The Rotary Club of Forked River has started selling tickets for the Annual Autumn Windfall Reverse Raffle Fundraiser.  To purchase a ticket the donation is a $100- Entry.  This ticket includes entry in the 50/50 raffle along with an invitation to attend The Autumn Windfall event at Captains Inn on October 27, 2019 where there will be an open bar  and hors d'oeuvres.  
This is a Reverse Raffle, you want to be the last ticket drawn to win $8000 Grand Prize - Only 250 Tickets being sold! There will be 10 winning tickets selected!

​Prizes are as follows: if all tickets sold:

1st Ticket Drawn-$100, 5oth Ticket Drawn-$100, 100th Ticket Drawn-$100, 150th Ticket Drawn-$100, 200th Ticket Drawn-$100, 246th Ticket Drawn-$1000, 247th Ticket Drawn- $1000, 248th Ticket Drawn-$1000, 249th Ticket Drawn-$1000, 250th- Last Ticket- $8000 Grand Prize

Event proceeds benefit Rotary Charities.
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This summer has been a season of welcoming many new members to our Rotary Club.  On July 30th at our lunch meeting, Jennifer Bottomly was initiated into the Rotary Club of Forked River.  Jennifer was invited to join by her sponsor, Tony Angona.  She was raised in Jackson, NJ and moved to Forked River in 2005, when she got engaged and started a family.  She has worked in banking for the past 26 years.  She loved spending time with her family, staying active, and watching sports like baseball and football.  She also enjoys baking and planning parties.  We are happy to have Jennifer part of the Rotary Club.
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On Wednesday June 26th, our 2018-2019 Rotary Board celebrate their final meeting with a night out at Fuji Restaurant.  It was a fun time by all that attended.  We thank the 2018-2019 Forked River Rotary Board for their service to Rotary this year. 
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Evanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years, this unique humanitarian alliance has supported families with a place to call home after disaster.

Rotary is a global network whose members take action to make a lasting difference in their communities – and worldwide. ShelterBox provides emergency shelters and other essential items to support families who have lost their homes in disaster.

What began as a local connection with one Cornish Rotary Club has led to an international movement that’s provided 140,000 ShelterBox family tents or 390,000 ShelterKits worldwide to date (a value of over £54 million).

First adopted as a millennium project by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in 2000, the support of Rotary members and clubs around the world saw ShelterBox become Rotary’s Project Partner in Disaster Relief in 2012. Since then, the partnership has helped transform ShelterBox into an internationally recognized disaster relief charity, supporting families with emergency shelter after disaster.

The partnership extends far beyond financial support. Around 1,000 Rotary members are involved in ShelterBox as volunteers, staff or response team members. And clubs worldwide offer valuable, practical assistance to help ShelterBox reach more families fleeing disaster or conflict.

This has recently included support for families in Malawi flooded from their homes by Cyclone Idai and communities in Lombok devastated by the 2018 earthquake and tsunami (quotes and details at the end of this release).

“ShelterBox has been Rotary’s Project Partner in Disaster Relief since 2012, and we are excited to renew the partnership for another three years,” says Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko.

“Through this project partnership, Rotary members around the globe can collaborate with ShelterBox to support communities in desperate need of emergency temporary shelter and vital supplies following natural disasters,” adds Hewko. “Additionally, Rotary and ShelterBox will continue to expand cooperation efforts through preparedness training and stockpiles of prepositioned aide in disaster-prone regions.”

Caroline White, interim Chief Executive at ShelterBox, said: “Whenever disaster strikes, Rotary is beside us. From the earliest planning stages to final evaluations, Rotary members help ShelterBox make community contacts, organize logistics, and reach disaster-affected families in remote areas who might otherwise go without.

This partnership has helped ShelterBox become who we are today. Our global network of 17 ShelterBox affiliates, who raise funds and awareness worldwide, evolved from Rotary relationships.”

Rotary club presidents around the world have also commented:

Ace Robin, President of the Mataram Rotary Club, Indonesia, was caught up in the deadly earthquakes that hit Lombok in 2018. Her home survived, but many around her were destroyed. Through an agreement with the government-led response, Ace’s club was central to bringing ShelterBox aid to Indonesia.

Thanks to their support, vulnerable members of the community received vital emergency shelter, including families with elderly relatives, pregnant women or new mothers.

Ace said: “Working with ShelterBox taught us a lot – they showed us how to build shelter and select families to help. It also gave us a chance to show what Rotary is to local people.”

After floods triggered by Cyclone Idai left tens of thousands homeless in Malawi this March, Rotary members connected ShelterBox with communities in the Blantyre region, helping them understand local needs and culture. Members helped deliver emergency shelter to almost 2,000 families. And ShelterBox supported the Rotary Club of Limbe to join the wider disaster response, enabling the club to deliver food to communities whose entire crops had been destroyed by the floods.

Rotary Club of Limbe President Eric Chinkanda said: “It was a great experience to work with ShelterBox. We have not only walked a mile in reaching out to the many Malawians who faced hardship, but we restored confidence in the displaced people that all was not lost!”

James Kingston, Club President of the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, in Cornwall, said: “The members of Helston-Lizard Rotary are delighted that Rotary International continues to recognize ShelterBox.

I joined the club a few months before the Millennium Project began, and I’m so pleased we’re still involved. It has been wonderful to see the charity grow into an internationally recognized, professional disaster relief organization.”

Facts and figures

  • 90% of ShelterBox responses assisted by Rotary
  • 1,000 Rotary members have roles in ShelterBox, in the UK and internationally
  • £54m+ raised for ShelterBox by Rotary supporters since 2000

About Rotary International

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. See

About ShelterBox

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and other essential items to families who have lost their homes to disasters. See


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         Last Friday evening, we held our club’s Annual New President and Board Member Installation Dinner. Congratulations to our out going President Tony Angona and this year’s incoming 2019-2020 President Donna Volz.  It was a great year as our club raised over $75,000 to fund many projects in our community. Here’s a few of our projects that were completed this past year, $24,000 in scholarships were awarded to Seniors at LTHS , our Annual Elf Program helped 150 local families with gifts for their children at Christmas time, over 225 Turkeys with all the trimmings were distributed at Thanksgiving to those in need.  Thank you to all the members in the community that have supported our events, your support makes it possible for us to do the things we do.  Looking forward to another year of service under the guidance of our New President Donna Volz!
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What a perfect day for our Annual Doggie Derby!  Lots of fun for adults and children, our four legged friends, some three legged friends and a mini pig that thinks they’re a pit bull.  There were lots of activities including a bouncy house for the kids, Home Depot supplied pots and plants for the children to make, Lacey Recreation had a game and craft table to keep the young ones busy.  Lots of good food supplied by a variety of food trucks.  We even had some contests for the dogs and their owners. Lots of old cars supplied the Sentimental Cruisers and Vintage Automobile Club of NJ.  Congratulations to the Best Dressed Dog- Muchitas, Best Dog Trick- Rodchester and Most Happy Dog- Grasie.  Thank you to all the vendors and supporters for a great event. Congratulations to Jennifer of Barnegat, the winner of our Doggie Derby Raffle of dog supplies donated by Caporale Pet Supply. Thank you Bill Stanton from WBNJ for live coverage of the days events.  Great job by our Doggie Derby committee, thank you for all your time and hard work for a spectacular event.  Hope to see everyone again next year! 🐾

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Finally we had some good weather! Great day for our club’s Annual Interact Club Picnic. Interact Club members and Rotarians played some interactive club games, tossed some frisbees and played some beach volleyball. Thanks for another great year of doing good in the world! #PeopleofAction #ServiceAboveSelf

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Saturday Night we held our Annual Texas Hold Em' and Casino Night.  We had close to a sellout thanks to last minute walk in players. 

The action was hot and heavy, eliminating players to get to the final table of 10.


Congratulations to Barry Cerino, who won this year's tournament and is now the first two time champion.

Rest of the tournament standings were:

2nd  George Filis

3rd   Anthony Beck

4th  Harry Chambarry

5th  Wayne Mauro

6th   Tom Walter

7th  Franz

8th   Mike Petrin

9th   Rich Ritchie 

10th Frank Blozen


Thank you to all of this years entrants for playing and supporting our club, see you next year!

