As I have begun my travels and visit many great clubs. I have been overwhelmed with the positivity in this district. That is so important to me, always building on the footings and foundations laid by my predecessor who did an outstanding job I thank PDG Frank Geraghty for all his diligence and hard work!
During this time when new officers, directors and committee chairs are meeting the challenge of the new Rotary year, many of our clubs are taking advantage of the changes enacted by the 2016 COUNCIL ON LEGISLATION, which was perhaps one of the most far reaching in terms of allowing our Rotary clubs to chart their own courses, with new flexibility in many Rotary matters. A number of clubs have been carefully examining their new options, revising their bylaws and qualifying for 501.c.3 status.
This past year District 7470 reached a new milestone in Foundation Giving at $113.56 per member. Thanks to all those who made this possible. This year’s matching points program by the District was a huge success and over 25,000 points were given to those who contributed $100.00 or more to The Rotary Foundation. The District made contributions totaling $135,820.00 far exceeding our goal of $119,600.00. Thirty of our fifty clubs exceeded their giving goal.
On July 21, twenty-eight American students and two leaders (Leader, Rotarian Diana Krajewski and assistant leader, Cordelia Siporin) returned safely from Japan after a fantastic experience with their host families on the island of Shikoku in southern Japan. They discovered new foods, learned about the Japanese language and culture and developed friendships that will last a lifetime.
The 36th Annual New Jersey Vocational Assembly dinner will be on Tuesday, October 5th and honor Denise Current who has been selected as the Vocational Service Award recipient for District 7470. In addition to Denise's recognition, key note speakers will include Investors Bank CEO Kevin Cummings in the afternoon and past RI President Rick King at the dinner. Plan now to attend. Tickets are $55.00
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.
Twelve-year-old Darineyka Trotman and her aunt Joanna are here from Panama for Darineyka’s open-heart surgery. She is being sponsored by the Montville Rotary Club and the Montville Interact Club, and hosted by Montville Rotarians Carlos and Natascha Restrepo. She is scheduled for surgery at Westchester Medical Center in Vahalla, NY on Wednesday, August 3rd.
The District 7470 GOL Committee held its regular monthly meeting recently at the home of Montville Rotarians Carlos and Natascha Restrepo. Members of the Montville Rotary and Interact Club attended the meeting to meet GOL patient Darineyka Trotman and her aunt Joanna.
Walkfest – the Rotary fundraiser, will take place on October 9th this year at Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morris Township. Registration will begin at 8:30 with the walk kicking off at 9:30.
The wonderful thing about Walkfest is that it’s a “Win-Win” situation for everybody! 50% of the funds raised go to The Rotary Foundation and the other 50% goes directly back to your club.
The Foundation portion of the proceeds can be credited to your individual Paul Harris Account at The Foundation as well as your club.
Outside organizations are welcome to participate as well. As long as it’s a bona fide charitable or community program, 50% of the money they raise in pledges goes back to them, and the remaining 50% goes to The Rotary Foundation in your club’s name.
The Rotary Club of Irvington (RCOI) spent a weekend of "Community Service and Engagement" beginning Friday, July 23, 2016 with The Three Doctors Foundation Healthy Mind and Body Charity Walkathon at Seton Hall University in South Orange.
Then on Sunday, July 24, 2016, the Rotary Club of Irvington joined Bridges Outreach, Inc. with feeding the homeless at Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation (INIC).
It was truly a FUN weekend of demonstrating Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self".
L-R (with RCOI Banner) Past RCOI President, Merrick Harris, Dr. George Jenkins,
Dr. Rameck Hunt, Alison Bryant, current RCOI President, and Dr. Sampson Davis
The Hampton Township Rotary would like to recognize our $7,000.00 hole-in-one winner from our 20th Annual Golf Outing. Congratulations to Joel Gregier! Additionally, we would like to thank our generous sponsors.