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WEGO Meeting Minutes 12/13/18




There were 12 WEGO Rotarians in attendance. The guest was Bruce Mowday, program speaker.

Announcements:

Ringing of the Bell: Mark & John volunteered yesterday. They felt that it was very rewarding, and the bucket was full! Tomorrow (12/14), 4-6pm: Reece & Bob Bielski. 6-8pm Travis & Matt.

New Member Challenge is still on! Bring in a new member by February 1st and Travis will reward the person with a bottle of reasonable priced wine, liquor, or case of beer.

Next week: WEGO Holiday Party. 5pm. Cocktail Cash Bar. 6-8pm Buffet Style Dinner. $45/person. Checks can be given to Bob Thomas.

Travis presented a District Grant for $3,000.00 to Carol Baker for a Read2Dream Project called “Invest in their Future.” It is written for two different groups, The Children from the Domestic Violence Center & The Crime Victim Center. In total this was a $7500.00 project. ($3000.00 from RI District, $3000.00 from WEGO Foundation, and $1500.00 from Carol Baker)

The goal of the program is to reeducate the children to help them deal with the challenging times at home. A lot of these kids are going through PTSD like symptoms. They just had their Read2Dream Winter Literacy Event this past Saturday where they had 367 children in attendance. Every child got a free book. Every book is stamped with “Read2Dream Foundation book donations made possible through our literary partner Westtown Goshen Rotary.”

Program: Speaker, Bruce Mowday

Bruce E. Mowday is an award-wining author and newspaper reporter. He has authored more than 15 books on history, sports, business, and true crime. He was the President of the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates. He is a former board member of the Valley Forge Park Alliance. He is a board member of the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau. Mowday lives in Downingtown, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He has two grown daughters and three grandsons.

More information on Bruce can be found @ http://mowday.com/

He discussed the Jailing the Johnston Gang. Pennsylvania's Johnston Gang, led by Bruce Johnston, Sr. and his brothers Norman and David, netted millions through a prolific burglary ring during the 1960s and '70s. But in 1978, fearing that younger members of the gang were going to rat them out to the authorities, the brothers killed four teenagers and nearly killed Bruce Sr.'s own son. This book draws on personal interviews with investigators, attorneys, and even former gang members to detail how the combined efforts of federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies brought the brothers to justice.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:17 pm. 


WEGO 2018 Holiday Party










Our annual WEGO holiday party will be 12/20/2018 hosted by Chris Baldwin.   Sheraton Hotel in Wilmington, DE (422 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, DE 19801) We will have a cocktail hour from 5-6pm with a cash bar. Dinner will be from 6-8pm and is a buffet-style with an assortment of salads, vegetables, potatoes, and grilled flank steak with gorgonzola and chicken arrosto. We will finish with a chef's selection of deserts and freshly brewed Starbucks coffees and Tazo Teas. Cost is $45/pp.



Chester County Author Bruce Mowday Coming to WEGO


12/13/2018 Program Summary

Bruce E. Mowday is an award-wining author and newspaper reporter. He has authored more than 15 books on history, sports, business, and true crime. He was the President of the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates. He is a former board member of the Valley Forge Park Alliance. He is a board member of the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau. 

More information on Bruce can be found @ http://mowday.com/ 

Some of his books include:
Pickett's Charge: The Untold StoryStealing WyethFirst Date Homicides

Jailing the Johnston GangSeptember 11, 1777: Washington's Defeat at Brandywine Dooms PhiladelphiaUnlikely Allies: Fort Delaware's Prison Community in the Civil War


WE-GO's Mission

To provide business, professional, and community leaders an opportunity for service to others in order to benefit our community and to promote high ethical standards, fellowship, and goodwill worldwide.



Our family of Rotarians build a legacy reinforcing the importance of integrity, respect and goodwill to all.
Three generations: Richard Hodgson, Lisa Balch and Caroline who have and are making a difference in the world. 

