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Dedicated to Service Rotary club dedicated to serving the community before self
early a quarter century has passed since this club started. But the members of the Newark Morning Rotary club have continued 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. Nearly $1 million has been raised over the past 23 years through Reports to Our Community. We give money when vital and time when time is of the essence. In November 2021, more than $20,950 was raised through sponsorships of Flags For Heroes project. In April 2022, more than $41,000 was collected in sales advertising from the 2022 Report to Our Community, with 100 percent of the profits earmarked for community service projects. In April 2022, with the breakout of war in Ukraine, Rotarians worldwide committed to helping the many refugees flooding into neighboring countries throughout Europe. The members of Newark Morning Rotary Club voted to contribute $10,000 to Disaster Aid USA to provide food, medical supplies, and other items in short supply and desperately needed. See story in this Report on how Rotarians work together in times of disaster.
Rotary Opens Opportunities Each July a new leader takes the helm as president of Rotary International. As leader of one of the largest global service organizations, they present their theme for the year as a guide or inspiration for the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world. Like his predecessor, RI President Shekhar Mehta from West Bengal, India has been tested by the Covid-19 pandemic now into its third year. Mehta says a continuing challenge for Rotary is growing its membership. “A major brainstorming is needed to find effective solutions suited to different areas of the world,” Mehta stated. He adds that regional ethos and culture have to be taken into account to find localized solutions, as “one size does not fit all.” As you read the articles in this 2021 Report to Our Community, you will find ways Rotarians have adapted and opened opportunities to continue our Service Above Self. Mehta, an accountant, is chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development company he founded. He is also a director of Operation Eyesight Universal (India), a Canada-based organization. He is an example of the Rotary motto Service Above Self. After an Indian Ocean tsunami, he helped build nearly 500 homes for affected families. A Rotary member since 1984, Mehta has served Rotary as director, member or chair of several committees, zone coordinator, training leader, member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, and district governor. He is also the chair of Rotary Foundation (India). His term as president ends in July. As you read the articles in this 2022 Report to Our Community, you will find ways Rotarians have adapted and opened opportunities to continue our Service Above Self. Doug Rainey, editor
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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 Our Community. All proceeds, which stood at $40,000 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.
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Newark Morning Rotary’s litter fighters Litterers did not take time off during the pandemic. Newark Morning Rotarians donned their usual glo-green vests provided by DelDOT, clutched their grabber sticks and trash bags before tackling a mile-long stretch of Old Baltimore Pike between Iron Hill and the Maryland state line. Assisting in the Spring 2022 cleanup were: Back row - Jamie Zingaro, Barry Baker, Mike Luck, Tom Minto, Anthony Santoro, and Doug Rainey. In front row - Stewart Lee, Don Newcomb and Leeann Moore.
SERVICE CONTINUED Here is a list of the other accomplishments of Newark Morning Rotary Club for the past year.
Newark Area Welfare Committee received $3,000 to support the needy with food, rent, and utility bills.
Members participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Newark Police Athletic and Activities League (PAL) program. We worked with Newark Area Welfare Committee (NAWC) to purchase and outfit a traveling PAL center van. Rotarians contributed nearly $11,000 to decorate and outfit the van with educational materials, small compressor and freezer, sports equipment, computers and games that will be used by neighborhood children as the van moves to different Newark neighborhoods throughout the summer.
In September 2021, a contribution of $1000 was made to the Rotary Club of Mayfield, Kentucky to help with tornado relief.
The Iron Hill Museum and Science Center had to cancel its fundraising events but we were able to support them with a donation of $1,500 to help with educational programs and youth activities. Members helped sort food items and fill backpacks for school children at the Food Bank of Delaware. Food was distributed through the schools to those who were financially constrained. Lori’s Hands, a UD community health program,
continued to receive our support through hands-on activities, including yard cleanup in the Fall.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, helping to find a cure for cancer, received $500. Even though there was a pandemic with less interaction, the need for cancer research continues. Shoes That Fit of Newark received a donation of $1,500 to purchase and distribute new clothing to needy school children. $1,000 donation was made to Sean’s House and its walk-in mental health outreach services. Scholarships are typically awarded to graduates of James H. Groves Adult High School with $2,000 allocated this year. A donation of $395 was made to the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens (DFRC) by placing an ad in the 2021 program book of the annual Blue/Gold game.
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Shining a light on servicemember suicides Newark Morning Rotary President Joyce Henderson, left and Morning Rotary member Fred Dawson are shown with Brian DiSabatino, CEO of Wilmington-based construction manager EDiS. DiSabatino spoke at a Morning Rotary meeting on his efforts to combat an epidemic of soldier suicides.
Members personally assisted the local businesses that advertise regularly in the club’s Report to Our Community by purposely utilizing their services, shopping at their businesses, or getting takeout meals from the restaurants.
Our November display of 500 Flags For Heroes raised more than $20,950. After expense of new flags, we cleared more than $6,000 for our service projects See related story. Boy Scout Troop 603, meeting at Kingswood Church, was presented $500 to support scouts attending summer camp and continuing their scouting experience. More than 1,000 paperback student dictionaries were purchased and distributed to third graders in the Christina School District and at Newark Charter. 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.
On evenings in December, members rang the bell for the annual Kettle Drive for Salvation Army. Approximately $1,000 in new clothing was purchased by members for 11 needy children at McVey School. In addition, the club purchased $50 gift cards for each of the families represented to purchase additional items as they needed. 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. A donation of $3,600 enables Easter Seals to present four scholarships for individuals with disabilities to attend a week at Camp Fairlee this summer. Members supported the 60 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, bug spray and other items at a cost of approximately $1,500.
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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.
The Leaders July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 President........................... Joyce Henderson President Elect............................ Polly Sierer Vice President................... Anthony Santoro Secretary................................. Michael Luck Treasurer .......................... Shawn Klapinsky Sergeant At Arms ...................... Stewart Lee Director of Membership ............. Paul Keely Director of Service Projects ..... Nancy Chase Director of Fund Raising ....... Mike Reckner Director of Foundation ........ Marie Holliday Director of Administration.. Robin Broomall Immediate Past President................. Dennis Greenhouse
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Bell Ringers Every year, the Newark Morning Rotary performs bell-ringing duties for the Salvation Army holiday drive outside the Boscov’s store near Newark. Shown in left photo from left are Marie Holliday, Clinton Tymes and Cindi Viviano. Shown in right photo are Marie Holliday, left and Shawn Klapinsky.
