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Evelyn Hayes Club President, 2019-2020
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Dedicated to Service Rotary club dedicated to serving the community before self
wenty-one years have gone by since this club started. But the members of the Newark Morning Rotary club have continued their determination to use their time, talents and resources to serve the community – both locally and internationally. From the first organizational meeting in December of 1998, the members have dedicated themselves to the motto of Rotary, Service Above Self. More than $750,000 has been raised over the past 21 years through Reports to the Community We give money when vital and time when imperative. In November 2019, $6,000 was raised through sponsorships of 120 Flags For Heroes project. In April 2020, more than $50,000 was collected in sales advertising from the 2020 Report to the Community, with one hundred percent of the profits earmarked for community service projects. Here is a list of the accomplishments for the past year since our last Report was published:
otary is built on connection. When founder Paul Harris came to Chicago in 1905 as a young lawyer, he formed Rotary for one compelling reason: to help him connect with others in a new city. More than a century later, we have at our disposal countless ways to form friendships and networks, most of which Paul Harris never dreamed. Yet Rotary’s ability to connect us remains unique – and unrivaled. Through its distinct mission and structure, Rotary International provides a way to connect to our communities, to network professionals, and to build strong and lasting relationships. Our membership connects us to a global community through our countless projects and programs, our leadership in polio eradication, and our work with and through United Nations. Our service connects us to people who share our values, who want to take action for a better world; it connects us to people we would never otherwise meet, who are more like us than we could have imagined; and it connects us to people who need our help, allowing us to change lives in communities around the world… In 2019-2020 it [has been] our challenge 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.
Mark Daniel Mahoney Mark Daniel Mahoney President
items and fill backpacks for school Newark Area Welfare Fund children at the Food Bank of Delaware. received $2,000 to support the needy with food, rent, and utility bills. First Sunday in May is Lori’s Hands, a UD commuArchaeology Festival at Iron Hill nity health program received $11,000 Kamp for Kids with diabetes Museum. Club participated as a major to help individuals with chronic illness. received $1,000 for scholarships. sponsor of the event ($250), as well as See related story. support with members on hand to help Relay For Life, helping to that day. Iron Hill Science Center find a cure for cancer, received $3,000. received $1,000 to assist with educa Members helped sort food CONTINUED ON PAGE 8 tional programs. NEWARK MORNING ROTARY'S 'REPORT TO OUR COMMUNITY' • PAGE 5
ADVERTISERS DIRECTORY 4Sight Group...................................................78 Aloysius Butler & Clark.................................66 American Spirit Federal Credit Union........48 A.R. Morris Jewelers..................................... 7 Bancroft Construction...................................12 Bassett, Dawson & Foy...................Back cover Bayshore Transportation System..................58 Blue Crab Grille..............................................79 Blue Hen Car Wash........................................78 Blue Hen Chiropractic & Wellness..............54 Boulden Brothers............................................24 CadRender.......................................................53 Caffe’ Gelato....................................................82 Camera’s Etc....................................................23 Camp Bow Wow.............................................89 CBM Insurance...............................................54 Concord Financial Group...............................7 Connolly Gallagher........................................25 Cover & Rossiter...............................................3 Daddy O’s Restaurant / Chef Du Jour Catering..............................18 Deerfield..........................................................62 Delaware Academy of Science......................20 Delaware Arts Conservatory.........................11 Delaware Business Now.................................11 Delaware Dental Sleep Medicine..................14 Delaware Express............................................66 Delaware Family Medicine/ Dr. Inguito..................................................21 Delaware General Assembly.........................67 Delaware Park.................................................86 Delaware Star Dental.....................................53 Delaware Window Supply.............................54 Delcollo Security Technologies, Inc.............54 Delle Donne & Associates.............................70 Dental Associates of Delaware......................56 Edward Jones/Mike Laur...............................28 Everest Automotive........................................14 Expedia CruiseShipCenters..........................19 Gellert Scali Busenkell & Brown..................20 Halligan, Deborah J., DDS............................19 Hillside Heating & Cooling...........................42 Home Grown Café.........................................70 Howard Bank..................................................19 Hyde, Steve & Lisa..........................................62 Ian’s Lawn Service...........................................19 Independence Prosthetics-Orthopedics......84 Iron Hill Science Center................................30 Jason Lawhorn Candidate Committee........41 K&S Auto.........................................................62 Kalin Eye Associates.......................................78 King Print & Promo.......................................26 M Davis & Sons..............................................64 Main Street Movies 5 ....................................23
Mallard Financial Partners............................30 Matt Dutt Realty.............................................27 Matt Meyer/New Castle County Exec.........30 MGK Writing Solutions.................................96 Moon Air, Inc..................................................78 National 5 & 10...............................................75 Newark Area Welfare Committee................84 Newark Arts Alliance.....................................66 Newark Dental Associates.............................34 Newark Symphony Orchestra.......................80 Newark Urgent Care......................................33 Nowland Associates.......................................75 Ole Tapas.........................................................80 Park Place Dental...........................................55 Pat’s Pizza & Pasta..........................................86 Performance Physical Therapy.....................53 Porter Auto Group.........................................31 Prices Corner Car Wash................................64 Ramsey Ford...................................................44 RBC Wealth Management.............................88 ReNu Chiropractic Wellness Center............60 R.T. Foard Funeral Home............ Inside Front Rosen, Michael D.D.S....................................29 Salon Rispoli...................................................84 SBA Delaware..................................................32 Schmidt’s Tree Farm.......................................70 SDS, Inc............................................................72 SFS Wealth Management...............................53 State Line Liquors...........................................48 The Newark Partnership................................35 The Summit.....................................................32 Today Media, Inc............................................62 UD College of Health & Sciences Center................................ 50/51 UD Conference Services................................46 UD Courtyard by Marriott Newark............. Inside back cover UD Ice Hockey................................................15 UD Lerner College Business School............49 UD Master of Arts in Liberal Studies…….69 UD Master Players Concert Series...............64 UD Professional & Continuing Studies.......57 UD Resident Ensemble Players....................43 Washington House Condo Association.......74 Weiner Benefits Group..................................38 Western New Castle Region Republican Committee............................40 Willis Chevrolet..............................................32 Wings to Go....................................................32 W. L. Gore & Associates................................39 WSFS Bank......................................................52 Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor..............89 Thank you to every business that supported the Newark Morning Rotary Club
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he Newark Morning Rotary Club gratefully acknowledges and appreciates the support of the businesses and individuals who advertise in this Report. Their generosity has funded the preparation, printing, and distribution of the 2020 Report to the Community. All proceeds, which exceed $50,000 at press time, will go directly back into the community through donations, awards, support of local businesses, and Rotary service projects. Members of the club ask readers to patronize these supporters and tell them that they appreciate the financial support that they have provided.
2020 Report to The Community Is published by the Newark Morning Rotary Club Evelyn Hayes, President Kelly Bachman, Project, Director Cindi Viviano, Co-Project, Director Robin Broomall, Editor Janice Rash, Designer/Pagination Cover photo taken by Robin Broomall
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To Rotarian Robin Broomall for her unending number of articles and photos that she made available for the Rotary Report.
To Rotarian Kelly Bachman for taking on the job of organizing and motivating the sale of a record number of ads.
To Janice Rash, graphic designer
for putting her heart and soul and creative talents into making this Report as professional and interesting to read as possible. Even though copy is written by Rotarians and pictures taken by them, it is Janice who makes it all come to life. Her creativity has been seen in every one of the 21 Reports issued since 2000. Ephie Coumanakos is a Registered Representative of National Securities Corporation and an Investment Adviser Representative of National Asset Management. Securities offered through National Securities Corporation, member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through National Asset Management, Inc., an SEC registered Investment Adviser.
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HIGHWAY CLEANUP A mile and a half stretch of Old Baltimore Pike, just east of the Maryland State line, gets a twice a year cleanup by Newark Morning Rotarians. Along with about ten other Rotarians, Stewart Lee collected bags of trash on a chilly morning in November. The club members have been working with DelDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program for nearly 20 years.
SERVICE CONTINUED Members assembled 120 “birthday boxes” for Meals on Wheels recipients. See related story.
of $1,500 to support their program to purchase clothing and gifts for children in foster care.
A Millennial Leadership Summit in Wilmington was supported with sponsorship of $500.
The Public Service Award was presented to Cpl. Brandon Walker, a member of the Newark Police Dept. for his expertise in crime analysis as well as community service. See related story.
Shoes That Fit of Newark received a donation of $1,500 to purchase and distribute new clothing to needy school children.
The Spirit in Business Award, along with $250, was presented to The Greene Turtle in Newark for their contributions to the Newark community.
Two scholarships, totaling $8,000, were awarded to graduates of James H. Groves Adult High School.
The club honored Rotarian Michael Luck with Rotarian of the Year for his leadership and enthusiasm for all things Rotary.
Special Olympics of Delaware received $500.
A donation of $395 was made to the DFRC by placing an ad in the 2019 and again in the 2020 Blue/Gold program books. In June 2019 the Ray Civatte Community Service Award, with a check for $500, was awarded to a long-time volunteer at Iron Hill Museum and Science Center in Newark. He wished to remain anonymous. Later he donated the award money back to the organization.
