Medford Sunrise Rotary

 

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Medford Sunrise Rotary

P.O. Box 1235

Medford NJ 08055

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MedfordSunriseRotary@Gmail.com

President 2016-2017:

Jim Robinson

 

 
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District Conference Chair
Service Projects Chair
 

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Medford Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 7:15 AM
The Pop Shop
1 S. Main St.
Medford, NJ  08055
United States
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We're hosting the Dickens Festival again!
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Dickens Festival to be held Dec. 3 in downtown Medford

MEDFORD-The Medford Sunrise Rotary will once again present the 27th annual Dickens Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3 in downtown Medford. The family friendly event will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. and it promises to be a magical time for children and grown-ups alike. For one night every year, Main Street in Medford is transformed into a quaint winter wonderland, featuring holiday festivities galore with an old timely flair. The festival typically attracts more than 10,000 people from within Medford and from many surrounding communities.

Exciting things get underway around 5:45 p.m., when a parade heralded by the town crier transports Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf or two to the gazebo in the center of the downtown Village (18 N. Main Street). Grand Marshal Ron Murphy of Murphy’s Market is once again the presenting sponsor of the Dickens Festival. The annual tree-lighting ceremony happens next, as town officials gather to turn the lights on at the township Christmas tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus will stay at the gazebo all evening long to greet children of all ages.

Visitors are invited to stroll along Main Street in Medford’s historic district, past dimly lit lampposts and shops adorned with holiday decorations and twinkling lights. Carolers dressed in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” garb will make their way up and down the street, entertaining the masses. Various musicians – including the M-Town Jazz Jam, the Moorestown High School Madrigal Singers, Harmonia Voices a Cappella, Special Occasion Barbershop Quartet, The Brass Consort, the Geri Mingori Band and the Ridgeway Singers - will perform favorite holiday tunes from porches along the way.

New this year will be Marshall Steve’s pony rides. There will also be an ice carver sculpting a special holiday surprise, a moon bounce (with a “Frozen” theme), the Give ‘n Take jugglers, Stockton-Brown stilt-walkers, a face painter, a town crier (on a penny farthing bicycle), the always popular Live Nativity at Tomlinson Park in front of the library, and outdoor movies (at Union and Main streets).

Don’t be surprised to see Olaf from “Frozen” roaming the streets! And a popular float from Medford’s recent Halloween Parade will also be making an appearance at this year’s festival.

Plan to do some holiday shopping, as a whole host of crafters and vendors will also be on hand: New England novelties, Beaucycled, Blue Ridge Farm roasted almonds, Cheri Beri’s Stained Glass suncatchers, Duckie’s Soy Candles, Flo’s Doll Clothes, The Farmer’s Daughter, Grazing Goat natural soaps, Jersey Plate Art, , Just Life Essentials, Karen & the Nut, and Paws & Obey Dog Training.

And, of course, plenty of delicious food and beverages will be available, provided by vendors like Murphy’s Market, Broadwalk Specialties, Buzzetta’s Foods, Bacon Broads, Cape May Crab Cake Factory, Dunkin donuts Community Cruiser, Eddie’s Kettle Corn, Glazed & Confused Mini Donuts Cruiser, House of Fudge, Jim’s Jarhead Jerky, Jeremiah’s Cheesesteaks, Johnny Churros, J Dogs, La Bella Pizza, Matt G Dogz, Richie Lou’s Food Service, Spanky’s BBQ, Spanky’s BBQ and Tasty Trolley

While you’re in town, check out the information tables for Medford Sunrise Rotary, Habitat for Humanity, Crossroads Assembly, WaWa, Kiddie Academy of Marlton, Kitchen Magic, and Laurel Oaks Wealth Management Group. 

Local radio stations B101-More FM radio and Radio Station Z889 @ Rowan at BCC will be doing a live remote from the festival.

Please note: Main Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic during the course of the event, from Route 70 to Chapel Avenue. Parts of Union Street and Bank Street will also be closed. For more information, visit www.MedfordPolice.org the week prior to the festival.
 
A listing of directions and Medford Village parking areas can be found at www.medfordtownship.com/events. Handicapped parking will be available.
 
On April 20, 2016, the Medford Sunrise Rotary welcomed in their newest member, Anne Carrel. Anne received her Rotary lapel pin by Jim Robinson and was welcomed and introduced to the club by President Norman Mackey.
 
Anne originally visited the club late last year, but decided to not officially join until after her knee surgery. Now she is ready to join in on all of the club's activities. Yeah! Anne used to be a teacher and is currently a realtor with Exit Realty.
 
We are delighted to have Anne join the Medford Sunrise Rotary with all her talents and dynamic personality.
 
 
 
 
 
 
On Wednesday, April13, 2016, Andrew Mineo became the newest member to become a Paul Harris Fellow in Medford Sunrise Rotary.
District Governor David Forward assisted with the presentation of the pin and award with President Norman Mackey.
Andy was carefully pinned by Norman with the Paul Harris pin and then was awarded the Paul Harris certificate.
 
Congratulations Andy!
 
 
On March 16, 2016 at the meeting of the Medford Sunrise Rotary, the club congratulated this year's Paul Harris Fellows.
 
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
 
On Monday, March 21, 2016, a special dinner will be held to thank Paul Harris Fellows. This year's dinner will be especially unique as the sitting Rotary International President, K. R. "Ravi" Ravindran will be on hand to personally bestow the Paul Harris Fellow medallions on this year's recipients.
 
 
 
Medford Sunrise Rotary welcomed Susan Miller on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 as our newest member. Susan accepted her Official Certificate of Membership from Club President, Norman Mackey and was presented with her Rotary lapel pin by her club sponsor, Jim Robinson.
 
