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E-Club Welcomes New Board for 2016-17

Today July 1, marks the beginning of a new Rotary Year with our New RI President John F. Germ and his new theme "Rotary Serving Humanity"  Our own club begins anew as well, with President Alice and her new board.  During our change over celebration held on Tuesday June 21, Alice shared her enthusiasm for the coming year by talking about her plans, and she had quite an ambitious list.  During the coming year Alice pledged to work on All 5 Areas of Rotary Service and make every effort to meet and get to know EVERY member of our club.  She asked for two things, 1st, that every club member be willing to share their thoughts and ideas with the club leadership and 2nd, she asked the club leadership (the Board) to be open minded towards new ideas that generate from our membership and from within our board.   The formation of our very own Tri-County Group was an idea that broke all molds within  our District and perhaps in Rotary itself.  It required bold thinkers willing to think outside the box.  And it required the permission, blessing and support of our District Governor.  Luckily for us, Governor Dave had the courage to say "YES", when all around him from "By the Book" Rotarians he was hearing NO!  Thank goodness our Governor Dave is an independent thinker who is not afraid of change!  Alice hopes to lead our club into the future with a board willing to be independent thinkers, like Gov. Dave. Leaders willing to have the courage to try new things and continue to boldly go where few clubs have gone before.  Our club is quickly becoming a leader within our district and as such we won't easily find examples from other clubs that support every idea we have, we will just have to find the courage as we have in the past to get out of our comfort zone and go for it!!!!   


Please join us online Thursday June 9th at 7:30pm go hear our guest speaker Rotarian George Lewis “The Water Man”. George is well known in Rotary’s international community for his dedication to help fund water projects throughout the world through his painting fundraisers and his ability to put together the right combination of Rotarians and other NGOs to get clean water to those who have no access. The access to clean water has an immediate effect on the health of a community, especially children who have a high mortality rate from water borne illnesses. Learn how Rotary grants help fund clean water initiatives.  Link to the online will be emailed this week.  Contact President Mary at if you would like to be added to our email list!



We will be partnering with the Vineland Rotary on their Challenger League Buddy Day on June 11th at 10 am.  The challenger program enables physically and mentally challenged boys and girls ages 5 through 18 to enjoy the game of baseball with children the same age or ability. Games will be held at The Rotary Center, a handicapped accessible facility, located at Cunningham Park, West Avenue & Wheat Road, Vineland.  Please email President Mary at this week if you would like to be a Buddy!



No eClub meeting this week

Due to the holiday weekend and numerous trips, birthdays and other plans - we will not be holding our regular Thursday online meeting this week.  PLEASE put on your calendar - June 9th at 7:30pm will be our next online meeting.  We will have guest speaker George Lewis - aka the Water Man - who has done many many global grants to provide clean water around the world.  He has become a mentor as we begin our first Global grant initiative to bring clean water to a remote village in Kenya.  Please be sure to attend this important meeting!

Installation of our new Board

Another date to circle on your calendar - June 21st at 5:30pm at Merighi's Savoy Inn - we will be changing over to your new board!
Your Club Officers for 2016-17 to be installed:
Presidentt-Alice Percheski
President Elect-Peter Percheski Sr. 
1st Vice President-Peter Percheski Jr
2nd Vice President-Deborah Starr
Secretary-Tina Ritondaro
Treasurer-Melanie Druziako
Past President-Mary Crawford

International Service Trip Opportunity

Our District 7640 is sponsoring an international service trip to Panama in October to include a clean water project.  There are only about 10 spots left - see the attachment for the details and let me know if you would like to go.  Ted Lands from Ocean City Rotary has done numerous trips such as these and will lead this trip!

