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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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Sep 27, 2016
Jessica Most

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Sunday, October 23rd, 2016- Tiki Bar at the
Captains Inn, E. Lacey Rd. Forked River NJ 08731
Reverse Raffle Starts at 4:00 All numbers will be pulled
Cash Bar Available and Hors D’ Oeuvres served
Only 300 tickets being sold, if all tickets are sold
there is a potential for $15,000 in prize pool.
$100 per entry, Donations Benefit Rotary Charities

Rotary Club of Forked River 2ND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT







Only four weeks till our event, we still have sponsorships available!
Raffle and Gift Auction Committee are still in need of prizes for the event!

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.



JUST IN!!! ****** WE HAVE A WINNER !!!!! 
The Captains Inn in Forked River provided the setting for the Annual Rotary Club of Forked River GO FOR THE GOLD GALA. The cool June night and the fiery torches that light the shores of Forked River provided the perfect backdrop for this evening of camaraderie and mounting anticipation! 
With only a limited number of tickets sold, conversation and canapés kept everyone busy while they counted down the minutes to the drawing of the ultimate jackpot of $10,000.00 in Gold!!! Several 50/50 winners were called while we waited, serving only to heighten the anticipation of the crowd. At precisely the stroke of 10pm, the ticket barrel was spun! And the Winner is........ #258 !! Congratulations to Rosa S. and better luck next year to the rest of us!

Thank You All for your continued support of the Forked River Rotary. Through events like this we are able to continue providing scholarships and youth programs, ongoing Park and Green Space improvements, educational aids and holiday food and gift programs for needy families and so much more. We invite you to consider becoming a member of Rotary. Please contact any Rotarian for more information.


Members from the club and their families enjoyed a night of baseball and fellowship thanks to Gerri Tomlinson and her employer TD Bank.  Everyone had a great time watching the game in the luxury box, and feasted on drinks, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, salads, and fries.  Can't attend a game without peanuts, pretzels and funnel cake too!  We even received a visit to our box from Buster the BlueClaws mascot.  Thanks Gerri and TD Bank!

Lacey Township High School Interact Club Fundraiser-Wing Bowl 2016
The competition was hot and furious at the Interact Club’s Wing Bowl 2016.  There was a panel of 5 teachers that had 2 minutes to finish their ThermoNuclear wings. There was a panel of 8 students to see who could eat the most wings in 5 minutes.  This contest ended in a tie, with 2 students downing 14 wings in the allotted time.  The tie forced us to have a Wing Off Tiebreaker.  The 2 remaining students had 2 minutes to eat as many as they could with one student being crowned the Wing Bowl Champion.  Thank you to our Rotarian judges, teachers and students that supported the event.

Be a Gift to the World Dinner- On Monday, March 21st, the President of Rotary International, K. R. Ravindran attended the District 7500’s Dinner at Lucien’s Manor in Berlin, NJ.  Attending the dinner from our club were President Diamond Frandsen, Tony & Judy Angona, Paul Stephens, Jay & Patsy Pierson, Peter Roukis, William & JoAnn Recevuto, Rob Dellolio & Debra Fleming, Linda & Ed Kostrowski.  After the dinner the RI President awarded Paul Harris Awards to club members or their designee.  Member Recipients’ of awards this year included Jay Pierson PH3, Elaine Miller PH, Diamond Frandsen PH, David Forward, Rob Dellolio PH, Anthony Caporale PH2, George Broome PH4, Wendy Calder PH, Erin Eads PH2, John Sauer PH, Kenneth Flatt PH3, William Recevuto PH, and William Whitson PH2.  Designees receiving Paul Harris Awards, Jack & Betty Pierson by Jay Pierson,  Ed Kostrowski PH2 by Linda Kostrowski, Robert & Nelda Lange by Rob Dellolio, Judy Angona by Tony Angona,  and Kyle Flatt by Ken Flatt.  Congratulations to all.

LTHS-SOTM-Feb 2016
Congratulations to the LTHS SOTM for February 2016.  Pictured above is Ryan Neumann accepting his award with Diamond and Kristen.  Not pictured winners include Haley Meyh and Juan Osorno.

It was the Wearing of the Green last night at the Captains Inn for our annual March Night of Fellowship when members of the day and evening divisions of the Forked River Rotary gathered for a night of Irish Dancing and Dining!! Talented and award winning students from the Patricia Murphy School of Irish Dance, Brick NJ, had us clapping and stomping along with them as they demonstrated their award winning Irish dance routines. As finale, the students invited some of the more agile among us to share the dance floor with them as they gave a quick lesson in a traditional Irish reel! President Diamond presented the school with a Thank You gift and an invitation to join us again next year!! Slainte!!!

Forty-three years of Service to Lacey and beyond was celebrated yesterday at both the afternoon and evening meetings of the Rotary Club of Forked River. With nearly $2.5 MILLION Dollars donated to Lacey Township parks, schools, students and its citizens in the last 43 years, the Forked River Rotary continues to focus it's energy and resources on building a better community, locally and worldwide, through active Service and Fellowship. Happy 43rd Birthday Forked River Rotary !!
The Rotary Club of Forked River was invited by the Lacey Shoprite to showcase some of our 43 years of Service to Lacey Township. Since 1973 the Forked River Rotary has contributed more than $2,250,000.00 to local causes including scholarships to graduating high school seniors, community projects such as improvements to local parks and recreation areas, school projects for both curricular and extracurricular activities at all age levels and extraordinary contributions to Lacey citizens through programs such as our Thanksgiving dinner distribution and the Christmas Elf programs. During the month of March, check out the display window in the Shoprite lobby and see what we have done!
Photo and story-Laura Caroccia

Texas Hold Em’ Tournament/Casino Night
Shuffle Up and Deal!!!
Texas Hold Em’ Tournament/Casino Night
Shuffle Up and Deal!!!
We had a total of 54 players enter our tournament this year.  Tough night at the tables for some as a pair of Aces in the hold, wasn’t enough to win the hand tonight.  Players played till about 8:30, then short food break and it was time to get back to serious gambling. Final table started playing around 10:00 and this years Champion was crowned around 11:00.  Congratulations to Barry's son in law on being crowned this year's champion, our own Doc McGillick was this years runner up.  We wrapped up the night with the gift prize drawings for entrants and BlackJack Players.  Prizes included His & Hers Cruiser Bicycles, Limo Ride and Dinner in NYC, Watch and Jewelry Box, Canoeing Excursion with Fishing Equipment.   Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all that supported and assisted in our fundraiser!   

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