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Taste of Kutztown

District 7430 Features Kutztown Potato Project

Kutztown Community Choir Christmas Concert, Dec. 10

Note the special section: What we should know about District 7430

Facebook December 10, 2017
To Friends and Members of the Kutztown Rotary Club.

December 13: Election, Eat & Run to Kutztown Manor

We will meet at 6:00 PM, Election of Officers at 6:30 PM

On Dec. 13, Kutztown Rotary will have its annual election of officers for the 2018-19 year.

OFFICERS:   The candidates for officers are:

  • Sargent at Arms: Larry Biehl
  • Secretary: Stephen Henning
  • Treasurer: James Sher
  • President Elect: vacant (for 2018-2019 year)
  • President Nominee: Kurt Rohrbach (for 2019-2020 year)

The candidates for Board of Directors are (elect 5):

  • Marie Defilipps
  • Connie Werley
  • Kurt Rohrbach
  • Robert Hobaugh
  • James Springer

AMMENDMENT   TO   THE  BYLAWS:   In addition to the election of officers, the club will vote on amending the club bylaws to change the dues from $135 to $200 per year starting in 2018. This amendment was proposed by the board of directors.

The ammendment will also stipulate that "Dues shall cover club expenses with the excess going to Rotary Foundation." This portion will be credited to the members Paul Harris points. As such, this part will be tax deductible.

The ammendment will also change the phrase "admission fee" to "first year's dues of new members". Hence it will read, "The first year's dues of new members shall be in the amount of the annual dues prorated for the remaining Rotary year to be paid before the applicant can qualify as a member, except as provided in the standard Rotary club constitution, Article 11."

ManorAfter we eat at the Kutztown Tavern, we will go to Kutztown Manor (next to Kutztown Area High School) and visit with the residents from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The Manor is providing punch and cookies and it will be a social-time. They know we are coming and look forward to a visit from Kutztown Rotary. Let's not disappoint them. Bring several Christmas cards to hand out to residents. Spouses are welcome.

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Club Calendar:

December 2017

10 Dec - Sunday, Kutztown Community Choir Christmas Program
13 Dec - Eat at 6 PM, Election of Officers at 6:30 PM, then Visit Kutztown Manor from 7-7:30 - Menu 2/7
20 Dec - Holiday Gift Exchange - Menu 3/7
27 Dec - NOT AT TAVERN - no meeting

January 2018

03 Jan - Student of the Month / Board Meets - Menu 4/7
10 Jan - Franka will bring a friend who survived cancer - Menu 5/7
17 Jan - Kurt Rohrbach - Menu 6/7
24 Jan - Dave Owens - Menu 7/7
31 Jan - Amy & Kurt: Fun Night - Menu 1/7

February 2018

07 Feb - Consumer Value Creation - Menu 2/7
14 Feb - NOT AT TAVERN - no meeting/ Ash Wednesday
21 Feb - NOT AT TAVERN - Farmer's Night
28 Feb - Kali (Fairchild) Gibson - Menu 3/7

To see the complete Program Schedule for 2017-18, go to http:// kutztownrotary . org/home . php#anchorCAL

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Club News:

District 7430, Students, Exchange, Customers, Schedule


Sunday, Dec. 10: Kutztown Community Choir Christmas Concert

3:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 357 W. Main St., Kutztown

This year's concert will include "Christmas Day" by Holst, "Almost There" by Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith, "Christmas Is the Best Time of Year," a medley of Christmas standards, the joyous Christmas spiritual "We're Goin' Up to Bethlehem" and "Echoes of the Season" arranged by well-known local composer Carl Nygard. And in what has become an audience favorite, the concert will once again conclude with the Hallelujah chorus, from Händel's "Messiah," in which the audience is invited to join the chorus.

There will be a reception with light refreshments following the program and an art show featuring the local artists of Art in the Afternoon. Please plan on attending for an afternoon that is sure to delight.

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December 20: 5th Annual Holiday Gift Exchange


Each year the Kutztown Rotary celebrates the holiday season with a Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Each person brings a wrapped gift worth $5.95 or less. Then these gifts are selected through a random sequence of events. Just to summarize a few details regarding the “ 4th Annual Kutztown Rotary Secret Santa Gift Exchange” taking place at the December 14th club meeting at our normal meeting place, the Kutztown Tavern.

· Gifts should be wrapped but otherwise no names, markings, etc….
· Investment in the gift should not exceed $5.95
· We’ll do the tricky bit of having the option of “taking” someone else’s already opened gift or choosing an unopened gift.

That’s about it, see you Wednesday, December 20th!

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Jan 10: Student of The Month

Each month the Kutztown Rotary Club recognizes one outstanding student each from Kutztown Area High School and Brandywine Heights Area High School. These students are selected by their school administrators and are often picked for significant improvement or overcoming challenges, accomplishments in academics, school participation, and community contributions. These students never fail to impress Rotarians with their positive impact on our community. Their parents and representatives from the school are always welcome.

