Just can’t believe, we are starting into our third month of this Rotary year, remembering July 1st as I started on this adventure. The Governor visits are going wonderfully, and the responses to my visits have been nothing but exceptional. Never realized how many good friends I had made in my 29 years as being part of our District.
During August, RI asks Rotarians “...to celebrate your Rotary club, your members, and the good you do in your community and around the world.” In her official visits our District Governor Margit Rahill reported that our district has seen a slight decrease this past year, below 1200 members, and that among district priorities, membership continues to be the number one issue. At the level of 1200 members, Rotary International may consider combining districts. Members are the lifeblood of Rotary at all levels.
That lilting Swedish voice you hear wafting over the Walkfest committee meetings originates from none other than Eva-Pia Reich, a member of the Morristown Rotary Club, and Chair of the district’s Walkfest Committee.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Pia came to the United States (and New Jersey) in her 20’s. After college, she spent 15 years teaching and doing research at Yale Medical School. She returned to NJ in the 1990’s to work in research with Shearing-Plough Pharmaceuticals.
Do you recall that ancient sailors' saying about “The calm before the storm”? Well, in compliance with Rotary’s 4-Way Test that asks... “Is it the truth”? - I must confess that (at least covertly) I was not calm before the “less than copacetic” forecast for this years’ Service Club Day - one that predicted heavy rain, thunder and lightning storms. Many phone calls kept coming in - to myself, Rotary District 7470 Chair for Camp Merry Heart and to District Governor Margit Rahill - inquiring as to whether the camp’s Carnival Day was still on. I replied “YES” and continued to pray to the still yet unnamed Patron Saint for Good Weather. I guess that Patron Saint heard my prayers (and I’m sure the prayers of countless others) and reacted in kind: the skies started to clear and there was no rain at Camp Merry Heart during Service Club Day - Wed. Aug. 10, 2016. Yay!
Rotarians and Camp Staff enjoy the “Thank you” ceremony
Hanover Rotary Club making corn-on-the-cob for the BBQ
Well, it’s that time again……time to bring all of you up to date on our various activities and plans……time to fill you in on all we’ve been up to over the past year and share what we are looking forward to accomplishing in the current year.
As is customary, we are doing this at our ANNUAL MEETING DINNER.
Our Friends & Supporters will gather for cocktails, dinner and an informative evening, so please join us on:
Denise Current of the Newton Rotary Club has been selected to receive the Vocational Service Award at the New Jersey Rotary Vocational Assembly on Wednesday, October 5th at The Pines Manor, Edison, N.J.
The owner of Stocker Bus Company, Inc., and Current Adventure, a commercial bus business, Denise has been involved in many facets of Rotary including, Youth Exchange, Group Study Exchange, Oktoberfest and providing a home for Rotary Exchange students.
Once again, you are invited to participate in the Rotary-United Nations Day in New York City on Saturday, November 12, 2016.
The Saturday meeting starts at 8am (registration) at UN Headquarters and will include presentations and panel discussions addressing key humanitarian issues of concern to both the UN and Rotary. Enjoy featured presentations from senior UN staff, affiliated NGO’s and Rotary leaders, with panel discussions on our mutual goal of achieving peace. RI President John Germ will participate.
Darineyka, or Dari, as we have come to call her, arrived at JFK Airport from Panama on July 7th with her devoted Aunt Joana. Dari is 12 years old and was born with a serious congenital heart defect. Otherwise she is a typical pre-teen who loves lipstick, sequins and computer games!
Dari had heart surgery in Panama when she was younger, but the complicated procedures required to improve her health and longevity were beyond the capability of the surgeons in her country. Enter Rotary and Gift of Life.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the host families and Rotary clubs who helped made the Ross Redmond Youth Exchange program a huge success again this year.
Thirty-nine host families took a week out of their lives and opened their homes to twenty-seven students and three leaders from Shikoku, Japan during the first three weeks of August. In return for providing meals, accommodations, activities and care, these families got the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, develop new friendships, and make a positive difference in the lives of these young people. I can't thank these hosts enough for their huge contribution to this program.
GRUPO CAJOLA was formed in 2000 on the soccer fields of Morristown to assist fellow Guatemalan countrymen facing illness, accidents or death while in the US. Since then they have expanded into serving many educational and social needs, both at home and in Morristown.
The Rotary Breakfast Mingle is perfect for early birds who like to begin their weekend by meeting like-minded people. The informal gathering is open to Rotarians and Non-Rotarians within District 7470. Those interested in learning more about Rotary are also welcomed to attend.
Be like these young recruits who can’t wait to start. How about giving it try?
Look for the first night in September when we start and see if you can’t come up with a four-member team. It’s a great way to socialize and simply have some fun with other clubs. Of course there is competition just to encourage you to try but it’s just not that serious.
Have you ever considered attending a Rotary International Convention? This Rotary year will be one of your best opportunities to attend a convention. It will be held in Atlanta, GA, June 10 – 14, 2017 at the Georgia World Conference Convention Center.
On Tuesday, August 2nd, ROCKAWAY ROTARY participated in the annual “National Night Out” in Rockaway Borough. The nation-wide crime and drug prevention event was sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Rockaway Borough Police Department. ROCKAWAY ROTARY provided free snow-cones to all participants! A cool idea!
Mother with her children, Alison Bryant, 2016-2017 President RCOI
and Glenn Gamble, 2015-2016 President RCOI
The Rotary Club of Irvington’s Annual Bookfest was held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at McDonald’s at 783 Springfield Ave, Irvington from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
Members of the Rotary Club of Irvington provided free books and backpacks filled with school supplies to children of all ages. This is an event which encourages reading and assists with the back-to-school supply initiative.
There was a reportedly ‘inspired presentation’ recently at the Mendham’s meeting where Stephanie and Dan's guest speakers were Don Pollard and Christine Colerino (at right) who told of a proposed project dedicated to the building of a water well in the town of Delagon which is only reached by mule. The children are often sick and/or at work and cannot attend school on a regular basis. They are looking into the possibility of a District Grant project application.
Tatiana Lopez was welcomed into PV Rotary in late August as their most recent new member this new Rotary year, joining previous 2016-2017 inductees Gino Battaglia and Nimish Patel. Tatiana found PV Rotary though their website and Facebook page, underscoring the value of maintaining bright, timely and informative pages on social media.