I can hardly believe that eight months of my Rotary year is gone. With all the clubs visits complete my thoughts turned to just relaxing, spending time with my own club and having some relaxing time.Little did Iknow the prep work for the District Conference would actually be a pretty busy, if not just as busy as club visits. Sure there are no early morning road trips to the breakfast clubs or arrival home at late night following an evening club meeting.Please don’t think I am not having fun but prepping for a conference is a journey in itself.
With the Spring-like weather experienced during the last week of February, it’s difficult to believe that less than four weeks ago, we were looking towards the resident district groundhog prognosticators for guidance. Essex Ed of Turtleback Zoo, (part of the vast Essex County Parks system which is directed by former long-time Pequannock Valley Rotarian Dan Salvante, PP, PHF), reportedly saw his shadow and warned of six more weeks of winter while Stonewall of Sussex’s Space Animal Farm, sans shadow, predicted an early Spring.
This webinar is designed to provide a New Member Orientation for Rotarians who have joined Rotary in the last 12 months. Additionally, it will be a good refresher for any Rotarian. Rotary continues to evolve and there have been many new additions and changes to the traditional Rotary way of doing business.
Please register for New Member Orientation on March 9th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT at:
Included in the Webinar will be an overview of how clubs operate, and orientation to District 7470 and overview of Rotary International, The Rotary Foundation and the programs and service offered. When finished you will have a better understanding of the significance of Rotary in the world as well as having a better understanding of how Rotary operates locally.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
The District-Wide 50/50 Raffle is well under way!If all the tickets that have been distributed get sold, the winner will walk away with about $17,000!
Remember, this is a fund-raiser for your club!The District 7470 Foundation is running this raffle to help out clubs that need to raise more money. The district is making nothing on this.
As required by law, 50% of the proceeds will go to the winners of the raffle, and the remaining 50% (less a small percentage to cover expenses) will go proportionally to the clubs that sold the tickets.
This fund-raising opportunity is also available to other bona fide charitable or community organizations.
Contact PDG Bob Button for more details at email@example.com or 201-317-2505.
Rotarians in District 7470 have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills as well as increase their Rotary knowledge by attending RLI on Saturday April 22, 2017 at West Orange High School in West Orange.We know from past experience that Clubs that have Rotarians who participate in Rotary Leadership Institute are more successful. Develop your leadership skills, your Rotary knowledge and learn what’s necessary to take your club to the next level.
June 16 – 18, 2017, our District will host the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). This three-day intensive program is designed to teach high-school juniors leadership skills. They will be able to use these skills for the rest of their lives.
RYLA is known District wide for changing people’s lives and helping them understand how they can partner with Rotary to make a difference in this world. 100 juniors from high school are expected to converge on Drew University, not only to learn from the best and brightest in our District, and also to learn from each other and figure out how they can support each other in their ongoing projects.
The Ross Redmond Short Term Youth Exchange Program, offers a once in a life-time opportunity for students ages 16 to 19 to learn about Japanese culture, interact with Japanese students and form friendships that will last a lifetime. This is an opportunity for your children, grandchildren, neighbor, etc.
At its weekly luncheon meeting on March 1st, the Rotary Club of the Rockaways hosted an Awards Celebration. Honored were the Food Closet of Rockaway with a $600 donation, Saint Peter’s Orphanage of Denville with a $600 donation and Gift of Life NJ with a $900 donation.
The funds were raised at the Valentines Wine Tasting Event held on January 28th at The Mission at Rockaway. More than 75 Rotarians and non-Rotarians attended the event which included wines from four different regions of the world and great food, both supplied and catered by Shop Rite of Parsippany. Several gift baskets and a 50/50 raffle rounded out an evening of fun, fellowship and great exposure for Rotary.
