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Esperanza Field ~(LUNCH)
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Reminder that the Lunch Meeting will be held at the Dublin Pub through August, returning to the Morristown Club on September 7th
Frank Top Dog Alai reporting on Camp Merry Heart events:
Yes, the biggest and the best Morristown Rotary event of the year was once again a resounding success. 
First the Wednesday crew.  We did our part in the annual Carnival.  We were well represented by Dogberger, Southside Johnny Lyons, Denise Wennodoodle, Denise Flabberghasted (and her grandchildren), FloRENcia and her visiting brother and his friend, King Koons, Denzo and Pia Korea.
Top Dog did not make it to this first chapter in the Morristown Rotary Camp Merry Heart, but TD has his spies.  It was hot, Hot, HOT but it has been reported that a splendid time was had by all.  My personal thanks for all those who attended.  In my experience NO CLUB has more interaction with the campers like the Morristown Rotarians and, my friends, THAT is what it is all about.
Fast Forward to Sunday:
We had a respectable showing at the humidity capital of the world.  Top Dog & Kid Dog; Merle Oberon; Marcie Hart Throb; Flo-REN-cia; Sport Sam Bensley (more on him in the future); Friend and potential Rotarian Justin Schneider-Man; Flo-REN-cia for a SECOND round; Bob Markman & Photographer Janice  (Rotary Club of the Caldwells); Prospective member Amir; Broadway Joe Accardi (Mr. Karaoke); and Fran Accardi (Mrs. Karaoke).
This gets better every year, Boys & Girls.  There is no more shyness at the beginning.  There are veterans at the Camp.  There is no more warm up.  As soon as Kid Dog steps out with the sign up list she is BOMBARDED with potential Merry Heart Idols.
The counselors are GREAT.  Those campers who need help sing duets with their counselors.  Some need NOOOooooo support at all.  Actually, the singing was of a magnitude better than in the past but even those of the least capability put such effort and feeling into their performances as to bring tears to my eyes.
Florencia's nephew, Mateo, attended last week's sunset meeting. He has shared his impressions of the meeting. 

Every year the Rotary International President creates a theme for their term. This year, RI President-Elect John Germ has chosen Rotary Serving Humanity as his theme for the 2016-2017 year.
See what our new RI President has to say about his theme
(or click HERE if you cannot play the video).

60 Morris town Rotarians gathered last week to bear witness to the change of administration in the club, rub shoulders enjoy comraderie, partake in some great food.
Jonathan Taylor, outdid himself with impeccable timing, hilarious jokes, and various kinds of club humor.
Jim Koons and Florencia Mazurowski were both awarded well deserved Paul Harris Fellowships, for their efforts, and demonstrating Service Above Self.
Doug Greenberger passed the torch to John Loughman as incoming club President. PJ swore in the new board with aplomb, finally, we will press Larry Goldfarb into service.

Following, are a few photos to flesh out the encapsulation, of the evening. This was quintessential Morristown Rotary, all unable to attend missed a truly great evening.
(Click HERE if you cannot see the slideshow below)


Please take note that in light of the Quarterly Assembly/Installation Dinner, there will be no regularly scheduled meetings tomorrow, June 15. 

The Interact group met last week for an end of the year get together/ goodbye to the Seniors.
Andrea, from the Artist Baker, donated delicious cupcakes decorated with the Rotary Wheel as a "thank you" from our Morristown Club.

Calling All Rotarians:
It's that time of the year again when the USPS helps the Interfaith Food Pantry by collecting food and bringing it to the Ridgedale Avenue Post Office where the Morristown and Morris Plains Rotary Clubs then transport it to the Food Pantry.
The current information is that we need to show up between 5 and 5:30 on Saturday, May 14. We load it into our vehicles and drop it off at the Food Pantry.
The wild card is to determine when the food will arrive at the Post Office; there was an issue last year with several call outs and the food did not arrive until closer to 6 pm. Usually, Ron Kelly from Morris Plains brings his Sprinter van and I bring my Dogmobile and Charlie Eggert brings his pick-up and that's all the transportation we need. Sometimes we also need to load some food into other vehicles.
But we are Rotarians and we do what needs to be done. If you live in Morristown, Morris Township, or Morris Plains, how about letting your neighbors know to put out a bag of groceries near their mailboxes on May 14?
Email me at topdog@alailaw.com to let me know I can count on you. Many hands make for light work.
Top Dog


