RI President 2022-23
District 7450 Governor
Swarthmore Rotary Leaders
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Years of Service
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Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.”
4 Way Test
Of the things we think, say or do
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Last Meeting Summary
President Heather Saunders announced that Greg Brown will not serve as Club President next year because he is relocating to California. Lori Markusfeld has agreed to move her term of office up one year starting July 2023. Heather thanked Lori for her cooperation and asked us to assist her in the unexpected transition.
Strategic Planning Priorities
Heather reviewed progress on the Strategic Planning Priorities that had been established earlier in her term. She rated accomplishments on each priority as being either Green – priority accomplished, Yellow – progress made but more work needs to be done, or Red – very little progress made.
Shepard’s HeartbeatWe were joined by Clarice Richards on audio feed. Clarice is the founder of Shepard’s Heartbeat, a charity based in Liberia, Africa. Liberia was devastated by a civil war and an Ebola outbreak in the 1990’s. She had to flee her home with her children. She began to farm in a remote village within the country. Clarice started Shepard’s Heartbeat to teach modern farming methods to residents of the nearby villages and to educate children.Swarthmore Rotary is partnering with Chester Rotary and a Rotary club in Liberia on a Global Grant application. The project is described in more detail below. The text shown below was taken from a copy of the grant application. Swarthmore Rotary has allocated $8,000 for the project.Financial UpdateHeather told us that fiscal year to date (YTD) club income was $32,000 and expenses $27,000. Treasurer Pat Gunnin said most of the surplus will be used when the money collected during Happy Dollars is transferred to the Rotary International Polio Fund. The Club trust currently has $93,000. About $51,000 of that is earmarked as follows: scholarship $18,000, CTEP $12,000, and President’s Grant Fund $11,000. Heather said the Club has given or pledged $12,000 in grants so far this year.CTEP
- Maintaining club culture – Yellow
- Service projects and their impact – Yellow. Although the participation rate has been moderate, Dave Firn has arranged service projects with CRC Watershed and Loaves & Fishes food pantry.
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion – Red. Heather said little has been done on this priority. While the Club is gradually becoming more diverse, this is not the result of any formal effort.
- Membership, participation, succession planning – Yellow
- Youth engagement – Green. Heather said Jeannine Osayande and Jane Billings have established partnerships with the Swarthmore Rutledge School and the Home and School Association.
- Relationships with other organizations – Green. Ken Wright has cooperated with the PACC to start the Rotary Arts Project. Dave Firn has set up service days with Loaves & Fishes food pantry. The Club has also supported First Place Swarthmore.
- Awareness and image in the community – Green. Heather thanked Ken Wright for promoting the Rotary Arts Project, which is raising the community’s awareness of Rotary. She said restarting Fun Fair was a great boost to the visibility of the Club within the community.
- Carpentry Cohort 1 students (8) are on target to graduate in July 2023.
- Efforts are underway to identify employers for Cohort 1 students.
- Carpentry Cohort 2 students (12) are in first year of studies at Ruth L Bennett Hub in Chester.
- Waiting for a decision as to whether DCCC Foundation will take over CTEP later this year.
Heather declared that the Club is at a crossroads regarding whether to continue hosting Fun Fair. There will be no Fun Fair in 2023. The decision to continue with a Fun Fair in Spring 2024 will be based on the Club members response to a survey that will be conducted soon. Heather said it will be necessary to develop other ways to raise funds for the Club if there is not Fun Fair. She offered the idea that each Club member be assessed $400 a year. The Club raised money by a variety of methods before Fun Fair, including auctions. Several members pointed out positive benefits to the Club and the community from Fun Fair. One member cited the survey which had been done last year by the Long Range Planning Committee that showed that many community members know about Rotary because of the Fun Fair. Another member said many community charity groups depend on Fun Fair to get their message out to the public. Almost 50 charity organizations had booths at last years Fun Fair.
Tamba Brown was inducted into Swarthmore Rotary by Carr Everbach.