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 Bike Collection nets 97 bicycles

posted Jun 19, 2018, 10:46 PM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Feb 25, 2020, 4:05 AM ]

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.

Annnual Bike Collection for Undeveloped Nations

posted Jun 11, 2016, 6:14 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Feb 25, 2020, 4:04 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 Feb 25, 2020, 4:14 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!

Every Third Grader in the NASD receives a dictionary

posted Dec 28, 2015, 1:08 AM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Dec 28, 2015, 2:15 AM ]

In the interest of advancing learning and literacy, the club gifted 600-700 Spanish-English dictionaries to all 3rd graders in the Norristown Area School District. 
The students not only received their reference books but they also received a brief introduction to what Rotary does around the world and in our community.

Feeding The Hungry

posted Sep 8, 2015, 6:28 PM by RotaryofNorristown   [ updated Feb 25, 2020, 4:11 AM ]

Several times each year we partner with Advocates Against Hunger to support their fresh produce distribution. Needy families and individuals must pre-qualify. But it enables families who may be going without badly needed nutrients for a healthy diet to receive help.

Members worked all morning along with other volunteers to unload the truck, sort and package and distribute produce.

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