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Barnegat Bits                                     Vol 8 Iss 26

President's Message: Attitude or effort?  Both!
As a parent, I always try to be aware of the example that I set for my son.  He is 13 now, and while I may be more of an annoyance than a and watches me very closely.  I know that what I say and what I do has a great impact on who he is and who he will become.  One of the greatest lessons that I want him to learn is that there are only two things that he, and only he, can control in this world.  Attitude and effort.  Only he can decide each day if he will have a positive or negative attitude.  And only he can decide whether he will give his 110%, or something less.
Don’t get me wrong; he is a teenage boy and shirks off as you would expect.  That is OK.  We all need time to decompress and to vent.  That is only healthy.  But once that has passed, it is important for him to get right back to where he should be.
Rotary is no different; it is a microcosm of our lives and this world.  We all get out of Rotary what we put into it.  I am as guilty as the next guy of not always giving Rotary my full 110%.  I have missed my fair share of meetings and make-ups.  I forget to put some projects on my calendar, and I have been known to miss events because I have a conflict.  Time is limited, but effort is not.
I like to think that we all shine when it comes to effort (even if we miss a few meetings).  And our effort feeds right into attitude.  I feel good about myself, our community, and the world when I see the good work that we can accomplish as Rotarians, and it is easy to be positive when you feel good about what you are doing.  Even after a long day, and sometimes not a good day, I try to bring a positive attitude to our Rotary meetings and projects.  And I lean on my fellow Rotarians when I need a pick-me-up.  (We are a good group for a laugh!) 
Now it is time for each of us to share what we know about Rotary.  Let us dedicate at least some of our effort to helping Rotary grow.  There is strength in numbers, and when you look at what we have achieved over the last several years in Barnegat as a start-up----as a “small” club----remember that we could accomplish so much more as we grow.  If you do not already, talk to others about Rotary, about its benefits locally and globally, and about what it means to be part of such an organization.  Ask your friends and colleagues to join you for a meeting (and remember, if they join, you will see them every week so make sure you like them!).  And finally, make certain that you display a positive attitude about Rotary when you are out in the community.
I leave you with this:  It is very empowering when you realize that you are in control of your attitude and your effort.  This has become my philosophy over the last several years as I started and grew my business.  Professionally, I know that this mantra has helped me to achieve what I have----a successful business; a (fairly) balanced personal and professional life, and a lot of friends to lean on.  If we apply these principles to our lives in Rotary, I know that we accomplish so much more!
Last Week's Meeting: CASA Visits
Last week Ariane Yazdan from CASA of Ocean County came by to tell us about her organization and how we could participate. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ocean County, an independent non-profit, has served as a voice in the courtroom for abused and neglected foster children since 2006.
They recruit and train concerned citizens to serve as a CASA volunteer. By meeting with the child’s family members, doctors, teachers, and foster parents, the CASA volunteer ensures that the judge in the family court system is aware of all the facts to make the best determination for the child’s future. CASA currently represents around 100-200 children within the foster care system in Ocean County but they are always looking for more volunteers. To learn more visit
Quote of the Day

“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” 

― Shannon L. Alder

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Barnegat, NJ  08005
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Frank Ernest
February 7, 2018
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February 9, 2018
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Can Food Drive
Feb 01, 2019 – Apr 15, 2019
Gift of Life Gala
Lucien’s Distinguished Catering
Feb 09, 2019
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Board Meeting / Unity Tour
Feb 13, 2019
March Board Meeting
Mar 13, 2019
Save the Date - Casino Night
May 11, 2019
Feb 06, 2019
Habitat for Humanity
Feb 20, 2019
Blue Claws
Feb 27, 2019
Batso Through the Years
Mar 06, 2019
Gaming & Commission Processes
Mar 20, 2019 5:45 PM
Big Brother Big Sister of Ocean County
Apr 03, 2019
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