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!
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!!
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!!
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.