MARCH 2016
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Upcoming Events
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
West Orange High School
Apr 09, 2016
7:30 AM – 3:30 PM
District Golf Outing
Black Bear Golf Course
Apr 21, 2016 11:30 AM
Foundation Ball
Crystal Springs Resort
Apr 22, 2016
District Conference
Crystal Springs Resort
Apr 22, 2016 – Apr 24, 2016
Webinar - Membership Development
Online Webinar
Apr 27, 2016
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Webinar - New Member Orientation
Onlline - Webinar
May 04, 2016
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
District Assembly
Hanover Manor
May 11, 2016
3:00 PM – 8:30 PM
RYLA - Multi District 7470 & 7510
Drew University
Jun 17, 2016 4:00 PM –
Jun 19, 2016 11:30 AM
Banner Exchange Dinner
Windlass Restaurant and Marina
Jun 21, 2016 6:00 PM
Camp Merry Heart Service Day
Camp Merry Heart
Aug 03, 2016
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Attendance Report      
January 2016      
Club # YTD +/- %
Belleville 8 0 100%
East Orange 5 -1 100%
Whippany 25 0 95.00%
Blairstown 29 6 93.00%
Belvidere 8 -2 91.00%
Caldwells 40 2 91.00%
Morris Plains 61 -3 90.00%
Newark 25 3 90.00%
Denville Sunrise 13 0 86.00%
Lake Hopatcong 20 0 85.00%
Wharton/Mine Hill 8 -1 83.30%
Branchville 33 1 82.77%
Maplewood 20 -1 80.00%
Montville 9 2 80.00%
Irvington 10 -2 78.00%
Nutley 28 1 78.00%
Rockaway 27 3 76.70%
Montclair 17 -7 76.47%
Madison 75 -7 75.70%
Livingston 14 0 75.00%
Glen Ridge 19 -2 74.00%
Denville 48 -5 72.00%
Hampton Township 19 -1 72.00%
Pequannock Valley 46 0 72.00%
South Orange 8 -1 71.88%
Wallkill Valley 20 2 71.00%
West Orange 42 1 71.00%
Mount Olive Twsp. 5 2 70.00%
Hackettstown 26 -2 68.30%
Jefferson Township 22 3 67.00%
Washington 12 1 66.67%
Randolph 25 -2 66.00%
Dover 15 0 65.00%
Livingston Sunrise 24 0 64.00%
Bernardsville 28 -1 61.96%
Morristown 55 -5 61.27%
Chatham 11 2 60.61%
Florham Park 14 2 60.00%
Vernon 19 0 60.00%
Newton 90 -1 56.00%
Netcong-Stanhope 17 0 55.00%
Phillipsburg 31 1 51.00%
Mendham 22 -2 50.00%
Roxbury 25 1 50.00%
Par-Troy Rotary 17 -3 48.33%
Mtn. Lks.- Boontons 13 0 38.00%
Bloomfield 17 2 34.00%
Chester-Long Valley 9 1 33.33%
Cedar Grove 15 2 31.25%
Fairfield 6 0 NR
East Orange 4 -2 NR
District 7470 1195 -11 67.23%
District Governor
Frank Geraghty, DG (Pat) – Phillipsburg
296 South Main Street, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
(B) 908-213-0055 (C) 610-662-4635
District Governor Elect
Margit Rahill, DGE (Mike) – Jefferson Twp.
(H) 973-398-3607 (B) 973-361-2810
District Governor Nominee
John B. Wilson, DGN (Joyce) – Newark
(H) 973-267-5059 (B) 908-277-3424
District Governor Designee
Peggy Mader, DGD (Maurie) – Parsippany/T.Hills
(H) 973-538-6666 (C) 973-495-2230
Immediate Past District Governor
Larry Ripley, PDGMorris Plains
(H) 973-539-4598
District Secretary
Stacey Borden (Dennis) – South Orange
(H) 973-761-4059 (C) 973-454-6272
District Treasurer
Ray Freaney (Suzanne) – Madison
(H) 908-464-5391 (C) 908-803-4602
District Parliamentarian
Tony Toriello  (Sharon) – Denville
(H) 973-625-1362   (C) 201-280-8010
District Trainer
Barbara Miller (Ned) – Newton
(H) 973-875-8552 (C) 973-903-3845
Larry Ripley, PDG, Editor – Morris Plains
        P O Box 25
        Morris Plains, NJ 07950
        (H) 973-539-4598
Rodney Seifert, AG, Publisher – Rockaway
        (H) 973-627-5256 (C) 201-723-1882
Bob Coultas, PRID – Morristown
        (H) 973-377-2292 (B) 973-267-1618
Ted Krisanda, PDG - Morris Plains
        (H) 973-644-9884   (C) 973-452-7305
Barry Kroll, PDG, Technical Support – Madison
        (H) 973-660-0534 (C) 973-476-2772
Mike Rabasca, PDG - Madison
        (H) 973-543-4768  (C) 973-866-8373
Mary Ann Seeko, Secretary - Wallkill Valley
Tony Toriello – Denville
        (H) 973-625-1362 (C) 201-280-8010
Karien Ziegler, PDG - West Orange
        (H) 973-731-1971 (C) 973-216-5881
The DG, immediate PDG and all nominated Governors are members of this committee.  
Bulletin Editor
Larry Ripley
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"From the Heart"

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! 

2016 District 7470 TV Commercial
The District has created this TV commercial to assist in building club membership.  The commercial will run through the next several months on the Optimum Cablevision network and related channels.
Mary Ann's Marquee
 “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?
2015 District Conference
Rotary District Conference Awards
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’s Citation.  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:
  1. One new member inducted this year
  2. Participation in The Rotary Foundation (i.e., club donation, individual donations, grant project)
  3. Participation in a community project 
  4. Participation in a cooperative project with another Rotary club(s)
Additional awards include many of those that have become traditional in District 7470, including:
District Golf Outing
This year's District Golf Outing will take place on Thursday prior to the District Conference!
Play golf and stay for the conference!
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.
Rotary Leadership Institute
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. 
Rotarians Chosen to Lead Youth Exchange to Japan
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.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
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.
Gift of Life Successfully Treats Boy from Panama

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.


Program of Note
Daniel Turkel gives a presentation on the Peace Corps – its history, opportunities, and what it can mean to both a volunteer and the community they serve.
Contact Daniel at or 732-799-5851.
To learn about interesting and available programs for your Rotary Club, or to suggest one for this column, contact Mary Ann Seeko at
Interesting programs of both Rotary and non-Rotary topics can be found on the District Web Site under “Speakers Bureau”.
Struggling with membership?
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.
“Welcome Home” Project
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.

Margit Rahill, DGE
Life Around the District
Hanover Holds Successful Casino Night
The Hanover Rotary Club recently held a Casino Night fund-raising event at the American Legion Post in Whippany.
Seen in the photo are “dealers” – Hanover Rotarians Rocco Siino, Dick Kitchell and Marc Lebowitz.
Newton Rotary Club Holds Dart Tournament
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