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District 7500 Service Event – Rise Against Hunger


Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.


In 1998, envisioning a world without hunger, Ray Buchanan — a United Methodist minister — founded Stop Hunger Now. In 2017, Stop Hunger Now rebranded to become Rise Against Hunger. After enlisting as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan quickly recognized that accomplishing a mission required “commitment to something larger than yourself.”

Driving Rise Against Hunger’s work is the recognition that ending hunger is more than just feeding people, which led Rise Against Hunger to focus its feeding programs in areas where we can have a real impact and expand its hunger-fighting programs beyond meal packaging and distribution.

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Rotary Minute August 2017

Rotary Summer ’17 took off like a firecracker with a myriad of activities, fellowship and community building.

No sooner had school ended then the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy) program began. Lacey Township was well represented at Monmouth University with 7 outstanding students participating in this year’s program. Now in its 24th year, District 7500 RYLA is an intense and fun-filled four-day leadership training program run by Rotarians and older youth who have demonstrated superior leadership and training skills within RYLA and in their communities. It teaches a variety of leadership skills such as team-building, problem-solving, cooperation and communication skills. The program is designed to help train ethical, visionary
leaders; and its loads of fun too! District 7500 consists of 40 Rotary Clubs located within Burlington, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties of New Jersey. More than 150 high school students from these 40 Rotary Clubs attended this year. Congratulations Blake, Dan, Joe, Kayla, Lyndsey, Maggie, Natalie and Sierra. You did amazing and Lacey is so proud of you!

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A Banner Year for the Rotary Flag Program

Congratulations to our Flag Committee, Diamond, Gabbie, Ashley and Katie.  Their efforts helped increase sales this year an additional 86 flags, which included 15 new businesses, and increased orders from existing businesses.  Last year 336 flags were posted around town, and this year we put out 421 flags.  Last year our net proceeds from the Flag Program were around $7,000 raised in funds for our club, this year we have over $9,000 in funds raised for the club. Thank you committee, flag team captains, and club members for all your fine efforts.  Next Flag distribution and pick up day is Labor Day, Monday September 4th, 2017. Continue reading A Banner Year for the Rotary Flag Program

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 . Photos are also available to view at


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

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