Baldwin Students Shine

     The Bryn Mawr Rotary Club was fortunate to have the Co-Chairs from The Baldwin School Interact Club as speakers at the September 1, 2016 meeting at TANGO Restaurant in Bryn Mawr.  Lila Williams and Haley Moller presented their goals and an outline of their extensive service projects for the 2016-2017 school year.  Interact Clubs are an integral part of Rotary International and are found around the globe wherein young men and women are chartered by local Rotary Clubs and encouraged to provide “Service Above Self” and to foster an active interest in the community. The Rotarians were quite impressed with the Baldwin Interact accomplishments and programs to date.

Ben Franklin in Bryn Mawr

        The Bryn Mawr Rotary Club enjoyed an evening with Ben Franklin on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the offices of Rotarian Mariellen Weaver of Keller-Willams Main Line Realty in Bryn Mawr.
     Ben Franklin recounted some of his history while living in Boston, Philadelphia, and France.  The Rotarians, guests, and the Bryn Mawr community thoroughly enjoyed the history and banter with our famous leader from the formative years of our great country.

Shown in the photo are (L to R) Mariellen Weaver (Rotarian & Program Chair, Ben Franklin, and John Watson III, President of the Bryn Mawr Rotary club.

The Dictionary Project
Look at those happy faces!  The Bryn Mawr Rotary Club is delighted to participate in the Dictionary Project, a national program for many Rotary Clubs.  We supply dictionaries to third grade students in our urban and suburban public and parochial school districts.  Rotarians Dick Cuff and Carol Smith were on hand to distribute about 100 dictionaries to this year’s recipients, the 3rd graders and their teacher, Ginny Rucker, from St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School, 65th & Callowhill Sts. in Philadelphia.

Scholarship award winner Yuying Guo (Bryn Mawr College) with Rotarian Rod Tondreau

Shelly Cuff and Alice Ahrens

Dick Cuff and Carol Smith with the 3rd graders from St. Frances Cabrini Catholic School. 

ElderNet visits the Bryn Mawr Rotary Lunch

The Bryn Mawr Rotary Club hosted guest speaker Liz Hill representing ElderNet of Lower Merion-Narberth.  Liz talked with Rotarians about how ElderNet is positively impacting the community through the Ada Mutch Resource Center and food pantry, Volunteer services (escort driving services, odd jobs, and friendly visits), and social work and staff services.  In 2016, ElderNet served over 2,700 Lower Merion residents.  Caring begins at home…thank you ElderNet for leading the way.

Recorded by Rotarian November 22, 2016 on the Apple iPhone 6+ using the Magisto editor.  Nice job Rick!  Thank you!

Kimberly Morgan Pepenella (Cabrini University) with Rotarian Rod Tondreau

Rotarian Dick Cuff with SE PA Rotary Governor Dave Haradon.

Mark Weaver

Eric Weaver

Jack Mullen

Scott Carney


Harry H. Cabell Scholarship Awards

The Bryn Mawr Rotary Club is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Harry H. Cabell Scholarship Awards.  Congratulations to Yuying Guo of Bryn Mawr College, and Kimberly Morgan Pepenella of Cabrini University, who are each recipients of $2,500 of scholarship money to aid in their educational pursuits.      

The awards are made to students with financial need who have demonstrated high academic standards and leadership qualities and show promise of distinguished achievement qualities.  The various colleges are asked to nominate several candidates. Each candidate then submits an application that includes an autobiographical essay. A panel of Bryn Mawr Club Rotarians reviews the applications and selects the Award winners

 The Grantors of the Trust are the Cabell family and the Rotary Club of Bryn Mawr.  The Cabell family, Belgian residents for almost twenty years, moved to Bryn Mawr in 1983, when Rotarian Harry H. Cabell, his wife Gertrude, and their daughter Mariandl selected Bryn Mawr College for Mariandl's undergraduate studies. When the Cabells arrived that year they received welcome and warm assistance from several members of the Rotary Club of Bryn Mawr.

     Soon after the Cabell's arrival, Harry was troubled by a throat problem which was diagnosed by a physician as cancer of a vocal cord. Harry and Gertrude Cabell hastened back to Belgium, with hope that members of the Bryn Mawr Rotary Club would continue to assist and act in loco parentis for Mariandl during her parents’ absence. The Bryn Mawr Rotarians thoroughly fulfilled that duel mission with care and concern, and kept in touch with the Cabells during and after that troubled time. As it turned out, Harry, thankfully overcame the cancer.

     In gratitude for all the above circumstances, the Cabell family, with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Bryn Mawr, created and funded the Harry H. Cabell Scholarship Awards Trust.

