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We Are Morristown Rotary & We Make A Positive Difference
We create positive change in our community and our world. We are all volunteers. We give time and resources to help others and we have fun, too. You've come to the right place to learn more about Rotarians, who we are, and what we do.
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A math teacher named Bill Feldman from Boston was looking for a job. In 1971, despite the unfamiliarity of settling where there was no Jewish community, he accepted a position in Arkansas as a math professor. Eventually, Professor Feldman became the head of the math department at the university and married a woman who converted to his religion.
It was also in 1971, the same year Bill Feldman began his teaching career in Arkansas, that young Fadil Bayyari left his Palestinian village of Tulkarem on the West Bank to come to Roosevelt University in Chicago. After his time at the university, the next 30 years were eventful for Fadil. He found a sizable fortune with McDonald’s franchises in Los Angeles and Hawaii. He then developed construction skills with a company in Bahrain. He then married.
He and his wife decided to move back to the United Sates to raise a family. Mrs. Bayyari had fond memories of Arkansas vacations she had as a child so that is where they settled. Fadil’s construction company in Fayetteville, Arkansas near the University flourished and he was appointed to the regional planning board. An active member of the community, Fadil joined the local Rotary Club so that he could give something back to the community that had become his home.
One of the members in Fadil’s Rotary Club was a member of Bill’s temple. At a Rotary meeting, Fadil heard of the congregation’s efforts to build a new house of worship and he went to several board meetings where he met Bill. Fadil empathized with their mission, recognized the temple’s difficulties and thought that they could use his help. He offered to become the general contractor for the construction of the Temple without charging for his services. This saved the project over $250,000 and was the catalyst to make the job happen. The congregation called “Temple Shalom” – peace in Hebrew and linguistically close to the Arabic “Salaam” has committed itself to raising a million more dollars to endow programs assuring interfaith efforts.
If in the middle of the “bible belt” of the United States, a Muslim can make good things happen for a Jewish congregation, and provoke reciprocal generosity of spirit, maybe there is hope for all of us everywhere. Rotary made this happen.
The Club has been introduced to Joann Spera by Colette Mongey, who is a passionate supporter of Joann's project. Joann is the educational liaison at Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown. She heads a special project to provide an in-school robot for children with a cancer diagnosis that requires them to miss much school time due to treatment. Joann will be attending all three meetings on Wednesday, March 9th, to share the story of her VGo robot project.
In case you are one of those who joined Rotary in hopes of finding paradise in the networking opportunities that don't remain a primary focus, I must enlighten you. The idea of "giving back" is the glue holding most clubs together. Despite the difficulty of finding a good meeting time or place, the diminishing numbers of members, the aging of the population and the difficulty in competing with the " hectic work and life schedules imposed upon younger potential members, some clubs continue to hang in there. The "giving back" idea is a wonderful oasis in a desert of taking.
Through high school and college, many are surrounded with the competition of sports, grades, and social events. Many are encouraged to do the "best they can do". They are sent into the marketplace to show how to be creative and more attractive to employers, customers and potential spouses. Treasuring the mass market, the advertising catch, the franchise success, the boast and puff, they push the limit of ethics in order to achieve, develop, produce and acquire. The focus is narrowed so that the achiever could more efficiently "get there", "make it big", "knock 'em dead", "take our share", and "win".
Along the way, our churches complain that the seats are not filled as they used to be. Individuals in other civic groups, as well as our Rotary members, have had years of stumbling. Is it any surprise that many people are in search of a way to find meaning and satisfaction in the work of the day?
We no longer often see the tree we cut used to build the roof that shelters us. We no longer often raise the com or cow that becomes what fills our stomach. Most of us are separated from the satisfaction of seeing and feeling the stuff that we do as it is turned into the benefit we hoped would result.
This is where Rotary lives. This is where Rotary soars. This is where your potential good members are found. Find someone who wants to feel the satisfaction of "giving back" and they will find in Rotary the enjoyment which will be immediate and contagious. We have what they need. We show first hand and immediately what it is to be a part of a loving and caring neighborhood of friends who expand the definition of "home" to include all of us. We help those who need help. We do this. Giving back is what we do.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7:00PM, MORRISTOWN HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM
featuring YALDA T. UHLS, Ph.D., Child Psychologist & Research Expert on Media & Children
Dr. Uhls will also moderate a Q&A discussion between the parent community & guest panelists: Erica Hartman, Supervisor of Technology, Morris School District, and Dr. Michael Giuliano, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Morristown Medical Center.
"Rotary Club of Morristown" meets at "The Morristown Club," a destination enjoyed by local business leaders and their families for over 100 years. The location at 27 Elm Street is rich in history with beautiful ambiance and delicious food, and it is within walking distance of greater downtown.
Good People. Good Works. Good Food. Walk to lunch meetings on Wednesday. Connect with business owners and committed volunteers. Become a part of it. We welcome new members. Contact Denny Morrison, Membership, for more information.
Nutrition educator Jennifer Percival conducts a cooking demonstration for beneficiaries of the Interfaith Food Pantry in the Healthy Choice Teaching Kitchen.
Solar Lighting Project: A report by Paul Sigmund, Ministry Of Hope, to Morristown Rotary Club regarding their $2,500 grant.
Ideas sometimes arise unexpectedly. During the first week of last year’s trip to Malawi, we constructed swing sets at MOH's feeding centers. Mid way through the second week, as we were enjoying the African sunset after the day’s work building a gravity drip irrigation system for a vegetable garden, I was struck by the suddenness via which the sunset plunged into total darkness. As the sun fades, without electricity all activity at the remote feeding centers comes to a halt and the kids MOH serves quickly leave for home in the surrounding villages. What a difference a few electric lights might make!
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