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Rotary Minute July 2017

May and June were exceptionally busy months for us starting with the Interact Installation and Pinning Ceremony . Members of LTHS Interact Club, their parents and friends along with Interact advisor Ms. Keena Frechette and members of the Forked River Rotary bid adieu to the student leaders of Interact 2017 and celebrated the induction of the new Board of Directors for Interact 2018!! Interact is a leadership club that teaches students that true leadership is a learned skill that comes from teamwork. Interact teaches students to accept responsibility, show respect for others, and to collaborate with their team to work towards common goals. With contributions of time and service both locally and internationally (soup kitchen volunteers, assisting the Rotary Club with the annual Thanksgiving Feast and Elf Program and hosting a fun family night with the Wizards – just a few of the many projects this past year) Interact 2017 and the outgoing leadership team has set the bar high for this incoming board with accomplishments that make us very proud! And for the 2 nd consecutive year our LTHS Interact Club received a Presidential Citation from District 7500! Congratulations LTHS Interact – We are so Very Proud of You!!

The 5th Annual Rotary Club of Forked River Doggie Derby was a howling success!!! Man’s best friend was celebrated at this Hometown Family Event on Sunday June 4th with canine demonstrations and competitions, vendors and food, music, rescues and activities for the young, the not so young and all our furry friends. It was a day that brought us together to celebrate all our furbabies and to benefit the many charitable contributions the Rotary Club of Forked River continues to make to our community and our citizens. For some fabulous photos of our four-legged friends and their companions check out the beautiful photographs taken by Dawn Davis Photography! Many thanks to Dawn who spent her day capturing our furry friends and their humans! To view and download some of these now famous Lacey canines go to www.brentdavisphotography.com/DawnsPhotos/Doggie-Derby-2017-Social-Media/ . Photos are also available to view at www.forkedriverrotary.com

 

June was also graduation month. As the students from Lacey Township were preparing to make the transition to college, the Rotary Club of Forked River announced that 13 high school seniors had been selected to receive Rotary scholarships. These 13 Lacey students were selected from a pool of applications submitted by graduating seniors from Lacey Township High School, Donovan Catholic High School and MATES. Each year the Rotary Club of Forked River presents scholarships to deserving students who work towards service in their community. Winners are selected not only for their academic achievements but also for their commitment to “Service Above Self”, the Rotary hallmark. In recognizing this leadership and community service, the Rotary Club of Forked River awarded more than $25,000.00 in scholarships this year to Lacey student leaders. This year an additional “Service Above Self” scholarship was presented in honor of the late Rotarian William “Bill” Whitson. Since its inception the Rotary Club of Forked River has awarded nearly $900,000.00 to Lacey students. The recipients this year were: Gabriella Barth, Carley Bullock, Sarah Fedak, Kaitlyn Gavin, Marissa Iiaria, Jared Knoeller, Hunter MacPherson, Joseph Nagy, Sarah Phillips, Jordan Rensel, Hailey Rooney, Kristen Santoro and Kylie Weissenburger. Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Scholarship Winners!

Did you happen to notice all the U.S. Flags flying in town on Memorial Day and Flag Day? If you’ve ever wondered where those American Flags come from, they are there because of the joint efforts of the Forked River Rotary and the businesses that sponsor and support this tradition of saluting the USA! We’d love to see all of Rt 9 and Lacey Rd proudly flying our Flag. It’s not too late to join this salute to America! In addition to Memorial Day and Flag Day our program includes Independence Day, Labor Day, A Day of Remembrance and Veterans Day. Rotarians will put your flags out by 9am and return to take them down before sundown. For as little as $35.00 a flag (for all remaining 4 Flag Days) we will do this for you!! See any Rotarian for more information on how you can be part of this show of pride!

The Annual Installation of Officers and Directors took place June 16th at the Captains Inn. Upon her swearing in President Linda Kostrowski presented outgoing President William Recevuto with his Past President’s Pin, thanking him for a remarkable year of accomplishment, growth and Service above Self. “Rotary”, Past President Recevuto said, “gives its members an opportunity to serve in their community and worldwide. Our Club has consistently contributed beyond what was asked of us”. President Linda remarked that she welcomes the opportunity to blend tradition with innovation to make this year even more successful for the Club. In addition to the swearing in of the newly appointed Executive Board, special service awards were presented to members and outstanding community leaders in recognition of their commitment to the Forked River Rotary.

The 2017/18 Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Forked River are:

President: Linda Kostrowski

President-elect: Tony Angona

Vice President: Donna Volz

Secretary: John Sauer

Treasurers: Judy Ryan and Paul Stephens

Director – Club Administration: Robert Dellolio

Director – Membership: Donna McAvoy

Director – Service Projects: Tim Petrin

Director – Public Relations: Laura Caroccia

Foundation Director: Pastor Terry Chapman

Foundation Treasurer: Tom Morrissey

Sergeant At Arms: David Selden

Chairman Satellite Club: Heather Scanlon

Treasurer Satellite Club: Debbie Edgecomb

Secretary Satellite: Rosa Steitz

Director at Large: Past President William Recevuto

Director at Large: Past District Governor Peter Roukis

Congratulations to President Linda Kostrowski and the incoming Executive Board!! We are ready for another year of success!

