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James Sayre Jr. joins the Club
Posted Jan 21, 2014, 9:16 PM by RotaryofNorristown .Pictured Left to right -Membership Chair - Mark Call, James Sayre Jr, Sponsor - Kathy Arnold-Yerger, Club Pres - Dr. James Nutt III
Phillies' Chris Wheeler makes presentation and receives gift
Posted Jan 26, 2014, 8:34 AM by RotaryofNorristown .Jan 9, 2014 - Chris Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies visited the club the day after leaving the broadcast booth with the Phillies. Chris has been a loyal friend to the Norristown club (and continues to be) and has spoken at the club for 25 years. This year was a little harder than most but he is the same colorful, baseball savvy Chris Wheeler, we have known and loved for decades. The club is extremely grateful for his loyal friendship and dedication. In gratitude, here Chris is presented with a picture of Connie Mack Stadium (home of the Phillies until 1970) which used to stand at 21st & Lehigh Ave in Philadelphia. That is where Chris' Phillies broadcasting career started in 1977. Even the legendary Bobby Wine was in attendance and made his own, humorous tribute to Chris.The picture inscription reads:Connie Mack StadiumWhere your lifelong love ofbaseball began with your FatherPresented to Chris WheelerJanuary 9, 201425 years of Loyal Friendship
Interact Leaders From NAHS Visit and Make Donation to Fight Polio
Posted Jan 10, 2014, 9:03 PM by RotaryofNorristown .Officers of the Norristown Interact ClubFront row left to right above are Interact President - Natalee Danko, NAHS Interact Faculty Advisor - Stephenie Giacene, President Assistant - Madison Messics. Back row Rotary President - Dr. James Nutt, Vice President - Ben Nguyen, Interact Member - Francis Bellocchio, Rotary Chairperson and Rotary liaison as Interact Club Advisor - Vanessa Cossari, and NAHS Interact Faculty Advisor - Peggy Sommar, absent was Secretary - Jordan Schwed.November 21, 2013 - Above the (2013-2014) Officers of the Interact Club Of Norristown Area High School. Interact is a international youth subgroup club of Rotary International that promotes service above self to our local and international communities and is Sponsored by the Rotary Club. During the annual Interact Officer Pinning Ceremony they shared their multiple local and international achievements. They also presented the Norristown Rotary Club with a check for $400 donation toward Rotary International's primary global efforts to eradicate polio.
The January 14th Cover of Time
Posted Jan 15, 2014, 5:32 AM by RotaryofNorristown .
Bringing a Little Holiday Cheer to Area Kids
Posted Jan 17, 2014, 5:09 PM by RotaryofNorristown .
- Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:23 AM by RotaryofNorristown .
Congratulations New Rotarians
Posted Dec 2, 2013, 9:30 PM by RotaryofNorristown .Nov 14, 2013 - The Rotary Club of Norristown inducted three new members Viviann Shorle, Mike Hunsberger and Curtis Flora, behind them, back row are their sponsors, Brett Wells, Fred Hagglund and Mark Call The new Rotarians were conferred with their Rotary pins in a ceremony on November 14th at Westover Country Club. Viviann is a Family Counselor at Family Services Montgomery County, Mike is retired Communications Tech and Curtis is a Captain/Pastor in the Salvation Army in Norristown.* * * *
- Norristown Rotary Gifts Dictionaries to 3rd Graders Posted Jan 15, 2014, 4:31 PM by RotaryofNorristown .