WE-GO is a unique service club focused on community service in the West Chester area, Pennsylvania region and around the world.

The Object of Rotary
Rotary encourages and fosters the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster: the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; high ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society; the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
What is Rotary:
Rotary is a global network of community volunteers. Rotarians are people just like you and me providing humanitarian service, encouraging ethical practices and sponsoring peace efforts. Rotary clubs are nonreligious, nonpolitical and open to every race, culture and creed. Members represent a diverse mix of local business and professional leaders. 
What Rotarians do:
Rotary clubs and their members participate in a broad range of intercultural and educational activities designed to improve the human condition. Projects include providing healthcare and medical supplies, clean water, food, job training, youth development and education to millions of people in need. In addition, Rotarians aim their technical expertise to alleviate hardship and solve problems locally and around the world.

New Generation Services

Ambassadorial Scholar Brendon Johnson
The Concept of New Generation Service

New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

WE-GO supports New Generation Services through ongoing annual efforts.  

Some of WE-GO's targeted projects include: 
Ambassadorial Scholarships offer academic-year scholarships for study abroad for college/university undergraduate and graduate students and for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies.

Vocational Scholar Amy Wellings
WE-GO's Vocational Scholarships are supported by our 501C3 Foundation and the living legacy established by Ms. Frank Roia in honor of her husband who dedicated himself to education.  As a former member and past President of WE-GO, Frank exemplified service above self as he contributed to the lives of many students though his counseling and support of their medical education pursuits.

The Rotary Peace Fellows program provides opportunities to pursue a master's degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable, development, peace studies, conflict resolution or a related field, or a professional development certificate in pace and conflict resolution. Fellows study at one of seven Rotary Centers for International Studies, which include a program jointly offered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

Interact is Rotary's service club for youth ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs can be community-based or school-based. Individual Rotary clubs sponsor Interact clubs and provide them with support and guidance, but each Interact club is self-governing and self-supporting. The goals of Interact include development leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advancing international understanding and goodwill. 
WCU Volunteers
Rotaract targets young adults ages 18 to 30. University-based clubs consist of undergraduate and graduate students who meet on campus. Community-based clubs consist of young adults from various backgrounds, regardless of their professional or academic status. All Rotaract clubs are sponsored by a local Rotary club and conduct community and international service projects. Rotaract clubs also focus on leadership and professional development activities.

District 7450 Rotary Youth Exchange
Rotary Youth Exchange is Rotary's exchange program for youth and young adults. It allows students to spend up to a year living in a different country and learning a new culture. Students ages 15 to 19 can participate in a long-term exchange of up to one year, or they can choose a short-time exchange ranging from several days to several weeks. New Generations Exchanges for young adults ages 18 to 25 can range from a few weeks to three months. Rotary clubs and district sponsor exchange participants, who serve as ambassadors for their countries. 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. Participants range in age from 14 to 30; most clubs and districts choose to focus on a specific age group within that range. The program emphasizes leadership, citizenship and personal growth. It demonstrates Rotary's respect and concern for youth by providing an effective leadership training experience for potential leaders, encouraging leadership of youth by youth, and publicly recognizing young people who serve their communities. 
Special Needs Picnic
 WE-GO also supports youth engagement through mentoring programs, career days, essay contests, youth and young adult service projects and other activities partnering with other organizations such as Camp Dream Catcher, Little League, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Community Service

Oakbourne Mansion Damage
WE-GO WORKS

Rotary is a service organization where Service Above Self is our motto. Community Service provides opportunities for Rotarians and their families to engage in the community in a meaningful way. Service opportunities vary year to year, all however are designed to provide options for Rotarians to give back in a way they may not otherwise have the chance to. If you or your organization have a service opportunity you would like to offer to our club please contact our club at wegorotary@gmail.com
Completed Repairs

WE-GO WORKS is a term we coined describing the range of projects we have accomplished over the years.


WE-GO joins with other Rotary clubs around Philadelphia and the World.  From our backyard to hot-spot regions, WE-GO reaches all over the world.

