Families In Need

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Please help us support Montgomery families in need as they begin to prepare for returning to in-person learning.  Students will be unable to use lockers. Water fountains will be turned off. Students must wear masks. And of course, wash hands and use hand sanitizer.  The Montgomery Food Pantry is helping with general school supplies, but the 4 items listed are in short supply.  Rotarians can sign up to order items here, or donate dollars via Venmo @mrhrotary.  Any questions please contact Sharon Prosinski.
Families In Need Sharon Prosinski 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: The Why

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We’re coming up on “giving budget season” where the Club board decides which charities to fund.  Our Giving Budget last year was approximately $55,000 and this is the amount the board wants to spend this year.  The Foundation board would prefer we spend less so as not to draw down our assets in our investment account too quickly.  This is one of the topics that will be addressed at our Club Assembly this week.  But this is not really what I want to discuss in this column.  This is the “how” – what I want to discuss is the “why”.
President's Message: The Why Zoltan Nagy 2020-09-29 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Home

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As Dorothy said at the end of The Wizard of Oz “there’s no place like home”.  Taking another step forward on to the road to normalcy, we will be returning to Cherry Valley County Club on Oct 1 for our weekly breakfast meetings.  Our Installation Dinner held at Cherry Valley this past week went off without a hitch (thank you Kevin and Lisa) and I look forward to getting back to our weekly home.  Next week will be our final meeting (at least, for the time being) at Van Horne Park.
President's Message: Home Zoltan Nagy 2020-09-22 04:00:00Z 0

This Week's Meeting 10/1

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This week we will return to Cherry Valley Country Club!  The meeting will be held outside on the 2nd floor patio which can be accessed by going through the main entrance and turning left and going through the bar area.  Masks must be worn at all times when inside the building.   A limited breakfast will be available.  We will also send out a Zoom link to the membership so that all can participate.  This week we will not have a speaker but instead have a Club Assembly focusing on the financial picture of both the Club and the Foundation.
This Week's Meeting 10/1 Zoltan Nagy 2020-09-21 04:00:00Z 0

Dick Ragsdale

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It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of Dick Ragsdale.  Dick was a long time member of the Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill including two terms as Club President.  He will be deeply missed.
Dick Ragsdale Zoltan Nagy 2020-09-15 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Questions

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No matter how well prepared, when someone takes over as President of a Rotary Club, they always have questions.  Some are broad like “How do we grow membership?”.  Some are specific like “Where do we get the Rotary pins for new members?.  But there’s one question that stands out by far as the most important.
President's Message: Questions Zoltan Nagy 2020-09-15 04:00:00Z 0

Installation Dinner

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Rotarians, the Installation Dinner will be held Thursday Sept 17th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Cherry Valley County Club (please note it will be held outside).  Details in the Reveille.  Any questions, please contact Kevin Lynch.
Installation Dinner Zoltan Nagy 2020-09-08 04:00:00Z 0
President's Message: You Call Yourselves Rotarians?!? Zoltan Nagy 2020-09-08 04:00:00Z 0

Africa is Polio Free!

Posted by Zoltan Nagy
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Last week came the news from Rotary International that Africa has been declared polio free.  The last endemic country, Nigeria, was certified as Polio Free.  The only nations left to go are Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Eradicating polio has been a longtime mission of Rotary and it is exciting to note that we are getting close.  For more info click here for a brief video.
Africa is Polio Free! Zoltan Nagy 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Heroes

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The flags are up!!  See for yourself - drive past the high school on Route 601. It’s quite a visual display that will no doubt make an impact on those driving by.  But the impact of this project extends well beyond the swath of field in front of the high school.  And for that I am grateful to Josh Turner and the rest of the Flags For Heroes Committee who worked tirelessly to make this project a reality.
President's Message: Heroes Zoltan Nagy 2020-09-01 04:00:00Z 0

Past President's Message: Say Cheese

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(filling in for Zoltan Nagy who is on vacation is our Immediate Past President Tony Parziale)  During these challenging times, we need to keep a little perspective. We need to keep our minds clear and we need to focus on keeping our happiness drive alive! I’d like to share a few things that I’ve found helpful.
Past President's Message: Say Cheese Tony Parziale 2020-08-25 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Service

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The ancient Greeks used to say “At the intersection of member engagement and new member recruitment lies service projects.”  OK, maybe the ancient Greeks never uttered those exact words but I’m sure if Plato were running a Rotary club he would agree. 
 
 
President's Message: Service Zoltan Nagy 2020-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Polio Plus Fundraiser

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District 7475 Polio Plus Chair Julie Ann Juliano alerted us to a fundraising opportunity to help wipe out polio (which is one of Rotary's chief worldwide missions).   Rotarian John Kramb is going on a very long Motorcycle Ride for Polio.  John is a polio survivor and has a goal of $10,000 to be raised for Polio Plus.  Every donation that a Rotarian makes will be given to their RI Foundation Account - so money spent here - helps him achieve his goal and helps you to increase your Paul Harris Fellow status.  Click on 
https://raise.rotary.org/John-Kramb/challenge  to see his story and to make a donation. 
  
 
 
Polio Plus Fundraiser Zoltan Nagy 2020-08-18 04:00:00Z 0

Bikes For The World Update

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The Bikes For the World bike drive has been tentatively scheduled for October 24th.  Because the collection truck comes up from Maryland, we may have an issue holding the drive if the out of state quarantine regulations are still in effect.  We will make a decision around Sept 1.  One possible contingency plan is to be able to store the bikes temporarily until they can be delivered down to the warehouse in Maryland.  If anyone has some covered space to be able to temporarily store bikes, please contact Zoltan Nagy.
Bikes For The World Update Zoltan Nagy 2020-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: We Need You

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One of the toughest duties I have this year as Rotary president is to manage Josh Turner’s stress level.  Josh is heading up the Flags For Heroes project and along with the other FFH committee members (Lisa Youngberg, Maria Kauzmann, Matt Romanoski, Beth Desai, Doug Merritt, Bill Beachell, Sharon Prosinksi and Emad Abou-Sabe), they have worked extremely hard to put this fundraising project together in a very short period of time.
President's Message: We Need You Zoltan Nagy 2020-08-11 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Club Growth

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I’ve spent a fair amount of time over the last few months in Rotary training sessions and other Rotary related meetings involving our district, zone and international leadership.  As such, I can tell you that Rotary International is very concerned about membership growth remaining flat.  This is not strictly a Rotary issue.  All service organizations are experiencing the same dynamic (if anything, Rotary is probably in better shape than the others).  On a national level, the issue is not that new members aren’t joining but they aren’t staying for more than a year or two.
President's Message: Club Growth Zoltan Nagy 2020-08-04 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Ideas

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At our weekly meeting last Thursday, we held a brainstorming session to come up with some new fundraising ideas for this Rotary year in addition to our Flags For Heroes project.  As I mentioned last week, the pandemic wiped out all our major fundraising events.  This year we are dipping into the funds held in our Foundation investment accounts to fund our Giving Budget but we want to mitigate the need to have to do this again next year if the Run With Rotary doesn’t happen next Spring. 
 
