Thanks to Jack Hontz, The Music Will Go On

In concertmaster formalwear, Conductor Jack Hontz led the Strath Haven High School Orchestra at the Spring Instrumental Concert. Photo by Deirdre Abrahamsson.

Jack Hontz, who has likely influenced more Strath Haven High School students and families than anyone else in the past three decades, died Friday, June 23, while playing golf with his son, Jack.

Dr. MaryJo Yannacone, principal of Strath Haven High School, broke the news of the “devastating loss” of the SHHS band director to the Haven community in an e-mail the same day. Dr. Yannacone lauded “the man who built our music program and led our students for 34 years … we have a sense of gratitude for being part of a school community that included a man who was so generous of his time and talents, so compassionate in his leadership of students and staff, and so dedicated and warm in supporting our entire student body. Jack served a vital role at Strath Haven High School and indeed, across the Wallingford-Swarthmore community. He was a mentor, friend, colleague and inspiration to us all, and in him, we witnessed the very best a person can be.”

Mr. Hontz is survived by his wife, Cindy, and four children, Jack, David, Matthew and Emily.

A visitation will be held today, Friday, June 30, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Strath Haven High School. The funeral will be on Saturday, July 1, at 10 a.m. at Grove United Methodist Church, 490 Boot Road in West Chester. A luncheon will follow at the church.

Tributes poured forth from Jack Hontz fans in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District and beyond. A few follow.

Wallingford native Phil Bergman, SHHS Class of 2012, University of Missouri Journalism School graduate 2016, and a member of the marching band at both schools, wrote on June 24:

“I don’t remember the last time I cried. That changed tonight.

“My memories around Mr. Hontz don’t necessarily revolve around music, they revolve around sports. Yes, we spent rehearsals together almost every day of the week, and three years’ worth of lunches working on district and region music, but it was our sports conversations and love for sports that brought us together. Mr. Hontz hands-down is the biggest sports guru I ever met. Every day in his office the sports section would be lying on his desk, sports websites opened up on his computer. I fondly think of analyzing the upcoming football games before each Friday, looking up the district standings until late at night after games, talking PSAC football and Princeton athletics, and of course, hearing about his beloved Yankees.

“Mr. Hontz did something that only a handful of people have ever done; he made band cool. Nowhere else does a school of 1,200 have 425 kids in the band. In most schools, kids in 4th grade can’t wait to play football. When I was in 4th grade, I couldn’t wait to start playing an instrument.

“Each year during college I came back to visit … we would talk life and what was going on, but mostly sports, which usually led to conversations about his children’s sports teams. Even though he spent countless hours with us, and even more helping students one-on-one whenever they needed it, he always made time to coach all of his kids’ Legion and Little League teams. He loved his students, but he loved his children even more.

“I won’t forget the last conversation I had with him last year. We were talking about college football and I had an epiphany. I said, “What you’ve done with the Haven band is the same as a coach does with his team … you try to bring them together and push them to reach their goal.” He looked at me and smiled as if I finally figured out his secret.

“My thoughts go out to Jack, David, the rest of the Hontz family and Mr. Pearlburg.

“Rest in peace. Your impact has reached farther than you ever imagined.”

Dressed for the field, Band Director Jack Hontz in shirtsleeves at Strath Haven High School’s Marching Band Showcase last December. Photo by Deirdre Abrahamsson.

Betty Ann Flynn of Media is a commercial photographer and longtime member of the Rotary Club of Swarthmore, and earlier, of Media Rotary.

“Jack Hontz: a gifted musician, talented teacher and caring individual. These are only a few of the many outstanding qualities that Jack demonstrated to all those around him.

“I met Jack 26 years ago when I joined the Rotary Club of Media. We became friends and shared many lunches together. Jack was always discussing future plans for the band & color guard with enthusiasm and anticipation of the many events in which “his group” was scheduled to perform.

“Jack and Dr. George Slick were instrumental in forming a scholarship program for students in Strath Haven and Penncrest high schools. This program was funded by Media Rotary and six students were selected each year for scholarships. In addition to the scholarship awards, Jack initiated a special recognition for two students from each school to be honored with a framed certificate and invitation to Media Rotary for lunch.