Rod the Sign Man

Honoring Major Donor Bud Ahrens

     David R. Adams, Esq. of the Villanova Law Firm of Fromhold Jaffe & Adams, welcomed George “Bud” Ahrens to the Bryn Mawr Rotary Club for a tribute honoring Bud’s continued giving to The Rotary International Foundation. Bud Ahrens has reached Major Donor status within the Foundation and  Club Charter President, Dick Cuff reminded the members and guests that as a Major Donor, Bud is among a dedicated group of humanitarians who have committed themselves to helping others less fortunate. Contributors like Bud enable the Foundation to carry out an array of programs that:

  • Improve living conditions for needy families locally and globally;
  • Increase food production and underwrite clean water and sanitation projects; 
  • Provide classrooms with educational materials for schools;
  • Allay the suffering of the sick and disabled by providing immunization, medical treatment and rehabilitation and;
  • Provide new channels for International Understanding and Peace through Group Study Exchanges, Ambassadorial Scholarships and underwriting University Teachers in developing countries.

     The Bryn Mawr Rotary Club is one of 35,000 clubs with 1.2 Million members in 200 countries around the world that provide help and relief under their motto of “Service Above Self”.     

Dave Adams, Bud Ahrens, formally of Rosemont, Pa, and now a resident of Asheville, NC, with his wife of 58 years Alice Ahrens. 

Shelly Cuff

Shirley Martin

Moriad Gwynette

Bud & Alice Ahrens in Bryn Mawr

Bud & Alice Ahrens, long-time former residents of Rosemont, and actively involved with the Bryn Mawr Rotary Club for many years, stop by every chance they get to say hello to their old friends.

The Ahrens, who are designated Major Donors of the Rotary Foundation, arrived in Bryn Mawr with a donation for the Rotary’s “Feed the Hungry” effort.

Bud and Alice, who currently reside in Asheville, NC, were in town recently to celebrate the opening of the Museum of the American Revolution.  According to Bud, the Museum is great and definitely worth the trip.  Here is the link to the Museum’s website.

Glad to visit for a few moments but sorry they had to get back on the road so soon.  Always good to see you Bud and Alice! 

Rotarians at Cradles to Crayons

     Bryn Mawr Rotary President Dave Adams accepted the call to action from Cynthia Rugart, president of the Rotary club of Ardmore, to join the members of the Rotary clubs of Area 4 in helping to sort supplies for homeless children at the of warehouse in Conshohocken.  Dave met up with Cynthia and Rotarians Rick Trivane (Bala Cynwyd-Narberth Rotary President), George Hatzfeld (past Bala Cynwyd President), and Jane Williams (past Ardmore Rotary President) in this endeavor. 
     Cradles to Crayons collects new and nearly new children’s items through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers, providing children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.
     What a great way for Rotarians to show they truly are at the heart of our community.

Bill Flick and The Cuff Family

Rotarian Carol Smith with SE PA Rotary Governor Dave Haradon. 

Current Events

Bryn Mawr Meets with Philly Fairmount

      Bryn Mawr Rotary members Rodger McKinney, John Watson, and Dave Adams attended a happy hour meeting of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia Fairmount at Ladder 15 in Philadelphia. Good times and good fellowship among local Rotarians.

Rotary Display at Bryn Mawr Trust

      Rotary is making a difference starting right here in our hometown.  Bryn Mawr Trust is graciously hosting a display from the Bryn Mawr Rotary Club showing the many ways that Rotary is active in today’s world. From dictionaries for local school children to Shelter Boxes for international disasters and more…Rotary is there.  Stop into Bryn Mawr Trust in Bryn Mawr and check out today’s Rotary.

Rotarian Dave Fish and Guest Speaker Liz Hill of ElderNet

Bryn Mawr Club VP John Watson III, Lila Williams, Rotarian Mary Ann Schrader, and Haley Moller. 

New Member Mariellen Weaver
Rotarian Dick Cuff welcomes our newest member Mariellen Weaver to the Bryn Mawr Rotary Club.  Mariellen is a Realtor representing Keller Williams out of their Bryn Mawr office. We look forward to having Mariellen on board as we move forward in addressing local needs and work with our community to bring lasting improvements.

Brynmawr, Wales meets Bryn Mawr, PA

      The Rotary Club from Brynmawr, Wales, traveled across the pond to meet our own Bryn Mawr Rotarians, at an event hosted by the Collegeville Rotary Club, on April 29th.
      Dick Cuff, of Bryn Mawr, PA, presented Richard Withers of Wales, a copy of “The First 300 Years, The Amazing and Rich History of Lower Merion.” An additional, signed copy of the book is also being forwarded to the Rotary Club of Wales.
       The Clubs have a long and storied history, as Brynmawr, Wales was founded in 1968, with Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, starting up the following year 1969. Over these past 45 years, the Clubs have maintained correspondence, even skyping with each other in 2013    This Fall, the two Clubs will skype again from Ludington Library.


