Club Rotary Stories / News

2018-2019 Matching Grant

posted Jun 25, 2019, 10:51 PM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Jun 25, 2019, 10:54 PM ]

The club presented a district matching grant for $3000 to Expressive Path to be used to purchase music and art supplies.  Here the presentation was made at the Roosevelt Alternative School.


Pedals for Progress 2018 Bike Collection nets 97 bicycles

posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:46 PM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 10:48 PM ]

Despite rainy weather we collected 97 bicycles and 13 sewing machines this year.  These bikes will go to Albania to be used as family transportation.

Thank you Bike Sport

posted May 26, 2017, 8:16 PM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated May 26, 2017, 8:17 PM ]

In December, we recognized owner Ginny Politz and manager Christopher Valenti of BikeSport in Trappe for their continued support of our Pedals for Progress used bike collection. Over the years, we have shipped over 700 bicycles to families in developing nations without family transportation.

A Thank You Note and a Mission of Mercy

posted Mar 8, 2017, 4:16 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Sep 5, 2019, 11:19 PM ]

Making Smiles - One of the projects we support is our Rotaplast mission. We send teams of surgeons and nonprofessionals to visit countries and make children smile by repairing their disfiguring cleft palate or cleft lip.  Here a note from Edarase Tose (Venezuela) after receiving mercy surgery to correct cleft lip possible by our donation.

Cleft Palate and cleft lip is a birth defect which not only disfigures the mouth and lips leaving physical scarring with gaps or holes where the skin doesn’t close, it also causes emotional, speech and even breathing issues for infants, following them into adulthood. These disfigurements can be corrected through surgery with excellent outcomes. Rotary sends traveling surgical teams where Rotary volunteers along with surgeons and medical support teams visit these villages to perform the corrective surgery. That’s why we call it the "Making Smiles” project, not only for children but also their parents.

Supporting Literacy

posted Mar 8, 2017, 4:00 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 4:19 AM ]

Each year we gift about 700 Spanish-English dictionaries to every 3rd grader in the NASD.  We tell them about Rotary then have them write their names inside the cover.  These books often go home and get a lot of usage both at school and home.  Here club members are inserting the name labels.

Bob Schmidt (Project Chair) greets Principal Janette Fernandez and Asst Supt. Christopher Dormer.

Music for Kid's Sake - Sep 11, 2016

posted Mar 8, 2017, 3:49 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 4:20 AM ]

Members represent our club at the Music 4 Kid's Sake Fest in Elmwood Park sponsored by Expressive Path.   This event raises funds for students in middle school and high school to help them become interested, tutor them and showcase their talents in music and art for up to 2000 students each year.

Pathway School Grant - Aug 19, 2016

posted Mar 8, 2017, 3:46 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 4:20 AM ]

President, Scott Wright presents a grant check for $10,800 from last year's Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to David Schultheis and Louise Robertson of the Pathway school.


posted Jun 11, 2016, 6:14 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 4:18 AM ]

Pedals for Progress collection a big SUCCESS !!  97 bikes and 15 sewing machines
 Thank you to all of our donors, especially Bikesport (Trappe), East Norriton Detectives & the Indian Creek Foundation for all of their help collecting. These bikes are headed to Albania to help families who have no family car or transportation.

Ending Hunger

posted May 9, 2016, 6:34 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated May 9, 2016, 6:35 AM ]

Hard at work on Saturday fighting hunger. We packaged 14,000 ready to cook meals in 2 hours as part of End Hunger NE. Eleven boxes or about 400 meals were be donated to the Norristown Interact Club as part of their food drive helping the Norristown Ministries day shelter. Thanks to Gov Doug Cook for organizing this District 7430 project helping food kitchens in the area.

Louise Zawadzki Visits Bangladesh

posted Mar 6, 2016, 7:00 PM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Mar 8, 2017, 4:26 AM ]

Rotarian Louise Zawadzki joined Rotary after retiring as a speech therapist. Louise wanted to donate her skills to help others with speech issues, particularly young children where  learning to talk is critical. So she volunteered to join a Rotaplast mercy mission arranged by Rotary to surgically correct disfigurements of cleft palate and cleft lip. The team mission led by Randy Floyd to Bangladesh gave one of the best holiday presents ever. They gave children with cleft lip/palate a smile and a chance to live a normal life. Thank you to the team!

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