“What a thrill to be in Media for the Halloween and Veterans Day parades, Jack marching alongside all 400-plus students. When the Fun-Fair began in Swarthmore 16 years ago, Jack readily responded to the needs of the Rotary Club of Swarthmore, making sure many of the band members were with him to participate in this special event.

“Many of us will miss you, Jack, and are thankful to have known such a wonderful man.”

Dr. MaryJo Yannacone last Sunday wrote the following for the Swarthmorean:

“Jack built the finest music program anywhere at Strath Haven and in the WSSD community, due to his unrelenting dedication on a daily basis for 34 years. He had a great deal of support from colleagues, parents, student leaders, and most importantly, from a family that understood his passion and drive and shared him willingly with us.

“When a person of Jack’s influence is lost, we struggle to understand and worry about what lies ahead. Will his legacy survive? Jack’s work has led to the development of a team of music educators, led by Henry Pearlberg and John Shankweiler, who share Jack’s passion for music and for working with children. Our community values music education, and our students love what being a part of the music program brings: acceptance, camaraderie, challenge, and engagement in something larger than oneself. For these reasons, I am confident Jack’s legacy will survive and even thrive.

“The tributes on social media speak volumes about the impact that Jack Hontz had on generations of students and families. Jack made music accessible to every student, and made each student feel welcome and valued as an integral member of the greatest team. He believed in their potential, challenged them to meet it, and worked tirelessly until success was achieved. He was the finest example of the educator we all strive to be.”

The Strath Haven community will pay tribute to Jack Hontz at a memorial today from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Strath Haven’s auditorium, and will collect memories and artifacts of Jack through the summer, to be compiled for his family. Photo by Deirdre Abrahamsson.

Share Your Memories and Tributes

All current and past students and families in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District will be invited to a memorial tribute to Jack’s life this fall.

A commemorative book of tributes, memories, photos, and letters to the family is being assembled at the high school this summer for presentation to the Hontz family at the memorial.

Contributions to the book may be mailed to Strath Haven High School, 205 South Providence Road, Wallingford, PA 19086; e-mailed to myannacone@wssd.org; or dropped off at the high school throughout the summer.

The district will soon post on its website at wssd.org information regarding future memorial scholarships, fundraisers, and preferred charities for Jack and his family.

Board Hears about Academic Integrity Guidelines and ‘Badges’

WSSD Superintendent Dr. Lisa Palmer (left) and School Board Chair Dr. Rick Sonntag welcomed new Region 2 School Board member Vippy Yee of Rose Valley. She replaces Jerry Ballas, who is moving out of the region. Photo by Katie Crawford.

WSSD Superintendent Dr. Lisa Palmer (left) and School Board Chair Dr. Rick Sonntag welcomed new Region 2 School Board member Vippy Yee of Rose Valley. She replaces Jerry Ballas, who is moving out of the region. Photo by Katie Crawford.

Wallingford-Swarthmore School District
By Chris Reynolds

Strath Haven High School Assistant Principal Thomas McLaughlin presented a briefing on the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District’s Academic Integrity Guidelines, which he hopes will be incorporated into the high school’s policy manual for the 2017-2018 year.

A key component of the integrity initiative is the “badge” educational program, which was developed by SHHS Librarian Beth Cohen. Cohen spelled McLaughlin at the podium, walking the board through a presentation of the badge module.

The program is an online Moodle platform which presents students with guidelines and examples of what information-sharing is — e.g., doing homework with a friend — and isn’t — e.g., using Google translate to write a French composition — acceptable practice in an academic community. Students who demonstrate their understanding through a final quiz will earn an electronic badge, which will be a requirement for grade advancement.

Strath Haven 9th graders were the first to complete the program during the fall 2016 semester. Between the issuance of the last badge and the end of the semester, McLaughlin said there were 17 reported incidents of cheating among the school’s 1,142 students, which McLaughlin described as a good outcome for a single iteration of the program in one grade. No disciplinary measures are prescribed for anything short of a “three point” violation (for example, theft of a test or sharing of test answers, which can cause considerable upheaval for the teachers and curriculum). Accumulation of two such violations could be disclosed by the school on student information reports to colleges.

Board members Dr. Allison Karpyn and Ms. Chapin Cimino — both educators — urged McLaughlin to incorporate the badge requirements and program description into the new Academic Integrity Guidelines, which will govern students starting this fall. This will be done in time for a review and potential adoption at the board’s July 17 meeting.

