Rotary Club of Northeast Sunrisers, Philadelphia Pa was founded
by Bob Lankin, an Assistant Governor in Rotary District 7450
who felt that a new Rotary Club was needed to serve the local
community, especially business people who live or work on the
West side of Roosevelt Boulevard in the Northeast Philadelphia
fall of 1999 two meetings were held at the Country Club Restaurant
which were attended by Sandra Costanzo, District Governor, Arnold
Graff PDG, and representatives of other local Rotary Clubs.
It was decided to establish the club and to start meeting.
was held with Bob Lankin, Tim Hinchcliff and Dave Tecosky at
the Burholme Ambulance Headquarters. At that meeting, the three
agreed to establish the club with the first meeting to be held
on January 6, 2000 at the Country Club Restaurant.
opening meeting, Jeffrey Cadorette, PDG gave a spirited talk
entitled "Why Rotary." This meeting was well attended
by a number of prospective members and members of other local
Rotary Clubs. A Bell and Gavel was given to the Club by the
Rotary Club of Jenkintown which became one of the Sponsoring
Clubs along with the Rotary Club of Frankford.
of 2001, District Governor Dan Bronson met with representatives
of the Rotary Club of Northeast Philadelphia. As a result of
that meeting official Rotary Club boundaries were adjusted permitting
the Rotary Club of Northeast Sunrisers Philadelphia Pa to apply
for an official charter.
May of 2001, the Rotary Club having recruited 26 members received
a Charter from Rotary International. A celebration was held
at the Knowlton Mansion on May 23, 2001. At that time, awards
were given to Sandra Costanzo, past District Governor and Dan
Bronson, the sitting District Governor for their support and
assistance in starting our club. Our first vocational service
award was presented to Noel Perloff, owner of the Country Club
Restaurarnt where we meet, for the wonderful support that he
gave us in our formative period.
Masters of Ceremony at the event were Beverly Black and David
Tecosky. Ed Rendell, then a former mayor and candidate for Governor
presented an address to the over 180 people present. The club
raised that evening over $3000.00 through a silent auction.
This money was given a way to numerous local community organizations.
Additionally, a number of local clubs gave us gifts to help
us purchase important equipment.
Charter, the club officers were as follows:
Elect: Jim O'Brien
Members: Marge Fox, Noel Perloff, Kelly Barton, Holly Lankin,