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At this weeks’ meeting we inducted a former member of our club Charlie Ziegler, back into active status.   Although Charlie recently rejoined us officially, he never really left as he has been behind the scenes helping at many of our events and functions the past few years.  Conducting the induction ceremony is our very own member PDG Peter Roukis.  Welcome back Charlie! #ServiceAboveSelf

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At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water, a grim reminder for Rotary members who make providing clean water and sanitation an organizational priority. While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for our members to provide toilets and latrines and other clean water initiatives in underdeveloped countries. Members also teach these communities to maintain new infrastructure, and organize educational projects to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits.

Though 22 March is recognized as World Water Day, our commitment to these causes is ongoing. In Ghana, Rotary member Samuel Obour spearheads projects to install latrines, washing stations, and toilets across Ghana. In Latin America, youth from Connecticut, USA, lay water pipelines for communities for high altitude villages. Dozens of other water projects await financial support, from water harvesting in Mexico to a well for clean potable water in Egypt. Join us and get involved.

Or meet us in São Paulo on 4 June for our World Water Summit, the seventh time Rotary members have hosted NGOs, nonprofits, businesses, and concerned citizens of the world for learning, networking, and discussion around clean water. In addition to our summit, members regularly host water experts for roundtable discussions at their clubs. Find a club near you.

In Evanston, Illinois, join local and national experts for Tap Into Lake Michigan, a panel discussion on local perspectives to the global water crisis on 31 March. The event brings together Rotary members and the general public to mingle with influencers and representatives of local water organizations. Register today.

Our commitment to clean water is stronger than ever. We have over 1.2 million members in more than 34,000 clubs in nearly every corner of the world. Learn more about who we are and what we do.

See how Rotary is building sustainable clean water and sanitation facilities
Learn why Jack Sim wants you to talk about toilets with your friends
Support a water and sanitation project
Give now to the clean water cause

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District 7505 North RYLA Counselors and staff have started their training to make this years RYLA event the best ever!
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Are you a high school student at Lacey Township High School, MATES OCVTS living in Lacey or a student at Monsignor Donovan living in Lacey?
Here's your opportunity to attend this year's RYLA Workshop.  If you're interested in attending click on link below and complete your interest application.  April 15th, 2019 is the application deadline for this year.
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An Invitation from our District Governor  7505 -William Donnelly
What better way to spend a day with friends, meet new friends from around the new district, meet the team of President Elects for 2019-20, and the Governor string who will lead us over the next 3 Rotary years!

Enjoy the hotel, enjoy golf, enjoy the spa, enjoy Atlantic City, enjoy Smithville, or enjoy learning that you can use in your everyday in your life, family and job at the sessions (see below) – it’s your call - join us for breakfast and the opening of the conference.

Participate in the Memorial Service for our friends who have passed in the last year. Finally, join us for cocktails and dinner to celebrate our “New Beginning”.

To make it simple, there is one price, $150 per person (does not include golf, spa or hotel stay). There is a link in the registration form to make reservations at the hotel if you want (we will be publishing a list of hotels in the area that are less expensive than Seaview next week). Golf and Spa reservation will be available on March 18th.

Remember, it’s ONE DAY, it’s OUR TIME, it’s a celebration of our “NEW BEGINNING.” We look forward to seeing you there.

OH YEAH – DRESS CODE – CASUAL, no shorts please.

Schedule for the day – (subject to change)
1. 7:30 - 9:00 Breakfast
2. 9:00 - 9:20 Opening of the conference, business meeting 
3. 9:30 - 10:30 Session 1 – Servant Leadership
4. 10:30 - 11-30 Session 2 – Managing Change – Conflict Resolution
5. 11:30 - 12:00 Break
6. 12:00 - 12:45 Session 3 – Grow Rotary
7. 12:45 - 1:30 Session 4 – Panel Discussion
8. 1:30 - 3:00 FREE TIME
9. 3:00 - 4:00 Memorial Service
10. 4:00 - 5:00 Happy Hour
11. 5:00 - 8:00 Dinner, Awards, Keynote Speaker – Don Guardian!
12. 8:00 - thank you and safe home.


Yours in Service,


Be Kind to Someone Everyday – Be their Inspiration!
You can register online by clicking on this link below:
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Harlem Wizards defeat the Lacey Warriors!  Last night we had a great evening of hoops and alley oops at our Annual Harlem Wizards 🏀 Fundraiser for the Lacey Township High School Interact Club. Thank you to the Wizards, Lacey Township School Administrators and Teachers, LTHS Interact Club members, Wizards committee club members and club volunteers. Great job in pulling everything together so quickly due to the time constraints. Special thanks to all members of our Lacey community that attended the game and support our events. Monies raised by this event are used by the LTHS Interact Club to fund their service projects in the community and grant scholarships to Seniors in their club.
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President Tony Angona has appointed Donna McAvoy as our Sunshine Club Chairperson.
Donna's responsibilities will include acknowledging club members life events by sending club cards to members as life events occur.
Get well wishes to Elaine Miller, for a speedy recovery after her recent eye surgery.
Condolences from our club to Ryan and Stacey Reese, on the passing of Stacey's mom.
Condolences from our club to the Cerino Family on the passing of Barry's dad, Norman Cerino.
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Welcome aboard, to our newest club members Brenda Giles, sponsored by Judy Ryan who was inducted at our evening meeting on February 5th. Pictures below are from induction ceremony of new member Karen Vincentini, sponsored by Heather Scanlon at last week’s daytime meeting.   Thank you for your commitment to service in our community!
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We had three members represent our club at  the Annual gift of Life Life Gala at Luciens Manor in Berlin, NJ. Attending from our club were Club President Tony Angona, PDG Peter Roukis and Foundation Chair William Recevuto.   Funds raised by Rotarians provide hope to children with heart disease and their families, empower doctors and nurses to treat children in their country of birth, build sustainable pediatric cardiac programs in emerging countries and expand our global reach through partnerships with like-minded organizations, maximizing our impact.  We transform the lives of children with heart disease and their families by coordinating the collaboration of 82 autonomous Gift of Life programs in 79 countries across 5 continents with like-minded partner charities, hospitals, healthcare professionals, Rotarians and other volunteers to develop sustainable pediatric cardiac surgery, catheterization and aftercare programs in emerging countries.
To learn more about “The Gift of Life Program” or make a donation click on the link below:
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In Memoriam, Peter J. Avenoso
Forked River - Peter J. Avenoso, 84, of Forked River passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at his home. Peter was born in Jersey City to Silvio and Filomena Avenoso and formerly of Ridgewood before moving to Forked River in 1977. Peter served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for 14 years in the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission.

When he retired in 2003, Peter continued to enjoy his favorite activity, golfing. He was an active member and Past President (1986-1987) of the Rotary Club of Forked River, an organization that was very close to his heart and member of the Knights of Columbus, Upper Saddle River.

Peter was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph G. Avenoso (1987) and Paul Avenoso (1999). He is survived by his nephew, Joseph C. Avenoso and his wife Linda; grandnephew, James and his wife Mary; grandniece Danielle Massad and her husband Christopher; great grandnephew, Connor; great grandniece, Mea and niece Linda Verhoest.

A Viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 2-4pm and 7-9 pm and again on Wednesday from 9-10am at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, Forked River. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:30am at St. Pius the Tenth Roman Catholic Church, 300 Lacey Rd., Forked River. Interment will follow at Good Luck Cemetery, Lanoka Harbor.
In honor of Peter's service and memory our club will be designating one of our scholarships in his name this year.
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Rotary District 7505 Gift of Life Foundation Trustees

Invites you to the

22nd Annual Winter Gala

Saturday, February 9, 2019

6:00PM 10:00PM

Lucien’s Distinguished Catering

81 West White Horse Pike

Berlin, NJ 08009

$75.00 per person

Fellowship Time (Cash Bar) 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Dinner, Program & Dancing 7:00PM - 10:00PM

Silent Auction

Attire: Cocktail

All proceeds to benefit Rotary District 7505 Gift of Life foundation, Inc. 501©3 Organization

Sponsorships and ads are available.

This great event supports the mission of the District 7505 Gift of Life Foundation

To provide free medical services to children in developing

countries suffering from congenital heart defects,

regardless of age, race, gender, creed or national origin,

who, without our help would certainly die.


Please Contact Peter Roukis to Confirm your attendance at Gala so we can reserve a table.

