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!

The Rotary Club of Forked River was also privileged to participate as a sponsor of Erin Foreman a Lacey Township Girl Scout.  Erin has been working toward her Gold Star Award (a leadership award akin to the Boy Scout Eagle Scout) and has volunteered over 80 hours preparing a Lock-Box program, including meeting and presenting this program to the Rotary and numerous other organizations in Lacey Township. The Lacey Lock-Box program is a free community program directed to those 55 years of age or older and those with potentially incapacitating medical conditions. This program is designed to assist first responders, including the Lacey Township Police Department, in reaching those in need of emergency assistance. The lock box program was officially handed over to the Lacey Township Police Department at a recent Township Meeting, The Rotary Club of Forked River is proud to have been part of this community project and donated 10 Lock-Boxes to this project. Congratulations Erin Foreman on achieving your Gold Star Award! Residents who are interested in signing up for this program can do so at the Lacey Police Department website at www.laceypd.org







March also saw us once again treated to a night of Fellowship and Fancy Footwork as the day and nighttime Rotary groups came together to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with a traditional corned beef dinner and some high stepping from the students at the Patricia Murphy School of Dance.


April 11, 2017 That’s the deadline date for Scholarship Applications! Our Scholarship Program this year will grant a total of $20,000 in scholarships. The selection criteria we use includes service oriented leadership qualities. The scholarship is open to all graduating high school seniors who live in Lacey Township, NJ and who demonstrate a high degree of community involvement. The deadline for the completed application package is 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 11. If you have any questions, please contact a Rotarian. The application is available for download on our website www.forkedriverrotary.com

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! Special early bird vendor space pricing is available. Contact Doggiederby@outlook.com with vendor questions or for more information on vendor space availability. 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 3 rd Annual Golf Tournament

Of Special Note: We were recently pleased to induct two new members into our Club. Joining us are Katie DeSantis and Ashley Hughes. Both Ms. DeSantis and Ms. Hughes are graduates of Lacey Township High School and are employed at Totaro, Totaro & Siegel in Toms River. We are very happy to welcome them to the Evening division and look forward to many years together in Rotary.










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.