Governor Markell Honors Christiana Rotary
for Support of Children in Foster Care

Governor Jack Markell presented a tribute to Frank Alteri and the Christiana Rotary Club on Thursday, January 16, 2015 for its innovative T.O.U.C.H. program that provides holiday gifts and back-to-school supplies for orphans and other children in foster care.


Alteri established the program when he was president of the Club and his firm, Wells Fargo Advisors, has provided extensive support during the 10 years the program has been operating.

In making the presentation, Governor Markell said

“What you have done and the steps you have taken, the leadership you have provided, and the example you have set…they are all an inspiration. I hope that this recognition will inspire more people throughout the state to also step up and do all they can to support our young people. We know that when caring adults do the types of things you have done, more of our young people will be able to achieve their potential.” –Governor Markell

The Club’s “TOUCH” program, Transform One Unique Child’s Heart, began with gifts for four orphans at Christmas 2004 and has grown each year. 349 children were served in 2014.

The Rotary Club shops for each child based on lists they are given from caregivers and hopes to extend the program to the estimated 700 children currently in foster care in Delaware. Most of the funds are generated by a golf tournament event held each May at the Newark Country Club.

DONATE to support the Christiana Rotary TOUCH Program here.

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Message From the Club President (click to open)

bobbiebrookspresident2014-2015-cIt is truly my privilege to be the new President of the Christiana Rotary Club. You have given me this great opportunity to serve our club and I accept this role and the responsibilities that come with it and am humbled to have been chosen.

Over the next 12 months I give you my commitment and dedication to upholding the ideals of Rotary and supporting each  individual member of this Club. I will do my best to make this year a memorable and fulfilling one for all of us.

Rotary International President Gary Huang has chosen “Light Up Rotary” as our International theme this year – I believe this theme is fitting for our club.

President Huang states “The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one, you light one, 1.2 million Rotarians light one. Together, we light up the world.”

I became a member just four short years ago and I can tell you over the past four years together we have proven that a small group of individuals can accomplish big things together. Our club is strong, strong in our commitment to one another, to our community, to our District and to our International leadership. And just as important we have fun! My hope is to continue that tradition in 2014-2015.

There are four areas I plan to focus on this year

  1. Membership – this is imperative to the livelihood of Rotary.
  2. Club Administration – this is imperative to the club’s future growth
  3. Service – increasing volunteer opportunities for our membership
  4. TOUCH program

So as you see we have work to do that reminds me of a quote by a famous Anthropologist Margaret Mead:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

I look forward to enjoying this journey together and again thank you for your confidence and this opportunity.

Yours in Rotary,
Bobbie Brooks
Christiana Rotary