During my club visits since July I have been inspired by the projects clubs are undertaking in their communities, nationally and around the world. It has certainly reinforced my assumption that all the clubs in our district are “a gift to the world” and my belief that this year our Rotary clubs will give their greatest gifts ever. The district this year has several tools that will help clubs in their mission including the 21 district grants for $1000 each which are now available to apply for and the 6 global grant matches of up to $10,000 each which the district will provide. The idea that this year many of our clubs will join together to partner on both global and local projects warms my heart.
Christine Murray of the Jefferson Twp. Club – one of our newest Assistant Governors, came to our sunny shores from Lancaster County (in northwestern England) as a young adult in 1975. She joined the Jefferson Township Rotary Club in 1997, and has since served as the club’s president twice. As an AG she will be assisting the Rotary Clubs of Jefferson, Vernon, Wallkill Valley, Hampton, and Newton.
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy” [Gershwin], “The Hazy, Lazy Days of Summer” [Nat King Cole], these songs are like comfort food for my lazy brain this time of year. I could get used to this kind of relaxation in summer but then Mother Nature will shake me out of my reverie and the crisp air of Fall will help me re-focus and attend to my tasks. Now .. let’s see what tasks you’ve been doing.”
Bob Conley, a life-long resident of Madison and a member of the Madison Rotary Club, will receive the 2015 District 7470 Vocational Service Award at the New Jersey State Vocational Assembly on October 6th at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.
Evelyn McCoy, District 7470 Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholar, at the Rotary Tree of Friendship in Cusco, Peru.
Governor Frank welcomes new member to Irvington Valerie Weston-Bell as Club President Glenn Gamble looks on.
Irvington Interacter Jimmy Duong receives scholarship from PDG Barry Kroll.
Irvington High School graduate and Interact Club charter member Jimmy Duong received a $3,000 Rotary scholarship, and is now attending Monmouth University. As a project with his Interact Club, Jimmy created a Rotary Board game that was displayed at our district conference three years ago.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the host families and Rotary clubs who helped make the Ross Redmond Youth Exchange program a huge success again this year.
Thirty nine host families took a week out of their lives and opened their homes to twenty eight students and two leaders from Shikoku, Japan during the first three weeks of August. In return for providing meals, accommodations, activities and care, these families got the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, develop new friendships, and make a positive difference in the lives of these young people. I can't thank these hosts enough for their huge contribution to this program.
Glenn Chelliah of the Netcong-Stanhope is spearheading a Rotary Foundation Grant-funded project installing small solar panels on the homes of poor people in Sri Lanka to provide them with 4 to 5 hours of electricity per day so that they can have power for lighting, cooking, etc.
TRACK PROGRESS TOWARD THE 2015-16 PRESIDENTIAL CITATION
Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs can earn the Presidential Citation from Rotary President K.R. Ravindran for achieving goals that strengthen Rotary and clubs. Activities include growing your membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.
Please come out and support your club president on October 23rd for this year’s Presidents’ Ball. Show your President that their great work has not gone unnoticed by making this an event to remember.
There will be food and lots of it, the bar will be open, and music will fill the air. The entertainment will be that outstanding group of performers known as The R & B Group. They will have you on your feet and dancing the whole night long. So join your club mates at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, New Jersey for the social event of this Rotary year.
Invitations and sign-up sheets will be sent to all the clubs in the next few days. There will also be information available on the district website: www.rotarydistrict7470.org The cost will be $75 per person for this event.
Each year, Rotary Day at the United Nations invites more than 1,300 Rotarians including many Rotary International Directors, Foundation Trustees, past Senior Leaders, and guests to come together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The program is designed to inspire and educate all participants as well as provide insight into the relationship between Rotary International and the United Nations.
Adult Sessions are Sold Out. Youth registration begins on Sepember 21st - Register your Interactors or Rotaractors immediately - Those tickets will sell out in a couple of days.
Well, the season came to a close and time to enjoy the summer. Perhaps too far off to consider what you’re doing in September Wednesday nights. There are a number of reasons to take up bowling. Of course it’s FUN.
It’s starts at 6 pm, it’s inexpensive ($17.00) and most of the time you can be home by 8:30; not too late for even our aging membership. Yes there are all ages who participate; and no you don’t have to be a Rotarian or a great bowler. You can watch bowlers who manage to let go of the ball and send it forward.
No, you don’t have to commit to every Wednesday, get a team of more than (4); rotate or simply have substitutes to call when needed. You can play with a team of one, but it’s not easy to win that way.
The District has purchased ClubRunner software with the ability to facilitate communication, organize events and volunteers, publish a website, publish an Ebulletin and manager the District/Club membership database to help run the District effectively. The District uses the District Website as the primary method of communication information to clubs via emails, downloads, stories, event management, registration, etc. There is no cost to the clubs to use, view and enter information onto the District website.
There is a District policy to maintain the privacy of all member information and to never use the information for non-Rotary purposes.
Do Clubs have responsibilities related to District ClubRunner software? YES
Clubs are responsible inputting information and working jointly with the District to maintain accurate club and member information. The information below can only be input by the Club President or Secretary. Additionally a third individual can be designated to enter attendance.
Input Club meeting location, day and time
Enter monthly club meeting attendance
Input complete and accurate information for club members
Input and maintain accurate club officer information
To activate “data Integration” ensuring the synchronization information to the Rotary International database.
ClubRunner at the Club Level
ClubRunner makes a version of software available for purchase by local clubs to assist clubs to effectively manage Club administration. The purchase of this software is OPTIONAL and is not required by the district. Currently 31 of 50 Clubs have chosen to purchase ClubRunner software for the clubs. The District provides support and training to those clubs using ClubRunner. Additionally ClubRunner at the Club level fully integrates with ClubRunner at the district level. The cost of Club Runner is dependent on the size of a club. ClubRunner Pricing
Features of ClubRunner software at the Club level
Email message center
Dues and Billing
Full details are available online or by contacting District Technology Chair, Barry Kroll, at firstname.lastname@example.org. ClubRunner does have a 30 day no obligation free trial.
The Rotary International Directory contains a wealth of information about Rotary. Download the directory and check out the information. It also includes a listing of all of the Rotary Clubs in the World, their meeting locations, day and time.