Welcome to the Warminster Rotary Club
It's Fall 2021!  
There's a buzz in the air as our club in engaging in our fall and winter activities.  
We are in the process of forming committees for Scholarship, our Student of the Month program, Fundraising and much more.
Check out our calendar of events and join us.  
Club News
On Saturday, 10/9 we joined our neighboring club, Warrington Rotary at their Cornhole Tournament.  The event featured rows of cornhole boards and players at every level.   The event also featured food, music, and beverages.  It was held at the Valley Square shopping center and the weather was perfect.  All proceeds from the event will be used to fund rotary initiatives.  What a great way to have fun and raise money at the same time!   Thanks to Nello, Katie and Lea for representing our Warminster Club.  
        
Warminster Rotary weekly meetings are now HYBRID! 
 
We're happy to announce that our weekly club meetings are now hybrid!  Members and guests who can not make the meeting in-person can now attend virtually by using the online meeting platform Zoom.  During the height of the pandemic in 2020, our club successfully held all meetings virtually.   By continuing to offer a virtual tune-in option, we hope to make the Rotary experience even more accessible.   It's easier than ever to be a Rotarian!  Please join us.  
 
Just click the "Hybrid Meeting" button at the top of this page each Tuesday at 12:00 noon (valid until November 30, 2021) and you're in! 
 
Zoom Meeting ID: 819 7538 6459
Passcode: 058738
 
 
The Warminster Rotary Club has been serving its community for 59 years and celebrated this milestone at their Charter Luncheon on Sunday, April 11, 2021, on the porch at Giuseppe’s Restaurant. It was a great time spent celebrating the Club’s accomplishments over the past year – a very different and difficult year!   In light of the COVID pandemic, the Club had to completely re-think meetings, fundraising and ways to stay connected.   Despite the odds, the Club was incredibly successful in identifying two new, very successful fundraising events (Eagles football pool and 1st Annual Golf Outing) and recruiting new members!    At the Charter Luncheon, the Club also updated members on the journey of Rosemarie, a child they have sponsored through Pearl S. Buck International for many years, who has just graduated from high school.   The Club will continue to fund her education as she begins college to fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher.   Due to the fact that the Club cannot hold a Scholarship Luncheon for the first time in many years, it was decided to post lawn signs at the homes of our scholarship winners – the signs were displayed at the luncheon.
A number of members and the Executive Board received Certificates of Appreciation for their tireless efforts on behalf of the club.  Seven members received Paul Harris Fellowship Awards for their work. 
 
 
A reward fund created in 1993 to help catch the person(s) responsible for murdering two young Warminster men, Brian Benson and Seann Campbell that year is being repurposed to help local food banks and disadvantaged youth, a request made by the victims’ families who said they want to see the money help the community that helped them in their time of need.  In 2021, the Warminster Rotary Club Foundation accepted $61,545.86 from the Benson-Campbell Reward Fund, which had been sitting dormant.   
Benson and Campbell were best friends and working together at the West Coast Video in Rosemore Shopping Center when they were brutally murdered on Nov. 10, 1993.  Their killings remain unsolved.
At the time, Benson’s parents, Janice and Gary Benson, and Campbell’s parents, Bonnie and Greg Youngers, helped establish the Benson-Campbell Reward Fund, and residents of Warminster and surrounding communities donated more than $52,000.  The money was placed into an account, and no disbursements of the reward money were ever made, but as time passed and with bank consolidations, the identity of the custodian of the Benson-Campbell Reward Fund became lost.
Recently, Attorney Sean Corr, representing Campbell’s parents, with the assistance of Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub and the office’s Victim Witness Coordinator Itzamir Pagan, was able to determine the ownership and origins of the reward fund.
Corr, a past member of the Warminster Rotary Club, met with both families and the Board of the Warminster Rotary Foundation.
Both families said they were touched by the support of the community over the last 28 years and, in consultation with Corr and DA Weintraub, determined the money, now found, should be used to better the community.
While they have not lost faith that someone will help provide information that would bring the parties responsible for the murder of their sons to justice, both families felt the money should be reinvested locally.
“Brian and Sean deserve justice,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “But I take some solace by helping to their parents’ wishes that something good could be done in our community with the reward fund once we were able to help recover this money for them.”
The families said their hope was to see the funds managed by an organization with local roots, a strong leadership team that will focus efforts to improve the community who generated the funds and an organization that could continue to keep Bryan and Seann’s memory alive in the community.
The Benson family said they wanted to see the money used to support local food pantries and the Youngers Family wished to help organizations that support youth with disadvantages.
On Jan 13, 2021 the Warminster Rotary Foundation Board of Directors voted to establish the Bryan Benson and Seann Campbell Memorial Fund with the $61,545.86, which is separate from their operating fund.
The first distributions were made to the following organizations: $2,500 to the Warminster Food Bank, Warminster, PA; $2,500 to the Lehman Methodist Church Food Pantry, Hatboro, PA; $2,500 to the St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Hatboro, PA; and $2,500 to the Hopes and Dreams Foundation, Southampton, PA. 
Every distributed check will include how the fund was established and the wishes of the family to have their sons remembered.
For more information, contact Kevin Crail, President, Warminster Rotary Foundation at crailsrunning@gmail.com or 215-359-7368 or Manuel Gamiz Jr., Director of Communications, Bucks County District Attorney’s Office at mgamiz@buckscounty.org or 215-348-6298.
Anyone with information on the killings of Bryan Benson and Seann Campbell, please contact Warminster Township police at 215-443-5000 or Bucks County detectives at www.bucksda.org.
Changing Lives
The Warminster Rotary proudly donated to support local charity organization Love Feeds.
Love Feeds works every day to make life better for area seniors and the disabled by providing home cooked meals.  Simple, yet essential, a cooked meal ensures that not only the physical needs of individuals are met, but also serves as a reminder that an act of kindness makes a world of difference in someone’s life. Our donation directly impacted our local community by enabling Love Feeds to sustain their mission.  They are based out of the SDA Church in Willow Grove, PA.  Visit their website for more information:  www.love-feeds.com
 
People of Action!  The Warminster Rotary proudly supports Shelter Box, a global partnership.
ShelterBox is a global nonprofit organization made up of people who believe that shelter is a basic human right.  Rotary clubs from around the world support this cause and are proud to be a part of it.  What are shelter boxes?  Also known as “shelter kits” they are containers of necessities and temporary refuge for people who have been victim of a natural disaster or conflict.  Contents of the box include a family sized tent specially designed to withstand the elements, cooking sets, solar lights, items for children and more.  Each is customized for the area and mission it serves. 
 
If you’ve never heard of ShelterBox, please visit their website to learn more.  www.shelterboxusa.org  
 
Warminster Rotary Around Town
Club Information
Warminster
We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Giuseppe's Pizza
1380 W. Street Rd.
Warminster, PA 18974
United States of America
Our meetings are hybrid! Join in person or via Zoom.
Upcoming Events
Speakers
Colleen Duran, Volunteer Coordinator
Oct 26, 2021 12:00 PM
Gift of Life Donor Program
Katie Farrell, District Annual Fund Coordinator
Nov 02, 2021 12:00 PM
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