Make your Check Payable to: Rotary Club of Forked River


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“Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.  One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was ...not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"
The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean."
"I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said,
"It made a difference for that one.”
― Loren Eiseley

Here's to another year of making a difference! From our Rotary Family to yours best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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         As all of our members know this is our club's largest community service project of the year.  After a year of running fundraisers and events to build up our coffers, we get to give back to some of the less fortunate in our community.  Things kicked off early Wednesday morning at Five Below, picking up our ordered items and loading up the trucks to store gifts at a warehouse till our Saturday ELF Gift Distribution day.  Thursday night a group of Elves got together to set up our ELF Store at our rented hall.  Friday morning, our elves met the LTHS Interact Club at Walmart, to pick up gifts and complete some last minute shopping, mostly our larger ticketed items to be given away as part of our gift raffle.  After finalizing all our purchases at Walmart, we all went back to our ELF Store to stock the tables with gifts for parents to shop for gifts for their children.  Early Saturday morning, shoppers arrived at our store for their shopping appointments starting at 8:00 AM and by 2:00 PM nearly all of our gift tables were bare.  A project this size, doesn't take place in a few days, this is the culmination of months of preparation and meetings throughout the year.  Thank you to all our ELF club members, committee chairpersons, Elf Shoppers and ELF store workers for all your time efforts for this fantastic project.  Special thanks to everyone in the club and community for your donations, and services you provide for this event each year.
         Sunday's Annual Club Christmas Brunch was a great way to wrap up a busy week with some Christmas spirit for everyone.  Members children and grandchildren were kept busy doing some holiday crafts, playing reindeer games, and a Christmas sing-a-long led by Heather.  Even the big man in the red suit made an appearance, with some gifts for the kids.  Great job by our Brunch committee putting together a fun morning of good food, music and fellowship for members and their families.  Merry Christmas to All!
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Congratulations, to Pastor Matt Hass of the Village Lutheran Church in becoming a member of our club. Matt is sworn in by PDG Peter Roukis, with his sponsor Heather Scanlon at last week’s meeting.  We also had a special  guest speaker attend last week's meeting. Welcome back Caleb Rukundo, founder of the Amaro Children’s School in Uganda, Africa.  One person can make a difference in the world. Click on the link below to see a video of the great work that Caleb has been doing in his country.
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Last Friday morning, members of our club and members of the LTHS Interact Club in conjunction with the Lacey Food Bank provided turkeys and the trimmings to 225 families in our service area at our Annual Turkey Distribution, at the Lacey Township Community Center. 
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Innovation was the theme at Rotary Day at the United Nations on 10 November. Nearly a thousand Rotary leaders, members, and guests from around the world met in Nairobi, Kenya, to hear about creative solutions to challenging world problems.

The annual event, held at the only UN headquarters in Africa, recognizes Rotary’s long-standing special relationship with the United Nations . UN officials and humanitarian experts inspired participants to find innovative strategies for addressing humanitarian needs both locally and globally.

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Nearly a thousand people attended Rotary Day at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, 10 November 2018. The event honored young innovators and their role in creating change.


Six Rotaract and Rotary members age 35 or under were also honored as Rotary People of Action: Young Innovators. All of these leaders spoke about how they used ingenuity to launch efforts that brought about measurable and lasting results.

General sessions and workshops covered the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the technology revolution, and young people’s role in creating change. A special session on the environment emphasized the importance of sustainable development and suggested concrete actions that people of all generations can take to build a clean and healthy future.

For the first time, the event also featured an Innovation Fair where Rotary clubs, businesses, and other organizations exhibited projects and cutting-edge technology designed to address humanitarian challenges.

Keynote speakers included RI President Barry Rassin, who is a member of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, and Sushil Kumar Gupta, Rotary International president-nominee and a member of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India.

Rassin said the Innovation Fair inspired him to pair Rotary’s older generations’ resources  and experience with the energy and ideas of young people.

“We want to take you on as equals, as colleagues,” Rassin told the young audience members. “You bring to the table your ideas, your ambitions, your perspective on the world’s problems. We help you to enlarge your horizons, to think big, and to make your innovations practical.” 

He added, “Youth innovators and Rotary can make the impossible possible.”

With more young people in the world today than ever before — more than 50 percent of the population is under age 30   — it’s imperative for them to harness their talents, said Hanna S. Tetteh, director-general of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. 

“For a more peaceful and more sustainable world for all, we need the active participation and leadership of young people,” said Tetteh. “I’m grateful Rotary is representing that here today.”

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Nearly a thousand people attended Rotary Day at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday, 10 November 2018. The event honored young innovators and their role in creating change. Below is link to video of event in Nairobi
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It's that time of year again.  With the thanksgiving season just around the corner and next month we have the Christmas Holidays, it truly is the season of giving.  As you know we have our two biggest service projects of the year coming up and we need all of our members to be involved.  In the next few days you'll receive an email to sign up for our Turkey Distribution and our Elf Holiday Shopping and Gift Distribution Program.  This is a great time of the year when we get to share much of our fundraising efforts to help those that are a little less fortunate in our community. Here is a quote by the late Jackie Robinson that I'd like to share.  " A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."  
If you would like to make a monetary gift to help with these programs your check can be made payable to the "Rotary Club of Forked River Foundation" and can be mailed to the Rotary Club of Forked River P.O.Box 211, Forked River, NJ 08731
A Season of Giving JFS 2018-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Autumn Windfall Raffle- and The Winners Are: JFS 2018-10-30 04:00:00Z 0
We held our Rotary Club Potluck Picnic Saturday, October 13th afternoon at Gille Park.  Although the weather didn’t cooperate fully. It could have been a little dryer and sunnier and warmer.  We were able to enjoy a nice afternoon of club fellowship, with lots of good stories, and some great food with a bunch of our club members.
Club Potluck Picnic Fellowship JFS 2018-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

Another great day of club service and fellowship at the Annual Lacey Day and Apple Festival Event. Members of our club distributed subs, chips fruit and drinks to attendees at this years event.  There were lots of things for people to do at this year's event, including a pie eating contest, apple crisp and pies to buy, kids workshop sponsored by Home Depot and many booths for businesses in and around Lacey Twp.  Thank you to all the local businesses- Fusciello's, Walmart, Anthony's and Conca D'Oro for supplying their goods and services this year.  We also had on display a Shelter Box, which includes a tent for six, mosquito netting, a stove, pots and pans, blankets, water filtration system, food rations, and various other survival items.  In conjunction with Rotary international, these Shelter Boxes are flown into areas affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and typhoons.  Thank you to everyone that donated, the funds will be put towards our club buying another Shelter Box for those in need for future disasters.

A Day of Service & Fellowship- Lacey Day/AppleFest JFS 2018-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Forked River, Lacey Twp. Police Chief Michael DiBella.  Chief Mike is sworn in by Present 7505 District Governor Bill Donnelly at last week’s meeting.  Being a member of the local law enforcement Chief Mike lives each day supporting the Rotary club motto of “Service Above Self”
Rotary Club of Forked River Welcomes Lacey Twp. Police Chief JFS 2018-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
RC of FR supports the Lacey Municipal Alliance 5K Run/1M Walk at Gille Park JFS 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
District 7505 Annual Gift of Life Dinner JFS 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Past President of LTHS Interact Club Receives his Diploma- On the Road to Recovery JFS 2018-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Forked River Partners with " Giving Hope Network" for Back to School Backpacks Project DF 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Reef in the Phillipines 2018-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary- People of Action 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
2018-19 RI President Barry Rassin wants Rotary members to Be the Inspiration JFS 2018-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

A Brief History of our RYLA
by Joe Wirzburger & David GoWell

The District 7500 RYLA has its roots in District 7640's first RYLA held in 1980 at Stockton College in Pomona, New Jersey.  It was here that Pete Heberling from Bordentown Rotary first encountered RYLA. Pete served on the District RYLA Committee almost continuously from 1980 onward.

In 1994 David GoWell was a new Rotarian in the Mt Laurel Rotary Club. He was a motivational speaker and personal development trainer who had previously worked with Anthony Robbins. David was working with the Lenape High School Interact Club when he first heard about RYLA. He immediately knew that he wanted to get involved and contacted the RYLA Chairperson of District 7640 to offer his services as a speaker.

