District 7640
Monday Message from Governor Tom
Dear Rotarians:
 
I hope that you all had a great week. There are several things that I would like to update you on this week.
 
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) was held the last week in June at Stockton University. We had 161 high school students attend this year’s event.  Polly Ford Hunter and Claudia Kammer were the co-chairs of this year’s event.  I can tell you that these young people are amazing and very talented. I was fortunate to address the students and their parents the last night at the closing ceremony.
 
I told them that many of the 45 clubs in our district interview students from their local high school for the opportunity to attend RYLA, and the students in attendance represented the best of the best students in South Jersey, and I congratulated them. I sat in awe when I listened to what these students had done in their short time at RYLA.  At the end of the week, the counselors pick a “Conferee of the Year”, and I can honestly say, don’t know how you could just pick just one student to be recognized. Kudos to Jim Puderbach, the Events Coordinator, and his staff for another fantastic year.
 
Michele and I attended the International Convention in Atlanta this past June.  Over 40,000 plus Rotarians met in Atlanta to celebrate this Rotary Year’s achievements. This year was also special, because it was the 100th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.   There were great speakers and great fellowship. Most importantly RI President John Germ explained that to eradicate Polio off the face of the planet, Rotary would need $1.5 Billion in the next three years.
 
President John committed Rotary to raise $50 million a year for the next three years, and Bill Gates committed to match our donations $2 to $1. Financial commitments were quickly made by various countries and organizations.  These commitments totaled $1.2 Billion. We are very close to eradicating Polio.
 
Here is the list of organization and company that pledged money to eradicate Polio:
$450 million:  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $154.7 million: Pakistan $150 million: Rotary International $134.6 million: Nigeria $75 million: Canada $61.4 million: European Commission  $55 million: Japan  $30 million: United Arab Emirates $30 million: Dalio Foundation $25 million: Bloomberg Philanthropies  $15 million: Anonymous donor  $11.2 million: Germany $5 million: easyJet $5 million: Italy $4 million: Korea $2 million: Korea Foundation for  International Healthcare/Community Chest of Korea $1.7 million: United Nations Foundation/ Shot@Life  $1.03 million: Switzerland  $500,000: Luxembourg $514,000: UNICEF USA $330,000: Monaco $130,000: New Era Educational and  Charitable Foundation $60,000: Turkey $30,000: Malta $20,000: Spain $20,000: Accenture Interactive, USA.
 
We had done a lot to support the End Polio by supporting the Strike Out Hunger event over the last 33 years.  We have raised $990,000 thus far and we have collected over 16 tons of food for the needy. The Strike Out Hunger Baseball Game is Friday August 11, 2017.  It is Hall of Fame Weekend and Pete Rose will be induced in the Phillies Hall of Fame. Rotary International President Ian Risely will be in attendance. The Strike Out Hunger Dinner will be on Saturday August 12, 2017 at The Westin Hotel in Mt. Laurel.  Please support these events and help eradicate Polio.  There are still plenty of seats available to both events. Let’s help strike out hunger and Polio this year!  Flyers are available for download below.
 
I start club visits this week.  This the best part of my job!
 
Michele and I had the opportunity to attend a friend’s wedding in Florida over the holiday weekend. Someone saw my Rotary Pin and asked what is Rotary? So, I went thru my 2-minute speech on Rotary and the person was amazed at all we do to make the world a better place.
 
I was catching up on some reading over the weekend and came across something that you could share with people that are interested in knowing about Rotary.
 
WE ARE ROTARIANS
We bridge continents
We build communities
We serve above self
We cure disease
We build minds
We build peace
We bring hope
We save lives
 
 
Download FIles
Strike Out Hunger Dinner
Strike Out Hunger Game Night
Rotary Links
Rotary International
RI President Home
About Rotary
Joining Rotary
Rotary History
Rotary Foundation
For New Members
Upcoming Events
District Grant Webinar
Webinar
Sep 12, 2017
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
 
Leadership Team/Assistant Governor Meeting
District Office
Sep 12, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
Mullica Hill Rotary Club Governor's Club Visit
Harrison House Diner
Sep 13, 2017
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM
 
Gloucester Twp. - Pine Hill Governor's Club Visit
Lamp Post Diner
Sep 13, 2017
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
 
District Youth Exchange Meeting
Larry's II Restaurant
Sep 13, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
 
Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club Governor's Visit
Voorhees Diner
Sep 14, 2017
7:15 AM – 8:15 AM
 
District Foundation Meeting
to be determined
Sep 18, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Winslow Township Rotary Club Governor's Club Visit
Winslow Family Diner
Sep 20, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
 
Pennsauken Merchantville RC Governor's Club Visit
Pinsetter Bar and Bowl
Sep 21, 2017
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM
 
District Training for Foundation, Membership, PR
Cumberland County College
Sep 23, 2017
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
 
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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