Jenna Kopke will be our speaker on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 PM. Jenna is the daughter of Past President Joel Kopke. Jenna grew up within the Atlantic City Rotary Club where her dad was a member for 21 years. She participated in Rotary activities with her dad. Jenna helped develop a fundraiser for our District raising almost $13,500 for our orphanage in the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of Earlham College and has a Masters in Special Education from Texas State University. Jenna is a first year special education teacher in Austin Texas, where she lives with her husband Gustavo Espinoza, a past Founding Member of the SJReClub.
Jenna is currently teaching 3 – 5 year old children with special needs. Recently she has addressed a need for these children to gain life savings water safety skills. She is now raising funds for these children to attend swimming lessons. She set up a GoFundme page and has raised $700 toward a goal of $1100. Additionally she has spoken to the Rotary District 5870 Governor and has received a donation from the South Austin Rotary Club. Jenna will talk with us about the need to teach water safety to children with autism.

Submitted by Deborah Starr
SJR eClub member, Evelyn Oyombera, returned from her trip to Kenya mid February. The books and art supplies that Debbie & Joel collected from The Plymouth River Elementary School in Hingham Massachusetts were packed up and air freighted with donations from the eClub and then accompanied by Evelyn to their destinations. There were enough supplies to send to several schools. These are schools with dirt floors, leaking roofs, no indoor plumbing and no electricity. In the one school that actually had crayons for the little ones, they were down to 2 used crayons for the whole school. We will leave you with the smiling faces of these grateful children knowing we have much more work to do. President Mary has posted Evelyn's amazing photo journal of the conditions at the school there on our face book site. We hope you will take the time to look at it so you can be familiar with this community that we hope to help in the future.


Submitted by Alice Percheski, President Elect

What's an e-club?

Recognizing that clubs already meet in a variety of ways, the council just voted to remove the distinction between traditional and e-clubs. There are currently 275 clubs labeled e-clubs, with 5,900 members. Those clubs are now just clubs that meet more frequently online than others. Rotary has come a long way since the 2010 council decided to allow clubs that meet principally online.

This vote will bring about a few changes in our own club starting with the removal of the "e" in our name.  More importantly, it ends any questions that lingered about our model type and the different ways our members meet.  Clubs all over the world meet in different ways and our wise council has clearly endorsed a club's flexibility to meet the needs of their members.  Our club was and will continue to be ahead of the curve. 



Submitted by Deborah Starr, Rotary Foundation Club Director

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Dental Mission & a special shout out to our International Service Director, Patrick who put this project together. Our boxes of dental supplies arrived in Iloilo City in the Philippines on March 16th. On the 18th at the Rotary Club of Iloilo West's regular weekly meeting, they had a ceremonial opening. Bruce Hall wrote "Thank you very much for your donation. It is very timely indeed. Our next Rotaract Dental Mission with the Rotaract Club of Iloilo West (dental clinicians) is Easter Sunday and our Children's Sea & Sail Experience is coming up at the end of April."


Submitted by: Deborah Starr, Club Foundation Chair

Our speaker this Thursday 2/25 will be our member Evelyn Oyombera who has recently returned from a month long sojourn to Kenya. She has much to share with us about the many urgent needs in her village concerning water, sanitation,and community health issues. Especially concerning and children who die of preventable disease as well as a high incidence of prostate cancer which is killing many men including several members of Evelyn's family. On a lighter note, Evelyn will speak about the surplus crayons, colored markers, colored pencils and other educational materials donated by the Plymouth River Elementary School in Hingham Massachusetts which she carried with her and presented to elementary school children in Kenya.  Join us this Thursday on Zoom.


Submitted by Tina Ritondaro, Tri-County Community Group-Club Chair

The SJReClub is now a 50% sponsor of the Tri-County Community Interact Club along with the Vineland Rotary Club.  The Interact Club meets every Thursday from 7:15 until 8:15pm at the YMCA in Vineland.  Donna Bennett from the Vineland Rotary and I, as a representative of our club, are co-advisors.  Check our and like our facebook page.  We have almost 40  high school students in this club.
Our club also is a 50% sponsor of the new Buena Regional H.S. Interact Club and we share our sponsorship with Hammonton Rotary Club.  The BRHS Club is new this year and was started by 4 students from the Tri-County Interact Club who approached the school principal and asked for a club within their own school.  I serve as the Rotary Advisor and Mrs. Emily Levari is Teacher Advisor.  The Hammonton Rotary Club is planning a Charter Night for this new Interact Club to be held on Monday March 4th 7pm at Roccos Town House Restaurant in Hammonton.  All eclub members are invited to come and show their support.  More information and flyer to follow. 


