Category Archives: Rotary Minute

Rotary Minute ~ March 2017

If you think being part of the Rotary Club of Forked River means sitting at meetings every week you couldn’t be more wrong. Here’s a sampling of some of what we’ve done so far this year!

January presented us with a Rotary version of Master Chefs at our 3rd Annual Chefs Night Out. Held the Sunday before Super Bowl, 25+ chefs had the opportunity to present and share their signature dishes with a very hungry crowd of judges! Covering every food category from Soup to Nuts nobody went home hungry as our guests had the opportunity to test, taste and vote on their favorite entry in each category. Congratulations to the top winners in each category! We can’t wait to see what you cook up in 2018!! Continue reading Rotary Minute ~ March 2017

Rotary Minute February 2017

Welcome 2017!!!

The members of the Rotary Club of Forked River have been busy not only in wrapping up their 2016 year-end projects but also in setting in place the plans and programs that promise to make 2017 a stellar year for Rotary and our Community!!

Ending ’16 on a high note was the Annual Holiday Elf Program. Santa’s Helpers (aka the LTHS Interact Club) along with their Rotary mentors arrived at WalMart, armed with shopping lists, at the crack of dawn on Friday 12/9 ready to shop until they all dropped!! Thank You to the community, businesses and individuals who supported our various fundraisers throughout the year so that the Elf Program could continue to give and grow and make wishes come true for 380 Lacey and Waretown children during the 2016 Holiday Season!! Continue reading Rotary Minute February 2017

Forked River Rotary December Happenings

Annual Christmas Brunch

Our club kicked off the holiday season with our annual Christmas brunch at the Captain’s Inn, the event was well attended as many Rotarians, family members and friends took part in the food and festivities.  The event started with a wide selection of fruits and breakfast pastries, also need to mention the breakfast bar buffet set up by the inns staff.  Children that attended were kept busy by Rob and Debra with a medley of Christmas Carols, Letters to send to Santa and goodie bags with holiday projects until the man in the red suit made his appearance.  The best part of the day was seeing the smiling faces on all the children that day.  Don’t forget it’s not too late to make a donation to our Elf Program!  Thank you to Rob & Debra for a great event! Continue reading Forked River Rotary December Happenings

Rotary Minute ~ December 2016

On Saturday, November 5th, 490 Rotarians, Interactors, friends, and many children came together for 4 hours in three locations across District 7500, during which time they packed 70,632 balanced, nutritious meals that are already on their way to children in need throughout the world.  Rotarians from Clubs in our immediate area were assigned to St Mary’s in Manahawkin to pack the goal number of 22,000 meals. The morning session packed 10,000 meals. We finished off the afternoon session with 13,328 meals, for a total of 23,328 Meals!!! We packed so many meals they ran out of boxes to pack them in!! Continue reading Rotary Minute ~ December 2016

2016 Club Food Drive For Lacey Food Bank at Walmart & Turkey Distribution by Our Club & LTHS Interact Club

With the Thanksgiving meal bags distributed by the Rotary last Friday barely put away in the cupboard, the Forked River Rotarians set up post outside of the Walmart in Lanoka Harbor on very windy and cold
Saturday for their 2nd Annual Rotary Day of Giving Food Drive – a day geared to restocking the shelves of the Lacey Food Bank. In anticipation of another cold winter and a higher than ever amount of families needing help the Rotary Club of Forked River together with the Staff and Shoppers of WalMart pulled together and presented the Lacey Food Bank with more than 3000 lbs of shelf stable non-perishable groceries! More than last year’s 2500 lbs of food! And not one expired can or box in the lot!!!! In addition to the food donations, shoppers dropped their change and their dollars in the collection jar….gifting the Food Bank with a $500 donation for the day!! But perhaps, even more important, this Day of Giving reinforces how all of us together, Rotarians, Walmart and the Shoppers who supported this program, can serve humanity simply by doing a little bit of good, right where we live! Thank You Rotary Club of Forked River Members, WalMart and WalMart Shoppers for your support of this Rotary effort to help those in our Lacey community who need it the most!
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2016 Turkey Distribution by our Club and LTHS Interact Club
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On Friday, November 18th from 9:00 -12:00, members of our club and 35 LTHS Interact club members distributed over 225 turkeys with all the trimmings, through the Lacey Food Bank at the town’s community center.  a special thank you to Walmart & Shop Rite for your support and donations to help families in our service community.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Rotary Minute October 2016

It’s been a busy summer for the Rotary Club of Forked River.  Lacey Day saw temps soaring above 100!  But that did little to wilt the grillers and other Rotary volunteers who spent the day serving burgers and hot dogs to the families and exhibitors who participated in this yearly event.  Of special interest this year was the Rotary exhibit of a Shelter Box.  This project partnership between Rotary and ShelterBox offers opportunities to collaborate in providing emergency shelter and vital supplies to stabilize, protect, and support communities affected by disasters and humanitarian crises.  And while our enthusiasm never wavered this year we are all hoping for a cool breeze and moderate temps for Lacey Day ’17!  Continue reading Rotary Minute October 2016

Rotary Minute ~ September 2016

The Cedar Creek Campgrounds provided an evening of fellowship, food and family fun for the members and their families from the Forked River Rotary.  The 2nd Annual Checker Championship Tournament pitted the reigning champ, Bruce Halliday, against some mighty competitors.   And while the competition was intense, Bruce held on to his Crown for the 2nd straight year!!   Thank You to Rotarian Robert Dellolio for sharing his fabulous facility with us and for the delicious hospitality!

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Rotary Club of Forked River Attended Lacey Day 2016

It was a hot sultry day at this years event, with the heat index pushing 110 degrees. Even temperatures like this couldn’t deter our club’s day of “Service Above Self”.
Attendees learned about “What is Rotary?” at our club tent, and learned about the
Shelter Box Program.  Visitors were treated to hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by our staff of chefs.  There were plenty of cold refreshments, entertainment and booths for friends from town to visit.  Thank you to all of the club members that volunteered and survived the day!

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