"Service above self"

Community Projects:

Grant Projects:  Each year the club makes community grants to worthy organizations as part of our effort to give back to the community.  

Head Start Christmas Project:  Rotarians become “Santa” and his “elves” to give out gift bags to over 120 children from the area Head Start Programs during the Christmas season.  This year, we visited three locations and as part of our continuing involvement with the Literacy Program, we presented each child with a new reading book.  

Thanksgiving Dinner Delivery Project:  Rotarians raise funds for, assemble and deliver Thanksgiving dinner baskets to needy families each year.  This year 75+ families received baskets of full dinners for an entire family. 

Preschool Intervention Project (PIP):  This year, approximately 55 children between the ages of 3 and 5 who come from parents who fall below the poverty level; who live with a single parent, have one parent incarcerated at some point since birth; are living in foster care, often having suffered multiple placements or homelessness; or have mothers whose first baby was born during their teenage years.  Rotarians provided  gifts for these children to make their season a little brighter.

Literacy/Learning Center/Mentoring Project:  Continuing working relationship with the Montgomery County Norristown Public Library to combat illiteracy in our area.  Last year, new books were provided to children in the PIP and Head Start Programs.

Dictionary Project:  This year, all six of the Norristown Area Elementary Schools were visited.  Third grade students were given an overview of Rotary and each were gifted a Spanish-English dictionary. 700 dictionaries were distributed to knowledge hungry minds eager to learn.

Fund Raising Projects:

Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction Project:  This project resulted in a profit of  over $14,000.  This is the club's major annual fund raiser.  Pathway schools was our major benefactor. Additional funds will go to community grants.  Approximately seventy-five (75%) of the club members participated in this project. 

Rotary Foundation:  This year the club contributed $7435.00  towards the goal of $ 7,000.00.  The club’s all time giving amount is $262,210  to support the programs of the Foundation.  Currently the club has 54 annual sustaining members, 2 major donors, 1 benefactor  and 48 Paul Harris Fellows. 

Strike Out for Hunger Project:  Each year the club raises money for the local “fight against hunger” and sponsored underprivileged students from local organizations to a Philadelphia Phillies game.   
Youth Services:

Camp Neidig: Each summer, the club sponsors five high school students from our three local high schools to a three-day experience at camp to enhance and develop leadership skills.  Later the campers are invited to attend a luncheon meeting of the club and talk about their experiences.  

Shoprite/ColeManor School Project:  aka “Young Consumers Program”.   Members of the club mentor the students from Cole Manor School who participated in the program.

Interact Club:  We established a club att Norristown Area High School.  Tthe club is affiliated with our Rotary Club.  We partner with them in a range of community service and fundraising events.  

Student Achievement Awards:  Students are chosen from each of the three local high schools for their academic and community service achievement.  They and their parents are guest at a Rotary Luncheon Meeting and are eligible to apply for our student interest free loans. See our "Wall of Fame"

Student Loan Fund:  The club provides interest-free loans (up to a $l, 000 per year per student) to selected area students for college.  Over the past 28 years, the fund has granted over 787 loans totaling $646,750.  The club also awarded 3 scholarships of $2000 each to a student at Norristown Area HS, Plymouth Whitmarsh HS and Methacton HS.

International Services:

Rotoplast Mission:  Club made a $1000.00 donation to District 7430 to support their Rotoplast mission.  An international project to correct the life inhibiting deformities of cleft palate and cleft lip).

Pedals for Progress:  The Club spearheaded a program of collecting slightly used bicycles for shipment to underdeveloped countries. 97 bicycles and 15 sewing machines were collected this year.  

Shelter Box:  Club purchases a shelter box ($1,000 each) as our commitment in making a difference in the lives of a displaced family during their time of crisis.

Polio Plus:  Support the Rotary Foundation commitment to eradicate polio.  Our club goal this year is to contribute $1500.

Special Events:

Administrative Professional Assistants Day:  Scheduled each year in April, this event honors our member’s administrative staff with a special luncheon, with entertainment for the program and a floral plant for the guest.  
  
Vocational Awareness Day:  Scheduled annually, this is the day set aside where members instead of attending the regular luncheon sign up to visit the workplace of one of three members who volunteer to host the luncheon and showcase their facility.  

Annual Clambake:  Annual social event for Rotarians and their families and guest to encourage club fellowship.  This year's event will be held at Variety Club in Worcester.

Annual Holiday Party:  A fellowship event for members and their spouses usually held in December at the home of a member.  This year, Paul Nordemam hosted the event at the Meadowood Retirement Community.