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Zoom is our New Video Conferencing platform
The Club's first Newsletter is published.
SJReClub receives a Citation from Governor Tim Datig
President Elect Mary, finds the Fun in Fundraising.
A Sawyer water filtration device provided by our club finds its way to a remote community.
Our club again provided chaperones and supported this long standing service project.
E-Club members meet for some old fashioned face to face fellowship at the D7640 Conference in Atlantic City
E-Club members join Youth Exchange, Rotoractors and Interactors in Service.
Patrick and Jennifer speak at D7640 Conference in Atlantic City.
E-Club President Elect Mary prepares for her term which begins July 1
Our five boxes of supplies have reached the Rotary Club of llollo West.
Our club president elect, Mary Crawford also serves as D7640 Interact Director. 

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Next Meeting: Tuesday October 6th, 7pm on ZOOM
Guest: District 7640 Governor Dave
We are accepting donated supplies for a Dental Mission in the Philippines
Support Our Projects: Club Fundraiser October 22nd

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Evelyn Oyombera Joins Our Club

Evelyn, whose origins are from Kenya became SJReClub's newest member in August.  Deborah Starr, featured on the left of Evelyn in this picture taken in August, is our club's Foundation Chair.  She first invited Evelyn to one of the club's online meetings.  Evelyn will become our third eclub member residing in Massachusetts, along with Deborah and Joel.   Evelyn has a very compelling story starting with her roots in Kenya to the present.  Evelyn has many family members in Kenya and while she currently works in the US she plans to return to her home and family in Kenya.  Our club currently is supporting an International Project in the Philippines but Evelyn's close connection with Kenya may open new avenues for International Service which could provide our club with an up close experience with those who directly benefit from our efforts.  Evelyn will be sharing her story with our club at an upcoming meeting and we expect to hear more in the coming months about the needs of her community in Kenya.  South Jersey Rotary eclub meets online which makes us an ideal Rotary Club for people with a busy life no matter where your located, around the corner or around the globe.  All that is required is a big heart that wants to help others, a desire to meet other like minded people and the willingness to have a little fun while doing some good in the world.   In return our club can provide opportunities to learn leadership skills, get experience managing projects, gain new skills from other fields, network with other professionals, mentor teenagers and young adults, meet people with diverse backgrounds, learn a new language, travel overseas, visit other clubs in locations far and wide, experience the satisfaction from helping others,  become more fully human and be all you can be.  But don't take our word for it, like Evelyn we hope you will visit us at one of our online meetings.  Come to network and stay to save the world!   


Through Mud & Fire

Pictured here, SJReClub President Mary and her husband Tom, also an eclub member.  In August Mary crawled through the mud and jumped through fire for the patients of St Jude Children's Research Hospital as a St Jude Warrior in the Warrior Dash.  St Jude Children's Research Hospital is one of the Global Leaders in finding cures and saving children from cancer and other deadly diseases.  The families of St Jude patients never receive a bill from St Jude, allowing them to concentrate their efforts on helping their loved ones to live.  St Jude relies then on the contributions and donations of individuals like us.  We are proud of our President and her contribution of sweat and determination.  She is an inspiration to our club.  She has helped to raise nearly $400 dollars for her efforts and that number continues to grow.  To add to this fund and support Mary's Warrior Effort visit  To learn more about St Jude Hospital visit 


Nicole Hall to speak on August 18th

Nicole Hall is a Doctoral candidate in Geography & Urban Studies at Temple University where she is also the Director of Admissions at the Tyler School of Art. Nicole's unique background includes fine arts, sustainable design, university administration and social justice. Both academically and professionally, she is focused on the impact of urban universities on surrounding areas and the role of art, collaborative design and inclusive planning in fostering positive relationships. Nicole's dissertation fieldwork has been focused in the City of Atlantic City where she has partnered with government, universities and community development organizations to identify social needs and ways to integrate them into community planning. She is utilizing integrated charrette planning - a model of inclusive design - to build a community based development plan focused on education and art. Nicole lives in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia with her husband, two pugs and a lively rooftop garden. She is an avid traveler, reader and sculptor.
Topic Explanation:
One of the greatest challenges in community planning and development is meaningful engagement between those making decisions and those impacted. For urban universities, this is an especially tenuous topic and one which creates animosity between school and neighborhood populations. In the private sector, there are many ways organizations work to build collaborative relationships, meeting the goals of all involved. Utilizing these practices in public planning and development, particularly in regards to educational facilities, has the potential to build socially equitable growth in urban cities. This talk will explore these methods through a case study of Atlantic City, NJ with special attention to the important roles of community development organizations, arts and culture, government and higher education in urban prosperity and transformation.


