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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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Craig Wigley
Mar 28, 2017
Lacey Schools District Superintendent
Chief Michael DiBella
Apr 04, 2017
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Lacey Township High School
Apr 11, 2017
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Sure and Begorrah! Last Tuesday evening members and their guests were entertained by Irish Dancers stepping to Irish Music.  Everyone had the opportunity to sample some Irish dishes including corned beef and cabbage, Irish Stew and Shepherd’s Pie.  The Irish Cream Cheese Cake for dessert was da bomb!
Our club added 2 new members to our roster through our satellite group at last Tuesday's evening meeting.  Welcome to our club Ashley Hughes and Katie DeSantis.  Both ladies were sponsored by Donna McAvoy.  We also had 2 members complete their assigned tasks and had a Red Ribbon removal ceremony last week. Congratulations Judy Ryan and Gabrielle Spano.  Congratulations to our new Corporate associate Jeff Ryan, who was busy assisting at a local fire in town. His wife Judy accepted his Rotary Pin in his absence.
The Harlem Wizards came to town to play a team of All-Star Teachers from the Lacey School district to help raise funds for the Interact Club at the Lacey High School on Tuesday evening, February 28th.  The gym was packed with fans cheering on their favorite teachers and the game was pretty competitive with the Wizards pulling out a close victory late in the fourth quarter.  The Wizards put on a great show with lots of alley oops and slamdunks to wow the crowd, while exhibiting their basketball skills and entertaining sideshows.  The game was well supported by members of our community as we sold a record number of 890 tickets. Thank you Wizards, Rotarians, and Interactors for putting together a great night of fun, while raising money for scholarships.     
Click on link above to check out the ball skills of the Wizards!
All members are invited with their guests to attend our club's Annual Irish Night
Join us for an evening of Irish Music & Irish Dancers, you can also sample the foods of
Ireland at the Irish Buffet.
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at the Captains Inn 6:00 PM
Members may also invite guests to attend, there is a $15.oo charge for non-members
Please let Tom McGillick or John Sauer know if you'll be attending and the number in your party
Kiss me, I’m Irish! | Blowing Rock Rotary Club
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We had a perfect day and a steady turnout for this years' blood drive event for the New Jersey Blood Services Center, which ran from 8:00 AM till 2:00 PM on Saturday the 25th.  We had a total of 39 sign ups and we're able to collect 37 pints of blood to help build up the blood reserves for those in need.  Thank you to all of the participants and Rotarians that helped in the event.  See you next year!
The Hub Bub - October 27, 2015 (Oct 27, 2015)
Happy Valentine's Day!
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The Harlem Wizards are coming to town!! 
Photo Ops! Souvenirs! Interactive Fun!! Come support the Lacey Warriors – and all your favorite teachers from all the schools – on Tuesday 2/28/17 as they take on the Harlem Wizards in a fast paced, family fun event of tricks, hoops and alley oops!. Doors open at 6pm. Pre-Sale tickets are available at Ivy Cottage, 407 Lacey Road, Forked River; Ryan’s ServiCenter, 603 Rt. 9N, Lanoka Harbor and First Constitution Mortgage, Rt 9N, Forked River. Advance ticket prices are $10.00 for students and $12.00 for general admission. Courtside Plus tickets available at $30.00 each. Tickets will also be sold at the door - $12.00 for students and $15.00 general admission. Sponsored by the Lacey Township High School Interact Club and the Rotary Club of Forked River, this family fun night benefits the community service projects and scholarships of the LTHS Interact Club.
Member Paul Stephens and his grandson Emil ran into fellow member Dave DiEugenio at the 2017 Philadelphia Car Show.
Opportunity for a day of service.  We need members to assist at this year's event,
a sign up sheet will be passed around by Tim.
Great night at the 3rd Annual Chef's Night Out! An evening of good food, fun and fellowship.  Here's some of our chefs receiving their awards for their dishes. We believe everyone that attended, went home with a full belly. Congratulations to our 50/50 winner who went home with a fatter wallet, plus the winner also donated back 50% of his winnings to our club.  Thank you Tom and Rob for chairing the event.  Thanks to members that helped put together this years' event and thank you to this years attendees for supporting our club. Start that diet tomorrow!
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Rotary Club of Forked River- Chef’s Night Out Fundraiser-Winners
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
1st- Oysters Rockerfeller  2nd- Spinach/Artichoke Dip- Rebecca Palamara
3rd- Buffalo Sliders- John Sauer
1st- Taco Soup- Alicia Crandall 2nd- Chicken Tomato Basil- Jeff Brewer
3rd-Potato Leek- Ed Subokow
Mixed Toss Salad-Eric Fielder 2nd- Shrimp Caesar Salad- Peter Avenoso
3rd- Potato Salad- Donna McAvoy
1st- Fresh Smoked Ham-Tony Angona 2nd- Penne Vodka- Laura Caroccia
3rd- Pulled Pork- William Recevuto
1st- English Toffee- Terry Chapman 2nd- Caramel Apple Bars- Jill Larsen
3rd- Assorted Desserts- Lacey High School Culinary Students
Congratulations to all our winners, see you next year! 