One of the young men who heard David speak at that RYLA in 1994 was Brad Clements. That same year, District 7510 held their RYLA at the Scanticon Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey where Jill Eberle was a participant.

That following year Rotary International decided to re-district the Rotary Clubs in New Jersey. As part of that process Districts 7640 and 7510 were both split up, with Burlington County from District 7640 joining Monmouth and Ocean Counties from District 7510 to form a brand new district: District 7500. David GoWell volunteered to develop a new RYLA program for the brand new district, and he formed a committee with Jeff Donoghue and Pete Heberling and a few others.

The first District 7500 RYLA was held in 1995 at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, New Jersey.  The first few years they hired high school teachers as Advisors, but they brought in 10 RYLA graduates, including Brad Clements, Jill Eberle and Jody Gersh, from the previous year’s programs at Stockton and Scanticon as a Counselor team. Each Counselor was put in charge of a team of 12 participants. The Counselor training program that year consisted of getting to RYLA a couple hours before the participants and helping to assemble the registration bags!

The following year Brad, Jill and Jody returned as Senior Counselors, in charge of 10 new Counselors from RYLA 1995. Eventually the Support Counselor program was added to more fully prepare the Lead Counselors for their duties and the Counselor training program has grown more sophisticated each year. In 1997 the high school teachers were replaced with volunteer Rotarians, and they were eventually replaced by RYLA grads who had once been Sr. Counselors.

Our team of Directors, Coordinators, Advisors, Senior Counselors, Lead Counselors and Support Counselors now numbers about 55 people each year – almost every one of them a past RYLA Graduate. They train for about 40 hours every year – in between RYLAs – to prepare to change the lives of 180 new participants each June.

From its early roots at the "Gundoo" festival to its present complex form, our RYLA has grown to be one of the preeminent leadership training seminars in the entire world.

RYLA. Is it just an award? These 183 high school students transformed into courageous, loving servant leaders over the course of 4 days. It’s something else...
District 7500 RYLA and Closing Ceremony JFS 2018-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
4th of July Flag Flying DF 2018-07-03 04:00:00Z 0
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It was another outstanding year of "Making A Difference" for our club under the guidance of President Linda Kostrowski. As a club we accomplished many of our goals and service projects throughout the year. Here are some pictures from last weeks' installation and awards dinner, recognizing many members of our club and their Presidential Awards at our annual dinner. We would also like to recognize award winners that were unable to attend last weeks' dinner. Also receiving "Dream Team Public Image Awards" were Ashley Hughes and Katie DeSantis for helping promote our club throughout our community and commitment to our club. Congratulations to Janice Hyer for receiving the club's "Distinguished Service Award" and a club "Paul Harris Fellow Award" for all your dedicated service to our club throughout the year. Thank you all club members for your dedication and service throughout the year. Lots of hands make light work! We're sure all members are looking forward to "Be The Inspiration" in our community next year!
Click on the link below for more pictures and award acknowledgements:
Rotary Club of Forked River Club Awards at Installation Dinner JFS 2018-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
Annual Installation Dinner for our clubs’ New President and Board for 2018-2019 Rotary Year. Congratulations Past President Linda Kostrowski and Incoming President Tony Angona.  Also attending this year’s dinner and addressing our club was soon to be Past District 7500 Governor Diane Rotondelli and our new District 7505 Governor William Donnelly.
Rotary Club of Forked River Annual Officer Installation Dinner JFS 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7500 and 7640 Merging into District 7505- District Assembly 2018-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
6th Annual Doggie Derby - A Dog Day Afternoon! JFS 2018-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
      The weather forecasts weren't conducive to having our annual joint club picnic, but we were able to dodge the raindrops long enough to have this year's outing.  About 20 Interact Members and 20 Rotarians met at Gille Park to share some of their experiences, and enjoy a catered lunch in the picnic grove.  Members conversed and kept busy playing some yard games, coloring or just shooting the breeze.  The highlight was a trivia game brought by Heather Scanlon, which had club Rotarians trying to figure some of today's teenage slang and usage, and the Interactors matching company names to old products.  Each team had about 20 questions, and the Rotarians matched 8 of the slang terms, with the Interact Club only getting 2 correct.  Thank you Club Advisor Keena Frechette and to all the Interact members for another great year of " Service Above Self".
LTHS Interact Club/ Rotary Club of Forked River Annual Picnic JFS 2018-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
       Congratulations to the students chosen by our club to attend this year’s District 7500 Rotary Youth Leaders Academy (RYLA ) at Monmouth University, June 30 - July 3, 2018. Attending this year from LTHS is Adam Bahooshian, Marina Simunek, Isabella Gripaldi, Christina Fiocco, Emily Hamilton, Lauren Masocchi- Sponsored by the Spring Lake/Brielle Rotary, Marissa Frusteri from TRHSS, Janny Tang- Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Barnegat.
       Below are some pictures from the Interact Pinning Ceremony showing some of the students receiving their acceptance letters, pins and backpacks. RYLA is a four day leadership training program for students to explore what being a “leader” means to them, through a variety of team building, problem solving and cooperative experiences. The program is designed to help train ethical, visionary leaders- plus it’s loads of fun!
RYLA Attendees Chosen by Rotary Club of Forked River JFS 2018-05-21 04:00:00Z 0
Diamond Frandsen receives District 7500 N. William Skidmore Club Service Award from DG Diane Rotondelli JFS 2018-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
LTHS Interact Pinning Ceremony Dinner JFS 2018-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Club President receives Paul Harris Fellowship Award at District Conference JFS 2018-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
     Our Club would like extend our thanks and gratitude to the owners, John & Amy Beecroft, of Crossfit Razor for hosting the Rotary 4 Way Challenge Crossfit Competition Fundraiser.              Below are some pictures of competitors participating in yesterday’s WOD’s. It was amazing to see the dedication and perseverance of all the competitors, to a sport that they are so passionate about. There were 33, 2 person teams that competed in 4 challenging workouts, with the top 3 teams in 2 divisions  receiving medals for their efforts.  Great job by Matt Lawler and Tim Petrin for putting together WODs and Officiating the event. Thank you to all the teams that competed and their fans that supported the event!
Rotary 4 Way Challenge Crossfit Razor Competition Fundraiser JFS 2018-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Rotarians Making a Difference-Earth Day JFS 2018-04-23 04:00:00Z 0
Winner of This Year's Texas Hold Em' Tournament & Casino Night JFS 2018-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Forked River Welcomes 2 New Members JFS 2018-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary 4 Way Challenge- Razor Crossfit Fundraiser JFS 2018-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Annual RC of FR Irish Night Fellowship JFS 2018-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Forked River Rotary 4 Way- Crossfit Razor Challenge JFS 2018-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Annual TexasHold Em' Poker Tournament JFS 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
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A few Forked River Rotarians and Tom Morrissey's staff met at Tom's house to assemble backpacks with some basic essentials for children in need at Ocean County CASA. #ServiceAboveSelf #PeopleofAction
GO TEAM GO! We kicked off 2018 by expanding our "Stuffed Suitcase" program to Ocean County NJ.  This expansion was made possible due to a generous grant from from the Rotary Club of Forked River and help from the offices of Morrissey & Associates LLC. Morrissey & Associates LLC received our backpacks, and stuffed them with toiletries and comfort items. They then distributed them to Ocean County CASA, and successfully served 39 children! 