SERVICE CONTINUED Junior Achievement of Delaware’s BizTown received $3,450 to support economic education for school children. Because the center was closed to visitors, financial education programs were conducted on-line. Members participated in a Day of Service by packing 10,000 meals with Meals of Hope for local nonprofits to distribute to their clientele. This club donated $2,100 for rice, soy, dried vegetables and seasonings for families to cook and have hot meals during the pandemic. A nine-week business development program was conducted for new entrepreneurs in the Greater Newark area by Rotarian Clinton Tymes with additional members acting as mentors to the 12 participants.
Newark Partnership was granted $1,000 to assist with their school supplies program for local teachers.
Hope Dining Room, at Kingswood Methodist Church in Brookside, received $1,000 to help with their feeding of local families.
The 1st Military Academy in Clayton was granted $250 for a team-building program. A new Rotaract club, a service organization for young adults, was approved at University of Delaware, co-sponsored by the Wilmington and the Newark Morning Rotary clubs. $500 was awarded to the Friends of School Hill to assist in the 100th anniversary presentation of New London Avenue School. $100 was contributed to Tunnel To Towers in memory of past member Paul Sayther. Four students from Newark Charter were awarded a leadership training opportunity in Ocean City, Md. The club contributed $1000 to construct vented latrines and washrooms at a school in Cameroon, Africa. The program was overseen by the Newark Evening Rotary Club.
Kind to Kids received $500 to help with their programs to assist needy families in New Castle County. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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The inspiring history of School Hill Newark Morning Rotary Club meetings feature a variety of speakers. One recent example was Dr. Freeman Williams, president of the Newark Chapter of the NAACP. Freeman offered a history of Newark’s School Hill neighborhood. The community was centered around a school that is now the George Wilson Community Center. Many of alumni of the school went on to successful careers, overcoming the challenges of a segregated state and nation.
SERVICE CONTINUED Two young adults who aged out of foster care were presented with a bike and helmet as well as headphones and backpack so they could continue attending Del Tech programs.
Members of Newark Morning Rotary are 100% in giving personally to The Rotary Foundation.
150 birthday boxes were packed and distributed to the Newark Senior Center Meals on Wheels clients on their birthday. What a surprise!
A special silent auction along with additional donations during the World’s Greatest Meal via Zoom, hosted by the club in October of 2021, raised more than $3,300 to be credited to The Rotary Foundation’s effort to eradicate polio.
In April 2022, members voted to donate $10,000 to Disaster Aid USA to assist in relief efforts due to the war in Ukraine.
On Valentine’s Day, 2022, approximately 50 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected by Rotarians to stock the shelves of the Food Bank.
In addition to distributing money raised through the 2020 Report to Our Community, Rotarians are quick to dig into their own pockets to support projects in the community.
Rotarians mentored students in Newark Charter High School’s Global Leadership program.
Adopt A Highway program was supported again Newark Morning Rotarians personally contributthis year on Old Baltimore Pike – with members, friends, ed more than $20,135 this past year to The Rotary Foundaand family members donning glow-in-the-dark DelDOT tion’s annual fund to help with international humanitarian vests and black trash bags. We clean a two-mile stretch east programs. It was second in the district out of 40 clubs with from the Maryland State line two times a year – in Spring a per capita of $378. The club is also a major supporter of and again in Fall. Rotary International’s program to eradicate polio from the world, with more than $3,300 contributed this year. These funds were made possible by the generosity of the club’s members, NOT through the proceeds of the Report to Our Community. See related story. NEWARK MORNING ROTARY'S 'REPORT TO OUR COMMUNITY' • PAGE 13
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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. 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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Newark Morning Rotary members were on hand for the dedication of the PAL mobile unit in the summer of last year, with Rotarian and Newark City Councilman, Jason Lawhorn, holding scissors, helping to cut the ribbon. The Newark Morning Rotary Club has partnered with the Newark Police Department to tackle two challenges with one solution. Firstly, as seen in national news, there isn’t often a strong connection between youth and their local police force. Some believe this is due to their limited exposure to or experiences with police, which can result in a lack of trust or respect for law enforcement. Additionally, it can be a challenge for officers to get to know the kids in the community. Secondly, although the City of Newark has 32 parks spread out across the city, many are not easily accessible or conducive to play, limiting recreational options for children, especially on the weekends or during summer break. That lack of structured play and recreational access can be a breeding ground for bad decisions or encourage children to stay inside and on technology. The Newark Police Department FOP Lodge #4 has recognized the need to provide more outdoor and recreational opportunities for kids in Newark and has long-term plans to build a Police Athletic League
(PAL) Center in the city. In the meantime, before funds can be raised to construct an actual center, a traveling mini PAL Ce nter in a mobile trailer will travel around the city bringing recreational and educational activities to various neighborhoods, giving children an opportunity to participate in organized recreational activities. There will be additional items for the youth to take home to play with in their own backyards. The trailer will travel weekends and throughout summer months, weather permitting. Officers will have a chance to play games, read books, and interact with the children. In return the children will get to know the officers and build relationships and trust with them in a stress-free, fun atmosphere where the children live. As relationships develop and grow, any barriers should improve over time. FOP Lodge #4 and Newark PAL is fully committed to this project. Newark PAL Board Members include Newark Police Department Master Corporal Morgan Fountain and Sergeant Greg D’Elia, as well as our club Rotarian and City Councilman Jason Lawhorn.
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The PAL trailer stops by in a Newark community and out come the basketballs. (Photo courtesy of Newark PAL) The trailer has been purchased by the Newark Area Welfare Committee at a cost of $12,500. The Newark Morning Rotary Club is contributing more than $6,000 into outfitting the trailer with equipment such as flying discs, jump ropes, basketballs, footballs, large wooden dice set, paddle ball games, bands for three-legged races, soccer net and balls, tug of war rope, bean bag toss, and other games and activities. Books and other small items will be given to the children to own. NMRC also purchased a portable generator and two small freezers to keep ice cream treats frozen and ready to hand out. Rotarians are also contributing to the cost of the trailer, starting out as just a plain-Jane trailer, to be brightly wrapped by Carvertise. When Rotarian and Former Mayor Polly Sierer went shopping at National 5&10 on Main Street for items to stock the trailer, the Handloff family (Owners) immediately offered to help with a donation of $2,000 worth of arts and craft supplies.
