During this time of uncertainty and the need for social distancing, Madison Rotary has switched to an online meeting format.  Meetings will be on Thursdays alternating times between 9 am and 5 pm.  See the detailed schedule below.  Registration is required for each meeting.  Click the registration link - once registered you will receive log on instructions for that meeting.  Our goal is to keep our club connected, have speakers, provide updates, facilitate service projects and more.  Meetings are also open to prospective members who have an interest in learning more about Madison Rotary.
 
Meeting Schedule:
Madison Rotary Weekly Meeting -Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 9:00 am
Madison Rotary Weekly Meeting - Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 5:00 PM
Madison Rotary Weekly Meeting - Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 9:00 am
Madison Rotary Bd Mtg - All Mbrs. Invited - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 4:00 pm
Madison Rotary Weekly Meeting - Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 5:00 PM
 
Madison Rotary is an enthusiastic engaged network of ordinary people providing "Service Above Self", in our local and global communities. We have 90 members and are inviting individuals to join our successful and vibrant club.  Rotary President Liz Parker invites you as a guest to learn more about Rotary  by attending one of two weekly meetings held Thursdays; 7:47 am breakfast at the YMCA or lunch 12:15 pm at the Madison Hotel.  Come and visit a Rotary meeting - contact Barry Kroll, at barrykroll@aol.com or 973-476-2772 to RSVP.
 
Rotary District 7475 and Madison Rotary say "thank you" to over 1,000 volunteers who packaged 185,000 meals that will all be distributed to those who are food insecure in New Jersey.  Volunteers came from local Rotary Clubs, community organizations, churches, youth groups, schools, individuals and families and more.  Another special thank you to all sponsors and donors who are critical to the success of the program. We also appreciate the support of Drew University and the use of Simon Forum on March 7th where the meals were packaged.  Our program is the largest food packaging in New Jersey and in the Northeast.  What was accomplished will make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people.  If you would like to become involved as a volunteer with Madison Rotary or End Hunger contact Barry Kroll at barrykroll@aol.com or 973-376-2772 for additional details.
 
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The 19th annual Taste of Madison will be held on Monday, March 23, 2020, organizers say, and they are seeking corporate sponsors at several levels of support. A festive fundraising extravaganza that benefits several local non-profit programs, the 2020 Taste of Madison is a special event for lovers of fine food and drink.  For information about Taste corporate sponsorships, advertising opportunities, discounted ticket packages, contact Karen Giambra at madisonchamber@gmail.com and 973-214-7014. Or contact Michael Pellessier at mpellessier93@gmail.com and 360-581-2910  -  Buy tickets online at www.TasteOfMadison.org and Gary’s Wine and Marketplace in Madison. Tickets must be purchased in advance due to state regulations.   Click Read More for additional details.
Reading to children has been proven to be the most effective way to improve a child's reading ability because the reader can engage with the child at his or her level of comprehension rather than at the child's own reading level, which might not be at the same level.  Most importantly, it is key to have fun with reading:  to illustrate to the children that reading is a joy that they will have forever, that it can take them wherever they dream to go, and give them the opportunity to learn whatever they choose.  When I ask the children why they like to read, my favorite answer is, "Because it's fun!"  Madison Rotarians visited the Madison second-grade classrooms and read “Andy & Elmer’s Apple Dumpling Adventure” to the children.  This project promotes literacy and a love of reading while also introducing the children to Rotary and the concept of The Four-Way Test.   The book was developed by a Rotary Club in Ohio and has become a national service event.  
 
From left are Madison Rotary Club President Elizabeth “Liz” Parker; Madison Rotary Club Treasurer David Farrell; Madison Area YMCA Senior Director of Organization Advancement Amie Herman; Madison Area YMCA President & CEO Diane Mann; Barry Kroll, Madison Rotary Club past president and district governor; and Madison Area YMCA Associate Development Director Leigh Anne Soroka.
 
The Madison Rotary has pledged $50,000 to the Madison Area YMCA's capital campaign.  "The Madison Area YMCA is excited to announce that the Madison Rotary Club Board of Directors pledged an exceptionally generous $50,000 gift to the Madison Area YMCA’s multi-million-dollar Family Center expansion" YMCA President and Chief Executive Officer Diane Mann said.
 
Over 150 Rotarians from the Rotary District 7475 were on hand in West Orange on June 24th when Ray Freaney, from Madison Rotray, was formally installed as the 2019-2020 District Governor. Past District Governors were invited to attend and participate in a "Passing of the Gavel" ceremony as part of the program. More than 17 PDGs participated in this special event, each sharing their yearly theme as they pass the gavel from one to the other.  All District officers were also inducted. It was a wonderful fellowship event. Participants enjoyed wonderful selection of food and drinks. Thanks to the committee members who worked hard to put this event together.
Do you shop on Amazon?  The Rotary Global Rewards program has made an arrangement with Amazon that will contribute 5% of total purchases to Rotary International for those individuals who logon to Amazon through the Rotary portal.  Additionally there are hundreds of additional discounts on things like car rentals, hotel accommodations, major stores, etc - Click Read More for details 
 
 
For the 11th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.  Click read more for additional information. 
Over 600 people enjoyed Taste of Madison on March 18, 2019.  Proceeds of the event support the three sponsoring organizations:  Madison Rotary, Madison Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Development Commission.  A special thank you to all who were in attendance and to those Madison Rotarians who volunteered to help make the event a success.
 
 
 
On February 27, 2020, Madison Rotary had a social event which included a Chili Cook-Off and wine judging contest.  Congratulation to all of the chili chefs - Bragging rights go to 1st Place - Susan Allison, 2nd Place to Carmela Moeller and 3rd Place to John Hogan.  Tied for 4th Place were Michel Belt, Jeannie Tsukamoto, Suzanne Freaney, Barry Kroll, Lois Bhat and Judy DeGennaro.  Rotary offers a special than you to the Borough of Madison for the use of the Community Arts Center and to Eric Hafin who helped with all arrangements.  A good time and plenty of chili was had by all.  For more information on becoming involved with Madison Rotary visit the website at www.madisonrotarynj.org or contact Barry Kroll at barrykroll@aol.com
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Weekly Mtg - Zoom
May 28, 2020 5:00 PM
Mayor Robert Conley - Mayor's Update
Weekly Mtg - Zoom
Jun 04, 2020 9:00 AM
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Jun 11, 2020 5:00 PM
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Jun 18, 2020
Rotary Scholarship Winners and presentation by Barry Kroll
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Jun 25, 2020
Installation of Officers
Barry Kroll - Pat Miller
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Breakfast - Presentation of Awards to Scholarship and Essay Winners
 
 
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