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Feb. 10: What do our Customers Value?

Considering an organization such as ours as the vehicle for customer value creation we need to carefully analyze its strength and weakness. This is what is normally referred to as the internal analysis. It concerns an appraisal of an organization's resources and capabilities in the context of value creation opportunities and other external developments. Resources are the organization's assets, knowledge and skills. Capabilities can be defined as the organization's ability to effectively make use of its resources. Are these our resources and capabilities: Service, Money, Time, Resources, Help, Compassion, Listening, Love, Guidance, Happy Community, Recognition, Healthy, Shelter, Success, Learning, Teaching, Fellowship, Better Life, Networking, Solving, Giving, Donating, Waiting, Caring, Assisting, Talent, Outreach, Fixing, and Solving.

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Farmers February 21: Farmers' Night

Kutztown-Fleetwood Annual Rural-Urban Night

Since 1938 and possibly before, the Kutztown Rotary Club has been showing the local farmers their appreciation with the annual Urban-Rural Night Dinner.† It is an evening to say 'thank you' to farmers in the area and to show appreciation for their work.†Urban-Rural Night is one of the most noteworthy Rotary events in our entire District. It falls under Rotary International's area of Vocational Service, the opportunity of Rotarians to actively support the dignity and utility of various vocations.

The Kutztown Rotary Club will honor farmers, recognizing the importance of agriculture, during its annual Farmers Night Dinner at the Kutztown Grange Hall on Feb. 21, 2018. The doors open at 6:00 pm. The program starts at 6:30 pm.

FFA members from both Kutztown and Oley are invited.

The cost is $18 for each Rotarian, their guests, and for each farmer they sponsor. This may be paid at the Rotary meeting, February 7, or at Farmers' Night.

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What we should know about District 7430

Rotary Districts are charged with setting up a structure that forms new clubs, help recruit new members, provides training for club officers and members, oversees the Rotary youth exchange program, and administers the portion of the Rotary Foundation money that come back to the District. The District is headed up by a District Governor, and is run by committees, most headed by past District Governors. District 7430 covers 5 counties: Berks, Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton. Here are more details.

District Conference: http:// rotarydistrict7430 . org/event/rotary-district-7430-conference/
The District Conference is an annual convention usually held over a weekend at a nearby resort. It has many educational forums, but the best part is the International banquet hosted by the foreign exchange students.

Rotary Youth Exchange: http:// www.rotary7430yep . org/
The district manages the Rotary Youth Exchange program in our district. They process all of the paperwork for both the incoming and outgoing exchange students and then have great monthly programs for the incoming exchange students and training for the outgoing exchange students.

Rotary Leadership Institute: http:// www.rotarydistrict7430 . org/Event/06068b6f-eb46-4381-b318-7e3131eac45b
RLI is an educational program for all Rotarians. It has sessions on what Rotary is and training for all position in Rotary. It has many programs on improving club efforts. RLI is September 16, 2017, at DeSales University, in Center Valley, PA.

President Elect Training: http:/ /rotarydistrict7430 . org/event/f4d952d1-9104-479b-b8b1-9b6800db87bb/
PETS training is mandatory for all incoming club presidents and is open to people who are thinking about becoming a club president. It usually consists of 4 sessions ranging from 1 day to 2 days.

District Training Assembly: http:// rotarydistrict7430 . org/event/f4d952d1-9104-479b-b8b1-9b6800db87bb/
This is a 1-day session. There are sessions on all avenues of Rotary and it is recommended Presidents Elect bring their club officers, committee chairs to learn both what's new and how best to implement this for success in their club.

District Grants: http:// www.rotarydistrict7430 . org/SitePage/district-grant
District Grants are based upon Rotary Foundation Annual Fund donations 3 years prior. They are used to fund project to address need in our community as well as communities abroad. The Rotary Foundation seminar is November 4, 2017, at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA.

Special Events: http:// rotarydistrict7430 . org/Events/Calendar
District 7430 runs special events to benefit the Rotary Foundation and other great causes.

Rotary UN Day is November 12, 2017. http:// rotarydistrict7430 . org/event/rotary-un-day/

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Kutztown Rotary Club

The Rest of the Story

To download the 2017-18 Program Schedule in pdf format, click here

kutztownrotary.org -Our club's websites:

  1. News/Splash page: http:// www.kutztownrotary . org
  2. Home Page: http:// www.kutztownrotary . org/home . php
  3. History Page: http:// www.kutztownrotary . org/history . php
  4. TOK: http:// tasteofkutztown . org
  5. Rotaract: http:// www.kutztownrotary . org/ku . php

Kutztown Day Committee: Bob Hobaugh is looking for someone to replace him on the Kutztown Day Committee.

Free Background Checks are REQUIRED for any Rotarian driving or helping out our Exchange Student. For more see Background Checks.

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