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Regular Lunch Meeting: FIRST and THIRD Tuesday of Every Month

Regular Meeting:  12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Maggie’s Waterfront Café, 9242 N. Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19114, (215) 637-6716.

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Recent Projects of the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club

Please enjoy some photos of our 2018 Coat and Book Drives. These are recently completed projects of the Frankford Northeast-Philadelphia Rotary Club. 

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Dr. Bob Palma Inducted into the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club

Bustleton resident Dr. Robert (Bob) Palma (center) was inducted into the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club recently.  Shown with Rotary Club President Dr. Paul Stadelberger (left), recently retired founding President and CEO of New Foundations Charter School, and Membership Chair Margaret Kelly (right), Dr. Palma teaches anatomy and physiology at Philadelphia Community College.  A veteran and former president of a Rotary Club in New York, Bob has taught at LaSalle University and other local institutions of higher education, and was a podiatrist at one time.  Active in community service for decades, he resides in Bustleton with his wife, Mary.

L to R, Rotarians: Paul Stadelberger, President; Dr. Bob Palma; Margaret Kelly

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Collegiate Recovery Programs, Recovering From a Substance Use Disorder Speaking Event

As part of our standing bi-weekly meeting, the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club is pleased to welcome John Watson, MS, NCC, LPC and Director of Counseling Services at Holy Family University.  Given the prevalence of substance abuse throughout society, John will speak to us on this topic from the perspective of how colleges and universities are working to support students who identify as being in recovery from a substance use disorder in the form of collegiate recovery programs.  Additionally, John will provide commentary on ways organizations like Rotary could play a supporting role.

TOPIC:  “Young People in Recovery:

What are colleges and universities doing to support college students in recovery and how can community and civic groups support this work?”


  1. Substance use disorder trends among today’s youth; both use and transition into recovery
  2. The growing need and demand for recovery support services at our colleges and universities
  3. What are local institutions doing to support college students in recovery
  4. What schools are doing
  5. How can members of the community as well as civic and service organizations support the work being done at area colleges and universitie

Please plan to join us to learn more about this important topic that has so greatly impacted people within our communities.

John Watson, MS, NCC, LPC (Bio)

John currently serves as the Director of the Counseling Center at Holy Family University where he helps the university provide strategic programs and services to support the mental health and well-being of all students.  Prior to coming to Holy Family, John worked in the areas of counseling and health at multiple institutions of higher education over the last 25 years. 

Twenty of those years were spent at Drexel University. While at Drexel John served as a founding member of the Student Counseling Center team and eventually assumed the role of Direction of Alcohol, Other Drug, and Health Education, opening the CHOICES Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Health Education at Drexel in 2010.  This center serves as both an office providing services for students and a training site for counseling and public health students.

In 2014 John lead Drexel’s efforts to establish a Collegiate Recovery Community, The Haven at Drexel, which centered on a recovery house and a peer support philosophy.  Currently, John is engaged in research focused on collegiate recovery support programs and services. John has served as a formal and informal consultant on substance abuse issues in higher education for the US Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.  In addition to this work, John is a Clinical Associate at Jeremy Frank and Associates, a group practice that specialized in working with substance use disorders.

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2018 Rotary International, Convention, Toronto, Canada

The Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club was represented at the recently ended 2018 Rotary International Convention which was held in Toronto, Canada.  A great time was had by all!

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PA Educational Tax Credits Speaking Event

As part of our standing bi-weekly meeting, the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Jeff Wilson of FundEDU, a volunteer consultancy for the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund.  Jeff will speak to our club about the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (PA EITC Program) and how it impacts lower-income families in Philadelphia.

A link to the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund’s Website:

Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund

Some additional information from the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund’s website, Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. When was the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund formed? When were related SPEs established?
Randy Tarpey, a Certified Public Accountant, established the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund on September 13, 2011. With the amendment to Article XVII-F of the Tax Reform Code through Act 194, effective October 31, 2014, the EITC/OSTC definition of “business firm” and “pass-through entity” was expanded to allow for the use of credits on joint and personal income tax returns. As such, Randy established the Central Pennsylvania Special Purpose Entity on August 7, 2015.

