West Grove-Avondale Rotary Club
District 7450 -- Club 5505


June 2017
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  • The Bridge
    Church of the Nazarene, basement in rear
    Jan 01, 2017 5:45 PM –
    Dec 31, 2018 7:30 PM
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Welcome to our Club!

West Grove-Avondale

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:45 AM
Jenners Pond Allison Bldg.
2000 Greenbriar Ln.
West Grove, PA  19390
United States
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Flags For Heroes

Please consider sponsoring a flag for our annual fundraiser "Flags for Heroes".  View the linked video to experience the effect this project had on one resident, Jill Hardy, who lost her son Brandon in Iraq:  https://youtu.be/aQbJUg5iCr4
Flags can be sponsored by downloading and filling in the flyer located on the left side of this page.
Checks can be mailed to the address shown, or pay $50 using the button below.  Make sure to tell us your heroe's name and why you are honoring them!
 Thank you for your support!
Support the Avondale and West Grove Fire departments and enjoy an amazing pancake/ sausage breakfast. $10 adult/ $6 child.
Our club will have a morning of service at Project CURE on Saturday, Nov 5, from 9-12 am.  Come learn about this wonderful local organization that depends on the generous service of our community.  There is always something to do there!  https://projectcure.org
Our annual and delicious Chicken BBQ will be held on Thursday Oct 6 from 4:30- 6:30 at the Fred S. Engle Middle School cafeteria.  Tickets are available at A Dressy Deal Consignment, Water Crest Farms, via PayPal or from any WGA Rotary Club member. Adults = $12, Children = $7, Take out only.
If you purchase tickets via PayPal, your receipt is your ticket, please print!
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Our club has long supported literacy within the community and one of our primary beneficiaries has been the Avon Grove library.  This year our funding was used to support the library book drop.  Stop by the library to view the new addition to the services offered by the library!
Larry Thompson sang the National Anthem at the Phillies game again for the third straight year.  Thank you Larry for your commitment to Rotary, your support of the Phillies, and sharing your beautiful voice!
At Lynn Klingensmith's installation, we recognized three club members who have maintained perfect attendance for many years.  They are Larry Thompson (25 years), Dick Chambers (52 years) and Calvin Pickel (48 years).  To give you an appreciation of this level of dedication, 52 years of perfect attendance translates to about 2500 meetings!  This would be equivalent to perfect school attendance from K-college.  Dick Chambers, I think that you have earned a doctorate in Rotary!
Thank you to all of our Flags for Heroes sponsors.  Not only did you honor a special hero in your life, you helped to support local and international service projects.
Thank you to all the WGA Rotarians for coming out to volunteer at Project CURE on April 30.  We had amazing club participation and I am very proud of our club.  We really work well together!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at our annual pancake breakfast.  It was a great event with 501 tickets sold!  It is a wonderful way to show our community fire fighters and ambulance squads how much we appreciate their service to us.
What a great presentation we had today by Canine Partners for Life featuring Janet Cooper and Sage.  This wonderful organization provides an incredible service to disabled individuals as well as those suffering from diabetes and heart disease.  We were able to support them with a small donation- hoping to increase it in the future!
We recently had three new members join our club, Diane Murphy, Gail Hudson and Peg Gober!  Diane is the Director of Marketing for BRS Insurance Services, Gail is a retired nurse and Peg is retired from a career in Occupational Health.  These new members have demonstrated the meaning of "service above self" in their careers and volunteer activities.  We are very fortunate to have Diane, Gail  and Peg join our club.
Learn more about Rotary and what we do in the community by attending our membership event on March 15 starting in the community room of the AG Library.  After a brief introduction, we will walk to the Family Promise Day home (at the previous ABVM convent), meet the director, Sue Minarchi, and tour the home.  The van that we helped to purchase for Family Promise will transport us to The Bridge, a family needs distribution center located at the Church of the Nazarene.  We will return to The GARAGE for refreshments and fellowship.  This event is free and open to anyone who would like to learn more about our club.
We honor our students of the month, Jennifer Cano from the AGHS, and Kaitlyn Grzenda from the AG Charter School.  Jen loves math, is a dancer and aspires to be a lawyer some day.  Kaitlyn is a gymnast and dancer who enjoys crafting and hopes to fulfill her dream to be a second grade teacher.
So proud of our students of the month for January, Jake Zebley from the AGHS and Sammie Seitz from The AG Charter School.  In addition to their very impressive academic credentials, both students have discovered unique ways to express their creativity.  Jake has been instrumental from the start in AG TV and is interested in a career in sports broadcasting while Sammie is merging her artistic skills with robotics and engineering.  
This morning Kathy Hrenko told our club about the many volunteer opportunities at Project C.U.R.E's Mid-Atlantic distribution center at the Dansko warehouse.  Before we can volunteer, you will need to make a profile. We will schedule a group volunteering event when the center is ready in January 2016.  Click on the link to get started:https://projectcure.org/volunteer
Our Students of the Month for December are Hannah Kirk from the Avon Grove Charter School and Caroline McCulley from the Avon Grove High School.  Both of these amazingly talented young women are student-athletes with an impressive array of accomplishments within and outside of school.  We are so proud to honor these wonderful students!
If you would like to list your business in the Rotarian Business to Business Directory, click on the link below:http://7450.rotarianb2b.com/index.php?menuid=11&rnum=865487734
Congratulations to Victoria "Madi" Wyatt, our AG Charter School Student of the Month and CJ Berger, our AGHS student of the Month.  Both students have impressive academic credentials, service activities and future career aspirations.  We are so proud of our Avon Grove students!
Past President Kory accepted the challenge to rappel 418 feet down the Brandywine Realty Trust’s One Logan Square Building in Center City Philadelphia on October 23rd.  He did this as a fundraiser for Philadelphia Outward Bound and more specifically for their Veterans Program. He raised $5250 and was the NUMBER ONE FUNDRAISER FOR OUTWARD BOUND!!! Watch Kory's rappel here:  https://youtu.be/9ryCBonMO6c
‚ÄčIf you would like to view his full interview with Fox 29 news, click here: https://youtu.be/Q6LU7co8pys
On October 20 our club sponsored Family Literacy Night at Avon Grove Intermediate School.  The program began with an overview of the importance of regular reading at home. Literacy specialists reviewed topics such as how to select "just right" books for children to read independently. Parents were invited to attend two workshops of their choice while their children were entertained by a local storyteller. He kept students actively engaged in a series of enchanted tales as their parents were busy learning about literacy.


During the workshops, parents learned specific tips and techniques to use with children at home. After participating in the two workshops of their choice, parents joined their children in the cafeteria for some final storytelling.  The children were then invited to choose a book to take home.  These books were provided by the WGA Rotary.


Congratulations to Kristen Riess from AGCS and Lindsay Traino from AGHS who were selected as our Students of the Month for October.
A promotional video featuring Annette Miller (the one with the stylish coat!) is available for viewing.  Click the link to view the video: https://youtu.be/n1Bj9Bi4mxw
Rotary Night at the Phillies featured Larry Thompson in the Rotary choir!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Cheryl Gross
    June 16
  • Anita D'Amico - Berlin
    Michael Berlin
    June 4
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