Happy New Year to all. We begin this second half of the Rotary year with both great accomplishments and goals for service to our communities and the world. Twenty-two clubs will be receiving District Grants to do projects both locally and globally. Another six clubs are in the process of completing global grants that will help those most in need around the world and here in New Jersey.
Bob grew up in Maplewood, where he was the Captain of the Varsity Soccer Team at Columbia High School. This grandson of the local Methodist Minister then went on to Gettysburg College where he met his wife, Diane, a native of Nutley. While he describes their first encounter as “love at first sight”, it took him three years to finally ask her for a date.
L to R: PDG BobButton with his grandson Ryan, son-in-law Bob, grandson John (in the turkeyhat) and daughter Kristin
at the Annual Morristown “Turkey Trot” fund-raiser to benefit local food pantries and literacy.
“I hope your holiday season was wonderful. We are indeed lucky to have so many blessings. Many of us were entertained by our school choirs. The instructors and the youth put in so many hours to perfect their presentations – for us. We hope they continue to use their voices for good.”
The tickets for the 2015 District-Wide 50/50 raffle are available, and will be distributed to the clubs very shortly. The tickets are $20 each, and the drawing will be held on May 11, 2016 at the District Year-End Assembly.
The winner of the Gift of Life Super Bowl raffle is Michael Walker of Union. Michael is a police officer in Irvington, and purchased his winning ticket from Alison Bryant, AG and Past-President of the Irvington Rotary Club. Mike and his wife Gail are excited to be attending the Super Bowl on February 7th in San Francisco.
The Ross Redmond Short Term Youth Exchange Program is a 3 week youth exchange program to Southern Japan (Osaka Area) that departs June 30, 2016 and return July 21, 2016. This is the 38th year of the program and the group will consist of 28 students and 2 – 3 leaders.
Leader applications are now being accepted. Interviews to select the most suitable applicants will occur in January. The link below provides details regarding the trip. Individuals as well as couples are encouraged to apply.
NORWESCAP is an organization serving several NJ counties including Morris, Sussex and Warren. They provide a variety of services for senior citizens including health and wellness programs and volunteer opportunities.
Valentin Contreras Inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame
Irvington Rotarian Valentin Contreras was recently inducted into the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame. Valentin was honored for his contribution to youth sports by creating the International Boxing School. This program was also recipient of the 2014 Community Service Award of the Irvington Chamber of Commerce, and the 2015 Community Service Award from the Rotary Club of Irvington.
(L to R) Henry Hascup, President, NJ Boxing Hall of Fame; Oscar de La Hoya, International Boxing Hall of Famer, Ricardo Salazar, Owner of One More Round Magazine; Valentin Contreras, 2015 NJ Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee and Rotarian; and Larry Hazzard, NJ Boxing Commissioner
Enter you images in The Rotarian’s 2015 photo contest and you might see them in the pages of the magazine. The contest is open to members of Rotary, their families, and anyone who has taken part in a Rotary program. Enter up to three photos taken since 1 January 2015 in one of three categories: people, places, and projects. Deadline February 29, 2016.
I am sure you realize that our Foundation is the life blood of our organization. Most of you have been contributors to the Foundation since you joined Rotary. 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.