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"Every man’s life ends the same way.  It is only the details of how one lived and how one died that distinguishes one man from another”. – Ernest Hemingway

"Rotary is the world’s most prominent and reputable service organization with 1.2 million members focusing on humanitarian efforts, such as promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, and supporting education, locally and globally. We have nearly 1,200 proactive and service-driven Rotarians in the 49 clubs in our district. We network, share ideas, discuss the needs of our community and take tangible action to make a positive and long-lasting difference while enjoying friendship and fun. We are inviting like-minded individuals to join our successful and vibrant organization.  We encourage you to contact Jeannie Tsukamoto, District Membership Chair at rotary7470membership@gmail.com for additional info."

Rotary District 7470, The Madison Rotary Foundation and Madison Rotary (program sponsors) wish to thank the 600 volunteers, 40 sponsors and 24 local Rotary Clubs who participated in packaging 159,112 meals that were distributed to needy individuals and families in norther New Jersey.  The program took place March 10, 2018 and is the largest Rotary food packaging program in the country.  Ellsworth Havens, program chair, said "we are grateful to have such a supportive community and sponsors to make a program like this happen.  Hunger is a very real problem for many people in our community and we are dedicated to making a difference."  As we conclude the 2018 End Hunger 3.6 program we are already thinking about how to have a greater impact in 2019.  
The District Wide Raffle, this year including both Districts 7470 and 7510, is well underway. To date, with less than half the clubs signed up, over 4000 of the 5000 tickets have already been distributed for sale. If they are all sold, first prize will exceed $24,000. If all 5,000 are sold it will be $30,000!...any there are 20 second prizes plus 40 third prizes!
 
Remember, this is a fund raiser for your club's charities or for outside charitable organizations that you sponsor. The District does not keep any of this money. As required by law, 50% of the proceeds will go to the prize winners, and 50% (minus a small percentage to cover expenses) will go back to the clubs based on the number tickets that they sell.
 
The drawing is May 24th, 2018 at the Madison YMCA breakfast meeting. There is still time to get tickets and plenty of time to sell them. Contact Bob Button, Raffle Chair at  (rbttn@aol.com) if you want to participate or need more tickets. Make sure to title your email District Wide Raffle.
  
 
In October 2017, Rotary International and Habitat for Humanity International announced the two organizations’ formal partnership (https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-partners-habitat-humanity), as the two reputable humanitarian organizations’ values are very much aligned in serving our communities around the globe. A win-win for both organizations, the collaboration yields numerous benefits at the local level:  Click Read More for Full Details
Do you shop on Amazon?  The Rotary Global Rewards program has made an arrangement that Amazon will contribute 6% of total purchases to Rotary International for those individuals who logon to Amazon through the Rotary portal. (click link below)   Additionally there are hundreds of additional discounts on things like car rentals, hotel accommodations, major stores, etc - Click Read More for details 
 
 
 
International Rotaract event marks program's 50th year.  Members of Rotaract, Rotary's program for young leaders ages 18 to 30, gathered in Taipei, Taiwan, for their triennial convention. Attendees marked the occasion with song, dance, and participation in service projects, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the program this year. See photos of the event, and serve, celebrate, and share 50 years of Rotaract.
This year districts 7510 and 7470 have teamed up to present RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award).  RYLA will merge the best skills from both districts and be held June 15, 16, 17  at Drew University in Madison.  The weekend is designed for Rotary to show the best of what we can do to inspire the next generation in the ideals of Rotary.  Cost for the RYLA weekend is $275.00 per student.  Click Read More for additional Details
It has been a long standing tradition that Rotarians should wear a Rotary pin.  When do you wear your Rotary pin?  To club meetings, district meetings and events, all of the time or never?
2017 was the centennial year of The Rotary Foundation.  during the centennial year, more donors than ever contributed in empowering our Foundation to take on larger projects with greater impact. From developing nationwide literacy programs to training tomorrow’s peacemakers to helping push polio to the brink of eradication, your donation is Doing Good in the World.  Enjoy this Foundation video.
The first four Rotarians. From left: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey, Paul P. Harris. Between 1905 and 1912. Courtesy of Rotary International.
 
 
 
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