October 2015

Upcoming Events



District 7490 Governor 
Peter R. Wells
District Governor Home Club: 


Pay It Forward: A profile of Rotary International President 2015-16, K.R. "Ravi" Ravindran

We will be having an exceptional event this fall in our district. As you know, November is Foundation month on the Rotary calendar. To underscore the importance of our Rotary Foundation, we will hold The Celebration of Rotary Service dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 10th. At this event, Rotarians with 40 years or more of service will be recognized at a very special dinner to be held at Seasons. What will make this event so special is that our guest keynote speaker will be the President of Rotary International, Ravi Ravindran. This is be an unprecedented honor: that the president of RI will have adjusted his busy schedule to attend this event in our small district. He will be joined by several Rotary dignitaries from our Zone and nearby districts. This will be a night to remember! 
Raj Bhatia, District Foundation Chair, has asked that in addition to contributing to the Annual Fund, please consider becoming a sustaining member and/or most importantly becoming a member of the Bequest Society of the RI Permanent Fund. Four Rotarians in our District have already pledged to become Level 2 Bequest Society members. With over thirteen hundred members in our District, we can call our dinner a "Million Dollar Dinner" if only 36 more members take the Level 2 Pledge. (Level 1 is from 10,000 to 24,999 dollars and Level 2 is from 24,999 to 49,999 dollars commitment in your will.) In the days ahead please consider becoming a Bequest Society member by adding a Codicil to your will, indicating the amount you want to commit, if you already have a will, or discuss with your Attorney(s) to formulate one. In closing Raj asks for you to please join him and District Governor Peter Wells by becoming a Bequest Society Member and help us in making this a "Million Dollar Dinner."

Rotary District 7490 is sponsoring its third Food Drive on October 24, 2015 – this time benefiting United Way of Hudson County’s Food Pantry, St. Peter’s University Food Pantry, and Rotary District 7490’s own Military Family Assistance Center. Last Halloween, approximately 300 volunteers in Bergen County packaged 54,000 meals for the hungry in Paterson. This time, we hope to package at least 60,000 meals in Hudson County. 
REGISTER HERE  OR  email: Botzie@aol.com 
TO DONATE: Pay online at www.endhungerne.org  and enter "ROTARY 7490" in special instructions  OR  Send checks payable to "Outreach, Inc." to Attn: Matthew Martin, Outreach, Inc., 1574 Ocean Street, Marshfield, MA 02050. Indicate Rotary 7490 October 24 on the memo line.
FOR TICKETS: Email Jim Boyer
Please join us for the 35th Annual New Jersey Vocational Assembly on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. This unique event brings together Rotary leadership, Rotarians and guests from across the five Districts of New Jersey to celebrate our vocational service and commitment to high ethical standards.
Peter R. Wells, our new District Governor, held his first District Staff Meeting at Biagio's in Paramus. Peter has been a Rotarian throughout his life but in the formal terms 30+ years. He thanked his family for raising him in the Rotary community to make a difference and live by the 4 way test. Peter mentioned a list of other Rotary mentor’s – PDG Joe Laureni, PDG Joe Dino, PDG Bonnie Sirower and his senior staff. Peter shared the many ways we can learn about Rotary – RI website, Rotary Central, Rotary Social, Rotarian magazine, district newsletter, district bulletin and another great resource is his AG of Internet Services, his son Phil.
Peter shared about the planned attendance of Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran to District 7490’s Celebration of Rotary Service on Nov. 10, in which Rotarians with at least 40-years of service will be honored at a dinner hosted at Seasons by the Rotary Foundation. He marveled that with more than 520 districts throughout the world, an incumbent president of Rotary International would visit the second smallest of those districts. It is a wonderful honor to our district. Peter finished his address by commenting, "We are the 2nd smallest geographic district in the Rotary community but we can offer and do so much to make a difference." DG Peter Wells has extended a special invitation for any Rotarian to reach out to him personally in any way that he can assist.
This article was featured in our July Newsletter.

Pictures: Peter and Linda Wells (top left), Raymond Wells (bottom left), Honey Moraganstern-Kleinberg (top right), Jack Rosen (bottom right)
When Peter R. Wells is installed as the District’s new Governor, Peter’s father, Raymond R. Wells, will become the second father whose son or daughter also served as Governor, with Raymond, having served as the District’s 19th Governor in 1975 –1976. Jack Rosen and his daughter, Honey S. Morganstern-Kleinberg, also served as District Governor, with Jack serving as the District’s 34th Governor in 1990 –1991, and Honey as the 42nd Governor in 1998 – 1999. 
Peter, a member of the Park Ridge Rotary Club, will be installed on Thursday, June 25 as the 59th Governor of Rotary District 7490. The Governor’s Installation Banquet will take place at Seasons, located at 644 Pascack Road in Washington Township, N.J. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. that evening. The event attire is “black-tie optional.” 
This article appeared in the May Newsletter.