The next phase continues the gradual integration of the badge program into the culture of the high school, with the program educating new 9th graders and a reiteration among 10th graders, or a new course for 11th graders. In addition, Librarian Beth Cohen will create a module for introduction to the middle school grades in 2018-2019.

Treat, or Trick?

An otherwise routine review of changes to the cafeteria’s a la carte menu pricing provided food for thought. Region 2 board member Dr. Robert Reiger called attention to the increase the price of a Rice Krispies Treat from 75 cents to $1.25, and of a Nature Valley granola bar from 50 cents to $1, suggesting that “price gouging is taking place.” District Business Manager Martha Kew explained that item costs have generally increased, and that the USDA (which partly funds school food programs) requires periodic price increases to maintain profit margins in food sales, and issues a price calculator which WSSD used to calculate a la carte pricing. The pricing was approved by a vote of 7 to 1.

Bye to Ballas, Yes to Yee

Board member Jerry Ballas attended his final meeting, as he prepares to move to Swarthmore, outside Region 2, which he has represented for 3½ years. Ballas remarked that he had been “proud to be part of this group, where we can all work together toward a common purpose.” President Sonntag in turn praised Ballas’s service, which was marked by “integrity, a gentle touch, and a common sense approach.”

The Board unanimously voted in Vippy Yee to replace Ballas as a representative from Region 2. Ms. Yee, a Rose Valley resident, says she saw a community need to fill this vacancy on the school board, and “decided to step up.” This will only be a six month position for Ms. Yee, who is the mother of twin girls, rising 9th graders at Strath Haven. In the fall, she will be on the ballot as a candidate for borough council in Rose Valley.

HEADStrong Plans Groundbreaking Despite Unresolved Legal Appeal

By Claire Wolters

The HEADstrong Foundation will go forward with the groundbreaking for “Nick’s House” on 200 S. Chester Road in Swarthmore on Thursday, July 6, at 11 a.m., despite a lingering legal dispute. The ceremony will convene supporters of the foundation to celebrate the start of the construction and renovation projects adapting their recently purchased property for its planned use as a temporary residence for cancer patients (and their caregivers) who are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

Whether the groundbreaking will be enough to cement HEADstrong’s base in the community is not clear, however. The foundation’s Swarthmore plans are the subject of current consideration by the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County, to which a group of 18 neighbors appealed this April. Attorneys for both the HEADstrong Foundation and Swarthmore Borough filed final legal briefs in response to the appeal on June 19.

The legal dispute centers on regulations set by Swarthmore’s RB Zoning District, in which the house on 200 S. Chester Road is located. These laws designate houses in the area to be used for “single family dwellings,” making HEADstrong’s proposal of a house with seven unrelated cancer patients and their caregivers unfit for the area.

The Borough granted HEADstrong an exemption from these zoning rules in September 2016 under the Fair Housing Act, which requires local governments make accomodations to handicapped persons in order to provide them with housing opportunities equal to those available to persons who are not handicapped.

As zoning laws apply regardless of disabled status, neighbors argue that no 14 unrelated people would be permitted to reside in the house under any circumstance. The appellants’ attorneys say that HEADstrong is not using this accommodation as a “protective shield against discrimination, but rather are using the Act as a sword to tear apart the fabric of the RB Zoning District.”

Appellants argue further that the Borough has not adequately addressed potential problems that will result from the foundation’s entry to the community. Concerns include: increased traffic, parking problems, and changes to the character of the neighborhood.

Are Fears Unfounded?

“Not only are these irrational fears unfounded,” say HEADstrong’s attorneys in the recently-filed brief, “but also the very real impact of granting objector’s appeal would be to deny cancer patients and their caretakers, during perhaps the most difficult times of their lives, the ability to live in a residence that mirrors the comfort and community of their own homes.”

One of the conditions for HEADstrong’s stay is the implementation of a parking plan that was approved by the Borough earlier this spring. The plan accommodates 16 spaces and provides direct access between a handicap parking space and a handicap bathroom. Headstrong says this and other renovation projects will be consistent with renovations made in similar-sized homes, and will be enacted in a manner that honors the character of the neighborhood and the house.

Swarthmore Borough solicitor Robert Scott says that HEADstrong is not breaking any rules by going through with the groundbreaking, but that they are doing so at their own risk. “In the absence of any ajudication, they are fine to go ahead with any approval they got from the Borough,” says Scott. “If they lose the appeal, they have to deal with that.”