Rotarians Help Bag Hunger
Posted Feb 13, 2014, 8:51 PM by RotaryofNorristown .Guido Martinelli chaired the project. (photos credit the Time Herald)* * * *
Welcome Michael Green
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:29 AM by RotaryofNorristown .The Rotary Club of Norristown welcomes our newest member Mike Green. Mike (left) was inducted into the club on Sept 5th by chairman Nick Geers. Mike is sponsored by John Heyser. Mike is a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America, Cradle of Liberty Council in Valley Forge and brings experience in planning and developing youth programs to the club. Mike also enjoys sports, hiking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, climbing, live music, community service and gardening. Please extend a warm welcome to Mike.* * * *
Rotarians Honored for 50 Years Service
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Annual Clam Bake 2013 - A Time For Fellowship
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:34 AM by RotaryofNorristown .July 11, 2013 - As part of the Club's commitment to building fellowship among Rotarians, an annual family Clam Bake is held by the Club on the country side property of our hosts John and Ida Heyser. It's a great opportunity for the club to socialize in a natural setting outside of the clubhouse. A good time was had by all thanks to the planning of Chair Jay Jameson.* * * *
Rotary Club of Norristown Receives District Awards
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:34 AM by RotaryofNorristown .June 27, 2013 - The Norristown Rotary club received a District Governor's citation for Rotary Public Image and Community Awareness and the District Peace Award for their community image and exemplifying Rotary's commitment to advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace in their community work and international support. Serving and giving back to the community is a primary focus of the club.* * * *
Norristown Rotary Co-Sponsors Community BMX Bike Show and Safety Campaign
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:35 AM by RotaryofNorristown .June 1, 2013 - The Rotary Club of Norristown joined forces with the Montgomery County Health Department, the Norristown Police Department, Moss Hospital and Einstein Medical Center in the 4th annual BMX Bike Stunt Show and Bike Rodeo at Calvary Baptist Church. Patricia Fallon of the health department coordinated the event with the police department and sponsors as part of a safety campaign. The co-sponsors each contributed towards safety helmets. NPD acquired raffle bicycles from local merchants and personal contributions from the officers. The concept of the show was originally launched to encourage youth to use bicycle helmets and safety equipment when biking, in order to minimize head injuries and save lives. There was a large community turnout which lined both sides of the street. The Each rider had to be personally fitted in order for the helmet to work properly. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, riders with helmets have an 88% reduction in risk of brain injury. The Rotary club contributed funding for a portion of the 163 free safety helmets that were given to local youth bicyclists. The crowd was treated to two professional BMX stunt shows and a raffle was conducted for about a dozen free bikes. In two weeks, the health department will be cruising the neighborhood. Anyone seen wearing their helmet will receive a coupon for Rita's Water Ice and a safety certificate. (see gallery for more pictures and video)* * * *
Norristown Rotary hosts Bike Collection to help developing countries
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:36 AM by RotaryofNorristown .May 18, 2013 - The Rotary Club of Norristown conducted a used bicycle collection in conjunction with the Pedals for Progress organization at Norristown Area High School as part of West Norriton Day. The weather was drizzling from time to time and reduced the possible crowd turnout at the event a bit as well as the number of bicycles collected compared to other years. But that didn't stop club members and the generous from coming out and dropping off twenty five bikes along with one sewing machine. The used bikes are being sent by Pedals for Progress (P4P) to EcoBici in Rivas, Nicaragua. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 130,000 bicycles, 2,000 used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 38 developing world countries. Underprivileged recipients overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. With sewing machines, students can learn to become self-employed dressmakers and tailors.
Several people asked if they could donate a bike later. Project Chairman Jim Jones told them that he could take them if they dropped them off anytime during the year. Jim's number is (610) 277-2504. Give him a call if you have bikes, we've started collecting for next year already.
