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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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.

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

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!

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!

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!

District 7450 Conference Awards

We proudly spotlight our own Kathé Sobzcak who was honored at the recent District 7450 Conference by receiving the Service Above Self, Best Newest Rotarian Award as well as the Literacy Champion Award for her efforts to advance the cause of literacy in Haiti.

Student Awards

Rotary International’s commitment to the communities in which they are resident is ongoing.  Please, therefore, enjoy the attached photos and video of past student honorees from the following schools:  St. Hubert Catholic High School for Girls, New Foundations Charter School and Holy Family University.

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New Foundations Charter School Luncheon