Attorneys are waiting to see if the case will require an oral hearing, or if the arguments presented in the briefs will be enough to settle the dispute. Judge Spiros E. Angelos from the Common Pleas Court of Delaware County will review the filings and render a decision.

The Swarthmore home is one of approximately 40 properties that the foundation evaluated in the past three years as possible locations for “Nick’s House.” HEADStrong leaders have made it clear that, despite legal challenges, they are not giving up their plans for 200 S. Chester Road any time soon.

Annual Summer Reading Lists

The Swarthmorean’s Annual Summer Reading Lists are available in the printed issue of the paper.

We would like to thank the following contributors:

Kai Lincke
Kate Dwojeski
Martha Hodes
Nick Slagis
Winnie Host
Ginny Davis
Elizabeth “Liz” Haegele
Rabbi Louis Kaplan
Sarah S. Davis
Beth Gross
Maurice G. Eldridge
Margaret A. Robinson
Virginia Brabender
Jennifer Stock
Jonathan Hodgson
Jean L. Fleschute
Emily Farrell
Liz Morris Orye
Robert Morbeck
Bobbie Harvey
Nathalie Anderson
Jennifer Reynolds
Carol Kennedy
Pierce Marra

Copies are available at the Swarthmore Co-op, Pantry One in Wallingford, and the Swarthmorean’s office on Park Avenue. Or, buy a subscription and receive your paper in the mail on Fridays!

Implementing Aging-in-Place: A Beginning

By Bill Davis

The Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association has formed an Aging-in-Place Committee that is now meeting on a regular basis. Members include Sheila Bell, Louise Coffin, Bill Davis, chair, Myra Hochman, Judith Neale, and Linton Stables.

The Committee’s goal is to implement, or assist in implementing, some of the recommendations recently put forth by the Swarthmore Borough Task Force on Aging-in-Place. The full Task Force report is available at the Swarthmore Public Library, and on the Swarthmore Borough website at swarthmorepa.org.

Altogether, there were 22 recommendations enumerated by the Task Force, some of which require official borough action, and others that can be developed without any borough cooperation. The new SSCA Committee will focus on the latter recommendations. Currently, Committee members are working to:

1.) assist borough residents to plan for their futures;
2.) involve older adults in the municipal planning and decision-making process;
3.) establish Swarthmore as an AARP Age-Friendly Community
4.) explore means to provide a full range of educational information and support services to the borough’s older adults; and
5.) explore ways to secure funding to pursue various Task Force recommendations.

Periodic reports will follow in the Swarthmorean to document the progress of the Committee.

Swarthmore Borough’s Independence Day Celebration

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Tuesday, July 4

8:15 am Bikers will assemble at the corner of Princeton and Park avenues for the Great Bike Race.

8:30 am SRA Great Bike Race will begin. Helmets required. Race 1 — Boys, 7 years. Race 2 — Boys, 8 years. Race 3 — Boys, 9 years. Race 4 — Girls, 7 years. Race 5 — Girls, 8 years. Race 6 — Girls, 9 years. Race 7 — Boys, 10 years. Race 8 — Boys, 11 years. Race 9 — Girls, 10 years. Race 10 — Girls, 11 years. Race 11 — Boys, 12 & 13 years. Race 12 — Girls, 12 & 13 years. Race 13 — Boys, 6 years. Race 14 — Girls, 6 years. Race 15 — Boys, 5 years (may use training wheels). Race 16 — Girls, 5 years (may use training wheels). Race 17 — 4 years (may use training wheels); Must be 4 years old by July 4. Race 18 — 4 years (tricycle only); Must be 4 years old by July 4. Race 19 — Boys & Girls, 13 + years.

8:30 am Silver Dollar Band (Lee Jones, impresario) will start to assemble in front of Borough Hall.

8:45 am Lions Club Children’s Parade Registration. Borough Hall parking lot. Receive entry number and ribbon. Ten minutes prior to your event’s scheduled start, gather with your group.

9:45 am Lions Club Children’s Parade
9:45 am — Pets
9:55 am — Decorated Tricycles and small Bicycles
10:05 am — Decorated Bicycles
10:15 am — Decorated Floats & Baby Carriages
Award presentation will occur immediately after each category in front of the Reviewing Stand.