E-Club members will meet in Cape May for the District Conference

The District Conference will take place in Cape May the weekend of May 13-15.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for E-Club members and their families to meet each other.  Visit our facebook page for more information.


13 New E-Club members proposed

Through the herculean efforts of eclub member's Melanie and Tina, colloborating closely with President Mary this evenings launch of the South Jersey Rotary E-Club Tri-County Community Group was a success.  The room was packed with E-Club members, Rotoract and Interact members, Family members, District representatives, our District Governor Elect and Governor Nominee and most importantly prospective Rotarians.  After an insightful program, Rotarians shared their own reasons for joining Rotary.  The entire event took just about an hour and 13 individual submitted an application and their membership fee.  The Tri-County Group will meet again on March 1st.  Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new group and stay current on this group by clicking the tab labeled Tri-County CG on the menu bar above.  Kudos again to Melanie, Tina and Mary for your hard work and colloboration. 


Provided by Melanie Druziako, Club Member and Organizer



Provided by Marilyn Axler, Secretary

Congratulations to our District Governor Elect Ulysses James whose photo was taken with incoming Rotary President John Germ at the International Assembly in San Diego. —John Germ's new theme "Rotary Serving Humanity" 


Submitted by EClub Secretary Marilyn Axler

EClub webmaster Peter Percheski Sr, won the Deptford Rotary's basket of hundreds of dollars of gift cards, Loved the Pig Flashlight  All this fun at our District 7640 Dining with Rotary Chefs. 


Submitted by Pete Percheski Sr, Webmaster

In her home village in Kenya, eclub member, Evelyn knows why many children have no time for school or fun.  Each day they must walk 8 miles for water and they make the trip many times over through the day.  This is a picture from Evelyn of a child carrying water.

When children and families spend the best part of each day pursuing the most basic necessities for living, like water, there is little time for anything else and life from year to year and generation to generation changes very little.  The water that is collected is not from a reliable source and in some cases the water carried back home is from a source used also by animals.
Children walk barefoot miles and miles for water.  The typical home, school and latrine has a dirt floor so many children suffer from disfiguring ailments to their feet.  Evelyn is currently back home in Kenya visiting her children and grandchildren.  It is her life's dream to one day improve life for the children of her village.  During her time home, Evelyn will be assessing the needs of her village and looking for a local rotary club who will join forces with us so that our efforts are sustainable.   Pictures provided by Evelyn.


Submitted by Patrick Massaro, Director of International Service.

Since 2013 the South Jersey Rotary eClub has been dedicated to humanitarianism on both a domestic and international level. An example of this concept has been the South Jersey Rotary eClubs continual support to the Iloilo West Rotary club. For the past three years the South Jersey Rotary eClub has raised clothing, educational resources, water filtration devices, and dental supplies to poor isolated communities within the province of Iloilo. This year was no exception with our club concentrating on raising dental supplies for this region. From these efforts the South Jersey Rotary eClub was able to meet our goal and generate four boxes of dental supplies which were shipped to the Philippines on 12/28/2015.  Through this feat the main contributors of our project were Mario Gebbia, District Governor Dave, and the Vineland Interact Club. While we greatly appreciate all parties that donated, these contributors went above and beyond this simple call to action. Thank you for everyone that contributed and we are looking forward to working with you in the near future.



