Weekly Bulletin Nov. 16, 2023

Nov. 16, 2023      Create Hope in the World!
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Flags For Heroes SUCCESSFUL

What a year with more than $29,000 raised through sponsoring nearly 500 flags! Kudos to everyone who contributed, from sponsoring a flag or being a corporate sponsor, finding holes, installing flags, helping take flags down, or just being there to support everyone else. We had great PR coverage on Chn 6 and 10 as well as in the Newark Post. Now the hard work begins in deciding how to distribute the money!

Honoring our own

Words can not express our graditude to the many veterans who have sacrificed in so many ways for the values, freedom, and security of our country. We are so honored to have the following veterans in our Rotary club. Give each of them a salute for their service:

Dave Bonk, US Army; Robert Cronin, U. S. Army; Steve Fangman, U.S. Air Force; Evelyn Hayes, U. S. Army Reserve; Jerry Holt, U.S. Air Force; Greg Stephens, U. S. National Guard; prospective member Benjamin Palumbo, U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force. Our former member Steve Worden, U.S. Merchant Marines, is now a missionary in the Phillipines. Our recently departed member Paul Sayther served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Hero’s Scholarship

On Sunday our first Hero’s Scholarship was announced in honor of our own hero Evelyn Hayes. Each year we will present a $2,000 scholarship for a young person to attend school and study in the career of a Hero.

Evelyn was selected as our first Hero for a scholarship to be presented due to her outstanding service to our country. She joined the U.S. Army Reserve Corps in 1979 with her first assignment to a Station Hospital in West Hartford, CT, followed by a faculty position at USAR School and various leadership roles in training and administration. She also served at Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe, Fort Jackson, and Walter Reed Hospital. She retired with 23 years of military service with the rank of Colonel. She then went on to a second full career of teaching in the Nursing Program at UD. She is OUR HERO of2023!

Stars and Strides for 2023 

Bloom Energy’s 5K walk/run was held on a fabulous Veterans’ Day bringing in more than $35,000 to support our veterans and their families. Our team grew to more than 20 members in the final hours, with Rotarians, family, and friends joining the community to run or walk (mostly walk) around STAR campus. We were proud to be sponsors and part of the Bloom Energy family.

Awards Galore!
We should be so proud of all the activities and efforts of this club. At the District Foundation dinner last Friday our club was one of only two clubs to receive awards in all categories for 2022-23:
  • have Paul Harris Society members (pledge $1,000 per yr) consistently for three years;
  • 100% of members giving at least $100 to The Rotary Foundation (TRF);
  • Every Rotarian Every Year with every member contributing to TRF;
  • Contributing at least $1,500 to polio eradication;
  • Rotary Citation for meeting or exceeding our goals in fundraising, membership, and service;
  • Met or exceeded our goal to the Annual Fund of TRF;
  • Met or exceeded $100 per capital giving to TRF
  • Met or exceeded our PolioPlus goal
Think Holidays!
Our club’s annual Holiday Reception will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, from  6-8 p.m. in our usual meeting room. Families are invited to attend. Hors d’ourves will be served, cash bar. Your “ticket” to the reception is a new, unwrapped toy which will be donated to the Marines’ Toys For Tots. Also, optional let’s have some early holiday fun in a Pollyanna Gift Exchange by bringing a wrapped gift (about $10 value) to exchange with someone else. This always brings out the competitive nature of our attendees. If you bring a gift, you get a gift…….
100% High Engagement
Every member has the chance to get 100% attendance recognition this year. Every time you attend a committee meeting, work on a service project, attend a Board meeting, or attend another club’s meeting, please let Secretary BJ know and she will give you credit. Now if family members and guests work on any club endorsed project or event with you, YOU will receive an extra point for High Engagement!
Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army
Thank you for everyone who sogned up to Ring the Bell for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive. We stand at the entrance to Boscov’s in Christiana Towne Square. See you there Nov. 27, 28, and 29.
Reminder: Invoice payments due upon receipt!
Save the Date:
Nov. 18 – Take down Flags
Nov. 27, 28, 29 – Ring the Bell for Salvation Army
Upcoming Programs
Nov. 16 – Summer Travels by Sujan Timilsina
Nov. 23 – NO MEETING – Thanksgiving
Nov. 30 – NO MORNING MEETING – Club Holiday Reception from 6-8 p.m.
Nov 9 – 50/50 Winner Mary Konwinski, visiting Rotarian from Raleigh, NC

           Greeter                   Rotary Minute              Prayer               

Nov. 16    Ed Gossett    Charlie Brown    Eric Cannon

Sgt. At Arms Helpers    Mark Sisk and Sujan Timilsina


Nov. 23     Tom Turkey    Sally Salad     Carol Cranberry

Sgt At Arms Helpers    Yam, Sweet Potatoe, and Pumpkin Pies


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


Thought for the Week: Thank you to our many veterans for your service.

You don’t need to understand your journey in life; you just need to trust that you are going in the right direction.

…Steven Aitchison

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