From the The Kilt - Rotary District 7430 Newsletter - May 2013

More than 220 Rotarians and friends and almost all of our In-bound and Outbound Youth Exchange students all enjoyed three lovely Spring days in the Poconos starting April 26th celebrating what our district members have done and continue to do to help others. Representing RI President Tanaka was PDG Joe Laureni and Sonia from D7490 in northeastern New Jersey. D7430 Governor Tony Jannetta and First Lady Rachel, with a marvelous support staff, put on a fabulous event.

 

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Our MC for the weekend was PDG Jack Zarra who kept us on track and laughing too. Note that the person seated on the right in the photo of the registration desk is none other than our own Publisher of The Kilt, Andrea Dolak of the Saucon RC.

One of the many special and fun elements was the group of bagpipers that played for us as part of the Friday evening reception. We were out on the terrace and they were down on the lawn below. After their performance we walked around to the dining room where we were ”piped” into dinner. From the photo you can see that DG Tony was wearing his kilt. Ham Malek, Bethlehem RC is on the left; and your Editor PDG Bill Palmer is on the right.

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The plenary and breakout sessions covered many great subjects including the GSE to Japan, a wonderful Rotaplast report on the mission to the Philippines, and a Trivia contest pitting two Youth Excahnge students against two seasoned Rotarians. There was a report on an NID trip to Pakistan, Engineers Without Borders projects in Sierra Leone, and the finals of the annual Four-way Test Speech contest.

DG Tony announced the names of 70 separate awards earned by our RCs, Rotaract clubs, Interact clubs and Rotarians during this Rotary year. Lisa Miller, President of the Blue Bell RC received a very special award, “Rotarian of the Year.” The Warminster Rotary cleaned up in the awards department with a total of seven awards:  RI's Presidential Citation 2012-13, Community Service Award, Public Image Award, 6 Area's of Focus Award, District Peace Through Service Award, District Governor's Award and an individual award to Nello Ianieri as the Club Rotarian of the Year!  The Warminster Rotary Club received more awards then any other club in the District.

Sunday morning included the traditional Memorial Service to celebrate the lives of 31 of our district Rotarians that passed away during the last year. The Closing Plenary followed and  included a video montage of hundreds of photographs taken by Chris Hornaman showing attendees behaving and having fun over the prior two days.

Additional details and photos are available in a special edition of The KILT which can be found on the District website.