Danielle Harrsch has spoken to our club a few times about her journey through life with MS. On Saturday, May 3rd, she will be walking for a cure at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is looking for our support.
Here are some words from Danielle about her upcoming walk and her story about her life with MS. Also, you can make a donation on her website: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/Danielle_Harrsch
The National MS Society wants to create a world without MS. They mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
Made StrongerWhen I have a friend going through a hard time one of the things I’d say would be: “don’t sweat the small stuff,” or “what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.” These two phrases are very popularly used, but we truly understand their meaning? I don’t think we do without going through something in our own lives that is more than the mundane trials of everyday life.
My understanding of those phrases started to change on April 3, 2009. My vision had been blurry for a week, but college orientation awaited me. Upon arriving, I was asked to sign in, but when I stroked the pen on the paper my name didn’t look the same. When asked who my advisor is, my answer was nothing but a slurred name. Tears swelled in my eyes, and all I could hear was my pounding heart.
There was no question that this was a successful evening, there were over 200 attendees. Not only did Rotarians volunteer their time for planning and preparation, many local businesses generously donated food, beverages and door prizes.
We are very grateful to everyone who participated in this event and look forward to our next fundraiser.
On December 10, 2013 the Warminster Rotary Club along with Santa participated in the 19tth Annual “Wrapping Presence event at the Majestic Oaks Nursing Home.
The founder and host of the event is Marnie Kies Diettrich who was inspired by her own parent’s to start this venture. Both of Marnie’s parents had been stricken with illnesses that lead them to nursing homes in their later years. Although their bodies may have been failing their spirit was very much alive and they both expressed the desire to have gifts to give their loved ones at Christmas.
Marnie is the type of person who sees possibility in the impossible. Her parent’s desire turned into the realization of “Wrapping Presence”. This year the organization estimates that over 5,000 gifts have been given and over 650 volunteers have participated. There is no cost to the residents of the nursing homes for the gifts they select to give their list of loved ones. This event has reached nursing homes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Illinois.
Beth and Brigid Dailey received a $2,500 donation from Warminster Rotary Tuesday afternoon.
Warminster Rotary Club President and District Judge Dan Finello thought the annual search for a township family would be a little bit easier when his fellow rotarians reached out to local organization Athletes Helping Athletes for some suggestions. Then something unexpected happened.
"Athletes Helping Athletes suggested Beth Dailey and her daughter Brigid," said Finello. "When we contacted them, Beth told us she thought another family needed more help than her. That's never happened before."
Based on Beth's suggestion, Warminster Rotary directed their 2013 fundraising efforts toward Blake Emsley and his family, culminating in a $5,000 check presented to the Emsleys in December.
Finello was pleased with the outcome, but he still wanted to recognize the Daileys' selfless act. Beth and Brigid attended Warminster Rotary's weekly lunch on Tuesday at Giuseppe's and received a $2,500 check from the organization.
"We wanted to start the new year off right," said Finello.
On Tuesday, March 26th the Warminster Rotary Club hosted their second annual Four-Way Test Speech Competition. Rotarians, contestants and their families all packed into Giuseppe's to hear our three finalists from William Tennent High School speak about a current issue in our society and how they apply Rotary's Four-Way Test for a resolution. Since the preliminary round was held the night before to narrow down five contestants to three, this was the second time the finalists presented their speech's before judges.
Adam Adnane made it two wins in two years after passionately delivering a speech on the problems with partisanship politics. Finishing as a very close first runner-up and only one point behind Adam was Elizabeth John who spoke about the affects of poverty in society. Second runner-up was awarded to Jake Arentzen. All the students who participated can be proud of the effort they put forth in preparing for the speech contest and we can be proud to have them in our community! Our future is indeed in good hands.
From left to right: Jake Arentzen, Elizabeth John and Adam Adnane
Strike-Out Hunger is a Regional event involving over 200 Rotary Clubs in seven Districts in PA, NJ, DE and MD. I would like to invite you to participate in the 29th Annual Game on August 22nd, 2013 at 7:05 pm, as our Phillies play the Colorado Rockies. The success the Phillies have had selling season tickets has created a shortage of seats again this year. Because of their commitment to Rotary, they have made a limited amount available. I urge you to get your ticket orders in early! Thanks to Rotary's participation, The Rotary Foundation has benefited by over $825,000 to help eradicate Polio, plus thousands of pounds of food have been contributed to Local Food Banks. Clubs selling tickets for this ballgame can receive Rotary Foundation credits that may be used for Paul Harris Fellow Awards. We ask that everyone attending the game bring cans of non-perishable food and deposit them in the drums at the ball park entrance. Join us for a great evening of fun, friendship and fellowship, and: SUPPORT THE ROTARY FOUNDATION!!
