Medford Sunrise Rotary


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Medford Sunrise Rotary

P.O. Box 1235

Medford NJ 08055


President 2016-2017:

Jim Robinson


Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Public Image Chair
Rotary Foundation Chair
Club Membership Chair
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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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 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.



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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!


October 2016
Oct 26, 2016
Mark Hatoff
Community Treatment Solutions
Nov 02, 2016
Richard Lewis
Nov 09, 2016
David DiEugenio & Dennis Derions
Vintage Auto Museum
Nov 16, 2016
Paul Peacock
Retired contractor for NASA
Nov 30, 2016
Club Assembly
Dickens Festival last minute details
Dec 03, 2016
Dickens Festival
Come out and have fun!
Dec 07, 2016
Jon Sharp
Hardenbergh Insurance
Dec 28, 2016
No meeting
Happy Holidays to all Rotarians
Jan 11, 2017
Tracey Brunetti
Master Gardener
Jan 18, 2017
Merle Brown
Beneficial Bank history
Feb 01, 2017
Dr. Gregory Lattanzi
Curator for Bureau of Archaeology & Ethnology at NJ State Museum in Trenton
Feb 15, 2017
David Forward
Lincoln's Gettsburg Address
Mar 08, 2017
Brian McDonald
Burlington County Master Gardener - spring time gardening
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