We are grateful for the initiative of Rotary Club of Forked River and Morrissey & Associates. Due to their efforts, we were able to expand our program to a new location, and help bring joy and care to#fostercare children-in-need!
Forked River Rotarians Supporting Events in the Community JFS 2018-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Harlem Wizards Fundraiser Highlights JFS 2018-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Forked River Inducts Two New Members JFS 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
District 7500 Vocational Service Awards 2018 JFS 2018-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
The Winners Are In! Chef's Night 2018 JFS 2018-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
4th Annual Chef's Night & VIP Experience Raffle JFS 2018-01-23 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Rotary Club of Forked River - Blood Drive Event JFS 2018-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Annual RC of FR and LTHS Interact Club Charity Basketball Game- Harlem Wizards JFS 2018-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
4th Annual Rotary Club of Forked River- Chef's Night Out & NYC VIP Experience Raffle JFS 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
Happy New Year from Rotary International JFS 2018-01-02 05:00:00Z 0
The Big Man in the Red Suit attends Annual Club Christmas Brunch JFS 2017-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Annual 2 Day ELF Gift Distribution Service Project. The project started around 7:30 yesterday morning with club members joining forces with the LTHS Interact Club. We assembled at the local Walmart to purchase gifts and put together our “ELF” store to help some less fortunate families shop for gifts for their children in our community. Thank you to all the members of our community that support our club’s events and fundraisers throughout the year. Your generosity and support allows us to continue to make this annual event a great success.  Wishing all of our supporters, members and their families a very Merry Christmas!
Annual ELF Gift Shopping and Distribution Project JFS 2017-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Forked River kicks off Elf Week 2017 JFS 2017-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Giving Tuesday JFS 2017-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Our service project committee put together 2 great days of service in our community.  On Friday the 17th, members of our club in conjunction with the Lacey Food Bank, and the LTHS Interact Club distributed 190 turkeys and the fixins’ for families in need in our community.  George Smith and his crew at Walmart in Lanoka Harbor provided the turkeys and Shop Rite helped provide the sides so that families in our community could enjoy a nice family Thanksgiving dinner.  Thank you to Manhattan Bagel in town for handling our lunch order.
            On Saturday things started off a little chilly, as it was 20 degrees, club members and some Interact Club members manned our collection bin for non perishable food items to help stock the shelves for the Lacey Food Bank for the upcoming winter months.  It didn’t take long for the chill to subside, as we had many members of our community making food and cash donations to warm up our hearts, and fill the Food Bank shelves.  Thanks to the generosity of the people of Lacey we were able to fill up the Food Bank van 3 times and collected close to a $1,000 in monetary donations. 
Annual Thanksgiving Service Project- Turkey Distribution and Food Drive JFS 2017-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Annual Intercity Assembly Hosted by the Rotary Club of Barnegat JFS 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Club Members Out and About in the Community JFS 2017-11-07 05:00:00Z 0

Look who we spotted over at the Rise Against Hunger - Ocean County event this weekend. Our very own Interact Advisor, Mrs. Frechette! Thanks for "Making a Difference" and helping to feed the people of the world. She was measuring and weighing, looking awesome and representing Interact all at the same time!!! #interact #FRRotary #makingadifference


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Autumn Windfall Reverse Raffle Results- And the Winner Are ....... JFS 2017-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
World Polio Day JFS 2017-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Apple Festival/Lacey Day - Day of Service jfs 2017-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Lacey Township Apple Festival & Lacey Day JFS 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
LTHS Interact Club- Annual Boscov's Shopping Spree Coupon Sale JFS 2017-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
District 7500 Service Event-Rise Against Hunger JFS 2017-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Forked River Welcomes 2 New Members JFS 2017-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Annual " Autumn Windfall Reverse Raffle Fundraiser" JFS 2017-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Forked River Rotarians Out and About JFS 2017-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Forked River Rotarians Volunteer at 2017 Insane Inflatable 5K Event JFS 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7500 Governor Diane Rotondelli Kick-Off JFS 2017-08-20 04:00:00Z 0
Club Fellowship at Bacchus Winery JFS 2017-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
RC of FR Attends National Night Out and visit by New DG Diane Rotondelli JFS 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
RC of FR Annual Checker Tournament and Family Fun Day at Cedar Creek Campground JFS 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
A Banner Year for the Rotary Flag Program JFS 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
Bring the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews for an afternoon of fun at the Cedar Creek Campground.
Enter the Checker Tournament with a trophy going to the winners in different age brackets.  Cool off with a dip or swim in the Olympic Size Pool. Lifeguard on duty.
Enjoy  a snack at our spectacular “Hot Dog Buffet” with all the trimmings.
Tickets are $5.00 per person of any age.  See Rob for tickets.
Annual Checker Tournament and Swim Party JFS 2017-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
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To whom it may concern, my name is Kayla Sansevere and I was fortunate enough to receive a generous, annual scholarship from the Forked River Rotary Club as a member of the Lacey Township High School graduating class of 2016. I wanted to send the Rotary Club an update on how my studies are going, and how the scholarship has benefited me. I currently attend Arcadia University as a rising sophomore with a major in Psychology and minor in Spanish. In Fall 2016, my first semester of university, I was able to study abroad in Stirling, Scotland--an experience I hold close to my heart and immensely cherish. While adjusting to a new country's culture, I succeeded not only in achieving a 3.3 GPA, but also discovering a place I call "home". Upon my arrival at Arcadia in January 2017, I again found myself adjusting to an unfamiliar place with a deep sadness of leaving the life I had created for myself in Scotland. Regardless, I was able to finish my spring semester with a 4.0 GPA. I also became heavily involved in my university's community, as I am now an Orientation Leader, First-Year Study Abroad Experience mentor, and Teacher's Assistant. In the fall, I will begin both my own research opportunities and assists professors in their research. I am also taking 20 credits while maintaining a work-study position. As for this summer, I am working a part-time job and participating as a hospice volunteer, where I comfort individuals with care and compassion in their last living days. I am thankful the Rotary Club awarded me with such a generous scholarship, as it assists me in achieving the various goals I create and allows me to take advantage of every opportunity. I truly feel as if I am able to embody the Rotary Club's guiding principles of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership, in all future endeavors and achievements. I hope you are able to share this message with fellow Rotarians whenever possible. Thank you, again!
Thank You from Last Year's Rotary Scholarship Winner- Kayla Sansevere JFS 2017-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
And the Winner is !!! "Go For The Gold " Fundraiser L. Caroccia 2017-06-27 04:00:00Z 0
New District Governor Diane Rotondelli swearing in President Linda Kostrowski.
President Linda addresses the club.
A Diamond for a Diamond!
New President Linda, Receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship Award PH+2.
PDG David Forward awarding District 7500 PDG James Davidson Award for exemplifying
"Service Above Self" to the Rotary Foundation.
Meet the New Board for 2017-2018!
Past President William's wife, JoAnn Bottone receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
Past President William pinning New President Linda.
Laura Caroccia receiving her Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
Rob Frandsen husband of Diamond, receiving his Paul Harris Fellowship Award.
John Sauer receiving his Paul Harris+1 Award selfie.
President's Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Tom McGillick -In Recognition of Your Dedicated Service and Commitment to our Club.
Tony Angona, President's Award of Excellence-For Outstanding Service and Commitment to the
Ideals of Rotary.
Veronica Laureigh, Five Avenues of Service Award- Club, Vocational, Community, International,
and New Generations
Past President William receiving his Paul Harris+2.
Rotary Club of Forked River Annual Installation and Awards Dinner 2017-2018 JFS 2017-06-20 04:00:00Z 0
Forked River Rotarians Attend Rotary International Convention 2017 JFS 2017-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
2017 Doggie Derby 2017-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Honoring a Former Member of Our Club- William Whitson LAC 2017-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
LTHS Students of the Month April 2017 Laura Caroccia 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
Annual LTHS Interact Club Pinning Ceremony JFS 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
It's getting to be that time of year.  Our annual flag sponsorship starts with flag set up and pick up on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 29th.  Jay Pierson and Tom McClung are chairing flag committee, flags will be put out and brought in on May 29th- Memorial Day, June 14th- Flag Day, July 4th- Independence Day, September 4th-Labor Day, September 11th- Day of Service and Rememberance Day, and November 10th-Veterans Day.  Be sure to sign up when sheets are passed around at meetings.  Below is a picture of Club Rotarians Katie, Ashley and Gabrielle working on sales to the list of businesses along the route.
Annual Flag Sponsorship Fundraiser JFS 2017-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Friday, June 23rd, 2017 at Captains Inn- E. Lacey Road, Forked River NJ 08731
Only 350 Tickets being sold- 1 Winner $10,000 in Gold Ingots and Engelhard Silver Bars
$100.00 Donation Per Ticket- Additions to your party $35.00 per person at door, Night of Event
Holder of ticket entitled to entry into raffle drawing and invitation to attend Cocktail Party including Open Bar and Appetizers.  Live Music and Open Dance Floor.
Cocktail Party starts at 8:00 PM, Grand Prize drawing at 10:00 PM
Proceeds Benefit: Rotary Club of Forked River Scholarship Fund and Charities
Annual "Go For The Gold" Fundraiser Raffle JFS 2017-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Forked River Annual Doggie Derby & Family Fun Day JFS 2017-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
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The action was fast and furious at Saturday's event.  We had 50 Tournament players vying to be this years' Champion.  After a few hours of play 40 entrants were sent packing and we were down the the last 10 players at the Final Table.  Last years' winner Brian McGauley made it to the final table and was going for the re-peat.  After the smoke cleared, this years' Texas Hold Em' Tournament Champion is Tim Petrin a member of our club.
Thank you all that came out and supported our event, see you next year!
Annual Rotary Club of Forked River Texas Hold Em' and Casino Night Results JFS 2017-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Our club added two new members to our roster at last week’s meetings.  Joining our club for daytime meetings is Jennifer Clark, sponsored by Jay Pierson. Jennifer works for the Causeway Dealership family in Manahawkin and resides with her family in Forked River.  Our second new member is no stranger to Rotary, as her husband Richard Hyer was one of our club's original members and Janice has been active supporting Rotary events in Lacey for a number of years.  Janice's sponsor is Tony Angona.  Welcome to our club and Rotary Jennifer and Janice!
Here We Grow Again! JFS 2017-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Rotary Club of Forked River Irish Night 2017 JFS 2017-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Our club is Growing! JFS 2017-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
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
Annual Irish Night JFS 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Harlem Wizards vs Lacey District Teachers Basketball Fundraiser JFS 2017-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Forked River- K of C- Thank You JFS 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
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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!
2017 Annual Blood Drive- Rotary Club of Forked River JFS 2017-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
2017 Annual Texas Hold Em' & Casino Night JFS 2017-02-21 05:00:00Z 0
Happy Valentine's Day! JFS 2017-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
RC of FR and LTHS Interact Club- Harlem Wizards vs. Lacey Warriors Basketball Game JFS 2017-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Member Paul Stephens and his grandson Emil ran into fellow member Dave DiEugenio at the 2017 Philadelphia Car Show.
Rotarians Out and About JFS 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Forked River Annual Blood Drive JFS 2017-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
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! 
3rd Annual Chefs Night Out 2017 JFS 2017-01-31 05:00:00Z 0