Submitted by Alice Percheski, President Elect

2015 was an awesome year for our club, one for the record books.  We started with a new website host, Club Runner, linking us to our District and Rotary International.  We sent supplies to the Philippines and our water filtration devices were carried by teachers into remote villages where they provided clean water for the teachers themselves, for young children and pregnant mothers.  We raffled off a painting and raised money for the Rotary Foundation.  We officially became a sister club and we earned a Presidential Citation.  We followed that with a new club president. a full active board of directors, a new meeting platform, a new look to our website, new fundraisers, a club newsletter, new members and speakers.  We collected and distributed coats, mittens, school supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste. We finished out 2015 with 4 boxes of dental supplies headed to the Philippines to support dental missions planned for this spring. Our members also learned quite a bit about grant writing.  We  traveled to far away places to support an orphanage or attend conferences with other Rotarians from around the region and around the world. Our club attended district events and trainings, played integral roles in our district and provided guidance and support to our district youth programs.   We begin 2016 with a great deal of enthusiasm.  One of our members is traveling to her home village in Kenya to visit family and assess the needs of her community. Our club hopes to meet some of those needs.  We will soon be joined by seasoned Rotarians as well as new Rotarians from the Vineland area and they will bring our club more opportunities for fellowship along with their energy and ideas.  This is a great time to be part of our club.  An exciting year full of opportunities awaits us.  Welcome 2016!!



Governor Dave meets E-Club on Zoom

Members of the South Jersey Rotary E-Club welcomed a number of honored guests to it's recent on-line meeting.  Governor Dave visited our club to share a number of inspiring stories and tell us about the plans he has made for the remainder of his year including all the special and unique plans for the District Conference in May.  We were also joined by Bruce Hall who is a member of the Philippine Club we are coordinating with in support of their Dental Missions.  Bruce spoke about how the Dental Missions began and how the idea is developing.  Governor Dave, a local dentist himself, listened with interest and pledged his ongoing support.  We were also joined by our Assistant Governor Len Schwartz.  E-Club Member Deborah Starr discussed our club's interest in connecting local students with children from conflict areas in parts of the Philippines and Bruce will be looking for opportunities for us to carry out this goal.  In addition Deb introduced one of our newest members, Evelyn who is from Kenya.  She will be returning to Kenya and looking for ways our club can support an iniative to provide water to her village in a way that will free young children from this time consuming chore and allow them to attend school.  In addition to the E-Club's International Service Projects, our club has several projects planned to serve our local community at home.  First up will be our coat drive which begins shortly.  The E-Club is growing with members from all ages and backgrounds with a common heart to Be a Gift to the World.  A Big E-Club Thankyou to all our wonderful members and guests who joined us from far and near. 


Evelyn Oyombera Joins Our Club

Evelyn, whose origins are from Kenya became SJReClub's newest member in August.  Deborah Starr, featured on the left of Evelyn in this picture taken in August, is our club's Foundation Chair.  She first invited Evelyn to one of the club's online meetings.  Evelyn will become our third eclub member residing in Massachusetts, along with Deborah and Joel.   Evelyn has a very compelling story starting with her roots in Kenya to the present.  Evelyn has many family members in Kenya and while she currently works in the US she plans to return to her home and family in Kenya.  Our club currently is supporting an International Project in the Philippines but Evelyn's close connection with Kenya may open new avenues for International Service which could provide our club with an up close experience with those who directly benefit from our efforts.  Evelyn will be sharing her story with our club at an upcoming meeting and we expect to hear more in the coming months about the needs of her community in Kenya.  South Jersey Rotary eclub meets online which makes us an ideal Rotary Club for people with a busy life no matter where your located, around the corner or around the globe.  All that is required is a big heart that wants to help others, a desire to meet other like minded people and the willingness to have a little fun while doing some good in the world.   In return our club can provide opportunities to learn leadership skills, get experience managing projects, gain new skills from other fields, network with other professionals, mentor teenagers and young adults, meet people with diverse backgrounds, learn a new language, travel overseas, visit other clubs in locations far and wide, experience the satisfaction from helping others,  become more fully human and be all you can be.  But don't take our word for it, like Evelyn we hope you will visit us at one of our online meetings.  Come to network and stay to save the world!   


