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Forked River

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Captains Inn
304 E. Lacey Rd.
Forked River, NJ  08731
United States
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With the Thanksgiving meal bags distributed by the Rotary last Friday barely put away in the cupboard, the Forked River Rotarians set up post outside of the Walmart in Lanoka Harbor on very windy and cold
Saturday for their 2nd Annual Rotary Day of Giving Food Drive - a day geared to restocking the shelves of the Lacey Food Bank. In anticipation of another cold winter and a higher than ever amount of families needing help the Rotary Club of Forked River together with the Staff and Shoppers of WalMart pulled together and presented the Lacey Food Bank with more than 3000 lbs of shelf stable non-perishable groceries! More than last year's 2500 lbs of food! And not one expired can or box in the lot!!!! In addition to the food donations, shoppers dropped their change and their dollars in the collection jar....gifting the Food Bank with a $500 donation for the day!! But perhaps, even more important, this Day of Giving reinforces how all of us together, Rotarians, Walmart and the Shoppers who supported this program, can serve humanity simply by doing a little bit of good, right where we live! Thank You Rotary Club of Forked River Members, WalMart and WalMart Shoppers for your support of this Rotary effort to help those in our Lacey community who need it the most!
Congratulations to three members of our club for recently receiving their Paul Harris Fellowship Awards at last week's meeting.  L-R William Whitson, Five time recipient, Jay Pierson, Four time recipient and current President, William Recevuto, Two time recipient.  Thank you for your dedication and years of service to our club.

Rotary members unite at home and across the globe to put our experience and knowledge to work tackling our most pressing challenges. We focus our efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.

We are especially dedicated to ending polio in our lifetimes. Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide.

When you give to Rotary, you support the work we do in your community and around the world. We are a responsible organization that uses nearly 90% of our funding for program expenses.

Members of our club and the Barnegat Club got together at the Bacchus Winery for an evening of fellowship, wine sampling and good eats.  The grapes were selected, then seeded and de-stemed  and put into a vat, adding yeast and sulfites to start fermentation process.  Next week let the crushing begin. 
Check out the video at link below.

Join us in a fight to the finish to eradicate polio, a crippling and completely preventable disease.

As a member of Rotary, I'm happy to report good news in celebration of World Polio Day 2016 on October 24: If we can vaccinate children in the remote areas of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria, we can end polio and protect all of the world's children.

That's a huge accomplishment. There were 350,000 polio cases a year in 125 countries around the world, or about 1,000 new cases of polio a day, in 1988, when polio eradication became a top priority for Rotary International, an international service organization with now nearly 1.2 million members in 35,000 clubs worldwide.

Rotary joined forces with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to form one of world's largest public-private health care partnerships.

Rotary alone has contributed $1.5 billion to polio eradication efforts, including a September 2016 $8.15 million donation to stop the recent outbreak in Nigeria's Lake Chad region.

However, experts warn that $1.5 billion in additional funds are still needed to ensure we have the resources in place to finish the job.

Fortunately, there is more good news: Right now, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is matching the funds raised by Rotary to end polio by two-to-one. That means, if you contribute $50 dollars, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute $100.

Anyone can help in this battle, just go to to make a contribution to the Rotary Foundation's fund to fight polio. The Rotary Foundation was recently given a top rating by Charity Navigator, an independent organization that evaluates U.S. charities, so you know your dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively.

The progress we've made, though significant, is fragile. Please help us end polio once and for all.

Click on link below to get more information or  to make a donation.

District 7500's Dinner celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Rotary Foundation

Fri, November 11, 2016
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
La Bove Grande Banquet and Circle Landmark Restaurant
800 New Jersey 70
Lakehurst, NJ 08733
Please click here to register:
On Saturday, November 5th, Rotarians and our family members, co-workers and friends from all over District 7500 will come together for a fun, hands-on service project to pack 60,000 meals in a single day. These meals will then be shipped off to impoverished people who cannot count on having a nutritious meal—typically, children in orphanages. And the cost? Just 29 cents a meal! You can see how a typical meal packing project works by viewing the short YouTube video on this link:
You can also sign up to volunteer at the above link

