Landmark Towns of Bucks County & Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club present River Towns Road Ralley

Rev those engines, open the convertible and take a drive through the Landmark Towns of Bucks County on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1-4 p.m. River Towns Road Rally participants will decipher a set of eight clues to secret destinations in the four towns of New Hope, Yardley, Morrisville and Bristol, drive to the locales for confirmation and conclude in Morrisville at historic Summerseat for a wine and cheese reception. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Please join us!  Registration is limited to 30 vehicles. Fees are $45 per vehicle; $60 after April 11, 2014. Meet at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church parking lot, 771 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067 between 1-2 p.m. for staggered starts.

Two secret destinations in each of the four Landmark Towns will be decipherable by clues given to each driver at the start of the Rally. Participants must drive to each destination, receive confirmation from a Road Rally volunteer at the site, and return to Morrisville when done to check in. Cash prizes will be awarded for First and Second Prizes, and Most Outstanding Vehicle. Winning cars will be those with the lowest combination of miles covered and minutes on the road. The Road Rally will be held rain or shine.

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The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club

The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club has been in existence since 1928 and its members can be found volunteering and providing financial support for local and international service projects, running fundraisers and contributing time and effort in order to be more effective in service to the local community and to the world.

The club has been placing more emphasis on the Yardley/Makefield area with a pedestrian signage project associated with the Landmark Towns program and volunteering as Canal Tenders to pick up trash along the Delaware Canal Towpath. Other projects such as helping to revive the Lower Makefield Community Pride Day are on the radar.

The weekly meetings of the club foster networking among business and professional people. There is emphasis on ethical conduct in personal, professional and business relationships.

Locally you can find Rotarians supporting literacy through the gifting of student dictionaries and supporting leadership development programs for local youth. Each year they sponsor student participation in “Camp Neidig,” a regional youth leadership development camp weekend that is organized and run by Rotary.

They volunteer at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and support various community service organizations such as the YMCA, the Salvation Army and the Snipes Farm and Educational Center.

Their own Community Service projects include the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, the Rotary Recognition Garden to help beautify Williamson Park, and aforementioned Landmark Towns and Canal Tenders projects. Past efforts have included support the Morrisville Bicentennial Celebration, the Robert Morris statue project, Actors’ Net Heritage Theater and Summerseat.

They continue to support PolioPlus, a huge Rotary International project that involves UN agencies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

The club and its members also have supported the Wheelchairs project that provides rugged wheelchairs to those in remote regions who otherwise have to survive without the means to get around in their own communities and Power Up Gambia, a project to provide 24-7 power for a community hospital in Africa.

To volunteer or learn more about Rotary, go to the club’s website at www.myrotarypa.org.

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The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club

The Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club has been in existence since 1928 and its members can be found volunteering and providing financial support for local and international service projects, running fundraisers and contributing time and effort in order to be more effective in service to the local community and to the world.

The club has been placing more emphasis on the Yardley/Makefield area with a pedestrian signage project associated with the Landmark Towns program and volunteering as Canal Tenders to pick up trash along the Delaware Canal Towpath. Other projects such as helping to revive the Lower Makefield Community Pride Day are on the radar.

The weekly meetings of the club foster networking among business and professional people. There is emphasis on ethical conduct in personal, professional and business relationships.

Locally you can find Rotarians supporting literacy through the gifting of student dictionaries and supporting leadership development programs for local youth. Each year they sponsor student participation in “Camp Neidig,” a regional youth leadership development camp weekend that is organized and run by Rotary.

They volunteer at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and support various community service organizations such as the YMCA, the Salvation Army and the Snipes Farm and Educational Center.

Their own Community Service projects include the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, the Rotary Recognition Garden to help beautify Williamson Park, and aforementioned Landmark Towns and Canal Tenders projects. Past efforts have included support the Morrisville Bicentennial Celebration, the Robert Morris statue project, Actors’ Net Heritage Theater and Summerseat.

They continue to support PolioPlus, a huge Rotary International project that involves UN agencies, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

The club and its members also have supported the Wheelchairs project that provides rugged wheelchairs to those in remote regions who otherwise have to survive without the means to get around in their own communities and Power Up Gambia, a project to provide 24-7 power for a community hospital in Africa.

To volunteer or learn more about Rotary, go to the club’s website at www.myrotarypa.org.

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Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club highlights

Juan Proano was recently sworn in as the new President of the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club for the Rotary year of July 2013 through June 2014. Outgoing President Michele Fina presented him with the President’s gavel at the recent “Changing of the Gavel” party at Juan’s home.

Michele is the Director of the Morrisville YMCA and Juan is a mining engineer and executive from Peru.

The club wants to extend its appreciation for the community support it received of its recent fundraisers, the Morrisville Carnival in Williamson Park and the Gourmet Breakfast held at the Morrisville United Methodist Church.

Profits help support community projects including the Annual Morrisville High School Community Service Scholarship ($500 awarded to Kevin Munoz), Camp Neidig Youth Leadership Scholarships (recipients: Nicholas Castillo, Juliana Manning and Kevin Munoz), Buck Up for Bucks, and Rotary’s Annual Morrisville Community Easter Egg Hunt, as well as the club’s involvement in providing water filters to impoverished areas around Lima, Peru, supporting Rotaplast which provides free corrective surgeries for cleft lip and palates to children in remote areas of Central and South America, and Rotary’s international effort to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

Local projects in the works include planting a Vegetable and Beautification Garden at Grandview Elementary School in Morrisville and the Delaware Canal Towpath, and Landmark Towns Sign Project for Yardley and Morrisville. Anyone interested in these or other Rotary projects is invited to contact the club through the “Contact Us” page on the club’s website.

