As we come into March there are several very important areas that we need to focus on for our Rotary year. Firstly, we need as many of the President-Elects to attend PETS as possible. This will give them the tools to help make their year a great one!
“The holiday season is over. Are the parties over? No? Oh, that’s right – spring is just around the corner. But, in the meantime, what have all of you been doing?”
D.G. Frank and District 7470 staff - you have a busy spring schedule for us: PETS – RLI – Conference – RYLA – GSET – oh dear, what do all these mean? For Shame!!! We all should know! But now...what are you clubs doing?
Our annual District Conference is a time when every club in the district is encouraged to submit an entry for one of the awards that will be presented during the weekend of events that are planned. A special new category has been added by DG Frank this year: The Governor’sCitation. Clubs will be nominated by the Assistant Governor, and ALL clubs should be striving to achieve this award. It will be based on the following criteria:
One new member inducted this year
Participation in The Rotary Foundation (i.e., club donation, individual donations, grant project)
Participation in a community project
Participation in a cooperative project with another Rotary club(s)
Additional awards include many of those that have become traditional in District 7470, including:
This year's District Golf Outing will take place on Thursday prior to the District Conference!
Play golf and stay for the conference!
IMPORTANT TIME CHANGES
Lunch for the golf outing has been moved up 1/2 hr (from 12:00 PM to 11:30 AM) and the Shotgun Start has also been moved up 1/2 hr (from 1:00 PM to 12:30 PM ) to allow the golfers to make it to Happy Hour.
Now is the time to be thinking about who from your Club should be attending the Rotary Leadership Institute on Saturday, April 9, 2016. This year Rotary Leadership Institute will be held locally at the West Orange High School form 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.
Diana Krajewski and Ed Malicki have been chosen to lead 28 students on the Ross Redmond Youth Exchange to Japan this summer. Program Chair, Jim Allison, was very pleased that the committee was able to find two dedicated Rotarians who have considerable experience with young people to lead this cultural exchange.
R.Y.L.A. is an acronym for Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Our district conducts an annual RYLA conference in early June targeted at high school juniors in our district. The purpose of RYLA is to emphasize leadership, citizenship and personal growth and aims to demonstrate Rotary’s respect and concern for youth, provide a conference for selected youth, encourage leadership of youth by youth and to recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their community.
The Gift of Life Committee recently brought a 14 year-old boy, Joseph Fajardo and his mother Maria here from Panama for open-heart surgery at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. Joseph had his mitral valve replaced, and returned home to Panama with a prognosis of a full life ahead of him. While here, he was hosted by the Morris Plains Club and stayed at the home of the Malicki family; Ed, Elsie and Desiree, who were very involved in Joseph’s treatment and hospitalization.
Here are some simple, proven ideas to help your club grow:
If your Rotary Club is like most, membership growth is a constant challenge. One month, you pick up one or two new members and the next month, you may lose one. Even if your club is active and successful, some members will leave due to job transfers, career changes, or for a variety of other reasons. That is why every club must be continually on the lookout for prospective new members.
A great big THANK YOU to all our clubs, Rotarians, family and friends for coming on board for this project. We have been fortunate to reach the $20,000 necessary to apply for a global in the very near future. All eight of our Veterans received their “wish list” request before Christmas. As of today we have received another ten wish lists. Thank you cards will be coming shortly. Thank you once again for your support.
The Newton Rotary Club recently held a Dart Tournament between four Rotary Clubs at Sheridan’s Lodge. Each club had the opportunity to raise money for their specific charity in the process. The winning team was the “Dart Vaders” of the Netcong-Stanhope Rotary Club, who raised funds for their Solar Panel project in Sri Lanka.
Members of the Newton Rotary Club celebrate their successful Dart Tournament