A $500 Vocational grant to continue their education, in honor of Rotarian Polly Sierer, was split between Leann Moore and Valerie Lane. Both are instrumental in the Newark Partnership. Twenty-five visiting leaders from African countries, part of the Mandella Fellows at UD, were hosted by the club at a dinner and then breakfast to socialize with Rotarians and form potential partnerships on future projects. Two Mandella Fellows won a contest to promote their personal projects back home in Africa. Each received $250.
Christiana Rotary Club was assisted with a donation
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BLUE AND GOLD GAMES “Get your programs here!” On a hot evening in June, from left, Rotarians Doug Gordon, Doug Rainey, Jamie Zingaro, and Evelyn Hayes sold program books at the annual Blue Gold Game in Newark. Proceeds benefit DFRC which supports youth and adults with cognitive impairments. The club also supports the organization with a $395 full-page ad.
SERVICE CONTINUED Our second display of Flags For Heroes raised about $6,000 for our service projects.
On three cold and damp evenings in December members rang the bell for the annual Kettle Drive for Salvation Army.
Newark Day Care Nursery received $1,000 toward its education of youngsters.
Clothing, coats, hats and mittens were purchased for children from needy families at McVey Elementary School, at a cost of more than $1,000.
Boy Scout Troop 603, meeting at Kingswood Church, was presented $1000 to support scouts attending summer camp and continuing their scouting experience.
Grocery store gift cards, totaling $500, were donated to the PTA at Downes Elementary School for distribution to needy families in the school.
Rotarians welcomed students and Newarkers back to town at the annual Community Day on The Green.
A donation of $1,000 for Disaster Relief was made to ShelterBox for a complete tent and emergency kit for a family left homeless by a natural disaster.
More than 1,000 paperback student dictionaries were purchased and distributed to third graders in the Christina Schools, Newark Charter and Aspira Academy. See related story. Thanksgiving turkeys for the Food Bank of Delaware were purchased with a $1,000 donation from the club. An Interact Club continued at Newark Charter High School, sponsored by the Newark Morning Rotarians. This is a high school level service club that is affiliated with a Rotary club.
Four Newark Charter High School students were presented with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award and spent a three-day weekend at a leadership program in Ocean City, Md., with 150 other students over President’s Day weekend in February. Cost to them was nothing! The Rotary club paid $1,100 for their registration, training, and meal costs for the weekend. A donation of $3,600 enables Easter Seals to present four scholarships for handicapped individuals to attend a week at Camp Fairlee this summer. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
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Helping our neighbors
ed is the color of the season. But when funds are tight you don’t want to see RED in your checking account. The Newark Morning Rotary Club, represented by Robin Broomall, left, presented a check for $2,000 to Polly Sierer, Executive Director of Newark Area Welfare Committee, to support their mission of helping neighbors who are financially challenged, whether it be helping to pay an electric bill, filling their pantry, paying rent, finding temporary housing, or supplying new shoes.
SERVICE CONTINUED Junior Achievement of Delaware’s BizTown received $3,450 to support economic education for school children. Newark Charter High School After-Prom Committee received $150 to provide a safe environment for the juniors and seniors. A donation of $2,900 was made to Rise Against Hunger to help feed the hungry around the world. Rotarians volunteered their time sorting and packing medical supplies and equipment at Project C.U.R.E. See related story. Copies of Elena Delle Donne’s book about bullying were purchased at $4 each and will be distributed free of charge to third grade students at Gateway Lab School. In addition to distributing money raised through the 2020 Report to the community, Rotarians are quick to dig into their own pockets to support projects in the community. Newark Morning Rotarians personally contributed more than $11,000 this year to The Rotary Foundation’s annual fund to help with international humanitarian programs.
It was second in the district out of 40 clubs with a per capita of $323.The club is also a major supporter of Rotary International’s program to eradicate polio from the world, with more than $2,800 contributed. These funds were made possible by the generosity of the club’s members, NOT through the proceeds of the Report to the Community. See related story. Members of Newark Morning Rotary are 100% in giving personally to The Rotary Foundation. See related story about The Rotary Foundation. In addition an impromptu World’s Greatest Meal, hosted by the club in October of 2019, raised nearly $2,600 to be credited to The Rotary Foundation’s effort to eradicate polio. The members personally donated all money raised at one breakfast meeting to the polio program. On Valentine’s Day, 2020, more than 368 pounds of food items were collected by Rotarians to stock the shelves of the Food Bank. Tons of canned and frozen foods were sorted by Rotarians as they spent a Saturday afternoon volunteering their time and muscles at the Food Bank of Delaware.
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Rotary success depends on good leaders
hile Rotary is an international organization, with many humanitarian projects being conducted worldwide, most of the action happens at the local level, with clubs committed to community service. Like all Rotary clubs, the Newark Morning club operates under the standard constitution adopted by Rotary International in 1905. It provides for a Board of Directors as the governing body, a president and other officers. The officers of each club are elected by their membership to serve one-year terms, beginning July 1 each year. The Newark Morning club uses the recommended committee plan to carry out its service projects and keep a balanced focus on its mission. The five main committees, or avenues of service, are club, community, international, vocational and Next Generation. Each member chairs at least one project or event per year focused on these areas, but they often assist on many other projects. The club is a member of Rotary International. The individuals are members of the Newark Morning Rotary Club. Individuals are not members of Rotary International.
Hayes Greenhouse Henderson Gordon Klapinsky
The Leaders July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 President........................................Evelyn Hayes President Elect.....................Dennis Greenhouse Vice President......................... Joyce Henderson Secretary....................................... Doug Gordon Treasurer ..................................Shawn Klapinsky Sergeant At Arms ........................... Stewart Lee Director of Membership .................... Paul Keely Director of Fund Raising ..............Mike Reckner Director of Project Management...... Tom Minto Director of Rotary Foundation... Marie Holliday Director of Administration .......Robin Broomall Immediate Past President........... Don Newcomb Club Photographers .................Robin Broomall, William A. Sullivan
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either rain nor snow nor dark of night will keep Rotarians from ringing the bell. Three evenings outside of Boscov’s Department Store, Newark Morning Rotarians took turns manning the red kettle for the annual Salvation Army Kettle Drive. They are always surprised at the generosity of the people entering and leaving the store. This year Polly Sierer and Marie Holliday were bundled up on an especially cold and blustery night.
Check out the BOOTS SERVICE CONTINUED Rotarians mentored students in Newark Charter High School’s Global Leadership program. Members helped the 40 counselors of Camp Fairlee, the Easter Seals Camp in Chestertown, Md., by providing Welcome Bags for them upon arrival at camp this summer. Bags contained toiletries, tablets, and bug spray which were donated by the members. Adopt A Highway program was supported again this year on Old Baltimore Pike – with 15 members, friends, and family members donning glow-in-the-dark DelDOT vests and black trash bags. We clean a two-mile stretch east from the Maryland State line two times a year – in Spring and again in Fall.
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Spirit in Business award
The Greene Turtle was the recipient of the Rotary Club’s Spirit in Business Award, recognizing a business that gets its team and management involved with community causes. Receiving the award were Simon Hewson, then manager at the South Main Street location, on left, and Shane Lenahan, district manager. Rotarian Joyce Henderson presented them with the plaque and $250 to go toward their team’s project of choice.
Invested in the future Community support is business’s second mission
he bottom line in any company is something the owner or manager keeps in mind when making all decisions. But sometimes there is something just as important – serving the community. In 2019 the Newark Morning Rotary Club honored The Greene Turtle for its commitment to the Greater Newark community with the club’s Spirit in Business Award. They received a plaque and $250 to go to their pet project. Nominated by Rotarian Bill Sullivan, The Greene Turtle, located on So. Main Street, was recognized as a visible leader in supporting a multitude of community events and causes. With supportive ownership and the leadership of then-bar manager Simon Hewson, the team at The Greene Turtle was always out in front to help the community. In 2016, after six weeks of intense fundraising, they raised $6,900 through Newark K9 Battle of the Bars to support the K9 fund.
They participated for several years as the team worked for Preston’s March For Energy to raise funds for the new Preston’s playground, an inclusive playground at the Newark Reservoir. Preston’s March For Energy partnered with The Greene Turtle as a group of motorcycle enthusiasts rode through Delaware, stopping at all five Greene Turtle locations. They started in Christiana and ended in Lewes where they presented a few lucky kids with their own adaptive bicycles. The bicycles typically cost several thousand dollars each and are totally customized for the recipient. During teacher Appreciation Week they gave teachers a complimentary $14 meal on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. They participate every year in Tips For Tots, raising about $1,500 to purchase many toys that were donated to Exceptional Care for Children, a pediatric skilled nursing facility in Newark. On Veterans Day every year, to honor all of those who serve, The Greene Turtle gives a free entrée to all veterans that Sunday. Congratulations to The Greene Turtle team and Thank You for all you do to help the community.
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Perfect Attendance . . . Committed Rotarians One tradition of Rotary is attending meetings that have typically been weekly. That requirement is much more relaxed these days and individual clubs can set their own attendance requirements. But many Rotarians still take those attendance commitments to heart. Last year these members received recognition for Perfect Attendance from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. From left, then-President Don Newcomb, Paul Keely, Bob Cronin, Robin Broomall, Donna Friswell, and Eric Cannon. The last three each have had perfect attendance in this Rotary club for 20 years, since its inception in December 1998.
