Since we are honoring presidents this month let’s talk about their performance as leaders thus far this year. Every club president has been working diligently to engage their Rotary clubs through great fundraisers, community service, and global grant projects. They have now led their club through one quarter of weekly meetings and are learning that some of our clubs can be a challenge, as well as great fun. These individuals are spending time that could otherwise be used for work or family to serve our clubs, their communities, and the world, let’s all pitch in and help them to make this a great Rotary year.
If you know Dennis Dondero, Past President of the Morris Plains Club and long-time member (and current Co-Chair) of the Gift of Life committee, you know that when he walks into a room, everybody’s spirits are lifted. Known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor as well as his dedicated leadership abilities, Dennis is famous for getting the job done, and having a good time doing it.
Please come out and support your club president on October 23rd for this year’s Presidents' Ball. Show your President that his or her 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 R&B. They will be looking to 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.
Sign-up forms with details are on the website and have been sent to all the clubs. Get more information on the district website: www.rotarydistrict7470.org or contact Carol Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org . The cost will be $75 per person for this event; don’t miss out on the fun.
We have two long-term Youth Exchange students in our district this year: Nicoletta Colurra from Sicily and Luiza Scarel Brenga from Brazil.
Nicoletta is sponsored by the Madison and Phillipsburg Clubs, and is attending Madison High School, where she is taking a full course load with quite a bit of science and math. She speaks nearly fluent English.
Luiza is sponsored by the Denville and Denville Sunrise Clubs with help from Pequannock Valley, Morris Plains and/or Morristown. She is attending Roxbury High School and is also taking a full scholastic schedule.
(L to R) - Luiza Scarel Brenga, Nicoletta Colourra and Paula & Raphaella from District 7430
The Gift of Life Annual Meeting was held on September 28th at Ravello Ristorante in East Hanover. Almost a hundred Rotarians were in attendance from the far corners of our district to celebrate a successful previous year and learn all about what lies ahead in the year to come.
It began in Hanover Township a couple years ago, and has since spread to East Hanover, Morris Plains, a few other towns in New Jersey, two other states so far and is tentatively planned for Liberty Island.
One Day One School is a project that brings together volunteers from several walks of life to spend a day trimming the trees and sprucing up the landscaping around the grounds of a particular school (or schools).
It was begun by municipal officials in Hanover, and brings together several tree service companies who volunteer their services and their crews to do the tree work, while parents, students and other volunteers from the community (including the Rotary Club) assist.
For information about bringing One Day One School to your town, contact Hanover Rotarian Marc Lebowitz, AG at email@example.com .
Members of the Morris Plains Club assist with the "One Day One School" project
We all start out even with our handicaps and that makes it even and fair. There is always that completive edge which has some teams striving for the lead. There are those clubs for whatever reason don’t seem to be in the running and perhaps it’s just a night out and a few laughs. It’s always great to see members of other clubs and a chance to catch up on what’s going on in Rotary, kind of what’s going on behind the scenes. It’s a way of seeing how at a district level we can have Fun!
Rev. E. T. Holland is a 60-plus year Rotarian and current member of the Madison Club who was present (as a member of the US Army) at the liberation of the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany in April of 1945. He gives a very moving presentation of his experience there.
Contact E. T. at 973-383-3571.
To learn about interesting and available programs for your Rotary Club, or to suggest one for this column, contact Mary Ann Seeko at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interesting programs of both Rotary and non-Rotary topics can be found on the District Web Site under “Speakers Bureau”.