WE-GO WORKS projects over the years include:

Adult Care of Chester
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Agricultural Aid to Madagascar
Aid for Refugees from Croatia and Bosnia
ARC of Chester County
Area Police and Fire Departments
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Brian’s House
Brian’s Run
Bryn Mawr Rehab’s Cruisin’ Not Boozin’Program
Camp Joy
Camp Dreamcatcher
Casa Nueva
CHAP Community Health Advocacy
Chesco Domestic Violence Center
Chester County Foodbank
Christmas Gifts for the Disadvantaged
Community Volunteers in Medicine
East Goshen Colonial Blacksmith Shop Restoration
East Side Little League Batting Cages
Financial Support for Foreign Exchange Students
Food for the Needy
Friends Assoc. for Care and Protection of Children
Good Will Fire Company
Gundaker Foundation
Handicapped Boy Scout Troop
Hope Worldwide
Hurricane and Earthquake Relief
Junior Achievement-Project Business
Little League (East Side)
May Festival Chester County Hospital


Lodge at Oakbourne Park
New Delhi, India Housing for Leprosy
Oakbourne Tower Restoration
Operation Smile
Playing Fields at Penn Wood, Westtown-Thornbury and Fern Hill Elementary Schools
PAL of West Chester
Polio Plus
Read2Dream
Rotaplast
Rotary Foundation
RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership
Safe Harbor
Salvation Army
Seven Oaks Fire Relief
Special Olympics
Stetson Middle School Outdoor Education Program
Senior High School Scholarship Program
Thornbury Township Parks and Recreation
Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding
Villa Bosch (Argentina) School for the Blind
Warsaw (Poland) Hippotherapy Program
West Chester Community Center
West Chester Senior Center
West Chester University
West Chester University Aid to South Africa
Youth Expo
Youth Exchange

Code of Conduct

As a Rotarian, I 

1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities
2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary
3. Conduct all of my personal, business, and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others
4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings
5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations which are useful to society
6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community
7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians
8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship

Vocational Service

The Concept of Vocational Service

What is vocational service? As active and engaged Rotarians, we view vocational service as a way of life. Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their professions and to practice high ethical standards. Rotarians, as business and community leaders, share skills and expertise through their vocations and inspire others in the process by volunteering to serve others.
The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. Thus, the concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”: 
  • High ethical standards in business and professions  
  • The recognition of the worthiness of all occupations  
  • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.
As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider how WE-GO Rotarians provide vocational services: 
  • We talk about our vocation in our club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations. 
  • We use our professional skills to serve our club and community.  
  • We practice our profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through our own words and actions. 
  • We help young people achieve his or her career aspirations.  
  • We guide and encourage others in their professional development.
  • We network with associates to help serve others.
If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations.

Club Service

Governance, leadership and direction

Rotarian members elect Officers and a Board Annually. 
Club Administration
WE-GO is governed by officers including President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  In addition, WE-GO's direction and progress is coordinated through a Board of Directors, elected by the full membership.  Board members are required to attend WE-GO's special morning meetings, which usually fall on the first Friday of the month.  The Board meets on general and specific topics organized by the President.  Committee reports are given.  The Board, with the leadership of the Treasurer, proposes the WE-GO annual budget and membership fee.  The Sargent in Arms manages the check-in at each meeting, collects the meeting fees and accounts for the variety of people attending.  Guests and visiting Rotarians are announced at each meeting.      

Stimulating a vibrant club

Members share experiences and plans in fellowship.
Fellowship
WE-GO meetings and events enable Rotarians to meet and share stories, experiences and plans on a regular basis.  The fellowship WE-GO stimulates helps build a tight nit community.  We often meet outside of normal business hours.  In the past, we have taken trips to the Phillies or Blue Rocks games, or gone deep sea fishing or headed down to Washington DC to see and hear the changing of the guard at the unknown soldier tomb.  WE-GO also schedules several annual off-site meetings including our annual holiday party at Longwood Gardens to participating in local social events such as the West Chester Restaurant Festival. 