President's Message: Ideas Zoltan Nagy 2020-07-28 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Thinking Caps On

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I think we can all agree that this is not a normal Rotary year.  We can’t simply “do what we did last year but a little better”.  As a result of the restrictions caused by the pandemic, we struggle to remain cohesive and we struggle to remain relevant.  Zoom meetings helped keep us together but they aren’t a substitute for live meetings and attracting new members.  We have started up live meetings under the pavilion at Van Horne Park with a Zoom option and we are also starting up booking speakers for our meetings with the limitation that we can’t do PowerPoint presentations and the like.  We still don’t have any word from Cherry Valley Country Club as to when we will be able to get back there for weekly meetings.  Van Horne Park works fine for now but probably won’t be viable much past early Fall.  So there’s that.
 
President's Message: Thinking Caps On Zoltan Nagy 2020-07-21 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message:  Impact

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A few years ago, a picture went “viral” on Facebook showing a pair of sneakers.  Some clearly saw the sneakers as being pink and white while others swore that the colors were teal and gray.  Despite it being somewhat trivial, the issue was hotly debated around the globe as people could not understand how other people could not see it as they see it.   This example popped into my mind as over the last week as the topic of “impact” arose in several different Rotary conversations as it relates to the impact our club’s charitable giving has on individuals, our community, and the world.
President's Message: Impact Zoltan Nagy 2020-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

This Week's Meeting 7/16

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We will NOT be meeting at Van Horne Park this week.  This week is the official visit from District Governor Ann Walko and will be held via Zoom jointly with several other Rotary clubs.  The meeting link will be sent out via email to members.  We will resume our meetings in Van Horne Park the following week 7/23 with  an option to connect in via Zoom.  We tried the hybrid format for the first time last week and it worked surprisingly well.
This Week's Meeting 7/16 Zoltan Nagy 2020-07-14 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: The Journey Back To Normal

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On the journey back to normal, last Thursday we took the baby step of holding our first in person meeting since March 12th.  Following COVID-19 safety protocols, a small but hearty band of masked Rotarians gathered under the outdoor pavilion at Van Horne Park during an absolutely beautiful summer morning.   Later in the day, it would become unbearably hot and humid but at 7:30AM it was quite delightful. 
 
President's Message: The Journey Back To Normal Zoltan Nagy 2020-07-07 04:00:00Z 0

Flags for Heroes

 
Flags for Heroes 2020 is now on display in front of Montgomery High School!
  • Please park in the Montgomery High School parking lot. (Do not park along Rte. 601)
  • On the parking lots side of display, there is a sign listing all of the dedicated flags and where to find them.
  • Tags on each flags are numbered so you can easily find your hero if you sponsored a flag.
  • Walk among the flags and read about all of the heroes past and present who have enriched the lives of others
Flags for Heroes Romanoski 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Thank You Tony Parziale!

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First off, Happy Rotary New Year!  July 1st is the day that the new Rotary year kicks off and we have the changing of the guard for club officers.  At some point, hopefully in the not too distant future, we will have an actual Installation Dinner complete with the usual mirth and merriment, where we can make long speeches and wear silly hats.  For my first President’s Message, I want to focus on our outgoing President – Tony Parziale.  According to Tony, the goal of any club president should be to leave the club in better shape than they found it. 
President's Message: Thank You Tony Parziale! Zoltan Nagy 2020-07-01 04:00:00Z 0

Grab & Go Wrap Up

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On April 3rd, the Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill and the Montgomery Business Association teamed up to feed our front line hospital and emergency workers while also supporting small, local food establishments. The project was dubbed, “COVID-19 Support – Grab & Go Lunches for Frontline Workers.” 

The program came to an end on Friday June 19th. We made deliveries on 68 days (6 days a week) by a volunteer driver. Each delivery included at least 50 Grab & Go lunches prepared by a local food establishment. Deliveries were made to one of 3 hospital locations: RWJ Somerset, RWJ New Brunswick or Penn Medicine Plainsboro. We were also able to purchase sweet treats from a local baker and chocolatier that we included with meal deliveries and shared with Montgomery Police, Fire & EMS workers. Members of the community also donated drinks, chips, cookies to the local food establishment to include with the Grab & Go meals. Many a food establishment added extra meals as a thank you to the frontline workers. A local Girl Scout Troop provided thank you notes for hospital workers that we also delivered.
 
Grab & Go Wrap Up Zoltan Nagy 2020-06-30 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: If Our Club Were A Horse..

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This is my final week as president. The 2019-2020 Rotary year is winding down and I’d like to thank everyone for all of your support over the last two years. It has been the honor of my life to be president of our great club.   I’d like to start this message by thanking  someone who I refer to warmly and sincerely as the finest man I know, my sponsor, Art Martin. In December of 2014, Art stopped by my office. It was the first time that we met. He asked if the fitness center would be interested in sponsoring a local 5k run, “It’s called the Run with Rotary” he said. He also invited me to a Rotary club meeting as his guest. Three meetings later, I became a member. I can’t thank Art enough for his friendship and inspiration.
 
President's Message: If Our Club Were A Horse.. Tony Parziale 2020-06-24 04:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Awards

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The Scholarship Committee presented the 2020 Scholarship Awards to eight Montgomery High School Seniors at a social distanced ceremony outside at Belle Mead Garage.  And (drum roll please) the scholarship recipients are...
 