Picture: District Governor Calisto J. Bertin on April 30 as he welcomed Rotarians to the 58th annual conference of District 7490 at the Hacienda TresRios in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The conference began on April 30 and concluded on May 2.
Members of Rotary clubs in Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties met in the first week of May in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for their 58th annual District Conference. The Rotarians heard reports on a variety of issues including the District’s Rotary Foundation Committee and the Walter D. Head Foundation and remembered 20 Rotarians who died during the past year. 
For more about the topics discussed at the conference, view the 2015 District Conference Newsletter.

Picture: District Governor Calisto J. Bertin presents Tim Eustace (Maywood) with Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award for his consistent humanitarian service. Tim represents the 38th Legislative District in the New Jersey Assembly, has worked on water and other projects in Kenya, and has hosted Rotary Youth Exchange students.
Dr. Timothy Eustace, a member of the Maywood Rotary Club, was honored earlier this month with the Rotary Foundation’s Service Above Self Award - which as District Governor Calisto J. Bertin said in presenting the award, “is Rotary’s highest honor to bestow on one of its own”. 
Adding to the prestige of the Service Above Self Award is the fact that no more than 150 of the awards can be presented in any given year, even though Rotary is comprised of 1.2 million members in more than 32,000 Rotary clubs and 535 Rotary districts throughout the world. 
District Governor Calisto J. Bertin with members of the Secaucus Rotary Club and officers of the Interact Club.
The Rotary Club of Secaucus is proud to welcome all Interactors into the Rotary family! Following the Pledge of Allegiance and welcoming words by Secaucus Club President Dolly Kaur, Interact Club President Nadia provided a very inspiring speech to all as to how community service projects have changed her life and her continued plans to stay involved in other activities. Rotary District Governor Calisto Bertin gave a motivational example and Rotary perspective on Interact and Youth Service. 
For the complete story, read the March Newsletter(pdf).
For more information on how your club can foster Interact Clubs at your local schools, visit our Interact page.

Pictures: Fred J. Campagna of the Northern Valley Rotary Club after receiving the John J. Hartman Memorial Award. PDG Joseph Laureni, who served this year as Chairman of the Gift of Life Foundation, and Nikki Mederos of Northern Hudson Rotary. 
Rotary District 7490’s Gift of Life Foundation Dinner on February 13th celebrated 91 cardiac surgeries that were performed under its auspices last year. Working with the Ukrainian Gift of Life Foundation, District 7490’s Gift of Life Foundation sponsored 46 surgeries that were performed by Ukrainian doctors in that nation, while a District medical mission performed 26 surgeries in the Philippines last fall. A second medical mission performed 13 additional surgeries in Uganda, while six surgeries took place in hospitals in New Jersey and New York.
Are you pursuing a full-time graduate degree?  Are you a full-time undergraduate entering your Junior or Senior year in college studying (a) journalism, (b) assistance to people with disabilities, or (c) environmental studies?  Will your proposed course of study lead to a degree?  Then you may be eligible for a Rotary District 7490’s Walter D. Head Foundation scholarship up to $10,000.
Water Filter
The Teaneck Rotary Club is sending one person to CAWST in Calgary, Canada, the company that designed the “BioSand Water Filter”, for a 4-day training workshop from July 14 through July 17.  The cost is $600 which covers all materials, handouts, instructions and food for the first day. Airfare and hotel are extra. Expenses are being paid personally, not by the Teaneck club.

We encourage other clubs in the district to send someone for this comprehensive training program that includes instruction and hands-on experience in the construction of all components of the filter, including the concrete containers, sand media, diffuser basins and lids. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the rationale behind the filter design, how to install it and how to instruct householders on the correct usage.

What a great opportunity for clubs interested in sponsoring water projects in developing countries!




Are you interested in serving your community and the world, but just don’t have the time? Have you ever wanted to, “do more” but didn’t know how to begin? Rotary is your answer! Rotary District 7490, serving Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties,  is now starting a virtual Rotary club that WILL revolve around your schedule.

Many people are forced to work long hours and then deal with family commitments, leaving no time to give back. Rotary is changing that with a virtual Rotary club.

Interested? Send an email to join@district7490erotary.org with your name and a contact email address and/or phone number to get started.

Rotary International is the oldest service club in the world, celebrating its 108th birthday on February 23. In Bergen, Passaic and Hudson Counties, 55 local Rotary clubs totaling more than 1,300 members provide dictionaries to third graders, bring fresh water to Africa, mentoring students. Rotarians sent more than 100 trucks to communities throughout the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, and are now assisting in the rebuilding and restocking of vital facilities such as the firehouses in Little Ferry and the ambulance corps in Moonachie and Hoboken.