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Spotlight: Newtown Rotary Club

Last year was a busy one for the Newtown Rotary Club. They celebrated their 66th year 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 $6,000 for various causes through our 50-50 fundraising raffle,” said Paul Salvatore, the club’s president. “Last year’s top prize was close to $6,000 with second-place prize of $1,000 and third place at $500, we will be drawing the ticket this year on November 4th at the Temperance House Restaurant.”

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“It is gratifying to carry out our projects which emphasize providing service beyond financial contributions.”

In 13 years, Newtown Rotary has 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.

Their annual bicycle collection Pedals for Progress was successful with 257 bikes added to over 2000 bikes collected over previous years, along with sewing machines.

These items are shipped to developing countries where they provide transportation necessary to create greater earning capacity and improve economic conditions for the families who use them.

“We are also very proud of our affiliated Interact Club at Council Rock North High School,” added Salvatore. “They are a very active youth group who work together with our Rotary Club in a variety of service projects. Interact students help with bicycle collections, road cleanup and their annual three-on-three tournament to benefit charities. Both clubs get together on Christmas Day to help feed families in need in our community, which we have been doing for the past 34 years.”

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 is interested in hosting a foreign exchange student, please 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.