Here are some frequently-asked questions:
• Is there an age limit for volunteers to pack the meals? Yes: from 5 to 105!
• Can I sign up for both shifts? Yes.
• Can I spread the word about my participation on Facebook? Yes.
• What about bringing young people? Great idea! Bring scouts and we’ll give them a patch. Or invite kids needing confirmation hours or National Honor Society service time. And what a perfect Interact Club activity!
• How many people do you need for each shift? From 40 to 80, depending on how many total meals we’ll be packing.
• What’s in the meal packets? Rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a packet of 23 essential vitamins donated by Kraft Heinz.
• Where will our meals go? We can’t give you that location today, because it depends where
the greatest need is in November. But they will go to children in orphanages in one of 47 countries around the world where Stop Hunger Now has a field presence.

If you have questions, contact one of your county coordinators:

• District Chair: DGE Diane Rotondelli (

• Ocean County Co-Chairs: Maureen Raso ( and Heidi Tabor (


Congratulations to all members as we were able to sell out all tickets by the start of the drawing at 4:00.
It was looking kind of tough to do as we still had about 70 tickets to sell as of Tuesday.  Great job by Veronica again to chair this year's event, next year let's try to sell out sooner, so we can reduce all our anxiety levels.  These funds are earmarked for our Elf Program to help some of the less fortunate experience the Magic of Christmas with their families.  Below is a list of this years winners:
Tix 62      Jane Ramos & Vanessa Clark sold by Debbie Edgecomb
Tix 88      ET Shields sold by Tony Angona
Tix 267    Toni Connolly sold by Veronica
Tix 25      Laura Pezik sold by Irene Mitchell
Tix 75      Mary Hammet sold by Tom Morrissey
Tix 63      FR Butcher sold by Elaine
Tix 119    Rob Frandsen sold by Diamond
Tix 109    Gerri Tomlinson sold by Gerri
Tix 246    Autumn Goodheart sold by Veronica
Tix 39      Heather Scanlon Wrecking Crew sold by Heather
Tix 28     Dasti, Murphy, McGuckin, et als sold by Bob Ulaky
Tix 278   Peggy Sue Juliano sold by Veronica
Tix 248   James Chirelli sold by Tom McGillick
Tix 297   John Downing sold by Veronica
Tix 61    Board Office consisting of Superintendent Craig Wigley, Asst. Super Vanessa Clark & Board Sec Patrick DeGeorge sold by Debbie Edgecomb
Thank you to all the Rotarians for again making this event a success.
At the time of the event we had 6 unsold tixs and thanks for Dr. Tom and Alicia for raising enough funds to cover those tickets.
Rotary Club of Forked River 2ND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The day started out a little overcast, but by lunch time and tee off the sun was shining bright at this years outing.  Congratulations to all the golfers, members, and attendees, thank you for your support.
There were some good shots and lots of laughs as the golfers competed in the best ball format.  Low team score was -11, not too shabby.
Funds raised at our outing enabled our club to make donations to two local groups in our community.  First to Kelli Smith of Lacey Kids for a Cure- Alex’s Lemonade Stands to fund research to find a cure for pediatric cancer.  We also made a donation to Rhett Hackett of the Humanity Preservation Foundation, which is a group that educates people about the abuse of children, domestic violence, and bullying. See ya next year!
A special thank you to Bruce Halliday Golf Outing Chair and Donna Volz and Satellite Members for chairing the Gift Auction and Prizes for the event.
Everything was perfect good weather, good food and drink, and a good day of fellowship.
It was a hot sultry day at this years event, with the heat index pushing 110 degrees.
Even temperatures like this couldn't deter our club's day of "Service Above Self".
Attendees learned about "What is Rotary?" at our club tent, and learned about the
Shelter Box Program.  Visitors were treated to hot dogs and hamburgers cooked by
our staff of chefs.  There were plenty of cold refreshments, entertainment and booths for friends from town to visit.  Thank you to all of the club members that volunteered and survived the day!
It was great night for a baseball, hot dogs and Cracker Jacks, after a week of inclement weather.  Forked River Rotarians Diamond, Rosa, Linda, David, John,and Heather’s husband Ed endured a trip on a school bus. (They seemed a lot bigger when we were kids.)  Tickets were donated by the Phillies and the FSA group procured the bus for our trip.  As you can see by all the smiling faces a good time was had by all, and the Phillies won by the impressive score of 13-8, defeating the Giants.
Thank you Philadelphia Phillies!  
Click on link below for video of the game.
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Atlantis Country Club
Cuisine on the Green
261 Country Club Blvd.
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
The Forked River, Barnegat, and LBI Rotary Clubs got together for a fellowship evening of golf at the Atlantic Country Club in Tuckerton.  Lots of laughs and a few good golf shots were made, playing best ball format.  The golf was topped off by an evening of fine food and libations at the course restaurant "Cuisine On the Green".  Thanks to the members that put together the fellowship and the members that attended. 
It was great night for a board meeting and a baseball game.  President William and his company Urgent Care provided their luxury box at First Energy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws as the venue for our meeting.  First the board took care of some club matters, afterwards we enjoyed a win by the BlueClaws, five in a row.  Not to mention several dozen hot dogs, hamburgers, and refreshments were enjoyed by all the attendees.  Thank you, William and Urgent Care.   We even had a special guest visit our box, Riptide the Sea Turtle.
As a Rotarian you are welcome in more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 countries and areas. Past President Diamond Frandsen was recently welcomed at a meeting of the Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach. An exchange of Rotary banners, a Rotary tradition that serves as a symbol of our fellowship, took place at the meeting.