Norristown Rotary awards $10,500 to feed the hungry of Norristown
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:42 AM by RotaryofNorristown .May 16, 2013 - In a recent grant award meeting, the Rotary Club of Norristown presented a check for $10,500.00 (funds raised in the annual Pancake Breakfast benefit) to Kary and Nanette LaFors of "Advocates Against Hunger" for the purpose of sustaining and improving delivery of food and nutrition to the poor, educating the community, increasing participation of volunteer population and increasing resources in the Norristown area. Also awarded was a $1,000.00 check to Allan Syphers for the disaster relief organization, "Shelter Box". And also donations in the amounts $200.00 to "Rotaplast" (a project to correct the life inhibiting deformities of cleft palate) and $1,000.00 to "Polio Plus" for Polio eradication efforts worldwide.(pictured left to right Club Pres Elect James Nutt III, Chairman David Beach, Kary LaFors, Nanette LaFors, Club Pres John Rule)Hanging is the banner posted at the first food distribution funded by the the grant and distributed by volunteers from Advocates Against Hunger as well as Cadcom, Catholic Social Services, The Norristown Public Library and many members of the community. The distribution was made in the Library's parking lot on Saturday Aug. 17th.* * * *
A Historical Journey From "Selma to Montgomery 1965"
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:43 AM by RotaryofNorristown .May 2, 2013 - Club member Rev. Robert Schmidt gave a fascinating personal account of his very own participation in the historic demonstration march which traveled from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 in order to protest discriminatory and intimidation practices against black voter registration. His trip experience began as he departed seminary school and traveled to Washington, then by train to join the march on the outskirts of Montgomery, traveling on to central Montgomery, the state capital, where protest was made to the Governor's office. Bob's personal and factual description of the political and social attitudes of the day put the historical milestone in perspective for many in the room. The entire talk is video recorded here. Thank you Bob for sharing.* * * *
Charity Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction Grows 30%
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:46 AM by RotaryofNorristown .see gallery for more pictures* * * *
Rotary Bell-Ringers make the holidays bright
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:49 AM by RotaryofNorristown .Dec. 22nd, 2012 - Members of the Norristown Rotary Club pitched in with the Salvation Army serving as Bell Ringers on the coldest day of the year collecting $1,851.68 on Saturday at the West Norriton Walmart. Due to the extreme temperatures, four teams took two hour shifts. That Saturday is typically the most generous day of the year according to Major Laurence Wittenburg.* * * *
Rotarian outreach brings holiday cheer to local disadvantaged youth
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:50 AM by RotaryofNorristown .
Dec. 13, 2012 - The holidays were made a little brighter for area youths as the Norristown Rotary Club helped make sure there was plenty of holiday spirit to go around. The club visited two youth daycare facilities (The Headstart Program and the Preventive Intervention Program in Norristown) to sponsor a party and spread some cheer as well as a few gifts for the children. Plenty of smiles to go around.* * * *
Dictionary Project distributes 300 dictionaries to local third graders.
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:54 AM by RotaryofNorristown .Nov. 19, 2012 - Led by Chairman Bob Schmidt, the club Dictionary Project Team visited the Gotwals, Hancock and Whitehall Elementary schools in November and dropped in on the classrooms to distribute 300 Spanish/English dictionaries to the third graders as part the club's New Generations Service to help develop our community youth. For many it was nothing less than exciting, and the books were cracked open immediately with curiosity. One grateful 3rd grader reaction was an emphatic "YES !!"* * * *
Club provides Thanksgiving dinner for 75 needy families.
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Unusual donation more than welcome
Posted Nov 29, 2013, 3:52 AM by RotaryofNorristown .Oct. 4, 2012 - This year the Norristown Rotary Club donated used, but excellent condition neck ties to the Laurel House to be resold in their thrift shops for the benefit of the charity thanks to Chairman Guido Martinelli. Laurel House is a comprehensive domestic violence agency serving individuals, families and communities through Montgomery County. We have supported the agency with grants over the years. We now can support them through donations to their Thrifts Shops which helps raise needed funds to support their shelter and counseling programs, while also helping raise awareness about domestic abuse.* * * *
Norristown Rotary helps fund the BiCentennial Celebration
Posted Jun 6, 2013, 8:44 AM by RotaryofNorristown .July 17, 2012 - The Norristown Rotary Club donated $3500 to the community and the Norristown Bicentennial Celebration Committee to support efforts in building community pride and celebrating Norristown's 200th anniversary. A formal presentation was made to the committee by Past President Denise Ashe and officers of the club.
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- 1 Coming April 10thThe Pathway SchoolLouise Robertson
- 2 Here's 8 Great Reasons Why YOU Should Join Rotary
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- 4 Norristown Area HS
- 5 October 17, 2013 - As part of our commitment to literacy, the club purchased 600 dictionaries for all Norristown Area School District 3rd graders and (here) delivered them to Hancock Elementary School. This year the club doubled the number of dictionaries to insure all schools received a distribution The dictionaries are English-Spanish and the children were excited to receive their copy and write their name inside the cover. Bob Schmidt chaired the project. (photo credit the Times Herald)
- 6 Below is the delivery to Paul Fly Elementary School on Nov 15, 2013.