The Warminster Rotary has participated in this event several years in a row and this year we have 100 tickets available for our members, their families and their friends! As in previous years, we will meet before the game for a tailgate party in the parking lot. Please contact Leo Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your tickets today!
The Warminster Rotary Club is donating $1000 to the Willow Dale Elementary School in order to help make their annual science fair a reality. The Science Fair will allow students an opportunity to learn about the scientific method, design an experiment, develop and conduct an experiment, and creatively display their findings.
On February 23, 2013 the members of the Warminster Rotary Club came together in celebration of our Club's charter as well as recognizing our achievements of this past year.
Did you know that also on February 23, 1905, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silverster Schiele and Hirem Shorey gathered in Loehr’s office for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting? That’s right…our Club’s charter date shares the anniversary date of the first Rotary club meeting which was 108 years ago today and we continue to live up to the precedent set all those years ago.
Every one of our Rotarians plays a major role in ensuring that we meet our club goals and we have done an outstanding job again this year. We started off the year with our annual Eagles Season Tickets Raffle and raised over $7000. From there we went right into the fall season with a partnership with Archbishop Wood, collecting food and raising money to be donated through Philabundance back to those in need in our community. As you know, the food drive culminated with our annual Charity Ball where we raised additional funds enabling us to contribute a total of $4000 which we donated to local food banks right here in Warminster. We were also able to donate over $500 through the district’s Sandy Disaster Relief Fund to help those in New York and New Jersey who were dealt the most devastating blows by Hurricane Sandy. We had another successful cigar fundraising event which also was a wonderful social event and we have been able to continue supporting multiple non-profits in our community with donations. We have contributed $2000 to the polio plus fund and another $2,200 to the Annual SHARE Fund which are both administered by The Rotary Foundation and we are not done yet!
Ben Wilson Senior Center
Another community organization who was a recipient of the Warminster Rotary's annual Charity Ball is the Ben Wilson Senior Center. Providing Senior Citizens with a large modern activity center where friends may socialize, enjoy activities, trips, and nutritious meals; the Ben Wilson Senior Center is conveniently located just off Street Road (Rt 132) in Warminster between Old York Road (Rt 263) and Easton Road (Rt 611).
Activities provided include aerobics, art class, bingo, bridge club, crafts, library, line dancing, lunch program, pinochle, pool tables, radio club, stamp club, trips, woodcarving, writers' group and yoga. Other programs and services include blood pressure screening, blood drives/American Red Cross, food distribution, 55 Alive driving programs, income tax preparation, legal services, meals-on-wheels, RSVP program, and wheelchair/walker equipment loans.
Warminster Presbyterian Church
One of Warminster Rotary's recipients from the proceeds of our annual charity ball was the Warminster Presbyterian Church which is a member of Presbyterian Church USA. The $1,000 went to help feed those in need but the Church provides many programs for their congregation and the local community. Here is a little more about the Warminster Presbyterian Church.
The Deacons provide special recognition and care for all members of the Church and community to let them know that they are always there for them. This includes helping those in the military with phone cards so that they can keep in touch with their family and loved ones, gift cards to college students to give a helping hand while they manage their finances and higher learning, and other care and recognition to those in need.
All the hard work of the past several months has finally paid off with over $4,000 being donated to local organizations to help fight hunger. At our December Assembly Meeting, we presented $1,000 to each to the YWCA Food Bank at Bucks Landing, the Ben Wilson Senior Center, the Warminster Presbyterian Church Food Bank, and the Coordinating Council for Health and Welfare, which operates a food pantry out of the Warminster Heights administrative building. This is in addition to $500 and 700 pounds of food donated to Philabundance. Rotary has the ability to touch so many lives and this is just the latest example. You can read more about the donations in the featured article on the Warminster Patch.
Rotary Celebrates Holidays with Majestic Oaks Residents
On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 Warminster Rotary hosted a "Wrapping Presence" party at the Majestic Oaks Facility. There was music and treats for all to enjoy as well as a Sassy Santa to put a smile on the residents faces. Each year the residents are able to choose special gifts for loved ones on their list. All gifts are personally wrapped by our fine Rotary volunteers and each resident receives hand crafted holiday door hangers to hang on their door.
Months of planning finally came to fruition this past Saturday night when the Warminster Rotary Club hosted their annual Charity Ball. With so many people feeling the pressures of the economy as well as the added issues due to Hurricane Sandy, it was even more critical for the Club to come together with the goal of helping our fellow neighbors. With over two dozen donated prize baskets to raffle off and the music of DJ Peter Venneri over 150 Rotarians and guests partied all night long.
