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!

AND THE WINNER IS…………The Captains Inn in Forked River provided the setting for the Annual Rotary Club of Forked River GO FOR THE GOLD GALA. With only a limited number of tickets sold, conversation and canapés kept everyone busy while they counted down the minutes to the drawing of the ultimate jackpot of $10,000.00 in Gold!!! Several 50/50 winners were called while we waited, serving only to heighten the anticipation of the crowd. At precisely the stroke of 10pm, the ticket barrel was spun! And the Winner is…….Ashley Hughes pictured here with our Rotary Event Chair Veronica Laureigh. Congratulations to Ashley and better luck next year to the rest of us!

Rotary International is celebrating its 100th Birthday this year and at the Annual Rotary Convention in Atlanta this past June more than 43,000 Rotarians pledged  that they and their members back home would continue doing good throughout the world. Representing Forked River were Past President Diamond Frandsen and
Rotarian Dave DiEugenio. The Foundation’s fundraising goal is 300 million dollars this centennial year and while that sounds like a lot every Rotary member is committed to making a difference and building a better future for the generations to come.

Walmart partners with the Rotary several times during the year. One of the most visible events is the November food drive that helps to restock the shelves at the Lacey Food Bank. That in itself is a remarkable event made even more remarkable during the last food drive by a young man, and Walmart employee, named Patrick.
Patrick retrieves the carts from the parking lot. During the food drive Patrick asked questions about what we were doing and how it helped the community. He made a point of returning to the Rotary table all the flyers that were left in the carts by shoppers. At the end of his shift, this young man returned once again to our table but this time with a cartful of donations. Patrick had purchased one of every
item of our needs list because he wanted to be part of helping his neighbors. What a generous gift from an exceptional young man! Patrick wasn’t available to meet with us but Store Manager George W. Smith accepted for him an honorary Rotary membership!! Thank You Patrick! You are certainly making a difference!

On the 4th of July did you happen to notice the American Flags proudly flying on Route 9 and on Lacey Road? The Rotary Club of Forked River’s Program of Pride continues its tradition of saluting the USA on 6 major days of American Pride and Patriotism – Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, A Day of Remembrance and Veterans Day. If you are a business or residence along the Flag
routes and you would like to participate, contact any Rotarian for more information on how you can be part of this salute to America.

“Fellowship is an integral part of being a Rotarian and we celebrate our time together in many different ways” said President Linda Kostrowski as we kicked off July 4th early by celebrating with a Pig Roast and Barbeque at the McGillick Grove. It was a day filled with fun and food… and games and food…and  fellowship…and….food!! Thank You to Chefs who hosted and roasted this annual event!

SAVE THE DATE!!! For a Rotary Classic!! Coming up on August 6 is our 3rd Annual Rotary Checkers Tournament. Open to Everyone, this event will take place from 2pm to 5pm at the Cedar Creek Campgrounds in Bayville. Admission is $5.00 per person and includes the famous CCC Hot Dog Buffet along with refreshments and prizes. Bring your bathing suit. There’s an Olympic size
swimming pool for you to enjoy !! Tickets are $5.00 and available from any Rotarian or call Cedar Creek Campground at 732-269-1413 with any questions or ticket inquiries!

SAVE THE DATE!!! LACEY DAY is coming up on September 30 with a new twist!!! We’ll be there and hope to see you all there too! Stay tuned for more info in our September Minute!

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.