Rotary District 7640
Serving Southern New Jersey
Volume 1 Issue 14

Governor Tom's Message!

Good Evening Rotarians!  I hope that you all had a great week! Hard to believe that it's October already!
Governor Tom
Hurricane Maria 
The devastation that Hurricane Maria had on Puerto Rico is heart breaking. I saw a TV news article last week and I could not believe what I was seeing, total destruction. District Governor Dawn deFuria, District 7450, District Governor Diane Rotondelli, District 7500, and I have agreed to support the effort to help those in need in Puerto Rico. I am asking every Rotarian in our District to consider giving $10.00 each to support the effort to help Puerto Rico. If every Rotarian in our district gave $10.00 we would raise almost $11,000. So, I am asking you to please consider sending your donation to the District Office and we will forward it on to the Rotary Foundation.
Make check payable to:  Rotary District 7640
Mail to:
Rotary District 7640 Office
470 North Delsea Drive
Bank of America Building – Second Floor
Vineland, NJ 08360
I had an opportunity to attend a press conference with leaders from the Hispanic Community, along with business and government officials in Camden last Thursday. Many of those in attendance have close ties with people living in Puerto Rico . It was heartbreaking to hear some of the stories of what the people in Puerto Rico are going through right now. However, the efforts that are being put together to help the people of Puerto Rico are great. The Governor has authorized the NJ National Guard to work with the coalition that has been created to send food, water, medical supplies and other items to Puerto Rico. Linda Nese from the Gloucester Twp/Pine Hill Club has agreed to coordinate our districts donations. Linda has a storage facility in Brigantine. If you have items to donate you can send them to Linda, please see the list of items that are needed on the front page of the District Website.
Rotary is already working to help make a difference.
The Rotary Foundation is collecting emergency relief funds to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In addition, Rotary has established Donor Advised Funds for Puerto Rico and Mexico.  Listed below is a recap of those funds:
                Puerto Rico Recovery – Account # 614
                Mexico Earthquakes – Account # 613
                Hurricane Harvey – Account # 608
                Hurricanes Irma and Maria – Account # 296
Below are instructions on how you can make your contribution.
The Puerto Rico Recovery fund was established with a $1 million gift from the Murray Family Foundation with hopes that it will be matched by Rotarians and friends.
Shelter Box, Rotary's partner for disaster relief, is providing tents for use as privacy tents to be pitched within the convention centers housing families that have been evacuated. Please direct inquiring Rotarians to the web story on  for the most up-to-date information, or to contact RI by writing to
In addition, we are seeking donations so we can send a truck loaded with supplies in the next few weeks. 
Download Files
Rotary Foundation Donor Advised Form
Tri County Rotary Charter Celebration
Mark your calendar for the Tri-County Rotary Club's Charter Event which is Thursday, October 12th at Merighi's Savoy Inn in East Vineland.
All clubs are required by the District's Rules of Procedures to buy tickets equal to 10% of their membership to support the Tri-County Rotary Club at their Charter Celebration.
Tickets are only $45.00 per person. Past Rotary International Treasurer Mike Colasurdo, Sr. is our special Guest Speaker.
The deadline is this Friday, October 6th
30 Years of Women in Rotary
This is the 30th year of women in Rotary. To commemorate this, we are having a joint district celebration with district 7450 on Tuesday, November 7th, at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield PA. We will honor five women from our district who best represent the spirit of Rotary.
The deadline for nominations has now passed.  
There will be lots of opportunities to support this event through sponsorships and the purchase of tickets to the dinner. We are also very pleased to announce that Past RI Vice President Jennifer Jones and Current RI Vice President Dean Rohrs will be the guest speakers at this event.  Both of these women are awesome speakers, so it'll be worth more than the price of a ticket to hear them.  
There will be much more on this event in the coming weeks.
Ocean City Upper Township Rotary Club
I attended the Ocean City Upper Township Rotary Club Meeting last week. Awesome group of Rotarians! At the end of the meeting, the club presented me with a canvas wrapped picture of Michele and I, taken in Panama while participating in the Clean Water Project, along with members of the Ocean City Upper Township and Atlantic City Rotary Clubs.  It was a life changing experience for us. 
I can tell you that Michele was very touched to receive that picture. Thanks guys.
Rotary Minute
1944-45 Richard H. Wells (hardware – retailing), Rotary Club of Pocatello,
Idaho, USA. Rotary vision: Rotarians as leaders in every facet of postwar

“We can tell people how glad we are to belong to such a fine organization. We can
tell of our…achievements. But Rotary will never flourish and never accomplish
those dreams we are so proud to own unless we can so live that Rotary may be
proud of us.”
— Address to 1943 Rotary Convention, St. Louis, Missouri, USA  
Featured Rotary Club................
Haddon Heights Rotary Club!
Have you planted your tree yet?
Haddon Heights Rotary Past President, Joe Skrowronski, Kathy Lange, Borough Council member, and John Ellis plant one of 16 trees provided by the Rotary Club under a District Grant. The Haddon Heights Club partnered with the boroughs to order and plant shade trees. Through the years, the Heights Club, with the leadership of club treasurer, Ernie Smith, has planted 800 plus trees.
 Plant your tree, take a picture and send it to us.  We’ll put it in my next issue!
As you know, for the last 30+ years we have supported the Armando Rosenberg Home and School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Through the generosity of Rotarians in our district, we have sent a shipping container of much needed supplies annually. We will be sending this container in late October and would appreciate any donations to this cause.
Pete Stafford, our District Santo Domingo Chairperson, has arrived from Florida to start making rounds to clubs, to speak about the orphanage.
We are always seeking donations, and with the devastation from Hurricane Irma, we have heard nothing about how hard they were hit, nor the potential devastation.  
If you are interested in making a donation to the Orphanage, please forward your check to the District Office. 
Make payable to: Rotary District 7640
memo: Orphanage
Mail to:
Rotary District 7640
470 North Delsea Drive
Bank of America Building, - Second Floor
Vineland, NJ 08360
(Rotary Leadership Institute)
The Rotary Leadership Institute is holding their training event on Saturday, October 14th at the Indian Cultural Center in Marlton, NJ.
Here’s a message from PDG Dave Zelley…
Only 13 days left to the District 7640 Rotary Leadership Institute event in your area so register now!
How many members are you sending    4, 3, 1, 0 ???
DON’T FORGET RLI is a powerful tool to grow member strengths and build member retention. Especially important this year is the incredible bargain DG Tom and our district is offering. For every member you register for level 2 or 3 the district will pay for another member to attend for level 2 or 3. Put that together with the fact that the course price is lowered from $95 to $90 this opportunity should not be missed!!
Attendees will learn
- How to lead
- Where the money goes
- What to do to create effective committees
- How to work with volunteers
AND come back motivated, energized and inspired.
AND they share that enthusiasm with other members.
SO… many people are you sending to join us Saturday, October 14th  at the Indian Cultural Center, 820 NJ-73, Marlton, NJ 08053 from 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM?
Click here to register
Or contact Dave Zelley,  District RLI Chair, at
This is a great way for Rotarians to learn about Rotary. The district has money to help send club members to RLI.  If a club member wants to take a Part 2 or Part 3 course the district will pay for second person to take a Part 2 or Part 3 course. 
Russell Hampton
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