Kiwanis Club of Bensalem
2010 Service to Education Award
Norman Patten

Norman has always felt a special bond with those in the emergency service profession. This bond was enhanced in 1992 after Norman’s uncle, Sergeant Timmy O’Brien a member of the Paterson NJ Motor Patrol, was killed while preparing to demonstrate to the Ford Motor Company potential problems relating to how their Crown Victoria performed at high speeds.

Norman was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in the neighboring town of Totowa. He is one of 6 children. Norman graduated Passaic Valley High School, attended Montclair State University for accounting and Mercer County Community for mortuary science. All throughout school he was in the restaurant business working various hourly positions and then becoming a supervisor by the age of nineteen. He then managed several restaurant concepts.

Norman is married to the Katy and together they have 5 children: Norman, Christopher, Keeley, Emma and Marney. Norman is a nationally ranked tennis player. Christopher will crossover to Boy Scouts from Webelos this April. Keeley is an avid reader and loves to play soccer and tennis Emma is a rising tennis and swimming star. At 2, Marney works hard at being her parent’s little sweetheart.

In 2000, Norman and Katy were able to purchase a limited partnership with the Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Bensalem, PA. Through their partnership with Carrabba’s, Katy and Norman have been able to help many, many organizations, including area police, fire, and emergency medical groups, public and private schools and a multitude of houses of worship. They have received the Carrabba’s Italian Grill Partner of the Year Award 4 out of 5 years.

During 2010, Norman began a new venture in the restaurant business, becoming the Managing Partner at the Texas Road House in Bensalem. Though he had offers at other establishments after leaving Carrabba’s he purposely chose to remain in Bensalem. He continues to have a great bond and dedication to those he serves in Bensalem.

In the past ten years, he has donated over $250,000.00 to the many organizations he assists.

Norman has also been recognized by the Bensalem and Council Rock School Districts, the Fraternal Order of Police, The Cavalry’s Order of the Spur, the National Guard and the 304th Civil Affairs Brigade for his fundraising efforts.

Norman’s hobbies include his family, marksmanship, fishing, tennis and the marine life of coastal Florida.


Kiwanis Club of Bensalem
2010 Educator of the Year
Jill Sitnick

Jill Sitnick has been associated with Bensalem Township School District as a professional educator since August 1995 at which time she was employed as an English teacher for Bensalem School District, a position she held until 2003 at which time she became a Teacher on Special Assignment as Software Specialist, an assignment she held until her recent appointment by the Bensalem School Board as Supervisor of Technology in May 2010.

During Ms. Sitnick’s tenure with the School District she has always approached her assignments with dedication, commitment, enthusiasm and purpose.  As Software Specialist, and now as Supervisor of Technology, it is Ms. Sitnick’s responsibility to provide teachers, staff and administrators with information and direction on integrating technology in educational school settings, grades K through 12.

In addition to her myriad responsibilities, Jill supported the newly employed teachers by presenting them with classroom management tips, differentiated technology instructional techniques, use of smart board technology, and assisting with individual teacher web site development/design.   Going above and beyond the call of duty, Jill attended numerous “back-to-school night” sessions assisting parents in signing up for the school district’s emergency notification internet system.  Other technology related projects she has been involved with this past year include:

  • Enhancement/expansion of the School District web site
  • Supporting the District’s special education department by researching and facilitating the use of “iTouch” technology for an autistic elementary student
  • Active participation as a member of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit’s Cyber School committee
  • Keeping abreast of emerging technologies through active participation with over twenty instructional blogs via Google Reader

In her spare time Jill Sitnick is an adjunct professor with Gratz College/Randall associates and has earned the distinction from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an exemplary integrator of technology in the practice of teaching.

Ms. Sitnick has had a profound impact on the students of Bensalem School District through her superb technological support of staff members in the delivery of education to the student of Bensalem.


Kiwanis Club of Bensalem
2010 Educator of the Year
Angela Felt

The late Angela Felt was employed by the Bensalem Township School District for thirteen years and served as librarian at both Armstrong Middle School and Faust Elementary School.  Angela was an excellent librarian, the ultimate professional, placing the needs of her students first. Her caring, giving, generous nature was unsurpassed by none. She strived to make life a better place for all her students.

I would like to nominate the late Angela Felt for the Educator of the Year Award. Through her naturally, giving, caring personality, Angela gave of herself without reservation to all of her students. As her name indicates she was an “Angel” to the students whose lives she touched and continues to be an “Angel” to the students in the Bensalem Township School District especially at Faust Elementary School through the Angela Felt Memorial Fund. Angela’s contribution to the Bensalem community continues to be never-ending.


2009 George F. Hixson Fellowship
LT. Karl Mascia

Presented on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Bensalem by Earl L. Wolf, Foundation President

The George F. Hixson Fellowship is one of Kiwanis International Foundation’s highest honors.  Membership is given to individuals who demonstrate strong Kiwanis support and service to the community with a contribution of a $1000 in their name to the International Kiwanis Foundation.

Tonight we are pleased to add to the Hixson Fellowship a charter member of the Bensalem Kiwanis club and a distinguish member of the Bensalem Police department,  He has demonstrated outstanding support for the children of Bensalem not only with Kiwanis activities but also through his involvement in many community programs. A few of his activities include:

Kiwanis: Chairs the annual Warm-A-Kid project, active with  Student of the Month,  Co-chairs annual Educator & Service to Education awards, computerized the Fly Old Glory program our signature project, Served on the Imagination Land committee, Board member for 11 years, and VP of the Bensalem Kiwanis Foundation.

Community: Runs the annual St. Ephraim’s carnival, Dare officer @ Shafer & Cornwells, chairs annual Christmas Baskets which now exceeds 250+, Breakfast w/ Santa, Heads the Bensalem Swat Team, worked closely w/ all Bensalem schools to prepare crisis plans, has served 20+ years with Bensalem’s finest. And topping everything he and his bride Mary have 3 children.


Hixson Fellowship Recipients

  • Fred Harran
  • Karl Mascia
  • Dave McCracken
  • Donna Patti
  • Roberta Phillips
  • Mike Smith
  • Earl Wolf
  • John Woods
  • Liz Schaefer
  • Bob Young


2011 Kiwanis Club of Bensalem Kiwanian of the Year
Michael Smith