BLUE BELL ROTARY CLUB

Serving our community since 1990

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Welcome to our Club!

Blue Bell

Service Above Self

Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30AM except for the last Tuesday of the month when we meet at 5:00PM at the Blue Bell Inn.
Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center for morning meetings
1401 Morris Road
Blue Bell, PA  19422
United States
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Mailing Address: PO Box 1011 Blue Bell Pa 19422

For more information regarding membership, contact Allan Syphers at ASArchitect@aol.com

For program information, contact James Gonnason at jamesgonnason@gmail.com 

 
10th Annual Chefs of Burbs
 
This year’s Chefs event netted in excess of $60,000. Thank you for joining us and helping us achieve this significant milestone. Through our fundraisers and donations, we are able to support organizations both locally, like Inter-Faith Housing Alliance and the Wissahickon Valley Boys and Girls Club in addition to many others, as well as international support, like Rotaplast, ShelterBox USA, and our Maternal Healthcare project in Uganda.
This is in addition to the 5,000 hours of hands-on service that our club provides throughout the year.
 
 
 
5th Annual Golf Outing

Thanks for a Great Golf Outing

All Proceeds Benefit Cradles to Crayons

 
Weekly Highlights
 BBRC member Lani summed up this week's meeting very well "...we had an insightful and mind-opening presentation by a former Wissahickon High School foreign exchange student, Julia, who lived with host families in Siberia, Russia for a year. Julia shared with us her fascinating experiences and how they opened up a whole new world in her life and laid the ground work for her future career......just hearing Julia made me feel so privileged to be part of the Blue Bell Rotary Club."
Way to go Julia!
 
 
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Celebrate Vocational Service Month this January and learn more about Rotary. Rotarians serve, empower, and inspire others by using their vocational skills and expertise to address community needs and help others discover new vocational opportunities. Here are a couple of ways that Rotarians (including Blue Bell Rotary) are applying their expertise to the needs of their communities: http://echo4.bluehornet.com/hostedemail/email.htm?CID=32832194279&ch=856B1C1977561155E4509A2B6E12CC42&h=d3c5f82bf036beb614243c05540b50f2&ei=7_m-duCNY 
 

 
On behalf of the North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club, I would like to thank you for your generous contribution of$15,000.00 for our Wissahickon Club. Each year the North Penn Valley Boys & Girls Club continues to advance our mission to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Through our programs we have seen many lives changed for the better. Your commitment to helping our work in the community is sincerely appreciated.  read more here
 

 
 
The 2014-2015 recipients of the RI Service Above Self Award, Rotary International's highest honor for individual Rotarians includes our own Patti Smith! This award recognizes Rotarians who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, especially those who have helped others through personal volunteer work and active involvement in Rotary.
 
 
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Blue Bell is pleased to announce its commitment toward education here in the local community with its pledge of $25,000 toward Montgomery County Community College Foundation’s Futures Rising campaign with The Blue Bell Rotary 25th Anniversary Good Citizenship Endowed Scholarship.
 
 
 
 

Sixteen mothers die in childbirth in Uganda every day. “How can we make a difference?” is the question Ryan, then a medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine, posed to his father several years ago. The result of that question and his father’s, Ron Smith, Rotary membership was to bring together staff from two medical schools - Drexel University College of Medicine in Phila. and Makerere University School of Health Sciences in Kampala, Uganda.  In 2014, Drexel and Makerere began an exchange of ideas, technology, and staff to find ways to reduce mortality and morbidity during and after childbirth and improve access to essential medical services. Ron Smith, member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell and recent recipient of the Drexel University Alumni Association’s Service to Community Award, established a Maternal and Child Health project. Through partnerships from other clubs, Drexel University College of Medicine, and interested parties, this program will establish a sustainable interchange of healthcare ideas and training of healthcare professionals. All of this, from one idea.

 
 
 
SARASOTA, Fla., April 15, 2015 – As National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is being observed, Allan Syphers, a member of the Rotary Club of Blue Bell of Rotary District 7430, has been recognized by President Obama and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2014 to assist disaster survivors.
When disasters like Cyclone Pam in the Vanuatu and the Syrian refugee crisis strike, many want to help. Syphers took action for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization that delivers emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies to survivors of disasters and other humanitarian crises.
 