 
Scholarship Awards Lisa Youngberg 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message:  Thank You..And Lesson Learned

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The Grab & Go program will be wrapping up at the end of this week. This program has been an overwhelming success. Thanks go out to Cory Wingerter for his vision and for bringing this program to our club.  Very special thanks go out to Lisa Youngberg and her family as well as all of our delivery volunteers. This program would not have been as successful without their tireless efforts.  Lisa, Kent, Matt, Drew & Amanda, on behalf of our club, I want to thank you for all that you’ve done to make this program a great success. You were all amazing! We can’t thank you enough. Amanda, fantastic job on the videos! Thank you all for your inspiration and for demonstrating the true meaning of service above self.
President's Message: Thank You..And Lesson Learned Tony Parziale 2020-06-17 04:00:00Z 0

Grab & Go: The End Is Near

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On April 3rd, the Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill and the Montgomery Business Association teamed up to feed our front line hospital and emergency workers while also supporting small, local food establishments. The project was dubbed, “COVID-19 Support – Grab & Go Lunches for Frontline Workers.” 

The program will come to an end on Friday June 19th. We made deliveries on 68 days (6 days a week) by a volunteer driver. Each delivery included at least 50 Grab & Go lunches prepared by a local food establishment. Deliveries were made to one of 3 hospital locations: RWJ Somerset, RWJ New Brunswick or Penn Medicine Plainsboro. We were also able to purchase sweet treats from a local baker and chocolatier that we included with meal deliveries and shared with Montgomery Police, Fire & EMS workers. Members of the community also donated drinks, chips, cookies to the local food establishment to include with the Grab & Go meals. Many a food establishment added extra meals as a thank you to the frontline workers. A local Girl Scout Troop provided thank you notes for hospital workers that we also delivered.
 
Grab & Go: The End Is Near Lisa Youngberg 2020-06-16 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message:  Meditation 101

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Let’s begin….Okay…B-R-E-A-T-H-E in…… Come on…..Inhale - all the way in…. Now hold it and count to ten…..Then, exhale S-L-O-W-L-Y……Ahhh….Much better right? Our world needs to take a deep breath. It’s good for our perspective.  I believe that we all need to collectively clear our heads during this unique moment in time. We’re being bombarded from all ends. It’s twenty-four seven, seven days a week. It’s on our phone; it’s on our computers, tablets and even Alexa! Let’s not forget about the news that never ends on television. All I can say is, “Where is Walter Cronkite when you need him?!”
 
People are also getting cabin fever. I get it. It has been “not-normal” for a very long time. It’s affecting our outlook. As we are getting closer to an abbreviated normal, we’ll need to keep ourselves on an even keel. My thoughts: No matter what we are going through, there is always someone who is dealing with more. We need to appreciate, now more than ever, all of the people and the good things that are in our lives. We’re going through some challenging times, but things could be worse. I’d like to share an ancient story.
President's Message: Meditation 101 Tony Parziale 2020-06-10 04:00:00Z 0

Election Results

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At our last meeting, the club voted in the following slate of officers and directors for the next Rotary year which begins on July 1st.  Congratulations to all and looking forward to a great year!  And an enormous thank you to Tony Parziale for serving as President for the last two years - it will be a tough act to follow. 
 
 
 
 
Election Results Zoltan Nagy 2020-06-09 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Are You Watering Your Bamboo Tree?

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We all have pre-set emotional reference points that develop within us over the years. We subconsciously install them as we travel through our life. They are based on a series of beliefs that are in line with our philosophical make-up.   Our reference points reflect what we believe and what rings true in our hearts. For me, there seems to be a collection of metaphors, quotes, and life experiences that I’ve gathered over the years. 
President's Message: Are You Watering Your Bamboo Tree? Tony Parziale 2020-06-02 04:00:00Z 0

Weekly Meetings Now Virtual

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Until the emergency is lifted, we will be holding our weekly Thursday morning club meetings virtually via Zoom.  Please note that the meetings start at 7:30AM.  The link to the meeting will be emailed out prior to Thursday morning.  If you have any questions or issues, please contact Zoltan Nagy at znagy@scdgcapital.com
Weekly Meetings Now Virtual Zoltan Nagy 2020-06-01 04:00:00Z 0

Memorial Day

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On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. You are not forgotten. Thank You for your service!
Memorial Day Lisa Youngberg 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

Dick Ragsdale

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Dick Ragsdale recently submitted his resignation citing several obligations which are preventing him from being able to participate in Rotary.  While we are very sorry to see Dick go, we can't let him completely go.  In recognition for his almost 20 years of Rotary service included two terms as club President, the Board at its last meeting voted to make Dick an honorary member.
Dick Ragsdale Zoltan Nagy 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message:  The Storage Shed

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When I was growing up, I remember going with my grandfather to my many aunt’s and uncle’s houses. There always seemed to be a variety of construction projects that were going on at one time or another. The whole family would show up to help. Everyone helped everyone.  All of the men in my family also seemed to know a lot about construction. It was almost instinctive. They knew how to pour concrete and how to drive a nail into a two-by-four. It was as natural to them as the birds flying south for the winter. My grandfather built his own house. That left a big impression on me as a boy. I still bring it up to people occasionally. He wasn’t in construction and I thought that it was amazing that he actually built his own home!
 
Fast Forward to the summer of 1990: My family was in the market for a new storage shed. We didn’t want a metal shed. We wanted one made out of wood that looked like a barn. We found the perfect shed advertised at 84 Lumber. It was wood with a shingled roof that looked like Mr. Ed could have lived in it. It was perfect and we were excited! So off we went to 84 Lumber to make the purchase.
President's Message: The Storage Shed Tony Parziale 2020-05-26 04:00:00Z 0
Grab & Go Video Zoltan Nagy 2020-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message:  The Best Medicine

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We have been living through a very challenging emergency the last several months. It’s been a health crisis that has left many people in both physical and emotional despair.  We’ve all heard the expression, “This is not a laughing matter.”
 
That statement usually indicates that there’s a problem. We all know that serious events and emergencies occur from time to time. We’re seeing that right now, aren’t we? Emergencies need to be handled accordingly. Serious circumstances call for serious responses.  How about when there are not serious circumstances? Some people still behave in a “This is not a laughing matter” mode. Don’t we all know people who go through life this way? They seem to be in a crisis all the time - no matter what is going on in their lives. They’ve got it all wrong. They’re missing the joy in life. They should be smiling, laughing, and having more fun…Even now. Maybe especially now! We need the ability to find more laughter in our lives.
President's Message: The Best Medicine Tony Parziale 2020-05-20 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Hey Google..

