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Directors
President Joanne Messerschmidt
President Elect Randy Brock
Treasurer Debra Heldt
Secretary Patricia Smith
Foundation Ronald Smith
Membership Bruce Dearnley
Youth Exchange Officer Patricia Smith
Immediate Past President Rusty Beardsley
Sergeant at Arms Bob Durian
Welcome to our Club!

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30AM except for the last Tuesday of the month when we meet at Normandy beginning at 5:00PM

Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center for morning meetings

1401 Morris Road
Blue Bell, PA 19422
United States

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Mailing Address: PO Box 1011 Blue Bell Pa 19422

For more information regarding membership, contact Allan Syphers at ASArchitect@aol.com

For program information, contact RJ Wiechecki at  rjwiechecki@gmail.com 

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Time to check your health at the 15th Annual Montgomery County Wellness Expo

Saturday March 28, 2015 click here for more information

Free Admission from 9am-noon

Montgomery County Community College

Blue Bell Campus, College Hall, Lower Level

Free screenings, presentations & giveaways

Reduced cost health blood checks from 8:30am – 11:30am

For more information visit, www.bluebellrotary.org . Call 484-622-0200  or visit www.einstein.edu  for more information and to reserve your blood screening time slot

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Rotary of Blue Bell, Montgomery County Community College

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The Volunteer Training Teams (VTT) Drexel members departed on Friday, February 6th, and will be in Uganda until March 1st… Ron Smith will join the team along with Dr. Owen Montgomery (Dept Chair, OB-0Gyn Drexel College of Medicine) on February 18th.  Follow the blog here The objectives this year on the 3-week visit to Uganda are to:

  • Mentor and upgrade mother and child healthcare skills at four health centers around Kampala
  • Provide "Helping Babies Breath" and "Helping Mothers Survive" training in two health districts
  • Follow up in Year 1 computer networks and upgrade the networks
  • Provide more content on "Digital Library" servers at each of the four health centers
  • Conduct and demonstrate training of health care workers and the community using new networking capabilities
  • Maker closer connections between Makerere and the main hospital (Mulago) and the community health centers
  • Develop a regular distance learning education seminar series between the two medical schools
  • Integrate Public Health training with Maternal & Child Healthcare education
  • Integrate Makerere's medical students' rotations with the College of Computing and Informatics students

 

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A "Hole in One" goes to Dave Heins. Dave, Chair of BBR Golf Outing 2014 presented a check for $5,200 to our golf outing beneficiary, Cradles to Crayons.  Michal Smith, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons accepted the check and expressed her sincere thanks and gratitude for Blue Bell Rotary Club’s support of their mission.  Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive.  Blue Bell Rotarians are happy to support this great local cause with hands on as well as financial assistance! 
Watch for next year's event. Michal promises a challenge from her exec group!


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Welcome new member Teal Mercer

We are pleased to induct Teal Mercer into membership.  Teal is a dental hygienist and professor in the Dental Hygiene Program at Montgomery County Community College.  She has also traveled overseas, working to increase access to oral health care in underserved populations.  Teal, your dedication to serve fits so nicely with the Rotary ideals and we are looking forward to working with you!

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Thanks to the 9th Annual Chefs of the Burbs, Blue Bell Rotarians are Lighting Up Rotary— by sharing our service, strengthening our clubs, and letting our light shine in our communities. We could not have exceeded our goals without the support of our community. Featured are the recipients of the Live Auction proceeds, Wissahickon Valley Boys and Girls Club, and the Special Appeal, Inter-Faith Housing Alliance in Ambler.  

  Click here to see photos of the event

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Back row from left: Joanne Messerschmidt, Rusty Beardsley,

and Lei Barry along with children from the Boys and Girls Club

 

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Joanne Messerschmidt, Donna Kreamer from the

Wissahickon Valley Boys and Girls Club,

Rusty Beardsley, and Lei Barry

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Rusty Beardsley, Marsha Eichelberger, Lei Barry, and Joanne Messerschmidt

Montgomery County Community College Scholarship!

Randy Brock with Arlene Stephens of MCCC and Meghan for their Scholarship Fund

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We were pleased to present a check and plaque to our Student of the Quarter Savannah Stinnett.  Savannah is an amazing WHS senior who hopes to be an elementary school teacher.  She will be attending Millersville University in the fall.  Savannah attended the Rotary sponsored leadership program at Camp Neidig last year and credits the program for helping to develop her leadership abilities.


