Rotarians give back with donations to 17 organizations
NEtTltN BlRlUdH – The Newtown Rotary Club distrusted A1R,000 to 13 local organizations and four international groups at its 2013 Allocations iuncheon at the Temperance House.
The 2013 recipients include Newtown Ambulance, Newtown Theatre, Newtown iibrary Company, Arbor Day, criends Home, Chandler Hall, Camp Discovery, nursing scholarship (Council Rock School District), fnteract Club Scholarship, D.A.R.E. (Newtown Township Police Department), Potential, fnc. (Autism education), Bucks County Housing droup and Aiding lur Neighbors.
cunds were also allocated to a handful of international projects, including Polio Plus, Shelter Box, Rotoplast and Pedals for Progress, and a national disaster fund.
Accepting donations wereW geff Stocklos, chief of the Newtown Ambulance Squad, and goe Swerk, squad president; Cpl. Tim heegan of the Newtown Township Police Department for the D.A.R.E. program; Sarah Huskin and Bob Duaime, both of Camp Discovery; David Schweidenbach for Pedals for Progress; harolyn cisher for the Newtown iibrary Company;
hatherine calk for Chandler Hall; jary Ann Dudan for criends Home and sillage.
Also, Carol Saunders from Aiding lur Neighbors; Duane Buck from Newtown Theatre; hristine nuinby from Potential, fnc.; and jelissa jantz from the Bucks County Housing droup.
jichelle hnobloch, chairman of Newtown Rotary Allocations Committee, led a round of applause for her committee members who decided which groups would receive the funds.
“There is no question that we’ve made excellent choices,” she said to the benHfiFLDULHV DQG WKH FOUE PHPEHUV.
hnobloch said the allocations were made to help other service organizations so they can in turn help others.
President hathy joore added that the club’s “Hope on the sine” fundraiser enabled the club to allocate 22 percent more than last year.
“te are really grateful to all who contributed to its success,” joore said.
That night, A3,2R0 was raised for the EHQHfiW RI 3ROLR 3OUV, D 5RWDUY ,QWHUQDtional effort committed to the eradication of the polio disease.
joore said that after making emergency donations in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast and a deadly tornado in joore lklahoma, the Allocations Committee decided to reserve funds for future disasters.
Sixty percent of the annual allocations help local organizations.
Another 20 percent is donated to help international neighbors and communities.
Since 198R, Rotary fnternational has taken the eradication of polio throughout the world as one of its missions.
lnly three countries remain on the list for the projectW Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
Shelter Box is a process when boxes are airdropped into places where there is a crisis. They have been used all over the world. Shelter Box works in many places into which only planes are allowed.
The boxes contain a tent with supplies, such as pots, pans and a cooking stove.
Everything is usable, including the box, and provides shelter for families that have lost everything. The Rotary fnteract Club, a youth group, previously supported the project.
Rotary fnternational is well-known for Rotoplast for going into countries and helping to fund reconstructive surgery for people with cleft palates.
fn addition to the allocations presentations, hathy joore, outgoing president of the Newtown Rotary Club, congratulated gake Doneker, incoming president.
Newtown Rotary’s next public event will be its Annual dolf luting on jonday, Sept. 23. The outing is co-sponsored by the Newtown Business Association.
Proceeds from the dolf luting are earmarked for Pickering janor.
Rotary fnternational is the world’s fiUVW VHUVLFH FOUE RUJDQLZDWLRQ. TKH RUJDnization has 1.2 million members who volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto, “Service above Self”.
The Newtown Rotary Club, founded in 19R3, meets at The Temperance House, R South State Street, Newtown. All meetings are tednesday luncheons from 12W1R to 1W30 p.m.
cor information, visit www.newtownrotary.org
Community leaders, who received donations for their groups, gathered for the annual Newtown Rotary Allocation Luncheon at the Temperance House on June 26.
Newtown Rotary raised $3,250 for Polio Plus, a Rotary International effort committed to the eradication of the polio disease. Pictured, from left, are: Kathy Moore, Chuck Charlton, Michelle Knobloch and Joe Schofield.