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.
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!
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.
We have a great club. Our members span practically every niche of our community, and when we have a major undertaking, we can rally support from hundreds of people. We use a lot of energy to make things happen. Then along comes summer, which provides that much-needed opportunity to chill, to relax with friends and family, to give the brain time to wander.
Four days from now I'll be sitting on my bike, setting out for a 112 mile ride. The 2.4 mile swim will be behind me, and I'll hopefully be ignoring the prospect of the 26.2 mile run around Mirror Lake. Thanks to everyone who has already donated. I reached my $5,000 goal in under an hour back on May 23. That was the day Christine entered Sloan-Kettering hospital to get a massive dose of chemotherapy, followed by stem cell replacement two days later, to treat multiple myeloma. She was diagnosed last fall, right around the same time my friend Bill Capuzzi sent me a simple text: "up for an Ironman?". The coincidence that the fundraiser for Lake Placid is multiple myeloma made it impossible to say no.
July is the time everyone seems to be setting goals. Summer book lists. Mid-year work assessments. Thoughts about the upcoming school year. How and when do we set goals, and are there times when we should avoid them?
I'm a huge fan of Montgomery Township and Rocky Hill, of the swath comprised of Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex counties, of Jersey City and the Jersey Shore, and really all things New Jersey. I've lived here for 21 years, both boys were born at Princeton Hospital, and have been fortunate to have neighbors who moved here and raised their families here and are still here. The twelve kids in our neighborhood still hang out every chance they can even through they range in age from 21 to 11.
I'm a big consumer of podcasts. I burn through them every day on the train, walking across town, and while out on long runs. There is no way I could have finished last night's 20-miler without them. I've noticed that the topic of "curiosity" keeps reoccurring. It is often paired with "humility". Those traits are abundant in our club.
Last week I presented a Report Card on the Club and how we were doing. The Governor told me that he never saw a club give itself a report card, and he liked the idea. If anyone missed it, let me know and I will send it to them directly. Overall, I think we are doing very well.
Last week was a great week for the Club. We had a full-house meeting at the intimate Hobler House where Jeff Gould was announced as the President-Elect. Then as the leader of a group of clubs, we closed out the largest project that the Club has ever taken on - the Homefront Playground. Lastly, we inducted two new members into the Club, Minkyo Chenette and Shreesh Tiwari, and their membership takes up to 36, higher than it has been in some time.
Our Rotary Club
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.
Address: Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill P.O. Box 333, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553 Email: email@example.com