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! 

It was unclear what the membership thought of me, until Diamond sat me down and asked if I would be Vice President during her Presidential year.  I was flattered, and not a little naïve about what that meant, so I said ok.  And for the past two years, I’ve been studying and learning what goes on in this Rotary Club.

I learned what it takes to underwrite the Gille playground, the Hebrew playground, the Thanksgiving dinners, the Elf project, the high school scholarships, and local and international causes.  I signed on to be liaison to the Interact Club, using lessons learned from my time as advisor to Interact when I taught at Morristown High School.  With no exaggeration, I learn something new every day!

My Rotary roots are well established.  Ed has been a Rotarian for over 40 years, as he will proudly tell you.  I heard about Paul Harris fellows, service above self, doing good just because that’s what Rotarians do.  Together, we have visited Rotary meetings worldwide – from Bluefield WV to Nice, France.

At every meeting, we felt the connection to people we had never met because we are all pieces of a much larger whole – Rotary International.

I’m looking forward to leading the Forked River Rotary Club in 2017 – 2018.  We have a terrific group of members on the board; they will work with you all to bring our club to new heights of success and service.  It’s not a one-person job, leading this club, and I know I can count on each and every one of you to continue, and strengthen, our contributions to our home, nation, and world.