"From the Heart"


This being my last month as District Governor, I would like to thank all the clubs for their hard work this year in making our communities and the world a better place. The Rotarians in our District have had a great impact on so many lives this year; too many to mention with each club’s involvement.



At the District level we have enjoyed our two wonderful long term exchange students, the recent GSE team and Ross Redmond Short-Term Exchange groups.


Our Foundation Committee has facilitated more grants in this single year than ever in the past and we are not finished as there are two Global Grants that I hope will be able to move forward before July. We also have a Global Grant Scholar chosen to attend Cambridge. 


However, for me our greatest achievement this year was the level of interaction and cooperation between Rotary Clubs.  All those Clubs who worked so well together have my sincere thanks.


I would be remiss if I did not congratulate all those Clubs that received Governor’s Citations.  If for some reason you did not get your patch at the conference, please contact your AG or me and I will make sure it gets to you by the year’s end.


I would like to congratulate the following Clubs for receiving the Presidential Citation: Blairstown, Caldwell, Netcong-Stanhope and Madison Interact Club! Clearly you have all worked hard to make this a great Rotary Year.


I would also encourage all the Clubs that think they may qualify for an award on membership to make sure they have reported all new members through Clubrunner. Then they should notify District Secretary Stacey Borden. Two awards will be given the night of the Banner Exchange - one for the most new members and one for highest percentage membership increase. I know several clubs are in the running and the Trophy is polished and ready to go.


I would also like to thank all those that have served the District this year. Without the dedication of people like you, Rotary could not function. The level of “Service Above Self” that our district exemplifies is beyond words. I would like to thank the Phillipsburg Rotary Club for their support throughout the year!  It has been my great pleasure to serve as your District Governor, Thank you all!