APRIL 2017
Upcoming Events
District Conference
Skytop Lodge
May 04, 2017 – May 07, 2017
2017 District Conference
May 04, 2017 – May 07, 2017
District Golf Outing
Skytop Golf Course
May 04, 2017 11:30 AM
District Assembly
Hanover Manor
May 24, 2017
3:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Rotary International Convention
Jun 10, 2017 – Jun 14, 2017
RYLA - Multi District 7470 & 7510
Drew University
Jun 16, 2017 4:00 PM –
Jun 18, 2017 11:30 AM
Loantaka Brook Reservation
Jun 25, 2017
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Vocational Assembly
Pines Manor
Oct 04, 2017
3:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Membership Report    
February 2017    
Club #
Belleville No Report
Belvidere 8 0
Bernardsville 32 4
Blairstown  No Report
Bloomfield 15 -3
Branchville 28 -2
Caldwells No Report
Cedar Grove 12 -3
Chatham 12 1
Chester-Long Valley 8 -1
Denville 45 -1
Denville Sunrise  11 -3
Dover 12 -2
East Orange No Report
Fairfield 5 0
Florham Park 17 3
Glen Ridge  18 -1
Hackettstown No Report
Hampton Twp.  No Report
Hanover 26 -1
Irvington 10 0
Jefferson Twp. 26 4
Lake Hopatcong 20 -1
Livingston No Report
Livingston Sunrise 24 0
Madison 82 14
Maplewood No Report
Mendham No Report
Montclair 16 -2
Montville 9 0
Morris Plains 61 1
Morristown 54 -1
Mount Olive No Report
Mt. Lakes-Boontons No Report
Netcong-Stanhope 17 0
Newark 23 -4
Newton 77 -7
Nutley                                   31 1
Parsippany-Troy Hills No Report
Pequannock Valley 52 6
Phillipsburg 28 -1
Randolph 23 3
Rockaway 25 1
Roxbury 24 -1
South Orange 7 -1
Vernon 22 3
Wallkill Valley 20 2
Washington No Report
West Orange 42 0
Wharton-Mine Hill No Report
District 7470 1163 -27
Congratulations to these clubs for their excellent attendance in February!    
Belvidere   91.0%
Denville Sunrise   90.8%
Lake Hopatcong   90.0%
District Governor
Margit Rahill, DG (Mike) – Jefferson Twp.
(H) 973-398-3607 (B) 973-361-2810
(C) 201-602-8621
District Governor Elect
John B. Wilson, DGE (Joyce) – Newark
(H) 973-267-5059 (B) 908-277-3424
District Governor Nominee
Peggy Mader, DGN (Maurie) – Par/T.Hills
(H) 973-538-6666 (C) 973-495-2230
District Governor Designee
Ray Freaney, DGD (Suzanne) – Madison
(H) 908-464-5391 (C) 908-803-4602
Immediate Past District Governor
Frank Geraghty, PDG (Pat) – Phillipsburg
(B) 908-213-0055 (C) 610-662-4635
District Secretary
Cookie Pocchia (Louis) – Morris Plains
(C) 973-476-7768
District Treasurer
Ray Freaney (Suzanne) – Madison
(H) 908-464-5391 (C) 908-803-4602
District Parliamentarian
Cassandra Graham - Irvington
(C) 862-220-7524
District Trainer
Barbara Miller (Ned) – Newton
(H) 973-875-8552 (C) 973-903-3845
Larry Ripley, PDG, Editor – Morris Plains
        P O Box 25
        Morris Plains, NJ 07950
        (H) 973-539-4598
Rodney Seifert, Publisher – Rockaway
        (H) 973-627-5256 (C) 201-723-1882
Bob Coultas, PRID – Morristown
        (H) 973-377-2292 (B) 973-267-1618
Ted Krisanda, PDG - Morris Plains
        (H) 973-644-9884   (C) 973-452-7305
Barry Kroll, PDG, Technical Support – Madison
        (H) 973-660-0534 (C) 973-476-2772
Mike Rabasca, PDG - Madison
        (H) 973-543-4768  (C) 973-866-8373
W. Jay Wanczyk - Pequannock Valley
        (H) 973-513-5122
Tony Toriello – Denville
        (H) 973-625-1362 (C) 201-280-8010
Karien Ziegler, PDG - West Orange
        (C) 973-216-5881
The DG, immediate PDG and all nominated Governors are members of this committee.  
Bulletin Editor
Larry Ripley
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The Next Chapter....April
Busy, busy, busy is the theme for this month’s chapter. With all the club visits completed our conference committee members are just busy beavers planning for our upcoming District Conference. Sneaking upon us quicker than expected we are immersed in making sure all our events are being double and triple checked to make sure everyone gets plenty of Rotary information and updates at the sessions, while also making sure there is sufficient time to have plenty of fun, time to enjoy, and mingle with other Rotarians.

