Rotary Club of Ocean City-Upper Twp.

   Service Above Self Since 1926

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Posted on Jan 11, 2018
For January & February, 2018, our Rotary meetings will move to the Tuckahoe Inn, Thursdays at 6:30pm.  Please join us in our cozy winter location!
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Posted on Dec 15, 2017
Last evening's Rotary Children's Christmas Party was truly magical!  There was face painting, caricatures, great food, wonderful toys and a VERY special guest!!!
 
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Posted on Dec 13, 2017
Today Monsignor Peter Joyce received the Citizen of the Year Award.  Congratulations Father Pete!
 
Citizen of the Year Award 2017-12-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 29, 2017
Today we visited the Ocean City Primary School and had a great time with the 3rd grade classes as we distributed dictionaries to each student!
Rotary Dictionary Project 2017-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 25, 2017
On Thursday, we had our 2nd annual Rotary Community Thanksgiving at Trinity Church in Marmora.  We were so happy to have so many residents join us for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast!  We had several members in the community also volunteer and we really appreciate all of their hard work.  This year we were also fortunate to have musical performers, Lee & Linny, who made the day extra special!  A special thank you to Trinity Church for allowing us to have Thanksgiving Dinner in their lovely facility!
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Citizen of the Year Ceremony 2017-11-25 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Community Thanksgiving Dinner 2017-11-19 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary at the Upper Township Community Night 2017-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Club is working with American Legion Post 329 to help homeless veterans get back to work. Used bikes help provide Vets with a means to move forward in their lives from transitional housing... giving Vets a better sense of independence and freedom.
 
We are seeking helmets, safety vests, locks and reflectors - or donations. Community members are invited to provide gently used or new bicycles to the Operation. Basic repairs can be made. The bikes can be dropped off during business hours or delivered to the Wayside Village Barbershop in Marmora, located at 36 Tuckahoe Road behind the ShopRite on Route 9. The barbershop is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays.
 
For more information on OPERATION USED BICYCLES, please contact Randi Scheck at (609)412-3459
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Helping Homeless Veterans: OPERATION USED BICYCLES 2017-08-10 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Ron Shaiko returned to our Rotary Club once again this year to share his insightful annual perspectives on American Politics and Foreign Relations. We always enjoy learning more about trends in our domestic political landscape and living vicariously through his many International Travels (most recently to Kosovo where yes, they still love Americans). Might we see a 3rd party? What regulatory/policy changes will we see?  This year's watch area: North Korea.
 
Ron graduated from OCHS and the son of Joan Shaiko and the late Tom Shaiko - a longtime Rotarian. Ron is a Senior Fellow and the Associate Director for Curricular and Research Programs at The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth. The 2016-2017 academic year marks his 30th year of university teaching and his 16th year at Dartmouth College.
 
Time flew by as Ron presented to a crowded house @ Uncle Bill's. The photo below includes just a few of us with Ron (light blue polo shirt) and his Mom, Joan Shaiko with the white necklace, after the meeting adjourned. 
Interesting Times in DC, and abroad.... 2017-08-03 04:00:00Z 0
Phillies vs. Mets (08/11/17) Ted Lands & Sue Burns 2017-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
On July 6, 2017, Rotary President, Cindy Harris-Chadwick, and other Club members, welcomed our newest member, Ron Showers, President of Resort Country Club Seasonal Park in Oceanview, NJ, at our first breakfast meeting of the summer season. 
 
Guests are welcome to join us Thursday mornings at Uncle Bill's Pancake House, 21st & Asbury in Ocean City at 7:00 am.  Come visit us and learn more about our international and community service through Rotary!
New Member, Ron Showers 2017-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
 
On May 25, 2017 we were pleased to recognize exceptional students from Ocean City School District, Upper Township School District and Cape May County Technical High School!  Congratulations to all of the 2017 recipients of our Academic Achievement Awards!
Academic Achievement Night 2017 2017-07-08 04:00:00Z 0
Based on the book “Samurai Chess,” Rotary and Mr. Ron Pennington teamed up to teach chess (and life lessons) through the Seven Principles of Samurai. 
 
The Ocean City Rotary Club, part of an international organization, dedicates itself to make positive, lasting changes in the communities in which they serve. “The principles of samurai means to give of one’s service. And Rotary is SERVICE ABOVE SELF,” Scheck said. The pair formed the classes to teach children respect, kindness and the principles of samurai through an ancient game that requires a lot of thought, strategy and patience.

