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Collegeville is “A Great Place to Come Home to” for many reasons.  Among them is our municipal partnership and reliance on a large cadre of businesses, organizations and volunteers who daily make our town vibrant, safe, diverse, and sustainable.  It takes far more than elected governmental leaders and effective staff to put the “good” in the “common good”.

For 72 years the Rotary Club of Collegeville has been one of those organizations that has helped make Collegeville feel like home for so many.  If you’ve ever been to one of their pancake breakfasts, participated in their annual Halloween Parade, or witnessed them cleaning up of Perkiomen Creek, you know what I mean.  Rotarians are everyday people who place service above self who ask of themselves four fundamental questions:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFITIAL to all concerned? 

It was the Collegeville club that provided our municipality a substantial grant 18 months ago to fund a community wide contest which ultimately led to the adoption of our slogan and logo, “Collegeville Borough, A Great place to Come Home to”.

As of July 1, 2021, Collegeville Rotary elected a new slate of officers for the 2021-2022 term.  It’s new President, Denise Wiggins says that the club is committed to being “a people of action, diverse, equitable and inclusive working with community leaders, business, and residents to cultivate a community of excellence.”    

I joined the club soon after my retirement as a chief executive officer of a national religious organization five years ago.  My journey started by enjoying one of their Pancake breakfasts as a guest on a spring Sunday morning.  Now, I find myself preparing breakfast annually for the community as master of the cooking grill!  I found Rotary to be an excellent way to meet and get to know my neighbors.  I’ve enjoyed engaging with people across ideological, political, racial and religious boundaries for the common good. 

Rotary engagement is just one of countless ways that our community comes together to serve and resource each other.  I encourage all of our residents to find their own unique ways to turn to each other and work with each other to continue to help make Collegeville a Great Place to Come Home to.

  • Pictured in the attached photo:  Board Foundation Chair Doug Cook; Secretary Mary Cook; Fundraising Chair Pat Keeney; President Denise Wiggins; Sgt-at-Arms Sodiah Thomas; President-Elect Aidsand Wright-Riggins; Past President Ravi Kurumety; Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Chair Heather Lobban-Viravong.  Not pictured is Membership Chair Renji Kurup.   

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