Our Thursday starts off with golf for those die-hard golfers. Since I am not a golfer and several Rotarians have told me the DG should participate, several of them have offered to stand in on my behalf. With everything that needs to be prepared on Thursday afternoon we will be super busy getting ready.

Friday brings us an early breakfast, and registration for those arriving in the morning. Our exchange students will be the first ones on the program followed by a special presentation by President Charles Grotyohann of the Newton Rotary Club on the workings of their 3 junior Rotary clubs- Earlyact, Interact, and Rotaract. The morning session will be concluded by our own PDG Frank Geraghty and the importance of supporting The Rotary Foundation.

Without getting into too many details and giving away the whole program of the conference, some of the highlights will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Run for the Roses (Kentucky Derby) with special themed meals as well as awards for the best attire recognizing these two special days.

Our keynote speaker will be Staff Sergeant Timothy Payne of US Army 3rd Brigade Combat Team, who was deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan and was critically wounded by an IED. He was a participant in the 2016 Invictus games and has authored several books.

Saturday we will hear about a program, first of its type for our District – The Vocational Training Team of four firefighters who will be shortly traveling to Hungary to train and exchange ideas with their Hungarian counterparts. Our team consists of one retired from FDNY and currently serving as a volunteer fireman and two from the Newark Fire Department in different positions. You may follow this team on their Facebook page “Rotary District 7470 Firefighter Vocational Training Team”. Their travel starts on April 8 ending on April 23rd.

Saturday night we will be recognizing PDG Bob Pityo, who is the recipient of the 2016-2017 “Service above Self” award from Rotary International. Several other recognition will be made during our conference.

Registration information for the conference and the hotel may be found on the District web site. Hotel registration deadline is just around the corner, so be sure to get your hotel room. The deadline is April Forms may be also found on the website for all the awards.

I look forward to seeing you at the Conference. Remember to”Make Rotary a never ending chapter in your life”.


Jay's Rotary Jam
FAIR EXCHANGE  With notice that Rotary District 7470 is looking for 28 students to represent our region in a cultural exchange with Japan, Bill Van Riper, PP, PHF who joined Pequannock Valley Rotary in 1962 (and served as an 7470 In Flight staff member back in the ‘80s and is now an Honorary PVR Member living in Florida), let me know that he is in contact with two of the exchange students our club hosted;  Marinez Oporto from Bolivia, 47 years ago and Simone Pepe from Brazil, 34 years ago! It is the truth when it’s said that participation in a youth exchange program, by either host or student, will form friendships that will last a lifetime. Thanks for the inspirational message and photos, Bill! 


Jay's Rotary Jam.....PART II
Jay had so much to report this month that he exceeded the maximum characters allowed in a story.  Please click "Read More" below to finish reading his great article.
Breakfast Mingle

Don't Be Left Out!

Come join us for our next Rotary Breakfast Mingle

April 22nd 7:30 AM

Hibernia Diner

Rockaway , New Jersey

Share ideas, meet Rotarians from other clubs.

Not a Rotarian, no problem , come and join us.

Come and Mingle with us!

RSVP appreciated –

Building Good Will and Better Friendships!

Seldom will you find organizations in our world with as much dedication to helping others like you do in Rotary.  Where else could you find a person who will give their time, energy, money, etc. to help a complete stranger out?  Growing up in a Rotary family, it was quite evident to me that Rotary was unique.  It’s value system was one which anyone could be given the tools to make an immense difference for the better in other people’s lives.  Rotary is a very unique brotherhood  (and sisterhood).