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Thanks for a Great Pancake Breakfast - Watch this link for pictures!

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Way to Go Andrew Ge who advances to the finals!. 
All regional contestants  From left to right: Michele Doheny 2nd Place, Andrew Ge 1st Place, Randy Brock , Niora Savage 3rd Place, Conner Whitson, Emily Custer (not pictured)

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 Image All contestant's from this year's 4 Way Test 
 Image  The Winners (from left): Remi Ginsberg in 3rd place, Cemeryn Pons in 2nd place, Andrew Ge as the Winner, Randy Brock, Blue Bell Rotarian
 Image  the Winner......off to the next leg...go Andrew!

 

 

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Stories
Posted by Lisa Miller on Feb 05, 2015

For Dr. Andrew Johanson, charity begins at home, extends through the community and reaches out as far as Columbia and the Philippines.

Johanson is a licensed family and marriage therapist who has lived in Ambler for about 12 years. He has a private practice during the day, with offices in Lansdale and Bethlehem, and he dedicates much of his free time to the Rotary Club of Blue Bell, an organization that supports both local efforts and global causes.

For more read here

Posted by Lisa Miller on Apr 27, 2014

Community members in Blue Bell chowed down for breakfast to helps support first responders Sunday.

The Blue Bell Rotary Club held its third annual pancake breakfast at the Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park April 27 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The event featured a special visit from the Phillie Phanatic and Elmo from Sesame Street. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Second Alarmers Rescue Squad.

It was all laughter and smiles as the lovable, green Phillies mascot paraded into the building, causing harmless mischief and posing for pictures wherever he walked. In between the eggs, sausage, pancakes and coffee, those in attendance followed the Phanatic to see just what he’d do next. Later Elmo danced and waived to the many smiling children who greeted him.

see more at: http://www.timesherald.com/general-news/20140427/rotary-holds-fundraiser-for-second-alarmers 

Posted by Lisa Miller on Apr 27, 2014

Community members in Blue Bell chowed down for breakfast to help support first responders Sunday.

The Blue Bell Rotary Club held its third annual pancake breakfast at the Manor House at Prophecy Creek Park April 27 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The event featured a special visit from the Phillie Phanatic and Elmo from Sesame Street. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Second Alarmers Rescue Squad.

It was all laughter and smiles as the lovable, green Phillies mascot paraded into the building, causing harmless mischief and posing for pictures wherever he walked. In between the eggs, sausage, pancakes and coffee, those in attendance followed the Phanatic to see just what he’d do next.  Later Elmo danced and waived to the many smiling children who greeted him.

see more at: http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2014/04/27/ambler_gazette/news/doc535d6b53446c8428024399.txt 

Posted by Lisa Miller on Apr 16, 2014

Blue Bell Rotarian Polly Beckham developed a new idea for a service project for Blue Bell Rotary Club, and like all good Rotarians she has pursued her new idea to fruition.
Posted by Lisa Miller on Mar 18, 2014

It all started with a conversation at the San Diego Zoo nine years ago. Through curiosity, and his son’s study of pediatric medicine, Ron Smith became involved in a much larger cause. Smith, founder of Lansdale’s S-Bond Technologies, met Tusu Tusubira in San Diego at a conference in 2005 training Rotary leaders from around the world. “He had this great smile and was extremely welcoming,” Smith said.

While visiting the San Diego Zoo and observing an African exhibit, Smith asked Tusu what it was like viewing an African exhibit that was meant to represent his own country and continent. From there a friendship blossomed. Smith, a member of the Blue Bell Rotary Club, then commenced a relationship between his home Rotary and Tusu’s club in Uganda - Kampala North.

Click here for more information

Posted by Lisa Miller on Mar 05, 2014

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, the Rotary Club of Blue Bell, and Montgomery County Community College will continue their long tradition of promoting healthy living when they host the 14th annual Montgomery County Wellness Expo on Saturday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 

 

The free event takes place in the Physical Education Center at Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA (use Cathcart Road entrance), and includes health screenings, educational information, wellness activities and giveaways.  

Posted by Lisa Miller on Jan 30, 2014

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett made a stop in Blue Bell to speak with Rotarians about issues facing the Commonwealth.