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Lori’s Hands Hands that Help, Teach and Learn
onnecting students with older residents can be a rewarding experience for both sides.
Lori’s Hands volunteers Jordana Klein and Stephanie Mayerson have been visiting Tom Brockenbrough regularly for about two years. Even though Tom still drives and can get out of the house, at the age of 99 years, he enjoys their companionship during weekly visits. Recently videographer and photographer Ashley Barnas joined them to take shots to be included in the new training videos.
. . . looking through a photo album and sharing memories
Lori’s Hands, a community health service learning program, brings undergraduate students into meaningful volunteer service for adults living with chronic illnesses in Newark. Most of the student volunteers are from the UD nursing program but others are invited to participate. To supplement their initial training program, the Newark Morning Rotary Club provided the funds to create additional training videos for the student volunteers to enhance their experience in community health service learning as well as identify potential challenges for the clients. The Newark Morning club will provide up to $11,000 for four videos to be developed. Part of the funding comes from a Rotary district grant and additional contributions from the Christiana and Middletown Rotary clubs. The mission of Lori’s Hands is to transform a student’s understanding of community health by matching them with individuals living with chronic illnesses such as cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Parkinson’s, COPD, congestive heart failure, or chronic kidney disease. Some clients just need companionship since they are living on their own or have few relatives close by. The students learn the value of volunteering by going into client’s homes and assisting with a variety of work such as light yard work, light household cleaning, grocery
. . . watering house plants
. . . pouring coffee
shopping, companion visits, dog walking, phone calls, paperwork, and filling out forms. They do not provide professional medical care nor serve as babysitters. The student volunteers go through an extensive training process before being matched with a client, receiving essential information such as chronic illness symptoms, volunteer roles and responsibilities, and what to do in case of an emergency. Lori’s Hands director Maggie Ratnayake realized additional short-session training on video would be valuable. The current volunteer enrollment video provides essential information but, created four years ago, it lacks important updates such as how to access client informa-
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. . . taking video through the kitchen door
. . . getting approval on a photo
. . . having coffee while discussing baking cookies for the neighbors
. . . leaning in for a good shot
. . . having coffee and conversation
. . . checking the new bird house
. . . sorting mail
tion, how to track visits, or what to do when a substitute volunteer is needed. Additional training modules will help the volunteers identify fall risk prevention, caregiver support, accessing community resources, elder abuse, fraud prevention, and preventing isolation. Many volunteers find their experience with Lori’s Hands so rewarding that they continue for multiple semesters or years. Being with a client on a regular schedule helps them become more aware of threats to the client’s independence and gaps in their care. The additional short training videos will enhance their awareness of what will make life better for their clients. Community members participating in the program
receive in-home support and, in turn, educate the next generation of health leaders about the experience of living with chronic illness. Over the past ten years, Lori’s Hands has trained hundreds of undergraduate students as volunteers, giving them invaluable hands-on experience in community health. Currently there are about 175 volunteers. Maggie Ratnayake, sees the greatest value of the program as giving the students a practical outlook for their future career choices.
For more information on Lori’s Hands, visit www.lorishands.org.
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Boy Scout Troup 603
Rotarian Robin Broomall was happy to represent the Newark Morning Rotarians in presenting a check for $1,000 to Boy Scout Troop 603. This is a good kickoff to their hectic month of Christmas tree sales, their major fundraiser for the year, on Old Baltimore Pike at Iron Hill Museum. The troop meets weekly at Kingswood Methodist Church on Marrows Road in Brookside.
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Additional Donations Good deeds did not stop in hard times
n Spring 2020, we were all affected by the impact of covid19 pandemic. Not only were schools and businesses closed, our Rotary meetings and events were put on hold. That did not stop the functions and operations of the Newark Morning Rotary Club. Members continued to raise funds to support our many service projects for the next year and we learned to hold meeting via email or online. The 2020 Report to the Community was published on schedule. And we ordered plenty of take-out dinners to support our local restaurants and advertisers.
Aside from our budgeted contributions and service projects, additional contributions were made to organizations that President Evelyn Hayes thought essential to the health and well-being of our community. Contributions were made to Food Bank of Delaware to provide food to the needy; Eco Plastic
Products to provide needed jobs as well as construct picnic tables for the disabled; Lori’s Hands to support the chronically ill in Newark; Project C.U.R.E. to ship medical equipment where needed; Kids Kamp as scholarships for youngsters with diabetes; and Alzheimer’s Association to help with research.
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Installation of new president
Outgoing President Don Newcomb turned over the gavel to incoming President Evelyn Hayes at the annual dinner in June 2019. She will be the club’s 22nd president, serving from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
velyn Hayes is a busy woman. Retirement as UD Trustee Distinguished Professor Emerita for Nursing just gave her more time to get involved with many health-related projects and activities.
of Colonel, she held a variety of roles in many settings, with her last assignment as Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Chief of Nursing Administration at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
But all that didn’t stop her from climbing through the ranks within Rotary, too.
Upon retirement from UD, she remained active with STAR campus activities, establishing the Evelyn Hayes Symposium on health-related issues. Currently she volunteers at Christiana Care and is active with veteran’s organizations and other nursingrelated events.
Being a Rotarian since 2012, Evelyn has served in a variety of leadership and support roles, including being a Board member, vice president, president-elect, and most recently president of the Newark Morning Club. She took office July 1, 2019 and will serve as the club’s leader until June 30, 2020. Under Evelyn’s leadership, the club has reviewed its service to the community, updated its strategic plan, seen record breaking giving to local and global projects, and welcomed new members into the fold as well as said goodbye to a few close friends.
Every time Evelyn finds out about new opportunities, she wants to get involved. Most recently she discovered Project C.U.R.E. in West Grove, Pa. that accepts donated medical supplies and equipment, sorts, packs, and distributes them to needy locations around the globe. Evelyn would like to be an “evaluator” and travel to the countries that need help the most.
Her thirst for learning and helping are what we like about Evelyn’s career in nursing began with a stint in the U.S. Army Evelyn! CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE Reserve, Nurse Corps that lasted for 33 years. Reaching the rank PAGE 22 • NEWARK MORNING ROTARY’S ‘REPORT TO OUR COMMUNITY’
This lineup of leadership was happy about the Installation of President Evelyn Hayes. Behind her, from left are Dennis Greenhouse, president elect; Joyce Henderson, vice president; Doug Gordon, secretary; and Shawn Klapinsky, treasurer.
SAT. 9am - 5pm
…sorting medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E.
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RISE AGAINST HUNGER
Feeding the hungry In March 2019, about 50 UD and Newark Charter High School students worked alongside Newark Morning Rotarians to pack 10,000 meals â€“ in less than two hours. The program, Rise Against Hunger, comes with all the equipment and rice, soy meal, dried vegetables, and vitamin /seasoning packets to fill bags to provide nutritious meals to schools and orphanages around the world. Our 10,000 meals were included in a shipment of 285,120 meals that went to Family Legacy Missions in Zambia. Since 2005, volunteers have helped deliver more than 455 million meals worldwide.
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Flags for heroes
American flags flew high in front of Newark City Hall over Veteran’s Day weekend, with each of the 120 flags honoring someone’s hero. Commemorative tags hung from each pole noted the hero and the person honoring them. The $6,000 in donations will support the club’s service projects in our community.
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Newark Morning Rotarians are partnering with Lori’s Hands to support our chronically ill neighbors. In October, several Rotarians worked alongside Lori’s Hands volunteers to rake leaves and do Fall garden cleanup. Here Rotarian Shawn Klapinsky, right, and Nadia from Lori’s Hands took a break from raking and checking out a cranky lawn mower to chat with Joan Bennett whose husband is a Lori’s Hands client. See story about Lori’s Hands on pages 16 and 17.
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Why? Because we’re built for listening.
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C.U.R.E. a country far away, a little girl is walking Ifirstnhome with a Kit for Kids, containing basic aid supplies, toothbrushes, a comb, tis-
sues, and a few other incidentals. The backpacks are from Project C.U.R.E., a non-profit that distributes donated medical equipment and supplies to under resourced communities. Rotarians from Southern Pennsylvania clubs, along with the Newark Morning club, have been volunteering at the Project C.U.R.E. West Grove facility to sort and pack donations from hospitals and other medical facilities, including everything from nail clippers to hospital beds and wheelchairs.
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Thanksgiving would not be the same without a turkey on the table. Newark Morning Rotarians annually donate $1,000 to the Food Bank of Delaware for purchase of frozen turkeys and all the trimmings so families can celebrate the holidays. In addition to donating money, the Rotarians donate food items and volunteer their time at the Food Bank location in Newark. See related stories.
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Helping Our Neighbors
WELCOME BAGS FOR ARRIVING CAMP COUNSELORS Morning Rotarians filled Welcome Bags with toiletries, bug spray, pens and notepads, for 40 counselors coming to Camp Fairlee, the Easter Seals Camp, for the summer. They come from countries all around the globe, with limited amount of luggage so the Welcome Bags provide what they need to get through most of the summer. The items, placed in a small cloth bag with some extra snacks, are provided by the Rotarians themselves.
