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Atlantic City Rotary-Serving Humanity-the 141st Club of Rotary as we celebrate 106 years of service!
Atlantic City

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 5:30 PM
The Showboat Hotel
801 Boardwalk
Diamond Club
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
United States of America
We meet Thursdays 5:30-7:00 PM
We came back to the Claridge for the June 25th Changeover Meeting but the consensus is that we should meet weekly via Zoom for at least July.  We will meet July 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th at 5:30PM via Zoom- the link will be sent to members
We are coming back together June 25th for our 1st meeting in 3 months.  This will be our change over as John Heinz assumes the Club Presidency on July 1st.  We will meet in the Claridge Ballroom so that we can properly social distance.  We will also be Zooming the meeting for those not yet ready to attend meetings.  Look for more information to come on future meetings.
At tonight's meeting President Fernando polled the membership and it was decided that due to the Coronavirus Pandemic we should suspend meetings until at least 5/7/20  sometime in June. The situation will be monitored as it evolves and a decision to lift the suspension or extend it will be determined as events unfold.  We will be posting updates and emailing members during this hiatus.
Hopefully everyone stays healthy and is able to attend meetings when they resume.
President Fernando has announced two future events:
Participation in the Atlantic City Christmas parade on the boardwalk on 12/14. More information to follow.
On Sat February 22nd at the Showboat: Mardi Gras celebrating 105 years of Rotary. This is a club fundraiser $65.00 PP includes an open bar. More information to follow:
To volunteer or just give advice :) contact President Fernando
Please note that we will not have a meeting at the Claridge Hotel on 9/19
The local Rotary Clubs in the Greater Atlantic County Area are holding a membership business mixer on Tuesday September 17th at 6:30pm at Joseph's Restaurant Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. We highly encourage all Rotarians to sign up for this event as well as encourage you to invite people that interact with in the community. Local business owners and community leaders are great people to invite.  Anyone that wants to network to further their organizational and personal contacts is a good person to invite! 
The goal of this event is to expose a large amount of people to concept of Rotary and for our current members to network with Rotarians from other clubs!  If you are currently an inactive/former member this maybe a great time for you to get re-involved and find a club that fits your schedule and personality!
We are asking everyone to signup by September 1st so we can give the restaurant an accurate head count.
How to signup:
You can signup on event brite-
Or directly on the facebook event-
President Fernando being inducted by PDG B. Jennings
Our three scholarship winners, Bob Ruffalo receiving his Paul Harris Fellow pin
Please join us in the Main Ballroom of the Claridge Hotel on June 13th between 5:30 and 7:00 as we welcome our new Club President Fernando Fernandez. We will also say thank you to Past President Anthony Pinto. Guest fee is $20.00 and includes light fare.

Council elevates Rotaract

Representatives from around the world also vote to preserve club flexibility


The 2019 Council on Legislation may not have made as many dramatic changes as the Council three years ago did, but it made several decisions that will shape the future of Rotary.

  1. Representatives at the 2019 Council on Legislation in Chicago vote on the first proposal of the week: an amendment to the preamble to the Avenues of Service. Download a list of preliminary voting results.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

  2. Representatives vote to close a debate on a proposal at the Council.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

  3. Two representatives share a laugh between votes at the Council.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

  4. Past RI Presidents K.R. Ravindran and Ian H.S. Riseley listen to representatives debating a proposal.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

  5. A representative at the 2019 Council on Legislation uses a device to listen to the interpretation of a debate. The Council is conducted in eight languages.

    Photos by Alyce Henson

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Representatives at the 2019 Council on Legislation in Chicago vote on the first proposal of the week: an amendment to the preamble to the Avenues of Service. Download a list of preliminary voting results.

Photos by Alyce Henson

Among the most important, the Council elevated the status of Rotaract clubs.  The change broadens the definition of membership in Rotary International to include Rotaract clubs. The change is intended to increase the support that Rotaract clubs receive from RI and to enhance their ability to serve.

“We need to be an inspiration to our young partners, so they will continue doing the great service that they do,” said RI President Barry Rassin when he presented the measure. “This sends a strong message that they are truly our partners in service.”

In many ways, the Rotaract experience will not change. Rotary clubs will still charter and sponsor Rotaract clubs. Rotaract clubs will still have their own standard constitution and their own unique club experience. Members of a Rotaract club will not be called Rotarians. And Rotaract clubs will not immediately pay dues or receive other benefits, such as the official magazine that Rotary members receive. The Board will determine a dues structure over time.