10:00 am Parade forms in front of the Co-op

10:30 am ★ Parade led by Boy Scout Troop 112, Swarthmore Police. Other community groups include, but are not limited to, Antique Cars, Swarthmore British Car Club, Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association, Lions Club, Swarthmore Centennial Foundation, Rotary Club, Recycling Committee, and area churches. (Please bring sign or banner identifying your organization.)

★ Route is Park Avenue to Princeton Avenue, where a police car will guide marching groups back to Borough Hall via sidewalks. Color Guard leads cars back to Co-op via Lafayette Avenue and proceeds to reviewing stand.

★ Group Marshals: Jane Billings and Ellen Pierce.

10:45 am Program. Emcee: Gerhart Keller. (Estimated starting time depends on the number of participants in earlier activities.)

★ National Anthem: sung by The Silvertones with the Silver Dollar Band

★ Pledge of Allegiance: Boy Scout Troop 112

★ Dismissal of Color Guard: Gerhart Keller

★ Reading: Alex Schaff, Scout Troop 112

★ Invocation: Pastor Jennifer Casey, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

★ Greeting: Tim Kearney, Mayor of Swarthmore

★ Swarthmore Recreation Association Special Recognition Award, presented by Linda McCullough

★ Swarthmore Recreation Association Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by Linda McCullough

★ Rotary Club Community Service Award, presented by President Joy Charlton

★ Rotary Club Vocational Service Award, presented by President Joy Charlton

★ Swarthmore Centennial Foundation Scholarship Award, presented by Guy Smith

★ Theodore L. Purnell Student of the Year Award, presented by Treasurer Tom Dillon

★ Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award, presented by President James Verdi

★ “America, the Beautiful” sung by The Silvertones

11:15 am National Bell Ringing ceremony, Borough Hall. The bell will be rung 13 times by the award winners.

11:30 am Swarthmore Borough Independence Day Group Portrait

11:40 am Swarthmore Fire Company Fire Demonstration

11:50 am FREE fire engine rides begin at the reviewing stand. The Lions Club will give out popsicles and American flags in the Borough Hall parking lot.

12:30 pm SRA Annual Cris Hansen Town Horseshoe Tournament at Little Crum Creek Park: doubles with single elimination.

12:45 pm Fire Company Water Fight at Umoja Park (Yale & Rutgers avenues).

★ Throughout the morning the Rotary Club will offer free lemonade and copies of the day’s program (words of songs on back). The Fire Company will be selling hot dogs and soda from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

★ In the event of heavy rain, an abbreviated program will be held in the Fire Hall at 10:30 a.m. Please check status at www.swarthmorerecreation.org.

Sarah Wilkinson and Corey Carpenter

WEDDING

Russell and Carolyn Wilkinson of Swarthmore are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Sarah Lynn Wilkinson to Corey Michael George Carpenter, the son of Robert Carpenter and Brenda Cluff of Boston, Mass. The couple was married on June 10th at Gratitude and Grace, a historic farm in Ithaca, New York. Barbara Wilkinson, sister of the bride, officiated the wedding.

Sarah is a 2010 graduate of Strath Haven High School and both Sarah and Corey are graduates of Syracuse University. The couple resides in Ithaca, N.Y., where Sarah is an interior designer for the John Snyder Architecture firm, and Corey is in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Doctoral Program at Cornell.

Briefly Noted…

On Sunday, June 25, the Nether Swarthmore Baseball U9 Tournament Team captured the Cal Ripken District 9 championship. For the second year in a row, the team went undefeated in the district tournament on its way to the title. By winning districts, the NSB U9’s advanced to the state tournament at Central Perkiomen in mid-July. First row kneeling (l. to r.): Dylan Zeitz (Swarthmore), Alexander Selverian (Wallingford), Preston Jensen (Wallingford), Henry Strauss (Swarthmore), Mark Ball (Swarthmore) and Shane Green (Wallingford). Second row standing (l. to r.): Brady Nangle (Wallingford), Greyson LaFrance (Swarthmore), Caden Shuster (Wallingford), Luke D’Ancona (Swarthmore), Jackson Green (Wallingford) and Matthew Caputo (Swarthmore). Third row standing (l. to r.): Coaches Ed Strauss (Swarthmore), Dave Shuster (Wallingford), Head Coach Dave Caputo (Swarthmore), Eric Green (Wallingford) and Tom Ball (Swarthmore). Photo is courtesy of Jodi Caputo.

