The Rotary Club of Frankford Northeast Philadelphia recently co-sponsored a humanitarian outreach in collaboration with Holy Family University.  

Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club donation to Feast of Justice, 2/26/2021

On Friday, 2/26/21, Rotarians Ray Swenson, Janet Swenson and President Kathe’ Sobczak met Rev. Patricia Neale of Feast of Justice at 3101 Tyson Ave, Philadelphia.  Delivered, were new, or gently used coats for distribution to the local community. The Gundaker Foundation awarded the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club’s grant request with matching funds. The grant is intended for moveable racks with pneumatic casters to aid the Feast’s food distribution efforts to those in need, especially during the pandemic. President Kathe’ presented the 2 checks to Rev. Neale.

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Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club teams up with Holy Family University Students for Coat/Book Drive

Rotarians and friends of Rotarians joined Holy Family University students, staff and faculty accepting coats and children’s books at a jointly-sponsored Drive-By Collection for 9 hours on November 23, 2020.  Donations went to Feast of Justice in Mayfair (its food bank serves 10 Philadelphia zip codes), Thomas Holme Elementary School, and Project Home run by Sister Mary Scullion.

Special thanks to:

*Jim Olivieri and his fellow staff  members who were part of the welcoming committee as volunteers arrived on Holy Family University’s campus.  *Penn Jersey Realty for your support, your precious time, and donations to our Coat and Book Drive. 
*Jay Pennie, from the Philadelphia Rotary Club.
*Marc Cohen, our Assistant District Governor. Thank you for coming and assisting.
*Rotarians Margaret Kelly, Bruce Beaton, Ray and Janet Swenson and all the other volunteers, thank you for your support, precious time, and donations.

Coats Collected: 534
Books Collected: 3, 817

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Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club donation to Feast of Justice, 11/20/2020

On Friday, November 20, 2020, Rotarians Ray Swenson and Kathe Sobczak presented checks totaling $1300.00 to Pastor Tricia Neale, co founder and Executive Director of Feast of Justice. Five hundred dollars was from the Rotary International Covid 19 Relief Fund and the other eight hundred dollars represents donations made from the community and the members of the Frankford Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club.  The presentation was made in front of the merchandiser refrigerator that was purchased with the Gundaker Foundation Grant and donations from members of the Frankford Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club. 

Thank you, Janet Swenson for taking the photos and all of your assistance in all of our events! 

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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, , 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