Experience the hospitality of the American South

Club members can register at link below.
June 10th - June 14th, 2017- Atlanta, Georgia


The yearlong celebration of The Rotary Foundation and 100 years of Doing Good in the World culminates at the Atlanta convention. Help us celebrate in the city where it all began:

  • Explore The Rotary Foundation Centennial exhibit
  • Attend the “Doing Good in the World” book signing
  • Enjoy a special centennial birthday party


Atlanta is a gracious, warm-hearted city whose rich history and modern, thriving metropolitan area offers something for everyone. Plan now to:

  • Visit family-friendly attractions like the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium
  • Enjoy Southern cooking during Restaurant Night
  • Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the King Center


In addition to an unparalleled lineup of speakers, entertainment, and events, this year’s convention offers once-in-a-lifetime activities, including:

  • Special movie screening of “Gone With the Wind” at the historic Fox Theatre
  • Presidential Peace Conference
  • Memorable Foundation centennial festivities
Members be sure to mark your calendar for the date- February 11th, 2017
Crystal Point Yacht Club-Point Pleasant NJ
Time and cost to be announced.


We are pleased to announce that our organization is continuing our scholarship program for the 2016-2017 School year.

For our Scholarship Program this year, we are continuing a total of $20,000 in new awards.  The selection criteria we use include “service oriented students with leadership qualities.”  Preference will be given to active members of the Lacey Rotary Interact Club and those who demonstrate community involvement.

The deadline for the completed application package is 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 11.  If you have any questions, please contact a Rotarian. 

The application is posted in our "downloads" section, and can also be accessed here.


Monday, January 30th, 2017
6:00-9:00 PM
La Bove Grande
800 NJ-70
Lakehurst, NJ  08733
United States
We are looking to fill a table(s) with members from our club for this event.  You can sign up at link below.  Our club's own Tony Angona is the recipient of this years club vocational award.
Rotary Club of Forked River- Chef’s Night Out Fundraiser
Sunday, January 29th, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Captains Inn- E. Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731
Cash Bar Available- Soft Drinks Included
Sample the culinary specialties or our Members and Friends of the Rotary Club of Forked River
Ticket Donation is $50.00 per ticket early purchase, $60.00 at door night of event
Chefs can sign up or respond to Tom McGillick (609) 971- 7722. We’ll need the name of the dish you’re preparing and category, please include ingredients list, so that we can finalize our menu.  There will be five dish categories, you can prepare an appetizer, soup, salad, entrée or dessert.  Attendees sampling our menu, can cast votes on their favorites in each category, with prizes being awarded to top dishes in each category.  Prize sponsor is Ivy Cottage Gifts.

The Rotary Club of Forked River lost a friend and long time Rotarian on Tuesday December 13th.

William S. Whitson was a long time member of the Forked River Rotary and the recipient of 5 Paul Harris Awards for service to Rotary and our community. Although Bill worked extensively with many Rotary community projects, his most ardent campaign was to provide full Thanksgiving dinners to the needy families in Lacey Township, New Jersey. With Bill at the lead and working closely with the food bank, other community partners and his fellow Rotarians this program was responsible for providing full Thanksgiving dinners to thousands of people over the years. 

William Stuart Whitson was born in Lakewood NJ to Edna Scott Whitson and William Warren Whitson, younger brother of David Christie Whitson. Mr. Whitson is survived by his loving wife Susie (Sally Anne Bitzer), daughter Dawn Whitson Davis, son William Scott Whitson, and granddaughters Emily Anne Whitson and Sarah Scott Whitson. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.

Mr. Whitson attended Toms River High School and graduated from Morristown School in 1954. He served his country as a Gunner and Heavy Weapons Infantryman in the New Jersey National Guard from 1956-1962. Mr. Whitson worked for Vernon Bitzer Associates, currently of Warminster PA, starting his career as a clerk and retiring as Vice President.

Growing up in Toms River NJ, Mr. Whitson developed a zest for the outdoors, learning sailing from his brother and hunting and fishing from his father, all of which remained life long passions. He enjoyed camping, family time in the mountains, and scuba diving with his family. Mr. Whitson derived great pleasure from being able to assist others and was an active member of the Forked River Rotary Club, working extensively with several community service programs. He was the recipient of 5 Paul Harris Awards for service to Rotary.

Services will be held at 12PM on 12/28/16 at the Forked River Presbyterian Church, 131 N. Main Street. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Forked River Rotary Club.

Thank you to everyone in our community that has supported our events throughout the year. With your support of our fundraisers and events you helped make this years’ event our best ever. An event this large, to help so many, couldn't be pulled off without extra help. With the assistance of the LTHS Interact Club supplying some additional man and woman power to do the shopping, set up, and gift distribution in our Elf Store, Our club was able to help 160 families, which include around 380 children to experience the magic of Christmas this year! Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas this holiday!
Rotary Club of Forked Annual Christmas Brunch 2016
Our club kicked off the holiday season with our annual Christmas brunch at the Captains Inn, the event was well attended as many Rotarians, family members and friends took part in the food and festivities.  The event started with a wide selection of fruits and breakfast pastries, also need to mention the breakfast bar buffet set up by the inns staff.  Children that attended were kept busy by Rob and Debra with a medley of Christmas Carols, Letters to send to Santa and goodie bags with holiday projects until the man in the red suit made his appearance.  The best part of the day was seeing the smiling faces on all the children that day.  Don’t forget it’s not too late to make a donation to our Elf Program!  Thank you to Rob & Debra for a great event!
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!
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