Busy, busy, busy is the theme for this month’s chapter. With all the club visits completed our conference committee members are just busy beavers planning for our upcoming District Conference. Sneaking upon us quicker than expected we are immersed in making sure all our events are being double and triple checked to make sure everyone gets plenty of Rotary information and updates at the sessions, while also making sure there is sufficient time to have plenty of fun, time to enjoy, and mingle with other Rotarians.
Our Thursday starts off with golf for those die-hard golfers. Since I am not a golfer and several Rotarians have told me the DG should participate, several of them have offered to stand in on my behalf. With everything that needs to be prepared on Thursday afternoon we will be super busy getting ready.
Friday brings us an early breakfast, and registration for those arriving in the morning. Our exchange students will be the first ones on the program followed by a special presentation by President Charles Grotyohann of the Newton Rotary Club on the workings of their 3 junior Rotary clubs- Earlyact, Interact, and Rotaract. The morning session will be concluded by our own PDG Frank Geraghty and the importance of supporting The Rotary Foundation.
Without getting into too many details and giving away the whole program of the conference, some of the highlights will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Run for the Roses (Kentucky Derby) with special themed meals as well as awards for the best attire recognizing these two special days.
Our keynote speaker will be Staff Sergeant Timothy Payne of US Army 3rd Brigade Combat Team, who was deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan and was critically wounded by an IED. He was a participant in the 2016 Invictus games and has authored several books.
Saturday we will hear about a program, first of its type for our District – The Vocational Training Team of four firefighters who will be shortly traveling to Hungary to train and exchange ideas with their Hungarian counterparts. Our team consists of one retired from FDNY and currently serving as a volunteer fireman and two from the Newark Fire Department in different positions. You may follow this team on their Facebook page “Rotary District 7470 Firefighter Vocational Training Team”. Their travel starts on April 8 ending on April 23rd.
Saturday night we will be recognizing PDG Bob Pityo, who is the recipient of the 2016-2017 “Service above Self” award from Rotary International. Several other recognition will be made during our conference.
Registration information for the conference and the hotel may be found on the District web site. Hotel registration deadline is just around the corner, so be sure to get your hotel room. The deadline is April 4th.www.rotarydistrict7470.org Forms may be also found on the website for all the awards.
I look forward to seeing you at the Conference. Remember to”Make Rotary a never ending chapter in your life”.
FAIR EXCHANGE With notice that Rotary District 7470 is looking for 28 students to represent our region in a cultural exchange with Japan, Bill Van Riper, PP, PHF who joined Pequannock Valley Rotary in 1962 (and served as an 7470 In Flight staff member back in the ‘80s and is now an Honorary PVR Member living in Florida), let me know that he is in contact with two of the exchange students our club hosted; Marinez Oporto from Bolivia, 47 years ago and Simone Pepe from Brazil, 34 years ago! It is the truth when it’s said that participation in a youth exchange program, by either host or student, will form friendships that will last a lifetime. Thanks for the inspirational message and photos, Bill!
Seldom will you find organizations in our world with as much dedication to helping others like you do in Rotary.Where else could you find a person who will give their time, energy, money, etc. to help a complete stranger out?Growing up in a Rotary family, it was quite evident to me that Rotary was unique.It’s value system was one which anyone could be given the tools to make an immense difference for the better in other people’s lives.Rotary is a very unique brotherhood(and sisterhood).
There is one more group that shares Rotary’s values!They enjoy helping others. They enjoy helping complete strangers, They often put their own needs behind those of others for the good of the community.They also try to make a difference in complete stranger’s lives.They are the brotherhood (and sisterhood) of our world’s firefighters.
Our District is still looking for 27 students to represent the region in a cultural exchange with Japan. The Ross Redmond Short Term Youth Exchange Program, now in its thirty eighth year, offers students ages 16 to 19 the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, interact with Japanese students and form friendships that will last a lifetime.
No way! We are not finished yet. This may be the closest race for 1st place since Rotary Bowling began (many moons ago). If you could just try it out – come by on a Wednesday night at Boonton Bowling Lanes at 6:00 pm and see if it’s something you might enjoy.
Although most members diligently come each Wednesday, there are all sorts of ways you can participate. The league is flexible and will accommodate your busy schedule. Bring a friend! If you can’t find a member of your club interested in bowling, ask a friend.
Perhaps that’s the first step in inviting them to join Rotary. What better way than starting with fun !!
District Governor Margit relaxes between games with Patty Cirott
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 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.
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