Nicole Hall to speak on August 18th

Nicole Hall is a Doctoral candidate in Geography & Urban Studies at Temple University where she is also the Director of Admissions at the Tyler School of Art. Nicole's unique background includes fine arts, sustainable design, university administration and social justice. Both academically and professionally, she is focused on the impact of urban universities on surrounding areas and the role of art, collaborative design and inclusive planning in fostering positive relationships. Nicole's dissertation fieldwork has been focused in the City of Atlantic City where she has partnered with government, universities and community development organizations to identify social needs and ways to integrate them into community planning. She is utilizing integrated charrette planning - a model of inclusive design - to build a community based development plan focused on education and art. Nicole lives in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia with her husband, two pugs and a lively rooftop garden. She is an avid traveler, reader and sculptor.
Topic Explanation:
One of the greatest challenges in community planning and development is meaningful engagement between those making decisions and those impacted. For urban universities, this is an especially tenuous topic and one which creates animosity between school and neighborhood populations. In the private sector, there are many ways organizations work to build collaborative relationships, meeting the goals of all involved. Utilizing these practices in public planning and development, particularly in regards to educational facilities, has the potential to build socially equitable growth in urban cities. This talk will explore these methods through a case study of Atlantic City, NJ with special attention to the important roles of community development organizations, arts and culture, government and higher education in urban prosperity and transformation.


Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action!

Why Rotary?   We would love to tell you, but watch this video first and then join us online at one of our meetings.  If your Heart desires to Serve Others, don't do it alone.  Serve with Rotarians, we cultivate friendship through service! 


On behalf of the community, we are deeply deeply deeply grateful.....

5 Sawyer Water Filters were sent with our last shipment of supplies to the Philippines.  One of those filters was carried into a remote village to be used by the teachers and community during a 5 month mission as part of an initiative of SILAW, Saving Innocent Lives Admist War.  Jarrah Soliva Brillantes facilitated this initiative and recently reached out to our club through facebook. "Glad to finally know the faces behind the initiative. I am Jarrah and I am with the organization who facilitated the donation of the supplies, including 1 Sawyer Water Filtration, to the remote community of Tabon, Tapaz, Capiz, Philippines. We have highly encouraged mothers who have infants to religiously have their water go through the sawyer filtration to avoid repeated incidents of diarrhea. In behalf of the community, I am deeply deeply deeply grateful."  The picture is of one of the teachers using the Sawyer water filtration device.  Our director of International Service, Patrick Massarro has been passionate about the World's Water Crisis since his time has a college student.  Now he leads our club in making a real difference in big and small ways.  It's estimated that every 20 seconds a child dies from lack of clean water and sanitation.  We are making a difference.


Thank You to our Contributors

Our club members are reaching out to local Dentists, Friends and Family members for donations of tooth brushes, tooth paste, and floss to be distributed to underserved areas of the Philippines that are still recovering from a Tsunami.  Some dentists are asking their reps for donations.  Learn more, see pictures and view the Donors List by clicking on "Dental
Mission" in the menu above.   We appreciate every donation large or small and your participation in this noble service project. 


International Service

South Jersey Rotary E-Club is gearing up to support a Dental Mission in the Philippines. 
The Rotary Club of lloilo West has been very successful in planning and carrying out
Dental Missions in under served areas with their partners the
Rotoract Club of lloilo West and the students and staff of the
lloilo Doctors College of Dentistry  
Under the guidance of our International Service Director, Patrick Massaro ,
our Club has begun collecting new tooth brushes, tooth paste and floss which
we will send over to support one of these missions. From now through the fall
our club members will be seeking donations from local dentists, friends and supporters. 
A Flash Mob of Rotarians, their families and friends from Vancouver tell us just how close we are to Polio Eradication.

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