May 18, 2023

Jennifer Jones
RI President 2022-23
David Houtz
District 7450 Governor

Swarthmore Rotary Leaders

Heather Saunders
Lori Markusfeld
Brian Casey
Club Executive Secretary
Patrick Gunnin
George C. Whitfield Jr.
Jane C Billings
Youth Services Chair
Perri Ann Evanson
Public Relations Chair
Carr Everbach
Membership Chair
David Firn
Service Projects Chair
Betty Ann A. Flynn
Club Director
William Clinton Hale
Past President
Anne C. Hansen
International Service Chair
Kathryn Jones
iPast President
Jeannine Osayande
Youth Services Chair
Hillard Pouncy
Club Programs Chair
Joshua Twersky
Club Director
Barbara Whitaker-Shimko
Rotary Foundation Chair
Kenneth J. Wright
Club Director
Cathleen Darrell
Attendance Secretary
Richard Shimko
Bulletin Editor
Karen Aleta Mazzarella
Assistant Governor

Happy Dollars

pledge $3,517
2021-2022 $4,476

Rotary Celebrations!


Maria Michael Zissimos
May 24th

Wedding Anniversaries

Anthony Coschignano
May 19th

Years of Service

Jane C Billings
1 Year
Ryan Martin
1 Year

Guests Last Meeting

No guest

Meetings and Events

May 18th, 12:15-1:30 PM
Swarthmore Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Bill Cumby, Jr and Donald Delson,
Subject: Changes since our last presentation and what’s next for 110 Park
May 19th, 8:00-11:30 PM
World of Work
Location: SRS Elementary School 100 College Ave Swarthmore, PA 19081
May 20th, 9:00-11:00 AM
Adopt-A-Highway Spring Clean Up
Location: Please meet on Yale Ave near the Apartment Complex.
May 25th, 12:15-1:30 PM
Swarthmore Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: CTEP - Progress Report
Subject: features Linder, Kozachyn, Zissimos, Young and Jones
June 1st, 12:15-1:30 PM
Swarthmore Weekly Club Meeting
Speaker: Betsy Bolton, Alexander Griswold Cummins Professor of English Literature
Subject: poems based in the Crum woods and the surrounding region

Service Quotation

“Man has affinity for his fellowman, regardless of race, creed, or politics, and the greater the variety, the more the zest. All friendliness needs is a sporting chance; it will take care of itself in any company.”
— Paul Harris

4 Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Club News

World of Work volunteers wanted for Friday, May 19. Help is needed to escort Swarthmore Rutledge School 5th graders to locations in the Town Center. See Heather Saunder’s email of May 10 to sign up.

There will be a roadside cleanup on Saturday, May 20. See Heather’s email of May 10 to register.

Rotary Moment – Elizabeth Churche told us that many Rotarians are helping address mental health issues. In England, a club sponsored a social media campaign called “Don’t bottle it up”, which encourages persons afflicted by mental health problems to reach out for help. A Massachusetts club teamed with a Nigerian club to educated students about depression and suicide

Last Meeting Summary

By James W Snively Jr.

Rotarian Andrew Bunting is the Vice President for Horticulture of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). His presentation covered the history of PHS and an overview of its current programs. Founded in the 1827-1829 timeframe, PHS’s current activities include developing and caring for public gardens, shows, and events.

PHS cares for more than 20 public gardens. Many started as pop up gardens but have stayed in existence for a long time. The only garden PHS actually owns is Meadowbrook Farms. It partners with other organizations to create and maintain gardens at the Philadelphia Art Museum, The Rodin Museums, Logan Square, the Subaru of America campus, the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Manayunk, South Street, the PECO headquarters green roof and the Drexel Gateway Garden.

In addition to running the City Harvest Program, growing produce to feed the needy, PHS is active in planting street trees and in storm water management. It has cleaned up and planted many vacant lots in Philadelphia, improving neighborhoods and teaching residents gardening skills. Andrew estimates there’s lots more work for PHS because there are still 40,000 vacant lots in Philadelphia. And, of course, its two most famous activities are the Gold Medal Plant program and the renowned Philadelphia Flower Show.

Loaves & Fishes Food Bank

Here are more photographs of our service project at the Loaves & Fishes food bank on April 25.

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