Newark Bike Project, having a strong relationship with the NPD, is planning to donate bicycles. Friends of Fusion Foundation has committed financially by assisting with equipment, supplies and the trailer wrap. The Christiana Rotary is also involved in this project. “The impact of this project in our community will be enormous,” said Polly Sierer. “This is yet another great example of our community coming together, with the help of Newark Morning Rotary and many other partners in Newark, to work towards the goal of providing important outreach to citizens in Newark.” Rotarian and Councilman Jason Lawhorn approved of the project. “Newark is a community of neighbors, but that community is more than just the people who live h ere,” he said. “So many of our businesses care as much about Newark as they do their bottom line. We are so grateful to National 5 & 10 supporting this project.”
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Even a pandemic doesn’t stop the leaves from needing to be raked. Newark Morning Rotarians worked with volunteers from Lori’s Hands to tidy several clients’ yards in the Newark area. From left, Shawn Klapinsky, UD students Shirelee Moorman and Elizabeth Weimer, Paul Keely, Jamie Zingaro, Laura DelPercio, and Robin Broomall.
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he grass still grows, the leaves fall, weeds grow, and groceries need to be purchased despite a global pandemic. And someone needs to take care of such chores. For some of our neighbors with chronic illnesses, that just isn’t possible. That’s where Lori’s Hands steps in. 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. The organization is named in memory of Lori LaFave. Lori, who lived in Voorheesville, NY, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995. She died in 2003. Lori’s daughter, Sarah, founded Lori’s Hands in her mother’s memory during her sophomore year at the University of Delaware. Over the past year, Lori’s Hands students provided contactless grocery shopping and prescription deliveries, helped with outdoor tasks like yard work and taking out
the trash, made safe distanced companionship visits, completed countless phone and video calls, organized and attended virtual events, wrote letters, and more. Newark Morning Rotary assists in yard clean-up.
Lori’s Hands Expands
Lori’s Hands now accepts referrals in Baltimore, Md., as well as here in Newark. If you know a community member living with a chronic illness who would like help with some day to day tasks and who would like interacting with college students, make a referral today. 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.
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Newark Morning Rotary President Joyce Henderson presides over a recent hybrid meeting with the Owl system tying together virtual and in-person attendees.
Rotary summons the Owl for its hybrid meetings Thanks to remote technology you can attend a Newark Morning Rotary meeting from almost anywhere. When the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in spring 2020, the club quickly pivoted to remote meetings, thanks to Zoom and the dedicated efforts of members, including Michael Luck.
variant took hold. As case counts dropped once again, Morning Rotary has returned to the hybrid format, with The Owl and Sullivan keeping watch. Yes, there are occasional glitches with remote meeting-goers talking while their device is on “mute,” but hybrid meetings could stick around for a while.
As a result, the Newark Morning club was able to maintain its weekly meeting schedule throughout the dark early days of the pandemic. Remote meetings did come with one advantage – the ability to bring in speakers from outside Delaware and even outside the U.S. Speakers participating virtually included a member of the legendary rock band Queen and a Rotary president in Italy. As the number of new cases and hospitalizations dropped, Newark Morning Rotary shifted to a hybrid format that allowed members to choose between inperson and remote access. With the hybrid format came the challenge of how to keep members engaged in the proceedings. Bill Sullivan who hosts Morning Rotary Meetings at the Courtyard by Marriott University of Delaware turned to the Meeting Owl Pro, a high-resolution 360-degree camera, mic and sound system, complete with “eyes.” The remote-only format briefly returned during the winter of 2021-22 when the faster-spreading omicron PAGE 22 • NEWARK MORNING ROTARY’S ‘REPORT TO OUR COMMUNITY’
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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 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. In this photo, Newark Morning Rotary member Paul Keely makes a donation.
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“Hail to the Chief” ‘Madam president’
fter a successful career at the University of Delaware, many would have been content with a quiet retirement.
Instead, Joyce Henderson took on the role of president of the Newark Morning Rotary while maintaining a busy schedule that includes serving as vice president of the board of Gateway Charter School near Wilmington while serving as an UD adjunct instructor. Henderson grew up in Berlin, MD on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore, and after graduating from Salisbury University worked in banking. At the urging of friend and former 6 ABC Delaware correspondent Lauren Wilson applied for jobs at the University of Delaware. Henderson worked as an auditor and after three years, moved to human resources as she earned a master’s degree from UD. After working as a specialist addressing equity issues for 4,000-plus employees, Henderson moved to the Division of Student Affairs as a Career Counselor and Assistant Director of Employer Outreach and Partnerships. Henderson helped students achieve their career goals, organized and coordinated career fairs and facilitated skills workshops ranging from resume writing, interview preparation and job searches. Before retiring, Henderson served as Assistant Director of Employer Partnerships where she managed partnerships with JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, Agilent Technologies, Enterprise, and others. Henderson joined the Wilmington Rotary Club in 2012 and four years later transferred to Newark Morning Rotary. As president, Henderson made it a priority on collaborating with other Rotary Clubs and non-profit organizations. The Newark and Wilmington clubs now co-sponsor a Rotaract Club for future Rotarians.
President, Joyce Henderson Henderson presides over a period marked by the ups and downs of Covid-19 that included virtual meetings and a continuation of hybrid in-person and remote meetings. “Since the CDC mandates have been lifted, I am seeing an increase in the number of Rotarians meeting inperson opposed to meeting on Zoom. Safety is of upmost importance and I am happy to know that our members feel safe regardless how they choose to participate,” she said. Asked about her thoughts about serving as president, Henderson said, “The year has been great and I have learned a lot about how the club operates and serves the local community. I am very grateful for everyone who was helpful in assisting me with transitioning into my new role as president. I am sure past presidents would agree that the time goes by very quickly when you are having fun.”
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Paul and Linda Sayther at a Morning Rotary event.
Paul Sayther A Renaissance Man
he Newark Morning Rotary mourns the loss of Paul D. Sayther, who passed away late last year.