Thank You All for your continued support of the Forked River Rotary. Through events and programs we are able to continue providing scholarships and youth programs, ongoing Park and Green Space improvements, educational aids and holiday food and gift programs for needy families and so much more. We invite you to consider becoming a member of Rotary. Please contact any Rotarian for more information.

Rotary Club of Forked River Annual Installation and Awards Dinner 2017-2018

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New District Governor Diane Rotondelli swearing in President Linda Kostrowski.
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President Linda addresses the club.
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A Diamond for a Diamond!
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New President Linda, Receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship Award PH+2.
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PDG David Forward awarding District 7500 PDG James Davidson Award for exemplifying
“Service Above Self” to the Rotary Foundation.
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Meet the New Board for 2017-2018!
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Past President William’s wife, JoAnn Bottone receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
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Past President William pinning New President Linda.
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Laura Caroccia receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
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Rob Frandsen husband of Diamond, receiving his Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
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John Sauer receiving his Paul Harris+1 Award selfie.
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President’s Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Tom McGillick -In Recognition of Your Dedicated Service and Commitment to our Club.
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Tony Angona, President’s Award of Excellence-For Outstanding Service and Commitment to the
Ideals of Rotary.
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Veronica Laureigh, Five Avenues of Service Award- Club, Vocational, Community, International,
and New Generations
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Past President William receiving his Paul Harris+2.
Congratulations to President Linda Kostrowski, and her board for the upcoming year 2017-2018.  Looking forward to “Making a Difference” in our Community, Nationally and Internationally.  Thank you Past President William Recevuto for your year of leadership and service to our club and community.  Thank you to all the members of our club for another outstanding year of “Serving Humanity”.

What sort of Thinker are You?

Posted by David C. Forward on Jun 19, 2017
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an airline pilot, but after my flight instructor put the airplane into a spin during my flight training, causing me to throw up as I found myself looking straight down at planet earth spinning ever-closer towards me, I decided upon a career based on terra firma. I sometimes think about that as I’m sitting alone, stuck in an open house on a beautiful sunny afternoon. My wife Chris wanted to be a teacher, but a college internship in a class of misbehaving kids took care of that aspiration. I’d wager that most of us today did not end up in the career we dreamed of as children.

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Welcome President Linda Kostrowski to Forked River Rotary Club

Even before I transferred my Rotary membership to Forked River, I would bring my grandchildren to the great playground at Gille Park.  I thought that any Rotary club powerful enough to underwrite such a fantastic facility must be a place I’d enjoy being a part of.

When we moved to Forked River full time, I visited the lunch meeting at the Captain’s Inn, President Tony was reaching out to the membership to bring in millennials.  Well, I thought to myself, I’m not a millennial, but I’m a good prospect!  Continue reading Welcome President Linda Kostrowski to Forked River Rotary Club

2017 Doggie Derby

The 5th Annual Rotary Club of Forked River Doggie Derby was a howling success!!! Man’s best friend was celebrated at this Hometown Family Event with canine demonstrations and competitions, vendors and food, music, rescues and activities for the young, the not so young and all our furry friends. It was a day that brought us together to celebrate all our furbabies and to benefit the many charitable contributions the Rotary Club of Forked River continues to make to our community and our citizens. For those dog owners that had your picture taken by our photographer, details will be forthcoming how you can download your photo and help by contributing to the Rotary Club of Forked River. Thank you all that helped make this great event possible! See you next year! Continue reading 2017 Doggie Derby

June 2017 Rotary Minute

The 5th Annual Rotary Club of Forked River Doggie Derby takes place on Sunday, June 4 th from 11am – 3pm (Rain or Shine) at Jones Road Park in Forked River. This is a hometown family event you and your pooch don’t want to miss! Vendors, demonstrations, music, food and fun for everyone! Man’s Best Friend in all sizes will be there strutting their stuff for a good cause! Continue reading June 2017 Rotary Minute

Rotary Minute May 2017

Hello Spring and Welcome everyone to a Rotary season of events, fellowship and applause!!

Sometimes deadlines and events just aren’t on the same wavelength. Missing the deadline, was our Texas Hold’em Tournament. Lady Luck was very kind to our tournament players and in the end good company and great prizes made for a winning hand for all!!! Congratulations to our 1st place Tournament Champion Tim Petrin!!

Do you know about the Rotary Dictionary Project? The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn. With that in mind, the Rotary Club of Forked River, after consultation with our 3rd grade teachers who overwhelmingly support this program, distributed dictionaries to all Lacey and Waretown 3rd graders!

