District Governor            
             John Wilson

Issue #3 - September 2018

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Rodney Seifert
Dear Rotary Colleagues,
The summer is rapidly drawing to a close and I have benefited from visits to 33 of our 87 Rotary Clubs in the district to date. By the end of October I hope to have two-thirds of the visits completed but then we get into the holiday season and visits will stretch into 2019. I have been impressed by the diversity of the clubs and the commitment of its members to Rotary. The visits have been truly inspirational to me.
The summer also has taken its toll on our district with the loss of Past District Governor and Polio Champion Karien Ziegler in July and immediate Past District Governor Peggy Mader in August. I have asked our digital editor, Rod Seifert, President of the Rockaway Rotary Club, to share Rotarian Elnora Benz’ eulogy about Peggy that she presented at the service held for her in Parsippany.  Friends of Karien are planning a memorial service for her at 5 p.m. Sunday, October 14th at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.
I have just returned from a site visit to the Wyndham Hotel and Conference Center in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where our district will be gathering with District 7490 (Hudson, Bergen and Passaic counties) for our conference May 3,4 and 5. It proves to be a wonderful location with first-class accommodations plus an amazing opportunity to visit the Civil War battlefields that turned the tide of the conflict in favor of the North. There also are more than a few ghosts reported to reside at various sites in the town. The town is quite walkable and charming. There is a lot to do beyond the plenary sessions and all will be encouraged to take full advantage of those opportunities. Give or take it is about a 200 mile trek to Gettysburg and well worth the trip. I hope many of you will join us and bring your families for the historic aspects of the area.
The District Leaders will be heading to Montreal next week for the Zone Conference that brings together Rotary leaders from Alaska and all of Canada plus North America from Maine to New Jersey. At the sessions District Governor Elect Ray Freaney will conclude his Zone training before heading to San Diego in January for the International Assembly. Likewise, District Governor Nominee Ann Walko will begin her training leading up to being the District Governor in 2020 and 2021. The road to becoming a district governor involves a great deal of Rotary training to prepare us for the task.
We have some big events in October and November with RI President Barry Rassin being in our district October 20th for the West Orange event to support polio eradication. Now is the time to sign up if you plan to attend. The focus in November shifts to Annual Giving to The Rotary Foundation with Eat, Drink and Share on November 12th at the Pines Manor. The committee has been communicating with the club presidents and hopes the event will draw well as it has in the past.
Well, I have said a lot. There is so much more to do. I hope to see you during my visits and at the future events we have been promoting. Thank you for all you do as a Rotarian to make our clubs stronger, our service to the community meaningful, and our public image bolder and better understood.
John B. Wilson
Good evening.  My name is Ellie Benz.  I am a member of the Rotary Club of Branchville, NJ, the home club of PDG Peggy Mader.
My first district conference experience happened in Annapolis, MD, as PDG Maurie Mader ended his year as District Governor for District 7470.  Maurie made a special presentation at his conference that I will never forget.  It was when a photo of Peggy came up on the screen with the title, District Angel.  I was very touched by that tribute, but I didn’t know how prophetic it would be.  Maurie was thanking his dear wife Peggy for all of her hard work on making his conference happen.  And she really did.
Over the next several years, I came to know Peggy not just in her role as Maurie’s wife and District Angel, but through her leadership on the District level.  Peggy lived her life by Rotary’s Four Way test.  Whatever she volunteered to do, she stepped up and did it.
During her interview for her candidacy for the position of District Governor for 2017-18, she was asked what made her qualified to be a DG.  Her answer still rings in my ears:  “Rotary is my passion!”
Peggy’s dream district conference was a cruise to Bermuda.  She asked Branchville Rotary to serve on the conference committee under the direction of Bob Peters, conference chair.  We did and we all worked hard to make the dream become a reality.  Unfortunately, life got in the way for Peggy and halfway through her DG year, she was stricken by a rare and aggressive form of cancer.  All during the rest of her term she spent hours in treatment both chemo and radiation.  The conference loomed near, but her doctors said Peggy, you can’t go.  Bob, and all of the Branchville Rotarians were able to pay it forward and became Peggy’s district angels and made the conference a reality on board the Anthem of the Seas.  We sailed without Peggy and Maurie, heartbreaking for all of us, but they were with us in spirit.  Her message to the plenary session was truly a Peg-ism:  She told us that despite that fact that she had no hair, couldn’t talk or swallow, and could hardly get around, she was still thinking of us.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room as Bob read her conference message.
The rest you all know.  Peg was stricken on her way to our regular club meeting the week after her birthday.  Her earthly voice is silenced, but I can still hear that District Angel’s voice:  Rotary is my passion and a thousand thanks to you all for making my dream come true.
Thank you.
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