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Zoom is our New Video Conferencing platform
The Club's first Newsletter is published.
SJReClub receives a Citation from Governor Tim Datig
President Elect Mary, finds the Fun in Fundraising.
A Sawyer water filtration device provided by our club finds its way to a remote community.
Our club again provided chaperones and supported this long standing service project.
E-Club members meet for some old fashioned face to face fellowship at the D7640 Conference in Atlantic City
E-Club members join Youth Exchange, Rotoractors and Interactors in Service.
Patrick and Jennifer speak at D7640 Conference in Atlantic City.
E-Club President Elect Mary prepares for her term which begins July 1
Our five boxes of supplies have reached the Rotary Club of llollo West.
Our club president elect, Mary Crawford also serves as D7640 Interact Director. 
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Next Meeting: Tuesday December 1, 7pm on ZOOM
Club Fundraiser December 7th 5-9pm
Yogo Factory 2192 N 2nd Street, Millville NJ
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Tis the Season to Get Involved!!!

Tis the season to get involved!  As the winter season approaches, we need to reach out to those in need in our community.  I am challenging all members to do at least one of the collections or fundraisers listed below. Together we can make a difference in many people's lives.
  • Coat collection:  Please collect coats from friends, co-workers, etc or set up a collection box for the month of November!  I can bring them all to the Atlantic Rescue Mission or you can choose a charity in your area to get them distributed.
  • Yankee Candle Fundraiser:  A very easy fundraiser - it's online, there are no minimums and proceeds of all sales will pay for the shipping costs for the dental supplies we are sending to the Philippines.  
    Club members check your email for instructions from our President and Spread the word!  You can enter emails, share on Facebook etc. 
  • Glove/mitten collection:  The Boys and Girls Club in Vineland is collecting new gloves and hats for the winter - if you see some on sale as you shop, pick up a couple and send them to Patrick Massaro or he will pick them up - contact Patrick at
  • Dental Mission:  we are still collecting dental supplies thru Dec 15th - keep them coming!
  • YoGo Factory upcoming fundraiser:  Dec 7th from 5pm-9pm we will be sponsoring having a fundraiser at the YoGo Factory, 2192 North 2nd Street, Millville, NJ 08332.  We will receive a portion of the sales proceeds from that evening.  We could use a couple volunteers to help out that night - please email President Mary if you can volunteer.


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. 


Meet District 7640 Governor Dave

A native South Jerseyan and graduate of Haddonfield High Memorial School, Dave received his BS in Biology at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and went on to earn his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. For 38 years he has maintained a dental practice in Haddon Heights, becoming an integral part of Haddon Heights’ business community.

Equal to his devotion to dentistry is Dave’s passion for volunteerism. A founding member of the New Jersey chapter of Project Stretch and South Jersey Smiles, Dave has provided free dental treatment to children in third world countries. A focus of his six
missions has been Nicaragua, the poorest nation in all the Americas. There he traveled to remote villages to set up makeshift dental clinics to treat poor children who had never seen a dentist. The mission was to educate them and provide necessary treatment to relieve sometimes painful problems. He has also been to even more remote areas through the San Juan Rios Relief Fund organization which provide both medical and dental care to residents living along the San Juan River. He has also gone on medical/dental missions to Ghana with the International Healthcare Organization and Thailand and Jamaica with Rotary International. Closer to home, Dave has provided dental care at the Project Smiles clinic at the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, New Jersey.

A member of Rotary for eleven years, Dave has had a Rotary career that has spanned two clubs and different positions. Starting as a member of the Haddon Heights Rotary Club, he served as Secretary and President. Now with the Garden State Rotary club, he was
named their Rotarian of the Year in 2006. In 2007, he obtained his first Paul Harris Fellowship. On a district level, he served as District Chair for Volunteerism, a Foundation Coordinator for two years, Assistant Governor for three years, and Director of International Service for two years. He is also presently on the faculty of the Rotary Leadership Institute. A strong proponent of international service, he took part in two NID missions, one in India and one in Nigeria, experiences that he has treasured the experience of changing a child’s life by a single inoculation. In 2013, Dave was awarded the Service Above Self Award by Rotary International, a rare and unexpected honor.

Dave presently resides in Tabernacle Township with Diane, his wife of 43 years, who is a school counselor in Haddon Heights. Together they have raised three children and are presently enjoying their two granddaughters.


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!   


Through Mud & Fire

Pictured here, SJReClub President Mary and her husband Tom, also an eclub member.  In August Mary crawled through the mud and jumped through fire for the patients of St Jude Children's Research Hospital as a St Jude Warrior in the Warrior Dash.  St Jude Children's Research Hospital is one of the Global Leaders in finding cures and saving children from cancer and other deadly diseases.  The families of St Jude patients never receive a bill from St Jude, allowing them to concentrate their efforts on helping their loved ones to live.  St Jude relies then on the contributions and donations of individuals like us.  We are proud of our President and her contribution of sweat and determination.  She is an inspiration to our club.  She has helped to raise nearly $400 dollars for her efforts and that number continues to grow.  To add to this fund and support Mary's Warrior Effort visit  To learn more about St Jude Hospital visit 


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.


Marilyn Axler's Slidely by Slidely Slideshow

Marilyn is a Charter member of our club.  She holds positions within our club, our district and RI.  No one works harder then Marilyn at promoting Rotary. She is fulfilling the RI Theme for this year, Marilyn is a gift to our world and to the World of Rotary.


Exciting News from Rotary International.  Presidential Conferences are planned for 6 locations around the world between January and March 2016.   But don't take our word for it, watch the video and then pack your bags!


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.


Thank You PDG Tim, Welcome DG Dave

On Friday June 26, 2015 Governor Elect Dave Zelley
became the new Governor of our District 7640
Our own incoming President Mary Crawford was recognized
and our club received a Presidential Citation.
The cake was delicious!


Meet Our District Leaders

Meet District 7640's New Leadership Team
Count on Them
Call on Them
Notice some of our club members
Serve both our Club and the District

Rotary Year 2015-2016 is upon us bringing with it, new leaders and fresh ideas.  South Jersey Rotary E-Club welcomes new RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindaran, new District 7640 Governor Dave Zelley and our new Club President Mary Crawford.  President Ravi calls us to "Be a gift to the world" and he challenges us with these words, "Will we avert our eyes from the suffering, or will we alleviate it?"  The members of SJR E-Club under the guidance of our new leadership team look forward to a year we hope will be filled with service to our local community and the global communities who have come to count on us.   We look forward to fellowship with our old friends and new ones.  We hope to learn more about Rotary and about each other and together "Be a gift to the world"


Marilyn with members of the Rotary Global History Fellowship at the International Rotary Conference in Brazil.  We can't wait to hear all about her trip and see pictures!

Beyond our wildest imagination SJ Rotary E-Club is making a difference in the lives of those who need us the most. 
Jean Louis Nguyen Qui from the Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone welcomes the South Jersey Rotary E-Club as the 27th Twin Club in their World Wide "Circle" of Clubs in a Ceremony held online on May 17,2015.  Congratulations to all for increasing our power to Serve and providing more opportunities for Global Fellowship!

The children at the Armando Home and School orphanage in Santo Domingo will be happy to receive bilingual games from Carolina Bello shown here at Citizens Bank in Needham Heights MA. Thank you to Carolina and her husband Richard Hidalgo.

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