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On Thursday, November 11, the speaker at the South Orange Rotary meeting at Toro Loco in South Orange was Evelyn Hoppler of the Salvation Army.  She offered Rotary the opportunity to help our neighbors.  South Orange Rotary will collect food on "Giving Days" set for December 16 and 17 at the South Orange Public Library.  

On Thursday, November 3, District 7470 held a "Kickoff" for a program scheduled for Saturday, March 19.  This year, the Madison Rotary Club has invited the entire District to participate at Drew University on the selected date.  The goal of the project is to "assemble" nutritious one-pot meals that the project directors can donate to soup kitchens, food pantries and other charities. The meals come in three varieties: macaroni and cheese, macaroni with tomato basil sauce, and rice and beans.  Each package once assembled has six servings when cooked.  
 
This sort of project has been floating around District 7470 for several years, first in Wallkill Valley and now Madison.  Last year about about two hundred volunteers packaged about fifty thousand meals.  The goal this year is for six hundred fifty volunteers to package one hundred and fifty thousand meals.  This project is being financed by several entities in our communities.  The organizers are also asking each club to donate $250.  
 
The representatives of several clubs in Essex County each expressed very similar concerns.  Included in the list of charities designated to benefit were the Salvation Army, the Table of Hope and the Market Street Mission.  The Salvation Army labors throughout New Jersey, but the other two are Morris County concerns.  None of the entities has affiliation with the charities that our Essex County Rotary Clubs traditionally support.   It is our hope that our participation both financially and as volunteers with allow us input into the decision making process.
On Thursday, October 27, we were honored to welcome the 2016 Rotary District 7470 Governor to our Thursday lunch meeting..  She is Margit Rahill and she is a book restorer and book binder. In the near future, she will return to tell us more about her craft.  If you are interested in attending, please contact us at rotaryclubsonj@gmail.com  and we will place you on our distribution list.

YMCA PROGRAM WILL INCREASE CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS

South Orange Rotarians present a $1,000 Rotary District grant to Maureen Simon (third from left) of the Metro YMCA of the Oranges, to support Darkness to Light, a program which aims to end child sexual abuse.
 
 
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