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The Future Is Now

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

[January 23 ]

The next car I buy will be the last car I buy. In fact, I predict my boys will NEVER buy a car. Harry has grandpa's Honda Civic which Graeme will drive once Harry heads to college in some city where having a car will be a liability, not an asset. He'll then live and work in a city, at least for a short time. That's not the only thing our kids will never experience.

It's fun to think about the future. The difference between our imaginings back when we were kids is that they seemed like science fiction dreams. Today, there isn't anything kids think about that won't come to fruition in their lifetimes.

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Six-month Review

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

[January 03 ]

Six months have flown by as president of the Rotary Club of Montgomery and Rocky Hill. So much has happened that was planned from the outset, but there has been much more we have taken on as a club that we didn't see coming. It is time to take stock of where we are and what every single member needs to do to ensure we reach our goals not only for the next six months, but over the next 2-1/2 years.

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Philanthropy

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

[November 30 ]

(This is a reprint of an article that appeared in the Star Ledger in November. Please click the Read More link below, and especially watch Dan Pallotta's TED Talk.)

N.J.'s wealthiest give the most, right? 5 myths about philanthropy

By David Munshine and Julia Kathan

The classic American holiday season song says "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," but for people thinking about making a donation to charity, it can be the most wondering time of the year — wondering where to give, how much to give, and how generous others really are.

Many wonder if they can really make a difference. The answer is a resounding yes, and with a little research you can do the most good for your favorite causes. Here are few myths clouding philanthropy that we'd like to clear up:

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What's Next?

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

[October 26 ]

My mother always said I had ants in my pants. Still does. I haven't changed much. I don't think I'm alone. I've heard and read that many Rotarians want Rotary International to set a new agenda. Eradicating polio was a success. Times are changing and Rotary needs to get younger. There are 1.2 million members and that's not enough. There are over 35,000 clubs and that's not enough. The Montgomery/Rocky Hill Rotary Club has thirty six members but we need more. We had 900 runners last year but want 2,000.

We should never rest on our laurels. But first, we need to finish the job.

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Apples

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

[October 12 ]

Graeme and I visited Terhune's on Saturday for the first time in a very long while. To me, the experience of Terhune's on a beautiful autumn Saturday is the epitome of feng shui. Police are directing the hundreds of car drivers trying to park as close as possible, even though the walk from the field right across the street is only five minutes. People are EVERYWHERE! They come to make scarecrows or sample the wine or pick apples or study the pumpkins to make sure they get not only the perfect one for their jack-o-lantern, but more importantly, a better one than their neighbor's.

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Welcome

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.