South Jersey Rotary eClub 

    "Our focus is communities - Our service is worldwide"                                 

Meet Us Online or In Person
On-line: 2nd and 4th Thursdays 7:30-8:30pm, on ZOOM
In person: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm 
 The Rose Room of Merighi's Savoy Inn, 4940 Landis Ave. Vineland NJ
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Home Page Stories
Jenna Kopke will be our speaker on Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 PM. Jenna is the daughter of Past President Joel Kopke. Jenna grew up within the Atlantic City Rotary Club where her dad was a member for 21 years. She participated in Rotary activities with her dad. Jenna helped develop a fundraiser for our District raising almost $13,500 for our orphanage in the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of Earlham College and has a Masters in Special Education from Texas State University. Jenna is a first year special education teacher in Austin Texas, where she lives with her husband Gustavo Espinoza, a past Founding Member of the SJReClub.
Jenna is currently teaching 3 – 5 year old children with special needs. Recently she has addressed a need for these children to gain life savings water safety skills. She is now raising funds for these children to attend swimming lessons. She set up a GoFundme page and has raised $700 toward a goal of $1100. Additionally she has spoken to the Rotary District 5870 Governor and has received a donation from the South Austin Rotary Club. Jenna will talk with us about the need to teach water safety to children with autism.

Submitted by Deborah Starr
SJR eClub member, Evelyn Oyombera, returned from her trip to Kenya mid February. The books and art supplies that Debbie & Joel collected from The Plymouth River Elementary School in Hingham Massachusetts were packed up and air freighted with donations from the eClub and then accompanied by Evelyn to their destinations. There were enough supplies to send to several schools. These are schools with dirt floors, leaking roofs, no indoor plumbing and no electricity. In the one school that actually had crayons for the little ones, they were down to 2 used crayons for the whole school. We will leave you with the smiling faces of these grateful children knowing we have much more work to do. President Mary has posted Evelyn's amazing photo journal of the conditions at the school there on our face book site. We hope you will take the time to look at it so you can be familiar with this community that we hope to help in the future.


Submitted by Alice Percheski, President Elect

What's an e-club?

Recognizing that clubs already meet in a variety of ways, the council just voted to remove the distinction between traditional and e-clubs. There are currently 275 clubs labeled e-clubs, with 5,900 members. Those clubs are now just clubs that meet more frequently online than others. Rotary has come a long way since the 2010 council decided to allow clubs that meet principally online.

This vote will bring about a few changes in our own club starting with the removal of the "e" in our name.  More importantly, it ends any questions that lingered about our model type and the different ways our members meet.  Clubs all over the world meet in different ways and our wise council has clearly endorsed a club's flexibility to meet the needs of their members.  Our club was and will continue to be ahead of the curve. 



Submitted by Deborah Starr, Rotary Foundation Club Director

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Dental Mission & a special shout out to our International Service Director, Patrick who put this project together. Our boxes of dental supplies arrived in Iloilo City in the Philippines on March 16th. On the 18th at the Rotary Club of Iloilo West's regular weekly meeting, they had a ceremonial opening. Bruce Hall wrote "Thank you very much for your donation. It is very timely indeed. Our next Rotaract Dental Mission with the Rotaract Club of Iloilo West (dental clinicians) is Easter Sunday and our Children's Sea & Sail Experience is coming up at the end of April."


Submitted by: Deborah Starr, Club Foundation Chair

Our speaker this Thursday 2/25 will be our member Evelyn Oyombera who has recently returned from a month long sojourn to Kenya. She has much to share with us about the many urgent needs in her village concerning water, sanitation,and community health issues. Especially concerning and children who die of preventable disease as well as a high incidence of prostate cancer which is killing many men including several members of Evelyn's family. On a lighter note, Evelyn will speak about the surplus crayons, colored markers, colored pencils and other educational materials donated by the Plymouth River Elementary School in Hingham Massachusetts which she carried with her and presented to elementary school children in Kenya.  Join us this Thursday on Zoom.


Submitted by Tina Ritondaro, Tri-County Community Group-Club Chair

The SJReClub is now a 50% sponsor of the Tri-County Community Interact Club along with the Vineland Rotary Club.  The Interact Club meets every Thursday from 7:15 until 8:15pm at the YMCA in Vineland.  Donna Bennett from the Vineland Rotary and I, as a representative of our club, are co-advisors.  Check our and like our facebook page.  We have almost 40  high school students in this club.
Our club also is a 50% sponsor of the new Buena Regional H.S. Interact Club and we share our sponsorship with Hammonton Rotary Club.  The BRHS Club is new this year and was started by 4 students from the Tri-County Interact Club who approached the school principal and asked for a club within their own school.  I serve as the Rotary Advisor and Mrs. Emily Levari is Teacher Advisor.  The Hammonton Rotary Club is planning a Charter Night for this new Interact Club to be held on Monday March 4th 7pm at Roccos Town House Restaurant in Hammonton.  All eclub members are invited to come and show their support.  More information and flyer to follow. 