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
Rotary International Convention- Atlanta GA JFS 2017-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
District 7500 Mid Year Conference and Vocational Awards JFS 2017-01-17 05:00:00Z 0


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.


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.
Rotary District 7500- Gift of Life Gala JFS 2017-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Pre-PETS, Mid Year Assembly & Vocational Awards JFS 2017-01-03 05:00:00Z 0
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.
3rd Annual Rotary Club of Forked River Chef's Night Out JFS 2016-12-27 05:00:00Z 0
Cedar Creek Elementary School 4th Grade Choir Perform at Last Week's Meeting JFS 2016-12-27 05:00:00Z 0

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.

William Whitson Obituary JFS 2016-12-20 05:00:00Z 0
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!
2016 Annual Elf Program-Shopping and Gift Distribution JFS 2016-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
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!
2016 Rotary Club of Forked River Annual Christmas Brunch JFS 2016-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
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!
2016 Club Food Drive for Lacey Food Bank at Walmart Laura Caroccia 2016-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
2016 Turkey Distribution by our Club and LTHS Interact Club JFS 2016-11-22 05:00:00Z 0
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.
Members Receiving New Paul Harris Fellowship Awards JFS 2016-11-15 05:00:00Z 0

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.

An Evening of Fellowship at the Bacchus Winery LC 2016-11-01 04:00:00Z 0
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.
2016 Autumn Windfall 50/50 Reverse Raffle Fundraiser-Winners JFS 2016-10-25 04:00:00Z 0

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.
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2016 THANKS FOR GIVING DINNER JFS 2016-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
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 (


District 7500- Stop Hunger Now JFS 2016-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Club of Forked River 2nd Annual Golf Outing JFS 2016-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
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. 
Nine and Dine Fellowship-Forked River, Barnegat, and LBI Rotary Clubs JFS 2016-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
2nd Annual Checker Tournament and Family Fun Night Results JFS 2016-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Lacey Day 2016 JFS 2016-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Club of Forked River and Friends of Special Athletes JFS 2016-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
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.
First Board Meeting 2016-2017 of Incoming President William JFS 2016-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Forked River Rotarians Visiting Other Clubs JFS 2016-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
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!!!
Rotary Club of Forked River Flags- July 4th LC 2016-07-05 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Rotary Club of Forked River makes donation to the Lacey Food Bank Laura Caroccia 2016-06-28 04:00:00Z 0
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.
RYLA 2016 JFS 2016-06-21 04:00:00Z 0

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.

Annual "Go For The Gold" Fundraiser-We Have A Winner! JFS 2016-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Interact Club of LTHS Earns RI Presidential Citation JFS 2016-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
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. 
Rotary Club of Forked River Annual Installation and Award Dinner JFS 2016-06-07 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Interact/Rotary Club Annual Picnic 2016 JFS 2016-05-31 04:00:00Z 0
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 JFS 2016-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
Interact Club of Lacey High School Pinning Ceremony JFS 2016-05-17 04:00:00Z 0


On Saturday, May 14th Rotary District 7500 will hold it's District Assembly at the Indian Cultural Center located at 820 Rt. 73 North, Marlton, NJ. There will be a $10 per person cost to attend.  We will have registration and a continental breakfast available from 8am to 8:45am.  We will begin at 8:45am and promise to have you on the road by 12pm.  All Rotarians are welcome.  


DGE Deborah will talk about the upcoming Rotary year theme and how our District will be part of it.This is a great opportunity for all club officers to receive the necessary training and information needed to fulfill their duties during this upcoming Rotary year.  Some of the other topics that will be covered will be:

  • How Membership and Public Image can work together to increase members
  • How to use the RI and District Websites to get helpful information for your club
  • What is the District 7500 Foundation and how it works and benefits clubs
  • Potential Centennial Projects to celebrate our Rotary Foundation's 100th Anniversary
  • How to reach your Membership Goal

AND lots more time to have Fellowship with your fellow Rotarians.  


You can send your RSVP to PDG Boots White at 609-410-1034 or kwboots  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact PDG Kathy Hiltner at 609-502-3314


Upcoming Events in District 7500 JFS 2016-05-04 04:00:00Z 0

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.

Rotary Members attend Jubilee Audience at the Vatican 2016-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Fellowship at BlueClaws Game April 14th JFS 2016-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
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.
LTHS Interact Club- Wing Bowl 2016 JFS 2016-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
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.
"Be A Gift to the World" Dinner JFS 2016-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Lacey Township High School-Seniors of the Month Feb. 2016 JFS 2016-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
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!   
Rotary Club of Forked River Annual Texas Hold Em' Tournament- Casino Night JFS 2016-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
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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!!!
Rotary Club of Forked River- Irish night 2016 JFS 2016-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
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
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3B's Fellowship-Cooking with Carlo
Thursday, February 25th, 2016, 6:00 PM
Twenty-seven members of the Rotary Club of Forked River recently spent a night of fellowship and food at a Cooking with Carlo night at the Three B's Bar and Bistro in Lakehurst! We enjoyed a fabulous 4 course food and wine paired menu that satisfied even the most demanding gourmet among us. A how-to demonstration of making fresh mozzarella and a lively music accompaniment to dinner left us feeling full, informed and happy!! Thank you to Carlo and his family and staff for making our 2nd trip to the Three B's informative as well as fun and tasty. From the folks at Tables 3 & 4, Grazie Tanto for a delightful evening! We will be back!
Photo and Story-Donna McAvoy and Laura Caroccia
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Our Blood Drive was held Saturday,  Feb. 27th    from  8:00 am  to 2:00 pm
at the Lacey Township Community Hall  Corner of Lacey Rd. and Rte. 9    
The day got off to slow start as the blood bank brought a truck with NO equipment on it, which caused us to lose the first hour (7 donors).  We started off slow as we only had 2 donors from 9-11:30.  Fortunately, things picked up and we finished with a respectable 22 pints of blood and only two donors being rejected for the day. 
Thank you to all the donors and volunteers that helped support our annual event.
First donor of the day, Tony Pontecorvo,
not only donated blood but donated bagels
and crumb cake for donors and volunteers!
Rotary Club of Forked River Community Blood Drive 2016 JFS 2016-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Interact Club Board Meeting- February 11th
Interact-Full Club Meeting-February 16th
Rotary Club of Forked River Blood Drive- February 27th
Interact Club Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser-Applebees- March 19th 8AM- 10AM
Lacey Township High School Interact Club Projects JFS 2016-02-23 05:00:00Z 0
Lacey High School Students of the Month Jan 2016 JFS 2016-02-16 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Forked River- Chef's Night Out 2016-Highlights JFS 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
RC of FR-Newest Member-Dave DiEugenio JFS 2016-02-02 05:00:00Z 0
Tuesday night at the Lacey Board of Education meeting, President Diamond Frandsen and Director Tony Angona making a $5000 donation from our club towards the Cedar Creek Elementary School's Cubby Fitness and Education Trail. The trail is a fitness trail that combines exercise and education stations for the students to learn and stay in shape at the same time.
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Lacey High School-Students of the Month DEC. 2015 JFS 2016-01-19 05:00:00Z 0
Don't forget to watch the New Years Day Rose Bowl Parade featuring the Rotary themed float- Working Together For Peace

