"Service above self"

Community Projects:

We are always adding new projects.  To name just a few...

Grant Projects:  Each year the club makes numerous 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 65-75 families received baskets of full dinners for an entire family. 

Rotaplast Mercy Mission:  Some of our members have visited other countries along with medical surgeons on a mercy mission to repair through plastic surgery, the childhood disfigurements of cleft lip and cloth plate. We call it "Making Smiles" because these children can live normal lives with nearly invisible repair. The children's smile aren't the only smiles as you might imagine.

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  Head Start Program.

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

Bell Ringing:  Each year, we help the Salvation raise money for the needy by dispatching Rotarians to take a turn ringing the bell at the door kettle collections at Walmart. It gives the Salvation Army a much needed day off.

Pedals for Progress:  Year round our club collection donated bicycles for shipment to underdeveloped countries. In May we hold a public collection at West Norriton Day, pack the truck and send off the entire year's work destined to go overseas.  With these bicycles families without automobile transportation can work and attend school up to 10 miles from their home.

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.  We award thousands of dollars in scholarships  

Fund Raising Projects:

Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction Project:  This project resulted in a profit of  over $18,000.  This is the club's major annual fund raiser.  Every year we select a major benefaciary. 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.   

Camaraderie 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.