September 8, 2023 Rotary Club Meeting

Location:  Brother Restaurant in Red Bank

Speaker:  Christopher Shinn
We have a small but mighty lunch.  
As usual, we started with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Four Way Truth, followed by our Meditation (we held a moment of silence in memory of the passing of the sister/sister-in-law of our past District Governor, Chuck & Mary Watson.)  Bill Dickenson collected Happy Dollars (All Happy Dollars)!!  
Joe Greca reminded all that on September 14th Stephen T.  will be inducted as our Newest Red Bank Rotary Club Member!!  Please don't miss this event!!!  
This was our first at The Brothers Restaurant and Chris was our  guest speaker.  He shared that after speaking with Rotary Club 5000 in Hawaii, they have come up with a board game drive to support the children who are affected by the devastating fires.  So, we are asking our members to help support his amazing cause.  He also talked about joining efforts to host a golf outing and so I will connect Jay and Chris to discuss such a possibility at Trump Golf Course.  Lastly, he shared more information on how we can drive support from our local community to sponsor events and need for our Club and the community.  He provided samples of forms that we can prepare and hand out to banks, big box stores, etc., who are always willing to support non-profit organizations in their community.  He is a wealth of information and would love to engage more with the Red Bank Rotary Club.
Announcements and Lots of them:
1)  PICNIC - We have our Rotary Picnic on September 21st from 5-7 at our Past President, Jay Schwartz's, home.  He and his lovely wife, Meghan will be hosting this event.  Please RSVP as soon as possible, so we can get a pretty good count.  Of Note:  The Club member who brings the most guests, will receive their next Rotary Luncheon paid for.
2)  We have received permission to "plant" the flags at Riverside Garden Park for BOTH weeks of Veterans and Memorial Days.  Let's start selling FLAGS:  Cost is $100 for one event $150 for Both Events.  A commemorative keepsake will be sent to each sponsor.
3)  Lombardi Dinner:  March 21st.  Need Sponsors, Page Ads sold, etc.  More to come after our Committee Meeting on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. Please reach out to Alex or Ellie for information.
4)  We have confirmed Santa Letters and Calls with the Parks and Rec Center so Jay is all over that!
For those who missed us at The Brothers Restaurant, you missed out on the pitcher of beer our President provided for our members and guests!
Most Sincerely,
Ellie Tava