Through Allan’s efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization was able to respond to more than 23 disasters last year, providing families with disaster relief tents, cook stoves, water filters, blankets, mosquito nets, children’s packs and other essential equipment. In one of the more busy years in ShelterBox history, ShelterBox has sent aid to support more than 10,500 families. 
 
 
 
Ummm, pancakes!  Come eat your fill of delicious pancakes (and eggs and sausage), help support the Second Alarmer’s Rescue Squad and visit beautiful Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park, all on a (guaranteed) sparkling May morning.  The Blue Bell Club of Rotary is once again offering its All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the low price of $8 for adults and teens and $5 for children between 3 and 10 (cash or check).
 
Sponsors include Univest, Norristown Bell Credit Union, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Bryn Mawr Trust, State Representative Kate Harper, Patient First, Max L Lieberman and Associates
 
 
 
 
 

The Rotary Club of Blue Bell conducted its annual Four Way Test Speech Contest at Wissahickon High School on March 17, 2015.  The contest challenges students to prepare a speech on some issue of importance to them and to use the Rotary Four Way Test to analyze the issue.  All seven contestants were well prepared and demonstrated both an understanding of the Four Way Test and the analytical skill to apply the test to their chosen issue.

For pictures, click here

 
 
 

For Dr. Andrew Johanson, charity begins at home, extends through the community and reaches out as far as Columbia and the Philippines.

Johanson is a licensed family and marriage therapist who has lived in Ambler for about 12 years. He has a private practice during the day, with offices in Lansdale and Bethlehem, and he dedicates much of his free time to the Rotary Club of Blue Bell, an organization that supports both local efforts and global causes.

For more read here

 

 
 

“Your motto ‘service about self’ is one that many of us could use,” Corbett told the crowd. “It’s a direct motto and it’s very simple. Yet when you think about it it’s very profound. When you consider the impact that Rotary has had, that each of you has had, that’s a result of the service you give back to your community.”

Read more here

 

 
 

Vocational Training Team (VTT) Heads to Uganda
Jan 24 – Feb 14

Maternal and Child Healthcare Education

The Blue Bell Rotary Club and District 7430 are leading a VTT in partnership with Drexel University in Philadelphia and Makerere University and the Kampala North Rotary Club in to improve the healthcare for mothers and children in Uganda.

Follow our Blog …..As we prepare and while we are “doing good in the world” in Uganda

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For his efforts to try to help victims of terrible tragedies like these, Blue Bell Rotarian Allan Syphers was recently honored by an international disaster relief organization after he surpassed a major fundraising collection milestone. Read more at: 

 

http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2013/12/21/ambler_gazette/news/doc52b355c97ece3725382830.txt 

 

 
 

The water well project for the Mukaa Community and Children's Home is underway.

 
 
 
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“Rotary clubs are important because they build communities and sustain communities.” State Representative Kate Harper , R-61.

 

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Save the Date

Saturday, April 2nd: Wellness Expo at MontCo Community College

Sunday, April 17th: Blue Bell Rotary’s 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Monday September 12th: Blue Bell Rotary Golf Tournament
Thursday, October 6th: 11th Annual Chef’s of the Burbs

 

This Year's theme: Be a Gift to the World

A word of thanks from the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club

Our club distributed  over 100 gifts and toys at our recent Holiday Party. 

 

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Speakers
Feb 09, 2016
Teal Mercer
Africa Dental Hygiene Trip Results
Feb 16, 2016
Feb 23, 2016
*Social Meeting*
Keller Williams Real Estate, 910 Harvest Dr, Suite 100, Blue Bell, PA. 5:30pm.
Mar 01, 2016
Mar 08, 2016
Liz Graham
Easter Seals
Mar 15, 2016
Apr 05, 2016
Dr. James A.Crisfield, Wissahickon Superintendent
also Kristin Rawlings, Communications Coordinator for Wissahickon School District
May 03, 2016
Louise Z, Norristown Rotary
Rotary Elevator Talks