Keeping our community informed

WEGO publishes a weekly newsletter and email.
News and Communications
WE-GO publishes a weekly newsletter distributed electronically - and in some cases through the mail.  The Newsletter committee takes photo shots of program speakers and guests of all members abreast of what the club is working on, current programs scheduled and other announcements.
WE-GO also publishes a Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn page broadening the reach of our communications.  Social networking is transforming traditional institutions and how constituents connect, relate and work together.  The fabric of society is not replaced by social networking, but is enhanced by alternative methods involving online and interactive actions that still require service and the ethical standards of behavior that Rotarians strive to live by.

Programs and Events

WE-GO meets weekly on many topics of interest.
Programs and Events
WE-GO members suggest, engage and listen to a wonderful array of interesting topics each week.  WE-GO invites regional presentations from the Chester County Health Department, YMCA, Safe Habour, Community Volunteers in Medicine, PACT for Animals which provides foster care for military personnel's loved pets, Chester County Boy Scouts, East Side Little League, Dream Catchers, Thorncroft Therapeutic Horeseback Riding, Chester County Foodbank and many others.  
WE-GO visits a half dozen off-site organizations such as Chadds Ford Winery, QVC, Wawa and Longwood Gardens each year.  We also visit local establishments devoting time to club projects such as Iron Hill, McKenzie, Doc's Oyster Bar, Goose Creek Grill, Square Bar and American Grill.  
Offsite Events include visiting West Chester University, Cheyney University, the Chester County Senior Center, Bryn Mawr Rehab, Chester County Hospital, the Chester County Health Depart., Goodwill Fire Co., Fame Fire Co., the WC Public Library, Chester County Historical Society, Westtown School, Glen Mills School and many others.

International Service

The Concept of International Service

International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Rotarians can support International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site.  

The Westtown-Goshen Rotary Club supports international projects our club members have developed like CHAP (Community Health Advocacy Programs) supporting mobile diagnostic health screenings for diabetes and hypertension. We advocate for and support Rotary International’s Polio Plus, Safe Drinking Water Projects, Doctors without Borders, Rotaplast Operation Smile and Plumpy Nut to address severe malnutrition across the globe.
 

Our club is active in Rotary youth exchange and we sponsor inbound and outbound students. If you are interested in Youth Exchange, please contact our Youth Exchange Chair and discuss the opportunities for inbound and outbound opportunities.
 

Examples of WE-GO's International Projects include: 

ShelterBox: In response to natural disasters around the globe, our club has sent life-saving ShelterBoxes to aid in the relief efforts. We’ve helped with the earthquake in Haiti and the tsunami in Japan. 
Stop Hunger Now: WE-GO members, family and friends financially support packaging thousands of meals for international distribution.  Attending the District 7450, WE-GO helped packaged 20,000 dry meals for hunger relief.
Dominican Republic: Over the last decade, Michael Ceffaratii of West Chester along with his son Kyle have journeyed to remote villages in the Dominican Republic to develop safe drinking water resources, build education resources and supply children with baseball gloves, bats and balls.  WE-GO has helped provide financial support and helped the East Side Little League collect used baseball equipment for shipment to the Dominican Republic that was distributed by the Michael and his group of volunteers.
Rotaplast: Rotaplast International, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Dr. Angelo Capozzi and the then Rotary Club President Peter Lagarias in collaboration with the Rotary Club of San Francisco to facilitate a surgical program in La Serena, Chile to treat children with the cleft lip and palate anomaly who would otherwise not receive surgical intervention.  WE-GO Financially supports Rotoplast's mission and trips throughout the world. 
CHAP: Community Health Advocacy Programs founded by WE-GO's own Govinda Malya, provides mobile diagnostic health screenings for diabetes and hypertension. WE-GO provided the seed funds to launch the project in India and is helping to promote the project to other parts of the world.