In Person and On-line Meetings
 
Welcome to the Rotary E-Club of South Jersey, a chartered member of Rotary International and member of District 7640. 
One of more than 35,000 clubs in 220 countries around the world.  Rotary International is a 113 year old international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.
 
Meet us online
 
Thursdays on Zoom
2nd & 4th Thursday
Meeting 24/7 using technology and online sites
Next ZOOM meeting, Thursday April 13th at 7:30pm,
Topic: Service projects & RI Global Rewards
Meet us in person
 
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm  
 The Rose Room of Merighi's Savoy Inn, Vineland NJ 08360
 
 
 
Club Service Projects;
Community Food Baskets,
Water Filtration Devices to the Philippines, Next Uganda
Gently used toys and clothing for Head Start Families
Protecting lives of Homeless through Code Blue
Raising awareness about TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury
Providing school supplies to Kenya
Supporting education in war torn areas of the world.
Serving our community, pro-bono, through our vocations
Mentoring our Interact & Rotoract Youth Groups
Supporting the initiatives of other non-profits
Supporting our Rotary Foundation
 
 
Club Events in Southern New Jersey 
 
Service Projects, Fundraisers, Mixers and Socials are held throughout South Jersey from  
Deptford to the Jersey Shore and Cherry Hill to the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Cape May Ferry 
Visitors and Guests are always welcome to join us.  Locations and Times; TBA
 
 
Club Calendar;
 
Rotary Club Visits; Members visit other rotary clubs for fellowship
and inter-club collaboration.  Next Visit; Thursday March 30th, Lunch with
Penns Grove Rotary Club, rsvp for time and location.
 
Club Service; Ongoing collection for non-perishable food, gently used clothes and toys,
rsvp for drop off locations,.Tuesday March 28th, Traumatic Brain Injury
Fundraiser, 5-10pm, Wilmington DE, rsvp for location and specifics
 
Networking Mixers; Friday April 7th 7:30pm, Carney's Point, 
Friday April 21, 7:30pm, Wildwood, rsvp for locations
 
  Fundraising; Chicken Barbecues, Saturday May 27th, Deep Water,  Saturday June 13th, Vineland,
12-3pm, cost  $10.00 per platter, rsvp for advance tickets and locations,
Sausage Sizzle's; 2017 Schedule of Locations and Times;TBA 
 
Club Picnic; Saturday June 24th, Cape May NJ, rsvp for location and time 
 
District 7640 Event; District Training, April 22nd 8am, rsvp for location
 
 
Youth Programs;
Absegami High School Interact Club
Salem Community College Rotoract Club
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
 
For info or to rsvp; contact Pete, sjreclub@outlook.com
 
 
Reasons We Joined Rotary E-Club of South Jersey
 
Friendship * Personal Development * Business Development * Making a Difference in the World.
 
And a Few more.....
 
NON-PROFIT- a 501c4, chartered in 2013  
ZERO-attendance requirements
LOW- dues based on membership type 
NO- application or joining fee 
NEVER- pay for a meal
CONVENIENT- online meetings, online tools and sites 
BOUTIQUE-  memberships, Individual, Associate, Senior, Household, Corporate & Affiliate 
ALL- ages 18 to 100+, all backgrounds and experiences are cheerfully welcome! 
DIVERSITY-  of members that represents our community.
MEMBER DISCOUNTS- business and professional services locally and globally 
LEADERSHIP- Training & Opportunities 
MENTORING- Rotary & Vocational  
BRANDING - Marketing tools and sponsorship opportunities 
WELCOME at local Rotary Club meetings and 35,000 more in over 220 countries. 
TEACHERS-we provide vocational training and share our knowledge with others 
CONNECT- with 1,100 Rotarians in Southern New Jersey and 2.1 million more worldwide 
ACCESS- to speakers and topics from around the world 
HIGH- ethical standards through our Four Way Test 
 SOCIALIZE- at events throughout the Region, Country and World
Youth mentoring through over 10 RI youth programs 
 PRO-BONO-members share expertise with other non-profits and clubs 
 REMOTE-refers to types of villages we serve around the world 
  EXPERIENCED- Rotary is 113yrs  old, oldest service organization in the world 
 ACCOMODATING-eclub is designed for busy schedules and low stress 
 OPPORTUNITIES-new contacts, new experiences, new purpose and more 
NETWORKING, Rotary originated this concept
  BLESSING-we strive to be this for our home communities 
 POLIO Eradication-a 35+ year battle we've nearly WON 
ROTARY Foundation, 100 yrs old, Charity Navigator's highest rating
1+ billion in assets, dispersed 3+ billion for lasting change in the world
 
 FUN- Rotary IS FUN for our members, our YOUNG and our YOUNG AT HEART!
 
