Please enjoy some photos of our 2018 Coat and Book Drives. These are recently completed projects of 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.
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!
“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!
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!
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.
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.
In the February 2018 District 7450 Newsletter, please see “Trip to Haiti was life-changing” by Frankford Northeast Philadelphia Rotarian Kathé Sobzcak.
So many service opportunities are available when you join Rotary International. In this post, we feature our affiliate, The Gundaker Foundation that, among other things, supports undergraduate and graduate scholarships as well as district/local and international grants that further the betterment of society. Please check out and share their brochure.
Proudly, we present our club’s promotional brochure. We hope you enjoy reading about our club and the exciting service opportunities that membership makes available. Please share with a friend!
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