Sayther, 75, was the definition of a “Renaissance Man,” as an accomplished businessman, airline and river pilot, and flight instructor. A native of the Minneapolis, MD area, Sayther graduated from Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University. He went on to serve as a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot on the Great Lakes and reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Sayther entered the business world in the Mississippi River town of La Crosse, Wi as a builder of paddle-wheel boats. Sayther and his wife Linda also operated an excursion boat (the La Crosse Queen) for two decades. A skilled musician, Sayther also owned a riverfront jazz club in La Crosse.
He returned to the aviation world and came to Delaware as a corporate pilot for MBNA Corp., where he flew many dignitaries including Presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush as well as General Colin Powell. After retiring from MBNA, now part of Bank of America, he worked until shortly before his passing as a Gulfstream jet flight instructor at Flight Safety International at New Castle Airport. An active Rotarian who enjoyed the fellowship offered by the Morning Rotary, Sayther was known for among other things hosting an annual dinner at his beloved Ole Tapas Lounge and Restaurant near Newark. Paul is survived by wife of 52 years, Linda E. (Thomson) Sayther, two children and four grandchildren.
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Fighting inequality with education and mentoring
t all started with a difficult conversation about hot issues in the national press – racism and inequality. In Spring 2020, several members of Newark Morning Rotary club joined in a Zoom session where we spoke frankly and openly about our feelings and emotions.
We came away from the discussion with a determination to make a difference in our community, based on our skills, talents, and resources with a taskforce aptly named FACT, after the Four-Way Test of things we think, say, and do, a mantra practiced by Rotarians worldwide. The mission of the Far to All Concerned Taskforce (FACT) is to engage members on the topic of racism and inequality and to provide educational programming so that we can make a
meaningful impact in the Greater Newark community.
The outcome was three fold:
1. Support of Newark Police Department’s PAL project to develop a more positive relationship between local police and minority and underserved youth (see story on pages…) 2. Support women and minorities in the Newark area who have aspirations of being entrepreneurs 3. Provide a mentoring program to local aspiring entrepreneurs, enabling them to be successful members of their families and the community. The Traveling PAL trailer will be making rounds to underserved neighborhoods this summer. The first class of an introduction to business basics concluded in March 2021. The Business Advisory Program started after that. See story on pages 16 & 17.
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The Four Way Test is the most widely printed and quoted statement of business ethics in the world of Rotary
t was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based 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.
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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Education and Mentoring for Success
“I just want to be my own boss.”
asy words to say but not always easy to follow through on. Without understanding the whole enchilada, many budding entrepreneurs jump into their dream of business ownership on a whim and a prayer. The Newark Morning Rotary Club supports women and minorities in the Greater Newark area who want to start their own businesses to support their families and be contributors to the community. Starting with a good education on the basics of business ownership and developing a strong business plan are keys to success. Rotarian Clinton Tymes, chairman of the club’s FACT taskforce, taught a 9-week program on business basics covering topics about business structure, advantages and disadvantages of types of businesses, choosing company name, developing a business plan, marketing strategies, budgeting projections, and marketing. One objective was to insure the participants asked themselves the difficult questions upfront before leaping head first into “being my own boss.” Are you prepared to work long hours and make sacrifices? Are you a good salesperson? Do you have family support? Can you prepare a detailed business plan? Do you like working LONG hours? The program was conducted in partnership with Newark NAACP, True Access Capital, Women’s Business Center, Small Business Development Center, and SBA. Eighteen participated in the weekly online program with 11 completing the course. Some of their businesses include nurse practician, janitorial service, business and diversity consulting, daycare, physical fitness training, construction and assisting minority students in STEM majors. “This course has been one of the most rewarding and informational business courses I have been involved in,” said Kagame, one of the graduates. “I learned a great deal and am deeply grateful for the team to make this possible.”
Newark Rotary Business Advisory Program
committee of experienced business leaders from the Newark Morning Rotary Club will mentor graduates of the Business Education Program. The advisory committee will be comprised of small business owners, leaders and industry professionals in areas such as banking, legal, accounting, marketing, technology, and more. This program is based on a Rotary program called “Launch Detroit” where the Rotary clubs in Michigan started a mentorship program to help bring businesses back into the Detroit area. The ultimate goal is to have these new entrepreneurs get started on the right foot, grow their bottom line and hopefully expand their company’s employment base. Mentors will meet with their “clients” in monthly hour to 90 minute sessions to discuss obstacles and barriers to growth and sustainability.
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n the last 20 years, the Newark Morning Rotary club has contributed nearly $36,000 to Shoes That Fit of Delaware.
Starting in 2001, when we first learned of the Glauser’s efforts to supply our homeless and neediest children with proper fitting clothes and shoes, we were committed to supporting them with annual contributions. It started with just $700 in 2001, but as our funding grew, we increased the annual contribution to $2,000 beginning in 2005. Now it is just a standard line item in our annual budget. The Glauser’s raise funds to purchase new clothes, for specific children as well as outfitting a school nurse’s closet with emergency items, such as school uniforms,
underwear, socks, shirts, pants, coats, and shoes. They turned their little used living room into a mini-warehouse, storing items until the right need arose. They made sure the items they purchased were quality, not just the cheapest they could find. 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. We Rotarians are proud to be able to continue our support of Shoes That Fit of Delaware. For more information on Shoes That Fit, visit www. shoesthatfit.org.
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Members Newark Morning Rotary and Rotaract members are shown with the 50 birthday boxes packed for Newark Meals on Wheels clients. The program is now in its third year.
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or the past three years, the Newark Morning Rotarians have been packing and distributing birthday boxes to Meals on Wheels recipients out of the Newark Senior Center. About 120 neighbors get meals delivered every day. Many of them are shut-ins or have few family members nearby to handle daily activities such as making a hot dinner. They might feel very alone or forgotten on their one special day of the year. On their birthday, as their usual volunteer from the Senior Center Meals on Wheels program delivers their hot meal for the day, they also receive a special box filled with treats such as cookies, crackers, candy, pretzels, juice box and other small items such as a magazine, notepad, small night light, doodle pad or word-find book, calendar or small holiday trinket courtesy of the Rotarians. Birthday cards are signed by the Rotarians and included in the white box before
sealing with a ribbon and Happy Birthday sticker. “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 little things like this will brighten their day.” More than 300 Birthday Boxes have been packed by the Rotarians so far. The volunteers delivering them have reported back to Senior Center staff that the recipients are often overwhelmed that someone would think of them. Many thank you cards have been received. “They are just so surprised when they get that birthday box,” said Rotarian Barry Baker. He and his wife Judy are volunteer deliverers for Meals on Wheels. “They just love that someone else thought of them.