As of noon last Monday, the winners of the Swarthmore Swim Club 2017 1,000-lap shirt are: 13.) Gerald Levinson, 14.) Lori Sonntag, 15.) Don Jones, 16.) Galina Chipitsyna, 17.) Joel Zarrow, and 18.) Gerald Wertheim.

The following students have been named to the spring 2017 dean’s list at University of the Sciences: Joey Harmon of Morton and Bradley Pratzner of Wallingford.

Gabriel W. Cole of Wallingford has been named to the dean’s list at St. Lawrence University for academic achievement during the Spring 2017 semester.

Jenny Carey and Colin Waitzman, both of Wallingford, have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Kelly Lynne Yeager of Swarthmore has been named to the President’s list for the spring semester at The University of Alabama.

Katelyn C. Eng of Wallingford received a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Boston University during May commencement exercises.

Brynn E. Anderson of Swarthmore has recently been named to the dean’s list at Boston University for the Spring semester.

What to do? What to know?

Woody Plant Conference Almost Here

Register now for the July 21 Woody Plant Conference, which will be hosted by the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College and cosponsored by all the heavy hitters of the horticultural scene.

Speakers include artist Konstantin Dimopoulos, entomologist Nate Erwin, executive director Tim Boland of the Polly Hill Arboretum, and scientist Peter Del Tredici.

The brochure and registration information are available at woodyplantconference.org, or through Longwood Gardens at (610) 388-5454.

Live Long and Propagate at Scott

Scott Arboretum presents a fern propagation workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, in the Wister Center on Swarthmore College campus. It’s easier than you may think, according to Curator Mary Tipping, who will present tips and techniques to fernophiles.

The cost is $25 for nonmembers; Scott members get a $10 discount. You will receive spores of three fern species and cultivation items will be provided. Space is limited; reserve your spot and your spores now at (610) 328-8025 or via scottarboretum.org.

Library Hours

The Swarthmore Public Library is closed on July 4, but otherwise open during regular hours.

The Furness Library is closed on July 4 and on Sundays during July. Other hours are unchanged.

DJ Mixup Mashes Up at Wonderful Wednesdays

The Central Park Amphitheater will be a mixed up place on Wednesday, July 5, as the duo DJ Mixup takes apart and combines popular books to create an original story with their young fans, in this week’s Swarthmore Public Library Wonderful Wednesdays series.

The event will be held in Borough Hall if it rains.

Mad Poets Meet Wednesday

The Mad Poets Society convenes on July 5 for the First Wednesday reading series at Wallingford’s Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road.

Philadelphia poet and prolific performer Mike Cohen will read from his book Between the Is, and other works. “Reformed journalist” and prolific nonfiction writer Matt Lake will share narrative and lyric poetry from his many books.

Following Cohen and Lake, an open mic session will ensue. All are invited to bring and share their work. Light refreshments will be served.

Swarthmore Rotary Celebrates 80 Years; Installs New Officers

Swarthmore Rotarians welcomed District Governor Francie Cross (left), and Cross helped install the club’s new officers, including (left to right) Theresa Hartzell, outgoing President Lisa Lee, Gladys Snively, Craig Fava, George Whitfield, incoming President Joy Charlton, Perri Evanson, Marty Spiegel, Lori Markusfeld.

By Perri Evanson

Last Thursday, June 22, members of the Rotary of Club of Swarthmore met at The Barn at Tyler Arboretum to celebrate the club’s 80th Anniversary and to install the coming year’s club officers. Joy Charlton, the new President, will take the lead after a strong Presidential year from Lisa Lee.

Attending the ceremony was Ed Jones, the oldest living Swarthmore Rotarian, who remembered days where women were not allowed to be members, and Club luncheons were held at the Ingleneuk Tea House.

The Rotary Club of Swarthmore is 50 (give or take a few) members strong. Its mission is to be of service to the community and the world. Swarthmore Rotary founded and presents the Fun-Fair every Spring, funds and presents scholarships to Strath Haven High School seniors at Swarthmore’s Independence Day celebration, and helps to keep the New Year’s Day Luminaria expanding.

If you are interested in joining, get in touch with Craig Fava at parrotpt@yahoo.com, or (610) 368-2105.