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To Our Community
RT “Little guy, your life is about to change"
Story on pages 16 and 17
Many things in our lives change over the course of 21 years. Rotary is no different. But what has remained constant with the Newark Morning Rotarians is our commitment to our community. More than $750,000 has been raised through the sale of advertising in the 21 issues of our Report to the Community, with every penny of profit going directly to help our neighbors in need, support children in the schools, and contribute to humanitarian needs locally and globally. From the beginning, our club decided it
would not sell raffle tickets, pizza kits, gift wrap, and other items, nor bother our friends and co-workers with requests. We had just one major annual fund raiser that would support our local businesses and raise money for us at the same time. Much credit has to go to Jim Streit, a former member of this club and former publisher of the Newark Post, for getting us started on this 21-year venture. His leadership and expertise propelled us in the right direction. When he moved to Florida, other club members stepped up and continued the mission without so much
as a hiccup. We sell the ads, take the pictures and write the articles. Our genius behind the scenes is our graphic artist Janice Rash. When Jim left Newark, Janice picked up where he left off and her incredible creative talent makes our booklet shine! We could not have done this without her. Thank you, Janice And thank you, our readers, for your support and encouragement. Look for the next 21 issues to come. Robin Broomall, Editor
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Holiday Gift Cards Holiday Gift Cards Holiday Gift Cards
The holidays can be stressful enough without wondering how you will pay for everything, or even If you can pay for anything extra. Newark Morning Rotarians provided ten Walmart gift cards at $50 each to families in need through the Downes Elementary Mitten Tree program. Each year the schoolâ€™s PTA accepts specific items, mostly new clothes, written on mitten-shaped tags hanging on a Christmas tree in the lobby, for needy children and their families in their school. Newark Morning Rotarians were happy again to help our neighbors in need with $500 in gift cards.
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In time of Need
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With the impact of the Spring 2020 pandemic, many of our friends and neighbors suddenly found themselves unemployed or unable to pay their bills. Immediately the Newark Morning Rotarians took action to help. ❤ Since weekly meetings were no longer held at the Courtyard Newark, they contributed the amount of tips usually earned weekly by their servers and kitchen staff directly to those who were now unemployed and assisted other hotel staff members in applying for unemployment. ❤ Advertisers to the Report to the Community were given assistance in applying for SBA loans. ❤ Members were encouraged to patronize our advertisers by ordering take-out meals and purchase gift cards to be used at a later date or to be given out as Random Acts of Kindness to whomever we saw that appeared in need.
❤ $2,500 in ACME gift cards were purchased and distributed to those in need through the Newark Area Welfare Committee. ❤ Cards and notes of encouragement were written and sent to elderly in nursing and assisted living facilities. ❤ Additional funds were distributed to local organizations impacted by the pandemic or who were on the front lines of offering assistance to caregivers and to the sick. The Rotarians will continue to support our local businesses, advertisers, caregivers, and neighbors in need throughout the coming months to help in our health and economic recovery. We stand behind our friends and the Newark community in time of need!
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Tea for two . . . thirty seven
Chinese New Year Celebrated Celebrating and learning about other cultures and how they intermingle with our own came to light with Chinese New Year 2020. Here the Rotarians celebrated The Year of the Rat with a tea tasting, complete with white, green, oolong, and black teas served in fancy tea pots. Rotarian Michael Luck introduced us to the correct ways to brew and serve the varieties of tea as he had learned on a visit to China a few years ago.
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D IC T I O N A R I E S
Each September Newark Morning Rotarians make sure our local third graders have their own personal student dictionaries to help with their classwork as well as homework.
For nearly 20 years, this club has distributed more than 1,000 student dictionaries annually, at a cost of nearly $3,000 each year, to Downes, McVey, Maclary, West Park, Brader, and Jennie Smith Elementary Schools as well as Aspira Academy, Newark Charter, and The Delaware School for the Deaf. They are free to the students.
The dictionaries are part of The Dictionary Project, a Rotary sponsored organization. For many students this dictionary is the first new book they personally own. Many do not have a dictionary in their home. Students are instructed that this is their property and they can keep at school or take home to use for homework if they desire. It is not property of the school.
The Newark Morning Rotary club alone has distributed more than 10,000 copies so far. Nationally The Dictionary Project has reached more than 26 million students.
We get lots of thank you letters and creative drawings from the students!
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Thinking of you
When the pandemic hit in Spring 2020, many of our community who are elderly or residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities missed their regular visits with family and friends. To reassure them that someone was still thinking of them, members of the Newark Morning Rotary Club began a card and note writing campaign. With a goal of five cards per member per week, they dug out boxes of greeting cards and stationary and began writing messages the old fashioned way – with pen and ink.
.......... Cards were then either put into the mail or dropped off at the nursing or assisted living facilities, in bags left hanging on the outside door, where staff could access them and distribute to their residents. “This is a frightening time for many people,” said Rotarian Evelyn Hayes. “We wanted to stay In touch with our most vulnerable members of the community and assure them they are not alone nor forgotten.” With Love Newark Morning Rotarians
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Michael Luck received the Rotarian of the Year award from then President Don Newcomb.
Rotarian of year E
very year one Rotarian in this club is honored with the Robin Broomall Rotarian of the Year Award. It was named for one of the co-founders of the club who has had perfect attendance for the full 20 years and has been the club’s executive secretary, a past-president, and Board member! Some members call it the “Broomall club” although she would heartedly disagree! Last year then-President Don Newcomb, presented the prestigious award to Michael Luck for his leadership in club activities and events. Michael took the lead on a grant that awarded musical instruments and free lessons to children in schools where such opportunities were non-existent.
renowned violinist and Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music. . This was a 14-month project from inception to completion. Luck is a Senior Vice President, financial Advisor, and CFP professional with RBC Wealth Management. He serves as the Advisory Chair of Little Masters Players and is on the Finance Council and in ministry for Holy Angels Parish. He is active with Knights of Columbus, Mid-Atlantic ballet and Delaware Money School and is past assistant scout Master for Troop 50.
The program, offered through the Little Masters Players at UD, was only a pilot program serving about 20 students in Christina School District in 2017-18, until Luck initiated the expansion through our club’s grant in 2018-19. Thirty students then began their musical experience. Luck took the project to heart and not only wrote the grant but worked with the application of students, coordinated the variety of musical instruments desired, did ordering of instruments at cost-effective rates, and worked with Little Masters to coordinate musical lessons. Select participants of the Little Masters Players were invited to perform with Masters Players at UD and Xiang Gao, world
About 30 students received new musical instruments and FREE music lessons last year thanks to the leadership of Rotarian Michael Luck.
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BUDDING ROTARIANS Students at Newark Charter High School in the Global Studies tract are supported by Newark Morning Rotary and are officially registered with Rotary International as an Interact club. The sophomore group was officially inducted in November, 2019. Rotarians have offered resources and some financial support for the students’ capstone projects. There are 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries, all sponsored by local Rotary clubs.
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Project C.U.R.E Just a warehouse? No, it’s lifesaving medical equipment and supplies waiting to be shipped. Rotarians have been supporting the West Grove, Pa. branch of Project C.U.R.E. with help in sorting and packing donated supplies as well as sponsoring 40-foot containers that are shipped out weekly to more than 130 locations around the world. The non-profit partners with hospitals, medical manufacturers and distributors around the country to collect excess medical supplies and retired equipment for beneficial repurposing in the developing world.
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Community Day 2019 really got the kids involved! Many youngsters stopped by our table and got creative in making birthday cards to accompany the club’s Birthday Boxes for Meals on Wheels recipients through the Newark Senior Center. Cards were included in boxes of treats that were distributed to about 150 local clients over the past year. See related story.
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The Mandella Fellows were each given two minutes to “pitch” their project or organization they were most passionate about. Two winners in the Pitch Contest each received $250.
Out of Africa comes strong leadership
wenty-five young African leaders arrived in Newark last summer for a six-week academic and civic leadership institute at the University of Delaware. For the sixth year the University partnered with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. To give the participants a taste of our culture, aside from living in a dorm and eating on Main Street in Newark, the Newark Morning Rotarians invited them to dinners in their homes, spent time answering their questions, and socialized with them at the Courtyard Marriott. The young leaders also attended a Rotary meeting.
Samantha Sibanda, from Zimbabwe, is a human rights defender working on disability rights and founder of Signs of Hope Trust.
The Fellows came from 20 different countries in Africa, including Togo, Uganda, Ethiopia, Liberia, Zambia, Benin, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Lesotho, Mozambique, Djibouti, So. Africa, Chad, Senegal, Madagascar, Central African Republic, and Ghana. Each of them had a cause or non-profit they strongly supported, issues that were environmental, political, medical, cultural, or educational. They came prepared with business cards and flyers promoting their non-profits and groups’ work, looking for resources to help them. Many were young professionals being lawyers, medical technicians, and small business owners or worked for non-profits. In conversations with the Fellows, the Rotarians developed some relationships that hopefully will lead to international partnerships and future projects.
Naomi Teshome, from Ethopia, actively works in her local church on youth mentoring and a program called Young Lives Matter.
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ANYONE FOR CHOCOLATE CAKE?