How many of you all have figured out what to give the special women in your life this Mother's Day? Well, I have a win-win proposition!  This year Gift of Life of NJ is providing you with the opportunity to make a thoughtful gift to honor the special mothers or women in your life.Your donation to help save the life of a mother’s child will be recognized in a beautiful, personalized card delivered to the women you honor, in time for Mother’s Day. The card will acknowledge your gift and explain that another mother will learn that her child will receive the “Gift of Life.” Imagine her joy upon learning that your gift has helped save the life of a child in her name!

Please visit the Gift of Life website (http://giftoflifenj.com/mothersday/) to engage in this very special program by clicking on the link below.  Please make your donation now.  To assure a card is delivered in time for Mother’s Day, make your donation no later than May 1, 2016


For any Rotarian unable to attend the District Conference this weekend, we have a service project in Morristown on Saturday morning. 
The Annual Town Wide Clean-Up will kick off at 9AM behind the Municipal Building. 
Our club has been assigned the task of painting/touching up the metal containers along the sidewalks in town.  All necessary materials will be supplied. 
This is a great event, with a cook-out to follow at noon. 

Ray Wenzel is our newest member. He was inducted last week at the lunch meeting. Welcome to Morristown Rotary Ray!

Harvey Gilbert has shared another wonderful piece about how Rotary can really change lives.
Making Things Happen in Fayetteville, Arkansas
This is a true story about a wonderful guy and also a tale of how Rotary makes things happen.  The story could start out like a common bar joke. .. “a Jew and an Arab walk into a room”,… but, it actually evolves into something else entirely.  

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.  
They became observant, and over the next 30 years he participated so much in the activities of his small Reform Temple that he was elected President of the Temple. Eventually, after 30 years in their rented temple space, Bill spearheaded the congregation’s search for a permanent temple.  The search was fraught with difficulties, and after several failures, they finally found a parcel of land that was suitable for them.  However, the congregation could not afford both the land and then the construction costs of a temple.  They raised one million dollars, but there was an additional million dollars that they couldn’t afford. 

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 more complete story of these two men can be found on 
www.nytimes.com/2007/10/06/us/06/relgion.html.  The temple’s site is atempleofpeace.com

On Saturday, March 12, these articles ran in two local papers, The Island and Daily News, in Sri Lanka to announce the launching of Project JOY. Project JOY was a joint effort between the Rotary Clubs of Morristown and Colombo West in Sri Lanka to provide three diagnostic machines to the 900 bed pediatric hospital to help diagnose children with epilepsy. A big thank you goes out to Merle Johnson who took the lead on this project and helped make it a huge success!

This is a report of the grants and sponsorships that the Rotary Club of Morristown has awarded so far this fiscal year. To date, we have awarded grants totaling $8,000 to the following:
~ Netcong-Stanhope Rotary Club - for their continued development of their solar panel project in Sri Lanka
~ Literacy Volunteers of Morris County - to purchase teaching materials for their adult literacy program
~ Interfaith Food Pantry - to purchase additional foods for our needy population when supplies run low
~ Somerset Home for Temporarily Displaced Children - for their Morristown's Street Smart outreach program, which is a program for young adults that are homeless, runaways or living on the streets that provides food, short term shelter, and life skills training
And to date, we have awarded sponsorships totaling $2,500 to the following:
~ "Welcome Home Wish List" - District 7470's project to purchase household items for veterans upon their completion of the "Hope for Veterans" program
~ Morristown Beautiful, Inc. - to purchase supplies for the town wide cleanup day

There will be no meetings tomorrow, March 23. Our Quarterly Assembly is taking place on Thursday, March 24.

