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I am pleased to welcome you to the Capital District of New Jersey.
We are Rotarians located throughout Central New Jersey in thirty-nine Rotary clubs that comprise District 7510. Our principal motto is "Service Above Self."
Rotary International was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris and three of his friends in Chicago, IL. Over the next 110 years, Rotary has grown to an international organization of over 1.2 million Rotarians in over 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries.
Rotary is a powerful force for doing good in the world, and we are proud to be members of local Rotary clubs that support and perform those good works. Read my monthly message by clicking here.
Here in District 7510, I have the honor of having been installed as Governor for 2015-2016. My goals parallel R.I. President Raviindra’s: we here will be Gifts To The World—each in our own way. Some of these ways may be large in scope, as we follow the leads of our fellow District 7510 Rotarians in building homes and schools, feeding the food-insecure, promoting the written word, donating our own blood, and so many more ways. Each of these becomes a unique “Rotary Moment.” But magnitude isn’t what’s important—we give blood one drop at a time. What’s important is taking action. Taking action is what “Rotary Moments” are all about.
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt put it this way: “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next-best thing is the wrong thing, but the worst thing you can do is nothing."
Karen Welsh-Rubinstein, a member of the Rotary Club of Summit-New Providence, describes:
“I took our dog for a walk this morning, where I met two homeless young men…They asked me where they could find a place for food…I told them about Christ Church and walked away. Minutes later, I thought, ‘That's not what this is about and I'm a Rotarian!’ I ran after them and brought them to the church myself, and made sure they were okay. Before I left them at the church, I went to shake their hands. Instead, one threw his arms around me. ‘I'm from Alabama,’ he said, ‘and in Alabama, we hug.’ The other did the same, and said, ‘I love you.’ ‘I love you too,’ I replied. And…that's what it's all about.”
Yes, that’s truly what it’s all about. Karen was A Gift To The World—one person at a time. What will your own “Rotary Moment” be today?
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To Rotarians, I say thank you for all that you do for your clubs, your community, your world.
To our visitors, I thank you for taking the time to learn just a little bit about Rotary and how you can make a difference.
To everyone, I thank you for all that you do to Be a Gift to the World!