Chocolate cake for breakfast? Yes, even Rotarians can enjoy a sample of Rotarian Robin Broomall’s chocolate zucchini cake as a chaser to their scrambled eggs and bacon. As part of the World’s Greatest Meal to raise money for the efforts to eradicate polio, the cake was only one item on the Silent Auction table. Other items included jewelry, gift cards and gift baskets, and services donated by the members themselves. Stewart Lee won the cake at the auction and received a freshly baked cake for his family to enjoy. More than $2,000 was raised that day to help combat polio.
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Women in Rotary Not your Grandfather’s Rotary club I
f you heard that your grandfather or uncle was in Rotary years ago, well, let me tell you that Rotary is not the same as it was back then. Rotary clubs got their start from the vision of Chicago attorney, Paul Harris, who formed the first Rotary Club in February 1905 so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and give back to their communities, while forming meaningful, lifelong friendships. That is still true today. But although clubs have been dedicated to the idea of service for more than 115 years, many were not always fond of the idea of allowing women to join the clubs. It was in 1950 that a Rotary club in India first proposed deleting the word “male” from the Standard Rotary Club Constitution but that radical thought just was not accepted by “the good ol’ boys.” After several attempts to admit women within the Rotary organization were unsuccessful, a California Rotary club finally took the issue to the courts. Thirty-seven years after the first proposal to allow female members into Rotary, on May 4, 1987, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Rotary clubs could no longer exclude women from membership on the basis of gender.
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Today there are more than 220,000 female Rotarians, working alongside their male club mates, to serve their community. The Newark Morning Rotary Club has always welcomed women into the family. Today they fill 35% of the club’s membership and hold several leadership roles, all while balancing professional and personal lives.
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My “AH HA” moment came when: …we gave musical instruments to kids and I handed a young man a guitar and the light in his eyes told me his life had just changed…Mark Sisk
…I saw the Club’s commitment and enthusiasm to raise funds that go right back to the disabled, disadvantaged, youth and seniors in the community…Cindi Viviano …we raked leaves for a homebound senior and she hugged us all and said that was the nicest thing anyone had ever done for her…Paul Keely
…a student opened his new dictionary for the first time and was thrilled…Doug Gordon
…my wife and I bought gifts for a child at Christmas time. There were no toys on the wish list, only the basic clothes… Stewart Lee …I learned the Rotary motto of Service Above Self and I knew I wanted to affiliate myself with that kind of people…Bill McNabola …we purchased and packed camp items for those attending the Easter Seals camp… Joyce Henderson
…I first learned Bill and Melinda Gates are matching dollars raised by Rotary to eradicate polio…Bob Cronin …we presented specially designed bikes for kids who have disabilities and I saw the reactions the kids had when they began to realize the possibilities…Jerry Holt
…we heard about the impact of Rotary on eradicating polio around the world…Marie Holliday
…we picked up trash along Old Baltimore Pike and I know the Continental Army marched along that same stretch of road on the way to defeat the British…Barry Baker
…I saw the sea of flags wave in the breeze honoring our local heroes…Laura DelPercio
…I learned my sister and grandfather were Rotarians. Rotary created another bond, through Service Above Self, with them…Michael Luck …we were doing a work day at Camp Fairlee, the Easter Seals camp, to get it ready for special needs individuals…Donna Friswell …I read the many thank you notes from our Newark neighbors for all the good we do in our community…Robin Broomall
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Public Service Award
Cpl. Brandon Walker of the Newark Police Department was awarded the Public Service Award for his initiative and creativity as a Crime Analysis Officer. The award was presented in June 2019 by then-President Elect Evelyn Hayes.
Protecting us from crime
he Newark Morning Rotary Club recognized Cpl. Brandon Walker, of the Newark Police Department, with the Public Service Award at its annual meeting in June 2019. Before his transfer out of the Administration Division, Cpl. Walker was assigned as the Crime Prevention/Crime Analysis Officer. According to Lt. Andrew Rubin who nominated him, Cpl. Walker took it upon himself to completely overhaul how the position analyzes crime trends and presents it to the agency. Cpl. Walker conducted a crime analysis and crime mapping presentation at the weekly Department-wide roll call, a new feature that benefited all officers in the Newark Police Department and ultimately the Newark citizens. He coordinated ALiCE training and the Citizens Police Academy. Outside of the official duties of his position Cpl. Walker was a regular at Downes Elementary School, not being called for student issues but to help prevent issues from starting in the first place. He assisted with the Gentleman’s Club where he mentored youth. He played a major role in the coordination of Coffee with a Cop, Toys for Tots, and National Night Out.
embraced the term “community policing” to its fullest. With his work in Patrol of organizing community events, he has shown his dedication to the City of Newark and its residents. Besides a plaque honoring the recipient, the Public Service Award carries a $250 check made out to the charity of his choice. Cpl. Walker had his check presented to Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.
Thank you, Cpl. Walker, for your dedication to the Newark community.
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ppropriate clothes will mean a lot more to a child than just being “hip”. It will also add self-esteem, assurance, and a better chance of doing well in
But not every family can afford new clothes. Just because their child sees a classmate wearing the latest fashion doesn’t mean they can go shopping that weekend for the latest style of shirt or jeans. And even though the youngster grows fast at that age, hand-me-downs often have to do. Nothing deflates a child’s ego like having to wear out of style or worn out clothes to school. To help mitigate the problem, Newark Morning Rotarians do the shopping!
Since 2001, just before the holidays, McVey Elementary School Nurse Marguerite Diehl has given us a list of students, by first name only, what their parents or guardians say they need, the sizes and preferred colors. Then Rotarians shop for these specific items requested by the families. Some years there are as many as 20 students in need. Items, including shirts, jeans, underwear, pj’s, coats, shoes, hats and mittens are purchased, placed in non-descript bags and delivered to Nurse Diehl. The nurse then notifies the families that their wish list is available for pickup. Many then wrap the items for their child as a big surprise on Christmas morning. With the higher cost of coats and shoes, some of the purchases can reach $200 or more.
Even though the Rotarians can be reimbursed by the club for their purchases, many of them do not request it, using their own funds.
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HIGHEST POSSIBLE RATING
For the 11th straight year, the Rotary Foundation (TRF) has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the United States. TRF has earned the maximum 100 points for both demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Also, TRF received its 11th straight 4-Star rating. Only 1% of the charities the organization evaluates have received at least 11 consecutive 4-Star evaluations, setting TRF apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.
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It has been a 20-year tradition for the Newark Morning Rotary Club to recognize a community volunteer with the Ray Civatte Community Service Award. The award is presented at the annual meeting in June where the members can meet this incredible individual who has unselfishly given his/her time, talents, and resources to make a big difference in our society. The award goes to a non-Rotarian who lives the motto of Service Above Self, the long standing motto of Rotarians worldwide. However, when this year’s recipient was named, he wished to remain anonymous. The plaque, along with the $500 award money was delivered to him at a later date. Not wanting to be recognized for his work is totally within character for this gentleman. He says he does not do it for glory but rather for the pleasure of seeing his efforts come to fruition. He immediately turned the award money over to the organization he helps.
Our mystery man has been a volunteer at Iron Hill Museum and Science Center for about 20 years. He started as just helping to remove dead or fallen trees from the property, a chore that has become almost a full-time commitment. He makes sure the grounds are safe for visitors. He coordinates and solicits volunteers, even his own family when necessary. During the special events at the museum, he coordinates parking, squeezing vehicles into the tiny parking area. All year long, regardless of the weather, he will be seen cleaning up the grounds, chopping vines, doing rock pickup, hauling away trash and other dirty and undesirable tasks. “If we had to pay a fulltime employee to handle all the work he does, we would need to budget about $50,000 a year,” museum director Maureen Zieber said. “Hisvolunteering has enabled us to continue offering programs and keep our doors open to visitors of all ages to enjoy a safe and quality experience.”
Ray Civette Club’s first president
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SILENT AUCTION Rotarians participated in the World’s Greatest Meal on Oct. 24, 2019, raising more than $2,000 in less than two hours to benefit Rotary’s polio eradication efforts. Tom Minto contemplated how much to bid on an item in the Silent Auction. Was it a necklace for his wife?
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We are STILL this close… We’ve said it before. We are “this close” to eradicating—POLIO
The Rotary Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced on January 22, 2020 that their long-term fundraising partnership, which generates up to $150 million annually for polio eradication, will continue. Under the agreement, Rotary is committed to raising $50 million a year over the next three years, and each dollar will be matched with an additional two dollars by the Gates Foundation.
In a video address at the 2020 Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, Bill Gates told incoming district governors that the partnership with Rotary needs to continue. “The Gates Foundation’s longstanding partnership with Rota-
ry has been vital to fighting polio,” Gates said. “That’s why we’re extending our funding match, so every dollar that Rotary raises is met with two more.” He added, “I believe that together, we can make eradication a reality.” The funding will support polio eradication efforts such as disease surveillance, technical assistance, and operational support for immunization activities. The partnership between Rotary and the Gates Foundation has yielded $2 billion, and Rotarians have given countless volunteer hours to fight polio since Rotary started its PolioPlus program in 1985.
