Welcome to the Warminster Rotary Club
Happy New Year.
The meaning of life is to find your gift.
The purpose of life is to give it away.
                                                      ~William Shakespeare
Club News
ANNOUNCEMENT: 
Effective January 25, 2022 - February 22nd - meetings are virtual
 
The Warminster Rotary Club is meeting virtually through 2/22.  This is due to the current spike in Covid cases.  Our virtual lunch meetings are on Tuesdays from noon until 1pm.  You can join by clicking the link above.  Meetings feature general club updates and speakers from the area.  Please join us!   Hybrid meetings will resume effective 3/1/22.  
Sammy is a senior at William Tennent High School. He has excelled academically during this time at Tennent and is currently ranked 5th out of a senior class of 515. He has challenged himself with honors and AP courses throughout the years. He has earned distinguished honors every marking period since entering 9th grade and recently earned a commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program for achieving one of the top 50,000 PSAT scores in PA in 2021.
On 9/21, District 7430 Governor Robert Hobaugh visited the Warminster Rotary club weekly meeting.
Dist. Gov. Bob Hobaugh visits Warminster Rotary

Bob talked about Rotary goals for the 2022 fiscal year and charged us up with his inspiration and dedication.  The Warminster Rotary Club is a part of district 7430, under Bob’s leadership.  District 7430 is comprised of 46 clubs who work to better their communities and the Rotary projects around the world. 
The Warminster Rotary Club proudly salutes Ms. Charley Vargas, our October 2021 Student of the Month.  Charley, a William Tennent High School Senior, is a student characterized by grit, determination, self-advocacy, and resiliency. She has an aura of confidence that is infectious about her which is felt in the classroom, counseling office and/or on the pool deck. Her classmates gravitate towards her and it’s no wonder she is the captain of the WTHS swim team, holds leadership positions with Key Club, National Honors Society (NHS), and is one of William Tennent’s most spirited students.  Charley's post secondary plans include attending college as she aspires to be a physician’s assistant one day.  Congratulations Charley.  
Charley Vargas, October 2021 Student of the Month
On Saturday, 10/9 we joined our neighboring club, Warrington Rotary at their Cornhole Tournament.  The event featured rows of cornhole boards and players at every level.   The event also featured food, music, and beverages.  It was held at the Valley Square shopping center and the weather was perfect.  All proceeds from the event will be used to fund rotary initiatives.  What a great way to have fun and raise money at the same time!   Thanks to Nello, Katie and Lea for representing our Warminster Club.  
        
A reward fund created in 1993 to help catch the person(s) responsible for murdering two young Warminster men, Brian Benson and Seann Campbell is being repurposed to help local food banks and disadvantaged youth, a request made by the victims’ families who said they want to see the money help the community that helped them in their time of need.  In 2021, the Warminster Rotary Club Foundation accepted $61,545.86 from the Benson-Campbell Reward Fund, which had been sitting dormant.   
Benson and Campbell were best friends and working together at the West Coast Video in Rosemore Shopping Center when they were brutally murdered on Nov. 10, 1993.  Their killings remain unsolved.
At the time, Benson’s parents, Janice and Gary Benson, and Campbell’s parents, Bonnie and Greg Youngers, helped establish the Benson-Campbell Reward Fund.  Residents of Warminster and surrounding communities donated more than $52,000.  The money was placed into an account, and no disbursements of the reward money were ever made.  As time passed and with bank consolidations, the identity of the custodian of the Benson-Campbell Reward Fund became lost.
Recently, Attorney Sean Corr, representing Campbell’s parents, with the assistance of Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub and the office’s Victim Witness Coordinator Itzamir Pagan, was able to determine the ownership and origins of the reward fund.
Corr, a past member of the Warminster Rotary Club, met with both families and the Board of the Warminster Rotary Foundation.
Both families said they were touched by the support of the community over the last 28 years and, in consultation with Corr and DA Weintraub, determined the money, now found, should be used to better the community.
While they have not lost faith that someone will help provide information that would bring the parties responsible for the murder of their sons to justice, both families felt the money should be reinvested locally.
“Brian and Sean deserve justice,” District Attorney Matt Weintraub said. “But I take some solace by helping to their parents’ wishes that something good could be done in our community with the reward fund once we were able to help recover this money for them.”
The families said their hope is to see the funds managed by an organization with local roots, strong leadership focused efforts to improve the community and continue to keep Bryan and Seann’s memory alive.  
The Benson family said they wanted to see the money used to support local food pantries and the Youngers Family wished to help organizations that support youth with disadvantages.
On Jan 13, 2021 the Warminster Rotary Foundation Board of Directors voted to establish the Bryan Benson and Seann Campbell Memorial Fund with the $61,545.86, which is separate from their operating fund.
The first distributions were made to the following organizations: $2,500 to the Warminster Food Bank, Warminster, PA; $2,500 to the Lehman Methodist Church Food Pantry, Hatboro, PA; $2,500 to the St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry, Hatboro, PA; and $2,500 to the Hopes and Dreams Foundation, Southampton, PA. 
Every distributed check will include how the fund was established and the wishes of the family to have their sons remembered.
For more information, contact Kevin Crail, President, Warminster Rotary Foundation at crailsrunning@gmail.com or 215-359-7368 or Manuel Gamiz Jr., Director of Communications, Bucks County District Attorney’s Office at mgamiz@buckscounty.org or 215-348-6298.
Anyone with information on the killings of Bryan Benson and Seann Campbell, please contact Warminster Township police at 215-443-5000 or Bucks County detectives at www.bucksda.org.
Changing Lives
Warminster Rotary Supports 
Be An Angel
       
The 2021 gift tree in Giuseppe's lobby had many tags on it this past December.  Each tag represented a wish from a child in Bucks County.  The program was a part of the Random Acts of Christmas program sponsored by the Between Friends Outreach. 
     
 
 
 
The Warminster Rotary proudly donated to support local charity organization Love Feeds.
Love Feeds works every day to make life better for area seniors and the disabled by providing home cooked meals.  Simple, yet essential, a cooked meal ensures that not only the physical needs of individuals are met, but also serves as a reminder that an act of kindness makes a world of difference in someone’s life. Our donation directly impacted our local community by enabling Love Feeds to sustain their mission.  They are based out of the SDA Church in Willow Grove, PA.  Visit their website for more information:  www.love-feeds.com
 
People of Action!  The Warminster Rotary proudly supports Shelter Box, a global partnership.
ShelterBox is a global nonprofit organization made up of people who believe that shelter is a basic human right.  Rotary clubs from around the world support this cause and are proud to be a part of it.  What are shelter boxes?  Also known as “shelter kits” they are containers of necessities and temporary refuge for people who have been victim of a natural disaster or conflict.  Contents of the box include a family sized tent specially designed to withstand the elements, cooking sets, solar lights, items for children and more.  Each is customized for the area and mission it serves. 
 
If you’ve never heard of ShelterBox, please visit their website to learn more.  www.shelterboxusa.org  
 
 
Warminster Rotary Around Town
Club Information
Warminster
We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Giuseppe's Pizza
1380 W. Street Rd.
Warminster, PA
United States of America
Meetings are VIRTUAL until 3/1/22.
Upcoming Events
Speakers
Diane D. Donaher
Feb 22, 2022 12:00 PM
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