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n 1907, businessman Edgar Allen lost his son in a streetcar accident. The lack of adequate medical services available to save his son prompted Allen to sell his business and begin a fund-raising campaign to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. He soon realized that disabled children needed help and launched the National Society for Crippled Children. In 1934, the organization issued its first Easter seals fund raising campaign, selling small stickers, or seals, with the picture of a lily, the symbol of spring. By 1967, the Easter “seal” was so well familiar, the organization formally adopted the name.
Edgar Allen was a Rotarian. The first president of the National Society for Crippled Children was Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International. Rotarians across the country have donated more than $5 million to Easterseals. Since 1992, our own Rotary District 7630, covering Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, has donated more than $1 million to local facilities.
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Rotarians Support Easterseals
here can young adults with differing disabilities go to have fun like others their age? And how can a caregiver of a child bound to a wheelchair find a few days of respite?
Easterseals of Delaware and Maryland Eastern Shore provides answers to both of their needs, with many services and programs for individuals with a disability, special need, or aging condition, and their caregivers, as well. One opportunity that Easterseals provides is near and dear to Rotarians’ hearts. Camp Fairlee, located in Chestertown, Md., offers summer camping experiences to enable the attendees to participate in activities that others in their age group might do. Trail walks, rope walks, arts and crafts, evening bonfires, swimming, canoeing, and so much more take place in an environment that is safe and meets the needs of each individual.
District 7630 about five years ago. Integral to summer camp, it serves as a cafeteria, arts and crafts center, theater, and nurse station. Newark Morning Rotary Club contributes nearly $3,600 annually in scholarship money to assist campers who cannot otherwise afford a week away at camp. They pack Welcome Bags for the counselors who assist at summer camp. They fly in from many parts of the world, often with the bare essentials until they can get to shop. Sixty bags are filled with a variety of toiletries, such as shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, lip balm and bug spray. Also included are small tablets, pens, and flashlights. The colorful bags can be used by the counselors all summer as they go from activity to activity with their campers.
Many Rotary clubs on the peninsula, support Camp Fairlee monetarily as well as physically. Rotarians will spend a day helping spruce up the grounds and buildings for Spring Cleanup, build picnic tables and benches, paint cabins, spread mulch, and contribute supplies. They also serve on the Easterseals Board of Directors. The large pavilion was built and paid for by Rotary
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Dealing with the virus and Ukraine crisis
hen the call to action is given, Rotarians are first to step up to help.
dealing with headline-grabbing disasters as well as smaller catastrophes that escape attention.
Newark Morning Rotarians have supported ShelterBox USA for 21 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.
Those living in refugee camps or in makeshift settlements were especially vulnerable due to the Covid-19 pandemic and other diseases that come from living in close quarters.
This year, ShelterBox is aiding victims of wars in Ukraine and Yemen in addition to its work in other nations. The need is massive in Ukraine, where the Russian invasion has displaced 12 million and counting. ShelterBox USA is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization, and Rotary sponsored, registered in the State of Florida, that is ready in an instant to help in areas hit by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters and conflict. They provide humanitarian relief to tens of thousands around the world, in the U.S., and more importantly in nations that have virtually no ability to respond to a catastrophe on this scale. 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.
Travel restrictions made work more challenging. But Shelterbox continued to work with their local partners in Syria, Somaliland, Cameroon, and Ethopia. To help control the spread of Covid-19, the family tents and shelters allowed those on crowded camps to self-isolate and social distance. While it might be easy for us to “shelter in place,” having a shelter is a critical need for people who are struggling to survive after losing their home to disaster or conflict. Again, Rotary Opens Opportunities, and Rotarians are quick to respond. To learn more about www.shelterboxusa.org.
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March 2022 Dear Newark Morning Rotarians, Your organizations contribution of $3 ,450 each year is enabling JA of Delaware to make great progress in our mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Creating an entrepreneurial eco-system, developing sustainable school to career pipelines, and prioritizing education al attainment as a young person’s most critical financial decision are all at the heart of what JA is already doing for over 16,000 local students. Your thoughtful support is also drivin g us closer to our goals of meeting or exceeding JA USA Operatin g Performance Standards… and increase in students served and instructional contact hours delivered. On behalf of the Junior Achievement of Delaware board of directors and the students we serve, please acc ept my heartfelt gratitude for support of our mission. Warmest regards, Rob Epps President
The Newark Morning Rotary Club initiated a partnership with JA Delaware in 2005 to support the Rotary Center in Biz Town at the Wilmington facility. In the 2020-2021 school year, students were not able to visit in person but JA adapted
its program to online education and still met with hundreds of youngsters across the region. The Newark Morning Rotary club has invested nearly $50,000 in the educational JA program.
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An ambulance for a war
DAUSA entered into a joint project with the Rotary Club of Warsaw City to purchase an ambulance to be sent into Ukraine to continually transport the sick and wounded out to Poland. This will be an on-going long-term project to fill a much-needed void.
Rotarians Respond to Ukraine’s Needs
n April 2022 Newark Morning Rotarians responded to the needs of the Ukrainian people with a donation of $10,000 through Disaster Aid USA (DAUSA).
The money goes to direct relief measures immediately needed by both refugees going into Poland and the people who are still in Ukraine. “We did not have this in our budget,” said Robin Broomall, executive director of the Rotary club,” but we took it from our future international project fund. If ever there was a need, it is now.” Disaster Aid USA is run by Rotarians and is a Rotary International sponsored non-profit organization. It has no paid staff and is entirely run by volunteers. They respond to disasters of all kinds – hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods – both in the USA and internationally in coordination with other Disaster Aid organizations. Working with Disaster Aid Europe and an American contact in Poland with relatives in Ukraine, DAUSA since March has provided meals for 40,500 refugees; purchased an ambulance along with the Rotary Club of Warsaw City; funded a search and rescue team for 14-day tour in Ukraine; purchased and dispersed 1000 water filter kits and 100 solar lights with cell phone chargers,
body armor and thermal imaging for civilian teams remaining to fight in Ukraine, thousands of hygiene kits, food, medical supplies, baby items, family refugee tents, and an emergency generator to a hospital in Ukraine. Many of the items are sourced as closely as possible to the locations where needed, ordered and paid for by DAUSA, eliminating the time and expense of shipping from the U.S. Hygiene kits were sourced and assembled in Prague, Czech Republic, and personally shipped in a Disaster Aid Europe trailer to a border town in Slovakia along with water filters and other supplies requested. The American contact in Warsaw is a Rotarian from Easton, Md. who helped get members of his own family out of Ukraine. He remained in Warsaw, working along with other Rotarians to identify immediate needs and coordinate with DAUSA. He is in close contact with family members who remained in Ukraine still defending their cities and is aware of their specific needs and helping to transport supplies and needed items daily. They help distribute supplies at night when it is safer but still often under artillery and missile fire.