Visit endpolio.org to learn more and donate. Why is the last mile so important? As of March 2020, there were 27 cases of Wild Polio reported, with 25 in Pakistan and 2 in Afghanistan. This is down from 173 cases reported in 2019. That is great news. But we must remain vigilant. Many adults who were “cured” of polio as a child are now seeing crippling symptoms showing up again. Wheelchairs, braces, physical therapy and many debilitating diseases are seeing a comeback in polio survivors. John Nanni, member of Middletown Odessa Rotary Club, had polio as a child and was considered “cured” until he developed other symptoms as an adult. A large sign on the back of his wheelchair says “This is what polio looks like.” He doesn’t let his crippling disease stop him from championing the fight against polio. Rotarian Robin Broomall found him at the Rotary International convention in Toronto in June 2018.
There have not been any cases of Wild Polio virus anywhere in the world in nearly five years except in the three endemic countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. And Nigeria has been Wild Polio free for three years. It takes five years of no cases before a country is considered free of Wild Polio. It took more than 20 years for the U.S. to become polio-free even after the polio vaccine was readily available. We are working in areas now that don’t even have health systems that are as well-developed as the U.S.
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Shoes that fit New and proper fitting clothes mean more than just a well clothed child. It brings a sense of pride and washes away the shame of not looking like the rest of their peers. It brings increased self-esteem, which helps them in the classroom. Since 2001, the Newark Morning Rotary club has contributed more than $33,000 to Shoes That Fit of Delaware, a small non-profit that supplies our homeless and neediest children with proper fitting clothes and shoes.
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Birthday Box In April 2019, the Newark Morning Rotarians began a year-long commitment to pack and distribute birthday boxes to Meals on Wheels recipients out of the Newark Senior Center. About 120 neighbors get meals delivered every day. On their birthday, each recipient gets a box filled with treats and other small items such as a magazine, notepad, small night light, doodle pad or word-find book, courtesy of the Rotarians. The first year each box also contained a small lap robe, just right for covering knees on a chilly day. Birthday cards are signed by the Rotarians and included in the white box before sealing with a ribbon. “These are all the items that someone who cannot get out of the house to do their own shopping would not usually put on a list for someone to else to pick up for them,” said Rotarian Robin Broomall. “But it’s little things like this that will brighten their day.”
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March 4, 2020 Dear Newark Morning Rotary Club, Thank you so much for your donation of 368 pounds of food to the Food bank of Delaware in February. Because of donors like you, we distributed over 8.6 million pounds of food in the last year to hungry Delawareans! Your generous donation helps the Food Bank provide food and meals to those who need it the most, including seniors who have the hard choice between buying medications and paying for food, and families struggling to keep food on the table.
This might look like just someone’s grocery shopping for the week. But to the hungry it can look like a lifesaver! As part of the Rotary club’s annual Rotary Has Heart event, members donate non-perishables and dry goods to the Food Bank on Valentine’s Day. This year they donated a whopping 368 pounds of soups, vegetables, canned meats, Ramen noodles and other essentials. This was delivered to the Food Bank where it will be sorted and combined with other donations, placed in the Food Bank’s pantry, or made available for churches and other food pantry organizations.
We are now moved into our new facility which will allow us to serve Delawareans in need more efficiently and effectively! For more information, please visit aboldnewfutureforfbd.org Thank you for being a champion for those at risk of going hungry. Together we can solve hunger in the state of Delaware. Sincerely,
Patricia Dobbe Beebe President and CEO
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wice a a year Newark Morning Rotarians and family members volunteer at the Food Bank of Delaware in Newark by sorting and packing donated food items. Working in an assembly line, they pack about 600 weekend meals for local children in less than 2 hours.
…startling the assembly line
…filling 600 bags in less than 2 hours
…stacking filled bags on pallets
The Food Bank‘s Back Pack Program provides a variety of ready to eat or easy to prepare foods for children in K-12 grades identified as from low-income families. Back packs are filled by volunteers each week and delivered by the Food Bank to the schools where the school nurse discretely distributes them to the identified child before leaving school for the weekend.
…bagging apples and potatoes
…filling bags with easy to prepare foods
More than 5,000 … tired but happy volunteers from the Rotary children in Dela- family ware receive Back Pack food each week, including a variety of foods all kids love, including such items as shelf-stable milk, juices, granola bars, applesauce and cereal. Packaged meals such as macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and meatballs, beef stew and more are easily heated in a microwave. …stocking the Food Bank freezer
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Rotary Rocks! Thank you for donating your time and energy to our community!
“Out of this world service”
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CONGRATULATIONS GRADS Cierra Hudson, left, and Lauren Lemire, right, each received $4,000 scholarships from Newark Morning Rotary Club. Clinton Tymes, center, presented the scholarships at their graduation ceremony on June 7, 2019. The club presents its annual scholarships to graduating students of the James H. Groves Adult School, Newark Center.
Special grads receive scholarships
he Newark Morning Rotary Club presented two scholarships to recent graduates of the Newark Center of James H. Groves High School at the graduation ceremony on Friday, June 7, 2019. Cierra Hudson, 18, of Newark, received a $4,000 scholarship to attend Delaware Technical and Community College and begin her studies to become a nurse, specifically in NICU. She is a single mother and works at Dentistry for Children while attending evening courses to complete her high school requirements for a diploma. Lauren Lemire, 26, of Newark, also received a $4,000 scholarship and plans on attending Del. Tech in the field of medical sciences. She has two children, works full time at Walmart, and took evening classes to complete her high school requirements for a diploma.
reason or another were not able to complete their high school education in a traditional school setting. This year’s graduating class of 18 students ranged from 17 to 26 years old. Newark Morning Rotary Club has awarded nearly $80,000 in scholarships over the last 20 years to graduates of Groves School in Newark. The scholarships are awarded not only on financial need but also on the tenacity and determination of the recipients to further their education and reach their goals. “These are very special graduates,” said Clinton Tymes, chairman of the club’s scholarship committee. “They have realized that their success depends on having that high school diploma. And they fight against many obstacles to get it done.”
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A ShelterBox tent and supplies was on display at a recent Rotary convention. One tent and kit will support up to 10 people for as long as six months. All the supplies and tent are delivered in a sturdy container that also serves as storage to keep food and other items dry and away from animals.
Shelterbox Not just a tent, itâ€™s a safety net
helterBox USA is ready in an instant to help in areas hit by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters and conflict, providing humanitarian relief to tens of thousands around the world, as well as in the U.S . The organization provides people with temporary shelter until they are able to rebuild their homes, water purification kits, blankets, mosquito nets, simple cooking utensils, tools, solar lights, and activity sets for children . Newark Morning Rotarians have supported ShelterBox USA for nearly 20 years, contributing at least $1,000 a year to sponsor a tent and accompanying kit that will support up to 10 people for as long as six months.
Keeping children entertained during a disaster is not easy. Shelterbox also provides kits containing a variety of activities for children.
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Recognition for Serving At the Annual Dinner in June, 2019, former Mayor and Rotarian Polly Sierer was presented the club’s Vocational Award. This award is given to a member of the club who has used his/her vocational skills and resources to better the Newark Community. Mayor Polly has a long history of working in the non-profit sector. Even before serving as Mayor of Newark for six years, she was an active volunteer and served many leadership roles with organizations including Newark Empowerment Center, Newark Senior Center, Code Purple, Hope Dining Room, and Greater Newark Interagency Council. She is president of Newark Area Welfare Committee, an allvolunteer organization committed to helping our neighbors in crisis. She was instrumental in the development of The Newark Partnership. Mayor Polly was presented the award by Rotarian Robert Cronin, the club’s first recipient of this award.
Mayor Polly Sierer was presented the Vocational Award by Rotarian Robert Cronin.
Accompanying grant… In addition to receiving an award for her contributions to the Newark community, Mayor Polly was able to present a grant to a non-Rotarian from the Newark area who either worked in community service or wanted to further their skills in that area. Typically the grant is given to one person, but this time Mayor Polly named two well deserving recipients. Leann Moore and Valerie Lane were employed by UD in the Community Engagement Initiative.
Leann Moore, left, and Valerie Lane each received $250 toward professional development as a Vocational Grant in Mayor Polly’s name.
“They were extremely instrumental in the development of The Newark Partnership over the last two years,” said Mayor Polly. Both received $250 to be used for professional development.
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Rotarians Mark Sisk and Robin Broomall question Jim Kelly, center, as to the type of plastics he can accept for recycling into a park bench.
Can the planet survive our throwaway culture? That was the question posed in the April, 2020 issue of The Rotarian Magazine of Rotary International. One local organization is tackling that issue. It is customary for Rotary clubs to regularly have speakers at their meetings, keeping the members informed about issues and what is happening in their community. Just the day before receiving The Rotarian in the mail, Newark Morning Rotarians learned of Eco Plastic Products of Delaware, a non-profit that collects discarded plastics from various locations, including businesses, local organizations, schools, and community members, and transforms them into consumer products. What was originally a plastic water bottle, bottle cap, soda
cup, plastic bag, or produce container could now become a park bench, picnic table, bike rack, or a parking lot bumper. Located on Germay Drive in Newport, the company was founded by Charlie Falletta and Jim Kelley who had worked together for years with a common interest of helping the environment. Their non-profit started in early 2018 but it was one year before they turned out the first product â€“ a park bench that sits inside Newark Natural Foods in Newark. Since then they have donated products to several charities and other non-profits, including several schools. Their products, as well as lumber, can be purchased by the public. Besides being environmentally conscious, their business plan also has a human element. They provide work to people who fit the full spectrum of abilities and give them a second chance to contribute to society. To learn more about Eco Plastic Products of Delaware, visit www.ecoplasticproducts.org
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Erick Adams Clergy
Rev. Erick J. Adams lives in Hockessin with his wife Anne Adams. Erick is the lead pastor at First Alliance Church in Hockessin. Erick comes to Delaware from Wisconsin where he pastored two churches over the 20 plus years in Wisconsin. Originally from the great state of Maine Erick enjoys coming back to the east coast.