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Recently I went on a mission. I was searching for an answer to a question that has plagued mankind for centuries. I’d like to share my recent findings.  The other day, I found myself in a very intense mental state with some time on my hands. My wife became concerned. I began to look restlessly at my phone. I wanted to ask it a question that many people have often pondered.  With determination in my eyes, I queued up the trusty Googler on my phone and asked the magic question. I said,  “Hey Google, how old is middle-aged?” With that, my wife gasped aloud. As I said those words, I held my breath and waited with eager anticipation for the answer. 
President's Message: Hey Google.. Tony Parziale 2020-05-12 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Someday

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During this unique time there are a lot of people who are at home with their children. With that in mind, I’d like to share a previous “Happy Dollars” story about a conversation that I had with my adult son a couple of years ago.  When my son was in his early teens, he and his friends got into some mischief at school. Needless to say, my wife and I were not too happy about it. We were trying to decide on an appropriate punishment. We came up with an idea that we saw as an opportunity to teach our son some discipline.
 
We decided that for the balance of the current marking period, my son’s “atonement program” would consist of daily participation in an early morning exercise workout with me. Brilliant right? A lesson in personal discipline!  As an optimist, I saw this as an opportunity for my son to learn about the benefits of self-discipline and a daily routine. I remember telling my wife that “Someday he’ll thank us for this.”
 
President's Message: Someday Tony Parziale 2020-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

Grab & Go Lunches

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The Grab & Go Lunch program  has now been going for almost a month thanks to generous donations from the community that make it all possible.   Partnering with the Montgomery Business Association (MBA) and headed up by the dynamic duo of Cory Wingerter and Lisa Youngberg, the program consists of raising money to buy prepackaged lunches at local delis and restaurants and then delivering them to the hardworking employees at our local hospitals.  
 
 
Grab & Go Lunches Zoltan Nagy 2020-05-05 04:00:00Z 0

And The 50/50 Winners Are....

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On an overcast day in an empty parking lot in Skillman Park on what should have been the Run With Rotary, a small group of masked and socially distancing Rotarians gathered to draw the winners of the 50/50 Raffle.  We were still able to make lemonade out of lemons by selling a very respectable $15,000 worth of tickets.  Although this is about half of what we would typically sell in a good year, it is quite a feat given that we only had a limited time to sell them at the fitness center before the stay-at-home orders were issued.
And The 50/50 Winners Are.... Zoltan Nagy 2020-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Harris Award Nominations Extended Kip Higgins 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Presdient's Message:  Our Direction Is Forward!

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There is no doubt about it; we are in challenging times. Aren’t we all asking ourselves, “What problem could possibly be more unexpected than COVID-19?”  We’re having some struggles and challenges worldwide. It seems that no one is immune to the current situation. However, we are not without hope.
Presdient's Message: Our Direction Is Forward! Tony Parziale 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

50/50 Ticket Update

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Rotarians, if you haven't done so already please get your tickets back to Bill Beachell immediately.  You've all heard Bill's admonition that "a lost ticket is a sold ticket".  In other words, you are responsible for the cost of each ticket not returned prior to the drawing which will be held this Sunday 5/3 at the entrance to Skillman Park.
50/50 Ticket Update Zoltan Nagy 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Needed

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As part of District 7475's efforts with the End Hunger program, our club is being given a large amount of prepackaged meals that we can then donate to food banks and soup kitchens in our community.  We need to pick this allotment up from their site in Madison, NJ this Saturday at 12:30PM.  Beth Desai has graciously offered to volunteer but she will need some help, preferably someone with a pickup or larger vehicle.  If you can help, please contact Beth.
Volunteer Needed Zoltan Nagy 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

Greeter Needed Tomorrow

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We need a greeter for tomorrow's meeting - someone who will deliver the invocation and lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Please contact Zoltan Nagy if you can do it.  If no one steps up, Zoltan will be forced to deliver the invocation utilizing a quick web search and we all remember how well it went the last time that happened so someone please volunteer!
Greeter Needed Tomorrow Zoltan Nagy 2020-04-29 04:00:00Z 0

N95 Masks To EMS

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Affirming our commitment to our local first responders, we donated $4,000 worth of N95 masks to the Montgomery EMS Squad 47 who were running desperately low on supplies.  
N95 Masks To EMS Zoltan Nagy 2020-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Pandemic Marital Advice

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Since I’ve been given some mandatory time off, I wanted to really use my time wisely. My idea was to put together a plan for making the most of my time at home. I work a lot of hours as many of us do. Sometimes, I feel that everyone at work sees the very best of me and when I get home, my family, especially my wife, sees a less affable version of me. I’ve come to the realization that I would like to give my family the best of me whenever possible. So I came up with a three-step plan to bonding with your spouse during a pandemic.
President's Message: Pandemic Marital Advice Tony Parziale 2020-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

Grab & Go Lunches

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Like the Energizer Bunny, the Grab & Go Lunch program keeps going and going - thanks to generous donations that are almost at $12,000.   Partnering with the Montgomery Business Association (MBA) and headed up by the dynamic duo of Cory Wingerter and Lisa Youngberg, the program consists of raising money to buy prepackaged lunches at local delis and restaurants and then delivering them to the hardworking employees at our local hospitals.  
 
 
Grab & Go Lunches Zoltan Nagy 2020-04-22 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Standing Room Only

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Every moral victory that I’ve ever had in my life was achieved by facing my challenges and fears and working through those difficult times.  Haven’t we all experienced difficulties? We’ve all had to stand up to things that were uncomfortable and required courage. Aren’t we all doing that right now? While the world is shutting down, courageous people are standing up.   Standing up is the key. Courage involves standing. It could be standing up for a worthy cause; or standing up for what you believe in; or standing up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. It’s standing up to the bullies and challenges in life that occasionally block our way. Courage stands up when the chips are down.
 
 
 
President's Message: Standing Room Only Tony Parziale 2020-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Donate to Grab & Go Lunch Project Zoltan Nagy 2020-04-14 04:00:00Z 0

Virtual Meetings

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Our first virtual meeting was held last week and it went pretty well.  Well enough that President Tony has decreed that we will keep doing virtual meetings until the state of emergency is lifted.  Zoltan Nagy sent out a meeting notice with the meeting link for this week's meeting.  If you didn't receive it or have questions on how Zoom works, please do not hesitate to contact Zoltan.
Virtual Meetings Zoltan Nagy 2020-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

Presidents Message: We're In This Together

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Our new normal requires everyone to take care of one another.  
 
We’re being tested by COVID-19 and I believe that it came at a time of great divide. There is some good news however. People are rising to this challenge. I believe that we are passing a much needed test for humanity. We’re coming together to help one another against a common adversary.  Many times it takes a tragedy to bring people together. We’ve seen it over and over again. Right now, there are families and communities who are banding together through technology and other creative ways to help one another. This is happening regardless of any affiliations.  Whether someone is on the left or right; white, black, yellow, or however they may categorize themselves, we’re all in this together.
Presidents Message: We're In This Together Tony Parziale 2020-04-07 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message:  What Time Do You Have?

