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Doylestown Rotary announces honorees, distributes grants

The Rotary Club of Doylestown held its 10th Annual Four-Way Test Awards Fundraiser breakfast on April 24th, recognizing the contributions of individuals in six categories, dispensing $29,500 in grants to community initiatives and honoring a high school essay contest winner.

Doylestown Rotary president Gail Linenberg also named longtime member Max Rose Rotarian of the Year for his many years of service to the club – and through those efforts, to the community.

“Max has been outshining most of the rest of us for many years,” said Gail. “A member since 1985, he’s served twice as president, comes to almost every meeting, is the backbone of our youth exchange program, has housed around 30 exchange students, carries the Rotary banner in the Memorial Day Parade, is the first to start raking at the Borough Dam Cleanup and the lave to go home after cleaning up the streets from our Doylestown at Dusk Car Show, and is always on hand to help.

“He’s been an inspiration to all of us, and we thank you.”

Proceeds from the event support Doylestown Rotary’s grants to selected nonprofits.

Four-Way Test Awards

This year’s honorees were chosen for their contributions to the community and adherence in all aspects of their lives to the guidelines of the Rotary Four-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? And is it beneficial to all concerned?

  • Doreen Paynton, Business category;
  • Cory Curtis, Not-for-Profit category;
  • Pat Yaroschuk, Healthcare category;
  • Majid Alsayegh, Education category;
  • Elle Green, Arts and Culture category;
  • Stephen Walther, Community Volunteer.

High school essay contest

  • Gabriella Lee, High School Essay Contest.

Grant recipients

Ongoing programs:

  • Doylestown Fire Company ($2100);
  • ShelterBox USA ($2000);
  • Doylestown Borough’s Youth Fishing Program ($1500).

Chosen to receive grants for 2019:

  • Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic ($5000);
  • Bucks for Kids ($5000);
  • James N. Stephan Veterans Charity ($900);
  • The Council of Southeast PA ($5000);
  • The Fiaria Project ($3000);
  • YMCA of Bucks County ($5000).

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Gabriella Leedelivers her award-winning essay as a speech to breakfast guests. Photo by Bruce Rutherford.

2. Max Rose, 2019 Rotarian of the Year. Photo by Janet Mintzer.

3. 2019 Four-Way Test Award winners from left, Stephen Walther, Community Volunteer; Elle Green, Arts and Culture; Pat Yaroschuk, Healthcare; Doreen Paynton, Business; Cory Curtis, Not-for-Profit; and Majid Alsayegh, Education. Photo by Bruce Rutherford.