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Stuffed bears to comfort children
Newark Morning Rotarian Robin Broomall made a monetary donation but felt the need to do more. Drawing on her long time sewing and crafting skills, she made 100 stuffed bears to bring comfort to young refugee children. Rotary District Governor Hugh Dawkins made the connection, through another fellow Rotarian, with DAUSA for packing and shipping to the Warsaw City Rotary Club for distribution. Donations from other Rotarians helped pay the shipping expenses.
While many organizations and individuals want to be helpful and collect items they think might be useful, then ship them on pallets to addresses in the region, they can actually cause more problems. There is often no plan for receiving nor dispersing the items or the items are not what is needed and they can sit for months on pallets. “We are not a cookie-cutter non-profit,” said Larry Agee, Executive Director of DAUSA at a recent Rotary District 7630 conference. “Because we are small, we have flexibility to address immediate needs. We know the end user and how help will get there. We are not a dump and run.” He also cautions those who want to send money to organizations or addresses they are not intimately familiar with. Crime does not stop during times as these. Domestically DAUSA helps cleanup neighborhoods after a tornado or hurricane strikes or a major flood takes out a town. When disaster strikes, whether locally or globally, Agee says the first phone call he makes is to the district governor of the Rotary area that is impacted. He learns what is immediately needed, assembles a volunteer response team and work supplies, and goes in with a plan. He personally has been on 15
international and 47 domestic employments in eight years. The all-volunteer teams will be comprised of humanitarian aid workers, medics, construction workers, and anyone who can operate a chain saw or drive one of the 15 response trailers outfitted with chainsaws, shovels, hard hats, tools and safety equipment. Their rescue boat goes into flooded areas helping transport stranded people and pets and deliver supplies and medical equipment. At the time Agee was working on the Ukraine relief situation, his family was living in a trailer because his own house had been destroyed in the tornado that hit Chalmette, Louisiana in March. For more information on Disaster Aid USA or to donate to the Ukraine relief efforts, visit disasteraidusa.org.
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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 Rotary 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. The difficult last mile Disappointing news came in 2022 when a case of Wild Polio was discovered in Malawi, nation of 19.3 million in southeastern Africa.
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 2019.
The case has genetic similarities to a strain in Pakistan, one of two nations that have not eradicated polio. The other is Afghanistan, where the Taliban agreed to continue vaccinations. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative supports health authorities in Malawi conducting a thorough assessment of the situation and starting urgent immunization. Environmental surveillance measures are being expanded in Malawi and neighboring countries to detect other potential cases. While the news from Malawi is disappointing, the polio program has seen similar isolated cases. In the past the initiative has moved quickly in successfully stopping transmission of the virus. The lone case in Malawi is one more sign that polio anywhere is a threat to children everywhere.
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Unlocking the Light
t can strike anywhere, anytime, in any family. It often comes as a complete shock, was not fore seen, and creates many questions that cannot be answered. It’s a battle of darkness. The Locke family in Newark faced such a situation when their son Sean lost his battle to depression just weeks before his 24th birthday. A bright kid, athletic, loved by many friends, and with a great future ahead of him, he did not ask for help and no one knew what he was battling deep inside. More than 4,000 attended his funeral. Two years later, on Sept. 24, 2020, Sean’s House, located on W. Main Street, opened as a safe haven for young adults from 14 to 24 years, where they could seek help for their fears and hidden feelings of depression. SL24 Unlocke the Light, a non-profit foundation, was created to promote mental wellness and provide access to trained peer support specialists. It educates on depression and suicide prevention and assists in connecting the community with needed mental health resources. Sean’s House provides a safe space for doing homework, relaxing with friends, or talking with a trained specialist. SL 24 are Sean’s initials and the number he wore on his basketball jersey as a three-time All American and captain of the UD basketball team. Chris Locke, Sean’s father, was a speaker at a Newark Morning Rotary meeting where he openly talked about the loss of his son, the struggle for his family to move forward, and the outcome that will help many other young adults who might be experiencing the same darkness that Sean did. “Get help. Don’t live in darkness. Don’t live behind the mask,” Chris Locke told the Rotarians. “These are the words Sean would say if he were here today.” For more information on SL24 and Sean’s House and additional resources, visit www.unlockethelight.com.
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In the last few years, the Internet has taken over our ability to search for words in alphabetical order. Today we Google a word or just speak into our Smart phones to ask Siri or Alexa for the spelling or definition. Some schools now decline the free student dictionary citing the use of computers and Chromebooks as more important for students than an actual book in their hands. The dictionary keeps our universe in alphabetical order. The ability to use alphabetical order is still important in helping us look up words in a dictionary, find recipes in a cookbook, get phone numbers or addresses in a phone book, navigate a business directory, or look up information in the index of a book. But then when was the last time you used a dictionary, a cookbook, or phone book? Perhaps it’s time to dust off your old favorite tomes and keep the dictionary by your reading chair.
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Literacy has always been a priority in the Rotary world.
How do you get students to be good readers and writers?
What is a good way to get them interested in reading, learning new words, and thinking creatively? Give them a free book that can open their eyes to a world to learning. Better yet, give them a dictionary that is easy to navigate and contains a ton of other interesting facts about history, astronomy, historical personalities, science, and sign language. And it doesn’t need to be pluged into a charger every night. Each September Newark Morning Rotarians make sure 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 Newark schools, McVey, Maclary, West Park, Brader, and Jennie Smith Elementary Schools as well as Newark Charter, and The Delaware School for the Deaf. Even in today’s world of books delivered by iPads and other mobile devices, many students are thrilled to receive their dictionaries. For some it be the first book of their own. 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.
