The Rotary Club of Central Delaware County was proud to team up with the Broomall Rotary Club to sponsor the Cardinal O’Hara Interact Club. The Interact Club is a club for youth ages 12-18 who want to connect with other people in their community and school. Interact Club organizes two service projects a year, one for the benefit of their community and one for the encouragement of an international community. Cardinal O’Hara is the first Catholic school to be a part of the Interact Club. Started by Kate Markley, a member of the class of 2014, the leader of the club is Mrs. Markley, and her daughter, Emily Markley, is the President of the club. In January the club will be going to the Ronald McDonald house and cooking dinner for the families that are staying there. Anyone is welcomed to join!
The “Hank Nacrelli Scholarship Fund” was established in 1986 under the leadership of Club member Joyce Laughlin along with Clive Baker and Anne Fonshell. The first scholarship was awarded in 1986 to Ingrid Runge. Since then, the award has been given to a Penncrest High School graduate for 29 years. Mr. Nacrelli was named Superintendent Emeritus when he retired as Superintendent of schools in 1995. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating Penncrest High School student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership academically, in the community and in their personal lives. The Rotary Club of Central Delaware County supports the ideas of the Hank Nacrelli Scholarship Fund which embody the principals manifested by Mr. Nacrelli in his years an inspirational Educational leader in our community. This year’s recipient is Emily Bond who just started at Delaware County Community College.
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. This initial historic mission took place in January of 1993.
As a project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, and for the first three years of its existence, Rotaplast completed one surgical mission a year. The following two years, Rotaplast completed two missions a year. In 1996, Rotaplast became a separate non-profit corporation and has since consistently expanded its number of annual missions. In June 2012, Rotaplast sent its 175th mission and to date has served over 15,000 children. Twenty-four countries have hosted Rotaplast teams, including Vietnam, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Romania, China, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Brazil and the Philippines. Hundreds of medical and non-medical volunteers who give their valuable time, and generous organizations such as hospitals and medical equipment companies which give supplies, account for the consistent success and expansion of Rotaplast missions.
Rotaplast would not exist without funding provided by partners. Although a San Francisco-based organization, Rotaplast works
nationally and internationally by partnering with Rotary Clubs, other organizations, and individuals across the United States, Canada and mission sites. It provides a vehicle for medical professionals and nonmedical volunteers to actively engage in projects that build international friendships and promote goodwill and understanding among the peoples of the world.
For more information check out http://www.rotaplast.org/