MAY 2017
Upcoming Events
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
Banner Exchange Dinner
Il Villaggio
Jun 28, 2017
6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Vocational Assembly
Pines Manor
Oct 04, 2017
3:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Membership Report    
March 2017    
Club # YTD +/-
Belleville 7 -1
Belvidere No Report
Bernardsville No Report
Blairstown  26 -4
Bloomfield 15 -3
Branchville 28 -2
Caldwells 29 -7
Cedar Grove 12 -3
Chatham 12 1
Chester-Long Valley 8 -1
Denville 45 -1
Denville Sunrise  11 -3
Dover No Report
East Orange 6 1
Fairfield 7 2
Florham Park No Report
Glen Ridge  18 -1
Hackettstown No Report
Hampton Twp.  No Report
Hanover 26 -1
Irvington 10 0
Jefferson Twp. 26 4
Lake Hopatcong 21 0
Livingston 15 1
Livingston Sunrise No Report
Madison 82 14
Maplewood 23 3
Mendham No Report
Montclair 16 -2
Montville No Report
Morris Plains 60 0
Morristown 56 1
Mount Olive 3 -2
Mt. Lakes-Boontons No Report
Netcong-Stanhope No Report
Newark 24 -3
Newton 78 -6
Nutley 32 4
Parsippany-Troy Hills No Report
Pequannock Valley 52 6
Phillipsburg 28 -1
Randolph 20 0
Rockaway No Report
Roxbury No Report
South Orange No Report
Vernon 22 3
Wallkill Valley 20 2
Washington No Report
West Orange 42 0
Wharton-Mine Hill 10 2
District 7470 1174 -17
Congratulations to these clubs for their excellent attendance in March!    
Denville Sunrise   98.1%
Glen Ridge   94.4%
Maplewood   89.0%
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...May
I am stunned at how fast the months are going by.  It seems like the article for the April In Flight was just submitted, and here I am scrambling for the May edition to be on time for our editor. 
It seems everything is just happening in the next two months. As this article is written our Vocational Training Team (VTT) of Firefighters have returned from their experience in Hungary. The group included 3 paid firefighters - one being NYFD during 9/11, 2 from the Newark area (also paid) and the last one a volunteer for the last 22 years from Hopatcong. Their 2-week trip turned out to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience; something none of them will ever forget. 
Our incoming team of 5 will be arriving on May 10th for a 10-day stay.  It is quite amazing how quickly the two teams gelled as long-time firemen and friends.  A true representation of Rotarians and as Mike called it – “Rotarians without gear”.  Anyone wishing to look at their trip and photographs can go to Facebook page “Rotary District 7470 Firefighters Vocational Training Team”.  The trip was more than they or our committee ever expected.
Right after this exchange is our upcoming District Conference, which also has many special events tied to it.  Not only will it have plenary sessions as required –  conversations about projects and RI information – we will also be celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby at each of our dinners... Come prepared in your appropriate attire to win those prizes. 
Recognition of “Women in Rotary” (now thirty years), “Rotarian of the Year Awards” and “Bulletin Awards” will also be part of the conference. As of now the registration process has closed, but if you feel like taking a day trip, please don’t hesitate.  Skytop is only about 90 minutes drive from most parts of our district.
Did you get a copy of the April newsprint In Flight?  What do you think? We would love to hear your feedback.  This was one of the items on my bucket list as Governor.
On The Rotary Foundation end we are once again offering matching points to anyone who donates a minimum of $100 by May 30th.  What a perfect way to help our district meet and surpass its annual Foundation goal. Remember the only way we are able to do as many district grants, scholarships and global grants that we have been able to, is with your generous donations to the Foundation. Any and all donations should be sent to Roland Basinski, Annual Giving Chairman, 146 Franklin Road, Denville, NJ 07834.
Yours in Rotary,
Jay's Rotary Jam
It was certainly fun to see our district newspaper, 7470 IN FLIGHT in actual print again last month!  But it was also sobering to see how long this column was! In fact, parts of it appeared only on line, and other parts only in the printed District Conference Issue.  So a bit of my selective editing is in order this month – less of my words and more about your club and what you are doing! 
April was designated as ‘Club Service Month' and there is plenty of evidence of Club Service and of spring cleanups in the following reports!
DG Margit Honored by Boy Scouts Council

District Governor Margit Rahill was recently honored by the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, with the Morris Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Morris Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to those who exemplify in their daily life the ideals that the Boy Scouts of America has expressed in the Scout Oath and Law for over 100 years.


PDG Ted Krisanda (right) introduces Margit while event

co-chair Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon (left) is holding her award.


District-Wide Raffle – Down to the Wire!

Time to sell those District-Wide Raffle tickets. We have additional tickets available and only a few weeks left to sell them, so don't be shy. If all tickets that are currently in circulation are sold, first prize will be over $22,000.


Remember, buyers have 61 chances to win one of the prizes on each ticket! Five tickets gives you 305 chances to win.


Please try to get sold tickets back to Larry Wefferling (35 Smull Ave, Caldwell NJ 07006) by May 17th to help with the last minute accounting.

Walkfest For All Of us On June 25th!

Simply stated, WALKFEST is a fun, family friendly way to raise funds that even the smallest clubs are able to participate in without making major commitments of time and effort. Our date this year is Sunday, June 25 and the location is Loantaka Brook Reservation, 468 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.



The committee prepares to greet the walkers at last year’s Walkfest

Join the Paul Harris Society - Make  a Difference

Last year District 7470 named 32 Paul Harris Society members.   Now we are looking for others who wish to join this elite group of Rotarians who see our Foundation as the life blood of Rotary.  We are looking for those who are willing to give at the level of $1,000 per year to help promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, protect mothers and children, support education and help grow communities economically in our District and throughout the world.


The good news is that you don't have to make your contribution all at once. By committing yourself to an $85 a month tax exempt gift, you will become a member of the Society.  So make the commitment now and your generosity will be recognized at the at the District Conference.

Maplewood Rotary Celebrates Gift of Life
The Maplewood Rotary Club hosted its 19th annual Affair of the Heart dinner dance on April 21stat the Maplewood Country Club. The Affair of the Heart supports the club’s involvement in Gift of Life New Jersey’s programs to provide critically needed heart surgeries to children around the world.
Programs of Note

Have you invited your local Police Chief to speak at your club? Your Fire Chief? How about the Superintendent of Schools? The Mayor? The leader of your local Little League program or other youth activities? Scoutmaster? Newspaper Editor?


The leaders of your community, both professional and volunteer are a ready source of programs for your club meeting – and potential new members as well!


To learn about interesting and available programs for your Rotary Club, or to suggest one for this column, contact Mary Ann Seeko at


Interesting programs of both Rotary and non-Rotary topics can be found on the District Web Site under “Speakers Bureau”.

Walkill Valley Learns About the Rotary Foundation
“A.G. Roland Basinski from the Denville Sunrise Club spoke to the Wallkill Valley Club about the Rotary Foundation.  He explained about all service projects it funded that changed lives both close to home and around the world."

Wallkill Valley Club Vice President Martin VanDerHeide, III,

Carolyn King, Past Club President, and District 7470 A.G. Roland Basinski

Bowling Highlights

The season of bowling is winding down, and winning 1st place in a fun league, you can enjoy the play of others, and form friendship across club boundaries.  Most of us have improved our game, raised our average and enjoyed the nights out.



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.
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!