On Monday evening, Nov 6, 2017 Rotarian Pat DeMay, Citizen Bank, conducted the Fiscal Literacy I seminar at Cradle of Hope. Pat began with having the participants think about where they are now, and where they want to be in 5 years. We discussed income and expenses, and asked those attending to think about these things and fill out the amounts for the second fiscal seminar, which will happen early in 2018. Hopefully everyone will be able to get a better handle on their money, and be able to come up with a budget that includes the ability to save at least a little bit each month. The Dress for Success/Resume seminar will be on Nov 20th.
Glenside Rotary honored an 11th grade student, Nuri, from Wyncote Academy at their Nov 3 meeting. Student of Month Chairs Karen and Steve presented Nuri with a "Service Above Self" Certificate, and an honorarium check Nuri was joined by her proud parents, and her qualifications for the award were presented by Wyncote Academy teacher Josh Bornstein. Head of School Kerry Leraris (a long-standing member of Glenside Rotary) was also present and proud of her outstanding student.
Glenside Rotary was honored to present its first Student of the Month Service Above Self Award to Dylan, an 8th grade student at Cedarbrook Middle School. Dylan was recommended by her teachers, counselors, the Dean and Principal of the school. She has embodied the "Service Above Self" attitude at school, home, and in her community. She attended the meeting with her proud mother and grandmother, as well as two of the Cheltenham School District Social Workers. Congratulations Dylan, and continue to be such a great role model to your peers.
We were honored to have Carolyn Wilson present our Kick-off "Seminar for Success" at Cradle of Hope. Carolyn did a workshop on fear, ending with 5 steps to overcome it. Carolyn is an educator, mentor and motivator. Her website is: https://magnifyyouressence.wordpress.com/
She is also now a published author, with an amazon best-seller and is a contributor to two other books.
Bishop McDevitt High School's new president, Dr. Matthew Powell, is committed to service learning. He started the new academic year by sending the sophomores, juniors and seniors off for a morning of service while the faculty did freshmen orientation at the school. Glenside Rotary President Norma was privileged to be able to chaperone six hard-working, enthusiastic students. The group walked to the Glenside Library, and then spend two and a half hours reorganizing the non-fiction section of the library to move all the books off the top and bottom shelves. They were able to complete this whole section, which Head Librarian Mary Kay Moran told the students she had been trying to get done for the past year. While not a difficult project, students worked well together and learned how they needed to anticipate and plan before they started moving - or they would have to re-arrange the books multiple times in order to get them all to fit. We were proud to have been able to get the entire section completed in such a short period of time thanks to great teamwork.
President Norma will host a service committee meeting at her home in Upper Dublin on July 25 to begin a discussion on more involvement in local, as well as international service projects. Pizza and soda/iced tea will be provided, and Norma is currently reaching out to community contacts to determine what the local needs are. Everyone in the club is welcome to attend. If you are an organization that provides service, please contact us before the meeting at firstname.lastname@example.org (or use Contact Form on this site) so we can discuss your projects as well. Glenside Rotary is committed to become much more involved in local service projects, in addition to those we already support. Please get in touch so you can help us to help you!
Current club projects include providing funds to maintain the Rotary Circle in front of Penny's Flowers in Keswick Villiage, Thanksgiving Turkey and Dinner Baskets for Cheltenham families in need, financial and volunteer support for the Special Olympics Volleyball Tournament in Bryn Athyn, Student of the Month Service Above Self Awards for local middle school students, support for Rotary Youth Exchange students, and support for Rotary Youth Leadership Award weekend event for local high school students. We worked with Chestnut Hill Rotary in 2014-2016 to get funding and build a playground at Gaudenzia House in Mt. Airy (a rehab facility that allows moms to bring up to 2 children with them while they are residents of the facility).
Our club was asked to help promote the GOFUNDME site set up for this family. You can help this family by connecting on the link.
The Glenside Rotary donated funds, as did several individual members of the club Board, to make up the $800 still needed so that this student could attend the summer trip with her class. We cannot wait to hear about her adventures when she returns!
Each year Glenside Rotary awards 10 local middle school students with a Service Above Self Award, that includes a small stipend. Students along with the faculty member or counselor who recommended them, and their parents are invited to one of the club meetings. We have an amazing group of young people who are an inspiration and we look forward to hearing more about their accomplishments in the future.
Once again, working with the Cheltenham township school district, Glenside Rotary put together and distributed 75 Thanksgiving baskets to families in Cheltenham township. Local schools collected food, and the Rotary purchased frozen turkeys to distribute. Both Arcadia University and Manor College Rotaractors, as well as students from Wyncote Academy, helped with this project.
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Service Above Self is our motto...
Here's how we implement this at Glenside Rotary.
Glenside Rotary Fundraiser for the Glenside Library to purchase new book bin for children's books and update medical, science and technology books.