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Newark Morning Rotary delivered clothes in December. Robin Broomall, right, is shown with school secretary Kimberly Williams.
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ecember typically means SHOPPING! Newark Morning Rotarians do that, too, but for someone they do not know.
For more than 20 years, McVey Elementary School nurse or counselor has given us a list of needy students (first name only) and the specific size, color, and requests of clothing items they needed. Parents had been consulted beforehand. The Rotarians then each take one child’s list and shop for their shirts, shoes, underwear, coat, jeans, pj’s, socks, or whatever was requested in the specific size and color. Sometime a roll of gift wrap is included. Just before the December Winter break, the clothes are delivered to the school in plain black bags and parents are notified to pick up items for their child. This past December the Rotarians shopped for nearly $1,000 worth of items. Bags of coats, underwear, jeans, shirts, sweaters, shoes, socks, and sometimes a special treat were dropped off just before the Winter Break for the counselor or nurse to deliver to the student’s parents or guardians.
Many of the children will find the items wrapped and under the tree on Christmas morning. “The smiles on the children’s faces when they are wearing new clothing items are wonderful to see,” the school nurse has said each year. “It is obvious they feel a sense of pride with their new attire.” In addition to the clothes, the Rotary club gave each family represented by the children receiving the clothes a $50 gift card to be used at Walmart for additional items, clothes, gifts, or food that the family might need. Six cards were given in December 2021. “We are always looking for grassroots projects that will make a difference,” Rotarian Robin Broomall said when delivering the bags and gift cards to the school. “Humanitarian relief is needed in many places around the globe. We cannot forget those closest to us and in our own neighborhood.”
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Flags for Heroes moves to majestic
ive hundred American flags flying at the Newark Reservoir provided a majestic setting, matched only by the pride and unity resulting from a collaboration of residents, local businesses and the Newark Morning Rotary.
Flags for Heroes had been held outside the Newark Municipal Building. Flags for Heroes is a program that traditionally honors military veterans by encouraging individua ls to sponsor a flag in honor of someone who is a hero in their life. The recognition has recently expanded to include non-military heroes such as doctors, nurses, teachers and first responders.
Honoring all heroes
From defending our nation and freedom to caring for our sick and educating the next generation during a pandemic, we find heroes in every corner of our lives.
The vision of the Newark Morning Rotary was to celebrate and honor these heroes with a patriotic backdrop at one of the most beautiful locations in our state. Bringing this vision to reality took a monumental effort from volunteers, sponsors, local government and businesses. The Newark Reservoir is home to one of the busiest trail systems in the state of Delaware, hosting over 100,000 visits per year.
Newark City staff worked with Rotary to approve the installation of 500 American flags, which included engineering inspections to ensure the integrity of the reservoir and surrounding utilities.
Volunteers played a key role
A local landscaping company, Turf Pro, Inc. donated over 80 manhours of labor to install the flag receivers securing them into the ground. Rotarians were joined by friends and family to assemble 500, 10 foot tall American flags over the course of three days to raise this inspiring display. Businesses from all over Newark supported this effort through sponsorships. These sponsorships, coupled with the individual flag sponsorships, raised over $20,000, with proceeds being invested back into our local community. The feedback from residents and visitors was plentiful and passionate. The view of 500 flags inspired passersby to leave messages and send emails of appreciation, sometimes coupled with a moving story about a loved one who served.
A regional attraction
Regional news stations came to Newark to record footage for display on the evening news. NBC10 News set drone footage of the display to patriotic music to end their Veterans Day tribute.
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Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ken Jones was the keynote speaker at the Veteans Day ceremony.
On Veterans Day weekend, a ceremony was held with blue skies and a perfect breeze that had the flags dancing in the wind as if they knew it was their time to shine.
Veterans Day weekend to honor those that are or have served. Newark Morning Rotary looks forward to the event growing in years to come
Students from Delaware Military Academy presented colors alongside of the Patriot Guard. Vinny Vinciguerra played the national anthem on the saxophone before the ceremony was opened by Newark Morning Rotary president Joyce Henderson.
The ceremony on Veterans Day
Speakers included former Newark Mayor and Rotarian Polly Sierer, Newark Mayor Jerry Clifton, Newark Councilman and Rotarian Jason Lawhorn and Key Sponsor from Bloom Energy and Rotarian Tyrone Jones.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ken Jones was the keynote speaker who shared a moving story of his life experiences that lead him to a career of military service. This ceremony was a beautiful and moving tribute to our heroes. Newark Moring Rotary worked with the community to create an impressive and patriotic display honoring the heroes that protect, serve, heal and educate us.
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Anthony Santoro counted the number of orange juice bottles to be packed.
Jillian, an Interact student at Newark Charter High School, daughter of Rotarian Nancy Chase, worked the assembly line
Bill Sullivan opened cartons of canned vegetables and meats.
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Weary packers Jerry Holt and Steve Fangman were ready for a break.
Bill Sullivan and Nancy Chase kept the assembly line moving.
wice 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. This past year, even with children not being in school full time, the packages were still assembled and sent off to local schools where families could pick them up. 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. More than 5,000 children in Delaware 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
182 cartons of individual bags, containing juices, boxed milk, soups, canned and dry vegetables, were packed within 2 hours.
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MEET THE NEWARK MORNING ROTARY CLUB 2022
Louise Amick Mathematics 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. Louise has now relocated to Chestertown, MD near her many college friends and colleagues.
Kelly Bachman Communications
Kelly has more than 17 years of experience in communications, spending a majority of her career in government roles before j Highres wheel oining the University of Delaware as Director of Communications for the College of Health Sciences. 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 Plumbing, Heating, Air and Electric 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.
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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.
Nancy Chase Hospitality
Nancy has worked at Grain Craft Bar and Kitchen since 2015, starting as a host and holding management and administrative positions as they expand. Prior to that, she worked at the Blood Bank of Delmarva on the mobile team supporting many blood drives. She was active in Windy Hills and Covered Bridge Farms Civic Associations. She enjoys walking in White Clay Creek Park, reading, doing DIY projects, or frequenting small local businesses.
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
Bob is a Broker Associate with the Newark office of PattersonSchwartz Real Estate. Native of Newark, Bob and wife Becky enjoy time in Canaan Valley, WV, with three children and eight grandchildren.