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My last day at the fitness center was on March 20th. I have to say that I miss the hustle and bustle of the center.   All day, there were people coming in and out of the facility. Whenever the group fitness classes let out, it would remind me of a train opening its doors at a busy stop. There are people bustling through the walkways. When the center is hoping, it’s like a carnival of people and music. It’s a great environment. I’m lucky enough to be working in place where everyone who walks through the door is there to improve themselves. It’s Magic Karma on a good day. You can feel it. It’s palpable!  The center really is its own community. There are the members, the townspeople. We’ve got some great personalities and characters who are all my friends. There is my work family, my staff. We’re all like the cast from the Andy Griffith show. There is that kind of warmth.

President's Message: What Time Do You Have? Tony Parziale 2020-04-01 04:00:00Z 0
President's Message: For Goodness Sake Tony Parziale 2020-03-28 04:00:00Z 0

50/50 Sales Update!!!

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The Run is cancelled but legally we are still obligated to draw a winner on May 3rd.  We ask all members to make an effort to sell their ticket books as best as you can without leaving your house.  
50/50 Sales Update!!! Zoltan Nagy 2020-03-13 04:00:00Z 0

Presidents Message: A Special Group of People!

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Rotary protocol encourages a refreshing absence of political discussion or bias. I’m happy to say that for the most part, that’s the standard for our club. We are very unique. We are in a world that at times seems to be terribly divided, yet we, as members of the Rotary Club of MRH, remain in harmony.  We tend to approach things from different points of view with differing perspectives. Through it all, we manage to maintain our friendships and respect for one another. While we disagree on some issues, we still manage to come together, have fun and here’s the best part… We get things done! We’re a special group of people.

Presidents Message: A Special Group of People! Tony Parziale 2020-03-11 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: 50/50's, Easy as 1, 2, 3...!
 

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It’s that time of year again. Our thoughts turn to Spring and a warm Sunday in the park. Picture it….The birds are chirping; townspeople are gathered far and wide and there, over the horizon, are a thousand runners who are jockeying for position. Leading the way is our very own Doug Merritt. He’s once again riding a tricked out Electric Bicycle accessorized by a sleek yet understated “PW Herman” model bicycle helmet!  

 

President's Message: 50/50's, Easy as 1, 2, 3...!  Tony Parziale 2020-03-04 05:00:00Z 0

SHIP Truck!!!

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Tom O'Leary, CEO & Executive Director of SHIP - The Samaritan Homeless Interim Program was the guest speaker at one of our meetings in February. Through our efforts at the prior two years' Run With Rotary, our Rotary Club spearheaded the purchase of this beautiful new Food Truck which Tom drove to the meeting so we can all have a look at it.
SHIP Truck!!! Zoltan Nagy 2020-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

50/50 Sales

Rotarians!!  Sign up for a slot to sell your 50/50 tickets at the Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center (and soon at Shop Rite when the weather improves).  Any questions, ask Ed Zimmerman or Zoltan Nagy.  Use this link to sign up: 
 
50/50 Sales Zoltan Nagy 2020-02-28 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: What's It Worth To You?

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How many times have we witnessed people who are dealing with a difficult task, or buried in a frustrating situation say, “It’s not worth it?”  We’ve probably heard that a thousand times in our lives. Many of us have probably said it ourselves. It’s exasperation at its best. But what are people really saying? Too hard? Too much time? I can’t? I won’t? It can’t be done?!

President's Message: What's It Worth To You? Tony Parziale 2020-02-26 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: What Are You Looking At?

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How many roadblocks are there in front of you at any given time? It seems like more often than not, there seems to be things that are standing in front of our progress.  If we could only get those roadblocks out of the way. The surprising thing is that most of the time we can. I’d like to share a story….

President's Message: What Are You Looking At? Tony Parziale 2020-02-19 05:00:00Z 0

Run With Rotary UPDATE

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Due to mandate from the State of New Jersey banning any events larger than 50 people, the Run With Rotary scheduled for May 3rd is cancelled for this year.  It will return in 2021 bigger and better than ever.
Run With Rotary UPDATE Zoltan Nagy 2020-02-15 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Best Soiree Ever

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It’s official. We are a fun Rotary Club!! Let there be no doubt. Fun!! Fun!! Fun!  I’d like to thank everyone who attended last Saturday’s 30th Anniversary celebration. It was a tremendous success. The night was filled with music, friendship, dancing and warmth. We even had the opportunity to officially welcome Beth Desai to our Rotary family as a new member. (Yay Beth!)

President's Message: Best Soiree Ever Tony Parziale 2020-02-12 05:00:00Z 0

Presidents Message: Our Magnificent Eight

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As we get ready to celebrate our club’s 30th Anniversary this Saturday night, I thought it only fitting to pay tribute to the Charter Members of our club.  On January 4th, 1990, The Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill was officially chartered. It was founded by twenty-nine people with high ideals who wanted to make a difference in the community and in our world.

Presidents Message: Our Magnificent Eight Tony Parziale 2020-02-05 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Showing Up...It's Important!

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We’ve all heard the expression, “Showing up is half the battle.” This phrase definitely applies to this Thursday’s meeting.  I’d like to ask all members to please make every possible effort to attend this week’s meeting. This week we are having…. Drum Roll Please…. A Club Assembly!!…. Ta-Da!! (Please try to contain your enthusiasm.)  For the members of our club who are newer, a Club Assembly is where our entire meeting is dedicated to club business. We’ll be discussing club activities, finances, projects, assignments, etc...

President's Message: Showing Up...It's Important! Tony Parziale 2020-01-28 05:00:00Z 0

30 Year Anniversary Blowout Bash Gala Shindig Soiree Celebration

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Attention Rotarians!!!!
 
The Montgomery/Rocky Hill Rotary Club's 30th Anniversary Gala will be held at Cherry Valley Country Club on February 8th at 6:30PM.  All club members are invited to attend and to bring a guest.  There will be cocktails.  There will be dinner.  There will be dancing.  There will be fun.  President Tony guarantees it or risks impeachment.
 