Q. Why did Randy Tarpey create the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund? 
With a passion to help more children in Pennsylvania receive a quality, private school education, Randy Tarpey established the Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund. This vehicle for giving allows individuals not qualified to receive credits directly from Pennsylvania an opportunity to receive the same tax benefit.

Please plan on joining us on February 19th, 2019 at 12:15 for our meeting and guest presentation!


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Paul Stadelburger, Visionary Award Presentation, June 8, 2018

“Building a Foundation. Growing a Legacy.” was the theme of the retirement dinner celebration held Friday, June 8, 2018 at Knowlton Manor, Philadelphia.  The honoree was the founding President and CEO of New Foundations Charter School, Paul Stadelberger.  Paul, who is also the current and future President of the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club (2017 – 2019) was additionally honored with the presentation of the Visionary Award by Club Past President and Director, Margaret Kelly.  This additional honor was bestowed as Rotary, which places a strong emphasis on community service, wanted to recognize the great community service that Paul has embodied during his eighteen year tenure at New Foundations particularly his gift of being a visionary, who, together with Sheryl Perzel, brought the school into being.

We greatly appreciate Paul’s past service and we equally appreciate his future service as he continues on as president of our club!

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District 7450 Governor, Paul Quintavalla, To Visit the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club

District 7450 Governor, Paul Quintavalla, will visit the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, as part of the Club’s standing bi-weekly meeting.  District Governor Paul will provide an update on District matters as well as his vision and goals for the District during his term.

The Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club looks forward to welcoming District Governor Paul in addition to hearing his insights as we head into 2019!

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Ryan Baumgarten, Service Above Self Award Presentation, June 5, 2018

At our regular Tuesday meeting on June 5, 2018, The Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club was pleased to present the “Service Above Self” Award to Ryan Baumgarten.  Ryan, who at the time was a graduating senior at Father Judge High School in Northeast Philadelphia, had been recommended by his principal for consideration.  During the luncheon and following the presentation of both the certificate and the monetary award, Ryan, who was accompanied by his mother Terri, spoke about his service and why he serves.

In brief, the Rotary “Service Above Self” Award, which is named for the worldwide Rotary motto, recognizes high school students in the areas of Frankford and Greater Northeast Philadelphia who are actively serving as volunteers because they care about the needs of others and the community.  Successful nominees, who also are in good academic standing at their school, act out of the conviction that they can make a difference at their school, in their families and in the community.  What differentiates this award is the recipient’s passion and willingness to sacrifice for the cause(s) in which they believe.  They truly are driven to serve for the sake of service, to meet real needs, to be change agents and, they don’t seem to count the costs.

We congratulate Ryan and wish him the best with his future endeavors!

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“Simplifying Your Life to Age in Place” Speaking Event with Bode Hennegan

The AARP states that 87% of adults over 65 want to stay in their current homes as they age.  This presents many challenges and opportunities for families and businesses.

“Simplifying Your Life to Age in Place” is a 30-minute presentation provided by Bode Hennegan addressing this trend and identifying specific steps needed to efficiently organize and manage personal affairs so people are best prepared to age in place.  This program will be part of the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club’s regular bi-weekly meeting on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.  Those present will learn the benefits and tips for using a personal inventory, managing home maintenance tasks, and creating a plan for future support services.  Everyone will receive easy-to-use checklists to help them get and stay organized for years to come!

Bode Hennegan is the founder of Life Managers & Associates which provides planning and personal assistant services to simplify clients’ lives and enable independence. By helping clients manage the details of life, they maintain control over their lives and get to focus on what matters most to them. Bode has conducted classes on Aging in Place at Temple University, Rotary Clubs, Senior Centers, and other community groups.

For more information, please visit  www.life-managers.com.