For more information contact
Pete
sjreclub@outlook.com
 
 
 
Home Page Stories

Rotarians are, "People of Action"  We are neighbors, friends and problem solvers who share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change.

 

An Interdistrict Dental Mission to Uganda provides some Rotary moments for our PDG Dave

Club members finalize project for Code Blue

 

 
We're gearing up for some Barbecue this Summer.  We will be looking to partner with other Rotary Clubs or non-profits.  We are committed to raising funds to provide some exciting opportunities for our youth in communities throughout South Jersey.  If you would like to join in the fun or can suggest a location/event/festival that will be a great spot for our Barbecue's contact our Pitmaster Pete, at sjreclub@outlook.com  
Stay tuned for more information to come. 
Why not use the E-Club to cater your summer picnic and enjoy some barbecue while supporting our local youth.
Contact our Pitmaster! 

Club members serve a local non-profit

 

Club members assist our youth Interact Club serve their community.

One woman takes on the challenge to teach children in war torn areas.

Jarrah Soliva Brillantes
Founder, Saving Innocent Lives Amidst War, Inc
YSEALI Regional Workshop 2015

Jarrah is a social entrepreneur, community development worker, youth development advocate, and human rights advocate. She is passionate about education and child learning development. She co-founded Saving Innocent Lives Amidst War in 2008 that advocates for education in conflict areas of Panay Island. She is also the Director of Funding, Experiment, and Design at Educate Simplify and President of Batiti Ground Inc.
 
The E-Club has supported Jarrah's work by providing a number of supplies, clothing, water filters, dental supplies and more.  Our water filters have been especially helpful providing safe drinking water for the teacher who spends 5 months in each village and also providing safe drinking water for young children and pregnant mothers.  See below, a recent communication with the local Rotary club in the Philippines who distributes our donations to Jarrah and others in their community. 

Serving a remote village in a war torn area.

Some of the remaining toothpaste donated by the South Jersey Rotary eClub was given today to Jarrah Soliva Brillantes of Saving Innocent Lives Amidst War for her IP (idengenous people) youth leadership camp this weekend, funded by the YSEALI program of the U.S. State Department. Thank you again to the eClub for your donation. It has gone a long way. We have only a small amount still to distribute.

Our Sister Club the Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone

Above is a recent online meeting of the Rotary E-Club of 9920 Francophone,  This is similar to what our club looks like when we meet online on Zoom.  We look like a larger version of "The Brady Bunch".  At this recent meeting of 9920 Francophone, Rotarians representing a number of countries participated, from Denmark, France, Germany, Morocco, Egypt, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Nepal, UK, Austria and Argentina.  Two years ago we were invited to become a sister club with 9920 Francophone.  We had a Twinning Ceremony and then President of 9920, Jean Louis Nguyen officiated.  Over the past two years many of our club members have visited the meetings of 9920 Francophone and their members have visited us.  Twin Clubs agree to support common aims : 1. Providing an opportunity of friendship between Rotarians and partners of each club. 2. Developing joint programs with humanitarian, health, hunger, and educational purposes. 3. Hosting individual or groups of Rotarians and partners when visiting each other. 4. Maintaining correspondence between each club relating to the Five Avenues of Rotary Service.
 

RI President Elect, Ian H.S. Riseley talks about Joining Rotary

 

 

Rotary President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley meets with Rotary members at the International Assembly this January in San Diego, California, USA. 

 

Alyce Henson/Rotary International

 

Q: If a young person asked you why he or she should join Rotary what, in order, would you say?

A: There are four elements. The first one is friendship. Rotary offers the opportunity to meet people in a semi-social environment and also achieve good things.

The second one is personal development. I became the third president of my club at a very young age as I was starting up my accounting practice. I didn’t enjoy speaking in public, but being involved in a Rotary club means that you’re encouraged – some would say forced – in a friendly environment to get experience speaking, running meetings, motivating people, all that sort of thing. Your Rotarian colleagues are not going to fault you for a simple mistake. So you get practice, you improve, and you do it better. I’m not quite as shy anymore, so that’s a significant benefit.  The third is business development. We’ve shied away from this over a period of time, and I don’t believe we should. When I was invited to join the Rotary Club of Sandringham, I told Juliet, “Well, they’ve invited me to join this group, what do you know about it?” She knew about the same as me, which was not a lot, but she made the point that we’d make new friends, and hopefully some of them wouldn’t be accountants because too many of our friends were accountants, as if that could possibly be true. Rotary is good for business. Why should we shy away from promoting this?  The fourth one, and by far the most important, is the chance to make a difference in the world. If someone asked me to eradicate polio, my ability to do this would be rather limited. But when you gather together with 1.2 million people of like mind and have people like Bill and Melinda Gates donate funds to help achieve this objective, the opportunity for success is far greater. 