If you haven't RSVP'd yet, go to https://forms.gle/VEEGD7QYaJ8HGCrL6
 
And we need your photos, if you have Rotary photos from the last 30 years, please upload to https://photos.app.goo.gl/jtqSq2vARbpXmm5u9
30 Year Anniversary Blowout Bash Gala Shindig Soiree Celebration Zoltan Nagy 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: It's The Little Things

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How often have we heard, It’s the little things that mean a lot? But what does that phrase actually mean?

Are we referring to little minor details, or important small details, or simply an act of thoughtful consideration? I think that all three are important.  We tend to be so busy in our day to day lives, that we often miss the most important aspect of virtually everything that we do… It’s the human element that’s missing. That may be the most important aspect of all, yet when we are busy, the personal touches are the ones that we tend to move to the side, and take for granted.

President's Message: It's The Little Things Tony Parziale 2020-01-22 05:00:00Z 0

Presidents Message:  A Special Group of People

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Rotary meeting protocol encourages a refreshing absence of political discussion or bias.

I’m happy to say that for the most part, that’s the standard for our club’s meetings. We are very unique. We are in a world that at times seems to be terribly divided, yet we, as members of the Rotary Club of Montgomery Rocky Hill, remain in harmony.  We tend to approach things from different points of view with differing perspectives. Through it all, we manage to maintain our friendships and respect for one another. While we disagree on some issues, we still manage to come together, have fun and here’s the best part… We get things done! We are a special group of people.

Presidents Message: A Special Group of People Tony Parziale 2020-01-15 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Seeing Better in 2020

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Here’s a game the whole family can play…It’s Resolution Time!

It’s a new year and a question that I have for everyone is: What do you want for 2020? What is your New Year’s Resolution?  If I had to guess, it would probably be to get better at something. Isn’t that the ingredient for a New Year’s Resolution? To get better! Better today than we were yesterday. Better tomorrow than we were today!

President's Message: Seeing Better in 2020 Tony Parziale 2020-01-08 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Do It Anyway

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Happy Holidays and Happy 2020! 

For this week’s message and in the spirit of Rotary, I’d like to share these inspiring words for the New Year.

Do It Anyway...

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

 

In the final analysis, it is between you and your heart. It was never between you and them anyway. - credited to Mother Teresa

Wishing you a Very Happy New Year!

Tony Parziale

 

President's Message: Do It Anyway Tony Parziale 2020-01-01 05:00:00Z 0
President's Message: Special Holiday Edition Tony Parziale 2019-12-18 05:00:00Z 0

Annual Club Holiday Party

Posted by Zoltan Nagy on Dec 11, 2019
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During our meeting on December 19th, we will commemorate the holidays with a festive breakfast inclusive of live entertainment and a gift exchange. Santa is on schedule to make an appearance!
 
We ask each Rotarian to please bring a wrapped gift ($20 value) for the gift exchange*
 
GUESTS: We welcome you to bring a guest to the party. If you do,
·      Please let Kevin Lynch know so that he can give a proper count to CVCC AND
·      Please remember to bring an extra grab bag gift for your guest, so everyone gets a gift.

Some suggested guidelines for the party:
~Please arrive by 7:15am as our musical entertainment will begin right away.
~Please plan to stay until 9:00am. Since we usually have so much fun during our gift exchange*, it can take some time. We don’t want people to run off and miss the fun!
~Though liquor is always an acceptable gift, it’s also fun when there are a variety of possibilities when people begin opening the packages. 
 
Hopefully everyone will be able to attend the festivities, prepared to have a wonderful time.
Annual Club Holiday Party Zoltan Nagy 2019-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Four Ways to Improve Our Lives and the Lives of Others
 

Posted by Tony Parziale on Dec 11, 2019
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I’d like to start this week’s message with a well-seasoned observation:

Whether we like it or not, in some ways we are affected by our affiliations with other people. Our affiliations tend to set our standards for the quality of our lives. Depending on our peer group, we can both rise and fall to the standards of the company that we keep.  Part of being a Rotarian is to assume the responsibility of living up to a certain ideal. Rotary is a service organization that asks its members to give of themselves. It’s also an organization that helps us to be better human beings. The Rotary standards are impeccable.

President's Message: Four Ways to Improve Our Lives and the Lives of Others  Tony Parziale 2019-12-11 05:00:00Z 0

Flags for Heroes - December Edition

Posted by Maria Kauzmann on Dec 03, 2019
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The Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill will be honoring national and local heroes December 4-13 in its display of 100 full-size flags in front of the Montgomery Upper Middle School.  The display specifically recognizes the invaluable and heroic service given by local veterans, emergency services squads, firefighters, and police officers to the nation, Montgomery Twp and Rocky Hill Boro.  In times when one is the most vulnerable it is the first responders who bravely provide protection.
 
The December display will also serve as a warm welcome to the Wreaths Across America convoy on December 11th.  The Flags for Heroes program will return next June.  Each full size flag that is sponsored will be displayed with a personalized tag.  All proceeds from the sponsorships will be donated by the Rotary to charitable causes.  More information about Flags for Heroes will be available in the Spring.  Everyone is invited to visit the flag display in front of the Montgomery Upper Middle School located on Burnt Hill Rd from December 4-13.
Flags for Heroes - December Edition Maria Kauzmann 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

New Location This Week!!!!

Posted by Zoltan Nagy on Dec 03, 2019
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Our regularly scheduled weekly meeting for this week (12/5) has been moved from CVCC to the Otto Kaufman Community Center located at 356 Skillman Rd in beautiful downtown Skillman.
New Location This Week!!!! Zoltan Nagy 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message:  68,557

Posted by Tony Parziale on Dec 03, 2019
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The Vietnam war started in 1955 and it was over in 1975. Many of us grew up during those turbulent years.   I was born in 1959 and grew up during that era. I graduated from high school in 1977. The Vietnam War was going on for virtually all of my childhood.

Back then, the draft was in the news every day. There were protests to the draft; there was the burning of draft cards. Young men moved to Canada to avoid the draft. Unlike World War II, the Vietnam War lacked public support and there seemed to be no directive from the United States to actually win the war. The country was unsure of its purpose. It seemed like such a waste of young lives. Our country was in turmoil.

President's Message: 68,557 Tony Parziale 2019-12-03 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Safety Net

Posted by Tony Parziale on Nov 20, 2019
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I’d like to share a story about a woman named Lilly who found her way into the fitness center on Tuesday. Lily came in with a guest pass that our staff had left at a local doctor’s office.  At first, everything seemed to be normal. I did notice however that she was dressed a little unusual. When I looked around, I also noticed that she parked a small personal shopping cart on the side wall in the lobby. It was loaded with what looked like to be all of her belongings.  As I continued to talk with her, I realized that Lily was suffering from some mental issues. She told me that she was sleeping on the campus at Princeton University. That all changed when the campus police had a removal order issued for her to leave.