(L to R) Ken Nickel, Club Treasurer & President Elect;
Christine Zelinski, Volunteer at the Rockaway Food Closet;
Dennis Dondero, Committee Co-Chairman, Gift of Life NJ;
Kathryn Otillio, Direct Care Counselor, Saint Peter’s Orphanage;
Sheila Seifert, Rockaway Rotary Club President
Montclair Creates MLK Memorial
The Montclair Rotary Club, the local public library and the Miller family recently joined together to create a permanent display of artist Don Miller’s historic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Mural. This is a compact version of the late artist’s 56-foot long by seven-foot high mural, which depicts Dr. King’s life.
The larger-scale version was commissioned by the National Library in Washington, D.C. and was unveiled during first observance of Dr. King’s birthday as a national holiday. This mural, which is an original artwork, is now on permanent display at the Montclair Public Library.
Shown in the photo from left to right are Montclair Rotarians Bob Schwartz, Club Secretary; Georgia Brown, Dr. Meg Banitch, Club President Alicia Robinson, Linda Cranston, who organized the project; and Stuart Keil, president of the Montclair Rotary Foundation.
Oh, say can you see....
The Rotary Club of Bernardsville celebrated Valentine’s Day this year by coming out mid-afternoon of the blizzard of February 9th to prepare and host their Veterans Valentine Appreciation Dinner at the VA Hospital in Lyons, NJ.
Save the Date flyers had already been posted and many Vets had been working throughout the morning to get the party room organized and set up, all the time hoping and wondering if we would be able to make it through the snow. And then, gradually and steadily, happy Rotarians arrived, completing numerous necessary tasks and starting on time.
60-80 Veterans from various branches of service joined the 30 Rotarians, family members and YMCA volunteers to enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and great foods plus home-made desserts, all served by the Rotarians. The evening began with George Burd leading all present in solemnly saluting the Flag and followed with a robust and moving rendition of the National Anthem led by Hal and Carmella Moeller from the Madison club.
Personally made valentine cards were provided by children from Gentle Shepherd Preschool, students from the preschool and after school programs at the Y, and Mrs. Rogers’ 1st grade class. These small tokens of caring brought much happiness, many smiles and proved to be a very touching highlight of the evening.
Local businesses also contributed to the celebration as recognition to our Vets. Thanks to ShopRite and Starbucks of Bernardsville, Kings Catering of Bedminster and Antonio Berisha of Lumi Zi restaurant for their generosity.
As Rotarians, we are familiar with our “Service Above Self” motto. The Bernardsville Rotarians and others who shared in this joyful evening were honored, inspired and humbled to be in the presence of our Veterans who had truly demonstrated Service Above Self. Thank you to Rotary District 7470 for the Grant that allowed the Rotary Club of Bernardsville to host this memorable project.
Yes, we are still bowling with a loyal group of Rotarians, friends and family. I believe one of the leading questions after our “SERVICE ABOVE SELF” - “Is it Fun”? I don’t think anyone would argue that it is in small groups where we get to know one another. Friendships are formed in our united interests and goals. This is just one of many ways to meet members of other clubs.
Don’t miss this opportunity; perhaps, just come in on a Wednesday 6:00 pm at Boonton Lanes and trying bowling just one game. Who knows where it will lead you?
Bruce McCarter contemplates his game over an “adult beverage”.
The next Walkfest will be held on June 25, 2017 at Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morris Township. As always, the proceeds from this walk-a-thon fundraiser will be divided between The Rotary Foundation and the participating Rotary Club.
Also, any other legitimate non-profit or community organization can join the effort and obtain 50% of the proceeds for itself as well.
At the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, The Rotary Foundation will celebrate "100 Years of Doing Good in the World" in the city where it all began. Be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event, and make plans to attend.
The convention is for all Rotarians and offers something for everyone. As a past participant, you know you will be able to experience the best of Rotary and meet people from around the world. Come together to build relationships, exchange ideas, develop partnerships, and learn new skills.
See what the 2017 Rotary convention has in store, and don't miss out on The Rotary Foundation centennial celebration! Take advantage of early registration savings andregistertoday!