 

 

ROTARY AT A GLANCE

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

Rotary also offers expanded service opportunities including:

Interact: a service organization organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs for young adults aged 12-18. There are more than 12,300 Interact clubs in 133 countries.

Rotaract: groups organized by Rotary clubs to promote leadership, professional development, and service among young adults aged 18-30. There are more than 8,000 Rotaract clubs in 167 countries.

Rotary Community Corps (RCCs): groups of non-Rotary members who work to improve their communities. There are more than 7,500 RCCs in 80 countries, all organized and sponsored by Rotary clubs.

Membership Snapshot

Who: Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds; doctors, artists, small business owners and stay-at-home parents all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.

Where: From Haiti and Greenland to Nigeria and Singapore, Rotary unites a truly diverse set of leaders from across the world. Currently, the largest number of clubs comes from the United States, India, Japan and Brazil. The fastest growing Rotary regions include Southeast Asia and Africa.

What: Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.

Polio Eradication Rotary is close to eliminating the second human disease in history after smallpox, with a 99 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program. In 1988, Rotary spearheaded the creation of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with its partners the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Polio eradication remains Rotary’s top priority. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018 for polio eradication, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Josh the Otter, Rotary team to keep kids safe. 

Article written by Stacy Henson and published on "news-press.com" on August 17, 2015

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, with the help of a friendly otter, is delivering an important message to children up and down the Gulf of Mexico and beyond:

Don’t go near the water without an adult, and always swim with a buddy.

Rotarians read “Josh the Baby Otter” to moms and children at the Literacy Council Gulf Coast and plan to take the program into schools, day cares and civic and religious groups in the coming months.

“The beauty of the message is it’s simple and kids can understand,” said Cyndi Doragh, governor of District 6960 that includes 51 clubs with 2,200 members in 10 Southwest Florida counties including Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte.

Florida has the highest rate in the nation for drownings among children ages 1 to 4 and is second for ages 1 to 14.

Ashli Dutan, 11, attended the recent reading with her younger sister, Jazlean, 5, and mother, Maria Dutan, all of Bonita Springs.

“My mom watches us like a hawk,” Ashli Dutan said. They live a five-minute walk away from the YMCA, where they swim, and frequently visit Bonita Springs and Sanibel beaches. “We always pack an extra float.”

While Rotarians read the book in English to the group, Maria Dutan read it in Spanish for the mothers and children learning English, the kids getting a double dose of the message before the Josh the Otter mascot came out to hug the attendees.

The furry figure is a tribute to Joshua Collingsworth, who had slipped out of sight at a family gathering, and was discovered in the backyard pool, unconscious and unresponsive. He was 2. His parents, Kathy and Blake Collingsworth of Wilderness Ridge, Nebraska, started a foundation in his memory.

The Collingsworths also own a home in Bonita Springs

Rotary Clubs have supported this worthwhile cause since it's inception. Some clubs with pools in their community will provide a class for parents and youngsters and other clubs promote the program through a reading program or fundraising.  In todays world we don't here as much talk about water safety as we may have in the past BUT drowning still remains the #1 cause of accidental death in children ages 1-4. 

Please help the Rotary eClub of South Jersey raise awareness by joining us at an upcoming online meeting and learn how you can help make a difference in a matter of Life and Death.  Make a donation to support the good work of the Josh Collingsworth Memorial Foundation by going to www.joshuamemorial.org

 

SJReClub Members are always at work doing good in the world.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi  Our eclub members take these words to heart.  Not only will you find them planning and carrying out club projects, they also find ways to help in their communities and around the world.  They volunteer in our district, at their jobs, and for other groups in their neighborhoods and community.   Members use their vacations to travel to the people who need their help NOW.  They mentor young professionals, raise funds for important causes, and participate in random acts of kindness.  Our members were caring generous humanitarians before they joined Rotary.  Rotary was a perfect fit for those looking for like minded people with the spirit to do great things, big and small for those in need close to home and a world away.  Our club celebrates the work our Rotarians and their families do to support the work of Rotary and improve the lives of people all around the World.
 
 

 

Volunteering our vocational skills outside of work.