President's Message: Safety Net Tony Parziale 2019-11-20 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Think Like A Person of Action

Posted by Tony Parziale on Nov 13, 2019
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How many times have we heard someone say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

 There are a lot of people who believe that the key to fame and fortune is contained in an idea alone.  While every great endeavor requires thought, I believe that most people are only half right when they point to an idea as the key to success. An idea is only part of the equation.

President's Message: Think Like A Person of Action Tony Parziale 2019-11-13 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Don't Stop Doing

Posted by Tony Parziale on Nov 06, 2019
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Why is it that so many singer-song writers like Billy Joel or Elton John tend to stop creating new music once they’ve reached a certain age or level of success? While there may be some exceptions, most creative people who realize early success tend to stop creating before they hit middle age.  I believe that success and comfort can easily be followed by leisure and contentment. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with that. We all need to stop and smell the roses from time to time. I’m just of the opinion that in order to remain our happiest, we should always have an inspiring goal that’s ahead.

President's Message: Don't Stop Doing Tony Parziale 2019-11-06 05:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Worth Quoting

Posted by Tony Parziale on Oct 30, 2019
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I’d like to dedicate this message to the topic of leadership. It’s a role that many of us assume in both our personal and professional lives. Our ability to share a vision, be self-reliant, handle problems and overcome adversity are among the key skills needed for leadership. I’d like share the wisdom of some of the greatest people of our time.

President's Message: Worth Quoting Tony Parziale 2019-10-30 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: They'll Hear You

Posted by Tony Parziale on Oct 23, 2019
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Never underestimate the power of your words. It’s especially important when you’re speaking with someone who looks up to you.

If someone in your life makes a big mistake, you can respond with something like, “What’s the matter with you?!!!” You can brow beat them and scream and shout, or you can say something like, “John, what happened? You’re better than that.” There is a profound difference between the two. One will erode self-esteem. The other shows disappointment but with a higher regard for the individual. They will want to live up to the expectations that you set for them.

President's Message: They'll Hear You Tony Parziale 2019-10-23 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Looking Forward to Participating…
 

Posted by Tony Parziale on Oct 16, 2019
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What does a great organization look like? What would it do and who would be in it?

I’d recommend that everyone take a look around the room on Thursday. Because it looks like us!

Great organizations do the things that we do. They serve the community whenever there is a need. They offer help with disaster relief in far away places. They operate with great ideals like “Service above Self.”  They measure themselves and their decisions against high standards such as the Four Way Test: Is it the Truth? Is it Fair to all concerned? Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships? Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?

President's Message: Looking Forward to Participating…  Tony Parziale 2019-10-16 04:00:00Z 0

Flags For Heroes Coming In December

Posted by Josh Turner on Oct 11, 2019
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Those who rescue us…
 
When we are at our most fearful, faced with an emergency, Montgomery & Rocky Hill First Responders ARE our heroes. Local first responders and police are worthy of honor for the true service they give to our community.  The Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill would like to acknowledge those who give so much of themselves to help our community.
 
This December, we will be raising flags to honor those volunteers in our town. As a free event, the Rotary will display 100+ full size flags in front of the Montgomery Upper Middle School along with the names of all our first responder volunteers.
Flags For Heroes Coming In December Josh Turner 2019-10-11 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry…

Posted by Tony Parziale on Oct 09, 2019
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How important are fundamentals in life and business? As a matter of fact, how important are fundamentals in anything worthwhile?  There aren’t many things in life that can be accomplished without a foundation that’s built upon strong fundamentals. Think about it: Would football be football without blocking and tackling? It would just be a wild free-for-all.  Every great athlete, business person, or artist knows the importance of fundamentals. There is a name for teams and individuals who have the very best fundamentals… They’re called champions.
 
President's Message: Be Quick, But Don’t Hurry… Tony Parziale 2019-10-09 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: What Are You Peddling?

Posted by Tony Parziale on Oct 02, 2019
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Our first Bikes for the World campaign was a tremendous success! Here is an excerpt from an email that our President-Elect Zoltan (aka Z-Man) Nagy had sent earlier this week.   "Our first ever Bikes for the World collection was a resounding success. We collected 185 bikes and over $1,100 in donations. In addition, we made a great impression out in the community with this project!  Thanks to everyone who helped with this event especially those who of you who did the "dirty work" of getting the pedals off the bikes.”

President's Message: What Are You Peddling? Tony Parziale 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - Standing Required!

Posted by Tony Parziale on Sep 25, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

Moral victories are usually achieved by staying focused and working through difficulties and challenges.   Haven’t we all experienced this? We’ve all had to stand up to things that were uncomfortable and required courage. Standing up to a challenge is the key.

President's Message - Standing Required! Tony Parziale 2019-09-25 04:00:00Z 0

SHIP Truck!

Posted by Zoltan Nagy on Sep 18, 2019
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Check it out!  The mobile soup kitchen which our Rotary club bought for the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program (SHIP) in Somerville is now adorned with our club logo and the various sponsors that made it all happen!!
 
 
SHIP Truck! Zoltan Nagy 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - The Do-ers

Posted by Tony Parziale on Sep 18, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

The Rotary Clubs throughout the world have an overwhelming number of members who we would call “Do-ers.”  Do-ers are people who want to make a difference. In their most sincere form, they want to help others wherever they can. They’re not just in a club to do business; they’re in it to make a difference and to leave things better than they found them.

 

President's Message - The Do-ers Tony Parziale 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - The Dash

Posted by Tony Parziale on Sep 11, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

There’s a documentary that I’ve seen that has highlighted the personal stories of some of the people who were lost in the World Trade Center attack.  As we observe the eighteenth anniversary of 9/11. I’d like to share a favorite poem that tends to put our lifetimes in perspective.

President's Message - The Dash Tony Parziale 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message -  The Acorn

Posted by Tony Parziale on Sep 04, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

A few years back I was at an event where I heard a speech by best-selling author, Dr. Myles Munroe. It was the first time that I’ve heard him speak. It was also the first time that I’ve ever heard of Dr Munroe. I found his talk to be very warm, engaging, insightful and extraordinary. Below are some thoughts for Labor Day week that were inspired by Dr Munroe.

 

President's Message - The Acorn Tony Parziale 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message -  Unleashed

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I’d like to share an interesting story about a dog and a chain.

