Service Club Day at Camp Merry Heart
.....A Record-Setting Service Club Day
at Easter Seals NJ’s Camp Merry Heart!
Do you recall that ancient sailors' saying about “The calm before the storm”? Well, in compliance with Rotary’s 4-Way Test that asks... “Is it the truth”? - I must confess that (at least covertly) I was not calm before the “less than copacetic” forecast for this years’ Service Club Day - one that predicted heavy rain, thunder and lightning storms. Many phone calls kept coming in - to myself, Rotary District 7470 Chair for Camp Merry Heart and to District Governor Margit Rahill - inquiring as to whether the camp’s Carnival Day was still on. I replied “YES” and continued to pray to the still yet unnamed Patron Saint for Good Weather. I guess that Patron Saint heard my prayers (and I’m sure the prayers of countless others) and reacted in kind: the skies started to clear and there was no rain at Camp Merry Heart during Service Club Day - Wed. Aug. 10, 2016. Yay!
Rotarians and Camp Staff enjoy the “Thank you” ceremony
Hanover Rotary Club making corn-on-the-cob for the BBQ
For those new to Rotary District 7470, Camp Merry Heart in Hackettstown, NJ, is a facility of Easter Seals New Jersey that provides a wide variety of recreation and activities to people of all ages and all types of disabilities and special needs. More than 30,000 individuals have been served since its doors opened in 1954. Rotary District 7470 has been an advocate and supporter of this camp since its inception, and most of this camp’s facilities have been maintained through funding and hands-on service from our Rotary Clubs.
I referred to this Service Club Day as a record setter, not because of the inclement weather that cleared up, but rather, to the number of Rotary Clubs in District 7470 that actively participated in this year’s annual Service Club Day. Despite the weather and scheduling issues, more than 30 clubs, nearly two-thirds of the clubs in the entire district, were able to pitch in and make this annual event another resounding success by way of their activities, donations, and / or people-power. And kudos to Camp Merry Heart’s new Director, Kim Minerley, whose keen eye for planning, coordination, and allocation of resources (especially her camp counselors), ensured a splendid - and memorable - day for all.
As space will not allow for a listing of all the Rotary clubs and individuals who participated, nor does it seem fair to single out a select few (Rotary’s 4-Way Test asks... “Is it fair to all concerned”?) I’ll highlight some of the more visible activities: Bounce Tent, Dunk Tank, Face Painting, Caricature Drawing, Water Pistol Shoot, Balloon Twister, Alien Invasion Game, Photo Buttons, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Snow Cones, Glow Necklaces & Fun Glasses. And let’s not forget the food & beverages (BBQ’d Chicken, Hot Dogs, Corn on the Cob, Rolls, Salad, Iced Tea, Water Bottles), and the synchronized Kitchen Crew & Servers. And additional thanks and appreciation to all the “behind-the-scenes” supporters who helped contribute to this event and throughout the year with their donations, volunteerism, and financial assistance.
To view a slide show of that day’s event, please visit the link below at Rotary District 7470’s website: http://rotarydistrict7470.org/PhotoAlbums/2016-camp-merry-heart