Louise Amick Higher Education
Louise’s career as a college math professor included fourteen years at Lincoln University and twenty-three at her alma mater Washington College. She received teaching awards at both institutions. It was at Washington College where she met her husband, the late Sen. Steve Amick.
Kelly Bachman Communications
Kelly has more than 15 years of experience in communications, spending a majority of her career in government roles before joining Christiana Care is 2018 as a Senior Communications Manager. She volunteers with several local non-profit organizations and lives in Newark with her husband and two children.
Electrical Engineering Barry retired from a career that included working on the “Minute Man Missile” with Boeing, 31 years with DuPont, and 11 years with his own business manufacturing textile parts. He holds seven patents in industrial hygiene instruments. He and wife Judy are active in their church and enjoy traveling, delivering Meals on Wheels.
Tim Boulden Heating Contractor
Tim is president of Boulden Brothers Propane, Heating and Air, Plumbing, and Electrical Service in Newark, which was founded in 1946. Tim says, “Rotary allows me to serve the community in different ways than I have in the past. I am grateful to be in a group that does so much good for Newark.”
Robin Broomall Personal Development Charter Member
Robin is a consultant in leadership and communications programs. A Rotarian since 1993, she is a co-founder and past-president of this club and is active at the district level. She is president of the Board of Directors of Delaware Academy of Science at Iron Hill Museum and Science Center.
Charles J. Brown III Business Litigation
Charlie is a partner with Gellert Scali Busenkill & Brown LLC, focusing on business law, including contract disputes, commercial debt collection, bankruptcy, and real estate. His hobbies include practicing tae kwan do. Charlie and wife Tracy are UD grads and have three children.
Paramedics Charter Member A native Delawarean, Eric was educated at Friends School , UD and The Wilmington Medical Center School of Paramedics Training. After a 31-year career in Emergency Medical Service, Eric was in automobile sales for eight years. He then worked in the funeral industry until 2019. Eric is now enjoying the retired life.
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Bob is a Broker Associate with the Newark office of Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate. Native of Newark, Bob and wife Becky enjoy time in Canaan Valley, WV, with three children and seven grandchildren.
HVAC Service Steve served his country in the U.S. Air Force as a Firefighter. He is Director of Business Development for Moon Air Inc. in Elkton. He lives in the Fair Hill, MD area with his son and daughter-in-law while they build their new home for their expanding family. Steve is active in community projects in both Newark and Elkton areas.
Robert T. Foard
Frederick J. Dawson, ChFC, CLU
Wealth Manager Charter Member
Fred is Executive Vice President of Bassett, Dawson, & Foy, Inc., an independent firm (Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC) located in Wilmington. He is a chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter. Fred is a member of Club Phred, a rock and roll band, helping to earn more than $5M for local charities.
A Licensed Funeral Director since 1975, Bob is president of R. T. Foard Funeral Home and Crematory, with four locations in Cecil County and Newark. A past president of this club, Bob has been a member of several service and professional organizations in Cecil and New Castle counties, including serving as president of the Maryland State Licensing Board of Morticians during the late 1980’s.
Travel Agency Mgt. Charter Member
A native Delawarean, Laura is a graduate of St. Mark’s HS, Widener University, and Colorado Technical Institute. Previously she was General Manager of Newark Country Club and held positions at The Greenville Country Club, Vicmead Hunt Club, UD’s Blue and Gold Club, and Coatesville Country Club. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including Great Dames and Ministry of Caring.
Donna was the owner of Charlie B. Travels, a Newark Main Street business for more than 30 years. A past president of this club, Donna is now retired and spends winters aboard a 30’ sailboat in the warm waters of Coco, FL. She maintains perfect attendance by attending several Florida Rotary clubs.
Douglas Gordon Construction
After 37 years in the road construction business in Florida, Doug and wife Patricia retired to Newark from Boca Raton, FL. They have four children and five grandchildren. Doug enjoys serving in Rotary. He says, “Life is like a game of tennis. You can’t win if you are not willing to serve.”
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Government Consulting Dennis works with companies to develop their relationships with the public sector. He held elected office as State Auditor and as New Castle County Executive before joining the Federal government, first with the White House and then the Justice Department. He is now retired from Federal service and full-time back in Delaware.
Nursing Education Evelyn is a retired UD Trustee Distinguished Professor Emerita for nursing. A retired Colonel (US Army Reserve, Nurse Corps), she proudly served 23 years in a variety of roles and settings, with her last assignment as Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Chief of Nursing Administration at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She now volunteers at Christiana Care and is involved with several community and nursing-related organizations..
Joyce Henderson Higher Education
Joyce is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UD. She is president of the Board of Directors of Gateway Lab School and serves as cochair of the Rotary club’s International Committee. Joyce is interested in enhancing the lives of others with her time, talents, and resources.
Marie Holliday Tax Accountant
Marie is the Managing Director at Cover Rossiter, certified public accountants and advisors with offices in Wilmington. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at UD. She and husband Al raised three children and now enjoy spare time at the beach.
Jerry Holt Quality Management
Jerry retired from a 47+ year career with DuPont, Honeywell, and General Electric. He and wife Hannslore live in Newark. He is active in the church and enjoys reading and traveling. Jerry says, “I joined Rotary to contribute to the community that has given so much to us.”
Ceramic Engineering John retired from a 30 year career with DuPont, Lanxide, and General Electric. He leads Hope Dining Room in Newark and supports the Newark Arts Alliance. John says, “I joined Rotary to meet more members of the community and to expand my volunteering efforts.”
Marketing & Communications Paul owns King Print & Promo, providing tangible marketing and communications tools to businesses. He is married to his high school sweetheart Eileen, has four children and three grandchildren. As a past president of this club, Paul is constantly inspired by the great work and big hearts of his fellow Rotarians.
Certified Public Accounting Charter Member Shawn is a Certified Public Accountant who owns his own firm, Shawn. W. Klapinsky, CPA, specializing in tax and consulting services for small to medium sized business, individuals, trusts, and estates. He is a past president and has been treasurer of the club for 15 years.
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Mike is a financial advisor with Edward Jones on Main Street in Newark. A past president of this club, Mike enjoys spin cast and fly fishing in fresh and saltwater and playing soccer year-round. He lives in Wilmington with wife Karissa and three children.
Jason is a Research Manager at Advanced Materials Technology and a Councilman for Newark, Del. He is a lifelong Delawarean and joined Rotary in 2019.
Stewart is a commercial banker with Howard Bank in its Newark office. He is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Mark’s High School, past Board member of Open Door of Delaware, and current member of the Finance Committee at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church.
C. Michael Luck Financial Planning
Mike is a Senior Vice President, financial Advisor, and CFP® professional with RBC Wealth Management offering investment advisory, retirement income and financial planning. He serves as Advisory Chair of the UD Masters Players and is on the Finance Council and in ministry for Holy Angels parish. Mike and wife Karen live in Newark .
Christina is the Manager of Business Development and Supplier Diversity for M. Davis & Sons, Inc. She serves on the Immaculate Conception School Board and volunteers for multiple organizations, including the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-DE, Pa, and southern NJ Chapter. She resides in Newark with her husband and two sons.
Josh received his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from UD in 2008 and is employed by GE Aviation in Newark. He is past president of this Rotary club as well as the Delaware Academy of Science, Inc. a non-profit science education and advocacy organization.
After retiring from Hercules, Bill began a career as a sculptor. He is currently completing his studio and producing a range of pieces, mostly figurative, of clay, steel, stone, and sculpey polymer, and is now accepting commissioned work. Rotary is Bill’s principle service activity.
Tom Minto Retail Banking
Tom is a Retail Office Manager at WSFS Bank in Newark. He works with both individuals and small business on their banking and lending needs. Both Tom and his wife are Penn State grads. They moved to Newark in 1994 and have three children who attend UD.
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Don Newcomb Information Technology
Don is the Director of Information Technology specializing in computer networking with Simms Associates, Inc., providing business consulting, disaster and recovery planning, Internet access and email, as well as security assessments. He is also owner of SDS, Inc., an IT consulting business. With more than 30 years of computer networking experience, Don is an MCSE and attended more than 500 hours of Microsoft Certified Training seminars and classes.
Jennifer Pilcher Small Business Administration
Jennifer handles public affairs for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Delaware District Office, developing and implementing media and public outreach strategy. She earned a J.D. from Widener University Law School and a B.A. from UD. She is a native Delawarean, living in Wilmington with her family and two dogs.
Douglas Rainey Media
Doug is Chief Content Officer for Delaware Business Now, a five-day-a-week business newsletter and website that covers the First State and adjacent areas. He also served as editor of the Delaware Business Ledger, Delaware Business Review, and the Newark Post. Doug and wife Sharon reside in Bear.
