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Rotary Club of Doylestown honors individuals for community service

The Rotary Club of Doylestown honored seven adults and three high school students at its Ninth Annual Four Way Test Awards Breakfast at Doylestown Country Club on April 25th. 

  • Jeane Vidoni Coyle, President & CEO of Penn Community Bank, honoree in the Business category, was recognized for her volunteer work centered on helping people move toward self-sufficiency with the Bucks County Opportunity Council, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way of Bucks County.
  • Thomas W. Smith, Jr., Safety Officer with Doylestown Fire Company, honoree in the Community Service category, was recognized for his work in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of firefighters and his work as an Environmental Safety Officer at Doylestown Health.
  • Jack W. Schmidt, PhD, Chair of the Liberal Arts Department and Professor of Music at Delaware Valley University, honoree in the Education category, was recognized for connecting the DVU Jazz and Symphonic Bands with thirty local community members who practice and perform together.
  • Joan B. Parlee, Chairman of the Doylestown Hospital and Foundation Boards, honoree in the Healthcare category, was recognized for her volunteer service to the Bucks County Medical Auxiliary of Doylestown Hospital and the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA).
  • Sharon Fleck, President of Roxy Therapy Dogs, honoree in the Not-for-Profit category, was recognized for her work with Animal Lifeline, an animal rescue organization and Roxy Therapy Dogs, an organization of nearly 100 people who, with their dogs, contribute to local children through schools, courts, and the Doylestown Hospital’s Pediatric Unit.
  • Mira Nakashima, furniture designer at George Nakashima Woodworker, the company she’s run since her father’s death, was honored in the Arts and Culture Award for her work in building upon the legacy of her father, including his dream of making Peace Altars for the world, while preserving the architecture on the property he created. 
  • Lawrence L. Woodson, business and IT consultant, honoree of a Rotary Service Award for his extensive volunteer work for the Doylestown Rotary Club. Larry is a devoted volunteer to the Doylestown at Dusk Car Show, a major initiative of the Doylestown Rotary Club and has served as a host parent for the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. 

Doylestown Rotarians Pat and Don Rider, coined “the Power Couple” for their outstanding “Service Above Self,” were designated as Rotarians of the Year by club President Allen Childs. 

The Riders were honored for being instrumental in raising the Doylestown at Dusk car show revenue by 50% and leading the charge with the Borough Dam and Fishing Derbies.

They attended every club service project including, “Turn the Town Teal,” “Feed My Starving Children” and more.

Christopher Park of ChalfontGabriella Lee of Doylestown, and Amanda Gasiorowski of Doylestown, all students from Central Bucks High School West, were honored for essays they wrote addressing an ethical problem using Rotary’s principles of the Four Way Test.

The Four Way Test asks four questions 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?

These questions have been used by Rotary Club members for over sixty years as guidelines for moral and ethical standards in business, community and personal affairs.

In addition to the Four Way Test honors, the Rotary Club of Doylestown awarded a total of $35,500 in grants to area nonprofit organizations including:

  • Americans for Native Americans – Awarded $6,000 to leverage a partnership with other Rotary Clubs and a local hospital to fund mobile clinics bringing health care to the Navajo and Zuni reservations in Gallup New Mexico.
  • Bucks County Opportunity Council – Awarded $5,000 to support a 16-week training program for 20 families in the Economic Self-Sufficiency Program, so that they can develop a plan to leave poverty permanently.
  • Bucks County Child Care Coalition – Awarded $5,000 for training early childhood educators in the Pre-K and Head Start programs in Bucks County.
  • Camp Discovery – Awarded $5,000 to support a summer camp serving disadvantaged children.
  • Doylestown Fire Company No. 1 – Awarded $1,000 to support the fire department.
  • Doylestown’s Youth Fishing Program – Awarded $1,500 to support the youth fishing program at the Borough Dam.
  • Doylestown Township Environmental Advisory Council – Awarded $5,000 to support the planting of Oak Trees in celebration of the township’s Bicentennial Celebration.
  • NOVA – Awarded $5,000 to support training and printed materials for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program.
  • Shelter Box USA – Awarded $2,000 to purchase two shelter boxes to be used following a disaster.

PHOTO CAP: Doylestown Rotary Four Way Test Honorees and Essay winners, from left, Lawrence Woodson, Christopher Park, Amanda Gasiorowski, Jean Vidoni, Sharon Fleck, Thomas W. Smith, Jr., Joan B. Parlee, Jack W. Schmidt, Ph.D., and Mira Nakashima.