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.
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 native Delawarean, Laura is a graduate of St. Mark’s HS, Widener University, and Colorado Technical Institute. She is the General Manager of Club Pilates Pike Creek. She runs her own business consulting overwhelmed business owners reach and improve their profits. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including Great Dames and Ministry of Caring.
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.
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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 Newark Morning Rotary Club and serves as vice-president of the Board of Directors of Gateway Charter School. 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 is Vice-Chair of 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.”
Tyrone Jones Public Policy
Tyrone Jones is a resourceful and strategic leader in addressing complex social and business development issues by inspiring Innovation, Change, Collaboration, and Partnerships that build policies, practices and programs that drive results. He is employed by Bloom Energy as Sr. Manager of Policy & Public Affairs and powered by being a part of something bigger than himself.
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
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C. Michael Luck
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.
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 .
Jason is a Senior Research Scientist at Advanced Materials Technology and will begin his 3rd term as Councilman for Newark, Delaware in April of 2022. Jason’s serves on the Newark Police Athletic League board as Vice President and has volunteered for Newark American Little League for over a decade. He is a lifelong Delawarean and joined Rotary in 2019.
Christina is the Vice President of Strategic Development for M. Davis & Sons, Inc. She volunteers for multiple organizations, including the Women’s Business Enterprise CenterEast. She resides in Newark with her husband and two sons.
Doris Chan Leach Medical Therapy
Doris is the owner of reNu Medical & Injury Center, joining Rotary in January 2022. Her vision for her company is “To be the Leading Provider of Integrated Medical & Natural Medicine while Restoring our Communities Health & Wellness so their Hopes and Dreams Come True”.
Chemical Engineering Josh received his Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from UD in 2008 and is employed as a process engineer with II-VI, Inc. in Newark. He is past president of this club as well as the Delaware Academy of Science, Inc. He and wife Katie live in Newark with their two children.
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.
Margie is well known in the Newark area for her volunteerism in several organizations. She works part-time in the funeral business, is a USO volunteer at the Dover Air Force Base, is on the collections committee for Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs, is past-president of the Newark Historical Society, is a research assistant for Dutch artist Rein Jelle Terpstra author of Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train – The People’s View, is a Grant and Exhibit committee member for the Friends of School Hill Association’s future museum, is pursuing a degree in Anthropology at UD, and helps at her brother’s business, Kirk’s Flowers during rush season.
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Lynn Mey Chemical Engineering
Don Newcomb Information Technology
Lynn retired after a 34+ year career with DuPont. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Newark, where they raised their 4 children, all UD grads, and are now enjoying the blessing of 7 grandchildren. Lynn is a recent member to the Newark Morning Rotary Club and we welcome her.
Tom Minto Retail Banking
Tom is a Retail Office Manager at WSFS Bank in New Castle. He works with both individuals and small business on their banking and lending needs. He and his wife live in Newark and have three children that have graduated from University of Delaware.
Erastus Mong’are International Development
Erastus is the founder and Executive Director for StartUpAfrica, Inc. a Diaspora international non-profit organization that supports African youth in the building of business skills and in endeavors that foster financial independence, create jobs, and grow African economies. He develops entrepreneurial initiatives, working on a model for youth programs, with the vision to impact the lives of 10 million youth through job creation by 2030. Erastus has received numerous awards for his work, including Kenya’s Presidential Head of State Commendation award.
Leann Moore Non-Profit Development
Leann is Executive Director for The Newark Partnership. She joined Rotary in 2021 because she is committed to volunteerism and community development. She is on the Advisory Board for the Brandywine Valley SPCA, as well as the Board of Directors for the Newark Senior Center. She is a member of the Delaware NAACP and Mary Ann’s List, as well as a Program Director for Kay’s Kamp and Court Appointed Advocate for children in foster care. Rotary welcomes all younger members of the community who are eager to be of service.
Don is the Chief Technology Officer specializing in computer networking with SIMM 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 35 years of computer networking experience, Don is an MCSE and attended more than 500 hours of Microsoft Certified Training seminars and classes. He and his wife Patti live in Newark with their two sons Alex and Zachary.
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.
Michael Reckner 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 is married, living in Newark with five children, three of whom are at Newark Charter.
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Anthony Santoro Photography
Anthony is owner of DiamondState Photography, highlighting the unique features of residential, commercial, and industrial real estate as well as partnering with corporate and non-profit customers to provide photo and video content. Anthony also worked in the fire protection, security, HVAC, and electrical industries. An active community volunteer for many years, he is a Past President of the Christiana Rotary Club before joining Newark Morning Rotary in 2020. He and his wife Kristina live in Newark and have two grown children.
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.
As the former Mayor of the City of Newark, Polly is chair of The Newark Partnership, president of Newark Welfare Committee, vicepresident 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 eight grandchildren
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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 Naajee, Safiyah, Madsion and Sebastian.
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.
Cindi is a Multi-Media Account Executive with Delaware Today Magazine. Born in Michigan, she is a biking and hiking enthusiast. Cindi’s favorite part of Rotary is the fellowship.
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 lives in Lewes, DE with his wife Carol where they regularly kayak, bike and hike.
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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.
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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. The Four Way Test is the most widely printed and quoted statement of business ethics in the world of Rotary 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.
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?
2022 Report Classified Info Member Classification Louise Amick* Kelly Bachman Barry Baker Tim Boulden Robin Broomall Charlie Brown Eric Cannon Nancy Chase Robert Cronin Fred Dawson Laura DelPercio Stephen Fangman Robert T. Foard Dennis Greenhouse Evelyn Hayes Joyce Henderson Marie Holliday Jerry Holt John Hornor Tyrone Jones Paul Keely Shawn Klapinsky Mike Laur Jason Lawhorn Doris Chan Leach Stewart Lee Michael Luck Christina MacMillan Joshua Martin Margie Masino Bill McNabola Tom Minto Erastus Mong’are Leann Moore Don Newcomb Jenifer Pilcher Doug Rainey Michael Reckner Anthony Santoro Polly Sierer Mark Sisk Gregory Stephens Bill Sullivan Clinton Tymes Cindi Viviano James Zingaro
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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 non-profit 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. 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. Even though Rotarians keep up on current events 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.
Newark Morning Rotary club meets every Thursday, 7:00 A.M. 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.
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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