Employee Benefits Mike is a partner at Weiner Benefits Group, specializing in employee benefits, strategic planning, HR systems and compliance, as well as healthcare funding options and reform. Mike is a UD graduate and resides in Newark with his family, two children in college and one at Newark Charter.
Paul Sayther Flight Safety
Paul, having flown for more than 50 years in the military (USCG), airline, and corporate world, is a flight simulator instructor for Flight Safety Int’l at Wilmington Airport in the Gulfstream G-IV aircraft. Besides aviation, Paul has had several businesses over the years, ranging from building and operating paddlewheel boats on the Mississippi to selling Oriental rugs made in Afghanistan in Delaware.
Tabatha Schury Financial Advising
Tabatha is Vice President and Financial Consultant with Charles Schwab in Wilmington. She collaborates with clients to help build a plan defined by their goals, working to find solutions and strategies that are right for them. Tabatha joined Rotary in 2019. She lives with her family in Wilmington.
Polly Sierer Non-profit Management
As the former Mayor of the City of Newark, Polly is chair of The Newark Partnership, president of Newark Welfare Committee, vice-president of Board of Directors of Bike Delaware, member of Board of Friends of Fusion Foundation, committee member of Bike Newark, and active volunteer at Newark Empowerment Center. Polly is an avid tennis player and enjoys time with her grandchildren
Mark Sisk Trial Law
Mark is with the law firm of James P. Curran, Jr. He also sings and plays guitar with fellow Rotarian Fred Dawson in Club Phred, a rock and roll band, which has raised more than $5M for various charities.
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Greg is a retired biology professor from UD. In addition to teaching several physiology courses, he conducted research on the evolution of lipoproteins and cardiovascular control mechanisms. Today he is involved with the London Britain (PA) Township Deer Feeder Program to help control Lyme disease.
William A. Sullivan Hotel Management
Bill is the Managing Director of the Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware and adjunct professor in the University’s Hospitality program. He is current chair of Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and on the Board of the Delaware Hotel and Lodging Association. He is a graduate of UD Lerner College of Business.
Small Business Development Clinton is retired from UD where he held the position of State Director for Small Business Development Center Network. He continues to be connected through his work with True Access Capital. He and wife Barbara have two children and four grandchildren.
Jamie works at W. L. Gore and Associates in Newark. He enjoys the fellowship of Rotary as well as the opportunities for volunteering and working on service projects. He lives in Newark and enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, and other outdoor activities.
It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of the Chicagobased Club Aluminum Company, which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The Four-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy. Taylor became president of Rotary International in 1954-55. The Four-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1934 and has been translated into more than 100 languages. Today it still represents the philosophy of more than 1.8 million Rotarians worldwide.
Lindsey is in 4th grade at Downes Elementary School. She is in the Chinese Immersion program and is a green/orange belt in karate. She loves to paint and play with her friends. She likes coming to Rotary because everyone is so nice to her when she comes (and the buffet is really yummy).
The Four Way Test is the most widely printed and quoted statement of business ethics in the world of Rotary
Cindi is a Senior Account Manager with Delaware Today Magazine. From Michigan, she is a biking and hiking enthusiast and took up rowing in the past two years. Cindi’s favorite part of Rotary is the Fellowship.
The Four Way Test of the things we think, say and do.
1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
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Classified info that is no secret!
EMBERSHIP in a Rotary club is by invitation and was based on the founder's paradigm of choosing one representative of each business, profession, or institution in the community. What is called a "classification" is used to ensure the members of a club comprise a cross section of their community's business and professional life. A Rotarian's classification describes either the principal business or professional service of the organization that he or she works for or the Rotarian's own activity within the organization. The classification is determined by the activities or services to society rather than by the position held by the particular individual. The classification principle fosters a fellowship for service based on diversity of interest and prevents a club from being dominated by any one group. Here is a list of the classifications and members of the
Newark Morning Rotary Club.
Member Classification Erick Adams Clergy Louise Amick Higher Education Kelly Bachman Communications Barry Baker Electrical Engineering Tim Boulden Heating Contracting Robin Broomall Consulting Charlie Brown Business Litigation Eric Cannon Funeral Assisting Robert Cronin Real Estate Fred Dawson Wealth Management Laura DelPercio Consulting Stephen Fangman HVAC Service Robert T. Foard Funeral Directing Donna Friswell Travel Agency Doug Gordon Construction Dennis Greenhouse Government Consulting Evelyn Hayes Nursing Education Joyce Henderson Higher Education Marie Holiday Tax Accounting Jerry Holt Quality Management John Hornor Ceramic Engineering Paul Keely Marketing Shawn Klapinsky Certified Public Accounting Mike Laur Financial Advising Jason Lawhorn Small Business Stewart Lee Banking Michael Luck Financial Planning Christina MacMillan Construction Joshua Martin Chemical Engineering Bill McNabola Financial Advising Tom Minto Banking Don Newcomb Information Technology Jennifer Pilcher Sm. Business Administration Doug Rainey Media Michael Reckner Employee Benefits Paul Sayther Flight Safety Tabatha Schury Financial Consulting Polly Sierer NonProfit Management Mark Sisk Trial Law Gregory Stephens Biological Science Bill Sullivan Hotel Management Clinton Tymes Small Business Development Cindi Viviano Media Advertising James Zingaro Communications
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Who are these Rotarians? They’re just like YOU and ME!
here are lots of service organizations for anyone to join. But what makes Rotary clubs different from all the others?
It’s the people who join a Rotary club! Rotarians are busy people just like you. They are your neighbors, your co-workers, your kid’s friends’ parents. They are your tax preparer, accountant, lawyer, car salesman, insurance man or woman, professor, doctor or dentist, hotel manager, restaurant owner, public relations manager, or graphics printer. They are engineers, advisors, consultants, educators and sales people. They sell you your home, prepare your taxes, fix your heater, and teach your kids. But what sets them apart from other busy people is that Rotarians have an obsession about solving problems and wanting to help others. They are constantly on the lookout for areas of concern in the community that need to be addressed. It might be a local park in disrepair, a student who needs financial help, or a nonprofit organization that needs more cash. Then they look for additional resources or partners to make the changes that are necessary. Their focus is not only on the communities where they live but humanitarian issues around the globe.
and may be conscious about political issues, you would never know it because politics plays no part in Rotary. Newark Morning Rotarians are “morning people” in that their meeting days start early – 7 a.m. with the ring of the bell to convene their usual Thursday gathering. They are then ready for 75 minutes of fun, camaraderie, light-hearted joking and poking fun at one another. Guests often comment on the level of energy they have so early in the morning! But all joking aside, they get down to business with a weekly program featuring a speaker from the community or a representative of a non-profit from the area. This is how they keep abreast of the pulse of Newark and really understand the needs of our neighbors. A Board of Directors in each Rotary club guides that particular group in the decision making as to what projects, events, or direction the club wants to go, as long as it falls under the guidelines of Rotary International. Each club is independent of another.
Newark Morning Rotary club meets every Thursday, 7:00 A.M.
Members of the Newark Morning Rotary Club are typical of the more than 1,220,000 Rotarians around the world. Look at their bios in this Report and you will see they all have busy lives outside of Rotary, too. Some are retired but most still work full-time. They are men and women of all ages, some with young kids still of school age and others with grandchildren.
When the bell rings at 8:15, the Newark Morning Rotarians are off to their individual work or family obligations. Busy people never let grass grow under their feet!
Even though Rotarians keep up on current events
For more information about Rotary go to www.rotary.org
Can’t make a breakfast meeting?
Two other Rotary clubs are available in the Newark area Newark Rotary Club Meets: Mondays at 6 p.m. Skipjacks Info: 302-598-3250
Christiana Rotary Club Meets: Thursdays at Noon Christiana Hilton Info: 302-235-5598
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Rotary citation Recognition not easily achieved The Newark Morning Rotary Club was proud to receive the Rotary International Presidential Citation in 2019 for reaching specific goals and milestones for that Rotary year, in the areas of membership growth, service to the community, public relations, support of the Rotary Foundation, and administrative activities. Not every club can achieve this. But those that do are goal-oriented, futuristic, and wellrounded clubs. Congratulations to all the members of Newark Morning Rotary. When Rotary International started in 1905, it was comprised of business owners and leaders in the community. They were the ones who had time and standing within their companies to take off for an hour or so in the middle of the day to attend a meeting, ask their staff to help with service activities, and use their resources to fund projects. It was known as the “old boys club.” So much has changed in the last hundred plus years that founder Paul Harris might not recognize his clubs. The “good
ol’ days” of your grandfather’s Rotary club is gone. Since 1987 women have been permitted – and welcomed – to join as fullfledged Rotarians, holding many leadership positions. “When I told my father I was joining Rotary, he laughed and said it was just a bunch of old men sitting around smoking cigars and drinking whiskey,” recalls Robin Broomall, a Rotarian since 1993. “The funny thing is you might find a few international clubs are still like that but most now understand the commitment they make to serve their communities.”pp Another change is the age of newer members. Yes, the typical club will still have plenty of gray hair. But the new members coming into the fold are young professionals, inclined to be community-service minded, and needing flexibility to fit their time and lifestyle. Newark Morning Rotary Club still encourages members to attend weekly meetings but is realistic in knowing not everyone can do that. We encourage those who seek an outlet for their service activities and giving back to the community to check us out and see where we can fit into your desire to help others.
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