While the final tally is not yet complete, we can say the night was a success with money being raised to help feed those in need. Just this past Wednesday night, the Warminster Club's Board of Directors voted to approve $4,000 to be split amongst the local food pantries in Warminster. Also, a portion of the Charity Ball's contributions will be sent to those affected by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey and New York. Rotary District 7430 has setup a Sandy Disaster Relief Fund which our club has pledged a minimum of $500 to contribute to. This money will be sent through the six Rotary districts in the most impacted areas of New Jersey and New York. Unlike other disaster relief organizations, Rotary has the ability to get a larger percentage of the donations directly into the hands of those in need since there is very little overhead in the organization.
The money will help a Warminster fourth grader diagnosed with Asperger's continue his developmental progress.
Fourth-grader Blake Emsley cannot write legibly with a pen. The condition, called aphasia, is one of the many symptoms of a child diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Because he cannot write does not mean Blake cannot communicate, as he demonstrated with a joke at Warminster Rotary's weekly luncheon at Giuseppe's Pizza & Family Restaurant Tueday afternoon.
"What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?" asked Blake. "Frostbite."
Unfortunately, schools don't grade students on charm. However, thanks to advancements in mobile technology and apps, Blake has been able to keep up with his classmates. The alternative communication method has taken a toll on his family's budget, making them prime candidates for the Warminster Rotary Club's annual charity donation drive.
This year our board decided to partner with Archbishop Wood High School and Philabundance. While in years past we were able to help a family in need, we wanted to be able to help potentially thousands of families in our community. There are people right here in Warminster who are going to bed hungry every night and the food pantries are having a hard time keeping up with the demand. By partnering with Archbishop Wood, we have a committed partner helping us raise money and collect food at their sporting events as well as in their school. Also, many of our members have volunteered to have a collection box at their place of business in order to add to the food drive. Finally, by working with Philabundance, we are able to ensure the food is being distributed back into our community's local food pantries where it is needed.
Please come and join us at our annual charity ball which will be the culmination of our food drive efforts. The proceeds of the night will go to helping feed those in need as well as helping support our various other charities we partake in throughout the year. The annual charity ball is our premier fundraising event of the year and ensures our ability to continue giving back to Warminster. As in past years, we will have a silent auction, dinner, dancing and cash prizes totaling $5000 all in the name of charity! Without your help, we would not be able to continue our mission.
During the Warminster Township Touch-A-Truck Event and the re-dedication of the Warminster Community Park to commemorate the park's 10th anniversary, the Warminster Rotary Club unveiled a new bronze plaque and a picnic table with shade structure and benches.
Two years ago, the Safety Town project was opened to the public and it now features a shady place for the adults to sit and watch the little ones take a ride through "Little Warminster". Coming soon will be a new "Welcome to Safety Town" sign with recognition of all the sponsors and volunteers who helped to make it possible. Also, additional sponsor opportunities will be available in the form of benches around the perimeter of Safety Town.
A special thanks to Rotarian Nello Ianieri of Nancy's Farm for donating the boulder for the plaque and the labor to have it placed in the park.
Stay tuned as we continue to add improvements to Safety Town!
On Saturday, October 19th, 2013 my family and the Warminster Rotary Team participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's(LLS) Light The Night® Walk at Bucks County Community College.
The LLS LIght The Night Walk funds treatments that are saving the lives of patients today. LLS is making cures happen by providing patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. And it's all happening now. Not someday, today.
Our fundraising teams led by Captain Chris Roehl raised $606.
Having lost my grandmother who cared for me daily until I went to school at age 18 was very traumatic for me. She had a rare form of blood cancer that was treated with Chemotherapy shortly after her diagnosis in the beginning of the summer of 1985. She suffered a lot before entering remission about 4 months later; however she died before Christmas less than 6 months after being diagnosed. After her diagnosis she isolated from the rest of the family and quite frankly the rest of us didn’t know what to do with our own feelings or what to expect. We had no idea of how to support her or ourselves. One of the things I learned was that LLS has support groups for the patients as well as the families, we certainly could have used something like that during my grandmother’s final days and then thereafter. After her death I had a negative outlook towards blood cancers, thinking that any blood cancer diagnosis was a death sentence.
I just completed Part III and graduated from The Rotary Leadership Institute over a three year period. The mission of the RLI is to strengthen Rotary clubs through quality leadership education. Each part of my RLI day was filled with several informative educational mini sessions on various leadership topics. Every session was unique and motivating because we had a different instructor for each topic. It was also a great forum to meet and share several ideas with other Rotarians throughout several districts in our area. It was enjoyable and important for me to enhance my education and knowledge of an organization that I’m proud to be part of and support all year round. I would highly recommend RLI to every Rotarian looking to strengthen their club and enhance their leadership skills that can also be applied to their everyday life.