Part of the focus of the classes, Pennington said, is to teach the children the principles he was taught growing up in Ocean City in the 1960s. “We’re using chess as this vehicle to teach what is right and what is wrong, and the consequences for what is right and what is wrong,” he said. “It’s all about choices. If you teach choices on this board and you make them aware that you can develop your own criteria as a child of choices for what is right or wrong based on this ancient game, let’s have them make the mistakes here.”
 
 
Teaching Children the game of Chess... and Life 2017-06-01 04:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary/Exchange clubs golf outing was a great success!!!
We had golfers from both clubs and were joined for dinner by many non golfers.
 
A BIG THANK YOU TO RICH GARDNER FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER.
Rotary/Exchange Clubs Golf Outing Sallie Godfrey 2017-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 08, 2017
We will be having a interclub Golf Outing with the Exchange Club of Ocean City on
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at McCullough's Emerald Links, Ocean Heights Avenue, Egg
Harbor Township, NJ.
 
Tee off is 12:30
Dinner at 6:30
 
Golf and dinner $ 70.00
Dinner only $ 25.00
 
 
Golf Outing Sallie Godfrey 2017-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
A fun, casual blue attire event... helping kids in need. For more info on GO BLUE click here.
 
 
CASA was founded in 1995 by a woman grieving the death of a foster child who once resided in her home. Having seen first hand the shortcomings of the system, she was compelled to do something to save other children from similar fates. CASA became an independent 501(c)3 organization and expanded the program to include Cape May County in 2001.
 
Currently, over 1,000 children in Atlantic and Cape May County Child Welfare Systems are eligible for our services. The children range in age from birth to 21 and come from many ethnic backgrounds including 46% Caucasian, 27% African American, 14% Hispanic/Latino, and, 13% multi-racial.
 
Who are CASA Volunteers? CASA volunteers are everyday people who are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children living within the foster care system. A CASA volunteer advocates for one or two children's cases until they are placed into a safe, permanent home.
Go Blue for CASA! 21 April 2016 @ Linwood CC 2016-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Hannum on May 01, 2015
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In support of the Josh the Otter Water Safety Program for Children, we are participating in "Otter Spotter Day" on May 4th to promote May as National Water Safety Month.  We were able to spot a few Otters today at the Ocean City, NJ Block Party!
 
Josh the Otter Water Safety Program Nancy Hannum 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Hannum on May 01, 2015
Many thanks go out to all of the Rotary members, Interact members, family and friends who are working today at our Alex's Lemonade Stand at the Ocean City, NJ Block Party.
 
Alex's Lemonade Stand Nancy Hannum 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
SaveThe Date Ted Lands 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Hannum on Sep 07, 2014

A Wonderful Weekend hosting our inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Students for 2014-15. What an amazing group of young adults... From Colombia, Poland, Spain, Germany, France, Japan, & Brazil. Thank You to all the RYE Committee Members & Host families that continue to help make this program possible. Rotary helps to promote World Peace and Understanding.... one student at a time.Image

Rotary Youth Exchange Students Nancy Hannum 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Randi Scheck on Jul 29, 2014
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Today we shared the first of many "Josh the Baby Otter" books with Pre-K students in Upper Township.

Please stay tuned for more details on this very important Literacy and Water Safety Program - and how you can help. Drowning is preventable. Josh helps to teach children to float like an otter and “stay away from water unless with an adult and to always swim with a buddy!”

Rotary is a worldwide network of inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives in communities... in this case, one child at a time.

 

Josh The Otter visits Upper Township!!! Randi Scheck 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ted Lands on Jul 11, 2014

On Tuesday, 19 August, we hit the Boardwalk to see the 8pm showing of Ocean City: The Musical!! at the Moorlyn Family Theatre.

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A show for the entire family! This brand new original production is a comedic and musical celebration of what makes Ocean City, “America’s Greatest Family Resort”. Come experience the history of Ocean City in a fully hybrid production of song, dance, video and more, hear the tales of pirates, shipwrecks, carnivals and movie stars. A perfect event to celebrate everything that is Ocean City!

