It seems like the January “Next Chapter” was just written, and here we are again writing the February Chapter.By the time this article is printed 7 months of my 12 month term as Governor will have ended. All fifty clubs have been visited, some more than once, but each one was an honor to be attending and sharing the happenings and events in our District and in the R.I. world. The end of January it will be homecoming time in my own club.Hopefully they will recognize me after such a long absence.
It’s late January, but there are no signs of ‘CABIN FEVER’ in District 7470. The clubs that we’ve received reports from indicate a sustained high level of activity and enthusiasm and planning for the coming months.
In case you missed it, the winner of the Gift of Life SUPER BOWL RAFFLE was Ron Herman of Englewood. The winning ticket was sold by Rocco Siino of the Hanover Rotary Club. Another chance at winning a raffle is the 2017 DISTRICT WIDE RAFFLE to be held on May 24th during the District Assembly at Hanover Manor in East Hanover.
"Tonight, I’d like to take a quick moment to recognize another Honoree. Someone I have known since 2002 and who has been working quietly for over the last 15 years to represent Rotary and build those bridges of understanding and partnership that we’ve all been talking about."
President John Germ, Brad Jenkins, PDG, & Ed Futa,
The winner of the Gift of Life Super Bowl Raffle was Ron Herman of Englewood, on a ticket sold by Rocco Siino of the Rotary Club of the Hanovers. Rocco had bought and given tickets to each of the clients of his employee benefits company, and Ron is one of his customers. Ron then decided to raffle off the prize among his employees, and Jim Trachonowski pulled the winning ticket!
So Jim and his wife Renee are going to the Super Bowl!!!!!
(Editor’s note – as this edition is getting out a little late, as I’m sitting here working on it with the Super Bowl game on in the background, lo and behold, over my computer airwaves comes a picture of Jim & Renee in the stands at the game!).
Marc Lebowitz and Suzanne Freaney pull the winning ticket Jim and Renee Trochanowski at the Super Bowl
Are you a walking, talking advertisement for Rotary, or are you keeping your Rotary involvement a secret? They say that “word-of-mouth” advertising is the best, so what are you doing to help spread the word?
Do you wear your Rotary pin with pride every day? Do you talk about your Rotary Club’s activities with your friends, family, neighbors and business associates? If every one of us did our best to keep our Rotary activities in the forefront of our lives (and conversations), we would be attracting new members on a regular basis through that association.
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.
Please mark your calendars for May 4-7, 2017, the dates for Governor Margit’s Conference. Plan on joining for all or part of Four Days of Fun! Four days of enjoyable and informative events, inspirational speakers, sharing of Club projects and more!
Our District is 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.
Our Foundation is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. During this yearlong celebration, we want to make sure all Rotarians realize that this Foundation is the life blood of Rotary.
Most of you have been contributors to the Foundation since you joined this organization. Your support helps Rotary promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, protect the health of mothers and children, support education and grow local economies in our District and throughout the world. I would now like you to consider making our Foundation one of your prime charities and join the Paul Harris Society.
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.
The Rotary Club of the Hanovers recently held its annual Casino Night fund raiser. In the first photo, it appears that the entire Township of Hanover turned out for this fun event, and in the second photo, all those folks in the Referee Shirts are members of the Rotary Club of the Hanovers who each had a specific role in running this successful event.
Valentine's Wine Tasting
The Rockaway Rotary Club recently sponsored a Valentine's Wine Tasting event. Attendees had the opportunity to sample wines from five different regions of the world along with various foods and desserts. The evening also included a wine themed silent auction, 50/50, and various vendors to buy a special Valentine's gift for that special someone. Proceeds of the event will benefit Gift of Life of NJ, the Rockaway Food Closet, and St. Peter's Orphanage in Denville.