President Elect Linda Kostrowski was also visiting another club while on vacation.  Linda and her husband Ed were vacationing in France, attended the Rotary Club of Nice’s weekly meeting.
We have travel banners for any member traveling that would like to exchange them with other clubs!
Happy July 4th - the holiday reserved for fireworks, picnics, barbecues and a day at the beach all because 56 men had the courage to stand up for what they knew was right. The Rotary Club of Forked River and the Rotary Flag Program salutes the USA and the businesses who support our efforts by proudly sponsoring this program. If you would like more information or would like to be part of this 6 holiday salute to America please contact any Rotarian or message us here. Happy 4th of July!!!
For families who rely on the Lacey Food Bank to get them through the last days of the month, summer can be a time of uncertainty about where and when they’ll have access to healthy food. Traditionally, the Food Bank sees a sharp drop off in donations as the schools recess for the summer. So it's this time of the year that they depend more and more on business and community members to help stockthe shelves. Pictured is Diamond Frandsen, the 2015/16 President of the Forked River Rotary Club presenting to LFBKids Chair, Laura Caroccia (and fellow Rotarian) a generous $500.00 donation to help them fill their shelves with some of the staples they will need to get through the long days of summer. No stranger to community involvement , the Forked River Rotary Club partners with the Lacey Food Bank at Thanksgiving to provide a full harvest feast for all the families on the food bank client list. And in 2015 the Forked River Rotary celebrated a Day of Giving by sponsoring one of the biggest food drives in recent years - presenting the Lacey Food Bank with more than 2500 lbs of shelf stable non-perishable groceries! Thank You President Frandsen and the Rotary Club of Forked River for your support and efforts to help those in our community who need it the most!
District 7500 Rotary Youth Leaders Academy (RYLA)'s Profile Photo
Hi Fellow Rotarians -
As you are aware, the 2016 RYLA event will kick off this week, with counselors and staff members moving into Monmouth University on Thursday afternoon and a final training on Friday.  The 2016 participants will move into Monmouth early Saturday morning and the program will go until the Closing Ceremony on Tuesday June 28th.
We hope that many of the sponsoring Rotarians in the district will visit RYLA during the course of the program.  For your clubs' reference, we've captured below the key programs which we invite you to join us for.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to myself or Dave GoWell ( directly.
We hope to see you there and thank you all for your continued support!
Visit RYLA - More information here: 
Saturday 9:00 - 10:00AM: Registration
Sunday 10:00 – 12:00PM: Board Breaking (please keep the surprise)
Sunday 3:00 - 6:00PM: Adventure Course
Monday 11:30 - 3:00PM: Whole Earth Game
Monday 3:00 - 5:00PM: Trust Exercises
Monday 8:00 - 10:00PM: Follies (a Talent Show)
Monday 11:00 – 12:00AM: Candle Ceremony
Tuesday 5:00 - 6:30PM: Dinner with Students & Parents ($17)
Tuesday 6:30 - 8:30PM: The Closing Ceremony (final program, parents invited)
Let's show some support from our club, we are distributing a sign up sheet for members to attend next week's closing ceremony.  We'll car pool our group and meet around 4:15 PM at Diamond's shop to attend dinner and closing ceremony.
For the first time in the history of the Interact Club of Lacey Township High School, the club was awarded a Presidential Citation from Rotary International.  Club President Diamond Frandsen and District Governor David Forward made the award presentation to Club Advisor Keena Frechette and some of the members of the Interact Club Board at last week's meeting.
For the second year in a row the weather didn’t cooperate for our annual Interact/Rotary Picnic, but the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of Interact members and Rotarians.  Members from both groups enjoyed an indoor barbecue, with great food including burgers and dogs, ribs, chicken and all the fixins’.  Festivities included thanking the Interact members for a great year of service and receiving a Presidential Citation from Rotary International.
The photos to the left show some of the activities that the Interact members participated in at the picnic.  Some of the activities included outdoor games, adult coloring, Uno card games and Jenga.
Thank you to Keena our Interact Student Advisor and all the members of this years club.
Congratulations to the Graduating members of 2015-2016 board and new board members 2016-2017 of the Lacey High School Interact Club.  This club has had a great year, earning a Presidential Citation from Rotary International. 
Pinning of the New Board Members for 2016-2017
           Awards for old board 2015-2016         Pinning Interact Advisor- Mrs. Frechette
  Interact RYLA Counselors-Sara & Sara                 Swearing in the new board for 2016-2017
Reminder that Rotary/Interact Picnic scheduled for tomorrow at 11:00 AM at Hebrew Park,
if we have inclement weather tomorrow, event will be held at Captains Inn.
Interact Pinning Ceremony tonight
at the Captains Inn at 6:00 PM.
Annual  Officer Installation & Awards Dinner
“Rotary Serving Humanity”
It was a wonderful evening of recognition and fellowship for the Rotary Club of Forked River.  Outgoing President Diamond recapped a great year for our club, thanking all members of her board and club members for all their contributions throughout the year.  Congratulations to incoming President William, you have some big shoes to fill in the upcoming year, your board and members look forward to working with you for another great year of service, in and around the Lacey community.  Special awards were given to partners in our community always willing to lend a helping hand to our club projects, thank you George Smith- Manager at Walmart and Casey Parker- Director of Lacey Public Works. 

