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Issue #11 - May 2019

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Rodney Seifert
Dear Rotarians of District 7475,
It hardly seems possible that we are in the eleventh month of the 2018-2019 Rotary Year, but that is what May brings.
Last weekend we had over 150 folks from our district join with 75 people from District 7490 at a Joint District Conference in Gettysburg. It was a wonderful setting for Rotary information, fellowship and a chance to review U.S. history from the 19th century.
The conference was chock full of interesting speakers ranging from Human Trafficking and Slavery in the modern era to a report on projects carried out in Colombia and Nepal by Rotaractors from our district. We also heard from a young, third-generation Rotarian from D 7490 about his project to build recreation centers in Haiti out of shipping containers sent from the U.S. To date he has built five.
One of the highlights was hearing from President’s Representative Valarie Wafer, who encouraged us to embrace change as Rotary seeks to maintain its relevance in the 21st Century. Valarie has been elected to serve on the Rotary International Board of Directors for the 2020-2022 term. She will be one of six women on the board at that time.
On the social side we enjoyed the Joseph Ferko String Band (Mummers) on Friday evening and had two of our members singled out for “strutting their stuff.” The top strutters were Stacey Borden of South Orange and Steve Goldberg of Fanwood/Scotch Plains.
A number of clubs were recognized for Rotary Foundation support; Care & Share projects, and 2017-2018 Rotary Presidential Citations. It was amazing to see the number of clubs receiving these various recognitions. We truly have an engaged district doing good in the community and in the world.
The Saturday night gala was a memorable one. Two major donors, Barry and Judy Kroll and Sam and Anna Madalli were presented with pins indicating their significant support of The Rotary Foundation by President’s Rep. Valarie Wafer. The generosity of these two couples creates legacy gifts that will benefit for years to come. Everyone in attendance was in awe of the magnitude of their support. When you see Barry or Sam make sure you thank them as well.
The conference was a chance for DGE Ray Freaney to unveil his plans for the 2020 event he will be hosting at the Hyatt Hotel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This session will run from May 7 to 10 and promises to be a great opportunity to gather in the spirit of Rotary. You will be hearing more from Ray about Baltimore.
There is no doubt this year’s conference was an overall success. The 160 people who toured the Civil War battlefields on Saturday afternoon are still talking about that experience. There are numerous folks to thank beginning with Conference Co-Chair Bob Zeglarski and his team. They include: Ray Freaney, Dr. Julie Ann Juliano, Barry Kroll, Marc Lebowitz, Sam Maddali, Ann Walko and Larry Wefferling. The two sergeants-at-arms, John Shockley and Joe Horner, contributed greatly to the success of the event. My club, Newark Rotary, also had a hand in helping to produce a valuable experience for all in attendance. I thank everyone who came to Gettysburg and hope you felt as good about the conference as I did. Thank you.
Now, one more important May item. DGE Ray Freaney and his team have worked hard to present a District Training Assembly that will prepare the clubs in our district for the upcoming Rotary Year. It is incumbent upon club leadership to make sure every club is represented. The event is this coming Monday with registration at 3 pm followed by the sessions at 3:30 and ending with dinner. The price is $50 per person; the site is the new Embassy Suites Hotel in Berkeley Heights, and Ray would enjoy participation from each and every club in the district. Please don’t miss this opportunity. We do not come together as a district often and this is the start of Ray’s year. Go to the district website, to register and learn more about the event.
That does it for my May letter. I hope the spring is treating you well. I will be back with a final letter next month. Thank you.
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