The measure simply expands the definition of membership in Rotary International to include both Rotary and Rotaract clubs. 

Every three years, representatives from Rotary districts around the world meet in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to consider changes to the constitutional documents that govern Rotary International. This year’s Council considered more than 100 proposals.

Representatives authorized the Board to pursue changing RI’s charitable status to a section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. It is presently a 501(c)(4). A task force has been studying the possible change for 18 months and says it will offer benefits that include tax reductions and vendor discounts that will reduce expenses.

Dues increase

As for dues, the Council approved a modest increase of $1 a year for each of three years, beginning in 2020-21. The previous Council set dues for 2019-20 at $34 per half year.

With the increase, the dues that clubs pay to RI per member will increase to $34.50 per half year in 2020-21, $35 per half year in 2021-22, and $35.50 per half year in 2022-23. The dues will not be raised again until a future Council votes to change it.

Councils give Rotary members a voice in how our organization is governed. Learn more about the Council on Legislation and the Council on Resolutions on our Council web page or read our live blog of the 2019 Council. 


The Council also changed the name of the General Surplus Fund to RI Reserve, because that more accurately reflects the purpose of the fund. In another vote, the Council approved calling the general secretary a chief executive officer (CEO) in circles outside Rotary, to increase his stature in dealings with other intergovernmental organizations.

A seemingly small but intensely debated action will reduce the number of nonvoting members at future Councils, by removing past RI presidents and allowing only one RI Board director to attend but not vote.

But in some respects, the Council defined itself as much by what it did not do. 

This year’s representatives resisted pressure to limit some of the flexibility that the 2016 Council granted clubs, rejecting several measures that would have placed restrictions on clubs. One unsuccessful measure would have required clubs to meet at least 40 times each year. 

Many clubs have been using the innovative and flexible club formats to attract new members and meet their current members’ needs.

Representatives also rejected proposals to make it optional for members to subscribe to an official Rotary magazine and to reduce the size of the Council by half and have it meet every two years.

Democracy in action

Several representatives commented on the democratic nature of the proceedings.

“All of the delegates have been very responsible and respectful, no matter what their opinions,” said Adriana De La Fuente, the representative from District 4170 and a member of the Rotary Club of Plateros Centro Historico, Ciudad de México, Mexico. She has attended three previous Councils. “That elevates the trust and respect for our organization.”

Glen K. Vanderford of District 6760, a member of the Rotary Club of Jackson-Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA, said he appreciated the opportunity to represent the people of his district and gather with like-minded people to voice opinions.

“The process allows us to have a road map forward instead of just going day to day,” he said. “I was excited by the outcome of enhancing Rotaract and that we didn’t weaken future Councils, but preserved the ability for everybody to have a voice.”

Reminder: There is no meeting at the Claridge on 4/11. We will have a table at the GoBlue for CASA event at the Linwood Country CLub 6-9 PM
President Anthony thanks our speaker.
Michael W. Klein is the interim executive director of the of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University. Michael was appointed to his position in January 2018.
Tonight's speaker was Vincent D'Alessandro the President of Ocean First Bank Southern Region.  He spoke about bank growth and how and why Ocean First has quickly grown from a small regional bank to the largest New Jersey based bank in New Jersey, covering Central and Southern New Jersey.  Ocean First has retained many of the employees in the local banks that they acquire because they realize they are the reason customers continue to use them after the acquisition.  It was a very interesting and informative session.
Dr. Straub is currently a Professor of Biology at Stockton University. He received post-doctoral training in molecular biology from Washington University in St. Louis after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Delaware, College of Ocean, Earth and Environment.
President Anthony thanks Speaker Brian G. Lefke 
Senior Vice President of Solid Waste and Authority Board Secretary 
Mr. Lefke oversees all operations within the Solid Waste Division, which includes ACUA’s state-of-the-art landfill, recycling center, transfer station, compost facility, and collections department that serves more than 100,000 homes and businesses.
Between 60-80 interactors from Atlantic and Cumberland Counties assembled for the annual dune clean up. They were assisted by members of the Special Improvement District.More than 250 garbage bags were used to collect the litter.
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Join us for Rotary’s World Polio Day Online Global Update

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RI President-elect Jennifer Jones announces Rotary’s $97 million pledge for sustainable projects during Global Citizen Live

The star-studded global event rallied people to take action on some of the world’s most urgent problems.

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