VATICAN CITY, April 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 9,000 members of Rotary from across the globe attended the Jubilee Audience at the Vatican in St. Peter's Square on 30 April 2016 at the invitation of Pope Francis.

At the end of the Audience, a delegation of Rotary members - led by Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran - met Pope Francis where he emphasized the importance of vaccinations against polio and urged Rotary to continue.

Pope Francis follows Paul VI and John Paul II in connecting with Rotary to encourage their support of a more peaceful and compassionate world.  

"It is a tremendous honor to be part of this Jubilee Audience," said Ravindran. "Pope Francis has inspired men and women throughout the world – regardless of their faith – with his humble acts of kindness. His call to alleviate the root causes of extreme poverty and human suffering transcends religion, age, nationalism and politics. Rotary members from every religion, nation and creed share Pope Francis' spirit of mercy and compassion, which inspires us to act boldly to address the most difficult challenges facing our world today."

By promoting peace, fighting disease, ending polio, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, supporting education, saving mothers and children and growing local economies, Rotary members are improving lives and bringing positive, lasting change to communities around the world.

Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are on the brink of making global health history as polio is slated to become the second human disease ever to be eliminated. Cases of this paralyzing but vaccine preventable disease have plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 1988, to 74 confirmed in 2015. Since launching its PolioPlus program in 1985, Rotary has donated US$1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from polio. More than 13 million people are able to walk today, who would otherwise have been paralyzed from polio.

Pope Francis personally vaccinated a child against polio in Mexico this past February. While he was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was named an honorary member of Rotary – making him the first known pope to receive and accept a Rotary club membership.

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Satellite Secretary
Club Administration Chair
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