July 20, 2023

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

Swarthmore Rotary Leaders

Lori Markusfeld
Brian Casey
Club Executive Secretary
Joseph Patrick Lesniak
George C. Whitfield Jr.
Jane C Billings
Youth Services Chair
Elizabeth Churche
Rotary Foundation Chair
Perri Ann Evanson
Public Relations Chair
Carr Everbach
Membership Chair
David Firn
Service Projects Chair
William Clinton Hale
Jeannine Osayande
Youth Services Chair
Hillard Pouncy
Club Programs Chair
Heather Saunders
iPast President
Joshua Twersky
Club Director
Kenneth J. Wright
Club Director
Maria Michael Zissimos
Club Director
Cathleen Darrell
Attendance Secretary
Richard Shimko
Bulletin Editor
Hillard Pouncy
Assistant Governor

Rotary Celebrations!


No Birthdays Found

Wedding Anniversaries

No Wedding Anniversaries Found

Years of Service

No Years Of Service Found

Meetings and Events

July 20th, 12:15-1:30 PM
Swarthmore Weekly Club Meeting (Inn)
Speaker: Rev. Catherine Brownlee, Pastor, Wesley AME Church
Subject: Wesley AME Church, Swarthmore: Over 100 Years of Resilience.
July 27th, 12:15-1:30 PM
Swarthmore Weekly Club Meeting (Inn)
Speaker: Ellen & Christopher Chapman
Subject: Swarthmoreans in Oz: Impressions from a do-it-yourself gap year
August 3rd, 12:15-1:30 PM
Swarthmore Weekly Club Meeting (1st Watch)
Speaker: Breakfast meeting - club members only
Subject: (this meeting will not be at Swarthmore Inn). There will be no guest speaker

Service Quotation

“If you have the love of your fellow men in your hearts, my friends, you are a potential Rotarian.” - Paul Harris, 1933

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

Meltem Gonnella received her Paul Harris award from George Whitfield.

Carr Everbach inducted new member Sean McCormack.

Thanks to Marv Gelb for all photographs in this issue.

Last Meeting Summary

By David Firn

This week, our own Marty Spiegel, mayor of Swarthmore, reprised his State of the Borough address, which was originally presented to borough council earlier this year. The annual address, required under state law, provides an assessment of the borough’s physical and general health. The mayor bases his assessment on objective criteria as much as possible. His criteria include finance, education, green spaces, walkability, safety, civic engagement, and transportation, among others.
The mayor feels that the borough is doing very well under the above criteria, with Swarthmore being a very safe place to live and work with rich cultural and volunteer opportunities and, now, even a thriving night life. In finance, the mayor noted that the borough is in “really solid shape” even though there are some costly items on the horizon, such as a new roof for Borough Hall and replacement of many of the borough’s culverts.
The rosy picture doesn’t mean the borough is without challenges, however. For one thing, local fire companies are hurting for volunteers. This is a problem that confronts many communities and the borough has steadily been transitioning to paid fire protection positions. Also mentioned was the fact that rising real estate values are both a boon and a problem. Residents looking to sell their homes may realize significant appreciation. But those same high prices are a barrier to many who would like to make this their home. Moreover, there is the burden of high real estate taxes for current residents although the mayor pointed out that the borough receives only about fifteen percent of the total taxes paid, as the bulk of the receipts go to the school district and county.
Overall, the borough is in good health and well-positioned to meet the challenges of the future.

Installation Ceremony

The following photos of the Installation Dinner were taken by Marv Gelb.

There will be more next week.

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