Have you seen the District's new TV commercial? It's airing on the local Optimum Cablevision channels. Don't have Cablevision? You are in even more luck then, as PDG Barry Kroll has shared the commercial on YouTube (https://youtu.be/Qy6Ks31jUdM).
For your viewing pleasure (click the link above if you cannot see the video player):

The day started and finished with three beautiful antiques, In Charlie and Cheryl Eggert's driveway, the 1931 Oldsmobile Coupe, the 1931 Oldsmobile collapsible roadster and the 47 Cadillac convertible. 43 Rotarians enjoyed Great weather, Comradeship congeniality and affable mixing  at Matt and Beth Wirths house to start the day, then marching through 50,000 enthusiastic parade watchers, finishing with an animated gathering,  again at Eggert’s place.
Can't see the photo viewer? Click this link to access the album on Photobucket: http://s1160.photobucket.com/user/VeronicaKoons/library/St%20Patricks%20Day%20Parade%202016

Check out these photos of the 14th Annual A Taste of Morristown. What a fun night it was! I bet you can hardly wait for next year. (Can't see the photo viewer? Click this link to see the album on Photobucket: 14th Annual A Taste of Morristown)
Have photos but forgot to share them with Veronica? Well have no fear! E-mail them over to vkoons@scarletmail.rutgers.edu and so she can keep the album growing.


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.



Come on out and say "Hello" to Morristown Rotary Club! The Morris County St. Patrick's Day Parade is a big event and Rotary of Morristown has fun celebrating in our town.


These Morristown Rotarians and their family/friends spent their Valentine's Day afternoon enjoying each other's company while not only watching the Devils take on the LA Kings but also supporting Gift of Life. Even better, the Devils won!



by Harvey Gilbert, Morristown Rotary Club
How many times have you heard someone reporting that he or she joined Rotary because they wanted to find a way to "give back"? What does that mean? Give what back? And to whom? Is someone missing something? And why is this so important, anyway?
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.

This was the Rotary Club of Morristown's second year adopting a family for Christmas through Jersey Battered Woman's Services (JBWS). Denise Wennogle, who coordinated the event, delivered six large bags to the shelter. Mom and kids will be receiving everything on their wish list plus some extra goodies. 
Here is a photo of all of the gifts for Morristown's family.

On Saturday, December 12, Pia Reich and George Zacieracha collected donated goods for District Governor Elect Margit Rahill's Welcome Home, a program aiding homeless veterans. Overall, they had 2 microwaves, several small appliances, 2 flatware sets, 2 dinnerware sets, bed linens, towels, kitchen utensils, 7 umbrella’s, 7 blankets, and 7 winter hats.
Here is a photo of George standing next to car filled with the items that Pia took up to Margit Rahill's business.

Morristown Rotary Club members and guests celebrated at The Morristown Club on Friday evening. Highlights of the event were installation of our newest member, Donna Orr, and hearing our guest speaker, Peter Demnitz, Morristown Chief of Police. Chief Demnitz spoke about law enforcement in Morristown in a talk that was sharp but humorous. Definitely a presentation that won't be forgotten. Santa and his elf, Veronica, made a very brief appearance, too. A good time was had by all.

On Friday, November 20, Marcie Hanhart, Paul Nelson, and Florencia Luce-Mazurowski delivered 103 dictionaries to the third graders of Sussex Avenue Elementary School. It was fun for everyone involved! Each Rotarian got a chance to speak to the students, all of whom were excited and had tons of questions. Florencia even presented in Spanish, explaining how the dictionary helped her to learn English.

Three Morristown Rotarians---Eva Pia Reich, Florencia Mazurowski, and Veronica Koons---made their way to New York City on November 7 for Rotary's annual day at the United Nations. This year, Rotary celebrated our Global Women of Action and sessions based upon our six areas of focus (Maternal/Child Health, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Economic Growth, Education and Literacy, Clean Water, and Disease Prevention) discussed what we can do to help empower the women and children in the world. Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran addressed the Rotarians in attendance and took part in the day's activities.

