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:Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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
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.