Two thousand-eighteen was a busy year for the Newtown Rotary Club. It celebrated 65 years of service to the Newtown community, both locally and globally.
“It was very gratifying to be able to raise over $20,000 for Pickering Manor and another $10,000 for various causes through our 50-50 fundraising raffle. Last year’s top prize was close to $6,100, with second-place being $1000 and third place being $500. We will be drawing the ticket this year on October 30th at the Newtown Theatre. People can go online to buy tickets or find a location locally,” said Paul Salvatore, the club’s president.
“However, it was just as gratifying to carry out our projects which emphasize providing service beyond financial contributions. In 13 years, we have given close to 14,000 dictionaries to third-graders in the Council Rock School District in order to promote good language skills and learning habits.”
“Our annual bicycle collection, Pedals for Progress, added another 206 bikes to its over 2000 bikes it collected in previous years, along with sewing machines. They are shipped to developing countries where they provide transportation necessary to create greater earning capacity and improve economic conditions for the families that use them.”
“We are also very proud of the accomplishments of our affiliated Interact Club in Council Rock North,” added Paul. “The very active youth group works together [with us] in a variety of service projects. We found it to be a two-way street. We support their functions they support ours. You can find Rotarians helping with the blood drive, their car wash, and Interact students helping with bicycle collections, road cleanup, along with their annual three-on- three basketball tournament to benefit charities. And we all get together on Christmas Day to help feed the families at the homeless shelter.”
Other youth activities include recognition of outstanding students each month and sponsorship of foreign exchange students.
Anyone living in the Council Rock North area who would like to a host a foreign exchange student can contact Rick Rogers at 215-579-6013.
The Newtown Rotary Club meets on Wednesdays at 12:15pm at the Temperance House Restaurant, located on State Street in Newtown Borough.
To learn more about the Newtown Rotary Club and how you can support their many activities, please visit their website at www.NewtownRotary.org, like them on Facebook, or contact Paul Salvatore at 267-312-3527.
PHOTO CAP: Bikes donated to The Newtown Rotary for Pedals for Progress.