Feast of Justice Gundaker Foundation Grant Check Presentation/Site Visit – May 20th, 2020

On Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, Rotarians Ray Swenson and Margaret Kelly presented two checks on behalf of the Gundaker Foundation and the Rotary Club of Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia totaling $ 2,195 to the Rev. Patricia Neale, Executive Director of Feast of Justice on Tyson Avenue in Philadelphia.  The Foundation as well as the Club were able, via grants, to assist with obtaining refrigeration for the food that they are supplying to those in need.  As the accompanying photos will attest, Feast of Justice’s size enables significant outreach! We were so pleased, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic which has effected so many, to be able to partner with Feast of Justice to advance their child and family assistance efforts!

Feast of Justice is a nonprofit in Northeast Philadelphia that serves families suffering from food insecurity and, through their programs, seeks to empower the transformation of lives. Feast of Justice has now accepted the challenge to become a city super site, providing dairy, meat, bread, etc. to those in need.  They went from serving 285 families, pre-Covid 19, to serving 1,500 households.  Please visit their website, https://www.feastofjustice.com/ , to learn more about their services and to how to help.

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Rotarian Ray Swenson presenting the grant check to the Rev. Patricia Neale with Rotarian Margaret Kelly
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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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District 7450 Governor’s Citation

Local resident, Kathe Sobczak, President of Frankford Northeast Philadelphia Rotary, was as surprised as everyone present when Rotary District 7450 Governor Peter Mardinly presented a Governor’s Citation to her during his official on Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.  The award is rarely presented to a sitting president, but the Governor did this in recognition of her outstanding leadership within the club and service to the district.  Her accomplishments span Rotary’s 5 service areas: community, international, vocational, club, and youth.  Kathe led the club to receive a district Literacy Award twice, traveled to Haiti on two international service projects, has networked locally to identify community needs, and shares her passion for service to all who will listen.  On February 25th, she will greet everyone interested in Rotary to the club’s first Minglefest at Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe.  The club will collect canned goods for the needy and invites those who attend to bring canned goods to donate.

Speaker Event: Cara Clair, Conroy Catering

Speaker Event: Cara Clair, Conroy Catering

Cara Clair has recently moved to Pennsylvania and joined the catering department at Conroy Catering in Northeast Philadelphia.  Cara is a  former Rotarian with the Elizabeth New Jersey Club (District 7510).  Cara will share information about Conroy Catering as well as the historic Knowlton Mansion which was built by the Rhawn Family in 1881.


Ecco Adventures Speaking Event, April 16th, 12:15 p.m., Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe

Ecco Adventures

Please join the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club at our April 16th regular meeting, where we will welcome Andre Lekich from Ecco Adventures.

Traveling  the world has never been more affordable and interesting than it is right now. You can stay at people’s homes instead of hotels and there are all flavors of tours. Andre Lekich, one of the foremost authorities creating localized unique travel experiences, founded Ecco Adventures. Ecco in Italian means “There it is.”

Andre, who started his company because he wanted people to experience the wonder of discovering, being amazed and having fun, tells how to find those hiking trails and discover unique regional foods, beverage makers and stories that only locals whose families have lived there for generations can share with you.

Andre has a five-step process for making any trip the envy of your friends and family. One where the pictures/videos won’t be left on the phone/digital camera and forgotten forever, but instead shared with family and friends.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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