E-Club members will meet in Cape May for the District Conference

The District Conference will take place in Cape May the weekend of May 13-15.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for E-Club members and their families to meet each other.  Visit our facebook page for more information.


13 New E-Club members proposed

Through the herculean efforts of eclub member's Melanie and Tina, colloborating closely with President Mary this evenings launch of the South Jersey Rotary E-Club Tri-County Community Group was a success.  The room was packed with E-Club members, Rotoract and Interact members, Family members, District representatives, our District Governor Elect and Governor Nominee and most importantly prospective Rotarians.  After an insightful program, Rotarians shared their own reasons for joining Rotary.  The entire event took just about an hour and 13 individual submitted an application and their membership fee.  The Tri-County Group will meet again on March 1st.  Stay tuned for updates on this exciting new group and stay current on this group by clicking the tab labeled Tri-County CG on the menu bar above.  Kudos again to Melanie, Tina and Mary for your hard work and colloboration. 


Provided by Melanie Druziako, Club Member and Organizer



Provided by Marilyn Axler, Secretary

Congratulations to our District Governor Elect Ulysses James whose photo was taken with incoming Rotary President John Germ at the International Assembly in San Diego. —John Germ's new theme "Rotary Serving Humanity" 


Submitted by EClub Secretary Marilyn Axler

EClub webmaster Peter Percheski Sr, won the Deptford Rotary's basket of hundreds of dollars of gift cards, Loved the Pig Flashlight  All this fun at our District 7640 Dining with Rotary Chefs. 


Submitted by Pete Percheski Sr, Webmaster

In her home village in Kenya, eclub member, Evelyn knows why many children have no time for school or fun.  Each day they must walk 8 miles for water and they make the trip many times over through the day.  This is a picture from Evelyn of a child carrying water.

When children and families spend the best part of each day pursuing the most basic necessities for living, like water, there is little time for anything else and life from year to year and generation to generation changes very little.  The water that is collected is not from a reliable source and in some cases the water carried back home is from a source used also by animals.
Children walk barefoot miles and miles for water.  The typical home, school and latrine has a dirt floor so many children suffer from disfiguring ailments to their feet.  Evelyn is currently back home in Kenya visiting her children and grandchildren.  It is her life's dream to one day improve life for the children of her village.  During her time home, Evelyn will be assessing the needs of her village and looking for a local rotary club who will join forces with us so that our efforts are sustainable.   Pictures provided by Evelyn.


Submitted by Patrick Massaro, Director of International Service.

Since 2013 the South Jersey Rotary eClub has been dedicated to humanitarianism on both a domestic and international level. An example of this concept has been the South Jersey Rotary eClubs continual support to the Iloilo West Rotary club. For the past three years the South Jersey Rotary eClub has raised clothing, educational resources, water filtration devices, and dental supplies to poor isolated communities within the province of Iloilo. This year was no exception with our club concentrating on raising dental supplies for this region. From these efforts the South Jersey Rotary eClub was able to meet our goal and generate four boxes of dental supplies which were shipped to the Philippines on 12/28/2015.  Through this feat the main contributors of our project were Mario Gebbia, District Governor Dave, and the Vineland Interact Club. While we greatly appreciate all parties that donated, these contributors went above and beyond this simple call to action. Thank you for everyone that contributed and we are looking forward to working with you in the near future.



Submitted by Alice Percheski, President Elect

2015 was an awesome year for our club, one for the record books.  We started with a new website host, Club Runner, linking us to our District and Rotary International.  We sent supplies to the Philippines and our water filtration devices were carried by teachers into remote villages where they provided clean water for the teachers themselves, for young children and pregnant mothers.  We raffled off a painting and raised money for the Rotary Foundation.  We officially became a sister club and we earned a Presidential Citation.  We followed that with a new club president. a full active board of directors, a new meeting platform, a new look to our website, new fundraisers, a club newsletter, new members and speakers.  We collected and distributed coats, mittens, school supplies, toothbrushes and toothpaste. We finished out 2015 with 4 boxes of dental supplies headed to the Philippines to support dental missions planned for this spring. Our members also learned quite a bit about grant writing.  We  traveled to far away places to support an orphanage or attend conferences with other Rotarians from around the region and around the world. Our club attended district events and trainings, played integral roles in our district and provided guidance and support to our district youth programs.   We begin 2016 with a great deal of enthusiasm.  One of our members is traveling to her home village in Kenya to visit family and assess the needs of her community. Our club hopes to meet some of those needs.  We will soon be joined by seasoned Rotarians as well as new Rotarians from the Vineland area and they will bring our club more opportunities for fellowship along with their energy and ideas.  This is a great time to be part of our club.  An exciting year full of opportunities awaits us.  Welcome 2016!!