Ocean City: The Musical!!! (Tue, 19 Aug) Ted Lands 2014-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Hannum on Nov 13, 2013

On Thursday, November 14th, 2013, and Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, members of the Rotary Clubs of Ocean City / Upper Township will provide dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in the Ocean City and Upper Township Primary Schools.  The dictionaries are purchased from the The Dictionary Project and are age appropriate.  As third grade is typically when children transition from learning to read to reading to learn, this is an ideal time for each student to receive a personal dictionary.  While distributing the books, we tell the students about Rotary, its motto and its projects locally and internationally. Our reward is the glowing faces of the students and the endearing letters of thanks in the weeks that follow from both the students and the teachers.

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Dictionaries Provided to Ocean City & Upper Township Primary Schools Nancy Hannum 2013-11-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Hannum on Oct 24, 2013

On October 24, 2013 members of The Rotary Club of Ocean City / Upper Township and The Interact Club of Ocean City High School joined together to participate in Ocean City New Jersey's 66th Annual Halloween Parade.  We had a great night of fellowship and fun as we joined the Ocean City community for this wonderful event! 

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Ocean City Halloween Parade Nancy Hannum 2013-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ted Lands on Sep 11, 2013
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We were honoured to have an amazing speaker... the epitome of Service Above Self: Rocky Gannon

Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, while he was a junior at Ocean City High School in New Jersey, Rocky enlisted in the Army Air Force at the age of seventeen. He immediately entered pilot training. Soon after his high school class graduated, Rocky graduated from Pilot Training and became a B-17 Flying Fortress pilot. At age twenty he was flying the B-29 Super Fortress.

For the next 37 years, he flew six thousand hours in thirty-four different aircraft, from bombers to transports, from gliders to fighters. He has fifty military awards and decorations including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, ten Air Medals, four Meritorious Service medals and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He was a combat pilot in World War II, Korea, the Belgian Congo and 387 combat missions in Vietnam. After World War II, he served three years in the occupation of Iwo Jima and Japan. Fifteen of his thirty-seven years of duty were served overseas. In 1975 he became the U.S. Air Force’s first Master Air Traffic Controller.

After his retirement from the Air Force in 1980, he became an International Aviation Consultant. Later he became the Executive Director of the Florence Regional Airport in Florence, SC, retiring in 1993.

He is active in the community, serving on nine boards and commissions. He is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award. In 2009, he received Scouting’s highest honor, the "Distinguished Eagle Award”. In 2001 he was named the South Carolina “Aviator of the Year” and inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.

He has been married to the former Roberta Gause for 60 years. They have three grown children, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

 

Ocean City's Own: Rocky Gannon Ted Lands 2013-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ted Lands on Sep 05, 2013

Nearly 50 Rotarians family and friends gathered to welcome our newest Rotary Exchange Students on Friday, September 6th. The Tuckahoe Inn provided an amazing BBQ and Chef Tyson's Baby Crab Cakes... the weather was picture perfect all weekend.

Uncle Larry continued his amazing service to Rotary Youth Exchange Program by organized this entire weekend - the first time these students met one another since arriving in the USA. Activities included Gillian's Water Park & Wonderland Pier, OC Boardwalk & Beach.

A big THANK YOU to the local hosts: Uncle Larry & Aunt Shirley, Cindy & Bob, Astrid & Joe, Peggy & Tim, Eva & Ted.


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Ocean City Welcomes Rotary International Exchange Students!!! Ted Lands 2013-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ted Lands on Aug 14, 2013

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Moorlyn Family Theatre
hosted over 30 Rotarians family and friends to a special evening.... Seth Bazacas provided an informative behind the scenes tour of the recent facility upgrades. It is the current vision of the Moorlyn Family Theatre to bring the excitement of live entertainment, quality cinema, and exciting music back to the Ocean City boardwalk - in a brand new way. Featuring fully digitized movie theatres, and a state of the art sound and lighting systems for live events, the Ocean City Tabernacle is ushering in a new era in the rich history of the Moorlyn Family Theatre. We were treated to a preview of Lee Daniels' The Butler ... and some of the youngest participants choose to see Planes.

The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family. Inspired by a True Story.

 

Rotary Night at the Movies!!!!!!!!! Lights, Camera, ACTION!!!! Ted Lands 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Ocean City's 6th Annual End to End BOARDWALK Bike Tour Nancy Hannum 2012-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Burns on Mar 31, 2012

OCEAN CITY ROTARY participates in Bowl for Kid’s Sake

with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlantic & Cape May Counties

Sunday, April 1

3pm – 5pm

 

3 J’s in Wildwood
We raised over $920.00 dollars
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Big Brothers & Big Sisters Sue Burns 2012-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sue Burns on May 11, 2011
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Five ears ago, Dana Eislen created the End to End Bike Tour of Ocean City when she was in Ocean City High School.

