Posted by Lin Seyler
William F. “Bill” Borda
On Monday, March 26th a good Rotarian from the Muhlenberg Rotary, Bill Borda, at 94 years of age, was taken from us to be with the Lord.  He was with his family, daughter Terry and son Ray at the end.  Bill was a good man, a proud veteran, and a staunch Rotarian.
Bill was born on November 14, 1923.  He lived in Berks County most of his life; as long as I know him on Marion St in Laureldale.  He went to war for his country with the 82nd Airborne in World War II.  He was justifiably proud of his service and used to joke that he made 21 take-offs in an airplane before he had a single landing.  All the other times before he had to jump!
On September 29th, 1951, he married Betty.  They celebrated 66 years together this past fall.  He spent a career working in the knitting business, working for Dolphin Sportswear as their VP of sales.  Bill was always admiring young people’s sports accomplishments, having followed many of them in his work. 
But to many of us, Bill will be most remembered as a mainstay of Muhlenberg Rotary.  We list him as entering Muhlenberg Rotary on Jan 1, 1962.  This is just the earliest date shown by Rotary International’s records for all older Rotarians.  Bill joined the Reading Rotary back in the 1950’s and transferred to Muhlenberg some time later.  His dates of service didn’t seem to matter to Bill, just what could he do now.  Bill served the club in many offices, as President, as a Director, and Chairing committees.  He was always a helping hand at the fruit sale, the fishing rodeo, and other events.  But nowhere did he serve better than as the scribe for the club.  For decades Bill put out our weekly bulletin, the “Rotamuhl”, with great recounts of our efforts, our speakers and our coming events.  And Bill accomplished this without a computer or even a typewriter up until he became an Honorary Rotarian just a few years ago.  The club was given the District Award for best publication several years ago; both the club and Bill were proud of this recognition.
I have often said that Rotary is like an extended family.  We meet so frequently that we become familiar with each other, tease each other, sometimes get on one another’s nerves, but, hopefully always respect each other.  Bill was a big part of our Rotary family, a big brother to some, a fatherly figure to others, a friend to everyone, including the families of Rotarians.    We all miss him already.