Susan is currently employed at Camp Ockanickon in communications and marketing. Susan was formerly the editor of the Medford Central Record and is a fellow Medford resident. We are thrilled to have Susan as our newest member and we are grateful for all her talents and sparkling personality that she brings to the Medford Sunrise Rotary.
 
 
Theresa Tobey and David Heron presented the club with vital information from the Burlington County CONTACT Crisis line. Both Theresa and David spoke about how they came to volunteer/work at CONTACT and some different situations they have encountered. Theresa has been with CONTACT 39 years and David has been there 11 years.
 
CONTACT offers a 24/7 hotline to anyone needing guidance, comfort, or emergency assistance.  Some calls they receive are from someone lonely and needing comfort; some callers need a place to stay or help with their utilities; and some calls are from individuals in crisis such as suicide or domestic abuse. Many of their callers are the elderly, but they receive calls from school age children and up as well.
 
All volunteers receive 35 hours of training. The Reassurance program provides a daily call to check in on homebound persons. Their KidsLine is available to kids home alone after school. Specially trained volunteers provide assistance in the RAIN program to sexual assault victims as well as to the victims' family. Pet owners who have lost their pets and become depressed are offered support through CONTACT. Surprising to hear was that the highest rate of suicides are in the elderly population.
 
CONTACT is always looking for volunteers; no experience needed, just compassion.
 
 
 
 
Medford Sunrise Rotary has been having some exceptional guest speakers. See what you have missed!
David Borrelli - Central Record photographer
Mary Ainsworth & Margaret Schwab - Medford Newcomers Group
Margo Pelligrino - Kayaker
 
 
 
 

Today we were inspired by the USAF refueling pilot, Greg Olkowski. Greg spoke about taking what you are passionate about and using it with a purpose to make an impact on others.

Greg had a passion for music, which fueled him to excel. That music passion took him to enroll in the Air Guard band, which lead to an interest in flying, which in turn lead him to the Air Force.

Greg discussed the importance of using your time, money, and talent to give of yourself to mentor others and to make a lasting impression and impact on others (just as Rotary believes in, "Service Above Self".

Thank you Greg for inspiring us today and for serving our country.

 

 

 

 
Jeff Bowen, OPEX Corp. visted the club on January 20, 2016 and discussed "Likability". One question he presented was, "how do we perceive people at the first glance and how do others perceive us?"
 
The OPEX Corp is a global technology leader in mail room automation, document scanning, and material handling.
Margo Pellegrino paddles a kayak to raise awareness about water quality.

 

She encourages people to think about the water and how we need to take better care of it for our future generations.

 

Margo has paddled thousands of miles and one trip was down the entire Eastern shore!

George Zilbergeld is a retired political science professor of Montclair State University. On September 30th, George gave a thought provoking presentation on cyber terrorism.
Some highlights from the Dickens Festival. More pictures in the club photo album.
 
District 7500 RYLA
Monmouth University
June 28 - July 1 2014
 
 
Medford Sunrise Rotary will sponsor one local high school student to attend the 2014 RYLA leadership camp. Application deadline is April 1.  Visit www.ryla7500.org to apply online.
 
 
What is RYLA?

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is Rotary's leadership training program for young people. In District 7500 (Monmouth, Burlington & Ocean Counties, NJ) RYLA participants are always selected from high school students, usually from Sophomores and Juniors, but sometimes exceptional Freshmen are chosen, and on very rare occasions, high school Seniors have been sent.

RYLA emphasizes leadership, citizenship, and personal growth, and aims to

  • Demonstrate Rotary's respect and concern for youth

  • Provide an effective training experience for selected youth and potential leaders

  • Encourage leadership of youth by youth

  • Recognize publicly young people who are rendering service to their communities

District 7500 has been conducting RYLA programs since 1995 and has gained a reputation among Rotarians and educators around the country as one of the best RYLA programs in existance. 

There are two main reasons why our program is so exceptional:

First, we truly believe that this is a Youth Leadership program and trust that concept so much that most of our program is delivered and facilitated by our own RYLA graduates. Each year the very best and most enthusiastic RYLA participants try out for a spot on our staff team. Only the very best are selected and they tend to return year after year, getting better and better with each year's experience.

We firmly belive that nothing in the world is perfect; which is great! Because that means everything in the world can be improved. And every little aspect of everything. We spend many, many hours each year examining our program in minute detail, to find as many ways to improve it as we can. Every year we implement dozens - if not hundreds - of improvements to make our program better in myriad ways.

What is Rotary?  Watch this video and find out!


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Visiting Rotarians can Make-Up with Medford Sunrise

If you are a member of another Rotary Club and missed your regularly scheduled meeting, please feel free to join us on Wednesday morning to make-up. 




We look forward to seeing you bright and early!

 
 
 
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Speakers
Jon Sharp
Dec 07, 2016
Hardenbergh Insurance
Michael Bensen
Dec 21, 2016
Visual Experience Foundation
No meeting
Dec 28, 2016
Happy Holidays to all Rotarians
Rev Harry Thomas
Jan 04, 2017
Ghana school
Tracey Brunetti
Jan 11, 2017
Master Gardener
Merle Brown
Jan 18, 2017
Beneficial Bank history
Dr. Gregory Lattanzi
Feb 01, 2017
Curator for Bureau of Archaeology & Ethnology at NJ State Museum in Trenton
David Forward
Feb 15, 2017
Lincoln's Gettsburg Address
Brian McDonald
Mar 08, 2017
Burlington County Master Gardener - spring time gardening
Dr. Del Rossi & Marie Goodwin
Mar 15, 2017
Medford School Superintendent & Business Administrator
 
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