WEGO Meeting Minutes 12/13/18

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


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. 

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