Now, the event is a staple of the community celebrating its 5th year.

To start off the event, crowd motivator Stephan Clank rode in front and the Ocean City Fire Department. Mayor Jay Gillian, along with his wife and son, rode through town as well. 

The cost was $10 to ride which included refreshments and a T-shirt. Sponsors were Johnson's Popcorn, Shriver's, Godfrey Funeral Home, Thomas Heist Insurance, the Rotary Club and the City of Ocean City. 

Club adviser Phyllis Turner, President Jayne Snyder and Vice President Katee Blizzard all agreed that the event had a great turn out with 125 participants registered.

The proceeds going to the animal shelter and in previous years the Interact Club has supported various facilities. 

Annual End-to-End Bike Tour a Big Success Sue Burns 2011-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Reemmer on May 11, 2011
My Fellow Rotarians: As you may recall, at the outset of this Rotary Year last July I included at the end of our weekly breakfast/dinner meetings a "Quotable Quote" and/or "Philosophical Ponderable." Subsequently and thankfully our worthy Sergeants-at-Arms (Rich G., Bill M. & Tommy S.), aka "Manny, Moe & Jack," "Larry. Moe & Curley," et al,  adopted this project and introduced a "Quotable" challenge to all our members. Indeed at our meetings since we have enjoyed and been blessed with some great quotes (philosophical. theological, humorous, sports and otherwise). At tonight's meeting Mike Bolicki submitted yet another great quote (from W. Churchill).  While our "Sgts" invite/select/coerce a member each week to give his/her quote, I'm sure it's an open game. At tonight's meeting we decided that the final "Quote Off" will be at at the last meeting of our Rotary Year, June 30; details to be decided. If you have not yet submitted your personally meaningful quote you have a few weeks to do so. The prize, if any, is yet to be determined, but the real prize is knowing that your fellow Rotaians found special personal meaning in your selected words of wisdom. Thank you all for your support of this meaningful and fun project. Pres. Jack 
Quotable Quote John Reemmer 2011-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ted Lands on Mar 31, 2010
No one party can fool all of the people all of the time; that's why we have two parties. ~ Bob Hope (1903 - 2003) ~
Foolish Quote of the Week Ted Lands 2010-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Our 4-Way Test & Shared Values Ted Lands 2010-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
THANK YOU Immediate Past President Todd Bower!!!!!!! Ted Lands 0
Strike Out Hunger Baseball Game (Wed, 06 Aug) Ted Lands 0
Summer Meeting Time & Venue Changes (03 July - 28 Aug) Ted Lands 0
Posted by Nancy Hannum
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This year through the Ocean City-Upper Township Rotary Academic Achievement Program, 31 students were recognized for their excellence in middle and high school. These awards included 5 - $1,000 scholarship awards for high school seniors raised through fundraising by the Ocean City-Upper Township Club. The students were selected based on GPA from Upper Township Middle School, Ocean City Intermediate School, Cape May County Technical High School and Ocean City High School and honored at an awards dinner on June 12th at Greate Bay Country Club with their families, teachers and members of the Rotary club. Congratulations are in order for all these talented students!

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Snow Ball Sue Burns 0
Upper Township Guidebook under development... Ted Lands 0
Alex's Lemonade Stand Sue Burns 0
Posted by Sue Burns

Attention all Rotarians:

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Do you have an interesting story or need to tell our club of an event? If so, please send Ted or Sue the information and we will do our best to put your information on our club website.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Ted & Sue

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The Rotaract Club of ACCC recently had its Induction Dinner at the Avalon Country Club. Local leaders of Rotary Clubs spoke about their clubs projects and participated in the ceremony. At this event, Tom Shaiko had the honor of inducting his granddaughter, Kelsey McCusker, into this branch of Rotary International.  At the conclusion of the ceremony, Kelsey was received the Distinguished Service Award for her leadership.

 

In September, Kelsey will be attending Nova Southeastern University with a leadership and academic scholarship award.

 

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Tom Shaiko with granddaughter Kelsey McCusker at her induction into Rotaract. 

