About Our Club


The Rotary Club of Forked River

Serving Lacey and Waretown since 1973

What would it take to change the world? Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to Service Above Self.

In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.

Our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The Object of Rotary

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
Our mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Common questions:

How Did Rotary Start?

The Rotary Club of Chicago began in 1905, formed as a service club by a lawyer named Paul P . Harris. The organization was so named because early meetings "rotated" from one member's office to the next. The concept caught on quickly and within 20 years, Rotary Clubs had more than 20,000 members in 200 clubs around the world.
Today Rotary is a world-wide organization comprised of more than 1.2 million people from the business and professional communities. There are over 34,000 Rotary Clubs located in 200 + countries across the globe.

How does the Rotary Club of Forked River fit into this large organization?

Even though Rotary Clubs are part of a larger organization, they operate independently with local members. The Rotary Club of Forked River was chartered in 1973 and has been providing service to the townships of Lacey and Waretown since that time. We fund both International humanitarian projects and local community projects

Do you have any examples of local projects?

$81,000 - Gillie Park improvements including: Rotary Park Playground, The Pavers along Rotary Walk and the Outdoor exercise equipment located along the walking path.

$12,000 - electronic sign announcing town events (located across from the park on the corners of Manchester and Haines)

$40,000 – Pavilion in Waretown

$500,000 – Scholarships awarded to graduating high school students (about $25,000 annually).

$30,000 – Annually to provide holiday meals during Thanksgiving and December and gifts for children during December

We have sponsored Community Days (Like Lacey Day), participated in environmental projects such as identify and marking storm drains, working at food kitchens, paint houses, putting out American Flags during the holidays along Lacey Road and Route 9, provide dictionaries to the schools, supported disaster relief efforts and a many, many other projects.

Why would I want to join the Rotary Club of Forked River?

In addition to the desire to make a difference in the world through participation in our service projects, fellowship among the club members is what makes Rotary Clubs and the Rotary Club of Forked River is a leader in that area.

What about fellowship?

Rotary is about service but what makes it special is the bonds we form with our fellow Rotarians. Ask any Rotarian and they will tell you they have made life-long friendships through their involvement in Rotary

Do I have a commitment if I join?

The Rotary Club of Forked River meets weekly on Tuesdays at 12:15 for lunch or 6pm for dinner. We know that people's schedules are jam packed everyday so we offer two meeting times each week so you can plan to join us according to your schedule. We hope that you will try and make every meeting but we understand that is not always possible. Rotarians need to make at least half the meetings. Our weekly meetings may also include a guest speaker. Participation in our fundraising efforts and service projects is also expected.

What about Business Networking?

We don’t trade business cards each week but just like any other club or organization you may be a part of, business development is a natural result of the friendships you form. Many of our members will tell you that when they need a service, they open their Rotary Club Directory before the searching the internet or yellow pages.

How do I learn more about joining a Rotary Club?

Although Rotary membership is by invitation only, we are always looking for service oriented business and community leaders.  One of our members will be more than happy to talk to you about Rotary and all the good work we do in our community. You can also contact our membership chair, Donna McAvoy or contact us through our Facebook page.