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran, President, Rotary International, 2015-16

2015-16 RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran Long before Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, Rotarians around the world recognized the importance of finding new and creative ways to spread the word about Rotary. The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee float is perhaps the longest-standing, and best-known, of these projects. Every year for the last 37 years, Rotarians across the United States and Canada have carried on the tradition of designing and building a float to enter in the Rose Parade. This year, the float will be seen by an international television and social media audience of over 83 million people in more than 200 countries!

I look forward to riding on the float in this year’s parade, and congratulate the Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee for their creativity, commitment, and hard work. The float is a wonderful way to raise Rotary’s profile, and to show how Rotarians can Be A Gift to the World, by Working Together for Peace.

K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran - Rotary International President
Rotary Float at Rose Bowl Parade JFS 2015-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
A Special thank you to the members of the Cedar
Creek School Chorus for performing holiday songs at
last weeks meeting!
Cedar Creek Christmas Chorus JFS 2015-12-29 05:00:00Z 0
The weather was more like spring than winter, but that didn’t keep our Rotarians and Interact Club members from spreading some holiday cheer for the children of families in our community.  First a little shopping at Walmart, then the Lanoka Harbor Firehouse was converted into a mini mall, so that parents could shop for their children.  Thanks to Rob and McDonald’s for a great lunch for our ELF helpers.  Special thanks to Pastor Terry and the members of his church for collecting socks, gloves, hats, scarves to help keep the children warm this winter.  The ELF committee would like thank all those that helped and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Prosperous New Year !!!
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Thanks to Rob and Deb for putting together this years holiday brunch with Santa.
We had around 65 attendees including Rotarians and their guests at the Captains Inn on Sunday.  Children attending were kept busy with holiday activities including singing Christmas carols, A Gingerbread and Snowman Kit and a visit from the Big man in his red suit. (Thanks, Don).  Not to mention a full brunch spread including, muffins, pastries, and fruit for starters.  Main dishes included your choice of scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, home fries, cheese blintzes, pancakes and French toast.  Great way to start off the holiday festivities with family and friends.
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Rotary Club of Forked River-Volunteer of The Year-Dick Sansone-Lacey Food Bank JFS 2015-12-01 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Forked River completes Annual Turkey Distribution for Thanksgiving. With a lot of help and support from our friends at Walmart, Shop Rite, Lacey Food Bank and the Lacey High School Interact Club, we were able to provide turkeys and the trimmings for over 220 families in our service area for their Thanksgiving Day Dinners.

Thank you to all that assisted and enjoy the holiday with your families and friends.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  -JFK-

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Rotary Day Food Drive Results JFS 2015-11-24 05:00:00Z 0
WalMart and the Rotary Club of Forked River have been Community Partners since store opening in October 2009. Today WalMart celebrated a new sleek and contemporary look to the Lanoka Harbor WalMart Superstore with a Grand Re-Opening Celebration. The Rotary Club of Forked River was one of the honored guests. Through the years WalMart has supported many of our programs and projects. Most notable among those projects, President Diamond said during her remarks, was providing the seemingly endless number of turkeys needed to fill the Thanksgiving meal baskets provided by the Rotary to the families in town who need it the most. She also noted that soon the members of the Rotary sponsored Lacey High School Interact Club would be spending a morning shopping to fill the wishes, of the children served by the Rotary Elf Program. The Rotary Club of Forked River joins the rest of the Lacey community in wishing WalMart and General Manager Mr. George W. Smith and his Staff a Happy Grand Re-Opening!!
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Welcome to Our Club- David Selden

Wishing a warm welcome to David Selden, newest member of our club.    David was born and raised in Rockaway, NJ, attended Morris Hills High School and graduated from Quinnipiac University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.  David is employed by Raymond James Financial Services,   His services include advising individuals, businesses and non-profits on insurance, estate planning and wealth management.  David and his fiancé Caitlin, reside in Lanoka Harbor, along with their 4 year old Labradoodle, Maci Rae.  His interests include football, baseball the outdoors and spending time with his family.

Welcome to our club and becoming a member in the Lacey community.

Welcome to our Newest Member- David Selden JFS 2015-11-10 05:00:00Z 0
Here’s your Invitation to join us at the Annual Inner City Meeting,
hosted by the Rotary Club of Forked River.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015- 6:30 PM
Captains Inn
303 East Lacey Road, Forked River NJ 08731
Sit Down Dinner, $30.00 per person
FRRC Members attending, there is an additional $15.00 dinner charge
payable the night of the event
Contact William Recevuto at 609-709-5021 to reserve a table or seats
Make checks payable to the Rotary Club of Forked River
Join us to discuss topics affecting our communities, locally, nationally and worldwide. Get updates from our local clubs of what projects they are working on.
Entertainment to be provided by the Lacey Township High School Drama Club
                       Image result for rotary end polio now
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Condolences to the family of RC of FR member Rich Hyer 2015-10-27 04:00:00Z 0

Today we celebrate an exciting milestone on the road to polio eradication. The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria polio-free and removed it from the list of polio-endemic countries. This means there are no longer any polio-endemic countries in Africa, and only two endemic countries remain in the world.

Rotary should be proud of the important role we have played in this achievement, including granting more than $207 million to eradicate polio in Nigeria, and contributing  countless volunteer hours.

This announcement comes on the heels of another important landmark earlier this week. One of the three strains of wild poliovirus (Type 2) was declared eradicated on 21 September, and we will soon pass three years without a case of Type 3. This means that only one type of the wild poliovirus continues to circulate.

After thirty years of dedication, Rotary’s dream of consigning polio to history may soon be realized.

Now that the end is in sight, how do we cross that finish line?

The Polio Oversight Board (POB) met today to reexamine the roadmap to ending polio. They determined that overall the strategy is working. However, the path to making history contains obstacles, and the complex political and security climates in both Pakistan and Afghanistan mean the wild virus continues to circulate in these two countries. As we move forward, some strategic shifts are needed to address ongoing challenges, such as missed children, surveillance quality and low immunization rates in conflict areas.

With a fully funded program and global commitment to ending this disease, we have the opportunity to interrupt transmission of the wild poliovirus in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2016, opening the door for the certification of global eradication in 2019. An increase in resources of $1.5 billion will help Rotary and its partners to focus on the last and most vulnerable children in Pakistan and Afghanistan, while continuing to protect hundreds of millions of children already living in polio-free countries.

You can be proud of the leading role Rotary has played in the impressive gains of recent years, and our recognition in top media around the world. The commitment and ingenuity of Rotarians has brought us to the threshold of one the greatest achievements in the history of public health. With your continued support we will soon see our dream of a polio-free world realized.