Marilyn Axler's Slidely by Slidely Slideshow

Marilyn is a Charter member of our club.  She holds positions within our club, our district and RI.  No one works harder then Marilyn at promoting Rotary. She is fulfilling the RI Theme for this year, Marilyn is a gift to our world and to the World of Rotary.


Exciting News from Rotary International.  Presidential Conferences are planned for 6 locations around the world between January and March 2016.   But don't take our word for it, watch the video and then pack your bags!


Join Leaders, Exchange Ideas, Take Action!

Why Rotary?   We would love to tell you, but watch this video first and then join us online at one of our meetings.  If your Heart desires to Serve Others, don't do it alone.  Serve with Rotarians, we cultivate friendship through service! 


On behalf of the community, we are deeply deeply deeply grateful.....

5 Sawyer Water Filters were sent with our last shipment of supplies to the Philippines.  One of those filters was carried into a remote village to be used by the teachers and community during a 5 month mission as part of an initiative of SILAW, Saving Innocent Lives Admist War.  Jarrah Soliva Brillantes facilitated this initiative and recently reached out to our club through facebook. "Glad to finally know the faces behind the initiative. I am Jarrah and I am with the organization who facilitated the donation of the supplies, including 1 Sawyer Water Filtration, to the remote community of Tabon, Tapaz, Capiz, Philippines. We have highly encouraged mothers who have infants to religiously have their water go through the sawyer filtration to avoid repeated incidents of diarrhea. In behalf of the community, I am deeply deeply deeply grateful."  The picture is of one of the teachers using the Sawyer water filtration device.  Our director of International Service, Patrick Massarro has been passionate about the World's Water Crisis since his time has a college student.  Now he leads our club in making a real difference in big and small ways.  It's estimated that every 20 seconds a child dies from lack of clean water and sanitation.  We are making a difference.


Thank You to our Contributors

Our club members are reaching out to local Dentists, Friends and Family members for donations of tooth brushes, tooth paste, and floss to be distributed to underserved areas of the Philippines that are still recovering from a Tsunami.  Some dentists are asking their reps for donations.  Learn more, see pictures and view the Donors List by clicking on "Dental
Mission" in the menu above.   We appreciate every donation large or small and your participation in this noble service project. 


International Service

South Jersey Rotary E-Club is gearing up to support a Dental Mission in the Philippines. 
The Rotary Club of lloilo West has been very successful in planning and carrying out
Dental Missions in under served areas with their partners the
Rotoract Club of lloilo West and the students and staff of the
lloilo Doctors College of Dentistry  
Under the guidance of our International Service Director, Patrick Massaro ,
our Club has begun collecting new tooth brushes, tooth paste and floss which
we will send over to support one of these missions. From now through the fall
our club members will be seeking donations from local dentists, friends and supporters. 
A Flash Mob of Rotarians, their families and friends from Vancouver tell us just how close we are to Polio Eradication.


Thank You PDG Tim, Welcome DG Dave

On Friday June 26, 2015 Governor Elect Dave Zelley
became the new Governor of our District 7640
Our own incoming President Mary Crawford was recognized
and our club received a Presidential Citation.
The cake was delicious!


Meet Our District Leaders

Meet District 7640's New Leadership Team
Count on Them
Call on Them
Notice some of our club members
Serve both our Club and the District

Rotary Year 2015-2016 is upon us bringing with it, new leaders and fresh ideas.  South Jersey Rotary E-Club welcomes new RI President K.R. "Ravi" Ravindaran, new District 7640 Governor Dave Zelley and our new Club President Mary Crawford.  President Ravi calls us to "Be a gift to the world" and he challenges us with these words, "Will we avert our eyes from the suffering, or will we alleviate it?"  The members of SJR E-Club under the guidance of our new leadership team look forward to a year we hope will be filled with service to our local community and the global communities who have come to count on us.   We look forward to fellowship with our old friends and new ones.  We hope to learn more about Rotary and about each other and together "Be a gift to the world"


Marilyn with members of the Rotary Global History Fellowship at the International Rotary Conference in Brazil.  We can't wait to hear all about her trip and see pictures!

Beyond our wildest imagination SJ Rotary E-Club is making a difference in the lives of those who need us the most. 
Jean Louis Nguyen Qui from the Rotary E-Club 9920 Francophone welcomes the South Jersey Rotary E-Club as the 27th Twin Club in their World Wide "Circle" of Clubs in a Ceremony held online on May 17,2015.  Congratulations to all for increasing our power to Serve and providing more opportunities for Global Fellowship!

The children at the Armando Home and School orphanage in Santo Domingo will be happy to receive bilingual games from Carolina Bello shown here at Citizens Bank in Needham Heights MA. Thank you to Carolina and her husband Richard Hidalgo.

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