During my visits to many Rotary clubs throughout our district I spoke about a subject that is important to all Rotary clubs: it is the theme for the month of August – “Membership”. Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. It enables our clubs to do more for their community, nationally, and internationally.
It is time again when your clubs should be thinking about a candidate for the District 7470’s Vocational Service Award. Your club Presidents have received the form for this year’s nominations. Each club is sure to have a Rotarian who most signifies such a person. He or she should live the 4 –Way Test in their business and professional lives, standout in their community, and is a person who serves others. Honor them for their inspiration to your club.
The deadline for nominating someone from your club is August 21st, 2015. Any questions can be directed to:
Margit P. Rahill (201) 602-8621 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vocational Assembly is Tuesday October 6th, 2015 at the Pines Manor in Edison. Tickets are $ 50.00 per person.
Tim and his younger brother and three sisters grew up in Cape Girardeau, MO. Their dad was a hotelier and mom was a homemaker. After completing his education at Southeast Missouri State University, dabbled in real estate before becoming a certified financial planner; a career he then followed for the next thirty years.
Our district enjoyed a typically active year in The Rotary Foundation funded projects during the 2014-15 cycle with district grants, global grants, a GSE exchange and several clubs working on future global grants in various stages of preparation.
First and foremost, 15 clubs shared over $18,000 in District grants that ranged from combating water borne diseases in Haiti to improving the health, education and public well-being locally. These grants ran from $1,500 with a $500 club match to an outright grant of $1,000 that was not matched.
Pictured are (L.-R.) Rotarian Alexis Horvath, sponsor of all three, Brenda Lee Zabriskie, Tim Dziekonski with his daughter, new president Karen McDougal, and outgoing president Sharon Hosking.
West Orange Rotary Story
My name is Jannie Freytag Crocker. My husband Ted Crocker and I visited the Rotary Club of West Orange on June 26th. My grandfather, George Freytag and my father, Richard Freytag (the owners of Freytag's Flowers on Main Street in West Orange) were both members of the West Orange club and I believe my grandfather was a Charter member.
I have many memories of attending WO Rotary club members as a child, as do my sisters. Rotary has had a huge influence on my family. My sister, Susan Freytag Kropff is currently the president of the Rotary Club of Bar Harbor, ME. My nephew, Sue's son, Drew Kropff is a member of the Greater Dallas (TX) Rotary Club.
I am currently the President Elect of my club, the Rotary Club of Illinois Valley, OR. My husband, Ted is the President Nominee and is a Past President for our club....all because of the Rotary Club of West Orange! Thank you all for instilling a desire in each of us to serve, as Rotarians!
This year’s President Ball will be held on October 23rd. Cocktails will begin 6:00 PM at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, New Jersey. All clubs are invited to come out and support their president on this evening of fun and revelry. The cost of $75 per person includes the cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, open bar, dinner and dancing.
The evening’s entertainment will be the group R&B that have performed for our district in the past. Please plan on coming out and make this a special event of Rotary year.
For More information look on the District website for the sign-up sheet and payment details.
Konnichiwa. Susan and I went to Japan this year as leaders of the Ross Redmond Short Term Youth Exchange Program. We had a great time. More importantly, the 28 students who went with us had a fantastic experience with their host families, discovering new foods, learning about the Japanese language and culture and developing friendships that will last a lifetime.
This year’s presidential citation needs your attention now. Rotary International President Ravi Ravindran has created this year’s presidential citation so that it requires club presidents or secretaries to input at least 15 goals in Rotary club central on the international website by September 1, 2015. This is one of two goals that is an absolute must to qualify for the citation. The second goal is that July’s invoice that is now out from Rotary international must be paid before September 1st. If these two items are not achieved there is no chance of qualifying for a Presidential Citation.
Rotary International presents a member benefit program too good to keep to yourself. With discounts on travel, hotels, dining, services and more, Rotary Global Rewards is designed to help you get more good work done and build Rotary friendships. Rotary Global rewards is our way of giving back to those who do so much.