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Joyous and Melancholy

THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

[June 07 ]

I haven't had this many opportunities to smile like an idiot or to tear up as I have this week. Monday evening was Harry's final banquet at Montgomery High School, his and my twelfth over four years. For the first time we (the leaders of the track and field booster club) put on the gala at Cherry Valley rather than in the commons at the high school. I called Josh at 5PM and he was there at 6:15, taking some amazing pictures of the young men and women.

Then on Tuesday I had the honor and privilege of presenting eight scholarships to very worthy recipients, having know some of them since they were little kids. They're not little anymore. It was an absolutely amazing event that was beautifully executed and a sheer pleasure for all involved. Many of those in this picture also received scholarships, another example of the well-rounded young people we have in our community.

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Simon Peter Lwanjo

[May 18 ]

Dear Jeff and dear Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Montgomery & Rocky Hill, NJ,

I am happy to let you know that i arrived safe and attended my first fellowship last Sunday where i was able to present the Flag and tell my fascinating story (I have attached some pictures of the event although i wasn't able to get a picture of your flag in particular) I promise to bring your flag the next time i am in town.

Also this is to let you know that my brother's wife is running an online fund raising campaign to raise funds to support her in this unfamiliar territory for her. The funds shall cover medical bills, assist with his rehabilitation .

Follow the link on https://www.gofundme.com/help-jp-afer-spinal-cord-injury

Kind regards,Simon P. Lwanjo

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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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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.