It is just amazing how time is flying by, especially at this special time of the year. With Thanksgiving now behind us and looking towards all the upcoming holidays in December I am sure the days and weeks will speed by even faster.
As I complete this month’s column, Thanksgiving is but a few days away, a time once again when we focus on family. Almost 400 members of our Rotary family gathered together at Mayfair Farms for the annual District 7470 Presidents’ - Foundation Ball. The event celebrates both current year presidents and the Rotary Foundation, this year marking its 100th anniversary. To my recollection, it was one of the best attended in recent years and as I understand it, many were later registrants.Perhaps the last minute surge was due to many wanting a bit of relief and enjoyment after the contentious election period? In any case, there were high spirits at Mayfair Farms and there was at least one gate crasher, a certain “vixen” who crashed the party for the first time in a certain club’s history.” (Details below!)
So I have been given the task of writing about our Gala by our In-Flight Editor Larry.What can I say, if you were not able to join us for one reason or other, you missed the party of the year!What originally started out as a daunting event with only 80 registered two weeks prior, turned into a mega party by the 17th with over 385 Rotarians and guests registered!
When a Rotary club is vibrant, innovative, and making a difference in the community, it will attract prospective members. Bringing in new, qualified individuals diversifies your club and increases its impact. Make sure the first contact a prospective member has with Rotary is a positive one.
The best part of waking up isn't just coffee -- but coffee with Rotary.
The Rotary Breakfast Mingle is perfect for early birds who like to begin their weekend by meeting like-minded people. The informal gathering is open to Rotarians and Non-Rotarians within District 7470. Those interested in learning more about Rotary are also welcomed to attend. Enjoy breakfast, fellowship and the opportunity to share ideas. The only cost is your breakfast.
It’s that time of year again – when your Gift of Life Committee kicks off its biggest fund-raiser of the year, the Super Bowl Raffle!
Many clubs have already received your tickets for this year’s fund-raiser. If yours hasn’t yet, they will be coming soon.
The Gift of Life Committee is hoping that each Rotarian will sell five tickets between now and the drawing on January 12th. As this is now our major source of funds for life-saving surgeries, please do your best support it.
Please be reminded that in accordance with Rotary Club By-Laws, elections for club officers for July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018 are to take place by December 31st. Nominations for president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and any open director positions were supposed to occur one month prior to election - yes, in November - so if your club didn't do that, it's time to get busy!
Your support of the 2016 Walkfest helped to grow our local economies in our District and throughout the world, as well as promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education and protect the health of mothers & children. The funds we raised, all 100%, are equally shared with the clubs who participated and our Rotary Foundation, so there are all only winners in Walkfest.
NJ Sharing Network is the non-profit organization responsible for the procurement and placement of donated organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents in need of life-saving transplants.
Our league bowling for the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving was cancelled, and what a great idea.There was enough work in preparing for a day of giving thanks. Many shared it with family and friends or perhaps another opportunity to serve those who were hungry and in need.
Have you ever considered attending a Rotary International Convention? This Rotary year will be one of your best opportunities to attend a convention. It will be held in Atlanta, GA, June 10 – 14, 2017 at the Georgia World Conference Convention Center.