The governor attended the Rotary Leadership dinner at the Manor House at Prophecy Creek, 205 W. Skippack Pike, Jan. 29. The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Blue Bell.

For more information, click here

Posted by Lisa Miller

“Your motto ‘service about self’ is one that many of us could use,” Corbett told the crowd. “It’s a direct motto and it’s very simple. Yet when you think about it it’s very profound. When you consider the impact that Rotary has had, that each of you has had, that’s a result of the service you give back to your community.”

Read more here

Posted by Lisa Miller

Posted by Ronald Smith

Vocational Training Team (VTT) Heads to Uganda
Jan 24 – Feb 14

Maternal and Child Healthcare Education

The Blue Bell Rotary Club and District 7430 are leading a VTT in partnership with Drexel University in Philadelphia and Makerere University and the Kampala North Rotary Club in to improve the healthcare for mothers and children in Uganda.

Follow our Blog …..As we prepare and while we are “doing good in the world” in Uganda

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Posted by Lisa Miller on Dec 21, 2013

For his efforts to try to help victims of terrible tragedies like these, Blue Bell Rotarian Allan Syphers was recently honored by an international disaster relief organization after he surpassed a major fundraising collection milestone. Read more at: 

 

http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2013/12/21/ambler_gazette/news/doc52b355c97ece3725382830.txt 

Posted by Lisa Miller on Dec 20, 2013

Blue Bell Rotary members visited the Ambler Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard as part of our club’s focus on food initiatives.  We were warmly welcomed and given a short tour to see the food pantry, clothing boutique and education rooms by which the Community Cupboard serves about 400 families.  Food is delivered to elderly clients and the food “store” is open twice a week for families to come in to choose food and supplies they most need.  The Community Cupboard also provides education and basic nursing care.  The Blue Bell Rotary Club provided its support to Mattie Dixon in the amount of $2000 with a check presented to Executive Director Christine Bouley by BBRC members Rusty Beardsley, Bruce Dearnley and Jon Lundy.

Posted by Lisa Miller on Nov 15, 2013

Gwynedd Valley volunteer and Blue Bell Rotarian, Allan Syphers, has been recognized by international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, for reaching a major fundraising milestone this year. Since joining the organization as a volunteer fund raiser in 2009, Syphers has raised more than $100,000 for disaster survivors worldwide.

Posted by Lisa Miller on Nov 13, 2013

Read all about it here

Posted by Lisa Miller on Jul 03, 2013

The Rev Armstron Njeru sends pictures showing progress of the Mukaa Children's Home chicken coop project. Notice how the drilling has started! Click here for more details
Posted by Lisa Miller


Blue Bell Rotary President Rusty Beardsley likes to tease when he talks of the silent auction items being offered in the 2013 edition of Chefs of the Burbs.

“This year,” said Beardsley, “we are particularly excited to have some surprise items, like a glider ride, which will generate very active bidding.”

And if soaring above the earth in a hang glider doesn’t whet the appetite of adventurers out there, how about these live auction items? Read more here

http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2013/10/07/entertainment/doc524b25fa8a6f8781915060.txt?viewmode=default

Posted by Lisa Miller on Aug 15, 2013

Philabundance shares these statistics on hunger:

The Delaware Valley is one of the hardest hit areas nationwide, with our children paying the price:

  • About 27% percent of Philadelphians live below the poverty line
  • Our agencies have seen a 26% increase in need over the past year compared to a 22% increase from the year before.
  • One in every three children live in poverty
  • Each year, more than 900,000 individuals are at risk of food insecurity in the Delaware Valley

- See more at: http://www.philabundance.org/resources/realities-of-hunger/#sthash.x35WKPZW.dpuf

 Blue Bell Rotary supports Philabundance to address local hunger here in the Montgomery County local area.

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Posted by Lisa Miller on Jun 04, 2013

SARS breaks ground on their home here in Whitpain Township.
Posted by Lisa Miller on Jun 22, 2013

June 22 marked a new beginning for April and her family. She will be moving into the Habitat home. Please check out the pictures and view a portion of the program.

Read a portion of the Home Dedication program.

Posted by Lisa Miller on Jun 11, 2013

The water well project for the Mukaa Community and Children's Home is underway.

Posted by Lisa Miller

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