The first set of dictionaries have been delivered! Bill Weiss and TJ Gallagher brought third-graders at Normandy Park School their brand new dictionaries. This marks Bill's fifteenth (15th) year of providing this wonderful service to the Normandy Park students and teachers.
The Dictionary Project is an annual event where the Rotary Club purchases and delivers a dictionary to third-graders in the area, and these dictionaries are theirs to keep. With such a technological world, it is important for our children to be able to learn how to utilize the greatest resource available, books. For some children, this may be one of the only books that they own.
To learn more about the history of the The Dictionary Project, click here.

Last Friday, Morristown Rotary met at The Morristown Club for the quarterly combined meeting. The club presented two grants that night to Kids to Kids and Gift of Life. We also heard from District Governor Elect Margit Rahill about her project Welcome Home, which provides housing assistance and resources to homeless veterans.

This past Saturday, Oct. 10, three Morristown Rotarians made the journey to the Courtyard Marriott in Montvale to attend the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) hosted by Rotary District 7490. 
President Doug Greenberger and Veronica Koons graduated Part III, and President Elect John Loughman completed Part II. 
RLI is a wonderful resource if you are not only interested in learning more about Rotary and leadership skills, but the lessons you learn there can be applied in your everyday life and business. Sessions are hosted by different districts throughout the year. Please stay tuned for information on District 7470's session this coming spring or visit rlinea.org.

FREE SEMINAR: GROWING UP ONLINE. The Facts about Raising Kids in the Digital Age
featuring YALDA T. UHLS, Ph.D., Child Psychologist & Research Expert on Media & Children

Learn how digital media impacts the emotional, social & academic well being of children at home and in school. Hear solutions on how to help children safely and productively navigate the digital  world.

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.
Presented by the Morris Educational Foundation & a grant from the MORRISTOWN ROTARY Fund for Parent Education.

Check out these photos from the Daily Record of this year's Morristown Festival on the Green. The featured photo was of Morristown Rotary Club's booth with Jonathan Taylor whipping up some cotton candy. See the rest of the photos here: http://dailyre.co/1Fwq6ml

Traveling abroad means more opportunities to meet fellow Rotarians. Here's Harvey Gilbert exchanging banners with the President of the Rotary Club of Sandys Bermuda.

Morristown Rotary Club members shared an afternoon of fun, food and karaoke with the campers and counselors at Easter Seal's Camp Merry Heart. 
Photos by Morristown Rotarian, David Shapiro

At the District Conference in Washington D.C., Morristown Rotary took home two awards. The first was best attendance at the conference with 26 of our members and their guests in attendance. The second was the prestigious Presidential Citation, where Morristown Rotary was one of only six clubs in the district to receive such an honor. Click "Read More" to see more photos. 
Morristown is filled with barrels of flowers once again, thanks to the vision of a Morristown Rotarian and the generosity of Rotary Club of Morristown's members and friends. Thanks to all the Rotarians and their friends and families who helped. See more pix by clicking "Read More" below, or in our Photo Albums in the column at left. Go MoRo


"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.




Shelter Box is an international emergency response program started by a Rotarian.  This video (2012) shows the amazing dome-tent home, living supplies, including water purification, and tools to survive that come out of a green Shelter Box.



The Rotary Club of Morristown, NJ has partnered with the Rotary Club of Colombo West in Sri Lanka on a new endeavor named Project Joy, to fund equipment to local physicians treating epilepsy in Sri Lanka.  It is the Children's Epilepsy Project's goal to provide equipment to local physicians to assist them in making accurate diagnoses for the selection of the most appropriate therapy.  This approach to treatment of children with epilepsy gives them a chance for a normal life.  Learn more at our dedicated Rotary Project Joy Website: www.rotaryprojectjoy.com



The Interfaith Food Pantry serves residents of Morris County supplying food to assist families and households affected by hard economic times. Families face difficulties when the household income earners are subjected to unemployment, reduced hours or reduced pay. Never has the role of the Interfaith Food Pantry been greater than now.


Nutrition educator Jennifer Percival conducts a cooking demonstration for beneficiaries of the Interfaith Food Pantry in the Healthy Choice Teaching Kitchen.


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