The club continues to meet on Thursday evenings at Michael’s Restaurant in Morrisville, enjoying excellent dinner speakers and meals. For more information visit the club website at www.myrotarypa.org.

PHOTO CAP: Outgoing Rotary President Michele Fina hands off the President’s gavel to incoming president Juan Proano.

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Rotary names Werner Berger Paul Harris Fellow

 

Werner Berger, the “The Everest Man,” who resides in the Yardley area with his wife, Heshie Segal, was recently made a Paul Harris Fellow by the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club to recognize his advocacy of good nutrition and exercise through his mountain climbing accomplishments.

Werner is a role model particularly for the older generations, inasmuch as he is the oldest North American to have climbed Mt. Everest and the oldest person in the world to have climbed all Seven Summits, the highest peaks on each of the seven continents.

The presentation was made by Rotarian Tom Miller, Rotary District Governor Tony Jannetta, along with Club President Michele Fina and Rotarian Andy Thompson.

Volunteers are always welcome! Contact President Michele Fina (Director, Morrisville YMCA) at 215-736-8077.

For more info visit www.myrotarypa.org.

PHOTO CAP: Pictured from left, Rotary Club President Michele Fina, Werner Berger, Tom Miller, Rotary District Governor Tony Jannetta, and Andy Thompson.

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Carnival fun begins May 14th

The annual Morrisville spring carnival comes to Williamson Park, located at N. Delmorr Avenue and E. Bridge Street, May 14th through May 19th. This community event, which has attracted thousands from all over the Delaware Valley, will feature thrill rides, carnival games, food, live entertainment and more.

Come on out and have some funnel cake or take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round. For those who are more daring, come ride the brand new Round Up, Scrambler or the infamous ‘Ring of Fire.’

Returning this year, a family ride called ‘Charlie Chopper’ will amaze riders. This first-of-its-kind helicopter ride combines high flying fun and technology.

Hours of operation will be 6:00 to 10:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights; 6:00 to 11:00pm on Friday night, 2:00pm to 11:00pm on Saturday, and 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday.

There will be all new special pricing available all week. The price of ride tickets has been lowered to $.75 per ticket, $18 for 25 tickets, and $50 for 70 tickets. The Morrisville Carnival will offer a $20 wristband giving unlimited rides.

Discounted pre-show wristbands can be purchased at the Morrisville YMCA for $15. Purchase must be made before May 13th.

Free parking will be available at entrances along Delmorr Avenue (Route 32/ River Road).

Money raised from this event will benefit the many service projects, both locally and internationally, of the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club.

For additional information, or to obtain a discount coupon, visit the Morrisville Carnival website at www.morrisvillecarnival.com or friend them on Facebook.

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Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club highlights

Becoming a Paul Harris Fellow is an honor bestowed by Rotary to recognize financial support of The Rotary Foundation and dedicated service to others. Sam Snipes and Jimmy McNally are the most recent recipients so honored by the Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club.

Many people in the area know of tremendous contributions and positive influence Samuel Snipes, Esq. and his family have had in the community over many years. Sam was presented the award by Rotarian Tom Miller and Juan Proano, Club Foundation Chairman.

Jimmy McNally, son of Dr. James McNally who practiced dentistry in Morrisville for many years and was a dedicated Rotarian, inherited his father’s commitment to helping others and is a Past President of the club. Jimmy lives out of the area and battles Muscular Dystrophy but he is a role model for those less fortunate through his courage and good spirit. The award was presented by Rotarian Hal Long.

Locally the club is starting on plans for an educational garden at the Morrisville Grandview School and will be sponsoring 4 Way Test speech contest for local students.

The club and friends of the club are partnering with the Friends of the Delaware Canal and the Landmark Towns initiative to provide better information to canal towpath users about the business services and points of interest in Yardley and Morrisville.

The club provides financial support for a number of local, regional and international organizations and projects through the donations by its members and through fundraisers like its traditional Gourmet Breakfast and the Morrisville Carnival. The next Gourmet Breakfast, at the Morrisville United Methodist Church, is scheduled for May 18th. The next Morrisville Carnival will be the second weekend in May.

In the tradition of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, the club continues to have interesting local speakers at its meetings. For more information about their talks and other information about the club, go to www.myrotarypa.org.

The club also helped the Morrisville United Methodist Church distribute free potatoes to individuals and to local organizations serving the needy. And it continued to help serve meals at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.

The club is dedicated to providing financial support to local organizations like the YMCA and Snipes Farm and Education Center, for its own international water filter project and to support The Rotary Foundation, which serves world-wide and is leading the charge to eradicate polio from the face of the earth.

It also financially supports ShelterBox, a Rotary based project that provides emergency shelter when disaster hits in any part of the world and Rotaplast, which provides free corrective surgeries to people in remote areas of the world.

 

PHOTO CAP: 1. Sam Snipes (left) receives his Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotarian Tom Miller (center) and Rotary Foundation Chairman Juan Proano.

2. Rotarian Hal Long (right) presents Jimmy McNally with his Paul Harris Fellow award.

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