Two weeks ago, the Chester Office of Workforce Development hosted a luncheon to recognize “WorkReady Chester” and its 10 student interns from summer 2017, along with program partners and corporate sponsors. Photo slide presentations, facilitated by Dr. Patricia Williams Diaw of Swarthmore, Director of Two Smiles for a Child LLC, showcased the interns and professional development training which took place during the six-week summer program. Awards and Certificates of Recognition were provided to the interns and the corporate sponsors of “WorkReady Chester” for their contributions to the 2017 summer program. From left to right: Chester Councilman William T. Morgan, Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, Councilwoman Elizabeth O. Williams, Chester Workforce Coordinator Eric D. Bayne, Swarthmore Rotarian Anne Hansen, Swarthmore Rotarian Hillard Pouncy, Two Smiles for a Child Director Dr. Patricia Williams Diaw, and Councilman William A. Jacobs.
In late September, firefighters and family members of the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association participated in the Towers 2 Tunnel 5K Run, sponsored annually by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to honor the memory of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who died on September 11, 2001. The foundation also honors military and first responders who continue to serve our nation and are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. Ready to race from the Battery Tunnel to the 9/11 Memorial are (l to r): Firefighter Dave Sacker, his daughter Catherine Coats, Chief Rob Ranson, his daughter Emily Ranson and son Robbie Ranson. The Swarthmore contingent raised $850 for the foundation in 2017, this sixth year of participation. Photo by Dave Sacker.
The Rotary Club of Swarthmore was strongly represented among more than 300 Rotarians from Districts 7450 and 7460 at an event at Springfield Country Club celebrating “30 Years of Women in Rotary.” Among six honorees from District 7450, RCS member Anne Hansen of White Horse Village was given an award in recognition of her work in education on behalf of Rotary and its beneficiaries. Anne was also among six members the Swarthmore club honored for their long service, along with Ann Seidman, Putty Willetts, Betty Ann Flynn, Gladys Snively, and Penelope Reed. Perri Ann Evanson, who sent this photo, said, “The Rotary Club of Swarthmore is currently 42% women — which I find amazing, since when I joined there were fewer than a half dozen.”