Bryn Mawr Day

     Thank you to all the Bryn Mawr Rotary families that came out to celebrate Bryn Mawr Day and talk with the community about how important Rotary is today.  Some of the Rotarians who attended with their family are Dan & Shelly Cuff, Mary Ann Schrader, Cloudy Gwynette, Dick Cuff, Carol Smith, Dave Fish, and John Watson.

Bud Ahrens and Shelly Cuff

Bryn Mawr Rotarians Adopt-A-Highway

      Bryn Mawr Rotarians hit the bricks for their Adopt-A-Highway campaign in downtown Bryn Mawr. They are acting in response to the call from Rotary International to provide community service around the world.


PO Box 84 Bryn Mawr Pa 19010

"Service above Self" in Bryn Mawr

     Southeastern Pa Rotary Governor Dave Haradon was on hand this week to honor Bryn Mawr Rotarians Richard Cuff and Carol Smith.  Dick Cuff was celebrated as a Great Rotarian for his 50 years of service to community through Rotary.  Dick is respected for his dedication and tireless efforts to positively affect the community around him.  Carol Smith was recognized for her “Service above Self” for “Being Extraordinary towards making a difference in people’s lives.”  Bryn Mawr Rotary offers our hearty congratulations to Dick and Carol.  These awards are earned by hard work and they are well deserved.  Dick and Carol exemplify the character of Rotarians worldwide and right here at home in Bryn Mawr.  We are lucky to have them.

Bryn Mawr Rotary

Golf OUting

     The Bryn Mawr Rotary Club raised over $7,200 during their Annual Golf Outing. These donations, from loyal advertisers and golfers, will be used exclusively for charitable programs.
   The Mariellen Weaver Real Estate foursome captured trophies for Men’s Low Gross (Jack Mullen) and Men’s 2nd Low Gross (Eric Weaver).
     The trio of Shelly Cuff, Moriad Gwynette, and Shirley Martin earned Women’s Low Gross (Moriad Gwynette), Women’s 2nd Low Gross (Shelly Cuff) and 3rd Low Gross (Shirley Martin).
Longest Drive - Paul O’Connell
Closest to the pin - Ross Peterson
Yellow Ball winners - Chris Glancey, Charlie Waters, Dan Cuff

The Business card winner was John Watson III.

The 50/50 winner was Charlie Waters who graciously returned all of his winnings to the Rotary Club for their Charitable Giving.

Thanks to all of you who joined us to make this event a success. 

Golf Outing & Fundraiser

June 16, 2016

     Many or most of us woke up on Thursday morning to a downpour and a day for golf did not seem so promising or inviting.  Even later in the morning, as we traveled out to Ravens Claw Golf Club, it rained hard or drizzled all the way.  As soon as we arrived at the golf club shortly after 11:30 PM, the rain stopped and only for a very brief period during the day was there a bit a precipitation.  The sun did not shine but to the novice eye, the day seemed perfect for golf. Although Ravens Claw is not Oakmont, it is quite challenging.

     Tri-Chairs Dick Cuff, Dan Cuff & Cloudy Gwynette did a great job of taking care of all the details prior to golf day, so that everything ran very smoothly and efficiently, from the signage to the lunch and dinner buffet, to ordering the trophies, to the Rotary medallions on the golf carts for identification purposes for the beverage lady. It was a well-run event. 
     Dave Fish, Chuck Myers, and Rod Tondreau worked the registration desk. Fortunately, most golfers had pre-paid and pre-registered so the process went quite smoothly.  While Rod Tondreau checked in the golfers, Dave Fish handled the business card raffle, and Chuck Myers sold mulligans. After dinner following the golf outing, we thanked Dave Fish for putting up the Rotary banners, displaying some of the hole sponsor signs and putting out the trophies.
     Dan Cuff did a great job as MC of the event. Below are some of the prizes he awarded:

  • For Retention of the Yellow Ball throughout 18 holes - Foursome of Charlie Waters (Suburban Hardware), Walter Smedley, Ross Waters & Ted  - each received a dozen golf balls.
  • Closest to the Pin - Trophy for Charlie Waters
  • Longest Drive Trophy to Pat O'Connor, former member & Past Pres of Bryn Mawr Rotary.
  • Women's Low Gross - Trophy to Shelly Cuff.
  • Men's Low Gross - Trophy to Charlie Waters, who by the way, carried his bag the entire round as preparation for his upcoming golf trip to Scotland, where he will play 8 rounds in 11 days.