There is one more group that shares Rotary’s values!  They enjoy helping others. They enjoy helping complete strangers, They often put their own needs behind those of others for the good of the community.  They also try to make a difference in complete stranger’s lives.   They are the brotherhood (and sisterhood) of our world’s firefighters.

Host Families Wanted
Host Families Wanted!
District 7470 is seeking
Families who are interested in learning about and hosting
our Vocational Training Team of
From Hungary - 4 Men 1 Young Lady
Homes Needed from May 10th – May 20th
Contact VTT chair -  Ken Nickels –  or Governor Margit
Don’t be shy become part of this new adventure of our district. 
Youth Exchange Trip to Japan
Our District is still looking for 27 students to represent the region in a cultural exchange with Japan. The Ross Redmond Short Term Youth Exchange Program, now in its thirty eighth year, offers students ages 16 to 19 the opportunity to learn about Japanese culture, interact with Japanese students and form friendships that will last a lifetime.
Have You Begun Your Rotary Legacy?




Send your checks payable to the Rotary Foundation to Roland Basinski by May 30th and receive matching points (first come first served).  

                                       Minimum donation for matching points $ 100

Mail to 146 Franklin Rd., Denville, NJ 07834

District Conference
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Bowling Highlights

No way! We are not finished yet. This may be the closest race for 1st place since Rotary Bowling began (many moons ago). If you could just try it out – come by on a Wednesday night at Boonton Bowling Lanes at 6:00 pm and see if it’s something you might enjoy.

Although most members diligently come each Wednesday, there are all sorts of ways you can participate. The league is flexible and will accommodate your busy schedule. Bring a friend! If you can’t find a member of your club interested in bowling, ask a friend.

Perhaps that’s the first step in inviting them to join Rotary. What better way than starting with fun !!

District Governor Margit relaxes between games with Patty Cirott


District-Wide 50/50 Raffle

The District-Wide 50/50 Raffle is well under way!  If all the tickets that have been distributed get sold, the winner will walk away with about $17,000! 

Remember, this is a fund-raiser for your club!  The District 7470 Foundation is running this raffle to help out clubs that need to raise more money. The district is making nothing on this. 

As required by law, 50% of the proceeds will go to the winners of the raffle, and the remaining 50% (less a small percentage to cover expenses) will go proportionally to the clubs that sold the tickets.  

This fund-raising opportunity is also available to other bona fide charitable or community organizations. 

Contact PDG Bob Button for more details at or 201-317-2505.

Rotary Leadership Institute
All New Curriculum
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Register Now
Rotarians in District 7470 have the opportunity to further develop their leadership skills as well as increase their Rotary knowledge by attending RLI on Saturday April 22, 2017 at West Orange High School in West Orange.We know from past experience that Clubs that have Rotarians who participate in Rotary Leadership Institute are more successful.  Develop your leadership skills, your Rotary knowledge and learn what’s necessary to take your club to the next level.
Register today at
RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Award
An amazing adventure is coming in June!
June 16 – 18, 2017, our District will host the annual RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). This three-day intensive program is designed to teach high-school juniors leadership skills.  They will be able to use these skills for the rest of their lives.
RYLA is known District wide for changing people’s lives and helping them understand how they can partner with Rotary to make a difference in this world. 100 juniors from high school are expected to converge on Drew University, not only to learn from the best and brightest in our District, and also to learn from each other and figure out how they can support each other in their ongoing projects.
Walkfest 2017
The next Walkfest will be held on June 25, 2017 at Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morris Township.  As always, the proceeds from this walk-a-thon fundraiser will be divided between The Rotary Foundation and the participating Rotary Club.
Also, any other legitimate non-profit or community organization can join the effort and obtain 50% of the proceeds for itself as well.
The Walkfest website,  explains further.
Additional information can be obtained from Walkfest chair, Pia Reich of the Morristown Club at or 973-801-7032.
Celebrate In Atlanta
At the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, The Rotary Foundation will celebrate "100 Years of Doing Good in the World" in the city where it all began. Be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event, and make plans to attend.
The convention is for all Rotarians and offers something for everyone. As a past participant, you know you will be able to experience the best of Rotary and meet people from around the world. Come together to build relationships, exchange ideas, develop partnerships, and learn new skills.
See what the 2017 Rotary convention has in store, and don't miss out on The Rotary Foundation centennial celebration! Take advantage of early registration savings and register today!