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March 2018
Thank you to over 600 volunteers, 40 sponsors (list below), Rotary District 7470 and 24 Rotary Clubs who participated in packaging 158,112 meals that were distribute to needy families living in northern New Jersey.  Despite a last minute program change from Saturday, March 10th to Sunday, March 11th due to the truck breakdown and delayed food delivery we were able to package this amazing number of meals.  We lost some volunteers due to scheduling conflicts but secure others who were available.  The District program organized by the Madison Rotary Club Foundation 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.  
Rotary Leadership Institute RLI), is a multi-district, grass-roots leadership and development program designed to strengthen Rotary clubs through education, collaboration and the exchange of ideas among its future leaders. Rotary Leadership Institute will be held April 21st, 7:30 am to 3:30 PM at the West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ.  Cost is $75.00.   Rotary Leadership Institute gives its participants the chance to network with Rotarians from clubs from all over – not just their own clubs — and come back refreshed and excited about sharing and implementing new ideas. Go to www.rlinea.org to register.  Click Read More for additional 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 
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
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.
The leaders of the 2018 Short Term Youth Exchange with Japan have been chosen. (L-R) Diane Beni; David Beni, President of Maplewood Rotary Club; and Salomé Chaffee, member of Chester-Long Valley Rotary Club.  They will escort 27 students on the 3 week trip to Japan in July. This program, which is unique to Districts 7470 and 2670, is in its 40th year.
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

"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."

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?
Our Rotary Scholar Zachary Beecher has been nominated by the Randolph Club and sponsored by the Morristown Rotary Club.  Zach was born and raised in Randolph, NJ, USA.  After graduating high school, Zach attended Princeton University where he studied national security policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  Read More
Congratulations to Sophia D'Angelo District 7470 Global Scholar 2018.  Sophia has been awarded a fully funded scholarship at Cambridge University England for her PhD in “Education, Leadership, Policy, Evaluation, and Change.”  Click Read More for full bio
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.
 A special thank you to clubs and members who contributed to our Foundation for hurricane relief.  We were able to raise over $27,000 to be distributed to Rotarians in the area effected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
The District Foundation committee met and decided on the following distribution;
       $8000 for Hurricane Harvey in Texas
       $5000 for Hurricane Irma in South Florida
       $1,000 for Rotary of Anguilla
       $13,000 for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
The donations for Puerto Rico will go to the Phillipsburg who is involved in supplying over the counter medical supplies requested by a club.  There is a direct connection with a business in Phillipsburg who will ship the supplies at no cost.   If you want more information on their project please contact the Phillipsburg club directly.
Peggy Mader, District Governor  -  P.S. any additional funds collected will be distributed in a similar manner.
The first four Rotarians. From left: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram E. Shorey, Paul P. Harris. Between 1905 and 1912. Courtesy of Rotary International.
Rotary District 7470 has created this TV commercial to assist in building club membership.  The commercial runs through May, 20127 on the Optimum Cablevision network and related channels.
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