Joe Batory Gets Rotary International Recognition

Past Rotary Club of Philadelphia president and current member Joseph Batory was named as a 2012-2013 recipient of the prestigious The Rotary International Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.  Only one individual each year from Rotary District 7450, which comprises the 50+ Rotary clubs in Greater Philadelphia, can be  recognized with this prestigious honor. In some years, there has been no recipient.


This honor, which was presented by Rotary Past Governor David Ellis at the Rotary Club of Philadelphia meeting on July 18 (2013) at Philadelphia’s  Union League, recognized Joe’s exemplary work in overseeing a wide array of annual scholarship applications as well as supervising the actual  incoming and outgoing scholarship recipients for Rotary District 7450.


Rotary International funds one of the largest scholarship programs in the world.  Rotary International encompasses 1.2 million members from 34,000 clubs in 200 countries.


In the past few years, Joe has coordinated the rigorous process for seven Rotary scholarship winners from the Philadelphia area who have gone overseas to study and monitored 22 visiting Rotary scholarship recipients who have studied in the Philadelphia area (mostly at the University of Pennsylvania).


“Being the scholarship chairperson for Rotary District 7450 enabled me to meet a wide array of idealistic and very intellectually talented young people from many different backgrounds.” Said Batory.  “I have made many friendships for life but more importantly, I have been privileged to meet many young people who will truly change the world for the better in the future.”


In another area, as the Public Relations Chairperson for Philadelphia’s 53 area Rotary clubs, Joe has designed and managed Philadelphia area Rotary billboard advertising on major area highways via PR grants worth $1 million over the past four years.  He has also taught numerous public image seminars for Rotary leaders.


Joe is a past president of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia and led that club during its Centennial year celebration in 2010-2011.  He has been a key player in the Philadelphia Rotary’s literacy outreach into the inner city which in the last seven years has involved the onsite distribution of well over 16,000 books — thesauruses, dictionaries, atlases and library books at 24 different Philadelphia public schools.


Just a few years ago, Joe was a key player in helping a young woman from Newtown Square to obtain a Rotary Ambassador Scholarship for study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.


Another recent Rotary Scholar is young woman from Media, PA, who with lots of assistance from Joe, she will soon head to Costa Rica for fully-funded studies at the United Nation’s chartered University of Peace.


Finally, Joe has been the key player in helping two Philadelphia police lieutenants and one assistant district attorney to obtain Rotary Peace Fellowships for peace building and violence prevention study at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.