Scholarships 2017

Members of the Rotary Scholarship Committee are reviewing the applications of the soon-to-be graduates of the Class of 2017. Every year the Forked River Rotary presents to graduating high school students, who live in our service district, scholarships totaling $20,000. This year there will be an additional scholarship in honor and in memory of William “Bill” Whitson, a long time Rotarian and friend. The Rotary Club of Forked River has provided over $320,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the last ten years and over $ 850,000 in scholarships since our club formed in 1973. All of us extend our Congratulations to all the members of the Class of 2017 and we’ll see you in June at the Scholarship Presentation!!

HOT! HOT! HOT!!

Have you bought your GO FOR THE GOLD raffle ticket yet? The hottest ticket in town, the monies raised through this yearly raffle go to support the scholarships that we give to deserving, qualified High School Seniors in our Service District. Only 350 tickets will be sold. Each ticket cost $100.00. And it is always a sell-out!! You could be the winner of $10,000.00 in Gold Ignots and Englehardt Silver Bars!!! Your raffle ticket is also your admission for 1 person to a 2 hour Cocktail Party at the Captains Inn. Drawing is on June 23rd and the winner need not be present to win. The odds of someone you know winning the prize are pretty good….it could even be YOU!! Contact any Rotarian to buy your winning ticket!! Good Luck!!

Standing Tall!

Abraham Lincoln once said “I like to see men proud of where they live”. If you’ve ever wondered where those American Flags come from, the ones you see flying proudly along the Rt 9 and Lacey Rd corridors, they are there because of the joint efforts of the Forked River Rotary and the businesses that sponsor and support this tradition of saluting the USA! Plans are underway for 2017! We’d love to see all of Rt 9 and Lacey Rd proudly flying our Flag on Memorial Day. We do all the work! Flags are put out in the early morning of the holiday and then removed by Rotarians by sundown. See any Rotarian or message us on our Facebook page “Rotary Club of Forked River” for more information on how you can be part of this show of American pride!

Save The Dates:

June 4, 2017 – The Doggie Derby returns bigger than ever before with activities for our 4 footed and 2 footed friends!!! The day will feature canine demonstrations, contests, prizes, vendors and food!! Activities and a play area for children are planned as well to make this Doggie Derby Day a pet and family friendly day! Check out the trucks and demos from Downs Ford, one of our sponsors, along with the very best Classic Cars at the Jersey shore. Program Book Ads are available as well as vendor spaces. Contact David at (973)349-0146 for Program Ad assistance. Contact Doggiederby@outlook.com with vendor questions or for more information on vendor space availability. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Rotary Club Charitable Foundation. Plan to spend the day at the 5th Annual Rotary Club of Forked River Doggie Derby, Sunday June 4, 2017 11am-3pm (rain or shine) at Jones Road Park in Forked River! And check back here and on our Facebook page for more information as it becomes available. You won’t want to miss this! Woof-Woof!

September 15, 2017 – The 3rd Annual Golf Tournament More details and information on sponsorship opportunities and the gift auction in the June Gazette!

We are growing!!

R-L: Peter Roukis, Jennifer Clark (new member) and President-Elect Linda Kostrowski
R-L: Diamond Frandsen, Janice Hyer (new member), Anthony Angona and Peter Roukis

Welcome to our newest members Jennifer Clark and Janice Hyer. Jennifer, who is a sales associate with the Causeway Family of Dealerships in Manahawkin is looking forward to becoming an active partner in many of our fundraising activities. Janice, the wife of the late Richard G. Hyer Esq. a founding member of our Club, is no stranger to the Rotary. Since 1973 Janice has been involved, albeit unofficially, in many events and community projects. We are pleased to have both Janice and Jennifer join us in Fellowship and in Service Above Self.

Be Our Guest!!! Becoming a member of the Rotary Club of Forked River is more than just attending meetings and supporting fundraisers. Being a member of Rotary means forging friendships and associations that reach far beyond Lacey. With more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide and 1.2 million fellow Rotarians our opportunities to Serve Humanity has never been greater. The Rotary Club of Forked River provides programs and opportunities locally, nationally and internationally. Locally, the Rotary Club of Forked River provides for scholarships and youth programs, ongoing park improvements, educational aids and holiday food and gift programs for needy families and so much more. As members of Rotary International, we play a role in End Polio Now and the Gift of Life Project. International advancement in providing for clean water and educational opportunities also tops the list of ongoing international projects. We invite you to become a member of Rotary. We offer both day and evening meetings to accommodate today’s busy schedules. The Rotary Club of Forked River and its Evening Satellite Division meets on Tuesdays at the Captains Inn.

A Rotary Minute April 2017

March came in like a lion – a Lacey Lion, of course – and went out pretty much the same way! Coming off the most successful Harlem Wizards vs Lacey Warriors basketball game in our history, the members of the Forked River Rotary wasted no time in setting up for the next main event! Our Annual Texas Hold’em Casino Night Fundraiser took place on April 1 with all proceeds from this highly anticipated event going toward scholarships for local Lacey high school seniors and other community projects!

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