When my wife and I began dating in the seventies, her family’s pet was a dog named Fluffy. Fluffy was an outside dog for the most part. She was a mixed breed who looked like a combination of Lassie and Petey from the old Little Rascals series.

President's Message - Unleashed Tony Parziale 2019-08-28 04:00:00Z 0

Donation To Rocky Hill Fire Department

Posted by Zoltan Nagy on Aug 23, 2019
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The Montgomery/Rocky Hill Rotary Club received an official proclamation from the Borough of Rocky Hill, NJ thanking them for their generous donation of $5,630 to the Rocky Hill Fire Department for the purchase of new safety equipment (helmets, hoods and gloves). Spearheading the effort was Ed Zimmerman, a former mayor of Rocky Hill.
Donation To Rocky Hill Fire Department Zoltan Nagy 2019-08-23 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - Look Up in the Sky...!
 

Posted by Tony Parziale on Aug 21, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

Super heroes can come from all walks of life. Our club has a man who is seldom seen but whose presence is always known and felt. He’s there whenever we need him. He lives by our motto of “Service Above Self.”   Look, up in the sky... It’s a bird… It’s a plane…. It’s Rotaryman! If Superman came from Krypton, then our Rotaryman came from Rotan. (I believe that’s near Belle Mead?)

President's Message - Look Up in the Sky...!  Tony Parziale 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - Get Your Funnel Cakes Heeeere!!

Posted by Tony Parziale on Aug 14, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

It’s officially a new funnel cake era for the Rotary Club of Montgomery/Rocky Hill.  

In 2018, after many years of dedicated service, Jimmy “Funnel Cakes” Bartolomei has stepped down as the chair of our funnel cakes committee. Funnel cakes have been in Jimmy’s blood for many years. The batter ladle has now been passed to a new generation. The 2019 Funnel Cake season has ushered in the “Reverend Funnel Cakes” era!!

President's Message - Get Your Funnel Cakes Heeeere!! Tony Parziale 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0

Bikes for the World

Posted by Zoltan Nagy on Aug 05, 2019
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Do you have an old unused bike sitting in your basement or garage just gathering dust??   Donate that bike to Bikes for the World at our bike collection event held rain or shine on Saturday, Sept 28th between 9AM and 1PM in the parking lot of the Blawenburg Reformed Church. 
Bikes for the World Zoltan Nagy 2019-08-05 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - Like An Arrow.

Posted by Tony Parziale on Aug 01, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

How many times in life do we seem to get pulled back, or meet with a disaster and some unexpected problems?  Most successful people have had to endure set-backs and disappointments. It seems that no one is immune from challenging times.

President's Message - Like An Arrow. Tony Parziale 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - A "Reverence" For Funnelcakes

Posted by Tony Parziale on Jul 24, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

For the benefit of our newer members…

The Funnel Cake Sale is a MRH Rotary member’s “Right of Passage.” It’s the “service” part that’s mentioned in the Rotary motto of “Service above Self.” It’s one of the things that makes you a true battle tested Montgomery/Rocky Hill Rotarian!

 

President's Message - A "Reverence" For Funnelcakes Tony Parziale 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - When The Game Is On The Line...

Posted by Tony Parziale on Jul 17, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

Few things fill me with more pride than seeing a young person on my staff move up in our company.   We have ten centers in our fitness organization and I’m very proud of the fact that over the last few years, several staff members have gone on to become valuable players in our company. Whenever I see them at meetings, I always remind that they are always part of the team P/Fit family.

President's Message - When The Game Is On The Line... Tony Parziale 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

Sign Up For Funnel Cakes!!!

Posted by Zoltan Nagy on Jul 17, 2019
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Calling All Rotarians!!!  One of our biggest fundraisers of the year is Funnel Cake sales at the Somerset County 4-H Fair which will be held at Aug 7-9 at North Branch Park in Bridgewater.  We need your help - please click on this link and sign up for a shift or two (or three).
Sign Up For Funnel Cakes!!! Zoltan Nagy 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - Happy 30th Rotary Anniversary

Posted by Tony Parziale on Jul 11, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

July signifies the start of a new year on the Rotary calendar. With the New Year, there comes new inspirations and renewed ideals for all of us to share. It’s also a very special year for us.

President's Message - Happy 30th Rotary Anniversary Tony Parziale 2019-07-11 04:00:00Z 0

2019 MRH Rotary Scholarship Recipients

Posted by Maria Kauzmann on Jun 29, 2019
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For thirty years the Montgomery/Rocky Hill Rotary Club has given scholarships to students who exemplify the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.  This year's recipients are:
2019 MRH Rotary Scholarship Recipients Maria Kauzmann 2019-06-29 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message - A Lifetime of Making A Difference!

Posted by Tony Parziale on Jun 27, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,
 
Last Thursday Mary Caterson gave us the sad news that it was her last meeting as an official member of our club. In this week’s message, I’d like to recognize Mary and her legacy in the community.
President's Message - A Lifetime of Making A Difference! Tony Parziale 2019-06-27 04:00:00Z 0

Another Year of Tony!!!

Posted by Zoltan Nagy on Jun 18, 2019
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Given the quasi rural nature of our area, it is somewhat fitting that our club's Rotary Installation Dinner was held inside a barn (though as anyone in attendance would tell you, this was no ordinary barn).  Thank you to Emad & Ola Abou-Sabe for graciously hosting the event at on the grounds of their Agridor Farm in Skillman.  And also thank you to Kevin Lynch for organizing the event.

Another Year of Tony!!! Zoltan Nagy 2019-06-18 04:00:00Z 0

ClubRunner is Here!

Posted by Zoltan Nagy on Jun 14, 2019
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Starting with the new Rotary year in July, our club will be instituting ClubRunner.  Paraphrasing an old Saturday Night Live sketch - it's a website AND a dessert topping.  Well, maybe not quite a dessert topping but it does have a lot of functions beyond just a physical website. 
ClubRunner is Here! Zoltan Nagy 2019-06-14 04:00:00Z 0

President's Message: What A Great Time!

Posted by Tony Parziale on Jun 13, 2019
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Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

One of the things that I’ll say often with amazement is, “What a great time to be alive.” And I really and truly mean it! Of all the times in history that we could have been born into this world, I’m so grateful for the time and place that we’ve been given.
President's Message: What A Great Time! Tony Parziale 2019-06-13 04:00:00Z 0

Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0

India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
India celebrates three years without polio 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0