Rotarians not only share their time and treasure to the best of their ability, but they also share their skills and expertise.  Our vocations are very important to us.  We have spent a good portion of our lives learning our trades, investing in our professions in the private, public, health and non-profit sectors and as a result we are subject matter experts in a variety of areas.  Our youngest members bring knowledge based experience in current and trending practices and our retired members offer calm experience garnered from a lifetime of lessons learned.  Together we uphold the dignity and value of every vocation by placing an equal importance on the contribution made by all our Rotarians.  How do we do this?  We have the opportunity to speak at meetings about our vocations and areas of expertise, to utilize these resources in club activities and expand our knowledge base outside our own vocations.  By volunteering our skills and resources through our club we create a club of diverse backgrounds and experiences that benefits every member and improves the good work we do.  The talent around our table is what makes our club great!  And what is our compensation?  It derives from the satisfaction we get from seeing how our individual gifts and our combined talents help improve the lives of others and our own lives become better because of it.  We Volunteer!  Its part of the fabric of who we are.

 
 
 
 
 
 
eClub member Patrick, Volunteers with local college students.
Patrick, front and center in white check shirt and blue tie is joined by the Salem Community College Rotoract Club. What does our club member Patrick do with his extra time?  Thats the time he has left after working, attending graduate school, serving as our club's Director of International Service, writing grant applications for our current project and communicating with Rotarians in the district and around the world as he plans out our next project.  Patrick carves out of his life a surprisingly large portion of time to serve as our District 7640 Rotoract Chair.  Rotoract is a Rotary Club for college age students and they are typically located on college campuses.  Patrick supports exisitng Rotoract Club's and helps students form new clubs at colleges and universities where Rotoract has not been formed yet.  Rotoract Clubs in our district are extremely fortunate to have Patrick as their advisor and champion.  Patrick having earned a degree and now in graduate school is uniquely qualified to understand the challenges college students face in their hectic lives and he obviously knows how to fit service and volunteer work into a busy life.  We are proud of the work Patrick does for our club, the district and the young adults of South Jersey.  Your an inspiration to all Rotarians.  
 
 
 
 
 

Members Volunteer Vacation Time

Pictured is a Rotarian visiting children from the Armando Rosenberg Home & School in the Dominican Republic.  Rotarians are not just satisfied raising funds to support paid staff in the field, Rotarians are often the unpaid volunteers who use their own vacation time to travel to places all over the world and carry out the work of creating lasting change.  Like the Rotarians who traveled to this orphanage, they stay at their own expense, to volunteer their time for children orphaned and abondoned.  This orphanage has had the support of District 7640 for many years.  Our club members have served as chaperones along with other Rotarians in the District for Interactors and Rotoractors who make the trip each year to volunteer their time painting and doing maintenance on the 15 acre complex.  Our youth build play sets and work on projects and their time and the materials are donated.  The children in the orphanage look forward to meeting the teenagers and young adults from America and our youth become quite attached, many return year after year at their own expense.  For those interested and able to volunteer their vacation time and roll up their sleeves to do good work in another part of the world, our club and Rotary provide the opportunities.  For more information about this orphanage and our district support visit the Orchid Foundation at http://www.orchidfoundation.org/
 
 

 

Our Guiding Principles

 

These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.

OBJECT OF ROTARY

The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

THE FOUR-WAY TEST

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

AVENUES OF SERVICE

We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.

  • Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  • Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. .
  • Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest.
  • International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
  • Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs like Interact, Rotoract and Youth Exchange.

E-Club members continues to Serve their community.

Tonight the E-Club members of the Tri County Community Group met for their usual Rotary meeting in Vineland but business was anything BUT usual.  Since the beginning of the year this group of dedicated Rotarians has been planning this very unique service project and tonight was the culmination of this project with all hands on deck to fill each Blessing Bag.  Each bag will provide a local member of the community with much needed essentials during the coldest days of this winter.  This picture, an example of what these blessing bags look like, shows that a Blessing Bag contains the small essentials most of us take for granted.  The response by these thoughtful Rotarians and their faithful supporters was overwhelming and should be a great blessing to their community.  A great effort made by the leaders of Tri County and a fine example by all participating Rotarians of "Service Above Self".
 
 
We are excited to have John Nanni, The District 7630 PolioPlus Chair, address our eClub at our next meeting on this coming Thursday, Dec. 8th at 730 pm on Zoom.us.  To join our meeting click on this link and you can join the video conferencing meeting live;        
 
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Submitted by Deborah Starr
 
 

Submitted by Deborah Starr, Rotary Foundation Club Director

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

 

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

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 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......

Governor Dave meets E-Club on Zoom

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

16 Million volunteer hours each year.  No challenge is too big for us!

 
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Secretary
Chair-Tri County Group
Immediate Past President
Public Realtions
Chair-Service Projects
 
 
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