George reminds me that the meetings when new members are inducted are the best of the entire year. We will be fortunate to have our District Governor Bob Zeglarski for the swearing in of Heather Achenbach.Though our club has consistently maintained its number of members over the years, elsewhere they are down, which has triggered the merger of our District 7510 with District 7470 to form District 7475. This will include 89 clubs and almost 2,200 members, allowing us to have a bigger impact on local, national and international outreach.
Heather is joining an incredible club. I hope she is an active member for many years to come. Please check back here on the website for the transcript of the ceremony.
Yours in Rotary,
I haven't gone back to read George's and Dick's President's Messages from the past few years, but my guess is they didn't cover what to me has been the perennial topic of the first week of September: BACK TO SCHOOL! Our boys seem to change dramatically from the last day of one school year to the first day of the next. They want to dress differently. They care about different things. Their friend groups morph and diversify. This year both Harry (senior) and Graeme (sophomore) say they are looking forward to the first day of school. Summer has been fun, but with the cooler weather comes the time for structure and discipline and goals and getting things done. Same goes for our next few Rotary months.Read more
There are so many fantastic organizations in our area that are doing incredible work, it doesn't seem fair to ever single out just one. Visit the Our Club page as a reminder of the groups we love to support, and please be thinking of a signature project we can spearhead, eliciting the assistance of local Rotary and other clubs. The HomeFront playground was the perfect model of a project with a substantial cost requiring serious people and planning. Let's do it again!Read more
Today starts a project that will involve everyone in the club. Don't worry, it won't hurt a bit. At Monday's board meeting we stepped through the list of all the organizations and projects with which we are involved, sometimes sporadically, sometimes on a regular basis. Usually we dive deep into a particular organization twice a year: when we allocate funds for the giving budget and when an advocate speaks on its behalf at a Rotary meeting. We want to make sure that information is front and center at all times for our members and anyone else who wants to know more.Read more
Jeff Gould, president of the Montgomery/Rocky Hill Rotary and co-chair, along with Tony Parziale, of this year's Run With Rotary, presents two checks to Brenda Fallon, president of the Mary Jacobs Memorial Library Foundation. The first check for $250 was for the largest team based on registered runners as of April 1 for the event that took place on April 30. The second for $500 was for the largest team as of the close of online registrations two days before the run. "The Rotary and the library have fostered an incredibly close relationship over the years that we are sure to continue into the future," said Gould.
The men and women of Rotary volunteer their time and resources to help others in their communities and throughout the world. The object of Rotary is service - to the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world. Rotary, the largest worldwide service organization, is universally known as “an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
Since its founding in 1990, Montgomery-Rocky Hill Rotarians have offered their personal time to people in need and for projects in Montgomery and Rocky Hill and have raised hundreds of thousands for worthwhile causes, primarily through our signature fundraiser, the Run With Rotary.