Alyssa Harnish

President: Alyssa Harnish

Welcome to WE-GO, I am Alyssa Harnish, President of the Westtown-Goshen Rotary Club, a member-based organization right here in Chester County, Pennsylvania. We are a chapter of Rotary International, District 7450 in the eastern United States. Our members are passionate, dedicated and engaged in projects and service close to home and around the globe. Most of us live and work in the greater West Chester area. Members have a range of volunteer opportunities to get involved in from local fund-raising to global projects including education, humanitarian relief, safe drinking water, literacy and health related issues. Looking to give back to the community and world at large? You have come to the right place.

Rotary and WE-GO History

Rotary is a unique institution

Paul Harris formed the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on February 23, 1905. Rotary’s motto is "Service Above Self" and, as it celebrates its 102nd anniversary, the club and its 1.2 million members around the globe continue to focus on furthering truth, fairness, cooperation among all cultures and world peace. A 1942 Rotary conference held in London planted the seeds for the development of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and some 50 Rotary members served as delegates and consultants at the founding of the United Nations. Today Rotary holds the highest consultative status with the United Nations of any non-governmental organization. In this capacity, Rotary has a strong voice within the UN system and access to its people and resources worldwide.

WE-GO is a unique club

WE-GO's History: The Westtown Goshen Rotary Club, widely known as WE-GO, was formed in the summer of 1975 through the efforts of members of the Rotary Club of West Chester. This was a culmination of discussions started in the summer of 1974 which resulted in WE-GO being chartered by Rotary International on June 20, 1975. Nine members of the West Chester Club, along with one member from the Concord Club, formed the nucleus of the new club. They, along with 16 newly recruited first-time Rotarians, made up the original 26 charter members. Much help was given by the West Chester members in the initial formation. On July 31, 1975, the Club's Charter Night Dinner-Dance was held at the Treadway Inn, and was attended by all the new club members and their wives. District Governor Paul A. Vaughn and District Governor elect F. Munro Purse, and many members of other clubs were present. Weekly meetings were established on Thursdays at 6pm. The venue initiated at the West Chester Treadway Inn and later transitioned to the West Chester Golf and Country Club and then back to the Day's Hotel.  We now meet at Timoth's in the Parkway Shopping Center.

One of our first projects as a club was to restore the Westtown Township's Oakbourne Mansion Water Tower.

WE-GO is the Greater West Chester area's club devoted to community, fellowship and service.

Covering West Goshen, Thornbury Chester County, Thornbury Delaware County, Westtown, East Goshen, Exton, Willistown, Glenn Mills, Downingtown, Kennett Square, Chadds Ford

WE-GO Officers and Board of Directors 1975

Norman M. Baker, Jr.

Vice President
Thomas Smith, Jr

Denis E. Forrest

Sergeant At Arms
Joachim H. Nussbaumer

Herbert A. Nussbaumer
Robinson B. Dunwody
Winni Nussbaumer
Ira Hicks

WE-GO Charter Members

Norman M. Baker, Jr.
Norbert P. Breslin
Robson B. Dunwoody
Denis E. Forrest
Nicholas C. Gagliardi
Leroy Glauner
Joseph J. Hassler
Ira Hicks
William I. Hicks
Howard A. Jones
James Latta III
Orville R. March
Herbert A. Nussbaumer

Joachim H. Nussbaumer
Winni J. Nussbaumer
Charles F. O’Keffe
Ralph E. Petersen
Luther L. Rife
Howard F. Riley, Jr.
Charles Scipione
Thomas J. Smith, Jr.
Edmund D. Tegethoff
Robert K. Tomlinson
John M. Townes, III
Robert C. Wiggins