CELEBRATING A POLIO-FREE NIGERIA Michael K. McGovern, Chair, Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee 2015-10-06 04:00:00Z 0
A Day of Fellowship and Handicapping at Monmouth Park
Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Thoroughbred racing is a sport full of excitement and one of the most highly anticipated races was held this past Sunday at Monmouth Racetrack!! The 8th Race was named for the Rotary Club of Forked River and more than 40 Rotarians were on hand to cheer on the winner! With a reserved area for the Rotary in the Grove, we all enjoyed a catered barbeque lunch and had our own handicapper to pass on the winning tips! President Diamond along with several other Rotarians were invited to the Winner's Circle to make the trophy presentation to the winner of the 8th race!! Thanks to Dr. Tom McGillick for putting together this day of fellowship, food and fun!!! Oh...and PS....The winner of the 8th race?.....Jersey Blues, of course!
Photo and story courtesy of Laura Caroccia
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Saturday, September 19th
A great day of fun and fellowship in the Big Apple​.  Yanks use the long ball to even Subway Series, defeating the Mets 5-0.  
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On Friday September 18th, The Rotary Club of Forked River will be hosting our 1st Annual Golf Outing to benefit Local and International Projects.
Hole Sponsor $100
Golfers $125
Cocktail and Dinner Only $50
Ocean Acres Country Club in Manahawkin.
12pm BBQ Lunch
1pm Shotgun Scramble
6-7pm Cocktail Hour
7-9pm Buffet Dinner, Awards, Gift and Live Auction, 50/50
Contact Bruce Halliday for further information including sponsorship information and donations.  609-610-2857
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The Rotary Club of Forked River in conjunction with the Cedar Creek Campground sponsored a Family Fun Day at Cedar Creek Campground on Sunday, August 30th.
Thank you to all that came out and supported our Family Fun Day and Checker Tournament at Cedar Creek Campground yesterday. A special thanks to Rob and Debra for hosting, your venue was a perfect site for our event. Thank you Tom for being our Checker Commissioner and Referee! Those that attended enjoyed a nice day of swimming, fellowship and feasted on quite a hot dog buffet, complete with all the trimmings, including ice cream for dessert! Here are some pictures of early rounds, finals tables and Champions. Champions and finalists received their awards from President Diamond. Champions received a Checker Champion Trophy, Hat and Ribbon. Our own Bruce Halliday was crowned the champion of the 17+ age group!
Rotary Club Fun Day and Checker Tournament JFS 2015-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 7500 2015 District Conference- All Things Nautical 2015-04-06 00:00:00Z 0

On Sunday January 25th, the Rotary Club of Forked River held our first ever Chef's Night Out & Silent Auction.

Thank you to all of our chefs, attendees and supporters.  We had 35 chefs offering a diverse menu of top notch dishes including some great appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts.  I know one of the favorites was the English Toffee provided by Pastor Terry and his wife.  The auction was a large success and the DJ kept everyone moving with his fine selection of music.  I'm sure there were many full stomachs and happy auction winners that attended.  Start planning your dishes for next years event!
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The Rotary Club of Forked River is pleased to announce that a date has been secured for our Annual Blood Drive at Community Hall.  The event will take place on February 28th from 8am until 2pm. 
Because of the cold temperatures, winter is the hardest time of year to keep the emergency blood supply well stocked.  Our partner in this endeavor is New Jersey Blood Services (a division of New York Blood Center).

For an appointment, click here (  Appointments preferred and given priority, but walk-ins are certainly welcome.
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First Annual Rotary Club of Forked River Chef's Night Out and Auction

On Sunday January 25th, the Rotary Club of Forked River held our first ever Chef's Night Out & Silent Auction.
Thank you to all of our chefs, attendees and supporters.  We had 35 chefs offering a diverse menu of top notch dishes including some great appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts.  I know one of the favorites was the English Toffee provided by Pastor Terry and his wife.  The auction was a large success and the DJ kept everyone moving with his fine selection of music.  I'm sure there were many full stomachs and happy auction winners that attended.  Start planning your dishes for next years event!
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A Message from Rotary International Jonathan Wyman 2013-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Robert Larsen

The Rotary Club of Forked River celebrated a banner Rotary year under the leadership of President Erin Eads and her Board of Directors, and the baton was passed to the incoming board and capable leadership of our new president, Tony Angona.  In addition to the installation of the new Board, and the fun and fellowship had by all, the Rotary Club of Forked River was honored by Rotary International with the Significant Achievement Award.  Only 150 clubs out of the 34,000 worldwide achieved this award!


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Posted by Jonathan Wyman

ImageImageOn May 17th, the new playground at Hebrew Park was officially opened.  Erin Eads, President of the Forked River Rotary Club presented a check for $40,000 to Mayor Quinn and Lacey Township, the ribbon was cut, and the playground is now open.  

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Devils Trip - Night of Fellowship Robert Larsen 0
Elf Program- Phase 2 Jonathan Wyman 0
Posted by Robert Larsen

The Rotary Club of Forked River, with tremendous help from the students in Interact Club, ransacked Wal-Mart this morning to the tune of $26,000 in toys, clothing, games, and arts and crafts.  It was a huge success!  I think we cleaned out their entire arts-and-crafts section! We're getting closer to our distribution day next Saturday!


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Our 3rd Annual Doggie Derby was our BEST EVER!  We raised over $9,000 to benefit our Charitable Foundation which helps fund the various projects the Rotary Club of Forked River is involved with.  We couldn't have done it without your help!  Thank you to our vendors for participating, and thank you to the community who turned out in record numbers with their four-legged friends to help support our efforts!

We had over 45 vendors this year selling dog related products, such as:

  • Home-made dog treats
  • Clothing
  • Hair pins
  • Breath Freshener

In addition, we had:

  • Dog Trainers
  • Non-profit Rescue Organizations
  • Scented Candles
  • Bird Houses
  • Shabby Chic Merchandise
We even had enough vendors to include a "Food Court" where we had several vendors to choose from including dessert!

We met or exceeded our first year record of 1000 attendees, of whom 90% brought along their 4-legged friends to either enter them in one or more of our 5 contests OR to have them view 1 of our 4 demonstrators which ran from dog training to square dancing dogs.

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Posted by Robert Larsen

Please support Carrie as she continues to fight Like A Warrior against this cancer..  Come join Carrie and her son Zachary on Sunday September 8th.  Tickets available at the Captain's Inn.


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It is October and things keep happening in our district and around NJ.
     Below are some dates and events to look forward to. 

             Foundation Dinner  11/1/2013    

            Rotary Day at the UN 11/2/2013   





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Posted by Robert Larsen

An excerpt from the July District Newsletter

On Friday, June 14th, The Rotary Club of Forked River held their annual Installation Dinner  at which time the Rotary Club thanks their outgoing Board of Directors for all they did for the previous year and welcomes the incoming Board. What made this year’s Installation Dinner memorable was it was the Club’s 40th Anniversary! Present to celebrate was Earl Sutton, the Club’s First President, (1973), Our Rotarians of the Decade, Veronica Laureigh and Dr. Thomas McGillick, and our incoming Board of Directors, led by our incoming President, Erin Eads.

It was an enjoyable night, full of fun, and celebration.


Forked River Rotary Rotarians of the Year, Veronica Laureigh and Dr. Thomas McGillick


Forked River Rotarian member Earl Sutton gives an award to George Broome, George was a charter member of our club 40 years ago and is still an active member to this day! Earl Sutton was our first president back in 1973, and while he is no longer a member, he came back to help us celebrate 40 years of “Service above self."

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Posted by Jonathan Wyman

District 7500 has some donated monies to provide applicances to Sandy Victims with an approved FEMA number.  These appliances are available through the generous assistance of Karl's Applicances.  The appliances are all new refrigerators with freezer, washers, dryers (electric or gas) and stoves with self clearning ovens (electric or gas).  If you know of a Sandy victim who would be in need of these appliances in order to move into their home please have them contact District 7500 Rotarian Russell Anderson on his cell phone

908-461-9018 as soon as possible.

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Posted by Robert Larsen


Installation Dinner for our 2013/2014 Board of Officers



Dr. Thomas McGillick & Ms. Veronica Laureigh

Friday June 14th Cocktail Reception at 6:00pm, Evening Program Begins at 7:00pm

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Forked River Rotary Club's Delegation to the District Conference Robert Larsen 0
Posted by Robert Larsen

Twelve U.S. Rotarians were honored at the White House on 5 April as Champions of Change for their efforts to improve communities locally and around the world.

As part of the daylong event, more than 160 Rotarians attended a morning round of briefings by government officials on topics including polio eradication, health,violence prevention, and the environment.

Full Story

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Posted by Robert Larsen


We raised over $8,000 that will go back into our local community to help those who have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  Thanks for all of your hard work and contributions!  Our entire club had a part, as well as many local businesses.


  • Bicycles Unlimited
  • The Jersey Paddler
  • Walmart of Lacey
  • McDonald's of Lacey
  • The German Butcher
  • ShopRite of Lacey
  • Tres Chic
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