly has been instrumental in advancing the City of Newark and its residents and visitors.

In addition to receiving the award, the Rotarian has the opportunity to name a recipient of a Vocational Grant ($500) to someone who is working to advance their professional development or change career to one closely aligned with the Rotarian’s. This year Polly requested the award be split between Leann Moore and Valerie Lane, both employed by the UD in Community Engagement Initiative.

“They have been extremely instrumental in the development of The Newark Partnership over the past two years,” Polly said. “Without their leadership the organization would not be where it is today.”


Mystery Lunch Tour

If you were not with us for the Saturday Mystery Lunch Tour, you missed a fun afternoon. After driving some of Chester County’s “finer” roads, the 12 adventurous ones arrived at the 1723 Vineyards in Kemblesville for a wine tasting before proceeding to lunch at Daddy O’s on New London Road. Daddy O’s and his catering business are new advertisers in this year’s Report to the Community. Fun time. Hope you can join us in the Fall for another Mystery Tour.


New RI President’s Message:

RI President Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service. You can find his full message at rotary.org. Or just Google RI theme2019-2020.


New member application submitted!

Jennifer Pilcher is with the Small Business Administration. Her application will go to the Board this week for approval.


A New Addition to the Martin Family!

Congratulations to Josh and Katie Martin on the birth of their second child, Alina Grace, on Tuesday, July 16. Brother Jack is in love with his sister and is now Big Brother. Due to his professional, parental, and personal obligations for the coming months, Josh has requested a Leave of Absence until October.


Two New Knees and Ready to Dance Again

Donna Friswell is sporting two new knees and is counting the days until she and Les will be dancing to Club Phred again. Surgery went well and she is home in Middletown, going to physical therapy daily. She hopes to be in attendance at next week’s meeting.


Board Meeting This Week!

The Board of Directors will meet this Thursday immediately following the regular meeting. All members are welcome to attend. You can get attendance credit for a missed meeting. On the agenda will be approval of the 2019-2020 budget, approval of new member applications, and committee goals for the upcoming year.


New make up rules!

Starting with July 1, every Rotarian has a chance for 100% attendance for the next year!!! The new changes made at the Rotary International’s Council on Legislation eliminate the rule for makeups for missed meetings where you had to make up two weeks before to two weeks after a missed meeting in order to get credit for a make up. Now a make up can be applied to ANY missed meeting for the whole year. If you attend another club’s meeting, a Rotary supported event or activity, a club Board meeting, a club committee meeting, or any other business connected to Rotary, that will qualify as a makeup for a missed meeting. You will not get credit on your invoice unless you show receipt for attending a Rotary meeting. Be sure to let Secretary Doug Gordon know you attended the event so he can give you credit.

Committee chairs and Event/Project Chairs – please give Doug Gordon a list of members who attended or participated in your activity or meeting so he can give them credit.

Let’s make this a 100% attendance year!!!


                Greeters                       Rotary Minute              Prayer

July 25 Kelly Bachman               Jerry Holt                      Marie Holliday

Aug. 1  Bryan Horsey                John Hornor                  Jerry Holt

Aug. 8  Jason Lawhorn              Paul Keely                    John Hornor

Sept. 5 Tabatha Schury             Shawn Klapinsky           Bryan Horsey

Sept. 12 Jennifer Pilcher            Mike Laur                      Paul Keely


                        Sergeant At Arms Helpers

July 25              Mike Luck and Anyone who volunteers!

Aug. 1              Bill McNabola and Tom Minto

Aug. 8              Don Newcomb and Doug Rainey

Sept. 5             Mike Reckner and Paul Sayther

Sept. 12            Tabatha Schury and Polly Sierer


(If you cannot be here, it is your responsibility to find a replacement!)


Pun for the Week:

A boiled egg is hard to beat.

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