Tis the Season to Get Involved!!!

Tis the season to get involved!  We need to reach out to those in need in our community.  I am challenging all members to do at least one of the collections or fundraisers listed below. Together we can make a difference in many people's lives.
  • Coat collection:  Please collect coats from friends, co-workers, etc or set up a collection box for the month of November!  I can bring them all to the Atlantic Rescue Mission or you can choose a charity in your area to get them distributed.​
  • Yankee Candle Fundraiser:  A very easy fundraiser - it's online, there are no minimums and proceeds of all sales will pay for the shipping costs for the dental supplies we are sending to the Philippines.  
    Club members check your email for instructions from our President and Spread the word!  You can enter emails, share on Facebook etc. 
  • Glove/mitten collection:  The Boys and Girls Club in Vineland is collecting new gloves and hats for the winter - if you see some on sale as you shop, pick up a couple and send them to Patrick Massaro or he will pick them up - contact Patrick at
  • Dental Mission:  we are still collecting dental supplies thru Dec 15th - keep them coming!
  • YoGo Factory upcoming fundraiser:  Dec 7th from 5pm-9pm we will be sponsoring having a fundraiser at the YoGo Factory, 2192 North 2nd Street, Millville, NJ 08332.  We will receive a portion of the sales proceeds from that evening.  We could use a couple volunteers to help out that night - please email President Mary if you can volunteer.


Governor Dave meets E-Club on Zoom

Members of the South Jersey Rotary E-Club welcomed a number of honored guests to it's recent on-line meeting.  Governor Dave visited our club to share a number of inspiring stories and tell us about the plans he has made for the remainder of his year including all the special and unique plans for the District Conference in May.  We were also joined by Bruce Hall who is a member of the Philippine Club we are coordinating with in support of their Dental Missions.  Bruce spoke about how the Dental Missions began and how the idea is developing.  Governor Dave, a local dentist himself, listened with interest and pledged his ongoing support.  We were also joined by our Assistant Governor Len Schwartz.  E-Club Member Deborah Starr discussed our club's interest in connecting local students with children from conflict areas in parts of the Philippines and Bruce will be looking for opportunities for us to carry out this goal.  In addition Deb introduced one of our newest members, Evelyn who is from Kenya.  She will be returning to Kenya and looking for ways our club can support an iniative to provide water to her village in a way that will free young children from this time consuming chore and allow them to attend school.  In addition to the E-Club's International Service Projects, our club has several projects planned to serve our local community at home.  First up will be our coat drive which begins shortly.  The E-Club is growing with members from all ages and backgrounds with a common heart to Be a Gift to the World.  A Big E-Club Thankyou to all our wonderful members and guests who joined us from far and near. 


Meet District 7640 Governor Dave

A native South Jerseyan and graduate of Haddonfield High Memorial School, Dave received his BS in Biology at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and went on to earn his Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. For 38 years he has maintained a dental practice in Haddon Heights, becoming an integral part of Haddon Heights’ business community.

Equal to his devotion to dentistry is Dave’s passion for volunteerism. A founding member of the New Jersey chapter of Project Stretch and South Jersey Smiles, Dave has provided free dental treatment to children in third world countries. A focus of his six
missions has been Nicaragua, the poorest nation in all the Americas. There he traveled to remote villages to set up makeshift dental clinics to treat poor children who had never seen a dentist. The mission was to educate them and provide necessary treatment to relieve sometimes painful problems. He has also been to even more remote areas through the San Juan Rios Relief Fund organization which provide both medical and dental care to residents living along the San Juan River. He has also gone on medical/dental missions to Ghana with the International Healthcare Organization and Thailand and Jamaica with Rotary International. Closer to home, Dave has provided dental care at the Project Smiles clinic at the Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, New Jersey.

A member of Rotary for eleven years, Dave has had a Rotary career that has spanned two clubs and different positions. Starting as a member of the Haddon Heights Rotary Club, he served as Secretary and President. Now with the Garden State Rotary club, he was
named their Rotarian of the Year in 2006. In 2007, he obtained his first Paul Harris Fellowship. On a district level, he served as District Chair for Volunteerism, a Foundation Coordinator for two years, Assistant Governor for three years, and Director of International Service for two years. He is also presently on the faculty of the Rotary Leadership Institute. A strong proponent of international service, he took part in two NID missions, one in India and one in Nigeria, experiences that he has treasured the experience of changing a child’s life by a single inoculation. In 2013, Dave was awarded the Service Above Self Award by Rotary International, a rare and unexpected honor.

Dave presently resides in Tabernacle Township with Diane, his wife of 43 years, who is a school counselor in Haddon Heights. Together they have raised three children and are presently enjoying their two granddaughters.


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

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Website Administrator
Chair of Tr-County CG
Immediate Past President
Foundation Director
Youth Protection
Director of International Service
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