 

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Rotary Club leaders at the college induction: Tom Shaiko, Treasurer & Past President; Crys Papperman, Director, Mid-Jersey Cape RC; Claudia Kammer, President, Lower Towsnhip RC; Mike Bolicki, Rotaract Advisor.

 

Imagine being able to induct a grandchild into a service organization, after being a member of it for over 30 years?  Good for Tom!

I look forward to that day.

Mike Bolicki

 

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Governor's Visit 09 Dec @ GBCC Ted Lands 0
Posted by Ted Lands
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Jayne Snyder (President) and Katee Blizzard (VP) of the Ocean City High School Interact Club gave us an excellent summary of their community service activities.
OCHS Interact Club Rocks!!!!!!!! Ted Lands 0
Alex's Lemonade Fundraiser Sue Burns 0
Posted by Ted Lands
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THANK YOU to all who supported our largest FUNdraiser of the year! "A Night at the Movies" theme provided for lots of Dancing with Kenny I Orchestra. Over 180 in attendance enjoyed the wonderful hors d'oeuvres & dinner at the RAM's HEAD INN!
THANK YOU... 15th Annual Fall Fling a Huge Success!!!! Ted Lands 0
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Thousands of delicious delights were served at the 2010 Beach Feast on Tues, Aug 31 (5:30-8:30pm). This 3rd annual event was sponsored by AC Rotary Club and had over 200 in attendance and over 30 amatuer & professional chefs.
2010 Beach Feast - Aloha! Ted Lands 0
Ocean City Welcomes our Exchange Students, including our own Moeko Yasui Ted Lands 0
We went to help change the quality of their lives, and they changed ours... Ted Lands 0
Strike Out Hunger sets a new record!!! Ted Lands 0
Ove's (26 Aug) Sue Burns 0
President Jack gets "Wild and Crazy" on 02 September! John Reemmer 0
Dragonflies Sue Burns 0
For Your Information/Inspiration Sue Burns 0
Alex's Lemonade Foundation Sue Burns 0
Posted by Ted Lands
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Rest in Peace Past President Bob Buck. Bob was president of our club from July 2000 thru June 2001. He had also served as President of the Ocean City Tabernacle.
RIP Bob Buck Ted Lands 0
Posted by Sue Burns
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Dear Fellow Rotary Club Members:
 
    I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to all those members who took time from their beautiful Saturday morning to help clean up the road from 55th Street in Ocean City to the toll bridge into Strathmere.  The highway now sparkles!  Bob Mohr did an excellent job distributing the coffee and donuts.  Kudos to the OCHS Interact Club whose members were also there to help.  Thank you Nancy Hannum.
 
 Yours in Rotary Service,
    Della
    Della Ostien, President
 
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Della and Scott Brown (Noon Club)along with Bob Blutinger (Boyars Market) presenting $1,000 donation to Richard Grimes of the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard.

Ocean City Community food Cupboard Sue Burns 0
A few of our Projects Supported Sue Burns 0
Posted by Sue Burns
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Rotary remains committed to eradicating Polio from the face of the earth.... "Hands Across the District" on 24 April encourages all Rotary Clubs to help raise awareness of Rotary in your local community and help to End Polio NOW. Pending approval from the City of OC, we hope to have an information table on the boardwalk to help raise awareness of Polio Eradication. Our Rotary District is helping clubs with PR and advertising of events across South Jersey on 24 April.
END POLIO NOW - OC Info Table (24 April 2010) Sue Burns 0
Train to Hawaii? Sue Burns 0
HANDS-ON Projects! Details to follow... Ted Lands 0
Chile Earthquake Relief... Shelter Box & Rotary (Again) Ted Lands 0
John G Hart (12/3/1916 - 12/9/2009) Ted Lands 0
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Our club participated in Dining with Rotary Chefs on Sunday, 31 Jan. The club sponsored two entries to this annual event... all proceeds going to the Rotary Foundation. Over 250 people turned out to enjoy the delicious dishes. Sue Burns & Bob Pierce prepared Bruchetta, and Eva Lands prepared Wine & Cheese Fondue. Sallie Godfrey, Ted Lands, Cindy Pierce, & several friends provided moral support... and helped graze the room in search of the best. The ballots were not yet counted.... Regardless, a FUN time was had by all!!!
Dining With Rotary Chefs success!!! Ted Lands 0
How secure is all this data? Sue Burns 0

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